I read Brad Feld’s blog every day, he wrote yesterday about how his father inspired and influenced him in this one .
I got inspired by this and was thinking about my parents role in shaping me.
My Mom, she was incredibly strong person who pretty much took care of our extended family. She imbibed in my the values I have today
- Do not compare yourself with the haves but look at have not, be thankful to God for being blessed with what you have
- she Cared for people and was compassionate person – I probably learnt to value every person as human being from her
- I was part of her entrepreneurial experiments, which inspired me do stuff when I was in 11th grade
- Being the eldest of two, I had ring side view of pressures she had to handle (many a time pledged Jewels and redeemed it for her!) , she balanced my dad and diverse interest of our extended family
- Observing her made me a strong individual and also made me mature quickly as a teen
- I had to repeat my 4th Grade and then was on the verge of repeating 8th Grade but it my father who figured out a loop-hole and moved me to another school (I vowed silently to never trouble my dad about my education – I did keep it). In another middle-class house-hold in India, I might have never recovered and become Top 10 student (from my eight grade – I was in Top 10 ranks of my class till I completed my education – I figured out how to game the System i.e score marks)
- He started bringing home Computer magazines in 1985, that made me explore programming in 1986 when I had completed 10th Grade
- After preparing for IIT JEE for a few months, I gave-up – he was disappointed but did not insist I continue
- I learnt BE Comp. Sc. courses were not tailored for Comp Programming career and told him in my 11th Grade, I am not going to pursue Engineering degree but instead do B.Sc. Comp Sci – he said OK (which was huge in 1980s India)
- I wanted to stop education after B. Sc. and go work in Bangalore as programmer in 1991, strongly advised me to pursue Post graduate degree and I agreed.
- Latter I made decision to go work in Saudi Arabia – he hated my decision but said nothing
- I tried my hand in Entrepreneurship he supported me, I gave up (he felt I did not give myself enough chance to succeed) but supported me.
- My Father introduced me to Cricket, took me to a test Match in 1981-82 – Making me a life long cricket fan (it would have been swell of an experience to taken him and Anand to CSK games!)
- Every 4 years he tooks us to various parts of India and introduced us to how big and diverse India was
- I learned the rules of the road and developed “road sense” at very early age from watching my father and what he taught us