The Festival of Feminine Power: Navratra

After 10 days of Lord Ganesha and a fortnight of remembering the forefathers in ‘Pitrapakshya’, India is all set for the festival season, which is on from today.

‘Navratri’ or ‘Nau Durga’ or ‘Durga Pooja’ starts from today. In this festival, Hindus worship the goddess ‘Maa Durga’ who symbolizes the power, which runs the whole universe. The Celebrations include Garaba or Dandia folk dances all across the country.

The best part of this festival that I like is, it in true sense celebrates the feminine power and pays tribute to all the women in the world.

In India little girls are considered small forms of goddess Durga and get all the respect especially in these 9 days. People invite them home; treat them with desserts and gifts.

So wherever in the universe you are, if you come across the small forms of goddess Durga, touch their feet and seek blessings in these 9 days following today.

As of now, I am very proud to declare that this is my 300th blog entry and from the blessings of Maa Durga, I am sure that it will remain my consistent and regular intellectual property for a long time.

The romanticized part of this festival is Dandia or Dandia Ras or Garaba that is a kind of folk dance that is extremely popular in youth of India. With having two sticks in hands they dance with each other in groups.

All these night streets are decorated and all the neighborhoods arrange common places and decorate them for the dances. Every night guys and girls, young and old, children and women come out of their house and do or watch garabas till late night.

Priyanka and I are also going to participate in the events and from tomorrow onwards, I’ll be posting all the snaps from the celebration.

So keep smiling and keep cheering.

Good night and a happy weekend.

10 dirty little secrets you should know about working in IT

If you are preparing for a career in IT or are new to IT, many of the “dirty little secrets” listed below may surprise you because we don’t usually talk about them out loud. If you are an IT veteran, you’ve probably encountered most of these issues and have a few of your own to add — and please, by all means, take a moment to add them to the discussion. Most of these secrets are aimed at network administrators, IT managers, and desktop support professionals. This list is not aimed at developers and programmers — they have their own set of additional dirty little secrets — but some of these will apply to them as well.

10.) The pay in IT is good compared to many other professions, but since they pay you well, they often think they own you

Although the pay for IT professionals is not as great as it was before the dot-com flameout and the IT backlash in 2001-2002, IT workers still make very good money compared to many other professions (at least the ones that require only an associate’s or bachelor’s degree). And there is every reason to believe that IT pros will continue to be in demand in the coming decades, as technology continues to play a growing role in business and society. However, because IT professionals can be so expensive, some companies treat IT pros like they own them. If you have to answer a tech call at 9:00 PM because someone is working late, you hear, “That’s just part of the job.” If you need to work six hours on a Saturday to deploy a software update to avoid downtime during business hours, you get, “There’s no comp time for that since you’re on salary. That’s why we pay you the big bucks!”

9.) It will be your fault when users make silly errors

Some users will angrily snap at you when they are frustrated. They will yell, “What’s wrong with this thing?” or “This computer is NOT working!” or (my personal favorite), “What did you do to the computers?” In fact, the problem is that they accidentally deleted the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop, or unplugged the mouse from the back of the computer with their foot, or spilled their coffee on the keyboard.

8.) You will go from goat to hero and back again multiple times within any given day

When you miraculously fix something that had been keeping multiple employees from being able to work for the past 10 minutes — and they don’t realize how simple the fix really was — you will become the hero of the moment and everyone’s favorite employee. But they will conveniently forget about your hero anointment a few hours later when they have trouble printing because of a network slowdown — you will be enemy No. 1 at that moment. But if you show users a handy little Microsoft Outlook trick before the end of the day, you’ll soon return to hero status.

7.) Certifications won’t always help you become a better technologist, but they can help you land a better job or a pay raise

Headhunters and human resources departments love IT certifications. They make it easy to match up job candidates with job openings. They also make it easy for HR to screen candidates. You’ll hear a lot of veteran IT pros whine about techies who were hired based on certifications but who don’t have the experience to effectively do the job. They are often right. That has happened in plenty of places. But the fact is that certifications open up your career options. They show that you are organized and ambitious and have a desire to educate yourself and expand your skills. If you are an experienced IT pro and have certifications to match your experience, you will find yourself to be extremely marketable. Tech certifications are simply a way to prove your baseline knowledge and to market yourself as a professional. However, most of them are not a good indicator of how good you will be at the job.

6.) Your nontechnical co-workers will use you as personal tech support for their home PCs

Your co-workers (in addition to your friends, family, and neighbors) will view you as their personal tech support department for their home PCs and home networks. They will e-mail you, call you, and/or stop by your office to talk about how to deal with the virus that took over their home PC or the wireless router that stopped working after the last power outage and to ask you how to put their photos and videos on the Web so their grandparents in Iowa can view them. Some of them might even ask you if they can bring their home PC to the office for you to fix it. The polite ones will offer to pay you, but some of them will just hope or expect you can help them for free. Helping these folks can be very rewarding, but you have to be careful about where to draw the line and know when to decline.

5.) Vendors and consultants will take all the credit when things work well and will blame you when things go wrong

Working with IT consultants is an important part of the job and can be one of the more challenging things to manage. Consultants bring niche expertise to help you deploy specialized systems, and when everything works right, it’s a great partnership. But you have to be careful. When things go wrong, some consultants will try to push the blame off on you by arguing that their solution works great everywhere else so it must be a problem with the local IT infrastructure. Conversely, when a project is wildly successful, there are consultants who will try to take all of the credit and ignore the substantial work you did to customize and implement the solution for your company.

4.) You’ll spend far more time babysitting old technologies than implementing new ones

One of the most attractive things about working in IT is the idea that we’ll get to play with the latest cutting edge technologies. However, that’s not usually the case in most IT jobs. The truth is that IT professionals typically spend far more time maintaining, babysitting, and nursing established technologies than implementing new ones. Even IT consultants, who work with more of the latest and greatest technologies, still tend to work primarily with established, proven solutions rather than the real cutting edge stuff.

3.) Veteran IT professionals are often the biggest roadblock to implementing new technologies

A lot of companies could implement more cutting edge stuff than they do. There are plenty of times when upgrading or replacing software or infrastructure can potentially save money and/or increase productivity and profitability. However, it’s often the case that one of the largest roadblocks to migrating to new technologies is not budget constraints or management objections; it’s the veteran techies in the IT department. Once they have something up and running, they are reluctant to change it. This can be a good thing because their jobs depend on keeping the infrastructure stable, but they also use that as an excuse to not spend the time to learn new things or stretch themselves in new directions. They get lazy, complacent, and self-satisfied.

2.) Some IT professionals deploy technologies that do more to consolidate their own power than to help the business

Another subtle but blameworthy thing that some IT professionals do is select and implement technologies based on how well those technologies make the business dependent on the IT pros to run them, rather than which ones are truly best for the business itself. For example, IT pros might select a solution that requires specialized skills to maintain instead of a more turnkey solution. Or an IT manager might have more of a Linux/UNIX background and so chooses a Linux-based solution over a Windows solution, even though the Windows solution is a better business decision (or, vice versa, a Windows admin might bypass a Linux-based appliance, for example). There are often excuses and justifications given for this type of behavior, but most of them are disingenuous.

1.) IT pros frequently use jargon to confuse nontechnical business managers and hide the fact that they screwed up

All IT pros — even the very best — screw things up once in a while. This is a profession where a lot is at stake and the systems that are being managed are complex and often difficult to integrate. However, not all IT pros are good at admitting when they make a mistake. Many of them take advantage of the fact that business managers (and even some high-level technical managers) don’t have a good understanding of technology, and so the techies will use jargon to confuse them (and cover up the truth) when explaining why a problem or an outage occurred. For example, to tell a business manager why a financial application went down for three hours, the techie might say, “We had a blue screen of death on the SQL Server that runs that app. Damn Microsoft!” What the techie would fail to mention was that the BSOD was caused by a driver update he applied to the server without first testing it on a staging machine.

What are the other dirty little secrets about working in IT that you think should be added to this list?

Hi

In Indore time rides on wings. Days pass and you don’t even realize about it. This really makes me wonder that it has been six weeks that I am in back this city.

Office work is always up at the desk and by the time I go home I become to lazy to put a word here. Old friends are here but most of the time they remain busy just like I am so no complaint. My old friends from Pune might be complaining about very less or no communication but what to do guys I hate to say this, I am busy these days.

Nothing much is going on at any other front. I am just fine and my camera is still packed.

How are you?

One Month at Indore!

I got all my belongings from Pune to Indore shifted today. Thank god my bike is here now. Coming to office everyday by car was not as good experience as I thought it would be. It was all about traffic worries and time consuming.

As I finished a month here at Yash, got my first salary and expenditure budgeting says I am safe at home.

Wow! It is indeed what they always said, a lot cheaper and a lot better.

The image I am posting here came with an email attachment and we loved it, so here it is for all our friends.

Life is fantastic!

Enjoy…!

Passion!

Starting with the age old question… What is passion?

There might be many definitions to it but lets talk about the things one can be passionate about!

Okay the one is I and I am completely passionate about things which might sound very unusual to many.

So lets list them out the top 5 of them.

1. My Blog: until recently I never realized that how passionate I am about my 360 page that it feels like my life is not complete until I put something here. It is a place where I can stand and shout my heart out, my happiness, my sorrows, my dreams and my life. I think it is the fact that my blog has given me my identity or say helped me know more about myself. It comes at the top of the things I am passionate about.

2. Here comes designing: My designs make me earn and as they say to have fun whatever you do will make things easier and life enjoyable. I like to design and it helps me earn too. So here is what I do have fun doing… Ah… just to cut it short I love the kind of work I do.

3. My HP Digital Cam: Oh Yes… it is a must in this list. Actually my wife pointed that out that as the life of a wizard was trapped in the parrot, I am completely crazy about my small 5 MP digital camera. I bought that from Stockholm. It was one of the cheapest models available but hey, the camera shares some of the best memories of my life. It is in trunk since I shifted to Indore and soon be coming out to make my life in Indore more visible and prominent.

4. Internet: A place, which hosts all the three of my TOP passions. Need I add more to it? I think Internet is a treasure of knowledge and one of the most beautiful inventions that I came across in my life. Now I got it at my home and will be doing it more often.

5. Movies: I love watching, thinking, making and living movies. The greatest stories told in the most passionate forms make movies an integral part. From now on as I am in Indore, I’ll soon be buying a handy cam and will be making short films based on email forwards. I think there are so many stories just waiting for larger audience. Be it of love, friendship, relationship or life.

So now tell me… what is your passion?