Many people have done so much for me over the years that it is just not possible to mention all of them here.
My wife Anita has been the best friend and critic of the manuscript, as ever. She has helped me in so many ways that I cannot simply put it all in words. All I can say is that I am extremely lucky to have such a loving, caring, supporting and understanding partner. I cannot describe the joy that my two small kids Jui and Harsh have brought to my life. Life was so incomplete without them! My parents Dr. Meena and Dr. Shashikant Kahate and all relatives have been standing behind me like a wall, which is very reassuring.
I respect Mr Achyut Godbole more than anyone else for so many reasons. He has always provided encouragement and constructive criticism.
There are so many friends, both at the workplace and outside that I would like to mention, especially the Tea group at i-flex, which make the day at the workplace great. All my colleagues have been very understanding, supportive, and encouraging.
I would also like to thank Mr Nandu Kulkarni and Mr Madhusudhan Magadi for allowing me to use my spare time and facilities at the workplace for the development of this book. Colleagues like Ravi Jadhav, Subhabrata Sanyal, Atul Edlabedkar, Ruchi Bhargava, Sandeep Jagnade, Dhananjay Barve, Abhijit Agashe, Sachin Limkar, Mithoo Chakraborty, Javed Attar, Dayakar Vummadi, Amar Gokhale, Richard Saldanha, Subramanian Krishnan, Sunil Gokhale, Bhupendra Porwal, and many others make my day at work wonderful!
Last, but not the least, it is the expertise, enthusiasm and persistence of my Editor K Srinivas of Pearson Education, which has kept me on my toes to try and complete this book in record time. I cannot thank him enough. I would also like to express my gratitude to Shadan Perween of Pearson Education, the Copy Editor of this book. And finally, thanks Deepak for your lively foreword.