Here is the farewell speech I delivered at Sify at 5.15 p.m on 27th of December 2004.
I probably did not speak out the whole speech that follows…coz I was tense…and was too sad…but I sure wanted to.
Some of the jokes are occupational (i.e., only people working with me will understand)…so ignore it and move on.
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I am quite disappointed that that I am leaving Sify and there are no demonstrations. No self-immolations. Nothing. To top it, none of my colleagues who spoke about me choked with emotion.
Before I start, let me warn you, I am quite an emotional guy…and there have been numerous times when I have choked with affection for Vinesh Nair and Anand Nair (actually I hate having arguments with them…coz most often I don`t win). So, if I choke today…just ignore. Probably, I swallowed the chewing gum.
I will really miss this place. You probably think how can somebody miss Tidel Park…it is such a big building and can be seen by the naked eye. But I am honest. I promise.
I loved this place. No, it has got nothing to do with my wife Rekha….that was just office work that tragically snowballed into marriage. This is perhaps, the biggest reason why I cannot forget Sify. On second thoughts, she will not let me forget…
This is one place, where I could multi-task. I could chat, be on the phone and at the same time check those really funny forwarded mails. And of course work…
As for work, it would happen on the sly. My bosses here Salim & Robin…would not even know that I worked.
Now I will never be able to watch TV at work. Arun will never come running to tell the scores stopped working an hour back, or Anand Nair will never come running to point out a wrong link, or Salim will never walk over to discuss a probable opinion poll….Karthick will never come up with requests like “Hey, don`t upload anything on CMS for the next one hour.” TK will not walk up to me for Sachin`s images…I wont be walking up to Kounts to clarify doubts on the 80s cricket….there would be no Vinesh in my new office to teach me the nuances of Formula One….No Piush to check if the Samachar feature was updated, there will be no JC to stand between me and my new ventures, there will be no Sumitran with his “Hi Jammy, As Requested” mails ….and no Praveen Charlie to give me marital advice. And yeah, no Sify Digital studio!
It would be a tough 1-2 months..before I would really start liking my new job. I will be entering into a totally alien area – corporate communication. I know nothing about it. Wonder how I even got through. As for my job profile there….I would be into both internal and external communication. I hope at least my mails are opened unlike David Appaswamy`s (he is the CCO of my company).
On a serious note, Sify is an awesome place to work. Even as I leave to join another company, I envy you all.
By the way, this farewell speech of mine is available on Bazee.com for Rs 50.