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It’s been a decade!


A Short Flashback

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Flashback

Ten years ago on 18th May 2008 my friends & I moved to Bangalore to join Accenture the next day. Although I’ve been to Bangalore a lot of times in past as my hometown; the beautiful place Hosur is close to Bangalore, it was a new experience for me to be in Bangalore away from my parents.

Day 1 morning we all started from our guest house that was provided to us by Accenture around 7 AM, we didn’t know the bus route, we didn’t find anyone to ask that early morning, so we took an auto. I bargained with the auto driver in Kannada the first two days. Our Induction was at Windsor Manor Sheraton in Vasanth Nagar. IPL has just started or may be it was about to start. I don’t remember about that as I’m not a big fan of cricket. But it was a treat for my friends that day!

As we entered Sheraton for our induction, we saw RCB bus and we got to know that all RCB players were staying in the same hotel! Two hours after our induction has began we were given a 15 mins break, no one returned until 30 mins, some coordinators came to the hallway and called us inside to attend the induction! Everyone got to see the players wandering in the hallway and in gym.

Rahul Dravid was talking on his phone in Tamil “sollungo ma, ava laam anga irukka” or something similar to that, I still remember his tone over the phone and walked next to me and my friends who were in the hallway. Since it was a surprise to have them in the same hotel where we stayed, we had to leave that place for our induction!

After the two days of Induction, our two months GFT (Greenfield Training) commenced in ITPL so we’d to find our accommodation else where. After some struggle and we moved to a temporary place which I chose as it was less price, but we didn’t feel good after we moved in, so we shifted to the another apartment where our other friends got a PG. It’s Vijetha Lapis Lazuli.

It was my first time to learn that the rents of houses could cost more than 2,500 rupees, as until that date the maximum rent I know was 2,500 rupees. I was so shocked to know when our individual share for the rent was 3,600 rupees.

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Already he has a watermark so I’m not going to write courtesy for pic…

This is where we stayed for two months until we cleared our exams in GFT which we had to clear in order to continue in our job else we will get terminated.

All of studied more seriously than we studied at college. At college we’ll have time to write exam and it’s writing, here it was exam in computers and just radio button or check boxes, if a click goes wrong, we’ll lose marks – and of course our job, if mark goes less than 70. We get three attempts to clear the exam and if we miss the third attempt, we have to return our badge immediately and lose our job. Unfortunately we had to bid adieu to two of our friends in this course of two months.

Finally after two months everyone got projects in various locations and like birds scatter some of us scattered to different locations. I get to flew to Pune, first time in Aeroplane which I started calling Flight over the years. I got to meet new people there, literally I know every Tamil speaking person in Magarpatta, Hadapsar at that time. As I hear someone speaking in Tamil I will go talk to them and get their contact number and pass it on to my other Tamil speaking friends. I made friends who are very good and became room mates with Srinath & Srini who are still in touch irrespective of various countries they live now.

Worked with very good managers who are still the best – Sandeep, Somu, Umesh, Ganesh Pise, Vipin and so many friends. We learnt the corporate culture as the day passed. Team lunch, team outing, goodies and all these new terms became a regular use down the years.

As time passed, I moved to Bangalore and joined my friends who were then settled in a 3 BHK house in Koramangala, which became our den for several years until everyone scattered to various locations after few years. As my time at Accenture continued it was time for me to switch and explore new opportunities and so I switched to Cognizant. I got a lot of friends at accenture but I got a studious, talented and beautiful wife in Cognizant 😉

My friends who continued in Accenture explored their opportunity with other companies and moved to different parts of the world but we’re connected in our Whatsapp group, which itself is going to complete 6 years, in which my friend Praveen overthrown me and took the group ownership when I accidentally left the group one day & not giving ownership back to me. I think I’ll have to go to Vajubhai Vala to claim my ownership back!

Coming back from flashback to this day… 19.May.2018 I greet my friends a Happy 10th year Anniversary and to reach a great heights and to achieve their dreams!


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Khuljaye Bachpan – bonding moments


The memories about my childhood always brings about how briskful I was in my childhood. I do not remember the time when I was idle at home & doing nothing coz of my naughtiness and the periodic lessons learnt from my parents.

During my school days, As I come from school, I used to throw my bag aside and get ready to play with my friends. We use to play from 4’o clock till 7’o clock and then on we can able to hear every kids name being called by their parents 😀 And then comes the sound ‘Raajuuuuu’ from my mom, ‘amma fiveeeee minutes maaa’ – I use to shout from the street.

I remember the day I went to our usual grocery store with my mom to buy Kelloggs Cornflakes. As soon as we reached J.K Store, I’d asked Annacchi for cornflakes, he took a big box (it looked big for me then!) I asked him about the car which comes along with the corn flakes for free, he said it is inside the pack. Then before seeing the car, the hen image was on the cornflakes box, as a kid I was shocked and asked him, annacchi… is this veg or non-veg? Why does it have hen image in it? He laughed and said it is veg and doesn’t know why it has that image of hen. My mom touched my head and said good boy, this is how you should check what you are buying and should not buy things without questioning. I was so happy that I got a car and was very eager to go home to open the package and play with that.

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When all my classmates went for a excursion from my school (Sri Sathya Sai Bala Gurukulam) to Jain farms which is near my hometown, Hosur. I was not able to go because of the fees when I think about it now, without being strict or without scolding my my parents made me realize about our situation and made me not even to worry about missing an excursion, at the same time, after few weeks when group photo event was announced in my school, I thought I may not take it, but my mom said to me, this is a life time moment, this time of your life will never come back to you and have me 25 rupees for the photo.

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Able to find me? Second from the top, next to the motta boss 😀

On Wednesdays when I go to M.G.R market with my mom, as a kid I have got scared sometimes when my mom bargains, but guess what? I have never bought anything without bargaining ever since I’d started going to markets and cloth shops alone and with my friends and made my friend Manju scared of my bargaining 😀

The day when my mom gave me 1 rupee for rental cycle to learn to ride cycle, the day I taught my sister to ride scooter, the encouraging nature of my parents to send me out with my friends to Goa! when I was still studying in college and later to Andaman when I started working, never stopped me from doing what I’d loved to do at the same time I have never disappointed my parents by misusing the freedom they gave me. I don’t know if parents of this modern age can be like them, as it was love and affection that had created the bonding relationship and not the money or things they have got for us in our childhood.

On weekdays I go out with my dad with no idea where we were heading to, while going in scooter we’ll decide which direction to go and randomly pick a direction saying, hmm.. last week we went in Bangalore route, let’s take some other road today & we head for 20 kms and come back & find a tender coconut selling person at a good tree shaded place and enjoy the tender coconut, anything we had planned to do in that week will be decided while we ride the scooter and headed back home.

My parents were always a good friend for me till now and I realize it more when I’m staying away from them now. I really want to get back to home sooooooooon to spend time with them.

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