Saturday, 12 March 2011

1st Day at work - Powai Part

.. okay,we know we belong to Travel,transport and hospitality,that doesn't mean you make us travel in the scorching sun.Show a little hospitality! Provide us some means of transport.
And ,off to Powai we were,and in spite of the things happening,my face lit up,like the sky during Diwali.

Clean roads,no potholes,pizza outlets,huge buildings,and I realized we'd reached our destination.Take a left,and you go Karting,walk straight down the road,pizza outlets,one after the other,cross over to the other side,coffee shops.You name it,they have it.I was in heaven.
So,the rickshaw dropped us off in front of a building,no different from the others,except the fact the this building bore the names of the companies it housed,as we marveled at them.As we climbed the incline towards the building,I said to myself,I dont care if I dont get a good project,as long as I am posted here!
On reaching the entrance,it felt no different from the entrance of an airport,with all the stringent security checks,the gates,and the works.Again,just let me be posted here!

Finally in the building,we searched for the person we were supposed to report to,entered the office.Amidst the array of cubicles,we found a sign saying RMG,and we rushed towards it.As we saw others,with same situation as us,we found a glimmer of hope of getting a project,before reaching home.
Introducing ourself to the concerned person,we were told our alloted ISU has no projects at the moment,and we didn't know how to respond."But !",and she said,"there is an opening for a SAP project,i'll just confirm".
SAP .. holy crap! Is this like a dream.Please dont wake up,if it is!And I waited to hear the most beautiful,optimistic word of the english vocab.
And the phone call ended,and there was affirmation.I take back my words,I don't need no office in Powai,just let me be in that project."But !"she said.Why are there so many buts!Isn't everyone happy with the pair they already have.Anyway,so what that but was for is,there is only one seat,and 5 of us.Still a 20% chance,but what field in SAP will we be working on exactly,was the big question,which remained unanswered.No details were revealed about the project,making us wonder what exactly the project might be.We were told 2 of us had to report,out of whom 1 will be selected,and we were told to decide amongst ourselves who the 2 people are going to be.

We left the room,with everyone calling up their most experienced person from this field,asking whether to take up this offer or just let it be.Faces as tensed,as the day the allocations were announced.Yes,no,,can't decide,WTF,I wanna go home,these were probably the only words used during those minutes we waited outside.So far,only Mr.Why-Chromosome was ready to take up the offer,while the rest of us were just looking at each other,waiting for someone to say something."Aavois",I said,"I am a trainee.Its SAP",and we left for the room again.As we entered the room,I just prayed,that this should be a good project,and we said the two of us are ready to go for the interview.And,our details forwarded to the concerned person.As for the other 3,they were told to report to the Andheri office the next day.

And so,we left the office,still wondering if we had done the right thing by accepting the offer,while the others wondering if they had done the right thing by rejecting the offer.As we left the building,we met others,some like us,project less,frustrated,and jealous of others,who had been assigned to a good project,others dejected by their project,some elated.Walking towards the exit, I started texting others,asking them about their allotment,how they were finding the new city,were they missing the training,at the same time receiving calls,with the very same questions.Tired,exhausted,we searched for a place to eat.
Finally,catching a bus home,we were still thinking if we had done the right thing and what to expect tomorrow,after spending the whole day travelling from one place to other.

As the first day of our job neared its end,one thing was sure,everyone and i mean every single person sure missed the training,and wished to go back in time,to those memorable days.
If this is a dream,wake up now dude.Lets go back to Ahmedabad !

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