A walk down that lane !
It was a cold January morning as he stepped out of the bus in koramangala Bangalore. Just the day before yesterday he had given a boisterous welcome to the new year and the new millenium in his college hostel.Those were now going to be things of past.The songs he used to hear at midnight in his hostel, the late night jaunts to the canteen, the umpteen sessions of general talk extending all night.. he was missing quite many a thing.It was time to move on, time to take a job, time to make his parents and himself feel proud that yes this irresponsible kid had grown up! He already had a job in his hometown and a few other offers which he was planning to consider.But then someone drilled into his raw and uncut mind that this was the company he had to join.The company was no mean one too.It was the envy of so many in the campuses."You joining there ? Lucky dog" was the kind of comments he had heard. He was kind of gloating at it. After all when you beat some of the best programmers around you in a programming marathon lasting 40+ continous hours you have every reason to ! He kept reminding himself.
The first few days he holed up at the house of his seniors from college, they were only too willing to let him stay. His office a few kilometers away from his place of stay.Bangalore at that time was a nice place to stay, pretty cool and not so crowded. Deep down he was missing his city bred life ! The first day at job, he was made to feel good.You are the first person to join us in the new millenium.You will go far in this company and this company will grow along with you told the HR.He was hardly impressed.Where is my machine ? I want to check my mails said he as a matter of fact to his manager.His manager was surprised.Thinking that he would have the last laugh if he pushes him into the Sun Solaris environment, the manager takes him to that machine and says this is yours.Do you know what it is ? He replies quite calmly : I have worked with this.Why doesn't it have the proper environments ? The manager was shocked.He did not for sure expect such a reply.He was just a trainee.The manager thought like other trainees he will come at 9am and leave at 5am.The manager was again surprised to see him coming pretty early to work and leaving pretty late !
Slowly the manager and he developed a good rapport.He being surprised at how the manager could possibly know so many things and the manager surprised at his ability to deliver things even before asked for.The time came for making the crucial decision. Can we give this mission critical work to him they thought.The risk had to be taken.It was inevitable.And he deliverd when and where it matterd most.His manager was happy.He was also happy.
He merged well into the team.He liked it that the team had the spirit of work hard, play hard much like what he was doing back in college.It reminded him of his college and hostel days and he loved it ! The time came when the trainee was to be made permanent.The problem was that the trainee was yet to finish his degree.He was just in his last semester.The HR would not allow.Ok said the higher up boss.Let him be a trainee but his pay will be that of every other engineer.What a company thinks he ! Such equality of thought and such flexibility.The company entrenched itself firmly in that raw mind more so because of its policies.And the work was an added bonus ! Leading technologies ! Challenging assignments name it he had it all.Travelling to vaious places, rubbing shoulders with some of the CEO's he has seen it all.
Yesterday was the fifth year he had completed.Oh well not exactly.The fifth year as a proper employee of the company.He did take a year break and went off to college to do his masters.The same atmosphere was not there but it was worth the break.That generosity is also a hallmark of his company !
Folks the he is none other than yours truly ! For reasons obvious i will not name the organization but yes it has been a wonderful five years here ! Time flew and it flew like mad !
Needless to say in an industry where change is the only constant there is no guarantee as to where im going to be tomorrow but the past five years have been pretty good !
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 11:47 AM