Monday, December 18, 2006

In the beautiful land of Nizams

It is a great feeling to be here in Google Inc at Hyderabad. The company, I always wanted to be. It’s been really long time since I have posted anything on my blog. Now there are loads of things, I would love to write. All the new experience about Hyderabad, about new house, new friends, new work, new work environment, new culture, new language, new new…new…n so on.

Hyderabad:now what do I say about this awsome city...It rocks (except the hot weather). some of the facts and figures about this place that, I know are:

It is the 5th largest metropolis in India. It has about 63 lack people living in (Of course increasing every minute). City were Hindus and Muslims have co-existed peacefully from ages. It is the emerging information technology (or IT) and biotechnology hub of India. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, separated by the Hussain Sagar (bound by the 'Tank Bund'), a manmade lake made during the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah in 1562. The Charminar (Urdu: "Four Minars") monument, built in the center of Hyderabad by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, is a commemoration of the eradication of a plague in the region.

The place were, I stay is a mixture of old city and hi-tech. No wonder, I have started using "mama and ma ke kirkiri 10 times in every sentence".

To summarize this place truly rocks and it’s a privilege to be part of this company and city.

Working with company like Google is a joy in itself….the experience is tough to be explained in words. I feel, I am in an university learning more n more stuff each day rather than working for any company. The team here is Awesome!!!! I am not supposed to write about my company or work so sorry…..that’s against our policy.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Google’s third R&D head hired on 17th Oct.

Google India (Bangalore R&D team) hired Ram as it's R&D Head. The R&D Head is none other than, Yahoo!’s chief technology officer in India, Prasad Bharat Ram. For complete article click Here.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Want to be an entrepreneur???

Hey all,

Every 10 out of 12 graduate dreams of being a successful entrepreneur. Unfortunately none reaches the goal...this may have millions of money, no idea, no god father...n the list goes on. My question is did every one who owns a company had all these to support them? and the answer is no...It just takes few seconds to realize our true dream n march towards it.

I was doing a backend research on this and fortunately reached this piece of web which speaks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

This is a dedicated community for entrepreneurs. Dharmesh Shah is the guy behind this site and has done wonders in the field of startups....I would call him as meta entrepreneur (An entrepreneur who does through research and has rich experince on startups)

All, I would say is browse through his site, realize your true dreams and potiential and start working towards it.

It's not who you think you are that holds you back but what you think you're not.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Got offer from Google

It was around 9:15 am on 16th October, I woke up from my bed...did the usual prayer while opening the eyes and the first thing, I did was saw my mobile phone. Wat do, I see now 1 MISSED CALL. Guess who it was???? Yes the call was from Google Inc's HR. I gave a call back to check wat was the call about???

HR said: "Raghavendra hi, your papers have been approved by our US team and You have been selected. Congralutions" I was literally on air. happiness knew no boundaries...the moment i heard this I started jumping n danging.....since i was on call, I could not do it for a long.

She said we will be giving you the offer letter tomorrow....This one day was really heavy for me...I said ok.

It was around 2:30 in noon the HR calld me again and said , I will extend the offer to you now will taht be fine....I said ya great. Got the offer n Google rocks man.

The offer letter said joining date will be 30th October, I was happy but had the doubt will these guys (My current employer) relieve me on time? I said ok to sheela but still had that doubt, will I releived???

I went to my manager and explained him the whole senario, he said its great to know that u will be joining a firm like Google but sorry we cannot releive you by 30th, we have made strict rule to releive all the employees only after 1 months notice.

Things went on....I am joining Google on 13th November.

"Nothing is my efforts everything is his grace"

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Megaliving Rocks

Hi All,

I have been reading the book Megaliving by Robin sharma this is a must buy for every person who wants to reach the greatest heights of success in life. It is a 30 days program for a perfect Life. I bet any person who reads this book cannot resist but will explode in success realizing his real potential.

I have also purchased a e-book. Let me know if u are intrested to have it.

In mean time also try reading following books by Robin:

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Leadership Wisdom From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Discover Your Destiny With The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Who Will Cry When You Die?

Also keep listening to his podcast on his website.....

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Google Technology (Earth) helps farmers of 45 villages....

It has happend for the first time that Farmers are using Technology (Google Earth) to fight for there rights in India....The recent news reported by leading channels said how Google Earth is helping farmers in India big time.

Cheers to Google again for the Revolution in India

Friday, September 22, 2006

Raghu's Day out @ Google

It was around 6:00 am on Tuesday the 19 September, 2006 when my alarm started off with the wakeup tune, the sound had hardly reached my ears, I jumped out of my bed with excitement. (This happend after almost a decade that, I wokeup in first ring of the bell). The first thing that, I did was prayer: "Oh lord lead me, guide me, and bless me, I am going for an interview with a company, I always dremt of. Please help me God".

Yes, I had the interview with the Best company on this earth Google. I finished all my daily routine and rushed to Bangalore airport to catch my flight to Hyderabad. (The flight tickets were booked by Google). Flying with the king of good times (Kingfisher Airlines) was indeed a great experience. The breakfast, the hospitality, the facilities, the captain of the flight, Airhostess….everything was a delight. It was around 11:00 am when, I reached Hyderabad airport. As informed by Sheela (HR lady at Google) the driver was waiting for us with sign board (GOOGLE Raghavendra and Ayaaz Syed), I met him and we were waiting for other candidate to arrive (Syed). Had a formal introduction with each other and started to the Hi-Tech city were the google is located. It was truly a great drive (30 minutes from Airport).

After reaching Google office we were told to go to 7th floor, Google reception. We then entered all our details (Name, place, from, to visit), the security guard then gave us the sticker which we had to stick on our shirt for the whole day. I was very excited to have the Google sticker on my shirt I was now part of the worlds best company. We waited in reception for the HR lady she greeted us and made us feel comfortable. The reception is very unique at Google. U get to see the real-time queries on Google search and Google Earth, i.e When some one on the globe enters a string in google search, it is displayed on the query board, same is the case with Google Earth. Aisha then told us that we have three rounds to go today, I was almost nervous to hear that 3 more rounds is a huge thing (FYI, I had already completed 4 rounds on telephone).

Then the real action was about to begin: The interview ( I am very sorry but I am not supposed to blog anything about the interview rounds and stuff). I could not perform very well in 1st round coz of nervousness, next 2 rounds were superb. After the interview, I prepared sandwich and noodles for my self.

I would like to give a snapshot of the Break Out (Googlers call canteen as breakout place) at Google and other unique things which are only avalible in Google in this Universe:

  1. The Brains (Talents known as employees of Google)
  2. Unlimited Choclates every where in the office
  3. The verity of soft drinks (from frooti, appy to Reb bull)
  4. The free food and chats served hot and fresh
  5. Loads of Toys and colorfull ballons....very colorful
  6. The Body massager

This will be a never ending list......

Finally we were dropped to Airport in the Google Cab. We returned back to Bangalore with the great hope to join Google near future...........Many rounds were again conducted on phone after coming back and documents are now sent to USA for final is October 3, 2006 (3:00 pm), I am still holding my fingures crossed waiting for a positive result.....

I have learnt lots of good things and lessons about the corporate culture from Gogle....

Thanks to google for giving me the opportunity to attend the interview and thanks for the wonderful trip being sponsered....

Monday, September 11, 2006

Surviving your PhD

Hi all,

It had been very long time since I have blogged something interesting…. I was very busy with my PhD work and trying to write my first paper to be published….I was Pissed, frustrated, got pain ………while trying to write something new or something that never existed in software design…….Then, I came across an interesting article about Surviving the PhD…….I feel its very tough to invent something new and useful for people like me who have huge experience in (Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+v)…hahaha lets see how it goes…anyways here are few tips if you are planning to do a research……

Before you begin
  1. Compile a list of things you enjoy and what makes you feel relaxed.
  2. Collect cute quotes for the start of your chapters.
  3. Say goodbye to friends and loved ones.

During the write-up

  • Make a plan. It takes lots of time and comes in handy for making you feel depressed about your lack of progress. I managed to finish exactly 6 months after the finish day on my plan.
  • Ensure that your living and working environment are as clean as you normally have them. Otherwise they will be a source of endless frustration.
  • Do not do revisions online. Print the relevant pages out, mark up the correctionsin your favourite pen colour, and then incorporate the changes. This is moreefficient because you can ignore the text which you have not marked up. Sorry that this one isn't funny.
  • Rest, exercise, get massages, and generally take care of yourself.
  • You may feel the urge to add just one more chapter. Don't. 60 page chapters are not acceptable either.
  • Deal with RSI pain immediately. It is emotionally destructive and will onlyget worse. I used a combination of acupuncture, osteopathy, and Belgian beer.
  • Spend time with friends who are either sympathetic or are good distractions, preferably the latter.
  • Do not begin relationships. You are not human.
  • Every now and again take time to relax and enjoy yourself. Consult the list you created in Step 1. Belgian beers are useful.
  • Going to conferences is a bad idea. They invariably inspire new ideas, something you don't need right now.
  • You are more effective when your brain is switched off.
  • Use stress to get through the boring bits.Save them for last.
  • Do not look out the window. The weather will invariably be beautiful and lots of Dutch girls will be riding by on their bicycles. This is a depressing sight for someone trapped behind a computer.
  • Now is not the time to learn to juggle 5 balls.
  • Avoid where possible taking a job until you are really really close to finishing (or actually finished).
  • If you do happen to start a job, find as many full days as you can to work onthe thesis, without running yourself into the ground.
  • Do not write web pages like this until you have actually submitted.
  • At some point you have to throw in the towel and say, "That's enough." Ensure that you have finished before reaching this point.

And when you do finish:

  1. Congratulate yourself. You deserve it. Belgian beers help here also.
  2. Apologise to everybody you know while they congratulate you. Ensure that they pay for the beer.
  3. Make them call you Doctor for practice.
  4. Gloat.Say that it only took you 2 years to complete and that the write-up took only 6 weeks.

Any other points are always welcome provided you are a Doctor (PhD or a Research Worker)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Live life Royally......

It has been a long time since I posted something interesting on my blog. I then came across an e-mail sent to me by my buddy (Ashwin Kulkarni @ sony _Biology This is definitely the most beautiful list, I have ever seen about life. I know everyone of you will love it…….so let’s start with the list:

Have a firm handshake.

Look people in the eye.

Sing in the shower.

Own a great stereo system.

If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

Keep secrets.

Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.

Always accept an outstretched hand.

Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.


Avoid sarcastic remarks.

Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90per cent of all your happiness or misery.

Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

Lend only those books you never care to see again.

Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

When playing games with children, let them win.

Give people a second chance, but not a third.

Be romantic.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

Loosen up.


Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is asimportant as it first seems.

Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for your convenience, not the caller's.

Be a good loser.

Be a good winner.

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

Keep it simple.

Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have tocross the same river.

Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret thethings you didn't do more than the one's you did.

Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.

Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need onlystay a few minutes.

Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

Once in a while, take the scenic route.

Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you'reterrific.'

Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideassometimes strike at 3 a.m.

Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of howtrivial their job.

Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behindyou.

Become someone's hero.

Marry only for love.

Count your blessings.

Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.

Wave at the children on a school bus.

Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on yourability to deal with people.

Don't expect life to be fair.

Looking forward for your comments.......

Friday, June 30, 2006

Water Therapy one natural medicine for all the disorders

This is a real life incidence that happened with me, trust me this is an amazing cure for almost every disorder you can name. Here is wat happened, My wife had Kidney stones problem ( a minor issue) which the doctors said can be cured by the intake of lots and lots of water.. I was wondering how water can cure any disease. At the same time (June 13th, 2006), I got an e-mail from one of my friend which had 100's of explanations how water can make wonders in your life try this therapy its truly amazing. I have personally tried this for past 15 days and itÂ’s truly amazing. Here are the details of Water Therapy or "Usha Paana Chikitsa" (Traditional name of water therapy):

List of Diseases That Can Be Cured By Water Therapy

* Blood Pressure / Hypertension

* Anemia (Blood Shortage)

* Rheumati sm (Pain in joints / muscles)

* General Paralysis

* Obesity

* Arthritis

* Sinusitis

* Tachycardia

* Giddiness

* Cough

* Leukemia

* Asthma

* Bronchitis

* Pulmonary Tuberculosis

* Meningitis

* Kidney Stones

* Hyper Acidity

* Dysentry

* Gastroenteritis

* Uterus Cancer

* Rectal Piodapse

* Constipation

* Hostorthobics

* Diabetes

* Eye Diseases

* Ophthalmic Hemorrhage & opthalmia (Reddisheye)

* Irregular Menstruation

* Breast Cancer

* Laryngitis

* Headache

* Leukemia

* Urogenital Diseases

Therapy Procedure

* Early morning, after you get up from bed, drink 1.5 liters of water i.e., 5 to 6 glasses. Let us all know that ancient Indians termed this therapy as "Usha Paana Chikitsa" . You can ofcourse brush your teeth before you drink.

* Here it is very essential to note that nothing else, neither
drinks nor solid food of any sort should be taken 1 hour before and after drinking

* It is also to be strictly observed that no alcoholic drinks should be taken the previous night.

* If required, boiled and filtered water may be used for this purpose.

* It is difficult to drink 1.5 liters of water at one time, but you will get used to it gradually.

* Initially, while practicing you may drink four glasses first and to balance two glasses after a gap of two minutes.

* You may find the necessity to urinate 2 to 3 times within an hour, but it will become normal after quite some time.

* It is also to be strictly observed that no alcoholic drinks should be taken the previous night.

* If required, boiled and filtered water may be used for this purpose.

* It is difficult to drink 1.5 liters of water at one time, but you will get used to it gradually.

* Initially, while practicing you may drink four glasses first and to balance two glasses after a gap of two minutes.

* You may find the necessity to urinate 2 to 3 times within an hour, but it will become normal after quite some time.

By Research

The following diseases are observed to be cured with this therapy within the indicated days as below:
* Constipation - 1 day
* Acidity - 2 days
* Diabetes - 7 days
* Cancer - 4 weeks
* Pulmonary TB - 3 months
* BP & Hypertension - 4 weeks

Note: It is advised that persons suffering from Arthritis or Rheumatism should practice this therapy thrice a day

How Does Pure Water Act?

* Consuming ordinary drinking water by the right method purifies
human body. It renders the colon more effective by forming new fresh blood, known in medical terms as " Haematopaises". That the mucous folds of the colon and intestines are activated by this method is an undisputed fact, just as the theory that the mucous fold produces new fresh blood.

* If the colon is c leansed then the nutrients of the food taken
several times a day will be absorbed and by the action of the mucous folds they are turned into fresh blood. The blood is all-important in curing ailments and restoring health and for this water should be consumed in a regular pattern.

So Friends after reading this blog dont ignore this message and spread this all your loved ones (No no, I will not say that you will get promotion or money if you spread this message to 10 people in 5 days).

Truly Yours,

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Since GOD cannot be everywhere he created Mother...

Its been a long long time, I could not post ariocles on Blog, coz of obvious reason my wedding. It was the happiest moment of my life to have my beloved in my life..... things are great after marriage. Will post my wedding snaps once, I receive them.

Since God cannot be everywhere he created Mother..

I saw this on a poster when, I was a 12 year old boy and it left a great impact on me. Its literally impossible to write article about Mother, because its not possible for a human to document on God (Mother). The living example for unconditional love on this earth is mother, the lady who loves you before you were born and till….. there is no end to say till she just loves you forever.

I would like to share a small story with you all to illustrate the importance of word mother (I know it’s impossible to describe the word Mother, but its my 2 cents effort)

“There was a lady by name Teresa who lived in my country (INDIA) (She is still alive in all of our hearts) her only aim in life was to serve mankind. She always loved to help poor, diseased, helpless,…. the list goes on. No matter what she was always there for the upliftment of mankind. Since she was a nun she was Sister Teresa. World wanted to give her some award to honor her work for the world… after a long research they found only work that will describe her unconditional love and kindness was MOTHER and hence named her as MOTHER TERESA”

This is the importance of word amma (Mother), the sweetest word in any language is MOTHER.

She brings you to earth, takes all the pain as happiness, teaches you to talk, walk see, feel think, and pray do everything that makes you a human. She always struggles to make you perfect in all walks of life. She becomes your friend when you are a youth. She ensures that you never get into a bad company of friends, dedicates most of her time praying for you no matter what you do in return for her. It is a soul that blesses and guards you constantly.

Abraham Lincoln once said "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."

She is the great women who smiles happily when you are with a lady who entered into your life with the title wife. Though you do not spend much time with her she always spend her time remembering about the yesterdays the days you babbled something when you where a kid. she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness.

No one on this earth would smile to see there love shared if there is someone who smiles happily seeing her love been shared then that divine soul is none other that MOTHER.

The reason for me to put this article on blog is to convey that mother is the holiest thing alive on thi earth. Mother is far more worth than a ton of priest.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Thanks Giving!!

This is the most common thing but still ignored by most of us "Thanks Giving". The literal meaning of Thanks is to express our gratitude. How many of us thank or express gratitude to every small things that we encounter in our day to day busy life? Do we thank Auto wala or taxi wala after we get down from auto? Do we thank the hotel servers or cook when we face them? Most of the times the answer is "No".

The Thanksgiving holiday celebrated each November in the United States is known worldwide as an American custom, but its roots extend far back into human history. According to research conducted by The Center for World Thanksgiving at Thanks-Giving Square, the first Americans observed rituals and ceremonies to express gratitude to a higher power for life itself. A Seneca Indian ritual, for example, states, "Our Creator ... Shall continue to dwell above the sky, and this is where those on the earth will end their thanksgiving." Another quotation attributed to American Indians before Columbus is, "The plant has its nourishment from the earth and its limbs go up this way, in praise of its Maker ... like the limbs of a tree."

It is very important that we thank God for everything he has given us, its also equally important to thank every human we encounter in our day to day activity for all they do.

Isn't it nice when someone sends you a short note thanking you for the lovely dinner you shared, or the weekend you spent together? Doesn't it make you feel good - even great?
Sure it does.

If, I am asked to pen down the advantages of thanking, I would say it is tough to do that but some of the important advantages are:
  1. You make the person feel very good and happy
  2. You acknowledge the work in a very positive manner (you motivate them).
  3. Thank You notes are thought of as gracious and well mannered
  4. Thank You notes build trust
  5. Thank You notes demonstrate your commitment to service. (In Business or work)
  6. Thank You notes are the perfect way of introducing new products and services to your customers (and sleepy distributors). In other words, Thank You notes build relationships - the cornerstone of your business.

Every time someone buys something from you, send them a Thank You note. Every time someone gives you a referral, send them a Thank You note. Every time a new person signs up in your organization, send them a Thank You note. Every time some one does a seemingly insignificant task for you send a thank you note (The task may be server serving a cup of tea in a hotel e.t.c)

Here's the sweet story, I got from a reputed business magazine:

Tracey, a personal fitness trainer and friend of mine, sold a box of chewable vitamins from her Networking company to one of her clients. She sent a Thank You note as a follow up and included three business cards for possible referrals.

About a week later, during a baby shower at Tracey's client's house, one of the other moms there picked up the box of vitamins and asked about it. This prompted a conversation and the client passed out the rest of Tracey' s business cards.

Two moms bought vitamins, not only for their kids but for themselves as well.
Tracey sent out more Thank You notes to them. One of her new customers referred her sister, who bought a box, too. And on and on...

At the end of just one month, Tracey had eight new customers. One of them was seriously looking at joining her business!

Tracey didn't know these people from Eve.

The power of a Thank You note is awesome. It's one of your ultimate secret weapons. And isn't it great to live life and work with a sense of appreciation, anyway? As a side perk, you may even find that writing Thank You notes makes you feel great.

Don't prejudge this process, just do it. Please send me feedback on how the Thank You note process is working for you.

Truly yours,

Raghavendra Hunasgi (Raghav)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Future Googlers with DP Rule!!!

It had been a long time desire for me to start a blog, which will consist of all the useful stuff (Technical and Non Technical). This idea turned into an action on April 3, 2006 after, I told sunya (My cute chaddi dost Sunil) about my plans to fly to New Zealand.

I want my first post on the blog to be very impressive (coz, I believe first impression leaves a deep impact).

I would love to introduce a concept called DP Rule (which is been coined by Vineetha Athrey and Swaroop my blog friends with very good blog's)

"The DP Rule:

The concept is "Determined about being determined, passionate about being passionate". Punch the next 6 months with the very best focus we can ever conjure up, and to hit upon exactly the kind of work we would want to do for the rest of our lives... In short planup the heighest things you want to achive and work towards it (Initially chosse the short term goal’s 6 months may be).

Here are the 3 best things about DP Rule:

  1. First of all: DAP would stand for Determination and Passion.
  2. Secondly, I love the meaning that "Dapper" stands for; which is, being elegantly stylish without being overtly flashy or ostentatious about it. It spells sophistication, and a sleek appearence.
  3. Thirdly: If a person who blogs is a blogger, a person who DAPs ( Follows the DP Rule for success: Patented by Swaroop and Vineetha) is "Dapper"!!! :)

”We even thought, that 7 months down the line when we succeed in achieving our targets, we could even go out and market this 'DP Rule for Success' and start an "Art of Dapping' cult and that will be a religion in itself. And you never know, we might even be the Larry Page and Sergei Brin( Google) of the success-mantra genre! ;)And the members of this 'Dappers' Corner' would be known as 'Dappers' . So that makes the two of us, 'The GodDappers' ;)

And it looks like Dapping is gonna work.... I have been able to consistently achieve all the small-term targets I've been setting for myself. Mom commented this morn' saying,

"Vini, you are acting like your life depends on this. Chill!

"But I realised that if I chill now, the rest of my life will be frozen!!

PS: What exactly is my plan for the next 7 months will be discussed, after 7 months. In the meanwhile, keep watching this space. Sometime later you all will be able to say, "We got to watch the growth of Dappers from scratch!" ;)” By Vineetha Athrey

Truly your's

Raghavendra Hunasgi