Saikat Mukherjee

Now I ask my name….which I found at first in my way… –A sweet smell of desire…… it has things to say.

Category: Tata Consultancy Services

The ILP Phase

When I entered TCS on 26th of September 2011,it was the working plcae for me,that means professional area,no more friends,here it is colleagues. But I proved it wrong,rather we 33people of our room proved it wrong. We became a big family,some with very good nature,some used to create nuisance,and that was what made the atmosphere a total college sort of. From no was it looked like a office. As is we are in college and are being paid for that. A sir told this phase as “paid honeymoon” . I could not find any similarity with honeymoon though πŸ˜‰ ..but a paid college life. Even in college there was a little bit of pressure for exams,here it was zero,only we had to tag ourselves with the TCS id card. Amongst 33 persons there were hardly 15 bengali boys of our college and the others were from Orissa. They are very nice people and very much helpful indeed. We have become very good friends,like satyajit patra(baba),sitanshu(guddu),rohit mohanty,siddharth sankar mishra,sandeep nanda(shondo),sourav das(buro πŸ˜€ ),sarthak das and many more πŸ™‚
This was the itroduction part. Our classroom was full of boys,and only boys. The beside ours was full of girls,and only girls. On that female room( πŸ˜› ) chicken pox started to spread,don’t know who was the root. Slowily but steadily eleven girls was attacked with chicken pox,and they were the most unfortunate because they got their ILP discontinued. We were in a panic zone,and a unlucky guy of our class got attacked with chicken pox,and had his ILP discontinued. Otherwise all were okay with their health except a bit of sneezing and coughing,coughing specialist Sourav Das,called BURA,the old man,but he dances well,and his old bones can bear his jumpings and pumpings. The girlish boy(?) Mr. Sandipan Kundu was the most famous boy of our class,and a blind in lord gobindo(krishna,you know). Once I told him “gobindor bhai hoyechhe” that means “gobindo has a got a newly born brother”. Baba had his own prabachans, I can’t say that here,sorry!!
The most important and the funniest part of our ILP was Mr. Pinky(our technical lead/our sir),he is a very good person,very well behaved and good by heart person,we K2 people love him a lot. He is called pinky because of his attitude which makes doubt about his gender. I can’t express those by words,those were just awesome to copy!! I and sandipan was pro at it! And otherwise it was Guddu’s role to imitate others.
will be continued….


The Lord’s Story

Yes,it’s the Lord’s story. No,I am not talking about the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London,I am talking about the Lord’s building of TCS in Kolkata. We are now Trainee in TCS,and our training is being done at the Vishnu Tower of CMC limited,which is a 15minutes walk from the main three buildings of TCS. The name of those buildings are Lord’s,Wanderers and Eden. πŸ™‚ Lord’s and Eden are the high security buildings. Wanderers is only for an awesome canteen,an auditorium and a library. Now on 25th Oct,2011 we three friends,I ,SRG, and Mrinal(SRG and Mrinal are from Electronics and Communication Engineering Department)had our lunch and decided to go to Lord’s to have ID card holders from TCS,because on the previous day I had got informed that they provide the card holders from the ‘Despatch’ of 2nd floor of Lord’s building.
Now before leaving our training centre for lunch,I told SRG not to take the his bag,but he took it for a important blue file,I also took the opportunity and landed my blue file into his bag,but I didn’t take my bag πŸ™‚ .
When we entered Lord’s,there was security checking,that’s whoever bring baggage those will be scanned under a X-ray scanner. In SRG’s bag they found something unusual,that is which can’t be allowed to take in. That was an USB pendrive,he had to keep that on the security desk. Then we went to the 2nd floor. But we couldn’t enter the main area,because we had to punch our ID card on the punching machine machine available at each door,so through the small glass window door I called a person from inside,he opened the door for us,and directed us where o go for the ‘Despatch’. When we were going through the office ,that means both side of our walking lane the works were going on,and the level of security was too much! on each of the door there is a security locking system. Actually we didn’t punch our card on the main doors because we were not supposed to enter that building punching our cards,so we might have got a ‘show cause’ email. Actually we were lost in the building πŸ˜› πŸ˜€
We were not being able to find our way to get down. Atlast a sweeper helped us and got down,on that security table where SRG’s pendrive was captured. They told that had been sent to the administrator! That meant that was an official issue,a totally official process would be there to get the pendrive. We again went to 2nd floor for the admin,and he said that would be sent to the ISM(Information Security Managemenet),and then may be after two more steps he might get his pendrive,not taking the pendrive would be a better option πŸ˜€ .
Anyway the atmosphere inside is tremendous,you are walking through the corridor and on the both sides there are glass walls,and behind that some people with their cubicles(personal area,means personal table,with two side covered,with a computer and phone ,and own desk,and locker.)And on the corridor there is a pin drop silence,an awesome environment. Then atlast we came down with some adventurousΒ  experience with our future office,and rushed back to our training centre because there was only 10mins left with our lunch break.


Kolkata TCS….1

I was waiting sadly to go to Hyderabad,and was counting my days! Suddenly TCS started rescheduling our dates of ILP( I had mentioned in my earlier post what ILP stands for). Some of us whose Joining date was 13/10/2011,was changed to 10th of October,and this was a real harassment for them. Suddenly on 7th of september one of my friend called me and told that some were being rescheduled to Kolkata,I confirmed it on 8th september that many people’s date had been changed to 28th September,and place Kolkata! I got totally mad, and when I came back home I didn’t find myself that lucky!! I and one of my departmental friend were cursing TCS,the whole night I was thinking how unlucky I was!! And was very much upset for ‘us’ ( ‘us’ refers to me and someone). On the very next day I woke up at 11am and before getting fresh I opened Facebook,because facebook gives many important news. So being frustrated about my luck I opened facebook,and saw that someone had written that her ILP had been rescheduled to Kolkata on 26th September,and many other were commenting and acknowledging. I got too much excited and opened our TCS portal,and saw my ILP had also been rescheduled to Kolkata and joining on 26th september!! I got mad again in happiness,in excitement,specially when I thought that she would be very much happy I was kissing my luck,and without wasting any time I informed her,she was very much happy and shared that with a risky person,that is her mother πŸ™‚
This is how my luck is getting back everytime,and we are loving it !! πŸ™‚

Before Joining TCS

I was selected in TCS on 31st december,2010.Β  And was waiting for the date to join,atleast I was eagerly waiting for my joining letter to come. We were hearing that TCS had given joining letters to some colleges and that time was on April,2011. On 26th July,2011 some of our college mates of various departments got their Joining Letter,their joining date was given on 17th october in Ahmedabad.We were astonished that the rests did not get on the same date. What we could do was only to wait. We waited and got a comparatively better result πŸ˜‰ . We got our joining letter on 2nd august,and joining date was 13th october in Hyderabad. So we were very glad and could not suppress our excitement so some of us created several groups in facebook on ILP at Hyderabad.(NOTE:ILP is Initial Learning Program). And several students,several opinion,someone is giving data related to TCS. Many of us are concerned about the legal documents we need to made. So overall a busy and interesting month is ahead of us. And I am just amazed after seeing the buildings of TCS,gigantic buildings…so fabulous they are! The buildings are just awesome! I am just counting days now. But in other side of mine I don’t want to leave Kolkata,because I have to leave my heart away from me for some days. I don’t know how it would be possible! But I know that my heart will always support me to live,to stand steady. If “you” are reading this understand what I meant. And now 5 important documentations I have to make-service agreement,surety verification form,Affidavit/Notarized undertaking,medical fitness certificate and Background Check Verification. So a lot of time is needed to be given for these stuffs. People are concerned with ASPIRE mail also,I am not even bothered by that(NOTE:ASPIRE is Pre-ILP learning,nothing much).
When on 2nd august I got my Joining Letter I told my father and immediately we checked for train and plane tickets in the internet. AC berth in Falaknama and Eastcoast express were not available,so we decided why not try flight,hope fully if everything remains in my favour my first flight journey will become successfull on 12th October. The place where my ILP center is Nanakramguda village,Serilingampalli Mandal,R.R District. Names are funny really,and 12 to 15Km away from airport, My parents are also going with me,because we have the habit of living together,so they are not enjoying my new journey at all πŸ˜› . I also may have some difficulty in living without them. We had seen some pictures of our will be residence at Hyderabad, and I am impressed. The thing to be concernedΒ  about is the fooding. So I will not take risk, I will learn cooking. Some one has said me that I will be guided when I will cook. πŸ™‚
What?? No more for this post. Many more about TCS and The one who will be guiding me in my cooking will be coming soon. Have patience…patience πŸ˜‰

Before TCS…

I am just writing about a subject,which I never thought to write. I was giving my 7th semester exam,at completion of the last day of exam,we went outside of the college,and felt the coldness outside,it was too cold outside,cold wind was blowing and was not a big problem for me,I was inside my jacket,but my two friends D.K and Nilesh was wearing less,only a half sweater and dk only a full shirt,so they were in a condition of being freezed! And with the shit fate,the tea stall was closed. Anyway,we were sitting outside in the cold on the stairs of those shops. And I was cherishing the cold,infact.
Anyway at the time to return D.K told me to read well for the upcoming campus drive of TCS(Tata Consultancy Services). I am too much careless about this job thing,I have never cared to get a good job,I have never desired actually.
More over for this IT companies knowledges on programming languages like C,C++ etc are quite necessary, and I have almost zero knowledge on those. Not a big in Electrical too though πŸ™‚ .
I took this interview matter too lightly,intentionally. After some 2 or 3 days we came to know that TCS was coming on 28th december,2010 at Techno India(TIG) Saltlake for the all Techno India Colleges. And NSEC is the main of them. We have a reputation for TCS, like TCS likes mass recruitment from our college! I was totally indifferent in all those. DK told me that for our college 75% both in madhyamik and H.S and a GPA of 7.5 is what we require for direct interview.I had it! and failing this criteria would lead one to sit for the aptitude test to be eligible for the interview,which was to be held on 30th december,2010 at TIG Saltlake. Okay,I had nothing to prove there,because I was totally indifferent unlike the other students,everyone was just swallowing the C,or Data structure for this interview,they were desperate to crack the job. And I was as cool as ever,because I knew that I would not be able to answer computer science based questions,so trying for only 3 or 4days would have certainly gone to vain.and in electrical subjects,not the same but I was in a fairly bad condition. So on 28th we were to submit resume(C.V),and the properly filled up application form of TCS. I did it quite efficiently πŸ™‚ .
Then suddenly I started suffering due to stomach illness,I was almost deciding against the interview,but father was ferocious,his words were “you go,you don’t have to perform well,but let you face such situation for the very first time in your life,you just gain some experience”. I was totally in a negative mood,two of my friends and Nads(bonu) were also encouraging me to go to the interview.
Actually I had nothing to lose, the worst thing that could have happened was me not selected for the job. But happened the opposite!
I went there like a walk in the park! I was without any suit or tie,I was in my style,but obviously wearing a very nice formal wear. We were waiting in the class rooms for atleast of two hours,then after 11:30 it was the time to crack. In the first round of the interview almost 60 names were called,I was in there,I was the first one from the electrical department,I was not expecting my name for the very first round. Everyone was patting on my shoulder,at that moment a bit of nervousness caught me! Then in no time I made myself realized why so!! They were not going to kill me or make me out of the college,worst thing could have happened was not getting the job,and that was not going to upset me in anyway!
Those 60 candidates were led by a TCS employee who took us to sit in a place just after the entrance,in the both side of that place there were two big halls.From the left one I was called for the interview.I entered and there was almost 24 to 30 students who were being interviewed in a 1:1 ratio,students and employee respectively. Inside the hall there were 4 waiting chairs,I was sitting on one of these. After 5mins I was called by a young man(lower grade employee may be) with my filled up form in his hand. He took me to a table where he kept the form and told me to sit,I was standing till the interviewer took his seat. I sat with his permission. He was a very nice middle aged guy,one can describe his simplicity from his face. I was very politely asked some nominal questions,some H.R type(very common),and I cleverly didn’t express any knowledge on C programming in my C.V unlike others,so that I he could not prove me wrong, he never looked dissatisfied with my answer, very interesting guy,with positive attitude towards candidates,and may be I was benefited more because I was the first person to him who was to be interviewed. I don’t know how I was so cool there,as if like nothing was happening,that was may be due to his attitude towards me. His reactions after every answer and my answers also satisfied me too much. A maximum of 15 minutes I was interviewed.Finally he looked damn satisfied,and said “ok Saikat,I am done”. I firmly shook his hand,in a gentle manner,and asked him whether I could leave the room or not! And moreover his behaviour and support was too much encouraging. I left the room in style,and then went upwards to share those moments with my friends,they were looking to be in a huge pressure πŸ™‚ .
I left the college and called my father and said how nice the experience I had had.
will be continued….