Editor's Pick | Vol. 1 | Issue. 34

A Chaiwala Tale to Break the Monotony

A man making tea
Sonaal Bangera / Unsplash

On my way home each evening, I stop for 'chai' (tea); even better, I stop to watch the chaiwala (tea barista) show off his swag. Amidst the crowd of onlookers, he effortlessly tosses spoonfuls of sugar into a cup, then adds tea and a dash of milk. But the true display of his expertise lies in the mixing part. The distance between the two cups used to mix the chai is directly proportional to the swag. It's a visual representation of his flair and confidence. The longer the pour, the higher the swag, and the more mesmerized the audience becomes.

But as I stand there, sipping my chai and reflecting on this daily spectacle, I can't help but draw parallels to life itself. Just as the chaiwala's captivating act can slip into mundanity when it becomes a routine, an individual's life can also fall prey to a monotonous existence when confined to a single trade or skill. It's a state of mere existence, as Oscar Wilde so eloquently put it.

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all!"

Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism.

This sentiment serves as a poignant reminder that life is not meant to be merely an existence but a journey filled with exploration and growth. The chaiwala's swag, while captivating, is ultimately an everyday performance. On the other hand, in the world of web development, Drupal enthusiasts embrace the mantra of growth that comes from exploration and collaboration. They understand that being stuck in one place can lead to a dull and repetitive existence. Therefore, the Drupal community not only hones their skills but also actively encourages others to join in. On that note, let me take you through the major inputs from last week.

The DropTimes have started a new initiative for a weekly feature that deals with Drupal modules that have thrived and stood the test of time. A curated list of 15 exceptional modules has already been unveiled, and we eagerly anticipate further contributions from enthusiastic members of the Drupal community. Southeast's biggest Drupal Conference, DrupalCamp Atlanta, was held on September 08, 2023, and we had the opportunity to sit down for a Zoom interview with the Lead Organizer, Kaleem Clarkson, who announced his farewell from the event after ten long years of organizing it.

On another exciting note, today, September 11, 2023, marks the end of regular registration of DrupalCon Lille 2023. Secure your seats before the end of the day to save a whopping €130. The 2023 edition of the Debian Conference, DebConf'23, was hosted in the land of spices, Kerala. EvolveDrupal Toronto had a magnificent conclusion with EvolveUX+ Mini-Conference, a dynamic conference within a conference.

The Drupal community is abuzz with excitement about the annual elections for the Drupal Association board; the voting opens on September 12, 2023. Globant's upcoming digital marketing and digital experience conference highlights a training session titled Drupal CMS: A Catalyst for AI on September 14, 2023. Design4Drupal Boston's September webinar focuses on web design accessibility and will be conducted on September 20, 2023.

In recent developments, Genero launched the "Kamihaya" distribution for Drupal. Also, Debug Academy is gearing up to launch an immersive Drupal 9 and 10 Developer course, set to kick off on September 24 and run until September 27, 2023. ImageX Media shared insights on the progress of Drupal 10 to 11 and what to expect in the future in the latest blog post. Acquia shared essential Drupal website maintenance tips, and Philip Norton in Hashbangcode published a guide to third-party settings in Drupal.

Revanth Technology is now offering Drupal Online Training in Hyderabad, India. Amazee.io is hosting a webinar on September 21, 2023, titled "The Future of the Open Web is Composable." The Drupal Academy tutorial explores the potential of services in both Drupal 9 and Drupal 10. The Aveiro 2023 Free Software Festival is scheduled to run from September 15 to 17, 2023.

That's all for the week.

Yours sincerely,      
Alka Elizabeth      
Sub Editor, The DropTimes