My dear brother-in-law lives in my heart forever.
I’ve known him since Age 7. I met him for the first time in the music practice room in Gomatesh English medium school. I sang a song and he played the guitar for me for a song. Here are some of the lyrics-”Listen well while I tell you a story,of a boy and a girl in the spring. When the first flask burst into glory. All the birds that were there, started to sing ” Pappa , he loves mamma. Mamma, She loves Pappa”
Now, that I think about it…It was a Great song… totally attributing to Shubha and Atul in 2013. At that time,I didn’t know he had any connection whatsoever with my oldest sister.
So, one day when I saw him sitting in our living room in my house in Belgaum, I was pleasantly shocked !!
You see, I liked him already. I never knew why he was in our living room quite often in the evenings but it didn’t matter.I proceeded to show him my art work , my certificates, the bruises and scrapes that I received in school.
Oh ! The things he had to put up with, just to impress my sister.
I was coming from school one day and got caught in the rain. Atul, was passing by on a bicycle. He saw me, stopped and pulled a towel out if his backpack, asked me to hop on to the front bar on his bicycle and he dropped me home.
When he got his new TVS 50, I got a ride on that, in Angol mal.I must have been 9. That was my first time on a bike and I was scared. Shubhadidi asked me to put my arms around his waist during the ride.I squeezed his waist so hard in fear that he must have choked.
He once taught me Maths with a match box and match sticks. Surface area of a rectangle or something like that.
I started to call him “Dada” -Big brother in Marathi -But they stopped me. Don’t ask me who stopped me. Because, I don’t remember.I just know that I was not supposed to call him Dada. So, I simply called him “Atul”. He was the Big Bear. I was wondering whether he resembled “Goofy” or “Pluto” from Walt Disney. I’ve lost count of the different names, I called him throughout my lifetime. The last one, I remember was “Atul Patul, I must have been in my early twenties.
I must have been mad at him or something. He retorted right back with a grin “Aartee Partee”. We kept saying these names to each other for a long time until I got tired of this game.
Finding out that he’s going to be my Jijaji-
My parents were quite strict about a family dinner every night at the dinner table. Each one of us got to talk about our day. Our dinners went on for over an hour most nights.
One day when I was 13 and was at the dinner table- My family announced to me that Atul was going to marry my oldest sister. My Dad was smiling at me. My mother was busy serving us dinner and my older sister Keerti told me a few years later that I kept looking from Shubhadidi to Atul’s face in confusion. Discussions moved on to what Keerti and I should be wearing,which friends of mine and hers would be called, so on and so forth…
They were married on Feb 23rd 1987 in Belgaum in style.A nice family wedding in our house ” Shilpa Bldg” followed by a grand reception in the Belgaum club. Shubha and Atul were the talk of the town. What with there fairy tale romance, and all?
I was not a big online person while I was in the US.On those rare occasions when I did go online and it turned out to be after 10 PM. He always pinged me on Yahoo and asked me what I was doing ,staying up so late. He never asked questions. He simply said “Zzzzzzzz…”
Even now, It feels like he is there in my messenger lists or on Skype.
I would like to end with this-
I can’t say that Atul has played a huge part in my life or that he has done a lot for me.
I would like to say this-
He has literally moulded my life and been the guiding star,showing me the right path. All this was more important especially because My father had a stroke while I was 14 and my Mom became the person who took all major decisions from then onward. But she was not alone because Atul was also helping her with all decisions for our family. My wonderful family today-Husband, kids and in-laws are the direct happy results of Atul’s blessings and we wouldn’t be where we are without my sweet Brother-in-law, Atul…
Atul’s booming, confident voice still rings crystal clear in my ears. It’s like he is a star in the sky, looking at us all…
Miss you so…Atul
It was one of those days of my life this week when i turned 40. The best part of this was all the friends and family who made this so much memorable for me and also reminding me in a very lovely manner that I am getting old.
Many of my friends, took the time to spend the evening with me at wonderful evening party well orchestrated and planned by my wife, Arati. She did plan this really well. Generally I am good at snooping around and finding things out, but this time I was completely taken by surprise.
My engineering room mate Gautam, landed here on Sunday morning to spend the day here from Pune. Atul my brother in law opened up the beautiful lawns at this house to allow me to spend evening with friends and family.
My parents started the day by coming home and spending the morning with me. Evening went with all the friends and family. I am blessed to know that I am cared for.
To all the friends , Colleagues from work, folks on facebook, my brother, my cousin sis who always calls me one day before to wish, my beautiful wife who planned this out, my kids who kept this secret from me. my parents who are always there for me, thanks you one and all. . I am ready for the next round of 40 years now.
The solution center team in HP ( I know there is one in Bangalore) needs to get this act together.
In software there is a term called “Loose Coupling“. Your product HP Solution Center completely defies this rule.
Solution Center does not support multiple printers. FIX THIS.
I have HP F4488 inkjet home, HP K09-a-z and a laser jet in office. I cannot use the same solution center . I have to uninstall and reinstall solution center for it to recognize a different printer.
A user should be able to use multiple printers for scanning using HP solution center by simply choosing a printer within Solution Center.
A software like solution center should not be tightly coupled to the driver or default setting etc. Instead of hard wiring the code and make them so dependent, is loose coupling using interfaces also called as Contract first design ( this is an age old concept)
Why should the solution center product care which printer is there.
In this day and age I am even surprised software teams cant think of something as basic as this
If you make this change I would love to hear from you at VIBHU_S AT YAHOO.COM
This is a post from me after a long time. Well a lot has actually happened in the year past . Work is busy. Home front things are great. Guess I could take more time with kids at home.
Happy to see my wife also get involved in the business. Lots of recent events near home that questions the whole purpose of life. How things can change over a wink of an eye. Leaving only hope and inspirations and brings a very strong meaning to what life actually is all about.
Along the journey today I stopped for a few moments to hear speakers like Deepa Malik who is paralyzed waist down or a bit more than that is what she said
More on Deepa here
She spoke about her initiative called Ability beyond Disability to a large audience. This speech was surely once in a lifetime. A simple army officers wife who got paralyzed at 39 decides to get financial independence. This leads to her learning computers, starting a restaurant, going back to her passion of biking. drove the Himalayan rally, swam over Yamuna, winner of common wealth game and recent winner of arjuna award, world record holder in Para olympics and winner of 4 limca records.
The point that struck me was when she spoke about how Yuvraj singh for one tumor was so famous , but she has been living with a tumor for all her life. She has infact said this to Yuvi.
She spoke mainly of
1) Doing what you really want
2) Working hard towards that goal
3) Persistence to get to the next best level.
4) Having a team of successful people who love you around you
5) Belief in team work etc
This surely was a energizer for me and I will surely remember her speech leaving me with no reason to complain about life. Don’t give up.
Today was another bit of a milestone for me personally. From having run less than a few kilometers, today I got to feel the joy of finishing at the Bangalore Ultra in which I did a 12.5 KM. The longest segment was 100 K, which I hope to achieve NEVER:). After a rather disappointing week, I would say this made it up for all and got to spend quality time with kids after a very long time today.
I have always been a runner, but only basic distances. This year a cousin of my wife pushed me into a group called Runner High which is a dedicated runners group and an initiative of Santhosh Padmanabhan, who has returned back to India to help with his dream of service. He helps with Team Asha and can run 100 Miles in a hearbeat. A coach who aims to bring the best in all of us at Runners High. It is one thing if the coach just says – Here is how you run” and one thing if the coach can run150 Km races. Some things I have learnt from him in my coaching career (Agile consulting )
1) Walk the talk.
2 ) Practice what you preach
3) Set a high bar for team, but do not push them
4) Do a structured long term inititiave. There are no shortcuts.
5) The only way to believe in yourself, is when I cross the race finish on my own.
In six months span, now I run weekly three to four times, running is now fun and enjoyable.
Some basic achievements ( baby steps )
1) Freedom Run 10 K
2) 10 K practice runs – 3 of them
3) Kaveri trail Marathon – Srirangpathan for 10K
4) 12.5 K Practice runs – 2 of them
5) Bangalore Ultra – Today for 12.5 – The timing today was rather bad.
Not to mention is the wild support I get from everyone at home and at Team Runners High.
What keeps the hopes high for me is the fact that I meet some really great people along the way. Santosh as an example. At the run today at the Ultra, one of the runners was a very old person ( more than 70 ), who has just recovered from many months of being bedridden. a traditional Indian couple who ran faster that i did, a bunch of kids who from Asha foudation, Kiran from my family who runs at a great pace.
Some day I plan to make it to the full marathon. I guess i have no rush there. I have been in US for 15 years, but thanks to Kiran, I seem to have found a nice passion which I have always enjoyed. In two years of our return to India, we as a family have had various days where we contemplate where do we belong. But days like this only make my resolve to get better everyday. Not to mention I had the energy to spend time with family at the pool.
What matter I think is these simple joys of life. Lets see what future holds.
Go Runners High:)
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I think its time I write this due credit to my Sanskrit Teacher.
Today I am a good speaker. Can talk in front of 1000 , no problem. Speak often at conferences. Did you know I was not always like that. I think I owe it to two people. First is my dad who himself is a speaker. So that may be a gene effect. But I really owe it K T Sundarasampatkumarachar, my 8th standard Sanskrit teacher.
In 8 th grade, when I studied at National High School, Bangalore, ( which by the way is a fantastic school), we used to have these inter school debates in science. I was chosen from my school to participate against many competing schools in Bangalore. There were other kids too from my school.
Competition day came, and I went to Vidya Vartaka, another sought out school at that time. I remember even now my name being called, and I got this weird feeling in my tummy. Went of the stage and all I said was good morning all or something to that effect. After that i had a complete brain freeze.
I could not take the tension of 200 kids and teachers from other schools watching at me. After a few minutes, I was told to come back as I could not speak a word. I think I did say thanks in the end. Not sure how I felt that day, But i am assuming I must have not felt that great.
What i remember clearly is the next day. KTS who was a Sanskrit pundit and a very strict teacher ( my class teacher) had heard about this fiasco. The entire class would freeze at this stern look. I remember him calling me that day at the steps and asking me to come and meet him.
The conversation with him did not go that well. I remember him shouting at me for what I had done. I had actually done a lot of preparation for this competition. I remember even now telling him that I will never again be able to speak on a stage as get scared looking at other teachers and kids faces.
Next day when I came to school, I was in for a surprise. I was told there was a special presentation and this was by me on the same topic that i had failed to deliver. KTS had asked me to go do well. He also gave a tip , look at someone you are comfortable with.
I did not know what he had done that day. He had invited our principal, all teachers and made them in the first row. He also had invited all 10th and 9th grade kids whom I would rather not look in the face.
I remember KTS patting me on the back ( He had this pundit ji brahmin cut and would also be in a dhoti and kurta) and saying look at someone I am comfortable at. There I went on the stage and was more scared than ever as all my teachers were sitting in the first few rows staring at me.
I said hello and starting looking for my familiar face. All I saw that day was the smiling but stern face of KT Sundarasampath Kumarachar sitting somewhere in the back.
I don’t remember how I started and finished in style in 20 minutes . I remember his nod and smile even now and lots of clapping in the end.
Thank you sir, Without what you did that day, I would not be what I am today. I got selected as a keynote speaker recently at a conference again and I really want to thank the man, who made it all possible.
Teachers are really great. They do things with no return favors just like Parents I guess. KTS is no more today, but i am sure he will read or hear what I am feeling today
To you sir, Many Thanks.
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So I am here at the World Architecture summit. I am an Agile Lean Practitioner and have been building systems for many years. To be precise – 15 years all together now. I began with big systems built using XP Practices this was for a US railway automation project which took five years to build. I started as a developer who simply took orders to now where I tend to question everything about why and how we go about building an enterprise and the software that runs these enterprises. I am not sure if I have matured on not,but since I have held on to iterative, agile modelling over years, for me big bang architecture esp at a enterprise level is something I have erased from my dictionary.
I am not saying architecture is not important but havent’ we matured at all over the last fifteen years to realize that the more pictures we do, system diagram, component diagram, network diagram, Sequence diagram, strategy diagrams and then somewhere code follows, the worser systems we would develop.
Today’s key note was by John Zachman.
It has been a while since I saw the use of overhead projectors. His hour long presentation was quite a eye opener for me and made my resolve to build systems in an Agile way that the big bang framework based development.
His presentation was quite emotional but not well thought out. I am really curious to dig deeper now and understand from companies that follow Zachman Framework, and understand their ability to adapt to the ever changing business needs.
The second one was from Sunil Datt Jha, who is the organizer of this conference and runs the company ICMG world.A great presenter who worked the audience well. He presented a seven step process for an enterprise that is built on the Zachman framework. His theory was that architecture governance is key to the company. He compared the Bangalore Metro project and its mapping to the Zachman Framework.His main point was that software development is like construction project. Both need a lot of planning and governance etc.
This I fundamentally disagree. Software systems are exactly the opposite of construction projects. You can build really large systems and maintain systems with a fundamentally different set of thinking.
Draw less, think more. Write less code, build more.With good engineering, software can be changed much more quickly than you could redesign a half build bridge.
Architecture to me is knowing as a company what to build and why to build those systems. It is not about diagrams boxes, code etc.
One thing in Sunil’s presentation got me thinking. Why do we have titles today in our organization. J2EE architect, .NET architect. He asked why dont we have GE XRAY Machine Doctor.Companies are changing though. I believe TCS and Infosys here in India have reorganized themselves now around verticals that specializations like .NET, JAVA, SAP etc.
The last key note which I am sitting now in is by the Police Commissioner of Karnataka Police who spoke about Architecture in the Indian Security. He is a fantasic speaker. This discussion was nothing to do with architecture, but was more about how he is using Zachman Framework for his work at the police department. His argument was that this framework helps him with the process that gives him a way to get the right information at the right time.
After lunch I took some time to speak to a speaker from Germany. Then went to a cloud presentation from OrangeScape a cloud platform provider. One line that stuck from his speech – “Use cloud for scalability and not for performance”