Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My world revolves around u


    That is quite a strong title. I can defend it. You are aware about all events that took place during our college days and a couple of years after. This post is about the events that happened this year. This morning I got a call from BeeJae Visitacion, a recruiter from VMWare. He wants to set up an interview with a hiring manager tomorrow. I already have gone through 2 rounds in technical interview in the Stress Testing team. Yepp - that's your team. Guess who's the manager - its Gunjan Patel. I very well remember a conversation between you and Gunjan you forwarded me in 2008. I thought that he is a good manager. Anyway, the point is - should I accept the offer that Gunjan makes tomorrow (I am pretty sure and confident that he'll be interested to take me) I'll be working for a team that you used to earlier.

    The thought of doing MS never crossed my mind soon after we graduated in 2006. I wanted to work for sometime and then take my chance - in India itself. You, and my mother respected that. Then after some gyan from you and the confidence shown by my mother and sister i took the leap from the Lion's head. I quit my job which kept me financially secure (if not satisfied) for 4 years, left home, and came thousands of miles to a place I thought I'll never come to. The fact that I didn't have any relatives didn't matter. You were here  ... that's all I cared about.

    Is it co-incidence or destiny that I didn't get through to so many companies that I applied to even with references but got through only to Microsoft, NetApp, and VMWare ? Is it a co-incidence that I didn't get through Microsoft interview after having done so well in it, but got through NetApp and VMWare ? Any internship is good internship. But why did I have some strange sub-consious seriousness and a fighting urge to get in to NetApp but not Microsoft. I was definately serious about Microsoft, but not as much as NetApp. It may be co-incidence or it may be because I already had lost an internship offer. I like to believe that it is destiny.

    I can give so many reasons to why I switched schools. But the topmost reason ... the one I don't normally speak about is that I want to be in NC. Opportunities are here, people are here, blah-blah, but more than anything else you are here - period. Given this, I am going to continue to live here until I have had enough of you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ice-pice ಆಟ ಸಾಕು

ನನ್ನ ಪಾಲಿಗೆ ನೀನು ಸತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಕಣೋ. ಎಲ್ಲೋ ದೂರ ಇದ್ದೀಯ. ನನ್ನ ಮೇಲೆ ಮುನ್ಸ್ಕೊಂಡು ಇದ್ದೀಯ. ಯಾವತ್ತೋ ಒಂದ್ ದಿನ ಬರ್ತೀನಿ ನಿನ್ನ ಕಡೆಗೆ. ಬಹುಷಃ ನಾನು ಬದ್ಲಾಗಿರ್ತೀನೇನೋ, ಆದ್ರೆ ನೀ ಮಾತ್ರ ಹಾಗೆ ಇರ್ತೀ ಅಲ್ವ? 
ನಾ ಮತ್ನದ್ಸಿದ್ರೆ ಉತ್ರ ಕೊಡ್ತೀ ಅಲ್ವ ? 
ನನ್ನ ಮೇಲೆ ಕೋಪ ಹೊಗಿರತ್ತಲ್ವ ? 

+ Chetu

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The World Cup is ours

    Lasith Malinga started his run up to bowl to MS Dhoni. We have like 4 runs to win from 11 balls. 200 people sitting in the auditorium. All of us watching very closely. There is this weird silence in the auditorium. Malinga released the ball ... Dhoni came down the ground, smashed it up in the air. The ball went so high ... all of us watched until the last moment. The ball went over the line, its a huge six ... and the whole theater erupted! And then ... you know how it is ... the victory celebrations.

    Triveni, an organisation for Indian Students at UNC Charlotte booked the university theater to watch the matches. We watched India v Pakistan and again India vs Sri Lanka too. About 200 people gathered and watched India win yesterday. I got myself a blue t-shirt, got the tri-color painted on my left cheek n watched the game. Its a different feeling watching the game amidst a lot of people. This I only understand now. After the game all of us (no, not 200 ... just 20 of us) went to a restraunt called Hibachi Grill. Japanese vegetarian cuisine also doesn't have much options :( I ate all I could possibly eat, came home and slept like a pig! That is how I spent my first weekend in April.