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A Blog Post from 40,000 Feet!

June 17, 2009

I feel like a mercurial mercenary now; a mercenary with no passion and a mercenary with no home.

I am writing this article as I am flying 40,000 feet above sea level on the route from San Francisco (Sunnyvale) to Los Angeles (Burbank). I normally don’t blog about work but this is an exception.

Until two weeks back, this ignorant OG lived a happy life without thinking about the future in Los Angeles. Until two weeks back, OG did not know that his current stint in LA would be ending.

But last Friday, his manager told him that his stint in his current client location would be coming to an end (coming Monday).

That is fine, I do not mind going back”, OG told his manager. It was after all, a dog’s life, he reasoned.

But pretty soon, the frantic search for the next project started as OG was after all, a visa ready candidate with special skills, said his manager.

And thus, OG found himself in Sunnyvale today. The real Silicon Valley!!!! He flew in today morning especially for the interview.

The interview with the client was pretty simple as after all, OG had been trained in all this for the past three years. The same questions, the same answers and OG thinks that he has cleared the interview. Not sure though.

This is but fate, OG tells himself.

He does not know why, but at this moment, he can only think of this Rig Vedic line:

There was neither non-existence nor existence then; there was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond. What stirred? Where? In whose protection? Was there water, bottomlessly deep?

Take life from one deadline to another”, a great friend once told him.

It is true. Projects may come, projects may go. Clients may come and clients may go. Locations will definitely change, but the inimitable software engineer always forges ahead with his head held high. 


PS: I could only post this once I reached home but it was written in the air. I might find myself in India next week (YAY!!!!!) or I might find myself in the Silicon Valley (YAY again!!!).

42 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2009 4:24 am

    I’m sure you would have done the interview well…. ayale sketch aakiyo? 😀 😀
    OG: complete sketch aaki 😛
    May the best ‘YAY’ win!!! LOL!
    OG: ROFL!!!!!!

  2. June 17, 2009 4:26 am

    and yes i’m first…. YAY! 😛 😛
    *bows with a flourish*
    OG: Yes madam, you are first!!!!!!

  3. June 17, 2009 4:31 am

    I loved reading this post, truly!
    OG: Thank you 😛
    “It was after all, a dog’s life, he reasoned”- It made me Lol somehow cos I really imagined an Imaginary OG and another Imaginary manager having conversation and the imaginary OG’s reaction when the Imaginary manager told you about the end of your tenure. It was darned funny 😛
    OG: And I thought here that I had written a serious post….ROFL!
    Congratulations in advance OG. Doesn’t matter if you make it to India Or Silicon Valley. Cos , both are worth a sacrifice 🙂

    Good luck!
    OG: yes, it does not matter where I reach…… Thanks!

  4. Quirky Indian permalink
    June 17, 2009 4:31 am

    Good to have two equally pleasant alternatives! All the best..


    Quirky Indian
    OG: Thanks dude!!!!!!

  5. June 17, 2009 4:32 am

    All the best OG..and if you come to india..on behalf of the on-site pogadha vaalibar sangam I will welcome you :D..provided you get foreign sarakku :P.
    OG: ROFL…. foreign sarakku will reach mumbai…. but will never reach chennai 😀 ……….. to many people book such things 😛
    Speak about client interviews,something we are trained to take up when we are woken up from sleep 🙂
    OG: seriously dude……. 😛

  6. June 17, 2009 4:35 am

    OG: 😆

  7. June 17, 2009 4:57 am

    hmmm very true aliya 🙂
    @ Take life from one deadline to another …lol 🙂
    in between where do u prefer 2 stay,India,LA or SF
    OG: india!!!!!!! no doubt about that!!!!!!!!! but yes, would like to stay here for paisa now 😛 for some time

    • anishthomas permalink
      June 17, 2009 12:20 pm

      yeahh i can understand 🙂 ……U can come back and settle in India@ any time.But ‘paisa’ matter is different.. 😀 ….all the best for the new project 🙂 ….
      OG: Thanks Aliya!

  8. June 17, 2009 5:42 am

    Awww…… So you’re moving out either way next week. 🙂
    If you get the job, we want a party. 😛
    If you go back to india (home) we want a party too. 😉
    What do you say OG???
    OG: 😛 Yes, party will be ready……… either way 😛

  9. June 17, 2009 5:44 am

    As ashwathy said may the best YAY win 🙂
    OG: 😛 hehehehe 😛 yes, may the best win

  10. June 17, 2009 6:11 am

    Congratulations OG! 🙂
    Coz like you said you gave it your best shot!
    This was the client interview you were studying for? 🙂
    OG: YEs, that was what I was studying for 😛
    A blogpost from 40,000 feet?
    has to be a record of some sort 😀
    Blogomania has hit you hard! 😉
    welcome to the club! 😀
    OG: Does this qualify for me to join the “mile high” club….. hehehehehehehehe 😆
    so here’s hoping that this mercurial mercenary gets the best of both the worlds 🙂

    God bless 🙂
    OG: Thank you so much!

    PS:- just in case you are wondering nah!
    n0 leg pulling this time 😛
    OG: 😆 I know that 😛 thanks aunty LOL LOL LOL

  11. June 17, 2009 6:48 am

    Loved the rig vedic quote!! Besides its a win win situation for you! .. but you didnt say what you were doing 40 thousand ft above.. travelling to sunnyvale for the interview?
    OG: Thanks!!! I was travelling back to LA after interview 😛

  12. June 17, 2009 7:03 am

    this is what i call a win win situation…. you win in all cases… and thats the attitude dude… 😉
    OG: Thank you ustad 😛

  13. June 17, 2009 9:20 am

    So OG is in transtion 🙂 between places I mean – unlike Vimmuuu – who was between genders 🙂

    So when will you get to know?
    OG: Pretty soon 😛
    \’Take life from one deadline to another\’ – That was a nice one 🙂 And the rig vedic quote even better 🙂
    OG: Yeah 😛 😛 😛 😛
    The best part is that both options are equally good 🙂 Look at the BRIGHTEST side – if you go back to India – you will definitely be wedded off 🙂 And then you can go back abroad for your next project/honeymoon 🙂
    OG: That is not the bright side…… ROFL…. in that case, I will most definately have to go to sunnyvale 😛 ha…ha…..ha 😛

    • June 17, 2009 11:40 am

      Hahahahahahahaha! That’s a good plan/project. 😉
      What do you say OG?? 😛
      OG: 😛 ROFL…. no comments

      • June 18, 2009 4:02 pm

        My plans are always good 🙂 OG – the offer to put up your matrimonial profile is still on – ok 🙂 In case you do go to India – we’ll all pitch in and help pave your way to matrimonial bliss 🙂

        • June 18, 2009 4:11 pm

          hey Smithus, Thanks for the offer, but I am going to sunnyvale 🙂
          pappu pass ho gaya 😛 ROFL

    • June 17, 2009 2:17 pm

      ROFL!! 😀 thats not the bright spot, thats his biggest nightmare!!!!
      OG: very true :P…. I love my chronic bachelor life 😉

      • anishthomas permalink
        June 19, 2009 3:52 am

        see see …i have passed my best wishes for U’r new project ,even before U’r result came 😀 …. in between any plan to come here for a short break\vacation ? 😀

  14. June 17, 2009 1:08 pm

    OG, I’m sure you’ve interviewed well and will get the job…But anyway, since you don’t mind returning to India, there’s no point worrying about it…Do let us know the result…
    OG: YEs, Bones, will let you know….. 😛 no worries for me….. I am happy with any decision 😛

  15. June 17, 2009 3:04 pm

    Since you like both options, YAY to you!
    OG: Thanks!!!! YAY!! 😛

  16. June 17, 2009 3:31 pm

    Plane-il irunnu air hostess ine onnum vaaya nokkaande, blog post ezhudiyirikunnu !! Kashtam ! Ninne okke endaa cheyyaaa !! 😀 😀 😀
    OG: aliya, the airline service here is very bad compared to india…. 😛 airhostess were not good 😛
    All the best aliyaa, when will you get to know the results?
    OG: By this week, I suppose 😛 thanks

  17. June 17, 2009 6:27 pm

    Now this is a win-win situation. I am sure you aren’t worried because either way you are fine. If you don’t get this job then does that mean you are on bench (I am not sure if this is the right term.)
    OG: Yes, I will be on bench in india till I get next project 😛
    Are you waiting for the results to shop? 🙂
    OG: actually I have started 😛 either way, I will have to send it 😛
    BTW why is OG talking in the third person? 😆
    OG: A change 😛

  18. June 17, 2009 7:18 pm

    Remember, where ever you go, the most important thing is the “YAY”!! 😛
    OG: YAY!

  19. June 17, 2009 8:01 pm

    Wonderful OG… Both are ‘YAY”s so I can congratulate you now.. for whatever you can get…
    but never forget the party for me 😛
    OG: one party coming up in “bike and barrells” chennai 😛

    • June 18, 2009 4:20 am

      Hello! where’s our party?
      OG: ROFL….. 😛 anytime, anywhere….. let me know 😛

  20. June 18, 2009 4:52 pm

    Congratulations!!!! So moving to Sunnyvale!! Lucky you !

    And I want a party too!!!

  21. June 18, 2009 6:05 pm

    cool attitude..
    n hey.. good luck!! 🙂

  22. June 18, 2009 6:58 pm

    I am here. Where’s the party tonight? HURRAY!

    Congo-Shongo Buddy! So happy for you OG.

  23. June 18, 2009 7:00 pm

    BTW in Sunnyvale you might get unexpected visitors like Solilo and family. We often visit SFO.

    • June 18, 2009 7:44 pm

      classic!!!!!!! then I will be waiting for your next “yatra” to SFO….. 😛 and thanks!!!!! party.?? …. when you reach SFO 😛

  24. June 18, 2009 8:00 pm

    Congratulations once more 😛

    Solilo will meet you first? 😀
    nahiin!!!I want to meet her too! 😛 😛

  25. June 18, 2009 9:35 pm

    Crafty reads OG’s post written from so far above n gets a lil dizzy (am scared of heights)
    OG: ROFL!!!!! 😛

    but crafty reads commenst n finds out OG has got the project…
    OG: YAY!
    er…make way…me got some cheering to do…

    OG: one cake coming up now….. I will ask smithus to bake it 😛
    hugs OG! so so so glad u got it!!!
    OG: Thanks!!!!!! hugs 😛

    congrats!!! n u feeling better now? with the new project in hand, i’m sure u do!!!
    OG: Yeah, life meanders along for OG
    all the best!!! hugs!!!
    OG: Thanks!!!! hugs once again 😛


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