Saturday, July 29, 2017

Updates from the Valley

It has been almost 2 years since we relocated to the Valley ( Silicon Valley) for my wife's transfer for a project with Apple. We packed and moved. Within few months I registered my venture, A++ Ventures. Also became an active part of the local community. I volunteered as an Ambassador to @TiECon 2016 and met connectors like +Monalisa Chati from @ServiceNow. Mona is key member of  @FOGSV by Dr @Romesh Japra , also participated in @GITPro , joined @HSS , attended meetings at +Stanford University , @UC Berkely  @Santa Clara University @San Jose State University. Visited various places like @LA with family members visiting from Hyderabad, London, Texas. Spent lot of my time in India too due to father's operation in AIIMS which went well. Used that time in Delhi to launch , Bharat Entrepreneurs Network at IIFT on 11th April with the vision of
Accelerating-Entrepreneurship-In-BHARAT,
 In between also attended 15th Reunion at IIMA, TiE Global Summit at New Delhi, Jharkhand Investor Summit at Ranchi, brother's marriage in Ranchi and few more. I had also helped the visiting delegation in meetings at Bay Area & New York, Raghubar Das-in-us-to-attract-investments
Jharkhand-CM-to-visit-US-for-investments,


Lot of interesting events, people, accidents ... not a boring moment yet. Moved from San Jose to Pleasanton in April last week again due to wife's project and within 1 week disaster struck at family when my nephew Golu ( Satyam Shresth) met an accident on 1st of May at Bangalore and we rushed to Ranchi for 3 weeks

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In one of the "whatsapp" groups I was asked, how do i manage to participate in conversations across time zones and response so fast.

Below is a lengthy but serious reply.

I wake up early and sleep early.

I have a non lethal non curable non communicable ailment called Multiple Sclerosis which I got diagnosed with in 2004 with fatigue and pain as main symptoms.

 I don't feel pain when I am busy reading, writing, speaking, walking or working , playing so I keep myself busy all the tine. Even while waiting for a train or car or flight I  am busy on my iPhone. This gives me little extra time than most people have. My day starts early around 4-5am. One secret I have learnt from some great leaders I have worked with is that they respond very fast. Saying no, saying not now/maybe later or actually responding/doing what they have to do. This makes sure their task list or mail list is small.

In case some person or group share lot of  jokes or useless forwards then I quit or mute .

Technology is the great enabler so I use technology s lot too. Also I focus a only on managibg my priorities, Health, Relationships, Finance, Experiences in that order.

Connecting , sharing and helping  is what  I am engineered for hence I help or share as much as i can and also enjoy and live happily most of the time in spite of deaths in family, setbacks in life.

Atul Kunar

PS:
answered in all seriousness with no sarcasm. You asked a personal question with lot of humour so I thought I can balance with a long serious answer. Today is also World MS Day so thought should spread some awareness as three is very little awareness in India as 70% of patients are Caucasian Females. Hope I could answer you politely and completely.

https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/ms-world-day-31-things-to-know-about-multiple-sclerosis/

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Another Day Another Challenge but will keep trying

Had an interesting mix of events/developments yesterday. One one hand lot of progress.

Good
1) In one of volunteer projects, TYESV program, starting on 17th Oct made some progress with our team reaching out to few students for registrations, Jay sharing details of 45+ private schools in Santa Clara. Now we need to reach out to them

Bad
2) My Jharkhand project had a major set back when i discovered some secrets that might force me to go slow or only after careful due diligence

Ugly
3) Also another bad news from Bihar that a convicted Murderer and Politician, Mohammad_Shahabuddin is out of Jail. He killed a school senior  Chandrashekhar jee , also my senior at JNU

Die Another Day 
My school has a strong connection. , he was caught under a school senior as DM and convicted by a Judge, Shivkirti who is school senior

So with all the developments there is something to cheer about and keep singing +Die Another Day Full Movie' 

Friday, September 09, 2016

I love inspiring, upbeat, high energy songs especially when things don't go well. Yesterday was another painful night so today I resumed what I do best, creating new blogs,

Here it is,

Die Another Day by +Madonna
Lyrics
I'm gonna wake up, dress, and go
I'm gonna kiss some part of
I'm gonna keep this secret
I'm gonna close my body now
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
Sigmund Freud
Analyze this
Analyze this
Analyze this
I'm gonna break the cycle
I'm gonna shake up the system
I'm gonna destroy my ego
I'm gonna close my body now
I think I'll find another way
There's so much more to know
I guess I'll die another day
It's not my time to go
For every sin, I'll have to pay
A time to work, a time to play
I think I'll find another way
It's not my time to go
I'm gonna avoid the cliche
I'm gonna suspend my senses
I'm gonna delay my pleasure
I'm gonna close my body now
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I think I'll find another way
There's so much more to know
I guess I'll die another day
It's not my time to go (Uh, uh)
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
I guess I'll die another day
Another day
Another day
Another day
Another day
Another day
Another day
Another day
Written by Mirwais Ahmadzai • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Bouncing Back

In my slumped months of '05 I was going downhill. Productivity and morale at work was at an abyss. Those were like drowning in hell. Self doubt, depression, sadness and all sorts of negativity creeped in. Having studied from the best of b-schools in world (at least toughest to get into) I didn't fee like that sense of confidence and "can do" feeling. I was blaming it all on MS though stil not sure if it was as much as medical as being psychological. However slowly in beginning of '06 have started to come out of it. Started to read some great books, thinking about myself - goals, capabilities, aspirations. The search of What should I do with my life etc. Among all the self-doubt and negativity there was one good development. I started to question myself, my action, my thoughts. In past being the argumentative & probably reasonably intelligent and well read person that I am, was able to justify all actions and thoughts of myself. This dark phase of my life at least encouraged me to question myself, have a second thought on my actions, beliefs and thoughts.

Tough Times don't last, tough People Do

Recently had a conversation with H Bala who is my mentor, role model and ex-boss. I was seeking some advice and counselling on career & personal side. His view was, don't worry much, just hang on and remember this , "Tough Times don't last, tough people do". This was a great mood lifter. Having seen Bala closely as my boss have all the believe that he might emerge as a really successful leader in the GE world. It is just a matter of timing.

Tough Times don't last, tough People Do

Recently had a conversation with H Bala who is my mentor, role model and ex-boss. I was seeking some advice and counselling on career & personal side. His view was, don't worry much, just hang on and remember this , "Tough Times don't last, tough people do". This was a great mood lifter. Having seen Bala closely as my boss have all the believe that he might emerge as a really successful leader in the GE world. It is just a matter of timing.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Reinventing myself

Now an update to myself. Feb to June has been a gruelling period in terms of work load. Had fun. Even better, was able to rediscover some areas where I am not only passionate about and can make a difference. Started a Global Alumni Group for my college in my hometown. The Golden Jubillee celebrations were a great start. Also got engaged in a project Patna Rice to establish Patna Rice as a GI and gain benefits for farmers and others associated with it. Of course a better branding for my hometown and also a Pilot for future projects are main drivers as well. The project also was a great learning experience in terms of a Global Collaborative team with Opensource/Free technologies and leveraging expertise from people in diverse arena and locations. Has been a fantastic first half of year and hope to continue in the same vein. Gave a chance to explore building a website in collaboration with group members who provided content, graphics and above all ideas.

Besides these have also had a chance to continue my reading momentum. Read , Drucker's Management Challenges for the 21st century. Marcus Buckingham's, " Now Discover your strengths". Currently have couple of more books waiting for time. This includes, "Blue Ocean Strategy", "HBR: Managing Yourself", "Ballsy" etc etc.

On work front can't disclose the exact nature of work but has been a great experience on being the cutting edge of my industry and designing/discovering next level of thinking on that.

Besides all these, also had some good fun trips to "Six Flags", "NYC" and some parties at home and local friends. So overall a fantastic first half of year and now time to take it to next level in coming six months

Monday, August 22, 2005

A Different World

Couple of months back life changed. Well life changes many times. For some it changes after a new baby, for others after marriage or after joining school or maybe after a new job or meeting someone special.

For me it was after my MS diagnosis. It was very disturbing for my wife, "S", given all the uncertainities of living with an unconquered monster. I was rather cool to start with. Being the ever optimist that I am .. I said.. oh .. so one more interesting experience. Well life is short and anything can happen anytime. So why not live everyday with passion. Follow the long lost passions of book reading, exploring new web technologies, sports and all good things.


Life was on a high for some months. Was able to read 20+ non-fiction books in a short time frame, write couple of blogs, do a lot of research on topics of interest, engage in hot discussion with friends on topics ranging from SaaS, God , India's emergence in this century and much more. All this while passionately doing my day job of leading a large Siebel support team at work. Also exploring emerging new technologies like SaaS (Software As A Service) especially Salesforce.com, wiki. All of it best reflected by my signature, "Nothing in this world can Stop a Person or Idea whose Time Has Come". And of course getting linkedin to people I knew, engaging in the IIM Brand building efforts and so on.

Then things changed. As i was pulled into a new project, really critical but not as interesting as my passion for technologies. More importantly couple of times had some fatigue symptoms, aches etc and mood took a down swing. Also having done some deep research on the monster via a book by Howard Weiner from Harvard, browsing Web on practical dimesnions like financial security etc. I became a bit somber.

The only great thing to have happened however was the change in "S". She became much more stronger than ever, more supportive and almost my lifeline. At the end we have agreed on a more balanced approach and focus on the practical dimensions. Maybe now when things are still in decent shape it is the time to plan for an alternate source of income via her, get some financial backup and things like that. Guess life will never be the same again but thankfully timing was I am really lucky. If there was ever an hope for a cure then this is the decade. Advances in diagnostic technologies including MRI, Stem Cell Research, better understanding of Nervous System & Immune System. My guess in that with all of these coming together a solution shouldn't be far away.