Mysore Days

Last year I had an opportunity of spending five months at the Mysore campus of Infosys, which is considered to be the Mecca of IT training in India. Leaving back family was hard, but going to Mysore was the best thing that could have happened to me at that point of time. Engineers from different parts of the country were supposed to be there and this made me both nervous and excited.

For the first few weeks my day used to start at 7:45 am, which later changed to 8:15 am as I had optimized my time of getting ready for the class by skipping breakfast. The next hour was a challenge to reach class on time. Not reaching on time meant missing of attendance. Attendance was a real issue there as you don’t want them to take away your leaves which you would need later for going home. The next eight hours were only about coding and learning new technologies with two coffee breaks of ten minutes and a lunch break of ninety minutes in between.

People have this notion that the training at Infosys is very difficult and most of the trainees fail, but it turned out to be wrong. The hands-on teaching technique followed there is very effective as most of the preparations are done in the class itself.

Moving on to the fun part. Before coming to Mysore, many people had told me that the time I am going to spend at Mysore would be the most memorable days of my life and each and every word of it turned out to be true. Infosys Mysore gave me a campus life which I had craved for the entire four years of college.

We were officially free once the classes got over at five in the evening, but we were burdened with loads of assignments and quizzes. We used to rush to the recreation center as soon as we were done with those assignments. The recreation center there has a swimming pool, a bowling alley, a gymnasium and rooms for pool, badminton, table-tennis, squash, carom and chess.

The weekends passed by watching new releases at the multiplex, playing pool and studying whenever exams were near. Often we used to go on trips to nearby beaches and hill stations.

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During my stay at Mysore, I had gone on trips to Coorg, Ooty, Kunnur, Wayanad, Belur, Halebidu, Sravanabelagola, Shivanasamudra, Somanathpur, Talkad, Kannur and Bangalore.

Probably most of you have come across the images of this beautiful and extravagant campus, if not most of you, certainly the engineering folks have. Mysore saw acquaintances turn into friends and friends into best friends. This 337 acre campus did not just offer us training, but a lot more than that.

The first salary, late night conversations by the pavements, cycle rides pedaling side by side, getting to be your own guardian and the list of firsts goes on. Mysore took away fifteen kilograms of me and gave me friends for life, leaving me with memories of a lifetime.

           “Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” – Bob Dylan

Akash Chaudhuri
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