Sunday, November 6, 2011

One year hence.....Part 2

I have been visiting my blog regularly but never felt like writing one for various reasons. Tonight, i have the time and a right frame of mind to complete this blog. So here it goes....
Sept 2, 2010, the date when i left the city which i didn't really like and moved to a homely environment with the dude around all the time. I witnessed what i always wished, seeing him learn everything..... from speaking, crawling, standing, eating etc etc. On the other hand, I was running out of time coz I was jobless and surely, it isn't the best feeling as you have been habitual to a routine & keeping yourself occupied. The "khali dimag" gives you a lot of doubts about yourself and your future. The various things that can possibly go wrong and the questions you may be asked...!!

Anyway, at the back of my mind, i knew that i am moving on to put more efforts and not here to give up. So the success is inevitable, it may just take a bit of time. So I had plans and a fair idea of what i wanted to do in the free days. Looking for a better job was one, studying was second and visiting my native place & staying there for a period of 2 weeks or more was the third one. The whole September went in all form of interviews, multiple interviews happening on a single day etc etc..i am sure i don't have the most attractive resume but i broke the code of appearing on the top of the list in search results for various job portals leading to the interview calls.

Of all the interviews that happened, the one i got through was the one where i got the feeling of getting through within the first 10 mins of 1/5 round of interviews. Something that helped me understand the meaning of intuition, destiny or get a different feeling from the start that you would succeed. I finally got the final offer on 29th Sept and to my destiny or was again in the same city of Hyderabad, which meant that I would have to set up all the things again, at the very same place which I didn't like much. The good thing about the offer was I had asked a joining post Diwali which ensured that i have one & half month long break and a new life awaiting on the other side of it.

All the self doubts, fear and insecurity turned into a joyous feeling and a belief that everything happens for good.  I started to feel a bit more confident and a lot more positive ...and that's what a sense of achievement or success does to you. The next one month passed with a lot of thinking & planning on what to do from here.  The mistakes & things that led to negativism shouldn't be repeated and do whatever it takes to keep myself motivated & positive. The role, I was offered wasn't the most ideal one, but i decide that i would get the best of it, learn and develop skills that i want to and explore all the opportunities. Additionally, keep a balanced life and at least have sometime for everything otherwise it would make me feel stuck again

The next 45 holidays were not as stressful as the last 29 days, however i was still getting calls and getting interviewed. I moved to my native place with my parents for next one month or so and interviews kept following me. One fine day, i got another offer and now the confusion was which one to join. The second offer wasn't the attractive one in terms of compensation but was in Gurgaon and might require me to work from UK for a span of up to 2 years. The point was they asked me join in such a hurry that i sensed something is wrong. With the help of IIT network, i did find out that they do it with each person they hire even if there isn't any work. I told them that i would join on so & so date but i didn't. 

Anyway, i spent a much needed time with my parents. The longest i have had in past 4 years and observed the changes in their lives and expectations from us as children. How much they have compromised & sacrificed to put me in a position that I could give a decent enough job for nothing. The whole month gave me enough energy & motivation to set my priorities straight and head out to achieve what i want to... staying with in my limitations & moral responsibility. 

2 weeks later...14th Nov 2010, i moved back to Hyderabad to a different organization with different expectations and much more people in the surroundings. A different brand, culture & environment all together and hence i had to be different from what I was, so i changed my approach...a bit more aggressive..a bit more professional & a lot more smart in dealing with people.

Just like any other year....a lot has happened since 15th Nov 2010 to 6th Nov 2011. .. will blog about it and rest of the ideas if and when the time permits.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Random post for random times...

Life is not about keeping a record, it isn't about how many people call you or miss you, it is not about who you have dated or which person likes you.It isn't about what sport you play or which music you like , It isn't about your shoes,your hair, your race or where you live.

Life is not about the college you study from, the grades you passed with, the money you earn or the clothes you wear. Life isn't about having loads of friends or staying alone, it isn't bout how common or weird you are !!

Life is about who you love and who you hurt, it's about how you feel about yourself, it's about trust happiness and compassion, it's about sticking up for your friends and replacing inner hate with love. It is about valuing a relationship, personal and professional

Life is about avoiding jealousy,overcoming ignorance and building confidence. It is about what you say, what you mean and what you do. It is about seeing people for who they are and not what they have or what they want to be. It is about choosing to use your life touch someone else's in a way that could have never been achieved otherwise.

Life is all about making choices...!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

24 Hours...Part 1 - Budwiser Effect

I'm in a good mood & it prompted me to share the kind of days i enjoy....very weird but then i love these kind of days :) .

9th up at 8:30 in the ready by 8:55 and left for the office...reached office with loads of work waiting for me. The thing which made it even more challenging was to complete the work by 7 PM in evening because we were having once in a year party for entire group of people ...close to 100 people and probably the only party when alcohol is sponsored by the company. 

In a mood to party hard and with the pressure to complete the work, I slogged all day long to complete the work with minimum time for the lunch, coffee break, chat, phone calls etc. I somehow managed to complete enough amount work, if not all & sneaked in couple of calls with the US folks as well and made sure that i leave office by 7:30. To make it even more enjoyable, the rain god was kind to us and it rained while we had our party in an open lawn besides a pool and a DJ floor. The time was right & so was the weather, to enjoy alcohol with the colleague and talk "intelligent" stuff while everyone around you was kind of drunk :)

So here I was, holding a budwiser from the time I walked in till the time I walked out, I am not sure how many of them did i finish but I am sure the person serving the beers was in a state of shock seeing me again every 5-10 mins. Just to clear the air, i didn't drink so much of beers, I was just helping out everyone in the party to complete their quota of beers ;) .It was indeed the beauty of the party that I could offer anyone & everyone a beer coz I wasn't paying for it :)

Anyways, we all danced....some in totally drunk state, some in a semi drunk state and some people like me in a "Delightfully High" mood. With the kind of dancer I am, it was better for me to move out of dance floor and do what i like most...mingle with people....people i normally won't get a chance to interact. It was one of those days when I saw most naturally side of the people i work with...for obvious reasons ;)

The weather made it more awesome for me to sit under the open sky and talk to people. It was just the start of 4 hour session of chit chat with probably everyone I see in my office every day...I don't work with all of them but I tried to interact with most of them, and somehow realized to have developed a habit of cracking one liners and ability to speak in different it Haryanvi, Mumbaiya hindi, punjabi, a bit of Hyderabadi hindi and that "hey dude..whats up" kind of :P

This was probably the only time I could talk to the DJ, probably the only time I was able to talk to "well dressed" girls even in the formal set up....coz previously i had perception that I am not their types and I can't fit in. What kept me going was the level of energy, not the beers :P and what makes me happy is I made an attempt to come out of my shell and be part of the environment which I used to avoid. Its easier to talk to people you have atleast something in common than the people whom you don't know at all....i have done a lot of the tougher part and yesterday I learnt the easier one.....better late then never :)

Finally around 1 AM or so, we all decided to leave for our respective homes. Till that time I thought the beer didn't get into me, but after driving the bike for 5 kms, reaching home & spending 5 minutes on facebook I finally realized that I had more beers than I should have ...which made my next day (10th June) a tough one...but when the going gets tough..the tough gets going :-)

--Part II would follow soon with the details of what happened the nextday--

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Dude ....!!!

After writing my previous blog i realized, i had forgotten a very important thing..i forgot to introduce the new member of our family.  So the 'One year hence part... 2' is postponed for now.

On 23rd of December 2009, 2 days before the bollywood's biggest hit "3 Idiots" was released, my bhabi gave birth to a baby boy. Back then, for couple of weeks he was called the "4th Idiot " but later given the name "Shlok", obviously by me. As with any other kid these days, the guy is quite smart considering his age and unlike me & my brother, he is quite photogenic. He somehow has the ability to locate camera from the corner of his eyes  and pose for a picture. This one is just one of the many..!!

Needless to say, but I am in love with the Dude..and somehow the circumstances turned around in a way that i get to spent time with him while he learnt to crawl, walk, talk and 100 other things. I don't remember how i spent my childhood but seeing him doing all kind of stuff makes me feel, i wish i was that smart.

The guy passes smile to girls of my age and gets all the attention..somehow has love for Mobile phone & laptops from day 1...doesn't sleep before 12 Midnight..has enormous amount of love for ice-cream, cold coffee and mango...give him the phone and he will talk for long hours (in his own language)...  Don't know if god is working over time to design these kids :P

I don't know how, but the dude recognized me even when I met him for the first time and he has been after my specs since then, oh yeah....just mine !! He deliberately wakes me up and signals towards my specs lying on the table or else where. He comes and sit in my lap, just when i am about to have lunch / dinner and obviously share some of it :-). He makes me eat his share of biscuits & chocolates and at times rice too.. pinch by pinch for half an hour or so. ...Plays with me just when I sit to work and list of our bonding goes on & on....

Sometimes its fascinating to see him being able to differentiate between a T.V Remote, a Mobile phone and a toy phone..from where can he know which charger fits into which can he imitate everyone's actions so can he apply so much of brain in most of the things he do !! I am sure its just the start of thousands of unbelievable things which i am gonna witness about him.....these 3rd generation kids...beyond my scope to understand...!!

P.S - Shlok, if &when you happen to read this would know how naughty you were & how much happiness you bring to me and the entire family....:-)

Friday, May 20, 2011

One year hence.....Part 1

Its been over an year since i blogged last time...a lot has changed since then...a new job..a new house..a new life responsibilities...and bigger than that, we have a new ICC world champions :-)

So here i go....sharing my life and experiences.!!

The last summer was a forgettable one....frustrated with the job & possibly seeking bad luck in every thing i was doing...I met an stitches on my right hand with couple of weeks left in an important exam. Post exam wasn't a easy time either, day used to start with leaving from home in frustration and 6-7 hours later..reaching back home with frustration from office...!! Preparing for job interviews every alternate day and keep waiting to hear from the job consultants and companies...came close to quite a few but "apna to bad luck hi kharab hai"...somehow or the other..the offer letter didn't come :P

Parents visited my place in a way to get me out of the frustration and advising me to continue the job for a little while longer...but the kind of guy i am, i resigned from my job without any other offer letter...a decision that many would have felt foolish considering i was earning decent enough. On the other hand, i passed the exam too..i knew i would pass coz of the level of preparation & motivation i had in-spite of an Inter Venal injection in my right arm.

Resigning from a job gave a sense of relief coz i knew I'm moving on.. but at the same time i was in an uncertainty ...i didn't know what would i move on to. The good thing about it was i wanted a change and I made it happen rather than waiting for it. Probably the first positive thing i learnt from all of it :-)

31st August 2010, the day when i left my first job and 2 days later i moved out of Hyderabad....for me i had nothing to loose coz there wasn't anything to gain even if I had stayed longer ...for others i might have lost everything...considering "Money / Job / Career" is everything least in the community i studied !!

Keep visiting the space to know what happened next !! :-)