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Goodbye 2008 and Welcome 2009

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Year 2008 had full of surprises both good and bad, both personally and professionally. But all in all it had not been so good to me though. I bid goodbye to Year 2008 and welcome Year 2009 with new hopes in my eyes – there’s always a light at the end of tunnel.

Resolution: ‘Stay focused, and think well before acting – there’s no Undo option in life.’

Wish you all a Happy New Year 2009!!!

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January 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Reliving 2000 on KD’s wedding

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The train slowly cripples to a halt at Raichur station at 8:30 AM on 14th Nov. Vijay, Nitin & Shilpi, Veeresh and Gururaj got down on platform and hotfooted towards the exit to reach home at the earliest. All were in hurry to reach home and get ready and head to Shaktinagar for their dearest friend Rajeshekar aka Rajesh aka Raj aka KD wedding.

One hour before, when the Train crossed the Marichatla station, 2 Project Leads, 1 Developer and a HR (by their profession) were exercising their thought process maps to come out with a foolproof strategy. NO! they were not discussing about how to meet project deadlines, set goals for ‘At Standards’ v/s ‘Exceeds Expectations’, measuring productivity, or how to gracefully layoff a 9 year senior programmer who’s working on par with a fresh bee. The task beforehand was to reach the wedding hall before the sacred knot was tied i.e., 12:15 PM, which in consideration with their track record was an uphill task. After lot of brainstorming Veeresh (Project Lead) pursued Nitin (HR) to get his Omni ready to be used for commuting to marriage hall. While they were bargaining on the pickup time Gururaj (Developer) called up home to get his hot water bucket ready. Vijay (Team Lead) easily agreed upon to accompany Gururaj as his favorite dish Idlis were also getting ready at Gururaj’s home. Unconvinced by Veeresh and Nitin’s formulae Gururaj and Vijay decided to mange their own commute.

Gururaj and Vijay reached the marriage hall 1 hour before scheduled sacred time. Everything was going in unison; Read the rest of this entry »

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November 18, 2008 at 12:52 am

Unplanned but memorable

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Sometimes you plan certain events but they won’t give you much excitement or even may turn sour. Like  planned event unplanned events too may turn exciting, refreshing and even most memorable sometimes. One such memorable and refreshing event was International Friendship Day celebrations I’d with my small group of friends. And luck strikes again on the blissful day ‘ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ದಿನ’ (Nov 1 – Kannada Rajyothsava day). Nov 1st marks the beginning of ‘Kannada Rajyothsava’ and extends throughout the November month and is celebrated with much fervor and liveliness throughout Karnataka.

We didn’t had any special plans for the day but since it happened to be weekend we just planned for a movie. Again Nitin was our event-manager; he was responsible for deciding the Movie and a nearby Threate and then convey the same to everyone in the group. Since it was ‘Kannada Rajyothsava’ too nobody in the group were sure whether theatres were screening non-kannada movies. Nitin took the initiative to call the theatre and find out whether Hindi movies were played on the day. Since nobody at the theatre didn’t answer his phone call he went to sleep without informing anyone – Thanks to his acuteness 😦 And we were in illusion that he was working out the plan 🙂 Rajesh our busy body for the month (he’s getting married this 14th. You know how life will be busy during this transition period) called up to ask about the plan and was too frustrated cos our event-manager didn’t answer is phone calls 🙂 I too started calling him up and luckily his wife (Shilpi) picked my call. Gods grace things started ticking again from where they abruptly halted after his sleepy break :-0

He outlined a simple plan: Movie – Golmaal Returns, Theatre – Sagar in majestic area and Timing – 7:30 PM show. Everyone in the group were informed Read the rest of this entry »

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November 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Can I insure my Job?

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While at work I prefer listening to Radio instead of using Music Player like iPod. The other day on Radio (Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM) there was this interview with one of leading Insurance Company Head- Arg! I don’t have much details on the interview. The point is that this executive was talking about insurance and how these days people are insuring different non-tangible substances even including the Marriage Reception to hedge if it rains or people don’t turn up to the reception as in expected numbers.

Following my previous post on Job Risk in the gloomy market what struck is whether on the sames lines as marriages can we insure our job and get compensated only when we’re fired? On the contrary will the Insurance company provide such a policy to salaried individuals?

I know in reality this is remote possibility but in the virtual world say it’s exists. Given such a policy exists, how will an Insurance company verify whether the policy holder indeed got the pink slip. One possibility is that if the Employer hands the relieving letter stating that the Employee in question is being shown the door. Terrific, that’s a legitimate way. But, again what negative impact will it have on the Employee’s career. Will he be able to easily get new job given that he has been fired from his current job; Read the rest of this entry »

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September 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm

If not IT what else?

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Yesterday BofA (Bank of America) bought Merrill Lynch giving 0.85 BofA share for every Merrill Share. Also, Lehman Brothers filed Chapter 11 – Bankruptcy. That’s not the end of the story, AIG – The largest insurance company in the US is also on the verge. It has requested the Fed for emergency funds.

While this is what is happening in the US, I learnt that Satyam Computers, one of India’s leading software services company, is about to fire 4500 of its employees. It says that it’s their annual drill in which they show the doors to those employees whose performance is not up to the mark. It’s not just Satyam many IT firms are following suite.

I’m basically a Software Developer by profession working out of Bengaluru (or more commonly called as Bangalore). The common perception is that Software professionals have ‘The Midas Touch’, whatever we touch will turn into gold. Well that may be the past, these days most of the software guys are in the line of fire. Nobody knows when they’ll get the pink slip.

Because of the US market volatility due to Credit Crisis and Dollar depreciation the IT firms are making fewer profits and also the US companies have brought down the project outsourcing to some extent. That’s not all. The US Republic and Democratic parties are now talking about putting tough laws against outsourcing in their election campaign for the Presidential post. This means less IT work coming to India. The UK Govt. is also talking about issuing less Read the rest of this entry »

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September 16, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Hallucination

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It was 01 Sept 2008 00:15 AM when I got up while traveling by train back home to Raichur. The Train was expected to reach Raichur station at 1:30 AM and I had to be awake so as not to miss the station. 12:35 AM and I was sitting in the TTE (Traveling Ticket Examiner) seat to avoid falling asleep again if I had been in my berth any longer.

Slowly chain of incidents started passing before my eyes – kinda flashback. And one such thought was what if I’d not got up before train reached Raichur station. This means I’d to wake my mother, who was also traveling along with me, in a rush and alight the train which could prove fatal if something went wrong.

This reminded me of a day when my elder brother, Venkatesh, and I had gone to see off my mother to railway station. We actually misreckoned the time to reach the station and ended up reaching on time when the train started moving. Getting on to the train was not so difficult but while alighting, the train has picked up the pace. My brother managed to jump off the train but on my turn the train was moving at faster  pace and the compartment I’d been in was about to pass the end of platform. My instincts asked me to take a jump Read the rest of this entry »

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September 1, 2008 at 10:46 pm

iPhone: I’m coming to India in 3G avatar today

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Apple iPHone 3G

Apple iPHone 3G

The wait for all the gizmo freaks is going to come to an end today midnight, No I’m not talking about RGV’s new movie release Phoonk. I’m talking about the much awaited gizmo – Apple’s iPhone. Yes. it’s going to be launched in India for the first time today midnight. India is going to see the first official iPhone and that too in it’s 3G avatar. Isn’t that great?

The iPhone being launched in India is 3GB enabled and comes in two bundles, 8GB and 16GB. Vodafone has announced that it will be launching the Indian versions at Read the rest of this entry »

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August 21, 2008 at 10:40 am