Friday, January 14, 2011

...the most UNEASY NIGHT

After leaving office we sat together over a cup of tea and brain stormed...WHAT  NEXT.!!!!  All three’s  state of mind was flowing in the same stream.
Should we go???? or we simply forget this job and try to find another one !!!!  OR   we should get it a try... UNDECIDED .....fixing to talk again next day, we dispersed..........
In the state of big impasse,  reached back to place of my stay, went to a PCO to speak with my DAD, about the latest development of the day.
Personally I was absolutely unwilling to go to Mumbai, The childhood impressions (observations from the magazine advertisements, movies, newspapers) of  ( ) Mumbai local trains without engines, with the over head electric wires connected with connectors mounted on the passenger coaches...  train commuters  standing at the wide doors of the bogeys..  Narrations about Bombay  in the movies.... and the terrific pictures of people moving in big crowd rushing for their  works etc, had a very  frightening negative image of the city, which was forcing me to give up the idea of going to Mumbai   altogether....
After talking with my Dad, I was still in the state of fix, one point notable which my dad said, Do not say No now, go there,  have a look for yourself and see if you can manage then continue, if you find it difficult you can  always come back.
That night, my  brain was going all wild, with all kind of useful/useless analysis, We all three were to go Mumbai for the first time, interestingly  non of us has any acquaintances there.
Finally, I  boldened  myself since we are three, we can manage, if things didn't work out, we have open option to return back. Armed myself with some contact numbers my dad gave to me.... tried to sleep whole night, but managed to turn sides only......

Friday, January 7, 2011

JOINING... Our eagerly awaited Job

..and that was a short vacation of around 15 days, after our final semester and Joing date (I could remember it was 15 June,) when we were supposed to join.
I reached Delhi a night before and stayed at my borther’s place. He was based in Delhi and working in some Garments unit, at that time.
Next day as it could be enthusiastically got ready and went to the Office at Cannaught Place to start our professional life, the other two guys also reached and we met there and were asked to sit in the conference room to finish up with the joining formalities. We sat there chatting , had some coffee, while chatting also dreaming and feeling goose bumps at the same time, as to how will we be able to cope up the office life moving from School life. Half day passed sitting there, we had Lunch ( were offered some Pizza portions along with coffee), One Kapil (HR executive) who was attending us, came to check If we are DONE. ( now this DONE has a multidimensional meaning here, Which I now wonder had a bigger implication, as to the meaning it had to us at that time). Kapil was asking if we are done with our Lunch, or he was asking whether we are done with our relaxed time and are ready for next  sojourn..........
We were taken to the HR G.M, and were give a shock of our life !!!!!!!!!
He informed us or rather commanded, that you three guys are supposed to Join the Marketing Head office in Mumbai, where all your joining formalities will be carried out, and you guys have to immediately start your move..............
On checking with them as to how should we  go on such a short notice, they told us that we have to move by train, and all this journey we have to manage ourselves ..........(another bomb - as they informed that they have not got any reservations etc done for us....)
We were blasted with the biggest shock of our life and were left  muffled on this development.
None of us has ever visited Mumbai earlier, and were now asked to immediately move there without any preplanned arrangement.
It was a tremor of 9 on ritcher scale,  our faces got wide with sullen eyes, body trembling with the horrific idea of Going a mystical city called Mumbai, which we never ever contemplated of going, before that HR GM, cracked the egg on our heads...............
KARTA KYA NA KARTA (with no option in hand) we left the office telling them  that  we need some time to make arrangements of tickets etc and the earliest could be only the next day to start for Mumbai. They gave us the address and the contact person name in Mumbai, and also told us the details of some hotel where our stay has been fixed.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Going Mumbai - Incidental change of location.

After completion of  my B.Tech. from GCTI Kanpur, I manage to get two Job offers, one from Pashupati spinning and another from DCM Ltd. Incidentally I preferred DCM over Pashupati, because  DCM as a brand had a lasting impression in my mind since childhood as my parents used to regulary visit DCM showrooms for purchasing various Household requirements like Towels, Bedsheets, other fabrics etc.
In this situation I have to Submit my resignation (from Pashupati Placement) to our College Placement officer. Interesting thing - Resignation even without Joining.....that was year 1993.
After a stint of 1 year at DCM working in shopfloor, I was absolutely drained and eventually resigned to further my Studies. Fortunately that year I managed to get Admission into MMS at TIT&S, Bhiwani - 2 years of full time study, nice time spent back in school, relaxing and good time as compared to horrible time  working in shifts and that to in  shopfloor !!! ...
...and finally toward the completion of our MMS, the day of reckoning came, PLACEMENT TIME...........year 1996
Indorama, a dream for every Textile professional at that time came for the campus recruitment. After having texting rounds at GD and interveiw,  three from our class - Sujeet, Dudeja, along with me were offered Jobs for placement at Indorama Corporate office New Delhi..........
(Interesting situations were to follow) -  unaware of this, we were on the 7th heaven, in an exclusive celeberating mood,  aware of the fact that other mates are having a kind of jealousy on our KILA FATEH (winning the fort), we felt very relaxed. 
Subsequently by the end of our final semester exams, we had the appointment letters in our hands.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Memories- My Mumbai Stay of 9 + years

While coming to office today, I was just sailing back into my memories, when suddenly, an idea clicked to my mind....  why not try to jot down some incidents, some experiences of my momentous life in Mumbai....
This will not only help me to ease my mental pressures, but also going to give a boost to my  long cherished urge to become a writer!!!.........
WRITER....  well this sounds as  a  little vague idea but  why not give it a shot, Technology has give an opportunity and world wide web has given a platform, where you can create a space for yourself and  put your imaginations or experiences or your lessons of life  into BLACK and WHITE.
Its  not the first time……I have given a shot earlier to this dream, when I got couple of my articles published in Our college annual Magazine  and some of my Letters written to editor of magazine - Science reporter, got  published, during my student Life.
Initially, I don't have plan to make it a promoted public space, I would just keep creating my writes and lets see if something substantial comes out then can consider making it into a organised displayed material.
This space is going to be a kind of my Memoir diary, where I would  write about my travel to Mumbai and  Nine and half years of  my  stay in that Mega city which is full of Dreams, Struggle and  Mysteries.