Three disastrous interview stories


A young engineer I met last week asked me “Sir, you have had an impressive career since the time you left college . Did you always ace every job interview? ” That question took me back a couple of decades and I realized I only aced one from the first four interviews – which was…

That is just how I like it !


This weekend I ran into an unusual problem – I did not have a single book to read . To the best of my recollection, I have never had this situation in my adult life . Now – the rational thing to do would be to get a book on kindle . But that’s not…

Three ways to NOT to handle war time pressure in business


Pressure is a fact of life – especially so in businesses. You cannot eliminate it, but you can probably minimize it with good preparation and training and so on. But whatever you do – you are bound to end up in high pressure situations from time to time. It could be your boss promising more…

Blocking and Tackling


“Football is two things. It’s blocking and tackling. I don’t care about formations or new offenses or tricks on defense. You block and tackle better than the team you’re playing, you win.” – Vince Lombardi Just like in football, there is a perception that blocking and tackling has no glamor and it is beneath us to focus on those activities…

Who killed Hadoop ?


Yesterday evening, while flying from PHX to JFK, I had a chance to read this excellent blog by Arun Murthy . If you have not read it yet – pls read it first before you read my rant below. As always – these are strictly my personal views . First – I think Arun is…

How many chiefs do we really need ?


Having “Chief” in your title is pretty awesome . I am friends with several people who have “Chief” in their title and they are rightfully proud of it – and I am very proud of them for getting to those important career milestones. I have my own ambitions on this matter – some day I…

Dealing With Fear and Anxiety At Work


Over the last few days – I had multiple conversations about different aspects of anxiety in the work place . I also chimed in on a couple of threads in social media about it . So when I woke up today – I felt like I should share some thoughts about how I deal with…

The side effects of “seamless” work life integration


The smart people that I listen to have been saying for some time that I should think about the issue of “work life balance” more as work – life integration and it will be easier to make sense that way . Their infinite wisdom was that I will find a lot of useful things that…

Nothing but gratitude for both India and USA


It was August 9, 1999 when I left my home in a train for Mumbai with a suitcase I borrowed from my aunt . I was home sick within about twenty minutes into that two day train ride, but also very excited to join TCS as a trainee in their Borivali campus – called the…