Nerdysahai’s World

October 31, 2008

India’s no 1, in (C)hess mind it, not (C)ricket

Filed under: Sports — Abhinav Sahai @ 11:47 pm
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Anand with the Championship trophy

Anand with the Championship trophy

Peter Roebuck, Australia’s famous Cricket writer is in India, for covering the Border Gavaskar Trophy but yesterday, first lines he spoke were something like this, “I have never seen this before, the frontpage of the newspapers having Chess as its headline”. Well Mr.Peter I guess there are some things unique about India and when it comes to brainpower then I guess India has quite often proven its supremacy to the world. Yet again we prove that when Vishwanathan Anand, India’s first Grandmaster won the World Chess Championship.

Vishwanathan Anand, ranked no. 1 since 2007, has now been crowned the undisputed king of the world in the game of chess. He had won the Rapid Title (07) and also won in tournament format (07 again) and if there was anything he wanted badly was this, the title in the matchplay format. He beat Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik by 2-game margin to become the First Non Russian since Bobby Fischer in 1972 to win against a Russian in this format of the game. With world titles in all formats of the game he can heave a sigh of relief and bring a smile on his face, finally !

India maybe having the better of the world champs in Cricket, but this I guess should be rated as India’s biggest sports feat and stands at par if not above with the Cricket World Series title in 83 or Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal at the olympics. Hopefully many youngsters will follow him in and get inspired to produce more such results and more glory to the nation. Cheers for Anand, cheers for India.

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October 27, 2008

Its all in the environment

Filed under: Life — Abhinav Sahai @ 11:23 pm
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How many of you have had your boss’ sitting next to you with a hand on your shoulder and asking “aaj kya laye ho khane me ?” or changed his route on way to home  and dropped you home after a party?? Or the PM in your company asking you to get more of food so that everybody can eat or making fun of every single post on the technical mailing list?? These are just a few points I mentioned to describe the environment in my office.How many of us feel like going to office? Or let me ask how many keep waiting for that friday in office and just wish that monday never comes?? Well the scenario at srijan is different, people willingly coming on saturdays and sometimes even on sundays to the office. They dont wait for the weekend and want that monday to come. This is because of the environment that is present at Srijan. When I came for an interview, I was asked a question what kind of a work environment do you expect and I had no answers just that people should be helping and supportive. After spending some 10 days at Srijan now I understand what that question meant !

Open source is about freedom and truly if that’s how companies adopting the open source work then I guess I will not like to leave such an environment for whatever money is on offer.  In these 10 days I have been asked by many people what is the package and scope and things like that, but to each of one I have answered their questions and added one answer from myself, I am loving the work. Nice technologies, good clients and the best part the WORK CULTURE at Srijan is just terrific.

I had thought of writing this but was not getting time or I should say was behaving in a lazy manner but this blog post at my company’s official blog motivated me enough to finally pen it down here. Thanks to everybody at Sriajn.

October 21, 2008

Got the BIGGER thing ! Cheers

Filed under: Life — Abhinav Sahai @ 12:12 pm
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I have been dying to write this and finally found time after exactly a week. My previous post was a result of a disappointment but it ended with a positive message “Something even bigger is waiting for me !” and thats exactly what has happened in my life.  Last tuesday I went to Srijan for an interview with much fright in my mind than for any other interview as I knew I could be torn apart in terms of technical knowledge. But also had the confidence of my strong profile.

Well I had sessions/interviews with 3 people and was then asked to leave with the message that I would be intimated in a few days time. Then suddenly I was asked to wait and then after a long wait they said “OK, when can you join us? ” I was so thrilled that without even realising anything I said TOMORROW. It was only later when I came back to my cousin’s place that I did not even have clothes to wear !!! Just had two pair of formals out of which 1 I was already wearing ! I was so excited that I left even without taking the offer letter. It was only when I was called back, could I collect the letter.

Srijan, a company working using the open source tools. I had always dreamt of joining such a company as I never wanted to go to the inferior proprietery world. People with no knowledge making pathetic pieces of softwares and undeservedly getting more money. Thats why I was never thought of joining iGate Global Solutions, the company that offered me a campus offer, me being the lone CS guy selected from my college and being one of the 54 selected from a whopping 1300 students.

Well, my happiness not ended with the Srijan offer letter, I was even more happy when I met the people here and saw the work culture. It’s not one of those where you need to carry your ID all the time, need to swipe them in order to get in and stay quiet when inside the office. It was like maggi tomato ketchup (boss, its different! ) No need of carrying Id’s, no coffee machine at the corner of a large hall, no sitting at your place for the entire day, no need to unnecessarily talk in english, no horrifying bosses or trainers, though I still fear Atul sir, the person who helped me out with the work the first dew days and no bakwas, in short masti@work. And the best part being flexible work timings, man made chai at your place and and and you could even workd from your home if you are not well or for some genuine reasons like that, provided you actually WORK. I was asked by Hari sir what do you mean by a good environment, now I understand what that is! I am really glad to be in between intellectuals and so talented people and at the same time such great collegues. See I said na, “Something even bigger is waiting for me !”

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