Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Great Indian Ship.... Continued

One of my friends asked me if I found only one common thing between Indian history and today's corporate world. As suggested by this friend, I am giving here a few of my views, or the parallels I could draw between Indian history (as known to me) and corporates in my observation. 

India had structured villages and towns that even had rain water harvesting about 2000/3000 years back. Some of the Indian buildings (temples) are even older than these villages. But today's buildings are not based on the Indian architecture neither use Indian technology! 

Ancient Indians believed in extensive documentation; they even documented how to breathe, how to bathe, how to eat etc. - the very basic things in life. After a point, the documentation reduced to cryptic form of writing and then was stopped finally for various reasons. The country started believing in passing on the best practices and knowledge through informal communication methods - gurus to disciples, fathers to sons and so on!! I guess, you can make out where the current world is... some companies encourage extensive documentation while others are moving away from documentation. Hope we learn from the Indian lesson and have decent level of documentation

Most of the medieval Indians believed that they have achieved heights of architecture & construction technology, as the buildings stood for centuries (unless demolished in a war with great difficulty of course). This can be compared to people who think that they are within the control levels, or they have got best team awards etc and hence the process is working in its best!! Large corporates should understand that there is always something to improve irrespective the best products they are launching. Thank god, so far the competition keeps the attitude for improvement intact for the sales and product design teams at least.

The other comparable aspect is, new religions. Yes, religions. Whenever there was a new religion in the country, they despised the already existing religions and suggested all new things. In the process communities, this attitude is very visible; whenever they start propagating new processes, they negate all already existing processes and models. Continuous improvement is needed definitely but it does not mean you need to undo all your current processes except in very rare cases.

Caste system is very prevalent in corporate world... hang on... do not pounce on me yet... I do not mean that they have the same castes as India. But they call them as horizontals and verticals or business processes and competencies or portfolios and job families. The name could be different but the concept is just the same. Indian caste system was also originally started to retain the knowledge of the jobs, identify best practices, improve them, develop appropriate tools etc. For example, the system even defined how to build houses for each job family - farmer should have a warehouse for paddy etc. but then, later it became so rigid that no one was allowed to switch jobs, change the way they built their houses or dresses even if they felt a need to. Today's corporate world also resists job family rotation considering the learning curve and associated cost involved. Only a few companies realize the need to rotate people between these job families to develop generalists also!! For any successful organization, both specialists and generalists are important.

The list would go on... I may continue after a while... I am stopping now as this comparison exhausts the mind. Being an Indian, digesting the fact that we could have done a lot better but we are still a developing nation is really hard. It is like despite having best of best vehicles in the world, having to move at snails pace because you have a lot of things tied to the car pulling it backward with equal or more power!!

Monday, November 5, 2012


There was a talk show on TV a few months back on terminating the pregnancy when you know abnormalities in fetus growth. There were some mothers of special children, there were some women who had to terminate the pregnancy mid-way due to medical reasons and there were some social workers who fight against terminations.

One of the social workers accused a woman for terminating selfishly!! The social worker has a daughter and son in good health looks like. I wonder if he will ever understand the feeling of a lady who had to lose / terminate for medical reasons. What she had done is not a selfish act; in fact, that is the most selfless act. For her pleasure of having a child, if she continued, she would have had a child; but the child would have suffered the life time. Probably she would never have a child in her life at all; she would not even know when she is asked to take the decision!! Of course for some people, having a child is a status symbol – like having a car or house – they can decide quickly!!! But for those who genuinely want a child, it is the most difficult decision… because scan / tests are only indicative; miracles may happen and the child would be normal or the scans are right and the child suffers forever. I don’t think the social worker would ever understand this… because their fight is against the status symbol cases and illegitimate terminations and unfortunately they generalize the feeling.

A mother of a special child cried that she wants her life to be extended as much as her child’s as the child can’t do anything on her own. One woman who had to terminate said that she used to search for the child for several years after that incident as if the termination never occurred. I had done that too… for about five or six years…. I used to look for resemblance with me / my husband or my parents or his parents in all the kids as if I am trying to identify my child after she got lost in the crowd. I do not think the social worker would ever understand this feeling.

You may wonder why am I writing about something that I saw a few months back!! Someone wanted to forecast maternity leave in the team and was upset that information was not available earlier (even before it was confirmed!! ridiculous!!!). This person must have got children soon after marriage just as a byproduct. I am wondering if this person will ever understand that there are some things in life you can never forecast!! I can understand that people may not be able to empathize but it is unfortunate that they do not even consider the other human beings!!! Hats off to the prediction models and estimation models of the world!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The great ancient Indian ships and today's corporate world

Though western world wants to believe and wants the world to believe that it was Columbus and Vasco da Gama who set out to see the world, there were Indian scripts dating 2000 years back found in Oman, Egypt and a few other countries!!!

What is even more surprising is, a country that did so much of trade and traveling so early did not progress after a period!! Obvious reason is, they stopped making continuous improvements and started believing that come what may, they have to follow the standards - which were originally best practices documented / passed on by the previous generations!!!

One can see interesting similarities between this attitude of medieval Indians and today's corporates. These corporates hold their processes close to their hearts, claim that they are the best ever processes and those processes need to be followed come what may!! Of course there are certain things you HAVE to follow like - do not kill someone, do not steal etc.. Please note those are values... not processes...

Following processes has gone so much into some people that they fear any new things for there is a flip-side to it. I was casually talking about my blog to someone yesterday; another person jumped in to say I may be sued if I blog as someone was sued last week for writing something about the Finance minister. This is exactly the attitude that killed innovation and progress in medieval India. 

Yes, ships will be safe in the harbors; but they are not designed for that purpose!!! If the ancient Indian sailor and trader had thought about being killed in a foreign land, we could not have discovered those Indian scripts 2000 years later in Egypt or Middle East!!

It is up to us whether we want to risk and be great or be in comforts and die mediocre!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cultural Inclusion

This month has been such an exposure to different cultures for me. It is very interesting to see how life shows you both sides of same aspect (similarities and differences or positive and negative) of life side by side. Always I have felt this. For example, whenever I was shown an example of men harassing wives, within a week or two, women creating issues for husbands would slap me on face. Strange but truth!! Not sure all of you have felt this ever?!?!

First week of October was an opportunity for me to see how cultures are converging at same point and how magnanimous people can be. Second and third week of October was a good learning for me about how people can misinterpret cultural inclusion.

I started my career in a great organization that opened my eyes towards other cultures. It had a mini India in my batch of trainees who joined on the same day (later I learnt that they do it intentionally to bring in sensitivity towards culture). We learnt so much of software development, soft skills, gender inclusion, cultural inclusion – within India and outside India, meaning of gestures in Japan, Europe, U.S. and so on. Funny, the way we nod our heads varies from country to country; the way we, the Indians nod our heads to indicate yes can never be understood by others J we move our head from one shoulder to the other - clockwise and counterclockwise. Please note it is not turning the head from shoulder to shoulder J

I think such training is needed for employees of all global companies – irrespective of experience levels – the companies should mandate such trainings. I feel it all the more in the past two weeks because of the way one of the senior persons managed a person from another country. This senior person (lets call him Mr. X in this article for ease of reference) was to host another senior person form another country (we would call him the visitor)

For obvious reasons, the visitor did not know many things about Indian food, cultural heritage though he had read many things already. You need to see certain things to learn it / feel it; any amount of documentation can never do that trick!! Mr X went on to explain Indian food and fed the visitor with some spicy Indian food. Thankfully nothing happened to him because of the spices.

Mr X showed his misunderstanding of culture inclusivity in a few occasions.  Looks like, his understanding is, to be culture inclusive, it is not enough if you appreciate the other culture but you need to degrade your own culture!!! He commented about old Indian architectural principles first; after sometime, he badmouthed Indian corporates for manipulating accounts; later he commented about Indian vehicles!!! I agree we definitely have a lot of scope for improvement; but it does not mean that our entire heritage is bad; our science behind the 2000/3000 year old buildings is bad; neither all Indian made vehicle are faulty; nor all the Indian corporates are dishonest while rest of the world is purest of pure!! By the way, he claims that he calls a spade a spade. What he does not understand is you should show your cards only when it is appropriate!!

For a few of his comments I gave counter arguments. But as you know, in front of the visitor, it is not good idea to fight with a senior person. I only wish we teach our employees what is meant by culture inclusion; more than that, I wish we teach people (even children) to respect every one irrespective of the color, race, language, education, wealth and appearance!! Lets make the world a better place to live by including people not by degrading anyone for any reason.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My trips Abroad

Though I am not a frequent traveler, I have travled to 3 other countries and made a total of 6/7 trips so far. It is interesting to observe how focus of my observations in all these trips changed over years and how they all finally arrive at same conclusions in spite of that.

When I traveled for first time to the US I was a young developer trying to establish myself. I was interacting with other programmers from other countries and other Indian states too. I used observe how they reacted to a change in requirements or a producton issue and what kind of dresses they wear or gadgets they have. It was very interesting see that mostly, the programmers reacted to requirement change / production issue pretty much the same way as me!!! However the gadgets they used and dresses they wore were different!!!

I made the next trip to UK (or series of trips were). I was a manager by then. I got chance to work with various nationals then too. My observation focus was how are the business problems solved or how people tried to expand the business and also what kind of food they ate & why. Interesting, business approach was pretty much the same but food changed drastically. Some drink/food considered as staple food by one country was considered as taboo in another!!

My latest trip to Australia was in 2012 October. I am a process consultant. Now too I got a chance to observe people from all over the globe (almost). My observation was on how people reacted to "Change" and how do they manage their families. Interesting!!! Almost all of them resisted change and managed their families in the same way. May be the sport they watched / played was different; may be the vacation spots they took their family were different; may be the classes they took their children to were different; but they watched / played; took families out for vacation and took children to classes. The language they spoke at home were different; their skin color, color of the eyeball and the clothing style were different; but all of them cared for families, wanted to be respected, loved and shared time with friends and families.

So my conclusion is people are the same when it comes to emotions and values of life. But what is still surprising to me is, why do we care so much about the color of skin, eyeball, hair, language, food we eat, the way we dress up!!! Though all cultures and relegions talk about the same values (be good and do good kind of stuff), why do we think that we are very different and superior than the others!!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Language I write in

In addition to my mother tongue Tamil, I can read and write in English. My blogs are in both the languages. Someone asked my how do I decide which language to be used for a particular topic. Till then I had not given any serious thought about it. I wrote them in the language I felt like; it appeared as if there is no rational behind the choice.

After this question was raised by my friend, I went thru all my blogs to see why I wrote in the language I wrote!! Initially I thought, if I wrote some heart touching event, I chose Tamil and if it is some general stuff, it was English. No, that is not correct.

Interestingly the trigger of the article had the clue. When the trigger occurred if I was hearing / thinking/talking in Tamil, then the article was in Tamil and it was English then the article too was in English.

For example, when I conceived my previous blog, I was watching Tamil news where I saw the sad faces of those who were relocating back to North eastern states; when first I thought of Leafful of rice, I was in a friend's wedding and language I was using (hearing and talking) was English.  I can precisely identify the reason for the choice of language for each of my articles!!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

விடை கொடு எங்கள் நாடே

நேற்றைய ஹிந்து நாளிதழில் "கன்னத்தில் முத்தமிட்டால்" திரைப்படத்தைப் பற்றி ஒரு கட்டுரையில் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டிருந்தது. மாதவனும் சிம்ரனும் நடித்த படத்தில் ஒரு romantic duet பாடல் கூட இல்லாததால் இந்த படத்தை தனது தோழி மறுத்ததைக் குறித்த வருத்தம்  தொனித்தது அந்தக்கட்டுரையில். பிறந்த ஊரிலேயே வேலை பார்த்து, மணம் முடித்து, பிள்ளை பெற்று, வேறு ஊர்களுக்கு உல்லாசப் பயணம் மட்டுமே மேற்கொள்வோருக்கு அந்த வலி புரியாதுதான்.

நான் தென்தமிழ்நாட்டின் ஒரு சிறு கிராமத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவள்; வேலை நிமித்தம் தற்போது சென்னைவாசி. படிப்பிற்காக 1993 -லிருந்து வெளியூரில்தான் வாசம்.ஆனாலும், ஒவ்வொரு முறை தென்காசி ரயில்நிலையத்தை விட்டு ரயில் கிளம்புபோது இப்போதும் ஒரு வலி தொண்டையில் இருக்கிறது. இத்தனைக்கும் உயிருக்கோ வறுமைக்கோ பயந்து நான் புலம் பெயரவில்லை; என் பெற்றோர் நல்ல ஆரோக்யத்துடன் இருக்கிறார்கள்; நான் கவனிக்கவேண்டிய, பாதியில் விட்டுச்செல்லும் கடமை என்று ஏதுமில்லை; ஆனாலும் வயிற்றிலிருந்து தொண்டை வரை ஒரு வேதனை படரத்தான் செய்கிறது. இனி தென்காசியை நான் பார்க்கவே முடியாது என்ற நிலையில் நான் கிளம்பவேண்டியிருந்தால் எப்படி இருக்கும்? நினைக்கும் பொழுதே மனம் நடுங்கிப்போகிறது.

சென்னை வந்த புதிதில் என் வீட்டருகே தாயும் மகளுமாக இரு பெண்கள் குடியிருந்தனர். மிக அமைதியான முகங்கள் அவர்களுக்கு. மகள் computer வகுப்புக்குச் சென்று வருவாள். தாய் பெரும்பாலும் வெளியே எங்கும் செல்வதில்லை. இருவரும் பிறரிடம் அதிகம் பேசுவதில்லை. முதல் வருடம் தீபாவளிக்கு சில இனிப்புகளை அவர்களுக்கு எடுத்துச்சென்று வாழ்த்து சொன்னேன். அதன் பின்னர் அவர்கள் வழியில் கண்டால் சிரிப்பது என்று தொடங்கி அவர்கள் வீட்டுப் பண்டிகைக்கு இனிப்பு தருவது என்று நட்பு வளர்ந்தது. ஒரு நாள் அந்தப் பெண் தேங்காய்ப்பாலும் அரிசி மாவும் கலந்த இனிப்பு - தொதல் என்று பெயர் - கொண்டுவந்தாள். நான் சுவைப்பது அதுவே முதல் முறை. அது எப்படிச்செய்வது என்று கேட்டவுடன் அந்தப் பெண்களின் கண்களில் கண்ணீர்!! அவர்கள் இருவரும் இலங்கையைச் சேர்ந்தவர்கள், 400 ஏக்கர் நிலத்தில் தென்னந்தோப்புகளுக்கு நடுவிலிருந்த வீட்டிலிருந்தவர்கள். துப்பாக்கிச் சூட்டில் கணவனை இழந்து, நிலத்தையும் வீட்டையும் துறந்து 18 வயது மகளுடன் தாய் தனியாக வந்து வசிக்க வேண்டிய சூழல். மகளின் பிறந்தநாளுக்காக தொதல் செய்யும் போது அந்த அன்னைக்கு, தன் கணவனும், தென்னந்தோப்புகளும், வீடும் நினைவிலுறுத்தியதால் வழிந்த கண்ணீர் அது!! இந்தக் கண்ணீரின் வலி duet பாடல் தேடிய பெண் அறிவாளா என்பது கேள்விக்குறியே

வடகிழக்கு மாநிலங்களிலிருந்து தமிழகம் வந்து வேலை பார்க்கும் மனிதர்களின் முகங்களை கவனித்திருக்கிறீர்களா? அவற்றில் ஒரு சில முகங்களே அமைதியாக இருக்கின்றன. பெரும்பாலும் வேதனை, பயம், கலக்கம், குழப்பம் இவைதான் அந்த முகங்களில் தென்படுகின்றன. இவர்கள் வறுமைக்குப்பயந்து புலம் பெயர்ந்திருக்கக்கூடும். என்னைப்போல வேலைக்காகத்தான் சென்னை வந்திருக்கிறார்கள். ஆனால், நான் சென்னை வரும்போது என்ன வேலைக்கு வருகிறேன், என்ன கூலி, எங்கு வசிப்பு என்று பல விஷயங்கள் எனக்குத்தெரியும். சென்னையில் பேசப்படும் மொழி தெரியும். இவை ஏதுமறியாமல், வேறு வழியின்றி ஒரு ஊருக்குச்செல்வது துறவிகளுக்கு வேண்டுமானால் எளிதாயிருக்கலாம். சாமானியர்களுக்கு இது மாபெரும் வலி.

இந்த வலி புரியவில்லையென்றால் "விடை கொடு எங்கள் நாடே" என்று புலம் பெயரும் மக்களின் குரலாக ஒரு பாடல் "கன்னத்தில் முத்தமிட்டால்" திரைப்படத்தில் வரும்; உயிரை உருக்கும் பாடல்!!! படத்தைப்பார்க்கவில்லையென்றாலும் பாடலையாவது கேளுங்கள். அதன் பின் புலம் பெயர்ந்த மக்களின் முகங்களைக் கவனியுங்கள்; அவர்கள் அனைவரும் தமிழகத்தில் கொள்ளையிட வந்தவர்கள் என்ற நோக்கில் இல்லாமல், எதற்கோ அஞ்சி வாழ்வு தேடி அமைதி தேடி வந்தவர்கள் என்ற நோக்கில் அவர்களைக் கவனியுங்கள், அணுகுங்கள். வந்தாரை வாழ வைத்த தேசமிது!!! அந்த மரபைத் தொலைக்காமல் கட்டிக்காப்போம்!!! கட்டிக் காக்காவிடிலும் வெட்டிச் சாய்க்காமலாவது இருப்போம்!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Leafful of rice

One of my friends got married last week. I was all excited to attend the wedding, as it was a long pending, long awaited wedding. She is a nice person, helpful to all those who knows her, very sincere to the work and intelligent to crack most of the business problems!! What else would you look for in a person, anyway!!! It had been about 5 years since I met her as both of us moved to different companies, roles and countries. So, I was thrilled when she called me to invite for the wedding.

I could meet most of my old friends in the wedding. Like any other Indian weddings, this one was also full of colours and rituals. I enjoyed every bit of it. Then came the turning point. We went to the dining hall. They had already served (it was only about 30% of the menu, I learnt later) on the banana leaf. I was shocked to see the items – not that they are not edible or served in a manner to hurt people or the taste was bad – but because the number of items was too much for anyone to eat – there were 5 varieties of sweets including lychee fruit peeled marinated in Malai, 4 varieties of chutney, 3 varieties of vegetables, 2 varieties of papad, one appam, one dosai, one Nan, one chappati, half a spring role, some noodles were already served on the leaves How can someone eat so many items in one shot!!! While I was struggling to finish these items, the servers came with the next set of items…. For all of them I said no – it would have been another 60-70% items - if I list all of them, you would be wondering if I am reading the menu card of a hotel!!! Most of us left a lot of food on the leaf. The food wasted by each of us would easily serve two more persons!!! I felt so hard to digest this fact. How can we waste so much food? Especially in an year where there is not enough rains and food production is expected to be hit!!!
Do you know what was my gift to her? Incidentally, it was a book called “A fistful of rice” – a book on using micro finance to help eliminating poverty from India – the book starts like this – when I saw the woman carefully collecting the few grains that were spilt on the ground (which would have been just swept by my aunt otherwise) the poverty struck me!!! I chose this book for my  friend as she is an MBA in finance and I thought a capitalist idea helping a social cause would be a different concept for a finance expert to read thru. I had given the gift to her before I visited the dining hall. Now I am wondering, if it was an unintentional offence to her and how would she feel when she reads it (of course after a few weeks or months)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Giving a word or commitment

Way back in August 2009, I wrote a blog on commitments. After about 10 days less than three years, I am thinking about the same subject… You see, the TJ part of my personality (that swings between INTJ and ESTJ) stays intact in spite of my conscious effort to reduce the J part of it!!!! J

I am currently working on a project where there are a group of “volunteers” are working on creating a product that has a social impact (of course commercial impact eventually). I have been observing all those working in this project… This is an interesting mix of people around the globe, with various interests, benefits out of this project ranging from no benefit to indirect benefit to direct benefit. We use a simple technique where, each person informs the others about their availability (hours per day and which days of the week) at the start of the week; or at least that is how we started. Our model was flexible enough to change your plan in the middle of the week. After all, we work for an industry that never considers work-life balance as a basic requirement of a human being (Yes, you guessed it right J it is IT industry), so we had to give this flexibility. All they need to do is, inform others that they are not available and provide the update on the progress in an email. But, did every one follow this, did they deliver what they committed to are two big questions!!!

Today a part of the product is ready be launched after about three months. When I look back, conclusion I am arriving at is, if someone thinks that they are doing a favour, they change their minds any time; but if someone thinks that it is their responsibility, they deliver, come what may.

Another link I am observing is between the benefits and commitment shown by the members. Commitment is proportional to the benefit… benefit has to be perceived first to trigger commitment. What they do not realise is commitment only can command benefit and not the other way round.

Earlier in 2009, I was thinking I thought it has something to do with the industry they work. It does not seem to be so.  My opinion may change again!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Unforced Errors

I have been watching Tennis, Shuttle cork and the like from my teenage (did not have TV before that). The phrase unforced errors keeps getting repeated in these games. It actually means that the player sent the ball out or served wrong though he/she was not pushed to do that.

On the day of Wimbledon finals this year, this phrase struck me like never before; it keeps ringing in my ears constantly. How many unforced errors we do daily, that reduce our performance and ultimately our ability win the game of life!!! The justifications we give, the stories we build for these justifications, the mistrust that gets created because of these stories, the procrastination, obsessions… the list goes on. We do this so much that we do not even realise that these are unforced errors

The count of unforced errors the players make is tracked by software designed for the purpose. I wonder, in our lives, how can we identify and count them!!! If we can’t even measure them, how are we going to reduce them!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Wimbledon Finals

I was watching the all interesting Wimbledon finals last Sunday. The match was so interesting that I forgot my dinner till it ended. But then, when the match ended, I felt so heavy that I could not eat my dinner!!! It was so hard to see Murray crying. That shook me!!! He is world no 4 and he fought the finals in Wimbledon and gave tough fight to the world no 1. It is no small achievement. He fell down several times during the match and a few of them are really nasty. In spite of that he fought the best fight!!! But he cried at the end!!!

I was reminded of a very successful lady I met a few weeks back in a meeting. She is a co-founder of an IT organization. She was sharing a very critical moment in her life. She said about a few months back she was in the verge of committing suicide in fear of failure. I was shocked to hear the statement. How can somebody at that height could think of such a thing!!! She has enough money to run her life; she has given livelihood for so many people; she has groomed so many leaders; she has supported a lot of customers to succeed in their businesses; in spite of all this she made that statement!!!

I strongly believe that the world moves only because of the dissatisfied lot. Only when you are not satisfied with what is available, you strive to make it better; inventions, discoveries, innovations etc. happen only at that level. But then, if your dissatisfaction motivates you to fix it, it is a good sign; if it breaks you then it is the worst thing that can happen to you. I am happy that in both the above cases, they did not take the extreme step; but what is disturbing is the way the expressed the grieve.

I hope the human kind learns to convert the dissatisfaction to innovation not the other way around!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

சமன் செய்து சீர் தூக்கும் கோல்கள்

பலமுறை ஆலோசித்து அதன் பின்பே திரையரங்கு செல்வோம். குறுந்தகட்டின் மூலமோ இணையதளங்கள் மூலமோ பார்ப்பதில்லை. அதனால், ஒரு வருடத்தில் நான் பார்க்கும் படங்களை விரல்விட்டு எண்ணிவிடலாம், அதுவும் ஒரு கை விரலில்!!!

அரவானைப் பார்த்து வந்த நண்பர்களுக்குள் தீவிர கருத்து வேறுபாடுகள். களவைத் தொழிலாகக்கொண்ட பாலைநிலத்து மக்களை தமிழ் இலக்கண பாடத்தில் படித்ததோடு மறந்தேபோயிருந்தது. அவர்கள் வாழ்வு எப்படியிருந்திருக்கும் என்ற யோசனையுடன்தான் சென்றேன். கதைக்களமும் கதை சொன்ன விதமும், கதை சொல்லும் கருத்தும் வாழ்வின் வேறொரு தளத்துக்கு என்னைக் கொண்டுசென்றதாகவே உணர்கிறேன்.

கலீல் ஜிப்ரனின் கவிதையொன்று! போர் என்ற தலைப்பில் வெகு காலத்திற்கு முன் படித்தது; திருடன் ஒருவனது கண் நெசவாளன் வீட்டில் திருடச் சென்ற இடத்தில் தறியில் பட்டு குருடாகிவிடும். இந்த வழக்கை விசாரித்த மன்னன் நெசவாளன் கண்ணைப் பறிக்கச் சொல்லி உத்தரவிடுவான். தறியின் இரு ஓரங்களையும் பார்ப்பதற்காக தனக்கு இரு கண்களும் வேண்டும் என்றும், தனது பக்கத்து வீட்டில் வாழும் செருப்பு தைப்பவனுக்கு தொழில் செய்ய இரண்டு கண்கள் தேவையில்லை என்றும் நெசவாளி முறையிடுவான். மன்னனும் அந்த 'நியாயமான' வாதத்தைக் கேட்டு செருப்பு தைப்பவனது கண்ணைக் குருடாக்க உத்தரவிடுவான். நீதி நிலை நாட்டப் பெற்றதாக நாடு மன்னனைக் கொண்டாடும்.

நல்ல கவிதை ரசிக்கவைக்கும்; வாசித்த பின் சிந்திக்கவைக்கும்; பல நாட்களுக்கு ஏன் பல வருடங்களுக்குப்பின்னும் மனதில் எங்கோ ஓர் இடத்தில் இருந்துகொண்டு அவ்வப்போது நினைவலைகளில் படகோட்டும்; நமது சிந்தனைகளின் ஓட்டத்தையே மாற்றிக்காட்டும்

அரவானைப் பார்த்து 24 மணி நேரம் முடிந்தாலும் கலீல் ஜிப்ரனின் இந்த வரிகளும், சின்னானின் மரணமும், பாளையக்காரனது தீர்ப்பும், வன்மமும், இமையை உறுத்தும் துரும்பாக, எந்த வேலை செய்தாலும் மனதின் அடியில் ஊடறுத்து ஓடிக்கொண்டேயிருக்கின்றன. இது போல எத்தனை முறை நீதி நிலை நாட்டப்பெற்றிருக்கிறது இப்புவியில்!!! சமன் செய்து சீர் தூக்கும் கோல்கள்தான் எத்தனை எத்தனை!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

ஓடிப் போன புத்தர்கள்

நான் ஒரு process consultant. Project Manager - ஆக இருந்து process consultant ஆக மாறியவள். எப்படி ஒரு மென்பொருளை உருவாக்குவது என்று பிற மேலாளர்களுக்கும் கணிப்பொறியியலாளர்களுக்கும் சொல்லிக்கொடுக்கும் பணி. மென்பொருள் மேலாளராக இருப்பதை விட இந்த பணி சில விதங்களில் சிரமமானது என்றாலும், பல விதங்களில் எளிது.

சில நாட்களுக்கு முன்னால் புத்தரின் வாழ்க்கையைப்பற்றிப் படித்துக்கொண்டிருந்தேன். வாழ்க்கையின் வெப்பம் தாளாது குடும்பத்தை விட்டோடி அதன் பின் எப்படி நல்ல விதமாக வாழ்வது என்று உபதேசித்தார் என்பதைப் படித்தபோது எனக்கு ஏனோ process consultants-ன் நினைவு வந்தது!!!