Thursday, May 31, 2007

Women are always special!

Today morning as I was travelling to my office, I got a call from my associate saying that her baby had expired. She was in her 8th month of pregnancy. I was really shaken and didn't have any words to express my feelings. But after sometime I managed to regain my composure and gave her some pep up and told her that I will come to the hospital to meet her. There were quite some complications in the operation. I do not have the courage yet to meet her personally.It's a dreadful feeling especially for mothers and this single attribute of bearing a child for 9 months always makes women special and takes them higher than anybody in this world!.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A simple Gesture!

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve.You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

(Source:Chicken Soup for the Soul,by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen).

Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying,along with two sweaters,a baseball bat,a glove and a small tape recorder.Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way,he helped to carry part of the burden.As they walked Mark discovered the boy's name was Bill,that he loved video games, baseball and history,that he was having a lot of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend.

They arrived at Bill's home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television.The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home.They continued to see each other around school,had lunch together once or twice,then both graduated from junior high school.They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years.Finally the long awaited senior year came, and three weeks before graduation,Bill asked Mark if they could talk.

Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. "Do you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?"asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother's sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself,I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow.
So you see, Mark, when you picked up my books that day, you did a lot more.
You saved my life."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

You can WIN!

When I was reading Shiv Khera's 'YOU CAN WIN', the following messages always had a positive effect on me. I prefer to start my day, after reading these messages. I always felt better and it helps me when I am confused.


¨ The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem.
¨ The Winner always has a program;
The Loser always has an excuse.
¨ The Winner says, "Let me do it for you";
The Loser says, "That is not my job."
¨ The Winner sees an answer for every problem;
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.
¨ The Winner says, "It may be difficult but it is possible";
The Loser says, "It may be possible but it is too difficult."
¨ When a Winner makes a mistake, he says, "I was wrong";
When a Loser makes a mistake, he says, "It wasn't my fault."
¨ A Winner makes commitments;
A Loser makes promises.
¨ Winners have dreams;
Losers have schemes.
¨ Winners say, "I must do something";
Losers say, "Something must be done."
¨ Winners are a part of the team;
Losers are apart from the team.
¨ Winners see the gain;
Losers see the pain.
¨ Winners see possibilities;
Losers see problems.
¨ Winners believe in win-win;
Losers believe for them to win someone has to lose.
Winners see the potential;
Losers see the past.
¨ Winners are like a thermostat;
Losers are like thermometers.
¨ Winners choose what they say;
Losers say what they choose.
¨ Winners use hard arguments but soft words;
Losers use soft arguments but hard words.
¨ Winners stand firm on values but compromise on petty things;
Losers stand firm on petty things but compromise on values.
¨ Winners follow the philosophy of empathy: "Don't do to others what you would not
want them to do to you";
Losers follow the philosophy, "Do it to others before they do it to you."
¨ Winners make it happen;
Losers let it happen.
¨ Winners plan and prepare to win.
The key word is preparation.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Legacy of Love!

Source : Chicken Soup for the Soul,by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen

As a young man,Al was a skilled artist,a potter.He had a wife and two
fine sons.One night, his oldest son developed a severe stomachache.Thinking it was only some common intestinal disorder, neither Al nor his wife took the condition very seriously.But the malady was actually acute appendicitis, and the boy died suddenly that night.Knowing the death could have been prevented if he had only realized the seriousness of the situation,Al's emotional health deteriorated under the enormous burden of his guilt.To make matters worse his wife left him a short time later, leaving him alone with his six-year-old younger son.The hurt and pain of the two situations were more than Al could handle, and he turned to alcohol to help him cope.In time Al became an alcoholic.

As the alcoholism progressed, Al began to lose everything he possessed—his home, his land, his art objects, everything.Eventually Al died alone in a San Francisco motel room.When I heard of Al's death, I reacted with the same disdain the world shows for one who ends his life with nothing material to show for it.

"What a complete failure!" I thought. "What a totally wasted life!"As time went by, I began to re-evaluate my earlier harsh judgment.Yousee, I knew Al's now adult son, Ernie. He is one of the kindest, most caring, most loving men I have ever known. I watched Ernie with his children and saw the free flow of love between them. I knew that kindness and caring had to come from somewhere.I hadn't heard Ernie talk much about his father. It is so hard to defend an alcoholic. One day I worked up my courage to ask him."I'm really puzzled by something," I said. "I know your father was basically the only one to raise you. What on earth did he do that you became such a special person?".

Ernie sat quietly and reflected for a few moments. Then he said, "From my earliest memories as a child until I left home at 18, Al came into my room every night,gave me a kiss and said, 'I love you, son.'"

Tears came to my eyes as I realized what a fool I had been to judge Al as a failure. He had not left any material possessions behind.But he had been a kind loving father, and he left behind one of the finest,most giving men I have ever known.

Monday, May 14, 2007

PMBOK : An bird's eye view!

If you are preparing for PMP or have the idea to go for this - I recommend you to look into the following sites :

Abrachan provides a great insight for all the participants on how to take this credential and come out successfully.

DABBAWALLAS – Self Organizing Teams

The below information is extracted from the detailed presentation about 'Advanced Scrum V 1.2.1'- made by Abrachan Puduserry.

Information Source :

Email :

What is NMTBSA?
(Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association)
History : Started in 1880
Charitable trust : Registered in 1956
Avg. Literacy Rate : 8th Grade Schooling
Total area coverage : 60 Kms
Employee Strength : 5000
Number of Tiffin's : 2,00,000 Tiffin Boxes
i.e 4,00,000 transactions every day.
Time taken : 3 hrs

Error Rate : 1 in 16 million transactions
Six Sigma performance (99.999999)
Technological Backup : Nil.
Cost of service - Rs. 200/month ($ 4.00/month)
Standard price for all (Weight, Distance, Space)
Rs. 50 Cr. Turnover approx.
[200,000*200=400,000,00 p.m. i.e 48 crore p.a.]
“No strike” record as each one a share holder
Earnings -5000 to 6000 p.m.


No Alcohol Drinking during business hours
Wearing White Cap during business hours
Carry Identity Cards

Some Achievements
World record in best time management.
Name in “GUINESS BOOK of World Records”.
Registered with Ripley's “ believe it or not”.

Logistics is happening 24 hrs a day,7 days a week
and 52 weeks a year.
Logistical competency is achieved by coordinating
the following:
- Network Design
- Information
- Transportation
- Inventory
- Warehousing

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Motivation from Aby!

Today,I got some comments about my blog from ABY(Abrachan).Abrachan has always been a source of inspiration for me. He has a great sense of vision and direction. I have learnt a lot from him about project management,quality management and about life too!

(Visit his website :

These were his comments :
"Today I reached your blog accidentally, and I am really glad to see the grooming of a great blog. I am really honoured to see links to and to Keep up the good work. Best wishes, Abrachan".

Thanks a lot ABY for everything!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

SCRUM - Is slowly catching up!

SCRUM development process is slowly catching up. It's an agile way of working that lays stress on people and interaction over processes and documents. An attitude change is the baseline for the success of SCRUM.

The word SCRUM is derived from rugby.A scrum is a team of eight individuals in Rugby. Everyone in the pack acts together with everyone else to move the ball down the field.Teams work as tight, integrated units with each team member playing a well defined role and the whole team focusing on a single goal. In development teams, each team member must understand his or her role and the tasks for each increment. The entire team must have a single focus. The priorities must be clear. As we now describe, the Scrum development process facilitates this team focus.

Rewind - Love only!

Today, I had the opportunity to discuss with one of my close friend his experiences with 'Love'. This created a sort of a flashback and I was able to reflect the same on me.

Every person in this world would have fallen in love. Love has personally given me some majestic highs and depressing lows.Love is something that has no words to describe and yet it is the most powerful feeling that human beings can relate to.

I was infact IN and OUT of it, a lot of times with different people at different times.On a lot of occassions,it was from the other side and hence it gave me the confidence to travel that extra mile.

As an institution, I do not believe in marriage.I strongly feel that marriage puts that extra bit of pressure on women.To me it's an old framework with crumbling edifice.But the only reason why I entered into it, was that I did not want to hurt the feelings&emotions of the girl with whom I had a relationship.

I appreciate live-in relation: since it assures women's liberation.It gives that extra impetus to women,that marriage cannot provide.

1) No person in this world can say that he has fallen in love only once.It's just a matter of whether the love has been expressed or not.

2) Love cannot happen after marriage. Really..Why not? When you can fall in love before marriage, why not after marriage?

3) Love need not be expressed only in words...Even before you express it in words, the other person will uncover it.