Exactly two years back, on November 12, 2007 I moved to Mumbai (from Noida) and joined Kotak Life Insurance. This transition from software developer to Business Analyst ( and from Delhiite..OKAY Noidaite to Mumbaikar :D) was facilitated by my school-time friend, Amogh Dikshit, who did “this” to me for 12,000 INR (referral bonus) :P. On the other hand, I chose to do it because I had a dream ( no I didn’t want to sing a song dammit :P) , a dream to become an Actuary, which unfortunately is still far from reality :P.
For no reasons, I thought to “document” few experiences, key learnings, some memorable events and my current financial position, which by no means makes me feel proud 😛
Let me start with what is of primal importance to most mortals (including me 😉 ). No prizes for guessing, it’s about money, honey!
Current Assets: 8,732.68 INR (not to forget we are in second week of month)
Current Liabilities: 47,990.32 INR (thanks to my brand new Sony Vaio + phone bills + parties etc)
Investments: Were made with an intention to save tax but played a pivotal role in discounting my net worth 😀
Long term liabilities: Remaining 12 papers of Actuarial 😛
Yeah I know, this would scare away every gal around me 🙁 but as they say, it was important for the sake of completeness 🙂
Professionally,clichéd it may sound, it was a great learning experience. The transition from Business Analyst to Project Manager was painful initially but one got used to it later on :P. The credit to this, undoubtedly goes to Rohit Acharya who believed in me or pretended so :D. Setting expectations, identifying/mitigating risks, think/thought through using it to your advantage and building relationships are now most frequently used phrases in my verbal/written communications. In case you thought I am adulating my reporting manager for promotion/hike let me tell you that you are partly right 😛
Personal life went through a rollercoaster ride and I loved it!! Ventured into a start-up (read mDakia.com) ,which sadly is not in good shape and would be closed down anytime :(. Nevertheless, I am proud of the fact that I made an attempt. Lost few good and some “special” 😉 friends and gained many more :D. Added few extra pounds and got attracted to hookah.
Memorable events? Very few! First one was when I passed CT1 and CT3 sometime in January 2009. The feeling was great especially after having met disaster in May 2008 exams. This was immediately followed by maiden trip to Goa. Not that I did anything great there but thoroughly enjoyed the “freedom” in atmosphere. The second historic event was the most difficult trek of my life, which coincidentally is also the first trek since I came into this world :P. Conquering Ahupe Ghats was indeed an out of the world experience. Watching Saas Bahu Aur Sensex alone at Fame was yet another golden moment of life 🙂
Going with the trend (read Bollywood trend), I plan to come back with sequel of this post next year, more so because I don’t see myself moving out of Mumbai (not sure of KLI :P) in near future.
To be continued… 🙂