Going Places, meeting People.

 

IMG-20160516-WA0002
High Spirits: One of the best places for enjoying nightlife of Pune

It was decided way back in August of the ‘good year’ 2015 that my summer of 2016 will be in the historic city of Pune. It was an all-expanses-paid internship at the world’s largest oilfield services company. World’s largest of anything is pride!
A two hours flight from Kolkata reaches you to Pune.

 

“Your first flight?” a firangi guy who looked like Richard Gere asked after a small conversation in the waiting area.

“Yeah”

“congratulations.”

Over the next two months, i would have met many such nice people, got a signed picture from one the greatest fast bowler of all time, gone on a tinder date too (she was also nice). I would have explored Marathi street food. And  i would have discovered how tough is maintaining work-life balance. And how weekend got precious that they are.

 

IMG_20160509_232819270
Glen McGrath, Aussie champion bowl

 

The best part of a work day was when i came back sometimes as late as 9 pm-the episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on comedy central usually flavoured with a sense of satisfaction on work accomplished throughout the day. Leaning on the couch with overhead AC, legs stretched on a wooden table in front with a fork in one hand, made busy with a colorful fruit plate and remote in another hand, tv facing. Life seemed enriched in that island.

On weekends, however, we were different animals. We trekked on Lonavala around the pockets of western ghats. Monsoon winds assaulting your clothing creating eddy inside but your mind is more concerned about capturing every moment of nature’s astonishing display of beauty. Winds, clouds and garam chai.  There was no couch, there was no AC. But those moments were surreal.

“If you ask my name then I will say Anindya Chatterjee. ” said an old man walking with me. I had asked for direction and he offered to walk along. He was a retired ex-service man. He had no idea how fast those forty years went for him. It seemed to him like yesterday.  Talking to him for 10 minutes gave those precious insights of life you get after you have seen sixty-two years of it.
“Nobody ever got anything by holding on to it. ”

“You need to let things go”

In the hindsight, an internship is a great learning experience, a ladder to better career opportunities. But it just can’t be limited to that. It’s also about going places and meeting people.

 

Defining ‘Defiance’

noun /dɪˈfʌɪəns/ open resistance. Origin: Old French

When a ranger is surrounded by a herd of enemies but he still raises his sword.

When you listen to your heart even when your logic says ‘impossible’

When a couple of nuclear bombs fails to burn a small country’s aspiration

When you choose to let her go, and you do it wearing a smile.

when you are the last man standing for your team and you stand tall, chin up

When you are breaking up with someone but you say nothing derogatory. Or memorable.

 

dm_000178
An anti-war protestor during Cuban missile crisis 1962. Don Mccullin

13769511_10154833144051840_2906487573736150462_n

Drive slow and enjoy the scenery – drive fast and join the scenery

Nothing worth doing was ever easy. The process is always skewed. The learning curve is always steep. There is always a competition. And more often than not our accomplishments are never a xerographic copy of what we desired it in the first place. Driven by the sensibilities we derived from the job half done, we change/ modify our goals sometimes making it more realistic. There is nothing wrong in that too.

What is imperative is that in order to get the job done we have to get our hands dirty. People around us together absorbed in their own perseverance, are painting a beautiful picture. We sometimes spend the whole life getting one pixel right in it.  There are no shortcuts. There is no easy way. And the next train to the realm of success leaves in half hours. You have to start now. Get your shit together, nothing ever was achieved by strolling in the park.