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Every good dev team either has a slogan or a codename for their project. Even XP advocates having a single-word metaphor that generally describes what the project is about. So, if some Microsoft projects used names of Mountains, some Intel projects used lakes and rivers, and some projects in HP used LOTR/Harry Potter-esque names.

What should the VI team slogan be? My personal favourite is the one phrase we use most often: “I don’t know”. Should we make the UI a classical one? I don’t know. Should we add some cool new feature? I don’t know. Should we even release the damn thing? I don’t know!

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Discussions, meetings and even passing each other in the active corridors of MSR are only some instances for the Virtual India team to digress. Each conversation flows flows through a multitude of disciplines, people, moods – opinions clash, noise levels are breached and work is ignored.

There is an air of Care, love of what is being done and could be done. Everybody has a Veto and is pushed to dream. The Virtual India team – when working together – never hates work, hate is something we waste in words and in our frequent leaps to the edge of what could be possible. It is only in my recent interaction outside our little world – where India is Virtual and where stories make lives – i realized the changes that have come into me.

There is so much more to get excited about, to read, to listen, to interact and fight over. Problems suck less, and signs, sounds and smells tell more. Gestures in the street remind of that part of us which lives outside of time – of timeless charm and elegance. The target is not to build a piece of software, and not to provide the illusive, distant and in-vogue happyness. And surely we are not in a race to beat the competition, to win the customer – we are not looking to customers, but collaborators to tell stories about places and ponder about tools for doing so.

The many collective ideas, quirks and obsessions provide fuel for what we do and our digressions from it. And as I have gone on incessantly – man is a species of space – and a construct of stories. In more ways than one.

So to conclude let me say – the blog needed an update – love what we are building and hate to waste time – am not in a mood to work today – hyphenations galore – the above should be taken with a pinch of salt as I really do not understand what I was trying to say.

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