Is it a Sin Not to Look for a Start Up, and Be Satisfied with your Job?

I am 24. I am working in a corporate. The company is paying me decent amount. I am satisfied with my job profile. I get 2 offs every week and I am able to maintain work-life balance. Should I still be dis-satisfied and look for a start up?

I remember my school days, when IT boom had just started in India and all of a sudden young graduates were getting hefty packages. Suddenly, “job” became a new fad. The sons and daughter of rich businessmen were also opting for jobs to establish themselves as self made individuals. But by the time I grew up and settled with a job, there was a new term in market, “start up”.

StartUp is the new fad!

Everyone was talking about start up. There were articles online, web series on it, seminars, groups and what not. All my friends were engaged or planning to start a start up. Few days ago, the same job which was giving me everything- money as well as satisfaction- all of a sudden became the biggest burden of my life. I started hating myself for wasting my time in this monotonous job.  Now, all I knew was that I wanted to become an “entrepreneur” like a Birla or Tata. I had ideas- one, two, many- each one having one common theme, e-commerce. But, how I was going to  proceed- I had no idea. All I knew was that I wanted to have a start up because jobs are for the losers. But are jobs really for losers, as envisaged to us?

Today, I am earning well enough to feed my tummy and my family. But they ask me about my creative appetite. According to them, if I am a civil engineer, its not buildings which is his passion. If I am a Chartered Accountant, its not auditing and consultancy which will providing me contentment. However, a start up in which I won’t be doing anything related to my educational qualification, will give me creative satisfaction. Is this your idea of following your passion?

Jobs give you more chances to apply, in real world, what you have learnt in those many year. Still if one is not contend, jobs give you time to devote to yourself. You can join a workshop on weekends, volunteer in a NGO, read books during commuting and can plan expeditions to your favourite places. In start ups, there are no concepts of working hours, weekends or vacations. Its 24X7 throughout the year. Even on a trip, you will be spending half of your time on phone. Still you call start up as the ‘only’ option?

In my current job, I am earning well enough to take care of my parents old age needs as well as ensuring my own future. I can take my wife for shopping twice a week. I can donate money for charity. But for them, this is not enough. They want me to be the Rahul Yadav or Sachin Bansal. But what if I want to be Indra Nooyi or Satya Nadella?

Here, I would like to make it clear that I am neither pro-job, nor pro-start up. However, I am against all those articles and that ideology which glorifies start up and paint a picture of jobs as if they are meant only for non-creative, boring and dumBored with 9 to 5 job? Lets go for startup!b people. There can be a guy who loves the corporate culture, and there can be another who may feel suffocated in the cubical. The choice of career can vary with persons.

Just because all your friends and office colleagues are looking for a start up, it doesn’t mean that you should also. Evaluate what you want. Is it only your unwillingness to work or incapability to cope with work pressure, that is driving you to start up? May be all you need is a job change, because with start up, work pressure and tensions are going to multiply several times. By no means, it’s an escape route or any short-cut to success.

Also, it’s perfectly OK to spend whole of your life in a job. Be proud of your work. If you are able to take care of yourself and your family, you are doing a more than decent job.

Tu beer hai!“. Let yourself flow, but sometimes, its better to know if you are going inside a beer mug or a tea cup.

Who Am I?

Am I a human being, responsible for global warming?

Am I a male, having rights to rule over women?

Am I an Asian, eating up jobs in the west?

Am I an Indian, who is either poor or corrupt?

Am I a Hindu, who has to hate Muslims?

Am I a North Indian, who is ill-mannered and uneducated?

Am I a youngster, boozing and playing around?

Am I am Delhite, who only cuss and rapes?

Am I a baniya, always trying to save money?

Am I a Chartered Accountant, converting black money into white?

Am I who I am?

The Best Curve, Smile :)

Some of the most amazing moments of life

 Watching Tom and Jerry

          

That huge cry of joy of any win or achievement

 

A smile  from your crush

 


You wake in the morning and receives the call that it’s off today.

Samosa and cold drink party from your Scrooge friend

 You remember someone and all of a sudden that person calls or message you.

The first wish on your Birthday

A lovely evening with your loved one

A crazy night out with friends

When in trouble and realizing how much others care for you

Message from your best friend after a World War

Getting numerous likes on your profile photo.

Getting a compliment from an unknown person.

Getting extra marks from the person whose answer sheet you had copied in the exam.

A hug

The smell of your favorite dish

Listening to your favorite song on FM

When you say Thank You from the bottom of your heart

and  the most amazing,

Remembering such moments and smiling

Synchronizing Technology: The way to go

Why is it so that we “Shut Down” our PC, “Switch Off” our cell phones and “Turn Off” our TV Sets? Why do we have three different words for one single process!?

I am not a tech-geek, but any other person who has plenty of time to think about random things.

Take a simpler example. You have TV Set, it has got its own speakers. You have your PC, it has its own speakers. There is your mobile having its own speaker. Then you have your music system again having its own speaker! Won’t it be much better and economical to have a single speaker set for all these instruments?

And its not limited to speakers. I am looking around myself, and I find there is so much wastage of technology, be it different displays for TV and PC or separate DVD players for TV, PC and music system or unique chargers for mobile, camera and iPod or, the most irritating one, different remotes for every product!

Why can’t we synchronize all of them to act like a unit and not uniquely?

Hardware Synchronization

 



We have got a mobile phone, right? Nowadays it has inbuilt camera. But still it can't take place of a digital camera. Why can't we have all the features like optical zoom, panorma in a mobile camera? Apple provided music player in its iPhone, but why it's not at par with iPod? Why do we need a kindle when we can read on a mobile phone?

Won’t it be nice if we have a mobile phone which can actually replace digicams, iPods, kindles and if possible, notebook too. And then this mobile can also act as the remote control for our TV, music system, DVD Players, ACs, fan, tubelights or any electric equipment. It may further act as our credit card, identity card, door keys and car key. Then you have further features like mobileTV, GPS navigation, gaming, the limit is endless. (Of course, keeping things simple while compressing everything in one small device would be a herculean task !)

This mobile phone would be completely synchronized with electronic equipment at your home and office. You play music in your mobile phone and it would be automatically played from the speaker set present in the house. Every electronic devices would have bluetooth or bluetooth-like technology which would provide wireless connection between them. Talking about devices, they won’t be like computers, televisions, playstations, but functional based- a speaker system for audio output, and a display for video output and a player which can read data from CDs, pen drives, blu-rays, memory card and also act as your set top box and MoDeM. Thats it! What else do we need? Just these three products. Regarding input devices like keyboard, we can use our mobile or can have mini touch pad.

Whatever I am talking about is no science fiction. Read carefully and you will find there is no mention of any new technology but only proper use of existing ones.

Data Synchronization

One data centre connecting every electronic device

After hardware, lets talk about its soul- the data. How nice it would be if we get the same interface ie the bookmarks, shortcuts, settings, wallpaper and data while using any PC  in or out of the world  Today you have your favorite song stored on your mobile, your iPod, your CD and on your hard drive. And then thousands and lakhs of people have that song stored. Won’t it be better if we store only a list of our favorite songs and play it via internet without actually downloading the song?

Another example- You click a photograph from your digicam. Now using a data cable, you transfer it to your PC, attach it on an email and then sends it to your uncle-aunt in New York. Won’t it be better if they can directly access those photos from digicam’s memory via internet (of course, there would be password protection for your ‘special’ photos)

What I basically want, instead of our hard disks, the data should be stored via internet at one single data centre. All we need to do is to just log in from any computer or mobile, like we on facebook, and access our photos, videos, music and other files. Instead of CDs, pendrive or atttaching file, we would just give the web-address of the file to the concerned person. (This system of data storage could be somewhat similar the The tree of souls and voices as shown in the movie Avatar).

Synchronizing Communication

Taking a step ahead, we can also synchronize the way data travels ie communication. Again I am looking around myself. I have got a DTH connection for TV, GSM connection for mobile, a traditional telephone line, a telephone based-broadband connection, a wireless landline phone and a FM radio. Then there are other technologies for communication like cable TV, IPTV, dial up internet, wifi internet, mobile internet, CDMA, 2G, 3G. And then within these technologies, we have SMS, MMS, emails, bluetooth, infrared and so many other things!

Again, i guess, broadly speaking we need only two modes of communication– one for short distances like bluetooth and other for long distance like 3G mobile or wifi broadband. The short distance communication would be used to synchronize our electronic devices at home, substituting the wires. And the long distance communication would be used for voice chat, text messages, television, radio, sharing photos, videos and other data.

Issues

I understand there are certain doubts about the viability of such synchronized system. And that’s why I am not saying to introduce it all at once. But the electronics giants must take steps towards it. In fact, I am sure they must be taking it (like we have chrome OS based on storage of data via internet, TV on mobile etc.)

Some prime-facia issues can be-

Cost. Such technologies with so much of features would be really costly. But my point is the cost of synchronization would be nullified by the money we save by having lesser equipments (wont having single video disdplay for tv and computer save cost?)

Bundling up. Products would be bundled up with features that we don’t require. Simple solution- customization of products as per customer needs.

Privacy. With our data  stored somewhere else, privacy issues may creep in. But tell me, where is it more  safe to keep valuables at home or in banks? With so much of data, obviously these data centers would have better security options than your pc.

Complicated. “So much” in everything would affect the simplicity and make things complicated to use. This a partly correct, but then any new thing appears complicated at first and then we get used to it (example is in front of you- Your PC!)

Likewise, I believe other issues can also be dealt with.

And as I have written above, these are nothing innovative. Having a camera in your mobile is also a part of synchronization. What I am saying is to take this synchronization to the next level, where mobile and cameras won’t be different. Infact, daily we are having launches of products/technologies in this regard. iPad was one such launch (though I believe, it failed in its task of bridging laptop and mobile). Google cloud-based Operating system may revolutionize the computing world in this regard. Infact facebook is also doing the same thing by providing everything on our wall and also by storing our photos and other infos.

I again repeat: I am not a tech-geek, but any other person who has plenty of time to think about random things. So pardon my lack of knowledge or any mis-appropriation of fact.

Thanks for reading it. One more thing, I would like to clarify is- I am not saying all these changes should happen, but this synchronization (or you can say management) of technology is what I believe would be the future.

Eagerly awaiting your comments and suggestions.!


Swine Flu!!

As I communte through metro to my college, itz a common site having people wearing masks as a preventive measure for swine flu. But I cant understand why there is so much hype about this H1N1 virus. Is it the number of deaths it is causing which is troubling you?? Then, have a look at these statistics

No. of deaths caused by
AIDS: 29.1lakhs per year
Malaria 9.1lakhs per year
Seasonal Cold: 5 lakhs per year
Heart Attack: 70 lakhs per year
Malnutrition: 5 lakhs per year
Diabetes: 10 lakhs per year
and the list goes on…
Now compare this with deaths caused by SWINE FLU all over the world: Around 2000 or in the worst estimates: 5000

Do you have school/colleges closed for AIDS, Malaria or Seasonal Flu which are casuing as many deaths EVERY HOUR as Swine Flu in total??

So dont panic, take preacutions and enjoy life!!

Regarding Flu Masks, most of them are disposable and can be worn for 4-6hours only. So dont continue using the same mask. USE IT ONCE AND DISPOSE IT OFF!!
And it does not make so much of sense wearing then on regular basis. It is not a fashion accessory!

So, Be happy! Be Healthy!!

Wolfram|Alpha: It’s a ‘Knowlegde’ Engine

Wat will u do if u want to know about the population of Galesburb, Illinois? or about calories in 2gm of sugar? or about the date of birth of albert einstein?


You will Google it!!

Since its launch in 1996, google has revolutionized Search Engines and today has become the synonym for ‘search’

But things might change soon! very soon!!

The monopoly of google is as a search engine is at stakes. A new search engine (actaully a ‘knowledge’ engine)- Wolfram|Alpfha (www.wolphramalpha.com) is giving jitters to google

Try this!

Visit wolframalpha.com and google.com and search for “lim(x->0) x/sin x”. Unlike google which will provide you a list of lakhs and crores of websites (majority of which are useless), WolframAlpha will yield the answer 1.


To sense the magic of WA (Wolfram Alpha), try out things like “gdp of india” or “distance between delhi and rohtak”

Launched on 18th May, WA is still an infant and may not provide u information about every topic (it cant even recognize the word ‘cricket’!!) but as its homepage read “Today’s Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.”

Try and get the answer of questions mentioned in the beginning (the word ‘beginning’ is the 903rd most written word in English, source:WA) of the post through google as well as through WA and you will get to know that why u shud feel pity for google! But dont be!!!

Google is not a giant sleeper. Dont be surprized if u get a more sophisticated and thorough ‘knowledge’ engine from GOOGLE!

Yesterday only, Microsoft has also announced its new search engine (‘decision’ engine): Bing(www.bing.com)

SO GET READY TO SEE A NEW ERA OF SEARCH ENGINES UNFOLDING!!

THE WAR HAS JUST BEGIN!!

bbye

Nervousness v/s Excitement

This world has two sets of people. One who gets NERVOUS facing the challenges and others who do not. And you know what; second set is an empty set. There is no person in the world prone to nervousness. Then what about your friend or batch mate who is always so cheerful? The answer is simple. He/She has given a new name to his nervousness i.e. EXCITEMENT.

Both nervousness and excitement are similar feelings of anxiousness arising because of uncertainty about future events

Take a situation. Exams!! Suppose if u already know about your exam results, will u b nervous or excited about xamz?? Neither of them!!

These two feelings are like looking at a thing from two different angles of 0° and 360°. Both these angles are same. It only depends on the way that how you perceive it.

So next time don’t speak, “I AM NERVOUS.” but, “I AM EXCITED.” You yourself will feel the change!!

Bbye
Plz do comment. I am really excited to hear your thoughts.