2013 Resolutions!

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We survived 21.12.2012. I didn’t make any new year resolutions (till 22nd Dec), just in case the Mayan prediction (dooms day) proved right ūüôā

But here are we, alive and kicking. I think it’s time I should make some resolutions for the new year. That’s a different story that by end of the year, most of us (including myself) don’t even remember what resolutions we made. Nonetheless I feel we should still do this exercise every year.¬†After all, we all love and¬†believe¬†in terms like optimism and initiatives despite not following those very things every time.

So, here goes the list of my new year resolutions.

  • I will Learn at least 2 new programming languages and/or frameworks.
  • I will start Reading more (books, blogs, magazines). I already spend decent amount of time reading, especially online junk, however this year I want to focus more on reading offline stuff.
  • I will get a Standing desk like the one below and in case I couldn’t afford one, will seriously do something about long sitting hours.
Image Courtesy: http://media.treehugger.com/

Image Courtesy: http://media.treehugger.com/

  • I will Exercise/Jog/Walk daily. And if that doesn’t work (had to add this clause based on last few years experience), I’ll at least play games on Wii daily ūüôā
  • I will kick the Car habit and try alternative modes of transportation. My office is hardly 1 km from my home (jealous?) but I still take car to office daily despite trying hard (may be not hard enough) to resist the temptation.
  • I will measure my Productivity to ensure all my efforts are in right direction.
  • I will take one Long break¬†every year (haven’t yet thought about how long) and during this time, won’t be checking emails.¬†
  • I will spend more Quality time with my son (my favorite).

Note: Not each of the resolution mentioned above is original, some are “inspired” just like Bollywood movies are inspired from movies down south and yes, Hollywood.

So what are your new year resolutions?

Organic and Inorganic Motivation

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Recently I attended a marriage and since I was from dulha side, I was a privileged¬†baraati ūüôā A few people were dancing with the band and intermittently trying to¬†convince others (including me)¬†to join them. A few of them were dancing with full energy and were visibly excited but few others were just standing and slowly moving their hands and feet and some were just walking along with baraat. One could classify the baraatis into 3 categories.

  1. Those who were genuinely excited and enjoying every bit of the moment.
  2. Those who were dancing only because they had no other option as they were unable to resist. (I would fit in here)
  3. Those who were neutral (or indifferent) and were just hoping that the baraat reaches the destination at the earliest.

Clearly, I can say that baraati classified as type 1 were highly¬†motivated to dance in the baraat. Baraati classified as type 2 were probably poorly motivated or not motivated and type 3 were definitely not at all motivated. So, what is the reason some people are highly motivated to carry out a specific task and some are apparently poorly or not at all motivated? A trivial observation in a typical¬†baraat and possibly most of you can relate to one of these 3 types when in similar situation. Further, it’s a no-brainer to figure out the reason behind high motivation of type 1 baraatis. However this trivial observation kept me awake for a couple of hours even though I was pretty much tired after returning from the marriage function.

And this led to my discovery of 2 types of motivation – Organic Motivation and Inorganic Motivation. Later when I Googled the terms, I realized these terms pre-exist … WHAT THE HECK!!! Nevertheless, since I spent couple of hours thinking about this, it deserves at least a blog post ūüôā

Let’s go back to where we started – Type 1 baraatis. They were looking very excited, visibly happy and enjoying more than the other 2 types. The reason for that lies in organic and inorganic motivation. Type 1 people were either motivated organically or inorganically or probably both. Now you must be muttering … enough of this organic/non-organic BS, what do they mean¬†after all?? Here you go.

Organic Motivation: If you are motivated enough and don’t need any external force to carry out a task then you are organically motivated. For example, dulha’s brother, his best friend(s), some of his dear cousins probably do not need any external motivation to dance in the baraat as they are happy deep inside .. for their brother, friend, cousin or whatever the¬†relationship¬†might be. Another very good example of inorganic motivation are entrepreneurs.¬†True entrepreneurs are organically motivated and typically don’t need any external motivation (peers,¬†customers, VC/Angels etc) to do their job.

Inorganic Motivation: Fair enough, but how do you explain the motivation of those who too were looking equally excited and dancing in the baraat with full energy but didn’t have any close relationship to the dulha? Alright, so this is where inorganic motivation comes into picture. People can be motivated inorganically as well. Some of the type 1 baraatis were under the influence of alcohol. Do I need to say more? It can also be explained in terms of pay hikes, rewards, recognition and the stuff which company bestows on you to (inorganically) motivate you.

Now when you have mastered the concepts of organic and inorganic movitation, here is a question for you ūüôā

Question: There could be some people in the baraat who are neither close of dulha nor under influence of alcohol but could still be classified as type 1. Why? May be because they just love dancing and there could be some who do not want to miss any opportunity to show off (impress girls). Now what do you think РAre these people organically motivated or inorganically motivated?? Keep thinking and if you find an answer, leave your response as comment.

One friendly advise – If you need inorganic motivation to do your job then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Find a job which organically motivates you. Unfortunately this is easier said than done!

Traffic Indiscipline in India

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After a gap of 2 years, I got a chance to drive in Hyderabad. I must say it was as difficult as it used to be since people drive as if they are the only one driving on the road. Hyderabadis (in general) know no traffic rules unless there is a cop in sight, sometimes they ignore him as well. I guess the same can be said for most of the Indian cities.

When I used to work in Hyderabad, it was common people discussing in office how they nearly escaped (or sometimes even got injured) from an accident on a frequent basis. This reminds me of ‘Roads are filled with idiots‘¬†Ceat tyre advertisements¬†on TV (this and this). It’s unfortunate but very true that most of our cities are filled with such people who drive recklessly and put others life in danger along with their own. No wonder India tops the list in number of road accident fatalities in world.¬†During the year 2009, there were around 4.9 lakh road accidents, which resulted in deaths of 1,25,660 people and injured more than five lakh persons in India.¬†The official number of deaths increased in 2010 to 1.3 lakh and if government reports are to be¬†believed, most of the accidents were caused due to driver negligence.

Fortunately if you live in Delhi, you get to learn some road discipline unless you¬†love paying fines¬†and¬†don’t mind trips to jail¬†every now and then. Traffic discipline situation is not ideal in Delhi however it’s far better compared to other Indian cities.

Who do you think is responsible for this situation?

Doesn’t matter how safely you drive, if others on road do not, you are not safe.

How Joomla changed my life …

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I did my engineering in Computer Science, worked briefly at Defense R&D Organization and later moved to Motorola where I worked for around 6 years as telecommunications engineer on various wireless technologies like GSM/GPRS, WiMax and LTE. Since last one year or so, I have been building websites and web applications. And some time back I co-founded a web applications development firm with my brother who too is passionate about Internet and web applications.

From Telecom to Internet, it has been a wonderful and super exciting journey and though it might sound a little crazy but Joomla (Yes, Joomla) had a very large role to play in turning me from an employee to an entrepreneur.

One fine day when I had little work in office, I came across Joomla while surfing (useless random searching can land you anywhere :-)). Though I had no interest about website¬† building at that time, I found Joomla quite interesting. In almost couple of hours I realized how easy it is to build a website using Joomla without writing a single line of code.¬†Since then there was hardly any day (hectic or not) when I didn’t spend some time learning something new about Joomla or website building in general. During weekends and in free time, I used to build sites using Joomla just for fun on a local server on my PC.¬†Around same time, I read about freelance platforms like Elance and oDesk and came to know about few people (some from my friend circle as well) who had quit their day job to work full time as freelancers. By then, I was kind of Joomla expert. Being your own boss is a dream of every (well, almost) employee but only a few dare of chase that dream. I did and here I am running a startup with 7 employees (as on June, 2011).

After Joomla, learning other frameworks and technologies didn’t take much time (thank god, I attended some of the classes in college) and we started building all kind of websites and applications. Today we have more than 100 clients around the globe (mostly SMBs) and more than 25% of clients have worked with us more than once.

Had I not come across Joomla, I probably wouldn’t have discovered my passion for Internet and web applications. I sincerely thank Joomla and the strong developer community behind it for building such a fine application which has the capability of changing lives (in a positive way of course :-))