Know Everything!

stock-vector-jack-king-queen-of-spades-vector-28951519When I was doing my undergraduate I was used to be regularly questioned by my friends on my interests in information technologies being a Chemical Engineer. I used to reply back stating that I am trying to find a link between the two. Though at that time my interests were not really based on what I claimed, I found my job requiring skills in both the areas and hence helping me perform better.

Today I find knowledge of ‘finance’, ‘history’, ‘psychology’ and ‘economics’ are essential to move up. Many technical people want to stay focused in their areas of interest which are mostly very narrow and expect to gain expertise in that field. But the whole idea can be challenged. Lack of knowledge in subject areas which seem totally unrelated can be a hurdle to professional growth even on technical areas of focus.

Knowledge of ‘history’ and ‘culture’ is very important to understand why your counterpart in an overseas affiliate behaves differently, knowledge of ‘finance’ is very essential to understand why and how top management decisions are made, knowing ‘psychology’ can help handle your sub ordinates better. Applying technical judgments in business world will fail miserably. Many technical people feel decisions are forced upon them because they fail to understand business needs and in a globalized environment they feel deserted when they fail to understand the history, culture and psychology of their colleagues.

Even technically many people want to ‘focus’ their expertise only on certain technical areas. Either they consider other areas not as challenging as their areas of expertise or they feel even their focus area is too much for their lifetime. And even to reason this behavior, knowledge of Indian culture and psychology is important. In Indian society ‘engineering’ enjoys higher status as compared to basic sciences, literature… And if you apply some ‘statistics’ you will find that this is purely linked to the higher average pay engineering graduates enjoy. Whether the JOBS really do any ‘engineering’ is a BIG QUESTION! I personally felt science more challenging and difficult than engineering. And today when I read the ‘history’ of ‘science’ itself it is difficult to make judgments on the validity of engineering we are doing now which are again based on science.

From childhood this idea has been drummed into us again and again: stay focused, jack of all trade makes king of none etc.. It might be true if our objectives are broader considering our lifespan on earth. Pathetically these objectives are too narrow or too ‘technical’ that it prevents achieve these objectives. Most of the seemingly unrelated subjects are highly correlated and technologies have very small lifespan. Hence to be successful it is essential to ‘KNOW EVRYTHING’

Note: The word ‘technical’ is not used with the right meaning in this blog. Even I was stamped non-technical by few people. To them technical is IT and rest of the world is non-technical 🙂

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Bannerghatta National park – A Visit

On a Christmas day eve we planned a trip to Bannerghatta National Park. We chose that destination hoping it would not be crowded as it is far away from Bangalore. We booked a taxi on Fast Track. We started at 10:00 AM and reached there by 10:30. It was not far as we thought (16 Kms from Silk Board). We spent some time to have some grilled corn. We did not carry food with us as it was mentioned as plastic free zone and we were not sure if it would be allowed inside. By the time we reached the ticket counter there were already a queue of 20 members. We chose the one hour grand safari (Rs. 125 per head, Rs. 20 per Still Camera, Rs. 110 per Video Camera Holiday Rates). We entered in and had to wait in the grand safari queue which was already loaded with around 70 people. After a half an hour wait in the queue we were able to board the van. We expected a Zeep Safari but it was a van safari. The van was fully loaded with 35 people and the view form the van was not good for photography. But there were green colored vans which seemed better built for safari. But there were only a few of them used for Lion & Tiger Safari. The Lion & Tiger Safari costs less and the duration is for half an hour.

During the safari we could be able to see Deer, Sambar, Bear, Tiger and Lion. The experience was indeed good. We could be able to see the animals so close in an natural environment. The bears surrounded our vehicle and we can see them very closely. We could see the Lion and Lioness playing which we could not experience in a zoo. At the end they dropped us down at the butterfly park. One cannot expect much at the butterfly park but it is a bit refreshing after the hour long tiring ride. For lunch we tried to look for a decent restaurant. The Jungle lodges looked good, but we have to return back after seeing the awfully maintained restaurant. We went back to the zoo only to see a huge (really huge!) crowd waiting in the ticket counter and the safari queue. Oh my God! Thankfully we came in early or else we should have spent all our time in the queues. There was a decent collection of animals in the zoo. In the zoo and the park surrounding we could see hoards of families having home cooked puliyodharais and thayir sadhams. It looked like a family picnic spot.

We returned early to avoid crowd in bus. We took the 365 Volvo back home. At 4:00 PM we could see a still growing queue to buy tickets.

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