On 1st February 2011, I received an email “CONGRATULATION you have being posted to Chennai DC.”
I read the mail again to confirm whether I was the right recipient of the email. To my utter disappointment, my nightmare came alive – I was posted to Chennai. I was numbed for a while and couldn’t breathe.
Thousands of thoughts popped up into my mind. Why
ME, Why not him? O god why this happened to me. Of all the other places, why Chennai? How could they do this to me?
To find answer to my thoughts, I walked straight up to the HR and said “Madam there is a clear misunderstanding, I’m a North Indian; I was supposed to be posted to Chandigarh. How can I be posted to Chennai DC? My hometown is Rajasthan shouldn’t I be posted nearby. ” She patiently listened to my complaint and replied “Sorry, This company works on requirement basis. We never mentioned that we will be give you posting as per your convenience”.
All my hopes were shattered.
I didn’t wanted to go there so I planned to quit the company but one of my friend suggested that “You can easily get transferred from Chennai”.
I thought “He has a point, let me go there. Chennai won’t be that bad. It wasn’t bad but was worst. Humidity and language problem added salts to my wounds”.
The moment I step down at Chennai station, I started sweating.
On further inquiry, I got to know that February is considered as the most pleasant month in chennai. I was perplexed.
How could this be possible? Look at the shining sun outside? Look at the sweat pouring down from my body?
After spending several months, I realized February was the most pleasant month.
On my first day to office in Chennai DC, I went to meet my reporting HR and inquired about transfer policy. He eloquently started explaining the procedure and the complex SEZ policy & said to me “Transfer won’t possible until 2 years”.
I was disheartened but I didn’t lose the hope.
Friends, Let me tell you I spent 370 days in Chennai & these 370 days were the lowest period of my life. I was frustrated, two shades darker and stressed to the core.
Now I look back to that time. I have realized that I have learn few amazing things during my stay such as :-
Necessity is the mother of all invention & out of necessity, I learn to cook. From Italian pasta to Chinese noodles to Indian Daal. I learn to cook everything. During my engineering days, I hated cooking but during my Chennai days, I loved cooking. I found a hidden talent in form of cooking.
I always wanted to learn SALSA & thanks to Infosys Chennai Salsa Club. I not only learn Salsa but also learn Jive, Bachata, and Cuban. Believe it or not, I learn all these dance form for free of cost. I even got to perform in chennai salsa festival’11.
The humidity, the heat and the extreme inhabitable condition made me much stronger person. Now I can say that I’m certified to live and adjust in any part of the world.
Confidence means being comfortable in uncomfortable situation. I was surviving in a place where I had to fight with auto Walla’s who wouldn’t leave any single opportunity to exploit my inability to converse in Tamil.
With each experience, I became wiser and smarter in ways to deal with them. If they think they were smart, I gradually learn to become smarter. I reached the epitome of my success when I was able to negotiate with auto walla to drop me to my house for Rs50 while the usual night rate was Rs100. It might look very menial to you but I felt like I have won the world cup.
The reason why I’m writing these stories from my personal life is that –
“In life, we don’t appreciate the best until we face the worst.”
Remember “Everything happens for a cause”.
May there is reason why you didn’t get what you desired. May be God have different plans for you. May be something better is waiting to
Just have faith in your abilities.
I want to end this blog by asking you a question :-
What is the lesson that you learn from your failure or from the most difficult time of your life.
Do remember this answer . It is the key to success.
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