Monday, December 31, 2012

The year ahead

Year 2012 was an eventful year. Personally I experienced a lot. Stressful career to healthy relationships with people around, morning walks, the new found yoga guru Sridhar reddy in the colony, badminton practice daily, the continued online training that lead to registering CareerScale IT Consulting LLP and forming clear path for the years to come by.

The IVY experiment was not so cool, with so many issues around and the legacy not accepting change and me not able to adjust with the environment, though I was able to finally work on PL/SQL though found it difficult in the beginning (this means, I am through Java, .net, sharepoint and now into db as well  :-), though not an expert),made up my mind to call off this experiment.

The best part of this experiment is the orphan home facility that is coming up at Vikarabad. With contributions from IVY employees and some matching grant from IVY itself (mgmt was reluctant initially) is now bringing up a big facility 123*33 sft shelter with the cost of INR 15,00,000/-. I was very instrumental in picking this up and taking it forward. Unfortunately I was not there to see the completion of the work but will monitor on behalf of TMAD

CareerScale, the legal entity that is born on 4th Dec 2012(incorporation date), has lot of hopes and work for me for the years ahead. But it is into incubation at present and not much of commercial activity. The dream is to make the infrastructure that goes deep into the education system that the final outcome of our regular colleges is industry ready youth who can either work for industry or go on becoming entrepreneurs. Probably  it may be bit odd to say, train them and shift the academic system from typical kirana store to a supermarket where companies can go and pick the ready made employable youth. May be the future walmart of the world in IT and other employable sectors. BIG DREAM though!. Lot of work ahead and I am still at baby steps.

TMAD was an important part of the year in my life. It will be as well in the years to come. The dyvakrupa orphan home work with the cost of INR 3,00,000 brought tremendous change in the lives of 30 kids in the orphan home. The little shelter in a small room behind a church now has decent facility and with the support of RDO they started a dairy form which gives them around 12 to 15k (after paying the loan installments) they are able to meet the maintenance of the orphan home. They were expecting more help from TMAD but somehow I thought they must self sustain and we shouldn't do too much of spoon feeding there.

The Mahima orphan home (though primary fund pooling was in IVY) work also has great interest in TMAD friends, we really wanted to play a major role in this (if not the HR disinterest @IVY), but we still worked on supporting the electrification with a domestic connection (which includes getting a transformer etc) we incurred cost of around INR 50,000/- towards this.

Supporting buchanna's CA dream through TMAD (I am directly supporting this) and other student (a B.Pharmacy student) etc kept me busy through out the year.  Though I haven't planned any of these activities  for the year 2012, they just happened because they needed support and I wanted to contribute.

You know you will feel very very very happy when you realize your simple assistance bringing up BIG change in someone's life. Recent mail from Karthik Dumpala that he got a big Job and scholarship or something for his invention at IIG Gauhati. I feel really happy. You know sending a little amount as Money Order to a student in his early engineering class with the hope that it helps, and getting this mail after some years is an amazing thing.

The year ahead is going to be challenging for me, I must re-christen myself and get back the old geek skills that I lost with my IVY experiment  I must become someone very very inevitable on technical skill set which any employer on earth should like to hire. But this is not for another HOP but for my CareerScale dream. Being away from typical comfort zone (living in venkateswara enclave, upparpally, hyderabad) with friends like Divaker reddy, Sridhar reddy, Mahesh etc and with my family is a difficult thing. I have become numb being away from my kids Abhi and Adith (They are the best of my existence, I simply love them for what they have been to me). But this leading to simple living and saving few extra bucks might help my dream.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mahima orphanage work to begin

Finally, we are starting it. After some strain, few visits and lot of time and discussions, we are starting the work at Mahima orphanage near vikarabad. It is a big thing that I am doing this year and Hopefully it should be ready before new year kicks in. It is bigger than the warangal orphange project (Dyvakrupa orphanage). In fact multiple times of it.  we are planning a big shelter with 10 to 13 lakhs of Indian currency.

I am getting bore with regular life, hope to see some change to happen in the near future. It may happen.

On the regular things, one is corruption. it is so much part of each one of us in some way or the other. I like this picture. All govt schemes are finally like this. Multi tier corruption makes the real beneficiaries getting very little. Cann't we do something about it? we can. Let us raise RTI requests, shout on corruption and importantly NEVER PAY A BRIBE even if it means taking off for a day or half.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Mahima orphanage vikarabad

My two visits to Vikarabad and earlier visits to Mahima orphange in chandanagar are now towards a concrete action plan to build a proper shelter for the orphan home (also houses old age people and HIV infected ones). I along with collegues at IVY Comptech (called Sparsh group @IVY) have pooled up around 6.5L so far from contributions of employees who are interested in this activity. This is really decent amount to build them a 35*140 size shelter, which could accomodate around 150 to 200 people (including kids).

Overall, I am happy with the progress, in another 2 to 3 months, we will have the structure ready.

This is my 2nd activity(first one being the Dyvakrupa orphan home at secunderabad thanda, near Mahbubabad, Warangal district. I worked with my friends at TMAD  to pool up 3L and build them facilities. It was quicker at TMAD as there is no delay in decision making).

I must take some break after this activity, There has been too many activities this year and it is being growing year by year. I am happy with the difference we are able to make to needy. I know this is not sufficient, there are millions of people who need help some way or the other and we just started. I thinkI too need help in managing myself and my time so that I can do more and more.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shit called corruption

It is the terrible thing. This corruption is there everywhere, It is so formal and so legal in almost all govt offices.
Recent experience is with RTA office Kishan bagh.  The amazing organizational structure of corruption makes us get surprised. These idiots got fixes for every solution to stop corruption.  The webcam to take snap of the license seeker, the thumb impression machine, the signature recording machine, the online test everything is so well managed to create more avenues for corruption.

I went through  the driving school and agreed to pay what ever they said it will cost. The old man at the driving school (it is a  small shop used for multiple purposes and doubles up as driving school office) winks his eyes and says govt is only one so is the fee, but there are so many people in the layer and everyone has to be fed so the fee charged is more than 4 times of actual fee.

I along with  my friend went there to RTA office and the agent whose number is given by the driving school guy didn't switch on his mobile until 9.15AM or so. Upon his confirmation we went to the RTA office and called this guy multiple times. He got irritated in NAWABI style and came to see us. He was stinky and might have not taken bath for at least a week or so and also not sure whether he brushed his teeth anytime in his life.

He asked us to wait for 15 minutes and then came after 40 minutes. Says they are not accepting PAN card for DOB proof and he need to make up affidavit for it. We asked what other proofs  they can accept, he says secondary school certificate.  Fine, we will get. I am not really sure if Congress govt makes changes on a timely basis to not to accept PAN card as ID, DOB proofs(while accepting all TDS ). It was a big lie.

When we went to RTA with SSC copies, he made us wait for some time and then he says no need to stay in the queue, you can go to front and say "My photo didn't come properly so need to take it again" and skip the queue. We didn't like that idea and stood up in the queue.

We found most of the people are doing the same thing, I got pissed off at the end and they shouted and sent back  5 to 6 people back to queue. But then the smarter ones stayed. One guy says he already took photo and it didn't come well, so need to take it again. Even the guy at computer says, yes yes he did take photo before. I asked his reference number, it is 60 and mine is 13. Though I shouted at him how come 60 takes photo first before 13. he says it happens.

Agent gives slips with 90 written as code sign (might be the computer operator gets 90 rupees).  once photo is done, agent gave a different slip for LLR test with some other code for money.

Funny thing is that the online test is so simple in that RTA office, just give the slip and the RTA officials will enter your number, dob and click start test and complete test. You do not need to touch key board or mouse.

Believe me or not, you can easily get driving license in hyderabad for you pets also. Only thing is you may have to shell out little extra money.

For me the agents, the govt employees all looked like MAN EATERS.

And Anna does shout and show his ego, did it solve any problem? I am afraid it didn't. Anna could have used his supporters to go and clean up all govt offices one after the other so that no office has corruption. It is a simple task, just go to govt office (1 or 2 people) with cameras and tell them that they will be put behind bars and lose jobs, try sending volunteers to do this on regular basis and then reduce the frequency, this brings awareness in people that things are working fine and they need not bribe. I want to dare the system and fix it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Abhinav Reddy and Adith Reddy July 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

NGO experience

Working with NGO is a different ball game. It is actually a store of surprises. You might come across few serious volunteers and some times you get someone who is ready to source bigger funds. And at times people expect you to bribe them (say banks or govt authorties) to get the works done. One need to be highly patient of all these things. You call for a meeting and you discover you are the only one turned up for the meeting or some times you get overwhelmed by the presence of  large number of volunteers.

Even among the volunteers, we always get the IDENTITY CRISIS. Even one has their own way of working style and also would like to have their own identity getting reflected even for smaller activities. Also you get to see people who work very hard, but still leave the credit to others.

Best part of my experience with NGOs is that, it is lot different from your regular employment, where life is somewhat predictable.  I personally believe that it is not really charity on what I am doing, it is instead, just giving it back to the society that helped me to have a decent life from terrible one.

Sunday, January 01, 2012


As we grow old, time passes too fast (As we involve in activities and keep ourselves busy, might be it looks
too fast). For me it looks like just the weekends are the life and rest of the week days are something that just disappear with  the office work or other activities. Some times(or should I say most of the times), even weekends are spent for doing something or the other.

Year 2011 was an eventful year and made me realize the GAP that remains between "What I want to be and what I am now". I realized I am not sufficient enough to reach what I need to be.

I need to stay focused  to realize my entrepreneur goal. I have already had a taste of it with my association with yassume , freshbrains and the attempt of careerscale made this year taste the path to my goal a bit.
on a  personal front moving to "ivy comptech" was an important decision I made. Every job I have done gave me lot of different exposure on a technical front as well as people management. Very often our intentions might not be understood by the people around with the correct motive and assuming that other will understand it was the biggest mistake and learning I have in the year 2011. At the same time, i still believe my work should speak for me and I shouldn't do any parrot talk and get the superficial attention. Even if it takes time my work will speak for me and pay the way. Working more and smart is the only way I could reach what I want to be. The thirst for success is increasing with time and I hope that is positive for me.

Learning  good politics is one thing I need to do. We often complain that the boss or team members are not good or playing politics. They might be feeling insecure or just not ready to accept "as you are", but time should always provide a solution and the fact is  "When you know what you want the whole world conspires you to achieve it" (paulo coelho in  Alchemist).
 People often play politics because they might not like you or might be they feel insecure. I believe no one has any life time enmity with you.  I have very few objectives for the new year. I am not sure I should make them public, but a blog post might help me log it for rest of my life. After all we do not know when is  our last day.

1. Perform well in the job (Goal is not to be fired :-) ).
2. Learn training skills.
3. Be nice to people. I am really nice to people whom I know and have good association. I need to extend this to everyone I work with.  I am not against anyone but I should never leave a doubt factor that I am harsh or against anyone. It is just about giving positive perception.
4. Never forget the first objectives.
I hope the year 2012 will be a better year for the world. Let the goodness spread everywhere. Let us ring in this new year with all positive hopes. let us hope our hopes come true.