It feels really great to be tagged by http://scn.sap.com/people/lakshmipathi.ganesan in Blog it Forward challenge. The Blog it Forward challenge is a very innovative idea enabling us to know more about our co-members on SCN.
Place of my Birth:
Mumbai (Bombay), India – Financial Capital of India.
Mumbai needs no introduction & detailed information about this amazing city is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mumbai
I am a fun loving practical person. Other than SAP, my interest lies in Travelling, Reading & Cars. I am a senior member on a leading Automotive Forum & Cars / Bikes remain my passion. I love driving & have driven 800 kilo-meters in one single day from Mumbai – Udaipur (Rajasthan). Below is the picture taken during that road trip somewhere on Baroda – Ahmedabad Expressway:
I equally love bikes & still ride my Pulsar 180 to commute between Home / Office everyday.
My aspiration is to go on a 5000 kilo-meters road trip from Mumbai to Leh / Ladakh, the trip which is on cards this year during August / September depending on leaves / work pressure.
When it comes to reading, my all time favorite books are:
1. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield &
2. Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
I also believe in keeping myself fit & have managed to reduce my weight from 90 kgs (in year 2001) to 72 kgs (present).
Then – 2001
Now – 2013
I am blessed with two angels in my life – My wife & my daughter – 6.5 years. My wife is homemaker while my daughter just entered 1 Standard in ICSE Curriculum. My family has always been priority for me & I have always ensured to spend some time with my family every day.
I am basically a Post Graduate in Marketing & was engaged in Marketing & Sales for almost 4.5 years, travelling length & breath of this beautiful country. While in Sales, I have travelled to places like Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Delhi, Panipat, Ludhania, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, etc.
There were times when I used to travel almost 20 days in a month which irked my parents (I was not married at that time) & after much research chose to get trained into SAP SD. Since then, time has been really great & I am enjoying every day of my job. Infact every Monday morning, I am roaring to go to office so that I can learn something new in SAP (Probably that is one of the reasons why I am contributing here since last 6+ years)
Currently I have nearly 7.5 years of experience in SAP SD. However, I started my SAP Career with Support role & gradually got into Roll-Outs & Implementations. In the process I got chance to work with couple of great Organizations & people. I am currently working as a Module lead – SAP SD for a global client supporting its India, Kenya & UK operations. Lately I am getting many opportunities within my current Organization & outside to take up Project Lead / Manager role, but I would like to stick to Functional (SAP SD) roles for next couple of years. I have also undergone basic training in SAP CRM & aspire to work on CRM Support / Implementation project in future.
Back in 2006/07, while searching for some SAP SD issues on Google, I came across SDN & promptly registered myself here (sometime in beginning of year 2007, I guess). It has been a great stay here (6+ years) on SCN & I am sincerely thankful to a wonderful forum like this one, which has enabled me to learn so many new things in SAP. I am still contributing to questions (threads) here & have also published couple of documents. In future I would like contribute further to this forum, if the leaders find me of any use.
Long Term Career / Personal Aspiration:
I wish to settle at a Foreign Country with my family.
Coming to three questions Lakshmipathi has asked:
Have you not been into IT industry, which industry you would have chosen?
I would have been a Doctor for sure. Helping people is in my DNA & I feel there is no other job like Doctor’s when it comes to helping people.
What was your dream job when you were schooling?
Well I belong to Gujarati community & in 1980 & 1990 doing business was a dream of every Gujarati youngster. Likewise I too had a dream of owning / managing a large trading business. But fate had something else in store for me & I am here today working in SAP SD. But the journey has been great & I do not regret any choices I have made in past.
Have you ever hurt anybody knowingly and regretted after that?
Yes. This has happened couple of this with my wife & daughter. There were times where I have been harsh to them & later regretted my words.
Having said that, since last couple of years, I have definitely changed & adopted a practical approach to life. I & my wife have also resolved NOT to punish our daughter with Corporal punishment.
Blog it Forward
I Blog it Forward Chain – http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-30977 to
They are fairly new Members on SCN, but their detailed posts for member’s questions are really a pleasure to read.
My questions to them are:
Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
What is the best lesson your parents taught you?
Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?