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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Remove those scumbags from IT industry


In 90's era ; Indian IT industry came up bcoz of hard working engineers who sat day , night ; understood age old code ; solved problems, provided bug fixes !

In 00's decade ; the dirty corporate structure always wanted to extract more and more from the talented pool and appointed half baked, unworthy people who can talk , talk and talk as managers since they were always believed in NETworking than working.

In 10's decade, these people have grown to become VP's, Directors and are treating the engineer/architect's as mere slaves ; bringing back the policy raj ; approval based incentives etc.
I wonder,

Why should we have a manager to approve leave?
--> Wont a employee know that if he/she takes leave and comes back tomorrow ; his/her work wont vanish. Instead, he would have to take care of previous day work and present one too.
Why do we need a line manager, project manager, assignment manager and so on?
-->Line manager wont add any value to the team apart from approving leaves, doing once in a quarter/half year/yearly appraisals.
Project manager thinks that he/she would only read emails, forward emails and send emails. Microsoft excel, word, project etc are the lifelines and there is nothing more than that.
They dont want India and its bureaucracy to have stringent policies, policy raj, inspector raj.

Helllo.. whats is that you are doing inside your own company?
--To order a pencil/pen/notebook, raise a request.
--To use a laptop over a desktop, get approvals from 3 levels above your manager.
--To take a leave more than 2 days, literally beg for it and complete work for next 2 months before you go on 2 day leave.
--Literally jump out of seat, when one asks for 2 week vacation be it marriage, function or just getting back to groove/un winding

Indian IT , be it TCS, Infy or Wipro is dying a slow death not due to the dearth of ideas, innovation or lack of talent. Its becoming too bulky to sustain under its own weight. TCS has done a good start by removing all those fat managers who didnt add value and sat behind screens updating excel sheets.

I wonder every other company starts this exercise and remove those scum bags sitting in our cubicles and taking the fun out of office in name of policies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frustrated of IT job and thinking wat next?

Udyamashilate madodu risky athava tappu antha nambike iddare ee articles omme odi.. 

If you are feeling that you are struck in IT job and not finding the work interesting anymore, big daddy is watching you. TCS has started layoffs and it has named this exercise as restructuring. Read the articles before reading my comments below them for better understanding of the problem. 
 


Companies are targeting employees who are having 20 yr+ experience and checking if they are really valuable to the company. Once market leader like TCS does such exercise, others will follow suit.  ee thara next segment would be 10-20 yr experience.


Services model is no longer lucrative with 10+yr old folks. Companies are looking to cut corners and get work done from professionals who cost less than Rs. 10 lakhs per annum


There is lack of demand, so its the best time to understand the consumer sentiment and see what ticking the economy in a dull period. 
Check out the sectors which are growing even during such lean period. 

You can see that VC fund or investments are having major growth



There wont be major hiring or any new project coming up until the Government makes big reforms. So, dont think that 2015 would be a bright year since companies are waiting for 2015 budget and then would start planning based on outcomes.



“Our family has sold a minor part of our stake to continue various activities, including our efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and our personal philanthropic efforts,” Murthy said in a statement. “These are activities I expect to be busy with during the next phase of my life. Even after this sale, our family continues to be the largest shareholder among retail shareholders.”

So, most of the business are now looking forward to the next spark. So, if you have it in you, dont keep it under the wraps. Its time to take it out :) 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Health Ministry and its policy making exercise on tobacco

The Health Ministry has imposed higher taxes to deter cigarette smoking, it has recommended a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes. It is asking for three-quarters of every cigarette pack to be covered with health warnings.

All these things look good while reading out in a press meet and looks like the ministry is taking some bold steps. But, I would say it's a misplaced priority and problem lies elsewhere.

Health Ministry in UPA era  

We need to control tobacco consumption.
Lets make a  blanket rule that all public spaces should have dedicated smoking zone.
Result : Police can catch you at any moment for smoking in public space and there are no smoking zone created in most of public spaces

Health Ministry in NDA/Modi Era

We need to control tobacco sales
Lets ensure that loose cigarette are not sold
Future Result : Display new board along with existing ones or put a new one stating Loose cigarette are not sold.

Now, without getting into political drama and comments, lets take a look at the issue.

Some of the nitty gritty things which Health Minister (past/present) doesnt know


1. Cigarette smoking happens as a group activity. Indians are known to smoke one cigarette by sharing in a group. 

Image : weswa.org

2. Person used to smoking 1 single cigarette might increase it to 1 pack by banning loose stick sale

Image : mirjamletsch.com

3. Loose stick would be still be sold at premium and there would loss of tax revenue. 

Image : livemint.com
On a lighter note, try finding the beetel leaf in paan shop. Most of them have become mini tobacco shops selling cigaratte, beedi, zardha etc.

4. We are Indians, we like our beedi more than cigarette, Boss 

Image : commons.wikimedia.org
Cigarette consumption is mostly urban and semi urban problem. Rural areas prefer beedi and chewing tobacco.
Bidi/Beedi consumption constitutes 35 to 40 per cent of total tobacco use in the country; it is far greater than the number of cigarettes smoked.

5. Who the hell suggested cigarette to be taxed based on length? 

Image : tobacco.cleartheair.org.hk
Indian tax rates for cigarettes have been based on their length and filter type, which makes unfiltered and smaller cigarettes relatively cheaper.
So, ITC is planning to move into beedi and producing smaller length cigarette so that it can keep its profits, sales etc intact.

Read on : http://www.livemint.com/Companies/htpjoUI7BZgR5r2WZK7jdJ/ITC-looks-to-push-smaller-cigarettes-tap-beedi-smokers.html

What should instead government focus on? 

1. We should have uniform taxes on cigarettes.

No tax benefit or rebate if one is smoking unfiltered cigarette or lesser than 70mm length. The end result is same in case of tobacco which is cancer. So, why have different taxes based on length?

2. Taxes designed in such a way that product substitution doesnt happen in tobacco. 

For example, if cigarette are costlier, a person might purchase beedi.
If beedi is costiler, he/she might shift to chewing tobacco.
So, Government should ensure that entry level tobacco product are having relatively same price if it wants to control nicotine addiction.

3. Tax the beedi, tobacco, zardha etc so that overall tobacco consumption comes down. Dont focus all the attention on cigarette alone. 

According to report "The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation in India",
Raising bidi taxes to Rs 98 per 1000 sticks would add Rs 36.9 billion to tax revenues and prevent
15.5 million current and future smokers dying prematurely; increasing cigarette taxes to Rs 3691 per 1000 sticks would further add Rs 146.3 billion to tax revenues and prevent 3.4 million premature deaths.

For long time, beedi has been kept out of all this policy making exercise stating that beedi industry employs lot of people. Tribal people make a living by collecting leaves for beedi etc.
Anything related to this sector could affect the vote bank. Therefore, politicians tend to keep away from this sector even though a considerable set of people are affected by beedi.

4. Educate the youth right at the school and college level. 

According to report "Tobacco prevention program in Indian schools" ; it was noted that if Teacher, peer group get the education at school level ; tobacco consumption would reduce drastically.

But , there is one more interesting observation which our Education Minister should take note of
Teachers, in the Indian school settings, amidst their busy schedule do not get time to revise the curriculum before its actual delivery.

Complete report on : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3003490/

Revenue of cigarette companies will be impacted by the ban on loose cigarettes but the public is known for finding its way through to get around this ban. Even Cigarette manufacturers might try to introduce new forms of packing to increase sales or move into other products.

But, a ban on loose cigarette is also difficult to implement considering that there are 7-8 million retail outlets in India and regulating them at same time is going to be a nightmare.
Instead the Health ministry should ensure that people are educated and have the right education to reject the tobacco at a early stage of their life ; then it wont need such regulatory measures in place which comes with a additional cost. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Creating cultural identity

We want to make our culture proud and introduce to the world. But, we tend to miss out some simple things which would make it possible.

Search for term "Bengaluru street food" or "Bangalore street food" in Youtube and its hard to find video's which depict actual Bengaluru food scene.
Similarly, search for "Mysore street food" Shashank Soghal Mysuru Paaka shows up in 6th or 7th in the list. Thanks for English sub titles, one can get a glimpse of the street food scene.

Now, compare this with the video on street food in Mumbai, Delhi or Chennai. There are lots of chefs, travel shows based on that.

How were they able to get that?
It was the research team of these programs which would have suggested the programming heads to include these cities in their program. Research team would pick up data based on trends seen in the social media and buzzing news around.
If Mysuru can make it to the top 10 destinations to visit in year 2014, then travel and living show would like to showcase the food, culture and local customs as part of their program schedule.
At that time, they would keep the social media to pick up the trends and easily available information.

So, my request for all upcoming movie makers relying on social media. Apart from churning out loads of short movies on love, love failure and next experimental short movie ; please create video which can showcase food, culture and day to day life. English sub titles or English show would be an added advantage.
This would create parallel jobs and work related to visual communication/media in coming days. One can see , chefs/travel show visiting Benglauru to taste dosey, paddu, churmuri, nippat masale, masale soda etc.
One can see jobs like Chef consultant, Culture Expert, Cultural anthropology,Event coordinator, Travel Guide etc being created related to Kannada and Karnataka.
Since early bird always have a advantage ; one can see these small video rolling out as jobs or new avenues of income in coming days..
I think, these are the simple things which would make a lot of difference. Please give it a thought. Keep tagging people and sharing this post to people who can make this happen.

As a foot note, can I request organizing team in various companies which are conducting Kannada Rajyostava in offices or in their area to include such kind of events apart from regular kavana, rasa prashne event. This would help in creating knowledge bank on culture, food and day to day life.

Friday, November 7, 2014

ee post ge title illa

hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku..
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hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku...
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hutti dare kannada nadu nalli hutta beku...
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It took some time for me to realize that song was playing continuously and it was not coming from the radio in the bus. Then after sometime, I woke up from the small power nap in the bus since the sound was playing continuously.
The bus crossed the dirty lanes of City Market and reached Corporation. The driver pulled up his phone and started speaking while we were waiting in the signal.
At first, he couldn't recognize the voice coming from the other end. Next, he couldn't hear correctly.. After some time, he was speaking so loud that atleast 3-4 rows behind him could listen to him.
It was a call from a stranger. He didnt know who he was and driver was trying to find out if it was a wrong number or not.
After sometime, he realized that it was a stranger calling from the hospital. My ears became little alert. The conductor who was busy writing his travel log and ticket numbers paused for a moment and looked at driver.
The driver continued the conversation and realized that his kid has been admitted to the hospital. Somebody from the hospital has been trying to reach him from last 5-10 mins.
We got to know (yeah, the awake ones and loud conversation effect) that driver's daughter has been bitten by a stray dog.
hmmm.. not a good way to start the morning .. The driver requested the stranger to pass the phone to his daughter and asked for her state and concerns.
He was more concerned if the dog has bitten her anywhere on the face. (its hard to find a guy for a girl with scar marks, Jai Ho for the society and its expectations)
Later, he found that dog has bitten the girl on her legs and neck. She sounded scared and wanted her dad to come there immediately. Dad consoled her and then said would be there soon.
By then, we had reached near to MG road as the stretch is full of signals.
Before I could jump into conversation, the conductor offered to drive and let the driver make the calls.
The driver agreed and sat in the front row trying to make calls to all his contacts. After sometime, he was able to reach his contacts and ensure that someone reaches the hospital.
At that time, I realized that kid/stranger was in government hospital with no doctor in sight. The kid wanted immediate attention and this incident might have happened in place which is far away from Bengaluru.
Driver called up his cousin, asked him to take the kid to nearest private doctor and get her treated. Looks like both didnt have money on hand, so they were discussing how to arrange for some immediate cash. Later, they settled it out. He was also telling him that he wont get leave and he has to manage the show for next 2 days till he gets his weekly off.
In the mean time, a techie with a laptop bag jumps into the bus and start walking towards his seat. Driver and Conductor together say in Kannada to get down from bus.
With his Malayalam accent and confused looks (since he didnt know Kannada) ; he says "I want to go to Raamugrthynagar".
The driver and conductor again repeat the same , this time little more louder. He gets down and gives back a stare once he is on the road.
You never know, this person might shoot the next complaint to the BMTC stating BMTC staff as rude and un-courteous.
But, someone who was in the scene would know why the driver and conductor shouted in unison for 2nd time. What was going in their mind when a commuter jumped into public bus on private/contract trip.
So, next time .. you are in the auto or bus or any public space..
Carry a smile, (I know its difficult but it helps a lot )
Learn some conversational Kannada (Dont expect public to learn your language)
Stop thinking that they are public SERVANTS. It might be their bad day same as yours on some other day !

Thursday, October 23, 2014

China experiences


Impressed, happy and enriched are words that describe how I feel right now. After two incredible weeks in China, I am now starting my journey back to Bengaluru.

One of the first thing I discovered as soon I landed in China, there is no access to Facebook, Google in China. So, it was kind of hard for me to remember the passwords for unused email accounts in Yahoo or Hotmail. 
I ended up creating a new account in Yahoo so that I can write back to my family that I reached China safely. 

My trip consisted of 2 parts
1. The official work
2. The personal weekend trip to Beijing

As soon as I landed in China, the internet censorship which was heard of ; but I was experiencing it first hand. It was kind of tough to imagine , how would I know something if I cant access google. We are so much used to few sites that we dont even remember alternatives offlate. With these thoughts in mind, I left the airport and was picked up by hotel staff in their Audi car. hmm! an Audi for taxi. But, wait ; I see so many Audi car on the road as soon I hit the highway.  

But, later once I came out of the little disappointment that Audi was just another car here and was able to see the city. I was impressed. 

Some background story before I talk about Linyi

If you see the map of China, Linyi is exactly in the middle of Beijing and Shanghai. Before starting my trip to China, I tried to search for Indian restaurant names in Linyi and found nothing on internet (I forgot that Google cant index Chinese websites)

After giving upon internet based search, I decided to check with my colleagues in China regarding the vegetarian food options in Linyi. Most of them said that its a small city or small place and there wont be any such options available. 

So for a Kannadiga; small city would be something like Tumkur or Davangere. When I landed in Linyi, I realized what does "small city" mean in Chinese terms. 

Linyi city has a 45th rank in terms of GDP and earnings among the Chinese cites. A city with 45th rank in terms of earnings has got infrastructure which cannot be matched with Bengaluru (stands 4th in Indian cities GDP earnings) 

In this small city (in Chinese terms) I could see huge wide roads, extensive range of hotels, nice cars etc. I landed in 5 star hotel and my room was in 17th floor. The hotel had 70+ floors offering various facilities , rooms and in-house entertainment options. 
 I would have never imagined a "small city" in Indian terms having such a hotel with big skyline building. 

When I saw the view from my room, I was even more surprised to see the skyline around. One of the view from my room. 


View of Linyi skyline


The other side of the room offered a view of the new attraction built by the government to promote tourism. 


Linyi Watch tower built on riverside
So, a small city in Chinese terms had so much of infrastructure, buildings, construction activity happening that we cant see even in metro or capital of India. 
I still remember a Chinese colleague saying 
"Chinese government believes in building hardware, not software like India " 

For them, hardware is not just electronics, its real infrastructure. Look at the below graph to get a idea !


http://www.economist.com/node/15270708

Next obvious Q would be , how is the real estate in China.

My colleague said,  Prices have increased but the price rise is due to rise in new infrastructure facilities. 

Real estate in China is more linked to the average salary of the place. So, if the average salary in a city is 4000 RMB per month ; then 4000 RMB for 1 sq mtr (roughly 10sqft ) for a apartment would be the median price. That is kind of thumb rule for evaluation of property. 

Even 8000 RMB for 10 sqft of space would be considered as costly and would have lower occupancy than others. 

Where as in Bengaluru, if average salary is rs. 40,000 per month for a person (Blame it on IT for higher average salary) ; then its hard to get 10 sqft of constructed property for Rs. 40,000

In Bangalore, real estate prices increase since owners, brokers decide the price based on demand or just they like a fancy number.

I saw lot of interesting things around China , apart from the usual tourist things. 

Power plant in China
Source : ourfiniteworld.com
The coal plants pop up anywhere inside the city since cities grow so fast that its difficult for them to relocate everytime the city expands. 

Also, looking at number of coal plants ; I realize that China is self sufficient in power generation and distribution compared to India. 




But, domestic consumer (household) demand is going up and there is plans to increase output even more in coming days





How do the Chinese manage to build cities so fast? 


Infrastructure Expansion is always a problem when people are asked to resettle in India. I heard this from one of my colleague in China, whenever there is a new project or rehabilitation happening. 
The scheme of operation is as follows: 
Old buildings are demolished and new high rises are constructed in smaller area. The new apartments are 2-3 times larger than the old living spaces. Its something like the TDR which is offered in Bengaluru for acquiring property for sake of government/public infrastructure projects. 

So, people are happy to move from old buildings to newer one with better living space. Therefore, it makes it easier for government to build, rehabilitate at same time. 


Some more interesting things in China


1. Good highways

6 lane highways are common. There are 12 lane highways inside bigger cities where 8 lane are for high speed traffic, 2 lane of service road on either sides of highway which has bicycle lane included most of times.
So, its quite common to find internal roads within apartments or commercial offices are atleast 4lane wide to allow traffic in and out of the campus. 

Internal roads inside company 

2. Bullet trains

Hmm! this one , we are still talking of building a network of bullet train. We allocated rs. 100 crore to study the prospects of building one. The Chinese are using it already. :-)


China started building these high speed trains (HSR) in 2007 and by now, they have the largest network of HSR in the world. 
China has taken some extensive measures after the high speed train accident in 2011. 

I could see that safety standards are strictly followed in terminals, coaches, stations and I think, in other infrastructure related to HSR.  Also, the security around the stations are top-notch. 
There is a SWAT team (yes, similar to one seen in movies) which would be monitoring traffic at all times along with other security forces. 


Speed information display inside train

Bullet train or Fast train in China reach speeds upto 310 km per hour. Most of the journey is in elevated bridge since its easier to manage traffic and stay clear of obstructions from animals, humans etc. 

There are some parts where its goes underground but the speeds are at constant 308-312 km per hour during journey time. 
If the speed drops below 300, then its kind of indication that a station is approaching :-) 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Amend the outdated maternity leave benefit law

Maternity benefit Act 1961 is so outdated and impractical, IMO !

Point 1 : The maximum period for which any woman shall be entitled to maternity benefit shall be twelve weeks of which not more than six weeks shall precede the date of her ex delivery

Issue : Just 3 months of leave for a new born or yet to be born?
How can a mother leave a 2 or 3 month old kid in creche or foster care and start working?
Some countries have 2 year leave policy. In India, it should be atleast 12 months after pregnancy. Some govt organizations have 2 yr extended leave policy but its not uniform across all sectors since the rules are set to 12 week maximum leave.

Point 2 : Nursing breaks.-Every woman delivered of a child who returns to duty after such delivery shall, in addition to the interval for rest allowed to her, be allowed in the course of her daily work two breaks of the prescribed duration for nursing the child until the child attains the age of fifteen months.

Issue : The term "prescribed duration" is ambiguous. According to the Factories Act, break is 20 minutes. If the factory has creche facility, prescribed duration is 20 minutes ;if not ; a 15 minute extra allowance is given for to and for travel. In this era, who lives in a house which is 15 min 2 way drive from factory?
In case of Karnataka Shops and Establishment Act (all IT companies fall under this act), this section of nursing breaks is not even found !

In IT industry, there are instances where interview panel members or managers reject female candidates who are recently married since they forsee a employee who can avail maternity leave in coming days.
Even today, there is lot of exploitation, harassment and gender bias in organized and un-organized sector for women when it comes to maternity benefits and leave policy.

NO political party or women right organization have taken amendment of this act to present times as a issue.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kannada beka


Kannada beka?

This post is NOT a sequel to the popular "Kannada Barutha?" forward. This is more related to other side of the spectrum. I do know that language needs to be spoken, written, read and used in all spheres of life. 

On the other side of the spectrum is the usage , utility and presence in day to day life. We can call computer as ganaka yantra or IT as mahiti tantra gyana but to make our presence felt even more stronger we use symbols, actions reflect the culture, language and customs of this place. 

One such way of celebrating the culture is via dressing or in plain terms, dress. Dress brings out the unique features and cultural aspects of a place. 

There are enough shopping malls selling garments which are stitched in the bylanes of Peenya, Bommanahalli and sell them under the fancy brand names. Some of the garments of these tongue twisting name brands are produced right behind our backyards by our own people who toil to create a beautiful dress so that we can look good. 

So, when we are falling behind to wear a foreign brand on our skins ; why cant we create our brand. A brand grown and bred in Bengaluru and which reflects the sentiments of this place. 

This idea gave birth and Kool Sisya was born. 

A platform to promote Kannada and Karnataka and inspire a Kannadiga's life through creativity and design. Embedded in the culture of the Samanya Kannadiga's is a passion for Kannada centric designed tees, detailed illustration and a strong appreciation for all things creative around the beautiful place of Karnataka.


Every purchase is an action to improve Kannada and its surroundings issues. 10% of profits from the sales would be used for developmental activities and yes, we would do it in action.
The funds coming from the proceeds are used for maintenance of 
www.gbkm.in - Kannada Meme generator 
www.nudi.in - Our very own tinyurl alternative . 

I am looking forward to meeting more and more Kannada entrepreneurs and networking with them. As you might already know, startup is the flavor of the season. ;-) Each one has a idea but no time to execute. 
On a serious note, I believe that modernization is the mantra and if Kannada runs in our blood ; it has flow out in sweat too! We cant restrict the usage of language to poetic prose or just plain conversations. It should become a bread earner and people would feel more indebted to it. 

Forwarding/sharing this post wont give me or you, a $1 per forward; but it would certainly help to connect minds which are looking for outlet to work on creating something new in Kannada space. 
Mail me on harshagatt@gmail.com ; I dont know if my email would reach your inbox or get edited ;-) 

On a ending note, repeating again ! 

"If Kannada runs in our blood, it has flow out in sweat too"




Kool Sisya
www.koolsisya.com
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ... sorry ಒಂದು ಇಷ್ಟು ಕನ್ನಡ ಗೊತ್ತು ಇರುವ ಜನರು , ಹೆಂಗೇ !!

ಕೆಲಸ ಆಗಬೇಕಾದರೆ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಬೇಕು ; 
ಕೆಲಸ ಸುಲಭವಾಗಿ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ ಅನ್ನುವಾಗ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳುಸುವುದು ;
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರುನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೇ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಅಂತ ; ತಾವೇ ಬಾಯಿ ಬಡ್ಕೊಳೋದು ಬೇರೆಯವರ ಹತ್ತಿರ ..

ಅದೇ ಜನದ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಹೋಗಿ ;
ಆಫೀಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಸೋಣ ಬಾರೋ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಹೋಗೋಣ ಬಾರೋ 
ಈ ಸಂಜೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಟಕ ನೋಡೋಣ ಬಾರೋ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ ಬಗ್ಗೇ ಚಿಂತನೆ ಮಾಡೋಣ ಬಾರೋ

ಅಂದಾಗ

ಆಫೀಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಸೋಣ ಬಾರೋ - hey, I am extremely busy dude.. catch hold of someone else..

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಹೋಗೋಣ ಬಾರೋ - Hey , I dont have time on weekends maga

ಈ ಸಂಜೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಟಕ ನೋಡೋಣ ಬಾರೋ - I am busy with US call , bro. evenings r mostly in calls

This one is the best...
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ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆ ಬಗ್ಗೇ ಚಿಂತನೆ ಮಾಡೋಣ ಬಾರೋ - Hey, I am Indian first.. dont talk about language , our country already has so many problems!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Searching for job and yet no job in sight

Why do SOME/MOST of the engineering/degree fresher’s from Karnataka do not get jobs or remain unemployed for long time?

Before I start off, I think some of you might be wondering ; whats this? so, to set the mood and ambiance.

This is the insights from a experienced IT professional after interviewing loads of freshers and equally good number of 1-3 years experienced folks for various posts in the company. Lot of freshers come out of college looking out for jobs and dont have a clue of whats in store or dont set their expectations and goals correctly while attending campus interviews during academic career.
So, its a post intended at folks who are searching for jobs or dont know whats wrong with their strategy.

  • First of all, get a decent email id, write a covering letter


Do you have a email something like Coolraghav ; desidude ; pinkysmiley etc– EPIC FAIL

If your name is already taken in Gmail, then try for combinations of first name, last name, year of birth etc and get a decent email id. Some of the companies have strange email naming conventions and most of recruiters do psycho analysis on your personal email id too (just kidding).

Some corporate email humor, check this out!


Write a good covering letter, keep it crisp to the point and not more than 5 lines. If you don’t know , what is covering letter ; check out in internet. 
If the company demands a detailed one or has word limit ; then use the most appealing information on the top and expand on it.
Also, dont write generic covering letter since they look too generic anyway and dont send a covering letter intended for company X to company Y

  • Keep your resume crisp and within one page



If you are applying to Software firm and your hobbies are gardening, playing guitar; what difference does it make to the interviewer?
I think Gardening as hobby might impress the panel in Zyanga software since they are looking for new developers for their Farmville game.

I would rather consider irrelevant information as waste of space in a resume and takes the attention to unwanted topics if the panel wants to just do some time pass! 
Also, winning a volleyball match as school captain in 6th std can be a great achievement; but sheeks!! 
Again, what value addition to the resume for Software Engineer? 


  • Build your online presence 


a) Upload your resume on various job portals (Naukri, Monster etc)
b) Sending Facebook requests for asking jobs – EPIC FAIL !
Create a profile in Linkedin and USE the same for job networking and professional reason.
c) Create job agents in company websites. There is a career section in all company websites, apply using email or upload your resume there.
If you find it frustrating, then create a Taleo universal profile since companies have social plugins or Taleo universal profile plugin.
Check : http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/taleo/overview/index.html
d) Create search agents / RSS feeds from various online forums


  • Practice your introduction for various events

Do you face these moments a lot?


 Instead of talking like a non stop RJ when the interviewer asks “Tell me about yourself” ; try to modify and present the same info tailored to the event.

  • Do some real time projects rather than fancy named one


Some of the project names are like these “ Real time computation of simulated data from centrally maintained server in a distributed computing environment “
Just to impress your lecturer or to sound complex, don’t create project names like the one above. 
Keep it simple and to the point. Also, it should be explained in such a way that even a layman can understand it. 
Also, academic requirements state a project to be done in industry. The real purpose is to get a feel of the industry and how it works. Don’t go with a mindset that we will select a project which would fetch good marks and easy acceptance in college staff. 
Use the time to understand how industry works and also get closer to industry standards in terms of coding, design and approach. 

Time to ask this in your college



  • If you are keen on sector X in any engineering field, then be ready for limited opportunities 


If you are electronics engineer and want to work on VLSI itself as a starter, then you should also be ready to compete in limited space. 
Limiting options is like decreasing your breathing space. 
Also, if you are so keen to start off in VLSI once you get out of college ; then work your @$$ off while you are in college. 
I really mean it ! 
If you want to be considered by the industry as potential hire, marks don’t impress ! your work and activities related to the sector matters !

Did you know this?

Even Kannada stars Ramesh, Sudeep have a engineering degree and are into full time cinema, there are engineers who are doing lot of things apart from engineering related tasks.

But make that decision fast and don't wait till you pass out of college


  • Development is cool, Testing is easy ; Sales and Marketing $ucks 


Are you a hardcore techie like this in below picture


If you are having complete GEEK mindset ; then you should be ready to join as developer and learning technologies in a day or two should be a cakewalk for you. You can afford to say “ Sir, I know Java, C , C++ ; please give me a job “
If you want to really code, then the sectors to look are PHP, Ruby on Rails, Phyton etc. 
Technically speaking, most of the code in this world has been written. It’s the era of creating application using plugin and re-usable code. 
So, writing 100 lines of code a day is old fashioned way ! its almost 90’s style now. 

If every CS, E&C , Mech etc engineer wants to be manual tester,
 who will write the code?
 who will sell the product?
 who will support it?
Testing is just 20% of the project workforce.    Sometimes, its even lesser and on few cases ; clients and developers act as testers. 
Testing is not easy job ; it involves coding (a.k.a writing automation scripts). Also, the world is moving towards automation. Again, do you want to go in 90’s style and become a manual tester?
Sales and marketing guys are the face of the company and they are best paid, best treated well since they are driving revenue! Don’t you want to be in driver seat? 


  • Startup are risky, established companies are safe


If your plan is to settle in USA, get married to a girl/guy (looking for foreign stay), have kids and then head back to India ; established giants could have satisfied these requirements around 10-15 years ago. 
These days, they are cutting down their onsite team strength and looking ways to cut costs. 
If you are dreaming big or atleast ready to take some risk in initial days of the career ; try joining a startup. It helps to pick up multiple skills and growth curve is parallel to the company fortunes. 
With 55 full time employees working at WhatsApp, the revenue per full time employee is $7.27M

  • I need a job which is in Bangalore, pays me more than X amount ; then only I am interested


"Professional Life" is not about X money as starting salary or having office in Bangalore. If you are having such attitude, then you should try for job with no relocation and great starting pay. If you get to know, please let me know that domain and industry. Can suggest to the kids in job market about the same.
Also, you can't stay in one place for lifetime and be struck around Bangalore traffic.  Have a open mind to travel to various cities for work, experience various cultures and ‘be mobile’. 

Before expecting or demanding X amount from the company, check what value add you bring to the money, if you are demanding that X amount of money !
NO company would be ready to train a fresher and then pay handsome money also. 
The thumb rule for any IT industry is that 10% of the revenue generated by a employee is paid as salary to the employee. In product companies, its around 5% (since revenue per employee is more compared to service based companies) and rest are given as ESOP (stock options).
Before you ask for some 5 digit or 6 digit salary as fresher, know your worth and make some self evaluation. 

  • IT is all about choices, I can choose what I want. If I dont get it, I will do a MBA or MS and get the job ! 


There was a time when people could shift jobs easily, shift domains etc since the manpower was in demand. But, in last 10 years ; lot of people have returned back to India from other countries since there are better opportunities here and the demand of the IT industry is also stagnant. So, management is not a everyone cup of tea or a higher education doesnt mean a ticket to architecture team. 

So, don’t wait and expect that your dream job will land into your hands !

Dont be in this situation too 


Work out the best with existing options or take an available one and work towards your goal. 

Cheers !!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Paper or email tigers cant protect territories

There was a email chain going rounds that some kid in a school was stripped of the vice captain post as punishment since he/she used Kannada in school.
As a starter, this measure is unacceptable and the blanket ban on speaking in non-English languages is retrograde.
But, we are so much used to knee jerk reaction and dont tend to think beyond some horizon !
We are bunch of lazy buggers who raise a voice only when someone holds us against the wall. But, this method wont work for long !!



There has been lot of discussions centering around

Where do your kids study?

What medium did you study since you dont speak good English etc.

Looking at these line of talks, I am sure most of us would like their kids to study in English medium and atleast have Kannada as first language but don’t completely believe the quality of schools in and around Bangalore.

The need to create a parallel top-notch Kannada medium schools is the need of the hour to counter the claims of the govt which says that demand for Kannada medium schools is on decline.

But, we cant start off with a Kannada medium since the economy is dependent on English language skills. The ideal welfare state would be to create a economy based on Kannada language but it would take time.

Since the present govt. policy is favorable to opening of new Kannada medium schools, we should start with building pre-schools and then slowly start providing other forms of education.
5 years down the lane, if this group of Kannadigas can provide the backbone support to roll out curriculum and twist the education sector to make the learning relevant and scientific in nature.

IDEA :
Instead of paying hefty donations to schools, we can pool this money and get our own school.. 
So, why cant 10-15 of us pool in say 1 lakh each and build a own school where we can control the quality of education.
In future, atleast 10-15 parents reading this blog are going to  pay 1 to 2 lakhs donation, 2000 rs monthly fees and incur lot more expenses on education. If these parents come together and start off with their own school ; they can create better citizens.

We would be sure about the quality of teachers and we can also spread the message of Kannada jagurthi right from childhood to these kids. It would be place where no kid is fined for speaking in Kannada, no kid is seen down for not knowing English etc..

I checked out the website and found that we need 5 lakhs worth of assets or 5 lakh deposit with the govt. is needed to start off.
Why cant we work towards opening Kannada education school in Bangalore and burst the myth among parents too?
Application details @
http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/Prypdfs/Forms&Procs/OpenNewPS.pdf

http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2012_47/22/How_Do_Government_and_Private_Schools_Differ.pdf
This shows that schooling standards is the problem.. be it govt or private.. so, govt should work on that aspect instead of opening or closing schools..

ACTION PLAN :
Start with pre-segment school where eminent educationalist with Kannada cause will determine the pre-school segment syllabus. Since this sector is not controlled by govt. with a iron hand ; we have a free hand in determination of syllabus.

Why should we start with this sector?
1. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2009-03-29/news/28494927_1_schools-kidzee-international-baccalaureate
2. http://www.rncos.com/Report/IM214.htm

This would help in gaining foot hold and also easier to convince parents of our education model. Education model : L1(Kannada), L2(English) educational model with supplementary L3(Hindi) to fill statutory requirements. This model is popular in African countries http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol2no4/2.4_Mother_Tongue_Usage_in_Learning.pdf

In our educational model, students are taught in Kannada then slowly introduced to English. The students would have transition worked out in order to reduce the sudden change from Kannada medium to English one.

yochane maadi ! all that it takes is 10-15 parents to come together and form a group to start off in education sector. 
Either we can do that 
or 
Succumb to that education lobby teaching English to our kids and glorifying rote education ! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What do Kannadigas .... at?

5 things in which Kannadiga's are bad and need to improve leaps and bounds! 


If we like to be seen as considerable force in coming days rather than race which is open hearted, soft, generous etc ; then read further !
else ,
be the way you are and stop cribbing about things around you .


5. Talking out in a crowd / just being loud / hanging out together as a group



Generally, we are shy , generous creatures who are happy if someone takes the responsibility. We are happy even if someone takes the cake too! (we are generous , you see ;-) )
We tend to get scared of the repercussions of talking out in a crowd or we are too polite to talk out loud in a corporate setting.
Also, we dont like to be seen as Kannada fanatic ; therefore we like to have a global approach while making friends or choosing the group. Most of us would like/try to make friends with all other linguistically dominant people. Try to become one among them by speaking macha .. , machi .. ,  bechan .. , madhar ... etc with them and think that its cool ! 

Result : We are never noticed or seen as a group !  Ever heard of Kannada gang in your college or university?
Kannadiga group, time to be seen as a force?
Image : rbr.com 

4. Taking responsibility or being a leader


The after effect of earlier point, we hate being leaders!
15-20 of our local corporators are Reddy's , some of them are Naidu ; some of them are Tamilians who have settled down here from last 20-30 yrs!   In next 20-30 years, it might be Raju Bhaiya,Yadav and so on representing us in BBMP council. 
We let the migrants ride on us since we are too scared to experiment and experience with failure while the ride is smooth. In a typical Kannadiga style, we like to be in SAFE ZONE. 
Its not just about politics.

Have ever noticed that most of the VP's in corporate IT companies are not from Karnataka. Does it mean that we lack capability to produce such people in Karnataka? 
We love to play the second fiddle to someone who can lead. 
We need high command to command us.
That’s why we don’t have a regional party or we don’t have a good political system centered in our state. We always look for signals from outside Karnataka.
This phenomena is not just limited to political circle, it can be seen in every other sector! 

Result : We are fit to become secretaries or trusted right hand, left hand for someone. 
Respecting "High" command
Picture : deccanchronicle.com

3. Postponing things for eternity, being lazy or just not taking a step forward


We all want to become rich (just like that, selling some Devanahalli land or hedging BDA sites),
Become IAS/IPS officer (oh sorry, engineering / medical folks dont even know such thing can be cool thing to do ! ),
Get a good break in our field of work,
 or 
Just want to change things around us.
These thoughts would reside in the corner of the brain but never gets into action.
Blame it on the eco system or you ! 
let's admit that our race is having most amount of unmotivated, lazy buggers spending their time just doing nothing!
There are some set of people who are brilliant, but as general characteristic ; ask any samanya Kannadiga "He/she is lazy to do things and spend most of time bragging about the past "
We know that we have a better brain but we never use it for constructive work ! most of our brain is spent on ' how to escape work ' ; 'how to skip attending XYZ event or avoid someone ' etc 
Have you noticed that even after 8yrs of Dr. Rajkumar passing away, we are yet to build a good memorial. Same goes for Dr. Vishnuvardhan too! 
Such similar things exists in all sectors, not just with film and stars! 
Result : We are the great generation who have inherited the laziness and decided to pass the same to our kids. 
Perfect Kannadiga :-P

2. Celebrating the Kannada culture


Ragi mudde is yuck, dhokla is cool
Idly is so boring, Parota is yummy !

Celebrating Kammana hunnime is unheard, but Holi is everywhere
Bhimana amavase is new word, but Raksha bhandan is heard everywhere

Wearing little kunkuma on forehead and a panche is rowdy , but wearing sherwani is ethnic
Wearing silk saree (not even mysuru silk) is old fashioned,
 I need a gharga choli, lehenga, anarkali style dress !

When was the last time , we flaunted the Kannada food, culture , dress, customs etc !
We suck at this part totally ! 
You might even ask, is there something called as Kannada dress, food etc.

We have stopped using our culture and adapting or aping others so much that we cant even identify something distinct as our culture today.

Huli anna in unheard, it has become rice sambhar ; 
Oota has become Meals, thali ;
Chitranna has become Lemon Rice .

Its no longer Rave idly, its Rava idli.

Time might come when bisi bele bhat would become Hot Lentil Rice in some years !
 I am not joking, just check some of the blogs written by our Kannada da kanyamani on Internet. Some of them don’t even know Kannada names ; I believe.

I might sound nit picking, but all these would become the next culture and we tend to lose our unique identity as time passes! 

Result : We might have to search for traditional recipe in the museum to know about Kannada, Karnataka food style in coming days! 
Lets walk the talk
image : bellevision.com

1. Networking


Most of Kannadigas $uck at networking and don’t know how to use networking for professional and personal need (i.e gain). Networking is used as last resort when everything fails.
Therefore, there are chances that you would have got a call from your long lost engineering friend on a Friday evening ; when his/her job is at stake and he/she gets to know that you are managing a team in another company.

All these years, he/she would have ignored you or just found it hard to call you occasionally or have a chat with you in social media. Suddenly, he/she finds the lost friend and expects you to help him/her just because you were engineering classmates 10 years go !
I call this as bad networking skills. Networking happens daily and not when its " do or die " situation.

Kannadigas are mostly shy creatures and don’t even talk to another Kannadiga unless pushed to the wall. Most of the times, they would get annoyed if someone picks a conversation when you are travelling in the bus or seem friendly to them.
There are instances where one would know that there are some Kannadigas in the vicinity, but none of them take the initiative to talking to each other fearing rejection or just being shy.

Kannadigas have few very close friends who are in touch and there would be a larger group of friends, relatives whom they meet only in birthday parties, marriages or other social events.
Even when they meet each other at these events, all that they talk is "Hi, how are you? " "Chennagi idira?"
If they have some common topics to talk, then it would mostly Bengaluru real estate, Stock market, Modi and his charisma  and so on.

Message to Kannada boys : Don’t talk to Kannada girls just for sake of fraaaandship. There is much more in life rather than romance. Respect the women and network with either sex ; you cant be a Casanova just because you are talking non stop and sending zillion fraandship requests everyday

Message to Kannada girls : Gottu, nimage Kannada andre swalpa allergy ! Even then, try to roam around and network with Kannada folks. Hindi , English etc flaunting in office, college wont give you brownie points!
If our boys are not cool, let them know what you look forward in them ; I am sure that they would work towards it to impress you! 

Start networking from today !
image : milliondollarchapter.com