It was English-born romantic writer John Lyly who came up with that familiar cliché "Marriages are made in Heaven." William Shakespeare - and he needs no introduction - added his two bit, "Marriages are made in Heaven and performed on Earth." Once the Moon opens up for regular human traffic, that cliché is headed for the boondocks. Cicero, another English writer took the view that "Wedlock is a Padlock." Wonder why he said that? It gets wittier when you hear what religious poet Francis Quarles wrote, "To marry a woman for her beauty is like buying a house for its paint." But the best perhaps came from Oscar Wilde,
Men marry because they are tired,
Women because they are curious.
Both are disappointed.
Not so in Chitra's case who married her Digital colleague. Their favorite cliché perhaps was Latin poet Virgil's "Love conquers all things." All this wouldn't have happened if she had followed her fancy of an art or painting course. Her father insisted she get into something technical. And so, Chitra K. Kiran ended up doing MCA at the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, an institution whose major claim to fame is that one of its alumni happened to be Infosys Chief N.R. Narayana Murthy.
NRNM wasn't any sort of inspiration for Chitra eyeing a career in the IT industry. It was purely coincidental. Digital was Chitra's first job, having come in through a campus interview. That was on December 28th of 2001. Prior to that she had done her project work at Khodays Systems for six months and hence, she had the feel of working in an IT company. But not company culture. She got a taste of it three days after she first walked into Digital. "It was New Year's Eve and people were enjoying and dancing," she said giggling away in explanation of the culture shock she went through. "This was a new thing to me." And did she dance too? "Yeah, I also danced." More giggles. Within the week, Chitra adapted herself to her new environment and role.
By her own admission, being at Digital has helped bring a change in her life. "I've become a bit responsible than what I was before. I've always been very playful and initially even at Digital, I was like that. Maybe also because I got married 5 months after joining Digital," she says and giggles once again. But the next question almost brought the roof of the building 'Earth' down to earth. And what does her husband do? "He's also with me here at Digital," and her giggles gave way to high-pitched laughter. Apparently, they were together in college and since familiarity didn't breed contempt; it was one more good enough reason to take the plunge. Interestingly, both work in the same group and after honeymooning in the Andamans, the company packed both off on a project to Jordan. Two honeymoons within a span of two months? Can happen only in IT.
She finds the atmosphere at Digital Park a bit too quiet. "I like activity, noise," she says admitting that her husband is relatively a soft-spoken person as compared to her. In a way, that's good. They seem to complement each other.
Giggles or no giggles, a good wife maketh a good husband.
Note: This story was written when the company was known as 'DIGITAL'.