I remember circling BITSAT dates in my Calendar as a teen, the days when I dreamt of being one amongst those elite group, the days when there were dreams without any efforts. I was one of those crazy teens who never knew what it actually takes to crack BITS and still wanted to crack it.
Later while whiling away life in a college, that my marks earned me, it was more then a dream to work for Microsoft, Google and Facebook without the efforts and commitment to get there.
After college, when life screwed me by my campus placed company HCL Technologies, all that I had was attitude, confidence and Internet. It was recession and one my friend suggested to try jobs.hasgeek.com. Never understood most of the jargon requirements in that portal and still I applied to many companies. I got a call from ReduceData and the last round was a tough InterviewStreet problem, perhaps that was the first night I worked till 4 am and what followed was many of those nights that led me to work later then 4 am.
A tale of working in tech startups, working with people who dreamt in Dollars and a period of self discovery – doing what I wanted to do, screwing self, leaving comfort zone, toiling, getting ridiculed.
Now after a year and a month of that self discovery, where I find myself is writing code with people who studied in BITS, IIT, NIT, IIM. People who worked for Yahoo, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Flipkart, Google, Samsung.
When I write this article today, I don’t know whether I deserve to be with such people with whom I always dreamt of being with, people whose quality of work is top notch compared to my works that are shabby. And I am in that phase of life where the the love on money is dropping, awe on the IIT’s is vanishing and the determination to work hard is increasing.
Wish me luck to improve self, to fight it out with smiles and energy, day and night with thoughts: Life definitely takes one to where ever they want, if only when they let it take them to where they want.