Six years back on the same day I married Sai Lakshmi (12-July-2000). Actually I know Sai for almost 13 years now :) I fell in love with her during my 12th standard (!!). Aknow @ 17 yrs any person wouldn't be matured enough to make a big decision like this. But thank God my choice was perfect :)
Even now, very often we used to think about the past and laugh at our own behaviors / actions then. Hmm my love story would be really interesting (at least for me and Sai :)) and I am sure none of you guys would be interested in reading about it .... so lemme not get into it in depth ... LOL. But one thing which I want to share is "Without Sai I wouldn't have entered into IT field at all". She was instrumental in convincing me to study my Masters degree in Computer Application. That's the move which changed my career totally.
Till my schooling my dream was to either become a "big" sportsman (Cricket and Badminton were my favorites at that time.) or an Aeronautics engineer. Unfortunately my left knee got badly injured in an accident and it ended up in a ligament tear. So my first dream was shattered. I was nowhere near becoming an Aeronautics engineer as my score wasn't sufficient enough to fetch me a free engineering seat. But i got through in St. Peter's Engineering College, Annanur, Chennai. Somehow I wasn't interested in doing my engineering via payment quota (other way to say we didn't have enough money to pay :) ).
Though I was confident of getting an engineering seat to be on the safer side I had applied in Loyola College for Bsc Computer Science as well. Huh after knowing that I could only do an arts degree I along with my father went to meet the Principal of that college. In the due course based on a well wishers advice we took a recommendation letter from a church father too :) You know what, the principal didn't even open that cover ... he teared and dumped it into the dustbin. For some reason he said I am not eligible for a seat in that college :( (If my memory is right I have scored between 80 to 90% in Computers).
I wasn't too sure on what to do next as I can't get into engineering and I am not eligible (!!!!) in the only arts college I have applied (Loyola College). At that time, my father’s friend was a Mathematics lecturer in Nandanam Arts College, Chennai. So somehow we managed to apply for it in the last minute and got a slot in Bsc Mathematics.
Though the lecturers there were all highly qualified there were few students who play the spoil sports as usual. Because of those kinds of students the college gets a bad name and in turn the students themselves are getting affected when they actually try to build a career later. That's what exactly happened to me as well. There were many incidents where I was shown the doors during the interview process just because I have studied from Nandanam Arts College.
I always wonder how education and IT career are related? There are many Mechanical Engineers, Chemical Engineers, EEE etc., guys working as Software pros. How is that possible? To me a person with good knowledge on computers, good attitude and interest to learn can be easily moulded to an excellent resource as per the project need. That said, I know of many bright people who are either college dropouts or haven't done their Bachelors degree itself. But most of those guys are well settled. On the same line I know of many persons who are still suffering because of not studying well during their school days :(
In my 9 years of IT career initial 2 to 3 years were real pain. As i didn't have a degree from any reputed institutes I was forced to fight my way up. I used to work without any salary for few years just to gain experience. During that period I have worked as a paperboy, sold toys, raincoats near Loyola College etc., as my part time jobs. How else i could meet my day to day expense :) Though those were really painful period in my life it helped me understand Sai better / fully.
I am glad to say that Sai is totally responsible for whatever little I have achieved till now in life. There were times when all my relatives wrote me off but Sai stood beside me and encouraged me a lot.
Let me stop here. If I start to talk or write about Sai I don't stop that easily :)
Many More Happy Returns of the Day Sai. Thanks for having confidence in me and staying with me through my lean period. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS.
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