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Thursday, June 11, 2009

XL Meri Jaan…

It’s been two months away from a place that was described by our dean as the ‘home away from home’. That time, I had inwardly smirked at the terminology used each time the phrase was (ab)used. But over the last couple of months, during my internship stint, I’ve realised how much more the place means to me.

 

Make no mistake, the last two months have been fabulous – in terms of experiences, learning, and fun! With a highly supportive boss, and a good, impactful project problem, it was great working at Microsoft. In fact, it will be with a lump in my throat that I will leave those gates inscribed by the name of the inaugurator – Mr. Bill Gates. But, I will take away with me some great memories, lots of learning – both personal and professional, and more zeal and energy than I came here with.

 

Tomorrow is the day, when ‘I’m leaving on a jet plane’ towards those beckoning doors – to the place that is now seriously a home away from home. Interacting with juniors, I can’t help but succumb to a wave of nostalgia and a strong sense of déjà vu, as I see people who like me a year ago, are full of questions, excitement, apprehension, nervousness and lots more.

 

It has been a year of battles won, and some battles lost. It has been a year with its ups and downs. As Mr. Dickens would say, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… “.

 

Yes, I’ve learnt a lot, and unlearnt a lot more probably. I feel more confident about myself, more competent, and also proud of being an HR professional. I’ve learnt to deal with ambiguity and stress better, though I guess I still need to learn to prioritise things.

 

During my Microsoft days, I’ve learnt an important quality - resilience. Also, there’s a whole new sense of self-belief that I am basking in.

 

The last year has seen some new relationships develop, and regrettably, some old ones dissolve away. It has taught me to value people, and their contributions in one’s life. In that sense, I think it has also taught me to leave the past behind, and move on carrying some learning away from it.

 

Overall, the next one year promises to be crazy, hectic, fun, unpredictable, but yet promising. I look forward to it as the notes of the song that always sends chills down my spine ring in my ears.…

 

Socha tha MBA kar len, hum tum bhi thoda sa padh len, lo aa gaye hum XLR(I),

khwabon mein socha jo humne, aaye usse poora karne, lekin hui aankehn chaar,

karke humen bekaraar, meri jaan, meri jaan…..

15 comments:

Phoenix said...

touched... nostalgic..

Abhishek Chopra said...

Superb post! May the next year be better than the one that went by! May you make XL proud!

:)

Sumit said...

@Krishanuda... :)

@AFC... thanks man! :)

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Sumit - How did you get so wise so young? :)
Hugs
Corinne

Choco said...

Seriously I agree with the comment above when I say you seem to be wise beyond your age!
All the best for your bright future Sumit:)

Tangerine said...

Good luck with d year ahead.

A well written post as usual :)

Roshmi Sinha said...

A superb post! May you make XL proud!

To part and to meet is the 'hope' of life... and 'hope' springs eternal... ! :)

Nikita said...

m sending you nik from here...u r free to rag, bully or butcher :D

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much.I have become your 71st follower so I will be visiting your blog.
I appreciate for your lovely post.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Kaddu said...

Ahhh senti! You defy my entire theory of "Women Rule"! If more men start getting senti like u, men and women will finally become equal! :))

He he he :p ;)

Ramaa said...

Sumiiiiiiiit! Brilliant, boss! My thoughts exactly about XL! :-)

Scriber's Web said...

How exciting! Adventures await! Can't wait to hear more:)

Rashmi said...

Wow! stumbled accross here, stayed, read and now am i writing a comment.
Loved it.......
I am coming again,
Cheers!

bondgal_rulz said...

Whoa!! XLRI and all!! Naice!!

Nostalgia seems to be flooding on all blogs. *Sigh*

*Gets lost in her own thoughts*

Great read. :)

Cheers

Gautam said...

oh microsoft .......dam gr8:)