Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The beginning of the beginning

In my earlier post, I spoke about the predicted downfall of Indian IT/ITES industry. The comments were on either side and one of the points that came out was the quality of India products. Be it manufacturing or services, India hasn't been spokes of much about for its quality. India Inc. has not spent significantly on R&D. In case of manufacturing, R&D requires huge investments in terms of infrastructure where as in case of IT/ITES, the investment needs to be on people along with that on infra. Now, for a better R&D in ITES, are we equipped peoplewise? To begin a massive overhauling in the outlook of the industry, where do we begin?
We begin where it all begins. Education. Let me talk a bit about education.
Do we have an education system that promotes an inquisitive mind? (a mind that will R&D!)Or are we simply creating labour, such large in number and so abundant in supply that nobody bothers about the quality .The price of this labour is bound to go down. When we boast of a large number of engineering grads. are they built (or taught) to be research fellows or to be mere labour?
We will have to start from primary education. An education system that is designed to teach kids to question and challenge. Inventions can not be expected from people who have been taught to accept things as they are. Not at least in competitive numbers. I don't totally deny the originality of our generation. But we haven't been conditioned to think like innovators. The education system that we are a product of still reads 'out of the box' as 'stupid'. Although we are capable of making path-breaking studies today, they are not sufficient to race ahead and stay there.
We will need an entire generation of Einsteins and an educational system that may not turn every kid into an Einstein, but will at least condition every mind to appreciate him.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Only the paranoids survive...hehehehehahahah!!!

What does an IT consultant do on a weekend? Discusses global economics with his friends and tries..neah gives consultant answers to 88.3% of questions of the world (you wont understand the arithmetic behind the percentage...it's too complex).
That's what I did to the best of my ability and knowledge. But my friend ( he has an MBA from the real world and no B-school crap) posed a question "How long will the tech. boom last?" and I heard it as "How long will guys like you keep receiving hyped up salaries?". That was a dream shattering question. I saw a Royal Enfield Bullet (the bike of my dreams) fading into the distance. Would I still be affording Rs. 1 Lakh for a bike, say three years down the line? Would I be flaunting proportionate income X years (which I hope is multiples of 10) down the line?
Well, my friend has a fair idea of M&As happening across the globe in BPO, KPO and ITES sectors. He also knows of emerging countries who can prove to be competitive threat to India in these sectors and he also has some number (suffixed with billion and trillion) to back up his claims. Now, being a consultant gives me the liberty to talk about stuff that I don't know. So I did just that!
The argument goes that other countries like Philippines, Indonesia, 'East European' Countries and other countries whose names start with Q, X, T etc. and whose total population (including children) is slightly more than North Goa, hold a competitive advantage over India. They are culturally more aligned to the west, some of them know French, or speak English in the right accent. And the biggest thing is, they are ready to work at cheaper rates. The differentiators being narrow and the cost advantage being huge, and the cost of switching being minimal, Indians will lose their business and Mr. Laukik Desai will pack his bags for home and g(r)o(w) bananas there.
I say "hell NO"! I can work cheaper. So can most of us. Unless, inflation makes it non-viable to earn any lesser. And the differentiators are far bigger that the ones above. After learning English, the competitors gotta outdo us in technical education. Then they gotta outdo us in experience. Indian Cos. have gained experience in various verticals over the past couple of decades. So they have quite a distance to cover. Till then consultants will find something else that the competitors can't beat.
But the question sure made me paranoid till i slept. But I am glad some one wrote a book "Only the paranoids survive!". So tension illa !!!
What says the yous???

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I got counter

I know 2 posts in a day is an overdose. But this is not really a post. Its a promotional campaign. Hit my blog as many times as possible. I got a moral booster. And may be that will get the best out of me some day. Right now all that's coming out of me is cough (eeeeeeeeeeewwww!!!)

What does it take to...

I keep wondering ... so many thoughts cross my mind every now and then. I also feel like sharing them with people. But then there is the initial hiccup of putting it in words, typing it, giving it direction and shape. but now-a-days a strange feeling overcomes me as I begin to type a post. On more than one occassion I have typed quite some content and then decided to delete it altogether.
I think I am bogged down by a limited number of visitiors to my blog. Or may be I need a 'hit counter' to keep track of hits although people may not be leaving comments behind. I will try n get one soon...
Also after having shifted to Pune a lot of thinking is happenig in Marathi. So there is an extra effort that goes into adopting it in English. May be I will start a blog in Marathi...
There is also a general lack of activity in life. I mean I have begun to think I am not quite adding value to the readers of this blog. If I was 'doing' something new/ different I could have shared with the you. There isnt much happening...
That reminds me!!!!!!!I have planned to buy a new bike for myself. Initially I was hell bent on a Bullet. But the price tag comes close to a lakh of rupees. I will prefer some thing max upto 70K. Pulsars have strated looking like toys now and their durability is a real concern. The new ones with a pointed ass look like they are made for at most 5 years. I have also heard about coplains about the digital speedos. So they will probably be my last choice. If anyone has exciting bike in mind, do let me know.
On the wedding front, preparations are on in full swing back at home. Invitation cards are ready and anytime I call home Aai/baba are busy sorting them, writing names or something like that. We had initially decided that we will post invitation to one and all. The idea was to asve time and energy and additional travelling burning of fuel and all such things for a mere invitatio. However, my uncles and relatives are all eager to distribute the invitations personally. And since a wedding is more about celebration than praticality, I and Baba sucumbed to them and the invitations shall be distributed personally to most of the people.
After I post this, i am sure I will feel like a ten more things remain to be said...and I will feel like putting another post immediately. But then to avoid having two posts on the same day, I will decide to put all those ten things in a post tomorrow and then as we all know...tomorrow never comes. "N" days down the like I will still be wondering "What does it take to be consistent?"

Friday, October 12, 2007

To .... Shopping wopping ho gayi????

For those who have been out of touch with the events in the world that are effecting everything from the sensex bull run, the Indian Cricket team's loss right upto the instability of the UPA government, I am getting married on the 25th of November 2007. So shopping should supposedly be my top priority right now. However, I have managed to wash my hands off it except for the farments which need to fit me and need my measurements. So I am off the hook for quite a few decisions and 'to do' lists.
I pitty Shveta however. She has to make choices that need to be acceptable to one and all. right from her mummy, my mummy, her sister, chacha, mama, phupha and even the shopkeeper. I think marriage is the most interesting time in a girl's life. How much ever I try to think from her perspective, I will never unerstand the way she feels. Its a mixed feeling of leaving you parents for good and feeling bad about it while at the same time feeling good about the fact that you will be spending the rest of your life with the person you love. There are apprehensions about the new family you wil be joining. And the icing on the cake is 'expectations'. My dog is the only creature who doesnt have any expectations from Shveta...not at least that I know of!!!
It is one of the two things only a woman can handle (other being motherhood). I salute all the women of the world for this ...and a 21 gun salute for Shveta.

PS: I know this post has been off mark and directionless but right now all my thoughts funnel down the same way...to wedding and what Shveta must be going through.