Like a 'Jilted Bridegroom'...
At first he was pretty shy. One thought he was getting engaged. Nervous? Not exactly, though he did sound tentative. But the young man soon relaxed, realizing it wasn't the Gestapo he was talking to but his friendly, neighborhood website (that's us).
Amit Chanchlani hails from Kota, in Rajasthan, famous for a variety of stone. But to the female co-founder of Koramangala.com the first thought that crossed her mind was "Kota Saris." Women! Anyway, Amit was all gung-ho when he was selected from a campus interview to join Verifone at Bangalore in one year's time. Then came the slowdown. He received intimation that his joining date was postponed. So Amit re-scheduled his travel arrangements and as he readied himself for departure to Bangalore, he gets a call, which said something like "Sorry, old pal." The fizz went out off Amit.
Disappointed and not one to give up, he did hop onto that train and arrived in Bangalore in search of a job. As luck would have it, a friend told him that there was this company called Icode recruiting people. He'd never heard of Icode before. For that matter, neither had the company's next-door neighbor. But then, Amit must have said to himself, "What have I to lose?" He applied, went through an aptitude test, was interviewed and selected. At first, he felt out of sorts. The compromise nagged him. A well-known company such as Verifone to a relatively unknown outfit like Icode? Did I do right? And gnawing at the other side was the leaner pay packet. But that was six months ago. And now? "I feel good," says Amit. Icode offered him just the right environment for a fresher to grow and gain experience, a culture that would put the best of companies in the shade and a bunch of friendly colleagues. "That's the best part," adds Amit. Verifone's loss was Icode's gain.
We asked him about that jilted feeling and he replied, "The turn down from Verifone didn't come as a big shock. A similar thing had happened to some of my friends. So, in a way I was expecting something like this." He could have considered a job in say, Delhi and which was closer to his hometown of Kota. But then, like so many others who descend down here as if lured by a tantalizing Pied Piper-like tune, it was "Chalo Bangalore". "I had no other options. And somehow, I liked Bangalore," he says. (Here's one more checking out how green the grass is this side. Welcome to the powerless city!)
His is an important job function at Icode. He provides Integration and Development Support to Tech Support and they in turn offer Customer Support. He's young, enthusiastic and smitten by a desire to learn. He'll understand soon (if he hasn't already) how refreshing it's to work for a product company and not a software service enterprise, already feeling the pinch of diminishing billing rates, mangled value chains and slipping bottom lines.
Amit was once precariously perched on the precipice's edge and almost fell over to become yet another statistic in the ever-growing 'jobless' market. As God closed one door, He opened another. Icode.