BITS, Microsoft & Me !

I remember circling BITSAT dates in my Calendar as a teen, the days when I dreamt of being one amongst those elite group, the days when there were dreams without any efforts. I was one of those crazy teens who never knew what it actually takes to crack BITS and still wanted to crack it.

Later while whiling away life in a college, that my marks earned me, it was more then a dream to work for Microsoft, Google and Facebook without the efforts and commitment to get there.

After college, when life screwed me by my campus placed company HCL Technologies, all that I had was attitude, confidence and Internet. It was recession and one my friend suggested to try jobs.hasgeek.com. Never understood most of the jargon requirements in that portal and still I applied to many companies. I  got a call from ReduceData and the last round was a tough InterviewStreet problem, perhaps that was the first night I worked till 4 am and what followed was many of those nights that led me to work later then 4 am.

A tale of working in tech startups, working with people who dreamt in Dollars and a period of self discovery – doing what I wanted to do, screwing self, leaving comfort zone, toiling, getting ridiculed.

Now after a year and a month of that self discovery, where I find myself is writing code with people who studied in BITS, IIT, NIT, IIM. People who worked for Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Flipkart, Google, Samsung.

When I write this article today, I don’t know whether I deserve to be with such people with whom I always dreamt of being with, people whose quality of work is top notch compared to my works that are shabby. And I am in that phase of life where the the love on money is dropping, awe on the IIT’s is vanishing and the determination to work hard is increasing.

Wish me luck to improve self, to fight it out with smiles and energy, day and night with thoughts: Life definitely takes one to where ever they want, if only when they let it take them to where they want.

Pongal – Changing Times

This years Pongal was a much awaited break with 4 off days, barring the Monday which I had to do a work from home.

Pongal was a good recoup, stayed home, enjoyed good food, watched TV programes, hanged out with cousins.

Yet somewhere with in, the thought of Pongal not being the Pongal it used to be pricked me. There were those beautiful days when me and my cousins would wake up early with our Grand mother and start burning old things ( things that were carefully picked over the night), we would enjoy playing the domestic drums by exposing them to the burning flames so that the leather tightens and gives a better sound. In a way we were evolving the Sivamani’s within us. The next day would be Pongal – a day typically spawning over with loads of brand new clothes, relatives, food and visits to the near by temples. All of these have changed and the fun and colour associated with this festival seems only to be the Solomon Papaiya on TV and the home made fatty food.

As we evolved, gradually the fun and charm associated with festivals have diminished. It was even worse for my friends who work in reputed ITES companies in India, for them it was a working day. (I wonder whether we are still being ruled by the western world.) Ideally the west would go for a break starting with Thanks giving and ending with the New years day, while situations in India seems to be the opposite. Over the last decade typically India has become a dumping place for monotonous outsourcing work, at peanuts wage – loosing all of its traits and good brains to these lazy mundane money making jobs

Wish that our people start to be themselves rather then trying to inhibit and copy something else!

Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel

It was December 2013  when I picked up Rahul Dravid – Timeless Steel book from Exotel’s book shelf and occasionally found time to read it before sleep, on random evenings, on odd tiring days,  bits and pieces, finally completing it today. It was an incredible anthology on a man who did everything just for his team and country.

The embodiment of finest of qualities and a perfect example to abide. Every chapter says hard work, hell a lot of hard work, practise, devotion and dedication that made him what he was – the man responsible for India’s overseas accomplishments during the first decade of 21st century, perhaps the man who overtook Tendulkar on that part and still played second fiddle in recognition.

Talent is time plus manic obsession, he was not blessed, he seemed to have worked on it, he worked, dreamt, took stabs, stayed calm, focussed and reached where he got to. A package of Hard work, discipline and endurance.

Personally the bellow quoted lines defines life to me, a page that I would keep a Peacock feather and bookmark, one can find these on page 129 – chapter – The Great innings.

“Tap, single, back again. Forward, defend. Dot ball. Beaten, Dot ball. Forget. Off stump. Leave. Dot ball. Late nudge. Two. Soft hands. Kill. Dot ball. Width, Cut Four.  Ball after Ball, over after over.”

Patience, belief, hardwork, toil, sweat, perseverance, achieve, do it calm and humble.

 

 

Welcome – 2014

Back to blogging after a year because of an <yet to be defined adjective> reading from my college Facebook confession page.

There has been tremendous changes personally over the year and at this point my life seems to be heading the way that I always wanted it to be. Some of the notorious changes over the year are:

Sleep: 10+ hours to 5 hours.

Phone: Same Samsung S5670. ( Thanks to Hari for not taking it back)

No of Books read: 7 to 14.

Blog Frequency: Once in 3 months to nothing.

Tech knowledge: Novice to Rookie.

Peer group IM: SMS to Whatsapp.

Going to movies: 5 to 10.

Green tea bags consumed: 30 to 250.

Relationship status: Single to still single.

Biryani’s ate: 25 to 10.

Friends marriages: 2 to 7.

Friends kids: 1 to 6++.

Money saved: 25k to -100.

FB stalking: 6 to 1.

Being called uncle: 0 to 4+.

Vehicle bought: None to a probable Bi-cycle.

Friends suffering doing MS: 2 to 10+.

Broke up friends: 0 to 1.

Fights with Dad: 15+ to 5.

No of pics taken: 150+ to 20.

Closed group strength: 10 to 5.

Internet Charges : 12k to 25k

Phone bill: 150 monthly to 500 monthly.

Badminton foul plays: 0 to 1 weekly.

And all of these suggest an interesting year ahead.

Wish me luck and let luck stay with you too !