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One line summary is : Kakinada to Kondapur.
Geographically speaking, though. And that was via Vijayawada, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, and Orlando. First milestone was a national level 7th rank in my tenth class. For the others, see below.

I graduated in 1991 from V.N.I.T, Nagpur (previously a Regional Engineering College and called VRCE) and while working in the U.S.A., I got an M.B.A from Webster University.

My experience has been in implementing enterprise scale solutions, leading large teams (15-300) developers/software engineers, DBAs, architects, and project managers on project/product teams in material handling, logistics, and supply chain.
As an engineer, project manager, consultant, product manager and architect, I have assisted sales, architected and implemented solutions, engineered and marketed products, managed geographically dispersed teams, negotiated with customers, vendors and business, liaised between technical and business stakeholders and transitioned projects/products.

As I moved up in the management ladder, I followed the 80-20 rule: Delegate 80%, Do 20%. I believe in rolling up my sleeves up and getting the work done --
make presentations to prospective clients and/or investors; pick up the phone to get on to support calls; look at incident reports and logs for troubleshooting hardware/software; hit the keyboard for designing and coding;

All said and done, I am
passionate about programming.

I am currently helping bootstrap a startup. Before that, I was Head of Product Development at Kewill India. Worked from Dec 2004 to October 2013 at Four Soft Limited, when it got acquired by Kewill. I left Kewill in Oct 2014. Performed various roles at 4S/Kewill; for example my profile on the web site of Four Soft (as on 11-Jun-2009) read :

Mahboob has over 17 years of work experience in the manufacturing and transportation domains on a wide range of technologies. He has an Engineering degree from REC Nagpur (now VNIT) and an MBA from Webster University, U.S.A. He previously served prestigious companies like Mukand Limited (Mumbai), Parametric Technology Corporation (Pune) and Federal Express (U.S.A). He started his career as a mechanical and structural engineer of material handling equipment, then moved to software development and has all round experience in product design and development, project management, pre-sales support and quality assurance. Mahboob currently heads the Technical Support and Quality Process functions. He looks after the technology and process roadmap for the organization, is in charge of R&D, IT Operations, Database Administration, and is the Management Representative for Quality Systems (ISO 9000, CMMi and Lean Management).

For my detailed professional profile click on 'LinkedIn' above.

During my academic life, I had won quite a few prizes and certificates in extra-curricular activities. I used to mention them on my bio-data. As I gained experience, I removed the list from my curriculum vitae. However, the prizes and certificates I won at the school level do form a significant part of my growing up and personality. Those which disappeared from resume, now appear on my web home page. So what if my list of certificates is not relevant on my resume, I flaunt it to introduce myself one the web. At the end of the document, I have added a few certificates from exams that I passed during my working career. So once again: it's got all the stuff I am proud of, but doesn't appear on my resume.

Programming tidbits

Philosophy Quote of the Moment

Jan '09 update: cloc had an issue. Developers at my company have a variety of nested comments in the code and cloc was not able to strip them out. It would actually remove some lines of code. One work around is to remove all single line C++ style (//) comments first and then run cloc to strip out the C-style block (/* */) comments. I wrote a Perl script which removes all single-line comments whether they are nested or not. I like to call it as pre-cloc. Al Danial was impressed and appreciated it. I thought it was amusing also, writing a Perl program to remove C++ style comments from Java code.

Recently (Oct '08) at work I worked on a Ruby program that has to parse source code files and print the database tables used in each file. For this I needed to have the source code without comments. I started writing a program to strip comments out but then thought, someone else would have already solved this problem, so googled and stumbled upon cloc. I used cloc quite extensively and in the process gave feedback to its author resulting in a couple of minor enhancements and a couple of bug fixes. The author Al Danial released a new version and acknowledged my contribution.

I am playing with Sudoku Solvers since 2008; visit my Sudoku Corner about my programming forays in this area. I have spent quite a few of my weekends in developing the MH-Sudoku Solver.

Software developement makes its presence in my extended family, so I have a web page, IT in the family giving details of those who make a living with software.

A sojourn with Perl is Rupa Subramanya's blog and links in her posts -> Rupa-Subramanya-blog-linksThe story behind the page -> Valentine Day Scraping and Strawberry Perl for Rupa's Blogs.

Other activities

Short films

My latest hobby and passion. Click on 'Short Films' link above.


22-May-10: Helped start Ruwiray. Main purpose is to provide interesting reading material about Telugu society and culture in English. Mahiba incorporated a proprietorship that owns and runs the website. We host stories and articles translated from Telugu originals published in newspapers and magazines.

It's really wonderful what one can quickly put together with a concept, mobile phone, laptop, net connection, email account, and a credit card.


Happy to announce that Four Soft Limited achieved CMMI level 5 assessment. Spearheaded the effort as the Management Representative for quality systems under the sponsorship of CEO Rajshekhar Roy. The press release on this certification (http://www.four-soft.com/four-soft_achieves_CMMI_level_5_certification.asp) was carried by quite a few media outlets, a sample of which are:


A speech

The founder and chairman of Four Soft Limited, Palem Srikanth Reddy has entered public life in 2008 and the I.T. community at Cyber Towers, Madhapur, Hyderabad held a congratulation meeting (Sep '08). I made a short introductory speech, as one of the speakers in the meeting. The meeting was covered by TV channels -> Gemini News on Gemini TV (01-Sep-08) [14MB], Gemini News, City Lights (04-Sep-08)  [71 MB], and ETV News (02-Sep-08) [5 MB]. I am there in glimpses :)-

[Note: the files are saved on mediafire.com and you will have to click the link "Click here to start download"]