Monday, March 02, 2009

Experience at the HCL Alumni meet...

Since the day I started my career at HCL in Branding - I have been fortunate to meet leadership who have actually made HCL what it is today...

Ajai Chowdhry - The entire world knows him as a great leader and such a great fellow - for me he is one of the most tech savvy person - he may not get time to be on Facebook, Linkedin, etc but he understands the power of social media 
Shiv Nadar - When you see him looking at you - eye to eye - you know what a truly passionate person he is about technology...he will never leave you un-impressed by his such a sharp knowledge about how technology is shaping lives of all and sundry - right from a village in India to a person sitting in New York
Apart from the experience of meeting people like these, I have always been trying to decode the true essence of "Brand HCL" - it had not been an easy task...

And then I happened to organize the very first official Alumni Meet for ex-HCLites - I got to meet the people who actually laid down the foundation stone of HCL...and boy! - what an experience it was!...

hearing stories about how they made sale of first PC made in the entire world!
Stories about how Shiv Nadar would perplex a business person by letting him use the HCL PC and not even asking for monies , who would then in return come back and buy dozens of PCs 
Instances when Arjun Malhotra would grab a deal (going to competitors) by just one phone call...
Ever since I had decided to be in technology - I always wanted to know how technology became the value proposition for "Brand India" ...

I think I got some of my answers that day by just looking at those people...
That is us - Anshul, Tej, Aritra - with Kiran Nadar, Arjun Malhotra and Shiv Nadar
That's me - Anshul Sushil with "The Arjun Malhotra" :) aka Superhero -
as the Headstrong people call their beloved CEO

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Burn after reading - (7/10)

"Burn after reading" is a star studded movie with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovitch, etc - but with a different twist - and the twist is that your famous stars play roles of idiots. The movie with which I can draw a parallel here is India's cult movie -  "Jane Bhi Do Yaaron" - black comedy movie with complete head twisting tales of characters...

John Malkovitch plays a role of a CIA agent who has been demoted because of his drinking problem...George Clooeny - a womanizer politician - is going around with his wife - George is also sleeping with a woman called Linda. Linda works in a gym and is worried about her looks as she is getting  old and wants to have a relationship with a young person like George. Brad Pitt works in the gym with Linda.
All hell break lose when Brad finds a CD with John's secrets of CIA which he was writing in a book form after his quitting CIA. Some funny twists result in Linda and Brad (accidentally) blackmailing John.

The movie has a very different ending when the real culprits in the movie have a happy ending and the innocents get killed. Movie manifests a satire over US politics, CIA, etc and I think does a great job at hinting of rampant inconsistencies in social and political life of USA...

A fantastic movie...bu a word of caution is don't watch if you are Angelina Jolie - because you might actually start hating Brad for playing a character of such a dimwit character!