At an invitation from my friend, I went to attend a religious discourse by a Swamiji who returned recently from theU.S.The moment I entered my friend’s sprawling bungalow, I noticed the Swamiji had already concluded his discourse and was engaged in a private conversation with his disciples.As I wished to get the Swamiji’s blessings, I went near him. He greeted me with a smile and said, “ How are you Dr.Rao?” I was surprised at the familiarity and before I could reply he said, ‘how is your Software Consultancy and export of man power’? His next query, took me by total surprise as he said, ‘are you still classifying your employees under three categories?’
Even as I wondered how he knew about something which I thought was my secret, he said ‘you always used to say that you deal with people having a constipated look’, ‘a sickly look’ and a ‘dejected look.’ According to you software professionals whose passports are stamped with the U.S.visa and are waiting for their tickets to be organized for their departure fall in the first category; the second category professionals wait anxiously for a telephonic interview after you send their c.v. to their prospective employers and in the third category fall all those who think it is demeaning to work on their home soil having failed to make it to their destination.’
Suddenly I started recalling my conversation with my close friend about the Swamiji and I distinctly remembered he never credited the Swamiji with any yogic powers apart from his religious discourses and social service activities. Not able to contain my curiousity any longer, I requested the Swamiji to tell me how he was aware of all that I might have shared with my colleagues in the profession.
‘Don’t you remember me Dr.Rao? I am Narayan, and we worked together some years ago.’
I was dumbstruck for a moment. I never imagined Narayan, a topper from the IIT and IIM to have turned into a spiritual leader instead of a leader in the Software profession.
It was my turn to ask him numerous questions which he patiently answered. I t appeared after landing in the U.S.he worked for our client for a month and left the company when he was offered a job on higher pay by another consultancy firm. From thereon he rapidly switched jobs for more and more money, changing ten companies in a span of two years.
One fine day he got so dejected as he did not know for whom he would work or where he would be in the next few weeks. It was at this juncture he happened to attend a religious discourse by a South Indian Swamiji who was on a visit to the States. ‘Since then life had changed for me and I decided to join his spiritual mission’, he said.
He went on, ‘you know, there are similarities between ‘spiritual activities’ and ‘software development activity’ because in both we talk about ‘coding’ specifications in writing programmes.’
As I bid good bye to my former colleague turned Swamiji, I asked myself as to who was responsible for a topper from two prestigious institutions inIndiato have taken such a decision? Has it to do with the existing conditions for the software professionals or, is it because of the conditions prevailing in our country itself for these professionals to seek greener pastures which might end in their disillusionment!
N Meera Raghavendra Rao