Monday, December 31, 2007

Modi to Advani is same as Ram-Temple was to Vijpai

Now that the dust from the celebrations of Modi's win is done, with some crying out in disbelief [The TV anchors etc of some "stay-cooler" channels], some running around for his head [Karan Thapar - suddently remove him], some using the wave to get a ride to power [Pujya Advani ji].
It was sometime in December of early '90s that a political party promised a Ram Temple, made some acrobatics and claimed the trophy of breaking a disputed structure. While in reality, it were volunteers of a great religion, who did not care for their lives - who did the breaking, while the political folks who were mere bystanders, got (rather stole) the credit.
After that, this political party went out of way, with promises of Ram Temple! The gullible folks of the great religion believed those false promises and lymiricks etc and voted them along with their stooges to power. What was the end result?
5-yrs of corruption, fooling the public etc and only when the election day was near they remembered the original promise. They went out of the way to tell all that they were in an "alliance" so could not do much. A common man would ask -
Why the hell did you go to claim power, if you did not have enough majority?
Why did you fool - all of us?
What is your claim this time?
Then, when the common man realized that this party is very much same as other Khandani-cheats, they were shown the door.
Now, the think-tank (if any?) did not know what to do!!!
The second in command, pujya Advani ji, took the next Bus to Lahore and made some desparate attempts to win the vote bank, akin the Khandani-Cheats. Jinnah became So-Cool(er) and "ji" wanted to play the "Stay-Cooler" card.
After a year or so, he found that due to the real men in his party, there were chances of he coming back to power and immideately ran to his past master and asked them to make him PM-in-waiting, least that the real men start making claims.
Modi (a real man among men) came back to power and like the Khandanis our pujya Advani ji is not tiried singing praise to him.
If the said party comes to power, will they deliver what they have been promising?
Will they put our dear neighbours in their place?
Will they solve the problem of infiltrated Banga Bhandus in old city of Hyd?
Only time will tell - if people are willing to be taken for a ride, time and again!!!!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

huh.. the same old IT job hunt...

Folks, on a serious note - does IT matter??

Seems yes, for many [sic] who just want to get into IT and then lead a zombic life....

Below is a mail from someone - who just wants to get into an IT Service company....

anyways, God bless these souls...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anil Kurnool
Date: Dec 30, 2007 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: Hi AnilKurnool
To:
Cc:

Hi Vijay,

I am not discouraging him. If he gets a fish today (10K job) when will he learn to do fishing for himself?

My comments about SAP/IT Services etc are in general and I do not want any Indian to waste their energies in IT Services world.

Well, you suggestion is taken on the face value of it. (Don't help but Don't do bad also)

I remember that there was never a bad thing from my side till date - nor I did harm to anyone. Regarding help, I do not want to blow my own trumpet here.

However, thanks for giving me an oppurtunity to spend time in these groups, which today I feel, could have been used for other activities, instead of discouraging folks.

Regards,
Anil Prasad Kurnool
http://www.anilprasad.com/
On 12/30/07, Vijaya Mohan S wrote:

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Hi Anil,
Nice to see your comments.Dheeraj is asking for only 10K job not more than that?? Instead of giving comments it would be nice if we can help him getting a good job so that he can run is life without any problems.we should not hurt anybody on thoughts and achievements.This type of mails will discourage the people.
My Suggestion is Don't help but Don't do bad also???.we shouldn't discourage any one.I saw so many degreee people are also well settled in software fields.DHeeraj is a pg graduate.He can fulfill his dreams.Hardwork and luck can change everyhting in them.
Try to Encourage people.By typing this type of mails you will be not getting anything else dheeraj will loose some confidence.So my Request for you is to Support and Encourage People instead of commenting on them.if not possible try to be silent.
Anil I dont want to Hurt you.
Regards
Vijay


Anil Kurnool wrote:
Hi Dheeraj,
I am not Vijay Mohan - to whom you addressed this mail, but felt I could give you some gyan....
1. It is not your "luck" that is not favoring you - but yourself!!!! From your mail id I can see that you got something to do with Physics; then why did you go and apply for a job in a IT services company?????
2. SAP (ABAP) is not software as many people consider them to be. They are enterprise tools, not for conducting laboratory tests like fibonacii series etc, but to do something really commercial things for an business.
To get into SAP/Enterprise world, first one needs to acquire domain skills then can play around with the Enterprise tools. Just because some Ameerpet Brand training center showcases some non-existant jobs, people rush there, spend their money and join companies... what is the end result...
the day recession starts off, these are the same folks that are thrown out of companies and everyone will start screeming that IT is bad etc... (remember 2000-2 period, when everyone was talking ill of IT)
3. Why are you limiting yourself to 10K per month!!???!! If you realy apply yourself - the money is surplus...
4. why are you asking Vijay Mohan to help you with your job search! Do it yourself, that way you will reach your goals faster and end result is more strong psyche!!
This also applys to others in the group who are just running around with resumes - thinking of getting into some IT services company will solve their problems. This is not true, but it can be begining of new troubles...


On 12/30/07, dheeraj wrote:
Dear
vijay mohan.S

I am Dheeraj ..i have recently received a employee ref of srinivasa
rao of wipro from u ..His response was very nice and gave his ref
also...But my luck didnt favour me..i was shortlisted in written test
and selected for technical interview also..but there i was rejected
because i have no it Skills except SAP ABAP knowledge ...

It was really hurting..But no prob ..life does not end there..can u
show me any job opputunities gor my qualification in any of the
software firms in hyd which can pay me atleast 10k ..so that i can
support myself financially without depending upon my parents ..

once again thank u so much for the support u have given

with best ragards

DHEERAJ MUDUNURI



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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Our problems...

Most of the problems in this world are similar....

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Days - Movie

There was a kind of furore over the recent film by Kammula Shekar - called "Happy Days". Everyone whom I bumped across asked me, if I had watched that movie. Jeevi gave his review at IdleBrain, which was definitely a shade better than all others movies. (This movie had a 3.5 rating, while other were lingering around 3).

To top it up, a CTO of a telecom product company mentioned that movie was good. Another CEO of a promising startup made a special mention of the movie and asked me to watch it. Of course, this mail is marked to them too :-)

As I stay in places where Telegu movies are shown only for a week or two, I searched for the DVD (pirated, of course) for the same and finally watched it. My take on the movie is here...

1. Why only the "love" angle of collage life was showcased for most part of the movie?
2. The jokes/themes I felt was a bit cliche!
3. Ragging also had a good running time in the movie, but again the cliche ragging... :-(

I also studied in an Engg. college, that too run-of-a-mill, so could relate to the theme - Engg student's college life. But I felt the director was trying to reinforcing the popular beliefs of these Engg. Colleges than showcasing the "other side" of things that happens in colleges.

There are many aspects to college than just flirting, love, seniors, ragging etc.

There is fun - not just chasing chicks, but real fun in decent way.

There are real-teachers whom one can call "Gurus" who give advices worth remembering.

Also there are ar$eh01es who are industry-rejects and join the place and call themselves "Lecturers". (Majority are the second category, while the first breed are very rare and near to extinction.)

There are enterprising students, who strive to achieve things, but are sidelined by the show-off minorities.

All in all, I would give the movie a rating of 1.5 and on the technical side, it looked more like a tele-film rather than a film-film.

Someone may wonder, what was it that was expecting in the movie - then wait for the movie called "T-Bunk!" directed by Kurnool Anil ;-)





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Thursday, December 6, 2007

In the end....

Ever heard the song "In the end... " by Linkin Park... (lyrics)

I tried so hard

And got so far

But in the end

It doesn't even matter

The sentance is of at most importance... What ever you do, how ever hard you try, in the end, It just doesn't matter...

Be it life, be it a game, be it a match... only the results matter... whether you won the match or not... no one ever cares to know, how hard you fought, how tough the situation was... as in the end, it just doesn't matter...

Friday, November 30, 2007

Re: Journey after death

Disclaimer: Purely my own fiction, not for serious reading.
Once a person dies, his atma will be lingering around this globe with out direction! So his son, does these "karyalu" just to ensure that the old-man's atma understands that he has really died. Else, the dead fellow will remian in this planet itself and will never ever give account of his punya or paapam to his creator.
Then, they give a gow-daanam (Cow is donated) so that the atma can take the tail of the Cow and cross the vitharini - the most polluted river. The significance of this is - dumbos, the pollution you make on this planet effect your safe passage to hell/heaven, so do not pollute this place.
Then, the 13th day celebration - so that the remaining folks can celebrate the departure of the old man. All along this oldie might have created all sorts of troubles to the people, with his useless advices and rules, so the young will celebrate his death... hence it is called "pandaga". The significance is - dumbos, do not cause unnecessary trouble to others while you are alive, least that they celebrate your death.
Masikam - it is like the monthy money-order that needs to be sent to the hell/heaven, so that the old man gets his food at regular intervals.
Samvarsarikam - it is the annual subscription for registering the dead folks at their abode.
Moral: Why worry about after death - give the old fellows their due respect etc while they are alive. There is no use donating a Cow after someone's death, when you did not share a glass of milk with that person when alive. Why do all these kandas, when you did not give one meal a day to your elders.
My take: I am really awerse to the a$$h01es who do these kind of dramas to their "pithru devulus" - but when they were alive did not even care to give good food or residence.
What ever I have written is what I interpret - based on my limited knowledge of rituals. But one thing - think of yourselves and your nearones, when you are alive - not after death. For Death is unknown and also cannot be known.

On 11/30/07, Sunil Kumar Surabhi <...> wrote:

Hi all,

I would like to know the actual meaning behind the various rituals, we normally perform after the death of some one i.e. from the day one of the death to 13th day and monthly rituals (Maasikams) till the first death ceremony (Edudi/Saamvastarikam), sorry if i mis-spelt.
I would also like to know the stages of journey of the soul to heaven, through out these 12 months.
I guess Athreya garu is the fit person to explain this. I request others also to help me in knowing this.
Thanks and regards
Sunil Surabhi.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

Resource Management (part 1)

Resource management is supposed to handle all the resourcing requests for the project execution. Were you thinking the resources in this context meant resources like money, systems, assets, time etc? You are mistaken; resources here mean “humans” – the same folks who are supposed to be working and generating revenue for the company.

The day people are treated as resources, that needs to be managed, that is the day, which gives a sure shot signal that the company is on its way to rot.

The fellows are humans after all, with lots of passion, emotions, what not.

“Human Resources” – I do not know who invented this word or the new version of it “Human Capital” to be make sure it is soft; but the main intention is to bluff the fellows into being money generating machines, whom the sales guys can pitch in wherever needed. Last month I sold 100 washing machines (or cookers or mouse traps etc) this month I need to sell 120 washing machines. Instead, in the IT world, it might translate into man-hours; last month around 30 person-days was sold to customer X, this month let me sell 35 person-days.

Rats!!!

Here are few stories that can demonstrate the “human apathy” in the name of “human resources”

I met Dr. G after a long time, say six months, at a marriage reception. He was
bit disturbed about his work, and then I prodded him to talk out.

Apparently G’s company sent out mails to all its employees about
the approaching dates when the office would be moved to an “up-market” area and
suggested all its employees to make necessary arrangements to start working out
of that location.

This story is around 6 months old and G told me
the last time when we met. As usual, the cynic in me told him wait till the
office really moves to the new location and then make his moves only after one
month of the new premises.

However, as with everyone, G too was
new to this corporate crap and paid heftily to realtors to get him an apartment
in the near-by area. His new apartment is around 1-km from his company’s new
office, which also made a severe dent in his pocket. Rent was double that of the
old house, due to its up-market label, but the trade off was, he can walk to his
place of work.

G moved to his new apartment and his company never
moved to the new location. Next month, on his enquiry it was mentioned that the
plans were cancelled long back. Now, G is left with a baby in middle of nowhere.

No wonder G is now pissed off… unlike the IT consultants in US, people do not shift houses every quarter in India.

N.K.Ramamurthy joined us with promises of onsite trip then his resume was placed
with many customers for their requirements.

An Australian
sales-person was very happy to get NKR’s profile and we even got his Work-Permit
processed so that he is ready to travel once we get a “go” from customer.
Somehow it never worked out.

Next his resume was given to a
European client, NR attended three rounds of interview and his work-permit was
again processed. Once again, customer never gave a go ahead for the project.

Finally a “happening” customer was eager to get him on-board. Once
again our travel desk got his visa readied. There was customer “go”, this fellow
surrendered his system at the local office, removed his bag and baggage from his
rented apartment, visited his native to meet his parents (seems to have had a
farewell party too) and gave a party to all the local office folks (lost around
15K INR). The next day forex was readied, tickets issued, his roomies and he
started to airport in a cab.

A call from account-manager, that the
project was scrapped due to certain budget constraints.

NKR, next
day walked back into office like a headless chicken.

NKR definitely is pissed off that no-one at least cared to explain what happened. He was just shuttled between office and various consulates and finally between airport and his home, with out any proper explanation.

Here is the case of Ms.D

Ms. D was selected for replacement of another Ms.R at onsite. I was the one
handling the customer at that point of time and I made all the arrangement
readied for her first visit abroad.

For her work, customer made
all the arrangements like, system, user-ids, access controls, KT documents etc.

But in the evening of the previous day, customer called me to his
room and informed me that we wont be needed Ms.D as the work she was supposed to
be doing was postponed for another quarter.

I duly relayed the
information to the offshore resource-manager and thought it was end of my duty.
But next day, I got a call from her, that she was starting to airport and wanted
to just to inform me.

This sent me into action and I called the
resource-manager at offshore to know what the situation was. It seems he was
aware of the fact that her travel has been cancelled, but “forgot” to tell her.
I firmly asked him to inform her of cancelled travel, which I believe he
did not do. Finally I called her just 2-hrs before the flight take off, she was
at airport already (poor thing) to tell her that her travel is cancelled.

Later that day, someone called me from offshore that people were cursing me for the cancelled travel.

Mutual Admiration Club

We usually come across a band-of-brothers who never ever get tired of praising each other. A praises B, B praises C, C praises A. All in all, these folks A, B, C are supposed to be the "holier than thou" of the company, they are supposed to be direct decendants of Einstein or Kholer or God-knows-who and always make it a point to talk jargon, put down other simple folks, ensure that their nonsense goes down as "intellectual" talk.

Let me give you an old story to help digest the concenpt...

Once in a remote village there was a great Guru, who had an ever greater
student. They were so famous that people from far off places used to come to
meet them, to get some gyan.

As was the case, one day a student who was eager for knowledge came all the
way to their school. Being new to that place, he encountered a strange animal,
which he had never seen before. On meeting with the teacher he asked him what
that animal was.

Teacher gave a learned laugh and said it was a "marjhalam" and moved on to
address other topics. Student tried to ask some more about the same animal, but
teacher avoided.

After the first day, teacher assigned this new fellow to the already
mentioned great student, so that he, the great Guru can concentrate on "bigger"
things.

This guy asked the great student, what that animal was, in all due good
intentions. The great student with all the popuousness answered that it was a
"bidalam". This guy was still curious to know what it was and asked few more
questions, for which the great student flew in rage and banished this new guy
from school as he was unfit for education.

Our new student was dejected and while walking out of the school
campus, met the watchman and again enquired him about the animal. Watchman
mentioned that it was a "pilli".

Bidalam, Marjhalam are other names for Pilli, which in Telugu means a
"common cat".


The story just illustrates the concept of MAC superficially. If one looks more closely around, we all can see these personality-types in every company, organization, schools, colleages etc.

Tell tale signs that you are a member of MAC, if you see any one of the following symptom in you

  1. Only X, who is your friend, knows how to do some Y and all your friends agree to it.
  2. In your friend circle, each one of you mapped to one particular vertical and all of you agree that each one is an expert in their respective area.
  3. Even if someone points out to evidence contrary to your belief that your friend has goofed up, you would not agree to it, nor would consider others argument, but you would go all out to defend it.

The point however is, complecence in corporates is due to these MACs, who stick to the system like parasites.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Is it true?

I was reading this on an desi-site, where the author refers to a "Princeton University" study, which finds that there is a discrimination towards people, while recruiting.

Of course, I am aware of discrimination of recruitment in Govt. sector jobs, where said "quota" of positions and promotions are based on race/color/caste/creed/political-suckup etc.

But this one talks of discrimination in private sector, which is really stunning. I have not come across any discriminations.

May be, some Atlantists/Yankee types are trying to plant seeds in minds of the growing private sector in India, just to break the economy here.

Comments please...

The Article is here : http://desicritics.org/2007/11/10/103914.php

The said study report is here: http://www.epw.org.in/uploads/articles/11135.pdf

Sunday, September 9, 2007

New Stuff

I have decided to blog more regularly and definitely on few topics, in context if India based IT Companies....

1. Resource Management
2. Thought Leadership
3. Technology Innovation

These posts are real stories, with names of persons/companies masked to protect the identities of the unfortunate souls.

Coffee @ IITM & Snack @ Ascendas

There are times when we all get a time, when "we do not know what to do". Same was the case with me, recently.

So thought of paying visit to the old haunts of mine, which I did not care to visit in recent past.

The food court of Ascendas, ironically called Planet Yumm [sic] was busy with those useless types, who wanted to be there so that they are "in". Some yuppies also were busy checking mails or chating or God-know-what, but I could find at least 25% of tables were with open laptops. If they were that busy, what the hell are they doing there, instead of being in their office? If they were visitors to the city and they were there, it is understood. But they were the colleage going types or fresh job holders...

The point however was the cost of two scoops of Ice-cream that my daughter and I had. Taste and Quality were so-so, but it did burn a decent hole in my pocket.

Of course, that place had "free" wi-fi, so what!!!

Then went to near-by IITM. Met few old friends there and ended up at the Coffee Day. The day was bit cool, due to sudden burst of rain, so a hot cup of cuppacino would add pep. But when it was served, it was an eeeek! Slightly warmer than ice cube.

The bloke who served us mentioned that the coffee was at 80 degree C - lying through his nose and his rear :-). Took his manager's name and called him. Seems managers are always in traffic when it is a negative feedback.

Alex - Coffee day bloke, should know how to lie or market his useless coffee, instead of giving ridiculous temparature numbers...

Rakesh - learn to take feedback, even if negative. Switch on your mobile/s - 9884489389 and 9940449416.

May be, those are the places for those useless types... should make it a point not to get back there again... even by mistake...

I think we as a nation should learn how to "serve" Indian customers, not just those "phorein" types and those Non - Required - Indians (NRI)...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Kaoboys of R&AW - my take

Dear All,

Just wanted to comment on the book, Kaoboys of R&AW.

For the starters, the book lives upto the expectations of any self respecting Indian. It also acts as a testimony that not all politicians are money hungry, corrupt politicians. Of course, there were some shady details about the life styles of some of the corrupt officials in the system, but we have lived with it.

Observations

1. It was more biased towards the good deeds of Rajiv and Indira, while skillfully ignoring their gaps. May be, like all humans, they were prudent at some places and foolish else where. However, one gets a feeling if it were a propoganda material, esp. after reading so elaborately about the PSYWAR :-)

2. Wish the editor or proof reader did more of his/her job and ensured that some of the paragraphs were not repeated over and over again.

3. A tangent here. The author did not talk of Sonia angle to deaths of Indira and Rajiv, as our dear Subramaniaswamy did, after his "investigations". Nor anywhere mentions KGB/Gestapo links to Sonia.

4. Apart from the usual suspects for Indian troubles like ISI, CIA, FBI, MI series, Lankans, Chinese, et al, there was a mention of Baptists. Did someone just now shout - Didn't I say so!!!

If R&AW is as good and powerful as it was made out to be, my salutes to them!!!

Regards,
Anil Kurnool

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Who ate my 3.9 Idlies?

I am back to Blog-o-Sphere after a long time and this time I hope that my stay here will be long enough… unless, aliens again kidnap me.

After I read my P/L statement, i.e. my appraisal letter and revised pay, two questions cropped up in my mind….

1. Why the long cycle?
2. Who ate my 3.9 Idlies?

Let me address each of them

1. Why the long cycle?

When the world is moving towards faster lanes, where an Olympic athlete is measure in fraction of seconds, microprocessors in nanoseconds and fighter planes in Macs; then why we, the coolies, are measured once a calendar year?

IT technology, they say, is obsolete by the time we learn it. Look at the fad-change-rate. In last few years, we have the hypes of SOA, AJAX, EAI, Agile, Lean and Mean, SOX, SOA-Governance, SODA, Whisky, Ice Cubes, Septic Tanks what not….

Every quarter, the poor coolie is asked to learn something he did not know before or worse still asked to unlearn what he had learnt just a quarter ago.

Then why is he measured in one year cycles? Why can’t HR decide his fate every quarter, than make him live through 10 months of slogging and 2 months of suspense?

Well, the standard answer is process? The most dirty word used to say, when you want to avoid something. Process says what you cannot do, but can/will never say, what should be done?

Anyway, I leave this question at that, than getting into another philosophical reasoning, about the very existence of the spices called coolies.

2. Who ate my 3.9 Idlies?

Every employee, whether a coolie or not, always dreams of an inflation immune salary hike. Let us consider an example, so that my question is clear.

In year 2006, one Idly at Murugan Idly shop was priced at Rs. 5 each. (Let us leave the debate of the quality of the goods at Muruguan Idly shop, for a later date and stick to the context.)

So a coolie, when he walks into that shop with Rs. 100 can buy around 20 Idlies.

A year moves on and coolie gets an hike of 30%, moving his salary from Rs 100 to Rs 130, of which 25% is a “variable component”. Here the term “variable component” is the culprit, which is a polished way in which companies con the coolies to think that they are earning more. But in reality, that money is never paid, due to some reason or the other, say Rupee appreciation, Falling Dollar value, Low-Customer Satisfaction (tell me when was any customer ever happy) and Low-Sucking-up-of-manager.

So our coolie, in effects gets a salary of Rs97.50 (Rs.130 – 25%), which is in effect, way less than his inflation adjusted yesteryear’s salary of Rs. 107 (Rs. 100 + 7%). By this time, Murugan blokes have raised the price of Idly from Rs. 5 to Rs. 6.

This time, when our coolie walks into that same shop, he walks out with only 16.1 Idlies. (Rs 97.50 / Rs. 6)

So – who ate my 3.9 Idlies??????

Bottom line – life of our coolie goes on, in his archetypical make-believe world. He is ignorant of the ways, he is conned by everyone, at every mode of life, be it at cinema theaters, at idly shops, on roads, by tax-man, by boss, by customers, by families.

Ultimately, one fine day, when he wakes from his sweet dream, he will understand the truth that was, that the dream was not sweet, but was a nightmare. Till then, IT zindabad.

Update 1: A friend called me after reading this and asked if I was disappointed at my appraisal. The truth is I got 4 on a likert scale of 1-4 and was given out-standing rating by both my level-1 and level-2 supervisors, which resulted in me getting to a coveted fancy designation in my organization.

This rant was on behalf of all the coolies of India.

Thursday, April 5, 2007