An adventerous return from office

Hello All,

This is about one of the very bad experiences that I had yesterday during my return from office. I would rather call it an adventure than an experience. Hope every one is aware of the cyclone name NISHA in tamil nadu due to which, the roads in Chennai had to become rivers, chennai corporation may had to launch CITY BOATS in place of CITY BUSSES, All schools and colleges had to declare the holyday for 2 days, All the IT organizations had to Shut down their PC’s and servers, and ofcourse all the shop keepers had to say back at home.

If any one doesn’t have any info about this… Here are the links for you.

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14806738

http://www.ptinews.com/pti\ptisite.nsf/0/EC740D46C9B48C066525750F0038B1B2?OpenDocument

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/11/28/stories/2008112850231100.htm

 

Well,

If all of you can zoom off your mind from all those links, I have some thing very funny to share wid you all. Aaaaah….!!! I still can not stop my laugh. Yesterday, as usual I started to office at 10.00 in the morning in a horrible weather. Since it was office bus, I was able to reach office safely. Later since we got a mail form the HR to leave office as early as possible because of the expected heavy rain, I started at 5.00PM from office. But, My attempt was unsuccessful because of the heavy rush in the office bus at that time. 

 

So, being very smart, I went back to quadrant and continued my work. Once it is 7.00 PM, I cached another bus to my place and the bus had started safely. In just a 5 min, the rain started like hell and it almost drowned 1/4 of the bus all along the way. After reaching some distance, to my surprise, I could see all the busses that have started earlier standing there for the clear way. As per the information we get from somebody over there, It seems that there was a big traffic jam at some point 4-5 KM far away from where we are. So, the bus is expected to stand there on the road for another 3-4 hours. In a span of 1 hr that I waited in the bus, the bus had just moved a distance of 1 meter. 

I repeat…. Its just ONE METER.

Experiencing that, I decided to start my march in the water on the road. I, with one of my collegue, walked along the road until we reach the nearest railway station. To re-phrase the previous sentence in reality, 

We swam against the stream of rain water until we reach the nearest railway station. 

If you are wondering about the distance details, its about 4-5 Km. I was actually reminded of the adventure trek that I had participated some time back with Chennai Trekkers. Yeah… This is no different than a trek except the lack of sloppy hill range and the cool breeze.

Hmm.. And finally after a journey of 5 1/2 hours, I reached home safely. And right at that point, I decided not to go to office the next day.

Here are some of the consequences because of this cyclone in chennai

1) Frequent Power Off’s.

2) Major commercial and House hold area’s like Velachery, saligramam are full of water.

3) The people living in the ground floors of the low lying area’s are forced to vacate their houses immediately.

4) A canal outflow near saligramam drowned 3/4th of saligramam. 

5) Government had declared holiday for all schools and govt organizations.

6) Water didn’t leave entering the giant IT parks as well. 

Having experienced this, My Dear readers…..

I suggest you not to take a chance to leave home in a bad weather.

So, All you chennites, Take care.

Stay at home. 

Cheers,

Durga Prasad.

 

Busy mode of my IT life.

Well, 

Being experienced 3 years of IT (Information Technology) life, I started to feel the weight of it. This is because of differnet reasons like increase in responsibility, Increase in work, Office being too far from my room, Too much time to travel to office, etc. When I started writing this post, I was reminded of  a Telugu song titled “Busy life…..! Busy Life…..! Busy life busy life… Student life”. But now I was thinking that the student life is the best of all time and the busy life is the Job life. For me, it is IT life.

I was reminded of my +2 days, where in I used to get up at 4.30 AM to study, and come back home only at 11.00PM. I still remember those days when I literally fought with my mom that I will not wake up at 4.30 AM. Think about it …… If I had to wake up at 4.30 in the morning, my mom used to wake up atleast half an hour before to get me up from my bed. 

And in this mode of my life, my mom is not staying with me to wake me up on time and make every thing ready for me. It me who has to do every thing and believe me………….. Its hectic some times. Whewwwwww…!!!!! I still am not able to compromise on the concept of “Early to bed, Early to raise” as Mahatma Gandhi Says. I have customized the same statment as per my convinence as “Late to bed, Late to raise”. I was intensively trying to get up early from a long time, and it is still not possible. Since my managers are kind enough to accept my custom timings of 11.30 AM to <Any time>PM, I am able to survive better. 

And yes, The travel to the office is the biggest issue that I am facing these days. Almost, three and a half hours of my precious day is simply getting wasted with the noisy travel through the roads of chennai. And since, the office is some where outside the city, I was not in a position to change my room there. And about GBH, its been weeks I had been to GBH. And even no plans of going for next few weeks because of my busy schedule on my weekends. 

So Finally, I think we may have to get used to the busy schedules of our lives and start enjoying busyness itself.

May be I talked lot of nonsence in this post. But, its just a try to express my situation.

Have  a nice Day !!!!

Cheers,

Durga Prasad

Salam G4S (A reaction on an incident).

Hi All,

Last week has been a hectic week. Did lot of work, worked in a mixed shift(Morning+General+After Noon Shift) after a long time. I didn’t even have much time to sleep and to do other activities. The work is a bit cool now and finally got a chance to re-look at my blog.

Well,

This post is about one of the situations that has happened today morning in my office. A group of people from a particular relation, have been screaming at a security person just because he wanted to check their bags (Its his duty).

Our office will be secured day and night by G4S security services. All these guys came down straight away from Bhubaneswar to protect 5000 associates of our office. Their duties include the following things…….

  1. They Manage the buses that are going OUT and coming IN.
  2. They Check every associate, if they have ID card or not. (To restrict any alien to allow in the office).
  3. They make sure every associate swipes their card before entering in to their quadrants.
  4. They check the baggage, if any, of the associates. (To protect from any unwanted dangerous materials to enter in to the building).
  5. They Maintain the register of all the associates at every door entrance in each floor of the building.
  6. They welcome the big heads (Clients etc..) with their lovely professional band music.

I was really angry with one of the situations that has happened this morning. There was a group of people who used to come by a particular bus every day (They even control the driver of that bus). Today, when there entering the office building, as usual THE SECURITY asked a Guy in that group to open the bag and the show the things inside (I was walking behind him).

To my surprise, that guy started screaming at him using all the bad words in his own local language (which the security couldn’t understand). In reply security told him “This is an instruction from the admin sir? Its our duty….”. That still didn’t stop screaming at him and continued to do that….

I, witnessing all this, was thinking to react in the situation. But, for one sec I felt that there will be no use if I react at that point of time. So, I thought I would escalate this to the higher official. I felt very pity about the Hindi speaking security personal. Once the arrogant guy left that place, I went to security and spoke to him for a minute and expressed my concern to the mis-happening.

The security personal told me in Hindi with a gentle smile on his face “Hum ko har rooj aisa hi hota hein !!!!! sir….” (This will happen every day to us sir). Hmmm…..How bad is this..?? Why would some body want to check what is inside someone’s bag..?? What wrong in opening your bag..??

The security is working for us Day and night with out even having a seat (They have instructions not to sit during the duty hours). They are at least doing their duty. And without them, my corporate can not be called as a secured place to work.

I decided to escalate this to the higher official and called up an ADMIN head as soon as I reached my workplace. I explained him clearly about the things that are happening in the bus (controlling the driver) and also about the incident that happened with the security guy. He listened to me carefully and asked me the details of the people who are doing this nonsence and reacted well by implementing all the necessary steps. Whewwwwwwww….I am now cool (After reacting to this). I am sure that group will never repeat this once again.

Punch lines:

I start my day with ONE MINUTE TALK to the security person standing outside my quadrant.

I respect them as a fellow human being

I would react to the situations similar to the one explained above.

I would always be thankful to them as they are working day and night for me.

Salam G4S. Thanks for your service. Thanks alot.

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I would be interested, if someone out there can tell me your reaction, if you witness such a situation in your life.

Cheers,

Durga Prasad.

Quitting Job – A guide

Some time back, when i was going through some of the techie posts in java ranch, i came across a post which was very interesting. This post was by Balaji, a bartender of javaranch. This post doesn’t encourage people to quit the job, but acts as a nice guide for those who quit. Hope you enjoy it…..

People quit their job for so many reasons that HR can’t accumulate.
Some people will have valid reasons and others won’t.

Most of the time, this decision is taken on an emotional situation, so it is normal that people tend to do “exit things” that may fire back them one day.

Make a safe take off and landing. ;) What’s important here is :

  • Don’t literally fight with current boss and resign. Even if you have troubles with him/her, don’t mention that in your resignation letter. Try to have a healthy conversation and see whether you can convey your concerns. If you boss is not ready to listen to your points, then try to convey that to HR people doing the “Exit interview”.
  • Don’t let a small difference in salary decide you to change a job. You never know what future expense you might encounter. Making a job shift for salary reason is inevitable in today lifestyle, so do a proper calculation before you quit.
  • Always keep good contact with your ex-colleagues. The world is small, so you’ll never know who will become boss to whom.
  • Don’t bash about your previous company to your new company. You never know when they will merge and fire you.
  • Make sure you prepare for questions that both the new and old companies asks for. Give factual reasons and keep it simple and short.
  • Make sure you delete your personal details on your computer before you leave the current company. Also make sure you took the backup of documents that you own.
  • First confirm with your boss and then let all your colleagues know.
  • Once you are emotionally out of the situation that made you resign, try to talk to your ex-boss and become a friend to him/her.
  • Even if you get less salary compared to your current previous job, make sure you really like doing that new job.
  • Discuss with your friends and seniors about the new job profile, they might guide you from an outsider perspective.
  • Do talk to the existing colleagues in the new company that you want to join. They will give you some hidden facts about the new company.

These are the tips that I have gathered from my friends and seniors, and you might see some resemblance as well.Once you follow all the above you will be fit to …do the following…

Ha ha ha. Just kidding.Please feel to share your points.