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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 | Author:

This independence let’s do something special.

December 2008 we had a Blogging contest and all the programmers complained that this is something that content team will win, eventually it was Vikram from Tech team who won the first prize.  We have another opportunity now; another idea (not a brilliant idea). This time let’s have a programming competition. It is open to everyone in Veda who believes they are a tis-maar-kha programmer.

So here’s how we begin…

Competition

  1. Conceptualize – Think what you want to develop. It can be a complete website, a small utility or tool or a framework class or a module that can be contributed to Drupal or Joomla.
  2. Decide architecture / Technology – Preferably open source technology, however if you develop something in MS, feel free to do so.
  3. Development – While developing something that is useful and unique, you cannot forget all the wonderful processes i.e. coding standards etc. If we find that you have copied Java Script or any part of the code from somewhere, your entry will be disqualified. Use of open source is allowed however more weight will be given to original implementation.
    1. You will have to design it yourself; please do not overload the design team with requests (At least not officially).
    2. Same goes for testing; whatever you develop test it yourself.
  4. Launch is on Veda demo server

Voting

  1. Once your program is ready, you will get 5 minutes to present it to everyone. People will of course review it and evaluate it themselves for however long they want.
  2. We will go through a code review process as well to give points on standards.
  3. Everyone will be allowed to use it, test it and vote
  4. Everyone in office can vote

Prize

  1. Like last time it will be based on participation.
  2. First prize:
    1. Number of participants * X. ( Value of X will be same as or little higher than last time.).
    2. Instant fame in Veda and bragging points.
    3. Will not have to attend team meetings and update LLP for 3 days (Subject to approval by LLP administrator, who is this LLP administrator anyway?)
  3. Second prize
    1. Two Tickets for PVR Gold class
  4. Third, Fourth, Fifth prize are pats on the back by Piyush (Back – The posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine).

Dates:

  • Competition Begins: August 15th 2009
  • All Entries (code submitted on Demo server): September 15th 2009
  • Voting Begins: Sept 15thst
  • Prize announced: Sept 20th

While writing this post, this time I was telling my egotistic brain to refrain from self praise. You guys can decide how successful I was in my attempt.  I didn’t talk about this being my brilliant idea. I am not saying me and my friends are the only people capable of being judges. I am launching the competition on Independence Day and not my Birthday. Enough about me…

Happy coding guys!

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 | Author:

Dear Friends,

We are presenting this year’s first newsletter. The content team has grown, we have successfully executed a number of big, small projects. We are also planning to penetrate Indian markets. We are under a continuous process of defining growth; much credit goes to the leadership and of course our super energetic team. We conceive, nurture and eventually explore creativity. VEranDA was a result of that seed. Personally has been a wonderful experience to be a part of this team. The feedbacks we have received from clients attest how we have helped people building their businesses in with the help of new media. We have had our share of setbacks but never have we compromised on quality or commitment to our clients. As a result, we are among the top 15 service providers of the business platform we use. The newsletter is just an effort to improve our internal communication process and stay abreast of the developments in the team and the organization.

Palash -Vedainformatics Team

Piyush:
“Let me share some recent thoughts that have been going around in my head. Good Work is a great route to success in life, but for the ones who want big time success in life the only route is excellence. Excellence is primarily about the quality of what we create…and quality is a little about aptitude and a lot about attitude! Let us think about it and move in the direction of big time success in the times to come.”

Priya:
“We call it Veda
What is it though?
A place to dream
And strive to achieve more

Enthusiasm and ideas
Pats on the back
Swaying, drifting, then running
To find the right track

Lunchtime and tea cups
And conversations that last
Long after we’ve stopped talking
Of subjects too vast

Team meetings and agendas
And targets to meet
Contests and winnings
None accepting defeat

Humming, then singing
A song with no tune
Harsh to the ears?
No, we’re now immune.

Discussions and debates
Daily fights over a chair
Birthdays and ragging
Coding and software

An article badly written
Redo threats exchanged
Glances and feedback
But never estranged

The team lives in my heart
And I’m never alone
I come in every morning
Saying, “I’m home.”

Romila:
“I have put down a couple of thoughts. Working from home keeps me away from the goings on in the office. It’s been a year since the last edition of this newsletter was published. In this time, Veda Informatics has grown in leaps and bounds, not only adding new people and projects but also in new dimensions. Take the VEranDA for instance. This site allows Veda-ites a platform for creativity and free expression, and has become an instance success. Not only this, there now are meetings that not only facilitate planning regarding project delivery, but also is a place where people exchange knowledge. I believe that in the past year, Veda has grown in terms of the number of people, diversity of projects, skill base, knowledge and team spirit. For the next one year, I can only imagine that in terms of progress, even the sky isn’t the limit for Veda Informatics.”

Swapna:
“Top Five Things I learnt at Veda

Originality is God, Create it.

God is in the Details, Follow it.

Team Meetings Can Be Fun, Enjoy it.

Talent is the Best Resource, Tap it.

Food is the Best Fevicol @ Work, Share it.”

Ankit:
“Joining Veda has been a reincarnation. Content is just a small part of what I’ve learned here. People here have helped me discover myself. The freedom this place offers is amazing. I just hope that we, as an organization, keep touching lives.”

Vidya

Hello everyone!

Its been almost 5 months for me in Veda. And i can honestly say that i loved every minute of it (well ALMOST every minute). 🙂
I remember, i was a scared little soul on the first day i joined Veda, considering this is my first ACTUAL job. However, i feel that the time that i have spent here has molded me into a stronger person. I am also glad for having joined Veda because i got a chance to meet a lot of interesting characters (you know who you are).

Hoping to spend a lot more interesting and productive months with this crazy bunch.

P.S. The newsletter is very encouraging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Swapna

Hey Vidya,
Good to read your mail.
I totally love my interactions with every one at Veda and I think you are so lucky to have started your first job here. Being here has grown you and each one of us in meaningful ways, similar to the transformation that a caterpillar experiences in its next avatar as a beautiful butterfly, ready to dazzle, explore and find new purpose in the world even as it flits seeking nectarine knowledge and thirsting for more. That’s the vision, power and confidence that Veda endows each of us with.

This newsletter is a great endeavor to bring us closer to one another, respect what we are doing in different roles and stay together as one family. So, lets all vow to support and grow this endeavor on a regular basis. God bless.

Shalini

Veda has grown immensely from being a five member team to a full fledged
company. Veda is a dream come true…… With its amazing talent and a bunch
of people crazy for success and more success, Veda is zooming ahead to
become the leading company (Competitors BEWARE!!). In terms of planning and
achievements, we have crossed numerous hurdles, learnt amazing lessons and
come a long way from serving one client to countless ones (and making them
feel happy to associate with us!)
All I can say now is, Hail Veda!!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:

July 14, 2009. It was a special day. Why? Okay, I am in love with bullets these days:

  • We got to meet people from Qais. The best part of the five minute meeting was how they presented us their business cards. It was so gracious. The moment reminded of my schooldays. It was so similar to all those annual functions when I received a prize from the chief guest.
  • We met Baskar. Two things. The way he shaked hands – that’s how one is supposed to do it. It communicated enthusiasm in the best possible way. Secondly, we got to learn about the concept of KEP. It was great to know how we are making products that make a difference.
  • I worked with Mohanish on a project that required some graphics to be incorporated. While I focused on making the concept understandable, it was great to see him polish every minute detail. He just made it perfect. That’s what we call value addition.

This is three-dimensional stuff.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:

Hi all,

Some of you know that my daughter, Zoe, gave birth to 8 beautiful babies a couple of months ago. I have been able to find wonderful homes for 7 of them so far. Although it saddens both Zoe and me, we also need to find a home for the littlest one, Poopsie. She is adorable and I would hate to see her go. Don’t take my word for it – see the pics for yourself. All I am asking is if you guys know anyone who would be able to give a good, loving home to Poopsie, please let me know.

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Saturday, May 09th, 2009 | Author:

A bunch of would be doctors beat up a nineteen year old fresher to death. An incident of Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Kangra, HP which shocked the nation can become an accident of the past, but the Supreme Court of India’s judgment is truly commendable. The court taking clue of “rampant alcoholism” at education places has directed counselling and de-addiction centres in all educational institutions as mandatory. Albeit how seriously we implement it is a different thing but what surprised me is the selection process of medical students. I have learnt that ragging is an accepted norm quite similar to a child being beaten up by his parents and not telling the world about it.

Quoting the father of deceased boy Aman from Delhi, Dr. Kachroo who said that people are usually indifferent to issues like ragging, unless something like this (death) happens. We do not realize that ragging leaves a scar on an impressionable mind. The cruelty meted out on student days manifests in some or the other ways. Rightly said Dr. Kachroo, I agree with you.

A complete degradation of values, I would say. Violence in any form leaves an indelible mark in a growing child’s brain and the actions are thrown in various ways. It can be the way he talks, the way he handles issues (at home or at work) or you can say it can affect his moral psyché.

Bullying or ragging – I accept is an old practice, but off late may be in the past ten years or so, the introduction of newcomers has taken a sharp turn (of course for worse). Victims suffer from long term emotional and behavioral problems, low self esteem and depression also. If I get inside the skin of a bully for a while I’d, I would say. ‘Once a bully always a bully’.

He may behave differently or sound unorthodox but his traits remain the same. A bully will be authoritative, envious and full of resent. A hazer (an American term of a bully) has insecurity combined with a hyper need to control or dominate peers.

Ragging is everywhere Army, Medical colleges, universities, schools, government offices, corporate blocks where violence is re-defined. Verbal assaults, fixated slang and rigid approach to life in general I’d interpret a bully. Do we need baggage? The court’s decision to separate drug users/ alcoholics from students and instate psychiatrist at educational institutions is the right approach to deal with this growing issue.

Thursday, April 09th, 2009 | Author:

Shoe, shoe what to do, what to do, gleefully shoot and un-do

The shoe has proved pricey for Congress candidate for Delhi. He gave up. A few months back an Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi threw a shoe at outgoing US president George W Bush . That shoe is in high demand. Zaidi has proved a good Samaritan, at least for Turkish shoe company Bayden. In a time of recession the company has created employment for scores. According to confirmed reports
UK and American markets have the highest demand for this brand. Which is now known as ‘Bye-Bye Bush’ – see company’s official website

We looked at the video where the placid Chidambaram jerked his head to give way to the sports shoe Reebok trainer, if I am not wrong. Quite much in contrast with the Iraqi scribe Zaidi if I talk about speed and distance. This type of protest is bad in taste, I am sure you agree with me. This kind of protest has occurred for the first time in India, earlier it was joote ki mala ( shoe garland – a ritual practiced in India and elsewhere symbolizing dissent towards an individual). Similar incidents have happened in past, the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao face a similar situation during a speech in Cambridge University early this year. However, the Israeli ambassador to Sweden was unfortunate, he was meted a similar treatment while giving a speech in Stockholm University. The shoe hit his stomach.

Leaving the later two incidents, I have a question, where does the basic objective of a journalist of being neutral and objective reporting with an unbiased nature goes? I know that this is a one off incident but throwing a shoe during a press con at your minister takes a lot of courage and job loss too. For the sake of this fraternity I do not wish an incident like this happen any more. If it happens it is sad!

Wednesday, April 08th, 2009 | Author:

The Indian team’s win in New Zealand is sure to maintain ripples in the rainbow nation. In less than 10 days the second version of IPL/ t-20 descends Cape Town, The date is 18th April.

The 20-20, I would call this format of cricket important, as much cola and burgers are in our lives. It successfully provides an instant gratification and fizz which lasts, maybe for a while. I hardly remember what happened last summer ( IPL India debut off course). Barring a few episodes where Preity Zinta providing free hugs and SRK refusing to bring his glares down. Oh yes, the white cheer leaders, they made a little news since they were skantily responsible for culture erosion. I fumed after watching former Indian skipper  Sourav Ganguly who sat like a duck, selecting cheer girls on a television show. Sourav, you have better things to do than this.

Looks who is saying, everybody. Shah Rukh, Mallya, Preity, Modi. Irrespective of their non-cricketing background, they are the ones attracting more flashbulbs. Modi says,” IPL will re-define marketing.” True, he as an astute businessman who knows how to mix politics and cricket and all for his own benefit. He has a good exposure of selling toothpastes, soaps and detergents. Lalit Modi

Indians are deprived to watch a game in India because of security reasons, as the cops will be deployed to control unruly mobs and rogue elements intending to disrupt peace. Understood, In that case we can do without an IPL in this season and wait. I was exited to watch a game in newer picturesque venues like Vizag and Dharamsala (hp), not anymore.

Consume and getaway, gulp-enjoy and forget it is the mood like in the IPL circus. Rahul Dravid was thrown like an unwanted louse, pathetic to hear that. Ganguly is exposed to a multi captaincy format, which he should be getting used to a little more as the big day approaches. Was Coach Buchanan brushing up his management skills? He says delegation of power/responsibility will balance the team. Really?

The performance Indian team has shown in the test series in New Zealand this summer and winning eventually in more than three decades, is worth providing praise. This win will definitely raise chances of building brand India, especially our prized captain MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir. I am not against IPL or the 20-20 format of cricket, or biased towards traditional cricket. Only concern being it (the game) should not be reduced to a marketplace where there is auction, buyers, sellers and everybody comes with a price tag. I also fear the ‘ghost of betting’ returns after a hiatus, as these kinds of arragemenet provide an easy access to launder money.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Author:
Tag line of Nestle

Tag line of Nestle

Let’s start a self test.

Have you heard about Maggi?
How many of you have tried this humble dish at least once in your life?
How many of you like it?
Can you eat it any time when you are hungry?
Does the magical aroma of the tastemaker leave you asking who’s cooking?

If there are more yes’s then you are a self-proclaimed Maggi loyalist.

Despite loads of USP this humble snack contains Pickloo my friend adds, “this (Maggi) is going to ruin our traditional Indian eating habit” He gets infuriated, “It has no value addition, is this some kind of a food?”

His comment comes to me as a dasher, where in my mind I wish to put Maggi (at least for the younger and selective few from the older generation) as a national food. A national food? They have introduced a range to fit in the Indian bill such as Dal Sambhar, Chatpata, tomato, Vegetable Atta, Shahi Pulao, Bhuna masala, rice mania, Lemon masala apart from the extremely popular masala. Dry vegetables like carrots, beans and onions are also part of the growing strategy to penetrate deep inside the large undivided and hugely fragmented Indian market.

Are you wondering if Nestle has bribed me to write in favor of this? No, FYI Take this: the Maggi lovers at Orkut have 38, 251 and Facebook have 16, 252 members and growing. I am leaving that endless stream of bloggers and self-confessed Maggi lovers who have an online presence, I am sure that the numbers are astronomical at the offline world. For the meat lovers, Maggi, was basically a substitute ‘cheap Meat extract’. It also has over a 100 year presence in history and the origin lies in Eastern European countries – Switzerland, Germany and Austria were the first adaptors and random surveys shout ‘Indians are the highest consumers of Maggi’.

So what’s so special about Maggi? This humble 2 minute smacking item cuts across region, religion, caste, gender, creed, age and has remained a top choice for urban mothers and pampered children when it comes to that evening snack. Evening? We have really lived on this scrumptious food that’s easily available and cheap, an absolute delite for our unplanned breakfasts, impromptu dinners and planned brunches at various point of our lives. My friend Vikram previously had rebuked me to initiate any kind of experiments with Maggi-‘Milk Maggi’. But, my friend, I believe in this process and it is surely going to attract people some day.

What does it takes to have a bowl of it? Rs 10 and 2 minutes.Do you feel the same?

@ Pickloo is going to kill me

Friday, March 06th, 2009 | Author:

So finally we have got what was ours. There was no bravery involved, only loads of cash, diplomatic efforts and some non sense sms/ viewers polling. I am talking about Mahatma Gandhi’s last articles or memorabilia. The items include a pair of leather sandals, steel rim spectacles and a silver plate set and a1910 Zenith pocket watch. These articles were held, till now by a Californian businessman James Otis and he got a princely sum paid by an Indian liquor baron at the Antiquorum auction house. That’s not the end, Mr Otis wanted the Indian government to cut down defence spending and allocate more funds for the poor and marginalized. With full regards to Mr Seller, your wishes are absolutely unwarranted, unconditional and extraneous. There is another thought that goes in my mind that, whether/if this is the same watch (Zenith) what Mahatma Gandhi wore at the time of his death? He got assassinated during his evening prayers.With an amount of $1.8 million, Mr Otis plans to promote pacifism. I wonder how these items went all the way to America.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | Author:

It is high time that politicians in India should take an unconventional path of reaching out. The INTERNET.  While the top ones seems to be aware of the potential. They cannot afford to do it now and lag behind the race, lots of bucks at stake + an un tapped potential for reaching out.

FYI Barrack H Obama raised over half a billion dollars for his election campaign over twenty one months and managed a lavish opening ceremony, after becoming the president of US.

While the right winged BJP seem to be catching on- to understand- the reach. Majority of the political parties in India appear to be lost. LK Advani’s website is powered by Blogs possibly taking a cue from the American style of web campaign.

Any why not, there is a catch here. According to reports, there are merely 55,000 active bloggers in India and users are growing. The parties should find themselves in the webspace more from now onwards. I also understand limitations like internet accessibility, user friendly environment, literacy and foremost funding. At the saem time we all know how much amount of money goes into the campaign (the difference as well. What is allotted by the election commission and the amount that is spent). Thousands of IT and non IT professionals can derive direct/indirect employment with this exercise. I am not at all counting the reach and public relation activity which will follow. Digitalizing a political party will ensure transparency (to a great extent), that connect with the decision makers and one step close to what I see digital India as. With the assembly elections inching in, there is still a lot to do and LOT of education.