Thursday, December 22, 2011

That Day to This Day

More than a decade and half ago,There was this guy crossing a gate.

It was the same gate he had been crossing for the previous seven years.

That day was different, Instead of some elderly person accompanying him, he was accompanying a little one. It was his turn to be an elderly person.

When his turn to came to meet the headmistress, without any preamble, She said,you should come with your parents to collect your transfer certificate.

He replied, No Sister. I have already collected them.I am here to admit my sister.

Few years back, yet again, the guy and not so small girl  almost went through the same ritual of crossing a gate. It was a sheer coincidence it happened to be an yet another same gate which he had been passing through.

Fast forward today, the little one is almost woman. Today she did cross another gate in to a jungle all alone, leaving the guy behind. All in a moment of the flash. Wondering what was that in the mind, heart and the eyes of the guy at that moment?

The entire time from the first gate crossing to today seems to have passed in a moment of flash...

When i first started writing poems, One of my manager gave me a pretty good advice on how to write poems. Yeah, i was lucky enough to have managers who always let me do what ever i wanted to do and support me the whole nine yards. Coming back to the advice, it was something like "Never state explicitly what you want to state. Let the reader interpret it on his own. If different people interpret it differently then you are a darn good poet". Now thinking back, it also seems like, he was talking about "How to deal with clients?"  Connecting this post and his point on poems,I am not sure does it makes me a good writer, if different people interpret the writing in different ways. Let me state this explictily and simply. It was the first day of my sissy to Office. I was just reminiscing the day i took her to admit in the kindergarten. :P :D Now you also know, i never listen to my managers ;)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Four rules for your First job

1.Lit a fire under your ...
After a long and arduous journey of pre-school to college, when you land up in your first job, you might think, you have reached the end of tunnel.
Remember there is no end of tunnel and there is no light.
Above all the journey has just begun.
Be ambitious. Be goal oriented. Have a plan.
Ensure the fire under your bellies do not fade out but add fuel to that fire and lit it under your ...

2.Find a Good Guru
No college, No course prepares you for the real job. When you land up in your job, it is nothing else but a dark and dangerous jungle.
With out a proper guide to show you the way you would really be lost. By the time you, you figure out your way in jungle, you would have been eaten alive by predators.
With out a guide, you just dont stand a chance.

3.Pray for an ambitious manager
Ensure you work for a manager who is ambitious to the nth degree.
It is more like a ladder where you all are in queue and your manager is on top.Until and unless he moves a step ahead you will never be able to climb ahead. If he doesn't climbs up, the only way to charge ahead is to change your ladder.

4.Meaure your progress with numbers
You might hear some wise #$% remarks such as, "It is the time to learn. You should not be focussing on money. In the long run all things will get even out" 
When the companies worry about customers rather than profits, when the companies worry about employers rather than operating margins. When people stop drooling at Asin, Anushka, Tamanna and Trisha, because they too get old one day and will look ugly.
You too could stop worry about your bonus, hike and the money you make.

Make no mistake, if your numbers dont grow, it just shows you are just not growing.

This space will be updated shortly with "Purpose in life" [Contribution from some one who has taught me most of the tech stuff and most importantly the way of thinking and what not]
All the above are based on the presumption that you are smart, logical, quick thinker with superb social skills. It also means you know your craft and is too good at it. To sum up you should have potential. Alas, Potential alone will not take you anywhere. Then, the title is a misnomer. It applies not just to your first job, when ever you enter a new role, new team, new department, new company, in short any new jungle!

The above post was written quite sometime(4-5 months) back with the intention to be published under a totally different circumstances. It could be clearly seen in the refences to Asin, Tamanna and Trisha rather than say Hansika, Shruthi or Richa ;). Neverthless it had been in draft section for quite sometime, i thought will let this see the light of the day.