Working for "self-employed"
where weekends start to lose meaning...
Its been over a year since my last update... but nobody important reads this crap anyway. Except you of course...
Anyway, its been over 2 months since I've been working full-time on making an education platform thats going to "make learning fun"... (pretty original, huh?) Working for myself has been great so far... I've made 0 bucks, am sleeping with the owls, and have been working harder than ever (which isn't saying much). On the bright side, my skin-tone has gone 2 shades lighter.
Working in schools has been fun though, getting kids to play games has got to be the easiest job in the world. As part of our "development cycle", we make weekly trips to the Parikrma School at Jayanagar (Bangalore). We get kids to play the learning games that we've built, and use the feedback in our weekly iterations. The best thing about working with kids is their feedback... its usually not verbal. You just need to watch them for 5 minutes to understand what they think of you and your games... and its not always pretty. Thankfully, they've been willing to tolerate us as long as we keep the games coming. We're now working with teachers to undestand how we can use the live data we collect to help them teach more effectively.
All in all, things are going good. Thankfully, living costs in Bangalore are low enough, so we don't need to worry about survival for now. And the weather is just perfect. Well, we've gotten to the weather... so I guess its time to wrap things up.
August 25, 2013
Now the struggle is over
and life is good...
Its been a long time since I put an update over here. Almost one and a half years! Thanks to freehostia for their great free hosting (and no, they're not paying me to say that). Anyway, since my last update, I have transitioned from being a carefree college-boy, to being a corporate beast of burden. The transition was made all the more uncomfortable by a six month US visa fiasco that left me with two job offers, and no job. I'll avoid going into all the details, but to give you some background, I declined my offer from Cisco in India to join a company called Epic Systems in the US. But unfortunately my visa officer wasn't impressed with my simple answers at the interview and threw me into the "processing" black-hole which ended up taking nearly 6 months. During this period I too went through the infamous 5 stages of grief,
- Denial - "The visa should get cleared in couple of weeks max, better stay packed!"
- Anger - "Why is the consulate screwing me? The company people aren't bothered either! I should've joined Cisco in June when I had the chance... f@$% f@$% f@$%!!!"
- Bargaining - "I better step up the mails to the US company, and maybe I can beg for my job back at Cisco, they must love me because they gave me the offer."
- Depression - "Why isn't Cisco replying to my mails! How will I get interviews at any good place now? Even people who hired me don't want to talk to me! Why does monster.com only give me these crappy offers?!"
- Acceptance - "The visa might never come, better pull up my socks and start looking for another job before I get official destitute status."
After that I went down to my brother's place in Bangalore and with his help, started preparing and applying for job interviews. Special mention to Siddharth Narula, Tanishq Goyal, Ankit Gupta, Sushant Koshy and all my other friends who helped me in my search during this somewhat uncomfortable period.
First I interviewed at a company called SuccessFactors where I cleared all the roundsand was made an offer, BUT unfortunately I had earlier blurted out that I was also applying at Amazon. So after telling me they were ready to offer me job and going through the details, almost on his way out, the HR guy asked me what I'd do if I got an offer from Amazon. Well, you know me, always with the "simple" answers. I told him "I would consider it...". Well, those 3 words are all it took to flush that offer down the drain as well, he told me he would have to "discuss it with the management". OK, back to square one. Thats 3 offers and no job, will I ever get to laugh about this?
Anyway, fear not, all my preparation finally paid off and I did land that job at Amazon, Hyderabad. I told them I'd join the next Monday itself, not wanting to risk anything getting in the way this time!
I got to Hyderabad on December 20 and joined Amazon the next day. Since then, my life has been lost in a whirlwind of work. Its been over 5 months now. I'll be moving into a new place soon with my own bedroom (as opposed to the dining room that I occupy now). I've bought a camera, and some new underwears, all in all, I'm living the good life :)
June 2, 2012
The struggle is over
and life is good...
I am relieved to finally have a job waiting for me at Cisco, Bangalore. So if nothing changes, it'll be me and my bro again, living the bachelor's life. Though I think the sand is running out as far as Albin is concerned, he can't hold out on the marriage brigade for much longer.
Now suddenly I have so much free time. You can expect increased attention to this site and my blog as well (not that you'd really care, but you're here aren't you?) Also I plan to start working on some more serious web applications, so maybe a preview of something like that is in store too. So keep watching!
January 20, 2011