Are you worried about losing your job?

June 1, 2009 at 6:52 am (Personal)

Given recent developments in the job market, I felt that it is very important that I be prepared for everything. Especially, given the company that I work for right now and everything that’s happening around it.

Not just me, there are many others who are not sure about their future in the current job and don’t know really what’s going to happen to them tomorrow if they lose their jobs.

Well, not everything about holding on to your current job is totally in our control. Is it? It is certainly a bad thing to happen if you lose your job, especially if you are in India like me where losing your job is considered more like a bad omen. If it happens to you and you are in India, don’t get irritated if every random person shares his/her opinion and advises you on this topic and don’t be surprised if your distant aunt tells your mother to show your horoscope to some ‘famous’ pujari to check if your stars are right.

Uncontrollables aside, here’s a small list of things that you can do to make sure you are better prepared for the worst:

1) Resume
Make sure your resume is updated at least once in a month. Not every time you’ll have an update but each pass will optimize the contents and hopefully make it better. I don’t have to tell you how important this is for you to get back quickly on job hunt if you get laid-off.

2) Data backup
You spend ~10 hours a day on your work laptop/desktop. Apart from work related stuff that belongs to your company, a lot of your own data will also be there in that machine like Internet explorer favourites, study material, PDFs, training videos, study guides, bank statements, credit card details, scanned photos etc. You may not realize the importance of this digital part of yours now, but will certainly miss it when the laptop/desktop is taken away from you. Remember, if you get laid-off you many get as low as 10 minutes to pack your stuff and leave.

This is what you can do :
a) Use Windows Vista/Windows 7 backup feature to create a copy of all your personal data on to a USB hard-drive. I do this once in a month or so.
b) Live MESH (www.mesh.com) to synchronize select data across work and home PCs.
c) Keep the work laptop/desktop free of personal data as much as possible.

3) PF Account
Most of us hold more than 2 PF accounts, one for each company that we worked for till date. Go back and look at your old pay-slips to know your PF account number. Find out the status of each. Fill out necessary forms to withdraw the residual amount in all your old PF accounts. From my experience, do not try to transfer PF in to your new account, it has a high chance of failure. Better to get the money out of every account except your current PF account.

4) Credit Card due/Personal Loan EMIs
Very important to get on top of all this. How many credit cards do you have? What’s the total out-standing? When are the loans due for closure?

5) Company Car/Home Lease etc
Apart from the daily salary you get from your company, do you have any other obligations with your current company? Car-lease? Home-lease? You should know what happens to these contacts if you get laid-off. Especially the financial obligations upon termination.

6) LinkedIN
Spend time here if you want to know current trends.

If you know more things that can be done to make job-loss a less bitter experience then feel free to add your comments below.

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Related to Karma

March 20, 2009 at 8:08 am (Personal)

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Chennai to Pondy via ECR

March 9, 2009 at 4:34 am (Personal)

East Coast Road (ECR). I am in love with this road now. I’ve driven through this stretch several times before but never got to enjoy it like I did this time when I went to Pondy from Chennai last week.

This road is not for the ones who want to test the speed limits. Not for the adventurous lot. I didn’t do it before but this time I drove slow. I stopped wherever possible and enjoyed the view of the sea. The coastline almost follows you all along the entire stretch from Chennai to Pondy. Amazing sight.

Anyways, the trip was good. I wanted a ‘economical’ trip this time and that’s what I got. Ginger Hotels, budget stay with decent facilities. Certainly worth the money they charged me. Little less than Rs.2k for two nights stay. Certainly recommend this for anyone who’s not looking at unnecessary luxury.

Visited Mother Ashram, Manakula Vinayakar, Auroville Globe and some small time shopping at Nehru street. Not so eventful, but incident free, simple, happy trip this for us.

Anyways, Monday is here and gotto get back to work.

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Indian Windows Mobile Ad

March 3, 2009 at 3:33 am (Personal, Technology)

Good ad featuring Windows Mobile, Media Center PC and the general “Windows – Life without walls” theme.

Well, not a great ad I know, but hey, remember Sienfeld? We’ve seen worse from Microsoft, haven’t we? :)

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Sunday special at Rathna Cafe

March 2, 2009 at 6:24 am (Personal)

This Sunday morning my mom wanted to go visit Parthasarathy temple at Triplicane. We then decided we can also have a special breakfast at Triplicane Ratha Cafe.

Left home early, enjoying the traffic free streets of T. Nagar on the way. We were pleasantly surprised to see the temple was not that crowded either. Darshan at each sannadhi didn’t take more than 10 minutes.

In about 45 minutes we were done at Parathasarathy Temple and my dad suggested T. Nagar Rathna cafe is a better choice as parking won’t be a problem there.

Rathna cafe, heaven for devotees of the south indian style sambar. : )

We ordered, Sambar Vadai and this is how it looked.

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Yummy, delicious! And to add to the thrill, the delicious sambar was served in this new look vessel.

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Every table has one of these vessel and saves you from the embarrassment of asking the waiter repeatedly for extra sambar.

If I ever leave Chennai, Rathna Cafe Sambar is one thing I’ll really, really miss !:)

I would pay anything for that special sambar taste but it was surprising that Ratha Cafe is probably more expensive than Saravana Bhavan.

Coffee = Rs.17.50
Sambar Vada, single Vada = Rs.25
Dosa = Rs.45

A very good start to a Sunday, isn’t it? :)

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Back

February 27, 2009 at 11:35 am (Personal)

Yes, been a long time but am making a come back to the blogosphere. Going to post more and going to talk to more of my friends from the lovely world of blogosphere.

See you around, often.

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10 years

January 16, 2009 at 7:17 am (Personal)

We had a small get-together last weekend. About ten of us from good old Alpha gang came together at a small place in T Nagar. Spent couple of hours sharing as many updates as we could about every damn name that we can remember from good old Alpha days.

Funny that someone suddenly mentioned its been 10 years since we finished school in Alpha.

10 years? 10 god-damn years!

Looking back now, what have I done in these 10 years other than simple personal gains like career etc. Even today, when I meet friends we talk about the pranks and tricks from school days and do not re-collect many from the 10 years post-school.

Wondering how should I measure my time quality of time spent in these 10 years. Good ? Bad? Lazy? Active? Successful?

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Prizefight : Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs

June 16, 2008 at 4:33 am (Personal)

This is more on a lighter side of this never ending comparison dating back to 1980s. No stats, no tech talks and no boring stuff here.

My favorite among the 10 rounds, comparing “apples” to “oranges” :)

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Am back. Again :)

June 13, 2008 at 7:23 am (Personal)

Its been a while since I posted anything around here :(

But I’ve decided to shed the lazy attitude and spend more time here going forward. Am sure I have enough excuses to say I don’t have time.. like am married, jobs kind of busy since it is year end of Microsoft now… and more..

But now, no more excuses. We’ll meet often here, keep reading.

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Anand is back – with a lot of changes :)

February 4, 2008 at 7:08 am (Personal)

It’s been a long time since I posted anything here. Lack of time, Anand turning lazy, etc

Lots of things happened during this time and its kind of too late to write about each one of them individually.

So let me just list them out –

1) After 2.5 years, I’m out of Bangalore. I now work out of Microsoft Chennai office.
2) I sold my Yezdi :(
3) I’ve got my company car finally. It’s a Toyota Corolla
4) I got engaged to Keerthi in Jan’08
5) I’ve lost 2/3 kgs
6) I’m reporting to a new manager, my third in the last 6 months
7) My marriage date is fixed, 5th March 2008
8) Travelled to Coimbatore once after a long long time
9) Changed my orkut status to “committed” :)
10) Got a new Windows Mobile phone. HTC Touch
11) Learnt to play No Limit Texas Hold’em and liking it a lot

Think I’ve missed some more.. hmmm, will make time to come back and write more.

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HTC S710 SmartPhone – Windows Mobile 6.0

September 26, 2007 at 5:27 am (Personal)

Finally, after a really long delay – I got my new Windows Mobile Phone. Its a HTC S710 Phone with Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system. Nothing much to say about the phone yet, got to use it more to find out. But its certainly going to save me a lot of hassle of carrying my really heavy laptop wherever I go. HTC gives me Mail, messenger and everything else on the go – there is nothing that my HTC can’t do and my laptop can do! :)

HTC S710 Windows Mobile 6 Phone

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Changing jobs – within Microsoft

July 9, 2007 at 7:17 am (Personal)

After spending two years with my first job at Microsoft, I finally decided to change verticals. I did try getting in to something within my first org. I waited for some time for that to click and finally made up my mind to accept a new role in a completely new vertical altogether.

    Starting July 6th – I will be reporting to the Sales & Marketing Group within Microsoft, moving out of the Services Group.

It was a big change when I moved from HCL and joined Microsoft back in 2003. Changing jobs could be a big breakthrough in terms of compensation and other such aspects – but the change in environment is really a task to cope with. It’ll take some time before the uneasiness leaves your mind.
Anyways, keeping my fingers crossed hoping for good things in my new job.

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Parents

May 29, 2007 at 9:27 pm (Personal)

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday evening. From his voice, I could make out that something was bothering him deeply. I tried to start a conversation and asked him if everything was alright. What he said next really moved me. It wasn’t a dramatic story or something but it really held me speechless for a long time. I couldn’t get this out of my head for the second day now.

The guys was basically a chennai resident, married and has kids. He was staying with his wife and kids in Bangalore while his parents stayed in Chennai. He is looking for a transfer for sometime now to go and join his parents in Chennai.

Both his mom and dad are in their late 60s. Last week, his father fell ill with typhoid fever and was admitted in hospital for a day. Only his mother was there to take care of his sick father. This guy talks to both of them almost everyday and he spoke to them several times in the last one week. But neither his dad nor his mom told him about the problem. His father is alright now and it is only now that they tell him about the typhoid incident from last week. They did not want to tell him about it before as they did not want him to get worried unnecessarily. They wanted not to disturb this guy when he himself would have several other day-to-day issues on his own related to work or his own family here in Bangalore.

End of the story.

Like I said, this is not a dramatic narration of sorts. But honestly, how many of us are lucky enough to have such self-less parents? Hmm…

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Weekend at Chennai – Poker and more

May 15, 2007 at 1:15 pm (Personal)

Last week was pretty bad at work with things not working out the way I would’ve liked it to. Wanted to get out and forget work and Bangalore for a while – made a last minute decision and packed my bags and off to Chennai for the weekend.

The summer heat almost vaporized my spirit to go out there and have fun! But the 20 odd years I spent there before helped me to gather the residual energy! :)
Spent Saturday evening with my sister and my bro-in-law at the NewYorkers. Good place to eat and good ambience.

Called up friends to find out what’s in store for the weekend. Quickly formed a small group and planed to have a gathering at my place since my parents were not at home. Friends came home by 11pm and a couple of US returns convinced us to play poker instead of the usual “three cards” we play most of the times back in college days. Took some time to get in to the groove and by mid night we got a grip of the game. Played till ~5am and then hit off to have some coffee outside. Didn’t know what to do and went to Marina beach in the morning expecting a cool sea breeze. Bump! All we got was more of HOT … really HOT winds in the beach too! Man, whatever happened to the concept of “sea breeze” cooling the land in the night?? :)

Anyways, that is how our Saturday went. My bro-in-law came home Sunday early morning to take me back to their place at Pallavaram. Reached there and had some really nice filter coffee! Man, I love mornings and coffee with some good news to read in the papers. Coffee in Bangalore is notas good :(
Played around with my bro-in-law’s comp for some time and then dozed off for few hours. Woke up and had some specially prepared Sunday special lunch. Watched some TV with everyone else in the family. This Vijay TV Airtel super singer Junior craze had hit their home too! Man, people are crazy about this show these days… it’s good. And hey, in case you didn’t know the host of that show Chinmayi has her own blog… you wouldn’t want to read it if you don’t know her as a celebrity. Too lazy to link back to her blog, just search for it on the net. And in case you didn’t know there is an alternate search engine to Google called http://www.live.com :)

Anyways, back to the weekend story – Sunday evening was my college buddy’s wedding reception at Guindy Race Course groups. Must say you must be little crazy to host a reception in open lawn during a scorching Chennai summer. But the dinner buffet kind of compensated to everything else! Man, it was one hell of a buffet menu. Bombay chaat, Delhi chaat and Banarasi chaat… some 15/20 varieties of sweets… about 10 flavours of Baskin Robbins ice-cream… at least 10 varieties of rice and breads. Anyways, had a really lengthy and filling dinner and then had to wait for my sister and my bro-in-law to come and pick me up to go back to their place at Pallavaram. Spent the night there and back to Bangalore the next day.

Now though, back to the boring work place! :(

Things need to change a lot for me to get some interest and focus back on my work. hmm…

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Malgudi-O-Palooza – “Malgudi Days” by R.K.Narayanan

May 9, 2007 at 8:24 pm (Personal)

My friend Uma here is hosting a “Malgudi-O-Palooza” contest. Don’t be confused now, there is no new release of “Malgudi Days” by R.K.Narayanan Junior or someone else. It is the same old “Malgudi Days” we are talking about. The one that is probably as old as me now :)

Anyways, I don’t know much about R.K.Narayanan or the book to “officially” compete in the contest. But thought I can atleast pass it one to five others who I know to give them a chance to participate in the content.

here goes:

Kutty
Bhuvana
Arun
Ambimama
My Alpine path

The above five are hereby officially tagged to participated in Uma’s contest :)

Tags: Malgudi-O-Palooza, malgudiopalooza

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Nishabd – Ram Gopal Verma Movie

March 5, 2007 at 5:03 pm (Personal)

Movie Review of Nishabd… well, let’s not waste time and move on. It’s crap. The worst Ram Gopal Verma movie I’ve seen in theatres in the recent past. I know, I know.. don’t mention James et al now – I was lucky enough not to watch those “movies” in theatres but fell in to the “Nishabd” trap.

Pros: The cast – Amitabh Bachan, Revathi, Nasser and Jiah Khan’s legs
Cons: Disturbingly loud background score and everything else that you notice on screen.

Please don’t waste time and money. I am waiting for “In pursuit of happiness” to be released in Bangalore, hope it is a good one.

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Microsoft Website revamped

January 9, 2007 at 1:13 am (Personal)

After a long time – Here, All *new* Microsoft.com

Looks cool :0

New Microsoft

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BABEL – The Movie

January 8, 2007 at 11:16 pm (Personal)

Watched BABEL with friends this weekend at PVR Bangalore. Movie started about 30 minutes late and that cost us thirty bucks each for a cup of Ice tea. (Yuk, I don’t like this drink either – but coffee was not served :( )

BABEL
Someone told me it’s a pulp fiction class. Man! he was wrong! totally! One common aspect though is Babel belongs to “uncategorized” category of movies. Can’t say its drama, no action, no thriller either. It cannot be categorized in to any one bucket, its “general” or in other words, “uncategorized” (or should we rename “uncategorized” to “tarantino”? )

Personally, I kind of liked the movie. It’s PURE CINEMA and don’t got looking for an entertainer in this and get disappointed. Brad Pitt really made a good decision acting in this one compared to the mostly meaningless acting performances he got in Oceans 11 et al.

Nice screeplay and some really talented direction by “Alejandro González Iñárritu” ( Yeah, just copy+pasted it from IMDB! Never could pronounce it nor spell it :))

I don’t’ quite understand why the movie was named “Babel” – Babel AFAIK denotes “Tower of Babel” and probably the story of the birth of evil as created by God. Many characters in this movie have flawed thinking and probably that’s why.

Anyways, worth the money and a must watch. Don’t take your girl-friend along though; it’s certainly not a DATE movie!

:)
Movie

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Dinner with team – Royal Orchid

December 22, 2006 at 5:53 pm (Personal)

Wow, I am turning really lazy these days, eh :)

No update for weeks! :(

Anyways, I did something today…and thought it’s worth blogging about it.

I am with this team for almost 18 months now but never have we ever gone out together without any absentees. For the first time, no on dropped off in the last minute and all of us made it to “Royal Orchid” Chinese restaurant. Nice place, nice ambience. Had some tasty Chineee manchurians and some really tasty White wine.

Anand and team at Royal Orchid

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Nostalgic Doordarshan Videos

December 1, 2006 at 11:44 am (Personal)

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara from here

Ek Aur Anek from here

Doordarshan short film- Do not spread rumours from here

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