Friday, July 22, 2011

Bribe – The Indian Way to Do Things Faster

For my pre-joining requisites, I submitted my passport application form along with the correct and valid documents in the Kolkata RPO. As expected, the form was sent to the DIB Office within a week maintaining the norms. I always knew about the corrupt officials waiting there for me.

Whatever be it, I went there and waited for my enquiry. I was provided with a IPP number and I was guided to a man in the next room.
He looked at me, enquired about my details and asked me to sit down. He briefed me about the various documents that I was required to show him, though I had already submitted them along with my application form.

2 days later:

My dad had already instructed me to keep some close to thousand bucks so that I can make the corrupt official more corrupt and I agreed to it.
I reached there. He asked me for my IP number and this is the conversation that followed :

Man : Did your file reach us ?
Me: is my IP number, you may also check the register.
He checked it and opened the large trunk and after 10 minutes of searching, he found it
Man: Hmmm!!! (in a very low voice)So did you bring the kharcha-pani ?
Me: (just to shock him a bit and in a relatively loud voice) how much should I pay you?
Man: Say slow, you wanna kill me?
Me: Ok
Man: Come here
I followed him out of the room (the room consisted of men and a woman who were equally corrupt)and he led me to a corner where there was nobody
Me: Hoe much?
Man: How much can you give me?
Me: 300 bucks
Man: I have to pass your form across three 300 bucks wont do...
Me: Ok 500 bucks
Man: What will happen with 500?
Me: Last quote....600...I don’t have more
Man: Ok...that will do
I handed him over the money. He didn’t count it, just put it in his pocket.
Me: When shall I have my work done?
Man: I will do my part in 2-3 days, and then you come and ask in the despatch dept.
Me: Okay, but since you have taken up my case, I will enquire you
Man: But, its not entirely in my hands.

I came back home, satisfied and guilty of having making a corrupt official more corrupt. First time, I had bribed someone and I didn’t like it.

Even though I had the original documents with me and necessary proofs, why do I need to shell out the money?

Why is it, that the general public (which includes me) don’t say anything to such malpractices?

Is it because they are used to all such malice?

Or, is it they don’t have the guts to stand up and face corruption, fearing their files may gather dust?

There are so many questions that I suppose no one can answer
And then, we just blame the Government for not taking actions on black money, etc. If we can’t, we don’t have the right to blame anybody...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bidding Goodbye - Farewell 2011

Date: 11th May, 2011
Time: 12:15 pm
Place: Auditorium, DRIEMS
Purpose: Farewell 2011-05-14
Dress Code : Jeans, Formal Shirt and Red Tie

We just entered the auditorium and we were given a grand traditional welcome with flowers and tika by Subhashree and Tejaswini. We took our our seats and almost immediately, there were snaps here and there. We ran from our seats to pose for the last of the snaps here and there and hugged and greeted our friends for one of the last times.

The program started with a welcome speech by Anisha. Janhavi and Dibyalok took the program till the end from there on. There was the ramp show, rapid fire round and paper dance that made those last moments really wonderful. The conceptualisation was great and hosting the show was fabulously done by those 10-15 guys and gals who overcame all difficulties to bid us good-bye.

The lunch was great. The chicken biriyani was the best that I ever had in Odissa.
The DJ was rocking and it was then that gals started sobbing and finally tears rolled down their cheeks. There was music, there was weird dances and there were sobbing, crying and emotional hugging everywhere on the stage. It was the last time when the entire branch was together and there were apologies for past fights. There was so much emotion in the air, posing for snaps continued amid this crying and hugging and describing the moment is very tough.
Even after the DJ got over, we didn’t stop. It was as if it was the very last time before we take the train back home.

A big thank you to Divyalok and group, Janhavi, Anisha, Tashi, Subhasree and others who made the last moment so wonderful and ever-cherishing. Miss you all so much.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Infoscion – Dream Achieved, Mission Accomplished

Well, the D-Day is gone and the greatest thing is that my Dream Company has shown enough interest in me while recruiting me.

As the final results got declared, celebrations started amongst the achievers, the new Infosysions – but I checked the list again and again to confirm what I heard. Yes, I was through. Neither did I cry nor did I raise my arms to show my excitement. I took out the two mobiles from my pocket, dialled my mom from one and dad from another and gave them the good news. My mom confirmed and re-confirmed from me what I told them. My dad, seemed unperturbed (even when I could hear his colleagues excited and congratulating him for the success), congratulated me and asked me keep on attending interviews!!!!!

I next called my grand-ma (from mother’s side) and when after receiving my call she did recognise me she was elated with joy. I could hear her crying and there was nothing I could tell to make her stop but “don’t cry, I am coming”.
Next, the HR Head from Infosys called us in the Conference Hall, showered us with the tag “INFOSYSIONS” and asked us to improve on our communications.
Posing for photographs was next on the cards. The Achievers of the Day did it with fun and gaiety with V-signs.

With Maa Meera Alfassa’s blessings I am an Infosysion. A big thank you to my school Don Bosco School, Bandel for it was the name Don Bosco that impressed the HR and Rev. Fr. V.T. Jose for they have brought changes to me that made me a better person. Thanks to Sushanta Parida, my senior, and Mr. Subhrakanta Panda, my teacher in college who kept on encouraging me to go for activities outside regular studies.
Last, but the most important of all, thanks to my parents, my sister, my grand ma for their non-conditional support, and their encouragement. But, no thanks, because a mere thank you would demean them. So, I take it back.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Gangulyless KKR, Gangulyless IPL-IV

The auctions are over. As always, iconic players have been bought and sold as if some sort of business was underway to create teams of ‘Flesh Trade’. But, controversies are part of Indian life and IPL-IV is no exception. Ganguly and Lara unsold. Though Lara’s case didn’t raise eyebrows, nation-wide debate continues over Dada’s going ‘unsold’.
While Kolkatans and most Ganguly fans cry foul and burnt effigies of SRK on streets, there rises a question as whether all this is because – it is going to be a Gangulyless KKR or Gangulyless IPL-IV.
The swords are out for SRK. Reasons are quite a few. Ganguly was the best player from KKR’s side and was the 3rd highest run-getter in IPL-III. He’s the most lovable boy from Kolkata to which KKR belongs.
But why did the other franchises (Kochi, Sahara) turn him down too when they had lot of finance left in needed experience? Why did the names of Laxman, Dravid, Uthappa, and a few others attract the franchise owners more when they were nowhere close to Ganguly’s performance in the previous edition of IPL? Was it because Ganguly didn’t play a single International Match in the previous year? Or was it because he didn’t get along with foreign coaches at times? Was it because he had a larger base price? Or was it because he wanted to do things the way he thought would give better results? Or was he a victim to a conspiracy that wanted his era to end completely?
The questions keep coming and going and answers that contradict one-another.
But somehow down the line people feel that he should have been given a better farewell from the world of cricket. All this is bound to make Ganguly a laughing stock.
KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan’s comment (to quote “No IPL team possible in Kolkata without Dada”) after the auctions added fuel to the fiery anger of the people back in Bengal.
All this said and done, it’s quite clear now that we may not see our beloved Dada in action, but his career will always inspire those who choose cricket as career.
Salaam Dada !!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Will I Get There?

The 7th Semester is slowly drawing to a close with just one exam left. Normally, on all other occasions my mind would have been carefree and I would have waited for the exams to end. But this time, it’s not going to be the same. The reason is simple – I am about to finish my graduation and what worries me the most is the prospect of a job in a Dream Company.
Recently there has been a splurge in job offers made all over India by leading IT companies in reputed technical institutions. 90% students from all that appeared were offered a job while there is yet one to visit my college. If I look at the trends of the past few years, then I shouldn’t be optimistic at all since the Placement Department failed miserably.
Thinking that this year, it won’t be any different, I registered my profile in leading JOB PORTALS like,, There were a host of companies that claimed to be the leading ones. On googling their name it was found that they don’t even carry a website to their name. At last, I came across one that looked a bit promising and not fake. I submitted my resume and on the very next day a phone interview was called for. Initially, a bit taken aback, I replied to their couple-of-questions and was selected. Next I was to appear for an online written test. I sent them a DD of 350\- and appeared for the test. Though I cleared in C and Communicative English, I missed out on the C++ test. I mailed them and as expected I was not selected.
But, there was a sweet surprise that was yet to come. I heard that Infosys is to go for an on-campus drive in my college. Sweet and taken aback, I started my preparations. There’s so much to do but exams are a curse to my preparations.
Day and night I am thinking about Infosys. I can see everything before my eyes – the written exam, the HR interview, my getting selected, seeing my name on the white paper...
What is going to happen? Will I make it? Or will I fail to crack it? 19th January, 2011 – will it be the best moment of my life? Or will it be another dark day, which I would want to forget?
Only time will answer to these questions. Till then... keeping my fingers crossed!!!