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Earlier this week, I was having a pep talk with one of my friend who I met couple of months back. We are kinda working together, trying to solve an interesting problem and sharing our passion in the course of it.

At one point of time, he asked me – “What do you want to do with your life?”

For sure – I want to have my own venture in a year and want to work on an idea or possibly couple of ideas that will be valuable to people who will use it. Again defining valuable – I meant making the life of people (can be of any group) simpler and interesting to live. There are several such product ideas in my mind, most of it are fuzzy and unstructured at the moment, some of it are not even ideas I would like to implement.

Most importantly I want to work on certain idea which is really interesting for me to work. And if an idea is something that I would like to work on after 2 years or 5 years then I consider it as an interesting idea.

Then he said – Don’t worry so much about the ideas or product at the moment. There are three major components of any business. Basically the 3Ps – People, Process and Product. While most of the people are focused on Product & Process in terms of what they want to do, how they want to do; they almost forget about the first component which is the most important component of all. Probably they think, they can get people from anywhere if they have money or connections, which is not entirely true in many cases and in most situations they compromise on the kind or attitude of people they work with.

So it’s very important to find people with whom you want to work. There are various problems in this world to solve. So it doesn’t matter what you will work on or how you will solve the problem. As long as you are working with the people you like and people who shares the same passion, any journey is gonna be fun.

Why we need friends in our life

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Personal Life
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We love to smile with them, we need them when we are in a mood to laugh. They are a part of our moments of fun and they are beside us when we feel blue. They always stay with us no matter how far we go, in our memories, in our love and in our life. In short they are the reason we enjoy happiness when it comes and over come our sorrows faster.

We all are lucky to get few such wonderful friends in our life. I feel luckier to have fewer more. From the days of my graduation I have got bondings with few such people, starting from the singers of our music group who supported my dreams. The days of Pune were even more memorable when I teamed up with Ankit, Mayank, AJ, Abhishek and then Shardul and Akshay became a part of our moments of joy which I also call the magic moments. We used to hang out late nights for tea in M.G. Road, just an excuse to spot hot girls. We were tireless to drive miles in midnight through the ghats of Lonavala, not to forgot we met an accident one such night, Maku and Me were badly injured. And during one christmas week we brought our official projector to home and made our home as mini theatre. The only difference was in stead of Coke we had Vodka and in stead of Popcorn we had deep fried chicken cooked by Abhishek.

Life became even interesting when I moved to Bangalore, the friends at Hibiscus were amazing. Our lunch group grew from 2 people to 20 people over a period of few months. And later it seemed in the whole day we all were waiting eagerly for the lunch time to try out foods in different restaurants and pull each other’s leg … especially the unmarried ones. Thank God I was escaped. 😛 My bonding with our CEO, Ramesh was amazing. He was no less than a great friend of mine with whom I used to share everything including my personal problems. Then I moved to Singapore where I was welcomed by few more friends, mostly at work. The amazing environment of the Lab is keeping our spirit high all the time, when we are tired we relax playing  table soccer and making too much noise. I am sure HCLite who are not part of this lab must be wondering what’s going inside.

But at certain point of time we all would realize, every time we move to a new place and make new friends, we leave behind our old friends and our contact with them gradually decreases. But it’snot about being in touch with them everyday through some phone call or SMS, it’s about being in touch with them in memories. And when you meet them after years, you enrich those memories and recreate the saga. You forget all your sorrows again for few moments and rediscover your smile. So to conclude what I started, “Why we need friends in our life?”. We need friends to always leave our life in a smiling note. 🙂

It has been almost 2 months since I came to Singapore leaving my journey with Hibiscus in Bangalore. I had obviously few reasons why I joined HCL. Most important of those was to start a new life in a new place, as both me and my wife were quite unhappy with our monotonous life in Bangalore and we both badly wanted a change.

I guess the year started with few more good news. She joined me a month later and joined HCL too. In all these busy schedule a path was getting created which I was not very observant about and only realized when things got settled and I got time to think. All my short term goals became even shorter after my shift. For example, I was planning to publish my book by end of next year that I am writing at the moment. But now after I coming here, I completely stopped taking freelancing projects and started spending more time with Santoshi and for me. So now I am hopeful that I will be able to finish my book by end of this year and should be able to publish it by early next year. Hope things go as planned.

There are few more things apart from this book writing in pipeline too. Can’t reveal much at the moment. But as I re-commented on one of my friend’s comment on Facebook … “When one dream comes true, you don’t stop there … U dream more.”

Reading The Colors

Posted: March 13, 2009 in Personal Life
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Today out of curiosity, I wanted to check how many labels I have
on my gmail account. And I ended up with a number “49”.

Wow … that’s lot. Well, over the past few years I have subscribed
to various forums and mailing list … sometimes to get a quick answer
and sometime to keep a track of how things are going with a Particular
technology (Let’s say RoR).

I wish I could give time to all of these forum. But it never happens
always, while I reply to few of the posts on some forum, for others I
am just a silent reader.

But the color codes makes it easier for me to identify what does this
label mean to me.

* Red – Company Related
* Orange – Open Source Community/Mailing Lists.
* Green – Books/Study Materials.
* Blue – Personal.
* Grey – Social Networking Sites.

Last Week In Pune

Posted: February 17, 2009 in Personal Life
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Yesterday (16th Feb) was my last day with Entrip guys. It was a nice
8 months journey with them. I personally think I will definitely cherish 
some of  the moments! 

Shardul and Akshay both are wonderful colleagues. And we have
achieved so many things together. Anthony and Nick both have a 
great  vision in their eyes, I definitely learnt most of the good things 
from Anthony. Especially, how to work in a start up. This experience 
will definitely help me, if I’ll plan to start my own start-up in future! 

So when there were so many good things, few things also disappointed 
me. I don’t want to talk about it. All I know is that I have learnt so much 
there, and that’s the best part.

I am joining an U.S. based start-up called SocialSenseLabs from 18th.
I’ll probably work this week in Pune and then reallocate to Bangalore.
I had been offered four jobs in one week. There’s nothing to be proud
of, I feel I am very lucky to have lots of good contacts! The reason I joined
SSLabs is because they are a product based company and I definitely
believe in their ideas. On the technology point of view, I’ll continue working
on RoR & I’ll get lots of opportunity to work on IPhone & Android platform.   

I’ll definitely miss most of my friends who have supported and stayed by 
my side whenever I needed them. Especially, Ankit – Who used to be my 
team leader while I was in Red Hat, and later became a very good friend. 
I always had a very nice and friendly room mates. After Abhishek, Akshay, 
Manoj and Ratikant teamed up with us. There was always a party every 
now and then. I am gonna miss all of them. But at the same time planning 
to start another chapter of my life in Bangalore. 

Far Beyond The Clouds

Posted: August 13, 2008 in Personal Life
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I was talking to Shardul, a friend of mine in Entrip today.And
he introduced me with another application of google which I had
never come across.

And I really liked watching these stars in Google Sky much closer
than I might have ever watched them. It’s like real star gazing without
any telescope.

The above is the view of the galaxy and below are the few stars
who decide my fortune with changing time.

Last weekend I had been to Mumbai. My mac book was just working
fine when I left Mumbai. Sounds like a mystery but after reaching in
Pune I discovered that no display was coming in the same. All I could
guess was that the system was getting started from the start-up sound.

The engineers in the nearest apple store found the logic board to be in
a non functional state. And the replacement of the same would have
cost me 36K !!!

Well, I was not that crazy that I/we (Entrip) would spend that much
money on an ages old laptop. And we decided to go for a new macbook.
It sounds like a wow … but it did cost me 20GB of my work obviously
because of my own mistake. So here’s the list of data which I have lost
that were not backed-up anywhere.

+ Almost 100s of e-books which I had collected over last 3 years.

+ All important documents which were in soft copy. May be any agreement,
a research paper, or some report!

+ Couple of my Red Hat works, codes basically (which feels good when
I imagine how much of effort I had put into them).

+ Some source code of couple of Internship project I was guiding.

+ 25 lyrics of mine (which I can’t remember anyway. I have few in my
mind but not all).

+ The script of my new book so far. (I can rewrite the whole thing but
I will definitely miss some)!

+ Codes of couple of open source projects. (I can download them but
again it will eat my bandwidth and time).

In short, 20GB = All my work in last two and half years.

I may recover the data if the hard disk is till safe. But it’s not okay until
I have got all of it back. Beside, all the facts my new mac book (leopard)
just works awesome.