Are you selling yourself short?

I've spent a significant amount of time trying to hire in India lately and here are my personal observations, maybe my sample set is poor or maybe there is a wider problem:

Almost all resumes and associated candidates I come across seem hell bent on defining themselves as narrowly as possible. I get an avalanche of technical jargon that’s supposed to impress me with the candidate's knowledge and not much else. Ignoring for a moment that even this supposed knowledge is usually heavily embellished, there is almost no emphasis on their wider selves.

Who is the person behind all the technology speak? What drives you? What motivates you? What is the special attribute that will make you an asset when the technology landscape inevitably changes? What makes you interesting? Are you trustworthy? Do you have emotional intelligence? Do you know how to lead? What are your goals? What is the culture you're comfortably with? What are your values?

Almost no one is even prepared to have t…

The land that lived up to the hype ...

I have to admit, the thought of a family trip to Switzerland had me drowning in cliche' induced misery. Growing up on Bollywood staples, Switzerland represented an ever present, over used and completely cliche'd destination of choice. I had serious reservations about visiting the Yash Raj land, Afraid all the spots worth seeing had already been reflected in one Bollywood pot boiler or another.

So it was with much inner turmoil that I agreed to go along to the cheese capital of the world. And yet, surprise surprise, the natural beauty of the place seen in flesh and blood surpassed anything I could have imagined even if I was enthused about the trip. I've tried to capture the sense of the place in a few images that continue to leave me in awe ... Truly a magical place. Needless to say, the trip served up a welcome reminder to not let cliche's rule my world.

Steve Jobs .. and Apple's failures post his demise

Tim Cook has just launched the Apple Watch. His first new product category launch post Steve Jobs and all it did was highlight just how important a role Steve played at Apple.

For such a large company, it's incredible just how reliant they were on Steve's Autocratic, all encompassing control. To me, the Apple watch launch is the definitive example of how they're missing his leadership and decision making. Here's why I believe this product would not have launched in it's current shape under Steve Jobs:

Technological Overreach - Steve was great at understanding the technological trends and leveraging them at the right moment to stay ahead of the curve while never letting the customer experience suffer. The dropping of the floppy, Flash and the CD drive are but a few examples. Apple consistently made gutsy calls on what didn't go into their products based on technology trends. In each case, their decision was ground breaking but also based on availability of someth…

Media and Responsibility

It was reported in the last couple of weeks that India successfully launched a new satellite into orbit.
The accompanying news report mentioned that the satellite, named the GSAT-12, would aid television broadcasting, tele-education and tele-medicine programs and village resources. It went on to list mundane details like the satellite's apogee and perigee and it's exact weight. This is where the report ended. A routine report of a routine satellite launch. I'd seen dozens of nearly identical reports before and didn't give it much thought.

And yet, somewhere in the back of my mind, the monotony of the report and it's unchanging content bothered me. Yes, we are in the 21st century and satellite launches are routine. Yes, we are approaching the dawn of private space exploration and tourism. However, space is still the sole preserve of a handful of nations and a satellite launch is still an extremely expensive endeavor. Each individual launch is planned for a specific…

Of foggy mirrors and cobwebs ....

It's been a long time since I've really been here. As I wipe the fog off of mirrors and try to reconnect, I feel a vague sense of being lost in my own house, not fully recognizing my own reflection. I know it's my house and I know it's me in the mirror, but the pathways and the lines feel somewhat unfamiliar, unclear.

Is this growing up? Is this feeling a measure of time or is it a measure of the distance travelled?

More importantly, what does it say about me if the overall accompanying emotion turns out to be a vague sense of grief?

Tender words .. from another lifetime

"In the midst of fleeting moments and
the hustle-bustle of an ordinary day
I feel the magic called 'you' ;
the days of bliss, far and few.

I feel you in the first rays of
the new sun, awaking it's resplendent glory,
I feel you in haunting notes of a soulful tune;
in the happy end to a touching story.

I feel you in the calm of the silvery,
gibbous moon, teasing me to a cheery blush;
i feel you in the high of mouthing a warm brownie,
in the tang of the orange slush.

I feel you in my faith in god, and his light,
I feel you in the pain that jabs my heart just after a fight
I feel you in the smiles you bring to my face
I feel you in the higher power that sets my pulse to it's pace.

I feel you in the touch of the petal,soft and velvet;
I feel you in the wetness of the morning dew,
I feel you in the smell of the moist grounds just after rain,
I feel you in the lush green of stripped branches
beginning to get leaves anew.

I feel you in the lines running crisscross on my plams,
I feel you in th…

Blame the damn cops for everything

They Say when you don't have words of your own, use somebody else's. Since i don't have much to say, here's a great article By Anshul Chaturvedi (Courtesy: Times of India).

"India's status as the world's largest democracy is undermined by a police force that thinks it is above the law," says Brad Adams, Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, in a recent report.

I disagree.

I think India's status as a democracy - irrespective of size - is firstly undermined by a political class that thinks it is above the law, by an administrative machinery that thinks it is above the law, and - going by how upset they are at being asked to divulge their financial assets - a judiciary that thinks it is above the law, too. The cops are way, way down the line. And, oh, incidentally, along the way, they get shot, too. None of the others run that risk.

We have made a culture out of branding men in uniform. The local police, the central paramilitary forces, and whenever…