June 1st, 2007. Another ordinary Friday for almost everybody. Significant day of my life – my first day at my first job.
A few calls from a few close people last evening kinda brought that Big Day Tomorrow feel with them. I was jittery, excited, nervous, tense, anxious and there was a slight feeling of the fact that life’s gonna change the next day onwards.
The day started with my alarm, a late-night sms from Mithu that MG Road’s seen violence the previous day so I should be careful, and there was also a message from Vidur wishing me luck one more time. Made me feel good.
While literally ‘dressing up’, I got a call from a ‘colleague’ that she’s leaving early so she’ll be early to pick me. Rush rush rush… got Bhai to drop me to my ‘pick-up point’, Ma came along for the thrill and I was on my way by 8:00 a.m.
The road had heavy traffic. It took almost an hour to reach office. We checked in at 8:57 a.m. and I was immediately shown my seat and my system. Right corner seat – but of the ‘bay area’, not the metro (:P). I’d been to the office once before so it wasn’t all new but the feel still was. The China, Uruguay, US EST, India, UK times on perfect analog clocks on the wall looked beautiful. One of the people who had interviewed me was so sweet today that I couldn’t believe that she actually managed to intimidate me earlier.
General administration stuff and admn induction/training were followed by a sequence of briefs and inductions by different project managers. All of them were in their positions because of their experience but with 4 different people, 4 different types were very evident. There was the definite leader, there was a passionate & intelligent personality, there was a dedicated & dilligent one and there was a plain, bored but still smart woman. [By the way, this is a women-dominated organisation. :)] It’s funny how I could notice all this. I mean, I wasn’t sitting there with the intention to judge any of them. It was simply evident.
And similarly, other new joinees were all verrry different from each other and I could easily gauge who’s the type to stay away from. Much thankfully, that one is on a different project than me to begin with. Although, she did get the project that I think I might have enjoyed more. But I’m cool with that. I generally tend to do better when I don’t get the best or the most interesting things too easily. Coming back, all this somehow makes that dawning of the realisation of growing-up clearer and perhaps more quantitatively visible. I know my ‘vibe-system’ has been in place for a long time now but this is different. This is what probably age brings. And that way, this first day was very different from the first day at college. I wasn’t too eager to even start chatting up any random person. I wanted to take my time ‘coz here you gotta know what you say to whom. And also, I’m in no search for friends here. It’ll be great if I make some, and it’ll definitely make life easier here but I’ll let that take its own time. But I’m sure I still must not have come across as quiet by any standards. 🙂
Funny thing. Now my passion (IF we can call it that already) for photography is hardly a few days old but guess what happened. One of those managers had to wait to begin her presentation ‘coz two analysts were missing. So in the meanwhile she started talking to me and one other new analyst. General stuff – college, family,etc,etc. So I mentioned photography as my new interest. 😛 Turned out that the woman bought a Canon 400D last year-end. We discussed how she started, what I’m planning to buy, and I am very sure that I heard the words shit and fuck from her too. She’s cool! I’m gonna be taking my camera to office as soon as I get it… my senior wants to see it bhai! She’s also from my college. ha! Oh, the funny thing… that other analyst was zonked out just like I used to be till not so long ago because of the Greek about lenses, etc that was being discussed. Funnn. 😛
So, till about 4:45 p.m. we were more or less in the training room. I got some reading material after that and my brain was not registering a single word of what I was reading. I think I’ll soon be on tea too. It’s hard work. Anyway. Took a break, washed my face and read for an hour. And that was when we ‘logged off’. 🙂
Did I say that traffic was heavy in the morning? I meant evening. CRAZY!!
Came home and nicely pulled a muscle. So, lots of pain and crying-shrying too. But I’m better now assuming that a fucked-up neck/shoulder can’t let you sit in front of the pc after such a long day.
This was a very long and extremely detailed post. Thanks for bearing if you’re still here. This is one post that I contemplated writing about for a very long time. The part of me that’s undergoing transition did not want it up here, but the opinion of the one that finally dominated doesn’t sound too bad still.
It’s a Friday night and that’s why I’m still up till 1:00 a.m. Other nights I’m gonna be a good girl. 😀
Good night, people!
‘See you Monday’ sounded so cool in my head. 😛