Archive for July, 2009

Change YOURSELF!

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Collection, General, Passion, Story

One day not too long ago the employees of a large company in St. Louis, Missouri returned from their lunch break and were greeted with a sign on the front door. The sign said: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.”

At first everyone was sad to hear that one of their colleagues had died, but after a while they started getting curious about who this person might be.

The excitement grew as the employees arrived at the gym to pay their last respects. Everyone wondered: “Who is this person who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he’s no longer here!”

One by one the employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood over the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.

You are the only person who can revolutionize your life. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success. You are the only person who can help yourself.

Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life.

“The most important relationship you can have, is the one you have with yourself.

The Project Team – Funny Quotes

Posted: July 29, 2009 in General

Recently some quotes struck my mind from a forwared email. It is basically , i think, 100% true , even though described in as a  funny way.

See:

  1. Project Manager is a Person who thinks nine Women can deliver a baby
    in One month
  2. Developer is a Person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a Baby.
  3. Onsite Coordinator is one who thinks single Woman can deliver nine
    babies in one month
  4. Client is the one who doesn`t know why he wants a baby
  5. Marketing Manager is a person who thinks he can deliver a baby even
    if no man and woman are available
  6. Resource Optimization Team thinks they don`t Need a man or
    woman;They`ll produce a child with zero resources
  7. Documentation Team thinks they don`t care whether the child is
    delivered, they`ll just document 9 months.
  8. Quality Auditor is the person who is never happy with the PROCESS to
    produce a baby.And lastly……
  9. Tester is a person who always tells his wife that this is not the Right baby

E Sreedharan - The Metro Man

E Sreedharan - The Metro Man

The Metro Man of India, Elattuvalapil Sreedharan was born on 12 July 1932 in Kerala. He studied at the Victoria College in Palghat, before graduating in engineering from the former Government Engineering College, Kakinada. While he started off his career as a lecturer in Civil engineering at the Kerala Polytechnic in Kozhikode, he moved to the Bombay Port Trust as an apprentice, before joining the Indian Railways in its Service of Engineers. His first major challenge came in 1963, when a tidal wave washed away portions of the Pamban bridge connecting Rameshwaram with mainland Tamil Nadu. Though the Railways had set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired, Sreedharan got it restored in a record time of 46 days. He was awarded the Railway Minister’s Award for this achievement. He then served as the deputy chief engineer, in charge of the implementation, planning and design of Calcutta Metro in 1970. He also served as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Cochin Shipyard.

Though he retired from Indian Railways in 1990, the Government called him out of retirement and he was appointed as the CMD of Konkan Railway on contract in 1990. This highly challenging project was completed under his stewardship in a period of seven years. The Konkan Railway was the first major project in India to be undertaken on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis; the project covering a total of around 760 kms has 93 tunnels and over 150 bridges. He was appointed as the Managing Director of Delhi Metro and in what is a rarity for projects undertaken by government agencies in India, most of the scheduled sections of the Delhi Metro project have been completed well-ahead of schedule.

He was made the managing director of Delhi Metro and by mid-2005, all the scheduled sections were completed by their target date or before and within their respective budgets. Sreedharan was given the sobriquet of Metro Man by the media. In 2005, he was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by the government of France. He had announced that he would retire by the end of 2005, but his tenure has been extended by another three years to oversee the completion of the second phase of Delhi Metro. Recently he was called in Pakistan for development of the Lahore Metro plan. He was also called by the UAE govt in 2005 to Head the Dubai Metro Project, he however rejected their offer, because of his preoccupation with DMRC.

The builders of modern India are often unseen. And amongst them are some men who are worthy of a salute.

However, for the 76-year-old Managing Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, and also its builder and its executor, the only reward he has ever wanted is the progress of his country.

Bureaucratic red tape tried to delay his work, contractors would not meet commitments and corruption threatened to slow him down.

However, Sreedharan never lost hope. Never lost the belief that one day he could give Delhi a world-class metro rail project and change the meaning of urban transport in India. And that is exactly what he has done.

With 56 kilometer on track and only two phases left to complete, the $2 billion project is running ahead of time and strictly within budget.

In just two more years, the high-speed underground train will be accessible to every resident of Delhi. And India’s public transport revolution is the result of one man’s conviction that his country deserves only the best.

He clocks in at work on the dot at 0845 HRS (IST) every morning, 15 minutes before his staff. And admits that he is not a workaholic but he simply likes his job.

For him, the job at hand is not just his duty but also his dharma. He is hardly ever seen in public and rarely gives interviews or attends public functions, yet his honesty and integrity are legendry.

Reason to remember: Last week,   Sreedharan resigned as the managing director DMRC, taking moral responsibility for the collapse of an under-construction bridge (at Zamrudpur near Amar Colony) that killed five people. However, Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit rejected Sreedharan’s resignation, and he withdrew it a day later. Sreedharan stated after his withdrawal that he will ultimately be quitting from his position but only after the completition of the Phase II of the Delhi Metro Project. He stated that he withdrew his resignation as he was convinced by the Government that Phase II won’t be completed in time without him.