It has been about a year since I last posted on my blog. I originally wanted to be very regular at writing. However, life throws you a curve ball once in a while. Over the past 1 year that I have been very busy with the Conference circuit, Open Source, work and personal life. It has been a very interesting year indeed. I have given over 10 tech talks across 3 continents. I have been an active contributor to Apache Cassandra at work and in my spare time. I’m co-chairing the IEEE Infrastructure conference in the Bay Area and putting together the Cassandra track at ApacheCon NA 2019. It has been a great ride, indeed! Now that things are not that crazy, I am back to tinkering in my spare time, reading books and looking for the next challenge.