It’s interesting why we don’t associate love, warmth, loyalty and promise with “manliness”! Manliness is not about fathering children or about how many ladies you floor— but it’s “manliness” when you successfully instill confidence in just “one woman” that you’d stand tall by her even in the most unfavorable of circumstances. It’s "manliness" when you keep your promise and continue to hold her hand even when the whole world pits her against you. It’s then that you become a “man.”
With progressing age and experience, I understand the intricacies of family, siblings, friends and maintaining relationships more than I did before. I figure what is important and what is not, and also who is important and who's not.
The growing interactions and experiments with people at ADP brought me to another remarkable realization that when "emotions" take the better of you—be it sorrow, hatred, anger, jealousy or even joy—you're nothing! Just nothing! In fact when emotions go overboard, irrespective of gender, background, creed, age and education—all of us stand in the same line. We act equally insane, equally obsessed and equally crippled .
With a whirlwind of these thoughts on my mind, I get ready to swerve “West” for my master’s. While I pack these twenty-five years of life into my three-piece baggage (Well, that's the limit Air India has to offer.) I realize that my 'hare' brain is being thronged by stray thoughts. I call this a "U-turn" because I never wanted to fly for my master's. And that' s exactly what I'm doing now :P Oh yes I'm tired being a run-of-the-mill Libran—confused, fickle, whimsical and unstable.
I've gotten ready to pay the exorbitant price of staying away from my family and close friends. “I miss you” would be an understatement for the hurricane of thoughts going on. So let me not say anything except for wishing each of you the very best in your lives!
I have no idea about when I’d make a return journey to Hyderabad, but it’s good bye until then!
Dedicated to “Automatic Data Processing”- the best thing that happened to me in these two-and-a-half decades!
My profound thanks to Sowmya and Ambareesh for getting me referred through “Pehchaan,” the internal referral process in ADP.
My best wishes and hugs to “Lazy Pay” members – Sreekanth, Mirza, Dhaston, Manjusha, Swathi and Lunch Friends – Surya and Pavan
My regards and wishes to Aaditya Mathur – I’ll always cherish the lovely times spent with you on floor, mostly “gossiping” :P We've never behaved as responsible adults! LOL ..
The OutBoundLearning (OBL) at Gauribidanur introduced me to two more important friends – Vamshi and Joshna – They’ve been with me from the start of my applications till the close of my visa interview. My heartfelt gratitude for their outstanding support and invaluable friendship. Let me know if there’s a stronger phrase than “I’ll miss you.” I’d certainly remember my 25th birthday party you guys have organized for decades to come! Thank you for everything!!
My other OBL friends – Anudeep and Sneha–I have equally cherishable memories with you. Good luck!