Thursday, April 20, 2006

Networked Cross Word Puzzle

If u have noticed, in crossword puzzles, in the beginning, no answer you think of, will fit into the grids.. Then you take the clues one at a time and try to solve them slowly....

After a while, you feel that something is just not right, but still go on.. you don't think why a particular clue is given.. you just go ahead, try your best to figure out what it means and fill the grids.. In the end, you are amazed that all the Grids are full and the cross word puzzle fits perfectly well....and of course, it brings a feel of learning and triumph.

Life is more like a network of Problem - Cross Word puzzles .... There are a lot of Grids in each Problem Cross Word... There are lot of Confusions, Trials, Mistakes, Learning, the Clues, and the blind faith on the basis of which you follow the Clues. In the end, after you manage to solve the problem, you gain a new perception and a new strength like never before. Some times, you find that the problem was never meant to be a problem. It would have opened new rays of hope and strength in your mind.

Everyone wins the Networked Cross Word of life... There is no failure here because the puzzle is framed uniquely for every person, much within the capability of the individual, to stand all the challenges .. There is no chance of copying, rating, score, or speed comparison. This is because the Cross Word is not common... There is no platform to compare.

Keep putting in your best to solve all the challenge grids with the clues presented by Confidence, the most reliable resource.

Just remember, YOU CAN STAND IT ALL...


Tuesday, April 18, 2006


In the Kingdom of God, a major decision was taken this morning.God decided to make you invisible for the whole of tomorrow. You get an email on the decision. No one will be able to see you but you will be able to see every one around. You cannot speak to any one, but can hear every word that any one speaks.

How do you plan to spend the day as 'Invisible Man' or 'Invisible Woman'? How best will you make use of this opportunity?

Send in your fancies as comments on this post. Have fun. Your imaginations can run really wild, but run a censor on what you write...We all care for the ethics of this blog. Dont we?? :)

Start your Imagination Car/Bike/Horse/Camel/Jet/Plane/Rocket/Anything else that would define the speed you enjoy.

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Take a little Time to....

Take a little time each day to....

1. Pray for your loved ones
2. Admire Nature
3. Appreciate whole-heartedly
4. Greet your acquaintances as you walk past them
5. Learn something new
6. Respond to your e-mails
7. Share a Joke
8. Recall appointments with people
9. Plan your calendar
10. Maintain promises
11. Listen to a friend in need
12. Speak to your Loved ones
13. Say 'Thank You'
14. Read few pages of a book that interests you
15. Listen to Music
16. Understand people
17. Count your Blessings
18. Spend with your ‘SELF’

These thoughts just sprang up on my mind when I was just finishing a technical document. I have no idea why, but then i think these eighteen points are worth a try.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Response to E-mails.

How often do we realise the importance of response to an e-mail communication ? Only when there is a major problem or when there is an appreciation or when your opinion is explicitly asked for.

Admittedly these three contexts are good reasons for you to write back to e-mails but there are other reasons you could possibly consider.

Some one has actually thought of
1. Sending you a mail
2. Addressing you by name or as Dear
3. Spending time on the e-mail message
4. Wishing you well or saying 'Thanks' or 'Good Day' or 'Thanks and Regards' as a sign-off line

In group emails, apart from the content of the email,your name in the mailing list and the time that the sender has invested in writing the message are two good reasons for you to respond to the email.

This idea applies to cases when you dont write back because you dont have time.. This does not apply to situations when one deliberately avoids writing back to emails. I have no comments on the later case.

Watch out for the next article on the e-mails in the next post.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Have a Great Day

This is something i wrote for a newsletter that never came up. Ideally this article takes the credit of the first set of lines i have ever written outside my profession.
I spent about half a day putting these ten lines in place. Not sure if it would really take that long, but i think i took extra care because the world was going to read it... So now that i have a platform to publish it, thought i would very well put it up here........

Check list to having a great day at work:

Do you
• Say a cheerful "Good Morning"?
• Say "Please", "Thank you" and "Sorry" and mean it?
• Count on self-confidence?
• Believe that "Mistakes do happen and it is okay to make mistakes"?
• Forgive and cheer yourself when things go wrong?
• Believe that problems could be "interesting"?
• Define fun as "solving interesting problems at work"?
• Try to do your best even when you don't feel like it?
• Know when to take a break from work?
• Think of "Work" at Work and "Home" at Home?
• Wish someone "Have a great day"?

If your answer to all of these is "Yes", then you are sure to "Have a great day"

Monday, April 03, 2006

First Interview

All firsts have an importance. In those lines, this is my first interview for the book i dream of writing someday..........

I typed out around 35 questions and took it to this Miss.Busy friend of mine who had given me an appointment to talk to her on Work Place or Paradise.

Now, for those of you who wonder why should i take appointments, u forget that i am starting out as a writer and would need people's attention completely when they talk to me. I dont want to land up at their desks at the wrong time. I better start out professionally where you talk for the appointed number of minutes to the appointed person at the appointed time. Lot of people think that i am being formal though.

The questions are on the lines of work life and personal life of a person.

She is a sincere, dutiful, responsible programmer of a team which is forever motivated by 'Work is Worship' proverb. A good morning wish cheers her up. She takes her mistakes seriously, is not a perfectionist,and has a mix of 'Easy to satisy', 'Hard to manage' and 'Quick to get tensed' attitudes.

Music , she says, keeps her cool. She sleeps for five to seven hours a day. The rest of the day is all about work mostly. Programs ( Sequel queries in particular) are the
heros of her dreams. When asked for an instance of heights of joblessness she tries hard to recall one such instance and finally replies 'NONE'. That simply means she
loves what she is doing.

Some of the interesting questions from the interview and the exact answers i got for them are here for your glance:

Your ideal day at work:

Does walking into the office cheer you?
Smiles again.

Your weekend:
Sleeping at home

If you were asked to give a tag line for yourself what would that be?
Soft and Reserved

If given a chance to change your career what would that be?
Any career related to computers that allows a balance between work and home along with an ample money to lead life.

If given a chance to swap a role within the organization, whose role would you like to take up?
I would not be able to answer about the swapping, but I would like to perform like my PM who is versatile, has got good balance between tech and management, is good at
analytics, is well focused and always keeps things under control. ( Dont u think you need to know about this Mr.Outstanding PM of hers? I think 'Yes'. Lets see if i can
catch up a conversation with him and know what he he has to say for us.)

What, in your perspective, gets the work done – Constant follow up, Anger, Warnings, Pat on the back?
Constant follow up and Pat on the back.

Are u happy at work?
Fifty-Fifty for a 'Yes' and 'No'

Do you remember your recent dream?
Yes… It was about some technical problem at work. It was pending for about 2 days on my mind without solution.

What is your idea of peace?
It depends on your state of mind.

How many minutes or hours do you get for yourself per day on an average ?
15 minutes to half an hour

Your idea of success
Think Positive, try to get along with people. Remember to be good at communication.

Your idea of failure
Ignorance. ( May be according to the software minds, it is no more a bliss , as against the proverb "Ignorance is a Bliss')

How many hours in a day do u think u can concentrate non-stop?
I cant concentrate non - stop ( Non-stop sometimes reminds us of 'Nonsense'.)

Do your folks at home complain about your work timings and the temperament u carry home from workplace?
I don’t carry work tension over to my people though it is on my mind. They have complaints about my work timings though.

It is an important occasion at home. You get a frantic call from your boss asking you for some clarification that might require you to report to workplace as early as possible.. What will be your first move? How will you handle your people at home?

I will tell my folks that it is important for me to go and leave the house immediately.

How would u react when the situation is vice versa ? You are in office and there is a call from home.. In any case, both the situations demand ur attention.. What will be your move?
I will tell my boss that it is important for me to go home and leave office immediately.

That was Miss. Busy. I left some of the questions with her and gave her her own time to answer them all. When she turned in her responses, I drafted this.I thank my friend for her time. I believe that the time she has spent talking to me would prove very important for a lot of people who read this page.

Of what good is the analysis to us? According to what I have understood, everybody doesn’t get to experience everything in life… You need to learn from others’ experiences. An interview is a mode of getting into someone else’s mind. I think what we read just now is nothing but the truth. Only then will i be able to conclude something at the end of this interview series...

It is to be noted that this text is published on this blog with the permission of the concerned person. In interviews, I have decided not to publish the names of the persons concerned. The text in this post has been read and verified by the star of the article.

You obviously have the right to send in your opinion on anything related to this post. Please ensure that your comments do not hurt the star of the article in any way. Thanks a lot.


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