Hi and Welcome!

My name is Shantala and I am a Software Engineer by profession with about a decade and half of experience, working in the Telecom industry in the US. I’ve done various things – coding, designing, architecting and leading projects. One constant has been the curiosity and desire to learn more and be better. What I do yesterday is never sufficient for tomorrow.

An intercontinental relocation has given me a chance to pause, reflect and step sideways from the siloed one track path that I have been on. It has been a new phase. A time of evolution and growth. Although I’ve always been a maniacal reader and a believer in constant learning, I’ve had the great pleasure and luck of re-experiencing it – not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself. This is unlike what has been in my deadline driven past phase of life. And I’ve to agree with what someone has famously said –

What we learn in pleasure, we never forget

On the Professional front:

I’ve been bitten by the Startup bug and have been toying around with startup ideas – yet to see where it all leads.  Even if I don’t end up with anything tangible, I take it in the spirit of learning and growth, adding new experience and helping recognize strengths, limits and any uneveness in my skills.

I’ve also taken a keen interest in AI – Machine Learning, as a practitioner. It is a field full of excitement, though it does bring up disturbing existential questions – will it lead to human immortality or extinction. Let’s hope towards the former.

On the Personal front:

Learning Kathak, the ancient Indian classical dance form – It’s an interesting story (for a post perhaps). I dance away, imperfect though I still am, for the sheer love of it and for those fleeting moments when you feel alive, both in body and soul. No one perhaps has summed it up better than Merce Cunningham:

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts, no paintings, no poems, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

I will finally leave you with this thought from Pablo Picasso as an inspiration:

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.