From Zero to Thirty

When every i come across places, people or situation it takes me back to the memory lane and these days it is happening too often… So i wanted to see how good i remember things that happened all these years year wise;

1980 : Couldn’t remember much. But it is a special year because that was the year i was born.

1981 : Couldn’t remember anything.

1982 : Vaguely remember walking with my grandpa’s & running round my granny’s house.

1983 : Remember vaguely about the beginning of my schooling & how my mom use to pick me after school hours.

1984 : Same like 1983. But I lost my Father’s father. I lost him at a very young age but I was his favorite. Miss him a lot.

1985 : This time i remember i was in class I and i was changed school after a 3 months in my old school. As a kid it was a the first time i was made to adapt change where culture, people & process everything were different. Since was too small I quickly adapted to the change.

1986 : A very special year. I got a cute little sister who has been my strength till days. We moved to our own house far from my school. Enjoyed going gardening with my mother. My Father use to drop me in school in the morning & my Mom’s father use to pick and drop me from school.

1987 : Lost my Mom’s father. We had to come back to grandma’s home to be with her. Again it was back to the place where I was born.

1988 : Came back to our house at Porur. Again my father use to drop me in school & his colleague will pick me from school. I leave home by 7.30 AM & come back home by 5.30 PM. Too much of a kill for a 8 year old.

1989 : Changed school which is less than a kilo-meter from my house. Got a class mate who was my neighbor Mr.Balaji & I was at cloud 9 as I’ve always studied is school where I didn’t have a class mate to access. In my old school mates use to meet and play at each others home during weekends and my chance came only during this Year.

1990 : Changed another school & I owe full credits to this school for what I’m today A.V.Meiyappan Matriculation Higher Secondary School. My responsibility started here. Use to take my sister for lunch & bring her back to home from School. For the first time I was exposed to football.

1991 : Started a Cricket team in my area.

1992 : Started becoming independent as I started visiting friends who are far from my house. This is the time where studies have started to become a burden on me.

1993 : My father went abroad and started getting lots of new gadgets. Use to play more & yell at studies. Golden year in my sporing career was a de-facto brand for my school. The year marked the beginning lying parents & going to movies with friends.

1994 : Failed in class IX in spite of excelling in sports. That marked the end of my short sporting career. Had to switch school in order to save a year and joined class X. This year was very special because I studied in a school for 3 months and again changed school. This time was the the beginning of golden period in my life. I was the Don in the making & my dream then was to become a big Don. Bunked school to watch movies & stole money from home to watch movies.

1995 : Somehow passed my SSLC (Class X) & rejoined my favorite school AVM. This period was full of studies.

1996 : Again studies was my priority.

1997 : Joined college. Again the start of my second golden period. Went to Bangalore for the first time. For the first time saw girls smoking, roaming with guys & sew a lot o girls drinking. Climate was awesome. Loved this place & even thought of settling there those days.

1998 : Golden period at the peak. Exposed to internet & didn’t realize that this is going change my life for ever. Visiting Bangalore was a routine. My familiarity with Bangalore was mainly because of roaming with my fathers colleagues those days.

1999 : Continued with my golden period. For the first time started doing my own petty jobs.

2000 : College life ended. Started my first Company.

2001 : Struggled & cracked the way to hunt for projects.

2002 : Special year because Business grew, Moved to own office & was the golden period of my Entrepreneur days.

2003 : Start of getting exposed to People problem & for the first time started facing turbulence.

2004 : Attrition was at its peak. Took some gamble of moving to a Cozy office by over-stepping. The move clicked. Got a good friend Mr.Major Karthik (Who has been my strength till date.).

2005 : Beginning of bringing structure into the company. Got a special companion who & was flying high.

2006 : Joined MBA @ Great Lakes Institute of Management & I consider this to the the best choice & investment (I paid my fee for the first time) i’ve ever made. GLIM gave me enlightenment & gave me lot of answers. I transformed from a Blind Entrepreneur to an Entrepreneur with Vision.

2007 : Good business, Good Friends, a Companion and I thought life was settled.

2008 : The year of biggest Turbulence. One fine day I lose most of the thing which made me think I was settled. That is when I came to know True & Fake friends. Major Karthik, Balaji & Bala Murugan were people who Stood by me during those days. Today I’m thankful to god because i felt i was a failure & my life has come to an end. Today i realize with all these friends i can conquer the world. Started Cogzidel this year.

2009 : Developed new hobbies & experimented things I wanted to do. Life has become more meaningful. Got a lot of new friends who filled the Gap for the lost ones.

2010 : I turned 30. Can’t think how days have ran like a jiffy. Particularly from 1994 – 2010. Everything looks like it happened yesterday & it looks like it all ran within minutes.

Over all I must thank God for giving me good & bad experience witch all made me only strong. When I look back all bad / sad situation stood for a better / good future. Let me run couple of more years and will share my new experience and let this blog be a document for my future reference to enrich my mind with the memories of past.

Tribute to teachers

To start with I’m not a great admirer of teachers as I was always a below average student in my academics. But as usual I’ve my handful teachers who were very supportive and helped me come up. So these are the great ones to whom I’d like to pay my TRIBUTES; 

Jacqulin: She was my class teacher when I was in Class II in Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, CIT Nagar, Chennai. She was young & good looking. I always had her affection and she was very supportive to me. Since she was a primary class in charge she did play an important role in my career. But she help to lay good foundation which was helpful in later stages.

Poonam Motwani: She took Biology when I was in Class IX in AV.Meiyappan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Virugambakkam, Chennai. Class IX I came terribly low in my academics but I really excelled in Sports. In this year I represented my school in Zonals in Football, Basket Ball & Athletics. Poonam mam was newly married then and was a fresher to profession also she was gorgeous in her looks. I was pet student of Poonam mam as I was very naughty, mischievous & bottom topper in the class. She treated me like her brother and she really took lot of pains to improve my standards. But all her results ended in vain as I didn’t show any interest to learn. The very next year her husband got transferred and she left Chennai and I’m not sure where she lives. But I’ve high regards for her. 

Malathy: She took English when I was in Class IX, Class XI, Class XII in AV.Meiyappan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Virugambakkam, Chennai. English is one subject which I was above average. Malathy mam was my well wisher and she keeps advising me to choosing a career path and she has shared a lot of her personal with me. She is one special person and I’d keep her at No.1 position compared to other teachers. After my schooling I didn’t take efforts to maintain contact with her and I feel ashamed for that. 

Usha Sundar: She was my HOD in by UG where I did Bachelors in Computer Science from Dhanraj Baid Jain College, Thoraipakkam, Chennai. She is one lady who stood as inspiration in my life for her courage and for her problem solving skills. Also today I dedicate my success to her. During farewell day she said; 

“You are all ending a life which is just filled with Fun and no worries.
You were shielded by your parents.
Now you are stepping into real world.
Real world is so cruel.
If you are successful it will take as its own success.
If you fail it will treat you miserably.
So, don’t take Success for Granted;
Failures to your heart;
Learn quickly;
Best of Luck.”

All these words hit me hard and since I ventured into business immediately after college I came across all the things she said and her words helped me to overcome struggles. You can understand as you can see I’ve typed her golden words even after 9 years. Again this lady is my courage, inspiration and a mentor.

Raghu Iyer: This man is a real legend when it comes to Finance, Teaching & Humor. He enlightened me by showing power of Ms-Excel as a tool to maintain finance. He really inspired me with his teaching style that I started developing admiration for Finance. He was my Finance professor at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.

In this list I’m in touch with Usha Sundar Mam & with Raghu Iyer thru With other I’ve lost tough once after 1986 with Jacqulin, 1994 with Poonam & 1997 with Malathy. Let me see the power of internet and see if I’m able to get in touch with them.

Once again let me thank these important people as without you all I’m not what I’m today.

Also I’d like to thank Mr.Gopal Ramanan for igniting my inner self to atleast write about these great ones. He asked me to do it over chat and you can check his Teachers day tribute here.