Affirmation

OK … No new posts for more than a month and a mind not obliging to even try to write something. That was when @swaram posted this tag. Lemme tell you this is going to be insanely funny and insanely insane 🙂

The rules of this tag are as follows:

  • Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, IPOD etc. on shuffle.
  • For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
  • YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

1. If someone asks you, “are you okay” you say:

Keh Doon Tumhe – Ya chup Rahoon … To answer or not to is the question 🙂

2. How would you describe yourself ?
Learning to Fly [Pink Floyd] – How I wish i could fly … I mean how I wish I could have become a pilot

3. What do you like in a guy/girl ?
Soniyo (From the Heart) – A nice song from the movie Raaz (2009)

4. How do you feel today ?
Kangna [Dr Zeus – #1’s Greatest Bhangra Hits] – No where close to it 😐

5. What is your life’s purpose ?
Rhythm DivineNice …. 🙂 … An awesome song from Enrique Iglesias

6. What’s your motto ?
Like a prayer (Life is a mystery)Yep as of now life is a mystery

7. What do your friends think of you ?
Suraj ki kirnoA flop song from a flop movie …. This is what they think of me … Grrrrr

8. What do your parents think of you ?

Baat niklegi to phir door talak jaayegi [Jagjit Singh] – Huh !!! Whatever it means

9. What do you think of often ?
Bharat humko jaan se pyaara hai – Yo Baby …. Patriotic me 😀

10. What is 2 + 2 ?
Badi Haseen Raat thi [Jagjit Singh] Seriously … 2 + 2 = this ????

11. What do you think of your best friend ?
La Tortura [Shakira] – An awesome dance number … Sigh .. where is Shakira???

12. What is your life story ?
Aapke pyaar meinNice pick … finally my media player picks one right 😀 😉

13. What do you want to be when you grow up ?
Mein aisa kyun hoon – No no … That is what I am now … I don’t want to be the same 😐

14. What do you think when you see the person you like ?
Dil De diya hai Jaan bhi denge – Hmmmmm …. No comments

15. What will you dance to at your wedding?
Do ghoont mujhe bhi pilaade sharaabi Yo !!! Nice song to dance to 🙂 … Lets dance

16. What will they play at your funeral ?
Insha Allah [ Welcome ] – Kya ???? Song is nice … But a dance number in my funeral???

17. What is your hobby/interest ?
Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko – Heh ???

18. What is your biggest fear ?
Tequila SunriseYeah … I am a vampire and am afraid of sunrise 🙂

19. What is your biggest secret ?
It was not me [Shaggy] – LOL … U shud listen to the lyrics of this 😉 . Check it here

20. What do you want right now ?
SongbirdA nice Kenny G song … Yes I do want a songbird now 🙂

21. What do you think of your friends ?
Jashn-E-Bahaara – Being with them is indeed a Jashn-e-bahaara time 😀

22. When you want to rush to the toilet, what do you think ?
Nothings gonna change my love for you – ROFLMAO … No no I am not suffering from OCD nor am I obsessed

23. Person you hate the most is in front of you, what will you tell the person ?
Mundiyaan tu bach ke rahi Bach ke rehna mujhse 😎

24. You have just won a lottery. What will you sing ?
Secret of SuccessWinning the lottery is the secret to my success????

25. What will you post this as?
Affirmation Nice song from Savage Garden and the title of this post

Seriously who thought of this tag and all these questions ????

Chaos Theory –II

So coming back to the chaos in the leave application fiasco as promised in the first part (which you can read here), this is how the conversation went.

Sometime in the first week of April

Me: Mr Hr, can you please change my reporting manager in the leave application from Mr A to Mr B??

HR: Hmmm … Sorry, we cannot do it without approval from VP. You apply for leave, they will take care.

So the application for leave was done and the system sent mail to Mr A. After a couple of days when the leave was not approved, I go to Mr A

Me: Hi… I had applied for leave….

Mr A: I don’t know what you learnt in MBA. Why do you keep sending the leave application to me when you do not report to me? Didn’t they teach it to you in MBA?

Me: Well, they did teach me that, even before my MBA. But unfortunately they did not teach that to the leave system, which sends the automated message

Mr A: Huh??? So you are blaming your problem on the system?? A typical MBA only.

Me: ???? :O (#$%#$%#$%)

Me: OK … What about my leave?

Mr A: Go and ask your reporting manager

So I go to Mr B.

Me: Hi … I was planning a vacation… Chutti chahiye tha

Mr B: Nahin milega

Me: Not now … in May

Mr B: Nahin milega

Me: (@#$@#) Sahi hai … You don’t even ask when I need and how long I need. You directly disapprove it?

Mr B: How many days you want?

Me: 10 days

Mr B: Nahin Milega

Me: I need it.

Mr B: Take 1 day

Me: (@#$@#$@#$@$) Nobody calls it a vacation

Mr B: Do you know the project plan for the project u r on?

Me: I am not the PM and the PM hasn’t shared it with me coz it has not yet started. But I know it will be in the development phase in May and I am not a developer.

Mr B: I need you to prepare test cases at that time

Me: I am not in QC.

Mr B: I need you to.

Me: OK, but that shouldn’t stop my leave. I need atleast 5 days of leave

Mr B: Ask Mr C

Me: Mr C??? I don’t report to him.

Mr B: You do.

Me: No, You did my appraisal.

Mr B: I did it because it was sent to me. But you report to Mr C.

Me: OK ….

I go to Mr C

Me: Hi .. I needed leave for 5 days in May

Mr C: OK … Ask Mr B

So at the end of all this …. Who is my boss??? Mr A, Mr B or Mr C????

Update:  Yeah the leave is approved and am off to Bangalore next week 😀

Social Vibes – Helping the charity

As you can see, I changed my blog theme and once I did it all my widgets went for toss. So had to sit and add all the widgets once again and that was when I came to know of this widget which was powered by social vibes. It allows the users to help charity of their choice. I thought it was a very good widget in that it actually helps people who want to help a certain cause in supporting a charity.

As far as I can make out, the way it works is, you add the widget in your blog and it allows you to choose a cause which you want to support from a huge list of causes. While choosing the cause if you do a mouse over, it actually does mention the charity which will be benefitted from it. You choose the widget and display it in your blog. Now what?

Well it works something similar to ads. When the person visiting the blog sees the cause and chooses to help it, all he/she has to do is to click on it. It opens the sponsors’ web page or an ad which asks some questions or asks you to rate a video and once you answer it, donates to the charity associated with the cause.

So, the money goes out of the brand and not the readers. All the reader invests is some time in rating the video or answer some question. So what do the brands gain? Advertisement at a cheaper rate. Most of us have lots of readers coming on to visit the blog which we do maintain and by tying up with the social cause, they can make the people know of the brand, watch ads or basically market themselves at a cheaper rate than by traditional means.

What do we get? The satisfaction that you did your 2 cents (really don’t think it is more than this) for some cause which is close to your heart without spending a single cent.

Does this work? Well, personally, I haven’t seen the brands making the payment, but it is trust at the end of it. And you are not spending a cent of your money at all.

My main issue with the widget is that they do not have a single charity working in India. I would have preferred to choose a cause which is closer home. Agreed there are people suffering elsewhere in the world too, but charity begins at home and I would have preferred a cause closer home to choose from.

So, if anybody is actually visiting this blog and have read this boring post till the end, I would love it if you can spend another 2 minutes on the cause widget on the right side bar.

Chaos Theory – I

So the other day I went to my HR manager with just one question: “Can you please tell who I am reporting to???”

Appearing concerned the HR Manager asked: “Why, what happened???”

Me:” Nothing, just that the appraisal process has started and I would like to know who is conducting my appraisal.”

HR:” Who do you report to??”

Me: (D..uh)”That’s what I asked?”

HR:” Whose name is present in the leave system?”

Me:”Well … Leave system shows the name of Mr A. But I don’t work with him for anything”

HR:”He is your reporting manager.”

Me: “ So he will be conducting my appraisal?”

HR:”D..uh … Yeah”

Me:”OK”.

HR:” Did you log into the Performance Management System???”

Me:”Not yet. I don’t have the password”

HR: “OK I will send you one. You log in and tell me who your appraiser is”.

After a day a mail arrives in my inbox from the HR for the Performance Management System (oh so aptly shortened as PMS and which oh so aptly performs as if it is having PMS). I log in to the system and see that my appraiser is indeed Mr A. So I go to the HR manager and tell him that my appraiser as mentioned in the system is indeed Mr A.

HR: (With a I told u so grin on his face).” So he will be the one who will be appraising you. Perform a self appraisal. Tomorrow is the last day”.

So I come back to my seat and start my self-appraisal. After sifting through nearly 4-5 pages of rating questions which oh so reminded me of the stupid surveys which we are forced to fill in for the sake of friendship, relationship and sunken ships, I submit the self-appraisal, and the next screen comes up proclaiming: “Your appraisal is locked now and has been forwarded to the appraiser Mr B”.

MR B. ???? But I thought my appraiser was Mr A?? Off I go to Mr HR again.

Me:”Err… HR”.

HR: (Oh No… not him again)”Yes ????”

Me: “Did my reporting manager change in the last couple of hours?”

HR:”No … Still having doubts? Your appraiser is Mr. A and so he is your reporting manager”

Me: “Yeah he was my appraiser when I logged in to the system. I completed the appraisal and it said that it has been forwarded to my appraiser Mr B”.

HR: (Confused) “Mr B???…. Not Mr A???”

Me: “It said Mr B.”

HR: “Oh so he is your reporting manager.”

Me: “Ohhh.. K … He joined just 7 months back and I am working with him for only past month… What is he going to appraise me on??

HR: “Well … He will do your appraisal”

Me: (Damn … There goes my hike for a hike of its own) “So can you change the reporting manager in the leave system?”

HR: “Oh I need the approval for it from the VP. We’ll see what I can do”.

Well What happened with the leave system will be updated in the next part shortly.

What do you think of me – Tag

Well just completed one of my very first and only tag till now on a blog of a friend of mine . Found it interesting and anyways as it was a long time since there was any traffic here thought i would generate some.

Things you have to do: Just answer these questions in the comments section … And yeah you are free to comment whatever you want without the fear of me running behind you with a <put your fav cartoon chase weapon>… and even if I  do I am sure that a

1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. Something I have and YOU want?
4. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
5. Describe me in one word.
6. What was your first impression of me?
7. Do you still think that way about me now?
8. What reminds you of me?
9. If you could give me anything what would it be?
10. How well do you know me?
11. How do you see me in the future?
12. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn’t
13. Are you going to post this in your blog and see what I say about you?


Five year status report

Finally after a 3 month hiatus, I am back on this page. Well my life has been such a crap nowadays that I do not even feel like doing anything worth while.

Now that the placement season has started for the juniors back at joka, I was reminded of the standard question which most of us would have faced in any interview. It could be either framed as “What are your long-term/ short term objectives?” or as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?”

This just got me thinking. Now that it is more than 5 years since I started my first job, I thought how about having a look back and seeing what I have achieved in the last 5 years to the date.

5 years before Now
Was a fresh Software Engineer who had passed out of college the previous year Am a fresh MBA Graduate who has passed out of college the previous year
Was working in a well known IT company Am working in a little known IT company
Was testing a software application Am still testing a software application
Was paid peanuts for what I was doing Am paid peanuts for what I am doing
Was frustrated with my life Am frustrated with my life
Had put in my papers with a job in hand Thinking of putting in my papers even without a job in hand
Had plans of going for further studies Thinking of taking certification, but intimidated by the cost and doubting the usefulness of the same

Well, at the first look, it looks like I haven’t achieved anything. But as far as I see it, my life has moved a full circle. In the intervening 5 years, my life has moved from the abyss I was in, in an upward spiral at my new job and culminating in getting into one of the leading B-schools in India and then moving in a downward spiral, culminating in me passing out of the institute in the peak of the worst recession after the great depression and getting stuck in this place with no exit path in view apart from the above said one.

I do know there has to be another cycle starting somewhere (unless this continues as a further downward spiral till 2012 and the world actually ends taking me with it). But I just could not see the goddamn exit out of this present cycle to start the upward spiral of the next one. I have been looking out for that for a long time and apart from a couple of mirages there is nothing my tiring eyes can find in the horizon.