Saturday, November 06, 2010

Ek aisi bhi diwali

A different diwali this year i can say...didnt go back home due to work reasons and here i am in bangalore. Initially a bit saddening looking at more than half the city gone home...but as things progressed i surely enjoyed the experience.

Some expected plans were cancelled...which was obvious...
So I took it up to explore bangalore, going to unknown places and do what i love to do best...Explore.
Before that, started the day by giving my laundry guy a Fruit and Nut chocolate. Little did he expect such a diwali gift, the smile on his face was worth it.
This was followed by my micro city Exploration:

- Shivaji Nagar(Some Islamic touch of diwali excitement)
- Bangalore Palace( The Wodeyars showing off their Raj days)
- Cunningham road(Masti Excitement of people on road)
- Vidhan Soudha("Government Work is Gods work"!!!)
- Cubbon Park( Silent peaceful, the true green bangalore)
- UB City Mall(Filled with things i cant afford, but surely would love to own).
- ..and finally MG road.(Felt like diwali back home...glitz glam..and people :) )

Ended up buying some of my favorite international magazines( Wired, Computer Arts) at a shop called "Magazines" on Church Street ( Recommended ).

I surely started the journey with no target or destination, but the satisfaction of finding a magazine shop that actually sells what i yearned for all through the year...was surely an icing on the cake(Also struck a deal with the guy to deliver those magazines via courier to office :D). God always has plans to surprise me in his usual style.

Watever it is...ended the day with hot tomato soup with buttered toasts.. watching Obama visit my hometown..mumbai...Quiet a day i should say.

P.S.:Happy Diwali to all who somehow managed to reach this page. ;)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Some feelings in Hindi...

लम्हों की तकदीरे

लम्हो कि तक़्दीरो पे युन चल चले है ख्वाब
जाने क्यो आशाओं पे उचल पड़े है ख्वाब
बस रास्ते अजनबी चुन चले है ख्वाब

क्या गलत...

क्या गलत क्या सही
सच क्या है किसीको पता नहीं
ज़िन्दगी की गहराई में डूबता जा रहे है
कोशिशे हजारो किये जा रहे है
हर मोड़ पे धुन्द्ते है एक राह नयी
एक दिन मंजिल मिल जाएगी हमें कही ना कही

Feelings in Marathi after long

खूप चालवली लोकांनी दुनिया आता मला हि काही करू दे
खूप झाले लहानपण आता मला ही मोठे होऊ दे
ती लगाम हाथी घेयून आता नवीन काही घडवूया
ऐकत खूप बसलो आता जगाला काही ऐक्वूया

Hindi Translation:

बहुत चलाली लोगोने दुनिया अब मुझे कुछ करणे दो
बहुत हो गया बच्पना अब मुझे बडा होणे दो
वोह लगाम हाथ लेकर चलो कुछ नया निर्माण करे
सुनते बहोत बैठे अब दुनिया को सुनाये

Friday, September 03, 2010

That place called Home...

Home is where u long to come.
Home is where u sing a song to come.
Home is where u belong to come.
Home is where u feel strong to come...

Its a place which most of us take for granted...but when we leave it..we realize the importance of it...

Mumbai
Gandhinagar
Bangalore (HAL Main Gate)
Bangalore-1 (Kormangala)
Ahmadabad
Ogaki-Japan
Mumbai
Chandigarh
Bangalore (HAL Main Gate)
Bangalore-2(Rammurthy Nagar)

In last 5 years...ever since I left mumbai for NID...I must have changed around 5+ houses...
Calling new places as home...is not easy...especially when u are attached to a populous mega city called MUMBAI.


So finally after shifting to bangalore, I have called another place Home.
By now the basic list of setting up a home is in the back of my mind. But everytime i do it...there is a distinct excitement and a unique sense of freedom, which can be compared to none. I may not have reached the level of buying a new house but again...the partial ownership is no lesser.

So here I am, another beginning...dunno where this path takes me now...But yeah...the spirits are high and the drive is long...and I know...there is a destination..somewhere behind the clouds..


Friday, July 30, 2010

Back on Track


Yes and this time the track is colored blue... :) After a good struggle for 3 months sitting at home, i have successfully acquired a new job @ IBM. Cant call it an astonishing experience, but surely what was interesting to observe the way human mind works in conditions that look severe, even if it is not that bad.

My blogs from last three months can surely give anyone a decent picture of my activities during that time. But what seemed to be more exciting of what i learnt. There was lot of learning, from unknown topics to indulging into self introspection and learning the goods and bads of self.
But surely all this is realized only after u get out of the situation.

What amazes me is the capacity of human mind to create virtual emotional conditions which may or may not exist in real. In one way i see it like an emergency mechanism to protect self and its identity.

So here i am, a new begining, in a mammoth organization that has existed since last 100 years.
I will be in the ibm.com team, working with stalwarts who have been there done that.
Its like getting back to school, lots to learn. I also see it as a full circle, I started my steps into Design via web design, and here i am working for one of the biggest websites on the planet.
It took me some time to realize...but this realization sounds sweet and makes logical sense at the same time. Perhaps this was the long lost destiny i searched for long...

Bengaluru ( Bangalore) is an amazing city, and the feeling is very different from last time when i was here. I am more free, aware and confident. I love the clouds here...they give you a different feeling..(Check out the snap). No poetic lines today...but ill just write down a few lines from a song from the film Udaan.

चल जीत जीत लहराजा परचम तू लाल फेहरा जा
अब कर जा तू या मर जा करले तयारी
उद्जा बनके धुप का पंची चुरा के गहरी छाओं अँधेरी
छाओं अँधेरी
तिनका तिनका जूदले सासे क्यूँ हांफती सी नाव है तेरी...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

faded thoughts

dreams shout loud deep within
faded thoughts crowd unseen
answers awaited for questions unwritten
desires related but actions smitten
calling realizes but action fails
hope survives motivation stales
if not now, when will u rise
the more u delay, you will pay the price

..it was just yesterday

lengthy nights
wasting lights
straining eyes
delayed rise
elastic day
lazing away
glowing thoughts
thinking lots
moments away
it was just yesterday

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Another day...


Another day.
Started with social event called wedding. Followed by bringing smiles to a few faces. Pure happiness is so divine that it makes me feel amazingly good to see it visible on anyones face.

Also had a small chat with driver on the way back. Interestingly the chat went into areas where i wouldnt really talk normally. Be it sachins ferrari or the drivers impression of Amitabh bacchan or Mercedes. What i observed in such situations was that putting a face of agreement in front of the driver helped me listen to more and more of his natural thoughts. Yes we always have loads to share and loads to show off in terms of knowledge. But at times listening to already known knowledge shows sweet ways of how things are actually transcribed by humans.

It tells you about their culture, their backgrounds, their pains, their joys. Discrediting the thought does not succeed in any constructive communication. Instead adding to the conversation in a non " I know better" manner helps. Most of the times the person sharing may feel the control of the conversation. However the fact of the matter is that with silence and listening you can control a talk more efficiently and make them more qualitative.

Yes in a general mood of not wanting to listen to some crap of some low lying driver who stays in slums and worries about ministers would be really boring. However the element of story telling truly changes the perspective of listening and surely makes one more satisfied in the process.

Yes its not always about listening, however at the same time, its also not just about keeping your stand to say since i am more educated and more richer than this individual, I know better. The profit is always of the listener and not that of the teller.

Anyways, another one of my chats with people of the bottom of the pyramid helps me understand the ways in which they exist in this highly complex mesh called life.

Hope you are coping up with the mesh steadily...or else just listen to some strangers story...helps you look at things positively.'

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Singing my own tune...again :)


Think big, act fast and look sharp.
Thats what my new baby says with attitude. Yes I have done it again...I have shifted to another handset. This time A baby thats so fast (600 MHz ARM 11 CPU and 128 MB RAM) that even my first desktop would shy away.It has Wifi, GPS, Camera, Radio, Music Player, Word. PDF, PPT, reader....phew...this is one healthy bomb full of features.

This is the first time that i have actually bought a phone that has just launched. Was perhaps the third owner of the smart piece of art in my area.

After huge contemplation between older N79 and this one, i finally fell for the looks of E52. Its sleek, usable and best of all works in every setting.

My transition to an E series is kind of an experiment with my own self. Lets hope this one stays faithful to me for a while now.....And yes...for those new to my blog...here is a link to the last time i switched my phone...Cya

Futurama and Doraemon : A different future

As a kid I remember drawing strange spaceships that had no connection to the engineering or working of them. I also remember specifically watching on the then B&W TV connected using the new buzz of the town called “Cable TV”. I used to watch a Japanese animation where a strange looking Cat used to help his owner by getting high tech devices from his pocket. Not that I understood Japanese language back then….but yes I surely used to be excited with the innovative devices.
Switch to the future…here I am 26 year old and I happen to be still hooked on the same animation and now I know its name…Doraemon. I simply salute the animators (Hiroshi Fujimoto) innovative thinking capability in creating such an awesome near to reality yet futuristic animation.
I clearly see a connection to consumer goods when I see the immense amount of devices( Also called as Dogu) Doraemon comes up with. From Anywhere door to Small light are somethings yearned by scientists for years. What is also interesting is the interactions of these devices. For example one of the dogu which was very similar to todays google earth. In this device one could project any place in the universe and then click snaps of ours in that place. If you look at it closely we can actually make such devices where a merger of software and hardware can create amazing devices.

As Doraemon keeps amazing me another animation has been one of my favorites off late…and that is Futurama. Created by the makers of Simpsons, this futuristic comedy is truly amazing. The pun intended on every aspect of futuristic life is truly exciting.

The animation is surely not for kids with its slightly adult script, but yes again the innovations of the future even here are exciting to watch. Be it advertisements being broadcasted in dreams or the heavy drinking robot benders sarcastic speech.

The animation is set in the year 3000 and it shows how the character Fry time travels to the future. The invasion of aliens and human interactions with robots and fellow aliens.

The animation surely brings us to think about the future in a more playful exciting manner.

So next time you want to visualize the future or rack your brains on some design scenarios..You can watch episodes of Doraemon and Futurama on Youtube.

Enjoy…

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Selling aint that easy


I have been staying away from the activity of sales and marketting however little did i expect that i would have to end up doing it some day. When i moved to chandigarh, for my new job..<> I purchased some second hand furniture...ofcourse the guy I bought it from sold it to me at a higher cost to gain his own profits. But now when i had to sell the same furniture back, i did realize the art and skill of selling. The concept of "upselling" was known to me but I surely realized it lately. We talk about User experience etc...but customer experience itself is a great activity in all. Around till the first week i tried to sell the furniture all by myself, but then i realized an accomplice can help. So i teamed up with my bldg watchman to help me find the customers. This guy was amazing, from day two I had customers ranging from pan chewing dealers to housemaids to good looking couples...it was an experience in speaking to them in different tones. Like some had a concern about the age of the machine...like TV , Fridge or Washing machine. While others had more concern about how it looked or more how it could be transported etc. Price ofcourse was everybodies concern. I started my sale at a handsome price...soon i started realizing that my high cost was driving out my greatest customers who were the people from the bottom of the pyramid.


As my date of leaving came closer, my risk of loss was increasing rapidly. Now in the phase 2 of my plan i had a different focus, i had to minimize my loss.
Somehow i managed to sell of my stuff at decent prices. But yes i surely learnt a good lesson in life. Things like when selling second hand goods, your behavior has to be completely opposite to bargaining mentality. If you get a customer for X amount which is less than what you quoted but however is still getting you a decent profit, dont be too stringent on your price. Reduce it to reduce loss. Customer once gone will never come back...even if u call him million times...also that when u sell..depending on the customer talk to him....everybody is interested in different dimensions of the products...so dont sell the whole product to everyone.. Also in the whole process my watchman was useful, and his usefullness increased when i showed him a profit of some goods from my house...this was bigger motivation to him to sell things as against the initial money i had offered him.
In Short here are the lessons i learnt:

1. If possible dont buy second hand goods...unless resale value is high
2. While selling quickly ( you dont have time for user reserarch there) judge your customer and adapt to his behavior...make it look natural.
3. Know your numbers in your head...be quick at loss and profit calculation
4. Take phone numbers of your customers in case you dont get any customer later.
5. Respect your customer even if he is a sweeper, remember he has to pay you.
6. Use your resources to the full...if required share a percent of your profit, or tangible goods themself

Full respect to all those sales people out there... Trust me knowing humans and their behavior is important everywhere...not just design.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

...sudden death


It was wednesday afternoon, the last week had been exciting with the extra monday holiday of Holi. Our products for which we had worked/ fought/ synchronized endlessly were finally going live. An early meeting was called upon with our European bosses... all of us skipped lunch, since we knew this was going to be a last meeting for some of us. After a moment of silence in the conference room... the announcement came...as i heard through the first few lines of the sentence my brain was not believing my ears.It was like a sudden miss-communication between my organs. Strangely the laughter and smiles among us didnt cease, somehow the weirdness of the news itself didnt allow us to believe that such a thing has happened....but in the end we all had to accept that...
Opera India had officially closed down and everyone was laid off.

My mind had an instant boost of crazy thoughts...no i wasnt depressed, but i was surely unhappy. I had just syncd into this new system... Opera was one of the places where i was happy, contributive and never felt like work...it was all a part of life...I had just started cooking well...Just settled down in my cozy apartment... office had just shifted..icards on my table were yet to be printed... all this gone...in a split second?...wasnt easy to belive or digest..

But i guess one has to move on...it was like a sudden death of something you had just fallen in love with...dunno if i will get the same team...same work and same environment anywhere else...but yes it surely was one of the rare ones i have experienced.

Moving out of this planned city with an unplanned surprize..was the least expected.
Life goes on...as i continue to fight out my odds.
Miles to go before i sleep...

Goodbye Opera.Goodbye Chandigarh...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Long time no see...

Its been long since i blogged...all the new work and loads of marriages around have kept me on my toes.

Life is going in its own pace...at times i don;t realize how the week has passed by. Good or bad...well thats again relative, we are what we choose to be...if we want to be cribbing all life...we will be like that and feel the same.

The cold winters of chandigarh is surely getting homely to me. My very own home seems to be comfort cozy for me. I surely have put on some weight, but then i had to someday in life.

Everyday seems to be a new challenge, and at times the deep pensive mood of thoughts sinks in... dreams vs realities. Theory vs practicality.As we grow older, things come in the face and we have to fight through them to realize our true potential i guess.

Have been writing a lot on paper lately. Will soon share some of it on blog. The good part about it is surely that i am returning back to words...As the winds try to shake me...hope my inner strength comes to my rescue once again...

I guess after a long i am writing a self descriptive entry, the very purpose of this space is confusing at times...

For now thats it...got to go...byee