Monday, December 30, 2013

An year of mixed feelings

2013 seemed like a fast paced one.I never thought I will go to Delhi/Gurgaon but 2012 made that magic and 2013 has taken that fun out of life. Sudden demise of my father was a biggest shock for me. Family suffered because of my absence in Hyderabad and I needed to come back.  Had lot of time to kill as I was away from home most part of the year and I was able to use it for upgrading my web development skills and setting up base for my entrepreneurial skills. I had good run for careerscale with yourpost assignment in october-dec 2013 period and some trainings occassionally with intone and wiziq as clients.

TMAD continued to be a key area of interest for me (and it will remain), major achievement was to get the mahima orphan home construction work done (honestly, laxman should deserve most of the credit from Ivy comptech for his tireless dedicated effort for completing the INR 16L shed for mahima at vikarabad) was a major achievement and also couple of education cases (one MBBS student from bhimavaram etc).

Days I can't forget are feb 5th when I lost my father and sept 25th where I had funny trip to delhi (walked a km to main road, took a bus then a cab and then a bike ride to airport in hyderabad and then the discussion of Alex at office). Couldn't sustain stupid politics of Mr. A but the positive side was that I got freedom and time back with my family.

Family wise, got some pending stuff done in this year, like getting the wood work done at home in hyderabad and buying a car (yes, finally I bought a I10 sportz). Also family trip to Delhi,Agra and Jaipur was memorable one. My family experienced the flight back and forth to Delhi and kids enjoyed the T3 terminal of Delhi airport.

Going ahead, need to make sure I have required skills and business for careerscale going forward and once I am ready, I will move to full time with careerscale.

Primary goal for next year is to be a better human being (better father, husband and son) and practice more patience (the most difficult thing for me) and continue working on the efforts in self learning and entrepreneurial efforts.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Irony within

I am not sure what is getting attention of the nation is what it should be.  Delhi rape case that got so much attention is bit surprising for me. How many such instance are getting reported by media say from villages and towns? If the Delhi rape happened in some remote village would it have been in the lime light?


What we conveniently neglect is  the domestic violence about men and woman and the problems with brought up of our generations. We only focus some thing grave to happen and react. I know few friends who  have serious complaints against their mother - in laws who never let them eat properly even when during pregnancy. I think many of our problems are not gender against gender. How I have been brought up and How I am going to bring up my kids and how I deal with every other person in the society also makes a lot of difference to the society. Media is so tempting with publicity that instead of stopping violence, people may be forced to commit crime to get the media attention and publicity.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Missing Radio

Radio, an integral part of my childhood world, is surprisingly missing. The BBC, Voice Of America, The deutsche Radio etc and their India centric programs used to attract me. Radio was a great tool to research, change frequencies and try to discover new channels and their program schedule etc. German radio used to send me their quarterly program schedule through post and it was a great thing for me.

Also Srilanka radio and then lot of christian channels etc. Particularly the christian channel speakers are really good, they were convincing enough to come back to the channel again.

Thursday night and sunday 3PM plays on radio were always used to be great.

Feeling missing the Radio (watching Rajanna(Telugu) movie at present)

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I miss you Nanna

Babu, you could have avoided this sudden shock.  Every item in the house is reminding of you and unfinished work. You could have finished what ever you have dreamed of. It was too early to quit.

I could have spent more time with you. As a father understand your unconditional love towards us. You are soldier trying to fight for us. From utter poverty and almost lost everything,  our fight is in the right direction. We are towards success. But your sudden disappearance is leaving us helpless.

I might be better educated and earning better pay, still I dont know many things that you are master of. I dont know how to pack my things.  I dont know how to smile in neck deep problems. If I have a small problem , I shout,  I dont know how to live with uncertainty. 

You loved the kids. I am sorry Nanna, I coudn't bring my kids to you as often as you wanted. In the run for career and stupid family problem, I neglected you so much. I thought getting back your respect by building house was a big thing but I was wrong Nanna. I dont like failures but I remain a failure in front of you. Sorry but I promise I will continue working hard till I meet you and will do everything possible to take care of mother.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Delhi Metro and Duranto Express

I am back from Hyderabad to Gurgaon today.  It was interesting to Travel in Metro and then in DURANTO express to Secunderabad from H. Nizamuddin station in Delhi.

Before the travel, I was searching on internet to find out what is the best way to reach H. Nizamuddin from DLF Cyber Terraces (Build 5C).

The best way to reach H. Nizamuddin from Gurgaon is to get Yellow Line to Rajiv Chowk. I boarded at Sikunderpur since that is just 1 KM distance from my office. Yellow Line starts from HUDA City Center and goes through Rajiv chowk till Jahangirpuri.

We need to get down at Rajiv Chowk and switch to Blue Line (You need to climb up to next floor to get to Blue Line, Don't worry the indicators help you) as the nearest metro station for H. Nizamuddin is Indraprastha.  I think it is the 4th station from Rajiv Chowk.  The Public Announcement System in the metro trains will help us get down at the right place.

You can opt to buy a smart card instead of a token (ticket), as you can top up as needed and also that is nothing specific to a particular person. You can share with anyone you would like to, when you do not travel.

From Indraprastha station, you can take an auto who charge 50/- to drop you at H. Nizamuddin. I think bus service is also available but I was not so sure so to avoid missing my train, I opted to go by Auto.

Duranto is better as it takes less than 22 hours to Secunderabad and no passenger stops in the middle. It does stop at few places (called Technical stops). But the bookings are from H. Nijamuddin to Secunderabad directly. After the price revision it costs around 800 bucks for a sleeper booking for one person. This includes 2 water bottles (one on day 1, and other one on day 2 of journey).Tea is served few times. Dinner, break fast and Lunch are provided in the train itself (The fare is inclusive of food). You can opt for veg or non verg. Under non veg you get egg curry instead of vegetable curry in lunch/dinner and for breakfast you get bread amlet.  But beware the catering team will try to skip one water bottle and they also collect tips from each passenger (min. 10 rupees), I am going to raise a complaint to IRCTC on the same since I captured video of the same. Also the cleaner comes separately for tips. You do not find him to do any cleaning other than asking for tips.

Otherwise this train is good since it starts around 4PM (3.50PM) and reaches Secunderabad around 1.30 / 2 PM next day. You are left with half a day with you once you reach Secunderabad.  Also the return journey on Sunday starts at 1.30 PM at Secunderabad and reaches H. Nizamuddin on Monday morning around 11 AM (though they say it is 10.35, it can be any time before 11.30 AM).

Monday, December 31, 2012

The year ahead

Year 2012 was an eventful year. Personally I experienced a lot. Stressful career to healthy relationships with people around, morning walks, the new found yoga guru Sridhar reddy in the colony, badminton practice daily, the continued online training that lead to registering CareerScale IT Consulting LLP and forming clear path for the years to come by.

The IVY experiment was not so cool, with so many issues around and the legacy not accepting change and me not able to adjust with the environment, though I was able to finally work on PL/SQL though found it difficult in the beginning (this means, I am through Java, .net, sharepoint and now into db as well  :-), though not an expert),made up my mind to call off this experiment.

The best part of this experiment is the orphan home facility that is coming up at Vikarabad. With contributions from IVY employees and some matching grant from IVY itself (mgmt was reluctant initially) is now bringing up a big facility 123*33 sft shelter with the cost of INR 15,00,000/-. I was very instrumental in picking this up and taking it forward. Unfortunately I was not there to see the completion of the work but will monitor on behalf of TMAD

CareerScale, the legal entity that is born on 4th Dec 2012(incorporation date), has lot of hopes and work for me for the years ahead. But it is into incubation at present and not much of commercial activity. The dream is to make the infrastructure that goes deep into the education system that the final outcome of our regular colleges is industry ready youth who can either work for industry or go on becoming entrepreneurs. Probably  it may be bit odd to say, train them and shift the academic system from typical kirana store to a supermarket where companies can go and pick the ready made employable youth. May be the future walmart of the world in IT and other employable sectors. BIG DREAM though!. Lot of work ahead and I am still at baby steps.

TMAD was an important part of the year in my life. It will be as well in the years to come. The dyvakrupa orphan home work with the cost of INR 3,00,000 brought tremendous change in the lives of 30 kids in the orphan home. The little shelter in a small room behind a church now has decent facility and with the support of RDO they started a dairy form which gives them around 12 to 15k (after paying the loan installments) they are able to meet the maintenance of the orphan home. They were expecting more help from TMAD but somehow I thought they must self sustain and we shouldn't do too much of spoon feeding there.

The Mahima orphan home (though primary fund pooling was in IVY) work also has great interest in TMAD friends, we really wanted to play a major role in this (if not the HR disinterest @IVY), but we still worked on supporting the electrification with a domestic connection (which includes getting a transformer etc) we incurred cost of around INR 50,000/- towards this.

Supporting buchanna's CA dream through TMAD (I am directly supporting this) and other student (a B.Pharmacy student) etc kept me busy through out the year.  Though I haven't planned any of these activities  for the year 2012, they just happened because they needed support and I wanted to contribute.

You know you will feel very very very happy when you realize your simple assistance bringing up BIG change in someone's life. Recent mail from Karthik Dumpala that he got a big Job and scholarship or something for his invention at IIG Gauhati. I feel really happy. You know sending a little amount as Money Order to a student in his early engineering class with the hope that it helps, and getting this mail after some years is an amazing thing.

The year ahead is going to be challenging for me, I must re-christen myself and get back the old geek skills that I lost with my IVY experiment  I must become someone very very inevitable on technical skill set which any employer on earth should like to hire. But this is not for another HOP but for my CareerScale dream. Being away from typical comfort zone (living in venkateswara enclave, upparpally, hyderabad) with friends like Divaker reddy, Sridhar reddy, Mahesh etc and with my family is a difficult thing. I have become numb being away from my kids Abhi and Adith (They are the best of my existence, I simply love them for what they have been to me). But this leading to simple living and saving few extra bucks might help my dream.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mahima orphanage work to begin

Finally, we are starting it. After some strain, few visits and lot of time and discussions, we are starting the work at Mahima orphanage near vikarabad. It is a big thing that I am doing this year and Hopefully it should be ready before new year kicks in. It is bigger than the warangal orphange project (Dyvakrupa orphanage). In fact multiple times of it.  we are planning a big shelter with 10 to 13 lakhs of Indian currency.

I am getting bore with regular life, hope to see some change to happen in the near future. It may happen.

On the regular things, one is corruption. it is so much part of each one of us in some way or the other. I like this picture. All govt schemes are finally like this. Multi tier corruption makes the real beneficiaries getting very little. Cann't we do something about it? we can. Let us raise RTI requests, shout on corruption and importantly NEVER PAY A BRIBE even if it means taking off for a day or half.