Preludes & Conclusions

I’ve always believed that bad times are a prelude to happiness. And it has come true yet again!

Bad times (The Prelude) –Β Day before yesterday, I was supposed to go for a couple of interviews. My cousin had agreed to take me since he knew the place well, and he had some stuff to do there as well. So, I get up earlier than usual and go ask him when we should be leaving. And he tells me it won’t be possible to go because he has some serious stuff to do, something which cannot be kept aside for the next day. I didn’t know what to say. I just stood there, trying to hold back all the emotions. I didn’t know the place at all, and it was already late. So, all I could do was sit there, completely blank, wishing I could just cry out.

After my cousin left, I went to my room. A friend and Ann were online. So I tried talking to them. Out of the interviews, there was one I had really wanted to get through. I called them up and rescheduled the interview for the next day. That made me feel a tiny bit better. Then, I tried to do something to distract myself. I was seriously disturbed! And remember I mentioned a new friend in my last post? I spoke to him that afternoon. We spoke for a long time…and during that conversation, I never got time to think much about the missed opportunities or my emotions. I laughed a lot, talked a lot of nonsense and had a good time talking to him. Anyhow, I spent the rest of the day worrying about what I’d do the next day.

Happiness (The Conclusion) –Β When I mentioned the plan to my cousin, he said he had engagements for that day too. So, Janet and I decided to go by ourselves. I got a good friend of mine (from that city) to come along with us. So…to cut a long story short, yesterday, I had the interview. I loved it! I’m not talking about how I performed or anything. I loved the interview. Maybe because I know I won’t have something like that if I go for the typical commerce-related jobs. There were 3 rounds, the final one being the best. The last session was with the Managing Director. He is an awesome person and I understood that he was analyzing me by the probing questions he asked. It’s not always that you get to challenge yourself to show your best in front of someone. What’s more, he made me think so much! Anyway, so…I got the job! πŸ™‚ When the HR person said “Welcome aboard!” I was almost about to do a crazy, happy dance. I held myself, thanked them, sat through the other details, and to say I was smiling when I got out would be an understatement!

So, why I like the place so much? ImpresarioΒ is an event management company that organizes events, shows, brand launches, concerts, weddings and a lot more. The list includes international events, too! Apart from the fact that it involves a lot more opportunities, I believe it is a place where I can put my skills to use and do something substantial. A place where I can do more, be more. Their office (which has comparatively few people, unlike usual offices) does not give away the kind of creativity that is filled in the place. But the people do. The place has a palpable energy and lot of positive vibes, obviously since most of the people working there are young. From the handful of persons I met, I could see something so clearly – they are a bunch of people who think creatively. In short, this is the kind of place where I belong. So, you can imagine how super-happy I’m. πŸ™‚

I’ll be moving on 1st and starting with the job on 2nd. I know everything’s happening so fast. But then, that’s what I want! πŸ™‚ So, I’ve ended up in a job I wanted, in a place where I’ll belong…I’m happy. Which is what I tried to get across through this post. Bad times are a prelude to happiness. Always. πŸ™‚

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Random Thoughts

I’ve signed up for the Word of the Day thing at dictionary.com. It sends me daily e-mails notifying me of a word that they have selected for that particular day. Being an ardent lover of words (and anything to do with it), it was perfectly typical of me to sign up for something like this…because it would mean learning a new word everyday. OK, maybe not really learning…but atleast, I would know a new word each day and, who knows, sometime, it might come in useful. πŸ™‚ And I must say, I have come across some interesting new words in the past few months. I really loved today’s word, which is what led me to write this. The Word that was mailed to me, for today, is:

pettifog \PET-ee-fog\, verb:

1. To bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
2. To carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business.
3. To practice chicanery of any sort.

I liked it because, for one thing, it sounds unusual and kinda funny. Second thing, it has a very normal meaning (I’m referring to the first meaning). Bickering over unimportant matters is something we always do but I never thought there would be one single word that could be used in its place! πŸ™‚ Interesting, right? Another word I learnt is:

hircine \HUR-sahyn\, adjective:

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a goat.
2. Having a goatish odor.
3. Lustful; libidinous.

If you happen to be a word-lover like me and would like to get one new word floating into your inbox everyday (especially when it’s unusual, fascinating new words like the ones I mentioned), do sign up for the Word of the Day thing. πŸ™‚

Moving onto more serious matters, yesterday, during the placement interview, when the interviewer asked me if I had any questions, I pounced on the opportunity. Throughout the interview session, there was something I was dying to ask him. So, I finally got to shoot it out: “Are you happy with your job?” His response was spontaneous and sincere, not an instant’s delay, not a thought about what to say. He replied that he was, indeed, happy with it and that he wouldn’t have come for this kind of interview (since it involves hours of traveling, spending time for the selection procedure, so on) if he weren’t happy. He explained about how his organization gave him enough and more opportunities to go beyond the boundaries of his specific position, how he got to travel to different places for job purposes that don’t come under his purview, but were entrusted to him for the facilitation of his personal growth. He seemed genuinely happy with his job and I could see that he loved what he was doing.

Before I went for the recruitment process, many of my seniors and friends had mentioned that this job wouldn’t really be worthwhile and told me not to take it too seriously. After I spoke to this person from the company, I changed my mind. From what I could understand, I felt that it

Having a job you love can go a long way in making your life better

is an organization that focusses on its employees’ personal growth and lets them keep their passion & interests alive. When you take into account the number of fast-growing organizations today, that’s something rare. And that is exactly what drew me to think more about joining this organization. I haven’t come to a conclusion yet. I’m aware of the fact that it will be super-stressful and draining, but I also know that if I do decide to join this place, I will be part of an organization that is dynamic, fast-growing and, at the same time, concerned about the growth and development of each of its employees as well. That’s what I want – a job that will let me develop to my maximum, not let me stick to my comfort zone and which will help me contribute to the growth of the firm, eventually. Sounds too serious, coming from someone who’s so much into mindless banter (= ME!!), right? Let’s wait and see what life has in store for me.

Catch Up With Me

I couldn’t come online for the past 3 days. And I have missed blogging more than I expected (hope you guys missed me as much as I’ve missed you, too). πŸ™‚ I have had a very truly, remarkably, eventfully great weekend and Monday! πŸ™‚ So, let me fill you in on what I’ve been upto.

On Saturday, all the hostelers from my class (around 12 crazy girls, including me) planned to go for a movie. We left sometime by morning. All of us were excited and chattering like mad girls (obviously, girls=non-stop chatter). We got into a bus and found seats. I got to sit near a cute guy and everyone kept poking me with fun comments. πŸ˜‰ We went on talking some nonsense or the other throughout the 45-minute-journey. We laughed a lot, checked out the other cute guys in the bus and talked about what all we could do after the movie. It was pure, girly fun! It had been a long time since I went on a proper girls-day-out and I had been missing all those group stuff a lot. So, even me (the non-girly me!!) was looking forward to having fun!

After reaching the place, we walked around to find the cinema and waited for it to open, all the while talking about plans for after the movie. Soon, we got into the cinema. We were super-delighted to find that we had the whole place to ourselves. There were hardly around 4 or 5 people in the cinema, apart from us. So, we took absolute advantage of the opportunity, taking crazy photos, talking, laughing, singing out loud…basically, just having fun! πŸ™‚ Once the movie began, we settled down and got engrossed in the movie. It was a great experience watching it with all the girls. I have never been to a movie with such a large group, you see. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the comments in between, the reactions to certain twists in the movie… The movie was brilliant…beyond words! I LOVED it! Everyone of us did, in fact. After the movie, all of us were going on talking about it, what we loved best, what we felt, so on.

Then, we had lunch at a nearby restaurant. That was another fun ‘business’, filled with the senseless banter and laughter that is characteristic of the female species. A friend of mine always says that girls talk for 5 seconds and laugh for 2 minutes. Well, I would rather not comment on that! πŸ˜€ So, after the filling lunch, we were planning to start on our way back. I was craving for ice-cream. So, I went off to a place nearby with a couple of my friends and had enough ice-cream to satiate my craving. On our way back, everyone was so tired and silent. We stopped at a pine-forest near our hostel and spent some time there, singing and talking and just having a good time. πŸ™‚ It was an awesome day, all of us loved it so much and we’re already planning for another trip, sometime soon. πŸ˜€

Sunday was spent in relaxing, reading and lot of loafing around. πŸ™‚ Typical! Yesterday was, again, another eventful day. We had a recruitment drive at college. I had enrolled for it since I plan to work for a while after my graduation. The whole process was tiring. We had a session of public speaking, then an Aptitude test and finally, a personal interview. By the end of it, all of us were tired and, literally, drained. I got through everything successfully and was immensely satisfied with the way I performed in every session. And I did get placed! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I actually got a job! I’m employed (in a way, that is)! Along with some of my friends! It’s exciting but also scary, in some ways. Scary because soon, I will have to think about paying off bills and rent and stuff, I will be buying groceries for home (which was always something I associated with mom and dad), I’ll have deadlines to think about, there will be days when I’m too tired to do anything (and can’t even think about going out or having fun), fun and free-time are going to be precious little things for me and not an easily available pleasure like now… Life’s going to be more…grown-up, from the sound of it, atleast.

Though I’m scared, I’m also excited about entering a completely new phase in life. I know it will be stressful and difficult. But so was school and college. I know I’ll be able to get through it quite well…and I might even enjoy it. You never know! πŸ™‚ So, what’s new with you? πŸ™‚