Snippets of a Conversation for Lunch

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Overheard during Lunch hour:

(All names changed to protect the identity of the speakers)


Tom :  It looks like every developed country ought to have a developing country to support its economy. USA has Mexico, Singapore has Indonesia. So the developing countries have a ready market for their goods while the developed countries can live in their own bubble of consumerist economy.

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Poora State ko Gaanv bana diya????

Something I overheard today in our team. Our Project Manager was asking one of the team members what he thought about the Garden City. So he replied – In spite of people being educated and professionals in the Garden City, when someone converses with him, and gets to the question – “Where are you from?”, the following is what happens: Continue reading “Poora State ko Gaanv bana diya????”

A Bit of Chinese @ Office

Now that I am into the 4th week ( can you believe that? 4 weeks have passed since I arrived at the Garden City), maybe I can tell you a bit about the Office.

The office is located in a prime area dotted with restaurants, colleges, shopping malls – all at walking distance. The famed Forum Mall is just a stone’s throw from here, though I haven’t visited it yet.

ReceptionNow let us go inside the office – the reception is manned by three – 2 security guards and one receptionist. The Receptionist is an all-in-all – he takes care of the office switchboard, connecting calls, stationery requests, finding accommodation for newcomers and is a veritable directory for the best eateries in the area.

The ground floor has the HR, Finance and Systems people together. I guess they have been banded together being the Support functions of the organisation.

Then comes the Mezzanine floor, where the Center Head and head of various departments are seated. It also holds a huge Conference Room.

Levels 1-3 house the different projects and its members. Yours truly is seated at the 3rd floor. And the pantry covers all of the 4th floor, with some part allocated  to a Gym and a library.

The Lift is an abominable thing – tiny and cramped and always 3 floors away from where I am stationed. So, I usually use the stairs to walk down and the lift to go up.

Since there are just 320 people here in office, everyone is very helpful and friendly. That does not mean that in places where there are more that 320, everyone is very frigid. But, the smaller group makes for more closeness among the employees.

There are 8 people in the room where I am seated – all techies – along with their Project Manager. The PM keeps them on their toes with frequent admonishment, and she reminds me of how a Mother keeps an eye on her kids:-)A2B

Right in front of the office, there is an Adyar Ananda Bhavan which serves piping hot dosas, idlis and vadas, as well as a good variety of sweets.

At Home, the mornings and nights are chilly and we cuddle up in a great big blanket to keep warm at night. However, Baby is an extraordinary creature – he seems to thrive in the cold. The moment one places a blanket on him, he has arms and legs shooting out to get it off him (even in his sleep :-))

Chinese RestaurantLast Friday I got a taste of authentic Chinese food at a nearby restaurant, where I stuffed myself so much with the starters, that I had no space left for the main course!! In retrospect, maybe I should have been a bit more discreet about my gastronomic tendencies, especially since I was out with my new colleagues.

More on my food adventures in upcoming posts…..signing off for now.

New Year, New Job, First Day

Welcome Bouquet
My welcome bouquet

Yesterday was my first day at my new job in the New Year. I was pretty surprised to receive a welcome bouquet there. And I received the standard issue of stationery – a spiral-bound notepad, pencil, eraser, sharpener and a pen.

The Resource Management person came to meet me first and got me to fill up a few forms. Then came the HR guy with a bevy of forms to be filled in both online and offline. They were very friendly and glad to help. In fact, as soon as I was recruited into the organisation, my contact person at the Recruitment department kept making enquiries and following up now and then. This is a simple but effective gesture, that can make a person feel cherished by the new organisation.

Then I was shown to a Training Room, where I was left in peace to fill up all the forms and be done with the joining formalities. Later on, once I had completed them all, I was given access to a system where all the organisation-related sites were introduced to me.

Lunch was with HR and in the afternoon, I was given an HR induction session where all HR policies were explained in detail.

What stood out the most during all these sessions, was the friendliness of these people and the ever-helping hand extended to the new employee. No concern was deemed too trivial to be laughed off, and each was given its due importance and explained or resolved.

Today I met several of the Managers I would be interacting with in my job and they all seemed to be very friendly and ready to help. They explained what their job functions were and patiently clarified any doubts I had.

Hot Pot of LanguagesUntil I came to this City, I was quite apprehensive of how I would fit in here. The City is a roiling, boiling hot pot of languages, and the more one knows, the merrier. I am a person who sticks to the two lingos I speak fluently. So many here are out to make fashion statements everyday, whereas I merely toddle along in the dungeons of fashion and accessories.

However, after joining here, I feel pretty comfortable (of course its only been 2 days, but still..) and think I can make something of myself out here.

More on my experiences in the Garden City in upcoming posts.

Till then, signing off.