Monday, 23 May 2011

And the May Saga continues…….

The road I shall take...

Yes!!! The ‘May month’ showered its blessings yet again and the journey is about to begin...So what if it is not an IIM it is GIM…It is a difference of only one alphabet (Heights of optimism..:) The latter represents only GOA and former entire INDIA. Specialization serves best…haha…Ohk no more talk on this…I might encourage enemies from IIM’s. To be clear it is ‘Doing MBA from a college which provides sound platform and lifetime experience that matters to me’. GIM is bound to do meet that. With a close knock out between “No MBA” and “MBA from Good but not best college” the latter survived. Everyone is happy and cheering around me. On a day when I least expected, the news came across in the form of a phone call which Ms. Laddha(me) as usual missed. On a call back considering it to be a customer call, a pleasing voice verified my credentials and finally disclosed that I am being offered.  As of now in a huge rush -  I am Juggling between so many things with too close deadlines. Before I sign off – This update is my way of Thanking to all my blog dosts and others who empathized and supported during my rough times.

For time being I would like to leave you with a copy of my first resignation and with glimpses of the wonderful campus -

First Resignation - Dated : Monday, 23rd May,2011

Dear sir,

This message is to formally communicate my resignation with *** effective June, 8, 2011.  After careful consideration, and as a direct result of my experience with ***, I have made the decision to pursue my higher education on a full time basis.  Over the course of my notice period of 2 weeks, I assure you that I will continue to work diligently and assure you of smooth transition of my responsibilities.

My association with *** since June 2010 has been a great learning experience and I am grateful to the entire organization and its esteemed associates for their unrelenting support and understanding extended to me. I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the opportunity, training, and guidance I have received over the last one year.  I am excited to further my career by completing my higher education.  Upon completion of my MBA program, should *** have need for my skill set, I would welcome the opportunity for re-employment.  Until that time, I wish you continued success.

Komal Laddha

Reason for Resignation - GIM


Knowledge Hub

Monday, 16 May 2011

Small Town Girl !!!

Nature & Peace
Everytime I leave this place, everytime I depart from these people I feel nostalgic. I see from the window as far as my sight supports to get the last glimpse of the gigantic tower which is the representation of the place. This is the tower with which I recognized the threshold of the place each time I visited it when I was a kid. The tower, whose stories narrated by my maternal grannie meant lullabies to me. What makes this place so special??? What is it about the people, leaving whom my heart skips a beat. Welcome to the place of Fun…My Fun…

Play and Play and Play...
Miles away from the busyness of the city, kilometers away from the lifestyle and grandeur which makes it difficult to identify the true self, is a simple village in which I spent all my summer vacation’s most memorable days. This place meant the summer camp for me, this was my rejuvenating mantra for the tasks year ahead. The countdown would begin months before the time table for final exams arrived.

I come from a nuclear family. My mother too belonged from a nuclear family before marriage but the gathering it commands now every year is, if not more but equivalent to a joint family. My maternal grand ma and grand pa’s Four daughters and Two sons, each now having a family ranging from 1-4 kids each, I am one of those kids. Every summer, no matter where we all are, it’s a promise in which everyone finds common time in this span of 2 months summer vacation atleast for 10days. Irrespective of the, problems in in-law’s family or suffering of husbands with no food(like my mom’s) -  commitment is a commitment.

Our own idea of fun...
Whether or not calls where exchanged during the year, contact was maintained or not, the affection that these brothers and sisters share is remarkable .We as kids had a gala time. Our days would become longer and nights shorter. Waking up early in the morning to watch people sprinkle     water outside their homes, put rangolis in amazing fashion is a rare site in city. Unlike our city homes where we are blessed with a provision of 24*7 drinking water, people here keep waiting for hours together and store water in every possible utensil. Scramble would begin for one bathroom to attend Natures’s call and we would take combined showers in an open place. Holding each others hands, marching towards temple meant another 2 hrs of time pass. We would play and play in open spaces in temple till our stomach’s groaned for food. Junk food, daily ice creams, day wise special menu for food on demand made us kings and queens. Playing gulli(lane) cricket, street light badminton, terrace dumb charades, over boarded carom competitions, watching scary movies in a closed room and horrifying each other and getting horrified at nights are the most cherishable memories I shall be carrying for ever. And not to forget playing cards. I learnt and re-learnt to play cards very summer. Each time I go there I forget the basics and my cousins enjoy teaching me time and again and I relish learning again and again. The best being the joyness of sleeping under the open sky, watching moon and counting stars. And each year we would depart with an indispensable faith of meeting next year.

Gulli Cricket !!!

Twenty years have passed and today I left the place after a near to hardly stay of just two days. And on my journey back I am here sitting in a bus, recollecting how times have changed. All mumma’s kid have grown up . The place has changed from being a very small village to a well developed town. The thatched house which leaked and called for collecting water every time it rained has been modified into one of the most lavish styled house. Still it gives immense pleasure to visit this place and nostalgia when leaving – for only reason known to us that people haven’t changed. We still do the same stuff we did 10years back and enjoy in the same fashion. No matter where time takes us, this is a promise to be continued and we shall share the same bond as our parents do. Dedicated to all my siblings missing me there. Love you all. 


Sunday, 8 May 2011

On The Downturn…

Walking out from the conference room, holding the performance appraisal in hand, mixed bag of thoughts of  the journey so far and future ahead spinned my head. What I thought to be a journey short-lived is bound to continue for year ahead (at least present scenario confirms that). The month of April which is believed to set platform for the onset of summer(which although didn’t happen this year in Hyd atleast – thanks to the timely showers) , had in store a series of bombards which  destroyed the platform for me and my Future. May’11 beyond which I never imagined myself to be honored to continue with my company is showering the extra bliss. Before something catch the enthralling brains let me clear, it is not that I was to be fired, but I expected to fire myself from the job and embrace in beautiful journey I always dreamt of. A journey of life time – MBA.

After a reject from top Indian Brand of IIM, nothing seem to be enchanting. Conversions from *Good* to *Not so bad institutes* adds to the series of self doubt questions elevated by your inner self. Although people might consider it be vice versa. Ref : Movie 3 Idiots – ***Dost fail ho jaye toh dukh hota hai, lekin dost first aa jaye toh jyada dukh hota hai. *** Yahi to hua hai. Two of very special people in my life have made it to the Top B schools of IIM. Any further explanation needed?

Flashback memories of a year back april month confirms to my belief of April being star-crossed for me. Having made to two of the best brands in campus recruitment and awaiting the confirmation from the bestest, April month again took the shoulder of breaking in the news. Out of the final shortlist of 13, *Google – the brand mania* decided to let go off 3 people. What else – I was among the minor lot. The entire success of making it to the most companies in college recruitments was overshadowed by the failure of one. History repeats and so did it.

If I don’t reveal the May’10 luck saga it would be unfair. After days of crib over not making it to *Google* and declining another good job for my own reasons I was at crossroads. I had to choose between last job offer left which I least thought about and which required me to travel to Mumbai for three months or take a break and prepare for the gang of entrance exams.  With the support of the family, I chose the former. Why I consider it be one of the best things in life would require another post (which I intend to in the near future). So will the History repeat for the month of May’11 is something to ‘Wait N Watch’

Steve Jobs said – *** Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards ***
None of this seems to make sense to me now, but hope to make at the end of this month

P.S: I am a happy-go-lucky and ever enthusiastic champ and this is one of the very rare times when I am on the Downturn.