14 Months in Bangalore

You might have started guessing, why exactly I am writing for my '14months' stay in Blore ??? Why not 12months or some X years stay. Well, I kind of forgot to write on it when I crossed 12months :)

Like any other Engineering graduate, I too landed up in an over-crowded city of Software Engineers. Bangalore/Bengalooru/B'lore/Silicon valley of India/IT-capital (any other synonym for this city) in my view is a city composed of millions of people from all over India. Afaik In Bangalore, major language spoken is English (not kannada). I was quite surprised to see parents conversing in English with their 3-year old child. I felt that mine is typical 'fatichar-english'.

My friends and I rented out a flat near to office location. The rent was 3times when compared to place I am from. Traveling in Bangalore is biggest headache. The closer is your flat near work location the better it is, else you might end up traveling half your duty time.

Corporate life began on November 26th 2007. First day is always filled with filling out forms. Imagine the day you start new life, these corporates get signature for fucking death, accident, etc coverage. Entire day was 'wasted' in this boring activity. Next day I went to new office and met many new peers whom I am working with now.

Days and months passed on like this. I did not do anything useful which I can take credit of yet. Transition to this new place was very easy as I had some really cool friends to get help from.

Life in Bengaluru seems very fast and modern. Weekdays passed on with work and weekends sleeping. Calendar flipped very quickly every month. This place is like filled with lot of culture. I have colleagues who are Bengali, Oriya, Tamil, Keralite, Kannada, Gujju, etc. Every one of us are here for one motive 'Earn Money, Earn Name, Earn Fame'. Unlike my home town, where I could find many familiar faces every street, this is such a big city that I am totally lost. I find this place filled with aliens who look like humans !!!

Being away from family and home, forced me do bit of cooking, wash my clothes, ironing (I still do not iron my jeans), etc all stuffs that you get at home without any worry. I learned to value money and realized how easy it is to spend it.

Most importantly I have 'recently' learned how to make real decisions. In Bengaluru, one motto rules: 'Be self-centered'. Never ever be dependent on anyone for final results. You might get screwed anytime if you try to be a good person and help others. If you really are a good y guy and wanna help someone, I would advice you to help NGO's in their welfare association. Be selfish and make decisions that help your interests than others.
(I know this sounds little harsh or arrogant, but I have seen this.)

Only thing I can say is : "Bangalore aane se 'dunyadaari' sikh li". Bangalore is truly an IT Capital. 1000's of IT companies giving big bucks even to a fresh grad. Its been wonderful stay here. It made me independent and self-centered person :)

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Dattatreya said...

wow.. amit, where is this coming from ?

- Datta :)

Anju Bafna said...

The reality and fact of life being in a fast moving city is portrayed excellently in ur blog!!

Zeon said...

Hi Amit, you have some good writing skills I should say. You know what? You should register with Indiblogger.in and you will get a lot of readers and traffic for your site.

Check that out.

Amit M Surana said...

I am already a registered member of Indiblogger.in past an year or more.
Thanks for appreciation. :)

Anitha said...

Nice one. Yep, since corporates' slogan is "Greed" - we need to be self-centered to survive the office jungle.

Be happy you learnt the mantra very early in your career :)

Sundar said...

Hi Amit, Loved your post...
I had something similar to say ...check out at http://winewomenandwisdom.blogspot.com/2006/05/corporate-bangalore-typical-day-in.html


Amit M Surana said...

Everyone of us have same thinking I guess !!

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Amitabh said...

Who washed jeans? Forget ironing :-)

Oh by the way, the fact that so many amongst us have responded to your posts shows that your impression about Bangalore may not be quite correct.

Amit S said...

Though many have responded, they do partially agree to what I have said.
I am analyzing this city very closely nowadays

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