Thursday, June 18, 2009

Inspiration & Motivation

Hi Friends,

These days I'm reading the book "Inspiration & Motivation" by Alfred Armand Montapert. This book is desiged for successful living. The today it offers is the only one we have and we must learn to make the most of it. We must learn to live with the problems we now face in our life, even use them to make a good living for ourselves and our families.

I want all my readers to love reality; ideally to be lover of life.... Read on.... and may you be happy, healthy, and successful.

A FRIEND IS A PERSON...............
  • With whom you can be sincere.
  • To whom you never need to defend yourself.
  • On whom you can depend whether present or absent.
  • Who does not feel he owns you because you are his friend.

"Very little is needed to make a happy life.
It is ALL within yourself....
In your WAY of thinking!"


Our ATTITUDE is extremely important; we become what we dwell upon. If we dwell on adverse conditions, we intensify the bad. Think well of yourself...look on the sunny side of everything... talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

MAN'S HAS TWO CREATORS : His GOD ... and himself
The First creator furnishes the raw material and other gifts.
The Second creator is what WE make of ourselves. Each Individual builds his own monument, or digs his own grave.

Men can alter their lives, By altering their attitudes...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Life as an Onsite Engineer......

Hello Friends,

I thought to write something interesting this time, which we as an engineer come across once in our life..i.e. Onsite engineer , thousand of miles away from your home ... All alone in completely new world..

Before starting to share something about onsite life, let me tell you in short about the journey reaching to this destination. I was above average or in other words clever/sincere student from beginning of my school days. Uptil now, two of the real achievement achieved in my life are "Ranking 1st in Std.10 in my school and also achieving 5th Position in centre. And second which I consider as life time achievement is "Ranking 1st in Gujarat state for Diploma in Electronics & Communication Engineering" :) I was always dreaming to get into good college during my diploma studies and ranking 1st gave me that opportunity to be a student of well-known college of Gujarat "L.D.College of Engineering, Ahmedabad".

After joining college the next obvious target was to get a good job. To be frank enough, I was much bothered about getting a job through out my college life. Luckily, I cleared my first job interview and got selected in Semiconductor company based in ahmedabad. Wow, it was great feeling to get selected and clearing life's first interview. After joining company, it was completely a different world if you compare with the college life. In office, I got in touch with many chipmates and within no time we formed our "Gijutsu" group consisting of 16 members. We used to have fun @ work as well use to go for outing. After a year rolled by, the target was to go onsite sooner. It was not because to earn only money but to get experience working at Client's end , to get more exposure about work and to experience the American way of life. I got this opportunity after two years of my field experience. Man getting the stamping was like waiting for the doors of heaven open on the Judgement day :) That fine day Dec'04, 2008 at last came and I am here in USA (now thinking what my next target is ???)

Life at Onsite : Here, comes the call.... tring.........tring
Offshore guys : Hello, umesh ..Good morning.....
Me: good morning...!!! with a smile on my face ;)
This routine was almost same during week-days ..
Wake up in the morning and think whether I should work from home or go to office.. but 1st option was not an easy one ;) so would decide that I will go to office. Now the first problem that is encountered for the day is which dress to wear.. Aisi baat nahi hain that i'm choosy about the dress I wear, it is that all the clothes will be too wrinkled not properly pressed or will not be washed during weekends. Have to select less wrinkled dress and go to office ..Isn't it funny ?? The next problem is breakfast.... :(( Before getting to work-place, I would have to get something for breakfast and join a meeting for which I will be running late. Would be having cookies, some fruits or juice.. some thing would always be the same thing. After doing regular activities like checking & responding mails, having desk meetings with client it would be lunch time. If luckily have made something for lunch then its fine, if not then discussion would start internally when and where to go for lunch. This discussion in mind would not last more as the options would be very few atleast for we Indians and that too if you are pure-vegetarian :-/
The options would be to have Subway sandwich, taco-bell or some combo item in Indian restaurant. I cannot mention the taste of the food which would no where be in comparison with the food we eat in India.. Really, missing Indian food..:(

After lunch, come back to work-place and start working on dependencies that your off-shore team has upon you.. and to forward couple of mails to offshore before end of day and leave back home.. After leaving office on my way to home, arises tons of questions what to do , what to make for dinner , bartan ghasna baki he... and list goes onnnnnn..........Ah, it is dinner time and I would have to cook for night as well as for next morning ... such a painful task.. but after a month or so I started enjoying to make different recipes.. Jaldi jaldi dinner complete karna padta hain ...kyuki India mein toh subah ho chuki hain..... and here, comes the call... tring ...tring.....

Hello Umesh..... good evening/night....
my response a big smile :D saying ..good morning everyone...
Telecon last for few minutes/hour and almost replying some dependencies mail time ho jata hain 12-1pm... Always Eagerly, waiting for friday evening coz next 2 days is weekend so no office ... no phone calls... no late night ekdum badi smile aa jati hain tinggg.... :D
During weekends need to wrap up cleaning home, bringing groceries, watching movies, and specially making calls to near & dear ones.... ;) aur agar time mile toh shayad koi park ya fir malls mein ghumne..

So, this cycle continues for weeks, months, ab tak year nahi hua hain.... But, from my experience I would say have learned lot many things in life being onsite which is going to help me in my future.

Now questions comes, why am I still here ? Hmmm....everybody is here for couple of months/years .. I am an above average guy who goes with the wind... so I better be here for atleast a year... 24 weeks gone... may be 24 more to go ;)