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Apr 26, 2015

Work anniversary- A ticking counter or accomplished milestone

Wow, its five years already, 60 months since I first landed a job after completing my MBA. Feels a tad unreal to imagine the kind of journey I have had. No, I don't need to pinch myself, its not that unreal.

The amount of time I've spent in my company, may raise quite a few questions in your inquisitive minds. As it is not considered normal/usual in this day and age to have the kind of stability in one's professional career.  I'm sure the word 'stability' will have different interpretations for each of you. Risk averse mentality, staying in a comfort zone or it could be the plain fact of experiencing growth while being stable in the current job.

'Growth' again has multiple dimensions to it. While it obviously means growing strong financially, there is an undeniable fact of growing as a professional. The wins, losses, associations, disassociations, appreciations and escalations, all come together in making the fibre of a professional's character.

In many cases though, professional anniversaries could prove to be that ticking counter that one needs to consider, and take the next course of action in their professional lives. For all you know it might be the next big opportunity is waiting to be unearthed.

For me though, I believe every year accomplished is a checkpoint in the journey of a professional's career, where one may want to stop, reflect and progress.

Long ago in college during a so called 'employability skill enhancing workshop' they had a question for us, which I had answered as below:

Q: How long would you be associated with our company ?

Me: As long as I am adding value to you and benefiting myself, I would surely work in your company.

While this answer might seem rather idealistic in today's world, I believe I still standby it.

So, is it your work anniversary ? If it is, how do you feel about it ?

Feb 14, 2015

Néen Oru Kaadal Sangeetam

Ever wondered how a song you hear on the radio, see on television seems to perfectly what you are going through in life.. No, None ? Hmm.. Do give it a thought, you'll probably realize a tune, some lyrics seem exactly cut of some situation in your life and present itself in the form of music.

Well, now why this thought suddenly after 1 year and 3 months since my last post. Hmm, I can say it in short and finish. But then, that's not my style here. 

There are times when life sweeps you off your feet, when priorities change more often than changing outfits and when the bells ring. Ghanti, Dil waali yaar.. Wedding bells!  

Don't start off now, saying, "Ah, look there goes one more guy who changed after marriage". The hiatus from blogging is attributed more to the pressures of work and lesser to the pleasures of laziness, which you may want to call "marital bliss". 

Coming back to the point, the title of this blog post - 'Neen Oru kaadal Sangeetham', a famous track from Mani Rathnam's "Nayagan" is the song that seems to be playing non-stop in my mind. It literally means you are a love song. I always thought when I'd meet my to-be wife, it would be some psychedelic Pink Floyd number that would play in the background in my mind, contrarily meeting her felt nothing short of a beautiful sonnet Ilayaraja would score music for, hence the title. The feeling felt so natural and smooth, that we never realized we were falling in love. 

Our wedding Invitation
For me the feeling of loving, being loved has always been some sort of music, which turned out sad many a times, but this time happy, very happy.  Energy levels suddenly surged, time became a premium, and the surroundings blurred like it does when you use a camera lens with a F-value of 1.4 or lesser. (Agreed, that was a bad one). But then that's what love does to you, makes your heart go wild and head crazy. 

The fact that I'm writing about this feeling should be proof enough to indicate how well the cupid succeeded when he struck me with his bow, which had my wife's name written on it.

@Wifey, Cheesy-Max eh ? Guess this is pretty much, the long and short of the post. 

Dedicated to My Love - The Missus