‘ Personal ’ category archive

Updates…

January 11, 07 by Bharani

I quit Convergys on January 5th. I moved to MIH Web Private Limited, based in Gurgaon. Last week at Convergys was very memorable mainly due to great bunch of colleagues over there.

Gurgaon is much colder than I expected. Though the place seems to be very advanced with skyscrapers and mega malls, the local transportation sucks. There are hardly any public transporation or auto-rickshaws. Even the shared auto-rickshawas are few in number and carries full-load of passengers. The only option is cycle-rickshaws or cab services (which are very expensive). Should buy my own vehicle soon!

Work is exciting and I am eagerly looking forward for next few months. Lots of action happening at the work place as few product launches are planned in the near future.

More updates later….

Times Change!

January 05, 07 by Bharani

2 months back….An e-mail from a recruiter to the applicant

Dear XYZ,

We hope you are doing fine!

It was really wonderful to talk with you recently and we appreciate the time you spent with XYZ.

Unfortunately, we are unable to take your candidature further, at the moment. However, your credentials are extremely impressive and we wish to retain your details on our active database. We shall get back to you as soon as another similar opportunity opens up.

We wish you luck in your future endeavors and thank you once again for your interest in XYZ!

3 week back….An email from the same applicant to the same recruiter!
Hi XYZ,

Apologies for the delayed response.

I had a very frank discussion with Mr. XYZ on the other day. I got a clear picture about the role and responsibilities. Though the roles and responsibilities are interesting and the opportunity to work with XYZ is a rare opportunity, I think the role does not cater to my aspirations of Product management as I expect and understand it. So, I will not be interested in further discussions/interviews for this role. This is in the best interest of both of us.

I really appreciate the effort and time that XYZ has spent in trying to find alternate positions for my candidature. I must admit that it was a privilege to discuss with some of the knowledgeable people and best minds in the field.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

with regards,
-XYZ.

Though the applicant and the recruiter can be guessed out, it is the “You loose some, you win some” principle of life that I want to highlight here…! In the first case, candidate was rejected for the position he applied for…In the second case, candidate rejected the role that the recruiter was offering…Ultimately, both of them are a case of win-win…As a potential expectation mis-match was avoided..:) It’s absolutely important to manage disappointments in life…as disappointments are mostly time-bound and partly our own ignorance-bound! Too much gyaan…huh? Chalo…My next post will capture some interesting things that have happened in my life…!

Year 2006 – A reflection

December 31, 06 by Bharani

I have transformed into one of the laziest bloggers around. This was least expected considering the fact that I bought my own domain name and web-space in the hopes of contributing regularly! Anyway, new year is the ‘logical point’ to turn such bad things around! I hope I can do justice to my investment, to my hobby…So let me use the opportunity to summarize things to break the ice. [BTW, this happens to be the 50th post in my new space :)]

Year 2006:

Highs:
* Successful completion of PGP from Indian School of Business.
* Beginning my Post-MBA career with Convergys.
* Getting my hands on Nokia N-91 phone! Thanks to my brother.
* Buying my own domain name [www.way2top.org]
* Getting an offer for Senior product manager position from a south african internet subsidiary in India @ Gurgaon. The greatest encouragement I received during the job hunt was the brand value of ISB. If one is very career-oriented and focussed, growth is going to be fast…as well as steady!
* Got back in touch with few school-time friends. Thanks to Orkut.
* Visit to Akshardham. Yes, that visit was special to me.

Lows:
* Falling ill for 10-days due to ChikunGunya.
* Rejection from Microsoft for Program management (It’s a good thing in the hindsight). It’s still in my memory because I placed high stakes for the job and prepared a lot.
* Death of few good people that I know very well.

Wish-list 2007:
* Exploring North India.
* Learning and developing Investment skills.
* Contribute 150+ posts in the blog.
* Learning Product management in depth.
* Participate in a Social venture.
* Exercise regularly.
* Wear a Smile in the face for atleast 25% of time in the year, uniformly spread:) Yeah, uniformly spread both on the face and through out the year!
* Support Indian team throughout the ICC world-cup. No matter how bad they perform….:)
* Nurture compassion and politeness in self.

I wish everyone a fantastic year ahead…..I would like to share a quote that I read recently to take forward to year 2007…

“…
We ignorant of ourselves,
Beg often our own harms, which the wise powers
Deny us for good; so find we profit
By losing our prayers.
…”

– William Shakespeare tells us that we fail to realize that whatever happens is for our benefit.

Divine abode of God…

December 11, 06 by Bharani

Last week has been very hectic, but very satisfying week in many aspects. 3 Flight trips in a span of 4 days turned out to be tougher than I expected!

The weekend was well spent. I attended the marriage of Abhinav @ delhi. It was interesting to witness different marriage tradition, staying at groom’s house. The marriage was very well planned out and organized. Food was awesome ;). Met few ISB colleagues and made some new friends. I wish Abhinav a very happy married life…After all he has been waiting for this event for more than 3 years 😉

Something surprising happened that was not in my initial plan. A visit to “Akshardham”. I came to know about this temple when I was at ISB. I wanted to visit this place very badly, as it looked amazingly beautiful in photographs. Since Abhinav’s house was just 2-3 kms from Akshardham, I set aside half-a-day to visit the place. I didn’t have company, but that did not deter me from the trip. The place is just BEAUTIFUL..and DIVINE. Such a wonderful monument constructed just in 5 years is unbelievable. The grand scale and the intricate details is mind-blowing. Each and every structure in this place has the grace of god. A MUST VISIT! Please visit the website for more details.

No Entry fee to this place. But there are certain exhibition halls which are charged @ Rs.125/- for the entry. I would say the charge is justified for the animatronics, professionally-made documentary and a enriching boat-ride. Just make sure that you stay in the place during the day and while the night falls out. The place supposedly looks much more beautiful in the night. I could not stay back till evening. Also, leave all your electronic equipments at home (including mobile phones). They are strictly not allowed. In case you took them with you, the cloak room could be used to safely deposit it.

Akshardham definitely has invoked the lost spirituality in me…and I found peace of mind.

I found it strange that some of my Delhi friends haven’t visited this place yet…Proximity tones down the significance, I guess 🙂

Akshardham Photogallery

ConsumerGiri

November 26, 06 by Bharani

Somehow the trend of popularizing the Indian cricketers after just one or two top performances should stop…Even if it is a good product, if it is endorsed by ANY of the indian cricketers..I am going to think twice about the product…

I am not expressing my anger against Indian cricketers..I am not expressing my anger against Indian team’s performance…Because that is not going cause anything beneficial…But I am going to shut my senses against the products endorsed by cricketers. Call it consumerGiri!!!

Go…no wait!

November 22, 06 by Bharani

The human life is so short…but the human brain is capable of conceiving unimaginable levels of dreams and imagery in that short span of time. Few of those dreams transform into ambitions…in other words ‘long-term goals’. It is natural for people to set short-term goals, which will eventually lead them to successful realization of their long-term goals. It is even more natural among B-school grads…

When I wrote an essay to answer the post-mba career goals related question in the ISB application form, I clearly set aside short-term goals and long-term goals. I look at it now and I realize that I am more or less on track, except for few specifics. But, I must admit that I have gone through a lot of plan-changes during the last 1.5 years. The main reason for that is the new information that reaches the brain every new day, testing my rationale and challenging my aspirations.

Of late, I am facing a BIG question. When is the time to take the BIG STEP? and of course freebie questions like: If I have to set up my own venture, are there different ways to achieve the end-goal? If so what are they?

I have absolutely, 100 percent, realized that nothing less than entrepreneurship is going to test the MBA skills. Nothing less than my own-venture will deserve the hard-work that I am willing to put. But, there is a problem. The problem that is prevalent among many Indian youth. Courage to take that first RISKY step. Lack of momentum to go off-tangent.

I have decided that I should keep working on my ideas during my personal off-time. May be I am ambitious…May be it’s just a rush-of-blood. Giving the ideas a definite shape is the only to way to ascertain if it is just a case of “May-be” or really a “Must-be”. And to my satisifaction, I am slowly regaining the lost discipline back. Now that, 3 to 4 of my friends have started their own ventures, I should observe their progress and learn from them. For the time being, I will build up and nurture the entrepreneurial mind-set.

I just have a feeling that the world around me is conspiring towards me. I am going to believe the golden words of Alchemist now.


“When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true”
– Alchemist.

Trust – An element between Dream and Nightmare?

October 23, 06 by Bharani

“…The only element that keeps people from being terrified from each other is trust – the moment it is lost, people became nightmares to each other…” [RK Narayanan in one of his novels]

A Powerful statement that echoes the day-to-day human interactions in organizations, businesses and any community. For the past 4 months, I have learnt and observed a lot about organizational dynamics around me and involving me. For quite some time, I have been pondering to jot down the key points in a abstract way. I have not blogged for past few days, but each day I missed my blog very much.

Atleast I have set the tone for the upcoming posts.

Life is a sinusoidal curve

October 10, 06 by Bharani

I can’t excuse myself for not blogging in the past 8 days! Life has been quite demanding…seasoning me out…

Got my laptop hard-drive changed. Haggled for it though and ended up saving almost 4000 rupees…Got myself a membership with Cinemaparadiso with part of the saving! Idea is to watch movies in high-quality DVD in my own laptop…Blame it on my mindset and perception that I get a closer-to-theatre feeling whenever I watch in laptop with headphones on …I just hope I don’t end up not utilizing the service! Checked out X-box at a dealer’s location…Core version priced at 22,000 rupees and premium version priced at 26,500 rupees. With Halo 1 and Halo 2 not available in India, it is going to be even tougher convincing myself to pay that kind of price for the X-box…Now X-box is pushed towards the bottom of my priority list (not from my wish list though)!

Enough of useless updates…I am more thoughtful these days…I always think that I am mature, I am able to handle stress, I am smart, I am a diplomat…Every now and then life proves me wrong…I end up learning lessons…I end up self-tuning…Life is a sinusoidal curve! I am just trying hard to decrease the frequency of the curve, so that the span of upward phase outlasts my lifespan! Well, I guess the previous para was a better update 🙂

I am just trying to break the inactivity….

An outlet for Venting…?

September 28, 06 by Bharani

Series of incidents over the last 40 days have created an unrest in my mind. There is a huge anger built-up…nothing against anyone, nothing against anything….I am not sure myself against what…But I want to vent out the anger….Squash used to be my outlet before…Pedalling was another….Blogging was during sometimes…but now, none of these seems to happen or allow me the freedom as before….I am off to chennai for 3 days…and I am looking forward towards the trip eaaagerlyyyyyy……No work, No laptop, No missed-breakfasts…!!!

Scooter mama…

September 25, 06 by Bharani

When my family moved to Manali New Town (even before I was born), there were only a handful of houses, out of 200+ houses, that were inhabited. The place use to look like a deserted forest. During the same time we moved in, there was another family that moved in. Later, we (the then kids of the locality) use to call the head of the family, fondly as “Scooter mama (uncle)”. Because, he was the only person who had a scooter in that locality. A very jolly person. He also repairs and makes watches during his spare time and he was very good at that. 29 years has passed by since he and his family have occupied that house. All his sons are married now. He became more subdued over the years, but he was very healthy for his age…His 3 sons celebrated his 70th birthday just a week ago….Everything was well…

4 days ago, he slipped out of the bus while boarding. The rear wheel of the bus went over both his thighs. Listening to the noise of crowd and thinking that he was caught under the wheels, Driver stopped the bus…and came back in reverse…and the wheels damaged his legs to unimaginable extent…Heavy bleeding…The real tragedy was the 30 minutes of helplessness on the road. He pleaded for someone to save him…The actual reason why no body came forward, I am not aware of…After the hopeless and futile attempts of doctors, he passed away today morning…

Why do such things happen? I don’t know. But these are the incidents, which makes me really think about life…Some people are made to undergo severe trauma during their last days/moments…That I cannot digest at all…

Scooter mama…may your soul rest in peace…I will remember you…