2007-01-09

Convice or Get Convinced

Relocating is painful and more so when you do it a second time in less than 8 months.

I am at Chennai, still trying to settle down. After going around almost all of Chennai, found a great flat with a swimming pool and a gym. What's more, the neighbourhood is cosmopolitan, with firang crowd as well. This is important because Chennai otherwise is a difficult city with more people than not still living in 20th century. There are two sides to it - one, many of them are so humble that you feel so good with such people around you; two, many of them don't want to venture into the unknown that you tend to feel that you have landed yourself in some backward planet.

A few questions, which I had never asked in any city, I had to ask the brokers / owners who were showing me the flats were - mosquitoes? water? and power? the latter two are taken care of by good societies and generators, the former, everyone said, is unavoidable. They said, you cannot avoid mosquitoes as long as you are in Chennai. Can you imagine a city, growing at gdp rates higher than those of China, is plagued with basic problems such as these.

My portfolio is almost decided, but the formal decision about it will be made in a week's time. I am quite excited about the role. It gives me a great opportunity to, on one side, drive P&L for a few regions/products & lead teams and on the other side, bring innovation and change into the way we work. I can run the business as if it were my own. And no better place to start using what I learnt at ISB.

To bring change is not easy because it is never a single man's effort. You need to take a team of people with you as much as you need to get the senior management's mandate.

Either of the two things can happen, which my boss succinctly captures in one of his favorite oneliners - convince or get convinced.

PS: I have promised to myself - I will learn Tamil before I leave this city

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chennai can be a lil tuff place to adopt to when u've moved from a place like Hyderabad or Mumbai. Like my cousin who has moved to chennai said., it's all about being who you are n you'll automatically find ppl like you soon. Goodluck with settling down n tamil :)

Anonymous said...

i know you prefer books to movies, but watching tamil movies (probably with english sub titles) is a fun way to learn tamil. i tried and it works for me here in s'pore :)
-baLu

Anonymous said...

Relocating to any place is tough. For all the talk about Chennai being conservative, here is the fact: Its a place where Saris coexist with Salsa and it is easy to get into the bucket you want to !
- A

itheabsolute said...

due hyderabadi

thanks for the tip. will try to find my kind of people...thanks again

cheers

baLu
tamil movies....looks like a good tip.....i am sure i will love them.....

cheers

A
I hope I will find the bucket where I fit....thanks for the tip

cheers

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ...change, according to me, is always a single man's effort!!

2007-01-09

Convice or Get Convinced

Relocating is painful and more so when you do it a second time in less than 8 months.

I am at Chennai, still trying to settle down. After going around almost all of Chennai, found a great flat with a swimming pool and a gym. What's more, the neighbourhood is cosmopolitan, with firang crowd as well. This is important because Chennai otherwise is a difficult city with more people than not still living in 20th century. There are two sides to it - one, many of them are so humble that you feel so good with such people around you; two, many of them don't want to venture into the unknown that you tend to feel that you have landed yourself in some backward planet.

A few questions, which I had never asked in any city, I had to ask the brokers / owners who were showing me the flats were - mosquitoes? water? and power? the latter two are taken care of by good societies and generators, the former, everyone said, is unavoidable. They said, you cannot avoid mosquitoes as long as you are in Chennai. Can you imagine a city, growing at gdp rates higher than those of China, is plagued with basic problems such as these.

My portfolio is almost decided, but the formal decision about it will be made in a week's time. I am quite excited about the role. It gives me a great opportunity to, on one side, drive P&L for a few regions/products & lead teams and on the other side, bring innovation and change into the way we work. I can run the business as if it were my own. And no better place to start using what I learnt at ISB.

To bring change is not easy because it is never a single man's effort. You need to take a team of people with you as much as you need to get the senior management's mandate.

Either of the two things can happen, which my boss succinctly captures in one of his favorite oneliners - convince or get convinced.

PS: I have promised to myself - I will learn Tamil before I leave this city

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chennai can be a lil tuff place to adopt to when u've moved from a place like Hyderabad or Mumbai. Like my cousin who has moved to chennai said., it's all about being who you are n you'll automatically find ppl like you soon. Goodluck with settling down n tamil :)

Anonymous said...

i know you prefer books to movies, but watching tamil movies (probably with english sub titles) is a fun way to learn tamil. i tried and it works for me here in s'pore :)
-baLu

Anonymous said...

Relocating to any place is tough. For all the talk about Chennai being conservative, here is the fact: Its a place where Saris coexist with Salsa and it is easy to get into the bucket you want to !
- A

itheabsolute said...

due hyderabadi

thanks for the tip. will try to find my kind of people...thanks again

cheers

baLu
tamil movies....looks like a good tip.....i am sure i will love them.....

cheers

A
I hope I will find the bucket where I fit....thanks for the tip

cheers

Anonymous said...

I beg to differ...change, according to me, is always a single man's effort!!