Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Madipakkam, Adambakkam, Velachery - Rainy Season

The main areas in and around Madipakkam, Velachery and Adambakkam are well developing with all the Metro Train, Shopping mall, and much more. But the water logging issue during rainy season still seems to persist. I've been living in Srinivasa nagar in Madipakkam, close is next to Velachery and Ram nagar of Madipakkam, and every year at around October, November and December months the water logging on roads is still a big problem. Places such as Ram nagar (Madipakkam and Velachery), Srinivasa nagar are very much affected by these problems. All though the ground rates in these area are rapidly increasing and with new apartments built every day, still there is no proper road facility. Even today roads are pathetic and rain water logging here and there. Every year at this time, the water level in roads would be alteast a feet high, and would take atleast around 10 - 20 days for it to drain. Compared to the rainy season in year 2001-2009, now the suituation had improved a bit. I remember those time when the rain water would fill our house and would make us to vacate our home for atleast a week. But today even though condition is not that worse, it still need to improve a lot. There are several new apartments being built and the land value in Srinivasa Nagar is around 89Lacs. But still there is no proper water facility, people here buy water for all their daily use. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mobile Applications Testing Tools


Mobile phones are revolutionizing today’s world, in fact reducing the time we spend in front of a computer for online transactions, browsing, listening to music, watching videos and working with several other applications. This shift from computer to Mobile phones had eventually increased the development of Mobile applications. But the challenge is in developing and testing them on various platforms of mobile devices. The mobile applications can be basically classified into Web applications, Native applications and Hybrid applications. Web applications for mobile are web pages that are specifically designed to be viewed on a mobile phone’s browser. The Native applications are applications like phone’s contact application, call registry application, etc which are specific to the phone and does not connect to internet. The native and hybrid applications may vary according the various platforms, but the web applications are rendered on mobile web browser and hence they are cross platform compatible.



On this post I am going to share an abstract on various tools available for testing mobile applications.

  1. Device Anywhere
    • Supports Real Device Testing - The devices are located in remote location, it is basically accessing various phones through remote and performing test in them. Phone on which app is to be tested is rented instead of owning.
    • Testing with various network operators across various geographic locations can be achieved. Any mobile applications (web, native and hybrid) can be tested.
    • Supports all the platforms of devices. And cost of the tool is high.
    • The tool supports manual, and automation testing enhancing GUI and functional testing.
    • Purely network based tool.

  1. Perfecto Mobile
    • Perfecto mobile is very similar to the Device Anywhere tool, only difference is that, perfecto mobile tool also supports performance testing to certain extent. Also cost of the tool is lesser than Device Anywhere tool.

  1. TestQuest CountDown
    • Unlike Device Anywhere and Perfecto Mobile, TestQuest CountDown supports testing on both Emulators and on real devices (device needs to be owned).
    • Supports Android, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows 6 platform phones.
    • Cost of the tool is high. The tool used for Automation testing, tests GUI and functional aspects of mobile applications(web, native and hybrid)


  1. Jamo Solutions – QTP Plugin for Testing Mobile Applications
    • The Jamo solution plug-in for QTP allows testing the mobile applications on both emulators and in real devices.
    • The cost of using this tool is high, as the cost incudes Jamo plugin cost and QTP license cost.
    • Supports iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows mobile 6

  1. Selenium for Mobile
    • Selenium is an open-source tool supports Web application automation on iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms.
    • The Selenium tool uses Java for writing automation scripts and hence eclipse is required. It supports both emulators and devices.

  1. UI Automation – Instuments
    • The UI Automation framework comes with Instruments tool in MAC OS. It’s a free tool but requires Mac OS.
    • Supports Native and Hybrid application testing on iPhone and iPad.
    • Testing can be possible on both emulator and on device (only on Mac)

  1. Robotium
    • Robotium is an open-source tool for testing Native and hybrid applications on Android devices and emulators.
    • Java is used to write the test scripts.

The above mentioned tools are the primary tools available in the market for test automation of mobile applications. There also other tools like See Test, Egg Plant etc which basically uses image comparison technique.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jaa Re Ud Jaa re - Change of Seasons - AR Rahman

Change of Season AR Rahman - Hindi

Jaa Re Ud Jaa re Song mp3 Audio Download here


http://rapidshare.com/files/443488894/Changing_Seasons__Hindi___AR_Raheman_.mp3





Its an awesome song from Rahman ,. Hats off to Rahman

Saturday, August 7, 2010

5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Intelligence

Your brain needs exercise just like a muscle. If you use it often and in the right ways, you will become a more skilled thinker and increase your ability to focus. But if you never use your brain, or abuse it with harmful chemicals, your ability to think and learn will deteriorate.

Here are 5 simple ways anyone can squeeze a bit more productivity out of the old gray matter.

1. Minimize Television Watching – This is a hard sell. People love vegetating in front of the television, myself included more often than I’d like. The problem is watching television doesn’t use your mental capacity OR allow it to recharge. It’s like having the energy sapped out of a muscle without the health benefits of exercise.

Don’t you feel drained after a couple hours of TV? Your eyes are sore and tired from being focused on the light box for so long. You don’t even have the energy to read a book.

When you feel like relaxing, try reading a book instead. If you’re too tired, listen to some music. When you’re with your friends or family, leave the tube off and have a conversation. All of these things use your mind more than television and allow you to relax.

2. Exercise – I used to think that I’d learn more by not exercising and using the time to read a book instead. But I realized that time spent exercising always leads to greater learning because it improves productivity during the time afterwards. Using your body clears your head and creates a wave of energy. Afterwards, you feel invigorated and can concentrate more easily.

3. Read Challenging Books – Many people like to read popular suspense fiction, but generally these books aren’t mentally stimulating. If you want to improve your thinking and writing ability you should read books that make you focus. Reading a classic novel can change your view of the world and will make you think in more precise, elegant English. Don’t be afraid to look up a word if you don’t know it, and don’t be afraid of dense passages. Take your time, re-read when necessary, and you’ll soon grow accustomed to the author’s style.

Once you get used to reading challenging books, I think you’ll find that you aren’t tempted to go back to page-turners. The challenge of learning new ideas is far more exciting than any tacky suspense-thriller.

4. Early to Bed, Early to Rise – Nothing makes it harder to concentrate than sleep deprivation. You’ll be most rejuvenated if you go to bed early and don’t sleep more than 8 hours. If you stay up late and compensate by sleeping late, you’ll wake up lethargic and have trouble focusing. In my experience the early morning hours are the most tranquil and productive. Waking up early gives you more productive hours and maximizes your mental acuity all day.

If you have the opportunity, take 10-20 minute naps when you are hit with a wave of drowsiness. Anything longer will make you lethargic, but a short nap will refresh you.

5. Take Time to Reflect – Often our lives get so hectic that we become overwhelmed without even realizing it. It becomes difficult to concentrate because nagging thoughts keep interrupting. Spending some time alone in reflection gives you a chance organize your thoughts and prioritize your responsibilities. Afterwards, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s important and what isn’t. The unimportant stuff won’t bother you anymore and your mind will feel less encumbered.

I’m not saying you need to sit on the floor cross-legged and chant ‘ommm’. Anything that allows a bit of prolonged solitude will do. One of my personal favorites is taking a solitary walk. Someone famous said, “All the best ideas occur while walking.” I think he was on to something. Experiment to find the activity that works best for you.

Conclusion – I hope you aren’t disappointed that none of the techniques I’ve proposed are revolutionary. But simple, unexciting answers are often the most valid. The challenge is having the will to adhere to them. If you succeed in following these 5 tips, you’ll be rewarded with increased mental acuity and retention of knowledge.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Sad Love story

Its a forwarded Email, that was so moving, and i loved it. Thought i could post it here.

Monday 10:30 PM PST, Tuesday 1:30 AM EST


If only I had not upset her…..How stupid of me…..

I had nothing to check in and so I directly made my way to the boarding gate G7 after completing my security check…. I kept dialing her number … There was no response….Why wasn’t she picking the call? ….I knew it was early morning (1:30 AM) for her…. But it was not like her to go to sleep without wishing me a safe journey….

It’s our 1st anniversary tomo… I had proposed her exactly the same day a year back….. 1 year and it just felt like yesterday….. Last year when my Onsite travel had been confirmed, I didn’t want to leave without letting her know how I felt ….. She had accepted my proposal as I had expected….. Her eyes had watered when I had told her that I would have to leave the very next week, but she was quick to conceal it and congratulate me! She was like that…… always smiling… always cheerful…..never complaining…. And I loved her for that very fact… She had later got an onsite opportunity herself and is now in New Jersey….

I had promised her that I would be with her on this day….. Since we knew that the anniversary would fall on a weekday, we had both managed to inform our client managers well in advance to get this day off work …. There had been fights on who would be travelling and finally it was decided that I would be travelling to New Jersey….I had planned to return to San Francisco the same evening….Coz of the time difference, we would get only a couple of hours together .. but the thought of being together for even a short while made us immensely happy…She already had planned a whole lot of things for those couple of hours ….. I re-checked my return itinerary and then re-dialed her number……’Hiiiiii…call me back as you can see I missed your call this time…and yeah, don’t leave a message, just call again’…. I smiled…

Monday 11:20 PM PST, Tuesday 2:20 AM EST

If Only she had picked any of my calls………I kept calling her multiple times, but there was no response…..There was an announcement for passengers to board the flight ….After settling down, I re-dialed her number only to hear her sweet voice asking me not to leave a message but to call back. I tried one last time, before switching off my cell phone per instructions from the air hostess…

As we took off, I closed my eyes & recalled the last conversation we had a few hours back! She sounded as if she could almost cry in excitement… Cry she did, but for a different reason… It was heartless of me to make her cry for nothing…

Monday 8 PM PST, Monday 11 PM EST

Me - ‘Hi’

She - ‘Hi dearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……………Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, you are coming … I am sooooooooooooooooo happy… So you ready right? Your flight leaves in few hours’

Me - ‘Hmm yeah’

She - ‘When are you leaving to the airport? Leave soon… It’s already late’

Me - ‘Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm’

She-‘What happened, not feeling well?’

Me- ‘Actually, don’t get angry… I know you won’t, but promise me’

She- ‘What happened? Any problem?’

Me- ‘You promise me first’

She-‘Okay, I won’t get angry, have I till now…?’

Me-‘Yeah, you haven’t….Good girl’

She-‘Okay, now tell me’

Me-‘I was playing football today evening and got injured, I guess it’s a ligament tear’

She-‘Whatttttttttttttttttt? Are you fine? Why didn’t you inform me about this before?’

Me- “I had left my phone at home and just returned’

She-‘Oh my God! Is it very serious? Does it pain?’

Me-‘Yeah, severe pain & now swelling too’

She-‘Oh God, why did you have to play football today’

Me-‘Sorry dear, I think I won’t be able to make it’

She was silent…..I waited for her response….but after a while; I realized it was not silence …. She was sobbing softly…. Oh God, What had I done…..? I was just kidding with her ……I never intended to make her cry……Before I could explain that it was just a prank, she mumbled a quick take care and abruptly cut the call to prevent me from listening to her sobbing…. I tried to re-dial…But there was no response…. I received a ‘Will call you in some time, take care’ message from her…. I tried calling her back, but again there was no response…..

I did not get any calls from her later, nor was she receiving mine! I figured she must have fallen asleep crying and it was already past bed time….I felt terrible and guilty for making her cry … After my multiple attempts of calling her failed, I replied to her that I was fine and was just kidding with her …. I hoped she’d read the message first thing in the morning when she woke up….

Monday 11:45 PM PST, Tuesday 2:45 AM EST

My thoughts were interrupted by an air hostess who gently tapped on my shoulder to check my preference for beverages….I opted for orange juice … closed my eyes again… In few hours I would be with her…That was the last thought before I slipped into sound sleep…

Tuesday 7:00 AM EST

I was startled awake by a shrieking toddler yelling so hard probably due to ear pain… Yes, we were descending….. I was reminded of her ear pain complaints during descent… I noticed that off late I had started associating every action of others with hers… She was my first thought when I got up in the morning and before I surrendered to sleep in the night! And all this in just one year! I just couldn’t think of my future without her…..The pilot announced that we were going to land in a few minutes … I tried calling her once I got out of the plane… Her phone was now switched off, my message not delivered…

Tuesday 8:00 AM EST

I reached home… I knocked at the door couple of times and tried to look into the house through the windows… Looked like she was not in there…We had agreed that she would not be coming to the airport to receive me…May be she had gone out to get some grocery or stuff! Luckily I had a spare key for the house… I let myself in, made myself a cup of coffee & logged in to check my mail…. There was an email from her sent around 6 AM EST… It read

“Hey, I know u r gonna check this only in the morning, so a very very very good morning

Howz d pain in the leg?

Guess whatttttttttt! I am coming to SFO Thought of giving you a surprise! Then, why this mail? Well, so at least you are aware that I am on my way to you and can find me if anything goes wrong.. Nothing’s gonna go wrong, but just a precaution! Don’t worry!

I just didn’t want spend this day away from you and decided to come to you the minute you said you won’t be able to make it!

My flight is at 8 AM from here and I will be there max by 11 AM PST… We still get a day for us…how gr8 is that! Now I couldn’t book a return flight, so can you do it for me pleasssssse? Gotta go or else I will miss the flight… It’s the United 93, 8 AM flight from here…..so keep a track and be there at the airport to receive me, Okay??…. I love you and yeah, Happy First Anniversary, See you soooon dear

P.S. Forgot to charge the phone yesterday, so it’s switched off…so do not panic if I am not responding to your calls Okay! I will try to charge it here in airport as long as I can before boarding”

Oh God…She was at the same airport where I had just landed about an hour back almost at the same time! I got really angry at her for taking such a hasty decision without talking to me about it… Now I couldn’t even reach her… I rushed to the airport….. I hoped and prayed that the plane gets delayed….May be I should have replied to her mail…but she wouldn’t anyways have had a chance to read it… Now it was even late to think about it…

Tuesday 8:45 AM EST

I checked the arrival-departure board which indicated that the flight had been delayed….I thanked all the Gods and went straight to the United airlines counter to verify if there was any way to reach her and get her off the plane….I got to know that though the flight had been delayed, it had taken off just few minutes ago… I couldn’t do anything anymore! For a moment I hoped she hadn’t boarded the flight, like in the movies …I looked around to see if she was standing there somewhere in the crowd, with an impish cute smile! But no, she had indeed left…

I was exhausted….. I grabbed a chair and tried not to think how unfair this whole thing was…. We were not going to be together after so much of planning…

My phone beeped with a delivery report - my message had just reached her…. I tried calling her immediately… Damn, switched off again… It was not the time to sit and sulk about what had happened…. I had to reach SFO as soon as possible… I started parading the counters to see if I could get a ticket on the next available flight to SFO…

Tuesday 9:30 AM EST

There was a huge commotion at the American airlines counter… I avoided going there and was about to go past the counter when my phone started ringing….. It was some unknown number….I picked it up…

Me - ‘Hello’

She - ‘Hi dear, it’s me’

Me - ‘Oh thank god, where are you… I m in Newark airport… please tell me you didn’t board the plane… I am sorry to have upset you, I was just kidding… Why did you have to take such a hasty decision…? I m sorry, I know I am the reason for you to take such a decision… Where are you.. I am looking for the next flight outta here… Don’t worry’

She - ‘It’s okay… Look, don’t ask sorry. I am on the flight so yeah, you better look for the next flight to SFO and one more important thing, I think, well, all of us here think, this plane’s been hijacked’

She told this very calmly, I had to believe she was just kidding with me.. may be to upset me coz I had upset her yesterday

Me - ‘ha ha ha ha, hijacked, don’t fool me…’

She - ‘No dear, I am not… Some ppl have taken over the cockpit and we are trying to see what can be done.. I m calling you from the air phone… There are also rumors floating here that WTC has been hit by 2 planes’

I couldn’t reply anything… So this was the commotion at the American airlines counter… My heart skipped a beat… this can’t be happening… She cannot be on a hijacked plane… Please God Please… It was not that necessary for us to spend the day together… it was more necessary for her to be alive…

She - ‘Are you there? Listen, don’t panic… Can you confirm abt the WTC? I have got to cut this call now, Bye’

She disconnected before I could respond… I rushed to the AA counter…. Yes, the WTC was indeed hit by 2 planes… Most of the flights out of here stood cancelled now… I didn’t know what to do except to wait for her call and pray…

Tuesday 10:01 AM EST

My phone started ringing, unknown number again… I picked it up… I could hear a lot of commotion in the background and her voice was not clear.

Me - ‘What happened, where are you… tell me you are safe’

She - ‘Look, don’t worry…I’ll be always there with you’

Me - ‘What’s happening there?’

She - ‘Nothing, I want you to know, I love you & will always be there with you… Happy first anniversary, may be last too if I don’t survive today, ha ha’

I couldn’t respond… She was joking even at that moment…not even crying…Tears welled in my eyes…

She - ‘You there? Tell me you love me?’

I couldn’t

She - ‘Don’t be scared - Tell me you L O… ‘

And there was silence……

I screamed love you a hundred times…harder and louder each time…but it was just silence in response…Eerie silence…

If only, I had chosen to propose a day early or late…..

If only, she didn’t love me so much …

If only, I had not scared her and upset her yesterday for mere fun…

If only, I had mailed her that I was kidding and was on my way…

If only, my message that I m fine had reached her in time…

If only, she had picked any of my calls….

If only, she had charged her phone….

If only, I had told her how much I loved her when she asked me to one last time….

If only……If only…. If only…

End….

P.S:- Though the characters I have used are purely fictitious, this one is entirely inspired by United 93. This was one of the four planes that was hijacked on Sept 11 2001 and only one of the four which could not make it to the target, believed to be due to the passengers deciding to attack the hijackers and take over the plane(which did not succeed). Hats off to those passengers who probably saved lots of lives at the expense of their own…

This one is dedicated to all who have lost lives in such terror attacks…





Just wipe off the tears and Call the person who is in your mind at this second and tell that u love them. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

There is always a hole in the wall

For some reason life had become too boring, don’t know exactly why. But its just that after all that is going on and what was going on from the beginning of the evolution till now, nothing is permanent. It’s like at some point we tend to loose interest on anything and everything. I don’t like the same things that I liked when I was a kid, and what I like now won’t be the same in the future. Sometime or the other, sooner or later it all comes down to lose of faith. I hate to admit and shame to say this but, sometime I even get bored of my favorite band or song. And the thought, the feeling that nothing is going to last forever and nothing makes sense forever, makes me loose interest on anything. There is always a hole in the God damn wall. Now a days this loss of hope prevents me from trying for anything new. I am just searching in life for one thing, any one thing to believe in, one thing to love so much that it hurts. And to live my life for that one thing. But always whatever it may be, in the end my dream seems so small, and I find there is a hole in the wall. No theory makes perfect sense about the evolution, nothing is solid. Where do we come from, why are we here, where will we go when our time is done, and what is that we are supposed to do as long as we are here, and why the heck do I get all these questions in my freaking mind. I don’t know, just wondering and searching for a concept that makes sense, one concept that can explain everything.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Corporate Life is so fake

It had been a while since I posted anything in my blog. Even the previous post, I didn't write it for this blog. So I thought of posting something about the current happenings in my life. Well, I am missing something, when I try to dive inside me and find what i am missing, its just the past. Past which is something we all miss in the present, and the present will be missed in future. And what differentiates the past and the present is not just one thing but many. Now I am working, and this is the stable job that I got after finishing my college. The corporate environment makes me so sick,. well I am passionate to work and also eager to learn, I love the job,.its just the job environment and people that troubles me. I figured out that people in corporates are so, so, fake. But it again is a part of corporate culture. As far as I know, as far as i've learned, fake laugh for your Boss's stupid jokes, fake enthusiasm, pretending in order to project is all part of corporate culture. I feel the corporates make you feel that they are so real,. but they are actually like the plastic plant kept inside the corporates. The plastic plant looks so real,. so natural, but they are fake to its core, that is exactly what the corporates are. I didn't mean here any particular organization, I've just shared here about how most of the corporates are today. I haven't talked in this post enough about what makes it fake, and that is something which has to be felt, perceived, or sniffed by the individuals. If you are also working for a corporate, then you already would have got a clear idea about what am talking about.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Water to the budding seed - Academy Life (Winning blog post)

The below post is the blog post i wrote about Cognizant training days.., 

Like all CATs, getting placed in Cognizant is a dream come true for me. The first day to the Academy in Siruseri with lot of expectations in mind, with sound of guitar and cello ringing in my ears, I was walking in search of the conference room. ‘Batch meeting with batch owner’, well it’s not as easy as it sounds. Kishore is our batch owner (now I guess you understood the gist), it was a knock out speech that he gave as an introduction about Cognizant and the academic process. His speech actually made me realize the importance of ‘me’ in a corporate like Cognizant. It also explained the importance of Cognizant in my career growth. And later when we went to the Academy room allocated for us, we all felt exactly the same thing what we felt when we first entered into a college. New faces, acquaintance, different places, different languages, and that was the first time I understood the importance of English (connecting people).

All the resources available in the academy website, the study materials that Cognizant gave me and sessions by Chandra, Satish Thiagarajan, Chan made me realize that I have mountains to climb. We, as a batch started to interact with each other not only with the regular yada yada stuff, but also spent more time on discussing different concepts and ideas related to our domain. But of course, we never ignored to have fun even when we were preparing for mock tests and presentations. Cognizant cultural event “Wings 2010” was a combo package of fun and team work, it also gave us an opportunity to interact with other batches. And as a batch we also had our fun moments, batch outings, evergreen memories of our academy life.

Oh, in midst of all these I forgot to mention about CTM sessions and weekly BO meetings. The CTM of our batch is Kartik, well his sessions on corporate philosophies; ethics and behavior didn’t exactly mold us. If I say they molded us, then it would sound very dramatic, in real all those CTM sessions gave us a clear idea and thought about ‘How I should be, in order to reach new heights’. BO meetings gave us a real time scenario of how the project meetings would be. It was all about requirement analysis, design, development, implementation, maintenance, and parallel with all phase, we would be testing. CTM sessions are more about character, behavior and attitude. BO sessions are more about process, operation, review. Both played an equally important role in shaping us as a better employee for Cognizant.

As a batch, we too had our tough times. Even though we were working hard to cope up, to thrive, to stand ahead, and to shine, things were not working out well for us in the beginning. We were desperate to prove our potential and that’s when the Dizplay (Technical – class notice board decoration event) event was announced. Previously we were more concerned about functional activities like module tests, mock tests and more of technical stuff. But understanding the importance of non-functional things like extra-curricular activities, we took Dizplay very serious in order to show out talent. We stayed in the evenings, used our spare time, in brainstorming, working on our good ideas. And all the team work paid off in the form of success in the Dizplay event. We won the first place, and it was like India winning 20-20 world cup.

Finally with all the experience, different things we went through in academy training were like ‘Butterfly effect’. The experience in the initial condition (Academy training), which would have a major difference in the future (after getting deployed in project). All of us in academy are like coins, cut from a sheet metal, rimmed, beveled and pressed into coins. That’s how we were molded in the academy, that’s what added value and respect to us to move into Business units. My Academy life, on the whole, it was water to my seed (career) that was planted in the soil (Cognizant).


Friday, May 28, 2010

Secondhand Serenade - It's not over



My tears run down like razorblades
And no, I'm not the one to blame
It's you ' or is it me?
And all the words we never say
Come out and now we're all ashamed
And there's no sense in playing games
When you've done all you can do

But now it's over, it's over, why is it over?
We had the chance to make it
Now it's over, it's over, it can't be over
I wish that I could take it back
But it's over

I lose myself in all these fights
I lose my sense of wrong and right
I cry, I cry
It's shaking from the pain that's in my head
I just wanna crawl into my bed
And throw away the life I led
But I won't let it die, but I won't let it die

But now it's over, it's over, why is it over?
We had the chance to make it
Now it's over, it's over, it can't be over
I wish that I could take it back

I'm falling apart, I'm falling apart
Don't say this won't last forever
You're breaking my heart, you're breaking my heart
Don't tell me that we will never be together
We could be, over and over
We could be, forever

I'm falling apart, I'm falling apart
Don't say this won't last forever
You're breaking my heart, you're breaking my heart
Don't tell me that we will never be together
We could be, over and over
We could be, forever

It's not over, it's not over, it's never over
Unless you let it take you
It's not over, it's not over, it's not over
Unless you let it break you
It's not over

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Its my pursuit of happiness

It all started in college, like all engineering students I too had a dream of getting placed in a big concern, well only thing missing was the utilization of potential. Its always hard to see people get too much of things which you can only imagine. After college I joined a small start up company and things were going fine until one day I figured out the “whole in the wall”, at some point its obvious that we all come to know the truth. The truth I realized was, well I realized that I turned out to be a complete loser. So I quit the web designer job which I was working as in that start up concern.

Then I was searching for job again. Oh boy, walking down to all the companies with expectation and dream, but walking back home with a long face. I was selected in companies which were asking me to pay for training. And the companies which were ready to provide me a real job where BPO’s. There wasn’t much of companies hiring due to recession, sadly in my time. So I was practicing mock interviews with myself. Then I found out that I wasn’t too genius, ( and the little guy inside me was asking me tech interview questions, I wasn’t doing good). As days passed I was forced to get some job. So I joined HCL Bpo, and I was told while joining that I could move to HCL software soon from BPO. Believing that, I joined them and worked for their client AT&T as a Tech support officer. After 4months of job I thought to myself, “man, could I be more loser?”

Leaving that BPO job again I started my long road of job hunting. And between, have any of you experienced how it feels to stay at home while your dad goes to office everyday? Its like trying to stay calm while wearing a pant full of ants. Then I reduced my expectations and I was looking for some software company to gain experience without caring about salary. Too many interviews, too many companies, too many failures. Lost hope in life, leaving a permanent sadness, the worst part was I felt that I am getting old without a job. Sometime I wondered whether I'd die without a job, even had nightmares in my sleep on this issue. As things were going on in this kind of way, I received an email from Cognizant saying that they were hiring and they sent me a hall ticket for attending their aptitude test. Not much of a good news, cause after all I went through, I felt, “well yeah, another interview”. Seriously I never was good with aptitude tests to be honest, and this aptitude test of cognizant was conducted by Merittrac. I really don’t know how these Merittrac guys sleep at night, their papers are easy but time is a scarce commodity when it comes to aps conducted by them. That day after attending the aptitude test in the morning, I returned home and took a deep nap. When I woke up, I found an email in my inbox saying I cleared the aptitude test. And I was like, “wait, am I still sleeping or is it for real?” The next day it was technical interview. So I went to my friend Ramani’s place where we all (group of 5-7) preparing for technical round.

The next day, we reached CTS office in Mepz for technical round. We were made to assemble in an auditorium, a big one, with more than 700 people in it. I was worried, but still it was after a very long time, there was a slight spark of positive spirit that whispered inside me “Son, you can do it” Then I was separated from my friends as they called my name 1st for the panel interview. Waiting there for the Tech HR to call me, I approached a volunteer, and told him that I haven’t been called yet and I’ve been waiting for a long time. He asked me my panel number and said “you are next”, but with pity in his eyes he told me that the HR in my panel is so tough and he expects a lot. All 4 who attended technical round were rejected by that HR. That statement from him really freaked me out, but still with a confused mind I went inside. The HR was a guy with no sign of smile on his face. I sat in front of him answering all the questions that he fired on me, no matter how hard I tried to express myself with a best answer, he remained showing me a dissatisfied face. After answering a series of questions on OOPS, my project, Software lifecycle and testing. Finally he smiled indicating that I did well. That small moment told me right there, that I am selected. I felt like I got placed, I shook my hand hard with him to show that I am confident. Walked away from him, with boldness in my walk and my heart filled with some meaningless joy. I was waiting in the hall and some volunteer walked in, informed me that I got selected in tech interview. Next was HR, it was a lady, as soon as I reached near her, she pointing her hands towards me, and I grabbed her hands and shook it. Only then I realized that she wasn’t pointing her hand towards me for a handshake but was actually informing me to take my seat pointing her hands at the chair. Lol
She asked me the usual HR questions, and I did pretty well. I left CTS with my friends with happiness and confidence that we would definitely get selected. And guess what, we all got selected. The next day I received an email confirming that I got shot listed. After a year of struggle, finally I got a job in a company in which my dad wanted me to join. And this is my pursuit of happiness.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Paypal India - Bank withdrawal issue resolved

Paypal after a struggle for more than 2 months finally settled up things with RBI and made arrangements for bank withdrawal to local Indian banks. Previously Paypal had promised its customer to restore bank withdrawal to be back to normal by March 3rd. And today i.e, on March 4th Paypal withdraw options comes with a form requesting for purpose code during withdrawal of money to Local Indian Banks. Experience of previous transfer to bank and reversals now its quite hard to believe that this time it would work fine. But still lets all hope for the best, and I just initiated withdrawal from my Paypal account to Local Bank, and as usual received a email from paypal promising that the money would be credited to my bank account by March 11th. Personal remittance is still a question even after all the time delay. Anyway for now I am atleast happy that things with online business is getting back to track. I will update regarding my withdrawal or anyother new regarding this issue later.