05 December 2007

Wat can you expect?

Among a herd of mindless IT professionals, that's where I am. herd? yes..

They don't think. They don't act. They act like faithful slaves to the organisation and especially to their immediate managers, and pull the rug from under their manager's feet whenever they get a better offer from any other company. I cannot see people doing this.. all i can see is big MNCs luring dogs with a biscuit tied to a string or more appropriately, these companies are enjoyin the fishing. Herd, they are.. No.. Not me.. I won't be 5 sensed at any point of my life. That's not the aim of my life.

4 lpa, 5 lpa.. why the hell.. I am paid like hell and the only work i gotta do is not to do anything. I dont need to work, i dont have to attend trainings, i dont need to come to office, i have a phone, PC, AC, coffee/tea/cappucino/latte free through out the day.. in short, this is what many refer to as "The Bench."

Benching is not a negative concept at all. You get all the facilities mentioned above, you can read for your higher studies entrance exams (though i did not! :) ), you can enjoy life outside office and at times, even inside.. But where does all of this lead to?

Approaching the end of one year. You apply for MBA, you apply for MS, and some dunces apply for another IT company. The first question headed your way is, "What did you work on for this 12 months?". Stumped.

The reason why i joined an IT company in the first place is not because of the biscuit.. I just wanted to work somewhere for an year or two.. The deal was he'd give 4 lpa and i'd have to do some work on embedded that i was really interested in. Deal. I thought it was a perfect Win-Win situation.

But then, there are no traces of the all those out-of-the-world projects that were shown to me prior to the placement here. Not that they were lying, but all those projects are done in their Japan and Taiwan offices! Not one of them is done in India. Well, what can you say... No individual's that big to sue a multi billion dollar company and get away in one piece.

I planned to ask my manager regarding the same.. all of the fellow BeNcHbOyS around me tell me, "No!" "Dont do it" "You may lose your job" "Be as polite and patient as possible"..

Silence over sense, i read somewhere. Thats wat they prefer. I dont give a damn! Everyone here is paid to do his work, be it the VP or a BPO guy.

Very big companies are more or less government offices now.. the same issues that plague this country plague them too. From Lethargy to Ego to every damn thing.

There is some gear somewher who doesn't do his work. It's so difficult to find out the one among a million gears. Then the connection breaks slowly and steadily, and the clock stops ticking the way it should. And when it does fail completely, it is difficult to find out the culprit, because none of the gears are running at all..

What should have been a "tick tock tick tock" is a "tick tick tock tick" or "tock tick tock tock" now... And one day there wont be any ticks or tocks.

29 August 2007

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer..... The Legend

Man U of late seems to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo.... He scores goals.. But is he a good player? Ever since the worldcup-rooney-incident (as far as i m concerned, even b4 that), the fans world has been divided into those who love him and those who dont. And the latter outnumber the former by quite a margin.. BUT LOOK! Look! here's one player loved by all.... Be a Chelsea fan, arsenal fan, liverpool fan... You will still salute the career of Solksjaer, ManU's best bet ever.

But then, when the world of football is about diving to get penalties, playing on the opponents' emotions, sledging and a lot more of that nonsense, recently, when my dad asked me one day(actually 3 in the morning) why the hell i watch a ruffians' game through the night, there.... inside ManU itself, i showed him one guy watching whom was a delight and who played football in the truest sense, for the love of the game, a player beyond clubs and nations, a player to whom personal achievements were secondary (starting on the bench often than not, much to my dismay and to that of a million other fans..), he's one player you could alwez count on.... Ole.

One star who shone among the darkness, and who made the game more beautiful.

He's one reason why i love soccer.

'99 league final, that drubbing at nottingham forest... He made football look a lot better than what people do today.

Thank you, Ole.

The Game of football owes u one. :'-)

11 years of fantastic football... curtains!

28 August 2007

Love Story - Erich Segal

To think i missed reading this small 100 odd page classic all these years.... But then, i did get to read it atleast on my birthday this year, and am happy for that.

I was at a quiz a few months back, and there was this question...

Which book starts with..?
"What can i say about a 25 year old girl who died? That she loved Mozart, beetles..blah blah...And me..."

I had no idea... weird someone would write about a dead girl... i didn't know the answer, which i soon found to be the same as the title of this post. A friend of mine, who's usually very good with books, said it was a classic story of love..

Love?? Classic??
TORTURE!..... and i didn't have the slightest intention to know more about it..

Then, coming back to last friday, i escaped my birthday bash (a real bashing, mind you..), and was walking home alone, looking at the shops on the main road as i went.. there was this book stall on the road... He said "50 rupees each... ". I asked him what books he'd give me for ten rupees... He pointed to a few books... Among them was a lot of nonsense claiming to be thrillers and of course, this small wonder. This was the only book i'd heard of before in that junk, and i HAD to buy something to keep me occupied for the rest of the day. Without any second thought, i bought this book and went home..

I knew it'd take atleast another 4 hours for my room mates to come home... and 100 pages would be a matter of 2 hours max... I talked to the house owner, gave sweets blah blah.. and returned in less than an hour... With mega-maga boredom waiting to catch me, i sank into the love story. And i never knew what was happening in the real world for the next hour and a half..

You thought this would be a book review? Nah.. am too small a critic to review this book.. go get it yourself and read through... I assure you, it will be

Simple.... or should i say,

"Wonderfully simple


Simply wonderful"

The first part was as good as the last part, and the transition from the first word to the last word would be just outa this world. I never knew such a small and simple book could work this much magic.. Frightfully simple, freakingly good.

Better than most other books i've read, and i've read quite a few...

That is all ye know about it, and that is all ye need to know....... (Keats)


1. Ten rupees spent, a masterpiece earned. Bangalore is THE place for book-a-holics...

2. Am trying to read Catch 22 now.. its bloody insane... as insane as my household... i wont write about it here... never.. :)