2008 has been an eventful year to say the least. It begun with an awesome party at my last place. We have since moved to a nice little place and have had a couple of fun parties there too ­čÖé Work was fun. Some friends moved on from Evalueserve to seek a different career path and that forced me to think about my future plans. After a lot of dilly dallying I finally decided to take a plunge at MBA and since then life has been almost exclusively about work and apping. The next month and a half will be very crucial for that and I hope to get some good news. On the tech front, I learnt a lot[…]

… once again!! A long long time ago, test cricket became boring. Not because of the run rates or the draws. But because one team beat everyone else, every God damn time. And then as it happens with everything else, the winds of change started blowing. McGrath, Warne, Langer and Gilchrist retired. About a year ago Ponting and Hayden decided they could not bat anymore. Symonds found things more important than playing.┬áHussey and Clarke were ok, but they couldn’t carry nine other.┬áLee lost his mojo. Krezja is a pathetic excuse of a spinner (tonnes in first four innings!!), even Symonds and Clarke bowl before him. Only Mitchell Johnson looks like he can do some damage. But then one bowler doesn’t[…]

There are millions out there who want to believe in God, and profess their love for the religion. However, they have always looked for excuses to not profess their love and faith. The ghosts of 1999 will, hopefully, finally be buried. Yesterday, the God removed that final hurdle. Now those disbelievers will have no more excuses. You will not need to ┬áhave any more excuses to profess that cricket is your religion. And no it is not that vulgar and obscene version. It is the pure and serene version that gives us the high like nothing else. Test cricket will for ever be my first love. There are good batsmen, the Pontings and the Haydens. There are great batsmen, the[…]

We have started using the Thomson Innovation recently at work, and I must confess that I was hooked the first time I started working on in. The data coverage is good. A lot of nifty features, like combining Derwent with normal queries. However, now that I have used it for a while, I must say that I have a few suggestions on how it can be improved. Thomson folks, are you listening?? Fire your helpdesk. I have sent them two emails with queries in two days and they have not responded yet. That sucks and is simply unacceptable. And these were very standard and basic queries. You need better people on it. Emulate the STN helpdesk. They rock!! Too many[…]

Suddenly out of nowhere, we got an email yesterday about a session where we had to represent our group in a short session where we would have to speak on a common topic. Though the entire exercise seemed a lot of fun, the kind of work schedule I am facing did not make it a welcome act. Anyway, the topic is “Work place changes that will enhance my potential“. I thought about it last night, and here is what I could come up with. IT – Suspend stupid rules, remove bottlenecks, simplify workflow, etc, etc… Engage us – Come on, a debrief of the last month to the Managers and above will create transparency and build trust. Work from home[…]