Archive for September, 2009

R.I.P

Posted in Blogroll on September 15, 2009 by prajwalpai

Flash back 2004! It was a Friday and my first day in Wipro. The date was May 14th 2004. I was in total awe with the corporate office of Wipro which had greenery everywhere. The day was just to complete the joining formalities, fill form to create a bank account. I was waiting for the most exciting part of the day, the part where they issue the Wipro ID tag. People who know me know might not believe but I was really looking forward with a childlike eagerness get my id card.

There was a huge batch of people joining on that  same day. Our official date of joining would be May 17th 2004. A huge classroom kind of thing was filled with new recruits and giving me a feeling of landing back in college. As usual, I was sitting in the last bench and there came a guy and sat next to me. He was sweating a lot and we got acquainted. The dude from Delhi (Gwalior to be exact) had just flown from Delhi and came directly to office from airport. He introduced himself as ‘Vishal Yaadav’ and he was my ‘first friend’ in Wipro.  He had arrived late and had a bit of catching up to do with the things that happened till then, I helped him with that.  The other guy sitting in last bench was VenuGopal Jakkina who was my second friend in Wipro. I think we had lunch together and were together for most of the day.

The huge batch of recruits was segregated into many groups. A batch of some 22 people was branded as ClearCase guys, the other groups that were with us was the ‘Windows NT’ group and ‘DBA’ group. We 3 groups had our induction together and got to know each other well in an hR induction called ‘The Impact’. Vishal, Venu and I were deeper friends now. After this was the actual tech training at Wipro which was supposed to last for 18 days.  All 3 groups of people were being trained in same building of ‘Micro Academy’ on outer ring road. Even if Vishal was in NT group, we still were good friends.  Since he used to stay in Koramangala, I used to pick him up every morning and drop him every evening.  Some people in the batch even had thought that we were brothers (I don’t know why). After the training, The 3 groups went different ways and after few more days even my friends from CC groups parted into different paths. It hardly took few months for the mail exchanges to end and I almost had no contact with Vishal.

Fast forward to year 2008! I was in London and I saw a mail from a guy called ‘Vishal Yadav’ about some accommodation Ad to the mailing list. I immediately pinged him and Voila!! It was my old friend. To my surprise, He was working in a different building.  WE did a bit of catching up but didn’t meet up and all.

Hardly after a couple of weeks, I saw a stranger with a familiar face. With a couple of seconds delay, I was able to make out that it was Vishal with a londonised Hairdo (short and spiky). I learnt that he was working as a Business Analyst at Swiss Bank. We happened to stumble into each other at Liverpool Street few times and had few small talks. That was it!

Fast forward to year 2009, Aug. I heard a guy had committed suicide in Wipro building buy taking a plunge from 12th floor. The weird thing about the suicide was that he was wearing an iPod and listening to music while taking the plunge. Nobody had any details at all and only weird rumours were floating around. Just after a week, I stumbled on an article about the suicide. I was surprised to see that the employee’s name was Vishal Yadaav. It didn’t even occur to me that it could be the Vishal I know. I got a bit intrigued when I read that he was a business analyst and it completely blew me off when I read that he was working for Wipro since May17th 2004.  My friend is NO MORE!! I didn’t know how to react to this at all, Some part of me still didn’t want to believe this was happening.  I got to know from some common friends that it indeed was a demise of my once close friend and it shattered me.

We might not be close anymore or not even in touch anymore but it still hurts to know that a an old friend of yours doesnt exist anymore in this world.  May god bless his family and his soul Rest In Peace.

 

Making merry at Puducherry

Posted in My-Travel on September 11, 2009 by prajwalpai

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It was a beginning of an end. Our project is coming to an end and for me a journey of close to 5 years is coming to an end. As I write this blog, our team is literally disintegrating. This was a team outing but even had people who had left out project long back, people who just left our project previous day and people who are about move to different projects. This might be our last outing and our last chance to have fun together. I subconsciously have a ‘out of sight, out of mind’ policy. I am not good with maintaining contact with people. Out of all the people with whom I have worked in the past, I am in touch with hardly few people I can count in my right hand. So far, it’s only with few people that my relation goes beyond being professional barrier.

It was an out of the blue idea and everybody was surprised on how quickly things got organised and how well the numbers increased. Everything fell into places and finally we 12 people set out on a Saturday morning.

We had tea near EC and started on our journey. With first stop at some hotel for breakfast our first point destination was Gingee fort.  Gingee was fun. This was the first time on our journey we got a taste of the humidity and the unforgiving sun. Everybody was dripping from sweat but since this was still the start, everybody had enthu to try and trek till the top. We stopped at a granary to listen to some soothing flute from some stranger. We started our journey back to pondy at around 3 and had lunch at some hotel.

We finally reached Pondy and went directly to a rocky beach. This scene reminded me so much of the pebble beach in Brighton. It was a similar architecture around of the buildings. It was a nice rocky beach with a nice road alongside the shore. We sat there for a long time and had nice masala tea on the beach. Having tea on beach has been my new found favourite thing.

We headed to the resort and checked in at 18:30. We all were more than happy to see the resort, we were in total awe seeing the empty private beach and the plush interiors only added to the liking. The corridor in between the rooms led to a very spacious portico facing the beach and more than ideal to sit idle all evening. We all freshened up in an hour and only now the fun began. The resort had a private beach and we thought of arranging a bonfire and to spend most of the night on beach. We took all the beverage’s to the beach and emptied almost everything in a matter of minutes. We spent a bit more than an hour on the beach and while walking back to the hotel we realised that only few ppl were able to walk in straight lines.  Little did we know that this will be the night that most ppl involved will never forget their entire life. It all started with San sobbing and telling some sad tales. He was honestly disheartened that the project was coming to an end and we were all heading separate ways. It was fun to watch Venu cry for no reason but only cause he was not able to see San cry. Sudhi looked promising with a big brother attitude towards San and taking care of him for major part of the night. Ramesh was as sane as ever and Kulk was swaying from dizzy to sanity. Venkat was visibly shocked by seeing all this. He was maintaining a good distance from San who looked the person most out of control. Throughout the night… San was sane… He gave out some gems that most of the people will never forget. We all headed back to our rooms by mid-night but it was far from over.  Sudhi who was looking very stable till now and taking good care of San till then came to our pad. The night got dragged till 3 in the morning.

My Sunday morning was a memorable one. Sitting on the spacious portico sipping a delicious masala tea facing awe-inspiring waves while enjoying the lovely breeze. I was not sure which was the best thing I was liking about that moment. I have a snap of that very moment which I have imprinted permanently in my mind.

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The plan for the day was to be on beach all morning and then visit Auroville and to head back home. The beach being private was mostly empty but was very shallow. We were only able to go down few meters from the shore and then it was dangerously deep. We had fun for major part of the day at beach and after much discussion made it to auroville in the evening.

All in all it’s a trip that none of us will forget. As I write this blog, we same set of people are planning a trip to Coorg and I hope that the plans materialises. Each person on this trip has traversed a new path in his professional life now which may never cross with any other person again. This trip was a perfect ending for a long journey that we have had together.