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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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Dr. Abdul Kalam & Me


It was in March 2008, when Cartoonist ‘Mathi’ from Dinamani released his cartoon collections books in Mylapore, Music Adademy, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the chief guest. Our college secretary was the first person out of three to receive the first issue of book from Dr. Abdul Kalam.

I read this news in a newspaper around noon at my hostel library & immediately informed my friends. Around 3.30 afternoon, I along with my friends Mahesh anna, Vedathri, Harish and Aniruth started walking out of hostel room and were walking near tennis court, our secretary was about to enter his car & I smiled at him and said, ‘Hello swami ji, we’re walking to the same event where you’re headed’ and asked him you are still here? I read that the function is at 4 o clock?, he said yes, but it’s ok, I was asked to come at 3:45, he said and then  he didn’t give a second thought, he had immediately asked me to board his car & I’d boarded and said, not just me some of my friends too 😀 He couldn’t say no & hence we all boarded the car. Humorously he asked, is it all or is anyone else joining? I said only us 😀

It was a proud moment, that we are going to a function where Abdul Kalam is Chief Guest and our Secretary is the first person to receive the book & we are going to that function in his car! As the car headed, being 17 years of Ramakrishna Mutt President of SriLanka & a 70 years old famous and great college Secretary he was little afraid that he is carrying more people in his car and was looking out to see whether any cop is noticing us, I said.. Swami ji! Why are you worried? No police can stop us, forgot whom you are going to meet now? (haha the same ‘gethu’ scene that you see in every movie!)

Our car entered the Music Academy (Mylapore) entrance, as soon as our car entered, our college assistant secretary came running and opened the back door and gestured Namaskaram (Vanakkam) thinking it is our swamiji who was sitting at back side, as soon as I got down he was little embarrassed 😀 and said oh! it’s you and ran to front door and welcomed our Swamiji. We all laughed secretly at him 😀 We entered the Music Academy hall in VIP entrance, our swamiji said sit where you feel comfortable, and said he will go to his chair.

Just when I moved from the entrance to look out for seat, I heard more noise from outside and ‘vaazhga, vaazhga’ within no time after the car had arrived I could realize it was Dr.Abdul Kalam & he entered the hall so fast and was very brisk. He entered the hall like a child entering an exhibition, such an enthusiasm and smile he had in his face.

He walked very fast in the stage and asked his secretary about where he has to sit, he sat and smiled at all. One of the other chief guests was actress Manorama. As soon as Dr. Kalam started his speech, the very first sentence he spoke was, ‘Aachi… enakku ungala romba pidikkum, naan unga padam laam nariya paathuruken andha kaalathula’ (I like you very much, I have seen your movies a lot in my childhood days!) He said it in such a voice that it showed he is completely down to earth, not a single percent of ego or anything, he never showed any sign that he speaks as a former president or a great scientist.

During his speech about the book release, he said ‘Cartoon is a very effective communication tool.  They powerfully communicate the message with a sense of humor. He also shared his experience as to how his team felt rejuvenated by cartoons, when they were dejected due to the failure of SLV3 in those days. He also advised the media to use lot of cartoons in the newspapers to create awareness.

His briskness, enthusiasm was such an inspiration for everyone who had attended that function and when I remember the moment I saw him, he still makes me smile 🙂

Today when one of my friends sent a message saying Dr. Kalam had passed away, I didn’t want to believe it and prayed that should just be another hoax just like others that pops every now and then. Don’t know what is the joy behind spreading rumors about ones death.

Last week, Neera Yadav, Jharkhand’s Education Minister had kept garlands and payed homage to Dr. Kalam when he was still alive. People are in so hurry to believe something without even checking the facts and to inform their friends which sometimes ends up as a rumor.

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Now, after checking the news that Kalam is really passed away, it is very hard to lose such a enthusiastic person, India’s missile man & our beloved former President of the Nation. He collapsed when he was giving speech to the youth of our nation! He loved doing what he did till his last breath. I don’t know why we call Nehru as chacha and why we celebrate his birthday as children’s day (May be because of… hmm no, let’s not talk about him here!). After Vivekananda, to me Dr. Abdul Kalam is the youth icon & he will always be remembered by all of us. His birthday should be celebrated as Children’s day.

May his soul rest in peace.

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