Episode 13: Keychain

July 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Next day evening Naveen went to the Sowmya’s office.

Rahul is busy in some work on his laptop. He could not find Sowmya in the office. He knocked the door and went into Rahul’s room.

Naveen asked if there is any work for him. After discussions it was decided that Naveen should help in creating a portal to capture all the data collected from all the testing devices, and they are securely stored in the server for future retrieval and analysis.

Encryption and Data analytics is little new to Naveen but building cloud applications for large data is some thing he has done many times. So he decided that he will collect all the requirements first and will create the architecture. Based on the architecture they will decide if they have to outsource it or build it them self.

He collected some required data from Rahul. But more details about the readings and the amount of the data Sowmya has to tell.

Naveen: Where is she?
Rahul: She went out. Some of her friends came from collage.
Naveen: Oh ok, so how is the production plan going.
Rahul: Most of the components and circuit boards all being manufactured in China. We are gong through testing of some test boards we god yesterday. May be in a month or so we may finalize first version.
Naveen: So the assembly will be done here.
Rahul: Yes, that is the plan. We plan to outsource that part of work also to a local company. I am going through some companies. We need to finalize the agreement before we start the production. For casing we are using a 3D printer for now.
Naveen: Oh, great. Never used 3D printer before. I read a lot about all the changes in and various new 3D printers. Wanted to do something with them, but never know anything what to do.
Rahul: Oh, it is in Sowmya’s room. Check it out if you want to.
Naveen: Sure.
Naveen went into Sowmya’s room. He found the 3D printer on the corner.

He checked the 3D printer, and found the website of that company. He downloaded the software and the tutorial manual. It is almost 7:30PM, he wanted to see Sowmya before going. So decided to print something while waiting for her.

He wanted to print a key chain with the company name. He quickly made the 3D model using the software. And pressed print.

While it was printing, he want to the rest room. When he came back, Sowmya was checking his laptop which is connected to the printer. Some how

Sowmya: Oh, it is you. I was just checked who is printing in my room.
Naveen: Sorry, Just trying out my first 3D printing.
Sowmya: No sorry needed. It is your company too now. You have all the rights to do what ever you want. What are you printing?
Naveen: Check it out, a key chain for my bike key. How is it?
[Printing is almost finished.]
Sowmya: Wow, that is nice. Have you done it before?
[She liked the fact that he wanted to print the company name instead of his name etc.]
Naveen: No, this is first time.
Sowmya: Hey, Key chain you will take it to your office. Don’t you think it will be a problem if some one sees?
Naveen: No one will care what key chain some one is using. You know big offices right, it is no one’s responsibility to see such small stuff.
Sowmya: Ya, right.

Naveen informed about the portal discussion and that he is waiting for her to discuss the data structure and related details. Sowmya explained the product and what kind of data it generates and at what frequency. They also discussed on how this data will be pushed to the cloud. They wanted to connect the device to a mobile phone and an App in the phone should extract the data from upload to the server.

Naveen did not want to talk about the mails or messages that are exchanged yesterday unless she brings up the topic. She also thought the same. But both of them wanted the other person to talk about it first.

It was almost 8PM so Naveen decided to leave. Already every one left the office by that time, only Rahul, Sowmya and Neveen were there. So they all decided to close for the day.

Rahul noticed Sowmya while she is looking at Naveen. [Naveen started the bike and zoomed off. She could see the key chain that he printed.]

Sowmya was lost in her thoughts, but still looking at the direction that Naveen went. It is almost impossible to talk in office. And she always get more questions than answers when she talks to Naveen in messages/mails. And just 2 days back she went out on date with Rahul. How and when to talk to Naveen?

Rahul: What happened? anything wrong?
Sowmya: oh, no nothing. Lets go.

He wished that she is right. But he knew, something is there.

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Learning from mistakes

June 18th, 2016 Comments off

Based on the thousands of mistakes I did, and experience of dealing with the aftermath of those things..

  • It is impossible not to make mistakes. Each mistakes costs us something.
  • The goal is to minimize the mistakes. The more we avoid, the faster we get success.
  • It is reliable to depend on process than intention.
  • More than intelligence and knowledge, the ability to create and follow process will help us reach our goal.
  • It is easy to follow a process than create one. Mainly if you are not a boss.
  • Rarely people question wrong process. A wrong process will waste resources(time and money).
  • Each new mistake is an opportunity to optimize the process.
  • Process serves as a shared knowledge where as experience is a un shared knowledge.
  • Many people avoid mistakes by not doing anything. But that is not an option for me/some.

May be we need a software to assist us in this. Any suggestions on this please send.

 

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New journey begins

May 12th, 2016 Comments off

It has been almost 15 years since we started Vimukti. Now it is time to move on. We have failed many many times in these 15 years, of course did some things that worked. Anyway it was all good experience.

I am going to join PurpleTalk as VP – Technology very soon. It is a big company with 400 employees. I hope it will be a great new journey with lot of things to learn and interesting stuff to do.

I mainly want to thank Mr. Bradley & Mr. Ashok. Bradley is the one who actually believed in me in 2010. Of course we made him loose his money 🙂 Sorry Bradley.

Mr. Ashok invested in our company and believed that I could build a great business out of our technical skills. Again sorry for loosing your money too.

I now came to realize that there is much more needed other than technology to make a sale, and I don’t posses the skill for that. So from now I would like to do only stuff that I am good at.

All further development of the products and maintenance will be outsourced and no development will be done in Vimukti from now.

Big thanks to all the employees who worked in Vimukti in all these years. I know I am not an easy guy to work with, so thanks for being part of my journey. May be some day our paths will meet again with some of you.

Now new journey begins…..

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I am giving up: Closing Art of Programming

May 8th, 2016 Comments off

In March I have started Art of Programming training center. Now I have closed it. Sorry guys for giving up so early. I want to share some of my views on why I started and why I closed, and what I learned.

Why I started?

I have a guy in my office who finished Engineering in CSE and does not even know what a bit and byte was. It was shocking to me to know that people at such state can exist. And it happened that I found many many people in that state. A month before I started the Art of Programming, I have tried an different approach for training him in the office. It was actually simple one, just make him ask questions from every thing he does not know, try to force him to think that programming is all about logic, and what we normally do in real world we just have to do in code.

His state actually made me think that there can not be any one lower than that guy. I mean how can there be any one who can finish CSE  Engineering and still don’t know anything? So I thought if I can make him do programming, may be I can make any one do programming. In less than a month I was able to make him write programs and now even trying to make him take the responsibility of a complete product.

His progress made me believe that I possess a magic formula to train anyone to be a programmer. That started the idea of Art of Programming.

Why I closed?

I took too big office. I was too ambitious. Thought I will get 100’s of students as we ourself tried to hire and more than 400 people have written our tests. As many of them are in same state as the guy I mentioned above, I thought all of them will join. We thought we will not have enough capacity to serve the need. I know it sounds silly and stupid. But it was too late before I have realized the mistake.

Hardly 10 people joined. In that total paid students are 5 people. I was traveling 18km every day up and down and spending more than 400rs per day in just the travel. I was starting at 7:30 AM and after finishing at the training I was spending up to 8PM in office.

It was late to realize that it is not my magic formula that made that guy improve in the programming. It was not my skill. I have struggled every day with some students and almost made every one cry at least once.

Even those people who paid me are not rich or even middle class. Every one of them struggled to pay me that fee. They are really in need of the job, and somehow managed to find that fee to pay me. They really hoped that I could alter their life path.

Only after starting it, I realized how much burden it is to take that kind of responsibility. Every day and every hour it is like sitting on a needle. You can not punish the students for not thinking, shouting does not work, it is too much to expect them to do in some cases.

I have realized that I may not be able to help those students anymore, and does not want to create any false hopes in them. Also it may never be a business success if I run it in the way I was running. I have lost more than 5lakhs due to this program, and don’t want to loose anymore. So I have closed it.

What did I learn?

  • 20 years of bad education can not be fixed with in 3 months.
  • Do things in incremental way, at least when doing with own money.
  • Usual lesson: What ever can do wrong, will go wrong.
  • Students are lacking clarity of thought. That one guy was able to learn because he accepted that he don’t know anything and he was able to ask questions on what he does not know. Problem with most other students is that they don’t know what they know and don’t know. They are always in doubt.
  • I jumped in to the idea because it is what I always wanted to do. Made difference to people’s lives. I only thought about what a great thing it is to do. But did not realize how much it will pain when you can not help some one who is having great expectations on you.
  • It is very very very difficult to change the thought process of a person. (Only by luck it may happen, at least for me)
  • Not every one is capable of becoming a programmer. (Used to believe this before, but my false magic formula made me think otherwise)

Also it was so liberating for my mind to give up. I really enjoyed the mental peace after I made the decision.  I was tired of thinking of those students whom I was not able to help. It is not my responsibility now. Let their future be decided by their own actions or some kind of luck. I have really failed in this idea. So next time when I say I am going to change people, please remind me.

So what next?

It is just one of many ideas I got and tried to implement. I will still get many more ideas and plans. Only that this experiment taught me some good lessons. I hope I don’t forget them in future.

So may be it is okey to give up some times.

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Episode 12: What is love?

February 27th, 2016 Comments off

“What is love?” message sent by Sowmya. Naveen saw it in the morning.

He thought “Why she is asking me about it? Did I expressed that I love her and forgot?  ”

Nope, he remembers that he only told that he is interested in her. Did not use the love word. So most probably she is asking for some different reason. Anyway it is better to think through and reply. So he decided to reply later that day.

Even though he have that definition from long back, he wanted to make sure that he still sticks with the same definition. It is the definition he came up with when he used to have his previous girl friend.

Other side Sowmya saw in Whatsapp that Naveen have seen the message. So she was preparing what to tell if he asks why she is asking that question. She checked the phone around 10 times during the day to see if he sent any reply.

That day before leaving from office Naveen sent the reply.

Naveen: 🙂 in my view love is an expression we use where ‘like’ is not enough. In cases where there is too much like. For example I love Biryani.

Sowmya: I too love Biryani, but I am talking about love between people.

Naveen: According to my view, both are same.

Sowmya did not understand how to respond to it. This is not the answer she was expecting.

Naveen’s definition seems to explain all the uses of word love she can think of. But still some thing is missing. She wants it to mean much more.

She assumed that Naveen will ask “why?, what? etc” questions. But as he did not it made her feel comfortable. She does not have to worry about explaining all details and worry about what to hide and what not.

Sowmya: What about love they show in movies, where hero does anything for heroine?

Naveen: 🙂 They are movies. In reality there will be always boundaries to every thing. I can tell you more, but I doubt if you would like it.

Sowmya: Please do tell, I want to know your complete view.

Naveen: I am leaving from office now. Will reply to it in detail after going home.

Sowmya: Nothing urgent, take your time.

Later that day Naveen sent a mail to her.

Hi Sowmya,

The definition of love for me is as I explained. Love = “more more like”

Now coming to examples shown in movies etc, I think they are just mistaken some other feeling with love. I would try to explain with couple of cases.

Case 1) Love at first sight

Hero sees Heroine and falls in love with her. It may be in both direction or in one way. Anyway that love is desire. I am not saying that desire is wrong.It is a desire to be with other person. Wanting that other person to be in your life. Ofcourse here love means too many desires bundled together, but they are still desires.

I would argue this is same as what anyone would feel after seeing a Heroine or Hero. Only difference is the accessibility. If some one thinks he or she can have real Hero or Heroine as their boy friend and girl friends, then they will call it love. But just because accessibility is changed, feeling does not change. It is still same. but the intensity will be low, and we will automatically look for options where there is more probability of success.

That means if you know for sure that some one will never love(desire) you back, then we would not feel the same.

Case 2) Doing anything for the love

In my theory anything we do in this world, we do for our self. It may be donating money to charity, or doing something for our girl friend/boy friend, or even sacrificing something for some one.

Every thing we do because that gives us happiness. Some times that happiness is external, and some times that is internal. We donate money because we think they will remember us, or we think we are helping them. So in both ways it makes us happy. So we do it. Sacrificing is also same, we do it because our inner happiness is more important than external one.

So based on this theory, everything done in the name of love is also sailfish act. I am not saying selfish acts are bad. They are good. Every act is selfish actually. Only thing is some are more than other, and it differs from the point of view.

Take for example Hero saved his hard earned money to take heroine to her dream place(some beach, or different country etc). They project him as a very romantic and caring person. But if you ask me, most probably that guy or girl is ignorant or stupid. Why? Because if say you can save say 10k for one  month and buy 1hr or one day of dream tour to your loved ones, how many other lives in this wold we could have changed with that money? What if our guy or girl already knows all those possibilities and decided to spent on this dream tour? Would you still consider him/her as romantic and caring person? Obviously not.

I am not saying it is bad to spend on what makes you happy. It is a luxury that only ignorant people can have. Those who know what else they can do with the money or resources, for them it is the matter of priorities.

Case 3) Loving only one person for whole life

Once you go through both cases above, it already makes this one silly. May be the definition here contains set of desires that can only be fulfilled by one person, or the desire to stick with one person is also part of those desires. In anyway it is matter of what kind of definition one would give to the love. What ever the definition is, we can simply argue that they are set of desires/wants here.

People used to say, there is only one right person. If we know little maths, we can easily prove it is wrong. It is just some probability of finding the person you want. We have obviously not tested every other person in this world for the role of girl friend or boy friend. As so many people are finding their true love(in their words) based on probability there will be 10000’s more potential matches waiting for you. Also based on our set of filters that probability increases and decreases. But still there will be many more. So just one person for you is silly. We say it just to make it look romantic. We all know that it is false.

You put any two opposite sex people in a room for couple of days, I believe that they falling in love is more than 30% with in 3 days. (provided they have not had that experience with anyone before).

Based on this, we can conclude that “loving only one” is just the another wish we want to fulfill for our own interest.

This mail became much longer than I thought. But I hope it gave you some useful ways to think about Love.

Thanks

Naveen

Again Sowmya did not expect such a mail. It is more open. Even though the ideas expressed are much different than what she had imagined till now, she liked his open expression. In a way Naveen removed all the romantic feelings from the word love, and reduced it to the bare minimum.

She thought she needs time to sink in all these views.

Sowmya:Thanks for the mail

Naveen: Welcome

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Episode 11: First Date

February 21st, 2016 Comments off

Sowmya informed the team about the discussion with Naveen. She expressed her trust in Naveen. They have agreed to accept the investment. They have managed to convince the VC firm for the changes in investment amount and the offered %.

In 4 days all the investment process is finished and Naveen have transferred the money to the company account.

Even though they would get the required funding from the VC, it is the trust that Naveen had which convinced the team to give preference to him. Naveen also said that he would like to continue to contribute to the company in what ever way he can. So instead of a sleeping partner, he would contribute his IT skills in what ever way required. Officially Naveen can not work in this company due to employee agreement in his current company. So he told that he will come for one to two hours every day after office.

Company decided to hire another 5 including CAD Designer, Electronics engineer, Chemical engineer, Biologist and one office administrator.

While all this is going on Naveen wanted to know why Sowmya did not say anything when he told about his interest in her. Also Sowmya wanted to talk to Rahul and ask more about what he means by Love. She also wanted to know from Naveen what actually he is expecting from her. Rahul is waiting for Sowmya’s reply.

During office hours they do not have time for any of these. In non office hours they did communicate in chats but they are afraid to bring this topic during this busy time.

After 5 days finally Rahul decided to ask. He sent her message after dinner one night.

Rahul: Hey, have you thought anything me?

Sowmya: Doing that only now. 🙂

Rahul: Oh great. Decided anything?

Sowmya: I don’t know what to decide also. I think I have some questions.

Rahul: Ok, ask.

Sowmya: Not now. And not in chat. Lets talk over lunch tomorrow.

Rahul: Not in lunch, Dinner?

Sowmya: So a date?

Rahul: Yes, a date.

Sowmya: Ok fine. Good Night

Rahul: Thanks and Good Night

Next day Rahul picked up Sowmya for dinner even though she said she could come herself. They went to a beautiful restaurant which is little far from their place.

Sowmya: So, we are on a date.

Rahul: Yes, we are.

Sowmya: You have been on dates before?

Rahul: No, This is my first formal one. You?

Sowmya: No, none.

Rahul: Normally, people talk about their likes, dislikes, habits, family and all other things. I think we fairly know about each other.

Sowmya: Yup, but I think there will still be some things we may not know.

Rahul: Sure.

Sowmya: Why not we start with what we think we know and see if that still is correct?

Rahul: Good idea, ladies first.

Sowmya: Okey. Your father is a bank manager. Mother is a house wife. Your home is in Delhi. You studied your +2 in Delhi. You have one elder bother, and he is working in Bangalore.

Rahul: Ya, right, go on.

Sowmya: You are staying along with your friends here. Before our project you were working as a programmer.

Rahul: right

Sowmya: You are friendly with every one. You like traveling. You used to have couple of girl friends before if my sources are right.

Rahul: Not really girlfriends, but kind of.

Sowmya: You are a very caring and joyful person.

Rahul: 🙂

Sowyma: Thats it, now your turn.

Rahul: Ok, You are from Lucknow, your father is a business man. You are the only daughter in the family. You are staying here with your mother.

Sowmya: Right

Rahul: You are very intelligent, and very hard working person.

Sowmya: Thanks

Rahul: You are a bit reserved type.

Sowmya: What does that mean?

Rahul: It means little closed than average women that I have seen.

Sowmya: ok, go on

Rahul: You try to be like normal girls, but you are not normal. Your thoughts and actions always says you want to do something else.

Sowmya: Wow, no one ever said that before

Rahul: Am I right?

Sowmya: May be

Rahul: And you are very beautiful.

Sowyma: hmm, thank you. Anything else?

Rahul: lot of stuff, I know you like chicken Biryani, specially Hyderabadi Biryani. Your favorite color is Black. Your favorite number is 3. You go to temple every Sunday.

[Sowmya was wearing a black dress. Now she knows that Rahul knows why she wore that dress today]

Sowmya: Who told you all that?

Rahul: No one, I am seeing you for more than an year, so I know.

Sowmya: You have good observation skills.

Rahul: Thanks.

Sowmya: Now, you said you love me.

Rahul: Right

[Now he is relieved that she still did not forget about it. The conversation upto now was in a way that there is no such proposal, and he thought she would ignore it].

Sowmya: What do you mean by “Love”?

Rahul: I don’t know, the attraction between a man and woman?

Sowmya: So it is attraction?

Rahul: No, no. Not just attraction, It is much more than that. Like wanting to see the other person happy.

Sowmya: So you want to see me happy.

Rahul: Ofcourse, who does not.

Sowmya: So every one loves me than.

Rahul: hmm, I think you are enjoying this game.

Sowmya: 🙂 Yes I am. Also I need to know clearly what you mean.

Rahul: Don’t you know what is Love before?

Sowyma: I know, but I need to know what you mean by it.

Rahul: If I had known you would ask me in this way, may be I would have prepared myself. When I said I love you, I mean I want you in my life. I want you to be my life partner.

Sowmya: ok

Rahul: Did you ask same question to every one who proposed to you?

Sowmya: No, at that time I never cared about it. I was putting my mind in studies, and after college on job.

Rahul: So what is my number?

Sowmya: May be 15, but not sure.

Rahul: wow, that many people. I thought you might have got a lot, but did not think that number will be that much big.

Sowmya: I know many girls who got much more.

Rahul: I know, considering your intelligence I thought not many people would dare to propose you.

Sowmya: So that that mean I am more intelligent than you?

Rahul: Sure you are.

Sowmya: Thank you, but I don’t think so. And I never thought people will think about intelligence before even proposing.

Rahul: They may not, but they will be afraid of it.

Sowmya: So you are not?

Rahul: With you, no I am not. I like you more because of it.

Sowmya: Okey

Rahul: So what is your opinion on me?

Sowmya: You are a great person Rahul. I like you. Like every one, I like to be around you. Because you make every one around happy.

Rahul: Thats it? like every one?

Sowmya: 🙂

Rahul: What?

Sowmya: I need some more time. I know I like you. But there is something else, I still need some more clarity.

Rahul: Okey, thank you, that is more than enough for now.

Sowmya: Thank you for understanding.

Rahul: No no, thank you

They finished the dinner, and Rahul dropped her at home. Sowmya thought “Every thing is perfect with Rahul, he takes care of every thing. From reservation to pick up and dropping back. His dress and style, the way he opens the car doors for her, the way invites her by holding the chair for her, everything. He is really good and romantic.”

Sowmya: Thank you for the dinner. I had a good time.

She moved her hand for a handshake. Rahul took her hand with his both hands. She hesitated a bit, but she knows that she would like it. His hands are warm, it gave a pleasant feeling.

Rahul: Thank you for coming,

Sowmya: Good night

Rahul: Good night

It is not first time to see each other in eyes, but some how this felt different.

She went in to the house and started changing dress for sleeping. It was already 10:30PM. She removed her phone from the purse and kept it on the table. It is blinking, seems like a message notification.

After changing dress, she saw the message. It is from Naveen, he sent around 9PM. “Hi”. That is it, nothing else.

She thought better not to reply now. So she prepared herself for sleep. Her thoughts are around the definition of Love. What is its meaning, all these years she thought she knows what it means. Saw so many movies on it. So many boys proposed to her. But now she is clue less, what does it mean?

While lying on the bed, she immediately opened the phone and replied to Naveen, “What is love?”. Last online time of Naveen is 9:30, he might be sleeping now she thought. But why to send message to him? Why not ask Srinivas or Ramesh?

If he asks why I am asking, what to tell? shit, there is no way to delete the message now, even if I delete, message is already sent. She can do nothing now except prepare for what Naveen is going to ask or say. She does not want to tell about Rahul. Not that she wants to hide anything. She prepared some alternate story to tell Naveen if he asks why she asked about love. Now she can do nothing except going into sleep.

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New Challenge: Meet a new person every day

February 1st, 2016 Comments off

From today and for next 365 days, I have decided to take a new challenge. I will be meeting with a new person every day. It will be either for lunch or dinner or even a breakfast.

That person will be in such a way that either I get benefit from them or they get benefit or most probably both get benefit by knowing each other. They can be of any gender, age and profession.

I will be requesting all my friends to suggest one person to meet. They should know both of us and should schedule for the meeting. This is my request to all my friends.

By doing this what I will be achieving the following.

  1. Knowing more people
  2. Spend time that will be productive
    Because I am asking for only one person from each friend, I believe they will give me the best of they can get. So I am sure it will not be waste of time.
  3. I will be able to develop skill to talk to strangers
  4. New perspectives and new ideas

I hope this will be a great challenge. So guys be ready with your recommendations.

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Episode 10: Clarity 2

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

By the time Naveen reached the Coffee shop it is already 6:05PM. He got delayed in traffic even though he started early. But he did not expect Sowmya to be waiting there for him. He expected her to come late, that is what he thought all girls do, based on his experience.

She is waiting for him. She is eager to findout why Naveen wants to invest really. The girly part of her wants to know if some one can make such a decision just for her. But if that is the case, she has decided to reject the offer.

Naveen: Hi, sorry I was late. Got struck in traffic.

Sowmya: It’s okey. Even I just came.

Naveen: ok.

[He did not get words to talk, he knows it is about the investment. But he did not expect her to make any decision that fast. He is mentally prepared to accept the rejection.]

Naveen: So, decided anything on my offer?

Sowmya: We have discussed with the team today. We needed some clarity before we proceed.

Naveen: Sure, tell me, what kind of clarity.

Sowmya: Why you want to invest with us.

[She could not find words to ask if it is for her.]

Naveen: I told you na, I have read about your company, and I believe in the idea. I think it will be good use for the money.

Sowmya: Ya, you told me that. But..

[She felt really awkward to have to ask this. Naveen noticed that she is hesitating to ask something.]

Naveen: It’s Ok, you can ask anything.

Sowmya: Is it because of me?

Naveen: What? Sorry I did not get you.

[Shit… Now she is really embarrassed. She barely could ask that question, now she has to repeat again]

Sowmya: I mean, are you investing because you are interested in me?

[Naveen understood the reason why she is feeling uneasy to ask. Even though he did not expect this question, he is clear on what to answer. But he could not stop smile from his face.]

Naveen: hmm.. To be frank, it is true that I checked about you and your company because of you. But once I read about your company and the product, I was really impressed. Before this I never checked to invest in other companies. Never even tried to read about companies or any opportunities in that side.

So in a way it is because of you, and no it is not just because of you.

[He really felt happy to having this opportunity to express his interest in her.]

[Now, Sowmya is but confused. She got what she wanted. As per the investment part, it is clear. His frankness make his words trust worthy.  But what about interest in her? How to react to it?]

Sowmya: So you are interested in me?

Naveen: I am sorry, that I had to tell in this way. Yes, I am. But that is nothing to do with the investment.

Sowmya: What exactly you mean by you are interested?

Naveen: Actually, you are the one who used that word. So you might have some idea right?

[He is enjoying this conversation]

Sowmya: hmm.. No no, you tell me. What do you mean? Are you in love with me?

Naveen: No no. Love is a very big word. I don’t think we know enough about each other to even talk about it. I think it is a long way to go for that. Except your education and your company, I don’t know much about you. Once we know what our interests and thoughts are, we may and may not like.

[Again, it is Sowmya’s turn to feel awkward again. Not even a single person except Rahul who expressed love to her know anything about her. Most of them did not talk to her before expressing love. She her self have not given much thought to it.]

Sowmya: Ok, fine.Thanks for the clarifying. I will tell the team about it. As of now for the current valuation you will get 5% for your investment. That means it is valued at 10cr now. Are you okey with it?

Naveen: Oh okey. How much you are raising from the investors? And is it also at same valuation?

Sowmya: We have thought of taking 2.5cr for 25%. But now we may reduce it to 20% if we accept yours. Yes, we may not be able to offer any better offer as the investors will agree if it is anything different.

Naveen: Ya, then it is okey.

Sowmya: It may take couple of days to discuss this with the investors and make them agree to it.

Naveen: Sure no problem.

Sowmya: Okey then, will inform you. Shell we go?

Naveen: Sure.

[Sowmya and Naveen left from coffee shop. Just that day morning Rahul expressed his love. Now Naveen is telling that he is interested. Even though he is clear on it, Sowmya is still confused. What is love then? Does Rahul really know what her interests and thoughts are? They never talked personally except today morning. There is lot to think about. It is the time to really think about Love.]

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Charity should be voluntary, not coerced

December 27th, 2015 Comments off

[This is shame less copy of of the post http://www.deeshaa.org/2015/12/25/charity-should-be-voluntary-not-coerced/ by Atanu Dey. In this article ‘I’ means Atanu Dey. I do fully support this view.]

All actions of a just society should be principles-based. One of the primary guiding principles of a just society is that coercion is kept at a minimum. That is, people should be free of coercion from others, including the government. Certainly, a case can be made for why there will have to be some coercion — but that has to be reserved for matters that are essential for the functioning of society. For these matters, government coercion is justified for raising revenues required for funding certain activities. Examples of such matters are policing (to maintain law and order) and the provisioning of collective goods such as public access roads or sanitation, etc. Aside from those limited exemptions, coercion is not justified.

Coercion is absolutely verboten in the case of charity. Using force to extract revenues to fund charity leads to the absurd result of the means frustrating the end. What’s worse, it is immoral and unethical.

Of all the things that a bad government does is to coerce people into paying for charity that they would not support had they not been threatened with violence. It is not the job of the government to decide on behalf of the citizens who should pay how much for what charity. When the government arrogates to itself the right which properly belongs to the individual to decide how much to give to whom by way of charity, it robs the individual not just of the money but also of his dignity and freedom of choice.

I came to know that PM Shri Modi has awarded scholarships to some selected children. I am certain that it was very good of him to be generous with his money. It’s his money and he has a right to give it to whomever he wishes. But in case Shri Modi was handing out Indian taxpayers’ money, that is problematic. That decision is not his to make. There are alternate mechanisms. For instance, he could have appealed to Indians that they voluntarily support a fund for the said scholarships. That would not have involved coercion and the threat of violence (imprisonment for non-payment of taxes.)

Perhaps I am over-reaching here, though I don’t think so, but I feel that one of the reasons for India’s disastrous lack of prosperity is that Indian leaders are not all that concerned with principles-based actions. It is shameful.

I have argued the case for why the government should not be involved in charity of any sort in a piece “Whose money is it anyway?” Excerpt:

Of all the pernicious things that a government does, arguably the worst is when the government gets into the business of charity. That’s the kind that Mr Bunce took exception to. If politicians and bureaucrats want to support charity, they should do that with their own money, not the public’s money. They are free to contribute as much as they wish of their own money, and they should extend that freedom to everybody else. Let people decide how much they want to spend and on which charity.

I can honestly claim that I contribute to charity regularly. Why? Because I am moved by empathy and compassion towards my fellow beings. I not only receive the joy of giving without expectations of return, I also derive psychic satisfaction by exercising the freedom of deciding on whom or what I spend my money. I wish I had more money so that I could give more of it away. A favorite quote from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet goes, “All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”

When the government takes my tax money to spend on what it considers charity, it deprives me of my freedom to give freely, it deprives me of the joy of giving, and takes away a responsibility from me that I treasure. What is worse, when I forced to do something, I resent it even if that something is something that I would have otherwise voluntarily done.

When the government taxes me to do charity, it is to me morally and functionally equivalent to someone putting a gun to my head and robbing me to help a poor person. Regardless of what the money is going to be used for, robbery is immoral and unethical.

Enough said.

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Episode 9: Clarity

December 25th, 2015 Comments off

Morning 10:10AM. Rahul asked Ramesh and Srinivas to come to Sowmya’s room. He told we have some interesting thing to discuss about.

They all come into the room.

Srinivas: So whats the interesting thing?

Rahul: Sowmya, do you want to tell or I should?

Sowmya seemed lost in thoughts. Rahul knows what it is about. That morning Rahul called Sowmya. He asked her to come early to office to discuss some personal issue.


 

Sowmya: So what is it Rahul?

Rahul: I am going to tell you something. And I hope it does not cause any problem for the office.

Sowmya: First tell what it is.

Rahul: I think I am in Love with you.

He took out a Red Rose from his back pack and presented her. That is not the first time some one gave her roses or expressing love. Since collage days, so many proposed their love. She was never interested in any of them.

She always thought some one special will be there for her. Never spent much time on thinking who that might be or what actually she needs from that person. Before starting this company, she had no opinion of Rahul.

After starting the company with these 3 people she got to know him. Rahul makes every one laugh. People will be happy around him for most of the time. He has intense emotions and will do almost anything for friends.

And since the demo event, she has noticed the special care for her. As they are working together she thought he may not actually show interest in her. So she tried to behave as usual in all those cases.

Now it is clear. he told her.

Sowmya: Hmm. Since when?

Rahul: I don’t know. May be since we met, or now or some where in middle. I don’t know.

Sowmya: I don’t know what to tell.

Rahul: No need to tell anything now. I wanted to tell so I told. Think about it, we will talk later.

Sowmya: Do Ramesh and Srinivas know about it?

Rahul: I haven’t told anything myself. But I think they are aware that I have feelings for you.

Sowmya: Hmm. I don’t know if this is good for the company.

Rahul: I know. That is why I did hesitate to tell till now. Initially I did not have confidence to ask you. I thought I am not good enough for you. But after the event, now I think I am ready. Now I am CEO of a company that is going to do some great things right. That gave me confidence.

Sowmya: But what exactly made you tell today?

Rahul: To be frank it is Naveen. I don’t know what is there between you two. After I saw him yesterday, I thought I should not take risk.

Sowmya: I just met him 3 times. Once on a train. There is nothing between us.

Rahul: Its ok. I am not saying anything on that. I don’t have to know. Take your time, and tell me anything later.

Sowmya: ok.


 

Sowmya: hmm, you tell.

[She hoped that Rahul will tell only about Naveen’s investment proposal and not about his love proposal]

Rahul: okey. One of Sowmya’s friend came yesterday. His name is Naveen. He wants to invest in our company.

Ramesh: Our investment round is almost over na. Do we need more investment now?

Sowmya: Yes, that is what I told him. But said will discuss with you and tell.

Srinivas: But how do you know him, is he a big investor? What does he do.

Sowmya: Actually no. He is not an investor in the sense we talk about them. He is just a regular IT employee. He has his personal savings for 50 lakhs. That he wanted to invest in our company.

Ramesh: But why in your company? How do you know him?

Sowmya told them the total story with Naveen. She initially thought of keeping it private. She wanted to have it to be her personal experience. It makes her feel happy and smile every time she remembers the train incident. But now she has to tell everything as it is about money and company.

Srinivas: Normally we don’t get investment without business plan, prototype, and so much stuff. And he wants to invest all his life savings without even seeing business plan? Why would any one do that?

Sowmya: I don’t know.

Ramesh: May be he is doing for you. May be he is interested in you.

That made Somya blush. She immediately realized that Rahul is there. He proposed just 30min back. She tried to appear neutral and turned towards Rahul. Rahul is watching her only. He wanted to stay neutral on this Naveen. He don’t want to encourage it, as it may put his proposal at risk, and at same time he don’t want to be the bad guy.

Ramesh has realized his mistake. He knows that Rahul have feelings for Sowmya. But he does not know that he already proposed.

Rahul: What ever may be his real intention, we will not know that. But should we accept or not is the issue here.

Ramesh: Sowmya you tell. Do you want to take his investment? Do you trust him?

Sowmya: Can we accept the investment now? If yes, then yes I want him to be part of this. I trust him.

Based on the way Naveen behaved and the way he talks, the books he needs Sowmya have thought that he has knowledge. He is not average guy for sure. But is he investing because of her? or he is really interested in the company? If he is only investing because of her, then she do not want to take his investment.

Rahul: If you guys agree to take his investment, we have to renegotiate with the ABC Capital and offer them 20% only instead of 25% we agreed. And rest of the 5% we can give to Naveen. But we did not even discuss the valuation or even business plan with him. I have sent him the business plan today morning only.

Sowmya: Let me talk to him again today. I need some clarity. I will tell him our valuation numbers and what we can offer. Then we will decide to talk to ABC Capital tomorrow.

Every one realized what clarity she is referring to.  Later Sowmya sent mail to Naveen “Hi, Can we talk today? Can you come to coffee shop today at 6PM?”

Naveen saw the mail later that day and agreed to meet in evening.

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