Mar 15

How one trip abroad sparked a new life into me

In the 8 years I spent at AOL (2003 – 2011), my career had peaked in 2008. That year, I worked my ass off and made a name for myself in the company, earning accolades from not only the Bangalore office but also from AOL offices in London, New York and Sydney! But despite the praises, the awards, the salary hikes, promotion, etc… by 2009 I was feeling depressed.

When you achieve a certain level of success, your higher ups don’t sit back and tell you to relax and take it easy. The targets for 2009 were even higher, so were the expectations from me. At this point I began asking myself one crucial question: “Am I happy?” Continue reading “How one trip abroad sparked a new life into me” »

Mar 15

With unemployment looming, on the last day of my job… I was happy

I left AOL after working at the Bangalore office for over 8 years. From 2003 to 2011, AOL was the only company I worked for. I joined when I was 21, right after college graduation, and by the time I left, I was 29. I went through many different roles within the company and made my way up to managing a team of 14 people during my final year. I’ve had my ups and downs of course, and rumours of layoffs at AOL had been doing the rounds during the time of the recession.

But somehow, I survived. Until 2011 that is. In January that year, AOL acquired Huffington Post. We knew the acquisition of another online media company was going to affect the division I worked for (AOL Media). And it did. The following month, AOL announced they were going to effectively shut down our offices. Many would be ‘outsourced’ to other IT firms, and some of us (including me) would be laid off. When the news broke, oddly enough, I wasn’t sad. Continue reading “With unemployment looming, on the last day of my job… I was happy” »

Feb 15

ASUS Indiblogger Meet in Bangalore — The first of 2015

Date: 30th January 2015

The first Indiblogger meet of 2015 was held right here in namma Bengaluru! It was sponsored by ASUS, who were promoting two of their their latest offerings — the ASUS All-In-One PC ET2040, and the latest model in their long-running netbook series, the ASUS Eeebook x205TA.

The venue was ITC Gardenia hotel, which is also played host to the Nokia Indiblogger Meet in 2012.

ITC Gardenia interiors Bangalore hotel

A lovely 5-star hotel

Asus Eeebook notebook demo

The ASUS Eeebook x205TA, MRP Rs. 14,999

Asus All-in-one PC Indiblogger event

This is the entry-level All-In-One PC from ASUS; costs Rs. 24,999

The event kicked off in typical Indiblogger fashion. Anup was MCing as usual, got us all warmed and a few bloggers then introduced themselves. Continue reading “ASUS Indiblogger Meet in Bangalore — The first of 2015” »

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