Oh Canada, we thank you for giving up your best developer! We are more than happy to welcome Meghan Sardesai to Gravitate. We are excited to see her talents in action, taking designs and bringing them to life. Her passion for front-end development and her commitment to an amazing back-end user experience has all of us very confident that she will provide some pretty amazing solutions for our clients in the months/years to come. To gain a little bit of insight into her world, we asked her a few VERY important questions (and really enjoyed her answers). Enjoy!
Yes and proud!
RIP the U’s and the Z (pronounced ‘Zed’), the loonie, the toonie, the short-lived absence of the penny, the colorful plastic bills, the beaver, the Canadian geese, and the tuque. And for all that, I’m sorry.
As a child what was your favorite form of transportation? Why
As I child, I loved when my parents removed the middle seat of our van, setting up a mattress, and sleeping on long car rides to visit our cousins. It felt adventurous and as if all I did was go to bed in one house and wake up in another, all the while having traveled for 4-6 hours and crossed the border.
As a child I infrequently rode the train. It was an exciting venture going on the top level of the GO Train and looking out the big windows at all different buildings, trees, train tracks, and graffiti, from my hometown in Burlington to Toronto.
Lastly, when I was little, I loved going on airplanes because it meant we were traveling to someplace so far away that there was really no better alternative. I loved looking out the windows and watching the plane take off and land. I loved the snacks and getting to visit the cockpit. I even loved straining my neck trying to see over tall heads to the small tv screens just so I could watch whatever movie was playing.
If you could write a show for any comedian, whom would that be for?
If I could write comedy I would break it down in the following way: for current events or social commentary and the like, I would love to write for Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, or Jim Jeffries. If I it was about cultures and addressing stereotypes, I would choose Russell Peters or Aziz Ansari.
Do you have a favorite food?
Who doesn’t? I would say pizza, my mom’s shrimp pasta (only time I’ll eat a bunch of healthy – read: horrible tasting – vegetables), and classic white, fluffy rice with either fried shrimp or fish, yogurt, and mango pickle (can either be spicy, or sweet and spicy), and with a papad. I’m also a huge fan of sushi, pho, custard pudding, confetti birthday cake, cake batter ice cream, chocolate chip ice cream, Ferrero Rocher and Guylian Belgium Chocolates.
Who is your favorite Canadian?
How many languages do you speak?
Four. Two fluent. One I am completely fluent in listening and comprehension but working on verbal (hard without the accent) and writing. The last one I studied in school for four years but am a little rusty with. I also started but later abandoned learning three other languages for various reasons.
Who or what are you constantly turning to for motivation?
People and places. People inspire me. Everything from their histories to their personalities, to their dreams and personal/professional decisions. As for places, there are no two places that are entirely identical. People and places make you realize how big the world actually is. They make you want to keep living and pushing yourself to never quit and keep improving.
What is your approach to problem-solving?
I like to break it down, or at least I try to. I determine what my end goal is, what is the main thing that needs to be solved, and then all the exceptions. After that, if there is time, I see if I can find ways to make it more efficient and cut down on time.
I am very visual and an out of the box thinker. I have to draw a clear path in my head. That is probably why I actually enjoy debugging code. It feels amazing at the end of it when you figure it out, whether alone or as a collaborative effort. I find problem-solving challenging, creative, never-ending, and extremely rewarding.
How many days are there in a Canadian year?
365.25 except on a leap year which is 366 days. Now, broken down by season is different and generally varies. And whether we get a good snowfall in the winter and a pleasant hot sun in the summer also decides which season will rule them all.
Pocket billiards. 8 and 9 ball. Juggling. Rubik’s cube. Crosswords. Cryptography. Horror movies. Indie Music. Ping pong. Doom. Final Fantasy VII. Myst. Cats. Super Solvers. King Fisher beer and an assortment of IPAs. JD. The Walking Dead. And comic books/graphic novels.