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50% done – mid year updates for 2020



Hello folks. 50% of 2020 is behind us. Let me share a few updates with you all. First check out this awesome double rainbow outside our house on 30th June.


I am thrilled and humbled to tell you that I have been re-awarded Microsoft MVP for 2020 year. This is my 12th year in the MVP program and it is all possible only because of you and your continued support to Chandoo.org. Thank you.

Lock down and back to normal…

Just like many other countries around the world, New Zealand entered lock down during March 2020. These restrictions gradually eased in May & June 2020 and we are finally back to normal life here. Thanks to excellent disease management by the local authorities & government here, the lock down was sharp, quick and effective.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

Power BI Play Date – July 2nd week

The next batch of Power BI Play Date is coming soon. I have originally planned to run this in March 2020, but kept moving the goal posts. But the course is finally launching in 2nd week of July. Check out the program details here and add your name to waiting list if you are keen.

Remote training for corporates

Are you looking to run Power BI or Advanced Excel training to your team? I am now available for 100% remote training. Find out more details here and get in touch if you want to discuss.

Excel Virtually Global conference

A bunch of Excel people are getting together and running 48hours of non stop Excel virtual conference. All the proceeds from this go to charities. I will be speaking on “how to make checklists and trackers using Excel” in my native language – Telugu.

Please click here for details and sign up. It is tremendous value.


As you know Chandoo.org family moved from India to New Zealand in 2016. One of the most difficult parts of the move is giving up mangoes. While you can purchase mangoes in the supermarkets here, the sweet & pulpy Indian varieties like banganapally, alfonso or kesar are hard to to get. 🙁

With lock downs & restrictions all over the world, things looked even more ominous.

Well, I am glad to tell you that the gastronomical cravings have been sated. We bought two boxes of banganapally mangoes sometime ago and micro-dosing on them everyday. Yummy!!!

Here is me sniffing a mango before carefully stuffing it back in the box 😀

And oh yea, I have a beard now.

That is all for now. We will revert back to usual doses of Excel & Power BI goodness from Monday. Enjoy your weekend.


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5 Responses to “50% done – mid year updates for 2020”

  1. Pothi Kalimuthu says:

    Nice to know NZ is back to normal. Here in India, we have a long road ahead. Just started with another month-long (official and unofficial) lockdown (for July 2020). Mangoe season is almost over here as south-west rains started (at least in the state of TN). ???

  2. vishy says:

    Best wishes for MVP

  3. Mayur says:

    Congrats Chandoo!

    I also wanted to know why you quit India and moved to NZ. India is certainly poorer without good and intelligent people like you. Unfortunate that our best and brightest tend to live abroad.

    Best wishes to you and to your family.

    • Chandoo says:


      Thank you.

      I didn't quit India. I consider India and NZ to be my two homes. I disagree with the view that a country can be poorer because her people leave. Thanks to technology, all the world is one big place. I still collaborate with my Indian techie friends and create content that whole world can enjoy. 🙂

  4. Kleber Marinho says:

    Dear Chandoo, G'day! I guess the NZ also use this Australian way of saying good morning?! Well, I don't think you quitted your home country India, which history I love so much. You must be happy and complete as a human being wherever you want to live. What is the problem when we migrate? We live in a free world (nevertheless the covid-19 pandemic made us stopping traveling for the moment) and we decide where we can go. My best regards and congrats for the beautiful work you do!

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