An Interview With Parimala Shankaraiah

Parimala Shankaraiah is a tester based in India. She blogs at Curious Tester and is @curioustester on Twitter.

Do you leap up or lie slumbering?

I leap up most of the time unless I am not keeping well when I slumber a bit.

What time do you get up?

I wake up at 5 am on weekdays and 7 am on weekends 🙂

How many hours of work to do you do a day?

14-15 hrs a day (including office work of 9-10 hrs)

Do you take holidays?

Yes. Two weeks in blocks of two (twice a year)

Where do you live?

Bangalore, India

What are your three greatest pleasures?

  1. Spending time with family especially my daughter
  2. Testing different products in different domains
  3. Working on puzzles and exercises that tickle my brain
  4. Eating and Sleeping 🙂

Do you like money?

Yes. I like it, but I am not like I’ll do anything for money. Ethics come before money.

Are you happy?

Yes.

How many hours do you sleep at night/day?

7-8 hrs a day

What are you reading at the moment?

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
2. Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

What have you been thinking about?

I have been thinking strongly about being more active in online discussion forums on STC and Linked In. I am also thinking about taking part in conferences as a presenter and/or a participant.

Do you have any heroes?

Yes. Many.
Jerry Weinberg
Dr. Cem Kaner
Michael Bolton
James Bach
Doug Hoffman
Pradeep Soundararajan
My colleagues at Weekend Testing

Any advice for young people?

Follow your heart and Test Better!

What is paradise?

A place where I am not bound by crappy organizational rules and standards and end up doing crappy work that I don’t like!

What inspires you?

Life inspires me. My daughter inspires me. Rock Star testers in the testing community inspire me a lot. Books inspire me too! My work & colleagues inspire me as well

What Tester Type are you?

I am an “explorer” tester who dreams to be the “magician” tester too

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