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And I was Tagged ! It seems that there is no escaping the Blog It Forward phenomena and I was honored to be tagged by Frank Koehntopp who’e been one of my inspirations when it comes to DSLR photography.

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(Image Courtesy : Wikipedia) [The Squirrel reference]

That’s me and and if the image above gives you the impression that I am generally always very busy you should see my mom 🙂 . I was born, brought up and schooled in the small, sleepy Steel Township of Durgapur. My dad worked in a bank and my mom was a teacher and they always encouraged me to take independent decisions right from a very small age. As an effect I’ve been very comfortable taking decisions on my own and in the end live with the consequences. I think this is one of the greatest gifts that they gave me.

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(My parents with Jim, at our house in Durgapur)

Though I have a Mechanical Engineering degree, I’ve always been fascinated with computers (First brush was when I was in my 9th standard and I owned my first ever PC, my first laptop in 2006) and hence I quit my first job with a manufacturing company and jumped into software. Before I knew it, I was working for SAP and then IBM and now, after 9 years I think it’s been a hell of a ride. I’ve joined SCN (which literally changed my life), co-authored a SAP Press book on SAP MII and became a SAP Mentor, things that I’d never expected I will do/achieve and have gained knowledge, love and very good friends all over the world.

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Stuff that you might not know about me (Frank’s questions).

I have a lot of hobbies that I actively pursue. I am a gadget freak and an Android fanboy, my latest acquisitions being the Nexus 7 tablet. I am also a gamer and own a Gaming laptop, a PS3, a PS2, a PSP and have already pre-ordered a OUYA.

I am into literary events for e.g. Quizzing, What’s the Good Word, Dumb Charades etc. and have participated and won events since school (I, obviously, had very good teammates)

I am a movie buff, not as hardcore as my good friend Martin Gillet.

I also love listening to music, mostly rock and metal from the 80’s and 90’s but listen to anything that appeals to my ears even if I do not know the language. Love Pink Floyd, have watched Roger Waters live in concert and my still unfulfilled dream is to watch David Gilmour live which I am not sure is going to ever happen 🙁 .

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(With Jason Wade of Lifehouse at the Berlin Airport)

I have a lovely wife and a one and a half year old son, whom I wanted to name “Roger Keith Syd Barrett Bhattacharjee” but was vetoed out by almost everybody… sigh 🙁 . We finally named him Ahir. (The longest time that I gave up gaming was after my son was born, for almost a year and a half. It’s been a month that I have dusted off my Laptop and started gaming a little bit again, though all of my consoles are still packed.)

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Now if these were not embarrassing enough here are a few more :

I love the gadgets I own and am very possessive about them, sometimes maybe more than human beings. I lost my cool and blasted my wife Haimanti (then fiance) when she dropped one edge of my laptop from about an inch off the ground. I was meeting her for the first time.

I have trained to play the Tabla for 6 years when I was a kid and the drums. I can sing (I think) and have been a part of the SAP band called SAPTAK. I was supposedly a western vocalist and the only song number that I sang was RHCP‘s Californication for the band sound check.

I have acted in multiple plays since school and have also participated in the amateur theater scene in Bangalore where we staged Woody Allen‘s God. I played Trichinosis if you wanted to know. I apologize to everyone who had to endure my acting skills over these years but if they knew I was acting and still attended the plays, they deserved it 😉 .

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(The cast and crew of the Woody Allen play – God. Me – extreme left)

Two Very Random Facts about myself

  • My favorite games of all time are : Half-Life (was incidentally the first game I ever played in college on Dipankar Saha‘s computer. Yes he was my senior in college) , Half-Life 2 and the God of War series.
  • The most played song on my iPod which trumps every other song in terms of play count is Creep by Radiohead.

Tag it Forward

I would tag it to Dipankar Saha, Somnath Manna, Craig Cmehil, Martin Gillet and Graham Robinson. They are some of the few who have inspired and mentored me over the years and I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me.

Questions

  • If there was something in your life that you could change what would it be ?
  • How has the SCN or the SAP community influenced you or played a part in defining who you are today.
  • One embarrassing incident that you would remember your entire life.

Bonus Photo

Me, with the coolest CEO that I have ever met.

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(Photo Courtesy of the awesome Martin Gillet)

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  1. Tammy Powlas

    Abesh Bhattacharjee

    I really enjoyed the pictures and the stories about you and your family.

    Such an amazing story of how SCN changed your life.  Great pictures too of all the things I missed at SAPPHIRE 🙂

    Ahir is for sure easier to spell that Roger…Syd Barrett too

    Tammy

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  2. Gretchen Lindquist

    Abesh,

    Great post and pics! Thank you for sharing so much about your varied interests and experience in music.  I hope you make it back to Texas soon so we can share some more music fun.

    Cheers,

    Gretchen

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  3. Tim Guest

    Hi Abesh – Great to learn more about you and what a wonderful selection of photos! You are definitely on my “need to meet” list and I hope we get together in UK or somewhere else soon.

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  4. Chip Rodgers

    Great job on your BIF blog Abesh!  I learned so much about you.  Love the picture with Jim Snabe!  And so funny that you got a shot with Jason Wade at the Berlin airport.  That year we had Lifehouse in Berlin and then Las Vegas the following week — crazy year.

    Well I just got tagged by Tim Guest, so I have my work cut out for me!

    Chip

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    1. Abesh Bhattacharjee Post author

      Thank you Chip 🙂

      That pic with Jason was right the next day after Berlin TechEd. Was lucky to be there 🙂 Loved the Lifehouse concert. The band members were sports and even gave me an autographed guitar plectrum that I treasure 🙂

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  5. Moya Watson

    OH MY those are THE CUTEST pictures EVER!  I totally want to be there next time you give Jim a hug.

    Who’s the first Jim? and how adorable are you in that picture?

    And SYD BARRETT would have been a wonderful name! We almost gave Lucy the middle name of “Spike.” …

    Thank you for sharing all of this great stuff!

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  6. Gali Kling Schneider

    Loved your blog Abesh! Its so energetic and warm – just like you! And I learned new facets of you 🙂   I should have known you were into acting.

    Quizzing is that like the game shows? Yesterday we watched the game show 1 vs. 100 and saw a contestant take 1 million. Its the first time in Israel and apparently the 2nd time in the world only on this show. Would you ever go on a game show?

    BTW Ahir grew so much! And he’s adorable.

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  7. Thorsten Franz

    Abesh,

    Your post rocks. Gali Kling Schneider put it so well when she wrote that it is so energetic and warm. I’m not surprised that you have an artistic vein, and reading your blog makes me look forward to meeting you in person even more. 🙂 Great photos, stories and person!

    Cheers,

    Thorsten

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    1. Abesh Bhattacharjee Post author

      Thank you Thorsten 🙂

      It is said that a person is defined by the company he keeps. As I said in the post, I have very good friends all over the world, that’s why, maybe I am who I am 🙂

      Can’t wait to meet you too 🙂

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    1. Abesh Bhattacharjee Post author

      Thanks David 🙂

      Learnt to play the drums in college and unfortunately gave it up after I passed out. Would love to start again though, but you know a consultant’s life right ? Never at one place 😉

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  8. Alvaro Tejada Galindo

    Abesh!

    As always…you rock my friend! Always proud of being your brother from different country 🙂 Many greetings to your beautiful family! And always looking forward to meet them in real life 😉

    Greetings,

    Blag.

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  9. Suseelan Hari

    Hi Abesh!

    Very nice blog! I like the way that you have presented,

    Lovely blog and I liked the way that you have presented.

    Keep up the good work! I appreciate 🙂

    Regards,

    Hari Suseelan

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