"I Have A Dream"...
Ninety percent of his time is spent at Icode. The other ten percent? One hundred percent devoted towards letting his hair down. Not in a wild sort of manner, but to catch up with school friends, college friends and various categories of friends. That's a long list. He loves trekking, rafting, camping in jungles - just the kind of stuff you'd expect from someone who has this nose for adventure. And then, he has this dream. To hop on a plane, train, bus or whatever can take him to Egypt, transfix before those majestic pyramids in the desert and soak in the experience. People have tried to dissuade him, but no! He isn't listening. He's hell-bent on doing it someday.
Who is this guy anyway?
For starters, Madan Murthy is a bachelor and that explains his wanderlust. Born, brought up, educated in Bangalore, Madan Murthy had about 8 months work experience before he joined Icode in October 1998. He was working on the 'Clipper' platform at that time. He realized that the 'Clipper' wings would soon be clipped what with all those rapid changes in technology. He came across this ad and applied. "I was initially skeptical when I met Sanjay Shah at his residence," confesses Madan. Meantime, he also met Bijal Mehta whom he found very outspoken and honest. How could someone so young run a big company? His other concern was whether he'd get a chance to work on Delphi (another programming language)? Then he saw the product Icode was working on and he couldn't imagine something like it could be developed. So, when the 'yeahs' won over the 'nays', Madan's initial skepticisms vanished.
He was straight away into the thick of things and in due course he came to head the 'Accware' department. Now of course, he's involved with the 'next generation Everest'. Madan is convinced that 'Everest' is definitely a better product than 'Accware'. "Technology-wise it has a more solid platform. The kind of support 'Everest' can give I don't think 'Accware' can provide," Madan says and at the same time emphasizes that it was still one of the better products in its own domain and very stable. But then, all good things don't last long, do they? As technology puts forth new challenges and customers get more demanding, they realized that there would eventually come a time when 'Accware' would have to go. Once again, Madan is into the thick of things, except that this time he's deeply engrossed in what he terms as "the future of Everest." Currently, this "future" is under test at R&D and once they have thought the whole thing through, it would be launched. That's the Icode hallmark - think ahead, as far as you can.
Does he have any qualms of not being with another company? Bigger company? Madan's reply is quick, "After joining Icode I haven't thought of joining another company. I have a few friends working in other companies and from what I've seen and heard, I'm pretty sure Icode has a far better culture." And what might that be? Just one word, "Open." Did he get edgy with the recent recession? He agrees that there may have been some turbulence in market conditions, but he saw no signs of frustration amongst his colleagues. In fact, all he could see was great motivation all around. "The atmosphere is really energetic. We have the enthusiasm to work and achieve results," he says with a great feeling of pride. And why not?
Besides his "dare-into-the-desert" trip to Egypt he has another wish. "I've been to the US but the schedule was so tight I couldn't go around much. At some point in time I'd love to take my parents, my sisters to the US." he says. One other thing - Madan is a voracious reader. What sort of books? "I'll read any damn thing," he says breaking into a big smile.
The great French writer, Victor Hugo ('The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Miserables') once said, "Life is a flower of which love is the honey." A slight variation to that, if we may Sir Hugo, would read something like, "Life is a flower, love is the honey and adventure is that bee under Madan Murthy's bonnet."