Posted by: Sreejith | December 6, 2007

Making the move

Someone wise once said, ‘you can only put 6 bullets in a revolver’. Obviously our 70’s heroes hadn’t heard this line or were using very advanced revolvers. But the folks at my office were the aware kind. Once they realized that employees were getting uncomfortably close to each other because of lack of space, they decided to move us to a larger office. After months and months of deliberation which is pretty quick by large companies standards(it does have 312K employees), the decision was made to move us Analytics folks to the end of Bangalore. Its a different matter all together that by the time we finally moved last weekend, Bangalore had expanded and the Outer Ring Road is now very much a part of the city!

So we packed our desks and said goodbyes to the all the colorful friends in the call centre and moved. The huge downside of the move is that now i can no longer gloat about the phenomenal sex ratio at the office. Earlier when the M$ and Oracle folks boasted of all the goodies they get at work and my Yahoo roommate talks about their foosball table, all i used to say was ‘sex ratio’ and they would gracefully accept defeat. But in one swoosh the sex ratio at my office dropped from “a few thousand ladies : a few hundred guys” to “a handful of ladies : a few hundred guys“!! So now i no longer discuss work with friends!

But then the upside of it all is that i now no longer have to cross the dreaded SilkBoard junction and i don’t need to wrestle through Bannerghatta Road’s traffic. I now literally fly on the Outer Ring Road and my commute time is a measly 10 minutes! Never did i think that 8kms can be done in 10 minutes in Bangalore! I do encounter a different kind of rush everyday… the ‘what a rush’ kind πŸ™‚

And yes. I am one of those who have to say “E4” when people at my table at lunch say ‘lets make a move’!

Psst : The Scorpions are playing in Bangalore on the 16th of December! The usual Palace Grounds. You can buy tickets on BookMyShow!! Winds of Change…. here i come!

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Responses

  1. hey the first guy! gimme five … man, i hve never worked where the girl ratio was higher…i wonder how tht is..does being a minority make u attractive? jeez, i need to get a job in women only place…well, they wud probably think iam gay or something…my luck sucks

  2. ooga booga zorph phoom

  3. Hey sreejith.
    yep. u can never think of getting someplace in bangalore in 10mins. to work??? never. But now i come to office in 5mins. I stay at hsr !!

    we work at the same place ! πŸ˜€

  4. Hello Sreejith, can this post be used for Blog Talk??
    Am frm Bangalore Mirror

  5. πŸ˜• you managed to related “6 bullets in a gun” to moving !

  6. I need to get back to CS… the E4 took time to compile 😦

    and did you say something about the sex-ratio at your company πŸ˜‰

  7. no no..scorpions on 16th!!!….and I am coming back to Blore on 16th night…damn!!!!….n a couple of weeks back I was actually checkin their schedules to see if they were playin in Blore..donno how i missed it…:(:(

  8. Another change… Blow with it.

    What’s E4? (Is that a really stupid question?)

  9. Can’t believe that you can go from one place to another in Banglore at that pace. The last time I was in Banglore, I was shocked at the near standstill traffic.

    As for the sex ratio, there is an old saying, something about ‘quality over quantity.” So, instead of joining in your misery as you watch the decline in sex ratio around you, I implore you to look at the brighter side and tell me – are they prettier?

    Can’t believe Scorpions is coming man. The last time I was in Banglore was for the Maiden concert.

  10. From bullets to a dream commute πŸ™‚ Amazing. All guys want more girls in their department but still prefer working with a guy ??? !!!

  11. of E4 was to refer to CS?? I thought it referred to a move in a chess game .. u know .. the pawn in front of the king moves two steps ahead .. the general first move in chess πŸ˜›

  12. talk of “black tongue” .. there was total traffic jam today on the outer ring road .. took me 25 mins to cover 3 kms .. ( wat usually takes wink of an eye usually πŸ™‚ )

    poor sex – ratio .. is it the same story everywhere? 😦

  13. poor thing…one of the major motivations (read sex-ratio) doesnt apply any more to u πŸ˜›

  14. I must say after reading your blog post and then reading comments, I am in a good mood because we worry about the same thing.

    You guys worry about more girls! In my office, we girls crib about QUALITY guys!!

    I agree with the guy who said quality over quantity!!!! πŸ˜‰

  15. and btw… did you notice the amount of response you got over two highly discussed topics of bangalore:

    quality of girls/guys (depending on which side of fence you are)

    and

    traffic!!

  16. Tys, high five!! am i that popular yet? btw you have your ‘opium’ and are not allowed to talk about bad luck!

    IV, a dead cockroach would make better sounds πŸ˜›

    Taju, small world alle!

    Balu, you saying that to make me buy the paper tomorrow? πŸ˜€ go ahead..

    Parry, can’t hold me accountable..it does say delirium in bold!

    Kunal, abe whats E4 in CS?! and engaged folks are not allowed to talk about such things πŸ˜›

    A’Mariner, tch tch… thats gotta hurt. Even i found this out only a couple of days back. So nothing you could have done i guess 😦

  17. AP, E4.. read mythalez’s comment. Was it really that bad a pun?

    Baphomet, well the outer ring road is fast but then i also ride at odd hours. And only after you find the needle in the haystack can you pass judgment πŸ˜€ a lot of people on my blogroll were at maiden.. guess i know lots of interesting people!

    Joy, but then i’ve also heard the girls say they would prefer their teammates to be guys! i personally like working alone. i blame narcissism!

    Rama, *pats* here.. have a lollipop πŸ™‚ you earned it.

    Neeraj, i know!! was looking out through the window and saw the traffic and thought i jinxed it! damn! but it did rain…

    Sandeep, what are you so happy about? Adobe still loses hands down πŸ˜›

    Chandrika, lol.. if we were all happy we would not have much to write about! You have a valid point.. the comments are seriously overwhelming! sex sells and traffic begets traffic πŸ˜›

  18. So one more gets to find that a 10 min commute gives them a “high” πŸ™‚ I think that should tide over the sex-ratio for a while…you give some take some πŸ˜‰

    And scorpions….!!!! and palace grounds….thank god!!! The weather’s so purrrrfffect for the day!!! Will catch u there… πŸ™‚

  19. m considering rescheduling my plans..:-)..1000 to 100 ratio !!…*drool salivating*….was the Operating Margin in tht unit of urs low by any chance, over the past couple of quarters..surely productivity wud hv declined..:-)

  20. Aww..its sad, now I belive the motivational factor to go to work lacks considerably?? πŸ˜‰
    My condition is just opposite, I need female comapny. Period. Am the only girl amongst about a bunch of 40 middle aged men and it sucks!! 😦

  21. I sk .. my bad …
    will go and play CS again, and find all hot-keys once more πŸ˜›

  22. I am sooo jealous!! Sniff.
    Have a blast!

  23. E4 was tough. Thanks mythalez.

    @sreejith: and here i thought you had moved away from your deadly PJ’s :P.

    A request though. Can you have use this wordpress plugin – http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/
    I want to follow the comments too but only for specific posts 😦

  24. Er, this is about the Scorp gig, obviously…*eyes* Lol

  25. Prats, you too! it seems we gave away a lot to get only some πŸ˜› And its chilly..which is as you said…. purrfect!

    A’mariner, i guess it was more like 2000:900 ratio πŸ˜‰

    Sam, on the contrary i am very self motivated… *my manager might read this* but being the only one sucks.. so agree that you need atleast 1 more!
    Kunal, wasn’t your bad… was Sp4cE’s bad πŸ˜€ and i still can’t seem to remember what E4 was in CS!

    Sporadic, *wondering why people have to go on and post the second comment and ruin it! :P* thanks.. try i will!

    Parry, Come on! it wasn’t that tough… everyone knows E4!! i don’t think i can install plugin’s without buying the CSS upgrade! loads of effort… 😦

  26. a lot of good things happening… a 10min commute, meeting scorpions..:(

    and a surprise to see another blogger from bangalore…and you featuring in Bangalore Mirror…there goes your popularity sky rocketing…

    have fun with the scorpions…

  27. waay too many comments

    comment envy πŸ˜€

  28. p.s. changed my blog to http://thegrotesquerie.wordpress.com update blogroll, feeds accordingly. sorry for the inconvenience.

  29. you bangaloreans are so lucky 😦

  30. i spend a whole freakin 1 1/2 hour to travel to office!! 😦 and thats only one way 😦 ANd ive to pass thru the infamous marathahalli everytime.. 😦 booo hooo hoo

  31. please dont tell me u studied in lourde mount !

  32. Thinking aloud, Now that you list it out.. i just realized am living a good life! πŸ™‚ thanks!

    IV, πŸ˜€

    Baphomet, done.

    Zee, iwe so are!! thats one of the reasons why i had no qualms in leaving the NCR πŸ˜€

    Di, 1.5 hours is a lot of torture and Marathahalli is a major pain point. I hope you never miss your cab because you can become bankrupt just paying for the auto ride!

    Tys, ok i wont tell you πŸ˜›

  33. πŸ™‚ damn funny….so, did u or didnt u?

  34. Tys, no i didn’t! thought i had dashed you a mail! check hotmail.

  35. ‘M$ and Oracle folks … boasted … goodies’
    what in the world are u talking about πŸ™‚

    ORR can get bad too … wait n watch πŸ˜›

  36. Erm… this wanting to have positive sex ratio .. it an engg thing kya? I hear ALL my engg friends complain… that they never see enuff women n the ones they see are… Oh well.. U shud move to a law firm.. its teaming with power packed women these days.. atleast in b’bay..:) We wonder where the guys are..:)

  37. Hey Sreejith,
    Nice post…Lucky you too have atleast a handful to boast of…here sitting alone in one room can be a big big torture:(….n seriously 8kms in 10 mins is like a dream in Blore…
    Good one keep writing:)

  38. Sangfroid, chal chal.. Oracle isn’t that bad… you are allowed Email and IM. i rest my case.

    Ziah, its got its origins in engg i believe.. thats when i guess the hormones kicked in and we were deprived because of the demand supply gap! If wonly i was not scared of lawyers…its got something to do with them having long arms πŸ˜€

    Anav, thanks.. of course something is any day better than nothing πŸ˜‰

  39. bullets, babes and b’lore …. wow …
    i guess all three are a bottleneck for me πŸ˜›

  40. How come I am missing posts of most of my friends..
    IIIT blogroll isnt updating on time 😦

  41. heya! really like the lil doses you have here!

    you sound like IBM though! πŸ˜‰

    keep rocking!

  42. Nippo, hihih.. but i’ve never understood why you hate b’lore so much!

    Rocky, hmmm. the IIIT blogroll works fine. Its just that married folks have less time for blogrolls πŸ˜›

    Ani, thanku thanku! for a second i thought you meant i sounded like ‘big brother’ but then i realized that you meant the company… not IBM… this is the world’s local bank πŸ™‚ do drop by again!

  43. The world is writing posts at furious pace. Where I have been, I do not, for the life of me, know.

    How were The Scorpions?

  44. @Sreejith: Like Spunky Monkey asked – how was the Scorpions show? Will you write a post on it or should I tag you? If so, consider this a Tag.

  45. No dose for so loong … feeling sick!

  46. happy new year stud.

    now get ur lazy arse back to ur laptop and post…

  47. Hey Happy New Year!! πŸ˜€ Long time..

  48. Not been posting in awhile…what’s up? Oh at my end…I’ve a new blog and it is http://www.theideasmithy.com. πŸ˜€ Now after that shameless plug of mine, come back and post already!

  49. happy new year, stud!

    and if u r not dead, kindly say so

  50. Hey! Where are you? It’s been a month. We want new post. 😦

  51. and this makes it 50 comments ..
    go on .. gloat away πŸ˜›

  52. Spunky/baphie, the Scorpions put on quite a show.. but unfortunately the car i was in was broken into and robbed 😦 kind of a dampener but the show rocked!

    Sangfroid, a new dose is up!

    Tys, sorry for the delay… u shall realize why. And warm new year greetings to you too!

    Sam, many New Year greetings to you too!!

    Ideasmithy, blogroll’s updated.. wonderful to know that you have your own space! didn’t know because i hadn’t checked feed’s in a long time.

    AP, sorry da… been tied up. Wish has been fulfilled!

    Rama, yay! now thats a new first for me πŸ™‚


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