Thursday, June 28, 2007

Three years ago...

It has been three years today that I started working, but it seems a very long time ago. 27th of June, 2004 was the day I boarded my first flight and the next day I joined Tavant Technologies. Clothed in neat formals, I was apprehensive about how would I survive in this alien software industry and the corporate world as I took the long auto ride. The first thing I did at office was meet the HR person who had given me the offer letter a little over a month earlier. Things look so distant I have actually forgotten what happened next. From my more recent experiences at joining at other places I can guess I would have filled up a few forms, met new people, and tried to be friends with them. I would have gone out for lunch at one of those various restaurants in Koramangala, and would have had coffee later at the office.

I had a three-week long training as soon as I joined, along with eight (or were they nine?) other guys and one girl. But I don’t remember whether it started the same day or the next.

Exactly two years later, 28th of June, 2006, I bought my first bike. The date was not planned, it just happened to coincide with my date of getting employed. I would not have remembered it at all had it not been the same day.

I don’t remember many of my friends’ birthdays and anniversaries. I don’t remember the date of my first date, I don’t remember when did I start to shave (I am not even able to recall the month), don’t remember the date I had those painful surgeries. But, strangely enough, I distinctly remember today, and I remember the 17th of July, 2000, my first day at college. Perhaps I had waited too long for these two days. Perhaps because these two days would change my life forever, maybe these were the two biggest ‘incidents’ of my life.

Today when I was riding to my office, I somehow knew I completed my three years of working; I did not have to think about it approaching weeks ahead as we do for birthdays, and this was the most surprising. At times I forget what date is it today, and today not only did I recall the date, it dawned upon me from somewhere the importance of this date. I cannot try and understand completely the reasons of accidental remembering of this anniversary; like at many other occasions, I can only marvel at the strength and power of the human brain!

17 comments:

Cuckoo said...

May your brains captures & retains many more dates to remember.
Especially your wife's birthday.. nahi to shaamat aa jayegi. :P

Nice post on memoirs.

ashes said...

Cuckoo,
Thanks.

I think I would be able to remember my wife's birthday when I'll have one. The easiest way to remember it would be to forget it once. :)

Anonymous said...

dont worry its not so big u have nt got so old with just three years , ur blog seems like shakthi kapoor press release on his 100th rape scene in movies.He was saying i dont rem all the hundred but i was a long jouney for me.He was saying tht one was like this and this one was like tht my best was .... , u seem to be in such nostalgia.

Anonymous said...
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ashes said...

Dear Venkatram Anonymous R. Prasad,
Thanks for posting a comment. Well I am nostalgic about it, but the way you put it was inappropriate for general readers, your second comment more so, and I had to remove that.

I do not want to disable anonymous comments or enable comment moderation, please refrain from using sleaze on my blog.

Anadi Misra said...

Your blog makes me nostalgic. Still vividly remember my 1st day at IIT, 1st day at UF...1st day at job. And so many memories of all of us, braving through IIT!
As you said, I remember it probably because they altered my life towards the path I am on...
Regarding the power of the brain, ever wondered how come we remember so many songs...thousands of them perhaps...that even we are not aware of till we hear them!

ashes said...

Anadi,

Thanks. I was so filled with nostalgia while writing this. Memories from all directions and times started haunting me (and giving me topics for further posts?).

Re And so many memories of all of us, braving through IIT!: Yes, how can we forget those days. I still clearly remember my first day at IIT. And I talked about remembering the dates, we would of course remember the major events those altered our lives.

Re ever wondered how come we remember so many songs: The brain is extremely powerful and complex, an estimate of the power of the brain cannot be made by the brain itself, and I've been wondering on it for quite some time now. Let us see when can I put it into words.

Rashi said...

wow!! feelings have taken shape of words... was the nostalgia felt same when u left school or home ??
perhaps u can't answer as u are still with your family

ashes said...

Rashi,
Welcome to my blog. Well, I am with family now, but I did leave school and then home, and was away for quite some time, and I did use to get nostalgic then too.

Thanks. Keep coming.

Deepak said...

A nice memoir..There are dates that you can never forget ( like the b'day of ur first crush :P )...It is nice to read about a topic that is seldom touched by anyone. Waiting for some more 'out of the box' blogs:).

ashes said...

Deepak,
Thanks dude!

like the b'day of ur first crush : Well, I strained my brains to recall the birthday of my first crush but couldn't :-P. Finally orkut came to my rescue, and in due time!

What happened to your blog? You never wrote after that one smoldering post...

Himanshu said...

Yaar, nice start to the blog. And can you please send me the second post by dear "anonymous". Sleaze may not be welcome on your blog but I won't mind reading it. Anonymous's first comment is sad, the guy/gal seems like a real retard.

ashes said...

Himanshu,
Thanks yaar. Did not you use to write at some time? I remember reading your Lord of the Milk! That was really hilarious. If you still have that, you could post them on a blog.

As for anonymous' (its a he, as you can see from my reply to his comment) comment, we will take it offline as they say it. :)

Amorous said...

nice one....forces me to recall my "two important dates", and like you I too can't recall too many dates apart from that..[:)]

ashes said...

Amorous,
Thanks for coming by. Keep visiting.

उन्मुक्त said...

क्या सॉफ्टवेर कंपनी में जीवन इतना व्यस्त है कि सालगिरह भी भूल जाया जाय। अच्छा है कि मैं इसमें काम नहीं करता।

ashes said...

उन्मुक्त जी,

नहीं उन्मुक्त जी, यह दोष सोफ्टवेयर कंपनी में काम करने का नहीं, अपितु दिमाग को बहुत सारी चीजों में एक साथ व्यस्त रखने का है...या कह लीजिये युवापन का है को बहुत जल्दी बहुत कुछ पाना चाहता है...

अरे आप भदोही से हैं...विंध्याचल का बहुत नाम सुना है मैंने...

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