Shrihara is a friend from a number of years ago. She works at Dell, and we met during an all-night marketing session in my hotel room (the night before we pitched to Dell). Shrihara wasn’t in the meeting – she was in the gym across the courtyard. She was working out while I had 7 guys in my hotel room. I could see her, and she could see me with seven guys in my room. I’m sure I looked strange to her with 7 guys sitting in my suite, reviewing Powerpoint slides until 2 am.
But I went over to the gym after our meeting broke up and I talked to her. She was laughing at me because I had a room full of men. It was after 2am when we met, and we were still talking over breakfast the next day. I didn’t sleep at all, and went to Dell full of ideas based on my conversation with Shrihara. Later, she told me she went back to India with a lot of ideas on how to improve software quality based on her talks with me. It was a very comfortable relationship from the beginning.
We became close friends. Although she worked for Dell and was in Austin every 2-3 months, she literally lived and worked in Bangalore, India. So we would see each other now and then when she traveled back to Austin. Not often. Not too often, anyway (and not often enough).
We became good friends, then I moved to Florida in 2004 and we lost touch. She’s back in the US now, and she found me through this blog. Very cool.
She has an interesting story – her parents are both archeologists – her mother an American, her father from India. They met in India during a “dig”. Her parents married and moved to the US for 20 years – they moved back to India to continue their digging once Shrihara was in college. They still live in India today.
While Shrihara and I once had a romantic relationship, we both relished our intellectual relationship more. Enough more in fact than when the physical part of the relationship stopped – we still remained good friends, and we still spent the time we could together. There was never even a discussion about the physical part of our relationship – we just both knew it had run it’s course, I think.
I haven’t seen Shrihara in three years, I imagine. And I only saw her for a two year span, every three months or so. Maybe that’s why we got along so well – we never spent enough time with each other to tire of each other.
In any case, she’s back, and I can’t wait to see her again – and no, not because I have the hots for her. She is very attractive, and sexy, and all of that – but I know we don’t work our best together that way. We get along great as intellectual sparring partners – her being a Development Manager, and my background as a Software Quality Assurance Manager. We never run out of things to discuss. If we get tired of software and quality we talk about India, or my time in the Navy, or her parents, or mine.
So Shrihara – welcome back! I can’t wait until we can share a meal, and some stories. I would love to hear how things have changed for Dell, India in the last three years. And I have a lot more stories to tell you about blogging, and consulting, and how they aren’t always a good mix. And to catch you up on what’s been going on in my life (although you could almost literally skip the face to face meeting and read this blog over the last 900 or so posts – most of what I’ve experienced since last August is here, somewhere, in these pages). And to hear how your life is unfolding.