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Adieu MapR. Ahoy StreamSets!

Having sailed the challenging & choppy waters over the last 4 (almost) years and contributing to its success, 31.07.2017 marks my last day at MapR in general and the MapR Support family in particular. Time has come for me to move on to more challenging roles where I look forward to applying all the experiences I've gained till date and continue to learn further. I will be certainly leaving this place with a lot of good memories; at the same time greatly thankful to MapR for having shaped my formative years and also for being the springboard to many a goals in my life.

It was definitely a different ball-game when I transitioned into this territory from my incarnation prior to MapR. MapR Support "trenches" were most of the time filled with gut wrenching "combats" and "fire-fightings". But I guess, at the end of the day, it was that mix of challenges and uncertainties that brought the sweet taste of glory (via customer satisfaction). That battlefield has comparatively grown colder and more manageable as the team and maturity has evolved. The nomadic spirit embodied within me miss that hustle brought in by the currently prevailing serenity. Of course, needless to say, that serenity is a much needed life-cycle for an evolving organization.

But then there are warriors who yearn for meaningful actions and thrive on the resulting adrenaline rush and I am thrilled at the prospect of exploring such a terrain through another budding and early-stage start-up — StreamSets.

MapR gave me the first taste of a start-up culture, back in 2013, with a rare combination of flexibility and work-life balance. At the same time, nudging you towards taking responsibilities on your shoulders and being independently accountable. I consider that as a rare privilege and ingredient people get to experience in the professional spheres these days. Up until then, such a level of freedom coupled with responsibility was not known to me, having mostly been confined to larger enterprises (except may be for the stint I'd with my first employer, but that was different). I simply fell in love with the place, the crew (my teammates), the work, the leadership (I'd not be doing justice to my post if I missed him and him) and the product as a result of which I never had the strong urge to seek out other opportunities.

So, why now - you may wonder? There always comes a time when one needs to give opportunity the respect it deserves. Thereby satiating that carnal desire to explore unchartered territories to try and push your limits to the next level. It is that what I am and will be seeking within StreamSets. Though it is too early a stage to color the canvas with the pros and cons of my new employer, the early vibes I got interacting with and listening to (during their screening process) Vu Trang, Rupal Shah, Jonathan Natkins (Natty), Hiro Kuwabara and Jarcec Cecho have been enlightening, educational and immensely useful. The culture (a quality that I value a lot) embodied within StreamSets could not have been better conveyed by anyone other than Arvind Prabhakar, making it easier for me to come to a final decision.

Although it was a short (almost 4 years) stint at MapR, it seemed like a long time (as perception of time was lost due to lack of boredom) and was sufficient to get oneself exposed to an excellent product, an outstanding pool of talent and a very supportive and cooperative extended family at MapR. Being a small (and getting smaller) and closely knit world, I would not be surprised (and hope to) to see my path crossing with MapR as an organization and/or with the (ex-)folks work(ing/ed) there.

Years from now, I am quite positive that I'll be able to look back at my career at MapR with pride and know/say that I was part of a success story. And that thought could not have been better reinforced through the presentation Anil Gadre gave during the CXO session on 20.07.2017 (IST time) which was my last attendance to such sessions. Definitely, the industry will be seeing colossal tidal-waves, than ripples, from the MapR powerhouse. But for now, I'd like to take leave and be part of another story; an exfoliating story that I'd like to believe has yet another success story to reveal at its core.

Wishing Team MapR the very best it deserves and looking forward to seeing a successful transition benefitting both MapR as an organization and the members who have and are toiling hard to bring about that transition.

Team MapR, it was certainly an honour. Thank you and good luck!

With love, from my fellow trench-mates!

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Final destination ...

"Which of your Lord's favour's will you deny?" - Javed's end was quick (and unexpected I'm sure, as many a time it is).

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Many of us are given exposure to the proximity of such event(s) during our lifetime; given glimpses, to ponder and reflect about our final destination and the gate to go to or strive for. Sadly, we choose to remain (and automatically programmed/distracted to believe) as onlookers thinking the end is an event prescribed for the people opposite to us and get distracted by the glitz and glamour of the duty-free shops.

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Trust ...

Trusting someone else is easier said than done. One can be foolish and trust someone blindly. But to give it thought, taking calculated risks, etc. requires courage; an unspoken willpower. The courage to be ready to be at the losing end; the courage to step forward and assist not knowing the full picture; the courage to wage your dearest as your best bet.

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Fear, struggle and crushing disappointments ...

A friend shared the following link with me the other day. A quick glance and I realized it was an intimidating read considering the length; more so, as I was trying to grapple with various other tasks at hand that had a far greater grip over my interests and focus. I know, I need to keep away from falling for that.

But as I read on, I found myself being pulled into the past; a past that my dad talks about often - of personalities and their talents. What touched me most as I read each of Manna’s response were the small interspersed incidents that showed that the larger than life aura the industry and the fans created around those entertainers indeed did have mortal beginnings; the same fear and struggle, the very same crushing disappointments, etc. that many of us are used to. But perseverance and God’s Grace saw them through to their destinations.

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MSM ...

End of mainstream media (MSM), that’s what Newsbud had to highlight as one of the many significant developments of 2016. Many of us who follow world events on and off are obviously aware of the intentional distortions introduced into our everyday cup-of-news.

Sadly, most of the time we can only lament about it. I say, one of the New Year resolutions should be to act upon to try and reduce such intrusions, if not eliminate them totally. Ways and means? Each of us has to try and find out ways that are adoptable. Like Sadhguru says, “Any effective change in the world can be brought about only by getting people involved in a movement and not by imposing rules.”

We need to step up and identify our movements. If none exist, have the intention to create one. In that manner only, inch-by-inch, can we expect to see positive change around us.

The other thing to note, which I found to be of serious concern is the concerted effort across the globe to stifle the freedom of internet as we know it today. That day may not be very far when we’ll find ourselves telling the next generation of an internet that existed where people were free to express themselves. Of a platform where hand-twisting did not exist to distort truth so as to meet the preferences of a “few”.

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Blood, pain and scream ...

Man is born in blood, pain and scream …” - (1356, Pg. 33, Notes from Prison by Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
I guess that’s something we really need to ponder, especially during dire straits. The foundation of being born new cannot be torn away from what we dislike. It is only through gut wrenching events one can and should expect results that pierce the soul.

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The Glass Castle revisited ...

It is true that keeping a journal, however insignificant or detailed, does have its ROI. What prompts me to write this entry is this - the last couple of days I have been the usual hopeless nostalgia-filled-existence I turn myself into at times; this, I do not say with any self-pity. I enjoy every bit of those moments I slip into.

So, I started where from I could find most of the “interesting debris” - my Gmail inbox (God bless Google for that). Started my usual weeding process; clearing the insignificant mails. That’s when I saw a mail pointing to this old thread of mine. I clearly had no recollection of ever having read that, but was definitely intrigued by the emotions I’d expressed in it, in the form of a feedback. That took my curiosity to do a quick Google check and I was surprisingly thrilled to see that the book was getting made into a movie. Thrilled not really about the upcoming movie; I guess, more out of the realization borne out of knowing how small events still stick to your life even after many years; in ways, we seldom understand.

I’m eternally grateful, yet again, to Jacob for having been the reason behind setting this piece of my life in motion. I’d like to dedicate this entry, hence, as my New Year’s gift to him; for the kind of person I know him as; and, even more for the value he gives to matters of personal relationship.

His store (Q8books, Maliya, Kuwait) used to be my haven then. This is the new place (Better Books) which, sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit.

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A far superior formula ...

When things in life reach a turning point to end up on a positive note, most of the time-frame surrounding that change window will bring in a sense of frustration, hopelessness and such anguish that you’d wish it really wasn’t happening. But when that storm passes, your eyes are in for a treat. And this is not a once in a lifetime experience. Given enough care and attention to events happening in your life, you’ll be surprised to note that it is indeed a formula designed by someone far superior.