Work from home, life in IT industry and me


Hello Friends,

Happy Sunday and welcome in my garden of words !

Work from home kills the craze of Friday otherwise Friday was happiest day of the week. There was a time when offices get empty early in Friday evening, but everyone used to reach home late in night. And I don’t want to tell where these honest and hardworking employees during this time were. If you see beer bars of the city on Friday, cards of all companies were hanged together there in evening and all inside-outside stories-gossips of corporate were discussed commonly. The main excuse given to family members for reaching home late was we were working late in office due to important project work. And family members were like its okay if you are working late but why are you eating chewing gum like teenager in midnight. Excuse me if someone use paan-masala. Now who can explain poor family members what smell they are trying to hide behind chewing gum and paan-masala.

Its not the thing that work from home kills the Friday only; it also tells some inside stories of project to family members as well. Now they also know scrum call, stand up call, team meetings and production deployments. They also know the names of all our colleagues. Now a days Indians are everywhere, even you call on-shore or off-shore, there are many Indian accents and names, and that’s why it’s easy to remember names by family members. One day I have finished my evening calls with client and my mother came and put my hand on her head and asked – tell me you are working in multinational company or it’s a local company in Bangalore. I asked why and she said because all your meeting happened with Bala, Jaspreet, Sangeeta, Virendra, Imran and Rahul (not any foreign name). I make her understand that now Indians are everywhere but seriously work from home put my respect of working in multi-national company at stake. Anyway, but its great thing for India and Indians that we are everywhere around the world. Cheers for India.

Its not only India that I love and respect, I respect USA a lot. It’s not just because we are working for their companies, off course this is the primary reason for loving USA but there is one more reason. In India, when we meet with other people, we asked them from which state they belong, what language they speak. In USA, when people meet, they ask where you are originated from, what part of earth you belong. Someone says China and it’s not some miles but some oceans away from USA. They have mini-India in them, they have mini-China in them, mini-Africa, mini-Europe – Almost every part of world we can see there. And the great thing is that they all are leaving happily and peacefully there. If some day alien plan to live in earth, I am sure they would select USA – This is place where we can live peacefully. From the bottom of my heart, I love and respect the diversity and inclusiveness culture of this country. Such a global country!

Software Industry is full of white-collar professionals who made the life easy for the people whose collar get dirty every day due to their work. Working in Software companies make you very polite, humble, and patient. Sorry and Thankyou are now our new Insha’Allah or hey God like words. In India, we must bargain everywhere, otherwise you will always be in loss. Once I was bargaining with vegetable vendor and my father said you are not here to talk about your daughter’s marriage. If you bargain like this, no-one will less single penny for you. 

You know what, these humbleness or kindnesses come from the way we are working in software Industry. Let me talk about software developer who write code to build a software. They are like cook who made food and get feedback for his own creation. He made dishes, people taste and say it is less salty. Humble developer adds some salt to it and now people pointed him its less spicy, he again goes to the kitchen with contact pressure of fixing the dish on time and add some spices to it. People again taste and say now it taste good but its not healthy. Poor developer called to his friend google, stake overflow and add some nutrition to it. He made a tasty and healthy dish now but now feedback is that we are not on-time. This is what a developer’s life.

Let me tell you one more example to feel the pain of developer. Suppose a developer is creating flush used in toilets (I know this is example from manufacturing industry but I find it very suitable). He developed flush with full of his skills and sweat. Now flush came to Quality team for testing. They reported defect that Flush is not working for them. Developer checked everything and said it is working to me. Then Quality person said its working when I press it gently with using three fingers, but It is not working when I press it with my whole fist. Poor Developer is like I did not create it for punching; are you going bathroom to practice boxing. He fixed it but then again new defect came to him that it is not working still. Developer checked with QA and he said its not working when I press it with legs. Poor developer is like are you practicing football there; bathroom singer is okay but where the hell this bathroom footballer breed came. But that’s not end; Now someone is doing user acceptance testing of it and reported that press icon is printed on wrong location; it should be at the center. Developer is again like everyone know we need to press it, who cares about icon and moreover who look at the icon while pressing it. But his life does not get easy here; one more defect raised that it is making a lot noise when water flows. Now humble developer raised his voice and said I can do everything, but I can’t play guitar melody in water flow. Jokes apart, this ups and downs are constant part of developer’s life cycle. One day he is happy that he fixes everything, next day he again gets something to fix. Believe me, this ups and downs like sine way is the real lifeline of every project; until it is running any company, or any project can breathe and survive.

It doesn’t mean that tester’s life is easy. They have their own pain. You must play a game in newspaper or magazine where there is a monkey at one corner and banana at another corner and we have to find the path by which monkey can reach to banana. All path to reach at banana were blocked at some place except one and we have to highlight that particular path. QA is always like that monkey who run through different paths in search of defects. Running one path to other and sometime same path he took multiple times just in search of defect. At the end of day if he finds banana(defect), he goes to developer and showed that path with pride. Developer says just one defect and rest everything is good. QA is like I almost died in travel one path to another entire day, and you are saying just one defect. (ek defect ki keemat tum kya janoge developer babu). Testers are always like monkeys who jump from one branch to another just to make sure that tree would always be strong and fruitful. Without QA, a project would be like a vehicle that can move from its place, but it can’t run on road.

Let me roast some support people as well. Developers get time in hours to accomplish his job, testers get in minutes and support guy get in seconds. The first thing they do when any mail came to them for any work is sending a mail that work in progress. After sending WIP (work in progress) mail, they can have coffee or even go for walk. Even while sleeping if mobile message tone rang, they send work in progress email, then happily sleep for one hour and then start work on it. Their situation is like that doctor whose duty is in ICU, every patient is critical and urgent for him. Thank God, software engineering practices make them humble; otherwise, if any team would pressure them then they would like I will let you know when you request for an urgent deployment just before production release. Believe me, support team is like spine of every project, they build infrastructure-environment and keep the project standing always.

I am sorry I don’t have medals, but its just a small step from my side to recognize the colleagues around me. At the end tip of the day – fun and smile are like try and catch block, if we try fun in life I am sure we would catch smile and happiness. So please surround your life with try-catch block of fun and smile always.

Thank you very much for bearing me in this article. Happy reading !

शुक्रवार


सोमवार तो नीरस हैं, निर्जीव जैसे पतझड़ में आबरू खोया पलाश का पेड़ ।
मंगलवार भी बंजर जमीन जैसा उबड़-खाबड़ और पथरीला ।
बुधवार जैसे बाजरे की रोटी और प्याज, स्वास्थ्य के लिए गुणवान पर बेस्वाद और बैरंग ।
गुरुवार जैसे दोपहर का ढलना और शाम की दस्तक, चार बजे की चाय ।
और शुक्रवार जैसे बाइस साल का नौजवान, आकर्षक और ऊर्जा से भरपूर ।

शुक्रवार होने की कभी इतनी खुशी कभी नही हुई जितनी नौकरी शुरू करने के बाद हुई । सप्ताह के पूरे पाँच दिन पाँच पांडवो की तरह महाभारत का युद्ध लड़ने के बाद श्री कृष्ण की बनाई माया-मोह से भरी इस दुनिया मे दो दिन की छुट्टी मिलती हैं । पर असली महिमा इन दो दिन की नही हैं, बल्कि उस शुक्रवार की हैं जो इन दो दिनों को लेकर आता हैं, जैसे मानसून के आगमन का रोमांच भरती पहली बारीश, रेलगाड़ी के स्टेशन पहुचने से पहले प्लेटफॉर्म की चहलकदमी ।

शुक्रवार होना भी खुशकिस्मती हैं, सुबह ये अहसास कि शुक्रवार आ गया, शाम को ये रोमांच की अगले दिन छुट्टी हैं, और इन दोनों के बीच दिन भर ये शुक्र कि आज शुक्रवार हैं । शुक्रवार की नीयत भी साफ हैं, कोई अनिर्णय की स्थिति नही हैं, जो कार्य संध्या तक पूर्ण हो सकते हैं उन्हें पूर्ण ऊर्जा से शीघ्रातिशीघ्र पूर्ण किया जाता हैं और जो दिन भर में पूरे नही किये जा सकते उन्हें अगले सप्ताह पर छोड़ दिया जाता हैं, कोई कंफ्यूसन नही । किसी भी कार्य को पूर्ण करने की जो ऊर्जा शुक्रवार की दोपहर में होती हैं,और किसी दिन में नही । शुक्रवार की शाम तो जैसे आम का बाग हैं, महक और स्वाद से भरपूर । दोस्तो को सुबह से ही शाम के आयोजन की सूचना दे दी जाती हैं और मस्ती की पूरी लिस्ट बना ली जाती हैं । रात को घर पहुँचो तो घरवालो को भी ये इत्मिनान रहता हैं कि अब दो दिन ये सौतन नौकरी के पास नही जायेगे । सभी का शुक्रवार को प्रोग्राम फिक्स होता हैं, कोई शाम को जल्दी से ट्रेन या बस पकड़ता हैं, कोई फ़िल्म की टिकिट बुक करता हैं तो कोई घरवालो को कही घुमाने ले जाता हैं । जुम्मे चुम्मे के गीत से मशहूर इस वार के सामने तो इतवार भी कुछ नही जो संध्या में ये सोग दे जाता हैं कि अब अगला दिन सोमवार हैं ।

कहते हैं शुक्रवार को खटाई नही खाते, अच्छा नही माना जाता । खटाई खाये या ना खाये पर शुक्रवार को किसी को काम नही बताते क्योंकि ये ब्रह्महत्या से भी बड़ा पाप माना गया हैं । शुक्रवार को वही कार्य किये जाते हैं जिन्हें इसी सप्ताह समाप्त करना होता हैं अन्यथा अगला सप्ताह तो हैं ही । किसी जमाने मे फिल्मे गुरूवार को रिलीस होती थी पर जब से फाइव डे वर्किंग कल्चर आया हैं, फ़िल्म वालो को भी शुक्रवार की महत्ता पता चली और फिल्मे शुक्रवार को रिलीस करने की परंपरा शुरू हुई । शुक्रवार की सुबह वैसे स्टूडेंट्स के लिए भी बहुत खास होती हैं, शनिवार-रविवार की भीड़ और महंगे टिकिट से बचने के लिए वो शुक्रवार सुबह ही मूवी का फर्स्ट डे फर्स्ट शो देख आते हैं। इसीलिए शुक्रवार को कॉलेज में अटेंडेंस भी कम ही होती हैं।

वैसे शुक्रवार होने की भी कुछ मर्यादा हैं, जैसे वो कभी रविवार की तरह अकर्मण्य और आलसी नही हो सकता, वो कभी सोमवार की तरह नीरस भी नही बन सकता । शुक्रवार को तो कर्म भी पूर्ण तन्मयता से होता हैं, और आनंद-उल्लास भी दिल खोलकर मनाया जाता हैं, मन को मारकर तो कोई काम किया ही नही जाता । कर्म और आनंद के फूलों को एक माला में पिरोकर जीवन को खूबसूरत बनाता ये दिन वाकई में गज़ब का होता हैं ।

**लेखक – अंकित सोलंकी, उज्जैन (मप्र)**