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What is office working hour

“WORKING HOURS” in Software industry is one of the most misunderstood and misused word. Generally working hour means – The legal amount of time the company wants its employee to spend in office (productive and non productive hours is a matter of debate). But that’s the legal or the documented part. Its real implications are completely different.

Right from the birth of civilization (please read as Software industry), the society has been divided into two. First part comprise of the elite few or the oppressor or the tyrant (please read as the manager or supervisor or the team lead, different words but they all mean the same in this context) and the second part comprise of the innocent oppressed class or the proletarians, glorified by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (please read as the poor software engineers).
This divide has led to different interpretation of the word “WORKING HOUR”. I bring here the manager’s interpretation of this word.
For managers the word working hour is the most infamous and popularly used trapping devise. And the victims are who, any guesses, you have got it right, it’s us the poor software engineers working under them. For managers, working hour or office hour has only the start time but there are is no end time. We are expected to reach office at the correct time and never leave office after that (I mean that’s the ideal office hours as per managers). Leaving office on time is like practicing untouchablity or involving in act of low moral and social value for the managers. Working minimum two to three hours after you legal office end time is what managers encourage. For them these extra hours spent in office is very much part of normal working hours. Apart from that, working on weekends (Call of duty as described by managers) is another obvious and inherent part of Legal office hours in the eyes of managers. The story does not end here; managers who are real managers (I mean the real software industry managers) are very secular in their outlook towards the different days in a year. They are secular to the extent that they treat a working day and a holiday with absolute equality. So that this phenomenal progressive secular outlook translates into “only working day and no holiday” for us. The Consortium of managers has even appealed to the literary society of world seeking a change in the famous saying “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. And if their appeal is accepted the saying will change to something like this “All work and no play gets jack in good books of managers”
And why we poor oppressed class are so scared to challenge this prevalent exploitation is that fact that WORKING HOUR plays a significant role as far as appraisal ratings are concerned. Quality and difficulty of work comes second to the number of hours spend in office as far as securing good appraisal comments are concerned. Long working hours no holidays and coming to office on weekends combined with no compensation is what makes us an eligible candidate for good appraisal.

ECONOMIC RECESSION- SOFTWARE INDUSTRY THEN AND NOW

Recession of 2008-2010 (you may disagree with the time pan) changed how the world was perceived. Strongest of economy felt the heat. Some crumpled and some survived. One of the worst hit sector was software industry (IT industry). In order to survive, the entire software sector underwent radical changes. The term “Cost Cutting”, once found only in management book and managerial talks was now the most dreaded monster. Right from the office boy to software engineer, everyone was aware of what this term meant and the amount of catastrophe it can create. Innumerous relentless mayhems were organized and executed by organizations.

All of a sudden things that were considered the basic requirements or our inherent rights became luxury. At first the number of drinks offered selflessly by the innocent office vending machine was reduced to just tea and coffee (tea or coffee). As the recession intensified, the vending machines itself were removed from the shelf. The place which once was the epitome of gossip now portrayed a much disserted look. Most of the software engineers considered that place as martyrs land.
Next to fall victim of recession was the ever rumbling and rattling printers. Printing the entire book was now an unheard concept. Even single page print outs like train tickets or movie tickets were a rare phenomena. Restriction on vending machine affected just the employees but restriction on printers shook the entire society. Family members, friends now had to go out and get their print outs from local cyber cafes.
Even the air conditioner (AC) and bulbs were not spared. AC off by 6:30 pm (which is like just the start of work for most of the software engineers) and most of the floor gave a spooky look as the most of the bulbs were switched off to cut cost.
Concept of team outing and fun activities were termed as waste of money and time. Add to our misery was the fact that we were now required to stay more time in office without these facilities. Roaming around and taking frequent breaks were sufficient enough to get your name in the list of people to be fired next.
But the glorious days are back. Things are returning to normalcy. Vending machines are again proudly serving the beverages and printers are again rumbling and snoring to the top of their voice all round the clock. We can once again oblige our friends and loved ones by getting free print outs for them. The office gossip has again picked up. The entire floor seems to be bustling with activities (non productive). Floor activities are something that now we look forward to, and team is back in place which used to plan the team outings.

TEAM PLAYER - Favourite term on Software engineer's resume

Team player is a word which can be found on almost every software engineer’s resume. It usually signifies a person who can gel well with the team and believes in team work.
Getting along with the team is a good thing. This virtue has a lot of advantages, your team members can fill in for you in the hour of need, you can always have company on weekends for booze, movies etc.

But the most important attribute of being a team player is team work. Now this is where this innocent phrase is highly misused and misinterpreted. For managers team player means a person who can collectively work towards achieving team’s goal. This means the entire team shares a part of work individually, they work in full sync, and finally they deliver what was required in time. But for the team members like me who are very lazy and who have mastered the art of dodging all the responsibility coming their way, the term team work is a savior. To them, team work means the entire team working on the same piece of work, rather than looking after different pieces of work individually. As a result no individual team member is accountable. Sincere members of the team put in honest effort to complete the work and we lazy souls keep ourselves indulged in planning for week end and other extracurricular activities, because we know the job will be completed on time. It helps us to create a deceptive circumference around the work that has been assigned to the team, so that their non participation in work goes unnoticed.
They sprung up to the centre stage when it’s time for credit sharing. For that too, they do not have to sweat much, because any ways they were a part of the team that delivered following a team work model.
I guess most of the software engineers will agree. Lest see what you have to say. Just share it here.

MALE DISCRIMINATION - Yes it Does Exist

Male discrimination is still considered a rare phenomena. But unfortunately every sphere of our society is glorified by this discrimination. Be it the public transport system, ticket booking counters etc, you can find separate seats or queue for females. Is that not discrimination. Those who advocate the female rights defend these separate arrangements for male and female as a step to bring up the females to the same level as males. Some even try to cover this prevalent discrimination under the shadow of “CHIVALARY”.

Acts like offering seat to a lady (even though she can pull a chair and sit), opening doors for her (even if she can pull the doors and make hey way in or out) are expected to be performed by man if he wishes to qualify for the tag of gentleman. My question is why there is no mention of a reciprocal behavior.

Quotes like “Ladies first” is so well accepted in the society. But no one seem to care about “Gentleman first”. During argument with females one invariably hear sentences like “Don’t you know how to talk to a lady”. Most of the behavioral sessions are aimed at how to behave with a female. When I joined my organization, during induction I was given a long session on how to behave with female employee.Does that mean men are suppose to be taken for granted as far as these things are concerned

What I mentioned in the above paragraphs are just some of the discrimination that I have encountered. Unfortunately, these discriminations have become such an indispensible part of our life that most of us feel that’s how it is suppose to be. Society loves to create favorable situation for females. The saddest part is we men, are ignorant and unaware of these discrimination. On the contrary the females are much more aware of the discriminations that they are subjected to. On internet, tens and thousands of female activists can be found advocating that women should get an equal share in everything. I agree to them completely, but I advocate for an absolute equality. There has to be an absolute equality in society as far as gender issues are concerned.

I am a great patron of women working shoulder to shoulder with men, but at the same time the above mentioned inequalities should be removed. Instead of laying down different set of rules for men and women, we should have universal rules which apply to both sexes equally. Any change in universal rules will again create discrimination. A divided society can never prosper.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER AND WEEKEND FUN

Friday is always a special day for a software engineer. And there are obvious reasons for this.
Coming of Friday marks the beginning for a lot of things. Let me enlighten you on this one by one.
1)For many, especially bachelors it marks the beginning of two day celebration (Counting Friday night and Saturday night) of booze commonly known as DAARU PARTY. They try to make maximum out of these two days as far as tryst with alcohol is concerned. It is a great opportunity to replenish the alcohol (MADIRA-Made famous by Harivansh Rai Bacchan) content of body, so that we can have a state of bliss for rest part of the coming week. It also gives you the much necessary state of mind to deal with crap(can be debated) work that one does sitting behind the computer and turn a deaf ear towards managers irritating hymns and loathes ( It’s a fact, no debates)


2)For many (you can include me too) it’s a day which starts with the optimism of getting a chance to check out hot babes in office. Witnessing the transformation of same aunty types into real damsels on Friday is a spectacular phenomenon.

3)The whole joy of Friday rockets to all together another world if it also happens to be a salary day. You just feel so happy and strong from inside, it appears as if you just had a shot of some super powerful steroid.

4)The story is little different for married guys. But certainly it’s not bad. They get much needed time to spend with their better half and experiences bliss. Fine dinner coupled with movies add to the enjoyment (pardon me if this point does not have some masala things. My lovely wife also reads this blog).

5)In the above points I said a lot about the boys so it will be injustice to them if I do not mention anything about girls. My secret wish of spending a day with girl invisibly (do not let your imaginations fly) just to observe her behaviors’ and actions has not been fulfilled yet. So I do not really much about them. Whatever I write from here onwards is just fiction.

6)Girls especially the smart ones might spend the weekends deciding on the list of boyfriends they have to date. And if they really do it, mind it my friends it must be one hell of a task. Many factors influence this selection process. I guess a boy can be removed from the list color of his teeth does not match with the color of her bangles. Boys with potential of sponsoring movies and exclusive dinners have rather high chances of being on the list.

7)Growth of Indian economy depends on the number of consumers the quantity of consumption. Consumption on weekends (buying of dress or other things are included in this) is the major contributor and guess who tops the list. No points for guessing, it’s the women.

I guess I will have to stop here as you all will be waiting to accomplish either any one of the above or something else. Whatever it is ENJOY your weekend.
Keep pouring your ideas. So see you on Monday

LAST MAIL BEFORE LEAVING A COMPANY

Hi ALL my readers,
I have composed a mail which can be used as a last e mail before leaving the company.
Feel free to use it. Hope i am not contributing to the attrition rate.
And yup pour in your ideas to make it better.

----HERE IT GOES---

Someone has truly said in Hindi “ Har mulaakaat ka anjam judai hai”.
I don’t know where to start from, words betray me. There is so much to say, so many people to thank.The rampant emotions inside me make me weak and jittery. I know my stint with (company name)cannot be conveyed in two words, but I will have to do it.

BYE BYE

Yes people, today I am saying good bye to (company name). For me (company name) has been a home away from home.Growing with (company name) was fun. Met some really wonderful souls. Formed some impregnable bonds and have got tonnes of memories to cherish forever. Ok OK I should stop this description of my emotional journey here before you guys get bored and hurl those coffee mugs at me.

So its thanks giving time.
I truly and deeply thank the following people.
The security personals at the main entrance for helping me find a parking place every day (NOTE: if you were using company transport, you can give credit to them).
My team members for their high mental strengths to tolerate me.
My supervisors for …….....(thinking….....)
……... still thinking...……
…….still thinking...……
…....goggle ing...……the search did not yield any result…..
……still thinking…….
OMG nothing is coming to my mind and oops google has betrayed me too.
Ok on a serious note for guiding me, encouraging me and showing me the rite way always ( this sentence can be deleted depending on ur relation with managers).
The cafeteria guys for letting me take extra sambar, chutney and curd for free.
Dhaba guys for the parcel so that I do not have to cook at night.

After thanks giving its time for the lucky draw.
Anyone who replaces my (company name)e-mail with my personal e-mail id will get free lunch coupons for three generations which can be used in our cafeteria.
And who ever calls me on my cell (mobile number)can include their friends, relatives and neighbors in the above mentioned free lunch coupon scheme.
I have nothing more to say Fir milenge

ARUNDHATI ROY - KASHMIR CONTROVERSY

Arundhati Roy’s statement about Kashmir has created quite a lot of heat. More importantly sparked a fierce debate between the patriots and those who advocate about fundamental rights. Patriots are terming this incident as sedition and the patronage of fundamental rights as dissent.
The views of those terming the statement made by Roy as dissent can be very well be summed up by the following comment given by US Supreme Court

“It is poignant but fundamental that the flag protect those who hold it in content”. They argue that dissent and disagreement is what makes a democracy complete. They also highlight the inherent tradition of India being tolerant. Under the umbrella of these arguments, these patrons of democracy and fundamental rights try to seek a “no legal action” status for ROY.
But the present situation that exists in India demands something else. Under the pretext of upholding the fundamental rights and tolerant nations’ image, the unity and solidarity of India has been compromised on many occasions. If this dangerous trend is not curbed at this moment it will not be a distant reality when we will see India crumbling into many small countries.
Government should show some grit and conviction and should act immediately to put an end to such heinous acts dome in the name of democracy.

AMEERPET TO AMERICA


To some the title might sound strange but that's how it is.First a small background on Ameerpet and America.
Ameerpet is a area in Hyderabad,India which is famous for software training institutes.America - I really do not need to say anything.
I recently came Hyderabad for sometime and thought of discovering Ameerpet.
The first impression that came to my mind after visiting the place was CRAZY. Indeed it is a crazy place. all around Ameerpet you will find training institutes. You name the technology and you will get it. Be it different modules of SAP or Oracle or Data warehousing,Mainframes,C etc, at least one training institute is

available for you.You will be surprised to know that one street in Ameerpet is known as SAP street as it has the most concentration of SAP training institutes. This entire area is flooded with banners, posters, hoardings advertising about different institutes and the courses they offer. As the training institutes are in abundance,there is a cut throat competition for luring the students.All modes of payments are available for enrolling into any course. Installments option is there. Special discounts are offered for those who can make one shot payment of the entire course fee. Apart from this the fee can be further negotiated depending on your negotiating skills.
These training institutes have also created a market for cheap photo states, printouts and stationery You can find scores of shops offering these services. And when there are so many students visiting this place everyday how can the dhabhas and hotels be behind. They too have sprung up like mushrooms offering fast food to real meal to customised take aways.
You will find sea of people on the roads quickly making there way to training institutes.All the first time visitors predominantly comprising of peole who have come to inquired about the courses and training institutes will have a very confused look as this place is laid out in its most unorganised way. Some will have a very satisfied and happy look on their face as probaly they were successfull to find out the suitable institue for themselves.
Most of them have one dream get trained in Ameerpet and get a job in America. I really do not know how many of them are able to full fill this dream. But cretainly the experience of exploring this place was a great experience

CAT 2010 STARTS TODAY


Route to the mecca of Indian MBA , IIM opens today with the start of the enterance test CAT. This year CAT is being conducted in 20 phases in around 9000 centers as compared to 17000 centers last year. Scores of aspirants were seen outside the exam center lining up to try their chance to bell the CAT. The company providing support for conducting the online CAT exams said, it has made all necessary arrangements for smooth conduction ok exam. Last year CAT entrance went online for the first time and ran into problems like servers crashing.

I wish all the CAT aspirants "ALL THE BEST