For 15 years from September 2004, I was the quintessential Software Guy. I started off at Wipro Technologies, Hyderabad, India, as a J2EE Web Developer, building classical B2B websites using the Struts Framework. In July 2009, I joined Pegasystems as part of their fledgling R&D unit in India. Over the next 10 years I worked up various roles at Pega from being a Front End Engineer in their first UI Team to architecting their Mobile web solutions as Technical Lead to building the Scrum teams for their first Full Stack Cloud Native MERN solutions as Engineering Manager and finally running Pega's Omni Channel Customer Service Communication Platform as the Senior Product Manager. My later years at Pega were especially thrilling as I got to work on the integration of the various startups Pega acquired and thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to the fast paced and adaptive culture of these gems and their founding teams.
On my 15th work-versary in September 2019 I decided it was time to take that longish break from work to spend time and travel with the loves of my life - my 3 dogs. The next one year was a bitter sweet rollercoaster of road trips, COVID-19, lockdowns, unlocks and the second wave! Amongst all this, as I thought through the next chapter of my life, I decided it must be something to do with dogs and startups. Thus, in January 2021, TailTrails started taking shape with the objective of offering products and services that address the fundamentals of care giving for pets and doesn't bother about floroscent green dog beds. As I work my ay the solid foundations of my company, I also intend to freelance for other startups and offer the value of my past in their present and fuel the success of their future.
In all my Software Engineering roles I have always been thrilled to walk up to the white board, flesh out a piece of architecture and then code it down. Hence most of my memorable Engineering moments have architecture and code at their center. Here go a few:
How often do our designations actually reflect our roles? And how often do our roles restrict the responsibilities we fulfill in our jobs? I believe this graph portrays much better my experiences than a mere listing of my 10 designations over the 17 years
I have always enjoyed knowing the people I have worked with. About their lives, their likes, their families, about what keeps them ticking and what got them here (in life i.e.). I hope you do the same. So, here's a bit about me, personally.
I was born and brought up in the small beautiful hilly town named Ranchi that's the capital of the state of Jharkhand in India. After finishing school, I did my Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications from St. Xavier's College, Ranchi , the alma mater for my whole family. And then began the most enthralling chapter of my life as part of the WASE Program (now WILP) at Wipro, where I completed my M.S. in Software Engineering from BITS, Pilani. The rest, as I say, is History!
Now I live in the (very disputed) Biryani Capital of India - Hyderabad - with my wife and our 3 dogs - Auro, Abbie and Genie. When not perched on my work chair, I am positioned in our kitchen. I'm the undisputed Chef De Cuisine of the house! At other times I can be found either behind a book or behind my car's steering wheel. We are a very road-faring family always on the lookout for dog friendly experiences. Our hope is to find more of them in India and TailTrails is our endeavor to make it happen.