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Friday, April 3, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane

Tomorrow's the last exam of first year. After that, I can call myself half-an-MBA. Wow!


I can't help but be stricken by a wave of nostalgia at the year that just went by. There were ups and there were downs; relationships forged and relationships unforged, and lessons learnt and lessons forgotten. But overall, I guess the year left me more capable of handling uncertainty and ambiguity, and better equipped to handle stress.


Of course, it hasn't been easy ditching a cushy corporate job, and taking a longish break to study. I've lost some battles since then, and then I've won some.


Nearly a year ago, it began when I checked XLRI's website for admission results and got a message proclaiming 'Congratulations' for my selection for the prestigious Personnel Management and Industrial Relations (PMIR) program. Needless to say, there were folks who were delighted, overjoyed, in disbelief, and a few even plain jealous.


There was no platform nine-and-three-quarters, and no Hogwarts Express but the journey was magical with the entire compartment being filled with bouncy, young folks travelling to their dream institute and their indulgent parents smiling away.


Ever since then, life's been whizzing by. Somehow, I feel time passes at twice the speed inside these gates. By the time one leaves for a term break and catches up with the outside world, it seems aeons have passed by.


And before one realises, one is pulled back into the vortex of never-ending assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, and exams. Till the next term break.


However, this time the agenda is different. I won't be able to visit my parents but will be going to a different city as a summer intern at my dream company... Microsoft!! And of course, I'm pretty kicked about it. Two months in a new city, at a new company... two months of new experiences.


Plus, I might be able to put a couple of entrepreneurial ideas into practice, if I find the time. Let's see.


Of course, the title is drawn from John Denver's song... because I'm leaving for Bangalore on a jet plane, though I know when I'll be back again. :)


P.S. Apologies for making this post a dull read... more like a rambling on of an idle mind, but then that's what it is!


Jeremy James said...

Congratulations - half the job done, and another half to go.

I also find time speeding up. Last year literally flew pass and this year is going the same so far.

I am considering studying again as well. Maybe i will take your lead.

all the best.

Tangerine said...


MICROSOFT!!!! wo..ow! thats my dream company too!!

u lucky lucky half-an-MBA. :D

Scriber's Web said...

I think that will be a lot of fun. You should keep us all posted. I'd love to hear about your Microsoft adventures. We hear all kinds of interesting stories here:)

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Congratulatons...and good luck at Microsoft. I'm in Hyderabad at present, visiting my folks and had to stop by for a fix of HOI ;). Take care.


Shreyans Mehta said...

You make the future sound good :)

Dreaming Eyes said...

all the best for bright future and gud life....enjoy life...take care....

Sauron said...

@Jeremy... thanks! Taking a break from work to study so totally rocks. :)

@Tang... cool! It sounds like an exciting company to work for. :D

@Scriber... I'd love to hear about the interesting stories. (I'll surely narrate mine too. ) :P

@Corinne... thanks! You take care too and have fun.

@Shreyans... the future is good, man! :) All the best to you too!

@Dreaming... thanks and good luck to you too...

Anonymous said...

Your future will be just as bright!
Have fun:)