Air Travel and some common sense precautions

Recently, my spouse and I found ourselves boarding a United Airlines international flight.

  1. The flight was PACKED. Not a single vacant seat.
  2. The airport was packed. There was no indication of any travel ‘slowdown’.

Should you wear a face shield?

The decision is of course, yours. We forsake the shield for a solution inspired by Dr. Fauci. Wear a Double Mask.

It bears repeating. Wear two masks instead of one.

The inner mask should preferably be of simple breathable cotton. The outer mask can be a K95 or whatever higher grade mask you feel comfortable wearing.

Wearing TWO MASKS…


Warning: This post may cause excess salivation. Do not be scared. Do not seek medical attention; it is perfectly normal. Also read ‘The Mutton Curries of India

Chuy’s Enchiladas (Try Boom Boom Chicken shown above — or Hatch Chile or Deluxe Chicken)

It’s no secret. Everyone (and their uncle) is moving to Austin. Tesla, Oracle, Google, Facebook have all recently announced (or already made) a move to Austin.

There’s tons of financial reasons (job growth, zero state income tax), but the non-financial reasons are just as impressive.

Live music, great food and a great outdoor lifestyle are all part and parcel of what make Austin unique.

‘Keep Austin Weird’ has been Austin’s tag line (apart…


Cloud Architect Essential Interview Questions

Topic Ideas to gauge a cloud candidate’s depth

Over the last few years, I have been more involved with interviewing candidates (as well as interviewing for positions myself).

To that end, this post captures some of the topics that a true cloud architect should be able to spell out in detail.

Note — You are free to use these in your interviewing sessions, but remember, this post only contains only topic ideas i.e. questions, without the answers :)

  • Infrastructure Intermediate — A VPN Tunnel is to be shared across multiple accounts (AWS), or multiple Projects (GCP) or Multiple Subscriptions (Azure)…


Selling Technology

Confusing ‘Pitching’ with ‘Selling’

Every sales person understands that selling is a process. This post is about what can wrong during this process — and the ONE thing you can do to ensure that you not only close your current sale, but have the customer begging for more. That’s right, the customer will want you to do other projects that you weren’t even being considered for!

Disclaimer — I am not officially in ‘sales’, nor have I ever been in sales. However, running your own technical consulting practice, automatically involves wearing the sales cap. …


The All Important Project Construct in Google Cloud

As a Google Cloud Architect, your understanding of GCP Projects and Service Accounts to access resources within that project, is key to gaining operational competency.

This post discusses how GCP projects can serve as an IAM boundary, a billing boundary as well as an application boundary (app tier boundary). There is nothing analogous on either AWS or Azure.

Projects in GCP

Say your infastructure consists of a large number of cloud resources, that need to be shared in specific ways across your organization.

  • Development teams only need development network resources (VPN tunnels for example) whereas


This is how I was taught to deal with viral infections (growing up in India, you encounter more than your fair share of such infections).

Day Zero — The instant you feel a sore throat ( or body ache or a slight fever), and suspect an infection, blanket yourself up. Take a paracetmol (tylenol in the U.S.) and bundle yourself up. This will raise your body temperature. Granted it is uncomfortable for a couple of hours — but this simple act, in itself, will take care of a LOT of viruses. …


Should I invest in Bitcoin in 2021?

This post tries to address bitcoin’s true valuation. In the process, it will answer related questions, including:

  1. What is the distinction between ‘Money’ and ‘Currency’?
  2. Aren’t ALL electronic payments also ‘Digital’ ? So, why is bitcoin’s digital payment any different?
  3. Does Bitcoin have any intrinsic value (as Money or a medium of exchange)? Does Bitcoin have any intrinsic value (as a store of value)? Is there a test to determine whether Bitcoin’s valuation is based on an intrinsic worth?
  4. What drives bitcoin’s valuation?
  5. What were some things that Bitcoin was the FIRST to do? (What is Digital Uniqueness? …


DMZ Reference Architecture on Azure

(Also see — Security in the Public Cloud, An Overview)

It’s no secret. Everyone’s moving everything to the cloud.

As they lay the networking infrastructure for their upcoming cloud migration, two areas where companies are most likely to slip up include:

The solution to these two pain points is fairly straightforward, if done up-front.

  1. Answer a set of questions for each app that you intend to move to the cloud. The output of those set…


Google, AWS, Azure Cloud Services

At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by the cloud. After all, wasn’t it just a fancy new hosting alternative to the likes of GoDaddy and Hostgator?

Sure — you were promised highly scalable (elastic) and resilient (redundant) infrastructure for your hosting. However, all of that was also available with your on-premises data hosting provider. So what again, was the big deal about this fancy hosting platform called the public cloud?

I was looking at it all wrong. If you approach the cloud as simply a place to host your applications (or data), you may miss the true reason the…

Anuj Varma, Physicist, Technology Architect

Ask me about Cloud Security, Google Cloud, AWS, Cloud Infrastructure, Migrations, Docker and Containerization, Quantum Physics, Relativity Theory and Blockchain

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