Today is my last day here in Sify. When was the last time I quit a job? Been a long while…yet as far as I remember, I have never quit a job formally. This is probably the first time.
When I was working as a Features Sub-Editor with The Perth Courier, in Perth, Canada the contract/program come to an end.
In my next job – as a sports reporter with Indian Express – I stopped going to office without giving any notice. I had attended an interview in Chennai, and stayed back after I got the job. My News Editor at Indian Express, Coimbatore was very angry with me. To add salt to his wounds, I got (poached?!) another guy from The Indian Express. They were so pissed off with me that they put up my photograph at the reception, and instructed the security guards to never let me in.
The new job at Chennai was with Geet Sethi`s sports website www.kheladi.com. In three months time, Geet would sell his website to sify.com, and I would be part of the package. Am I not glad that I am no Roman General Maximus of the blockbuster epic, Gladiator? Otherwise, I would be bought at will and left to fight the tigers and lions alone.
Now, you know why this is a red-letter day in my life…for the first time…a respectable farewell has been organized for me. I don`t know how many of the speakers will choke with emotion…I don`t know how many will self-immolate themselves coz I am leaving Sify…I don`t know what demonstrations are planned. But what I do know…is…I am taking two pieces of my farewell cake!