The day I met a Pakistani…

I was in Little India, Singapore other day, it was around 8.15 PM, it was time for the Isha namaz. There is a mosque called Angulia right in front of Mustafa Centre.

I din’t knew the exact time of the Isha namaz  at that mosque. So to check the timing of the Namaz, I went inside the mosque. Rather than going completely inside, I asked a guy who was wearing his shoes while sitting on a small chair.

Looking at his appearance, I figured out he is an Indian or a guy who knew Hindi.

Me: “Assalamwalaikum, Isha ki jamat kab ?”  (What’s the namaz timing ?)

Him: “Walaikum as salam, namaz 8.47 PM”   (it’s at 8.47 PM)

I smiled, thanked him I was leaving back thinking I had time so that I can have my dinner, then come back for Namaz.

By that time, he wore his shoes and asked me,

Him: “Kidhar ke ho ?”  (You are from ?)

Me: “Ji, Bangalore, India”  (Bangalore, India)

He smiled at me, shakes hands with me.

Him, proudly said: “Mein Karachi, Pakistan se.” (I am from Karachi, Pakistan)

I nodded, then it came it stuck to my mind. OMG, I met a Pakistani, yeah, Pakistani. Remember, how the India vs Pakistan is there. Also, growing up with the atmosphere to think Pakistan is as our enemy.  Also, that stupid thing Muslims belong to Pakistan and all.  I was nervous, cautious, all the idiotic things came to my mind. I know I was stupid to think like that, but also.

We had a chat bout both the countries, with me bragging bout Biriyani back at home, then he suggested me couple of hotels in Singapore to try, especially the Pakistani cuisines, also Afghani Kebabs. And tea.

I happily said will try, then we both said bye, both went in different directions. Did the event changed my mentality over nation and countries ? Yes.

Don’t know how to conclude this post, upto you think bout it.

That day, it again made me realize, “World is Small”.

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The day I met a Pakistani…

Fantastic 4 years in the IT Industry

This August I completed 4 years in the Software Industry. To celebrate that, I am updating my blog with a post on the points what I learnt, well not in the terms of technical. In terms of experience wise. Overall, from a pass-out Engineer I git transformed into a Software Developer.

The 4 years, had its own ups and down, but on the positive note. I definitely learnt a lot, my whole life changed once I stepped into corporate. The below image has the keywords which mattered in the 4 years, hope you will get the humor in it.

4 years in IT Industry…
4 years in IT Industry…

Its real hard to put down everything in words but will try my best to present this. So here are they are:

1. Everything is BUSINESS.

According to me, in the corporate world right from the day 1 it’s all bout business. You are a “Cost To the Company (CTC)”, yes you are a “Cost to the company”. Cost in the sense the company provides you infrastructure, its resources, its techinical knowledge via trainings so that you can be one resource. Company is spending on you to be a resource. So you should be working w.r.t company terms to achieve its goals. The sooner or late you realize this is better.

2. A Project is not bout CODING.

Man, this is kinda a MYTH with many people. Normally many people think developing a software is all bout coding. You are wrong mate. There are other things in a Project such as Requirement, Design and Planning, documentation, Testing, Client Communication and etc which matters a lot. Each and everything has its own importance. Coding is just a part or a phase of the project.

3. COMMUNICATION Skills matters.

Well, its true. Communication skills really matters. The way how you communicate or express your ideas matters. It may be communicating with everyone, with seniors, juniors, clients, management or even with the support guys and in meetings. If you are really having a hard time to communicate yourself, you are in a trouble mate. Step up your efforts as without communication skills or unable to express yourself its real hard to move ahead. Continue reading “Fantastic 4 years in the IT Industry”

Fantastic 4 years in the IT Industry

Roadtrip to awesome Pondicherry: day 3

Day 3:

Day 3 started with a half tea and our usual cloud computing sessions. Before hitting the road for Bangalore we decided to wander around beach, have breakfast at Le Cafe and do a bit of shopping. By the time we checked out from our lodge it was around 9, we hurried to Le Cafe.

Le Cafe, there it was standing against the sea with its strength, calm, overlooking at Bay of Bengal. Perfect for us to spend some more time, we four the beach lovers what else do we need. Enter the Cafe, loved the way they had managed the hotel. Le Cafe has maintained its Portugese architecture cues.

Calmness… Bay Of Bengal.
Calmness… Bay Of Bengal.
Men at Work
Men at Work
Le Cafe Menu
Le Cafe Menu
*Chilling out*
*Chilling out*

We settled down overlooking the Bay of Bengal, trust me, the view was terrific. Went through the menu, there were many items to try out. But to avoid any tummy issues during the roadtrip we went for Idli Vada and some tea.

Before leaving for Bangalore, we decided to have a final stroll at the Pondi beach boulevard as we don’t know when we will back here next time. Walked along the beach, we realized we were glad as we made the trip by leaving the daily chores of life.

Look at the snaps, you will know how awesome the beach boulevard it was.

Pondicherry coastline…
Pondicherry coastline…
Standing firm…
Standing firm…
My Not Afraid pose…
My Not Afraid pose…
The 3 paandu's…
The 3 paandu's…

It was around 11/12 finally we decided to leave for Bangalore, had our stand up meeting, applied our estimation and managerial skills on how to take on the route and reach Bangalore without any trouble.

With the song “We are the Champions” in our heads, we were cruising on NH66. It is terrific to be on road, the world passes by like a movie in a fast forward mode. The excitement to be at home (Bangalore) made us to cover up as much as distance even with pain, we took few breaks. Continue reading “Roadtrip to awesome Pondicherry: day 3”

Roadtrip to awesome Pondicherry: day 3

Story of Abhay’s confidential helmet

Okay, you know right, Abhay…?? Yeah, Abhay Deshpande my beloved friend. If you don’t remember here is a pic of him doing his legendary “V” or Victory.

"V" Victory…

Aero India 2011:

Well we had attended the Aero India 2011  with all the bling (hates myself for not writing the blog on Aero India). It was huge rush, the event was well organized, they had planned it well and executed it. Full marks for the organizers.

For parking there were different slots, everything was fully packed on the D day. So we parked our bikes at road side and went to the Aero show.

I noticed, Abhay kept his helmet on the bike handle, without locking the helmet. I asked why and what if someone takes it.

“Confidence hai re, koi nahi leta le” Abhay said.

After a mind blowing Aero India show, we came back to the parking lot, I was worried over Abhay’s helmet. And thank god, there it was. No one, took that.

“Confident hai re, no one will take that” said a grinning Abhay.

Koramangala stint:

Last week I and Abhay decided to meet to catch up with the things at each other’s end. So we planned up to meet at Koramangala for a night out stint. We parked our bikes behind the Robert Bosch building, yeah to save parking tickets and also that area is pretty safe I guess.

Abhay again kept the helmet on bike handle without locking it,  again I asked.

Mohsin: “Helmet le re…”

Abhay:   “Confidence hai re, koi nahi leta le.”

Then we went for Jimi’s B cafe, later Enigma, had dinner at Paramount hotel, so it was around 2 AM, we decided to go to room. Continue reading “Story of Abhay’s confidential helmet”

Story of Abhay’s confidential helmet

Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 2

(Sorry for the delay in posting with the next post as I was held up with many stuff at my end, but yes I am finishing what I started.)

Day 2:

We had planned to get up early on the day 2, so that we can explore Pondicherry as much as possible. Well the time we got out of lodge it was 10 am. Then an hour for breakfast, to avoid any risk with our tummy we din’t try any new or local food. Instead we went for the industry standard idli, off course the coconut chutney was amazing. Made our stand up meeting, err sit down meeting to plan up what all to do, as we got a whole day. We decided to go to Auroville first, later get beached. Yay !!!

After some half tea, we got on the famous ECR (East Coast Road, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Coast_Road ) which runs parallely to the Bay of Bengal. With our Sun Glasses on, we hit the road (Off course, we were in flashback for Udupi and NH 17).

We reached Auroville, the universal town. Yes, kinda our universal app, its the universal town where people from around the world live in harmony. You can check with the Auroville wiki link for more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auroville

Okay, Auroville was build with set of 4 ground rules, (got this from Wiki Link)
1. Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
4. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.

Road to Auroville
Road to Auroville
Finally at Auroville
Finally at Auroville

Strolled Auroville a bit, there were couple of boutiques, an awesome restaurant and few shops for handicrafts and other things. In one of the boutiques, there were amazing handicrafts on display, unique designs, boys bought some designer candles. After that, we just wandered around to explore the much heard place. Later we figured out that we ran out of time for the visit to Matru Mandir as it was Sunday. The timings to visit Matru Mandir was until 12.30 pm during Sundays.

We were disappointed for not making to Matru mandir, anyways we got enough time to explore the Pondicherry. Got cheered up after stopping for a quick smoke and tea, started again on the ECR. We entered Pondi in own style, explored town centre, later ended up at the beach. Figured out, the Pondi is built in terms of blocks and every road leads to the beach, great thought !!!. The town has a decent infrastructure, but you gotta see the style of building architectures, pretty awesome. Most of them had french ques, off course it was ruled by french before Indian Independence. Continue reading “Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 2”

Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 2

Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 1

RoadTrip to Pondicherry: Day 1:

I was riding on way to Electronics City on my Uni, a regular day for office..?? I knew the day was something special, I felt something amazing from inside, saw in the mirror, Guru was riding along with  Naveen as his pillion and I figured out Abhay was my pillion.

Then I realized, we were on a “ROADTRIP to Pondicherry…

Project Pondi

Number of resources: 4

Name of the Resources: Abhay, Guru, Mohsin and Naveen

Devices: Unicorn, Shine both HONDA rides.

Project Duration: 3 days

We were planning for a RoadTrip since long time, but due to some or the other reasons it din’t happened. But finally got time as we got a weekend and a holiday for Karnataka Rajotsova and hence we zeroed our destination to Pondicherry. As from many years I was hearing bout Pondicherry from a good friend of mine.

So it was Pondicherry. Finally Abhay, Guru and Naveen agreed for the roadtrip, we planned to meet up at my room as it is nearer to Electronics City at 7 am and leave early. Guess what, by the time we left our room it was around 11.45 am and by the time we hit the HOSUR road it was 12 pm.

Ready to hit ROAD…
Ready to hit ROAD…
One of many dishes for breakfast…
One of many dishes for breakfast…

We were on ROAD, with loaded petrol tanks but what bout loading our tummies..?? We did a decent a 50 KM in a hour and made to a hotel for breakfast. Actually it was a brunch not a breakfast, nor a lunch. We ate whatever was available, pongal, dosa and off course awesome TEA. Came out and saw clouds were waiting for us, but we were determined to reach PONDI any cost. We dint even rode for few mins it started to rain heavily, what else do you think during rain ? We pulled over to a nearest place and started our cloud computing/smoke break.

Rain stopped, we decided to cover as much distance possible till it rains for the next time. We started the engines, yes the rain started again and again God Damn Cloud Computing. Finally after couple of minutes it stopped, we felt it rained for hours . This time we can see sun grinning for us. Continue reading “Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 1”

Roadtrip to Awesome Pondicherry: Day 1

Here I am, on the road again;

Dude, wrote these lines while going home last weekend. Inspired my Metallica’s “Turn the page” and the events happening in my life just wrote this. Feel free to appreciate and criticize, I don’t know why I am writing lyrics much these days. This has not come up well, but wrote whatever came in my mind. So this is it, “Here I am, on the road again”…

Waiting for Bus's turn…
Waiting for Bus's turn…
Here I am, on the road again;
waiting for my bus’s turn,
in the bus, here I go,
listening to my fav songs on PSP,
there I go, with a huge smile on my face,
to open up another chapter in my life.

I dont wanna say my time will come,
but I wanna say, it has come,
I thought its over when it happened,
but later I realized,
it is the beginning, beginnng for the change,
beginning for everything,
So here I am, on the road again…

Continue reading “Here I am, on the road again;”
Here I am, on the road again;