“Your son is born in special cosmic union” Those were the words of an astrologer. I was born on 10th of the months, 10th of the day and at 10 pm in the night J I was born on TEN-TEN. Initially my parents name me AKSHAY but with the decreasing stardom of akshay kumar and on the insistence of an astrologer, they changed my name to Prateek . I am the symbol of their love and affection.
Growing around with cousins in a joint family as its own perks .You can have you own small cricket team. I spent my childhood playing cricket in our backyard with our new own set of rules such as breaking glass or hitting outside the house or hitting the cooler was considered out .
I spent my childhood glued in front of the television watching Goku fighting the ___, Shaktiman trying to defeat evil, Tom trying to catch jerry , batman eradicating crime from the streets of Gotham city ,or my favourite spider man spinning the web and kissing the beautiful Merry James.
I grew up as an ideal younger brother; we show our love to each other by fighting with or without any reason. We fought with broom stick, pillow, and cricket bat. Once out of vengeance, I drew Star, Moon, and skeleton on her face with marker.
I was always a studious and intelligent kid. Let me share with you a secret “I always try to copy in my exam despite the fact that I already know the answers.” As a kid I developed a superstition that if I copy even a single word, I will score good marks. Superstition makes you blind and naive.
10th board came , My parents started giving me incentive “10th board will decide your future, score good marks we will buy you a new GI JO set “ Believe or not , I had the best collection of GI Jo .
I did score good marks and was sent to Kota to achieve my aspiration of getting admission in IIT’s. Apart from studying, I did everything in Kota bunked classes, watched late night movies in theatre and off course had my first crush and first heart break simultaneouslyJ. I left Kota and went back to Udaipur.
Again my parents said “Study hard, else you won’t get admission in a good engineering college”.
My destiny took me to Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore. It started with a ragging session and exciting hostel where every day use to a new day with new story floating around. Unlike my peers who used to study a night before exam, I use to study every day making notes in the library. I was known for knowing every female in the college, being a culture secretary as its own benefits. I spent majority of time in canteen rather than attending class, I developed proficiency in giving multiple proxy which benefitted me in Mysore training, I copied in every internal with the help of laser Xerox, I stole my Internal books from The Head of Department Table. Four years went away with a blink of an eye. Life is funny, I use to hate college but now I would give anything to re-live my college days.
Soon my hard work paid off and I got placed in Infosys. Infosys Journey began with breath taking Mysore campus and the grilling training period and new enemy, Dev Square. I use to preserve my sanity by increasing the revenue of Purple Haze or going out a new restaurant. Old habits die hard, I gave proxy in Mysore training, never attended even single day of Post training period and copied the entire Post project .The biggest shock of my life came when I saw my posting as Chennai DC. I was devastated and grumbled about the unfair Infosys. After my cribbing ended, I told to myself ‘Chennai won’t be that bad’ but I was wrong it was worst. Humidity added salt to my wounds. After 1 year of perspiration and struggle, I was transferred to Pune DC.
TO BE CONTINUED!