The riddle of Life

Life’s a riddle,which I never can solve,

neither I know from where I evolve,

nor I know where i will dissolve.

I don’t know who am I?
I am here I don’t know why?
everybody else is just a  moment of my life,
they just come and then they say goodbye,

my present is also a moments long,
just like a pendulum gong,
tied with love strings,
to and fro it continuously swings,
between my future and past.
some time smiles and,
some time tears it brings

without any rest..
it moves without trying to cease,
when I will find that peace?

I can’t cut those strings,
I fear bearing that pain,
yet I will always complain,
when I will find that peace?

some people bring joy to my heart,
who are they, I still don’t know,
a feeling, a name or just an echo.,
seeds of love and hope, they sow.,
with moments which then grows.,
life looks like flying high.,
and then they suddenly say goodbye,
and like that tree my life is now dry,
all I can do now, is just cry.

like this swings my life’s pendulum bob,
I don’t know when it will cease.,
I don’t know when I will find peace??

tired of swinging I am now.
how will I find peace I don’t know,
how will I find that peace I don’t know..

Career advice for nerds in Indian software industry

 

Most of the projects in indian software industry follow the 80-20 rule. The rule is simple – 80 percent of people on any project do not work and rest 20 percent sweat by the balls to get the project over the line. This minority is what I am describing as nerds here. The kind of people who are more interested in solving problems and whom managers can emotionally manipulate by appealing to their ego. If you swear that is not the case then I suspect

  • You were born lucky and the planets really aligned at your auspicious birth
  • You were in R&D sort of place that never shipped anything
  • You are  fucking ignorant

You, the nerd, belonging to this 20 percent, always working hard and toiling for others, tend to lose the big picture. That is why you wonder aloud at times, how come that slacker on my project got this wonderful job where I would not even think to apply! Mr. nerd, this piece of advice is for you. However before we go any further, few disclaimers

#1 – This piece is for  people in 1-4 years of experience range, when the confusion is rampant. If you are a fresher, I do not want to spoil your innocence. If you are very experienced, you must have achieved maturity by now. If not then no advice can help you anyway because you are a proven moron.

#2 – Most of my friends are not satisfied with life and want more. This fact would reflect in my writing.  I know very few people who have made their peace with their life. (one guy has gone back to tending his fields in his village, the other married into some political family and has 12 BMW as of this writing). If you have achieved peace then this piece does not apply to you.

So now we start with the rules.

Rule #1 – Never stop searching.

This is rule #1. If you can follow just one rule then this is the one to follow. A typical nerd tendency is to always look for a job when you actually need it. “You actually need it” is such a burden. The  job offers that you can get has a probability distribution. What are the chances of the management at your dream company opening a requirement that actually suits you in precisely the same time window when you are looking out? Unfortunately, very little.

You need a big time window to grab good opportunities. You should be able to say “No” to half decent offers  and wait for the one you need. What is the harm in keeping your resume open on job sites? At worst lot of mails land in a email account. Let that be. If you are really really not interested in looking out then you can just set a filter to delete all inbound mails.

Rule #2 –  Performance on internal projects is irrelevant

This may surprise you. The fact that you were the one who did everything on your project and pushed it over the line does not mean anything in the market. Why? Simply because every son of a gun on that project – whether he  just came to scratch his ass or massage your manager’s balls will write things like

  • interacted with clients and gathered project requirements
  • implemented difficult foo module to suck bar
  • star performer award from Global X center

No sun of a gun can verify these claims. First, I do not know an ass about your project. Second, I do not know a shit about your team dynamics. For all I know, you may have got module X because it was not included in release plan and since you screw everything anyway, the only safe bet for them was to hand you module X. It is just your claim vs. someone else’s claim. Look at all those linkedIn profiles. Does any mxtxerxucker says,

  • fucked my module beyond redemption – the only way forward was someone else should rewrite from spec.
  • I write Maggi noodles in my code – no mxtherxucker can understand it – not even me
  • I fucked the installer so bad – it was deleting user accounts
  • I have copied + pasted my project description from marketing brochure/ My colleague’s CV
  • Sane people avoid me like plague

No. we do not see such claims and I bet you can identify atleast one for each category from your previous project. So in absence of real verifiable information (No company releases their internal  performance appraisal of projects) – your project performance cannot be a criteria for selection in market.  The only rule there is, lie like hell. (Feel free to use the template above)

The fact that you get praised a lot, work so hard and will die for your project means nothing to a hiring manager in the market. Hiring managers are looking for a fit into their requirements.

So you should think more in terms of your employability in the market. This advice is not to make you a slacker but what you are doing today should fit into your long term plans. Your hard work is your investment into your future. Do a bad investment and ten years down the line you cannot reap any benefits from it. Do things from two perspectives only

  • Your interests
  • Market’s interest

Rule #3  Plan your career _a_bit_

If this looks like a crap MBA advice then we need to clarify few things. First, very few young guys and people fresh out of college have a long term plan. (Thing like, I want to be the first tourist in space or I want to be president of repulic Bococa etc.)  So we are not talking about the career planning in that sense. That is why we use the word, “_a_bit_”. Heck, even very few old people know their long term plans and very few of us have a list of “things to do before I die”.

Also, there are lot of practical realities, like the bills to be paid. We may not simply have the option to say no to that job offered in campus.  However, being a driftwood and I-will-do-whatever-comes-my-way is not a good option either. I think that way we end up doing what we do not like most of the time. Life is full of crap and 90 percent of it would be crap anyway. I think the struggle is to see if we can find the fulfillment in that small ten percent.

The right approach should be to do things, discover things and then try to do more of what  you like doing and less of what you do not like doing.  The aim is to get to the point where someone will pay me for doing what interests me. We are talking about planning your career in that sense. If others are planning your career then do not expect it to be an interesting one. This also ties with Rule #2, do not think you are married to your project. Your project should also return something to you in way of your career. This is also tied to rule #1, i.e. an interesting job may need more job hunting time.

Rule #4 Find time for yourself

A nerd is always toiling hard. As a consequence he seldom surveys the market and reflects on his needs. How can you know what interests you if you never try to pursue your interests in the first place? It could be that you really liked that probability and statistics course in college and now you are a good candidate for machine learning. However your job as the DBA designate at company X is leaving you so exhausted that you never had a chance to look at what is on offer at coursera.

To get what you want, you need to develop skills and to develop skills you need to practice. To practice, you need time and to find time, you need to make time. Since there are only 24 hours in the day, learn to cut the crap out of your life.

If you are coming back from office at 4Am in morning and then need to go back again at 12 then you are wrapped in your problem. You really do not have any time for reflections. Your brain is overloaded with useless details pertaining to your project, such as

  • Call japan, ask for latest resource bundles
  • Shit, I have a meeting with east coast folks at 7
  • what was that tool X told me about to dis-assemble binaries
  • maybe the per session design is blocking concurrency, gotta check
  • Beg IT for an extra box

see? you are not even thinking sex. Do you see the problem here? Your brain is always cocoon-ed in  details like these. You are not spending even a minute a day thinking about how to advance your career and your market employability. You simply do not have the right training to find a good job because you have never thought about it. How can a guy who have never spent a waking moment training his mind for a great career actually get it?

Rule #5 – Never get emotional, ever!

Nerds take pride in their work and they like to solve problems. Any third rate rat-ass line manager knows this fact. (This is part of their training handbook). Say, you have a team of 15 people. Ideally everyone should pull their weight and the duty of your line manager is to ensure that everyone actually does. That would happen in an ideal world where justice prevails and I fuck every night.

However this rat-ass third rate line manager has two options before him

  1. Try to make those 12 fat assed, hide-thick-as-of-rhinoceros-bastards  actually make do some work
  2. Appeal to nerdy emotions of 3 good guys and make them do the work of 15 guys

Not even God can make Fat assed, hide-thick-as-of-rhinoceros-bastards work. There is a saying in Sanskrit

Labhet Siktasu Telama-pi Yatna-Tah-Peerayan
Gyaan Lav Durvi-dhangnam Naram Brahma-pi Na Ranjayet

Translated –

Getting oil out of sand is easy
Even Brahma cannot make hide-thick-as-of-rhineceros-bastards understand

Since option #2 is the only viable option, Your rat assed manager will appeal to your nerdy emotions, saying things like

  • You are the only one who can do it
  • If you do it, you will get promotion/raise/chance to lick the sweaty armpits of X
  • You are like my junior/ younger brother /
  • This is a good opportunity for you to learn things
  • If you do not do it then I have no option but to smudge your reputation etc.

Nerds, do not fall for it. First thing is, you belong to that 20 percent category. Hey you can actually do things with your hand. You are in demand. Fuck the rat assed guy. He is a fucking line manager just trying to sound all important. Most of the crap he is trying to impress you with have been heard second hand in some third rate meeting. He is a fucking no-body.

Motherfucker is not doing his job. His job is to make sure that everyone works. He gets his instructions via some system and no motherfucker would be bold enough to rate you very low. He does not have the balls for that. Most he can do is move your rating one tick here and there. How does it matter in the big scheme of things? Nothing. Fuck him. fuck the rat faced.

Think of it again, all this time wasted on this stupid project! Unless you are interested in it, just do your portion and think of your employability in the wider context (Rule #2) and use the extra time to plan your career and pursue your interests.

Rule #6 Always be in an interview mode

You will hear this time and again. I cannot send you my CV because right now I am not prepared. what do you mean by getting prepared mother_fucker? It is not like you are going to take a sabbatical to some woods and pore over those algorithm and pattern recognition book for one year and come back prepared.

Lets face it. you have been planning to get prepared for last five years and you are still not prepared. what is the guarantee that you will be prepared in next five days, five weeks or even five years?
what great things will you learn in next five weeks or five months that will dazzle public and make them admire you? Learning is a continuous process. If you are not in the habit of learning then you will need to get into it. That means changing your habits and following rule #2 and rule #4.

Good opportunities are few and far between. If you are not prepared then someone else will grab it. Take example of MNC product companies opening their development centers in India. Have not you heard of these stories?

A) Lot of mother fucker bozo engineers got 14L/ annum when their colleagues were getting 7L/annum because the _bozo_ hiring manager from US thought that 30,000 USD was a Janitor’s salary. see the power of being prepared and being there?
B) Lot of monkey fucking bozos moving back from US convinced the management to pay them a discounted US salary. Lot of chimp fucking bozos got the “parity” salary and both groups got lucky.

Summary

Point is, you have to be ready to  grab your chances when they come. You cannot afford to be in a hibernate mode. You should think of the wider context, find time for yourself and be ready, always.

 

Reblogged – http://rjha.quora.com/Career-advice-for-nerds-in-Indian-software-industry

The Innocent love

Love is a very powerful force. It has a power to create life but sometimes it may be silent and dark as death too. It’s definitely not a child’s play. The story, An Innocent Love, is a flashback of the narrator’s phase of life when he decides to challenge love. The story flows through the emotions of the narrator’s ups and downs when he experiences love for the first time. Still learning to walk in his teenage shoes, and with a childish viewpoint towards life, he innocently takes a vow to have a girlfriend till the end of the school session. This decision leads to a drastic influence on his life. Left with alien emotions of anguish, fear, rage and disgust, he finds himself in a state of sadness and negativity. His simple life, suddenly turns complex.
Excerpt:

I still remember the day, I challenged myself, or I shall say I decided that whatever happens, I will have a girlfriend, till end of this session.” I am in 11th now. I am old enough, when Dhruv, can have a girlfriend, why can’t I.”
It was a day before the start of the new session. I was moving to 11th. I had power to decide what I would become in life. A scientist, or probably an engineer, though I was not sure what engineers did, but I wanted to be one. The earth had revolved 16 times around the sun since I have been in this human form. Most of time was wasted spilling salty water either from my eyes, or on the bed, during my sleep. The rest of the time was spent playing cricket, video games or watching TV, with one of my closest friend, Dhruv. We were close friends from class 5th. Famous buddies, everyone knew we were best friends.

Our friendship took a new form when we moved to the 10th class. I was still exploring my adolescence. We used to go for evening tuition classes on his bike. We roamed the whole city, bunked classes, went to movies, parties and even travelled to other cities also. We were both good at cricket, he was a good fast bowler and I was a good spinner. We both started basketball together and played in each tournament, in which our school participated. We complimented each other, he was an extrovert and I was an introvert. But at the end of the session he had one thing that I did not. He had a girlfriend. Komal.I always knew there was something fishy. I used to see them talking to each other, hours. I had to stand nearby as I accompanied Dhruv on his bike and I have nowhere else to go. “Why don’t they get bored? It’s boring.”  So I used to sneak in with odd one-liners. “Was it funny? “, I used to ask myself, “Why are they laughing so much?” as it always amazed me, why they used to laugh whenever I spoke of something, though it was deliberately silly. I was sure it was not my jokes on which they laughed, It was me.

Now I had cleared my boards, I was in 11th. I was a senior at school, good at basketball, good at cricket and good at academics. I had everything that a student wishes of, except a girlfriend. I was desperate. So I took a vow,”I will have a girlfriend this year.”

A Short Story that will help you understand worth of time

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, that it only took a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish. The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The American scoffed. “I am a Wharton MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “Fifteen or twenty years.”

“But what then, señor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, señor? Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Source: http://withfriendship.com/jokes/…

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How did one small decision change your entire life?

Answer by Mohit Kumar:

It were small decisions that turned out into a big one.

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