My Friends

A man is known by the company he keeps, here's mine (not a complete list - mostly only those who have a significant web presence - read as: all are on facebook):

Best Friends:

  • Dr Sneha Lele, New Product Introduction Test Engineer at ADVA Optical Networking, USA
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    She and I have both really simple personalities and we know each other way too well. If either one of us met with an untimely death, the other person would surely be able to, write the dead one's "auto"biography - complete with that person's thought process/opinions and emotions.
     
    homepage | blog | flickr | Picasa

  • Ranjit Puri, - Microsoft Corporation, USA
    Friends since: undergrad days (VESIT), he is one year junior
    When I needed a "male" best friend, god sent me this guy - thank you god. He is my default reviewer (and sometimes collaborator) of any major tech/non-tech idea/project that I may work on.

    homepage
Oldest & Closest Friends:
  • Nirbhay Kothari, Executive Director, Kothari Group of Industries, India
    Friends since: childhood days @ school (Rajhans)
    He is the most sensible person I know - of the kind one thinks of when in a spot "what would he do if he was in my place right now?". Nirbhay and I go a long long way back.


  • Nupur BhargavaCase Team Leader, Bain & Company, USA
    Friends since: childhood days @ school (Rajhans)
    I always feel like I have known her like forever - so much so that I now actually define life as something with Nupur in it. My primary source of inspiration and life's lessons.

Closest Friends:
  • Aastha Puri, Tata Consultancy Services, India
    Friends since: senior secondary school days (Rajhans)
    Aastha is the bestest sister a person can have - always cheerful always bubbly - makes life such a happy place.


  • Deeksha Arunachalam, Doctor of Homeopathy, India
    Friends since: senior secondary school days (Rajhans)
    In her own words: we are as alike as two peas in the same pod. Sometimes I think, if we exchanged places, what would give us away to our parents? only our gender!

    her super comic - Perpetually Taken Aback Person

  • Nehal Vora, Jumbo Electronics, Dubai
    Friends since: childhood days @ school (Rajhans) 
    Nehal shares my cleanliness and orderliness OCD. In her own words, we both never have a normal conversation. Trying to get on each others nerves is what we do best - although unintentional, it does make us feel like home. That's how it is with people you have known all your life - can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. And Nehal will agree that we both fall in this category for each other :)

    homepage

  • Ankit Puri, Captain, Jet Airways, India
    Friends since: childhood days @ school (Rajhans)
    Another "ancient" guy friend, we were in school together although we bonded only in the later years - what bought us together? call it passion for technology or just plain geekiness!

  • Ruchir Mathur, Captain, Air India, India
    Friends since: secondary school (Rajhans)
    The best way to put it: He and I used to get punished together at school! If life were a school, I am sure we both would still be standing outside the classroom together!


  • Sonal Sinha, Java Professional, India
    Friends since: school (Rajhans)
    Standard friends forever types - to share stories with, to have fun with - she was there whenever my best memories were being created. In fact her marriage trip was the best time I ever had since like forever. Its like we both have this internal clock which timeouts when we need to catch up with each other and when that happens, I am always amazed how we find ourselves in a convenient place/time to sync up on each other's lives - sort of automatic.


  • Anshula Johri, PhD Student (Economics), Syracuse University, USA
    Friends since: school (Rajhans)
    She is the friend who lives almost next door to me and shares my fascination with all things sci-fi - so whenever she is here, we end up catching many flicks and TV series amidst our various conversations. Total bookaholic and workaholic. Ofcourse living nearby means that we get to have our siblings play board games with us and accompany us to the movies.
    her book collection

  • Upasna Sachdeva, former Analyst, Standard Chartered, India
    Friends since: senior secondary school days (Rajhans)
    My female alter ego
    !
    blog

  • Kirti Ramnath, Marketing Manager, Flipkart, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    The only person who can beat me at "Random Talk" - its like we are trying to to compete with the title of who suffers from the most ADD. We both remember each other randomly at random times and end up talking randomly - She used to be a news reporter for Azerbaijani TV. Sneha Lele is a common best friend and audience to our combined nonsense.


  • Jithin Vishakh, Himani Agrawal, Shweta Shirali, Kalpesh Pandit
    Friends since: first job (L & T EmSyS)
    My awesome gang from EmSyS - totally stupid, totally fun. All that time at office was made bearable only coz of these guys and gals. All those crazy times in the breakout area were super fun!

    Lonavale Trip Photos

  • Noopur Patel, Journalist turning into an educationist
    Friends since: Teach For India 2014 Institute 1 
    My blue buddy. Fellow objectivist (Ayn Rand fan). We are each other's psychotherapist on call. When the world changes for the better, the chain of events that lead to it would be traced back to that fateful day we met.

    blog

  • Ridhi Agarwal, Kriti Rani and Rachel Mathew, Fellow TFI Fellows 2014-2016
    Friends since: Teach For India 2014 Institute 1 
    Chomu and the girls ki girls. My one and only social circle during the fellowship years. Reflection sessions, cookouts, night outs, scary adventure trips during the fellowship years - all with these girls. My chipku friends. My comfort zone and my discomfort zone.



Fellow Geeks:
  • Parag Shah, Business Owner, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (VESIT - Final Project & Robocon)
    Parag and I have been involved in many projects together and as a team we have complemented and complimented (sarcasm) each other quite well!

    blog | flickr

  • Dr Shauvik Roy Choudhary, Works at FullStory (local growing startup) and MoQuality (his own startup).
    Friends since: undergrad days (VESIT - Final Project & Robocon)
    Like me this guy has the same uncontrollable urge to help anyone and everyone. Fun computer engineer who knows it all.

    homepagehomepage (univ) | blog

  • Saurabh Gandhi, Embedded Software Engineer, Patni Computer Services, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    The guy I turn to for philosophical discussions related to engineering and ethics. He is the creator of uNiBoard
    .
    his article on embedded.com

  • Anand Ramaswami, ThinkLabs, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    Another one of the few friends who are actually practicing "Electronics Engineering" after graduating. Superb photographer. Hardworking.

    flickr

  • Tejal Shete, Electronics Engineer & Professional Dancer & Professional Photographer, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    Another cool friend from VESIT - best at what she does - photography and dancing. And we flunked a few exams together. She is my one stop friend whenever I have something new to share with regards to photography.

  • Shweta Saraf, Software Engineering Manager, SDN at Cisco, USA
    Friends since: undergrad days (Classmates @ VESIT)
    I didn't know where Chembur was, she didn't know what A4 was. She and I used to hang out together pretty exclusively during the first few months at VESIT - attending all kinds of seminars and quizzes. Then I guess we just got bored of each other. But we are pretty much back in touch now. Of all the friends in college, I consider her the most photogenic.
    homepage (univ)| blog | photos

  • Kiran Nevaskar, Research Associate, LARE
    Friends since: second job (Colleagues @ LARE)
    Although 4 years younger to me, Kiran and I became friends while working at LARE. We share the same kind of passion for electronics and have collaborated on many small projects. Most of colleagues and common friends are amused by the frequency and variety of abusive words that we both throw at each other while working - we never mean any of it of course!. He has been my collaborator on many small projects including BlinkThatLED.com

    homepage| blog
Mentors:
  • Prof. Dhananjay V. Gadre, ECE Division, NSIT, India
    Friends since: undergrad days (VESIT)
    I got in touch with DVG over email during the second year at VESIT. Since then we have collaborated on numerous projects - mostly all based on AVR or 8051. My mom calls him "my godfather" - an apt description.

    homepage | flickr | Fun times with DVG

  • Shailesh Gala, Proprietor, Visha Electronics Corporation, India


  • Manish Patil, co founder, RLARD, Pune, India

 
LARE Friends at Elecrama 2010 after
ripping up the stall (Jan 2010)
 
Most of my school friends & family
on a Sunday Lunch (Apr 2010)
 

Ranjit Puri, Sneha Lele
and Red Fort (Jun 2006)


Page last updated: June 2010