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Day 6: Difficult Decision

Just one year ago I was so happy to get a job at last after several months of job hunting. And now today I had gone for an interview (after receiving a call without even applying) at another Engineering college very far from our residence just for the heck of it, while being already employed.

After a demo and few questions, the panel readily agreed to the salary asked by me (which of course made me feel I should have asked for more) and were very insistent on me joining as soon as possible.

SIGH!! Wish I could but given the distance and the exhausting commute that it will be, I am happy with my present workplace though the salary is unsatisfactory. D drops me to my work place daily or even if I go by my two wheeler it takes 20 minutes hardly. Better infrastructure, better employee facilities etc are a few among other pros. Also I am not much of a job hopping person. Inspite of all the politics and bad colleagues I stuck at my first work place for 6.5 years only to leave for Bangalore after marriage. That change was really needed and was refreshing. As for the present workplace it has been only one year…. I have just started :)

Even if we shift to some area in the middle between this new work place and D’s office, rent will get high. And I have to start taking the BMTC bus to that place! Horrors of horror! I dread taking the bus because of my severe motion sickness problem and congestion and crowd in buses.

So the decision to refuse such a good offer is so hard. One side money another side comfort. But I know in my heart my need for comfort and peace is much more than my ambition. Should it be other way round? I don’t know!!! If I had been very hard working, god knows what heights would I have attained by now.

Sigh!!!

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Just Another Day

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip.

As a child, I simply loved celebrating birthdays with cake cutting ceremony, balloons and gifts :) Lunch also used to be a major event with an extensive menu of at-least 7 different types of dishes. Not that I had any huge birthday party…it was just a family affair. Later in teenage, when I developed a close friendship with my classmate and neighbor, she became the sole invitee to my birthday celebration. As soon as my birthday was over, I used to countdown to the days remaining for the next birthday. :)

Then I went to hostel. I still remember the first birthday I celebrated in hostel; the midnight wishes, receiving card and gifts, the cake smearing more than cutting, midnight snacks and cold drinks, dancing routine and the birthday bumps, giving treat to friends next day or someday in the week. :)

Then I came back home and though again there was no invitee, celebrated birthday with same enthusiasm. If my birthday was after summer vacation at work, I distributed sweets at work and gave treat to colleagues-friends. Although I had the policy of taking leave on that day if there was nothing urgent.

After marriage, birthday celebration has been with D alone. But with cake and balloons nevertheless and of course gift, movie and restaurant lunch/dinner. And blessings/wishes from both sides of the family.

But this year, after many years, I had to go to work. Though it was a holiday due to fourth Saturday, there was exam scheduled on that day and those coming to work will get a compensatory leave later. So for the benefit of an extra leave I decided to go. It was an enjoyable day. I distributed sweets to all colleagues present and my lunch group colleagues-friends gifted me a saree which was a complete surprise. By the time I reached home it was 5.30 pm and we were going for dinner outside so no time to bring cake, cut it etc. So there was no cake and no balloons. Just a quiet dinner at Barbecue Nation. Well not exactly quiet…with the loud music and servers doing a dance routine :) That is Barbecue Nation style.

D’s 6-year-old nephew called to wish and inquired about my birthday celebration and after hearing that I didn’t cut any cake and didn’t put up any balloons, concluded that I had a very “boring” birthday. Sigh!! :sad:

So I think, as my mother used to predict, I have grown out of the phase of usual birthday celebrations and counting days to the next birthday. Someday in the coming years I may even forget its my birthday. God forbid!!! :shock:

But then……….Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.  ~Chili Davis

P.S. for those who don’t know, my birthday was on 22nd June and it was also my WordPress birthday as in I had moved my blog from Blogger to WP in 2008 on that very day.

नौकरी की तलबगार भाग २

A sequel to this post

2012 began. I had been six months out of job. But those six months had been quite busy – visits from in-laws, parents, brother-in-law, sightseeing trips and then there was settling down in a new city.

As soon as March began, I got two calls for interview. One for a position in an Engineering college and another for a position in GATE Coaching Institute.

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नौकरी की तलबगार

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”~ Oscar Wilde

I had resigned from my job in July 2011 after working for 6.5 years and moved to Bangalore with D. After being in the teaching profession for so long and loving and enjoying it to the core, I couldn’t think of any other career. But I had no idea that the search for a new job in Bangalore would be hard even when there are so many engineering colleges here. For the same reason I had not searched for a job before resignation. Though I admit I was not that proactive in the beginning because I was kind of enjoying the break from work and was also busy setting up home and playing host & good DIL to in-laws. :) But soon enough I became proactive and here is my tale of job search in Bangalore.  Why a whole post on a topic like job search? Because it is my first experience of job hunting. My first job is the only job I have ever been in and I had got that quite easily. I stayed at same job and same place for 6.5 years.

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It All Ends Here

No, not the Harry Potter series [which would make a very sad post if I start writing about my feelings when this phenomenon..this era..the magic is coming to an end :( ]

What is coming to an end, hopefully, is my tryst with studies. In spite of my insincerity and lack of concentration, I have managed to come a long way on this path (credit to my sister, my intelligence, memory and luck. Here are some memories from each step of the long ladder I have climbed till now :-

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“Bullet”ined

This post was destined to be a movie review post but due to bad Internet connection, laziness, busy life and travel it got delayed and more delayed till it has now become a casual bulleted post giving my readers some random updates instead of a post having paragraphs. Sigh!! Such is the influence of Twitter. But then brevity is the soul of wit! :D But this is not a funny post either. Sigh!

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एक कविता

जनुअरी में आई प्यारी दीदी,

फेब्रुअरी में हुई मेरी शादी,

मार्च की होली थी एकदम अकेली,

अप्रैल की गर्मी थी बिलकुल थकेली,

मई में गई घूमने किहीम और अलीबाग,

जून भर बनाई चावल दाल मछली और साग,

जुलाई में की खूब कमाई,

अगस्त में एक बार पुणे घूम आई,

सितम्बर कर दिया एकदम कंगाल,

अक्टूबर में बहुत घूमी दुर्गा पंडाल,

नवम्बर में गई घूमने गोवा विथ आल,

दिसम्बर बीता इन दीघा एंड ससुराल,

ये था हिसाब ऑफ़ मेरा बीता हुआ साल,

आप सब का २०११ हो मस्त और खुशहाल

Rocking 2010!!

Last year I had written about my wishes for 2010. As the year draws to a close, let me now check how many and how much of those wishes came true -

# May my project work get over soon without much difficulty.

Project is near completion :) Will be settling down in Pune in 2011.

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Phone Photography:‘Phono-graphy’

This post is my submission for the Share Life Blogger contest by Indiblogger and Tata DOCOMO. Tata DOCOMO has invited IndiBloggers to pick up life’s context around the various features of the OneTouch Net Phone and build thoughts around any of the topics. I chose Phone photography: ‘Phono-graphy’

PLEASE VOTE FOR ME AT :- MY SUBMISSION

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Auditing 2009 and Wishes for 2010

Last time I had done a photo summary of 2008 and had also written a round up of the important events of my life and the lessons I had learned in year 2008. As the year 2010 begins, it is time to audit me and my life in 2009.

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