It was a pleasure to work with Packt Publishing on this project. Packt has been most accommodating, extremely quick, and responsive to all requests.
I am deeply grateful to Broadridge for providing me the platform to explore and build expertise in Big Data technologies. My greatest gratitude to Laxmikanth V. (Managing Director, Broadridge) and Niladri Ray (Executive Vice President, Broadridge) for all the trust, freedom, and confidence in me.
Thanks to my parents for having relentlessly encouraged me to explore any and every subject that interested me.
Authors usually thank their spouses for their "patience and support" or words to that effect. Unless one has lived through the actual experience, one cannot fully comprehend how true this is. Over the last ten years, Kalyan has endured what must have seemed like a nearly continuous stream of whining punctuated by occasional outbursts of exhilaration and grandiosity—all of which before the background of the self-absorbed attitude of a typical author. His patience and support were unfailing.
Last but not least, my love, my daughter, my angel, Nikita, who has been my continuous drive. Without her being as accommodative as she was, this book wouldn't have been possible.