|Designation:||Principal Software Engineer|
|Education:||Masters of Computer Science|
|Time with Allshore:||7 Months|
A talkative and great guy to work with, Ubaid enjoys working with his client as much as they do working with him! Ubaid’s client told us: “Working with Ubaid is always a great experience. With multiple sponsors over his one project, Ubaid often finds himself in the middle of several projects at once. His ability to stay calm and thoroughly work through difficult problems has helped not only to keep our client, but to grow the relationship. Ubaid goes the extra mile. We recently asked Ubaid to learn a new software, and not only did he dive right in, he was able to enter a contest competing against others from around the world. I love when developers take initiative, and Ubaid is always looking for ways to grow and expand his skills and our team. I feel very blessed to have Ubaid on our team, and hope he knows how much I value him personally and his work ethic.”
His Team Lead, Nasir T., told us: “Ubaid is a very experienced and disciplined guy. He is a guru in his field and hardly needs any guidance in his work due to his huge thirst to learn and excel. He is admired not only by his client but his team mates as well. He is a pleasure to work with and has a great attitude. I am very pleased and honored to have him on my team.”
So Ubaid, what got you started in IT?
Well, I actually used to play video games a lot. I was curious about the development of video games, so I thought one day I could develop my own games. That is the spirit that dragged me into Computer Science. I did develop some small versions of games, but could not pursue my career in game development.
Tell us about your experiences working in the company.
Well, I’m fortunate to have to have a healthy work environment, cooperative colleagues, and HR policies that the employees like. I have everything that motivates employees to grow in every aspect with the company.
What is your favorite framework to work with? Why?
I’m a fan of Microsoft’s platform, because Microsoft breaks a lot of technology barriers and also has a lot of helpful materials: well documented MSDN, community support forums, blogs, technology seminars, free learning materials, video tutorials, and many more open forums. Last but not least, there are frequent updates to technology is a dilemma of this field, and you need to keep studying and learning. Microsoft gives you this opportunity.
What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in guiding and maintaining successful business relationships?
I would like to use the example of cake, where you’re required to use specific ingredients. The ingredients you need are respect, commitment, painstaking attention to detail, and the chocolate of transparency. Then for a topping, you need the willingness to relate to the other party with a good attitude.
What do you do in a typical work day?
In short, get the job done. While I’m in the office van, very often I get started making a list of pending tasks in my mind. Then when I’m at my desk I turn on my machine, say my greetings, and have a glass of water. Then having done all this, I go to my task list and get started. I also take breaks for prayers, dinner, and such.
What is your favorite: movie, food, and color?
My favorite movies are The Terminal, Lord of the Rings, Troy, Andaz Apna Apna, Baghban, and 3 Idiots. My favorite foods are biryani, boneless chicken handi, fried paplet fish, and Chinese rice with shashlik. My favorite colors are shades of brown.
What do you and your family like to do in your free time?
Honestly, I can’t specifically say, because there are so many talkative family members. Sometimes we plan picnics, dine out, play with the kids, and make jokes. In conclusion, it’s time I enjoy a lot because it’s very precious to me.
Do you have any personal hobbies/interests?
Yes, I like to read novels and blogs, and have recently started a blog of my own. I am crazy about new technologies, so I often study materials related to technology and, as I said, writing my own technology blog. I also love to play computer and mobile games.
Have you traveled anywhere interesting? What is next on your list?
Yes, I recently visited Azad Kashmir in June of last year. I started my journey from Muzaffarabad to Shahdara, it’s a long track of the Neelum valley that has beautiful lush green mountains with the Neelum River flowing through it. There are a number of places where you can stay, and I visited Kuttan and Keran. It took about two days to get to Shahdara, but it was a very pleasant journey. I do have many more places I’d like to explore in my beautiful country of Pakistan, like Gilgit Baltistan, the Swat Valley, Fairy Meadows, and the K2 base camp.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Well, I’m not big on super powers, since it only makes me feel better in movies. Some abnormal man becomes Spiderman, and jumps around saving people, then he defeats the villain with unrealistic moves. This is crazy; please keep it away from me.
Who would you want with you if you were on a deserted island?
Speaking honestly, thinking about that is horrible. I’d like to have my parents with me though, since I’d feel the safest.
If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Well, right now I just want to make a cup of coffee, sit in a chair, close my eyes, and relax and enjoy the coffee.
How would you describe yourself?
Self-praise is no recommendation for a person, but I always try to help others, no matter what. I want to help others and maintain balance in relationships.
If you could play a part in a movie, what sort of character would you want to play?
Well, I’ve never thought about being a film actor, but I’d like to be an astronaut. I’d love to visit space no matter what the reason. Wow!
Do you have a bucket list of things you want to do before you die?
Yes, I do. I want to set up a welfare trust to support needy people, to not only fulfill their daily life requirements, but also help them become a valuable asset to society.
What is your favorite memory?
Well, there are many events in my memory, but one I’d really like to share shows the dedication of my loving parents. When I was a child, I was traveling with my father and oldest brother from our hometown to Karachi by train. In the middle of our trip, another train got in an accident and blocked some of our track. Our train had to stop, but another train came to take anyone who wanted to go back instead of waiting on the train. When my father asked if we wanted to go back, I clearly said I didn’t want to because I was excited to buy a new Atari game when we got to Karachi. Because of my stubbornness, my father agreed to stay with me on the train. Because of me, my father and brother both had to suffer with me for 12 hours on the train, and after 16 hours we got home because of my foolishness. I love you, Abu.
Any funny stories from home or with your friends to share?
I don’t know if it’s funny or not, but my classmates enjoyed it a lot. When I was in school I used to be in the top three of my class each time, and was most often third. In the 7th grade I actually ended up in the fourth spot, but was still expecting to be third. When the name of another boy was announced, I realized it wasn’t me and I started crying. My teacher came over to me, surprised, and asked me what was wrong. I told her I was upset because I wasn’t third, and everyone laughed and I blushed.
If you could go back in time, what year would you want to travel to?
I wish I could go back in time to the 1990’s, when I was in school. That time was amazing. I used to play a lot with friends, make jokes amidst my classmates, and I was free from any responsibility except the fear of exams. You have just reminded me of the most mischievous time of my life, and I’ve really missed that.
Ubaid enjoys following cricket, and his favorite quote is “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool,” from As You Like It. Thank you Ubaid for all the wonderful work you’ve done with us!