I completed 4 years in my IT career couple of months back. The most memorable period in these 4 years was my training days in verizon. This blog is dedicated to my rocking training gang @ vz :)
I joined Verizon on June 19th 2006. We had a few days of orientation @ GRT grande -chennai. After that we were given a training schedule of 1.5 months. There were a bunch of guys from PSG tech. I quickly skimmed through the training sheet to see if any of my friends were there. Luckily i was in the same training track as Bragadeesh(braga),Rajagopal(kozhi),Arun(Andi) and Phalgun(pointer phalgun).
The training was held at Ascentra building in kottivakam. I was imagining that it would be a hi-fi training centre but it turned out be a apartment like building :(. On day one, typical of any PSG tech guy we occupied the last row in the training room. We were joined by two other guys Balamurugan(Bala) from NIT-Calicut and Arun kalyanasundaram(thala kotta) from BITS-Pilani.All of us started getting along quite well from the first day itself.
Our training mainly revolved around c/c++. Mr.Phalgun found the going tough as he dint know a shit about pointers.Hence the name "pointer" phalgun. This guy spent the entire training playing a bike game on his mobile.Now and then he used to gaze at a c++ book by kanetkar. Looking at Rajagopal's physique, the guys named him Kozhi.Usually in colleges we used call some guys pazham(guys who knew only about studies and sounded naive about N other things). Arun told us that pazham guys from Pilani were called kotta pasanga. This guy looked like pazham of all pazhams. So we named him thala kotta.
Most of us loved playing games while the instructor was taking class.I used to play K-sokoban in linux. Rest of the guys were in search of a good game. Here came our chief game supplier to the rescue - Madhan(.NET madhan) from the adjacent training track. We also gave nick names to a few north indians girls like Minnal(lightning), Ponam(dead body), OG(not going to expand this!!), kindi. Most of these girls pronounced adayar like adyaaaaaaaaaaaar. Kozhi came up with the root cause. "Adayara adi vaiyathula irudhu solraanga". Every one burst out laughing.Andi was a laughing machine. One will start laughing just by seeing this guy laughing. Still cant forget watching Pulikesi with Andi and our training gang.
We used have a awesome lunch menu.It turned out be far better than verizon office food.During lunch hours Madhan,Balasubramaniam and Thames used to join us. After lunch we used to have a juice at a near by place.
c++ training got over in 3 weeks. Phalgun was still breaking his head over pointers. After that java training started.We had the ultimate trainer -Salaivan Muthu. Paathalae evaru oru comedy piece nu thaerinchu paochu. Once he asked Kozhi to take a seminar.
Salai: Rajagopal will take a seminar for us tomo.
Kozhi : Sir. naan avadi la iruthu varanum. Long journey.So wont find time to prepare for the seminar.
Salai: Thambi na ambatur pa.Avadi thoorama ambatur thoorama?
Kozhi :Avadi thaan thooram(remember the vivek comedy :) )
Kozhi itha oru saaka solli escape aiytaan.
As training period ended we came to know the project and technology that we will be working on. Phalgun was praying that he shouldnt get a c++ project. Avanoda thuradishtam he got c++ project. Everyone else started teasing him right away.
To sum up it was a very memorable experience and still most of the guys from our gang have a very good bonding."Those were the best days of my life..(guitar sound) "
Current status of my training gang members.
Braga - Quit verizon after 3 yrs. Worked for ebay. currently he is a team lead in Lister technologies.Cycle gap la completed his MS from Pilani.
Andi and Madhan - Complete their MS together. Both are working in US. Andi got married recently.
Kozhi - Ericsson R&D.First from our gang to get married :)
Bala - Did his MBA from SP Jain. Business Analyst in Lister
Thala Kotta - Last status.He was working in Novell.Currently not sure where he is.That is typical of thala kotta.
Phalgun - Will be completing his MBA from Thunderbird. Sabha c++ tholla inimae illa :)