8 November 2022

One of the things I love about my job …

… is that I sometimes get to meet my colleagues’ families. I was in Charlotte and Jessica and I were going to spend some time after all the meetings. Turned out it was a Election Day and her daughter’s (Harper) school was closed.

Which meant, I got to spend the evening with not only Jessica but also Harper. She reminded of my younger daughter at that age throughout the evening!! It was a lovely chat!

22 August 2022

A memorable evening with a memorable couple

And this is from somebody who tends to have some incredible evenings chatting with various people at bars and coffee shops literally everyday…

On our drive back from DC, Sharmila and I were scheduled to stay the night over at Charlotte. Decided to meet Christine and Tim for some drinks and bites. Christine and I have recently started working together. First time I met Tim.

The conversations between a 56 year old and a couple barely half that age can often struggle to find common grounds. Not with this couple. Especially, Tim. I have never come across in this country this young a couple who has this deep an understanding of geopolitical realities in various parts of the world. (Well, the other Tim and Nanette is close but they are not that young đŸ™‚ Seems like I might need to avoid Norcross for some time đŸ™‚ )

From current day political situations in Ghana to Sierra Leone to Kenya on one hand and then the historical importance of geo location of Malta on the other hand, I was soaking it all in! We talked about Andorra! (most people cannot even show the country on the world map or even tell which continent it is in – they knew the name of the capital and they want to visit there next!! They have already been to Malta)

There are certain discussions in life I can have with only 50+ year olds. You know you have to get to a certain age to get perspectives. Not with Tim. I was simply amazed by his level of wisdom when it came to what is truly important in life.

He stated a few principles he tries to live his life by. As I told him – the third one in the list is all that I needed to know – “When is the last time you have changed your mind?”.

If one truly can keep one’s minds open to other points of views, have the intellectual curiosity and be aware of one’s own biases – one really never gets old!!

I think I might have to slip down to Charlotte one more time soon!!

11 August 2022

My compatriot from Muenchen days!

Last time I met Sameer was over seven years back. I think we were doing college tours for Natasha.

My last night in SFO was spent having dinner with this old friend. He has remained pretty much the same with that ever present smile and the quiet demeanor. The one surprise was his new hairstyle!!

Since he is an Apple executive, I always get a few pointers on some interesting and useful apps on iOS. I still use the sleep app he had suggested. This time he showed me a few that will test my intellect and spatial thinking!

Thank you Sameer for coming out to Burlingame all the way from San Jose.

10 August 2022

A short and sweet meeting with Celeste

Both of us had about 30-40 minutes of break during our meetings. We were in the same city but, of course we were in different offices. Made a dash to grab a coffee and catch up.

We had worked together for about 3 years. These were the early days of the current company I work in. As it often happens, we have way too many stories from those early formative days of the company. We even sat in adjacent cubicles before Covid came in.

Have you noticed how when you meet old friends from work after many years – none of your recollections involve numbers or even product names? Almost all of them are about people – and in fact specific interactions with or of those people.

I have a few that Celeste and I are going to talk about – maybe fifteen years from now. The one that I am surely going to mention to her soon to be born son is how we even got to an agreement to work together!!! I am sure she will suggest that it was my version, but I will have Graham to back me up!

5 August 2022

An evening with the Sivasubramaniams

Thanks to the effort of Lakshmi, Sharmila and I got together with Anand and his family this evening. Original plan got a bit washed away by the rains but we adjusted the plans and still put in a dinner and a walk. Brought a lot of the old Chennai days (where Anand and I went to undergraduate school together) and the Tamizh jokes back. Now that both their children will go to Georgia Tech, I hope to see more of them!