9/11 BBSR Infy Batch- etched in my memory

14 years ago, on this date, I joined Infosys.

It was indeed the day of rejoicing for me. Getting a job right after degree, that too in a reputed firm through campus selection. It was indeed a proud moment for me as well as my parents.
I still recollect those days, during my degree years in UC College Aluva, when came across the campus interview happening in Maharajas College, Ernakulam. I was so excited .. not about the interview, but because i could roam around with my friends. As I was never prepared for the test.
As usual after great planning, the next day morning, i set out to Ernakulam city. I and a few friends from my native locality also came along. We took the very first bus to the city and it was just the perfect dawn for me.
As we approached the college, where we were supposed to attend the exam, the excitement was at the top. When i reached there, as usual, I was the only one who came with nothing but a sample fresher resume which had nothing but my marks. That’s when I came to know, i needed two photos, and copies of my mark sheets etc.
As usual, it was only me, who didn’t have it. Thanks to my bestie’s dad, he came around with me everywhere, to find out a shop to take a xerox or can download and get a photo at least. Even though i couldn’t arrange anything, another group of my friends were in the negotiation part, and they successfully helped me write the test.
I went into the exam hall, started scribbling something, but all my attention was on the architecture of the building. I wrote something, and like all the time, I wanted to write and finish the exam first and get out. And I did so, every time.

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Then I began to roam around the college campus, admiring the long verandas and the glass windows. When the results came out, there were I guess 250 of them who got selected. At first, I didn’t know I got selected, then my friend said my name was on the list. Anyways the whole day’s wait didn’t go in vain.

I remember calling my dad and mom informing I got selected for the interview. Their joy knew no bound. Even i was equally thrilled and excited. Being a computer science graduate and getting a job interview call was no less for me.

Then days, passed, the interview date was scheduled and I successfully ventured it. My friend was waiting outside all along. And all I did was rejoice with my bestie.
When the joining dates were announced for me, I got the letter saying my joining date is 9/11/2006. A joyous moment it was when I received my letter from Infosys.

The Day – 9/11

I know most of the recall the date as the date when the twin towers were attacked. But for me, it was a beautiful day.

Myself mom and my uncle set out to Bhubaneshwar, Orissa just two days before joining. The city was quite new to me. The train was filled with majority students like me who were joining Infosys in my same batch.
On 9/11, my mom dropped me at the campus, it was so mesmerizing. A new city, new opportunity and new a beginning.
I was so thrilled.
When i entered the training room, there were many of them, I sat where I found space and waited for the session to begin.
I don’t recollect much of the training session, but I do remember the friends I made there. I never knew, I will meet such wonderful people there, who are indeed the best part of my life.
Those days were the best and every one of us there enjoyed it.
Some people wandered away, some stayed in my heart and some are still in my friend’s list.
We may not talk, or message or keep in touch, but each and everyone I met there made a mark in my life.
Thank you BBSR 9/11 Infy Batch.

ഒരു നിമിഷത്തിനായി

ദിവസോം കാത്തുനിൽക്കുന്നപോലെ അവൾ ആ ബസ് സ്റ്റോപ്പിൽ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു . വളവിലൊട്ടു നോക്കി കൂട്ടുകാരികളോട് സൊറ പറഞ്ഞു ചിരിച്ചോണ്ട് നില്കുമ്പോളും അവളുടെ മനസ്സു എവിടെയോ ആയിരുന്നു . അവളുടെ കണ്ണുകൾ ആരെയോ തേടുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു …
പതിവ് പോലെ ബസ് എത്തി . സ്റ്റുഡന്റസ് പൊതുവെ സീറ്റ് കിട്ടാതെ തിക്കിലും തിരക്കിലും നിൽക്കുന്നത് ആണ്‌ പതിവ് , എല്ലാ ദിവസത്തെമപോലെ അവളും കൂട്ടുകാരികളും ബാഗ് ഒക്കെ സീറ്റിൽ ഇരിക്കുന്നവർക്ക് കൊടുത്തു വിശേഷങ്ങൾ പറഞ്ഞു നിന്ന് . അടുത്ത സ്റ്റോപ്പ് ആയപോളെക്കും ബാക്കി ഉള്ളവരും എത്തി… അവൾ ഇടയ്ക്കിടെ ആൾക്കൂട്ടത്തിലേക്കു എത്തിനോക്കും … ഇല്ലന്ന് തോന്നുന്നു എന്ന് സ്വയം പറഞ്ഞു സമാധാനിക്കും …
അങ്ങിനെ നിന്ന് ആലോചനകളിൽ മുഴുകി നിൽക്കുമ്പോളും , അവളുടെ ഉള്ളിൽ എന്തോ ഒരു വിഷമം പോലെ … അവൾ വീണ്ടും നോക്കി …
പെട്ടന്നാണ് അവൻ ആൾക്കൂട്ടത്തിനിടയിൽ നിന്നും തല നീട്ടി അവളുടെ കണ്ണുകളിലേക്കു നോക്കിയത്…
അവൾ പോലും അറിയാതെ. അവളുടെ ചുണ്ടുകളിൽ ഒരു പുഞ്ചിരി വിടർന്നു ….
അവൾ പെട്ടന്ന് തന്നെ കൂട്ടുകാരുടെ അടുത്തേക്ക് തിരിഞ്ഞു നിന്നു. ബസ് ഇന്റെ പിടിയിൽ തൂങ്ങി നിന്നോട് ഓട്ടക്കണ്ണിട്ടു അവനെ വീണ്ടും നോക്കി… അപ്പോളേക്കും.. അവൻ അവളുടെ പുറക്കെ തന്നെ എത്തിയിരുന്നു…
ഒന്നും ഉരിയാടാതെ അവർ ആ നിമിഷം അങ്ങിനെ നിന്നു …
അവളോട് എന്തോ പറയുവാനായി തുടങ്ങുമ്പോളെക്കും …
അവൾ ബാഗ് ഒക്കെ എടുത്തു.. കൂട്ടുകാരികൾക്കൊപ്പം നടന്നു നീങ്ങി.. കോളേജ് ബസ് സ്റ്റോപ്പ് എത്താറായിരുന്നു…
അവൾ വേഗം ഇറങ്ങി…കോളേജ് ഗേറ്റ് നോക്കി നടക്കാൻ തുടങ്ങി… പതിയെ… നീങ്ങുന്ന ബസ്സിലേക്ക് ഒരു നോട്ടം മാത്രം ബാക്കി വെച്ചു അവൾ നടന്നു നീങ്ങി…
അവൻ അവളെ നോക്കുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു ….

പറയുവാൻ ബാക്കി വെച്ചു രണ്ടു പേരും , ഒരു നിമിഷത്തിനായി കാത്തുനിന്നു .

Divine Feelings

It is a divine feeling.
That these lamps bring in me.
The moment these lit up.
It brightens my inner soul.
Like a loner, i walk guided by these lights.
These are not just lamps.
It is the panorama that entices me.
The soothing dusk, the chirping birds setting off to their nests.
The silence of the earth.
The chants that ring in my ear.
The bells, that follow it.
It’s mystic and divine.
And I wish to be lost forever in it.
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Munnar travel diary

It was last summer holidays, on the way from Munnar, it was a beautiful roadway…i was so lost in those mesmerizing beauty that carpeted on those mountains..the layer of tea gardens was like green carpet like laid on those mountains..and it was breathtaking… It was almost an hour to sunset, but because it was cloudy, the sun seemed to hide away in those clouds..i sat gazing those droplets drizzling on my car window…for a moment i wished to stop the car and just walk. It was then i caught this site..a silent drizzle and fading sunlight…it was awesome to watch…i just stood gasping the moment…The atmosphere was scented with the smell of rain and the wet sand. And then this golden space captured in my eyes and my heart..when i decided to dissolve it in my mobile..to be a memory to look for…the rest of my life.

#sreepriyawrites #munnar #myphotography #traveldiaries #munnarvisit #visitmunnar #keralatravellers #keralagram #keralateagardens

Sail away.

I wish i could open a sail.
And just sail away.
Into infinity.
The boats taking me, away.
Into somewhere unknown.
Where no one judges me.
Nor evade my life.
The calm waters, take my breath away…
All i want to do is, dive into it.
Swim across the greenery.
A world i have never vouched.
Be touched and soaked in it. And as i climb ashore.
I just need my feet, dipped i those waters.
Where every droplet, plays with my cells.
#sreepriyawrites #zurichmemories #lakesinzurich #myphotography