It was Class 9th trip, we(Class 9 of Loyola High School) had came down to Agumbe. We were at the sun set point, I could see a city from top. I asked my professor which is that place..? He replied, “It’s Udupi… A place that is different from any other place”
5th sem of Engineering:
Lazing around in my room was reading IEEE spectrum magazine(ya Vin you were my roomie), came across a section “Apple gonna release Leopard“. I was fascinated by looking at the Leopard OS Desktop picture. Wow, messaged couple of like minded people, went to college net and found out what Leopard is !!!
Stuck by Leopard UI, being a Comp Sci student was using pirated windows. Studied more bout Leopard UI and development tools available in Mac and I was fascinated on the possibilities.
6th sem of Engineering:
One of my senior said, “Dude, there is a Company called Robosoft Technologies in Udupi which works for Mac“… Wow, dream company to work for Me..??
7th sem of Engineering:
On placement board saw Robosoft coming down for placement in my college. This is it, went room, started preparing for it… Couple of calls and mails, got detailed info bout the company and started working for it.
Day of interview;
700 guys, pool campus..?? Is it possible to clear ?, brushed up basics, wore my best formals available and went for it…
End of the day, I cleared the interview. Got placed, only 11 had cleared… (Still can feel that rush, excitement and nervousness, finally did it bro… For Mac, for me, for career, for rock…)
End of Engineering: Aug 2007: D day…
Finally I was in the company on 01-Aug-07, as a fresher and a comp sci graduate was expecting a challenging job and working for Mac was a dream come true. As a trainee started with a guide(can’t take name to avoid issues).
This is where I learnt bout init and release of objects. Developing for Mac means, introduction to Cocoa. Which I did with love, learnt A, B and C of Cocoa. In mean time got ready for a real time project.
Once completing trainee projects, I was moved into a live project under a solid team. Which were known for their commitment and work. I just moved in as a junior developer, I think this was the best I ever expected in my professional career.
Now in life, builds, defects, issues were important. Was involved in to project, gave my 200 % for it so as to learn as much as possible. Coz, this is what I had dreamt for.
Under the senior’s guidance, I learnt a lot on how to handle issues, debugging, design and managing stuff.
Few left the project, task were assigned, more responsibility, more work…
Chance to prove myself..?? Slowly and steadily with Shashank(Thanks a ton for your immense support till now) we reached the milestones. Prasanna n Harsha were great help, leading us stage by stage.
I always got attached to my team. Under Srinidhi sir guidance, we achieved the max which was not possible without his help.
Apart from Career: My Udupi friends or Dhumshaan team…
Typically the day would start around 8 for me(it got changed depending on the project and other factors). Get dressed and have breakfast at Hotel Khushi. Khushi, our hangout for everything, breakfast, snacks and sometimes dinner.
From the past two years, still the taste, management, kindness has not changed. Thanks a ton, for bearing us…
Initially my roomie’s were Ram n Kiran(ya, kiran handi…). Bugged by our owner, we 3 lived different lives, but had great fun while coming to office. As it was far, we used to walk, sometimes rick… I and Ram used to travel in bus for Hubli(Dude, I remember the awesome ksrtc red bus trip with you, shrishail n me… Awesome dude…)…
I was involved in project, birthday’s came… Gifts rolled up, dad n mom’s visit with sis and cousins… They really had great time, Sis(Farheen, my younger sis) was beached every-time…
Then we moved to an another house with Kiran n Ram, with few weeks Ram moved out to Shrishail’s place… I still wonder why did he moved…?!!
Was working day and night, came the Bday, dad and mom got me a Honda Unicorn as a surprise gift. (Lost those photo’s as Kiran’s Windows system got crashed… Another reason to hate windows…)
Mom was worried bout my dinner and other stuff, Dad got me Unicorn from Gadag on his friend truck… Thanks a ton Dad, sorry you were much worried bout riding NH17.
Due to my friendship with Chetan I was introduced to avi, abhay, naveen and ramesh. Probably this is where everything changed…
Started pubbing as we had loads of time(sometimes I wonder what if we had saved money instead of shelling out for pubs, dude 2 years… Approximately we could have save some 30,000 really)
Then what, we have bike and friends… And weekends another plus point, started our Roadtrips…
Satish: The builder…
We were in our own world, then Satish joined us… Here my whole world changed, Satish one of the greatest stud I ever met. I don’t know how we became friends, we got so connected and Avi n others started calling me for dinner. Then to stay there at room, and weekends.
Once I was stuck with my build, working late without dinner. And I knew my friends were in downtown for pubbing, they called me many times, even messaged but was busy with work. Later at 2 in the morning I got a call from office security “Some one came to meet you”, I went out and saw Avi with dinner for me. (Love you lots dude, I was moved…)
Then came the new year, partied like hell on that day, dance, booze and booze, fag etc…
Started going to Cock’s n Mock’s a really nice place to hang out and chicks..?? Don’t ask bro…
We started to stay awake until in the morning talking bout anything we liked to talk.
For my friends I became, event manager, party manager, Jamaal, Psycho, Dude and lot more. I just loved each and every bit.
Visited Bekal fort couple of times, nice place to be around.
Work came, some got fired, some got promoted, for every situation we were united.
Satish, Chetan went, we carried ourselves. By this time Lenin joined us, ya my chinki room mate. A good cook, great guy and a kameena saala…
During this time we were still under 2 years bond, started to count remaining days(I remember keeping a sticky to track remaining days). As for that day we working like hell, finally the day came. 2 years completed, it was a big achievement for it. We partied again like hell. This time, we started to work for the weekends.
Looking to pass the weekday, come weekend and we are in our form to chill out. We tried “EDGE“, “ENIGMA“, “COCK’s n MOCK’s“, “DT‘, “DOWNTOWN” and other so called bars in a period of few months… Dude, how did we do that..??
Once I was playing Guitar at Naveen’s room(had loved guitar from 3rd sem dint had chance to buy one… I don’t know what is “savings”), Naveen said “Dude, we will got to Mangalore and get a guitar for you, I will sponsor”… Wow, initially I hesitated, later it was naveen who came forward and finally next day went to Mang and got a guitar. Naveen, thanks a ton dude(I have not given money till now, gonna pay that amount today :))…
You should have seen my excitement, ask Naveen for more details(Dude, thanks a lot… I owe you…)
Our weekend stint’s continued I became a Metal head after watching KRYTPOS performance in SJCE, Mysore.
Got addicted to Facebook.
While roaming in Manipal came across “The Big Gig” rockshow in Manipal, I decided I wanted to attended the Gig, finally I, Naveen n Lenin attended that. Wow, I was introduced to “eXiled band” later turned myself into a metal head. Attended other rock shows with love, “Battle of bands“, “Enigma Gig” all followed. (Missed that Motherjane, I still regret it )
I finally decided to resign from here, as I got a great offer in Bangalore.
As I thought I wanted to move out of my comfort zone, wanna learn more, do something. My friends got their diwali gift when I said about the offer, I got. You should have seen their excitement.
Dude, gonna miss everything. By this time, someone suggested Goa trip before I leave Udupi, Then came the Cylone Phylan, we were determined to do Goa trip. Had few issues while going, finally we decided and went for Goa by saying Go Go Goa… And came back with BURNT SKIN.
Damn, that is the one of the best thing ever happened to me… Abhay we did it dude, we did it…
Probably I may have missed something here, running out of time… Whatever came in my mind I have just wrote here…
So this is me, writing the whole summary of the stay in Udupi. Where I was transformed from a fresher to a software professional, a young a lad to a person. In short, this is me…
List of Things I am gonna miss like hell:
Abhay’s smile, Naveen’s hair, Shrishail’s pint, Mithun’s guitar (great support and a guide for me, like a big bro), Lenin’s boxer, Shaanib’s support with his PJ’s, Yellappa’s smile, Ram’s support, Ramesh’s mobile, Shashank’s support, Harsha’s defects, Tea breaks for cig’s, drinking tea n cig’s at outside of Khushi, Aishwarya bar, Santhekatte tea after dinner, Ashirwad theatre, 7 bee’s burger, City buses, God damn Express buses, NH 17, Pisces food, Shantisagar, Allwyn bakery’s cakes, road side paani puri’s, BIG BAZAAR, mangalore trips after salary credited, Bharat mall for movies, beach, Malpe harbour, Kapu, end point, burn out, cock’s n mock’s, CCD, late night walk in manipal, cops, PRIMUS, Levi’s, Somanna, Marvanthe beach, Goa trip, Smoke, Cloud Computing, Blue waters, Hot n Spicy
Final list: Downtown, Downtown, Downtown… I wanna go downtown now now, I wanna be at Downtown now now…(Akon’s right now song in our style)
Udupi Gallery: Lost few snaps, thanks a lot windows…