Saif Ali Shaik

April 17, 2022

Time that Still

I never developed a habit of sharing grief with people around me, although I fluently vision, plan, and strategy. I guess I got this habit from my dad. Like my manager says, I write what I think. He identified I express myself in writing before I am self-aware about it. I can't write about anything if I'm in. • Confusion • Grief Today ...
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January 26, 2022

Two most reasonable ROI ideologies for Self Improvement

This month's completion makes me three years into my career. Let me be honest, and it wasn't a roller-coaster ride. It is was like most purposeful companies building some genuine software. It was my kind of routine. #1 - The career doesn't have to happen simply on its own So I joined Freshworks in Jan 2019. I got a fantastic manager wh...
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December 26, 2021

I got a founder create a lifetime subscription plan (for me)

2021 is primarily a year where I took action to improve my productivity. It has been a very tough job. I am still not perfect at it. But my efforts during this process have helped me do something which otherwise I would never even bother. In this Journal, I will write about a small story of me writing to an app on the Android App Store...
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November 28, 2021

The Routine

I stayed about ~ 4 months alone in a single flat in Chennai when the government imposed COVID travel restrictions. It was easy in the beginning until my first 45 days. Most of all, it helped me become a more independent thinker. Today, I wanted to talk about the last 45 days at home and my transition back to work from the office. Being...
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October 20, 2021

Toxic Legalse & CX — Zolo Stays and Walnut

A few months ago, I started reading a book — Tools and Weapons. I don't remember how I started reading this book. Brad Smith, Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft, wrote this book. Curious about our legal works in the tech industry, I started reading this book. I still haven't completed it. But this book has shaped a perspective that helpe...
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October 10, 2021

I only knew direction, not destination

By default, people often as us - What do you want to become when you grow up? Maybe that moment when we were a kid. The teacher comes in and asks us this question. I quickly said something I don't even clearly remember - an electrician? An engineer? The same question is in different ways as we grow. More general question one should ask...
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August 29, 2021

When I took my parents to my workplace

Living hundreds of kilometers away from home is something I've gotten used to within a few months after moving to Chennai. Parents. They don't really get a chance to sit side by side in class to see me interacting with friends, classmates, or situations. The ones who raised me over two decades can only picture what day-to-day looks and...
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August 21, 2021

Learning from mistakes is overrated

I read that failure is the stepping stone to success before even I know what loss is or what success is. I remember first reading this statement somewhere in a classmate's notebook and then on a wall at my school. I never thought about it until the next exam, and I got lower marks than my expectations. I somehow perceived it as a failu...
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July 25, 2021

Independent? Then there's Interdependence.

My whole life, I developed this lousy paradigm to become as independent as possible. We feel restrained to do a lot of things from a very young age. • If I need to buy a new bag, I need to ask my parents for it. • If I need to go on a holiday trip, I need to seek permission for it. • If I need money, I need to request it. • If I need t...
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July 11, 2021

The Curl-Hand Org Culture

Every single person in the world will want to live a better life as they leave the planet than with the life they were born. After the world adopted the currency culture, it incentivizes every person to build and make almost anything that makes the world better. • If person A sings a song and person B enjoys it, the currency culture al...
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July 4, 2021

Next phase of fame

I have always wondered how people in business like Elon Musk became celebrities. In the early days, rulers of kingdoms used to be celebrities. They were recognized for their discipline, bravery, and commitment to serve their people. At the beginning of the industrial revolution, it's the inventors who were celebrities. They were recogn...
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June 13, 2021

Be selfish on what matters

Over 2.5 years since I graduated from my college, there are only a few close friends with whom I could keep in touch every week (Despite every little effort I put in). Sometimes conversations with these friends end up accusing me of being selfish in my college days except my closest ones. In a fun way. :) So I began to comprehend how I...
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May 15, 2021

Switching companies for just compensation raise is bad career strategy

For the first time in my life, my inbox saw 12 recruiters knocking on the door to initiate a conversation offering better pay and job role withinllast two weeks. These companies ranging from SaaS companies to Blockchain space. Never did I think, I needed to save a template email to nicely say I am not looking for a career switch at my ...
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May 1, 2021

No currency to Cryptocurrency

Most of us may not remember our first interaction with money. But it should probably be going to a small shop to buy candy. I get candy. My mom or dad probably have paid ₹1 for it. Sooner it is simply accepted ₹ is a universal idea to buy and sell. So I decided to dig into this universal idea. It obviously takes us to the era that we n...
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April 20, 2021

My failed attempt to bring technology to schools

This is one of my writings of the past. I love it so much that I want it on my personal blog. Over 4 years ago, a student who was excited to teach fellow students what I learned about building android apps, websites, and IoT experiments, began to dream about building a product or service. It's simply because of an amazing team that hel...
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April 13, 2021

Be vigilant

As children we ask genuine questions but I wonder if any child got the answer she needed to hear. It is always the answer that some else want us to hear. The only answer I've repeatedly heard on why I should try to pass my 10th class exams with 90%+ is that I get to hope for good life. I am sure you might have heard some or other varia...
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April 6, 2021

The success illusion

For a long time, I have immersed myself in many success quotes that are biased or irrelevant. In different contexts, success is felt in different ways. In the current generation, motivational content is a well-performing segment of social media and elsewhere. So no wonder we consume so-called 'Success Quotes' and ending up nowhere. I w...
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March 30, 2021

Unrelated suicide and outrage

3 years earlier, one night something really unfortunate happened. A girl committed suicide. I do not know her personally, not have I seen her. Students all over were discussing this topic. All about Why and How this happened. Like everyone else, I was in my room with couple of great friends discussing the same topic as soon as we heard...
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March 28, 2021

Building meaningful friends for life

I reflect a lot on my life and every circumstance that happens within my life. If someone asks me, "What are your plans for this weekend?". My answer should ideally be, "Retrospection," -- Which is not what I say. As a 23-year-old, I am still in the phase of discovering life little by little. I may not have all the means to understand ...
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March 18, 2021

Be the Mentee you'd ever want

Call it Trainee, Mentee, Intern. The fact is the learnings those are attractive to you in this phase shape some of the most important perspectives of the career. This is exactly why taking best advantage of this temporary role is crucial to make great career choices. Don't try to be important person in the room It is quite natural to f...
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March 13, 2021

Graduation speech I wish I had given in 2019

It is mentioned "I wish" not because I did not take a step to do so but because there never existed any chance in the first place. My college celebrated two occasions as part of the 'Bye Bye' stages of college life. 1. Achiever's Day - Students who got placed in companies participate as occasion. 2. Convocation Day - Students sit down ...
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March 6, 2021

Computers, Games and decade of 2005 - 2015

I don't remember my age precisely. Over the period of my 20 years, my parents shifted over 6 homes in my hometown. It's the time when we were in our first house. A small house and a table with a PC on it. My dad used to build a software using Oracle forms reading some physical books. I didn't really gave a second thought, I went near o...
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