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Why couldn’t we build chrome?

By on Sep 3, 2008 in Wisdom | 4 comments

One of the contestants of personality contest at VNIT, where I was one of the judges, said he wanted to go to USA so that he could get the new ideas and technology. I wasn’t quite impressed with that answer. Why would one go to some other country to get ideas? Do they have an environment where the brain gets more blood supply & produces all creative ideas? Yesterday, Google introduce its Chrome browser in over 150 countries around the world. While I’m listening to press adress delivered by Mr. Sundar Pichai, an IIT Kanpur engineer and vice president of product management at Google, I’m thinking – what if Mr. Pichai was in India? What if we could have the top brains from our IIT Computer Science department in one place – pay them well and get them to do the browser thing in India? Do you think we could have built a better browser in India? I’m not...

So, where is the opportunity?

By on Apr 17, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

I was invited to be the judge at VNIT Personality Contest. Let me share an interesting experience with you from the contest. One of the contestants, a wannabe entrepreneur, said that he wanted to go abroad for higher studies and then come back to India to setup his own enterprise. Naturally, he was grilled on why he thought it was best to leave India and study abroad and then come back. While he was right in his argument, I guess I’ve something to say to people who think that they don’t have any future in their own country. Some of us even think we don’t have enough opportunities.   Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, in some remote part of the world, there lived people who had never seen the shoes. They’d roam bare feet and were pretty happy about it.   Two shoe manufacturing companies sent their sales men to see the business potential. Both of...

Judging the VNIT Personality Contest – II

By on Mar 9, 2008 in Wisdom | 5 comments

[Update: When I began writing the part-I, I had no clue that I’ll be invited to judge the Personality Contest finals^. Since I am a smart-bum, I will combine the ‘best of two’ events and present them to you on ‘as-is’ basis.] (Moments from the Finals: Pan the camera to judges’ waiting room): The first year boys escorted me to the judges’ waiting room. Yet again, my co-judges gave me ‘that strange look’. After I introduced myself to them, they said they knew about me and have read about me in the newspaper. It feels good when your existence is recognized and acknowledged. Now three of us (the judges) were waiting for the fourth judge – Mr. Ram Mohan – My favoritestestest coach/mentor at PT. I am a big fan of Mr. Ram Mohan. Mr. Ram Mohan arrived and looked at the all of us. I got this look-> 😯 , and I did expect it. “Sir, do you remember? I’m Big K from 2003 batch?” I asked. Ram Sir...

Judging the personality contest @ VNIT – Part I

By on Feb 28, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

Being the judge; sitting on the ‘other side’ of the table is an ‘experience’ in itself. As a professional engineer, I’ve interviewed lots of people and have met lot of interesting person(alities). Each experience was different and the latest one was not any different. I mean, it was quite a different experience, as I had expected. CEan – Ankit Virmani called me up and demanded that I should be the judge at VNIT’s Personality Contest. I could not say no; and why would I? I had nothing better to do (as usual) on Wednesday evening. Every year, VNIT, a premier engineering institute in India organizes their fest – Aarohi. It’s central India’s biggest college event! Very well organized and executed. Personality contest, “Cynosure”, is an important event in Aarohi. Ankit called me up and asked for my bio-data; which is quite a technical (?) one. I gave him the points he could use while...