New year and new challenges

Wishing you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2015.

2014 was "guna-dosha-mishritham" (as they say in Malayalam) a mixed bag of happiness, fun, learning, lots of office work (almost double duty handling two products), lots of time spent in traffic (courtesy customer visit), exciting challenges in getting customer successfully adopt the product that I was supporting, and finally ending with one the products getting shelved, people given pink slips, people from my team moving out to a different business group, people leaving the company on their own and getting to know that a stint in the US is still elusive for another year.

Nevertheless, it brought a significant change in my professional life. I now have 3 engineers reporting to me, thus giving me a notional (alas! no financial) promotion. 2015 will bring in the challenges of managing people and learning with them about new products. This year will also enable me to get up to speed on more tools and showcase my strengths of supporting key engagements. I hope this will pave way for a better future - "Jo hota hai, ache ke liye hota hai"

On the personal front, the year started off with my kid starting to roll around (she fell from the bed couple of times), crawl on her knees, stand up and walk and run as she went past her first birthday. Seeing her smile when you get back from office was the ultimate bliss of the year 2014. Listening to her mono-syllable murmurs to few key words and now to small sentences gives a proud feeling (I am not sure why parents should be proud of kid's neural learning. But still we feel it).

Long drives to Kerala, Coorg and Nandi Hills and many time consuming drive to work ticked the Odometer of my car past 15000 kms. We did our once-cancelled trip to Down Under before my wife joined back to work after an extended 1.5 year (almost 2 years) maternity break.

2015 will surely whiz  past us and soon I would be writing about pre-school hunting and nursery rhymes. :-)

Keep watching this space once in a while to catch up on the many more pending travelogues that I have been promising. Last year I did write up 5-6 of those.

More coming up soon.........

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