A conversation between a Soldier and S/w Engineer

on Friday, March 23, 2012

A conversation between a Soldier and Software Engineer in Shatabdhi Train -An interesting must read Article!

Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdhi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought; he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

"Are you from the software industry sir," the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop. Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.

"Thanks," smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stockily built like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school. He probably was a railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

"You people always amaze me," the man continued, "You sit in an office and write something on a computer and it does so many big things outside."

Vivek smiled deprecatingly. Naive ness demanded reasoning not anger. "It is not as simple as that my friend. It is not just a question of writing a few lines. There is a lot of process that goes behind it."

For a moment, he was tempted to explain the entire Software Development Lifecycle but restrained himself to a single statement. "It is complex, very complex."

"It has to be. No wonder you people are so highly paid," came the reply.

This was not turning out as Vivek had thought. A hint of belligerence crept into his so far affable, persuasive tone. 

"Everyone just sees the money. No one sees the amount of hard work we have to put in. Indians have such a narrow concept of hard work. Just because we sit in an air-conditioned office, does not mean our brows do not sweat. You exercise the muscle; we exercise the mind and believe me that is no less taxing."

He could see, he had the man where he wanted, and it was time to drive home the point.

"Let me give you an example. Take this train. The entire railway reservation system is computerized. You can book a train ticket between any two stations from any of the hundreds of computerized booking centers across the country.

Thousands of transactions accessing a single database, at a time concurrently; data integrity, locking, data security. Do you understand the complexity in designing and coding such a system?"

The man was awestruck; quite like a child at a planetarium. This was something big and beyond his imagination.

"You design and code such things."

"I used to," Vivek paused for effect, "but now I am the Project Manager."

"Oh!" sighed the man, as if the storm had passed over,

"So your life is easy now."

This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, "Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work.

Design and coding! That is the easier part. Now I do not do it, but I am responsible for it and believe me, that is far more stressful. My job is to get the work done in time and with the highest quality.

To tell you about the pressures, there is the customer at one end, always changing his requirements, the user at the other, wanting something else, and your boss, always expecting you to have finished it yesterday."

Vivek paused in his diatribe, his belligerence fading with self-realization. What he had said, was not merely the outburst of a wronged man, it was the truth. And one need not get angry while defending the truth.

"My friend," he concluded triumphantly, "you don't know what it is to be in the Line of Fire"

 The man sat back in his chair, 

his eyes closed as if in realization. When he spoke after

 sometime, it was with a calm certainty that surprised Vivek.

"I know sir.... I know what it is to be in the Line of Fire......."

He was staring blankly, as if no passenger, no train existed, just a vast expanse of time.

"There were 30 of us when we were ordered to capture Point 4875 in the cover of the night.

The enemy was firing from the top.

There was no knowing where the next bullet was going to come from and for whom.

In the morning when we finally hoisted the tricolour at the top only 4 of us were alive."

"You are a...?"

"I am Subedar Sushant from the 13 J&K Rifles on duty at Peak 4875 in Kargil. They tell me I have completed my term and can opt for a soft assignment.

But, tell me sir, can one give up duty just because it makes life easier.

On the dawn of that capture, one of my colleagues lay 

injured in the snow, open to enemy fire while we were 

hiding behind a bunker.

It was my job to go and fetch that soldier to safety. But my captain sahib Mr.VikramBatra refused me permission and went ahead himself.

He said that the first pledge he had taken as a Gentleman Cadet was to put the safety and welfare of the nation foremost followed by the safety and welfare of the men he commanded... ....his own personal safety came last, always and every time."

"He was killed as he shielded and brought that injured soldier into the bunker. Every morning thereafter, as we stood guard, I could see him taking all those bullets, which were actually meant for me. I know sir....I know, what it is to be in the Line of Fire."

Vivek looked at him in disbelief not sure of how to respond. Abruptly, he switched off the laptop.

It seemed trivial, even insulting to edit a Word document in the presence of a man for whom valor and duty was a daily part of life; valour and sense of duty which he had so far attributed only to epical heroes." 

The train slowed down as it pulled into the station, and Subedar Sushant picked up his bags to alight.

"It was nice meeting you sir."

Vivek fumbled with the handshake.

This hand... had climbed mountains, pressed the trigger, and hoisted the tricolour. Suddenly, as if by impulse, he stood up at attention and his right hand went up in an impromptu salute.

It was the least he felt he could do for the country.

The incident he narrated during the capture of Peak 4875 is a true-life incident during the Kargil war. Capt. Vikram Batra sacrificed his life while trying to save one of the men he commanded, as victory was within sight. For this and various other acts of bravery, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the nation's highest military award on 15 August 1999, at the 52nd anniversary of India’s independence. His father Mr. G.L. Batra received the honor for his deceased son from the President of India, the late K.R. Narayanan.

Quotes from Captain Vikram Batra :

Batra’s last words were the battle-cry “Jai Mata Di!” 
(“Victory to Mother Durga!”). 

Batra’s Yeh Dil Maange More! (My heart asks for more!), 
erstwhile a popular slogan for a Pepsi commercial, became an iconic battle cry that swept across the country and remains popular with millions of Indians, invoked at patriotic public events, in memory of the war and the soldiers, and as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of Indian patriotism and valor in face of future attacks.

 Upon reaching Point 5140, he got into a cheeky radio exchange with an enemy commander, who challenged him by saying, “Why have you come Sher Shah (Vikram’s nick name given by his commanding officer)? You will not go back.” Captain Vikram Batra is said to have replied, “We shall see within one hour, who remains on the top.”. 

While dragging Lt. Naveen back under cover, Naveen pleaded to Captain Batra to let him continue the fight in spite the injuries to which Captain Batra replied “Tu baal bachedaar hai!! Hatt jaa peeche,” (“You have kids and wife to look after! Get back!”). 

Ya toh Tiranga lehrake awunga, ya fir Tirange mein lipta huwa awunga, lekin awunga” (Either I will come back after hoisting the Tricolour (Indian flag), or I will come back wrapped in it, but i will be back for sure).- In reply to a Pakistani’s taunt that they will leave Kashmir if Indians give them Madhuri Dixit, a popular bollywood actress,gave him the reply, “Sorry, Madhuri is busy!”.he then shot the taunter and said ” From Madhuri,With love, 

Sky is the limit!

on Monday, March 12, 2012

For some people they have everything, but they complain on others if any thing goes bad. For some people they have only some thing and they try to reach the sky in any given situation.

Such a kind of person is Mr.Ilango, his blindness did not  put a stop in his life, but in-stead it gave him the power to explore the real world inside!.

After several struggles, he was able to complete his higher secondary schooling and he secured 100/100 in his favorite  accounts subject.  He did not stop there, then he joined B.A English Literature at the Loyola college, Chennai and he successfully completed the course with the honorable Gold Medal . During that year, the Loyola College Administration, congratulated him as the best outgoing student.

Ilango is a dynamic and versatile professional who believes that sky is the limit when it comes to exploring individual potential. He leads by example, and has been excelling and making a mark for himself in three parallel careers – Life skills Trainer/Voice over artist and a professional singer/Chairman and Managing Director of ACE Panacea. He has a team of 250 trainers and creating a change in the lives of various industries.

Ilango has proved by example that formal management degrees are not necessary to run a successful brand as long as a person has strong conviction, values and self confidence. He has the unique distinction of being the only visually challenged person, who has won accolades in the field of music, voice over, and in business.
Ilango has completed his Masters in English from Loyola College, Chennai and has also done M.Phil in English. He started his career as a teacher. Subsequently, he worked as a lecturer in English and trained and helped innumerable students who are very successful professionals today.

Later, Ilango moved on to become a successful Life Skills Trainer and a Voice-over artist. He is indeed the “Complete Man” as voiced by him in the famous Raymond’s advertisement. He understood the need for effective training solutions required by various industries and specifically the educational sector. This need helped him create ACE PANACEA.

His team of trainers works towards his vision of providing effective training by conducting an in-depth analysis of the needs of various sectors – the educational sector, IT, ITES, manufacturing, logistics, etc. His vision and drive has helped him earn the admiration of eminent trainers who are proud to be associated with the ACE Panacea Brand or Brand Ilango.

As a public speaker, he has been invited by educational institutions, industries and the general public to share his life inspiring story and motivate people on specific topics like entrepreneurship, leadership qualities, social awareness and communication skills.

All TV channels, newspapers and magazines in Tamil and English get his expert opinion on topics such as motivation, English fluency development, self confidence and outlook towards the visually challenged.

He also holds two honorary positions with Exnora namely-
President, EYE Exnora and President, Enjoy Life Every Moment.

Many awards and tributes have been adorning his successes in recognition of his personal accomplishments.


  • Siva Foundation award best Contribution to Music along with the play back singer S.P,Balasubramaniyam on 21/6/2011
  • “Tamil nadu state government Award’’ - for being the Successful Employer and only visually challenged Voice over Artist, given by Mr. M.K. Stalin, on 03.12.2010.
  • “Rose of Ridvan Award” – BAHAI’S assembly of Chennai 25th April 2010
  • OYI (Outstanding Young Indian) award by JCI, (National Level) in 27 December 2009
  • OYP (Outstanding Young Person) award by JCI, (Regional Zone Level) in Nov 2009
  • Selected as OYP (Outstanding Young Person) award by JCI, Chennai in 2009
  • Selected as a YOUTH ICON by India Today in 2009
  • ‘Best Achiever Award’ at Loyola College in 1994.
  • Outstanding youth award‘by Rajiv Gandhi foundation in 2000.


  • Comfortable in playing Musical Keyboard i.e. reproduction of any tunes at instant hearing.
  • Technology Savvy: Optimum use of Mobile with TALKS application.
  • Efficient Computer handling with the use of JAWS (Job Application with Speech) application.
  • Professional Script Writing in English and Tamil for documentaries and commercials.
  • Anchoring Musical shows and events in English and literary Tamil.




  • Ability to sing extensively a gamut of two thousand songs from memory (without looking at the notes) In Tamil and other languages.
  • Outstanding Singer Award at the Philips India singing contest in 1991
  • Won Kalingar T.V Pattukku Paattu BEST SINGER Award in 2009
  • He has been a professional singer on Stage and in Recordings since 1995.


  • He has been performing multilingual songs (Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi) for Various occasions and visited many   countries such as Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand etc..


  • He has sung in Tamil pop albums such as “pookkalin moli “, Kasadathapara” & Tamil Devotional albums
  • He has sung for some Jingles like Co-optex, Winner soap which was broadcast on Radio and Televisions.


  • He has been rendering his voice in both English and Tamil for ad commercials,
  • Documentary / short films and multimedia Corporate Presentations. Signature Voice of Mega T.V and Chennai live FM.

Popular Advertisement:

  • Wavelet Mobile Stores
  • Young man shirt
  • Prince Jewelers
  • Raymond
  • Balu fashions
  • Kumaran Stores etc.,
  • Shri Ganapathy silks
  • Professional Couriers
  • Adayar Anandha Bhavan

Popular Documentary:

  • Sterling Resorts
  • Pal lava Raja Properties
  • A series on the Indian Emperors
  • ISRO (1999)
  • E-Governance (2001)
  • A film on Diabetes
  • A film on Thiruvalluvar
  • Tsunami
  • A short film on Sri Varma gurukulam on VIJAY TV.

Popular Media Presentations:

  • Aspire systems
  • Madras Management Association
  • Rajasthan Youth Association
  • Madras Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • NIIT
  • CADS software


  • Trains more than 15,000 students every year.
  • Most sought after trainer in corporate as well as college.
  • Trains more than 3000 Faculty members in English Communication Skills of Various Colleges every year. 
  • Trains more than 2000 corporate personnel every year.
  • He infects his followers with self created slogan

Self- created slogan



  • Makkal TV - "Vazhikatti' at 11 am to 12 pm on 02/07/2011
  • Raj TV – Makkal Medai live show at 4 pm to 4.30pm on 18//02/2011
  • ND Tv-hindu ‘‘We Connect’’ at 9.30 pm to 10 pm on 11/02/2011
  • Makkal TV- “Vanam vasapadum” at 9am to 9.30 am on 01/01/2011
  • Sathyam TV- “Nannambikai” at 11 am to 11.30 am on 01/01/2011
  • Raj TV – Dhinam Dhinam live show at 8 am to 9.00am on 07/12/2010
  • Cptain TV. – Sigaram thoduvom at 11am to 11.30am on 05/12/2010
  • Jaya TV. – “guest in kaalaimalar”(Morning show)on 17/11/2010
  • Podhigai TV – “Vetri Nichhayam”(Path to Successes) was telecast on 21/10/2010
  • Raj News 24X7 TV – “Kadandhu Vandha Padhai “Part -2 (Sharing of Success story, Episode-2) was telecast on 11/7/2010
  • Raj News 24X7 TV – “Kadandhu Vandha Padhai “ Part -1(Sharing of Success story, Episode-1) was telecast on 4/7/2010
  • Makkal TV- “Velai vayppu”(Job Oppertunities) one-hour live show Interacting with public on job oriented career Counseling. on 24/6/2010
  • Raj News 24X7 TV – “Idho Velai “(Here’s your Job) Half an-hour live show Interacting with public on job oriented career Counseling. on 2/6/2010
  • NDTV HINDU-As an Outstanding young Indian Award winner(By JCI) was telecast on 13/1/2010
  • Podhigai TV – Vaanam Vasapadum(The sky is within your reach) in commemoration of vivekanandha’s Birthday 12/1/2010.
  • Podhigai T. V – “sandhipom sindhipom (Let ‘s meet and ponder)“as English consultant, singer and voice over artist
  • Podhigai T. V. – “theriuma ungaluku” (Do you know) one-hour live show Interacting with public on job oriented career Counseling.
  • Podhigai TV – “Nam Virundeenar”(Our guest) was telecast on October 2009.
  • Vijay TV- “nayandi tharbar”(Assembly of Parody ) interviewed by yugi sethu as an English consultant.
  • Jaya TV. – “guest in kaalaimalar”(Morning show)
  • .Kalingar T. V. – “sandhitha velai”(During the rendez vous) ” interviewed by ramesh Prabha as an English consultant, singer, and voice over Artist
  • Guest in “vasantha veedu”(Residence of spring) on fm rainbow.
  • Interviewed as a singer on Dubai fm.
  • Gave a half an hour talk on “pun is fun” on Chennai one All India radio.
  • Interviewed as an achiever on Anna fm.
  • Special guest on world space programme by ability Foundation.
  • Write-ups and Interviews on popular Newspapers and Magazines

  • Adayar Times
  • Dhinamalar
  • Ananda vikatan
  • Pudhia thalai murai
  • India Today
  • Dinakaran Vasantham
  • The Hindu
  • The Indian Express.
  • Saavi.
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