Monday, June 28, 2010

Whats your Statement

I still remember my school principal used to fire students who were not in proper uniform. Infact, at times he used to lose his cool and beat them. He often would use the sentence "sab kabutaro me ek kauva" meaning "one crow in a flock of pigeons" 
for students who were not in uniform. I always made sure I dont get to hear this sentence. 
Then I moved to Engineering and here also there was a Dress Code ( Blue Jeans, White Shirt, Black shoes). I never really understood the purpose behind this. In fact, we all felt " what the hell!!!. We end in the same dress code daily whereas this is the time of life where you try anything and everything. 
I joined an IT/ITES organization after my graduation. On my first day, I was handover my offer letter and with there was a booklet. The first page on the book was about "Code of Conduct" and there were again these 2 damn words "Dress Code".
I thought damn...from childhood till a professional, I never got the freedom to wear what I like. There are always restrictions. At times in the name of Uniform and at times in the name of Dress Code.
Once I was having dinner with my friends and this topic of Dress Code came up. Everybody was of the same opinion as me except for one of my friends. His remarks cleared everything about importance of Dress Code in my mind. And Guess what he said. He said


"Your Dress Code is the Statement you make about yourself"


To convince about his point, he said imagine there are two envelopes on a table. One is very beautifully decorated and packed and the other is completely torn,ugly envelope. Which one would you pick up if you are asked to...
I am sure you know the answer...


I realized the point is very simple. In todays service driven world, its very important to look skilled enough, capable enough, confident enough to convince our clients that we can deliver what we promise.


Read this interesting article about the Bharti-Zain deal to get a feel of what am trying to say.


So whats your statement today...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Now I believe him...

I was once travelling by city bus in Mumbai. There was a lot of traffic jam and the bus was moving at a very slow place. The reason for the traffic was the work related to metro train being done on one side of the road. I had a aisle seat. I was watching a young man of around my age working on the drilling machine. He was wearing a torn, muddy  trousers and a similar vest. Unconcerned about the traffic chaos around him, I felt he was doing his job as religiously as possible. I thought why is his life different from mine. The answers are many and very simple and very obvious like he is not as educated as I am, he does not have the computer programming skills that I have. But still the question is not answered. I am educated because I was born in a family which could manage to educate me, I acquired skills because I had the money to learn them, people around me directly and indirectly time and again helped me polish my attitude, enhance my skills.
But the guy working on the drill machine was I guess not as fortunate as I am. I am fortunate to have the family that I have, to have the people around me that I have. So the answer is, he is what he is and I am what I am because of the family in which we both are born, the people whom me met. There was an immediate question that crossed my mind. Who decided the families where we both would born, the people we met? This question is more of a mystery that will never be solved or answered by anybody. I am sure there is some force which took these decisions and set the course of our individual lives. 
My family calls this force GodAnd after this experience with myself, I am very much in sync with their ideas. I have started believing in God.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Theory of Relativity



I have recently moved from Mumbai to Pune. Compared to Mumbai, Pune is a very small city.


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Earlier, while I was in Mumbai, I used to travel around 10km from my home to reach office and it used to take around 45 minutes. Still I felt I was staying very near to office because there were people who used to travel for like 1.5 hours to reach office. 
Whereas in Pune, if somebody is travelling 10km, people say, my god! Why you stay so far away from office? Do you see what I mean to say? Just because one city is small compared to other and so now the distance people have to travel is reduced, one’s perception about “Far” and “Near” is changed. If you look around and try to think on these lines, you will find many more such examples. This I call “Theory of Relativity” of life. 

I felt, most of the decisions we take are based on the circumstances, people around us. The point I am trying to make is that its just not good to regret your post decisions and keep cribbing about them. Whatever decision was taken, it was apt for that situation. It’s all about relativity to the situation. But with time, the situation has changed and also the extent of relativity has gone down. So at times, the past decisions appear to be wrong. The wise thing to do would be as they say “learn from the experience and keep going”. 


Friday, June 11, 2010

Dont be Limited by Limited

Dont let your limits be limited by the limited thinking of limited such people

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Go Green@GreenPeace

Who better than Greenpeace can help us make our lives a little more greener. Heres the guide published on Greenpeace site.

GreenLivingGuide

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Go Green@Computer Usage

These days, computers are found in almost everywhere. For some, its the source of livelihood, some use to conduct their business. So obviously, better computer usage style will help us cut down our carbon footprint. Listed below are a few methods I feel we all can follow without hampering or straining our busy schedules.

a. Shutdown


Most of the people, especially in IT companies have completely forgotten that there is an option of SHUTDOWN in their computer. The only option known is Clt+Alt+Del. The worst part is that bringing it to the notice to the defaulters mostly ends upon deaf ears or the advice ends up in a joke. In my previous organization, it was made mandatory by company to shut down the system while leaving, if somebody fails to do so, the security/maintenance people will shutdown the system at night. In case somebody had got some applications/programs running, they used to put a note on the comp.


b. Power Saving Mode


The other thing to do is to keep the system in Power saving mode such that the monitor (which consumes the maximum power) and CPU go in Standby mode if system is left untouched for Specific time. In my previous organization, what they did was that the power saving mode settings were pushed along with the other application updated on each and every computer and you know it works. For people who wants to learn how to enable Power saving setting, please check this link


I feel if we cannot mandate shutting down of computer, we can make the power saving mode to be default for sure.


c. Avoid ScreenSavers


Yeah, I like those nice colourful fishes floating across my screen, the fancy Aquarium screen saver and many more of such kind. But it’s a sheer wastage of power. Want to know the technical facts…click here


d. Use Eco Font


The usage of this Eco font saves upto 20% ink. Quite an interesting stuff. I am sure we all can use this wherever applicable and save some money for ourselves.
http://www.ecofont.com/ecofont_en.html

Got any other ideas...you are most welcome to post them here. After all, its about our Planet.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Scientific Meaning of Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri mantra has been bestowed the greatest importance in Vedic dharma. This mantra has also been termed as Savitri and Ved-Mata, the mother of the Vedas.

The mantra is given below

Ombhur bhuvah swah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

The literal meaning of the mantra is: