Saakshi Nagpal

Archive for the month “February, 2011”

Tomato Story

I got this article in my mail and just thought I would share it just because the inspiration that emitted is imitable.

A Jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test. ‘You are employed’ he said.  Give me your e-mail address and I’ll send you the application to fill in, as well as date when you may start. The man replied ‘But I don’t have a computer, neither an email’. ‘I’m sorry’, said the HR manager. If you don’t have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn’t exist, cannot have the job.’The man left with no hope at all. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate. He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go every day earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled every day. Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

5 years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US …
He started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance.

He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan. When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email. The man replied, ‘I don’t have an email.’ The broker answered curiously, ‘You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e mail?!!’ The man thought for a while and replied, ‘Yes, I’d be an office boy at Microsoft!’

This story teaches us 3 lessons:
1. Internet is not the solution to life. If you don’t have Internet, and work hard, you can be successful.
2. Success doesn’t come to those who have all the resources or are simply lucky.

3. Think out of the box. If you act like a crowd most probably you will be the crowd.

Luxury expenses for an undismayed demon – Kasab

Surfing net, a news headline caught my attention ‘Rs 100 cr – cost of keeping Kasab alive’ and I was like… shocked for few moments. Is it true? Really … Indian govt.  paying so huge for a terrorist to keep alive ? ?

Two years back, night of Nov 26, 2008 after office,  in the coziness and secureness of my room I was busy chatting with friends on net and listening music. All of a sudden one of them gives a buzz, Mumbai – Hotel Taj under terror attacks, switch to news channel immediately. Blood rushed down from head to toe , soon all sites were flashing the same news, we (me and my friend group) praying for peace and safety for the city and our friends who had recently shifted there. Recalling that one of our good friend is working at Taj , we all were more worried , trying his cell phone countless times , which was incidentally switched off.

That was my experience and when it comes to Kasab , mercy doesn’t exist in my dictionary. Same would be the feelings of millions of Indians. Name Kasab or Afzal (prime accuse of Parliament attack 10 years ago).

Out of my anger I read the news on website stating the huge amount – (approx Rs 100 cr till the time  final verdict is out)  spent on Kasab for keeping him alive, secure in his cell and for the ongoing expenses of verdict.

Though verdict is out and as expected but it has to be confirmed by Supreme Court, and then will land on the President’s table for mercy waiting # 31. 30 cases are pending before him to be solved, keeping this in mind and efficiency of our system, the website  say the last action will be taken in 2018 !!!  :/

I am not accusing any government either be congress or BJP or anyone. It’s we who choose them.

Just a question, if you find any pest or mice in your house, you immediately put efforts to keep them out. India is our nation; keep it clean and safe. Don’t set examples and invitations for more attacks. We are tired of getting same excuses; there is no mercy for such so-called “humans”.

By God’s grace my friend was safe that night as he was having a day off. And spending 100 crore is waste of hard-earned money paid as taxes.

My verdict – Kasab should be killed by the most insane way ever known by human kind. How can one even think of entertaining such mercy petitions for justice? Choose one – Justice for an undismayed demon or Justice for peace-loving nation?

BAs – Hidden Leaders !


Many times we are not in a position of authority yet we have to have some leadership skills for easy going. Working as a Business Analyst (BA) and working closely with large teams I have observed that BAs have to constantly challenge themselves on leading without really leading.
I term this as challenge because generally we don’t have the title to help us put weight in influencing ourselves. We are in the unique position of not having any title in our kitty from a leadership perspective, so we have to be a bit more creative.
We do our absolute level best on capturing the business and functional requirements , analyzing, recommending solutions, utilizing the right tools for creating  a product that in the end returns us customer’s approval with their satisfaction. It sounds simple and interesting but in practical it’s not easy.
We spend hours pondering over the requirements, meeting with customers, documenting, re-documenting, designing architectures, developing use cases (explaining what they are and what they are not), redeveloping them, creating and recreating report layouts.  After that, co-ordinating with the development team, encouraging them to complete the work within the timeframe, and we may have a few updates to the fields on the reports – and that’s ok, we need to be flexible and responsive.
Apart from convincing the developers that the project is doable, then we have to have the business meetings where we have to re-prioritize the already prioritized requirements (due to extended deadlines). We work closely with the business to try and reassure them that everyone on the team is focused on delivering the project on time. We are secretly praying that the team will come through and deliver exactly what is needed by the clients.
This is all we do. WE MOVE MOUNTAINS EVERYDAY !!
Then where does Leadership comes? Leadership comes through the side lines. And you can be creative by acquiring 3 simple qualities and won’t sound bossy.
Listening – It is important , it allows you to think and tailor the message to be send back to sender. Every sort of business communication is sensitive either for the client or for the technical team. Listening properly and responding in an apt way is a crucial skill.
Building relationships – Build healthy relationships with all people at all levels in the organization. You never know when this will come back to serve you well. To lead from the side, it is helpful to have colleagues that will speak to your credibility and work ethic. Don’t underestimate the power of  good relationships.
Motivate – Motivating or Influencing is like a boost to your goal. Give your team the freedom to do what they can do better than you in anyway. Motivate them and don’t yell at them, else, they will be much less inclined to take the initiative when needed.
Don’t poke your nose in order to achieve the best in spite of any situation. Don’t bear the burden of someone else’s ego.
Acquiring these 3 simple skills will help you to continue to grow and mature in your career as well as in person.

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