Friday, April 21, 2006

Lets have a Kick Off !!!

P&G- an offshore group of geometric, a bunch of fresh, talented and
Enthusiastic guys and gals, a group where fun knows no bound an ideal
mentoring of some seniors, a pleasant company of some nice colleagues, in other words, a complete family.

I was exhilarated to see a bong mentor as Pradipta Mukherjee when
Akash, my team lead, a nice guy, charismatic personality and most
importantly a guy with whom Planks equation (E = h x frequency) seemed to be satisfied, introduced me with him in P&G.I was about to start working in my first ever real life project ( to be more specific, before that I had been enjoying the luxury of leading a trainee life), I wondered, TCE being a PLM product, how it will help a company (P&G) which is in the field of consumer goods or in a market of soap, toothpaste, etc, etc. My excitement crossed the threshold when I saw first page of Prototype in MDO kickoff meeting-- A page with some pics of baby napkins. Even in my remote imagination I could not able to co-relate assembly and parts (learned during TCE training lecture) with baby napkins and baby soaps.

Sometime I can’t resist laughter when I do a flash back of those days
when I, along with Vipin and parul were interviewed by Tony king for P&G ODC. He asked in the interview "Will you mind if you are required to fly to USA with a short notice?"I didnt realize the carrot hanging in front of me but the string is tied with my tail only...No, not a problem, it would be my pleasure to go to USA..That was my instaneous reply. Going one step further to reveal my corporate immaturity, satish Mulley told me and Vipin-"I am planning to take both of you to USA by October."I interrupted him immediately and said “Will you mind to postpone the trip by few months as I need to take a vacation for my sister's marriage in the month of October?"Hah...

Well, I was among those few lucky ones (was I??) who cleared the
Interview and induced in the P&G ODC (Offshore development center). I inherited my machine from Satish Mulley (I didnt know who he had inherited from), and hence I got the same OS installation, same TC40
Installation, same TC3.0 (didnt know how many versions of TC installation he had), same Oracle, same Tomcat, same Web logic etc. initially I considered my self lucky to get a complete machine and no head ache for any further installations. But I warn you all, never accept a machine with maximum software installed. If possible get a formatted one and do all installations yourself. That machine caused me hell lot of pain and I forgot the count of un-installing and re-installing software. So I got the same machine, same OS, same TC but my SE (surrounding environment) kept on changing. We were privileged to work at many sites (Don’t confuse with on sites) at Geometric, like 3rd floor Red fort (changed location twice in this floor only), 1st floor, ground floor, STPI and Agra fort. The changes were so frequent that sometime the security guard at the gate would ask me if I was shifting location again, when I would be going to Gym with a bag.

In Geometric, flanked by a good number of batch mates from IIT and company of some of the colleagues like Amit Teli and others, made those earlier days alive. It was like going back to college, and it was the feeling that made working at geometric so excited and rejuvenated. Under mentoring of Pradipta, I finally learned swimming and yes Team Center enterprise also. Akash had a very good quality of making me involve in project related discussions, whatsoever it would be, with out bothering me as a fresher. As a result we developed an environment where fair exchange of ideas could take place.

Unfortunately our group saw some attritions which included Akash, but
by that time they had done enough so that we could shoulder the responsibility of continuing the tempo of P&G. We did not want the let the P&G spirit die. New gays and gals...Oopps ladies joined our group and with their support and enthusiasm we made P&G even better than it was before.

I can’t remember a single day when I stayed back till 3AM in the office
for project related work but the day when Vipin and I were busy in deciding various aspects of Divyagarh outing. We let our creative juice
flow, we let our imagination to imagine, and finally came up with a nice schedule for the outing.

Divyagarh outing- amidst hot humid and rainy weather, we started our trip to divyagarh. Sport, music, drink, and of course ODOMOS (censored), it had everything an ideal outing should have. The captivating view of Divyagarh beach, an enchanting view of natural fountains and clouds in the surrounding exotic valleys ( on our way),Vada paw and drinks in a Tapori and enthusiasm of everyone were some of the factors which were like ice on the cake and made the trip very special and memorable. Right from the beginning of the trip I made it clear that we would return by following day early morning as I had some personal work to do at Pune.Everyone was curious to know what my personal work could be, but I was determined not to reveal it. I realized for the second time that I pos a strong determination (first time when I cleared IIT JEE), when no one could fetch out a slightest clue about my personal work. Even Nitin tappe surrendered after making me drunk with 5-6 pegs of Vodka and realized that I would not reveal it. I wish Arvind was there with us -- but in that case Shivani would have missed "Main aur meri tanhayi

P&G ODC is incomplete with out mentioning about its twin sister, NPO.
Consisting of some of the charismatic personalities like Naveen San, rather Naveen da, is the best team leader I have observed so far. Ironically I was not in his project. so may be I am wrong :-). Helpful, adorned with good sense of humor and soft spoken, and most importantly always ready to go for a sutta, make him a nice person to be with. naveen da working with Saurabh ( jhansi) and Saurabh working under Naveen da must be a great experience for each other. Jhansi (My batch mates would wonder who is Saurabh) is an amazing person. Be with him for one day, you will come to know darkest and brightest side of life. When I met with Ashutosh nandan, another guy used to work in NPO,I wondered if he is addicted to cigarettes or cigarette is addicted to Ashutosh, was another nice guy to be with.

In short, it was a great experience and association with P&G. Now when
I have moved out of it and though I feel bad for not being with it.All the best to this group. I have learned a lot from this group and I will always miss my association with it.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

"Money is not the root of all evil"

"What is root of money. Money is a tool of exchange, which cant exist untill there are ggods produced and men able to produce them.Money is the meterial shape of the principle that the men who wish to deal with one another must must deal by trade and give value for is not the tool of the moochers, who claim our product by tears, or of the looters who take it from us by force.Money is made possible only by the menwho produce.Is this what we consider root of evil?

When we accept money in payment for our effort, we do so only on the convictionthat we will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. it is not the moochers or looters who give value to money. Not an occean of tears nor all the guns in the worlds can transform this piece of paper in our wallet into the bread we will need to survive tomorrow.These piceses of paper which should have been gold, are a token of honour--our claim upon the energy of the men who produce.Our wallet is statement of hope that the somewhere in the world around us there are men who will not default on the moral principle which is the root of this what we consider root of evil.

have we ever looked into the root of production?Let us take a look at the electric generator and dare tell ourselve that it was created by the musculer efforts or unthinking bruts-- and we shall know that man's mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that have ever existed on earth.

We sometime say that money is made at the expense of the weak? what strength do we mean?Its not the strength of the guns and muscles. Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who didnt invent it?Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools?By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy?Money is made before it can be looted or mooched--made by effort of every honest men, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he cant consume more than he has produced.

To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rest on the axiom that the every men is the owner of his mind and effort. money allows no power to prescribe the value of our effort except the volunntary choice of the man who is willing to trade us his effort in return. Money demands that we sell not our weakness to men's stupidity, but our talent to their reason.Money is the code of existence.Is this what we consider evil?"

from Atlus shrugged, AYN RAND

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Quality of quality

Its really amazing to realize that 'quality' is also qualitative.That is, an excelent quality to some frame of reference may not be an excelent for some other frame of reference.For a country like India some thing of best quality could be of inferier quality to the same thing of bad quality in America.

Standerd of life really plays an important role in determining quality. For a begger the term 'quality' does not have any importance as long as his necessities are being met.A country where goods to be exported are marked as 'Export Quality' and are of superier quality than the same product consumed in localy, is found to be a developeing one, whereas such distinction is not made in developed country.

Also if we think in terms of socio-economic way, in a social economy, Quality of quality tends to degrade due to lack of competition from other rivalaries, causing monopolization the market and producing poor quality and people have no chouce but to accept it, however in an open market, where competition is stiff, winner is often decided by the producer of best quality goods.

A Quality thinking to deliver best whatever we deliver can write a mission statement for a company, but to actually have a best quality, we should rather have a thinking of 'Accepting best to whatever we are supposed to get' and realizing it by heart.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Professional ABACUS

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Infosys. My professional abacus. It was a perfect foundation to start with for any freshers coming out of colleges. Environment out there was perfect blend of College and proffesional life. We hardly missed our KGP culture at INFOSYS Hyderabad.

It was a group of few SAS(self assumed studs), not to mention, some were really studs, in TEJASHRRE apartment, where "Gachhi Tigers" made their own den.Group consisted of Prasun chowdhury, Kumar setu, Rahul Tongia,Nitish lumar, Anand dhaboo, Chinmoy mallick and myself.

Some of the memorable momments:

Playing cricket inside our apartment room and drinks break by me..lead Role--Busy in writting
Cooking chicken ..lead Role-- Prasun
Enjoying Tandoory chicken near ABIDS..lead Role--Chinu da
Fighing with drunkard neighbour..lead Role--Setu and Tongia
GD/discussion on the topic "Our would be Wives.."
Crash courses..lead Role--Nitish the stud
celebrating Diwavali..lead Role--Prasun and setu

etc etc...

So during my visit to Hyderabad, I could not stay back from visiting INFY and our own apartment."Gacchi Tigers"..keep roaring..