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Blog It Forward – Ravi Sankar Venna

This blog is part of Blog It Forward Community Challenge initiated by Moshe Naveh

I was tagged by Vinod Kumar in his Blog It Forward – Vinod Kumar post. Thank you Vinod for adding me in your blog.  Initially, this tagged concept looks complicated, however, Kumud Singh has helped me in understanding this concept. Thanks Kumud. Similarly, there was a tollywood Indian movie with the same concept, you help  three  individuals, in turn each individual will help three individuals each and so on. Then the whole world will become wonderful planet.

I became little lazy could not find much time to write this blog. Frankly, this is a difficult attempt to write this kind of blog, when compared with writing a technical SAP blog. I am really not sure where to start, how to write and where to end. However, I am only trying my level best to put some meaningful words . Writing this kind of blog is a uphill task always, as I never bother to take photos, only believe in remembering everything by heart, but this time I am forced to steal some of the photos from my Son’s facebook . Unfortunately, still, I do not have facebook / twitter account

Born in a middle class family in Southern part of India, where emotions and sentiments rule the life I used to enjoy my childhood with lot of games. Luckily, I got snap of mine when I was one year. Sorry, this is not my creation, my son has captured this snap from my Childhood album.


In my young age, I used play lot of local games, goli, tops, cricket, gilli-danda, carroms and what not. As soon as my school is over, life is with childhood friends running all over the streets. Used to enjoy most of the tollywood movies and Chiranjeevi was my favourite hero During the summer holidays, escape from the home in the afternoon once everybody slept at home, pick up the fruits from the trees and play cricket to taste the heat of more than 48 degrees centigrade (not Fahrenheit) were my favourites.


Do not know when my 10th standard was completed. Luckily got into Andhra Pradesh Residential Junior College (place called Nimmakuru) for my Intermediate education, considered to be one of the top colleges in our State. Full Boarding and Lodging is sponsored by the Government for the complete two years of 10+2 education. Probably, I would consider this is the turning point in my life. The students around me are all amazingly intelligent and very brilliant. Still, I used to enjoy my games as usual. Then, I started learning swimming at the pond near by our college. Evening most of the college students used to jump into that pond. I do not really remember, how many times I would have died myself or saved number of my college mates in that pond. I am really scary if I remember those adventurous days . Probably those days in residential college life made me too competitive in everything I do. I cannot afford to miss those two years of residential college life. It was so special in my life. Wish I should become 20 years lesser.

Used to participate in all the cultural activities in the college. Every time used to win a prize in cultural activities. Enjoy playing cricket, escaping morning jogging classes , jumping in the pond and run in college athletic competitions are joyous things in those days

Recently, I read a caption for a movie. But, when I read it, I really felt how much true it is:

Teenage: Energy + Time, but no Money

Work age: Money + Energy, but no Time

Old age: Money + Time, but no Energy (LOL)

Really do not how my two years were over, then moved to another college nearby (place called Gudivada) to do my graduation in commerce. In parallel, started learning typewriting and shorthand. Won number of prizes in typewriting competitions. I do not remember any competition that I missed a prize in a typewriting examination. Passed my Typewriting High Speed in English / Typewriting High Speed in Telugu / Hindi Typewriting Lower and Shorthand Lower. At point of peak, I used to type 90 to 100 wpm (never tried for Guinness record ) This helped me today to type 120 wpm on my laptop I also got National Merit Scholarship from AP Government for my Intermediate Examination marks. If I remember the scholarship was around 15 to 20$ per annum, but was a great joy to have pocket money. Selected for college cricket team and played until zonal level, love to bowl lethal and damage the batsmen. Used to participate in Debating, Essay Writings and Quiz Competitions a lot. I love dancing a lot, but restricted to home and family friends. I used to act in drams in college. (not put my finger in Singing, it is only restricted to my bathroom ). Used to participate in athletic competitions in my graduation (won some prizes too ). Completed my Graduation in commerce with College First and Town First and the local club has awarded me a Gold Medal. Then I joined as a daily wage typist in a government organisation for three months. I used to get 0.50$ per day. It was my first earning of life and a lot of inspiration that was. Luckily, I have a good habit, every time I used to give my first salary as a donation to temples Too sentimental, cannot help it

Then we moved to little bigger city (place called Vijayawada) and joined for Management Accounting Courses. I used to spend studying 12 to 15 hours a day. Used to go to classes on Bicycle (I love my “Streetcat” cycle) in the morning and evening. I used to enjoy cycling of 60 kilometers a day (one way 15 kilometers – 15*2*2). We had floods in our area in those days and the water was almost 5 feet, cannot see anything around, cannot afford to miss my Management Accounting Classes, used to go to classes by putting the books and dresses on head and hitting the water snakes with the stick During the break after the Management Accounting intermediate examination, I used to learn flute. All my neighbours are fed up with my flute, as I used to disturb their sleep early in the morning . During the free time, I have also appeared in “open to all typewriting Competition in Typewriting in Vijayawada City” conducted by Kangoni Innaiah Memorial, and there is no barrier of age / skill to participate. Luckily, I got first prize in more than 2000 participants. In parallel, I have also completed my Post Graduation in Commerce from Nagarjuna University. The Management Accountant exam is one of the toughest professional exams in India, luckily passed all the stages in single attempt and got Merit Certificate from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), for passing my final both stages in single attempt. Then did some time pass jobs for an year, then moved to Hyderabad.

Joined with one of the multinational bank as an industrial trainee in August 1998, it was a good experience to know about the corporate culture, sophisticated systems and human behaviours. I was so shy and all around me are ladies and they used to pamper me as their own brother I have given cultural performance at Diwali function in the bank and became favourite for everybody. Luckily, in those days I got opportunity to act in some of the local television, but things did not work out. I have also in parallel registered for Company Secretaries Exams. I got very good appreciation letter from my Manager for the commitment shown in operations. I used to stay with my room mates and one day they left the bucket in the well with water of around 30 feet. I went down the well and brought the bucket back for them.These are some of the “never give up” / “killer instinct” qualities always inspired me in my life. My family members came to know this and they scolded me like anything for my mischievous acts. I am really poor at “how to say No”. My whole life is based on “never say No“, sometimes being exploited by others, but still cannot help it. I strongly believe this is the only way you can challenge yourself to the next level.

Then moved to Western India (Gujarat) to work for a reputed Chemical Company in Audit Department in January, 2000. During these days, I used to work in “Bombay House” (registered office of TATAs) and “Nanavati Mahalaya”, whenever I used to visit Mumbai Head Office. This where my life has been introduced to SAP in 2000 January. When working in Gujarat, few of our colleagues and me went for 100 Kilometers Cycling adventure, do not know how we returned in that drastic weather . This place was around 2000 kilometers tomy home, it used to take nearly 48 hours to reach home. I was like Sanwitch and ice-cream at the end of the journey, particularly in summer season. After two years, moved to Central India (Chattisgarh) to work for a reputed Metal Company in Finance and Accounts area in April, 2002. This place is also nearly 1300 kilometers from home town (always used to feel like missing my home). Luckily got the chance to work as a Core Team member. Then I took leave for one month in 2003 went to SAP Partner Education (Genovate) Mumbai. For this purpose, I have taken 3 lakhs INR loan by pledging the gold and total investments. It was a huge tensed situation, luckily passed the FICO Certification. Then got into a SAP Consulting Company in Mumbai in March, 2004, but could not work more than 3 months, as my whole family is in South India, which forced me left Mumbai. Then got a job in Bangalore with one of SAP Global Partners in June, 2004. Used to attend most of the Teched and other SAP events whilst working in Barngalore. Luckily I have one of those photos in my laptop.


During this period, again I took another loan and went for SAP Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) training (BPS-BW and CPM) in Hyderabad and it was different matter the training was pathetic, but, luckily, I passed my Certification. Then I also went to Mumbai for SEM BW Based Consolidation in Mumbai. Unfortunately, SAP Education India did not allow me to write my SAP BW Certification because of the only reason that my company was not their local partner in India (though it was a Global Partner). I still surprise, would they really give any value to their Global Partners (God knows ). I have decided to do it any cost and I contacted SAP Education Malaysia and they happily accepted my application to write my BW Certification. Then I flew to Kaula Lumpur and my prestige was at stake. I cannot afford to fail Luckily, with the God’s grace, I have passed the Certification. If you are thinking that these amounts are being sponsored by my employers, you are thinking on the wrong side. No regrets and all these are from my own pocket and money. During this tenure I have also passed the final examinations of Company Secretaries from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), New Delhi. I have also trained for CPA examinations, unfortunately, could not get visa to US, hence, I had to leave it in a midway.

Nearly worked four years in Bangalore and moved to the same company in UK in Feb. 2008. Life in UK is mostly in contrast to Indian conditions. In India, only used to sit at one location. But, in UK, need to travel nook and corner, particularly, if you are in Consulting. Pack your bags on Monday morning leave your home before 6-a.m. and come back on Friday night Life is amazingly busy in travelling, visiting client places, eating outside food, working late nights in hotel. Thankfully, I still dependent on the public transport, therefore, I used to believe my legs, taxi people, trains and buses. There were days, when I lost my last train in one of the stations in Winter and I was forced sit outside the station whole night at -8 degrees Celsius, as the station was required to close at midnight . Still, enjoying the life in UK. In another when I went to Germany in 2010 December, struck in Frankfurt Airport for 4 days, as the airport was closed for four days. It was a miserable experience. As a Consultant, life is full of surprises . Recently, got a Platinum Award from my employer, which is still motivating me to go further. Once, I come to UK, I have appeared for Solution Manager, SAP Security and SAP FI (ECC 6.0) in UK in 2008. Fortunately, in UK, there are no meaningless rules like in India to write SAP Certification. In UK, I have also passed Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Examination conducted by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), IL, USA,  in December, 2010. I have also passed my Prince2 Foundation and no time to appear Practitioner Examination . Though I purchased around 50 SAP press books and still lavishly (wife says “madly” ) spending money for education, now decided to temporarily stop “mad” spending too much on education. We live in Birmingham, UK and these are my stolen photos from kid’s facebook They are my both sons photos



Too much of introduction to the story, I believe everybody must have been bored by now.

This is time for me to answer the questions of Vinod

1) Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work

Welcome | SCN

Plus I have around 50 SAP Press books in my personal library but lazy to read them on daily basis

2) If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

Michael Phelps – When I was in residential college days, I used to swim like a fish, at least 15 hours on Sundays. I wish I would be another fish like Michael Phelps and go back to those old golden days.


Wish if I have a next birth, I would pray God to make me to serve the humanity. I would love to have the qualities of

  • Mother Teresa – noble heart
  • Mahatma Gandhi – perseverance
  • Swami Vivekananda – enormous conviction
  • Albert Einstein – amazing knowledge.
  • Martin Luther King – inspiration
  • JRD TATA – Philanthropy
  • Karl Marx – Philosophy
  • APJ Abdul Kalam – Humility

It looks I am too selfish. God will pinch me for asking too many contradicting qualities.

3)  What do you most enjoy on SCN?

Forums – Unfortunately, the quality of the forums are getting down now a days

Blogs – Recently started blogging few months back and still enjoy the same

Articles – Difficult to find time to write articles (may be I am little bit lazy), wish I should write articles also on SCN.

Though points are inspirational, I would really glad to hear, if any of my postings have helped them technically or taking a decision in their career.

Now, I would like to tag (not sure if they are already tagged)

Susan Martin

Thomas Dulaney

Bhanu Gupta

Jarret Pazahanick

Marssel Vilaça

I would like to see their answers for the following questions:

1. Personally what are three best qualities that you admire in yourself?

2. If you become richer than Bill Gates, what would you do?

3. Who is your inspirational person in our SCN Community?

Thank you very much reading my blog, hope you have enjoyed as well.

Looking forward to see BIF blogs from our Community Members soon.

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  • Hi Ravi,

    Hearty Congratulations to you for being SCN Topic Leader 2012-2013 as expected. 🙂

    De keep posting with good stuffs and do keep educating our SCN members.

    Keep up the good work, wanna see more form you. 🙂

    Best of Luck. 🙂



    • Thanks Eugene, much appreciated your encouragement and cheering words. 🙂

      This credit goes to good people like you on this community, who encourages others. 🙂

      Thanks once again.

      Kind Regards,


  • Sir you are great,

    Happy to read your great story sir as a local person (ap)

    I inspired a lot by you and you are the inspiration like me.

    Best Regards,


  • Ravi,

    Nice blog....!    Great journey in career and personal life. I wish you a very all the best for your future endeavors.

    If you talk about type writting and shorthard even I remembered my college days where I have done all certifications in English type writting higher and Pitman's short hand lower 🙂

    BR,  Srinivas Salpala

  • Hi Ravi,

    inspiring blog and good to  know about you.right from child hood.its good  to see your child hood photo.



  • Hi Ravi,

    Really enjoyed reading your BIF, not only me but also every one who is reading your 😉 .

    I was really interested to know about you. i don;t know how i missed it.

    We missed really a truly knowledge sharing person in my module (SD) as per my personal observation.during last couple of months.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Hi Srinu,

      Thanks for your good words. Even I do not know fully my own core module, I am still struggling to learn it 🙂

      It is glad to know you and much appreciated your comments.

      Kind Regards,


  • Hi Ravi,

    Congratulations to you for be SCN Topic Leader 2013.

    I am not from SD module but i found u in Coffee Corner and Blindly i clicked Follow button.i think so, may be for this blog, I am  following you from 3-4 months.

    You are the motivator and inspiration for me and SAPians.

    I knew today that your from Andhrapradesh (Me too) and surprised.

    Really you spent more money and time on SAP Certifications and Knowledge.

    You know ravi, Many many fans and well wishers are there in SCN for You.



    • Thanks Chandrakanth.

      I am glad to know about you. There are many wonderful people in our SCN community and we all should be glad around them. We all should be thankful to SCN for given us such wonderful platform.

      Thanks once again for your nice words.

      Kind Regards,


  • Hi Ravi garu,

    I don't have any words to express my feeling while reading your BIF. In the very 1st para you started like i don't know how to start & end, on the contrary, it is amazing and grateful to you for sharing all your adventurous life journey. For the next incarnation, you are praying the GOD to give Noble qualities. You possess some of the qualities (your education (continuous learning) reveals PERSEVERANCE, your replies to all questions and comments shows your KINDNESS, all your blogs(no.of paras) and a simple comment (a line) will always INSPIRING us, all your certifications and blogs showing your KNOWLEDGE, the way you are drafting the blogs shows CONFIDENCE. Wishing you all success and happiness. Thanks to SCN for introduced me such a nice personality. We will meet if time permits us. Thank you once again!

    Best Regards


    • Thanks Venky.. I am not sure whether I deserve so many words, I am still in the process of correcting myself and learning new. It is because good people like you makes this SCN community a great place to be. 🙂

      Best Regards,


  • Hi, Ravi,


    you are so persistent, remind me of what you said in one of your blogs- "Learning is a process of life ,and there is no end to it."

    In some situation, I just have the right point, the feeling of achievement pushes me stepping forward, maybe this is little kind of greedy, but it's the meaning of life. 😉

    Every time I jump to the sun, at least I land on the moon and always I can find much pleasure in the process beyond my thought.

    your blogs are very inspiring, thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Jeremy,

      It is always an energized feeling when hear such words. Nothing inspires like success, it gives extra energy for life 🙂

      Glad to know you liked my blog, much appreciated your comments.

      Kind Regards,


  • Hi Ravi,

               After reading your blog about your interest in certifications, have only one word to express 'WOW'.



  • Hi Ravi Garu,

    Thanks alot for contributing such a nice blog!

    It is quite an interesting and inspirable one. And happy to know a person from the Southern India and who did ICWA , CS such a crazy & challenging combination of studies.

    Especially your quote - never say no is a fantastic one

    Good one - This is the summary of whole life of a person

    Teenage: Energy + Time, but no Money

    Work age: Money + Energy, but no Time

    Old age: Money + Time, but no Energy

    You are one of the trend setters in SCN and it is all because of your hard work, dedication & commitment towards SCN.

    It is exactly correct - "Saving money will double and sharing knowledge will multiple"

    At last I came to know that we have tons to learn and have 100's of certifications to do by reading your blog

    Your kids’ pics are so nice.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Lakshmi S

    • Thanks Lakshmi all your praising.

      Not sure whether I am worth all those, I am also still struggling boat to learn new things 🙂

      I am still failing to say No 🙂

      Best Regards,


      • Hello Ravi,

        You deserve it 100% and no doubt on that.

        It is one of the Good virtues of you -Never say No

        We are not in a position to teach others until & unless we are learning continuously 🙂 and updating our knowledge.

        Thanks & Regards,

        Lakshmi S

        • Thanks Lakshmi.

          It is my fortunate, I have studied APRJC (name on NTR's parents) and ANR college. NTR and ANR are the legendary personalities from India. When I was so you boy, I have attended on of the meetings of ANR, where he said "I learned only a very little, I am yet to learn the remaining world".

          Those golden words are still inspirational for me.

          Best Regards,


          • Hello Ravi,

            Yes, ANR Words are correct. I learned only drop of water and yet to learn is an ocean 🙂 . Great to see legend ANR personally. I didnt get a chance to see him.

            Thanks & Regards,

            Lakshmi S

  • Hi Ravi,

    Thanks for sharing all about you.Very inspiring.

    I like politics but no politician was or is good nowadays particularly in india. so, i intend to see a politician like you means with the ideology and concentration like you.


    siva kumar.

    • Thanks Siva. I cannot smile enough with your words.

      Good people cannot fit for politics. There are many ways to help people, need not necessarily through politics. If we can help people around that is sufficient, the whole world would become beautiful.



      • Hi Ravi,

        I accept your words. But just think about this point that if everyone wants to use the train for their transporting who will be ready to drive it carefully. (sometimes we should also think about it know).

        in the political context, age old policies are running, bribing but no new thoughts and no restrictions yet even though we see many scams in the govt administration(or policies......

        So, i am expecting new blood with new thoughts and implementation.


        Siva kumar.

  • Ravi,

    Glad to know more about you life journey... You are always inspiring to us...

    You and me had a similar quality of donating first salary to temple... Too sentimental

    Also Right from the beginning of my career to till date i'm donating my 3-5% of salary every month to orphan/old age homes.



    • Hi KP,

      It is a fantastic news to know that.

      But, at one point when we become busy in life, do not really think about these small things we are missing in life. You are a fantastic personality and indeed a role model for many of us. Keep up your good deeds buddy. 🙂

      Best Regards,


      • Yes you are right and thanks Ravi for your Wonderful comments....

        I'll try my best to keep this activity to be alive, I motivated few of my friends who also started contribute amount when ever there is a need .... We are planning to start a old age home soon.



        • Hi Prashanth,

          I really proud of you. Old age people are without feather unable to fly above the sky and searching for affection & family. You are going to help them, its a great achievement. Hats off to you and your team.


          Hari Suseelan

          • You are right Hari...

            Old age people need love affection and care.

            Started contributing towards old age home after seeing couple of incidents where children left their parents silly reasons...



      • Respected Sir,


        Breathtaking story really liked it .also your children are so cute.

        what a great journey .like always use to learn a lot from your each article ? .


        I think we should never worry about performance .performance comes automatically if we focus on participating..

        A lot of gratitude will go to you for your thrilling words  .

        Thanks for sharing.




    • Hi Prashanth,

      I agree with you. We still need to learn many things from Ravi Sankar Venna. He is great human being & humble person. I always believe simple and humble are the two vision of our career growth.


      Hari Suseelan

    • Hi KP,

      Thats really great job! As Mr Ravi said, in our mundane life, we are missing small things but makes a difference to this world. Keep doing the great work!.

      Best Regards