Job Nostalgia

The below email which you are about to read was sent a year back (Yay, it’s the anniversary day), It’s my sign off mail from Cognizant Technology Solutions. Why am I sharing it here? Because most of my CTS friends still think I work at Cognizant. (I am sorry guys, I missed a lot of folks while sending the email)

It’s just to make them aware of the scenario. In case, if you have already read it, you can just close the browser tab 🙂 I wouldn’t mind.


Subject: I’ll be back :$

(Dead) Body:

Yeah you guys guessed it right, today’s my D-Day in Cognizant and my journey here with Cognizant has come to an end. I still remember the day I got the offer letter from CTS. I felt like I’m the king of the world. I was one of the very few guys from our college who got placed.

When I joined CTS, I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m out of bubblegum. So that’s why I am resigning – You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

From my college days, I was passionate about Software Development and I wanted to be in it. At the time of our induction in MEPZ, Chennai I was praying to be nominated for Testing and not Development (which I am still wondering why). And the devil answered my call. My mother always said, life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. And I got into testing. My training days started in ASV Suntech Park. Training days were fun, just like old times. These I would say were the best days of Cognizant and will be always cherished deep in my memories.

Quick side note @Chennai Roommates, CHN11TA032 batch and batch owner – I had one hell-of-a-time.

The Travelers Indemnity Company was my first business unit. When I joined Travelers, I was dumb, stupid and what not. I had no idea about how things work in IT (Testing specifically).Like all other freshers, I started hearing that myth in the BU about the 1st bucket (top rating) – “In any fight, it’s the guy who is willing to die who is gonna win that inch” That means there should not be any margin of error. And I so wanted it. I changed my motto for it – “Do, or do not. There is no try” And I started working my ass off. By this time, I had completed a year in CTS and it was time for my first Appraisal discussion.

Manager – You’re in no position to disagree with me, boy. I got a loaded .45 here. You got pimples. Now, get off my plane!”

Post appraisal discussion: I was like – “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

I wish I knew how to quit. I was still in the pursuit of that 1st Bucket – My Precious, hoping that I would score next time. As you know, hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man crazy.

Meanwhile, I made some awesome friends in Development. I always Kept the testers close, but the developers closer. They always helped me to understand the Inside Job of the application. At times I even had fights with them but all for good – “In Switzerland, they had brotherly love and 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” It’s always good to have some constructive arguments.

Man, this is getting boring, let’s jump a year ahead. It’s time for my 2nd appraisal discussion. “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore. You got the wrong guy; I’m the Dude, man.”. People who know me know that I am a short tempered guy. But I was impressed by the way I handled the entire situation. When I’m good, I’m good, but when I’m bad, I’m even better. And I proved it.

More or less it was the end of a remarkable journey for me in Travelers. It will always have a special place in my Resume for all the tips and tricks I have learnt from the Traveleerians (For people who still think that I fought my way out of Travelers, you are wrong, I didn’t fight with the manager or the lead regarding my rating or promotion. I just had some awesome discussion)

Quick side note @CAMS & Express Test team, Dev team and BA (including managers and leads) – You guys are the best. I will miss you guys.

It was time for me to explore some uncharted territory and thus I hop into Huawei. Another nice mess I’ve gotten into! Just to explain Huawei culture in a line “There is no difference between day and night. They always work.” And with respect to Chinese people in Huawei, I didn’t understand a single word coming out of their mouth. I was guessing it all the time.

I had a short tenure with Huawei, 7-8 months approx. But I would miss the stand-up meetings we had in Leela palace. That was the most fun I’ve ever had without laughing. People used to fight like kids and it was entertaining as hell. The best thing about Huawei were the outings. Drinks were on the house – “Thank you, sir! May I have another! Shaken, not stirred”. Oh, now you are interested. But let’s not get into the detail. >>Let’s fast forward a bit>>

Quick side note @Huawei  tea/sutta gang – I miss you guys too. (I am a little teary eyed now 😛 by the way, I am not drunk)

It was time for the third appraisal. Frankly, my dear, I didn’t give a damn. And the irony was I got “My precious”. But this time I thought I didn’t deserve it and I should move on.  So I moved on.

I had some amazing memories and experiences with Cognizant. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it. And I always go for the 2nd option. I am and always will be grateful for all your love and respect that I didn’t deserve but always needed. And still after reading all this BULLSHIT if you wish to contact me, please go ahead. Make my day. I am always reachable at *******657 or

Hasta la vista, baby. See you in Hell.


P.S. Aah, I wasn’t sleepy yesterday so this is the by-product of my insomnia. Regarding the subject – I’ll be back, I was kidding 😛


It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.

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59 thoughts on “Job Nostalgia

    1. Hey Mithai, that’s a sweet name 🙂 You can call it challenging if you want. Every team, every project, every company is going to offer you a set of challenges which you have never faced before (unless you are a veteran). You will be continuously challenged by – Technology, Requirement, Environment, People…I can just go on. Life in IT can be anything but Monotonous! I don’t think that’s the right word 😀 I am still in IT, I have just taken a switch from Cognizant to Wells Fargo 🙂


      1. Haha, to answer your question – “When I joined CTS, I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m out of bubblegum. So that’s why I am resigning”

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  1. Was that your last day mail? 😀 your colleagues must have gone through nostalgia too reading thru that 😀
    It’s so weird that the company decides whether we should be devs or testers.
    Like, “I deem you to be… a Developer!” and the decision gets accept as you are just a cheeky new joinee and then you tag urself as just that, “I’m a Dev 😎 “.
    You moved into another company ? or broke out of IT? 😛

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  2. That’s a phenomenal elucidation of the voyage you had !! Gotta say you got a brilliant imagination and a retrospective dimension of thoughts ..!

    ****Thinking to write is a hard job, harder is to think what to write about ! ****

    Way to go my blogger friend !~ 🙂

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