Vignesh Reddy Kandi



20 countries before 21 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi

20 countries before 21 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi I always thought that, if I could make it to 20 countries before turning 21. But I haven’t But let’s see what countries I have been to and why. 1. Finland 2. Sweden 3. Estonia 4. Latvia 5. Lithuania 6. Portugal 7. Denmark 8. South Korea 9. Germany 10. Austria 11. Hungary 12. Poland 13. Czechia 14. Slovakia 15. Netherlands 16. Belgium 17. Luxembourg Thanks for reading! Vignesh Reddy Kandi

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Missing My Favorite Telugu Cartoons

As a child, I used to enjoy watching shows like Takeshi’s Castle, even though I didn’t have any knowledge of the language. I found it amusing to see the participants fail in those shows. However, as I started my kindergarten, I developed a liking for shows like Tom and Jerry and Ben 10, which has become my all-time favorite show until now. During that time, I used to watch many cartoons, and they became my favorites. On Cartoon Network, I loved watching the Ben 10 series and movies, Dragon Tales, Tom and Jerry, and some movies like Bal Ganesh, Bhooth and Friends, Oh My Friend Ganesha, Omkar, and many more. On Pogo, I enjoyed watching Mad, Takeshi’s Castle, and Chhota Bheem. On Disney/Hungama, I loved watching Doraemon, Shin Chan, Kiteretsu, and Ninja Hattori. And on Kushi TV, I enjoyed watching Heidi, Jackie Chan, Spider-Man, and some Marvel movies. I watched these shows for many years, but unfortunately, some shows got canceled, and at some point, I didn’t feel like watching these cartoons anymore. But now, I miss them, and it’s sad to see that they are not available anymore. Although I can find some of these shows on channels and websites, I can’t find them in my native language. I tried to watch them, but because of the change in language and voice, I didn’t enjoy them as much. I miss watching them in Telugu, and sometimes I feel like if someone sold those cartoon shows with Telugu audio, I would even be ready to pay a couple of hundred euros.

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Mobile Games, Consoles, and the Joy of Playing with Friends

I still remember the thrill of playing Snake on my mom’s Nokia phone as a child. Keypad games like Bounce, Snake Survival, and Racing kept me entertained for hours. As touch mobile phones took over, I graduated to playing games like Hill Climb Racing, Temple Run, Subway Surfers, and Dr. Driving. However, I eventually grew bored of these games and moved on to playing PC games like the GTA and Vcop series. One of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I had was playing on gaming consoles that came with 9999 games. I particularly loved playing team games with friends during this time. However, even after buying a PS3 and playing games like Tekken, WWE, and Ben 10, I still felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until 2018 when PUBG was introduced that I finally found what I was looking for. At first, I was hesitant to try it, but watching my brother play during a visit to my grandparents’ house convinced me to give it a shot. I loved the voice chat and squad compatibility features that made playing with friends even more fun. Although the game was later banned in India, it left a lasting impression on me. Fast forward four years to 2022, and I was in need of something refreshing after work. That’s when I discovered Call of Duty and found it even more enjoyable than PUBG. Initially playing with just one friend, we eventually formed a team and started gaming together every day. Playing these games with friends gave me the conversations and camaraderie I had been missing in my gaming experiences. The joy of playing with friends, whether it’s mobile games or console games, it’s the sense of community that makes gaming truly enjoyable.

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Why I Couldn’t Wait to Turn 18: A Look at the Perks of Adulthood

As a child, I used to dream about turning 18, thinking that it would be the ultimate liberation from school and parental control. However, the real urge to become 18 came at the age of 13, when I started to learn riding a bike. Even though I mastered it by then, I couldn’t legally drive or obtain a license until I turned 18, which made me anticipate that day even more eagerly. As the years went by, I had many other wishes and dreams that could only be fulfilled after turning 18. I longed to vote in elections, get a debit card, and own a mobile phone with a sim card. I also became interested in the stock market and wanted to create a demat account, inspired by Warren Buffet’s success story. Yet all of these were beyond my reach until I reached the magic age of 18. Finally, on my 18th birthday, I felt a sense of freedom and empowerment. I answered phone calls, messages, and downloaded apps like Nordnet and Binance to invest in stocks and cryptocurrencies. I enrolled in a driving school and applied for bonus cards to avail of discounts on shopping. It was a thrilling experience to do all the things that I couldn’t do before due to age restrictions. However, as time went on, I realized that turning 18 was not a magical solution to all my problems. I still don’t have my driving license, and I missed the opportunity to vote in the last election. My ambition to become a billionaire by investing in the stock market like Warren Buffet also faded away. I learned that being 18 doesn’t automatically make everything better or easier, and that financial independence is a crucial factor in feeling truly empowered. Turning 18 can be a milestone that brings a sense of excitement and newfound freedom. However, it’s important to realize that age is just a number, and true empowerment comes from taking charge of your life and pursuing your dreams, regardless of your age.

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Days when corona was introduced

Looking back, it’s hard to believe how different life was just a little over a year ago. In December 2019, I arrived in Finland with no idea of the events that would soon unfold. The coronavirus was a distant news story at the time, and wearing masks and using hand sanitizer were not yet part of our daily routines. But as the months passed, the virus began to spread rapidly, and by March 2020, the world had changed. I had planned a trip back to India in April, but as the country went into lockdown, I knew it would not be possible. While I was disappointed, I was also grateful that my family and I were safe during such uncertain times. As we adjusted to the new normal, my family and I found ways to enjoy our time together. Ludo King became our go-to game, and we spent hours playing with each other and with friends virtually. We also made a point to eat healthily and stay active by drinking lemon water, eating fruits, and watching movies. Initially, I was afraid of leaving my apartment, but as time went on, I became more comfortable going out, applying sanitizer frequently, and avoiding touching anything unnecessarily. Looking back, those three months of lockdown were some of the best and most memorable days I have spent in Finland. I never imagined that my family and I could spend so much time together, just having fun and enjoying each other’s company. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, I’m reminded of the importance of family, friends, and staying positive during challenging times. While things may not be the same as they were before, we can still find ways to connect with each other and make the most of every moment.

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My 2022 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi

My 2022 – Vignesh Reddy Kandi : 1st few months : This year was one of my favourites. I spent New Year’s Eve with my grandparents In Karimnagar, India. But the later weeks of January turned out to be scary because of the omicron variant, however, I was safe out of it and returned to Helsinki. From February to May, all I had to do was complete my course assignments and projects and pass the course with good grades. The long-awaited vacation had finally begun. And all of my close friends began flying to their native countries, But I still had a month to travel to India. Then a random May afternoon I got a call from Junction and was told that I got selected as Application processing Team lead, I agreed and finished my onboarding.  June had arrived, and I still hadn’t decided what to do for my birthday, but due to an emergency, I needed to go to India sooner than expected, so I rescheduled my flights(Helsinki to Delhi and Delhi to Hyderabad) for June 5th. Again, I spent two months in India, but this time without the worry of viruses. After returning to Helsinki on February 25th, I realized that I had spent three of the seven months in India. Kickstart : But then my actual role at Junction began, and I was enjoying my work. I learned about many things through Junction that I wish I had known earlier, such as Startup Sauna, Aaltoes and its Ecosystem. While continuing in my role, I was given the opportunity to be the Registrations team lead, which I thought was better for me because I had nothing to do during the event. One day in the Startup Sauna, I saw a poster with the large text “Hack in a Hotel” and thought it was interesting, so I looked into it and learned about Dash. Initially, I planned to be a Dash participant, but I ended up volunteering with an amazing program team. Going towards the end : Since I enjoyed volunteering in 2021, I applied to Slush as a group lead. Most of my friends who applied had already been contacted, but I hadn’t, so I assumed I’d missed out. However, the night before the deadline, I received a message from my team lead informing me that I had been selected as the Event Badge claim group lead. I told my friends about it and started working on it. One of my friends suggested that I would be a good fit for Catalyst as a community manager and encouraged me to apply; I did so and was selected. October and November have been extremely hectic. All three events occurred simultaneously, and I wanted to give my all at Junction, so I was in three positions and handling two of the most important tasks And completed them perfectly. During my time at Junction, I had the opportunity to create content for Junction’s Instagram and fly a drone. It was truly amazing,I enjoyed every minute of my time in Dipoli by meeting new people and doing my work. Slush began in the following week of Junction. I had high hopes for it, but I didn’t enjoy Slush as much as I did the previous year. Despite the drawbacks, I had a good time at the afterparty and met a few amazing people through slush. After all of this, I took a month off in December to do nothing and enjoy the holiday season.I took a step back in my studies but gained a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But, overall, it was a great year in which I dealt with problems in a variety of ways and learned how to overcome them.

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