Finished the 10k Midnight Marathon with thousands of other runners at KTPO, Bangalore on 15th December 2012. It was quite tough for me, but it was doable with lots of walking in between. Finished the race in 73 minutes. Though most of the times I felt people were just overtaking me, still I am glad that I could run the finish line 🙂 It was my first marathon and first ever medal in my life. Anyways this event was called Midnight Marathon which was sponsored my many companies and the specific race which I took part in was Target 10k. The Gold medal went to a person who finished the race in 31 minutes 36 seconds.
Every year, across the country, tens of thousands of Deloitte employees offer their time and talent to help make an impact on their local communities. The IMPACT DAY in Deloitte, Bangalore was observed on 23rd November this year. I personally think this is the time wherein we can spend some time with people and the environment around who/which directly/indirectly affect our daily routines. There were a number of threads (initiatives) to choose from which spanned activities like lake rejuvenation, attending schools, sapling plantation, etc. I chose sapling plantation as it had some physical work to be done and for a few other reasons. For me (an IT professional), an opportunity for some physical activity sounds like some happy news for the body. I am so glad that I was a part of this activity; not only did I plant saplings, but also drove a tractor for the first time.
Our activity was named Go Green for which 35 colleagues of mine had volunteered to plant around 150 saplings at Lowry Memorial School near the K R Puram Bridge. The 35 of us were divided into 7 groups, each named after a fruit and I was placed in the ‘Grapes’ team. Previously, in a meeting I had claimed that “I would make sure that my team plants most saplings at the event” and my junior had challenged me. Coincidentally, both of us fell under the same team! 😛 We reached the venue around 9.30 AM, had breakfast and with our gloves on, started the work. The tractor’s engine (as termed by one of my seniors) had been missing so we had to carry the heavy saplings ourselves all the way to our respective planting areas as assigned. I managed to carry 4 at a time but my junior took up 6 (which he regretted later). The heavy stuff we carried made the place seem farther. The holes where already dug by the BBMP people and we had to uncover the saplings, place it in the hole, fill in the mud and water it. After a while, the tractor was sent towards the planting area to distribute saplings, which made our work easy and left lot of our calories unburned. I remember one instance wherein a kid from the school asked if only planting trees was our job (I wish our job was as simple), I explained to the kid what it was like and then asked him and his friends to look after the plants and not to litter the place. During the activity, I had to struggle for some time as I ended poking a plant into my eye, which caused a little irritation. Here ended the planned part and so the fun time began.
The tractor’s engine which carried saplings had to go back and bring the tanker to water the plants. I hopped onto the tractor and never got down for quite a time. I and few others really enjoyed the bumpy ride, ducking when the electric lines came to execute us and escaping the trees which threatened to bruise us. I then jumped onto the water tanker and roamed around doing stunts on top of the tanker. As there were many who volunteered to water the plants, I just relaxed on the tanker helping the driver with directions. As we started watering, the Rain God joined too. We continued watering when the rains subsided. I and two others got a chance to drive the engine. As my senior spotted me taking the driving seat of a tractor for the first time in life, he became skeptical to get off the tractor. It was not as tough as I thought, but I drove only on a straight path as I dint want to jeopardize people’s lives there. As the tanker couldn’t move to all the planting areas and also due to the absence of a bucket, me and some of the ISU team used our skills to water by just carrying the pipe filled with water, passing the water through a broken Football goal post, etc. It was really fun and people there were happy to see us work with whatever was available. I guess that’s why we are called Engineers. Everyone did their part well; as a result we ended up planting within 2.5 hours. The plants had had their food but our tummies were growling. It was lunch time and there I, my senior and a junior were named the star performers of the day for working even in rain (which I enjoyed thoroughly). Surprisingly, my neck that used to hurt while in office, that day spared me even though I was hopping around most of the time (that’s why I sense these were happy hours for my body).
We just cleaned the area after lunch and few of them called it a day and a few others went back to the office to attend the closing ceremony. It was a fantastic day wherein we tried our best making an impact on our environment by planting trees in Bangalore where pollution is always on a roll. And for me, I had a very physical day, drove a tractor, played hammer throw with the trash bag, made some new friends and more importantly satisfied with the fact that I am giving something back to the community which has looked after me for years.
The nature of our future depends on the future of our nature. Save and plant trees.
The sadness of having just few days as break after college was all forgotten when I attended DELOITTE
s orientation program at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore. I had finished my curriculum on 15th of June and 27th was joining date. Was really very sad for only few days of hols. On 26th I shifted with my luggage to guest house provided by Deloitte, Elite Hibiscus at Kormangala. I was flabbergasted. So luxurious, just awesome. Am posting this using their Internet service itself 😉 Dint have much formals with me as I wore only casuals until now. Went to Brand factory. I realized how bad I was at selecting formals. Took so much time, selected, got stitched the pants and was already for the orientation program at ITC Gardenia the next day.
This was the day which would mark the start of my professional life. Welcome To Deloitte was a 3 day pgm. Laptop was the first thing handed over to us. Loving the laptop. There were numerous sessions regarding Deloitte s practices, culture, etc. Good that we were introduced briefly about Deloitte. The 268 freshers were divided into different tables. Had nice time interacting with new people. Breakfast and lunch were arranged at hotel itself. I wasnt comfortable with the breakfast as it had a western touch to it (Pastries, Muffins, Croissants, etc). But thoroughly enjoyed lunches. Exquisite. The hotel’s interior itself spoke for its beauty. It was a visual treat. Chandeliers were the ones which stood out. Wall garden added to the beauty. Got a glimpse of Virendar Sehwag at one of the restaurants. At the end of the pgm I was told that I will be working on SAP. That brought a smile on me.
I was interviewed and selected for Deloitte on 5th oct 2010. That day literally changed my life. If not any reason, I thought atleast for changing my life I should join Deloitte. Now after these three days, looking at their professionalism, culture, etc I really feel I made the right choice cuz this is what is missing in my life. I really need to work and improve on soft skills and I cant think of any other better place where I can evolve technically and professionally. The saying, Create your own brand/Deloitte was which I liked the most. Training starts from tomorrow and am eagerly looking forward to it. Had an amazing experience on these three days, a fantastic start for my career. As of now I am happy, I launched my career at Deloitte.
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