Saturday, July 08, 2006

I, Professional.

I write this as a one-week veteran of Siemens. I have entered the big, bad world of 'professionalism' and 'grown-ups.' Things are run differently here. There is no longer the snug cocoon that college life gave us. Each is to fend for him/her-self. A dog-eat-dog world...nah, that's all bull. It's cool.

An induction programme consists of a series of increasingly lengthy presentations. It is conducted by able veterans of the field(of making increasingly lengthy presentations), in high-class locations. Siemens conducted their induction programme(yes, we were all induced into the world, as some unsavoury and unwarranted jokes went) at the Taj Gateway, Residency road. Funky, you say? It was. And intermittent breaks made it a better experience than some of my friends' inductions.

Anyhow, we are being trained now, for entering the big, bad...for becoming better thinkers and at programming.

'Problem-solving is important. Coding is just 20% of the job. Your design of the solution, your way of thinking, that is most important. Arrey, anyone can code, yaar! The language you use is not important. See, if someone tells you to code the tic-tac-toe game, will you think of the language to use first? No. Well, you shouldn't, atleast. Design a solution first. That is essential. Language to bas ek tool hai.'

Wise(and true) words from our instructor, Animesh Sinha. He has his own company, embeddedact.com. The ".com" is part of the name. The site doesn't work, but that's because everyone there spends their time on programming embedded systems to do complex(and perhaps unexpected) things rather than website-design, I suppose.

I know, I know, I'm not being interesting here. A bit rusty after a month of nothing. We did go to Pondicherry, though. A rather pedantic account of that journey can be found here. Great fun.

"March of the penguins" is a brilliant film. When you recollect the dull, drab documentaries Doordarshan draconically divulged daily, in days of yore, this movie is an eye-opener. Of course, they had humoungous budgets, judging by the way they've shot it. Underwater photography is amazing here, like to those of the National Geographic society or the Discovery channel.

It's the way they've told the story that's nice. As conversations between penguins, the story of penguins' lives and mating cycles is presented very well. The songs used are absolutely amazing. They're perfect sounds for what's happening onscreen. What is befuddling is how they managed to shoot in the blizzards that rage in Antarctica. It must have been extremely difficult, with temperatures dropping to -65 C or so. Determined guys! It's a must-watch film; not because you'll learn how to go and save penguins or anything, but because you find new respect for the great opportunist and artist that is Nature. And you'll love the penguin's waddle!

Oh, amidst all this appreciation, this movie put me in mind of one of my pet peeves:- the function of the media. "How the hell did this movie remind you of that?!!" Because of one or two scenes. I mean, there's this scene where they show penguins dying from the cold. In one of those blizzards. In another scene, a young penguin chick is killed(for gastronomical purposes) by a vulture(I think). The immediate reaction from most of us during these scenes would most likely be "What were these guys doing there?? Why couldn't they have saved those penguins?? I mean, ok, the storm-victim was difficult to save, yes. But the chick atleast!!" Then you remember they are merely documenting nature and something marvellous happening there. Conflict! Should the media be merely that, mediums(if you will) that transport news from makers to takers or should they also, in some way, influence the news and/or its making?

That strikingly homo-erotic discussion is reserved for some later date. Maybe when I'm 60. For now, I'm eagerly awaiting this evening's movie: Werner Herzog's "Grizzly man." I think there was a story about in the Readers Digest some months back. I don't know. It's supposed to be good. Sometimes funny, sometimes sombre and depressing. And Herzog himself narrating. Yes.

And it will be Italy on Sunday. It should be, if goodness is left on this earth.

3 comments:

Harish said...
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Harish said...

The discussion about media was a nice one and raised a valid point there. It was in no way homo-erotic.

What other comment can you expect from a person like me who talked about "Argumentative Indian" in a job interview? alla, nee maataDbeda?

Malaveeka said...

There is goodness in the world...

*sigh*

It was Italia!