Archive for January, 2011
Perhaps the mixture of feelings and emotions.. anticipations and responsibilities.
In my usual self, where helping my dad was the prime during the marriage, I hardly felt it.
The strain occurred when I looked through the lens, watching the groom fill the parting of my sisters’ hair with vermilion. The glance stolen after that was the time when I literally froze. It took me moments to recover and to snap more pictures!
Coming to the wedding. Its unique, its something that all brothers should experience. I am not at all going to the emotional side of it.. but it feels responsible, it feels weirdly beautiful and happy from the inside. Its a kind of pleasurable pain to see my didi cry at the time of vidaai.
I had spoken on behalf of the seniors to the 1st years on many occasions, one being the freshers orientation programme. This was my speech on 2010, Aug 11 :
Good afternoon Shri S K Sharma, chairman- SKSGi, Prof Dr A C Ganguly, Director- SKSGi, respected Principals and Faculty of S K Sharma Group of Institutions and Hi friends!
I am Anirban – Department of Computer Science and Engineering, final year. When I was climbing up the stairs to this podium, my friend Sayani asked me to speak something really motivating. Friends, I find no motivating words for you.
To give my speech a bollywood touch, “Chaar saal, chaar saal hain tumhare paas, shyed tumhare zindagi ke sab se khaas chaar saal” But I wont really say that..(I am bad at mimicking, I know!)
Even if I say that, I wont be entirely wrong – these four years are THE deciding four years of your life. This is a new start, a beginning to something new.
These four years give us an opportunity to become someone we never were … for perhaps we can never be.. but atleast we can try to.
We all have with us, our set of dreams, This is the time to let free and chase your dream.. not forgetting our core mission – studies!
We are in this college, primarily to study, and this mainly forms the base of whatever we do. None the less, explore yourself, extend your limits, challenge your capabilities… take part in as many activities you can, meet as many people you can… express yourself.. spread your wings of freedom. But in this endeavor, be responsible, donot loose your track, remain the kind of person, your true friends wish you to be.
Enough said, I am asked to share my experiences. I shall keep it short and simple – I had a blast these 3 years… when I was one amongst the many sitting there 3 autumns ago, it was like FOURRRR years!!! But 3 years down, when I speak to you on behalf of your seniors, I say – its “just” been 3 years! The teachers, the staff and authorities has been such a family.
I wish you happy 3-4 years, 4 deciding years of your life.. wishing you luck with your dreams..work hard and live your dreams!! have fun.
And ya… as an elder brother.. On behalf of the entire SKS Group of institutions, welcome to the family.
It was an evening when Snehlata was in her room, alone.. wishing to meet Gauranga and bhai.. Gauranga, was in his usual self… sleeping at his room, not disturbed by anyone else.
The phone beeped. Gauranga woke up irritated.. its an sms from Snehlata.
Sneh: Janis u hav a vry imp wrk to do. N pls hurry up… jaldi jaldi. Girlfriends khoj, one for u n one for bhai. Pls pls pls. I wanna c u two happily committed!
Gauranga wakes up… muffled with the sms and his roommate beside him shooting the terrorists at his computer screen.. decides to reply. “Bhak. No gf for me now. N bhai wnt make one, although he needs it. And what about u being my gf? ”
The phone beeps again.
Sneh: Dekh toder gf banatei hobe. Amak banale, tui pagol hoye jabi aro… cholbe? bhai cnvnc kor. Pls pls
Gaur: As for bhai, janina. N I want his arranged marriage. In my case, I may get madder, but will you remain happy?
Sneh: Hmmm… I guess I’ll nvr b unhappy!
Gaur: This leaves an option of indifference! Will u remain happy?
Sneh: Hmmmmm… I think yeah, I will remain happy.
Gaur: Lols if u stay happy, shud I have a problem being madder?
Sneh: U shud know na, j tui mad theke madder hote chaas kina… toh bol, u hav a problem being madder?
Gaur: Yea, more than just mad…
Sneh: Hmmm… so…… what does it imply?
Gaur: This implies that if u r my gf then I will get madder n u will be happy having me madder!
There was a pause… while Gauranga wished for a reply. He waited.. anticipated..His roommate had a grin smile on his face shooting… *roger that*. He smsed her again…”… and madness knows no limit, no parameters.. ensuring u shall remain happy forever!”
It wasnt a long wait for the next beep…
Sneh: Hmmm… happy forever… that’s a very tempting offer!
Gaur: Lol. Never trust mad men and drunk men.
Sneh: Lols! Hahaha! yeah … point to b noted.
Gaur: Dhus khide peyeche!
Sneh: Ja ja kha! But j kaj ta diyechi seta kor. Gfs khoj, one fr u n one fr bhai. Al the best.
Gaur: I wnt search for mine. Need to see people I love, happy.
Sneh: Ami na ekta tubelight… dnt expect me to understand complex sentences… ami only simple and compound sentences bujhi…
Gaur: Ja babba, that’s not expected of you…!
There was another pause… while Gauranga thought of tweeting his thoughts…
The phone beeped.
Sneh: Tweet porlam! Ahem… Khepu kothakar! Ami na ki bolbo tok… u r seriously totally mad.
There was a long pause… while Gauranga watched his roommate grin as he was on the killing spree…
He thought of crashing back to his pillow, while the phone beeped again..
Sneh: Question fr u. Explain wid reference to context: “I wnt search for mine. Need to see people I love, happy”
Gaur: Its all in the mind.
Incidentally, “Its all in the mind” was said by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.. while Snehlata had used it as an weapon against a head-eater guy, who had been tormenting his group of friends.. the phone beeped again.
Sneh: Chagol! Amar oi ekta line bhangiye kodin chalabi! Soja soja bol na baba… edike @iambivas amak dm e ask korche tor bishoy, He’s so cncrnd abt u!
..and the discussion continued without the cue..leaving a smile on Gauranga’s face, but with an empty stomach!
<disclaimer: another work of fiction. it bears no resemblance with any character living or dead>
A lot of people share their interview experience at freshersworld and other related websites.. this is my sharing at my website, may share the link elsewhere.
~My Curriculum Vitae~
Of all the things mentioned in my CV (a similar copy of which is available at this site), I had it in the back of my mind, that since I am in the Entrepreneurship Resource Planning Cell and other similar student run groups, I might be interrogated in that sphere. It was somewhat anticipated, and even wished for… not expected though.
~ Before Interview ~
I was called at the first slot. It was an eerie feeling, and I was in a mood for comedy from the morning. I tormented dadu and all the people I met after I got out.. I was having full time fun with Satwati, NM, Sangita Majhi, Pashasti, Tripti, Piu.. seldom called Praveen to ask him about DBMS! took anindya out and met sudipto sir.. was chit chatting.. offered all joy-nogorer-moya (a typical rural bengal sweet dish, and is one of my favourites). When my name was been announced, I gulped a full moya , which ultimately got stuck in my neck.
I entered the room. Wished him good morning with a smile (I remembered , Sayani’s dad asked me to keep a smile always.. and I was fully prepared to smile at every possible occasion) and stood there, until he asked me to take my seat, and I thanked him for that. He went through my White application form. (I was expecting him to ask me to introduce myself! ). He looked at me, while I again smiled at him (see! I am an obedient child!)
He smiled back and asked me “Why did you strike Geetalis’ name out?”
Me: The delegate there asked me to strike the name off as she is not my blood relation. She is the wife to my cousin brother – Romit, who has been specified there.
Him: But, she is your relative right?
Him: So? Blogger… of the three times national champions.. what did you have to do?
Me: Blog, and publicise our colleges activities ….(and I went on to discus it in objective details. I mentioned about my passion for writing and speaking and that we actually had to “market” our college to the outside world)
Him: So, your project was Corpnews..so market your product to me, me being the first customer. explain why I should be accepting your offer and how it can benifit me in measurable terms as in money.
Me: *smile and exhibition of happiness, leaned forward, putting my two hands on the table*
Him: *giving me a blank A4 sheet paper* Take and you might also wish to draw diagram while discussing your project with a diagram.
Me: (took my pen out from my inner blazer pocket..went on to discuss my project… the platform used, the content management system used, the ideas, objectives.. how much he has to invest (=0)..concepts of the various components.. )
Him: If this is the case, where is the revenue coming from, is it sustainable? discuss the revenue model.
Me: *smile* (Left the pen and started discussion verbally of premium and sponsored stuff.. to the most accurate details, I remembered)
Him: Why are you using XML?
Him: why not as text files, writeups using FTP …(and various other methods)?
Me: (Discussed each with the full forms and why XML/RSS and how that is hassle free. In the discussion, I went on to take TCS’s website..and was interrupted.)
Him: are you aware of the TCS website?
Me: (affirmative with a smile.)
Him: whats the address?
Me: *confused* I am not sure, but I believe its TCS.com , I googled it and I selected the first result *shy smile*
Him: *wishing to frustrate me* Are you this negligent?
Me: *smile*(and went on with my project)
Him: suppose you get a garbage or not the right value at date, how can you eliminate it?
Me: we will check it manually! *had no answers*
Him: Can you write a program for it? using the language you used?
Me: *very confident and boisterous smile* Yes Sir..(took the pen and the paper and wrote a code down… God only know how right or wrong that was!)
Him: How can you ensure the quality of the articles and the verification?
Me: (discussed it.)
Him: *seemed interested* What does your sister do?
Me: She is a CS student and working with my dad..err my father.
Him: Your father has his company?
Me: Yes, sir. He is an auditor.
Him: Why isnt your dad your first customer? He should be taking it first..!
Me:*shocking smile* (I took the relaxing posture, as I required time to think… in my mind, I was screaming – my dad is a kharoos person who hates whatever I do!!… but I had to be very sober!) I discussed this with my dad many times, he says it is against his professional ethics and not as per the institute .. i mean Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (remembering how my seniors used to scold me, when I said computer science or CSE instead of Computer Science and Engineering! and trying to put forward all the legal and forward puttable reasons by my dad.)
Him: May be because you couldnot convince him Mr Marketter! *sarcastic smile* He can easily have a finance related website which you can make for him..
Me: *smile* May be I convince him the time I meet him at a longer strech… he always seems busy!
Him: I think I am done with the interview…
Me: *smile and 32 all out! I was all cold inside… only my face was animate by then while every other organ seemed to have frozen*
Him: You have a problem being posted outside? because your sister may get married…(and I interrupted him there)
Me: No No sir..! It shall be good, I want to stay out of home… my father is doing great and all my cousins are outside.. my parents wish it too.
Him: I will send my feed back to the HR.. you enjoyed the interview?
Me: *overjoyed and a bigger smile* *lost me composure* Yes sir..! very much..! It was great to have to with you.. had a nice time. was tensed before entering.. but it was g… very good! (was going to say “great!”.. only not to exhibit over enthusiasm did I stop!)
Him: *BIG smile* Nya, you must have prepared all of Java, DBMS and all technical… and this is not fully technical though..
Me: Yes, sir… I prepared bits of almost all the subjects and I was mentally prepared for it.
Him: *smile* nya, if you insist, I can ask you bits from all those subjects..(i interrupted him)
Me: No no!!! its awright!! its fine.. (God only knows why I reacted that way.. but it was instantenous!)
Him: *bigger smile* hahaha! You want to ask me something?
Me: Sir, both my projects are in PHP/MySQL.. whats its prospect at our company TCS? (only to realise that I actually said “our” company… He must have thought me to be over confident~! was cursing me for this later on..)
Him: I dont think, we use that much… see , I am in only HR (me: *smile*) …(and he went on to say how oracle is supposed to be better and how I should learn things.. as they come my way..I went on to givemy gyaan on learning and how its an never ending process and how we have to learn at all point of time..the typical stuff I update at my blog!)
Him: yes.. you were good. It was nice talking to you.
Me: (I stood up thanking him and shook his hand. I was completely cold… He couldnt hold his smile ! and he smiled..I also smiled! and bbyed him!) Bbye sir!
~end of the interview~
The results came out after 12 hours… and all the 12 hours, I was literally cursing me for being stupid and overconfident at times.. I kept on eating whatever I saw edible… from tic tac to candies… to biryani.. to KFC chicken… to whatnot!
But at the end of the day, at about 10:30 pm… when the names were announced, my name was at 10th.. so I didnt have to wait much. I bet, I would have had an heart attack, if i had to wait for long that time!
I hope you had a good read… and I tried to be as accurate as possible.
~date: 4th Jan 2011~
Happy New Year is now 12 days old, still a sincere wish hopefully touches. A lot to write in this new year, but I prefer taking rest the little time that I actually get these days…
Report card of 2010 has been given at my facebook page. 2010 has been the worst year of my life this far, and i wont wish to post it to my website
But trust me, year 2011 has had a fantastic start… and I wish this year to be better than 2009… and each coming year better than its last..
A lot to write mainly on these topics : my first day of the new year and preparation for TCS aptitude exam, the excess amount of biryani from 2nd jan to 5th jan… TCS aptitude exam, TCS interview and the anticipation.. 5th Jan : A day unique in itself, Birbhum: Sainthia, bolpur and shantiniketan and picnic at Praveen’s place… Preparations for my didi’s marriage.. and few rabindrasangeet that I have come across recently, the sad demise of the legendary Suchita Mitra, about Gaaner Oparey and a lot more..
To start the year , I have 2 good news from my end :
1. I have been recruited by the Tata Consultancy Services on 4th Jan 2011.
2. My didi – Achira Saha , is getting married on 16th Jan 2011.