Thursday, July 21, 2005

randoM musingS

One of my stories got published in Malayala Manorama – Campus Line. Malayala Manorama is Kerala’s leading daily and Campus Line is its supplement. The name of the story is Summer Rain. Here is the link.

Summer Rain, was also one of my starting posts in this blog. Those who haven’t read it can have a look at it in my blog as well. It is here.

I had taken a course called Careers Roles and Identities (CRI) in my fourth term. It is an interesting course, which analyzes human behavior, interpersonal relationships and stuff like that. The course is evaluated on the basis of a biography and an autobiography which we have to submit. This was the main inspiration for me to take this course. I haven’t got a person yet, on whom I can write the biography. If he/she permits, I shall put it in my blog. Would it be a nice idea?

I had interviewed a few of my juniors for a club I was in. It is good to be on the questioning-side of an interview, which I know I will be doing once I get out from this place, but when it comes to selecting one or two from such a big list, it is an excruciating decision. How do I select one from an equally efficient set? Am I making the right choice? What will the ones who didn’t get through think about me? What would be their mental state when they know the results? I know some of them very well. But I also know that it is all in the game. That is the way corporate life is.

For a moment, my memories took me back to my college days. The campus recruitments were going on in our college. It was the time of IT recession and companies were recruiting in very low numbers. When each company’s final result was announced, I saw faces breaking into ecstasy. But I also saw faces trying to recede from the scene. While appreciating someone on my side, I also knew that I should console someone on the other side. And, at the same time, there was me there at the center who had already got chucked out in the pre-process to the interview!

I still remember the day I gave my resignation to my Project Manager. He was a nice guy. That time he was in dire need of resources for his projects. I was given an onsite opportunity as well. But then I had to leave the company for my higher studies. One fine morning I decided to go to his cubicle and tell him that I was leaving the company. On the way I was thinking about how I would present this matter to him, but unfortunately I had no other options. I explained him the thing and he was silent for a while. Managers are always in trouble, I will also be in trouble.

While working, we used to blame our managers. We used to laugh at those funny forwards about managers. How they make us work, how strict they were. But after some months, I will be in their shoes. And I know things are just not going to be fine. But, this is the journey called life. It takes us to those places which are least expected by us and will also show us how things are on the other side. A side which we have always reviled.


Praveen said...

Really great story seen from a mouse's angle :).
All the best on the CRI course.
You are right, breaking the news of your resignation to your manager is a really tough job

Geo said...

ha ha ha

Can see someone getting worried abt his future ;_)

hope and love said...

wonderful.. u r very talented.. u write well..

Invincible said...

hmm, so now u know huh, tht 'manager's life isnt easy' :)
I m sure u wud enjoy it. I've seen (a few) good managers :)

Good going, n nice article, the Summer Rain.

കലേഷ്‌ കുമാര്‍ said...


കൺഗ്രാജുലേഷൻസ്‌! നമ്മൾ എഴുതുന്ന സാധനം അച്ചടിച്ച്‌ വരുന്നത്‌ ഒരു സംഭവം തന്നെയാണേ!

ജിത്തുവിന്റെ മലയാളം ബ്ലോഗ്‌ കാത്തിരിക്കുകയാണ്‌ ഞാൻ....

tcr_79 said...

You had a problem telling your manager :)

I walked to him and told him nonchalantly - the hatred was mutual between us - we were mutually happy that I was leaving...

rahul said...

you wrote it right, so true about the campus recruitment incident. its really a different situation..

Jithu said...

> praveen
thank you very much man! yup, for me it was real tough, as my manager was a good fellow.

> geo
partly yes, partly no. yes because its different from what i have been doing. no because i already worked as a normal employee for 2 years. so know both the sides :-)

> hope and love
thank your very much yaar!

> invincible
bingo! lemme become a good manager :-) and thnx man!

> kalesh
thank you very much. but i dont know whether it came on print or not. still, as u said, its a pleasure. pinne, malayalam blogumayi varan samayam edukkunnathil enikkum vishamam undu. oru strong start thanne kodukkamennu vechu atha late aakunne.. anyways late aayalum athu latest aayirikkum :-)

> tcr_79
i knw; my friend had the same experience as urs. but yeah, if its mutual then.. he he he..

> rahul
really man! it was an experience, good as well as bad. sort of a cusp feeling..

silverine said...

Well.. ende samayam ayilla!;)I was witness to one pennu kaanal (my friends) and that's what led to the post.

Introspective!!! Thats what this post is. Samayam aayo, manager avaan? :))Best of luck.

MS said...

Thats the twist of fate.

Fursat said...

wow..u got published it...i wish i cud do the same..i really wanna write but anyways...

thanks a lot for ur kind words at my blog..

God bless u !

Mirage said...

Hey congratulatios man! Already on the path to fame huh!? Keep up the good work!
N hey dont worry abt gettin into trouble. If u got into it, u can very well get urself out of it! :)

Jithu said...

> silverine
njan enneyanu uddeshichathu ;-) anyways it was a good post! its 8 more months for the convocation :-(

> ms
really true! thank you very much :-)

> neetie
hey come-on! if u have that urge to write, then just let it flow..

> mirage
thnx yaar! yup! have to do something, for nothing else but for my survival :-)

>|' ; '| said...
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>|' ; '| said...

i hope u pinpoint sum1 like howard roark and write his bio... :D

flutteringeyes said...

good luck when you become a manager!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Interessant. Tu dois connaitre l'anglais ou hollandais::

Click here

Jithu said...

> poison
intersting biography wud it be but the course mandates the biography of a living person :-(

> fluttering eyes
thank you very much yaar!

> anon
Merci, je sais l'anglais mais non interesse dans hollandais l'etude :-)

sanaja said...

wow..its takes a lot of courage to resign...atleast I think so...good u know exactly what u want...

is it ok if i add u to my blogroll?

Jithu said...

> sanaja
hmm.. courage is required?? naaah!! look at the case of tcr_79, a few comments ago... :-)

blogroll thingy - GREEN FLAG!!

>|' ; '| said...

summer rain is cool. the mouse's perspective of things was funny. money is the root of all evil, they say. but is it a necessary evil?

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

hey ....

yes i agree abt the anonymity ... but can u write all that u want on this blog ? u know some1 WILL recognise u as jithu .... and they might feel bad abt certain things u have written ... right ??

and ya , each step further into life scares us , doesn't it ? and we always see the grass on the other side ... right ?

Jithu said...

> poison
thnx man.. well the money part, its a paradox! money is the cause of eveil, and people work to earn money!

> deepa
yup! it happened with me :-).. bt exceptions it may.

i dont know anything abt u and u dont know anything abt me. to a lesser extent, isnt it the reason for those candid comments from our sides? :-)

true, v always see greenary on the other side.. something inherent to the human nature..

Grafxgurl said...

yeah... when i first joined my work place..i didnt like my boss a lot...guess i just didnt like how he worked.. and the sense of i decided not to like him...

things are different now.. ive allowed myself to look at things in a different perspective.. one thing that ive learnt is patient :D

thanks for coming by my place!!! :) welcome anytime!

First Rain said...

Hi .. and firstly thanks for the visit.

Secondly - CONGRATS! Cool story - wonder what mr. mouse wud say if he cud read the Malayala Manorama :)

Best of luck with the Bio!

Jithu said...

> grafxgurl
thts gr88! sometimes one needs to adjust..

> first rain
thnx man! ha ha if it wud have read manorama then......, shhh... my publisher ;-) bio is done and submitted, now v hv to submit an autobiography :-)

Kiran said...

good story....Summer rain...

But lacks something,i donno what. I thik its the language...
DOnt mistake me..the story is very good,yea,u presented it well..but ,i guess you could have gone it better[you always write better]

something is missing....

Kiran said...

there is a short story "Tobermory" by SAKI (H.H. Munro)
it is not in the same lines...but..the last part of your story...where the mouse wants to help out the man.. well...this 'tomermory" is something of that sort.

Why dont you try reaidng some of SAKI's stuff?
It will help you improve your style.
Its just a humble suggestion :)

Jithu said...

> kiran
thnx yaar! thnx for ur valuable suggestion.. yeah i am an ardent admirer of Saki; own a few of his short stories as well.. :-)

silverine said...

Lovely piece of writing. Loved it. Summer rain ie.

Fursat said...

hii..thanks for being at my blog..n making it special by ur presence...

keep writing...see u around..

God bless u!

Jithu said...

> silverine
thnx :-)

> neetie
:-) urw!

injinuity said...

belated congratulation on your article getting published... Any topic on rain right now is treading on sensitive ground now ;-) .... and on another note, autobiographies, the bible of a narcissist... ah heaven!!

MadV said...

Jithu, thanx for visiting my blog.

You write very well. I went thru Summer Rain. You have nicely presented it. But the way you write in blogs is more interesting than the style in Summer Rain. May be itz coz Summer Rain is one of ur old creation. And as life went by u acquired more writing skills.:)

Ahem.. You are already into the corporate world. Wish you good luck to be a good manager. Believe in yourself and ur potentials. You can take only right decisions. All The Best.

Jithu said...

> injinuity
thnx man! hmmm... :-)

> madv
thank you! thnx for the feedback.. lemme try & improve on different writing styles :-)

btw i have one more year to re-
enter the corporate world and hope everything goes fine then.

One More Reason said...

Congratulations on getting your article published. Interesting piece.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jithu said...

> one more reason
thanx yaar! :-)

TripleSix said...

hey jithu,
way to go....u've done it with ur writin.damn neat!!!
anyhow..regarding the trouble u talked about,well i totally endorse with what mirage said, after all every dog has its day...i'm jus kiddin!!!plez,dnt take the phrase seriously,jus laugh it off..thats how u shud deal ur problem too..mock at them,and they'll me
anyhow,congs on what u have achieved so far...hey,mirage,check out my new image....

Jithu said...

> triplesix
thanx yaar! laughing at a problem! nice idea yaar! :-)