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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Love Actually is all around us !!!

Love is in the air,Everywhere I look around 
Love is in the air,Every sight and every sound 
And I don't know if I'm being foolish Don't know if I'm being wise 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when I look in your eyes 
Love is in the air,In the whisper of the trees 
Love is in the air,In the thunder of the sea 
And I don't know if I'm just dreaming Don't know if I feel sane 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when you call out my name 
Love is in the air,In the rising of the sun 
Love is in the air,When the day is nearly done 
And I don't know if you're an illusion Don't know if I see it true 
But you're something that I must believe in 
And you're there when I reach out for you 
Love is in the air,Everywhere I look around 
Love is in the air,Every sight and every sound 
And I don't know if I'm being foolish Don't know if I'm being wise 
But it's something that I must believe in And it's there when I look in your eyes

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
My Father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
It snowed last year too:
I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.
If you have Love, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
And then there is Country love !!!
And then there is Puppy Love !!!

"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. "

Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan ....

A recent discussion about Mumbai brought back some memories and i thought of compiling this post based on what i have read earlier ... so here it goes ...
An ode to the city that never sleeps !!
You know you are from Mumbai when....
  • You spend more time travelling than you spend at home.
  • 9:47 fast, means something to you.
  • You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
  • Amitabh Bachchans house is a landmark
  • When there's no place to breathe in the trains but there's place to play cards and sing bhajans!
  • Every three months you look at your street and say "Why're the digging the road again?"
  • You aren't surprised when somebody throws a water balloon at you while you're walking on the streets during March.
  • You can only smile forgivingly about the size of any other city in the world.
  • When while giving directions you say "Right MARO aur wahan pe ek bridge GIREGA"
  • You consider the local train "empty" when you find a spot for your two feet to stand on.
  • When "chalta hai" is the most commonly used word
  • Everything to the north of Mumbai is UP-Bihar and everything below is Madras (Chennai)
  • It takes longer to get off from your house to the station than from one end of Mumbai to another by train.
  • You have learnt how to stand in a queue
  • You are back to work next day after the city is bombed
  • When you allow complete strangers to spend the night in your house because its raining outside and half the city is submerged...
  • You say "Town" and expect everyone to know that this means "South of Churchgate".
  • Your Door has more than Three Locks.
  • Rs. 500 worth of Groceries fit in one paper bag.
  • You think Chowpatty & Juhu beaches as Nature.
  • You have the following sets of friends: School Friends, College Friends, Neighborhood Friends, and Office Friends! And yes, 'Train Friends', a Species unique only in Mumbai.
  • Cabbies and Bus Conductors think you are from Mars if you call the Roads by their 'Indian Names'; they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar Road and Altamount Road.
  • Bollywood and Stock Market quotes are the only other thing beside Cricket, which you follow passionately.
  • The first thing that you read in the 'Times of India' is the "Bombay Times" supplement.
  • You take Fashion seriously.
  • You compare Mumbai to New York's 'Manhattan', instead of any other Cities of India.
  • The most frequently used part of your Car is the HORN.
  • You insist on calling 'Mumbai' as 'Bombay', 'CST' as 'VT', and 'Sahara' and 'Santacruz' Airports instead of 'Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport'.
  • You love walking through Knee-deep Mucky Water in the Monsoons, and actually call it "Romantic".
  • Only in Mumbai, you would get 'Chinese Dosa' and 'Jain Chicken' Awesome!
  • You call 'Traffic Policemen' as "Pandus" and expect 'Out-of-Towners' to understand that.

The IT / Software Industry ! Can i leave at 6.00 pm today ????

I have been part of the IT industry – the Delivery Line specifically (in the Datawarehousing technology) for a while now !! 5 years so to say (in which for around 10 months I was on a break). I have still not managed to figure out that how do projects most of the times go horribly wrong in estimates ??? Well, its not too diffcult !! Indian IT companies are known for bidding projects for lowest prices and unachievable deadlines so that they can get more projects and don’t we all know that an average programmer entering the IT induatry knows that its not a ‘9 to 5’ kinda job ???? It’s a ‘9 to 9’ job you see. That’s if your project is normally executing !! Yeah, right !!! I really wish for a day when this changes !! The norms have been set in the industry and I have been one oversincere dedicated worker who has worked beyond the 5 or 6.30 timeline to churn out success stories, but at what cost ?? Personal life goes for a complete toss !!! Dosent it ??? This ought to change !! I hope I can turn it around , if not for all atleast for myself !! And if all can turn it around for themselves mebbe we can turn it around for the industry !!! But how, I still have to figure that out ……
As for now, a compilation of some funny takes on software/IT in general !!!Enjoi !!

It's OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn't need to figure out code. You should be able to read it. - Steve C McConnell

You never finish a program, you just stop working on it. - Anonymous

If you can read this, thank a Software Developer. - Joseph M. Abou Nader

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight. - Bill Gates 

God is real, unless declared integer. - Anonymous

A SQL query walks into a bar. He approaches two tables and says, "Mind if I join you? - Anonymous

"Drug dealers:Refer to their clients as "users". "The first one's free!" Have important South-East Asian connections (to help move the stuff). Strange jargon: "Stick", "Rock", "Dime bag," "E". Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market. Job is assisted by industry's producing newer, more potent mixes. Often seen in the company of pimps and hustlers. Their product causes unhealthy addictions. Do your job well, and you can sleep with sexy movie stars who depend on you.
Software developers:Refer to their clients as "users". "Download a free trial version..." Have important South-East Asian connections (to help debug the code). Strange jargon: "SCSI", "ISDN", "Java", "RTFM" Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market. Job is assisted by industry's producing newer, faster machines. Often seen in the company of marketing people and venture capitalists. Their product causes unhealthy addictions - DOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem 3D. Damn! Damn! DAMN!!!" - Anonymous

If you don't have a good system, make sure you get good users. - Anonymous

Pasting code from the internet into production code is like chewing gum found in the street. - Mike Johnson

Programmers are tools for converting caffeine into code. - Anonymous

Real men don't use backups, they post their stuff on a public ftp server and let the rest of the world make copies. - Linus Thorvalds

Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code. - Christopher Thompson

I don't care if it works on your machine! We are not shipping your machine! - Vidiu Platon

The Internet "browser"... is the piece of software that puts a message on your computer screen informing you that the Internet is currently busy and you should try again later. - Dave Barry

I'd rather write programs to write programs than write programs. - Anonymous

Brooks Law: "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later!" The best way to get a project done faster is to start sooner. -Jim Highsmith

The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time...The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time. - Tom Cargill

How does a project get to be a year late?... One day at a time. - Fred Brooks

The bearing of a child takes nine months, no matter how many women are assigned. Many software tasks have this characteristic because of the sequential nature of debugging. - Fred Brooks

Perfection (in design) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand. -Martin Fowler

Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence! -Edsger Dijkstra

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers think it is good for programmers and programmers hate it!. -Gerald Weinberg

Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined. -Kreitzberg and Shneiderman

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to to, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. -Donald Knuth

Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a comment, ask yourself, ‘How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?’ Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer. -Steve McConnell

An organization that treats its programmers as morons will soon have programmers that are willing and able to act like morons only. -Bjarne Stroustrup

Design and programming are human activities; forget that and all is lost. -Bjarne Stroustrup

Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. -Ralph Johnson

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. - Larry Wall

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. -C.A.R. Hoare

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. -Frederick P. Brooks

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency. -Austin Freeman

It's hard enough to find an error in your code when you're looking for it; it's even harder when you've assumed your code is error-free. -Steve McConnell

A good way to stay flexible is to write less code. -Pragmatic Programmer

The best performance improvement is the transition from the nonworking state to the working state. -John Ousterhout

You can't have great software without a great team, and most software teams behave like dysfunctional families. -Jim McCarthy

The perfect project plan is possible if one first documents a list of all the unknowns. -Bill Langley

Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. - Anonymous

... programming requires more concentration than other activities. It's the reason programmers get upset about 'quick interruptions' - such interruptions are tantamount to asking a juggler to keep three balls in the air and hold your groceries at the same time. -Steve McConnell

When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code. -Richard Pattis

Every big computing disaster has come from taking too many ideas and putting them in one place. -Gordon Bell

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Do you feel this way for someone ?

Well !! Been off the blogging scene for a couple of weeks juggling with lots that got added on the professional front !But back to what i look doing the most !!Came across this poem , sent by a friend ...
Just random thoughts !!
Do you have that person / people in your life for whom you feel whats conveyed in this poem ? Check it out !!

Is that me or it is you? 

When I am upset, there is a tear in your eye
When I am happy, there is a smile on your face
I am not sure who resides in me
Is that me or it is you?
You have sleepless nights when I work till late
You too stay hungry when I'm not in a mood to eat
You get worried when I get hurt
You look fresh when I sleep for long
I am not sure who takes care of me
Is that me or it is you?
Sadness touches your heart before it comes to me
Happiness brings a twinkle in your eyes before it brings a smile on my face
Words come out of your mouth before thoughts enter my mind
I am not sure who has my heart
Is that me or it is you?
I was upset and was crying
Wanted to spend some time with me
But I missed you when I was with myself
I am not sure who did I want
Was that me or it was you?
I have asked a thousand times to myself
Who is my life?
Is that me or it is you?