Saturday, January 31, 2009

And India Wins above ...

7 straight WINS ... back-to-back ..
India Wins Again ...
whew !!
fantastic !!
and by the way ... what the hell happened to the 'bails' which would simply not go off the stumps !!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Little Green ebook

To protect the planet we all need to act together, today.

So take a moment to page through the Little Green e-Book by Morgan Stanley

50 tips on how to make your life greener and help tackle climate change.

Click here for the Little Green e-Book

And definately do what the Tip No. 50 suggests ... !!



Monday, January 26, 2009

More conversations of this kind are required !!

A snippet grabbed from a yahoo-group discussion ...
I recall some years ago I was going to drop our son for his 10th boards. He was tense, jawline clenched. I thought he is preparing to go into a battlefield.
I asked him what he wanted to do in 11th. He stated he wanted science so that he could choose between being a software engineer and a merchant naval officer.
I asked about the cut off marks, to which he replied that he needed 65% to get science. I then asked him if he could secure 66% (1% as cushion).
He replied in the affirmative. I then told him to go ahead and get it. He secured well beyond that.
The amazing thing was that I could see the tension just disappear and his body language also became totally relaxed.
He was under the misnomer that we (his parents) wanted him to secure over 90%. We just clarified things to him and it made all the difference !!
Today parents to not have time for the kids. In the time that they do spend together a lot of restrictions are imposed. There is no real communication. Thus giving tension to each other.
Hope more such conversations happen across ....
They are REALLY required ...

A Difficult Judgment: Prayer and Belief :)

My best friend shared another humour touched piece you go ...
In a small town, a person decided to open up his Bar business, which was right opposite to the Temple.  The Temple its congregation started a campaign to block the Bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.
Work progressed.  However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong lightning struck the Bar and it was burnt to the ground.
The temple folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the Bar owner sued the Temple authorities on the grounds that the Temple through its congregation prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of his bar shop, either through direct or indirect actions or means.
In its reply to the court, the temple vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to the bar shop's demise.
As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented:
I don't know how I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork,

    'we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer


    we have an entire temple and its devotees that doesn't.' 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Perception, Choices and LifeStyle

My best friend, Shraddha, forwarded this nice piece ...
a very interesting read ... 

A man stood at a metro station in Washington DC and started playing the violin; it was a cold January morning.
He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time,since it was rush hour, it was calculated that a thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing.
He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and sarted to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy.
His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.
Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time.

This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while.
About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it.
No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.
The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

so true ...
in the race against time and career survival... we miss out on the beauties of life .. we either ignore them or simply dont realise their momentary but universal existence ..
the breath of fresh air, the beauty of the random smile, the little bit of greenery peeping out of the concrete jungle, the rare colours and formations of the morning / evening sky, the aroma of a nice brew and the aroma, taste & texture of good tasty food ..... 
we miss out on the little joys of life !!!
nice article ... nice experiment ... something for us to ponder ... and possible remember !!
keep smiling and have a nice day ...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Resource Utilization ... of a different kind ..

Nikhil forwarded this beautiful piece to our NITIE friend circle ..

I label such articles / stories as "Must Read and Mast Read"


Buddha, one day, was on deep thought about the worldly activities and the ways of instilling goodness in human. The following is the text of conversation between him and his disciple.

One of his disciples approached him and said humbly " Oh my teacher ! While you are so much concerned about the world and others, why don't you look in to the welfare and needs of your own disciples also."

Budhha : "OK.. Tell me how I can help you"

Disciple : "Master! My attire is worn out and is beyond the decency to wear the same. Can I get a new one, please."

Buddha found the robe indeed was in a bad condition which needed replacement. He asked the store keeper to give the disciple a new robe to wear on. The disciple thanked Buddha and retired to his room.

Though he met his disciple's requirement, Buddha was not all that contended on his decision. He realised he missed out some point. A whileafter, he realised what he should have asked the disciple . He went to his disciple's place and asked him "Is your new attire comfortable? Do you need anything more ?"

Disciple : "Thank you my Master. The attire is indeed very comfortable. I need nothing more"

Buddha : "Having got the new one, what did you do with your old attire?"

Disciple : "I am using it as my bed spread"

Buddha "Then.. hope you have disposed off your old bed spread"

Disciple " No.. no.. master. I am using my old bedspread as my window curtain"

Buddha " What about your old Curtain?"

Disciple "Being used to handle hot utensils in the kitchen"

Buddha : "Oh.. I see.. Can you tell me what did they do with the old cloth they used in Kitchen"

Disciple : "They are being used to wash the floor."

Buddha " " Then, the old rug being used to wash the floor...???"

Disciple " Master, since they were torn off so much, we could not find any better use, but to use as a twig in the oil lamp, which is right now lit in your study room...."


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

life and existence

the sound of silence ... the vison of darkness ... the touch of void space ...
some times ... life is just like that ...
vast exapnses of nothingness ...
the seemingly infinite endless depth of lonelines ...
and then .. as time passes by ... You 'adjust' to the surrounding and continue to exist !!
!! whew !!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

losing ones best friend

how does it feel to lose a friend ...
how does it feel to lose your best friend ...
i am not sure cos i havent still gathered myself together
am still reeling under the shock ...
the nuclear bomb just hit me a few moments and i have no idea how to react .. to myself ..
how to feel. what to think.
i dont even know what happened and why and how ...
maybe it was happening for long and i was unaware of it ..
my mind is right now a complete mess .. like a site devastated by a N-bomb ..
infact .. not a mess .. its a flat ground with nothing but a HUGE gaping HOLE in the heart ...
its like the person who is hit by a N-Bomb and is wondering "what just happened" ...
P.S. -- If you are a friend and you are reading about it, please dont talk to me about it. I cant. talk.

Satyam's Raju - a perspective !

A friend of mine Jigyasa forwarded a mail to me which has been fwd'ed several times over and the source seems to be a Satyam employee ...

In my earlier post, I had expressed my feelinigs on the burden of responsibility and guilt Raju must be carrying on himself after realising the impact of his actions. This Satyam employee also has a different view of Raju. Different from the one which is common today , that of a fraudster, a cheater, a villain !!

So here you go ...


At a time when almost 90% of my Satyam friends are cribbing about the fraud and betrayal by Ramalinga Raju, I have a slightly different opinion. It's bold of me to write this in black and white but this comes straight from my heart and experience.

Let me start by quoting an example of 2006. Most of my friends were unemployed with 50-60% plus marks in BTech, with a degree from an average University and hunting madly for a job. Whether people accept it today or not but the truth remains that Satyam was the ONLY saviour and the only mass recruiter who was ready to accept students who had back logs but had cleared them and also it did not put a very strict minimum marks criterion. And this was true not only for my small college at Lucknow but also those across India . Satyam is the fourth largest in IT in India. Looking at India's population I really want to thank Raju for giving some 54000 Indians jobs atleast for all these years . He was the reason for the revival of confidence and the reason for the bread and butter for many a families.

Satyam training was renowned all over India. Their STC training centre created numerous love stories and unexpected rekindling of a youthful environment where girls and boys were more indepenent than their college days . I remember most of my Satyam friends felt that they made better friends at Satyam's three to six months training than those in the four years of BTech.

Unfortunately people forget to thank God in sad times . I understand that what Raju did is deplorable and unpardonable. He should have treated business more formally and not dealt with it like a family affair . He should have been strict a couple of months or years before itself. Why did he hire so many non potential candidates and keep them on bench? When were the managers and the team mates last told that if they dont work hard, they will lose their job? Business cannot be run lousily.

I have been staying with some 200 odd girls for the last 2 years and many of them are from Satyam. Moreover I network a lot and I have lots of male friends at Satyam . I have seen how people tail gate to Satyam, how they give their swipe cards to others to swipe it on their behalf , how female employees have gone home sharp at 6am irrespective of when they landed at office, how employees sit at home for months at a stretch, prepare for all kind of post graduate entrance exams and still enjoy a full month's pay, how often they went for movies at local theatres at office hours, how often employees went to office just to sign on registers in the morning and at evening, how often they faked their certificates , how often they put unlimited fake medical and house rental bills.

How can we blame just one man when EACH AND EVERY person was disloyal ? How can we exclude Auditors like PwC ? How can we exclude the Board of Directors who have washed their hands off so clean? How can we exclude banks who gave hefty loans without true verfication? How can we exclude the Chief Minister of AP who allowed leniency for Raju's fellow businessman? How can we exclude managers who were never able to trace which bench employee under him had been away from office for how long ?

Yet how can people forget this is the same man whose ideas and potentials gave them an identity for the past several years? How many couples found the right match at an IT industry , courtesy Satyam and how many Andhra farmers benefited from their crores of investments in Satyam shares .How can people forget that Satyam launched its offices right at the doorsteps of a residential colony, where people can simply walk to work ?

The most gruesome experience that I can recollect was when a Satyam tag wearing person was waiting to attend an interview and I overheard him saying that he was in a business meeting at the My Home Satyam ( Madhapur) office when he was sitting right infront of me at a totally different company. When employees themselves show such a lousy attitude and dont care a damn for the brand that they carry around their neck, how can they expect others to care?

I am not saying that ALL Satyam employees are bad. I have known very dedicated people too, but my point is very clear, before pointing fingers at others, introspect .There are thousands of people who have completed certifications at the cost of Satyam, got trained at Satyam. Satyam made several freshers stand on their feet to get better jobs elsewhere across the globe and attain onsite exposure through Satyam.

What Raju did was to keep the business of Satyam going at any cost. I see a very smart man in him when he understood that he should rather accept his mistake than be caught by the USA laws . I see a selfish father in him too that he put a lot at stake for Maytas. However, he resigned with a lot of dignity and his letter of resignation shows humility. It takes a mammoth amount of courage to accept your mistake in public at a time when the media is ready to blow everything out of proportion. If humans dont make mistakes who else would ?

My last salute to this man is for creating such mass employment in India for 57k employees and 57k families when even opening a beetle(pan) shop in a lane in India is a challenge !! Thanks to him for creating income for all the thousands of families who benefited through food chains, the tiffin wallahs, the transport people and all those who made money by renting their houses.

I read he donated Rs 12000 crores from his personal pocket to give the January salary of his Satyam employees. Today Satyamites call Raju a FRAUD. The true and loyal Satyamites surely have all the reasons to say this word. But all the rest who sucked every rupee out of Satyam without doing any value addition need to understand - who was a bigger fraud.


I have copy-pasted the text as received and dont really endorse or confirm the 'facts'. But yes, i do agree with the sentiment.

The Man has done great good in past 20 years. I just expect people and especially media to show him some respect.

YES .. he needs to be punished for what wrong he did. BUT there is no need o forget or nullify the Good he did.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Love and dreams ...

I couldn't bear to tell the girl I loved that I was only dreaming and that she was merely a figment of my imagination, so I kissed her, and as the world lost its color, I slowly woke up.
- Anonymous

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Satyam ... so much at stake ... and so much more


53,000 employees and their families,

300,000 shareholders and

650 customers across the globe ...

so much at stake !!!


While the media is crucifying Ramalinga Raju and calling him the 'villain' ...

I am wondering about the immense weight on his conscience ... even he is aware of the above stats ...
and it is this exact awareness that must have given him sleepless nights and terrible days ...

I would not be able to sleep with the knowledge that somoen is in pain bcoz of my actions ...
Today, Raju has to bear the burden of the knowledge of the fact that millions have been impacted by his actions .. .

There is no doubt about his leadership .. he has led Satyam from inception to what it is today ... an IT giant.

Yes .. he messed up somewhere ... BUT should that make all that good things dissappear that he has been doing past 20 years ...

I dont think so ...

Diclaimer: These are my personal views and thoughts. These have got nothing to do with the fact that I am myself employed with Satyam.

And while I am at it, let me clarify that media has been reporting today that satyam associates have received communication from management that there will be no salary for two months. Well, I am an employee and i can say that no such communication was ever made. Infact, we have an assurance from our leaders that the salaries will come and all the employees will be taken care of. The Top 40-50 Leaders of Satyam have pledged their support and committed not to leave Satyam in the time of crisis.


An interesting fallout of this whole recent fiasco has been the record number of friends and relatives who have contacted me via email/chat/sms/messenger/phone in last 48 hours asking me if i was fine and if I needed any help in case i was going to lose my job or not getting paid :) ... A lot of relatives called up my dad to ask if I was fine :) I had a tough but very interesting time explaining and assuring everyone that I was fine and my job was safe right now ....  The only pinch was that i spent a bomb on communication .. responding to all from Dubai ... and not all have emails .. many had to be responded through a voice call !! But, it was good, connecting to soo many people ... friends and relatives who cared !!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Vote for my shots !
What inspires you? What thought, object, vista, event or person has moved you more than any other? To celebrate the launch of the international BraunPrize 2009, Braun and Core 77 invite you to share your most inspiring images and stories with the world by entering a special photo competition.

Photos can be of objects, people, or environments; they can be artistic gestures or graphic messages. Use your camera as a lens or as a paintbrush, as a tool for revealing, informing, or provoking. But whatever you submit, make sure it has the power to make an emotional connection with others.

Visitors to this site will look at your work and vote for the images they feel are the most inspiring. So speak individual thoughts or universal truths. Be creative and have fun. Get out there, and shoot your inspiration.

I have submitted some of my snaps at the site and here are the links.

have a look ...
If u like them ... vote for the snap.
if you don't ... still cast the vote and let me know what u did not like :)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Good Riddance 2008 !!

The year 2008 came to an end and i hope it also marks in some way an end of the worst year of my life ...
Hope things change in my life in this new year ...

A year that was 2008 ...
2008 was a year full of pain and hurt feelings for me ...
I was hurt emotionally on several occasions and I also hurt some very close ones a lot ...
I was on the verge of losing my best friends and actually lost them for some time ... at least i felt so ...
2007 had promised to bring in a lot of happiness in my life ... it came and gradually it vanished ...
In 2008 .. it all became dark and cloudy ... all gloom ..

It scares me even today to think of the horrible moments which 2008 made me experience ..
moments of loneliness .. practically for the first time in my life ...
Its not the first time when i have lived alone away from home ..
but this year it felt lonely ... very very lonely ..
lonely .. even when i was surrounded by a crowd ..

It was a year when i  shed more tears in a few months than in my entire life of 3 decades ...

I have hurt a lot of people in this year and would like to apologize to them ...
Sorry that i hurt you .. never intended to do it ... tried hard not to do it ..
but it happened ... I am sorry for all the painful moments I gave you ...

Not just personally .. but even professionally it was a very bad year ...

As the end of the year approached .. things started to get back in place ..
things began to mend themselves ...

there were far more happier moments in last 2 months than what i had in the entire year ...
and those who gave me those moments should know that they literally put life back into me ...
things seem to be getting back on track ...

that gives me hope that 2009 will be a better year ...

of course, as is always the case, tough times leave u wiser and more mature ..
I hope the same for me too ... :)
And yes ...
Happy New Year to you too
Hope the new year brings u a lot of happiness and makes ur worries dissappear !