Wednesday, February 14, 2007

First month from home

Ok... First things first!! Wishing you all a very (belated) happy new year! I do know its kinda late and that this post is long overdue. But what with one thing leading to the other and me not having a system for quite sometime, I couldn't help it :( Ok! This new year, the first thing that I did was to become a paying guest in a completely new city with all trappings associated with it. It all started with an interview I attended months back and got through. Then, I had thought I might not take it because of various reasons. Finally, each reason after another slowly faded out of sight and cutting a long story short, here I am!!

So many of my friends are asking how I am and how I am managing things all by myself. Thanks a lot for all your concern and care. I am both happy and touched with all your mails and messages. I am doing fine and have started learning lots of basic things in life like traveling in a public bus day in and day out(I've already used buses but infrequently... traveling daily is an adventure onto itself. And traveling to office and trying to keep yourself from looking as if you were just out of bed is no mean challenge!! The first day to office, I was looking like something that the cat picked up on its way!! :) Now the situation has improved. I only look like a rag doll and this is slowly fading too :)), learning to get ready in time with all the work done before I leave( this is no small job either), learning to manage in a place where I don't know the language, learning to work in an office environment and so on and so forth. Also, I got acquainted with lots of other people in the same predicament as I am.

I have learnt a lot of important lessons in the past one month, some of the most important ones being able to pick after myself wherever I go (those who have seen my room at home would know this better. Till last month, I never used to pick up my own stuff. I am a person who thinks that things are better kept at handy places than at proper places, though the amount of time that I’ve spent searching for stuff because of this policy of mine is really huge.), learning to adjust with people of all sorts and dispositions and having to move with them on a daily basis and not getting tensed in the process(I can’t afford to get tensed every day  It is one luxury I can’t afford myself) and trying to save myself from making a fool of myself in various situations(It’s really hard, you know??) For example, on the first day at office, I and S(my teammate, batchmate and roomie) were taken to our team and was introduced to M(who, by the way, was covering for our project leader, MD, who had gone for some meeting). He was friendly and told us about the different things that our team was doing and what was expected of us. I was already on a high because I had successfully done various things (right from doing everything on my own to reaching the office on time and in good condition) and I was really interested in the project. So, I was only listening with half a ear and even lesser concentration. I was more into imagining what all could be done in the project(one of my never-dying habits where I am all imagination at the beginning of any project, technical or otherwise). Somehow the talk session was over and he asked if we would like a cup of coffee. Such an exposure was new to both S and me and we tagged along after him to the pantry. He took a cup and went on explaining as to how the coffee is prepared and other useful related stuff. Something in my mind clicked and I told S that we could prepare our own coffee. She was ok with the idea too and immediately told it to M. Then, he looked at us with a blank look and then said “This cup is for me… I’m not that nice” with a laugh. We stood as if an iceberg had hit us. S recovered faster and said something. I could manage only a weak smile. I still didn’t understand what had happened. I went into autopilot mode, took a cup, filled it with some liquid(I guess it is milk) and went and sat in a cabin with it. Only after some ten minutes did I realize what fools had we made of ourselves! And S was furious at herself(and more furious with me because I was the originator of such an idea. Really I can't imagine how I could think things that way. Guess I was placing lots of hope on the innate goodness of mankind :) Anyways, that accounts for a really good laugh, right? )! Then, we both looked at one another and started laughing. We were having one good laugh when M came again. Since we were laughing, we hadn’t finished our drinks. He wanted to introduce us to the entire team. So, again we went, with cups in our hand to each cubicle and introduced ourselves. I can tell you that easily qualified as one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. I wished that the earth would open up and swallow me(only thing is, even if the floor below had opened up, I would have ended up in the ground floor and not exactly the underground;) ). Imagine meeting your teammates the first time with a cup in your hand. Oh God! What would they have thought? I’m sure it would not be one reserved for angels. This incident should tell you lots about saving myself and the potential difficulties ;)

Anyways, the first day, we went for a treat at office (M had bought a land and treated the entire team, since we were two poor souls who had only joined that day, they invited us too... But the food was heaven for someone who was missing home food). The first day had more amount of buns and came to be known as the “Bun day”. The second day was the “Drug day” where we saw some college students using drugs (well, B________ is giving us new experiences). The third day became the “Laughter day” when both of us were laughing at each and every single thing. The fourth day, we got down to some work and that was our “Verilog day”. After that, the days started moving faster and suddenly, it was time for the first review. We went to college, attended our first review and came back today morning. That was one more great experience (more on that in another post). From office, I learnt the importance of freedom, the responsibilities that come with the freedom and that things should never be assumed and understood wrongly; it is better to clarify it straight with the person who knows it. About my team, there are about 12 of us under MD. Our team has both design and verification people. We have N,J,U,HP,SK,G,K,M,So,S and myself with MD leading us. My team is really good at teaching us, especially me in clarifying all my doubts and queries. They also pitch in and help us with various other issues. Also, I love the work that is going on in my team and respect each person’s hard work, sincerity and dedication to their jobs. The atmosphere at office is motivational to work, interesting to be in and fun to do and, most important of all, comes with a large dose of freedom to experiment with things. Btw, I got my first stipend  Ah! The feeling that comes along with your first paycheck. It should be experienced to be understood.:)

In the weekends, we go shopping and meet friends at different places ( though cafĂ© Coffee Day is one of my favorites, the simple reason being that it is near to my place and not too straining on my stipend). I went to IIM, B_____ one weekend for a cultural event (Unmaad 07), met a few friends there and had a great time. I liked the place a lot. From weekend escapades, I understood that I would have to manage my time, money and effort properly in order to get the best deal out of all that I do and still have time to enjoy my activities. These are lessons that are needed in everyday adult life, the lessons that I am currently learning. Whether I stay here or go somewhere else to study or work, I am sure that these lessons would stand me in good stead and help me cruise along life’s way. I can see for myself that this one month has made me more mature in more ways than one. I’m moving faster and faster into the adult world and out the kids’ world. Though it is fun in one sense, it is nostalgic at the other. I feel as if I would miss the world that I know and am intimidated by the new world surrounding me. However, the challenge of the unknown is too tempting and I can only pray that I get to take the right decisions and do the right things at the right time. For that, I would need to harness all that I have learnt so far. Anyways, it has been fun so far and lets hope for the best 

PS: Guess this has been a long post. Please do bear with me. I had wanted to tell things as they happened but due to lack of resources and time, I put it all in one post. From now on, hopefully, there will be regular posts from me. Glad to have written this post after a long long time. See you, folks!


Velocity said...

Thats a really looooooong post...

But its kind of diff than all ur previous blogs., coz for the first time u seem to be inside a concrete jungle with very little control over whats going.., may be this is called " Experience ".,

your description of B'lore., is really frightening for sumone whose gonna start a career in b'lore..

Seems to me that sophistication of a metro comes with a huge price tag..

Anyways.. All the best...

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Good luck with your life ahead!

Anonymous said...

Life goes on

Arun said...

looks like u r learning a lot in life and getting accmsted to life outside home. good going...

alpine path said...

Velocity, thanks! Anyways, it is not my intention to frighten you about a metro. Just that I want to jot all this down and my blog is a better place than any other. About control, I've not lost it but it is fun to watch your life changing at all points at the same time. If you had relocated to a new place all by yourselves, you can relate to my "experience". :)

Sudipta, thanks!

Anonymous, a very true comment! I've just tried to capture a part of it(esp the first month in a new place). Thanks for coming on in here.

Arun, yup! Life is throwing up different things and I'm having fun all the way. Only the first month was a bit strange. Now, I've started accepting this city to be home too :)