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Automobile Internship – 04/16/2013

Today, was a fun day at work!

In the morning, I underwent training in air intake systems with my trainer, Jishar. He explained the theoretical aspects of the topic first, then showed me an entire air intake system that was detached from a car and kept in the back office. About a hour and a half of training later, I went to the workshop.

The first car on the agenda was a beautiful white BMW 750Li. It required new spark plugs and a routine oil change. I thoroughly enjoyed working on a car like this, after nearly two weeks of working on Peugeots. Sixen and I completed this job my lunchtime and were well on schedule for a few more tasks.

After lunch, I returned to work on a Peugeot 308. It was a rather simple job requiring a change in the variable solenoid of the car. Soon, I completed it and headed to the control room.

There, I found the job order card for a Peugeot RCZ sports car and quickly snapped it up. The recent rains had created havoc in its engine compartment. We performed repairs on it’s turbo and changed its fuse box. Finally, we changed the engine oil. This job took much longer than expected. Thereafter, I performed Global Tests on two Peugeot 207s and called it a day.

On the way home, I spotted two sweet little classics in a public parking lot, just the right way to top off the day!

I will leave you now, with some pictures from today.

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The Beemer 750Li. I opened it all up!

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Sure looks odd in a workshop full of hatchbacks.

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Under the 750’s hood.

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The classic Mercedes that I spotted on the way home.

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This Pontiac complemented the Merc.

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Automobile Internship – 04/04/2013

Today was a mild day at work. Thursday being a half day, I got off early at around 1.oo pm. However, today marked a landmark in my internship experience. It was the first time that I was allowed to do unsupervised work.

A Peugeot 206 required an AC repair and this called for the dashboard to be removed from the car. Fresh from my experience of opening the dashboard of another 206 yesterday, I volunteered to do the job. Sure, I exceeded the 40 minute time limit allowed for preliminary repairs, but I was allowed to go on since it was my first solo experience. I really enjoyed doing it and I leave you now with some pictures from the job.

Friday is an off day for work so I will see you all on Saturday!

The untouched dash.

The untouched dash.

My tools.

My tools.

Work in progress. Detaching the center console.

Work in progress. Detaching the center console.

Without the dashboard and steering wheel.

Without the dashboard and steering wheel.

My handiwork! The detached dashboard is on  the bottom right.

My handiwork! The detached dashboard is on the bottom right.


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Trailblazers

Milestones set in stone.
They say, go down this way or perish alone,
Without this path, you’ll stay frail.
Forget they do, that grassy trail,
That had seen its last traveller in brocades
And will see it’s next one in shades.
This isn’t the road not taken,
‘Tis the trailblazer’s haven.

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This photograph was taken at the Dachau concentration camp, Germany in May 2012.

For more of my photography, visit my Instagram profile @himanshusahay.
To buy prints of my photographs, visit http://instacanv.as/himanshusahay.


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BLOG OF THE YEAR 2012

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I am extremely honored to have Bullet in a Maelstrom awarded the Blog of the Year 2012 Award! This is my second blog award, after the Liebster Award early last year. For this award, I am extremely thankful to one of my most faithful followers, Zygerina! Check out her poetry at http://zygerina.wordpress.com/ , you’ll love it!

Now, I haven’t been posting much these past few weeks, and I have a reason for that – I was applying to colleges and writing several college essays. But I promise, as soon as I’m done with school, on March 25th, I will resume weekly posting.

On to the rules now:

  1.  Select the blogs you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012 Award’.
  2. Write a post and tell about the blogs you have chosen and present them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page and include these rules (do not alter the rules or the badges).
  4. Let the blogs you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the rules with them.
  5. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display it on your blog and sidebar!

I confess I am not the best follower someone can have, but there are some blogs that stand out to me and I would like to award them. They are (in no particular order)

Lauren Grace Evans

I really love reading her random thoughts on daily life and her posts have made me laugh on more than one occasion.

h20 by Joanna

Joanna is a great photographer, and her picture series on water drops has inspired me to try out new and innovative styles of photography.

MAZE A DAY

Warren Stokes is easily one of the best pencil artists I have ever seen. His infinite creativity always amazes me and I love viewing his maze drawings.

Well, that’s it I guess. I started Bullet in a Maelstrom last January and I am glad that I have been able to gain over 650 amazing followers in such a short time. Keep reading guys, there’s a lot more to come!

Ciao!

– Himanshu 


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The Arab Awakening: The Syrian Situation

As more and more Arab countries move towards civil revolution, one can only infer that the citizens have finally woken up to the wrongdoings of the past and have realized that change will only happen if they bring it themselves. Many Arab countries have faced totalitarian rule for decades now. The citizens of Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and now Syria, all have taken matters into their own hands as have fought their oppressors. Some have succeeded, some haven’t. 
While dictators like Muammar Ghaddafi and Hosni Mubarak have been ousted from their respective governments, theses countries are a long way from peace. As their governments have fallen, many social and political groups have claimed power, leading to total chaos and anarchy. Still, the future is bright. For others like Syria, the struggle has just begun. With President Bashar Al Assad still in power, the country faces an uphill struggle against the governments genocidal tendencies. One advantage these people supposedly have is that governments around the world are aware of the situation in the country and have condemned the president and his government. The UN has already issued sanctions and a future Iraq style invasion of the country seems possible. The UN observer team being rejected access to the country only made matters worse. The recent mass killings in Syria have left hundreds of innocent civilians dead, among them women and children. A prompt response from the UN and major European countries seems likely.
Already, all foreign assets of President Assad’s family have been frozen and his British wife has been barred from entering the UK. Several countries, among them India, the US and Australia, have issued travel advisories to their citizens against visiting Syria, unless absolutely necessary. With the situation in the country only worsening by the hour, one major question comes to mind, has a civil war begun? The events of the coming days will unfold this mystery and will define Syria’s tryst with destiny. Until then, everything is left to chance.