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Economy is like a pendulum.no matter whether its in the mean position or median.it needs to come back to rest position at some point of time.its just and matter of time and it requires a lot of patience.

To get an insight about whats recession and how does it matter to you…take a sneek peek at the following posts in my sister blog.

So how did these IT companies evolve…?

Until mid 80’s and the early 90’s most of the documentation and back end office work in most of the industries was manual.once the power of the silicon chips was unleashed these industries began to relish and rejoice the fruits of the computer revolution by leveraging the IT cost benefits.Those were the days when the IT bandwagon had just begun.while most of the smaller companies in the developed nations were able to shift their gears to the IT lane.(they were small and needed less manpower to help them in their transition.)most of the bigger names found it uneconomical as it would require to train huge manpower in relatively newer technologies and it would involve lot of cost.but they were determined to get into the IT boom as they felt that if they don’t catch up with it at the right time.pretty soon they are going to pack up or give up to their competitors.they were looking for alternative cheaper options.probably cheap labour I guess…!!!.In those days and even now cheap labour is synonymous to India and China.since china wasn’t much of English speaking nation it wasn’t able to leverage much of the IT outsourcing boom which people talk about these days.

So where there is demand the supply keeps building up as long as there is no dearth of resources.that is what made India the back office of the world and led to the evolution of many IT companies with global presence .

Hola amigos(hi friends),

It has been really long that I last posted in this blog. It was partly because of the lack of focus after being stung by the lethargy bug and partly due to the confidentiality agreement that I signed with my company. So from now on I don’t want to speak about any company specific policies or its internal strategies rather I would speak about the IT industry as a whole and the ramifications on this industry due to the global economic slowdown (or the unfortunately famous noun called recession). Ok having established my stance, in the past 6 months from the day I started posting on this blog I received many mails and comments. Most of them with the same query. “I—— from ——college completed my degree on so and so date .I was given my offer letter on so and so date .can you please predict my joining date” I never replied to most of those questions .because I really don’t know the answer. Meanwhile some of them received their joining dates, some were hoping to get them soon and few others have actually lost their hopes and are in utter despair. Amid the growing concerns and apprehensions the satyam fiasco acted as a catalyst to the already distressed student community who were eagerly awaiting for their joining dates in turn creating more panic among them. While most of the top tier IT companies are honoring the on campus offers made to the students, the second rung companies are either deferring the joining dates or terminating the offers they actually made. How does the failure of lehman brothers or merger of bank of America or an acquisition of one company by the other affect an IT industry…??And how do these consequences have an effect on my joining date…??how is my career going to shape up amid such chaos…?? These are some of the question that have been eluding many of the soon to be IT professionals.

Let me answer them for you in my subsequent posts.

Ciya soon.

Adios.

Hi guys….finally herez the summary of the week so far…..

day 0.1 (note: this day is not included in the 23 days schedule of the ILP)

the hall was jam packed.everyone was excited.

this is the induction day.It was arranged in the Indian Medical Association Auditorium.we were introduced to ILP programme.we were shown a few TCS videos(one was a 2 minute one and the second one was “the “keepers of the flame” a 1 hour movie).you will really enjoy them.they will make you proud that you are part of the TCS family.

there will be document verification on the same day and if you fail to submit any of the documents you will be given a time period of 3 days to submit them.the lunch was good and in the afternoon session we had a presentation about tcs values and other stuff.overall the day was good

day 0.2 (this day is also not included in the 23day schedule)

The day started off with the pre-test.guys if you want to write the exam well,plz do read the MIT material that the TCS ppl sent us.the marks obtained in the pre-test will be taken as the criteria for making batches.

then the day continued with HDFC bank account opening.By afternoon the batches were made and we were informed that the accommodation would be reshuffled depending on the batch.

day 1, day 2, day 3 , day 4 , day 5, day 6

it started off well with the orientation session.the biggest difference between the 2 month ILP and the 23 days ILP is that “emphasis on self-study”.previously they used to teach you in the training sessions but now you need to study them on your own.

totally you have five evaluations and you need to score an aggregate of 55 percent.

we started with the module called programming concepts.for this u need to do programming in a language called scheme.this language is easy to learn as well as easy to work on.you wont be using this language anywhere other than during ur ILP period.u just use this because this helps the user to lay more emphasis on logic building rather than learning the language.

u need to learn everything by urself and you need to complete the set of assignments before the evaluations and you will find yourself working late nights for this.we used to stay in the training center till 1030(that’s the time till which the labs are oper here.) .but in other ILP centers the labs will be open 24 hrs.be prepared for the 5 hr sleep…

we just completed our first evaluation this friday and cannot comment on that until i get my results.

for the second module we need to work in groups on a case study……and it starts from monday.

food is the biggest problem over here as ppl here have tiffins for their dinner and we are forced to survive on that.there’s no other go.

saturday’s and sundays are off but you will be loaded with some work or the other and you will be spending your time in labs even on those days…..

signing off for now….will be bak with more updates…

Ritz.

weekends aren’t the same these days…..

the training is really hectic…..have been working from 10 to 7 even on saturdays and sundays….

was busy with the assignments….really tired

will sure update this space whenever i find sme time….

Ritz

MY TRAINING HAS JUST BEGUN…..

WILL KEEP U UPDATED ON THE DAY TO DAY EVENTS SOON….

PROBABLY I WILL KEEP UPDATING THE BLOG AT THE WEEK END THAT IS ON EVERY SATURDAY.

rITZ

hardly 9 hours to go.

we received the schedule for the first two days.they were distributed in our hostels.we are asked to gather at the Indian medical association auditorium sharply at 8:30 for the induction programme.

we are being provided the transportation from our hostels….thank god…!!

the first day seems to frivolous not much technical stuff…

the second day we gotta write a pretest of 2 and half hour duration…:((

lets see how the day turns to be….!!!

“tomorrow never dies” this title seems to sound apt at this moment….

lookin forward for tomorrow…

Ritz.

i’m finally here at coimbatore…..!!!

the journey was a dampener….rainy all the way and rainy throughout the day….but still it was special in its own way…:)

raki,lathi and me reached this place at 8 am.the train was late by almost two and half hour…

after much tussle we were able to find our place of accomodation.

it was worse(even horrible can be used) from outside and ok inside.this place is still under construction.

there was an option to choose either a two or a 4 bedded room.we chose a 2 bedded one.the rooms were decent but not extravagant as expected.(for ppl who knew about the vit hostels,they were just a replica of H block rooms except for the attached bathrooms).the watchmen alloted us our rooms.

the batches were divided prior to our arrival.I was put into C-20 batch which had 30 trainees.

we were briefed about the ILP by the in-charge of this place.

the problem with this place is i didn’t find a good restaurant nearby may be my search wasn’t accurate enough to strike the bull’s eye.

after making ourselves comfortable we took our time out to explore this place.the vagary of this place is that it was drizzling the whole day.

we rambled across the streets of gandhipuram,ramnagar and cross roads.all these streets were crammed by people like the stock brokers trying to make their presence on the trading floor.

“shoppers paradise”.this is what i would call this place for the variety and affordability that coimbatore offers.if you are a shopoholic you would definitely love this place.we did a bit of shopping for the shoes,ties and other trivial stuff.we went to dine at some place called dragons restaurant(highly recommended by Raghu).it was ok but doesn’t suit our daily menu.need to look for something else.

rest was fine.

looking forward for a new fraternity.

Ritz.

I am kidding rt…!!! i know….i know….

i am no moron…:)

few days back (almost 15-20 days)I was browsing through the various communities on the net and found many links,resources and references pertaining to the pre ILP preparation stuff.they were random links,rather confusing and substantially absurd.

here are the links that the TCS ppl actually suggest you to have a look at before you attend the ILP programme.

RESOURCES

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Electrical-Engineering-and-Computer-Science/6-001Spring-2005/LectureNotes/index.htm

YOU DON’T NEED TO STUDY THE WHOLE MATERIAL.HERE IS THE LIST OF COURSES THAT YOU NEED TO GO THROUGH.YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND ALL THE COURSES IN THE ABOVE LINK

Lecture#
Topics
L1
Introduction to Computation
L2
Scheme Basics
L3
Procedures, Processes and Recursion
L4
Orders of Growth and Kind of Procedures
L5
Data Abstractions
L7
Good Programming Practices
L16
Object Oriented Programming I
L17
Object Oriented Programming II
L18
Object Oriented Programming III

I JUST WENT THROUGH THE LECTURES L1 AND L2.

SUMMARY

I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IT IS NO ROCKET SCIENCE.THE FIRST LECTURE GIVES US IDEA ABOUT HOW THE ACTUAL COMPUTATION IS DONE IN A COMPUTER.IT POINTS OUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DECLARATIVE KNOWLEDGE AND IMPERATIVE KNOWLEDGE.

THE SECOND LECTURE DEMYSTIFIES THE ACTUAL COMPUTATIONAL PROCESS.IT SHOWS US HOW THE ACTUAL COMPUTATIONAL PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES ARE DONE USING A PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.HERE THE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE USED IS SCHEME.IT IS A LANGUAGE DEVELOPED BY THE RESEARCH STUDENTS AT MIT.IT IS A BIT SIMILAR TO ‘C’ EXCEPT  FOR THE SEMANTICS AND SYNTAX.

THE ABOVE LINKS WILL REDIRECT YOU TO PPT’S WHICH DWELL ON TOPICS LIKE BASICS OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE.(DAMN EASY I GUESS…!!!!)

AND FINALLY

Structured Computer Organisation (2nd Edition)
- A. S. Tannenbaum (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)

I HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT THIS WILL UPDATE ON THIS LATER.

MORE ON THIS SOON…:)

Ritz.

I am ready with the three affidavits(two in general and the you need the third one if you need to prove the authenticity of your date of birth) that you need to carry before joining TCS.

It hardly took me an hour to complete the things.

carry the softcopy of all the three documents and the bond papers to speed up the things.

FILLING THE TRAINING AGREEMENT

There are 4 pages in the training agreement.get the first page printed on the 100 rs bond paper and simply staple the remaining three pages to the first page.

put your signature on the bottom left side of all the 4 pages and the signature of your surety giver on the bottom right side of all the 4 pages.

there were rumors that the format of the training agreement available on the net is different from the actual one.but i found them to be the same.you dont need to worry on tht.

There is nothing much to comment about the criminal records affidavit and the DOB affidavit.

yup…finally i’m almost 95 percent done with my shopping part…

probably the first one which was completely done for formal wear…i never brought something called formal for myself (except the pair that i brought for the placements season which was a disaster with over sized cuffs, broad pleats and i looked ragged in tht).

so,this time around like a newbie punter into the big leauge i completely banked on my coach(dats my dad) for the formal stuff.dad advised me to avoid the readymade stuff and go for the tailor made thing.

i avoided the dark colors and settled with the lighter ones.

finally the fabregas was brought and the tailor was sought….

i was very much confused with the tie stuff….they were damn costly and the price was almost equal to the that of a trouser…ridiculous isn’t it..??

more over i wasn’t able to apply RITZ fcTOR…..so resisted from buying tht…

whats this RITZ fcTOR…?

RITZ fcTOR is a variable coefficient which varies from 1 to 5.

I use it in my day to day life for shopping various objects whether may it be a mach 3 razor or a Mc donald burger…..

its based on the formula

price of the cheapest brand * RITZ fcTOR = price of the premium brand you are weighing to buy

for ex:

suppose you want to buy a pair of sneakers….you get the cheapest one at around 350-400 rs in POWER(BATA).Initially i dont look at the price of the premium brand.

now i calculate my RITZ fcTOR.i look at the durability,comfort /flexibility,place where i play /social surroundings and warranty of the premium brand over the cheapest brand and rate each of the above factor on a scale of 0 to 1.finally i add up the ratings of each factor and make up the RITZ fcTOR.

Now say that the RITZ fcTOR is 2.5 for this example…

applyin the formula 400 * 2.5=1000.so the maximum amount that i spend on the a sneakers is 1000-1200.if i dont get some thing in price band,i will either go with the cheaper product or wait for the prices to come down.

the factors and the weightage for each factor that i consider in calculating the RITZ fcTOR may vary depending on the product under consideration and the calculation is spontaneous and based on the individual instincts.

oh no…enough of economics for the day…

so the bottom line is i haven’t completed my shoppping yet…yet to shop for shoes,belts,ties…..nd many more trivial stuff….now the five percent seems like fifty…:D

guys do u think the RITZ fcTOR works….??

do comment on tht…:)

Ritz.

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