Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Desi to videsi metamorphosis .....

Most of us who belong to the upper middle class in india know how we started our student life with almost no brand identities to spending the cool dude lifestlye 's in the new education paltforms.These changes from Lakme to Loreal , Bombay Dyeing to tommy hilfiger, shahrukh khan to Leonardo DiCaprio (no offence to shahruk fans) was easy and inevitable. Most of us might have thought in the beginning this little hing in our lifestyle would not impact our values and beliefs... well did it then...? huh i know what my answer is to this question but i cannot represent one answer for all the desi's who fall into this catogory.

From the typical indian studious student who works non-stop to stay always top of the class and makes his parent the new indian student who competes globally on a wider scope to prove talents on an internationall level, challenges are doomed . The whole world is openning to budding talents from desi's in fields other than IT , and medicine. I have seen some desi's perform on main stream television shows like Apprentice, America's next top model , the latest American idol, and the controversial big brothers show.All though none of them won except for shilpa, racial and cultural variations were unclouded. Most of them failed at the line of scrimmage with international competitors. Does competition on these international standards really want us to loose our essense which is unique and stand up for something just for the sake of some calculative benefits?

Most o f the NRI's whome i know are trained here right from their birth and some of them keep up to their roots and some of them act as if they never saw india.Students who come for their MS are also more or less the same. Education now is more than just getting graduated.. it has loads of fun, oppurtunities, careers , networking and for some it may be meeting people who might be sharing the common interests in life and become their significant others. This evolving system involves our families also who may or may not be willing to catch up. Does this metamorphosis have to be only between us and our family? Is this change micro or macro? well where ever it started it sure impacts the entire nation.In these evolving scientific and technological ecomomy's the only universal culture is dinnig, dressing,and stocking more and more money (and relationships? they seem to be juggling for survival).

A fresh approach to all this metamorphosis is what i saw in my home town. a very intersting blend of combining the best of east and west lifestyles.

What we see in corporate India today is a moral effort some great enterprenuers are investing by coming backhome and giving ..

Recently i have seen some articles on gramIT in 'jallikakinada'. Here are few links:

The Byrraju Foundation, by the family of Satyam Computer Chairman Ramalinga Raju, is very inspirational for youngsters who are reaching heights abroad and would love to keep their desi roots nourished.If all of us can maintain our desi side along with utilizing the videsi knowledge the metamorphosis will never be regretful.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Work in Life or Life in Work

I always question myself twice before picking work. Ofcouse work will be of my interesting choice but the strings attached to it pauses me.if you agree, would'nt you like to achieve what you meant to do and enjoy the satisfaction in utilizing the talent , without distractions and roundabout trips to goals and energie's. are'nt we free yet to chop of these unwanted strings in this new modren era of internet and ecommerce and use it for our personal space? only after i opened my doors to internet marketing, i could imagine the world behind it. Today's ecommerce presents technology, guidelines, numerous markets, customers ,products ,information and personalization. when we have the world just a click away where are we running daily ...for life or for work? here comes my dilema, i calculate both the weights of life n work and seem be lost empty with the overall act.

I see more people are turning towards starting their business at home and spend time with family and friends along with their work in their convenient times. But does that give them the freedom we all read about in the work from home ads and programs selling everywhere in all media channels? How fast do u think young minds can opt to take it as a choice and gain the fruits?(May be Lawrence Edward, and Sergey Brin co-founders of google are true examples of such success at a young age). well it takes time for any new business to run its own way ..till then the pressure is same in any atmosphere. Comparing with an office it would also take few years to get settled in a position desired. I am sure all young mind with the same business attitude struggles to gain their base initially in corporations and would love to fly off at an accelerated speed towards their golas.

In the midest of all this debate i wonder what the fuss is life about after all? (relationships today are becoming centric making nucleus families and what not )what makes work and life same or different? We do the same things everyday with the self that just shifts its masks on differnt roles as a houseprovider or a employee/enterpreneur. I wonder are we still working so hard for life or are we just living to work our life???

There are numerous articles written about balancing personal life and work , is personal life really different from work life or is it time that is the only differentiating factor between them. By manipulating time with technology can we give ourself the intrinsic satisfaction of our existence?is our generation moving towards discovering something beyond ourself ....

what do you think guys about life/work/time managment?

(this is my first blog , i hope i have not confused or bored you or even myself :)))