Dates and updates

This is a mass mailer. But sent to people I would like to regularly keep in touch with but have not been able to. So here are some recent updates. Hope to hear from you too.

September had some dates that will perhaps have some personal significance for some years ahead. I just wanted to share some of these ordinary happenings with all of you.

September 2. I had toyed with the idea of teaching at B schools for a while now. VGSOM @ IIT Kharagpur, IIMC, or the three hours at IIMB had planted the idea in my head. So it was with some expectation and excitement that I started off on a 20 hour guest lecture course on “Managing the Consulting Project” at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies.

September 13. Last year I had flown into Bangalore on the same day to meet Sasken. It was to find out more about an assignment that was like an “IT road map validation” assignment. If I had stayed on in my previous organization this would have perhaps have given me an opportunity to leverage my skills into areas beyond the focused ERP implementation. This September I touched down at Bangalore on my way to Chennai where I would – with another colleague – present a business case to set up a product agnostic ERP process consulting sub-group within the framework of the business unit that I belong to in my current organization.

September 16. This was exactly a year since I had left IBM. After having worked with almost the same set of people for thirteen years and seven months I had this apprehension whether I will survive elsewhere. The last time I ran away was in 1999. I had switched jobs once more before I chose the known devil within ten months. I have of late seen some ex-colleagues try to stay away and ultimately return in a few months time.

September 21. My birthday. I remember September 21, 1998. We had pulled off the SAP implementation at Haldia Petrochemical and had been the last man standing to close the engagement and pull out the team on August 31. I was 37 that day and traveling to the SLO office via the office shuttle. I realized that perhaps, perhaps, I had lesser number of years to look forward to than what I had left behind. This year I was 45 and I had this restlessness through out the day that perhaps there would be no professional achievements ahead, only consolidation. All the ingredients have been thrown in. The bottle has been sealed. The wine can only mature. I will need to wait for another decade or so to figure out how it will turn out.

September 26. I had joined Cognizant this day a year back. I had been very close to have thrown in the towel on multiple occasions. The transition from a consulting environment to a technology environment is neither easy nor complete. The knowledge of having stuck it out for a year is however satisfying to the self-esteem and ego.

September 27. I went back to Calcutta after a year. This has been the longest duration that I have not met my parents.

September 30. This was a day of college batch reunion of sorts. I had been to a college run by the monks of the Ramakrishna Mission order. The discipline was incongruous with the times. I was a sentimental fool and had allowed myself to be disturbed by a lot of trivia. This was also the first time I was living without the constant surveillance of my parents. I was learing to be responsible for my actions and to deal with the strangers. The fellow students were from diverse background, had their own view of the path ahead and had their own ideas of how to get along with people. We gossiped together, we bunked together, we hated together, we schemed together and laughed together. Sixteen from that batch got together once more after 23 years in Calcutta with the family they have raised since then.

It was a great day and seemed to start the end of isolation from the many people I have known in my life till now; people whom I would love to keep in touch with and people (I hope) would reciprocate.

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