Am I technical, or into management?

Just got a feedback from a founder of one of the largest vending machine manufacturing company in India that, my ‘public profile’ is more of program management than technical. That’s indeed a surprise for me and provoked thinking and and analyse my position.

My conclusion in a nutshell,

“I am a technical person, with leadership and management skills”


The Importance of Radio in the 21st Century - Canadian Journalists for Free  Expression (CJFE)
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When I was a kid, of some age 7, my aunt used to hide her Radio box whenever my family visited her. Yes, I was a bit famous for screwing the electronics devices that time. My cousin brother had a Electronics Appliance Repair shop at home, and he also used to do almost same; shut the door so I will not enter into his work premises. Thanks to my father’s workshop – which was a junk yard of past work remains which included items from few companies like Keltron. My brothers and I used to play with coper wires, transformers, and what not. We wondered how our radio used resume playing when it get a hit on the head when the volume goes down. We started peeking into the radio, then TV and started real exploration. We assembled our own radios (the great L board), LED dancing circuits and power amplifiers. I even sold few to friends and made some Rs. 50/- profit when I was in 8th standard. The same cousin brother said ‘I didn’t know you are this good in Electronics’ when he heard the news that I won the first price in Electronics competitions in School and District level, and then secured 2nd place in Kerala State level.

World of computer was strange for me. My school, made me believe that. There was a computer lab, but the qualification to enter was 90% marks in Mathematics. Obviously, being a hater (that also because of school teachers) I was not interested in the track. Also, computer is not something common that time. Its the era of type writers.

Not much but it's mine. do you think my intel 8088 will bottleneck my IBM  MDA graphics card? : r/pcmasterrace
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I have two brothers, twins – elder to me. One of my brother, Arun joined VHSE Computer and Alok in Electronics. Thus I got grip in both tracks. Arun taught be BASIC language, then C. My journey started there. I became very passionate in programming. I made even UI apps in the era of DBase III+ and COBOL. Then I also joined VHSE Computer and systematically explored more. And yeah! I was one of those pet of computer instructors and lab assistants.

I used to help my fellow colleagues with their studies, which let me end up at Graphics Institute of Science and Technology, a small training institute run by Dileep Kumar sir. (all the named used are my local circle names, and nothing to do with popular figures)

(To be continued…)