Monthly Archive: May 2005

Rains in Mangalore

Looks like monsoon is finally in. Its raining lightly outside as i write this. I guess, the rains this time are just on time. The temperature has come down, and its a much cooler now.

For the past couple of days, (almost a week), it has been very cloudy. No rain. Which is bad since it increases the humidity. The next few days, we will (hopefully) have full fledged monsoon and it will rain cats and dogs here in Mangalore!

And, that reminds me of rain dance party @ office!! :)

Heres what is going on

OK. Quick updates on whats going on in my life…

On the Work front: Transition is almost done. I have moved physically too to an other wing. Yet to get allocated to a project. So, a bit free. The thing took more time that planned. Cant help. Many of the things are out of our control.

Personal front, .. lot of functions to attend. Friday evening we had to attend a birthday party at chitra’s house. Saturday was too hectic. Chitra’s cousin got married in Mulky. Then I had to attend a house opening ceremony of one my colleague’s newly built house. On Sunday, we had guests at home. We had invited my cousin and her husband – the newly married couple for lunch. So, lot of people at home for lunch.

Sunday evening, one more wedding. This time, our colleague (Rashmi Rai) @ Infy. The weekend flew off at a very fast pace!

Today, back in office. Moved to a new location.

Birthday Cake

Shot this on 27th-may at one b’day party!

Birthday Cake (click to enlarge)

Birthday Cake (click to enlarge)

Birthday Cake (click to enlarge)

Birthday Cake (click to enlarge)

Birthday Cake (click to enlarge)

90/10 principle by Steven Covey

Recently, i came across this forward mail. (rather, the mail came to me :) ) Its supposedly by Steven Covey. Its worth reading and more importanly implementing….

Here it goes……….

90/10 Principle
By: Steven Covey

Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations). What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light. However, you can control your reaction. Do not let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Let us use an example: You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over.

She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work.

You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit zone. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started te rrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?
A. Did the coffee cause it?
B. Did your daughter cause it?
C. Did the policeman cause it?
D. Did you cause it?

The answer is “D”.

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, “Its ok honey, you just need to be more careful next time”. Grabbing a towel, you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minute s early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference?

Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.

Why? Because of how you REACTED.

You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle.

If someone says something negative about you, do not be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You do not have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic?

* Do you lose your temper?
* Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall Off)
* Do you curse?
* Does your blood pressure skyrocket?
* Do yo u try to bump them?

WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive. Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job.

The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger.

Why are stressed out? It will just make things worse. Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it.

The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle.

The result? Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache.

We all must understand and apply the 9 0/10 principle.

It CAN change your life!

what say ??

Back to School – III

One more in the ‘Back to School’ series (Part one, two here). This was shot when we were in class 10 at Canara High School, Mangalore.

10th Stanard, Canara High School, 1995

Row 4 (Topmost, L to R):
Arun S, Sudhir Prabhu, Pramath Rao, Varadaraj Prabhu, Girish B, Narayan Kamath (no longer with us :(), Manohar, Suval Jacob, Vinayak Bhakta, Shareen Hegde, Dheeraj, Anil Pandit, Harsha Shet, Nitin, Mithun C P.

Row 3:
Dileep, Sooraj, Mahesh Pavalkodi, Mahesh, Sachin Shet, Anil Kamath, Manohar Rao, Nishanth B S, Jairam Kulkarni, Sudhakar Raikar, Narayan, Rohit Saralaya, Sandeep Chowta, Premanand Maller, Shridhar V, Madhukar Shetty, Ashwin, {Me}, Raghavendra (Chama), Venugopal, Murali.

Row 2:
Rakshan (Jimmy), Gautham, Pradeep Pai, Vivek Prabhu, Sushanth Pai, Amith, Ashok Kamath, Shakeel, Sandeep Narayan, Rakesh, Swaroop M S, Melwin, Vivekananda, Sathish, Vijay, Vinay, Chetan, Giridhar, Gokul, Vishwanath.

Row 1 (Lower most; L to R) :
Ms Albert Pinto, Ms Leelavathi, Ashok Pandit Sir, G P Shetty Sir, Umesh Mallya Sir, Headmaster – Venkatesh Kamath, Vageshwari Shivaram, Narayan Naik, Shridhar Rao Sir, Madav Suvarna Sir, Ghanshyam Kamath (our SPL), Samarth Shetty.

Other Memories :
Back to School – II – Class 9 Snap
Back to School – I – Class 2 Snap


Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.
-King Whitney Jr.

I feel change is good! Don’t you think so? Soon, I will be moving on to development. Its almost three years now since i am into Education & Research department of our company. Training people. I did like it. E&R helped me increase my skillset. I could learn lot of new stuff. And now, I would like to make best use of my skillset …. add more projects to my resume …..dive into development… and experience a whole new world. I have been waiting for this for some time now.

It will be a whole new world altogether. New challenges, new work environment (in the same company though!), new people, new friends, new timelines…………..but its good, and I am all set to take up the new adventure! Wish me luck!

For the more curious, I am joining a business unit called Resources, Energies, Utilities (REU) in our company. Will post more updates as i get to know more details!

Yahoo 360° and Orkut Invites

Thanks to Harsh, I got hooked on to Yahoo 360° and Orkut. Actually, i had kind of consciously kept both of them away…. or in other words, had not put any special efforts to get an invite for both of these services, primarily because it would be very addictive. Anyway, when Harsh spoke to me over IM about it, i decided to try it out! :)

First hand comments : Yahoo 360° -> .. did not like it much. setup sucks. no guided wizard/setup. broken kind. found myself lost.

Orkut : cool. found tons of friends :)………..

If you need invites on any of these services drop a comment!

Search and destory : Its Gates Vs Google!

While browsing came across this wonderful 6-page articleon titled : “Why Google scares Bill gates

Its a nice read. It basically gives an insight into whats happening in the Microsoft camp!. Some interesting snippets for the article :

Google was a web search business, yet here on the screen were postings for engineers with backgrounds that had nothing to do with search and everything to do with Microsoft’s core business—people trained in things like operating-system design, compiler optimization, and distributed-systems architecture. Gates wondered whether Microsoft might be facing much more than a war in search. An e-mail he sent to a handful of execs that day said, in effect, “We have to watch these guys. It looks like they are building something to compete with us.”

Yes……….after reading the following line.., i really thought about it!. Yes. its nearly 4 years!

Indeed, four years have passed since Microsoft released a piece of software that generated the kind of buzz Google seems to generate every month.

See these numbers!

Before Google’s IPO last fall, Microsoft executives dismissed this brain drain as a function of greed. But when the exodus continued after the IPO—especially when Marc Lucovsky, one of the chief architects of Windows, bolted for Google—it was clear that Microsoft had a bigger problem on its hands. As of March, roughly 100 Microsofties had left for its search nemesis.

All of us would agree about this statement about microsoft, which has proved wrong in case of google!

The company hasn’t always played by the rules, but when it has gone after a market, it has done so quickly and aggressively. Current and former executives of companies like Apple, WordPerfect, Lotus, Novell, and of course Netscape can attest to that.

hehehe. Talk about Plagiarism!

“I remember when [Payne’s team] showed off their first prototype in early 2004—people laughed because it was so much like Google,” says a former Microsoft executive. “We had copied them. That’s not how you lead.”

Wake up call ?

“Here Microsoft was spending $600 million a year in R&D for MSN, $1 billion a year for Office, and $1 billion a year for Windows, and Google gets desktop search out before us? It was a real wake-up call,” says an exec.

This quote made by a google executive is really cool!. I love this one :)

“One of the criticisms that the media makes is to compare Google to previous-generation companies. Google is trying to solve the next problem, not the last problem.”

Read the full article here.

WordPress up and running

WordPress was released today. And, I have upgraded my copy of WordPress to v1.5.1.1.

This update basically takes care of minor bugs related to feeds and trackbacks in v1.5.1.

Update: In our effort to optimize we made two mistakes in 1.5.1, one related to feeds and one related to trackbacks and pingbacks. We’ve updated the download with which corrects these bugs and a few others.

Anyways, my upgrade went on fine. No issues. The blogs seems to be loading a bit faster too. Thumbs up!