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Lets think beyond ourself (Happy New Year – 2010) December 31, 2009

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Dear readers of my blog,

As 2009 is just to end, I would like to wish you and your family a great and fun-filled 2010.

On this occasion let’s think beyond our self and our families and think more what we can do for our city, country and society as a whole in a decade to come.

I think we will remain happy if the world around us remains happy, so let’s put our sincere efforts to improve the world around us. In new year let’s make a practice to touch the life of people around us through small but significant gestures, even a small thanks or kind words to someone can make him/her happy. Also let’s make a pledge to at least self correct our self if not the larger group. You must be thinking what’s wrong with me, but if you think deeply, you will realize that everyone of us (including me) daily do something which is not correct or might hurt someone else … simple things like crossing a red-light on traffic signal, not giving preference to pedestrians while we drive our cars, bribing the clerk to get some certificate or govt document faster, loosing patience and temper while driving, throwing waste material in open, fighting or lying in front of children (let’s not give our future generations this culture) …. and many more such small things. Somewhere these small things have become part of our culture and now we take them normally and keep adjusting with them … let’s not do that anymore ….. being a matured and rational human-being and a part of civilized society we all know what’s right and what’s wrong …. let’s adhere to only right and say big NO to wrongs. I know it’s difficult, as I myself do many wrongs after many conscious effort of doing right, but good part is that these efforts keep my inner self alive. If every individual improves on these small things, a lot will improve in our culture and country as a whole.

On other side, we all have been hearing a lot about bigger issues like global warming, international terrorism, corruptions, political scandals …. this is our world in today’s time. You must be thinking what can I do for such issues, but every big change/revolution starts from an individual. Nobody is going to improve our living, our system or our society till the time we do not make our efforts to improve it. Most of us do not realize these things as we are too busy with our daily family and professional life, we do not think beyond our self. Till the time cases like Ruchika, Jessica and Mumbai Attacks will keep on happening, as a society or country we are not safe and neither our future generations. We do not feel pain for others but when same thing happens to us then we realize the pain, all this is because we all are too contended with our personal life (my family and job should remain safe) and are not at all concerned about other’s life. Think of Ruchika’s father, what does new year mean to him, not only to him but to many other people who are in some pain. I appreciate his courage for fighting the case single handedly against a powerful and corrupt officer for 19 years, how many of us have that type of courage and guts to fight for a cause and that too for such a prolonged period. He is in pain due to our poor system and nobody else but we as a society are responsible for the same. The bigger question is who will improve it? It’s up to us what we want to hand over to our future generations. We blame politicians for our poor system and politician are smart enough to fool us every time. Let’s from now onward, take a pledge to stand with other in their pain and do every bit to bring relief to them. As a starting point to improve the system, we should at least vote and vote sensibly in every election (national, state or any level). Our voice is strong as a group or society, not as an individual. To put a real positive impact on our political system we must exercise our power of vote.

I have said a lot … if in case you are thinking “ye kab bolna band hoga”, just simply click the delete button, as then I am unsuccessful to show you the positive side. In case you feel that these things do matter and we must think beyond our self and our family and do our bit to improve our system, then I am glad that this mail did its work.

Once again wishing you and your family great year ahead.

My Roots … August 12, 2006

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As told in my earlier blog entry, I am from India. A 29 year old sikh (cutsurd) guy, who is software engineer by profession. I beong to a middle class educated family of Punjab, India. Both my parents used to work (now retired). My father was an engineer in HMT (Hindustan Machine Tools) and my mother was science teacher in a Govt school in Punjab, she got retired as a principal of high school in Panjab state of India. Being from an educated family, my parents inculcated the high value of education in us (me and my brother and sister).

I have one elder sister and one younger brother. Sister lives in Bangalore (silicon valley of India) and is happily married to a computer engineer and has two sweet kids. My brother is 2 year younger to me and I find him highly resourceful and energetic guy. He is full of engery and always ready to take up challenges in life. He suffers from thalassemia since his birth, due to which he has to go for blood transfusion every month. For a normal man like me it would be pain to have transfusions for whole life, but I find my brother really couragious to face all this with always a smile on his face. He knows that this is the fact of his life and accepts it boldly. I think whenever GOD put somebody in pain or in such a situation, he also gives the courage and extra powers to face them. For an instance, my brother knows that he suffers from such a blood disorder and he will have to go through blood transfusions every month, but still then he is happy at heart, jolly natured guys who is always ready to help others. Frankly speaking, he is the happiest and cool headed guy I that I ever know. He is one of my best friends as I enjoy his compay a lot and hope he also enjoys mine :-). My brother being a thalassamia patient, I know what exactly thalasssemia is. Like my brother, there are a lot of other children who suffers from thalassamia, but still people don’t know much about thalassamia, its cause and prevention. I would like to educate people about it and will soon dedicate one full blog entry to thalassamia, a blood disorder.

Coming back to me, I recently got married (in Dec 2006) with Nishi. She is a lovely girl, who is mature at mind, soft and emotional at heart and very understanding and adjustable. I feel lucky to have her in my life.

Regarding my education, I complete my schooling and college from Chandigarh. After completing my graduation in commerce, I did my MCA (Master of Computer Applications) from DCSA, Panjab University Chandigarh. Three years of MCA were my best years till now to acquire the required skills for the flourishing software industry in India and at the same time that was the golden period of my study phase. I made life-long friends, enjoyed department parties, nightouts and hostel life (though the time spent in hostel was short, being a day scholar). Let me tell you that I like dancing (different types of dances). I performed alot in Department’s events and was a part of number of dances through out 3 year MCA course. It provided me an opportunity to overcome my shyness and made me more confidence to perform on stage in front of large public. I even organized, few of the functions for department, for instance an alumni party when we were in our final year. I got very good exposure to number of things during those 3 years, like I was one of the members of placement cell for my batch, and was responsible for intracting with HRs of different companies to invite them for campus placements. This experience gave me good exposure to public dealing and honed my interpersonal skills.

During our placements, software industry, not only in India but worlwide, was going through the bad phase of lay offs and companies getting shut down. One of the reasons was 9/11 and another was famous software buble burst of year 2000. It was hard to bring the companies to campus, as companies were not able to post good results and hence freezed their recruitments. That time was bad for any fresher, who put his 3 years studing to get a good job at the end of it. Well anyway, our batch was able to fetch some jobs. Around 48 % of our batch got placed during campus placements in companies like Hughes Software Systems, HCL Technologies, C-DOT, CSC, TATA Infotech etc, but still there was more than 50% of batch who were waiting for more companies. Finally nothing mch could be done as that was bad time for placements and the scene was same almost in every software college of India. Once the on-campus placements got over, the placement cell tried to arrange some of the off-campus special walk-ins for our batch with some of the companies. During these off-campus sessions some more batchmates got placed and rest tried for some teaching jobs to start with. Finally the good part was that as the recruitement situation improved in 2-3 years, most of my batchmates got jobs in good companies.

The whole process of going through 3 years of MCA, made me more independent in decision making, more confident about myself and made me recognize my hidden talent, which I was not much aware of befroe joining MCA. I am talking about, being a good dancer, a good programmer and a person who is good in building social network as I enjoy making friends. All this gave me the sense of achievement at the end of my MCA. At the end I realised, why people (our elders) normally say it that its a different experience to attend professional course than a non-professional course. I think the projects your are given, the involvment you have in different activities and the decisions you are required to take during your professional course, do reflect in your personality later in life. In one word that makes you mature, sensible and more responsible.

Thats it for now. I will take from here in my next blog entry about my further educational, professional and personal experiences.