12/27/2005

Neccesity is the mother of all inventions...


I find it somewhat strange that from the time I landed in my college to do a 4 year sentence term in computer science engineering ,I never seemed to have a special interest factor in doing programming and work in an IT company.As time passed by I realized that my interests of event managaement,writing articles/blogs..would not land me in a high paying job,so as the routine was in my family I became the 5th software engineer churned out of the engineering colleges under Madras University...and opted to apply for jobs in the software sector ..as the norm was with engineering grads graduating with a major's in computer Science.

I somehow managed to sustain all interest in preparing for the IT companies entrance tests,clearing them with elan..and even showing promise to the interviewer that coding has a major chance of being my next best hobby.I was fairly confident that I could manage in this coding world which honestly I never imagined ..i would be ..while I was in college.

Then Infy happened and the first few weeks of training made me feel on cloud 9 ..but soon I realized that unless coding was a major enthu facor ...I would find really tough to be the best amongst my peers in my training batch. Coding to others was a way of life..wheras for me ..it was another LIFE totally which ..i just switched into (better said as Logged into ) in the morning and logged off in the evening (actually nights ) ... So even though I did my job of learning mainframes ,AS 400 ..internally I wasnt really motivated to do what i was doing...and soon things went from bad to worse..as I hardly was able to manage with this stuff...of coding applications as it restricted my creative instincts ..and I certainly wasnt enjoying that.But ..could I complain ....as I was working for one of the best companies ..for which only 1 % of the applicants get selected ....so how could I quit such a well paying safe job...

I ignored my inner instincts to try out sometyhing else ...as I did not have the guts to quit Infy and kept saying to myself "I love my job" and went on with coding ...and debugging programs for a rather demanding client 10000 miles across the seven seas. Even though I was able to leave by 7 or 8 pm and not really put in regular late nights ...I realized that I actually dont seem to put in those late hours simply because I was not in anyway motivated ....... to the extent that there were times ..that I used to feel drowsy...and sick ... and over a period of time ...I was cribbing to my inner coterie of friends that I really dont seem to "enjoy" my job as others do... and was often left wondering ..why the heck am i not able to drive ...an extra ounce of enthu into me.

I thought I was suffereing from some kind of a mental problem..and decided to consult a doc's help..and most of the doc's who heard my case..asked me the same blunt question ..."DO U ENJOY UR JOB " ..for which i didnt honestly have an answer ..as I didnt know whether my job was actually the barrier to my motivation...

Then as in a movie .... where the evil things end and good precedes over evil ... a climactic ending occured on November 27th .when I happened to meet Satya and Kiruba from Sulekha.com at the bloggers meet and in a just abouut a week ... I had an interview and instantly received an offer from Sulekha for leading the blogs and groups section...

I was pinching myself ..whether this could be true ..as this job's role had all that I could dream of...event management,framing ad copies, reading blogs,writing some ,manqging discussion forums, reading various different news papers,framing advertising and marketing strategies for tie up's......... BUT

THE BIG QUESTION WAS ...........COULD I QUIT MY "secure " job at Infy and move over to a relatively small company (as in www.sulekha.com ). I gave myself a night in solitude to decide whether to move over ... and the best way to do that was spend an entire train journey from egmore ...to tambaram and back.....along the suburban railways and spend the evening at Marina beach for a couple of hours .. before breaking the news at home ... that I had decided to follow my heart ...and get into something where working...as in blogging was a way of life .... and not W O R K ....to me

Hell broke loose ....as my parents seemed to be totally against me moving there ..but after loads of discussion and drama sense prevailed from my relatives side..who reluctantly agreed to my decesion .....and I put in my papers and was releived rather quickly as I happened to be on Bench at that time .

Now ..life is cool ...Ya i do have steep targets to meet..and am really busy here ..but i enjoy the work that I am doing ...and am able to really feel a sense of satisfaction ..and no more am i cribbing to my friends about how miserable I feel ..every time they pop up the the rather familar question "How's Life " . It's still early days ..at Sulekha ...but I kinda get the feeling that this is the ideal platform for me to launch my creative skills .

So ...that's life as of now... feel a lot better at sulekha ..but would love to get back into Infy in a much higher managerial role ...in a few years time ...

So as the post's heading would convey "Neccesity is the mother of all inventions... "..my neccesity to doing what my heart says .....is what made me invent or plant the thought in my mind whether sulekha..would have any position open ....for some one like me ..and bingo ....they did ...

11 comments:

Ram said...

Am again saying the same, courageous decision buddy keep it up, it needs a lot of guts to do what you have done. Infact you are lucky to have got such an oppurtunity. BTW what is your father and mother?

Anonymous said...

Hello Kartik...I have been reading ur blogs for a year...congrats for your new job at sulekha....its better to do something that one loves and not brood over it life long...anyhow....i was just wondering if you have any say on the tsunami...how the govn is handling this...

sincerly,
suchithra ganesh

Sankar said...

I am impressed.

joshy said...

Good Job da....very good post

Kartik Kannan said...

Hi suchitra

Can u tell me what exactly ur looking for from the govenrments side..i mean in 2006 or last year .... This year there has been increased awareness on the beaches ...

Suchitra do u have a blog ?

Anonymous said...

Hey Kartik...when i was in chennai for 2 months people were more cautious when they are at the beach...apart from that how are the conditions in the rural area's...once in a blue moon we hear about some donation being made...however i dont think the government has done anything concrete(in my opinion..they never do)....a year has gone by...do u see any progress being made in this issue??

sincerly,
suchithra ganesh

krithika said...

indeed true!
you followed your instincts and it takes guts to do that!
all the best for your future endeavours!

archana said...

hi i am archana..i hope u remember me.i am ur juniour...well it's nice that u made a gud decision..as far as i know u..u can do the best for this job.rather than to ur infy job.ok bye.all the best.do the best and god will take care of the rest.

archana said...

and i forgot to say..WISH U A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2006.

Anonymous said...

Karthik, Have been regular reader of your blog. Congrats on your new job. I am reminded of a quote from my teacher. "Follow you gut feeling; make sure that you enter the gut through your brains; you should be fine". Wishing you good luck!!

- C

Kartik Kannan said...

Thanks a lot ,every one for ur comments .... every time i see an encouraging comment , it does make me feel all the more better that I have made the right decesion.

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