Saturday, January 31, 2009

The week that was.

The big launch... The new campaign... New learning... Frantic phone calls... You name it... I experienced them all in this last week of the month... Phew... Glad we made it!

My first involvement with the campaign began four or five months ago... Along with my other team members we prepared the media plan... Once it was sent to the client... We thought... Rather I thought! Well that's it... This is nothing big... But... (As always, there is always a 'but'. I know it sounds cliched) I was wrong! In the meanwhile, I lost interest in the new product that the client is planning to launch...

Till late December I realised how important the new campaign is... Then I started getting my thoughts back again... It's wake up time. Everyone had something or the other to do... We were never free till the tasks are completed.

Finally, when all is said and done; we deserved all the appreciation we got :)

I really enjoyed what I did and went through and it was quite a learning for me even though I had been here in the last two years... Of course there were other lessons learned but this new launch has the biggest impact in my life... And I pray that I come across more learning in the time to come.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pyar Ke Pal

Two years back... Just before I left Bangalore to join my first job... The only song that rings in my mind was "Pal" by KK. One of my classmates and close friend Vic, had recorded a video of the whole batch with the song as the background...

Hum, rahen ya na rahen kal
Kal yaad aayenge ye pal
Pal, ye hain pyar ke pal
Chal, aa mere sang chal
Chal, soche kya
Chhoti si, hai zindagi
Kal, mil jaaye to hogi khush-naseeb

Then, we were a very close knitted batch and used to mails one another when we would be away from College for the internships... Those days were fun.

Now... We hardly have the time to talk to each other except on g talk, texts and once in a while phone calls...

Today, while sitting in the office and completing my first Instruction Documents for the day... The same song was playing on my media player... Reminiscing those college days and brought back fond memories of the College, Teachers and each and everyone in my Class...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Outfit let down.

The first time I get to go to a client's meeting by myself... I was quite nervous and excited at the same time.

My ex-boss always insisted that we wear formals to work... I always do that... Like for everyone else in the advertising industry we're allowed to be in our casuals every Friday.

Well... Yesterday, I was too lazy to iron my clothes and slipped on my t-shirt and jeans. I was sitting pretty in the office doing my work and sipping my coffee...

At exactly 11.15 am, my phone rang and it was my client asking me to be present for a meeting with one of the publishers.

Alarmed! I didn't even have time to react... I took a chance and went there for the meeting... Everyone was in their formals... I was the odd one out... I was so embarrassed I couldn't utter a single word...

I decided that from today onwards I'll not wear casuals on weekdays... What a let down?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Embarrass. No! I'm Thankful.

Well... Some might think it's a funny incident... But to me... It's scary... It's been more than three years since I met with an accident but I still haven't got over the fear...

I never had any problems crossing the roads by myself back home... I guess 'cause it's a very small city... Where I am right now... I can't even think of doing that on my own... To leave home is such a pain... I have to take an auto rickshaw from right in front of the house... Even if the directions are on opposite sides I'll still ask the auto driver to come to where am standing.

Everyday the auto drivers in front of my house would drop me right in front of the office, so I don't need to cross the road. But today, I was stuck!

I had to go for a meeting to the client's office and the auto was standing right opposite... There were very few cars initially from both sides of the road... When I was about to cross, there were more cars coming in the way... I was furious... I couldn't cross... I waited for at least five minutes and I needed to be at the meeting at 11.30 am sharp!

With the time ticking... I was nervous. "What if I am late for the meeting?" "What if they think am unpunctual?"... While these thoughts ran in my head... Somebody across the road, took my hand and helped me cross the road!

Finally! Guess who helped me? It was embarrassing for me but I'm thankful to the auto driver who helped me crossed the road and helped me reach the destination two minutes prior to the meeting. What a start!

Just Us.

I don't remember when was the last time I was really myself? Hmmm... I wondered if this is really happening again? Well, finally it did!

More than six months... Just phone calls and text messages... We decided to meet on 31 December 08... We never did! We were all caught up with work...

Finally, we met on 17 January 09... The best time of my life! Never felt more at home and relaxed. There were the four of us and Damien was our host that day. The food, the drinks and the stories we all had for the time we didn't meet were shared.

The whole time was spent eating, chatting and more drinking... We didn't have any TV to watch or music system... Not that we need any... The entertainment as always is my cousin... What more? He can't stop talking... At least one of us had more energy than anyone.

By the time we went to sleep it was almost dawn... All of us woke up by 8 am and had a little breakfast and by noon the drinking sessions continued... We talked about life, work and our boy friends and girl friends... What a session it was... Before coming back to Chennai, we visited Su's new place... It's so warm and cute...

Reality hit me again when I reached the bus stand and I will always cherish the time we all spent together till we meet again...