Monday, August 20, 2012

A Not So Grey Workplace.

For the past month, I have been working at an advertising company in Gurgaon, India. Grey Worldwide India is part of the Grey Group which is one of the oldest advertising companies in the world and it has managed to leave a huge impact on me. A positive impact, may I add.

Until I began my venture as an intern at Grey, I never understood how naïve and clueless I was when it came to business negotiations and the way an advertising company works, even though I can claim that my father runs his very own advertising company back in Dubai.

The Frosted Door
Over the past month, I’ve had a ball of a time at work. Coming in by 10:30 and leaving by 7; Eight and a half hours of work, 5 days a week for the past 4 weeks has made me an insider in this firm. The people here are truly amazing (and a little insane, but hey, who am I to comment? I’m insane too). They’re the perfect mix of hardworking and eased out. And being here for a month has enforced my prior feelings that this is where I belong. Taking a tour and working with every division of the firm, it gives me the vibe that this is the kind of atmosphere in which I would like to work when I do work in the coming future. From writing briefs for the creative department to sitting and brainstorming with others, I’d never have believed that work could be so much fun had I not experienced it for myself.

This office, its people, have given me the comfort that really helped me kick-off at this place and though I have another 4 days to go before I leave it behind, I can’t even begin to imagine how much I’m going to miss it and wish I could never leave. The thought that most probably I shall never meet any of them again is not a very pleasant one. So here’s a shout-out to the entire Grey Gurgaon team, especially – Tanmay, Jeevika, Shong, Kriti, Aparna, Arjun and Bodhi for giving me the best first internship experience anyone could ever have, some of you are leaving over the next few months, some might not. Hopefully next year when I’m back and if I get the internship again at Grey, you’d be there to make it another amazing experience.  

Until Next Time,
A To-Be Nostalgic Intern,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

India Turns 65

India turns 65.
Today’s the day. The Day Indians from all over the world update their status or tune into the news for the same reason; to commemorate the birth of their nation - India. The Day India turns 65.

India might be seen by the world for all its flaws and as a ‘developing and corrupt economy’, but to me its home. Though I haven’t had the opportunity of ever living in India and I’ve been branded as an NRI [Non Residential Indian] by the world, I still feel that sense of belonging and pride when I visit my country. I feel honored to be recognized as a citizen of one of the greatest countries in the world. I have always felt that the forte of India has always been its people. Excluding a few who have made a name for themselves otherwise, I believe majority of the Indian population are loving in nature; and it is that attitude which sets us apart from the rest of the world.

The culture one finds at India is unlike anything anyone will ever see anywhere else. With over 4500 years of culture to share with the world, India’s heritage is a prime factor which gives it the edge in my books.

It is with this attitude in mind, that I celebrate India’s 65th Birthday/Independence day and I celebrate it with grate honor and pride.

Until Next Time,