Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Strange encounters

There have been instances where in I have met some of my friends very rarely and these meetings have had lasting impacts. I have known Shankarnarayan right from my primary school days and he was my senior there. Also we used to stay 2 blocks away [Jayanagar 1st block] and often used to meet after school for cricket or just to roam around the streets. Gradually I lost contact with him, and met only once in a while. After we moved to BSK 2nd stage, I totally lost contact with him

My degree subject had been a combination of Hardware and Software. So there were great deliberations in the house on whether should I stick to Hardware or Software line. Both had its own pros and cons. Finally I started off with joining a Computer hardware servicing company. I started to gain experience in servicing and repairing computers, and slowly started to enjoy the work. In the meanwhile, my father had taken up a fabrication work at a house in Rajajinagar. The owner of the house had just started a S/w company [Tantra Solutions] and my father had spoken to him about me. I went along with my father to meet the owner [Mahesh P] and learn about the company

During those days [1999 - 2000] Infosys, Wipro, TCS were the main S/w companies, and everybody wanted to be part of these organizations. The salaries that were paid were huge [at least 10000/PM] and every parent wanted their children to settle down in one of these companies

It was a good meeting with Mahesh. The discussion went on for about 30 mins. Mahesh had been an expert at Database technologies and I was a novice. I only know dBase3 and did not know anything related to core DB concepts. But I had known C very well and had expressed my desire to work on this technology [and had frankly told that I don’t like to work on DB]

I was again called to meet other directors of the company. This is when I saw the physical location of the office. It was neat Majestic and in Cottonpet area. I met with Arvind, Kumar, Mahesh P and Mahesh N. There was one other director [Jayesh] whom I met at a later date

Having heard about big IT companies, doubts started to creep in my mind about Tantra. This was more to do with physical infrastructure rather than anything else. I bought some time for deliberation and continued working for the Computer service company. I was not convinced that I would want to join Tantra and decided to pursue career in Computer H/w field

I was returning home one day after office, and met Shankarnarayan accidentally near my house [I was meeting him after 10 years or so]. It had been a very pleasant surprise and spoke at length on how life is treating both of us. He had joined for a S/w course and was considering joining S/w companies [even though his father had an established business]. I had not told him about the interview at Tantra. During the course of the conversation, he mentioned that he would be willing to join any S/w company even though it did not have good infrastructure. This was mainly to do with gaining experience. He also advised me to do so if there is an opportunity. Probably he was able to foresee the future of S/w industry better

If it had not been for the rendezvous with Shankarnarayan, I might not have joined Tantra and not entered S/w at all. The wonderful journey I’m having in this sector started on Jan 24th 2000 from an office near Cotton pet main road. I have not met Shankarnarayan since then and not sure when the destiny would arrange further encounters

Monday, February 09, 2015

Victory comes at a cost

It had been a thumping majority for Modi and BJP during 2014 elections general elections. People were swept away by the manifesto and the promises BJP made towards taking India forward. It has been almost 1 year since the government has been in power and we are yet to see any tangible benefits that has reached common man. We all know that Modi is a man who has delivered amazing results in Gujarat and are expecting the same to happen at national level. Patience is waning out and it is time the government starts to deliver on its promises. Importantly the people on the ground should feel change. This has not happened yet. Wake up....

Arvind Kejriwal, take note of this fact. Thumping victory means people have great expectations and to be delivered in a short time. More the margin of victory, less the honeymoon period. This is inversely proportional. Work will have to start from today, and you have a long way to go. All the Best!!!

BJP, AAP hamein chahiye

There are a lot of marathon debates running across TV channels on who is better, BJP or AAP. My take is, let us not try to equate parties that are residing at either end of the spectrum. Both have their own agendas and are good in their own spheres. It is here that we as Indian nationals need to choose either of them based on the circumstances

BJP has been a party that has existed right from Independence movement and the contributions have been immense. It has provided to India visionary leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookharjee, Atal Behari Vajpayee et all. In recent times, visionary leaders like Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley are striving hard to take the country in the right direction. We need leaders like these to lead the nation and to reclaim the lost fame and glory. These are the people who are master strategists, think long term and have loads of experience in administration and public policy

AAP is a recent entrant to the political sphere. What started as a movement against corruption has got manifested into a political movement, which common people like you and me can readily associate with. What really matters to us is ground level realities. For ex: Corruption at Sub registrar’s office, Bribes at every step in public life and etc. These are important issues that needs to be rectified and AAP had provided a ray of hope when they were ruling Delhi. People saw that hafta collection stopped and people did not have to bribe government officials to get the job done. This is a party that did not have any experience in running a government and deserved a chance

Whatever happens to the Delhi elections, I believe it would be good for India. If AAP manages to clinch Delhi, the people of Delhi would have a ray of hope and would look forward to see corruption free administration. If BJP manages to win, it would be another feather in the cap for Modi and the state would benefit from same party rule at center and state. This also translates to greater coordination between state and center

If AAP loses Delhi, it would be a question of survival and would have to be seen how can the party keep itself united. If BJP loses Delhi, it would be an eye opener/realization that one size doesn’t fit all. This also will have greater national implications in the way of non BJP parties coming together in an opportunistic manner

Both these parties deserve to be in power but in different ways and places. This will be good for us

Sunday, February 08, 2015

All is Well

Experience cannot be explained but will have to be experienced. This is an adage that has stayed relevant for time immemorial. Being a big fan of Barthruhari’s subhashitha, these quadruplets describe great experiences by learned men, and a very famous one goes like this:

Swagruhe poojyate murkhaha, Swagrame poojyate prabhuhu,
Swadeshe poojyate raja, Vidwan sarvatra poojyate

Which means:

A fool’s worship is confined to his house, a chieftain’s worship is confined to a village,
a king’s worship is confined to a kingdom, but a learned man or Vidwan is worshipped everywhere

There is another famous saying, Koopa Manduka and which means a Frog in a well. This is meant to be more of a sarcasm and describes the outlook of a person who confines himself to limited knowledge/exposure

Well, when defined as an Adverb, means “In a good or satisfactory way”, as a Noun it means “A shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water” or “an enclosed space in the middle of a building, giving room for stairs or a lift, or to allow light or ventilation”. Ventilation describes how open or closed the person is to outside views

When “Well” is read as confinement, this also means the sphere of influence. When we dissect this further, it makes me believe that we are all confined to our own Wells but with varied boundaries. There is a limit/boundary to which every individual can exert the influence onto, but beyond that it fades away. Take for example a Noble laureate who might have done exemplary work in Physics. The person would be well known throughout the world for this knowledge on the subject and great work accomplishment. Now start to draw a Well to determine the sphere of influence and I’m sure the boundaries would be visible

It is after all not such a bad thing to live in a small well and be a master of things than to worry about a lot of things. Like how a bee would naturally get attracted towards flowers, let the fragrance of work outcome determine the boundaries you want to live in and the type of people you want to attract towards you