Tuesday, April 11, 2006

This was a post I had written a long time back. And an Aditya left me a comment on that around a month or so back. This was the comment –
Hi, I've been reading u r blog for quite some time now. I've enjoyed reading every one of them. Now that you've brought up the topic of doing what one loves to do, I would like to chip in.
I know of two people whom I've always admired. one guy was working in Infosys, B'lore and from the start knew that it was not his calling. He never gave up and after almost 3 yrs resigned from Infy and joined the Indian Armed Forces. In the exit interview, he was asked by what percentage was his salary going to be increased in his new appointment in the Navy and he said, -35%!
Screw the money :-) there are a hundred ways of making it.
It was the kind of comment that is freakish on many levels.
It mirrored my thoughts almost to the last dot.
It spoke about similar events happening around me.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I am quitting my job. As I write this post, I have my resignation letter typed out in Notepad, and by the end of this post, it would probably be on its way to my boss.

Most people knew my lack of interest in what I was doing. I was never meant to be an MBA. But that is all water under the bridge. I would be getting back to what I like best.

The company I would be joining is a very very small start-up.
With big aspirations. For them, and for myself.

I would like to thank everyone – my family, friends – who’ve been completely supportive of my decision. Thanks people!

Here is a part of a chat conversation I had with Varath after I got my job:
Varathkanth: hmm
oh imp qn..
how close is the office frm ur home?
me: 40 mins
btw, you have no idea how happy it made me feel when you said "imp qn", and spoke abt distance.
Varathkanth: heh.. quite gud
me: seriously nanri hai!!!
i was worried you were going to talk abt salary.
Varathkanth: dei
me: final details not known...but def pay-cut. :)
Varathkanth: naan avlo kevalam illeda
me: i know.
Varathkanth: i'd hv blasted u if u had cribbed abt ur pay cut

The “naan avlo kevalam illeda” really made my day. Nanri hai da.

18 Comments:

At 12:41 PM, Blogger pophabhi said...

Chilli : Three Cheers and one Hats Off! Remember talking about it when we met in the juice shop near TGIF. I adore your attitude and I am sure that you will hit the heights. No words - Too Good da! Too good!

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Randhir said...

Amen!!! U r the dude!!! :)

Waiting for more updates / details!!!

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger eV said...

:)

Something I had posted when one other friend made a similar decision:
Enakku ithu pothum
Ondru sirakadithu paranthu vittathu. Antha oru nodi koondiliruntha piraparavaigalin santhoshathuku alave illai. Adutha nodi, ovvoru paravaiyum thannidame solli kondathu: "Veliye viduthalai irukkalaam, inge adutha velai soru kidaikkum endra paathukaapu undu. Enakku ithu pothum".

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Aditya said...

Hi, I am very very surprised to see that you browsed thro' your entry on Dec 4th 2004 and fished out my comment. In fact, when I replied to your entry on that day, I was wondering if you would ever pay attention to that. But I was hoping that you would. Well, now let me tell you about the other person I mentioned in my comment. That's me. I hav'nt worked for a single day in my life. I have a job that I've always wanted. When I took up this job, in terms of pay, well, it was not very good. I've been in this job for about 4 years now. I will never get tired of doing what I am doing coz it gives me peace of mind. Well, I love the mastercard ad..."there are some things money can't buy, but for everything else therez Mastercard"....Only a person in a right mind can come up with a line like that. Good Luck and enjoy your new job.

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Aditya said...

http://www.theguyintheglass.com/gig.htm

Hi, check out this website. This poem was written by Dale Wimbrow. If it was in my hands, I would make this the anthem of the world, no nations, no boundaries just every man answerable to himself.

Good luck to you and enjoy your work.

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger Avinash said...

Dude...
You have no idea how happy people around you are for you. You just set a precedent da.. I want to be the one next in line.

It was a bold decision and not for money or career goal that this decision was taken. Happiness is all that matters dude...It is all that should matter...

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger Little Devil said...

You better join me for dinners ....

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger clangorous said...

Heyyy Dude !!!, R u getting back to programming kind of a job.... ?

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger zeeds said...

Chilli,
THe occassional PVR night shows should continue :).
Good Luck.

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous M said...

My God! Is the world suddenly becoming a brave new world after all?
Dear Chilli, you won't believe it, but I quit my job just a day before you did. Of course I've got to give my notice and I'm doing it for the same reasons - I don't even have another job to go to and I'm worried sick and yet not worried.

So yeah! Atta way to go and hope you do well wherever you are! Rock the world!

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger Sridhar Raman said...

Abhi:
Thanks da. I've mailed Vigass as well.

Hebbar:
So got the mail right? If only you could be a bit more open your "happenings" as well. ;-)

eV:
:)

Aditya:
Yup I read the comment thanks to it getting forwarded to my gmail. Thanks dude.

Avi:
:)

Devil:
Always.

clangorous:
Yup.
So...how's married life?

GD:
Oh...always!

M:
Thanks. :)

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger sudeep said...

Dude , all the best! Have a great future and do well!

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger clangorous said...

Kool, Married life is going on well. So when are u getting married ;-).

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Raghu said...

Hey Chilli...Here's wishing you all the best macha...good luck on your new job :)

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Manju said...

Hey Chilli,
COngrats pal ...it's very diffciult to respond to The Call , know q few people who have done it. You are one of them.

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger tr-ash-talk said...

Bro way to go.

I am reminded of the great Sam Walton who once said:

"Capital isn't scarce, vision is"

Cheers!!!

 
At 1:45 AM, Blogger Shastry said...

hey chilli,
shastry here...from B...

in a long, long time, i hv come across something witty, and natural, and bold.

how r u?

and ya, i totally agree tht varath is one of those ppl..total respect only, but not too much....else he wdnt be tolerable..

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Sagarika said...

Hi Sridhar,

I followed you back here from brangan's blog. Nice co-incidence that I too have left (but only a couple months ago) a half-decent corporate job to join a non-profit start-up to, well, get on the road to answering my calling (but mostly coz I was convinced by a friend who's truly passionate about his calling that this would be the right thing for me...you know how sometimes when you're not sure enough or brave enough about following your own calling, hitching your wagon to a star aka calling-follower helps? Even a second-hand step in the right direction is way better than 100 steps in the wrong direction, what say?). I'll keep an eye out for your posts...liked the recend one on ARR.

 

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