Left to Right: Samarth, Abhishek (Goli), Sriram (Sri / Ram Sir), Milind (Modak), me and James (Jamsie). All process trainers at some point in time with Hughes BPO. Seen here doing what they do best other than training - eating out!
Sriram and Abhishek were one of the first employees of Hughes BPO. They joined in September 2002. Samarth and I (along with 21 magicians including Amar Prusty, who became a trainer as well) joined on 7th October 2002 - part of the official pilot batch. We joined the training department in January 2003. Milind and James joined the company in January 2003. Milind joined the training department later though along with Arun Jhamb (Jhambo). The most balanced team you would ever meet anywhere - complimenting each other and getting the task done working with our strengths. Our den: the trainer's room: famous for it's strategic position in one corner of basement and view of garden outside. Inaccessible to everyone other than us and our friends - some infringments occured when the frogs would enter during the rains. TLs were known to come there for a quick nap or a quick mood fixer. Friends from Quality would come there for gossip. Others would come to confirm some rumor. V&A trainers would come when they were bored.
For three years, we learnt together, made mistakes together, gained respect together, had fun together... however, in a few months starting September, 2005, all of us moved on:
Abhishek is now the Training Manager with IBM, Gurgaon. Sri is now the Training Manager with Genpact, Delhi. Samarth is with IBM, Bangalore (same as me). Milind is with the training function of HCL BPO, Noida. James is the Assistant Manager, Training with Hughes BPO - our last man standing there.
Personally I went through some hard time in my life, both personally and professionally during this period. Without the support of these guys, I don't know how I would have survived. This is my way of saying a big thank you.
Congratulations, first of all, for being able to pursue your dreams. Not everyone can do that. I am sure you will work hard and shine there as well.
Take care of your health. I will miss you in the gym (I do go there) and those walks. We have also started playing soccer during weekends. My legs are still sore from yesterday's practise. To top it, Arun stamped on my right foot (he was in the other team).
We will definitely miss you during our eating outs. Brother, don’t forget Casa Piccola (haven't been there since you left). Whenever, you come to Bangalore, go there, for old time’s sake. We have discovered a couple of good, but vegeterian, restaurants.
Remember the hiking to Thadiyendamol. Yeah, dude… that is the right spelling… now say it properly… not the way you normally do… “Thadda dadda Amul”. But we had a gala time there, right? Specially the times when we were lost in the jungle! And remember the race to the top? We did beat the group with fresh legs and … well, you know what I am talking about… think about why Arun stopped.
You were like a big brother to me. Before you get senti… not so much for your actions… but because of the fact that you ARE one year elder. Samarth joined you in the one-year-elder-to-me club few days back.
And listen… when you sing, please sing at low volume. Unless, you are trying to make the neighbors - Kingfisher girls listen. Now, sometimes, Arun sings. I guess, he is trying to take your place. But, rest assured, he is no match for you.
My regards to your family. Wish the best of luck and everything to Anshu and you. And if I don’t get the wedding invitation, I will gatecrash.