Hi, I am Anurag (aka The Lithiumhead) and I am from India. I currently live in Pune. On most weekends, I travel to Mumbai to be with my family (mom, dad, grandma, brother).
Besides being a tech geek (think a room full of gadgets and circuits boards, think characters from The Big Bang Theory), I have numerous other interests: collecting stuff (who doesn't), going on adventure trips, photography (especially of insects and Mumbai!). I enjoy most kinds of music (Savage Garden, POTF, The Corrs, Linkin' Park, Indian Ocean) but suspect that I am constitutionally incapable of dancing, although I am sure my friends will help me get over that some day soon!
I have this innate thirst to explore and learn about things around me - as a result of which I become a jack of many trades and master of a select few. According to my friends, eventhough I may not have answer to all the questions, I do end up coming up with solutions to most problems! (True Jugaadu at heart). I like reading books, I have quite a few of them (list here - The Fountainhead, H2G2 & JPod are my alltime favourites!).
I like making stuff (circuits, art, websites, blah..). The adventures we have while making (or trying to make) things are the stories worth telling - stories which define us as an individual. I love to tell these and hear similar ones from others. (so of them are here on my blog!)
I swear by my friends - they are the life and soul of, well, life itself!
I truly believe that we all lend meaning to each others lives: the experiences I have had so far, the people I have come across, the books I have read, my friends and my family have only strengthened my belief is this - "you are, therefore i am". Earth is a living planet and we all have our parts to play. Forget about fate. Forget about destiny. When we leave the stage, all that would matter is the feeling inside of you that would say "part well played!".
The "lithium" in my screen name refers to the highly reactive nature of the element Lithium. I have been told my imagination is as hyperactive as the element is reactive. At the time of choosing my screen name, I wasn't aware of the drug, the song or the battery chemistry by the same name.
I have Renal agenesis - I was born with only one kidney (the only one is on the left side).
I found this out when I was 26. It has been a source of surprise and amusement among my friends and family ever since. About 1 in 750 people are born this way and have zero point zero health complications arising from this. Totally no extra care is needed for such a condition.
I am an avid marathoner. My current race tally can be found here.
I am also an Amateur Radio Operator. My Callsign is VU2AXC
I have recently been admitted into the Teach For India fellowship program which will begin in April 2014.I am an electronics engineer by training and by profession.
I work at Greenvity Communications's India Development Center (Pune), India as a Senior Software Engineer. My work involved developing embedded software (linux kernel modules) for power line communications.
My previous workplaces have been (latest first):
- Tata Consultancy Services, Pune, India as an I.T. Analyst, I was part of a team which developed embedded software for Automotive Infotainment Systems.
- Laboratory for Applied Research in Electronics in Navi Mumbai, India, where I spearheaded the development of a modular prototyping system for students and professionals called UNIBlocks. These modules can be used to quickly assemble and test proof-of-concept prototypes for new embedded systems designs. They are sort of like LEGO Bricks for Embedded Systems.
- L & T EmSyS (is now L &T IES), Mumbai, India as a Systems Engineer. L & T EmSyS was my first workplace after graduation.
I have written a textbook on the 8051 microcontroller for undergrad engineering students in collaboration with Prof. Dhananjay V. Gadre with whom I have also worked on many fun projects (some of which resulted in articles published in magazines like EDN and Circuit Cellar).
My tech blog has lots of technical tidbits which would interest EEs - stuff like screencaps of waveforms of all kinds of signal or the photos of insides (and outsides) of electronic components.
My professional goal is to design mission critical electronics which go into huge transportation machines like trains and aircrafts.
Last updated: 20 October 2013