Information Technology ushered in a whole new dimension in creativity and handed over to youngsters, tools to paint a new vision of the future. Resulting in unlimited opportunities for all-round development and greater understanding of technology and its multifarious applications. Remember the times when you dialed (if one had a telephone, that is) trunk booking for a call to Hubli and then waited endlessly for it to materialize? Not to mention the sudden interruptions of the operator with '3 minutes over'? The fast proliferation of the Internet and mobile telephony starkly changed the way we now live our lives. "Look Ma! We Shrunk the World."
Indian IT talent is legend. Coming as it does from across the country, it's no longer the exclusive domain of the Big Cities. Take Shwetha as an example. Her roots are in Mangalore though she graduated from Hubli in Electronic Engineering. She's been in Bangalore now for 5 years, but never in her wildest dreams would she have thought she'd work here. She was good at studies and because her father was an engineer, she decided to become an engineer too. No harm done even if she graduated with just a B.A/B.Sc. It would still have looked good on the marriage invitation, 'Swetha, B.A.' and so, the engineering degree came about simply because she wanted to study something different. At that time, she never gave a thought to what would happen. Would she work? Would she be married off? Then Tata Infotec came for campus interviews and she was selected. The crystal ball showed a new and interesting kind of future ahead.
She's the eldest in her family and her younger brother decided he'd foray into IT as well. When both siblings settled down in Bangalore, the parents decided to move too. Her husband is a software engineer. They were colleagues at Tata Infotec and three years ago they got married. That was before she came into Digital. Incidentally, she likes being at Digital. The interaction is good and the traffic is 2-way. "They do listen, but the final decision would be based on various factors as well. But certainly, they do listen," says Shwetha confirming our observation that at Digital it isn't all about work. There's contribution of ideas as well.
Shwetha and her husband do travel overseas but tend to avoid them if they can help it, ensure they have their weekends together and are seemingly quite content. They like going on short holidays or weekend trips at the slightest opportunity, she loves to cook and he loves to eat what she cooks, which makes sense. Otherwise, things would have been rather different, wouldn't they?
Shwetha's is an example of youngsters aiming high, competing and benchmarking lofty standards within themselves. What goads them on is an insistence urge to achieve. This metamorphosis augurs well for the country. From time immemorial, our country has lacked intense competition and which put the brakes on progress. These youngsters are bidding adieu to ancient ground rules and rewriting them.
The Shwetha's of this generation represent the new vision of times to come. They aren't just waiting in the wings for the future to happen. They are shaping it.
Note: This story was written when the company was known as 'DIGITAL'.