This is the first entry of what I hope to be many review posts in the coming year. This year has been a roller coaster. From professional life to personal, things changed a lot. This post aims to document my year and goals and list of new goals for 2019.
My professional life, fortunately, went exactly the way I planned. I wanted to work on product based companies in Mumbai. I left my job at Accion technologies limited as a technology leader and joined Zebpay as Senior Blockchain engineer.
As you all know, 2018 was the year of cryptocurrency and blockchain is the core technology behind it. I am not much interested in the money part but blockchain technology is something which catches my eye. Joining Zebpay gave me access to learn this technology plus I gained experience of handling backend application with millions of users.
I published another book on Cosmos Database by Microsoft Azure. This is my third book in association with Packt. If you haven’t checked it yet, click here to read the sample.
I was planning to start the personal blog for so long and I am so glad I did this in 2018. As for Codeforgeek I have published 17 articles and launched Codeforgeek Pro version which is a membership plan for serious readers and followers.
17 articles is not good, I planned to write one article per week which should sum up to 48 articles a year + guest posts.
We launched Spark in 2017 and received amazing feedback from the users.
This led us to start working on another product which we wanted to use for our own purpose first. Hashmailer meant to the email marketing tool with the business analytics.
We did good work on this and wrote tons of code from scratch. However, we did not meet our deadlines and got stuck in personal life (more about that later). I am a finisher and I don’t leave anything unfinished, I will finish this soon with some iteration.
I got married this year and majority of my focus after the first half of 2018 was focused on the marriage which led to delay in some projects and other commitments.
I travelled good amount this year. In January I went to Coorg, a hill station in State of Karnataka In India. It’s a beautiful hill station with amazing waterfalls and tea plants.
I also visited Ahmedabad which in the State of Gujarat in May for business purpose. I had a chance to see riverfront over there.
After May, I got really occupied and did’t visit any other destination, except few bike rides with my friend.
After marriage, I went Himachal (Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala and Chandigarh) and it was the most memorable trip ever. I visited these place back in college with friends and revisiting made it more special.
And in the end of the year, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for a Umrah Pilgrim.
All together 2018 was a year of change for me. I missed few important things but gained tons of experience and can’t wait to progress ahead in 2019.
I visited Malshej ghat on 25th August 2018. I went there by my bike – Royal Enfield 350 classic. It was indeed one of the best motorable rides I have done so far.
In this blog, I just wanted to share a few memories of the ride to Malshej Ghat.
About Malshej Ghat
The “Ghat” actually stands for the mountain pass and Malshej Ghat is located in Western Ghats of Maharashtra – the state of India also known as Sahyadri Ghats.
Malshej Ghat is on the altitude of 700m above the sea level and full of greeneries. It is also home to various animals such as tigers, leopards, peacocks etc.
How to reach
You can reach there by using the train or by road. The nearest stations are Kalyan and from there you need to either book a cab or take a bus.
From Mumbai, it’s about 150 KM.
I visited by bike because I heard about the place from lots of moto-vloggers in India especially Mumbai.
Here is the map, in case you need a reference.
I left around 8 AM in the morning and met my friend at a discussed location. We had a breakfast and fueled up our bike. It was easy for us to follow the road till Thane as it’s connected by fly-overs.
After Thane, there was a lot of traffic due to Metro construction. Somehow we passed thane and took a right turn above the thane flyover. From there we reached Bhiwandi.
From Bhiwandi there is one right turn which will take you to Malshej Ghat. On the way at Kalyan we faced very bad roads, it was full of potholes and water logs. It took us almost an hour to just cross 5 KM distance.
After crossing Kalyan, we took a break and had some snacks. That 5 KM was the worst!
After that, National Highway 61 starts which is the main attraction for the trip. Best road, smooth turns, and responsible riders (Not all of them of course). NH 61 is a narrow road with no divider in between, so be alert and sure about the vehicle crossing or overtaking.
After about an hour riding, stopping at various gorgeous places to take pictures and just feel the fresh air, we reached Malshej Ghat. It was full of fog and rain and the view was just breathtaking.
We stayed at Ghat for about an hour and then started descending back from the Ghat. It was easy ride back home.
If you are planning to visit Malshej ghat by bike in rainy seasons, make sure your tires edge is proper. There are tons of Z turns and in rain roads are just way too dangerous so take extra caution. Also, be waterproof and use good helmet. Ride safe.