Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on… PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing… And who’s at work? Most of them ??? Take a closer look…

All or most specimens are ?? Something male species of the human race…

Look closer… again all or most of them are bachelors…

And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!! Any guesses??? Let’s ask one of them… Here’s what he says… ‘What’s there 2 do after going home…Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late…Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!’

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices.

Bachelors ‘Passing-Time’ during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they’ve nothing else to do… Now what r the consequences…

‘Working’ (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.

With bosses more than eager to provide support to those ‘working’ late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he’s a hard worker….. goes home only to change..!!). They aren’t helping things too…

To hell with bosses who don’t understand the difference between ‘sitting’ late and ‘working’ late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family… office is no longer a priority, family is… and That’s when the problem starts… b’coz u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier ‘hardworking’ guy suddenly seems to become a ‘early leaver’ even if u leave an hour after regular time… after doing the same amount of work.

People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers…

Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays… though) leave on time are labelled as ‘not up to it’. All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on ‘working’ not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.

So what’s the moral of the story??
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!
* Never put in extra time ‘ unless really needed ‘
* Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

There are hundred other things to do in the evening..

Learn music…..

Learn a foreign language…

Try a sport… TT, cricket………..

Importantly,get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town…

* And for heaven’s sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low (plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.

Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *’Life’s calling, where are you??’*

Please pass on this message to all those colleagues and please do it before leaving time, don’t stay back till midnight to forward this!!!





Ganguly, not over and out

A career in cricket administration is something  Sourav Ganguly will now look for. It’s in his blood!

It was probably a week after he was snubbed by the franchises in the IPL auctions on January 8 and 9. Sourav Ganguly was hosting his talk-show – Dadagiri — on a popular Bengali TV channel when one of the young participants asked the former Indian captain if his cricket career was as good as over. Albeit a little stumped, Ganguly, answered with a wry smile on his lips: “Wait, the IPL is yet not over.”

Already on borrowed cricketing ‘life,’ Ganguly was finally snubbed last week when at least three IPL franchises blocked his way to play for Kochi. The decision to quit from all forms of the game was, therefore, not unexpected. It is just that Ganguly could have chosen a better way and time to exit from the big stage.

Arrogant could have been his middle name, but Ganguly knew how to carry it and almost always got away with it. His stint with Kolkata Knight Riders was actually becoming a clash of the “badshahs.” Shah Rukh’s abounding love for his “dada” was perhaps as superficial as a filmi script. Deep down, SRK must have hated Ganguly’s haughtiness as much as the team management did.

KKR’s decision to snub Ganguly was not unexpected. If well-placed team sources are to be believed, Ganguly was never in the scheme of things for IPL4. At the end of IPL3, it was decided that Ganguly will have to go, not because he was not a capable cricketer, but because, his “behaviour and attitude” was unacceptable by the management, including SRK. It made little “business” sense to harness a “problem child.”

There can be no doubts about his skills as a cricketer and a leader. Leadership has been in his genes. He knew and taught how to see his opponent in the eye. Ganguly’s hauteur, as long as he was taking on a Steve Waugh or an Andrew Flintoff, was all fine. Probably, he took his superciliousness a bit too far when time demanded more adjustment and accommodation.

Ganguly was definitely a unique personality. He was an unusual mixture of aggression, finesse, audacity and chivalry. During his heydays as a cricketer, he was surrounded and pampered by the Bengali media. It was a symbiotic relationship where both parties lived off each other. The media was probably the gainer because Ganguly was definitely ill-advised by his ‘inner-circle’ of scribes when the chips were down.

There were numerous instances for Ganguly to bid a fitting goodbye. He had been already forced to quit international cricket by Sharad Pawar’s BCCI in 2008. Across the length and breadth of the country, he was accepted as India’s most enigmatic skipper. What he wanted to prove by playing a crass commercial commodity like IPL is beyond comprehension. Someone who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, money was definitely not a criterion. If the lure of the lucre – he doubled his base price in IPL to $400,000 — ignited his dreams as a cricketer, Ganguly was sadly mistaken. Someone who always knew his sums well, Ganguly probably over-priced himself. Was it a ploy to bid farewell from IPL?

Pushing 39, Ganguly stayed amazingly fit. His TV shows demanded that he looked fit and fine, but probably his desperation to play competitive cricket also made him spend extra hours at the gymnasium. All in all, it sums up a man who never wanted reality to overturn his beliefs. Just that, time was not siding with a man who at his peak scored over 11,000 ODI runs, won 21 out of the 49 Test matches and moulded the lives and careers of several cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, who still swear by him.

Ganguly is also one of the three players in the world to achieve the amazing treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches in ODI cricket history. A legend in his own right, he was certainly hungry to prove a point that he still had a lot of cricket left in him. But there is life beyond the dressing room and hopefully, Ganguly will take a cue from his teammate Anil Kumble, who is now the chief of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

Like his flamboyant father and former secretary of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Chandidas Ganguly, he has dreams to become a cricket administrator and obliquely eyes the hot seat at Eden Gardens, now in the grasp of Jagmohan Dalmiya. A favourite of the ruling Left Front government, Ganguly definitely has plans in politics and sports governance. It will be difficult to keep him out of the spotlight for long because the fire in Ganguly will burn even brighter now.

Long Live, the Prince!