Friday, November 22, 2013


The clock strikes 8 PM. The person who locks the office appears in your door. Time to leave. Next destination is Dept. to finish the rest of the work. 8:45 PM - phone call from home. Start winding up slowly. Walk past the corridor, stop a while at a colleague's door. A quick rerun of the day. Did you hear correctly - what is more important, being a high achiever or being a good human being? 

Do these two have inherent conflict? Vivekananda said, "Unselfishness is more paying only people do not have the patience to practise it." Can we not have both high achiever and a good human being in one? If we are asked to choose between a high achiever and a good human being, the answer should be obvious. But is that so?

Every choice has a cost. If we choose good human being and not the high achiever, we miss out association with those achievements and additional scores that come with it. If we do not choose good human being, we are on a slippery ground. 

Is it a choice for only today or also for tomorrow or day after? One may ask, tomorrow will come only if we are able to survive today. The fact is, whether we survive or not, tomorrow will come. We have to go one day. But tomorrow will continue to come. That is inevitable.

There was a facebook post this evening! Excerpts below in italic. Immediately three persons come into chat. All from outside IIT Kharagpur community. One is childhood senior, one is childhood junior, and the third is an in-law, cousin brother's side. "Is everything fine?" Can it be otherwise? You post a message which is not that obvious and immediately three persons ping you, comfort you. 

Achievement! What is that? 

And here is a person who thought that the issue deserves a post! Only a blind person or a blinded person cannot see what is obvious!!

Be God's child. You need not fear anything! Fear, according to Vivekananda, is the greatest weakness. He said, "Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves." He further said, "“Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them."

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Correction in Advertizement

I have requested the officials to correct the anomaly in dates for the 18th Nov. interview. Initially, we wanted it on 14th Nov. It was found to be a holiday and thus was rescheduled on 18th Nov. The advt. (Link) at IIT Kharagpur temporary job page should read as given at the end of this post.

On the complain why I have not posted for long - I shall take the shorter route .. New and increasing responsibilities at office .... Challenge at home, Mother's total knee replacement (both knees were replaced last month) ... one child at home and a relatively old  and a toddler .... As soon as I get some space to breathe, will be back here. However, keeping myself updated in facebook!! Those who will not be happy with these few lines after getting used to my long posts :-) here is a copy-paste from my facebook "What's in your mind?" answer of today - To lead is to sacrifice. Highest leadership, highest sacrifice. Sacrifice gives moral strength to the leader, earns respect. That is the real power. Rest is only supplementary. Let us not miss the bird for the bush. How true is Vivekananda saying we memorized in children's wing of Akhil Bharat Vivekananda Yuva Mahamandal "Shirdar to sardar, matha dite paro to neta hobe." Sacrifice cannot be forced unto oneself. It comes from love. See yourself in the mirror. Look at your eyes. Do you love your people with all their strength and weaknesses? If not, leadership is a torture for yourself as well as for the people you lead. Remember Nabanida saying once that if you do 10 yourself, other may do 1. Leading is always leading by example.

Reference NumberIIT/SRIC/R/FAN/2013/166 DATED 29th October, 2013
Temporary Position(s)Walk-in-interview on 14th 18th November, 2013 at 10-00 AM at Deptt. of Electronics & Electrical Communication Engineering for the post of Junior / Senior Project Officer (JPO/SPO)
Number of vacancies2
Consolidated CompensationRs. 16,000/-p.m. to Rs. 20,000/-p.m (depending upon qualification & experience)
Coordinator / PIDr. Goutam Saha, Dept of E & ECE
Qualifications & ExperienceM. Tech (Preferable) in Electronics / Electrical Engineering OR B.Tech / BE in Electronics / Electrical Engineering preferably with valid GATE/NET score. Candidates should have good academic record (minimum first Class in all exam.) Competence in Digital Signal Processing, Speech Processing, MATLAB with research experience in signal processing & pattern recognition, preferably related to speech processing is desirable.
Relevant ExperienceCandidate should send prior intimation with their CV to the email ID by 17.11.2013 with a subject heading ‘Walk in interview for JPO/SPO’. No query will be entertained regarding relaxation of the minimum eligibility criterion and candidate not meeting the criterion will not be allowed to appear before the interview board. 
Last Date18 17th Nov 2019 2013
Application FeeRs. Demand Draft for Rs.50/- (not for female candidates) drawn in favour of IIT Kharagpur payable at Kharagpur.
M.S. / Ph.D. enrolment subject to clearing Dept. examination.