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Crossing over to the other side of 30’s.

Mayur shared this image with me a few hours ago.

After watching this episode from friends, I used to always think this is how I would feel. Why God?! Why me? Let the others grow old.

But now that I am here, on the other side of 30s, I don’t feel this way. Each year has been better than the previous one and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

I saw this video by Simon Sinek yesterday (you should watch it too) and I agree with a few things he said. Not everything is great all the time. And this held true for me this year. Not everything was great, but the bad outweighed the good and I hope that trend continues.


I did some of my best work this year. Got to work on and solve some really interesting problems with some really interesting people and I did not know how the days and months went by. I even skipped gym for 4 months because there was too much good work waiting to get done.

Brightpod was definitely the highlight and we released some really good features this year. Timer, real time notification, better filters for projects and improved loading time thanks to Redis. Brightpod keeps getting better each week.

My goal this year was to release 2 iPhone apps and although I did work on two apps this year, one of them never made it past beta stage and the other will be released early next year.

Ionic, CakePHP, Redis, Laravel, Node.js(Botkit) and CodeIgniter are the tools I spent most of my time with this year.


“Exercise regularly” was high on my list of things to do this year. Although not regular I managed to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Getting to spend more time with my niece is also something I really thankful for. Coffee dates with her is a weekly highlight.

Most of my friends are married now or getting married soon(Hi Sanat and Prerna) and it’s great to see them with their partners and getting to spend time with them.

Got to attend a few weddings too this year. Archeet and Nikkis recently and looking forward to Sanat and Prenas wedding on Sunday.


This year has not been that great in terms of travel due to a financial setback in early January. But I still managed to travel to a few places.

Goa(twice) Sweden Norway Denmark Delhi Hyderabad Mahabaleshwar

Road trip in Sweden, Norway and Denmark was the highlight this year. Sweden and Norway are now on my list of countries I can live in. “How can people be so nice?” are words I kept repeating during the trip.


I had a really interesting discussion with a friend last week about context. Now that I have had more time to think about it, I see what he was getting to. Not everyone will get your problems / topic of discussion, if they don’t have context about where you are in life. Everyone’s at a different stage in their life and when you share your story, the one’s who are able to understand are people who have similar context to you.

Next Year

So much more to write, but this already seems like a long post. Things I want to do in 2017:

Focus on a few things. Exercise and write a blog post every day. Launch and maintain one web app and one mobile app Travel to at least 4 new countries. Make time to date someone seriously. Spend more time with family and friends.

Hope you all have a great 2017.

Sunil Shenoy @sunil
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