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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saying goodbye...

Some people just touch your life and become a part of it. And when they leave, you miss them terribly. Some of them you miss when you don't see them at their desk or when your realize that when you turn around to talk to them, they just aren't there... But there are others, who make you feel you are going to burst into tears as soon as they start off on their 'Goodbye... I'm gonna miss you... And this is what I think of you and what I want to say to you' pre-cake-cutting speech.

The last time this happened to me was when Anjali had left. My fellow gossip, mostly I was a sounding-box when she complained but she has done her share of extending the sympathetic ear when I cribbed about how much I miss my grandparents or cribbed regarding how moms never understand you. Standing on the BOBJ floor and trying to wipe off tears unobtrusively was really difficult as we said goodbye especially considering she was off to Singapore... definitely not as close as a call or chat or a weekend meet away.

Today when Pulkit was about to leave, I could feel my eyes fill up and my throat choke; I knew I had to shut up if I didn't want to start crying then and there. I'm sure I sounded callous when all I said is bye. He said we shouldn't miss him since we'd keep meeting and it won't be Goodbye. It's true but the fact is I won't see him in office; I'll miss his enthusiasm, spirit, sincerity towards work, his friendship... I don't know.. just way too many things. Probably more so because we were in the same group and have shared tiffins as often as gossips.

I'm sure we'll keep meeting Pulkit and Saumya even though he has left but I'll still miss sending out the ping for lunch with his name not there in the list. It's one thing knowing someone is on leave and entirely different when you know they aren't coming back.

Well Pulkit, considering you said we'll all keep meeting, trust me this time you have no way around us coming to your place to eat Saumya ke haath ka khaana. Lunch is still pending. All the best buddy for your new job. Hope you reach as many lives and people as you did here. Take care.

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posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 10:43 PM 1 comments

Friday, May 21, 2010

Happy thoughts...

Life Never leaves you empty,
It replaces everything you've lost.
If it asks you to put something down,
Its coz its asking you to pick something better.

So let me start the post by thanking Sheeba for this truly positive message.

I have been in a rut; so much that I had spoken to someone and said that I had lost all positivity... I who once in a conversation had said, 'I mean, if things go from bad to worse and you finally hit rock bottom of what you thought was a bottomless pit... the only way to go is up.' I believed it, I honestly did. Things, be they good or bad, change...

This message truly conveys positivity... There are many cliches, like when 'One door closes, another one opens.' This one is very similar to that, but the fact is this SMS really touched that part of me that was getting buried under and bogged down under stress and confusion and brought a smile to my face... And that is why I share it here.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Making studying fun...

So I'm studying for the SAP Certified Application Associate Exams... The pattern changed today i.e. May 1st and I really wanna be one of the first in the team to give the exam. But as I try desperately to study and my hands keep wandering to Mozilla Firefox and the Facebook tab, I have to think about the time I had really enjoyed studying...

There were my classes in 10th at Rajesh Study Centre (RSC) when we used to sit at the class all day and study. While one sir kept the doors unlocked for us, the other gave us treats of Samosas (in my case kachori) and soft drinks. Aditi, Sonal and I had a ball studying and chatting.

Then there were the engineering days, be it practicing graphics together or studying for IP, we have gathered at my house and studied... but not before 'Pet Pooja'... Pehle watermelon and then studies...

Then came the MCSE classes (I still can't believe I never gave the final qualifying exam to become MCSE certified... I stopped at 6 exams... can you believe it???)... Staying back after class, playing with the VMWare, making all those images, testing all kinds of crazy scenarios that took our whim...

But, in all honesty, this post is not about all those times... as we went out to Mezza9 to celebrate 3 years of the Campus 1 batch at KPIT(though our batch completes 3 years on 7th May), I got talking to Uday, our trainer, about all the fun we trainees had had. When I had first seen Uday, during the walk-in at Tejas Office, I had thought he was one of the engineers, a young guy like him definitely wasn't a recruiter. I am embarrassed to admit, that I had actually borrowed a pen from him since I had nervously left my pen case (yeah I used to carry one... Manish has even teased me about it being evidence that I was Uday's trainee) in my sack (yeah, I still prefer it to hauling around a purse). Imagine my shock when I walk in with 4 other people and see the same guy talking to a room of almost 50 people. It was later that I knew that he was, indeed, the trainer. 7 days of intense training both technical and V&A and I was a nervous wreck about the first exams. The exams left just about 15 of us with some shifted to the dev training and just a handful in Architecture (that was what BIP was called back then). Then around 6 more joined us for the product training and we were on our way. To cut a long story short our training started on 7th May 2007 and ended on 7th July 2007 (get it.. 7-7-07?) That's just the short of it, but what made it enjoyable was this...

We celebrated everyone's birthday with songs from Yogesh (if you look back through my posts... just search for the name Yogesh and you'll know... he is one incredible singer) and for some reason from me as well... Mimicry(I wonder if anyone remembers the Hyderabadi stand-up)... e-mails on our KPIT group (all sorts of non-sense including a chain mail.. again something you'll find somewhere in the posts)... the servers and workflows lessons with chocolates (needless to say all said chocolates were provided by Parag as it was a rule that whoever called Uday 'Sir' was to get everyone chocolates the next day. Parag had a ready stash of chocolates), the last day i.e. red day and cake cutting, the presentation 4 of us had given as a possible Sales team marketing Business Objects (I remember Manish saying, 'You said you get stage fright? I don't think so') and most importantly, the BOCD presentation that Parag, Sumeet and I had given. That gave us a lesson in presentation, addressing the public at large and in my case an idea of how to keep your mouth moving, making words come out of it and sound sensible even though your knees are shaking and you are on the brink of a panic attack.

The singing, writing on the glass partitions (drawing the workflows... not ruining the glass partitions), listening to music until Uday came back to the training room as we tested all the tasks, the laughter is something that I miss while I study alone today before my computer... Some of my batchmates are still in KPIT, though very few of the then architecture training team remain... just Parag, Nikhil K., Yogesh and I... Atleast 3 have left in 2010 alone...

Of the Campus 1 batch, most are senior engineers, one ASME, one Manager but the fact is, the celebration still is big...

Wishing my Campus 1 batchmates and the two trainers Uday and Manish CONGRATULATIONS on our completing one more year at KPIT... As Anis Sir's e-mail said, Keep Walking...

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