More minds meet at Sangam 2015…

Diary on Sangam’15
21st, 22nd Nov 2015 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, HITEC City, Hyderabad, India

In the recently concluded two day Oracle conference – Sangam 2015, there were more number of attendees than last year (Sangam 2014). Sangam – An annual conference for Oracle Technologist across India is organised by AIOUG (All India Oracle Users Group) and aptly has tagline of ‘meeting of minds…’.

It was a privilege to attend such a large scale event for third consecutive year. It was an honour to get in touch with the Oracle ACE and Oracle ACE Directors and hear them speak in front of august gathering. There were numerous sessions lined-up as always. I am sharing sessions attended by me during the two days conference in brief.

Day 1: 21st November 2015

Tim Hall – Oracle ACE Director (Day 1 | Day 2) – It was treat to hear him again and his session on Oracle 12c Consolidations and pros/cons was very relevant and updated.

Kamran Agayev – Oracle Certified Master – His session on “Oracle 12c ASM new features” with webetorial was very crisp and provided lot of insights into the world of Oracle 12c for ASM.

Aman Sharma – Oracle ACE – His session on “Oracle RAC Node Eviction” was overwhelming and demonstrated his expertise in the RAC yet again. It was very useful.

Anju Garg – her session on Oracle ACFS High Availability over NFS Service was enthralling and was studded with illustrations. It was good to know that ACFS now supports all types of files.

Day 2: 22nd November 2015

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux – Kamal Dodeja (Sales Consulting Manager) and Ritesh Kumar (Senior Technical Consultant) from Oracle India Pvt. Ltd. – Their session on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM was primarily revolving around the Technical features offered by Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and concluded with the pricing details.
I had previously blogged about installation of Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and Installation of Oracle 12c on Oracle Enterprise Linux which is available here.
One interesting takeaway from this session of theirs was ksplice – which actually provides high availability and reduces downtime. Overview, Downloads and Documentation on ksplice is available at OTN here. It was a strategic acquisition made by Oracle in 2011. This enables important kernel patches to be applied without reboot or without bringing down any application services in Oracle Linux.

Debaditya Chatterjee – Product Manager Oracle USA – Oracle Database In-Memory Options – It was a good review of Oracle In-Memory database which was delivered by Maria Colgan in the last edition of Sangam. His session focused on the what’s and why’s of Oracle In-Memory database.

Satyendra Pasalpudi – Oracle ACE Director – His session on “Oracle Cloud DBA” showcased the next thing from Oracle – Oracle Cloud. The session was mainly for DBAs.

The conference closed with a motivational speech by “Dr. Rajdeep Manwani” – who shared his priceless life experiences about hard-work, patience, perseverance, failure, success and imaginary finishing line in marathon when most of the contestant gives up.

Thanks to AIOUG and Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for organising such events and providing Oracle fraternity in India a splendid opportunity to hear the speakers from elite Oracle community :)

Vijay Mahawar


Posted by on November 23, 2015 in DBA, Oracle, PL/SQL

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Date with Self

Dear All,
In my pursuit to know myself better, I wrote few lines, which I am sharing with you all.
Presenting to you my original creation – ‘Date with Self’:

Photo: Sunset view from Kua Khai bridge in Cuttack, Odisha, India

I ask myself often who am I?   
Birthplace says Tamilian,
Parents place says Bengali,
Family Roots says Hindi,
Patriotic self says Indian,
Wisdom says one world family.

I ask myself often who am I?    
Child within me says innocent,
Adult in me reveals shy,
Youth in me declares confident,
Man in me replies patience.

I ask myself often who am I?
Engineer in me recommends search on internet,
Chess player in me advices strategist,
Shutterbug in me says natural,
Moviegoer in me suggests genuine,
Fitness freak in me says healthy,
Meditator in me intuits astral.

I ask myself often who am I?
Body says mortal,
Breathe says in rhythm,
Mind says sharp,
Intelligence says master,
Memory says limitless,
Ego says don’t know,
Soul says pure.

I ask myself often who am I?
Attire exhibits formal,
Pen writes southpaw,
Backpack says systematic,
Water bottle says clear and fresh.

I ask myself often who am I? 
Keyboard types  * (read star),
Speaker plays popular,
Mouse clicks soft,
Screen displays bright.

I ask myself often who am I?
Twitter tweets @vmahawar
Instagram mentions @vijay.mahawar
Pinterest pins vmahawar
Website address

– Vijay

PS: Every time I ask this question, I get different answers. I hope one day will come, when I will have all the answers and I shall be enlightened :)


Posted by on August 28, 2015 in General, Spiritual

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Maintenance is most difficult !!

Dear Friends,

Today one of my close friend shared a lovely video. This video inspired me to write today’s post.

Its a discourse by Gaur Gopal Prabhu. The message which I received from this short and crisp video is:

Creation needs some effort,
Destruction needs no effort,
But maintenance requires most effort !!

Hope you enjoy the discourse by Gaur Gopal Prabhu.



Posted by on July 25, 2015 in MBA at SSU, Spiritual

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Anari (1959) – Sab Kuch Seekha Humne (सब कुछ सीखा हमने)

Today I am posting on my favorite song from the Movie Anari(1959).
The song is “Sab Kuch Seekha Humne”.

Singer(s): मुकेश
Music By: शंकर जयकिशन
Lyricist(s): शैलेन्द्र

Lyrics in Hindi

सब कुछ सीखा हमने ना सीखी होशियारी
सच है दुनिया वालों कि हम हैं अनाड़ी

दुनिया ने कितना समझाया
कौन है अपना कौन पराया
फिर भी दिल की चोट छुपा कर
हमने आपका दिल बहलाया
खुद ही मर मिटने की ये ज़िद है हमारी
सच है दुनिया वालों…

दिल का चमन उजड़ते देखा
प्यार का रंग उतरते देखा
हमने हर जीने वाले को
धन दौलत पे मरते देखा
दिल पे मरने वाले मरेंगे भिखारी
सच है दुनिया वालों…

असली नकली चेहरे देखे
दिल पे सौ सौ पहरे देखे
मेरे दुखते दिल से पूछो
क्या क्या ख्वाब सुनहरे देखे
टूटा जिस तारे पे नज़र थी हमारी
सच है दुनिया वालों…


Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Entertainment

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Year 2014 in Review

Web Accessibility My Replies Site History SSU Rocks in Chess Competition Photo Gallery Photo Gallery in sidebar Meatless Day Rishi in different avatars Rishi in different avatars Statistic Captchas
Web Accessibility

Song: Trip the Light
Music: Garry Schyman
iTune link is here Youtube video (with lyrics) is here and video of Matt Harding is here

Here is what world searched on Google in 2014.

Source: Google
Wish you a very Happy and prosperous New Year 2015 !!



Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Entertainment, General

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UN declare 21st June as International Day of Yoga!

Now longest Day in Year, 21st June, is also the International Day of Yoga. UN declared 21st June as International Day of Yoga!

Yoga, a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, aims to transform body and mind.

“The practice of yoga adds dynamism to life.
Yoga harmonises the body, the breath and the mind.”
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar



Below is the talk by Sri Sri on World Yoga Day

Experience the timeless and priceless technique of yoga to keep your mind, body and soul healthy.



Posted by on December 12, 2014 in General, MBA at SSU, Spiritual

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Installation of Oracle 12c on Oracle Enterprise Linux 7

Dear Friends,
I had installed Oracle 12c database on Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 yesterday. I am sharing my steps which I had taken for installation. Hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Download the OEL7 ISO for 64 bit from Oracle Edelivery (V46135-01.iso and V46138-01.iso)

Step 2: Open Virtual Box and Create New Virtual Machine choosing the OS option as Other Linux -> Oracle 64-bit.

Step 3: Point the CD/DVD to the ISO image downloaded from Edelivery site

Step 4: Change the boot sequence to CD/DVD, Hard Disk

Step 5: Create a shared folder with auto mount and read only option and point it to the setup location on the host machine.

Step 6: Start the Virtual Machine and follow the steps.

Step 7: Install Additional Guest Image – This will enable to access the shared folder on host machine.

Step 8: Install the RPM mentioned in the appendix section of this article.

Step 9: Copy the Oracle 12c database setup from the shared folder on host to the /u01 directory.

Step 10: Refer my previous blog post on installation steps here.

Installation Steps in OEL7

Installation Steps in OEL7


Login Screen in OEL7

Login Screen in OEL7


OEM Database Express 12c - Login Screen

OEM Database Express 12c – Login Screen


OEM Database Express 12c - Performance Hub

OEM Database Express 12c – Performance Hub

Some Points to remember:

1. Installation Guide by Tim Hall is available here – This contains tips to troubleshoot certain installation errors.

2. Useful article on OTN can be found here.

3. Installation Guide at Oracle Docs which I found useful is here


Download the rpm for oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm from here

Download adobe flash player for Firefox browser, this will be required for the Oracle EM Database Express 12c. (flash-plugin-


Posted by on November 15, 2014 in DBA, Oracle

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SSU Rocks in Chess Competition at Ignitrix 2K14

Dear Friends,
I had the honour of representing Sri Sri University, Cuttack in the recently concluded sports meet (Ignitrix 2K14) hosted by ABIT College, CDA, Cuttack (15th-17th Sep 2014).
I am delighted to share with you all that I was runners-up in the chess, the competition, which was primarily dominated by Sri Sri University. All top four positions in chess competition were taken by Sri Sri University.

Sri Sri University were runners-up in badminton mixed doubles and winner in girls singles badminton. Below is the snap of the winners from the sports meet.

SSU Rocks in Chess Competition

Winners from Sri Sri University at “Ignitrix 2K14” Sports meet at ABIT College CDA, Cuttack

Left to Right: Vijay (Runners-up Chess), Khyati (Winner Girls Singles Badminton), Neetika (Winner Chess), Akshay and Hansa (Runners-up Mixed Doubles Badminton)



Posted by on September 18, 2014 in MBA at SSU

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Interesting Movies and Documentaries on Finance

Dear Friends,
Today I am sharing few movies and documentaries on Finance. The videos are mostly relevant to the financial crisis of 2008.

1. Wall Street (1987):

2. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010):

3. Margin Call (2011)
This is one of my favorite movie, it focuses on the days just before the 2008 financial crisis and how the events unfolded which led to the markets to crash.

4. The Wolf of Wallstreet (2013)

5. Moneyball (2011)

1. Enron: The Smartest guys in the Room (2005)

2. The Ascent of Money (2008)
This is a very good documentary, which was telecasted on BBC. The documentary shows the evolution of money from beginning till the financial crisis of 2008.

3. Floored (2009)

4. Inside Job (2010)
This is again a documentary on the financial crisis of 2008 which analyses the cause and effect of the crisis.

Hope you enjoy the movies and documentaries. Feel free to add more to this list by commenting on this post.



Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Entertainment, MBA at SSU

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Chasing the Monsoon

11th July 2014 and 12th July 2014

This was the title of “Rail Bandhu” – The on-board magazine from Indian Railways, on my maiden train journey from New Delhi to Cuttack, Odisha.

In the first half of my journey the adage “Do not judge the book by its cover” felt so true. I did not bother to open the book.

In the second half of the my journey, when the train entered Odisha state. I was awestruck to notice the two extremes of the weather which existed in India. Such is the vastness of India.

I started my journey from a place where people were praying to Lord Indra to show some mercy and my journey ended where monsoon was at its full glory. It appeared that Lord Indra (The Rain God) showed special interest in this part of the world :). There was relentless rainfall occasionally accompanied by thunderstorm and lightening. I had to pray for the rain to stop so that I can carry my luggage comfortable to my to-be home for the next two years. I was on my way to Sri Sri University, Cuttack, Odisha for admission to two years full-time MBA program in General Management.

Finally, I decided to turn the pages of the on-board magazine titled – “Chasing the Monsoon”. It showed glimpses of the natures beauty during the Monsoon in different parts of India. It also showcased the new SMS alert system introduced/proposed by the Indian Railways in Railway budget 2014. This will keep the Indian Railway passengers updated about the ticket status, arrival time and departure time of trains on/from platform.

Below are some snaps I captured on my way from Cuttack station to the University Campus.

Chasing Monsoon - Click 1

Cuttack, Odisha – On my way to Sri Sri University Campus

Cuttack, Odisha - On my way to Sri Sri University Campus

Cuttack, Odisha – On my way to Sri Sri University Campus

Chasing the Monsoon - Godi Sahi, Cuttack, Orissa

Chasing the Monsoon – Godi Sahi, Cuttack, Orissa

At the end of my journey, I concluded that Lord Indra is a smart manager who always keeps himself in demand.



Posted by on July 13, 2014 in General, MBA at SSU

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