I got the news on the 13th. A whitepaper that I had submitted as part of the company’s tech fest had been selected for presenting in the final round, and I would have to fly to
I called my friend Bhavana from the gate. She came to “welcome” me as she had promised earlier (I had never met her before then, though we chat every day). After meeting her, I called Amit, who was my college friend, as well as my training batch batchmate in Chennai. I also called Sonali, another batchmate who was completing one year with me. She suggested that we have lunch together. Soon, with the amazing enthusiasm that girls have for organizing such things, she was sending mails to all our batchmates in
Lunch was fun. There was Nisha,
After lunch, I went to the paper presentation, where soon my friends joined me. I don’t believe in thanking friends for what they do. But I must say, I was deeply moved by the way Abhishake traveled from another office 12 km away to attend my presentation, or the way Rajan came from another office to meet me. My other friends also took time out from their busy schedules to attend my presentation. Bhavana could not attend the presentation, but she and Rajan attended the prize distribution ceremony. They were cheering me when I got the second prize. It was an MP3 player, along with a certificate and a memento. The only mistake I made was that I forgot to take a single photo of Bhavana or Rajan. I realised this when Bhavana reminded me after I returned to Hyderabad.
Next I checked into the guest house, changed into more comfortable clothes, and went to Amit’s cubicle again. I spent the evening with Amit, and then had dinner with him where Bhavana also accompanied us. After they were gone I wandered alone all over the campus and took photos, before returning to the guest house to sleep.
Next day early morning I reached the airport in a cab. The flight was a little late, and it was a bit bumpy too as it was a small plane. After reaching
Really, life is full of pleasant surprises.