Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fast Forward to 2011

Its a new year and its a new beginning for me - I AM BACK TO INDIA - yes, its true!!

Voila..what a ride it has been for the past 5+ years in Amrikka. First the education, then the internship, followed by dozens of job interviews across US, finally settling down in NetApp and enjoying every bit of work there. And just when I was entering my comfort zone, I rock the boat again - by paying a tangent visit to Pune and then moving to Bengaluru - the IT hub of India.

After all variety is the spice of life and I am not afraid of I?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

blog "abhi" baki hai mere dost

I am still alive.

Life is going on. not much to write about. the same old stuff.

Personal life is full of play viz table tennis (I entered the advanced bracket of NetApp Singles Tournament 09), cricket every weekend (i got named as the WALL in batting and highest wickets taken in NetApp Premier League), lawn tennis (at least as good as last year with the killer drop shots and chop/spin).

professional life is merry, NTAP seems to be beating the competition. stock's up 150% in last 6 months.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Namaste 2009

Let me first wish each and every reader of this blog a very happy and prosperous New Year!!

What should I say about the year 2008? Should it be any different from what other people think? For the most part, I agree with the experts that 2008 was a tough year. But isn't it true that adversity reveals character? Or so I believe. How will 2009 be? better than 2008, worse or just status quo? I dont have the answer to these questions.

As an individual in this world, our job remains to stay focused on what we can do, what we can control. We shouldn't be too bothered about what happens externally or at least try not to.

Too often, we try to learn new things and explore new options. 2009 is the year to start refocusing on your strengths, what can you do best, being creative. How can you become a 80/20 individual? What value do you bring to your organization?

Let me end by a few nice quotes to start off the new year:

Give me a single place to stand, and a lever, and I will move the Earth - Archimedes

Take away our 20 most important people and I tell you we would become an unimportant company - Bill Gates

Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell - Sir John Templeton

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest - Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Markets in Turmoil

Last week there were some unexpected events in the stock market landscape. I am witness to one of the biggest kind of collapse of financial companies in US, something which is said can happen only once a century..definitely triggered the blogging side of my life which was dry for long.

It started on Monday when Lehman Brothers, one of the big companies on Wall St decided to file for bankruptcy. Well, that was just a drop in the ocean, other banks soon followed suit. AIG was on the verge of doing the same when the Federal govt decided it needed to rescue AIG. Had it not been so, we could have seen numbers as high as $1 trillion in debt. Next, Merill Lynch said it was out of the game too and BoA, my bank around the corner decided to swallow it saying "opportunity that cannot be missed".

Uncle Sam was watching fun from White House and then decided that to prevent his approval ratings from dipping further and help the "taxpayers", govt had to do something. Thus the entry of the SEC which has promised to pump-in $700bn to rescue Wall Street. This news set the stock market soaring 300 pts.

And while all this is happening, Obama and McCain, the presidential candidates are doing blame game to garner votes. While me, I am watching on sidelines looking at my stocks go south day after day. Just happy enough to not have invested in Lehmann.
After all they say Goldman is the gold standard, then why settle for silver?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

What am i upto?

As few of you might have observed, I was lazy about blogging for the past quarter. I got engaged in something really neat - yes, reading! Its been a while that I had read a book beyond the academia. This caused a bit of unrest within myself as i realized too much time was being spent watching TV and surfing the web and I would rather use that time fruitfuly. Some of u may ask what i have been reading that got me so engrossed?

It all started one day in office when I told my manager to suggest me some book to read as I was really bored on weekends and we walked to his cube (yes thats right, managers at NetApp have cubes, not offices). He handed me a book 'Execution The Discipline of Getting Things Done'. Wow, i thought, i never realized there would be an entire book dedicated to how to get work done. Thus started my reading journey.

I read the book in about 1 months time and that stimulated interest in management books. I immediately enrolled in the County library and borrowed couple more books. I am happy to have read some good books over these past few months including 'Built to Last: successful habits of visionary companies', 'Good to Great: why some companies make the leap and others dont', "Winning - by the maestro Jack Welch", 'Six Sigma Breakthrough Strategy', 'How to Get Rich - by Donald Trump' and 'What (really) works' to name a few.

All of these have shown me some new paths to think, analyze, measure, improve and manage my day to day tasks better than before. i highly recommend readers to grab one of these whenever they get a chance.

So now i have informed u of my current activities - u know what I am upto!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Recent Developments

Past 2 months have flown fast, so fast that I forgot blogging. But hey, i m still here.
So what should I talk about?..India trip ? US Presidential Elections? Economy? Recession or maybe stick to the tech industry in general.

Trip to amchi Pune was nice. It all started with a good long Continental flight to Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The airport has been significantly revamped, streamlined immigration process, cleaner toilets and now comparable to airports in the US. The experience in working at Symphony office was good, met a few people, some ex-Calsoft buddies. Biking - thats one thing i miss here and it was a delight to drive down the Pune Banglore bypass highway on my Splendor. Also attended cousin's marriages and ate a lot of food - as usual grew fat. Celebrating my 25th birthday in the serene abode of Lord Keshavraj in the Konkan region, a few kms from the Arabian sea - boy, I like that.

Coming to presidential elections - hmm Obama seems to have a slight edge over Hillary at this time and I am all excited to see who gets nominated. For the republican side, McCain had a cake-walk defeating Mike Huckabee by a huge margin. In the process of following CNN coverage, I atleast have basic knowledge of the election process here - something like US Politics 101.

Economy - this is my hot topic of discussion these days at lunch tables. I see the dollar weakening each day and think of what would happen tomorrow. The scene is scary when they talk of job cuts in manufacturing companies and some tech companies too. Stock prices have fallen and Google broke its 52-week low - is that the end of glamorous Google stock? well maybe, maybe not. Unless M$ and Yahoo! work up something really fast!

Recession - ya i think its here, but would not last too long. I do see fewer crowds at restaurants. 2009 should show signs of recovery.

Tech Industry - Macworld was a disaster as far as i am concerned. Apple failed to click this time. VMware is unable to sustain its growth rates in the 1st quarter of listing its IPO - how bad is that ? stocks have fallen 50%.
NetApp - yes thats our new official name now. My company launched a new branding exercise to increase our footprint in the storage industry. That should help us get into more data centers. Personally I liked the new logo, looks like the Gateway of India and a gateway to growth for companies. Go further, faster NetApp, i am with you.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

manatle bolu kahi

ह्या वरशीची आस्ट्रेलियन ओपन ग्रान्डसलाम स्पर्धा फारच चुर्शिची होत आहे. रोज संध्याकाली मारिया शरापोवा, आना इवानोविक, रॉजर फेदेरेर, कोह्ल्स्बेर्गेर ह्या सारखे अनेक दिग्गज स्पर्धक खेल्तात अणि आमच्या सारख्या सोफ्त्वारे एन्गिनीर्स साथी टी एक मेज्वानिच असते. विशेष म्हणजे विल्लिंस भगिनी दोघिही एकाच फेरित हर्ल्या. अनद्य रोद्दीक्क ची ५ सेट मधे रंग्लेलेई मैच बघून अत्यानंद झाला. शिवाय नोवाक जोकोविक ची शरापोवा वर केलेली नक्कल तर बघ्न्यसर्खी आहे. इतकी हुबेहूब करतो टू, की कही विचारो नका..यौतुबे.कॉम वर कदाचित असेलच.

साध्य टीवी वर चालू अस्लालाए अन्किन एक अवद्ता कार्यक्रम म्हणजे "ट्वो एंड अ हाफ मेन". हयात दोन भवन्दा एंड एक भावाचा मुलगा ह्यांचे लोस एंजेलेस जवाल्च्या बीच वर असलेले घर ह्यावर चित्रीकरण केले आहे. ही कॉमेडी सीरियल बघित्ल्यावर मन अतिप्रसंना होते व स्वय्पक करायला जोश येतो, असो.

माझी लड़की कम्पनी नेत्वोर्क अप्प्लिंस ही फोर्तुने मसिकत्ल्या १०० बेस्ट कोम्पनिएस मधे १४व्य क्रमंकावर अली. इतक्या चान वतावार्नत काम करायला मिलते आहे हे नशीब वाटते. बाकि सर्व क्षेम. कलावे , आपला अभिजित.