Monday, December 27, 2010

The Great Businessman..!

This is a guest post by Debapriya Mukherjee. The views expressed are entirely of the author.

What else you can do when you are sitting idle in your room with an Internet connection(which is also provided by the office for free of cost- my PL will kill me if he comes to know),when you have already lost your interest in chatting,u are no longer interested to drool upon sunny leone or jenna jameson,or u dont have the energy to peep in the girls' profiles in Orkut or Facebook?

A doctor: will turn it off and have a sleep.
A lawyer: will surf the news site.  
A studious: will google or duckduckgo or wiki.
A Bachelor IT guy: will become confuse,like I was few moments back with what to do.
Atlast after taking a whole ciggerate,the 6th one of the day - (according to her schedule i had already exceeded my whole days quota by 2) a window popped up in my head saying "Do you remember you own a blog called you can visit that place".

I dont know if it was the effect of the nikotin or what,(non-smokers may call it baseless beleif )-the idea dint came to me before.If it had came to me before I may had lessen the count which is going to be exceeded by some 5 more.

Newy I visited my blog.It was a free ebook downloading blog.I dont know how much bibliophile i was but i loved that task once,people requesting for books and I kept on uploading them.

But the time was really good once,people praised initially,but slowly slowly when the time came of maintaini the blog,things started getting more complex and tougher,beleive me It requires hell lot of energy to manage this ebook download maintaining with the free hostin sites.

Checking Alexa ranking,coding HTML javascript,visit site traffic,fullfill requirement of peoples ,scanning ebooks,creating pdfs,required a hell lot of effort,but a hope was there,that I may get a good revenue from the sites.It was a great idea.People will download ebooks,I will become rich. Wow!!

But probably i was in the 5 th level dream of Inception,After a month of creating the blog I checked my ziddu account,after thousand downloads it was showing 1$.I died of shock,and in that dream I went to a libido.Probably I had created an unbreakable world record of becoming lowest revenued business man,coz i lost almost 18$ in Internet connection,5$ in Electricity bill,and 30 man-days energy just before my joining days in a company where the training subject will be a programming language called doctor Scheme.The less i speak about this language is more better for all.

The name of the book I uploaded last was I TOO HAD A LOVE STORY,It was almost reflecting my devastated situtaion- I TOO HAD A DREAM.

I happily denied the next month Internet recharge.

The ultimate incident happened today.It was the same routine(although my routine keep on changing like Paris Hilton's mood due to some uninterpretable policies of my company).I had a morning shift because My client is an Australian airways company,and now a days they are very very busy in saving the daylight.For that reason they will get up early and start working at 9 o clock AEST but there watches will show 8 am sharp,and these will screw my sleeping like anything because they are 5 and half hour ahead than us.

Still they pay me.I have signed some agreement with my company so I need to jumpout of my bed,lit the number one ciggerate(its named as force-India) and rushed to the bathroom taking my dirty towel(My landlord wont let us use washing machine,because according to him its wastage of water and electric,and i have only one towel,and i have a very very weak memory to remember to buy an alternate towel,and moreover I have a very low-cost mobile to set up an alarm memo,or i had lost my sticky notes or.....leave it).Spending 15 minutes in the purest place of earth I rushed to wear my formal dress.Now thats an etiquette.Formal dress increase your smartness by 100 folds,but reduces your coziness and working energy by infinite number of folds.Still companies will vote for smart workers(I mean smart looking workers.).

Somehow I managed to reach the office in Time.The day was fine.Workpressure was normal.Alas!! everyone will comeup with issues when you are about to leave,specially when you have a plan to spend some quality time with your special friend in Chennai(for me Chennai = beach..nothing more).

The plan got cancelled and my mood decided to give up from adjustments.I cameback,went to bathroom.I was dying to get a bath.It was scorching hot yesterday.
I came back and I sat opening the laptop.

The Chatbox that i had embedded in the blog was showing something,that reminded me of my loss.The loss was not over.Now maximum of the links were not in working stage,that catalysed my fans to became my foes.Cursing and abuses were overflowing.

Finally I decided to give up.I deleted all the ebooks and posts.The 30 mandays were gone within 30 clicks.

The loss I had caused to the authors by putting their books for free,turned out to be a loss of mine.

I decided,now onwards I will only write.No other business.
No other attempts, atleast in Blogger.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Best Birthday Gift :)

This is a guest post by Debapriya Mukherjee. The views expressed are entirely of the author.

Isn't it really exciting for you when your earning suddenly jumps from minus seventy bucks per day(as I always took it from my parents) to a +ve 0.7k per day(aha!!!dats mine)? You can materialize all your fantasies into real.You suddenly metamorphose to a "Please marry my daughter" type bachelor from a "good for nothing" material. You start getting more attention from your family though your proposed idea were equally bad like before. Yeah!the mother Earth starts moving in your orbit when you bag a job. That was the exact scenario with me when I bagged the job in my first campus interview in the 3rd year of my college.

This is why we were taught Panchatantra and Aesop fables,the very first fable that came to my mind was "the farmer and the golden goose".Hence i was feeling like the golden goose who will lay golden eggs.My smiling stopped when I recalled the end.

The first thing that caught my attention was to upload the news in Orkut, as if I won an Olympic gold in 100m sprint.But when I was almost ready with the photos of all locations of my office across India,all my joy turned to shock at a glance.I may get a Gold in Olympic but in Orkut I don't deserve more than a tin or plastic medal. The "update" section was like 100 printf statements running in a for loop as everyones updates looked the same.

Almost everybody had fixed the same photo,those I googled for the medal."Uff!!! they will get a girl earlier than me".Even my tag also deserved a tin."Deboprio ,stamped employed" looked like the movie BLACK in comparison to their DHOOM2 tags.

"X-now a member of tata family" - as if X married Ratan Tata's daughter. "Y-TCS calling"- as if Ratanji came to his home.

Some guy put Ratanji's picture in their display picture.

But suddenly the scene got changed when the sensex had a backpain,and all the software companies of India started cost-cutting(i mean butt-saving).

" X - now feeling to commit suicide"- as if two girls will come and hug him in utter sympathy. "Y- Software companies are like hell"- it was an universal truth from before,it was your fault that you dint know it moron.

I maintained a good one." Deboprio enjoying home after 4 years of college".Now that's an oxymoron. The only guys who were happy and boozing were the guys who worked in monster/ .Probably their tags were like "Recession rocks!!!!". The mailboxes started flooding with job-adds.B.Tech guys started hiding their certificates to join BPOs.Almost everybody started working for CAT/GATE/SBI/CBI/UBI/ etc.

People with moustache turned cleaned shaved,coz Police were searching Ramalingam Raju badly.

Now it was the time for the fathers of the hot chicks,the hot chicks themselves,the jealous neighbours,and most of all the ragged juniors. few months back they used to ask : "Can you give me some tips on technical Bhaiya? I am planning to stress on Technical.TCS or INFY will be coming first.When are you going to join? If you are free can i come to you? Can u suggest me some good books/sites? Can I have your number?..."

Now every cow will have his day.

"Did you got pinkslip before joining bhaiya? I am planning to go for an MBA.These software companies sucks.Will you sit in CAT this year?I am taking coaching from TIME.Should I look a good institute for you? You are out of touch..Please call me if you require my help..Its 98....." Scrapbooks started overflowing with complimentary gifts from juniors.

Frustration is such a thing that increases exponentially and decreases gradually.

I started cursing Paulo Coelho for the famous quote,because I was not ready to start a new battle,and I was wanting the Job desperately,not only because of some girl will come and fill the blanks because of I wanted to see the change in the scenario.My families joy was disappearing like my hope.

Orkut communities became busier than Pentagon,thousands of boys and girls shared their frustrations,spread rumours,protested against the companies.

Suddenly a day a topic in the forum appeared stating : TCS started giving joining.

It was like cool breeze blowing everywhere in the scorching heat of summer.Still I was in a dilemma to beleive as plenty of rumours already spreaded. But i got releived when I got a call from my ex-roommate .He got the joining and the guy who created the topic to spread the news was absolutely true.

I was feeling like beating the junior black-blue,and pluck all the left hairs from the jealous uncle's half bald skull.

Still I have to wait.It was 9th,January 2010.The day after my birthday I got a call at 22:30 from one of my best friend."We got it" - he stated.

I opened my mailbox.There were 1295 unread mails.the first two caught my eyes.

"Wish you a very very happy birthday Deboprio -TCS family"-the first one stated.The next mail stated the date of joining.

After a week I started for Bhubaneshwar - Kalinga Park.

Between I changed my Orkut tag:"GOT MY BIRTHDAY GIFT,A HAPPY FAMILY".

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Unleash the power of new Notepad: Q10

We all know how useful is the notepad. Now what if I tell you that I can enhance it’s powers 10 times over. Yes. I tell you to just click here. It is going to be the moment your PC will never forget. Your old notepad will watch in awe. The other text editing programs will skip a heart beat.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lock Folders and Hide your secret Files

How many time shave you wanted to hide a particular folder and searched in vain for a free tool. Finally you can get it here. Install this and let your wings let you fly as you store virtually all kinds of files in your computer.

Want to keep your files safe from viruses and other harmful organisms in your machine? Locking your documents would keep them safe from these creatures too! Just take a peak.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How to delete large folders in your PC with GBs of files in them

Often we see that it takes a lot of time to remove and delete large folders in Windows. Now it won’t. You should feel lucky that you are a reader of this popular blog now because it is presenting you with this lightning fast tool. Click here.

You can perform virtually any kind of operations on your folders with this extremely powerful tool. Just install it to find out the power you really have been missing in your computer till now.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Add Facial Recognition even to your prehistoric PC

Have a webcam? Now you an add the latest highest level of technologies, authenticating a user by his looks, by this simple software. By facial recognition, you can login to your PC in no time. Install this.

All you will need is a webcam. Even in your old PC, you can have this awesome feature to stun your friends by just having the cheapest of the cheap webcam. It will work with any number of users. Try it out. You will surely like it and share this article to all your friends for sure!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Finally, you can rotate a PDF document!

Many times we PDF readers have faced problems when the landscape and portrait orientation in our document is not as we want it to be. Now it can be done in a breeze. Visit this site. Just upload your document and select the orientation you want tit to be in.

Then you will get your PDF and feel free to read it at your leisure time, or during your work hours depending on what type of document it is!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Control Mouse Cursor using Keyboard

This is a very very very small tool that is going to be very very very useful to you. No joke. How many times have we faced a problem when we wished if we could control our mouse using our keyboards. How good would it be. Install this. This small tool is going to liven up the connection between your cursor and keyboard.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monitor Folder Changes: Track Activities on a Folder for any Activity

This is a tool many of us would be surprised to know that it exists. More of us would be amaze as to how it works. Watch 4 Folder answers just that question with amazing simplicity. Get it here.

Starting from when which content was added to which document or file was renamed on which date and time of the day to which user did it, this small easy tool will have it all for you when you need it. Let it run in the background and find the power it unleashes in your computer soon.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Know the CPU temperature inside your computer and laptop

This very useful program lets you know all the details that is going to save you a lot of bucks and help a lot in improving the condition and health of your machine.

> Monitor CPU Temperature with Core Temp – Download : 32 Bit | 64 Bit

Simply use the tools given in the link above to find out what you did not know about your PC. It’s really amazing how tools as small as this can be so much powerful.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How to set your inactive windows to minimize automatically?

If you want to minimize your windows that have been idle and are left unused for a specific period of time, then you can try this new tool from here. This is going to let you choose when your windows are going to be minimized. You can set the time in seconds.  
Click the download button on the left side to get this highly useful tool. If you find this article useful, feel free to share this with your friends. Soon there is going to be more stuffs like this.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love to forward mails to a lot of friends? Make Gmail Contact Groups

This will let you mail a lot of your friends by mailing your favorite article to just one single id. This is going to be really useful to you. Instead of typing the emails of your friends one by one you will get to send your mail to them just by one click.

Just go to Contacts->New Group. After creating go to your contacts, select the names you want to add them to your new group. Then under Groups button, select the name of the group. That’s all. Now try typing the name of your group in a new mail, it will show up in your senders' suggestions.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Top popular extensions for Google Chrome

1. Google Chrome Dual View lets you view two pages at the same time. It will split the page into two halves and let you view the articles of both together.
2. Ad Sweep removes forcibly all the ads that are present in the web page that you are visiting. This will help you to view all the web pages free of any ads.
3. XChrome lets you change the theme of your favorite browser with as many kinds of  themes you like. To suit your moods you can choose from a bouquet of themes ready at your fingertips.
4. Cleeki lets you work by helping you out in ways accelerators do in the other top browsers. They help you by letting the users understand a particular word in the page better by selecting and  right clicking on it and in several other ways.
5. PDF Page lets you save the page you are viewing right now as a PDF. This is extremely useful as we all know the benefit of a PDF document in today’s world.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Add RSS feed subscription icon to Google Chrome address bar

Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome does not have the subscribe to RSS feed icon in its address bar. This might make many users feel uneasy because feeds ar such a great way to stay connected to a particular which we liked.

But now there’s an extension by Google. Install it here.

By this extension, you will be easily able to detect the feeds present in the website and subscribe to any feed you want.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A story between TCS and Infosys

Sudha Murthy* was livid when a job advertisement posted by a Tata company at the institution where she was completing her post graduation stated that 'lady candidates need not apply'. She dashed off a 'postcard' to JRD, protesting against the discrimination. It was the beginning of an association that would change her life in more ways than one

There are two photographs that hang on my office wall. Every day when I enter my office I look at them before starting my day. They are pictures of two old people, one of a gentleman in a blue suit and the other a black-and-white image of a man with dreamy eyes and a white beard.

People have asked me if the people in the photographs are related to me. Some have even asked me, "Is this black-and-white photo that of a Sufi saint or a religious guru?" I smile and reply "No, nor are they related to me. These people made an impact on my life. I am grateful to them." "Who are they?" "The man in the blue suit is Bharat Ratna JRD Tata and the black-and-white photo is of Jamsetji Tata." "But why do you have them in your office?" "You can call it gratitude."

Then, invariably, I have to tell the person the following story.

It was a long time ago. I was young and bright, bold and idealistic. I was in the final year of my master's course in computer science at the Indian Institute of Science [IISc] in Bangalore, then known as the Tata Institute. Life was full of fun and joy. I did not know what helplessness or injustice meant.

It was probably the April of 1974. Bangalore was getting warm and red gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. I was the only girl in my postgraduate department and was staying at the ladies hostel. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of science. I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from universities in US. I had not thought of taking up a job in India.

One day, while on the way to my hostel from our lecture-hall complex, I saw an advertisement on the notice board. It was a standard job-requirement notice from the famous automobile company Telco [now Tata Motors]. It stated that the company required young, bright engineers, hardworking and with an excellent academic background, etc.

At the bottom was a small line: "Lady candidates need not apply." I read it and was very upset. For the first time in my life I was up against gender discrimination.

Though I was not keen on taking up a job, I saw this as a challenge. I had done extremely well in academics, better than most of my male peers. Little did I know then that in real life academic excellence is not enough to be successful.

After reading the notice I went fuming to my room. I decided to inform the topmost person in Telco's management about the injustice the company was perpetrating. I got a postcard and started to write, but there was a problem: I did not know who headed Telco. I thought it must be one of the Tatas. I knew JRD Tata was the head of the Tata Group; I had seen his pictures in newspapers (actually, Sumant Moolgaokar was the company's chairman then).

I took the card, addressed it to JRD and started writing. To this day I remember clearly what I wrote. "The great Tatas have always been pioneers. They are the people who started the basic infrastructure industries in India, such as iron and steel, chemicals, textiles and locomotives. They have cared for higher education in India since 1900 and they were responsible for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science. Fortunately, I study there. But I am surprised how a company such as Telco is discriminating on the basis of gender."

I posted the letter and forgot about it. Less than 10 days later, I received a telegram stating that I had to appear for an interview at Telco's Pune facility at the company's expense.

I was taken aback by the telegram. My hostel mates told me I should use the opportunity to go to Pune free of cost — and buy them the famous Pune saris for cheap! I collected Rs 30 each from everyone who wanted a sari. When I look back, I feel like laughing at the reasons for my going, but back then they seemed good enough to make the trip.

It was my first visit to Pune and I immediately fell in love with the city. To this day it remains dear to me. I feel as much at home in Pune as I do in Hubli, my hometown. The place changed my life in so many ways.

As directed, I went to Telco's Pimpri office for the interview. There were six people on the panel and I realised then that this was serious business. "This is the girl who wrote to JRD," I heard somebody whisper as soon as I entered the room. By then I knew for sure that I would not get the job. That realisation abolished all fears from my mind, so I was rather cool while the interview was being conducted.

Even before the interview started, I reckoned the panel was biased, so I told them, rather impolitely, "I hope this is only a technical interview." They were taken aback by my rudeness, and even today I am ashamed about my attitude.

The panel asked me technical questions and I answered all of them. Then an elderly gentleman with an affectionate voice told me, "Do you know why we said lady candidates need not apply? The reason is that we have never employed any ladies on the shop floor. This is not a co-ed college; this is a factory. When it comes to academics, you are a first ranker throughout. We appreciate that, but people like you should work in research laboratories."

I was a young girl from small-town Hubli. My world had been a limited place. I did not know the ways of large corporate houses and their difficulties, so I answered, "But you must start somewhere, otherwise no woman will ever be able to work in your factories."

Finally, after a long interview, I was told I had been successful. So this was what the future had in store for me. Never had I thought I would take up a job in Pune. That city changed my life in many ways. I met a shy young man from Karnataka there, we became good friends and we got married.

It was only after joining Telco that I realised who JRD was: the uncrowned king of Indian industry. Now I was scared, but I did not get to meet him till I was transferred to Bombay. One day I had to show some reports to Mr Moolgaokar, our chairman, who we all knew as SM. I was in his office on the first floor of Bombay House [the Tata headquarters] when, suddenly, JRD walked in. That was the first time I saw 'appro JRD'. Appro means 'our' in Gujarati. That was the affectionate term by which people at Bombay House called him.

I was feeling very nervous, remembering my postcard episode. SM introduced me nicely, "Jeh (that's what his close associates called him), this young woman is an engineer and that too a postgraduate. She is the first woman to work on the Telco shop floor." JRD looked at me. I was praying he would not ask me any questions about my interview (or the postcard that preceded it). Thankfully, he didn't. Instead he remarked. "It is nice that girls are getting into engineering in our country. By the way, what is your name?" "When I joined Telco I was Sudha Kulkarni, Sir," I replied. "Now I am Sudha Murty." He smiled that kindly smile and started a discussion with SM. As for me, I almost ran out of the room.

After that I used to see JRD on and off. He was the Tata Group chairman and I was merely an engineer. There was nothing that we had in common. I was in awe of him.

One day I was waiting for Murthy, my husband, to pick me up after office hours. To my surprise I saw JRD standing next to me. I did not know how to react. Yet again I started worrying about that postcard. Looking back, I realise JRD had forgotten about it. It must have been a small incident for him, but not so for me.

"Young lady, why are you here?" he asked. "Office time is over." I said, "Sir, I'm waiting for my husband to come and pick me up." JRD said, "It is getting dark and there's no one in the corridor. I'll wait with you till your husband comes." I was quite used to waiting for Murthy, but having JRD waiting alongside made me extremely uncomfortable.

I was nervous. Out of the corner of my eye I looked at him. He wore a simple white pant and shirt. He was old, yet his face was glowing. There wasn't any air of superiority about him. I was thinking, "Look at this person. He is a chairman, a well-respected man in our country and he is waiting for the sake of an ordinary employee."

Then I saw Murthy and I rushed out. JRD called and said, "Young lady, tell your husband never to make his wife wait again."

In 1982 I had to resign from my job at Telco. I was reluctant to go, but I really did not have a choice. I was coming down the steps of Bombay House after wrapping up my final settlement when I saw JRD coming up. He was absorbed in thought. I wanted to say goodbye to him so I stopped. He saw me and paused.

Gently, he said, "So what are you doing, Mrs Kulkarni? (That was the way he always addressed me.) "Sir, I am leaving Telco." "Where are you going?" he asked. "Pune, sir. My husband is starting a company called Infosys and I'm shifting to Pune." "Oh! And what you will do when you are successful?" "Sir, I don't know whether we will be successful." "Never start with diffidence," he advised me. "Always start with confidence. When you are successful you must give back to society. Society gives us so much; we must reciprocate. I wish you all the best."

Then JRD continued walking up the stairs. I stood there for what seemed like a millennium. That was the last time I saw him alive.

Many years later I met Ratan Tata in the same Bombay office, occupying the chair JRD once did. I told him of my many sweet memories of working with Telco. Later, he wrote to me, "It was nice listening about Jeh from you. The sad part is that he's not alive to see you today."

I consider JRD a great man because, despite being an extremely busy person, he valued one postcard written by a young girl seeking justice. He must have received thousands of letters every day. He could have thrown mine away, but he didn't do that. He respected the intentions of that unknown girl, who had neither influence nor money, and gave her an opportunity in his company. He did not merely give her a job; he changed her life and mindset forever.

Close to 50 per cent of the students in today's engineering colleges are girls. And there are women on the shop floor in many industry segments. I see these changes and I think of JRD. If at all time stops and asks me what I want from life, I would say I wish JRD were alive today to see how the company we started has grown. He would have enjoyed it wholeheartedly.

My love and respect for the House of Tatas remains undiminished by the passage of time. I always looked up to JRD. I saw him as a role model - for his simplicity, his generosity, his kindness and the care he took of his employees. Those blue eyes always reminded me of the sky; they had the same vastness and munificence.

*Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She is involved in a number of social development initiatives and is also a widely published writer.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Predictions modified to near perfection

Thank you all for reading my blog and providing so much feedback. Just to share with you all, the number of visitors to this blog now is about 10,000 daily from all across India and even from other countries. Coming back to the article, there had been some changes in the logic of both the codes and now hopefully the results would be more accurate. Thanks again for your immense feedback that helped me do it. Now you can predict your TCS joining date and predict your ILP score with better accuracy.

With the increased number of joinees over the next few months, the joining of the candidates would be something to watch out for. This small tool would hopefully be of some benefit to the thousands who would be waiting for their turn to come. The market is gleefully looking up after a really long period of time and no doubt all companies are on a hiring spree.

The fact however remains that the scenario will continue to be good as long as a fair percentage of the total workforce continues to be utilized and is not at bench.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

First few days at TCS ILP

This is an article by Satyajeet Naib.

You may find few blogs about experiences of people in TCS during their first few days....But this one is different becuase I dont want to show off my vocabulary and I have written this while undergoing the ILP....And for the TCS faculty, Nisha mam, Liza mam, & Nandita mam,(Oops coudnt "unlearn" the habit of calling you "Mam" but respect doesnt cost money...) I know you are reading or will read this...I hope I am not misrepresenting the facts as you had complained about the other blogs...and for other readers, the TCS faculty at the ILP centres too read these blogs...Hope you all find this a good read...

I was wasted with choices about which information to share with you first....but I finally decided to go step by step....Lets start with what you need to prepare before joining...First of all make sure you study hard, join tuetions, and have a clear understanding of the basics of all popular languages(Or the ones they mail you with) so that you are not blank during the first few days...

TCS unlike other competing companies has a hell lot of documention and formalities at the time of joining...Dont wait for your date of joining, make sure you start acquiring all these documents and marksheets as soon as you recieve your offer letter...The joining letter annexure would mention in detail what all documents you need...Mind you, if their is even a small discrepancy in your documents your appointment will be put on hold...

After I was done with documentation & teary parting speeches, I left my place (Nagpur) on 28th June 2010 at 4am in the morning by Kerala Express(One of the only 2 direct trains from Nagpur to Trivandrum)...Found lot of friends at the railway station but still was dissapointed not to find any of my branch mates in the same bogie as the journey was of 37 excruciatingly long hours...But had an AC 3 tier ticket and some known faces in the same bogie which made things a bit bearable...

Our train reached Trivandrum central station at 3:30 pm the folowing day...I had a lot luggage and the station has no ramps for dragging the luggage...only stairs...After much effort we guys managed to find a lone cab driver who could speak few words in English and after much bargaining he took us to our respective hostels at 100 Rs per person...I was alloted a private hostel which is hired by TCS called Mohanam...All 3 hostels viz. Peepul park, Kenton Liesure Executive hostel, & Mohanam are in Kazhakuttom which is 18km away from Trivandrum city...

At the first sight of the hostel, my first reaction was "Accomodation cant get any better"...My second reaction was "Oh shitttt", no hot water for bathing, frequent power cuts, acute water shortage & worst of all, the care taker here cannot speak either hindi or english...But bieng students of a goverment college, we were used to bieng screwed...A silver lining to the cloud was that we were allowed to chose our room mates and there was a fridge, a good purifier and a TV for every 6 people. 9 of us, 3 from electrical & 6 from electronics branch where alloted the Mohanam hostel. After a little bit of shuffling, we settled in our rooms. I took a room on the first floor. We got fresh and made straight for the market and nearby areas and found out all the good hotels in the vicinity.

Mind you TCS makes no arrangements for your food. We tried each place and concluded that these are the best hotels around...The Punjabi Dhabba(On Kovalam/Kanyakumari road, and closest to Mohanam), B6 inn(plush but no so good), Geethhanjali)(Also very near to Mohanam). The rates are very good at all the hotels and both Veg and Non Veg food is readily available. TCS provides "Sodexho" meal coupons a while after you join which are accepted in any hotel that you can find...I had never lived in hostel before, so, it was a bit diificult for me to get used to walking few kilometres each time you need to eat something...
After dinner and little exploring in the market we came back to the hostel at 10 pm in the night and went to dreamland with the dread of getting up early next day and the nervousness about the first day of our corporate lives...Do read the part II of this blog for my experience of the first day at TCS...And do post your comments and querries, they are most welcome....

Let me remind you guys that if you are not ready to commit yourself 24x7 to your job, then TCS is not the company for you. I had been warned beforehand by many so I was mentally prepared.

So it was 5:30 in the morning on 30th June 2010 when I got up (with the help of 3 different alarms and few presses of the "Snooze" button). Everyone else at the hostel was asleep but I wanted to have enough time before leaving for the bus stop to make sure I haven't missed anything. The TCS bus arrives at each of the hostels at 7:30 am in the morning and its a hard time getting ready in full formal clothing so early in the morning given the fact that there is no hot water for bathing. And the dress code being so specific i.e. formal shirts (solids, checks, pinstripes), formal trousers. And yes the neck ties are compulsory. Girls have a lot of options but not boys...Friday is a relief from the dress code but again, you cant wear anything flashy or with messages on it. (I really wanted to try my Tshirt which said "I am the guy whom ur mom warned about" or the one saying "I can CODE serious shit" lolzzz)

If you get dressed wrongly or forget to shave, they send you back to the hostel and you lose a days pay. Some how we got ready on time and reached the main gate of the hostel where the bus was supposed to arrive.( The hostel warden though unable to understand our language came to see us off everyday and would phone ans scold the bus driver if he ever came late.)

When we first set our eyes on the approaching bus, we all asserted, "not worthy of TCS" at almost the same time. We were only 24 people and it did not have space even for such a small group. We were already pissed off due to the fact that we had to reach the campus almost 1 and a half hour earlier. The TCS Peepul Park & Bodhi Park campuses are located in an IT park Called "Technopark" about 5 mins distance from all 3 hostels. After reaching the sprawling TCS Peepul Park campus we were awestruck. The building looks like one seriously huge 5 star hotel. The sessions were to commence at 8:45 am but we were supposed to have breakfast in the meantime in the inhouse canteen(a rare welcome news).

After waiting in a long Que for getting a visitors pass made we were seated in the "Saffron" auditorium. By this time we were used to getting awestruck due to the grandeur of the place but still I couldn't avoid staring like a kid at the 2 identical 125 inch projection displays in the auditorium. Out of habit me and my few friends sat in the first row. After eying the schedule we were sad to find inductions (Boring informative speeches) for the first 2 days. The schedule was very tiring,
8.45am to 10:30am==Session A (OMG such a longggggggg lecture)
10:30am to 10:45am==Break (You don't even notice this one because you are busy coding serious shit in your lab sessions or you enjoying life skills sessions)
10:45am to 1:00pm==Session B
1:00pm to 1:45pm==Lunch Break (Cold and stale south Indian veg/Non veg lunch is available in tcs canteen at subsidized rates, but I assure you food cant get any worse)
1:45pm to 3:00pm==Session C (Sooooo long)
3:00pm to 3:45pm==Tea Break (The trainer is back in the lab before you take even your first sip of tea.)
3:45pm to 5:45pm==Sessions D (Seriously long again)Sessions get a bit bearable when case studies start, which are group activities.

After attending the HR and ADMIN inductions we ventured out of the auditorium and loitered around. We found the different sections like HR bay, i-Security, etc and most importantly the tea and coffee machines which were of great help to ward off the stupor induced by the speeches. (PS: The tea is very good but you cannot carry the cups around the premises :-D). It was later on that day when we found that TCS Trivandrum center operates in 3 shifts i.e. Morning shift(7am to 2pm), General shift (8:45am to 5:45am), and the Night shift (2pm to 9pm). We were lucky enough to have been allotted to the general shift because it greatly simplified the meal times.

The suspense about the duration of the ILP and its second phase was broken later om that that during the ILP induction. The newly designed ILP is of 63 working days which includes both common and stream based training. There are a lot of changes both academic and administrative. For starters, they have omitted the foreign language training and started deducting HRA during the ILP period and a host of other changes and the most notable being the undertaking of both common and stream training at the ILP center itself.

The most awaited and last induction was the finance induction which includes bank account opening. The finance guy Ashutosh was a nice person and he brought ICICI bank people with him. We filled forms for opening a savings salary account, and a current reimbursement account. The account was a privilege banking titanium account with withdrawal limit of 50k and shopping limit of 1 lac. We were given a starter kit containing a debit card a cheque book and passwords for ATM and net banking. This was the first time we proud to be TCS employees, but yet again, titanium accounts without money in them are even more frustrating...

Finally, overloaded with information and tension, we left the auditorium at 6pm and went straight to the bus which was already awaiting us outside. Mind you, if you plan to stay back at office for work or completing exercises after 6:15pm, then you will have to walk back to the hostels which are about 3-4 km away from the campus.. :-D...Even after you reach the hostel, it doesn't end, you are hungry and have to walk at least 4 km for a single bite of food...As many have said, I bet 10k bucks you will lose 2 kg weight in first 10 days...anyways keep reading the blog for my experience about the next few days at tcs
Your comments and queries are most welcome....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Infocity Gandhinagar Picture Gallery

It is one of the largest in the region and can accommodate an astounding number of professionals. With world class amenities and infrastructure, it is surely a place many would aspire to be in. Below is a collection of photos that thousands have been awaiting for a long time.