Archive for July, 2009

August 13 – pause and play

new beginnings and farewell speeches –

august 13 leads the way for a country of more than a billion people waiting to celebrate their independence. hope that at least this year we wont be buying Indian flags made in China. one day for corporate India to sleep a little late. unfortunately, aug 15 is a sunday this year. a major loss for the employed. important events in history include births, deaths, conquests which have no bearing on my existence. but we are two days away from the British Raj being dissolved in India. INDEPENDENCE.

this year independence has a new meaning in my life. come aug 13, i wont be seeing a pay cheque for sometime, freedom from globalization, freedom to speak my mind, freedom to be aggressive for what I believe in, freedom to hold my own fort midst a million pseudo personalities, freedom to choose and drum roll moment – freedom to step out of my comfort zone.

aug 13, i end a two year, eight months stint with an internet giant. currently, im in the process of writing a creative farewell speech. below is the first draft –


Personally I find farewell mails absolutely boring. Adjectives run liberally in and out of context. Infact, they make me diabetic due to the high sugar and maple syrup content. Talking about maple syrup you guys must have the French toast in Egg Factory on St. Marks Road.

You will be in for a treat cause of the liberal serving of yummy Maple syrup. Knowing that most of you check mail once a day, I am sure the classic farewell mails will self dentate in your inbox before it sees light.

Taking the above into consideration, I decided to write something meaningful, non-bullyish, truthful and hopefully worth your reading time.

I have been greatly inspired by the scriptwriter who writes Meredith Grey’s inner monologue. One monologue goes something like this, “you might have these seconds of absolute clarity in your mind where you really know what your want to do and can see yourself doing it…” We all have had our share of two seconds of absolute clarity. Personally, I have had countless two seconds moments. Throw in two external variables and unfortunately the rest of the 58 seconds were over powering. But not since July 12th.

The weekend of July 12th changed a lot for me. After my deadly potential promotion interview supposed screw up, I did not find much comfort in the company of words such as introspection, karma, hard work though I must confess bitching does wonders for the soul.

Copious amounts of home made black coffee, Meredith Grey’s monologue, my follower’s tweets and an article I had read ages ago on Steve Jobs ensured my two seconds of absolute clarity was alive. It was alive and kicking my Id, Ego and Superego.

I began connecting the dots. Going backwards and connecting every dot. It made perfect sense. Yahoo! was one dot which ensured that all the other dots fell into place. Me staying in India, my amazing friends, my friends turned family, the numerous hilarious and mind blowing experiences I have had, the horrible people I have met who should burn in hell, the absolutely wonderful people who make my day, lot of personal stuff, being broke, loss of a friend, realizing that India’s foreign policy still troubles me a lot as it did since my Christ days.

Being here has brought in a lot of clarity in my two seconds moment. I have found what I would love to do and hence have to move on.

Hoping you say Eureka to your two second moment soon.

yes the cheesy last line is for the target audience.