I am Arun Manivannan. I am an experimentalist.

Arun Manivannan

One of the my most experimented things is my career.

When I was 10, I used to watch the newsreaders and think - ’Wow, these guys really know a lot. I should become a “Reporter”. So, when I completed my Junior college and chose to be Booking Clerk with Indian Railways, it was just a matter of months before I knew that I had to move on.

A year later, I went in to be a Junior Reporter for the Special Branch of the State Police. Two years down, I figured that it was not all that I imagined it to be. So, after my part-time Commerce under-graduation, I took up Human Resource Management - another obvious wrong choice.

While I was exposed to computers at 10 (early for my generation in India) and despite my Dad took a fat loan to buy me a PC at 16, it was only at 21 that I figured out that computers is for me. Perpetual need to learn more, refreshing challenges by the hour, brain aching problems and the rush of the blood when you solve them - a career in programming was a no-brainer, even for a peanut sized brain like mine.

So, I went ahead and did my Post-Graduation in Computer Science. Now, you may ask - How much of bits and bytes would stick on a brain that is used to debit and credit? Well, None. So, after quite a bit of self-study, I decided to pursue one (hopefully) last Masters in Technology with the NUS that ends next April.

Now and then I think of the Steve Job’s speech on connecting the dots and I can’t help but laugh. However, I am sure, barring outliers, the scatter plot will have a linear regression.

What is this blog about?

After 5 years of programming, I faced a problem. The problem was that I wasn’t able to solve real problems, huge problems. There were two choices - to give up and complain about a bad start or go back and rerun. This time, just run better.

This blog is just a log of all the dots of the big plot.

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