May 31, 2010
Today’s my last day in the company. It’s been a roller coaster time of three years of ups and downs; and the thing with roller coasters is that ‘downs’ are more thrilling than ‘ups’.
More than the fact that this was my first job what matters is that this would be the only job where I worked as Software Engineer. It is as unfortunate as it is fortunate for me to say that it’s time to move on.
Three years, so many people, so many lives, so many moments, so many meetings, so many cafeteria meetings, so many workflows, so many VOBs, so many lines of codes AND just a single mail to sum it up, to confine it into few words!!! To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world. Apologies for a long mail, for the first time I take freedom of not being brief.
Working with 'first of managers' was a memorable experience. The most important aspect of that time would be that I never felt working for someone else but for myself. I am thankful to them for giving me that kind of environment and the opportunities. I hope I could do justice to the faith put in me by them.
I could take my work to next level with the opportunity provided to me by 'second team'; I am thankful to them for that. It was pleasure to work in 'second team' and to be a part of great things in making.
As much as I would want to deny this, I know I have been a difficult person to manage. And I am really thankful to ‘the person' for almost always being tolerant and lenient towards me.
Needless to mention (because it is very obvious) yet so important is that I will dearly miss 'P's' pongal. He has been there with me for almost entire period as a constant companion at work and at fun outside work. I am going to miss all those fun filled times with him.
For 'V team-members', I just want to say thanks to them ‘for being them’. They have been great team-mates. I was fortunate to work with such people who were my friends more than my colleagues.
The experience with rest of the 'V team' has been great. I appreciate all the support and help they have provided me with and want to thank them for it.
There are 'people' who joined with me as freshers. I will miss all the fun we had in Diamond District, during training and in company.
I take this opportunity to thank (which I never did in past) people from 'RG team' for their blessed company during my travels. The business-travels seemed more like summer-vacations with them; I will miss their company and those vacations.
I really enjoyed the company of many newbie. Working with some younger ones made me realize that I am not the youngest person anymore, which I used to be in any group. Sharing my knowledge and gaining knowledge from them is something which has been delightful escape from my own assigned work.
I have a word of advice also for them: Never ever play safe and never seek blind advices. Always try to do experiments and mistakes. A messed-up-deliverable done on your own is far better than quality-deliverable done by spoon-feeding.
I am thankful to 'test team people' in whom I have found friends and who have been critical in my technical improvement. Their bugs have been inspiration (in form of haunting ghosts) for improvement.
I am thankful to all those whose name I missed. There are lot of other people who helped me through this time and have laughed and joked with me.
I want to apologise if I hurt anyone while discharging my duties. I never intended to hurt anyone personally and I am leaving here with no hard feelings for anyone. I hope you could forgive me if there is anything I did wrong.
In the end I would say that I have had a collection of more complains and few compliments all these years. It won’t be wrong to say that often I myself end up making it hard for anyone to appreciate me. But I will always remember a compliment (I consider it a compliment) given to me by one of colleagues that goes sort of like this, “You are one of few rebels in our team, you should not leave here”.
It said so much in so less…But it’s a ladder called life and it’s not always about stepping up, some times you got to step down.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
(No longer a Software Engineer)