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Thursday, September 23, 2010

My foray into the corporate world – THE FIRST DAY

After documentation and accommodation, it finally comes down to the day we were all waiting for – The First Day at Work. The beauty of starting off in a new organization is that you are like a blank sheet of paper. You can get rid of the tags and stereotypes associated with you in the past. In order to exploit this, we decided that we should reach our centre well within the stipulated time. To make this possible, we decided to sleep early. The plan sounded foolproof except that it was 1:45 am already. To ensure that we woke up on time, all electronic items with an alarm function, big and small, were collected, set and put into action. As I lay down, I had a smile on my face. In a few hours, a new life would begin and with that thought I drifted away.

I woke up with a start. The lights were on and I could sense activity. Was I late? Didn’t the alarms go off or did I just not hear it? But there were about a hundred alarms set. I panicked and scrambled around to find my phone. It read 4:45 am. I was up before time. Phew! But what were the guys doing up so early? Realization dawned upon me.

We are 5 guys and 1 bathroom (we are at a friend’s place temporarily). The first person gets the bathroom fresh, dry and most importantly, smelling good. So a lot depends on your position in the queue and what the previous occupants had for dinner. This being an “auspicious” occasion, it was important that you be in the top half of the list. I was surprised I hadn’t considered this while setting my alarm. However, as luck would have it, the water supply went off right when occupant number 1 was in a rather “strategic” position and he was stuck inside for an hour. Looks like I had the last laugh. The poor guy was the butt of all jokes (quite literally) that morning.Anyway, in spite of the initial hiccup, we managed to get ready before time.

With ties around our neck and pride in our heart, we set off for our induction (or inception as MS kept calling it) and reached half an hour before time. A good start.

All set to leave for work. From L - R: K, MS, me, M

During any transition phase, be it from school to college, college to work or from one company to another, one of the things we look forward to (or dread, depends on what kind of a person you are) is meeting new people and experiencing a new atmosphere. That probably adds to the excitement. I reach the place to find the exact opposite. All familiar faces, the usual banter and it felt like being back in college. With a majority of the trainees in my batch from my college, I felt at home.

After a rather arduous task of getting our offer and joining letters checked, a temporary ID was issued and we finally entered the building. At the security check we were informed that we weren’t allowed to take any electronic gadget inside except our cell phones. I realized that I was carrying my ipod along so I went to deposit it. After that, I put my bag through the scanner and as luck would have it, I was stopped. I was told that I was carrying a hard disk and a pen drive. Finding the hard disk wasn’t a problem but I thought I had left my pen drive at home. What was it doing in my bag? To make it more interesting, my bag had a hundred different sections. Do you realize how much more difficult it gets to find something when you have 5-6 angry, irritated pairs of eyes looking at you?  “Are you carrying an entire computer store with you?” my friends ask sarcastically. After a rather frantic search I find the drive and we rush to our room.

I have missed out one tiny detail. I actually came over to my friend’s place so we could go to work together for the first few days. I came carrying just one bag with all the stuff I needed for a couple of days and this is the same bag I was carrying today. I had emptied it and just took the files I needed. Or so I thought.

We sat through the first talk with rapt attention. By the time the second started, we were back to college mode.

After a while, we were free as we had to submit our documents. In the meanwhile, I opened my bag to put my pen in it and something caught my attention. I removed it and it turned out to be a tube of toothpaste. My friend next to me burst out laughing and soon everybody joined in. Next came out a tongue cleaner. Following that was a bottle of deodorant, my Burberry perfume, a cell phone charger, a rechargeable battery charger, rechargeable batteries, a 1 foot long comb, a trimmer and the list went on. Every time a new article came out, the laughter got louder and after a point we were all wiping the tears off our face.

I must admit that throughout the process of extracting objects from my “magic” bag, I was worried about something. A certain object. I kept praying that “it” wasn’t in my bag. But my friends were having a gala time and they wouldn’t let me stop. After a while, It seemed like I had extracted all the items and I was safe. That is when I felt it. My worst fear had come true.

I reluctantly took it out. In my hand was my underwear. Next second, all I could see around me, were people guffawing and we laughed till our stomach hurt. What a first day we were having.

Soon after, we got busy with the various formalities which seemed to go on forever. The cold I had wasn’t helping either and patience was beginning to take its toll. The day ended by 7:30 pm and we walked out satisfied and tired. We went out for dinner together and there was something unusual in our behaviour that caught my eye. In college, the minute we were out, we would remove our ID cards and shove them into our bags or pockets. But here we were, with loosened ties and ID cards around our necks, enjoying the occasional glance of the onlookers. It didn’t matter that the ID card was temporary and it was only our first day.

We just had a day that we would talk about for years to come.

17 comments:

isha.. said...

lol :D u still carry that "google" bag n struggle to find things out :P well gogo is incomplete without that bag :P :P :P :P dis one is hilarious.... it shows u had a good day..n who was tat unlucky guy who got stucked in mrng :P :P :P crazy day for u..keep posting

ABI said...

u really did carry "it" wit u?? rofl... SUCH BUGS AND GOBLINS IN THY LIFE COME OUT THY ENCHANTED BAG :P :P and let 'em keep coming so we could LOL all d tym.. :P
and not oly the quality of your jokes have certainly improved.. ;)

Neeraj said...

lmao.......luks like u had 1 hell of a day to start of ur professional career.....:P.......btw just wanted 2 ask whether u in google/tcs???

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi--- Unfortunately for me, it's all true...thank you ;)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Neeraj--- well yeah it was :P I'm with TCS...mom is with Google

Kaustav said...

awesomest bhai..... seriously...ths thing ws special...lovely writing bro..i just came from office right now...n reading this is such a refreshing experience...i wont eva forget the first day at work...and most importantly... "it was my birthday".... :).. what a day it was !!!!! cheers

Varshaa said...

ha ha..eventfull day!!
expected ur worst fear of takin out something to be some other item :)
well,mayb nxt time u open ur magic bag..

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Isha--- I have an even cooler Targus bag now...which has a lot more sections ;)
Thank you....and I have been asked to keep the identity a secret, that's why I been asked to delete my previous comment. If you have already seen it, too bad for him :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Kaustubh --- thanks a lot bro...I'm glad u liked it....Ohh yeah how come I never mentioned that....in a way it was a birthday for all of us....we arrived into the corporate world :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Varshaa---It sure was :)
What did you think it was???? I'm really curious now.

spandana said...

ha ha gogo that was like reall awesome ....ab thoda toh organized hoja...anyways all u guys look really nice in the pic.....so matured lol:)anyways hope to see u soon in chennai

isha.. said...

lol i read ur previous comment gogo :P :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Span--- yeah yeah all that will happen over a period of time...and thank you so much :D

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Isha--- good for u ;) and too bad for him :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Varshaa---It sure was :)
What did you think it was???? I'm really curious now.

isha.. said...

lol i read ur previous comment gogo :P :P

ABI said...

u really did carry "it" wit u?? rofl... SUCH BUGS AND GOBLINS IN THY LIFE COME OUT THY ENCHANTED BAG :P :P and let 'em keep coming so we could LOL all d tym.. :P
and not oly the quality of your jokes have certainly improved.. ;)