ok,this is for recording one of the most mind zapping days of my college life-the placements!!for one,i got started too early abt the entirte trng and placement process.was i stupid!!!dont know what got into me when i knoew that iim is what i want.anyways,i remember craeting a new eamil id on 25th december 2002(my comp archives show that).worked on my resume,edited it so many times as if my life was tied to it,and emailed it to a no of comps in delhi.nothin really happened but i was too strung up fr a good trng as i imagined that it would help my placements.then somehow got to know that ma's mamaji knoew a high guy at hughes.passed on my resume thru him and surprisingly got a call fr a written test with me expecting a straight in or out reply.on the day of the test,i felt like a kid on his frst day at skool.got into formals and my dad dropped me at hughes.was aawed by the snazzy interiors,the fast n swift ppl movin about,the clean n scented cafeteria.i think that most of teh guys who apperared fr the test made it thru.now,im not really a braggart but wud say that i worked close to as hard as i ever have during my summer trng.i revered chintu like god and did everything to keep the project going.although my partner was a total zombie who did zilch,i tried my best .but one thing which i learnt was that ppl work really hard at these mnc's n hence they expect everyone to do the same.neway,the talk of placements was gettin really hot with the info being pasted on our class placement forum.with the free net at hughes,i was makin full use of the online forums n collected a hughe no of placement papers.when i got the news that tcs was here on the 29th of july,was frantic abt it.still wonder why i was so despo abt a company shippin guys to trivandrum.now abt the placement experience in a datewise manner-
reached coll in the morn in formals(mebe fr the frst time in my life was i wearing those).but the darned comp called tcs didnt got to the college till nite.all of us had lost all the steam but finally they got here at 11:00 in the nite!!!conducted their online test at arnd 11:30 in the CAD lab.was a total apti ppr followed by a pasyco test.cleared the apti ppr .the result fr the psyco on was to be out the next day.papa along with ravinder came to escort my bike.reached home at arnd 1:00 in the morning.had my dinner n went to sleep with hope abt the next day.
now,i was quite confident abt makin it thru the psycho.the result was soon read out in the morning.twas in the alphabetical order and my name was not there!!twas my heartbrekin moment( a lotta them awaited me).but it proved to be a way of shocking relief when my name was read out as the last one.infact,a comp glitch had caused this.was now truly pumped up .raedjusted my clothes n waited fr my turn.was called in to find a motu n one kalu guy ready fr me.was mostly technical but i think i handled it well.stretced fr some 30-35 mins whih was quite longer than others.was quite hopeful abt makin it esp after the motu asked me abt the bonds and location stuff.
the interviews sterched thruout the day but the results fr my round were declared at abt 11:00 in the night.i was seated in the far right of the second row of the audi .an oldy started reading out the names.werent in any order.the comp guys frst.the guy selected stood up after the name.clapping,whoops,hugs,.the names continued...mallu,lakho,girish,venky,basu..n then he ended.electronics guys now.my name wasnt there.i dont know if i have ever felt so heartbroken as at that moment.celebrations all around.52 guys made it.bhatia sir was too happy.everybody was delighted.i felt like as if i had been slapped on TV.dropped himanshu to the hostel.accepted condolences frm bunnu n grewal n drove out.ma n papa met me halfway towards home.i was feeling so low but lil did i know that this just the beginning of the nightmare.
was feeling very low and scared.the confidence level was in the basement.
HCL tech first.a hell lotta guys appearing .feeling very sleepy and disinterested.techni kinda paper.not many hopes.got down frm the audi.met arora and garg.feeling a lil bit pepped up after meetin up friends.the result was expected towards the end of the day.CSC was to come later in the day.CSC test happened in the evening.the pay was good.around 3.5.all the big guns-setia,mohit,tuli etc had turned up fr this one so ddint had much hopes after the CSC ppl had said that they were lukin at arnd 5 guys max.but had to wait fr the HCL result.the CSC test was total apti n eng .enjoyed it thoroughly.while doin it,got to know that bunnu had got into tcs.was jappy fr him but felt all the more pained abt my torture.just after the test,the HCL results were out.every shitty soul had made it except me.but strangely didint feel very bad.then bhatia told us that another list cud be sent out tommorrow.so ok guys,lets c.n then the CSC guys came out with list.now this wasnt a very hopeful thing.so many bonds around,just get this over n let me go home.all of us settle in the room next to audi.the names started.applause after each name.himanshu was called!!happy fr him.poor guy was takin it too hard .n then it happenned.abhinav jain.huh!!!!hoshang was besides me.i looked at him and grinned.applause.rushed behing himanshu.the sleepy feeling vanished.another chance .the clothes were crumpled n hair messy but what did they expect at 11:00 in the night.the interview was pretty ok but i caught his signal to his colleague as i was leaving and i felt that i was out.but still harbored a hope.the result was expected late in the nite so left fr home.quite reasonaable day.may my ordeal end the next day!!
took a bus today.went straight to hostel.jaggu's room.he was doin something in his almirah,turned around,made a sad face, n said " nahi hua yar..tera nahi hua".sighhhhhh....was expectin this.another cruel blow.trudged towards the college n phoned home to convey the news.low voices,sighs,quiet pauses.WIPRO n COGNIZANT today.aaj to ho jayeega yar.had enough.
WIPRO got here in the morning.the ppt said that they were too strict abt 70 % cutoff.what do i do?mine is arnd 69.3.asked bhatia,he told me to sit fr he test.total apti paper.lot of cheating around.was in the last row.written the percentage as 69.3 so if i get a call,they know that i dont have 70 %.
at around 11:00,the list is here.ive been called.gulli n osama congratulate me.im happy.call home.hope.adrenalin.a very long form.crappy questions.lounge in singla'a room n fill it up.PV stops by to say that singla is one of the few creamy studs left.singla hasnt been clearing many writtens.atleast,i have some guy to share my burden.the form done with.got into formals.a lotta talcum powder.GB is coordintaing the WIPRO iviews.got to the conference room with the dark glassed.lotta non coe ppl.nammo.arora.oli.the iviews r very techni. major c/c++.shit.im called in.these marks r below 70 abhinav!!!.explain the droppin funda.the guy walks back to the short ,dark lady .hushed talk.looking at me.ask me to wait outside.ppl looking at me with eyes as big as a golf ball.what happenned.ohh....its so close.....sigh.girish is here.comforts me.the lady walks out n asks back the form.i ask if there is any chance.NO.im not sad.im ANGRY.shit on ur face,u whore.cognizant is about to start its exam.oli advises me to appear fr it.says i have a sure chance witha a verry cat like paper.
i run towards the audi.flying tie.panting.rawat catches me in the lounge.takes me to bhatia's room.pv has blurted in the audi abt WIPRO.cogni ppl are livid.i cant go in.i walk out in the admin block.my mind isnt working.just get me outta here.namit is here.i let out my tale of woe.vinay tells me dat rawat is searching fr me.oli has got in.but im late now.pleasse rawat sir!he is scared of spoilin it further.i back out.the stairs below.lambu,lohan.i start sobbing.my file falls n all the papers fall out.to hell with them .oh goddddd.bunnu's room.i must get back on track.he convinces me to get this 69.XX shit outta my system.we calculate n the pntage is 70+ after dropping.we decide that this is it.he says that im doing too well in my mack cats.this placement funda doesnt deserve me.rite.to hell with these shit comps.im destined fr better thinz.go home.another comp tomm but im not coming back b4 monday.
bunnu calls up in the nite.himansu has got thru ST.4.6 lakhs.lucky chap.now im alone.
go to the hostel frm kakrola.jaggu's room.buunu is here.takes me away.my mock cat score is quite good.we decide that im appearing fr QUARK today.online paper.apti+techni.results are out too soon.i have the frst iview.conference room.its already dark.gora guy frst.techni iview.not too good.feel this slipping away.vasu then.this is ok.testing.sware lifecycle.puzzles.ok.outta here.ppl converge on me.uppal is just after me.hez done with later.we stroll outside.im feeling recharged after the hiatus.my third iview happens with vekiah naidu lool alike at arnd 10:30 in the nite.wierd iv.stupid questions about manholes,trees,bhp n my call rings midway.im giggling .nice old buddhau.ha ha ! we are asked to come back tommorow.dekhte hai.im too insensitive to hope anythin now.
morning.the room next to audi.not many guys.some guys can leave now.uppal.oli.im to stay.good.im called fr an HR iview with prerna kalra.pretty lady.very sweet n soft spoken.i give her such globe abt life n myself.im too satisfied.this can happen now.
6:00 in the evevning.we r seated in the audi.results are abt to be declared.manika is also here.quark is bekaar,she says.ohh..just get me this bekaar company god.
the team is here.on the stage.the names start.manik is in.he doesnt hear his name.i am excited.he luks at the stage.they repeat the name.hes happy.singla .a loud roar frm his hostel pals.saurabh jain.roar.sonu arora.girls whoop.im not coming.im on the edge of my seat.jaggu.congrats.another heartbreak fr me??no.
again??am i so bad.this cant be.a hii na..v a..i.n.WHAT? what dd id u say u oldy.abhinav jain.clear,crisp.have u ever released air frm a balloon by pricking it.it happenned to me.i dont know if this is true.manik tries to hi five me.i dont remember if a respond to it.namit shakes my hand.jaggu hugs me.it sinks.it has ended.we are on stage.rawat clicks a snap .ppl r hugging me.singla.thinless.we are called in the room by the QUARK guys.they ask us to ramp up sum subjects.naidu comments abt my lookin tense.i tell him that its just the relief after not gettin thru elsewhere!!.we r back in the audi.jaggu n manik call home.i too call home.SMS frm papa or gudiya.hostel.bunnu has left fr home.i drive home.we go out to plaza.bunnu calls.im happy.bcos more than me gettin a job,the ordeal is over.