Sunday, June 15, 2008

Good SHoW-28

Folks,

With no idea as to whom to crown this week as SHoW (Super Hero of the Week), was just going through the last week's mails. As the number of mails is getting multiplied day after day, it has become very difficult reading all of them then and there. Hence, thought of reserving a day for this activity alone. Full reservation spree... Today is one of such reserved days for reading the junk mails (I am really very sorry to use such an offensive word... but any good stuff that is overused (even the brain) or overproduced naturally becomes junk). When I was going through the mails, I could realize two things. 1. Even one full day is not enough to read all the mails received in the week. 2. Every 25th mail is received from someone other than Chris the great. So, YES... we have found our SHoW!

Believe me, Chris sends unbelievable number of mails a day. When I just tried to count the number of mails he has sent in a day on a sample basis, on June 13th, in a span of one and a half hours, he has forwarded 21 mails. Mind you, this is on sample basis only. There are times when I have received 30+ mails in a day. I have been asking from the day 1 he started forwarding mails - "maam, do you read all the mails before forwarding?" He is yet to answer me. Hope he does that now. I am 200% sure he could not have read all of them before forwarding. Another possibility might be that he has written a rule in his mailbox to forward all the mails he receives to a bunch of people in the address book.

On top of all these, the best service in his mailing business is, he ensures that more than 80% of the mails are not new or you receive it first time from him. He sends the same message for warm-up for a few times initially and the real game starts lil later. It might also be a trick to know if people read his mails:-). I keep asking him every week - "maam, why do you send the same mails again and again?" No answer for this also so far. Maam! Please stand up and speak out yourself maam... ex BCians are all interested to know your ideas and aspirations...:-)

The best of the series is, I gave him my i-flex id and in the first week itself I had to explain people why official mails sent to my id on week-ends and in the day-ends bounce. So I thought it would be a better idea to get my id changed in his address book and went back to him. I told him the problem. He asked me "maam, did you feel bad?" I had two options. First one is, saying the truth and and the second option is saying what we have learnt from our industry. As I was not interested in getting rid of his overloaded mails at the cost of few good mails, went for the second one and said "no... no... no..." (What to do? We all have to be hypocritical at times. I am still paying for it:-)!) He said "no problem maams... even if you felt bad, no issues, I won't stop!" That is the spirit that has got him this award... Good SHoW maam! We sincerely hope that you would continue to do your good work despite all these criticism:-). Rather, you might say "this is what motivates me to improve my service and brings out the best in me!":-) You have the right attitude to work in Oracle!!! Pls help me get a job in Oracle too... (There are lots of mails to be replied and forwarded...:-))

Request his database friend Vinodb to present this award with all the formalities...

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)
23. Sobia (Ms. Amma)
24. Shashirekha (Ms. Akka)
25. Umesh V (Mr. MadhuMaga)
26. Dhanya Liss Paul (Ms. Talking Alarm)
27. Jobsy Andony, sorry Antony (Mr. MLM)
28. Chris Navin (Mr. Mailman)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-27

Friends,

SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) announcement is lil late this week. As we had a lot of new members joining the group, we were very busy inducting them into the system... (Typical management fundas:-))

Have you heard of MLM? Multi-Level Marketing? I am sure some of you would have already burnt your fingers with companies like Amway!!! I am a living example to have burnt fingers, hand and the whole body in that. If any of your friends or a stranger calls you to discuss about "an exciting and very important business opportunity", please pass on my number to him or his to me and ask him to meet me preferably on a Friday night. I will thrash him to death.

But I could see a constructive MLM (I know MLM cannot be constructive... it's all about cheating 100 people to enrich 10) happening in our group this week. As a birthday gift, we presented Jobsy a lifetime free membership to the group. Immediately to compensate the benefits, he joined 3 other ex BCians in the group on the same day. Jobsy, as we all know, always works for mutual benefits without any vested interests... one of his down-line (an Amway jargon... Jobsy is called a sponsorer and I am Jobsy's sponsorer!!!) Jinesh introduced another member immediately and the number of group members just jumped like the Petrol price in our country. BTW - any agitations against petrol price hike in the city? I am lil free next week...

Some time back, when our Mannina Maga (my respectful first boss in BC) Radha was crowned SHoW for introducing two people at a time. Now it is Jobsy who has broken the record... I am sure this would motivate others to bring a lot more new members and take away the most prestigious:-) exBCians award - SHoW. But please don't poach resources from BC itself to achieve the target:-). BC, with great difficulties, is on a success path now. Thanks to the busy schedule of poachers like me in the current companies (I have actually not done that till now... respect for the company!!!).

So, Jobsy! For your MLM skills and your relentless contribution to the group when it was in BC, we are proud to crown you the SHoW. I think you were also one of the early birds to receive HoW (Hero of the Week) in BC days. But forgot your HoW name... this time we would love to name you Mr. MLM (as usual, renaming is welcome!!!). I also request his peer Hari Sadu, sorry Narahari Rao to present this award with all the formalities in place to Jobsy, his childhood dhosth...

Folks, now Jobsy will tell all his siblings' (brothers and sisters) names as quick as a lightning... you need to repeat them in the same order and speed (if possible, the same accent too!!!). The one who does
that successfully will be unanimously selected as SHoW next week. (Ironically, this is how unanimous decisions are made in Indian politics!!!). We used to have this contest in the 4 tracks bar... imagine how funny it would have been for the non-drinkers (Gopal, as you wished we are not to be called drunkards anymore... we are just drinkers!!!) after he tells the names...

I also request Gopal, the business magnet & Raghuraman, the heartthrob to repeat the Jobsy slogan for the benefit of those who missed it...

Cumulative Summary:
1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)
23. Sobia (Ms. Amma)
24. Shashirekha (Ms. Akka)
25. Umesh V (Mr. MadhuMaga)
26. Dhanya Liss Paul(Ms. Talking Alarm)
27. Jobsy Andony, sorry Antony (Mr. MLM)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com http://www.ex-bcians.itgo.com/ for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-26

Hey, who stole the SHoW? One mail is missing. It is Dhanya's. If any of you find it, please do not report it to the SHoW. Parcel it to me. I will post it up here...

Good SHoW-25

Umesh,

Then you are the SHoW! Congratulations... This is called instant SHoWing.

For those of you who don't know Umesh - He was in the HumaNET / Microsoft team when I left. He is an ex class mate of Umashankar (Mr. Umma). I am really wondering what to name this instant SHoW... Umma!Please F1...

I am really not able to write anything now... I have a meeting at 2:00 PM. Bye for now!!! Umma & GG! Continue from here...

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)
23. Sobia (Ms. Amma)
24. Shashirekha (Ms. Akka)
25. Umesh

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)
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From: ex_BCians@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ex_BCians@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Umesh V
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:28 PM
To: ex_BCians@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [ex_BCians] Happy Birthday Umesh!

Hi Bharathi,

Thanks. Also one more thing. Iam getting married next month.

Bye
Umesh V

On 5/25/06, bharathiraja.bose@... <
bharathiraja.bose@...
> wrote:

Hi Umesh,

Many more happy returns of the day!!!

Thanks & Regards,
Bharathiraja

Good SHoW-24

Brothers and Sisters (once again:-)),

It has been long time since we had any birthdays. Tomorrow (if you are reading it tomorrow, then "today"), Akka is celebrating her birthday. It is long time since we heard from Akka also. I was actually planning to crown Akka instead of Vinayak for keeping quiet for long time. Since Akka's birthday was nearing, thought it would be better to give her on the birthday.

Happy birthday Akka! Wish you hundred more happy returns of the day!!!

Akka, as you all know, is one of the most active and energetic participant in all our events in BC. Be it debates, arguments, functions, initiatives for tours, fund collection for Kargil war victims or earth quake victims or for BEST. BTW - how many of you still remember the BEST (Blue Chips' Extended Sports Trust)? There is still Rs. 400 with DB. DB! What did you do with that money da? :-)

Akka, why are you so silent for such a long time? Are you very upset about Amma's defeat in the elections? Don't worry she would come back, there would be a "mummy returns" in 2011.

But we want YOU to come back with a big bang. We are missing your philosophies and arguments.

Considering the difficulties of the group members in reading the SHoW mails, the size is cut short from this week...

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)
23. Sobia (Ms. Amma)
24. Shashirekha (Ms. Akka)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-23

Dears,

As we have talked enough on feminism while crowning Vidhya. Let's extend it little more. Let's talk about motherhood this time. This, I think, is the most relevant week to discuss about it because we are crowning our SHoW (Super Heroine of the Week) for being promoted as mother.

Ambrose Bierce rewrote the meaning of Sweater in his dictionary as follows:

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.

Do we really have to discuss about motherhood any more? There cannot be better explanations about Sweater and Mother. That is not a single line, but an essay!!!

Sobia -

There is something that I am going to tell about you, which you may or may not have heard of. When I first saw you in BC, I said Venu that you looked like my mother. After that whenever I saw you I used to tell him "hey... she looks exactly like my mother". I think I have told Raghuraman also once. You just look like how my mother used to be in my childhood. BTW - I am not getting sentimental here:-). It's just that I have a habit of correlating faces and behaviors to relationships. When I see some people, they look like my brothers. Some look like my uncles. I just feel like calling them anna, thambi or mama. BTW - Padhu (I call him thambi) doesn't fall in that category. There is a different table story for that. This was the first time someone looked like my mother. But I never felt like calling her "amma":-)! I think this is a big psychological phenomenon to be studied. I won't be surprised if Sigmund Freud had written something about this also. I think everybody would have experienced something like this. But I am not sure. See... what a coincidence! Today I, on behalf of the ex BCians group, am crowning you for becoming a mother. :-)

It's also relevant this week for another reason - fat Amma's (though I don't like calling her so) fate is also going to be decided this week.

You also deserve this for standing-up and asking aloud "why there are no girl-SHoWs?" As you wished we selected a girl sometime back and now you yourself have been chosen as one.

Our best wishes on behalf of the group... do let us know the name of the baby!!!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)
23. Sobia (Ms. Amma)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-22

Members,

It's all about numbers. It's numbers game everywhere. Anything without numbers is not accepted as fact. There is nothing called "good" or "bad" in assessments. Be it in business, sports, performance appraisal, or quality. If you can't back with numbers, you are ridiculed and any good statement of yours is rejected upfront as non-sense.

We very often tend to claim and have fights over things like "our company is doing well", "Ganguly is a better player than Tendulkar", "I have done a great job and I am the best resource in our project/ company" or "we have always delivered quality products to our customers". At the end of the day, it's only the numbers that tell the truth or believed upon. Every other statement without numbers is rubbished because they might be told out of vested interests or blind biases.

Politics is the place where numbers are misused and cricket is where they are overused. No other game gives statistics like "this is 11th time in the history of the game to score 200+ in Bangalore while batting first in a day-night match, which started after 3 PM and when the maximum temperature of the day is below 30 degrees in the past 20 years against England when an non-English is captaining the team" or "this is the 4th time the bowler is spitting in the direction of north in his 4th over in the first spell during the second session after the tea break".

Inspired by the cricket statistics, I thought of identifying our SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) today based on some funny number-based criterion. It's our veteran Vinayak (veteran might hurt him because it might give a clue about his age:-)... again a numbers game!) who has reached an important milestone. On what? It's certainly nothing about his age or the number of girls he tried to flirt. He has a hit a century... it's 103 days since we got his last mail.

What is the big deal about Vinayak being quiet for 103 days? There are people who have never made any noise since the group was started or they joined the group. Yes, there is a difference. Someone said "if a dog bites a man it's an event; if a man bites a dog it's news". In those lines, Vinayak keeping quiet is unusual and it's undoubtedly the 8th wonder in the world. What is "right" with you Vinayak? Pls start being yourself from this moment...

PS (for those who don't know Vinayak): Vinayak is a very decent - energetic - young (as young as Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan) man of our times. He loves to hate those who treat him as an elder. Hence we would like to crown him with the SHoW name Mr. Young!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)
22. Vinayak (Mr. Young)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-21

Hi,

When we crowned the big brother itself we were planning to do the honors to the small brother also. But tough competition didn't allow us to select him as the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week). Vijay, Vidhya and Moses - all had good reasons to get crowned.

So, what is that Leo Felix (the small brother) has achieved now, apart from being a decent small brother to his big brother?

He left BC and joined Logica CMG, which is one of the great MNCs in India. Recently he left Logica also and joined a new company called Motive (A start-up MNC). That's when we were planning to SHoW him. It's not joining a new company, but doing it in style that mattered. The jump was for more than 100%. Industry standards is supposed to be somewhere around 25%. Before or after Arun (Great Wall of Microsoft), I never heard of anybody getting more than 100% jump. It's not just that. Within a few months, he (though being one of the junior most fellows around) is flying to onsite today. It's indeed an achievement. Good SHoW Felix! Wishes to have a great time in the US and come back with lots of... no, not chocolates, money and experience!!!

Felix came from BC Channai to Bangalore and joined the Microsoft team here. We worked together on the great LogSmart system and even did an implementation in Belgaum for Surfa Coats (one of the most painful affairs BC had ever had). We also shared a lot of stories and good times there. I think he also worked with Radha (Mannina Maga) in HLL for sometime. We three together form a triangle hence:-).

As a professional, I know him as a guy who is very good at R&D and some one who loves taking up technical challenges. Personally... no, I can't tell all the stories that we shared because we have his respected brother also in the group:-). (Is telling them out better than torturing like this, Felix!?:-)) I found a good company in him (along with Vijay and many others) in pulling the legs of people like Gururaj (GG or Gji), Padhu (Jackson) and Senthil (one of the romantic characters in the group... I don't know why he is still silent in the group), both on and off the field (I mean "within and outside the office").

BTW - Leo! Is your sun sign Leo?

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)
21. Leo Felix (Mr. Small Brother)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-20

Hi,

Check out this innovative invitation...

How was it?

I got two invitations in this week. One is this and the other one is of Moses, our SHoW (Super Hero of the Week). It was indeed a 'short but neat' invitation, with an expectation of a 'huge but neat' crowd:-). Moses weds Joy tomorrow (pun?!). So he will be a joyful man from tomorrow... Hope this mail serves as a reminder also for his wedding. Don't say "I left early on Friday and could read it only on Monday" please... Let's make his life joyous by presenting our presence in the Infant Jesus church tomorrow at 4 PM.

Moses as an ex BCian is still remembered for all his new initiatives in system admin team and for his extremely cool temperament. As we were saying last week, just like any other admin team members, he is also a very popular personality. Hope we can catch up with a lot of ex BCians of multiple generations tomorrow. It was during his tenure that we used to have 1-hour browsing every day after 6 PM. Then it was shifted to 5 PM because the people who left at 6 PM could not make use of the facility. Though the start time was 5 PM on dot (otherwise, the whole of BC would be standing in front of his room with stones and swords), he could never disconnect at 6 PM. Every one had a reason to stretch it for 10 more minutes. In some systems, it was very slow. In some, it never loaded the site. For some, the IE itself was not getting loaded. That is when I used to admire Moses, "how the hell is this fellow keeping every one happy and joyous?"

Then the management realized (!) that we were all using the internet connection judiciously and decided to give it for half-a-day, post-lunch. Then only they realized Ramprasaths and Bharathirajas (the names used here are just for illustration purposes:-)) sitting next to each other were chatting on yahoo messenger and killing the organization's 50% productivity. Then, within a week itself, internet scheme was cancelled forever (unlike the bonus schemes cancelled by Jayalalitha, which was given back after some time with reduced rates). After that, we could never get it back. As long as I was there, it was only the privileged ones who were using and misusing that, with special permissions. I don't know how it is currently. This is the power of people in democracy. They can screw up any good thing within no time, out of over-enthusiasm.:-)

All we know is that Moses is a character in Bible. Moses is a prophet who is owned by all - Jews, Christians and Muslims. Musa (as he is called in Qur'an) is the most recognized prophet in Islam too. According to Bible, he is known for bringing people out of slavery in Egypt (as did our Moses by providing internet connection to all of us) and he lived for 120 years. It seems, the maximum age for Noah's descendants is supposed to be 120 and that's why Jews commonly wish "May you live to 120". Let's also wish Moses, our SHoW on his wedding eve - "may you live to 120 with Joy" and try to make him more joyful tomorrow by attending the wedding.

His SHoW name would be Mr. Joy. Mr. Moses becomes Mr. Joy when Ms. Joy becomes Mrs. Moses.

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)
20. Moses (Mr. Joy)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-19

Females and Males,

This is the trend now. Feminism is the buzzword of the century. There have been lots of changes and developments on this front. Even terms like "man-days", "man-hours", "mankind" have been ridiculed, because they sound gender-discriminative it seems. It's "person-days", "person-hours" and "humankind". Gone are the days of using "he" as the default subject in stories and professional writings. It's "she" everywhere.

So, what does this all mean?

Have women got their share of what they deserve? People make fun of feminism and ask "who is suppressing them?" and "who is holding them back from growing?" That is just an urban - middle class view that comes out of the frustration of running behind a girl like mad and getting deceived by her (:-)) or based on the observations made within their own family and friends' families. Women are yet to get the real freedom. Even today there are millions of women, who get beaten up by their drunkard husbands for no reasons (the only possible reason could be that his brain doesn't work when he is drunk)...

Somehow in the beginning of the game itself, physically strong and mentally cunning men have written the rules of the game in their favor, which is still keeping them dependent on one or the other man through out her life. Today, every political party wants reservation for women, but nobody is able to implement it. It won't happen as long as there are men heading the parties and parliament. "Is reservation right or wrong?" is another interesting topic, which can be discussed for another century. Let's not get into that.

I remember a few months back Sobia stood up and asked why there are no girls crowned as SHoW (Super Heroine of the Week) in the group. Sobia! I am sure you should be happy now... no reservations... this is purely based on merit.

To introduce Vidhya, the SHoW...

I am sure most of you would know her.

Anyways, Shree Vidhya was with BC during 2003's and she was one of the popular people like any other Admin team member. She is married to an ex BCian (which we discussed in detail when Rabijit was the SHoW) for the past 6 months or so and both of them are working together in IBM now. During her BC days, we have always seen her as a perfectionist who tries to do everything that is assigned to her in the best possible fashion. She is a graduate in psychology (if I am not wrong) and HR executive by profession. Both psychology and HR go hand-in-hand. In fact, if you can read the fellow creature's mind, you can shine in any field, be it marketing, HR, IT, spirituality, medicine... anything!

Good SHoW Vidhya! Congratulations again on behalf of the group for being awarded in IBM. Keep it up!!!

BTW - Thanks Rabijit for bringing it to the limelight!!!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)
19. Shree Vidhya Sharma (Ms. Perfectionist)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-18

Hi All,

Sorry for the silence all these days. Work is very hectic. I think last week was the first time I failed to send the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) mail.

There is a saying that is used by Cricketer Navjoth Sidhu very often (mostly in irrelevant contexts, which is what he is known for:-)) - "Courage is not the absence of fear. It's conquering the fear"! BTW - It reminds me of two things now. 1. Once Rajesh was saying when Sidhu was screaming in front of Geoffrey Boycott, "Boycott would be cursing his forefathers for teaching English to Indians!":-) I think that should be the worst thing to have happened to English and the best to India:-). He has such a rich English (only the context-sensitivity is the issue:-)) with which he harasses English themselves:-). 2. I named our Gopal "Navjoth Sidhu" once and got chased like a dog by him wherever he sees me. That was in the beginning of Sidhuism when I didn't know Sidhu would yap so much:-). Now I understand how much it would have disturbed Gopal then. Sorry Gopal!!! :-)

Actor Kamal Hassan says in one of his movies, "courage is nothing but pretending to be courageous"! When thought about it in depth, I could understand the underlying meaning of both the statements. Most of the times, we tend to mistake the absence of fear as courage. Courage that comes out of absence of fear always leads to debacles whereas the real courage that comes out of conquering the fear relieves us from fear and takes to great heights. We had one such incident last week, which SHoWed us the SHoW!

As we announced last week, Vijay was the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) last week for his courageous attempt to reach a ghost over his phone. When Vidhya had forwarded that mail, no one dared to even keep the mail in the mailbox. Some one did SHIFT-DELETE it seems:-)! Our SHoW went ahead calling the ghost's number and confirmed that the number did not exist, just like the ghost. Might be if the ghost had attended the call, that would have been the best proof for ghost's existence, ever since the existence of this earth. Instead, it ended up becoming a proof for existence of hoax-mongers. BTW - Vijay! Was it absence of fear or you conquered it?:-) For the courage that you SHoWed - your SHoW name would be Mr. Courageous!

Now to talk about Vijay - he came from Chennai BC to Bangalore BC (Progress team) with a mission to leave BC within 6 months and successfully succeeded:-) in that, too. One of the unforgettable things that he did in those six months was, once he created a mail id in a girl's name and sent it to Senthil (one of the most romantic guys in our group), which I am sure would have made Senthil sleepless for at least a week. I am not sure even now if Senthil knows that it was done by Vijay. Senthil! Your intervention is expected here...

Finally, let's announce the SHoW for this week also. It's... Vidhya Sharma (for sending that mail to find out the Mr. Courageous in the group and for receiving an award from IBM)! Detail mail will follow...

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)
18. Vijayakumar Ponnuswamy (Mr. Courageous)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-17

Big Brothers, Small Brothers and Sisters:-) (it takes a lot of guts to call everybody your brother or sister!),

Selecting the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) is a complicated process in its own way. If there is any birthday celebration in the week, it becomes very easy. The birthday boy/ man himself could be selected. If any of the ex BCians has achieved something and we come to know of it, then also it is very easy. But most of our heroes don't tell us what they have achieved if they have achieved anything in the week passed by. To simplify the process and encourage everybody to share their recent achievements, we want to crown someone who has done that.

Good SHoW Benny! It's indeed a good achievement to receive appreciation from clients for what we have accomplished. The words of client are always powerful in any organization as they are the god for any business, for they give us money to survive and allow us to learn at their cost. So I am sure you would have also received a hike or promotion after that. If you are yet to get it, please keep us posted when that happens.

We have ex BCians of all branches in the group. There are a few who were lucky enough to work in all the three Indian branches. Benny is one of them. He joined BC Chennai and went to BC Bombay from there. And then he came down to BC Bangalore also, for the great HumaNET Oracle migration. Hence, order-wise also, it won't be a bad idea to crown him after Sateesh and Gururaj. (This is HumaNET month or what?!)

From HumaNET Oracle team, he was pulled to TKML (Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited) as part of our "push and pull" strategies. I was also lucky enough to have a chance to be with him on one of his last few days as an auditor. Though I had worked with him for few months, I enjoyed that one day more than the previous experience. He was upbeat, cracking jokes and teasing and laughing at every fellow passing by. I never knew Benny was such jovial character. They say the true colors of a man could be seen only when he is in trouble. On the other hand, I could see the truecolor of the man when he was in his notice period.

By the way - we have only heard of and talked about couples in BC. There were a few siblings also working together. Benny's small brother (Indian version of "younger brother") is also an ex BCian and he is in our group, too. But I have never even seen them speak to each other. It is Leo Felix, who peeps in and runs away once in a while. He has already given some hint saying he would give us some good news soon. Don't be surprised if Felix is crowned the next SHoW. But I hope you won't let down your big brother:-) by making him attend your wedding as a bachelor. :-)

As of now I think you are the only "brotherly" ex BCians we know. Hence it is recommended that your SHoW name would be "Mr. Big Brother".

Mr. Small Brother,

Don't fail to nominate your papers before the next week-end, if you are serious about becoming a SHoW... :-)

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)
17. Arul Benjamin (Mr. Big Brother)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-16

Hi Tech Gurus (Hi-tech Gurus?!),

Is Guru an English word?

Yes, it is... if you go by Microsoft Thesaurus. There are many such Indian words that have been included in English, some recently and some very long back. The recent ones are the effect of globalization. The 'long back' additions were also because of the globalization only. Globalization is not new to India and this world. That is what is natural. Everything else like Governments, countries, states and borders are all artificial. There are records in the early Indian literatures for our business men going all around the world to make money. That was when these lending and borrowing of words must have happened between the languages.

Whether Guru has been accepted as an English word or not doesn't matter much for us as of now. But I am sure Guru will be accepted as the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) by all ex BCians. The credit also goes to KS for bringing Guru out of his shell. The whole thing was initiated by last week's SHoW mail. We selected Sateesh as the SHoW and reminded him of the good old (golden) BC days and the projects he worked for. The word HumaNET excited KS and made him search for "HumaNET Blue Chip" in Google, which resulted in looking at one of the posts of Gururaj on some HumaNET doubt.

KS, I think this is the second time you are missing the crown. You really deserve a SHoW for the vibration you created last week and making Gururaj an active member in the group. But this week is i-flexers' week. There are few more announcements other than Guru's.

Today is the last day for Rabijit in i-flex. He is going to join Vidhya in IBM again. Why "again"? He was with her in BC before, no? That's why. It should surely be an exciting experience to have someone to discuss about home affairs in office and office affairs (:-)) at home. Congratulations buddy!

Then I have achieved an important milestone in my academic life. I have cleared all the papers in stage 1 of my MBA and I have been given a diploma (Diploma in Business Management) by ICFAI University. Please don't ask me how many years I took to get this intermediate diploma. :-)

Coming back to Gururaj, sorry CM Gururaj - Coimbatore Manoharan Gururaj (this is how he wanted to us to call him)... he is a boy (not a man) with a lot of character and attitude. He joined BC in the end of 2003 or in the beginning of 2004 as a project trainee. And then he was part of the great HumaNET team. He was instrumental in the implementation of HumaNET in one of our not-so-prestigious client's place in Coimbatore (the lion's own den). He had thousands of reasons to complain and walk out of the place, but he never quit. He handled all sorts of animals (lions, tigers, foxes...) in his own den and saw through the implementation. We are proud of you Guru! Good SHoW!

His SHoW name would be G ji (short form of Guru ji - the same old name that I had given in BC days). It may sound like GG, but I swear it is not that and please don't ask me what the second G stands for... :-)

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)
16. CM Gururaj (Mr. G ji)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-15

ex Blue Chip Garu Andhurukkum Namaskaramandi...

As the announcement has already been done yesterday itself, there is no point in trying to build the suspense now.

Let's congratulate our SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) Sateesh and wish him the best of everything on his birthday (sorry, I started typing this mail yesterday itself, but got busy later).

Sateesh joined the CCM team in the beginning of 2000, the year I joined Blue Chip. CCM was one of the critical projects for Blue Chip at that time, because that was the first ever overseas project executed in India after Blue Chip started its overseas strides in the US by placing Shyam as Director - International Business. We were all building a lot of hope, thinking that BC was going to get many more of such projects. He was one of the team members when he joined and went on to become the project leader by the time the project got over. In BC, changing the project leader is as simple as changing the chief minister in our country.

I still remember Girish used to work with him in the first floor South-East corner. When I joined I was also cornered to the same corner, to work on my sample project in the nights. In the nights, I used to use the same systems which Sateesh and Girish used to use in the day. There are times when they also would stay in night, which was when my life would get miserable. I think the nightmares during the CCM days are more memorable than the CCM nights (Am I right Sateesh?!). Becoming a PL overnight is as simple as becoming a CM overnight. Likewise, overnight PLs have a life as tough as an overnight CM's, which most of us would have gone through.

There is a Telugu movie called "Okke Okkadu", which was a remake of "Mudhalvan" in Tamil and "Nayak" in Hindi. If you want to experience this overnight PL/CM phenomenon, please re-join BC or watch that movie. Hence, we give "Okke Okkadu" as Sateesh's SHoW name.

There is something called "peak team size" in project management. Needless to say, each project's peak time size becomes as big as the company's size, just few weeks before the release. Every one except Annamalai would start contributing in some way to the project. At that point of time, the project leader is more powerful than the branch manager himself (like - the speaker becomes more powerful than the prime minister when the parliamentary sessions start!). The guy who joined as a programmer was suddenly made the project leader. From then there was no looking back. He was part of the first ever ASP team that was formed in BC (might be - joined little later). Then when he left he was handling the Recruitment module of HumaNET product, which is being used by hundreds of users today. Before the recruitment module went to the market, he went to the recruitment market.

Next to Mfg/pro companies and i-flex, I think SRIT is the place, which has most number of ex BCians. There are 3 ex BCians as of now. I don't know how many more to go. :)

The one who first joined them was Simgy Sebastian, who is not in our group. Then he pulled Satyu (Mr. Simple), our last week's SHoW. Then followed by our this week's SHoW (Sateesh). He is not crowned just for sharing the first three letters of his name with Satyu and joining SRIT after him. There is much more.

If I am not wrong, he is married for almost 3 years now. He still looks like a college student. Remaining young even at 60 is not a miracle if you are a bachelor. Having been married and staying young is certainly a miracle. I mean - people mature after marriage. BTW: I didn't mean - Sateesh doesn't. :) That compliment was to say that he is still very active.

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)
15. Sateesh Kumar Ayyapu Setty (Mr. Okke Okkadu)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-14

Engineers, Officers and Others,

"Everything is fair in war and love" they say. War and love could be replaced with anything as you want depending upon the situation. Some say "everything is fair in war and business", some say "in war and dreams", some say "dreams and games" and a few say "fun and love". What is that we as ex BCians say? We say... "Everything is fair in ex BCians' debates and in the bugs-filled code we deliver".

But there is one guy who said "Not everything is fair everywhere. There is something called 'fair practices' according to the principles we follow and everything else is unfair".

"If the principles he follows are accounting principles, can he be called a principled man?" - This is the debate point for the week. Irrespective of the outcome of the debate, we decide to crown our most eligible accounts man Satyu as the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week).

Satyu joined BC through his friend Gopal with rich (financial) accounting background as a pre-sales functional consultant and worked closely with the marketing team for a very short time there. But in that short while itself, he became widely known to all of us through his accounting classes. That's when we came to know that he could be a very good teacher also, apart from being an expert in accounts.

A couple of months back, when we had the ex BCians meet in Gopal's house, he was busy in constructing his new house. I was planning to make him the SHoW when he invites us all for the house warming. But last time when I met him, he said that it was a very simple ceremony with very few close relatives around and he didn't want to trouble all of us for such a small event. That's when I decided he has to be crowned for his simplicity. After all, we need a reason to honor someone (like drinking - if you are very upset there should be a bottle to console and if you are very happy also there should be one to celebrate!). We Indians are used to the culture of appreciating great people with simplicity and mediocre people who show off. If Abdul Kalam is simple, we adore him. But if a next door uncle is simple... gone case! He will remain simple in all respects through out his life. Full Stop!

As he is crowned for his simplicity, his SHoW name would be Mr. Simple.

We congratulate and wish Mr. Simple a very happy living in the new house on behalf of the group. Good SHoW, Mr. Simple!

Last week - noble... this week - simple...

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)
14. Satyajit Kunjur (Mr. Simple)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-13

Hey Maaaaams & ma'ams,

Exteremely sorry for the delay this week. Job changes sometimes change the lifestyle itself. I never knew I would have to work so much in I-flex. First two months were very jolly jolly! Now the life has turned 180 degrees. I am almost working 12 hours a day. Very hectic...

That's fine.

This week's question is, "does marriage change people?"

Those who haven't met Gopal would surely say "yes". Though I have not seen him before his marriage, I have always wondered how he manages to maintain the same momentum even now. There is a saying which goes like this - "there is no point in growing older if you can't become a child at times". This is not to say Gopal gets childish. :-) But to say that he still remains young and independent like a bachelor no matter what even after so many years of marriage. But don't worry. Gopal is not the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) this week. He was dragged just because of the context.

But you would say "yes, of course" if you have met our SHoW before and after. He has two extremely extreme :-) lives - BM and AM. The amount of noise pollution he used to make in BC those days was immeasurable. If you meet him now he has almost gone mute. I can advocate this in any court that this was simply because of his marriage.

So what is right or wrong is not to be decided by us. Any change for better is good. His better half has literally made him a better personality. :-)

Now you know - it's none other than our moderator Suresh Ramaswamy. We used to differentiate two Sureshes as 'Sound' Suresh and 'Sarakku' Suresh. 'Sarakku' Suresh because he sang 'Sarakku' song in an outing. 'Sound' Suresh because he used to make so much of sound. We have already made 'Sarakku' Su SHoW two weeks back. So I thought before 'Sound' Suresh comes to me and asks "when 'Sarakku' can become SHoW, why not me?" I will only select him as the SHoW. Because, he doesn't usually hesitate to ask such questions.

It's not just that. He has achieved some thing, too.

First achievement - he changed for better after marriage. :-)

Second - He has joined Wipro last weeek. This is his 4th company, if I am not wrong.

Third - The group is celebrating diamond jubilee today. This is the best achievement in his life, as far as we are concerned. :-)

There are some things that we did yesterday without knowing what kind of change it was going to make in our life, like choosing the IT industry. We continue to do many such things every day. Some good and some bad. I am sure creation of this group is also one such thing Su did. He did a good, but he wouldn't have thought at that time that this group would one day become so huge with 75 people. Rest assured - this will soon hit century.

Hence it is our duty to honor the man who did such a noble thing for us to stay connected like this forever. So his SHoW name will be Mr. Noble (though he is not!:-))

Su! Good SHoW! There is lot more to write. But look at the time - 9:28 PM. I have to go home.

Bye for now. Good night! Let's see tomorrow!!!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)
13. Suresh Ramaswamy (Mr. Noble)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-12

Romeos & Juliets,

Happy Valentines Day!

Love, in Robert Frost's words, "The irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired". Nobody on earth hates to love "love" or loves to hate "love". We all want it like breathing air. It's not just a want, it's a need. The number of people who committed suicide for love is more than that of those died for food. We all wonder what makes people so crazy about it at times, when we are normal. It's a biological chemistry, which can't be felt with the brain. It's an emotion. Only when the brain is at rest, it starts working wonders. Not all questions have logical answers and not all problems have logical solutions. Love is one of such solutions for many unanswerable questions and unsolvable problems, be it the world peace or a silly fight between you and me over a useless topic. Needless to say, it's of course a problem to many, too.

Like any other week, our SHoW this week is special in a way. He was born on the Valentine day and he is undoubtedly one of the romantic fellows around, too. Again, not all who were born on Valentines Day are romantic and those who were born on April 1 fools. Excuse cousin... no generalization please...

Might be, what he didn't have was a guide like our heartthrob Raghuraman KK, which would have made his life much more exciting and successful in the domain of love. That "he" is none other than our Umashankar. I call him "Umma" or "Umma Ummamma". There is a song which starts "Umma... Ummamma..." which is one of my favorites like him. Umma in Malayalam (and some versions of Tamil) means... "Kiss". What a romantic fellow he is? He was born on Valentines Day and his name carries "Kiss".

Astrologically, you are supposed to be at your best of everything - emotions, enthusiasm, energy level, etc. That's why Cricket players hit centuries even in bowling-friendly pitches on their birthdays. I have personally experienced that, too. Most of my professionally important breaks through have happened in the month of October. So... Umma! Go out and hit whatever you want today. You are the super hero (others are just heroes) today. This is your day. At the end of the day, please share the experiences with us. Raghuraman KK & Kinshuk boy - request you to help Umma in whatever ways he wants you to.

Good SHoW Umma!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)
12. Umashankar (Mr. Umma)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-11

Hi, Hello, Ciao,

Ciao means "hi" or "hello" or "good bye" at times. This is to be pronounced like "chow" in English. This word came from Venetian language, which, if directly translated, means "I am your slave!" this used to be used by Venetian slaves when they meet their bosses. Venice is a huge city which stretches across many islands (!!!) in northern Italy. This is not irrelevant to an Indian e-group, if you accept the fact that India is a country whose largest political party's president is an Italian.

OK... this has nothing to do with the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) this week!

This week's super hero is celebrating his birthday today. He is turning 30 today. You won't believe he is 30 years old, if you look at him. He looks as young as... not less than 40. Looks are deceptive, right? Even words are deceptive when he speaks. Ask him how old he is. He will say "15!" even at sleep (his conscience at sleep?!). Even when he is gulping a full glass of whisky, if you ask him if he drinks, he replies instantly, "Cheee... no... I never drink". He bats better than VVS Laxman when it comes to drinks test.

Gopal! Excuse me, it is very difficult to talk about any ex BCian or their good old memories without mentioning his drinking abilities. Can we talk about fish without water? Then it won't be fish, but just a dish!

Now I think you know who the SHoW is.

Yes, it's our beloved friend Suresh Lakshmanan, who has just sent his wedding invitation. He gets bonded (bonded labor?! :-)) to Ms. Aruna on 19th of this month. There is no better achievement than getting married... until you get married. So our SHoW is really going to achieve something soon. This is an appreciation for that. Good SHoW, Su! Good SHoW!

At this joyous moment, I would love to repeat the saying that IQ used to tell the bride groom in every wedding he attends until he got fooled... "not all men are fools, there are bachelors too!" and wish him all the best of achievements in his life.

Please let us know when you are treating us because we very well know that you won't be able to call us for even a tea after you get married. Even to read ex BCians mails, you will have to get her permission then. :-)

Please rest assured that the strength won't be as bad as ex BCians Dutch parties. It's my responsibility to get at least 10 people.

PS: don't be worried too much! There is also another saying by Peter De Vries... "The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly".

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)
11. Suresh Lakshmanan (Mr. Dance Dance)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-10

Hello ex BCians,

"Who do you think is the next potential branch manager candidate in BC?"

If anybody asked this question a few years back, most of us used to say without thinking for too long, "the one who comes to office by Kinetic Honda with his wife or girl friend who is also working in BC". That used to be the trend. Because we had seen two branch managers who met this criterion. "No matter you fall in love with your job or not, you have to fall in love with a girl in BC" became the guiding (or misguiding!) principle. Then the criterion was customized to generalize (because liberalization was the buzzword at that time) as "any Honda vehicle" to suit the changed scenarios. This is not to say that that was the only eligibility or everybody who did that became the BM. There were many other people who did that but didn't sit on the hot chair. There should have been affairs as much as the number of members in this group at least, ranging from life time bondages to one-sided short term bandages, few known and many unknown.

This week's SHoW is one of them who got his life partner in BC. He is celebrating his birthday today, too. It's none other than our Rabijit Sharma, Vidhya Sharma's hubby. Good SHoW! Rabijit! Many more happy returns of the day (birthday as well as SHoW day)!

Rabijit is one of my batch mates who joined BC in May or June 2000 and is now working with i-flex (again with me... poor guy!). I know him as a very reserved and cool gentleman. Might be because I have not worked with him very closely, he looks reserved and remains a gentleman. I have also heard that he used to be very short tempered and suddenly became so cool after putting on a ring with some stone on an astrologer's advice. Hence his SHoW name would be "Mr. Cool".

BTW - Rabijit & Vidhya! You still owe us a lunch. Now there is another reason why you should treat us...

This should also please Sobia, because she was little upset that we have never crowned any girl/ woman yet. Sobia! Any award or reward given to a man by default will go to his woman. Even otherwise she will know how to snatch it from him. Hence, this could be taken as an award to both of them. SHoW - Super Hero/ Heroine of the Week!

Quote of the week - "there is a woman behind every successful man (like Rabijit) and two or more behind every unsuccessful one (is there anybody out in the group?)"

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)
10. Rabijit (Mr. Cool)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-9

DBAs, Programmers and Others,

Thought of SHoWing on the site itself. But long way to go... for that!

What is the difference between DBMS and RDBMS?

As per the CODD rules... sorry I don't know them. But I know there are no hard rules to differentiate them. If you pay 10K per hour, Ram JethMalani might prove that dbase is an RDBMS and Oracle is a DBMS. With the little knowledge (almost zero) I have, I conclude here by saying any DBMS that has relationships is an RDBMS. So the relationship is the key, primary key.

Is Vinod DB a DBMS or an RDMBS?

Going by the cord rules, "yes", he is an RDBMS, because he maintains and helps people maintain relationships.

What is "cord rules"?

The relationship between ex BCians is an umbilical cord relationship.

He has hosted the web site to keep us all connected. DB (FYI - he is not Vinod DB, he is just Vinodb) is fully loaded with tons of data and the amount of communications he has with the outside world is immense. If there was no DB, telephone departments in this country would be running at loss. Our heartthrob Raghu used to tell, the only way to end the call with DB is, the battery should go low or you should say "hello... hello... hello... shit... this hutch connection is always like this, very bad" and cut it abruptly. So this trick won't work any more, because he knows it now.

He is one enthusiastic counter part of Kinshuk in the "men" category. Opposite to "men" is "boys" here, not "women". He actively participates in any initiative that we take. He spent substantial amount of his life time in BC, starting his career with Mfg/Pro and then moved on to Oracle DB team. He is now with Ramalinga Raju, CEO, Satyam.

We were all wondering why this fellow was keeping quiet like this... he has made a wonderful come back with a major bang. Good SHoW DB! Wish you many more happy returns of the day. BTW - today is not his birthday, just wishing for many happy returns of SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) day.

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)
9. Vinod DB (Mr. RDBMS)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-8

Do you know what FIFA stands for?

Federation Internationale de Football Association!

"De" in Latin means "of". So now you know why Gopal called himself "Gopal de Lalgudi". It is there in French also. This "de" is to be pronounced like how we pronounce the letter "D" in English. It is suffixed after the first name or prefixed before the surname. :-)

But there is a surname called "De" in India, which is to be pronounced like the word "day". There are a lot of notable and notorious people who have this surname all over India and one in our group also.

Yes, it is our Bimalendu de De (Sudip), who is celebrating his birthday on coming Sunday (22/01/2006), is the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) this week.

He has been a silent member in the group all along. Finally when I called him up, he said that he doesn't use that id any more and gave another id. He has been re-inducted to the group yesterday. This is to honor his re-entry into the group and for his spectacular contributions during his BC days.

All of you who know him would not have forgotten the trip after which we announced him as the HOW (Hero of the Week).

Those who don't know Sudip: Sudip was Moses's successor in BC.

Those who don't know Moses: Moses was our system administrator before Sudip. The fellow who initiated the current hot discussion by stating something that Kinshuk doesn't want to agree on. :-)

As it is, the system administrators are always popular/ notorious in BC, for that matter anywhere. That is a hot seat (as hot as the branch manager's) too. Unless you have good people skills, it would be very tough sailing on that boat. Everybody will be dependent on you and for every delay fingers will be pointed at you.

On top of all these, fellows like me will hack the IP address and connect to internet without anybody's knowledge. Some holy soul (if I don't share the IP address with him) will go and complain that to the management. Even for that nobody will shout at me, but the poor system administrators. They have to reap what everybody else sows (always thorns!).

He is one of the most loved BCians ever. What a pleasing smile, temperament and personality he has? Even a snake that goes to bite him will end up drinking few pegs with him. It's very difficult not to speak about drinks when we talk about Bimal. It's as difficult as talking about Sachin without cricket. He had his room on top of a bar those days. Do you know why? Because, he couldn't get one inside itself.

Most probably, he is getting married in coming April it seems. He has three photos in hand now and confused about whom to select. I think we need to include this also in the agenda for our next meeting. Sudip is badly in need of expert advice.

The same old pet name (Dumeel) given by Suresh will be his SHoW name too. Good SHoW Dumeel!!!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)
8. Bimalendu de De (Mr. Dumeel)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-7

Yeah, little free now... There is nothing other than "SHoW Announcement" in the "To Do" list for the day. Sometimes I get unusually busy, you now? :-)

Coming to the achievements and greatness of this week's SHoW (Super Hero of the Week)...

IQ (as he is fondly called by some of his friends for his high IQ and having it first part of his name) is one of the intelligent bunch of people (it's intelligent because I am one of them) who came with plenty of business knowledge straight from the clients' places to BC. He joined BC from HLL (BC's rice-winner, bread-winner is too western I say!) and spent a good amount of good time there (hope this tells the quantity and quality of time he spent). Even when he was in BC, he was known as a HLL employee rather than as a BCian. As Zac was saying few days back, he was so sold to HLL in order to remain unsold.

In today's corporate world where for many of us the word "boss" has become a synonym to "ill-wisher" (not well-wisher), he was loved (mind you - this is a different love! ) by almost all his sub ordinates which is as much as the population of this country (Thanks Raghu!). He SHoWed us how to be good to both people as well as the project. There are many well-known people's people like our heartthrob Raghu. IQ is one of the unknown ones. You could have seen that if you had come for his wedding. Coimbatore was jam packed like HLL database.

Personally, there are lots of good times that we shared together, which I can never forget. My initial Pharma CFA days in which I used to spend most of my time with only senior guys when I used to stay in office almost every night just because there were lots of mosquitoes in my house is one of them. (FYI - they say "conference room is a place where everybody talks, nobody listens & everybody disagrees later on". that is not the information intended. The information is, IQ never used to sleep anywhere other than the conference room those days, even if you leave snake inside along with him). Then one of my birthday parties in the days when my bank balance always used to be negative (even now it continues!). It was my party just for the name sake. It was actually hosted by IQ and Gopal. No one can forget the historical Deva's photo that was taken with your great help.

Then our Dharmastala visit for Deva's wedding where you were rechristened as Manjunath before entering the temple is one of such unforgettable moments. See the beauty in this - Iqbal re"christen"ed as Manjunath. This will remain as his SHoW name as well.

Good SHoW IQ! This is a gift for your birthday and your decision to actively participate in the group discussions now onwards.

This week's lesson (as if every week there is a lesson!):

Formula to calculate IQ:

IQ = MA/CA * 100 where MA is Mental Intelligence and CA is Chronicle Intelligence.

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)
7. Iqbal (Mr. Manjunath)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-6

Thick & Thin... "Kith & Kin" (Means "Friends & Relatives"),

"Does the 'dada' of Indian cricket deserve a place in the team?"

"No comments!"

It's no more a cricketing issue. It's become one of the regional and political issues to be discussed in the parliament of the nation, which is supposed to be the most valuable premises of any country, which should be taking decisions that concerns the country.

Irrespective of that, our answer is a strong "YES" (in capital, bold and within quotes) if some one asks "does the 'dada' of ex BCians deserve a SHoW (Super Hero of the Week)?" (No one can keep you out if you consistently perform in all occasions!)

Might be, as we discussed, he doesn't deserve the word "dada", because he is as young as the New Year! So we shall call him "Mr. Dada Boy"...

I remember 2 years back once when I said Kinshuk, "Ganguly plays more politics in Indian cricket than cricket on the field", he said "He is a Bengali. Politics is in our blood!" It's so sad to see a politician himself falling pray to politics now.

Having said that, I should also say that I have never seen politics in our dada boy's blood. I have always known him as a dedicated, hard working and talkative professional. He works hard and talks soft. He is known for both quantity and quality in his work as well as talk. He has always been an active member in anything that he is involved in (just like in our ex BCians group). He doesn't like to be a passive member even in smoking. He brings excessive energy to the table (no matter what table - be it discussion table or drinking table). As we know, passion and energy are the user id and password for success (Kin has the Administrator rights)!

Good SHoW young man! Good SHoW!

Usually people give surprise visits. Your visit (presence) has never been a surprise. Only your absence was a surprise, last time when we met. This group owes a lot to you for keeping us busy and entertained at all times.

As you yourself claim, you started as a timid tester in BC and become a module lead and got accolades from Americans for your great contributions (it's important to say that here though we don't think Americans are any different from others. But you are!).

Of late, his domain expertise in flirting seems to have got the historical best and talks a lot about girls and romance. Just now when I spoke to him he said "I am crowded with girls. The grand total has reached 5". It's really a GRAND total. Do you think there should be any other reason to make him the SHoW?

Our best wishes are always with you - please go ahead and master all domains and achieve the best possible!!!

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)
6. Kinshuk Banerjee (Mr. Dada Boy)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-5

Udugas & Udugis,

This is Bharathiraja of i-flexu on behalf of e-BOGu from Bengaluru.

Doesn't this sound better and more rhyming?

Great! So the Ex BCians group hereby welcomes the government's move to rename this beautiful city, as it will restore the respect on our culture and identity. Being part of a democratic system, we also welcome the opposite opinions in this regard. Being democratic is all about having all rights to remain confused I say!

Hope this triggers a nation-wide... sorry group-wide debate on the renaming issue. Please feel free to spam regarding this. All your opinions including "no comments" would be appreciated. The only string attached is, you are expected to be decent in whatever you are expressing and respect the sentiments of everybody on this earth.

The only request on behalf of the group to our honorable politicians: "do whatever you want - RENAME, COPY, CUT, PASTE, MOVE, OPEN, CLOSE, VIEW, FIND, REPLACE, INSERT, FORMAT... we will support you. But finally SAVE this beautiful city... don't ERASE or DELETE it off!" I know this is what most of you would say...

So "what has the renaming got to do with SHoW announcement?" is your question. I understand your curiosity. e-BOGu decides to celebrate this week as heritage week and honor a mannina maga (son of the soil) this week.

So who is the son of the soil?

Deve Gowda - No... (Good news - JDS has lost miserably in the recently concluded local elections, which might bring out the beast... sorry best out of Dharam Singh in coming days. End result - the city and the state will progress!)

Raghavendra KS - No... (KS! Don't worry every ex BCian has his day!)

Me - No... (I am a son-in-law of the soil!)

Yes... it is our Radhakirishna Da Magane who will carry the crown of SHoW this week. Other mannina magas are requested not to get into any sort of violence. You will also surely get an opportunity if you achieve something like our senior mannina maga... :-)

Achievements???

Many...

1. He has marketed this group and added a new member last week amid the year end busy schedule, for which he surely deserves a performance bonus.
2. As I said, for the ex BCians party he had turned up despite his domestic issues (his father met with a minor accident) that came up in the last minute. Anybody else at that time would have surely showed a "sorry" face. That showed the importance that he gives for his promise as well as the difference between him and others.
3. And many more...

Radhakrishna... (Profile of the man)

* One of the veterans in this group. He spent a very long time in BC as well. He is one of the very few people who got gratuity there.
* He used to be called "father of Pharma CFA" (Pharma CFA is the project in which I had the privilege of working with him) first and then he set up a dedicated quality team in BC, which is lasting till today and finally he moved on to Mfg/Pro (HLL) team to join hands with Iqbal. He is still supporting HLL (based at ITPL)... but representing some other company.
* Many more points in between...
* Lastly - you might know that he was my first boss in BC, but there is something that you may not know, that is, he was also instrumental in getting me my first job in a pharmaceutical depot which was the launch pad for me to join BC. The rest is history now. :-)

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)
5. Radhakrishna Da Magane (Mr. Mannina Maga)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-4

Was wondering whom to make the SHoW this week... time was running faster than time (nothing could be compared with time)! Just opened the inbox in frustration to read through last week's mails to spot the hero and caught the right one...

This guy didn't get caught in HoW days, but this time he can't escape because as you all know we are very particular about honoring the right talents at right times. Will there be a better time than this for us to honor him? Look at the style... a pillar of Microsoft in front of the compound wall of Microsoft! But he doesn't look like a pillar. It looks like a wall in front of wall. So we can also call him 'Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft'. I think now you know who the SHoW is... Good SHoW Arun! We are proud of you...

We knew you before we knew Bill Gates... for us - the word Microsoft has always reminded you only, not Gates... if someone says "Microsoft head" we used to think of you only, not Gates... because you were the head of Microsoft team in Blue Chip. There was no Microsoft team in BC neither before nor after you... I think you were made for each other ('Microsoft' and 'Arun Mishra')! I have even wondered if your name is 'Arun Kumar Mishra' or 'Arun Kumar Microsoft'! You are the most successful son of BC soil - most successful student of BC University. (FYI - I decided to make you the SHoW this week when I was reading Bill Gates's interview just now). I would want to take back some of my words. I was saying, "Nothing can be compared with time". But now I want to say, "Sometimes time is flying faster than Arun!" My god... What a speed? What a speed? Morning breakfast in Hyderabad... after noon lunch in Singapore... a bottle of water in Tokyo... evening snacks in Germany... an 'in-between' coffee in Amsterdam... a peg (:-)) in New York and dinner in Seattle!!! (I don't know if it's technically possible... but I am sure there is nothing called 'impossible' in Microsoft's dictionary!)

It's not just getting into Microsoft that has got you this great award; it's also the prompt promotion at the exact end of the first year from Product Manager to Senior Product Manager. Kudos buddy! This group will have to feel too rude if it doesn't acknowledge your achievements in its own way... hence Good SHoW dude!!! All these are to remind you about the long pending party also gentleman...

For a lighter note (otherwise others will feel bad... a SHoW mail cannot be so serious like this, right?) - It's great to see that MS has not changed your outlook much (I am talking about your 'Lalu'
hairstyle:-))...

Then there is a question for the audience - what is the difference between Inzamam-ul-haq and Arun Kumar Mishra?

Guess...

Inzamam hit the spectators who called him 'Aloo' but Arun has never hit Suresh who called him the same way... :-)

Cumulative Summary:

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)
4. Arun Kumar Mishra (Mr. Great Wall of Microsoft)

Those who have no clue about what this SHoW business is all about, please refer www.ex-BCians.itgo.com for the history and geography of it...

Thanks & Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-3

So...

Who is the SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) this week?

Who else can it be? It should be none other than the one who is hosting the December 17th event... Mr. Gopal de Lalgudi!

BTW - though we are all Indians and we are proud of being so, the event is going to be on Dutch system. Please co-operate! "Share and care" is the caption (part of our logo) of our group!

So it doesn't mean that the host is going to sponsor the event. If Satyu is adamant about sponsoring the party (because of his birthday this week), we will evaluate the option of allowing him to pay!

To keep you guys updated about the progress - Gopal has been talking to me every night about the event and he has already started working on some plans. He would keep two big canes of drought beer ready (only to start with... that's not all for the whole party!).

As I said in the pervious mail - he is the guy who made "drink and drive" and "drink and work" officially accepted in BC. A drop from his philosophy rain is "office is the most personal place for me and work is the most personal thing in my life!". He used the bars in Hosur Road to build teams and relationships. He was building bridges between all disconnected islands as he is doing this weekend between ex BCians. The only difference is that the current bridge is between physically isolated islands and what he used to do then was between professionally isolated ones. He was even trying to build bridges between horizons. It may not be inappropriate to call him "the bridge" of BCians, like "the wall" of Indian cricket. As Joshua himself has told me once "one good thing that happened to us was Gopal's joining!". He has always been energetic and enthusiastic to do anything strange and good. I have even told him "you are the most eccentric fellow I have ever met!". We can even call him Mr. "Eccentric". His contribution to the BC family would always be remembered with a lot of gratitude... We use this opportunity to honor him for that!

Business as usual! You are the best business man I have ever seen too! :-)

So... shall we call him Mr. "Business Magnet"??? This seems to be much better than all other names, isn't it? This is making a lot of sense personally and professionally. He is surely a magnet in any and every business he does. When it comes to sales - he is a guy who can sell comb to bald old men. "What will a bald old man do with a comb?" (This is how we think!) "He will give it to his grand children!" (This is his way of thinking - doing business! Simple funda, no?)

But how many names can he have? Shall we give all the names to him? Or which is the most suitable one for him? Your advice and suggestions are sought... Please respond!

I can write a book about Gopal and my observations about him as a very close friend of him. Considering the various constraints let me conclude here...

Personally for me, he has been a great friend, philosopher and motivator at thick and thin times. Take it from me - when you really feel dejected, down and sick in your life, please give him a call and meet him. I am sure you would see a sudden positive change in your condition. Might be, that's what is keeping such a powerful business magnet!!!

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)
3. Sri Gopal De Lalgudi (Mr. Business Magnet)

Good SHoW Gopal!

So, we can expect Gopal to get selected as the best employee very soon in his company too?

Looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow in Gopal's garage - unregistered head office of ex BCians!!!

Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-2

Hi XBCians & ABCians (in Romance),

This is SHoW time again. Within our group, we have many groups. There is one group of people who have been very active from the day 1. They are the ones who have been keeping us entertained and together all along. Hats off to them! There is another group of people who just don't like participating in all these. For them - life is much more than yahoo groups and fun. That is called the gentlemen's group. Let them remain gentle as always. Let's not disturb them. The third group is the hesitant group. This comprises of people from generation next, the younger ones and the ones that spent a very short time in BC (who will not know many people). They might be thinking "Why should we unnecessarily get into all these? I don't know most of the people in the group and vice versa. Let the senior guys talk and do whatever they want. Let's continue to enjoy as spectators". This is not a project meeting where your ideas will have an effect on your career. All need to speak out. This is high time that we think about a paraigm shift. To encourage the younger generation to be participative, I have two options now. The first one is to announce someone who has been very participative from that gang to motivate others also to be like that. Then it should be obviously our young and energetic boy Kinshuk. Other than his hyper active participation there are 9 other reasons why he has to be the SHoW this week. Our moderator Suresh has already shared some of them with us. The second option is to choose some people who have been very quiet and forcing them to perform. This is like sending Irfan Pathan one down. So the idea now is "either you come out of your shell and speak up or we will drag you all out to the street one by one and strip your shirts (nothing more than that) off. Mind you - there is no reservation system. Merit will always be respected. If you perform you will surely be rewarded... sorry awarded (influenced too much by the management talks:-)).

So the SHoW of the week is going to be someone from the silencers group. Not to compromise on the merit, we also have to evaluate the achievements of the nominees. Going by that, we should not have any problems in identifying the SHoW this week because there is only one guy who has achieved something significant in the week gone by. That is none other than our Thambi - Best employee of Datacons - Padmanaban VP. He doesn't need an introduction again now because it was already done last week. Now it's time for his gang to overwhelm him with their wishes.

What I know from my side about him are plenty (we are now staying together as well). Some of them are as follows:
1. When you have too much of money what do you do? Rather what will any average ex BCian do (As far as I know even now no ex BCian has so much of money)? Guess what Thambi does... Shopping...? No! Sends home...? No! Puts in fixed deposit...? No! He calls up all his friends in his contacts list and asks each one "Do you want any money? How much do you want?" and immediately transfers how much ever you want (now I know all of you are very keen to meet him this week end and get a place in his address book). These days nobody gets such calls from him because when he comes to "B" series and calls me I ask him "how much do you have?" and get the whole amount transferred to my account. Have any of you ever met a guy like this?
2. Thambi is a very romantic fellow too. Raghu! You can get a lot of info and ideas on Romance from him. But he claims that he is yet to meet his dream girl (like many of us do). Don't believe him. It's just that he is a very shy character like me. :-)
3. He is a very good dancer also. He was even named once as "Padhu Jackson". You will get to know his dancing skills when we meet this week end. Kinshuk and Suresh L! Watch out... you have a competitor now. He SHoWed one of the best performanes during one of our night outs (now you know what we were doing in BC staying all nights). Gopal & Raghu! That was as good as the item number that we played. But it was classical Bharatnatyam. I can bet if there was a professional Bharatnatyam dancer that night, he/she would have committed suicide for Thambi's performance. He doesn't limit his customization only to his coding. He expands it to whatever he does. Be it dance, exercise, whatever... FYI - he was honored in one of the bars in Mumbai for his exceptional dance performance. That was not Bhartnatyam by the way. Sandeep V Nijagal (still a BCian. We are ex BCians but he is "y BCian still?") has witnessed that.
4. We all know about Mumbai flood ravages. But do any of you know why or how it happened? It was because of the tears shed by Nandalal when Thambi left. He is a very very very close friend of Nandalal. People who are close to him say that he is a different man now after coming back from Mumbai. I have also noticed a lot of changes in him. Our friends Saurabh Mulye, Umesh Patil, Kaustubh Date, etc. seem to have influenced him a lot.
5. He has become very health conscious now. On week days, between 6 PM and 8 PM - you cannot find him anywhere other than i-flex gym. Believe me... he doesn't go to gym to see the girls who are coming there (like many of us do). He is seriously into building an athletic body.

If any of you know anything other than this or want to add to this, please feel free to do the same...

Good SHoW Thambi! We are proud of you. Continue to excel in whatever you do and be the best employee of whichever company you work for in future too.

Cumulative Summary

1. Raghuraman Kadambi (Mr. Heartthrob)
2. Padmanaban VP (Mr. Padhu Jackson)

See the similarity - both of them have been the best employees of their respective organizations...

Regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

Good SHoW-1

Ladies, gentlemen and boys!

Good evening. This is going to be a special mail for the reason that it intends to revive the vintage fun times of our BC days. The then HOW (Hero Of the Week) was to identify and honor the heroes in BC every week. As we have become super heroes now (anybody who leaves BC becomes super hero the very next day of his relieving), I would like to re-christen the next version (2.0) of HOW as SHoW (Super Hero of the Week) with the permission of our honorable members. This is to bring a lot more new energy to the program and to remind all of us that we can't do away with version upgrades as we are destined to be in the ever-changing e-industry. It also means that SHoW is given to those who have made a good SHOW (SHOW: synonymous with performance). So when you wish the SHoW, you have to say "Good SHoW"!

Then our erstwhile unregistered organization that used to announce HOWs every week which was called SLOT (Singasandra Local Oscar Team) is now to be called e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group). This also means that it is to e-bog (electronic bog down - BOG DOWN: synonymous with overload/overwhelm) everybody's mailboxes every week.

Disclaimer: Heroes are to be read as Heroines and Hes to be as Shes as well wherever applicable.

Now coming to this week's SHoW -

As per everybody's nomination and wish...

It gives me immense pleasure to crown the first SHoW - Mr. Raghuraman Kadambi and on behalf of the group I would also like to honor him with the new name Mr. Heartthrob.

If you are thinking he has been selected just for the fact that he revived the HOW days, you are wrong - 90%, because you are right only 10%. There are 9 other reasons why he is the SHoW:

1. For his spectacular marketing tips to BC management when he was with BC. For example - "body shopping our boys to planets like Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn" or "checking if Mfg/Pro or Syteline could be sold to the people living there". He even did a PoC (proof of concept) sitting with us ("us" means the "marketing team" here (:-)), are you wondering how I am included in that? We will discuss about it in the next meeting of ours) and submitted to the management and got a hike also for that. I see some people coming to the edge of the chair when I say "hike".
2. For his sweet "jotheyalli" song in the 2001 New Year party which turned his life in BC 180 degree and made him the heartthrob of BC girls (mind you, I am not saying "all girls"). This is the only reason I respect him even today. How does that come so easily for some guys, when it's not at all possible for many of us? After that song, he was always "jotheyalli", not with me, but with _____ (fill in the blanks as you wish. I can assure you whatever you type will be correct.).
3. For his over night stay with me on 14th February 2001 (Valentines Day). The transcript of our discussion is pending with the censor committee. Moreover, it's defined as private data type, hence not to be shared with public. Might be, I can evaluate discussing about it in the next meet with the concerned parties' (note -it's "parties", not "party") consent.
4. For his superb dance with Gopal on one of the night outs. The song is a Tamil item number - "Kattipudi Kattipudi da". Now you can imagine what a great SHoW (:-)) it would have been at that time in the mid night.
5. For his excellent performance in his new company as well. FYI - he was awarded the "best employee of the quarter" in his new company.
6. For his multi-lingual brilliance (the languages he knows are English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, some vernacular ones of North India and of course Malayalam (:-)). I request the Kerala regiment to kindly bear with me though we all know how much of Malayalam he knows. Now the head should be Binoy, I think!)
7. For being a balanced Libran (like me). Librans are supposed to be the most attractive and charismatic ones among all the sun signs. I am still confused as to how I was born in that period too.
8. For inventing a new mantra called 'Oh hung anthiya... math hung anthiya...' for 'free time' prayers. We used to chant this for 8 hours a day when we were in BC. He will send us the full text after officially getting crowned.
9. Last but not the least - for his ability to laugh at all times and for even the poorest jokes. There are times when you tend to lose your sense of humor just because of the people around you. But this man will encourage you to be as humorous as you could by his laughter and believe me that will motivate you to speak and do all non-sense that you could to make others laugh. Would also like to recommend him for Guinness records in the league of non-stop laughter.

Good SHoW!!!

Please crash the desktops and heads of our people by bogging down the mailboxes with your "Good SHoW" mails.

With warm, hot and cool regards,
e-BOG (ex BCians Oscar Group)

PS (***VERY IMPORTANT***):

Today's Astrocenter predictions for both of us (SHoW and e-BOG President):

Date of Birth: 10/08

Social activities that were once such fun begin to feel a lot like chores. The whole "social game" now strikes you as ridiculous, and one that you'd rather not play. That's because the way you relate to other people is in the process of changing. The mask you have worn all these years no longer fits. It is time to find a new one, or see what it feels like to wear none at all...

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