Sunday, December 11, 2011

Adith turns 2

Adith turns 2  tomorrow. Life is moving so fast, looks like it was months back that I was in sweden and expecting father but in reality it is been 2 years. I still remember  that first thing I did after reaching home from sweden was to take my wife to hospital and then Adith welcomed me. :-).

Starting a startup

I  worked with 5 companies earlier and have been through different processes and tools employed at each of my employment

Mostly there is always a great vision and wish. Still very often companies built  a total mess with too many of tools introduced  and multiple alternatives for every purpose available. Changes in management introduces more tools and processes that might hard land employees into difficulty.

Thought I would write about my thoughts on how we can  run an organization with simpler tools. I have limited knowledge so there could be better tools/alternatives.

Simplest commercial solution I could see is with "JIRA/Confluence" along with SVN. You could extend it with multiple helping tools.  Atlassian has good package for startups.

we can even experiment with free tools like  wiki software(media wiki etc) and tracking tools like Trac/ bugzilla. I am impressed with Trac. There are many providers who are very cheap. I liked repositoryhosting that provides a good platform to host our source code online.

But having multiple alternatives doing samething, having JIRA just to track bugs and other tools like CLARITY  or HP PPM is a good idea but personally I prefer not to do so.  Employees, specially in software development companies should focus on getting their stuff right most of the time and not with too many tools to learn/manage/update.

Adaptability that we gain by going with lean and agile is really great and it should always be supported with cleaner tools/processes with less learning curve and less effort by the team members.

Also realizing the fact that software development is not a machine made logic so treating employees like factory works will for sure not make the company great. Software creation is more artistic in nature and great implementations come from dedicated and undisturbed minds.  You always need to hire people with lot of filtering and once an employee is in, we just need to trust him to deliver and guide him to get comfortable with new environment, tools, processes so that he becomes productive.

Also just demanding something always never works. I have seen managers, who always try stupid project management theories. If an employee comes to you for help, turning against him on the same issue and demanding why it is not sorted out is the easiest way for the escapist manager.  I never wanted and will never want to become such a typical managers. Some time in the future these escapists will become obsolete.  A higher up employee should always be  a leader guiding and solving the impediments of the team members. Designations should be earned and from the team and not from the top. So just managing the top management and getting promotions etc might be a real shortcut many apply leaving many others disappointed, it might work to some extent but will not make great innovations develop and best of the team will never  happen for sure.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The rational system

Some times pretty casual discussions can lead to critical solutions that can change the world. Recently one such discussion helped us to invent a solution  to many of the india's financial issues because of the external factors.

Primarily the imports are costing too much on Indians. Raising prices and the dollar (it is marching towards 54/56 rupees) eating most of the revenues most of the companies (some companies like IT companies, do get benefit out of this situation).

Back to the discussion, we were discussing about increased prices including petrol etc. Petrol became major in the discussion. we were discussing about pros and cons of Govt taking the load of the price fluctuations. It hurts all govt  development programs.

A better alternative is to identify the real users and then identify the per capita usage and provide the required commodities at limited units to the end user at subsidized price. Anything that is consumed on top of it should be at market price. I know our complex political system is very very slow and might never let this happen.

Simple benefit is that people will be cost conscious and may not waste fuel.  This might lead to reduced fuel use and might put pressure on the Oil producing countries and may cause ripple effects on the international crude prices. 

Yes the way India is consuming the fuels, it also provides a  greater power to control the pricing as well. We need to leverage and make decisions that doesn't affect the average user.

For me this looks a great idea but again our governments are more error prone in implementing any great idea and then stupid politics that play more vital role than the national actual interests.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jai Telangana

Let us celebrate. Every employee gets the salary even without working for more than 40 days. All the important leaders of the unions might have been given a better compensation. News says Polavaram contract is given to some one related with the KCR. Everyone got the good deal. Even the TDP MLA who resigned for telangana got re-elected on TRS  logo.  Students got the schools back. Leaders got lot of free publicity. Now the the poor can go to the towns and cities for their livelyhood work and also can visit a doctor as well without any problems (RTC unions called of strike). Now  my cousin need not pay Rs 200/- to go to his home town Jadcherla from Rajendranagar,Hyderabad.  When you hire a cab, he will be 100% working for you and will not do any extra trips for his own benefit. Probably they got really great BOOM period as there are no buses and life should go on.

Media needs novelty everyday, how long same JAC story?, Let us celebrate with a new story. Telangana could have become really a boring story if Telangana was formed every time KCR made an announcement, we could have had more Telanganas than the countries we have in the world. It could have been a bigger disaster to see that many Telangana instances. (in terms of OO concepts, Telangana should be a  100% perfect SINGLETON object).

Only few millions of poor people got affected, it was a bigger dry period for most of the street side vendors. But it doesn't matter as they do not matter after elections and are available as buyable commodities, only thing is because of the inflation, election to election the price increases.

Even the wineshop dealers announced one DRY DAY.  You know it could have been the most hazardous thing that could have happen for the entire period. People should drink and sleep and never worry about what is happening around. Yes people should enjoy life and should it really matter if we have the roads, water, housing etc are available and affordable. This doesn't make a bigger story.

JAI TELANGANA, yes we need TELANGANA minus and the so called leaders creating so many hurdles to the common man in daily life by all stupid decisions. It doesn't really make any difference if there is a DALIT puppet as chief minister. It is as much as having a highly qualified Prime minister who is remote controlled.

Can we dream of some evolution in our daily life. Will we ever see REAL LEADERS who care about people of larger community (people of the state) than their own community (son, daughter, son-in-law etc). You know life is not like a 2.5 hrs indian movie, so certain things are really stupid even to think of. So I will cut short the dreams (even JP dreamed about something but you know what he along with the Joker Chiru made  a mess in the last elections).  Reality bites, it is harsh but the fact is we need to live with it. We will have these leaders unless they are died of natural causes and some extremist fed up with the news channels is going to do something. Showing sympathy for their "fast-unto-death" doesn't really need that attention because they will not die. You know the system is something that all political guys share, it is only that some time someone plays a different role (like fasting etc) but as per the "Politics-money equivalence theory" (well it is my own theory, as per this theory "SYSTEM = POLITICS * (MONEY)(MONEY) " ), it is only the set of people share the "fruits". The fasting or the "walks" or the "oordarpu yatra" etc will certainly will have the result but not for the common man.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Resolve Telangana

This is itching everyone in this area for so long. People have strong opinion about Telangana. Either they want Telangana or they want some declaration that it will never happen. Either way everyone wants a amicable solution to the issue. While I want Telangana to be a developed area (as much as I wish every other part on this earth to be developed), I some how hate the politicians of this area more. If There is a Telangana and the same junk leaders are going to enjoy the power, there is no difference to the end user. We can no longer run a government by giving "freebies". If take KCR,for this guy it is like a family business. his son, daughter, son-in-law etc are into this and are making lot of money. I am really interested to see if Telangana is given and what is going to be their FATE. Once the issue is resolved then I guess they will be unemployed. Same with most of the other leaders, We need to bring a revolution in the way political leaders function, and how rest of us view them. We need another moment just for this purpose. If they become dedicated and work only for the welfare of the people, I guess we can just merge entire India into just 4 states (say North, South, East, West). So time for our leaders to stop preaching and start living exemplary life. Telangana moment is just the "effect" and I am afraid, the "cause" (underdevelopment) will remain even after the statehood. It might be in different format (May be south Telangana will raise against North Telangana etc). Unfortunately no one has real serious interest into fixing the "cause" issue. Remove the "Free" schemes, help every person to stand on his own and earn his own food. on a personal front, I moved onto Ivy and this month has been bit relaxing for me (not too much of work at my previous employment and with new company I am started getting used to it).

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Yesterday I was trying to explain Abhi on the benefits of being literate and learning alphabets.

He generally doesn't focus much to learn alphabet. so I was explaining him that If you know how to read and write A, B,C etc you will be able to play many games on laptop and read everything on your own.

He seems convinced. He is so confident that he immediately asked, so will you buy another laptop for yourself?

He is so inquisitive that at times it becomes so irritating. an year before I think, when I told him, the way you are irritating me, I am able to see stars in day light, his immediate question was "where are they NANNA ("daddy")" and started looking up at the sky.

Managing and mentoring kids is highly sophisticated job and most of us fail miserably in it. But the experience gained is worth.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

We are not corruption free yet

Recent hunger strike by Anna Hazare and the media and civil support for that event and the union govt. consent for the demands gave some impression that there is a big different that is going to happen. Anna Hazare has accepted that it is not DONE yet, and it is done only when the "Lokpal" bill comes into force.

Making changes to constitution or creating a framework/scheme to address corruption and bringing in everyone into the new framework so that everyone is accountable is just a baby step towards this complex issue called "Corruption". Essentially because we are so much wired into it. Almost everyone is part of this anomaly (corruption).

We actually need a government who is dedicated and has no political concerns about their survival while executing good rule (tough for corrupted people). This is nothing but a dream. While running the government, they are always in need of making some compromise or the other.

Alternatively everyone in INDIA should stop bribing and this is one more near impossible scenario.

What we can do and what is a possibility in INDIA is to make the system more transparent and increase accountability and reduce the loss of development because of the corruption in a gradual manner. Sudden changes may push system into chaotic and then into same "Old system".

But overall, it is good that this time this attempt got more attention (because it is Anna Hazare who was doing it).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Whose money is it?

Tamilnadu state elections or to be specific, parties that are in the race for power and their election manifesto is shocking.

Both the present DMK govt and opposition AIDMK are promising to give away laptops, gold, mixer/grinders, free rice,free power and lot more to the people. This sounds as if the parties have trillions of dollars and are on philanthropic mode.

The same thing has happened in Andhra Pradesh with Y.S.R announcing everything free to people earlier. Now he is dead and state is struggling to meet the financial closure for its schemes.

well, the answer to the title question is, as everyone knows, it is public money. People should learn how to teach lessons to parties who bribe officially announcing FREE schemes.

I am a happy man to struggle and earn my food. I don't want someone to feed me for a day (If there is a guarantee that I get free food for rest of my life, probably that is the best way I can become lazy, but no one is promising that). If someone does and if I am not in a condition to help myself to earn my food, I think I got really good help.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

To Telangana or Not Telangana

This is a million march question for the people ofAandhra Pradesh. With no signs of new state formation in the immediate future, the struggle for telangana statehood is now not in one man's control. Students, employees etc are now are often active with various activities.

For me the question of statehood is primarily secondary issue. It is because if formation of state alone gives development, I am all game for it. But the fact is far from statehood formation alone.

Northern parts of Telangana is better with water irrigation etc. southern districts are poorer with no proper irrigation water facility. So after Telanagana formation, there might be fight within Telangana about distribution of funds and resources for development. Even more important thing is that the same leaders who are now asking Telangana or united andhra were (and are) pretty much ruling andhra pradesh most part of their political career and still have strong investments and business relationships from Telangana and non telangana parts of Andhra Pradesh.

On the political side, the issue more for the survival of the political leaders from this area. No one wants to lag behind so they blame government and they say they will resign. One rich minister recently sent his resignation to Party president in Delhi (I am not sure if he is not that educated that resignation letter should be sent to CM /Governor) and then was happily appearing in assembly later. Resignations of everyone for this cause are highly enacted.

People are not ready to listen to these junk leaders. If we have to go by the word of these leaders, we are supposed to have Telangana may be a decade before.It is pretty much common for these leaders to give a dead line just to make announcement for another deadline later.

I think the fight becomes intense once Telangana is formed,because once Telangana is given there will be struggle for power and every one want to get some gains. Some student leaders might be eying for political entry and that could be primary source of inspiration in creating chaos now and then in Hyderabad.

Same junk leaders will be there even if statehood is announced. Britishers left india and everyone said they have looted many things from India. But I think the loot that happened after India got freedom is worse then what Bitish have done to India in their 200 years of presence in India. Samething will happen in Telangana. The people will be loosers whether there is Telangana or no Telangana.

I some times wonder, should we really ask for STATE alone. Why not ask for country? make every district as a state and we got a big city Hyderabad to be our national capital. I am not sure why no one is thinking for separate nation :-).

It is all for money and power. No leader cares for the real people and no person really cares for the leaders. People are busy in they struggle for survival and they don't have any time to look upto leaders for inspiration for development. Leaders are busy increasing they financial portfolios and for protecting their wealth, now they are either in favour of Telangana or united andhra.

As a common man, what worries more for me is the Bank EMIs I need to pay and my children education. Whether Telangana or not is not going to change my life in anyway. Well same should hold good for my father as well who is still a farmer and struggling to make something out of agriculture.

What we need is able administration and reduce the corruption. There are lot of good thoughts going around something like the Cash Transfer instead of subsidy items. Central government is planning to introduce the Cash Transfer to individuals and shut the ration shop system. This is the same concept chandra babu naidu fought last elections as their main party agendra.Unfortunate thing that Chiranjeevi spoiled babu hopes with new party splitting votes. Now chiranjeevi has become a big joker of politics. I think the Silent revolution that he was talking about was starting a party and then merging it with congress. If Telangana is formed, TRS may be merged with congress. Jagan is yet to understand politics. He is just shedding out the corrupted money his father has earned for him. But time will come for him to become another political joker.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hyderabad DEO office contacts

Here are the contact details of Hyderabad district educational officer.

If you are interested with overall schools information (not so latest but not stale as well)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Vegetable prices are down

Yes, it is true. Here is the price list (I tried to remember some of the items and their prices at the Gudimalkapur market this morning).

Prices are down, let us cheer up for time being.

Onions - 15 to 20 kg( based on the grade)
Tomoto (country - 8
Green chilly - 16
Okra - 15
Beans (chikkudu) - 7
Carrot - 10
keera - 15
Spinach - 2 bunches for 1 rupee
Coriander leaves - 1 bunch for 1 rupee
Cabbage - 10
Califlower - 1 flower for 8 rupees (when you buy 2, otherwise 10), weight around 1 KG
sapota - 4 per Rs 10 (Big ones).

We are able to get around 23 KG items for Rupees 350. That makes it 15 per KG or so. It is really good to see the prices coming down, but I think it is only short tim relief as summer coming up and power problems going to raise and less water for farming makes it the people in CITY to feel the cost.

I am talking about only vegetables, not commodities like petrol. Petrol is 67+ per litre in hyderabad.