Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008-Rewind and 2009-Fast Forward

Hi Guys,

It's been long since I posted a blog and frankly speaking I did not have anything to share with you guys since my last attempt. To start with when I look back at 2008 lots of things creep into my mind...

Well firstly I don't want to repeat all the sensational news that the News channels carry for getting the TRP ratings. Life shows to us as we look at it. Now, let us look at what had happened:

  1. India-US nuclear deal inked amidst so many protests. Ironically, the nuclear man of India thought otherwise but was asked to keep his mouth shut :-)
  2. India decides to go ahead with Iran-Pakistan-India Gas pipeline ignoring US pressure. US must be having nightmares about the growth of India. As always trying to backstab :-(
  3. India and France sign pact for civilian nuclear technology which went out of focus due to the US nuclear deal and the drama!!
  4. Year 2009 to be ‘Year of India’ in Russia. Did you know that?? So, pack your bags and head to Russia for a vacation this year. Statutory Warning: Going for vacation is detrimental to financial well being of IT folks!!
  5. Reliance power raises $ 3 bn within a minute. This becomes India’s biggest IPO. Does not matter now. The Sensex is now perplexed :-(
  6. Michael Jackson – converted to Islam and changed name from Michael to Mikaeel. Did you ever have a clue??Well, not even me :-)
  7. Vishwanathan Anand wins world title after vanquishing Vladmir Kramnik. But he continues to stay in Spain. I think its much more peaceful than the mayhem here eventhough I encourage people to help this country grow sans our Netas!!
  8. Virender Sehwag joins Lara and Bradman to be the only players to score two test triple hundreds
  9. Tendulkar is now world’s highest test-runs scorer.Of course we know this :-)
  10. Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani with net worth of $20.8 billion, displaces Lakshmi Mittal to become the richest Indian in the world
  11. Aravind Adiga becomes the fourth debut novelist to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for his novel, “The White Tiger”. Remember this was his debut novel!! Have you guys read this book?? If yes, I need to borrow :-)
  12. Chandrayaan 1 successfully launched on 22nd October from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. What a feat achieved!!
  13. And of course the biggest IT sensational news was Satyam Computer Services chairman facing the brunt of investor rage after he decided to invest all the money in Maytas to support Hyderabad metro!! Well, ironically Satyam received the coveted "Golden Peacock" award for corporate excellence and so all I can say is 'Rumours spread faster than AIDS :-)'

Well, most of the news I shared are the good ones that you might have missed out other than the regular news bytes on Olympics and Obama fever. Of course I have conciously ignored the Mumbai terror attacks that still leaves me bewildered about our politicians...... And yes Tatas would get goosebumps when they look back!!Never in their history they could have suffered so much due to the political inefficiencies and greed!!

And personally I grew wise and determined with my career and life. After all the Hard work I got an "Average" rating and ironically my boss claims that he was oblivious to the fact :-) "Boss Mania continues" to haunt me!!And he continues to promise me to look into revisiting the rating and money :-) I handled few successful consulting assignments getting accolades from the clients and learnt so much about the intricacies of Market Research. And in personal life I have learnt to ignore my haphazard diet sensations and be more careful. Realised the value of time and choosing friends!! Never again I wil do a mistake of accepting a friend before I know what I need to know about them!!

2009 Plans / Wishes

  • To author a fiction novel
  • To buy a new car & house (Hopefully, we stop becoming greedy about selling our plots and houses more than the guideline value)
  • To get married :-) (Well personally it takes guts to say that I might not be a bachelor anymore!! Sorry to break some hearts ;-) Hopefully I create a sensation)
  • To grow in my career and hopefully get some hike and promotion. Heights of optimism being starting a New Business and make profits in this economic scenario :-)
  • To see some Indian politicians die of greed and curse :-)
  • To become less spiritual. Well, not that I claim to be spiritual but atleast stop worrying about reading "God and his creations"

So, guys "Wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year" May all or atleast some percentage of the wishes come true :-)


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Life's Good with Chrome!!

I have become a fan of Google chrome and I think it's on par with IE 8 & Mozilla 3. Main features being:
1) More Browsing space
2) Omni box that acts as both search and address bar
3) Downloads would not invoke any dialogue boxes and can be easily dragged and dropped into any folder/ location from the browser
4) Recently viewed sites are automatically displayed when a new tab/window is opened
5)Incognito mode to avoid storing of browsing history and files in the computer
6) Recognises search engines on retail sites and automatically tips off the user to search for required content
7) Multi process browsing experience. Even when content in a tab is stuck we can continue browsing the other tabs without problem
8)Sandbox technology that is more secure for browsing and much more....
Don't miss the video below...... :-) and click here to download one!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tolerance!! Bane or Boon??

I was having a chat with my friend today and he was talking about the perception that people in his office carried about him. "Arrogant", "Aggressive", "Not a Manager material", "Stupid" etc... and the list kept the traffic in this City. I was not very surprised to hear what people thought about him though!!

In this fast paced "mad" world the perception others carry about us matters more than the skills we have to succeed in life. Let's analyse some scenarios we face on a daily basis.

  • When you are in office it is okay to use Office phones for personal talk for long hours as long as the individual delivers his job. This especially holds true for all the young trainees and some (not so) clever seniors in your environment
  • Your colleague abuses the system by "Working from Home" and "Falling sick" and doesn't have to bother about an important deliverable or attendance in Office as long as the chemistry with the concerned Manager is orgasmic
  • Your peer screws up an important deliverable and asks help to complete it but you end up owning the deliverable. Manager keeps quiet until you deliver and when you ask him "Why?" he says to ensure "Team spirit is High"
  • In a team meeting you defend your views and question the decision taken by your manager or rationale behind the deliverable and he says you are "Arrogant"
  • You do all the work given to you by your manager effectively like a paid slave and in the appraisal he says "I expect more from you" when other team members get a "Star" rating just because they are a "Manager material" as they can keep their managers eternally happy by aping their idiosyncracies
  • "Non collaborative" is what people say when you don't listen to your peers views when you know that you can think better than them
  • You are an effective manager only if you take opinion from all team members who might influence the perception of the top management about you

Now let's move out of office and look at what happens on the road.....

  • Well educated people jump a traffic signal, overspeed and honk their way into the traffic when we like idiots try to be patient and follow the road rules like a ousted clan
  • "Let's settle this Sir!" has become so much a cliche sentence when we get caught by a traffic policeman when there is no fault of ours except that us being a well earning member of this society

And the list goes on.......

The question everytime that runs in my logical brain is "Do I tolerate all the flaws & become numb" or "Do I rebel"?? The irony being that when I tolerate all the flaws I am accepted in the system and when I rebel I am not a good team player!!

I am a wise guy when I act to please everyone who can create a perception or influence the system eventhough it is ethically catastrophic. In IT industry especially in India I saw a stats which indicates 7/10 projects fail to complete or over-run. Wondering why?? Well, I have to say that as long as 1) We tolerate the bad work done by your manager 2) We accept the deliverables given by your peers and dont question them back 3) We allow our juniors & peers to abuse the system and dont want to question to invite the wrath of your manager and 4) We keep dumb and do not express what is logically and ethically right..... we will always end up failing in any project we undertake.

People talk about corruption in the police force. However, we ourselves tolerate to get an advantage. We talk about how Western countries stick to law & rules where as we tolerate all the complacent behaviour shown by our fellow men.

Mahatma Gandhi taught "Tolerance" towards other people and not the system but I think we have learnt the other way around!! Wat ya say??

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The "Name" Game

It's been a long time since I wrote a new post and I thought it will be ideal to do so now or my name could become extinct in this fast moving world. Well many of you might know that my name is "Jayendra M.G" (M-Mandalam & G-Gurumurthy). The reason why my dad kept this name?? and he says "Jay+Indira(Gandhi)= Jayendra". How Dumb?? I made sure that I never voted for Congress ever since I got my voting rights.

As you see a very controversial name for some people for reasons you know :-) (Jayendra Saraswathi- another name my friends gave me) but then I had everybody pronouncing my name with different syllables and words ever since my school days. Look at the following examples:
1. "Jugendra"
2. "Jayandra"
3. "Jagendra"
5. "Jeyenth" etc..... and the list would go on..

Once it so happened that I got selected for the City U-13 cricket team and my name was displayed in the notice board as "Jeyentra". I was so overwhelmed that I came home and informed my parents who were delighted to hear the news. There was a match that was scheduled a week later for those who got selected in the team. So, I made all my preparations and left with my mom to the cricket ground for participating in the match. It turned out to be a nightmare though. The guys who had posted the list of players had removed my name as my certificates had it as Jayendra MG and the guy who got selected was "Jeyentra" :-( So, no amount of explanation helped the cause and I had to return home dejected and cursing myself & Indira Gandhi and her faithful follower Mr. Gurumurthy.

I had to change my name inorder to be assured that someone is indeed calling me. I made sure my friends & colleagues know me as "Jay" and my parents and relatives know me as "Jayu". And few of my relatives call me as "Jagadish". Now, when I went Onsite I called myself "Jay Gurumurthy" for obvious reasons of saving my name from cultural disgrace and mind you that no one dared to mess up my last name :-)

One more funny thing happened. I had gone to a famous numerologist in 2006 and he re -christened me as "M.G.N.Jeyenthira" much tougher and longer than my original name and he was very confident it would bring wonders to me. I almost fainted on my chair!! How can this name become so complicated in somebody's life? So, for obvious reasons I had to drop it and I am sure that name would have made no difference to my life :-)

So my friends, I went in search of why this confusion in my life?? and being an ardent follower and learner of astrology I found that having "Ketu" in my 4th house is the cause of all problems. This michievous planet will never allow my name to be pronounced or spelt only one way and the right way. Oh my God!! Where are you?? Wondering how many more changes required? Even a terrorist has less number of alias I guess!!Phew!!

Hmmm, so next time when we name our sons or daughters just ensure our Indian politicians do not steal their sweet name of it's charm!!What say??

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Poetry on Holi

It's been a long time since I wanted to publish a poem in my blog. Well, opportunity has come now to show my poetic skills I guess :-) here you go...

It doesn't matter if you are black or white!
Let the colors splash to make our lives bright!!

Colors are many, natural and artificial!
Spread the colors that show our divine!!

Join hands to bond a nation!
Let Holi make life, a Celebration!!

Hope you enjoyed the poem. Let's see if this poem gets an award for Holi poetry competition in my office! :-)
Will keep you posted!!

Jayu logging off.....

Monday, January 07, 2008

Respect Indian Tradition!!

India is rich in values & culture.We have heard this many times but ever wondered how & why??When the East India company set up trade on the shores of our land they were really awed by looking at our culture. But eventually they ruled us because of some Hypocrites who gave away their mother land & traditions for money, power & women.

"All good things come to an end" and unfortunately most of our traditions and their need were buried deep inside the mud because of Western thoughts and Globalisation. I am not against adopting Wesern culture but against those who behave they were born in a foreign land and their mothers slept with white skins. (Note:I am not against Anglo Indians....)

As a youngster I had many questions creeping in my logical mind as to "Why I have to do what I have to do?" Many a times it was about the chores as a part of tradition that I had to follow on a daily basis which I thought were illogical & without reason. I am sure many of us would have felt the same. I would end up debating with my mom and eventhough she argued that it was a rule I thought may be some day I would discover "What lies beneath"!!Well, today most of my doubts stand cleared (atleast 70%) when my friend gave me a PDF explaining our traditions. I feel its my duty to share my learnings with my readers as I always believe that "No education is complete if it is not applied for the upliftment of self and the society"!! I am sure if not able to uplift you, atleast give you that pinch of salty sensation in your tongue for all the doubts you had raised about our country's tradition. Click here