A Good Software, User Interface and Cooking.

Whenever I show my presentation slides to my uber boss, I receive comments on possible improvements. I am generally expected to be technically okay okay. ( Shame on me if I have 'bugs' even in the slides ;) but what I find myself listening to, most often, is the 'presentation aspect'. Not so much the colors but things such as replacing rectangles representing computer systems with an icon or image of a computer system itself. And these things do have an amazing effect. Once done it's like a complete makeover.
We have discussed the impact of a slick UI experience. I am not so much of a UI person, but these things seem to matter a lot more these days. A s/w with a very robust and technically strong backend but with a plain vanilla UI may not appeal to end users. While a flamboyant UI magnifies the effectiveness and triggers easy, quick and widespread adoption.



Well, a few weeks back I attempted my cooking skills on .. myself, my mother and my wife. A nice home made Hariyali Veg Tandoor or whatever you may want to call it. Half boiled coliflower, little curds mixed with, again, home made indian spices, and roasted in microwave oven. ( well, don't these appliances have one of the most intuitive UI? ) Turned out to be a delicious preparation. Healthy and hygenic. But both the ladies looked a little apprehensive after taking a first look at it. Bad presentation, otherwise I would have been voted the best cook in my family. :)

During my Mumbai visit in Nov. I had a 15 mins of time window before boarding the Bus for Pune at the Dadar Private Bus station. What else would have been a better utilization of such a valuable time than finding the RIGHT food place ! Found just the kind I was looking for. A small scale restaurant with moderate typical mumbaikar crowd. People minding their own business, keeping to themselves, okay sharing a table of four with anyone. The 'chhokra' gets a set of 'finger dip water glasses'. And then comes Misal Pao, and Batata Vada - with generous amount of 'Cut'. Lovely !! Awesome UI. Very tempting, but how about the 'back end' well did I care ?

And this is how things look like when my wife or my mother, as part of their routine do it with extreme proficiency. Ukadiche Modak is what you see there in the right corner, besides the usual traditional Maharashtriyan menu in a plate with a little decorated Dal-Rice. Tough to find a Marathi who doesn't like it. Good backend contents. Healthy without doubt, look decent, taste great. I still rate my own Tandoor Veg right up there, but it's only me...

After all, it's not always that you get a perfect dinner. It's not always that you visit St. Petersburg during summer, get a table reserved all for you at 8.30 pm at the top floor of one of the most admired city restaurants. Excellent atmosphere, good location, soothing music & well decorated and delicious food ! When all good things come together, that makes a nearly perfect product !! I must conclude that while the first impression wins the heart, the contents when one starts 'consuming' it are the key to the long term success of it ! .. One day, I surely dream of being part of the team that developed the Perfect Software product, on time, with no defects !!!!

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