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somras Your Monday morning cuppa HFI buzz!

30th Mar 2009

This too shall pass...

Jaago re

By Eric Schaffer

By Tabita Kurien, Bangalore

I've had staff around the world ask me how they can keep their spirits up through these hard times. The global market downturn has indeed had its impact on HFI (along with almost everyone except bankruptcy lawyers). We have seen revenues drop. We have had to layoff many friends and cut expenses in awkward ways. It has been one rough ride for us all.

I am sure all of you must have heard or seen this campaign. I was among the people who were least bothered to vote. But I must applaud this campaign, which did drive me to get my voters card.

My first thought is we should expect to feel these effects. If we don't feel it, we would be in denial. We deserve time to mourn these losses and feel anger toward the global (ok, mostly American) mistakes that have created the mess. If you feel depressed, know that it is ok. The situation has indeed been depressing (hmmm, they do call it a 'depression' as opposed to 'big down turn').

You can go online and download a form from http://www.jaagore.com. It is a very simple form to fill and the experience is great. All they need is your attested address proof, your identity proof and two passport size photographs. They have a huge list of FAQs that is extremely helpful, especially for people who Image by Anu Gupta, Mumbai have changed their residence umpteen number of times.

HFI management has worked really hard to manage this situation with calm, fairness, compassion, and savvy. I thank Apala, Hitesh, and Sarit on the India side. In the USA; Jay and team have been brave, and balanced, and simply amazing. We are using this turbulence to shake up HFI and make it more competitive and see that it is very ready to grow aggressively in the future. I have asked that the USA side undergo a radical transformation. We need to become a real company that has rules and follows rules. I have asked the USA side to begin the process of ISO certification. I have asked them to make the culture change to a mature operation. We are going to have ONE method, and ONE set of processes, tools, and templates. We are going to have audits and a quality council to ensure enforcement. With help from India (with ISO already in place) we will make this happen. Not everyone will want to join us for that ride. But we will work together to pioneer a new level of mastery in this field. HFI will be unstoppable because none of us is as smart as all of us. So if you feel gloomy, OWN IT. This is the nature of the time. It might be great to have a continuous boom time forever. But that is not the way the system works. And in fact this bad time will create the story you will tell your grandchildren about. The majesty of life is in its size. It is like a towering roller coaster. It is entertaining, but the ups and downs are part of that grand design. And, of course, as the Zen monk said, "This too shall pass."

Next you go to the corporation office according to your present residence to submit your form. After around two weeks you can go back to the corporation office to collect your card. They take your receipt, verify your details on the laptop, immediately take a picture with the web cam, and next print out the voter card. Then another person laminates the voter card and hands it over to you. The process hardly takes two minutes. I was extremely happy to see how technology is creating awareness, reaching out and assisting in the whole process. It is very inspiring to see young people assisting you. Through the whole process of getting my voter card, a person kept contacting me regarding the status of the card. I was initially extremely happy to see how they were tracking my card, but to my dismay after I got my card he called me again to ask for money. I was shocked and pretended I didn’t understand. Corruption to get a voter card? I soon realized this is why I need to vote. Be the change you want to see. Go get your voters card today and vote. I think it’s high time we stop complaining and start doing. No this is not an ad for Jaago re but an appeal to do your duty as citizens of a democracy.


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After a long week at work, Friday night finally arrived. And this was one we’d been looking forward to—not just because of the break from work, but because we had Phil Goddard with us. HFI’s top-notch musician soothed our soul with his melodic licks and dreamy voice. Co-guitarist Eric perfectly complemented him with a grungy voice. Fond memories of the sixties and seventies came back to life as the crowd drifted into a state of inebriation. The Beatles, John Denver, U2… to name just a few and even some of Phil’s unique compositions made for a perfect evening. The duo rocked the party till late that night with amazing stamina and the magic of that night still lingers though days have passed and Phil has gone back to the wild west.

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