Wednesday, November 29, 2006


I can lucidly remember the sports camp in my school during summer holidays of 6th standard. Ahhm.. Ahhm.. for those who know me , Yaa, I really joined a sports camp and for those who have never met me , I am really bad at sports. We had to choose two sports and I chose swimming and skating. Thanks, to this summer camp that I learn at least one sport, swimming. This summer was different as I used to spend my entire day in the school .My diet started soaring and my workouts too. The final day came and the summer camp got over. My diet remained more or less the same but the work outs straight away decreased to null. And, you know the results.
Still, I wasn’t all that fat till I joined the corporate world. In Bangalore, Piyush and I used to get up early morning and go for gym; solid 1.5 hrs of workout. But my coming to Hyderabad brought the workouts to an end. And, you are very much aware of the ramifications J
I have been away from home for past 7 years. Every visit to home used to bring lot of pamper to me and a lot of good food, along with some comments, like “bahut dubla ho gaya hai .. khale khale .. Hostel ka khana to kharab hi hota hai “.Not just my family members but also my neighbors, family friends and relatives used to find a change in me. Immaterial, of my increase or decrease in weight, they always used to find me slimmer then what I was at the time of last home visit. But, surprisingly this visit brought me lot of sarcastic and euphemistically told comments. I can not even rule out a single fellow, whom I met, and he or she has not commented on my health.
I had no other option but to smile at their unwanted comments and had to put up a face with “Yaa, I know that I have put on some weight “attitude.
Never mind, I have again started gymming but am not doing any weight lifting. I promise to reduce my weight by february and come in some good shape till Nitin Bhayya’s marriage. I know that after reading this Kunal is going to ask a treat from me as I have lost a bet to him of loosing 5 kg till Diwali. Instead, I have put on 5 kgs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Everybody says I am fine

In my total experience of 1.5 years in IT industry, I have worked for 3 companies till now; IBM, Lucent and Microsoft. I joined IBM in July 2005 and left it in December 2005. I was working for a project which was more than 10 year old maintenance project with a very high attrition rate. Not my fault, but the project got scrapped as soon as I left the company. Point to be noted that many people from that project left the company before I did. It didn’t come to me a surprise at all and was not sad for it as I didn’t work for it even a bit.
My second organization, Lucent, gave me a good opportunity to work on a project which was starting right from the design in India Center. I really liked the work and was also trying my best to learn java. But the fate didn’t allow me to stay in Bangalore for a long and I moved to Microsoft, Hyderabad in June, 2006. The Lucent project got scrapped in July 2006.Till this point I was wondering, is it really something in me which makes the projects get scrapped as soon as I leave them ,or may be these people were not able to manage it well without me ..;)
My third place of work, Microsoft. I was again happy working on a product which started from design phase, what we people call as Milestone 0. All the design docs and all were “Made in India”, unlike the other products where most of the components are “Made in USA” except some of the residual maintenance work. I went for Diwali vacation and after a few days again had to go for sick leave for jaundice, as I was really really suffering from jaundice. Till the time I could get back to work, the project got scrapped. Surely; there is some thing to do with me. ;)

Indian Philosophy - 1

This is only for those people who are interested in learning a little about philosophy or in particular Indian Philosophy and culture. Even though , I do not have an in depth idea of Indian philosophy, but would like to share whatever knowledge I possess in this context. Philosophy, as the describes it is “A system of values by which one lives.” has been more or less divided into two sections: eastern and western. The Western philosophy comprises thinking of people like Plato, Descartes, etc. Whereas , the Eastern Philosophy, which comprises teachings of Buddha, Confucious, Ramanuja, Vallabha and off course the one who gave re-birth to Hinduism, The Shankaracharya, etc. Any philosophy eventually becomes a religion or a way of life to live. So, it will be better to understand it with the help of religions.
Every religion what we see is very different from what actually it is; at least I feel it in that way. A religion will not be able to sustain itself for a long time and will be unworthy for a life to be following it, if it doesn’t has a sound philosophical base. This base usually describes how a life should be lead and answers the existence or no – existence of God and many other questions related to the human life. But, to general public this cake is presented with an icing on the top. And some of the times icing is so thick that a person’s appetite never allows him to reach the actual cake.
Many people believe that there can only be three kinds of people: religious , non-religious and agnostics.But, at the same time they say that the people who are religious are the ones who follow one or many Gods. I disagree to them in this regard. In eastern philosophy, a person can be religious and an atheist at the same time. There are a few religions which are one of the most accepted paths of life, like Buddhism, Jainism, etc. and are atheist way of living. As far as my knowledge is concerned a person who attains the salvation or the Nirvana gains the highest post and people worship him not as a God, but as a personality to be adulated or the ultimate form of human being.
Hindus, as we understand it now is the sect of people who follow Hinduism. But, ironically there is no religion called Hinduism. It’s a culture and the name ‘hindu’ was given by the people of Persia to the human race living on right side of the river ‘Sindhu’.
And, what so called Hindus follow is “Sanatan Dharm”. Sanatan Dharm has its origin in Veda. Under this umbrella of Veda, there are lot of sects which have there own teachings, principles and followers .Unlike, other religions, Hinduism or Santana Dharm doesn’t have any prescribed holy book to be followed nor it has some set points which are mandatory for an Hindu to follow, except the fact that most of the Hindus (But, not all) respect Vedas. Islam has Quran, Christianity has Bible, but Hinduism doesn’t have one single book. Veshnavites follow Geeta, Vishnu Puran . Shaivites follow Shiv Puran and so on.
So, it will be unfair to call Hinduism as a religion when it is something different, a culture.
Apart from Hinduism, there are two more religions of Indian origin that have played very important role in the making of India’s tradition and history. They are Buddhism and Jainism. Starting from the earliest time when Santana Dharm took birth, it divided the society into 4 parts. Brahman, Kshatriya , Vaishya and Shudras . Each of them had different responsibilities and roles to play in the society. But, after some time, differences started coming in the society. And then people started moving to various other religions. Birth of Buddha, brought the turmoil in Hinduism and during the Ashoka’s reign, Buddhism replaced Hinduism in the hegemony. It continued till Shankaracharya came. Hinduism got rejuvenated. The fall of Buddhism was not just because of Shankaracharya’s arrival but also as the people started facing the same problem for which they left Hinduism and turned to Buddhism. It was “Brahmanism”.
Logic was always a part of Indian culture. And for a religion to win people’s hearts was not possible without contributing to the Logic and representing your religion above others through Logic. So, what we call Debates and Group Discussions, in today’s modern and western influenced life was part of every day routine for the people of Sindhu. Unlike in western world where iconoclasts were prosecuted, India always provided them a chance to prove their difference in opinions. That is why we can see so many religions flourishing in Indian sub-continent.
I will write the rest of it in the following post.