Yet Another SE(Story of an Indian Software Engineer) by Simon Saha

About the author: ” Simon Saha is a Software Professional from New Delhi, India. He has been serving the Software Sector for seven years. Currently is working at Comverse as a Senior Software Developer. He has worked in companies like Aricent, TCS, Ericsson and Comverse.
He is an occasional writer and writes some serious comedies to cheer up his friends. This is his first novel and his first complete analysis of an Indian Software Engineer.”
From the dust cover: “There is a marked difference between a ‘Software Engineer’ and an ‘Indian Software Engineer’. An Indian SE is one who can adjust to any recession condition and any salary figure. The super-human can manage the software, the management and the client with one hand and impossible deadline with the other.

He spends his office hours not only to develop the software. But his time is also spent in trying to develop the client’s and manager’s understanding on whatever is getting developed. In return he is rewarded for his ability to impress his masters …. and sometimes for his hard work too.

An Indian becomes a Software Engineer not because he is interested in the field (yeah, those people are there too). But his prime motive behind joining the field is because there was nothing else to do and everybody does that. If placed properly, this field also brings him money, prestige and a “good wife”.

When a SE arrives in the industry, he struggles to find space to apply his brains. However, he rarely gets the chance to do so because of his position, client’s misunderstanding and the presence of ‘smarter dudes’ who always appear superior to him. Those who can’t adjust to the environment drown in this Ocean of IT professional. Only those who learn the art of utilizing their position to their advantage, survive.

This story is about another such SE stuck deep in the Indian IT sector. In spite of challenges, this guy is clever enough to turn the opportunities in his favor. Instead of adjusting to the situations, he changes the situation itself to his advantage. In this way he earns his promotion, on-site and also manages to get married in time.”
My Ebook review: This is not a long book, nor is it particularly challenging to read but it is written to some extent in ‘nerd speak’. It is a vision of the world through the eyes of Indian Software Engineers and tells the story of one in particular and tells it pretty well.
All is not as it seems in the world of software engineering according to Saha and there is a substantial amount to consider through the eyes of humor. Some of the scenarios we will recognise in any country, the stay late approach to seeming important, the ‘mountain out of a mole-hill’ approach to appearing intelligent and the ludicrous approach of management to avoid promoting the best candidate. But clearly there are some lunacies that are particular to this field and some cultural differences that can be understood through satire.
Saha has an easy writing style that is endearing and the pace of this short work is kept up and overall the story is informative as well as humorous.


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