Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The apartment is next to HAL airport run way( on the Yamalur side). Because of HAL airport the panorimic view is really good. As there is plenty of open space, there is heavy wind and fresh air. The apartment is really good.
It is got plenty of ventilation.
As the house warming cermony is at 9:45PM and the pooja took till 11:45PM. As it is very windy, it is really cold. Every one want to be in the Kitchen, not for food or cooking, beacuse of warmness.
Congratulations Sreelakshmi & Bhasakar!
The Grand winner / winning team will walk away with groovy Apple IPhones.
The runners up will take home with them a Sony home theater system.
What’s more, there are loads of IPod Nano’s, shuffles and Adobe branded goodies to be won.
This event also brings to you an exclusive preview on the new developments in the Adobe Flash Platform. Experience the Flash Catalyst (code name Thermo), Gumbo(code name for the upcoming version of Flex) ,FXG and Flash Player 10.
Register today at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "endtoend.in" claiming to be http://adoberiathon.eventbrite.com
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When i reached there i came to know i am racing against the professional. It was very good race. Very mukky...
Let me take the oppurtunity to acknowledge the son of Sameer Shisodia(Zeva, Zook), he is just 8 years he completed one lap despite of all the hurdles. A great fellow. It was very refreshing!
You are part mobile startup
You are member of Momo Bangalore or Barcamp Bangalore.
You should be a mobile developer
For more details about conf pls look into http://www.nokiadevcon.in/
For passes please mail me at Kesh at numo dot in, The passes will be on first come first served basis.
Please pass this information to all the tech groups you know.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Investment analyst and entrepreneur Dr. Marc Faber concluded his monthly bulletin (June 2008) with the Following:
''The federal government is sending each of us a $600 rebate. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money goes to China. If we spend it on gasoline it goes to the Arabs. If we buy a computer it will go to India. If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. If we purchase a good car it will go to Germany. If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it on prostitutes and beer, since these are the only products still produced in US. I've been doing my part.'
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Even with good training and strong motivation, being a successful entrepreneur is tricky. You have to live with having control and not having control at the same time. It's like this: In big businesses, when you need to cross a river, you simply design a bridge, build it, and march right across. But in a small venture, you must climb on the rocks. You don't know exactly where each step will take you, but you do know the general direction you're moving in. If you make a mistake, you get wet. If your calculations are wrong, you have to inch your way back to safety and find a different route. And, as you jump from rock to slippery rock, you have to like the feeling.
Please find your true calling and love your craft, the risks may outweigh the rewards. Sure, training, talent, and that
most elusive component, good timing, are essential. But they are not enough.You need to have a true passion for what you're doing.
According to one story, when God made the world, he left it a little bit incomplete. Instead of making bread God gave us wheat; instead of bricks, we have clay, and we have to bake the bricks ourselves. Why? So that we are partners in completing the act of creation. Our time on earth is important; we are not passive observers but active participants in making the world a better place. That sense of individual responsibility- the need to ask. How will I participate?- If you are the possibility of creativity, everything works. Just be the POSSIBILTY OF CREATIVITY
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We are having special guests who are experts in each of the areas to spend time and speak of their experiences and also address with case studies.
It is a free event, Registration is must!
1. Product marketing and go-to-market strategies - consumer behavior, segmentation and targeting; positioning and business models; pricing strategy; distribution and scaling strategies
2. Funding, Valuation and Exits - financial models, valuation techniques, capitalization and structuring, exit strategy
3. Sales management - lead management and tracking, incentivising sales and targeting, negotiation and etiquettes, revenue realisation and optimisation
4. Managing new products and innovation - applying technology in products; generating product road maps; involving employees and customers in creating innovation and protecting IP
5. Processes and Statutory compliances - Budgeting and accounting processes, cash and credit management, payroll, taxes and statutory laws (companies, local, employee, export/import, FEMA)
Venue: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Location: Auditorium (Easily accessible from NSRCEL or Cafe Coffee Day)
Visit StatupSaturday and register yourself.
Dr. Vishy Poosala Head of Bell Labs – India Founder and CTO – Geopepper Venture
Talking on Managing innovation and products
Ganesh Rengaswamy- Adviser, Indavest Ventures co-founder, Travel Guru; ex-India Investments lead at Greylock Ventures
Talking on Funding, Valuation and Exits
Anand Prakash Jangid of Anand Prakash & Associates Chartered Accountants
Talking on Processes and Statutory compliances
You can read the profiles at http://www.startupsaturday.in/index.php?title=Bangalore
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
How to Present, Influence and Negotiate
“I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received” – Antonio Porschia
Today, most presenters are content with “data dumping”, which merely exhibits their
knowledge without understanding the capability of the audience to receive information. The ability to articulate ideas clearly is a prized asset and our two day workshop will address the issue of framing the message in a clear, crisp and concise manner. This program will be especially useful for entrepreneurs who need to make winning pitches with VCs, bankers and investors, persuade and negotiate with clients for a better outcome. Based on the feedback of the previous programme, emphasis will be on the negotiation skills.
29th and 30th September 2008
IIM Bangalore Campus
Prof Suresh Bhagavatula
T Chendil Kumar (CK)
N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning
Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560076
Tel: 26993701 Fax: 26993769
For further details visit www.nsrcel.org
Details @ www.NSRCEL.ORG
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
After the death of Nadir Shah at Keleth in 1747, it was passed to his grandson Shah Rukh in Meshed. In 1751 Shah Rukh gave it as a reward to Ahmed Shah at Kabul, and later on it was passed by descent to his eldest son Shah Zaman, and then to Shah Zaman's brother Sultan Shuja.
In 1812 the families of Zaman and Shuja went to Lahore and met Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the last ruler of the Punjab and in return for some favour it was presented to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In 1839, Ranjit Singh died and at that time the Koh-i-noor was valued at one million sterling. Punjab was annexed in 1849 by the East India Company and the diamond was taken by Lord Lawrence and presented to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. The Koh-i-noor now weighed 106 carats and finally found its place in the Imperial Regalia of Britain.
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Please watch the video.. Kolluru Diamond Mines are 5 Km from the place I am standing. There is big irrigation project named Pulichintala coming up. The mines will be submerged in the water.
Have a look at the video! See what my son is doing...other day he asked why to go to temple when you have god at home? I have no answer.....
In the evening, Nishanth Barnwala, Chetana and Vishnath joined us for dinner.
Groom's father presenting the clothes to BRIDE.
After long time I attended the marriage at my native. It was really refreshing. I had nice time.
Main ceremony, Thali.... Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Men and women are two different species whose communication is still @ infancy - Bill Cosby.
Like men and women, entrepreneur and VC are two different species, their ideas are different and their goals are different. Men think about sex, women think about gifts. Entrepreneurs think about the growth, VC think about returns. After all these differences still marriage is possible.
Like marriage brings attachment, commitment, food, caring and responsibility, VC fund also brings few things like Acceleration, etc…
On a lighter note:
Marriage(Woman In Your Life)
No need to worry daily(Food), only monthly worries
No need worry monthly only quarterly worries.
Helping hand for the bright future
Help with future rounds.
Respect in the society. (Pls compare with live-in relationship)
Hands on Help (Nice to Have)
Help In Taking Care
Help in Recruiting (Nice to have)
Like men, entrepreneurs are always thinks about Cost, Control, and Confidentiality. VC's always think about Validations, Scale and sustainability and a great exit.
Few more points:
1. 1. Bedrock for things to work in both is communication - be upfront and clear.
2. 2. If things work its heaven. if they don't its hell. Usually both are experienced alternatively in both cases.
3. 3. At marriage vows are made and after marriage they're broken every day but marriage still survives as long as breaks are not huge. It’s just too inconvenient to divorce! Similarly revenue/profit projections are made at funding and they are hardly ever met (plus or minus) but co still survives as long as negative deviations are not huge. It’s just too inconvenient to liquidate!
PJ: VCs are worse - they want returns from entrepreneurs (who can be women as well) ..hehe
Sorry If I am biased towards any particular gender.
Joke: The VC and entrepreneur are always ready for the marriage. But the problem is VC wants decide who is bride, who is the groom.
Note: Special thanks to Suresh Narasimha (CEO of Telebramha) for instigating these thoughts. He was speaking at NASSCOM product conclave about VC Path.
This time the focus is on Series40 devices using Java. If your startup is in mobile space, this is the best opportunity for your developers. During the camp the developers will benefit from how-to tutorials, intensive discussion with our Code Camp leaders, plus hands-on experience with coding mobile applications.
29th August 2008
Tel: +91 80 40095420
What are you waiting for, ask your developers to register.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This has been said over and over again. How much it is true? They say you require shoulder to cry. You require another head to think. You require another soul to console. Etc..
I heard this again at last week's NSSCOM product conclave.
I feel "For every theory that exists, there is a equal and opposite theory”.
Is There Any Successful Product Startup Started By One Person?
I know few in US. Let me know your comments!
Mr. Kiran Karnik, former President of NASSCOM, speaking at recently concluded NASSCOM product conclave had given 3P Mantra for the Product Startups. Following are the details.
It's said that patience is a virtue and this certainly holds true in practice. It is even truer in this fast-paced society where rushaholics and hurry addicts are in the majority and companies seem to believe that faster is better. Although patience is sometimes mistaken for sloth, it's the patient ones who are the most effective time managers. They tend to think things through before they act and focus more on results than activity. Following are the few characteristics of patient enterprises.
1. Patient companies fully intend to accomplish all their goals but they don't expect it to happen overnight. These companies recognize that time is their ally, not their enemy, and that all goals can be accomplished, given a realistic time frame. They will not hurry to go to a VC or taking the company to public.
2. Patient enterprises are not thrown off balance by momentary delays. These enterprises utilize idle time by working on other tasks or new innovations.
3. Although patient enterprises utilize idle time and waiting time rather than get frustrated by the delay, they seldom perform two activities at the same time if both activities require their attention. So they don't do sales on a marketing platform.
4. These enterprise plan before they act. Consequently they make good decisions, wise choices and sound judgments, achieving above average results.
Know that persistence is the name of the game...and plan accordingly.Those entrepreneurs that meet success do so because they had the ____ to push and prod and coddle their business into existence.
They found a way to keep their business moving forward in a strategic and precisely aligned manner. If something wasn't working for them, then they changed the way it was done. They looked at their business from many angles and found a way to proactively design their business to work the way they needed it to.
"Energy and persistence conquer all things."- Your Entrepreneurial Predecessor, Benjamin Franklin.
It is very important in sales. Today’s “no” doesn’t mean, No forever. You have to keep calling your prospective to customers. It is better to revisit your sales tracking once in a month and give hello calls to everyone in your list.
Passion but passion is most important for every entrepreneur. Passion is a beautiful thing. Passion is what keeps you awake at night because you are so excited about what you are building. Passion is what makes you work on weekends. Passion is what blinds you to imaginary hurdles. Passion is what makes you deaf to destructive criticism. Passion more than makes up for lack of money. Passion attracts talent. Passion attracts customers. Passion brings pride in what you are doing. Passion sells your product. Passion sells your dreams. Passion makes you think differently. Passion makes you less greedy. Passion is what helps you get up after a bad fall. Passion is what builds great companies. Passion is the only hope for a startup. You can right lot about PASSION.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Mobile Monday Bangalore is organizing its August event as a daylong program on Saturday, the 30th of August, 2008 between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore’ (IIMB) Main Auditorium, Bannerughatta Road, Bangalore.
Christened as “MoMo Monsoon” this event aims to create a splash pool of issues ideas, challenges and opportunities in order to evoke interest and excitement of all stakeholders in the Mobile VAS ecosystem.
Mobile Monday is a global community of wireless industry professionals. The open community promotes the wireless industry. It fosters cooperation and networking among interest groups, industry and their companies by providing the logistics and opportunities for personal and virtual contacts. It is an open forum. Organizers and administrators of Mobile Monday chapters have and maintain a good reputation in their community. Bangalore chapter of Mobile Monday started its activities in June 2006 and is the first Mobile Monday chapter in India. Mobile Monday Bangalore popularly known as MoMo Bangalore, is registered as a not for profit organization (Trust). There are more than 700 registered members on its mailing list.
We are expecting in excess of 300 participants spanning entrepreneurs, early adopters, startup teams, industry observers, media, developer community, etc from the mobile eco-system.
For more Details Click Here
Sunday, August 10, 2008
There is no word called “Failure” in the today’s entrepreneur’s dictionary. This is the state of mind of many startups I had met. Failure is not an option! That’s the battle cry of the entrepreneur. Is this is Right?
If “Failure is not an option” what happens if you fail? If I am right more than 50% new business will disappear in the first two years. I am sure this number will be very high, especially if we consider the startups that are started in spare bedroom and closed by that time next relative arrives.
So what do you do if you’ve decided that failure is not an option? Do you commit suicide when you end up among the majority of start-ups that crash? A small percentage of entrepreneurs actually take this grim avenue. I wouldn’t recommend it. I think a wise entrepreneur needs to have plenty of options, including failure.
Many of us don’t want to allow “Failure as an option” into your consciousness, fearing we may doom ourself to it. The advice many of us get from so many of the so called self improvement books is to not to allow failure word in the dictionary. Because of this many of new entrepreneurs seem to believe that reality is little more than the projection of will. Thus, if they commit to the belief that “failure is not an option,” they will not fail.
May be I am wrong! Please let me know your comments!
Note: Thomas Edison had 2000 failed attempts at creating an effective light bulb.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
VC Or Angel:
With the requisite talent already in place in the Indian IT/ITeS and Technology industry, the sight of aspiring ingenious technological start-ups on the domestic terrain certainly does not raise an eyebrow. One thing that is common among these startups is, it is the dearth of funds to kick-start the ventures.
Why Angel, Why Not VC:
Many o f these start-ups need a smaller investment size that does not fall under the purview of Venture Capitalists. 8 out of the 10 start-up’s I came across are planning raise 0.25 to 0.5 million dollars. 19 out of 20 VC’s minimum investment is more than one million dollars.
There is this dearth of angel investors in India. Many of us came VC’s in one or other conferences. It is very hard to come across an angel investor. I fell this is partly attributed to the fact that angel investing is typically done by first generation entrepreneurs. In India, first-generation entrepreneurs are as old as decade or two and it is only now that they are turning towards angel investing. If I go by this equation the number of angel investors are too less to fund the scale of innovation happening out there.
My suggestion to all the entrepreneurs who are planning to raise less than one million dollars is STOP CHASING VCS, START LOOKING FOR ANGELS. Look for the people who made money in last decade or two, especially in your start-up domain. According Mr.Srinivas Udayagiri MD Lightspeed , in India only 8 out of 1000 proposals were sanctioned VC funds last year.
We should get more successful entrepreneurs than VC to the conferences . Especially in the conferences that are focused on early startups.
Friday, August 8, 2008
It was very tough for me to explain. I told him kids can not control the bladder. He told me, he is not a kid any more, he buys a ticket in the train. :-)
Other day when we were in the train, I told him about the necessity of ticket from five years onwards.
What is Silly Saithu?
Thi series is all about the silly questions asked by my son. These are not silly questions, but silly. He is just complete five years. Chaitu is my son's nick name. One of our close family friend from Tamilnadu calls his Saithu. I love the way he calls.
At the launch of Venture Capital Association of India Mr.TC Nair (Sebi’s Whole time member) said the market regulator was in favour of balancing investments by VC funds across different sectors.
My heart says, it is very good. I want the investments in all the sectors. Especially education, agriculture research, health etc…
My mind says, capital will flow where ever it has to flow. People will invest where they like to invest. It is very foolish to force people.
At present 90% of the VC funds are foreign funds and TAX free. If I am right most of these funds are coming through Mauritius. If required an VC fund can open another firm in Mauritius and invest in the area where they liked.
Let us discuss this in the upcoming StartupSaturday Bangalore. Off-course off-line...
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
was in the similar position when attended yesterday's TiE event. I had only three cards. What to do? As I realized early(Reminded by CEO), I planned to use two tricks i have for this kind of situation.
You can tackle this situation using technology. BizCard is one of the feature in MyDuniya consumer services. You store your business card in MyDuniya website, you can forward it to the particular person's mail id. Your business card will go as VCF attachment to the mail id. The other user can add your details to address book with single click. As it goes through sms, I call it as sCard. Do you have sCard if not please go and have one at MyDuniya
Second Networking Friend:
In these scenario, better to find a friend in the event who is very good at networking. You always be with him. Whenever your friend exchage a card the other person, the other person will offer a card, you can say him you exhausted your cards and you will get back.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
You can find more details at http://bangalore.tie.org/TGS/EM/viewevent/viewEventPT?id_event=2203&from_where=chapter_homepage
It is worth attending this event. I am going to be there.
Monday, June 30, 2008
If you think can write well, then it is for you. He/she will get a free getoff~ trip – work is to compile places to stay and write about them for getoffurass.com and Hiddenplaces.in. All expenses will be taken care except booze and cigarettes. Yes booze and cigarettes you have to pay.
Whoever is on will get to travel on getoff~ Ladakh 2008 trips with our other clients. If interested pls write to us with one or two of
To check about getoff~ Ladakh trips - http://www.getoffurass.com/trip_ladakh.htmI could have grabbed this opportunity, if I was bachelor. I love traveling. My mind is saying if's and but's don't have any meaning.
There is nothing called free lunch in this world. :-)
Friday, June 27, 2008
It really does not matter, whom you vote for, it really matters whom you votes against. It is always better to check and vote, especially in close groups. It is worse if you are voting against the leader in the group.
In our recent apartment association meeting, we were discussing about what apartment association should bear, what it should not. The discussion became hot regarding electrical fittings, it is about individual apartment’s MCB and electrical Meters at common control panel board. Our president decided to call for a vote on this.
7 to 3 in favor of individual should bear. The three who voted against are Tapas (Our beloved association president), Gaurang (I think he is secretary, but one of the office bearer) and someone else. Within 30 seconds of vote, our president said we will discuss again and take a decision.
I am pretty sure when they discuss it again, there won't be more than 4 people. I have raised my concerns. Don't you think it is killing of democracy, especially with in 30 seconds? It clearly says your vote really doesn't count. It is like, Either you vote in favor of Govt or don't vote.
After the meeting someone asked, when is next apartment association election? I asked when the last was. May be the elections also happened like this. Kidding...
Let me know how your apartment association operates.
Note: Tapas is good friend of mine, he is very nice. He is doing his best as association president.
It's been long time we were planning to play cricket in the office. We planned to play against SuperSeva or Srishti. Initially it was head count problem we were not even 11 at that time. When we were 11 people in MyDuniya we got really busy. Some how our CEO, who is very energetic player behind us for cricket. He even went and bought the Bat and ball. At last it is got kicked off last Friday. As I was on my business trip to Mumbai, I couldn't be play.
When I heard about last week's play, I decided to play this week. As the Friday approached, our CEO Ganapathy went on a trip to DELHI. Finally we left with 8 people. We decided to play, we reached Lawrence School Play ground at 5:30pm.
We split into two teams, Sandeep and Sachin (Not Sachin Tendulkar) are two captains.
In one team Sachin, Me, Mohan and Tirumala. In another team Sandeep, Pavan, Vijay and Satya. Pavan was the hero of the last week's game. He is no doubt a good player. He bats well and bowls well too.
We decide to have six overs a side match. Sandeep won the toss and elected to bat. Sachin started of nicely. As I don't my team's strength, I decided to wait to and watch. Sandeep got all out for 13 runs. We score 15 runs for 1 wicket in 3 overs.We played one more match after that, there is nothing great to write about it.
As the school's play ground is hardly 50 mts, why to wait for Friday, Why not every day in the evening for 30 mts from 6:00 to 6:30pm.
ALL WORK N NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY
NOTE: I forgot to take my mobile to the game so only know pictures, surely next time.
It was my better half B'day yesterday. Initially I have not planned anything special, as my brother in law came the night before, we decided to have cake cutting at night 12'o clock. We even planned to make it as surprise. The surprise thing got spoiled, as my wife saw us bringing the cake.
Laxmi is from rural place, she is not much interested in Cake cutting. She said no for 12'o clock cake cutting, because it will disturb our son's sleeping. He has getup early for his school, she has get up early for to see us off.
In the morning my son got up, as he saw the CAKE in the fridge, he came to know about his MOM's b'day. He insisted for cake cutting in the morning. He led from the front, from setting up the table to arranging candle and knife.
This is my firs cake cutting experience early in the morning. It was really good.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Best Vangibath at Pradeep's house..
Life with out wife (Comfort vs Happiness)
MySon's new pet
Into The World
Trip to Warangal,
Big Q at my son's school for books and uniforms.
MOMO April and many more...
I have captured pictures of all the above..Will do in this week
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ever wondered what it would be like, if you had to forward your resume when you are on the move and had no internet connection? Well, you can now conjure up this act with just an SMS. MyDuniya Networks is one platform which has taken SMS utility to the next level.
MyDuniya Networks demonstrated the beta version of their consumer services at
Consumers can store their files (typically resumes or other documents) and assign a keyword (let’s say CV.file). Whenever an user wants to forward the file he can just sms CV.file
You can send quick mails to anyone while you are on the move using SMS. You have to sms
MyDuniya services can be used on all phones. At present MyDuniya services are available in Karnataka through Shortcode 53695 for Airtel. The shortcode is priced at Re 1/- only, that is why they are calling it the SmartCode. The services are available through 99801 53695 for others. Please check www.myduniya.in for more details. Their enterprise services are available at www.myduniya.co.in
Monday, April 21, 2008
The place is booked and music is on. The party started of slowly. As music moved from slow rock to metal, we also moved to sipping the beer to bottoms up. First Round all six of us finished with a style. As I am not regular bottoms up guy I cam last. At the moment one thing I decided, I may lose the battle, I am going to win the war.
The Fun Starts Now:
We five planned to go in three cars.
Thalassemia Major is a genetic, blood disorder which affects more than 1 lakh children in the country. Children suffering from this disorder cannot produce haemoglobin, which carries the oxygen, that we breathe in, to the various parts of the body. These children are born with the disorder, and will survive only if given regular blood transfusions. And, the transfusions need to be given every 15 days on an average, throughout their lives.
Repeated blood transfusions result in an undesirable build up of iron in the body, which can be fatal. The child has to take an injection everyday to dispose off the excess iron. This injection is given by a special infusion pump, over a period of 8 to 10 hrs, everyday. In most cases the injection is switched on before the child goes to sleep and detached the next morning. An oral drug has been developed for iron disposal which can replace the injection. This drug is relatively affordable. But the drug does not work with some children.
You can more information about Thalassemia at http://www.rotaractmumbaighatkopar.org/Thalassemia
The family goes through lot of pain, they have to check for the blood donor every 3 weeks. I think I should help this kid as much as possible. Towards it I found the next donor for Master Subramani. I am looking for the people from
Do we have any technical solution to help these people?
I think yes. It is matter of connection Donor and Seekers.
- There will be a registration page for donors.
· Name, Email, Mobile Number, Land Line number and Blood group information will be collected.
· Last blood donation date.
- There will be registration page for the seekers.
· Name, Mobile number, Land Line number, Address and Blood Group will be collected. Last transfusion date will be gathered.
- We will assign 10 donors for each patient.
- Each person can give blood only once in 6 month.
- The system will schedule the of donors for particular patient
- The Auto schedule will be automatically for three weeks.
- The patient can update the next blood requirement date by SMS.
- The system will send the e-mail and SMS to next two donors.
- It will inform before three days, Two days On that day and two hours.
- Donors can send and update their availability by SMS.
I think I am pretty much done… Need to find a Ruby or PHP developer. Is there any fresher/student looking for live project please contact me.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It was my birthday on April 10th. It was a one of those special B'day. Your both bosses (Better Half and Manager) are not in town. Better half is not in town means loads of freedom. Manager is not in town mean lots of responsibility.
My colleagues got the B’day cake to start the celebrations. Thanks to all my colleagues and friends.