On PyCon India 2016

Now that I’ve dipped my toes into the surf of the ocean that is programming, I decided to see if I could actually make a go of it.

To help me decide, I took a couple of days off to go visit Pycon 2016 in Delhi.

I was overwhelmed.
The wifi had a meltdown the first day.
The food upset my stomach.
Stuff did not work.
Nothing made sense.
My head just exploded with the barrage of information that I was hit with.

And to say nothing of the kids.
The new generation is super, crazy smart.
They ran circles around me, with their ability to just absorb and understand information and their whip smart questions

Is this what I am up against? I wondered.
This is what I am going to make a living from?
Is that even possible?

Yet, I came back from that convention, energised.
And it was all because of the people.

Generous, awesome, kind people.

The wifi was fixed the next day and worked beautifully.
The volunteers and organisers worked their hearts out (and their pants off) to make sure everything went hunky dory.
The kids who I was apprehensive about, took pains to explain things to me.
(Maybe they just have to be this smart, considering the world we’re leaving them!)
The speakers dispensed wisdom and yet, I realised, were approachable and open to questions.

And all this made me feel, like I belonged.
I could do this too.

I’ll have more to say on what I learnt and observed.

But for now, thank you, all you awesome people at PyCon!
You’ve made a coder out of me.