Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Memoirs of an Eighty year Old- Episode XVIII

Episode - ‘My First Job’

Hello readers I am back again with a new episode..

Now grandpa is an engineer and he is just out of college. The first job offer he gets is that of a lecturer in a Polytechnic college in Vishakapatnam. The students who passed with good marks were offered to teach the next sets of students. Being a teacher or a lecturer was a respectful thing since it reflected that they had enough brains to not just study for themselves but also teach others.

 Grandpa accepted it as a temporary employment while he searched for a better opportunity. "I worked for a maximum of three months may be. Then I got a job in the construction of Nagarjun Sagar Dam. I was given a new 2BHK house at some place near the site." 
“I saw the foundation being laid for the dam and supervised the process along with many other talented engineers and workers. To see all those blueprints of the dam and be a tiny part of it gives me so much happiness. I think I worked for about a year or so.” He said smiling at the memory.

So where was grandma? "Your grandma came with me to Hyderabad. We lived here along with my mother and youngest brother in the new house allotted to us. It was officially the first time we were living together after marriage. I think it was fun.”

I asked grandma how she felt. “Well.. it was good I guess. I was older so I could manage and also I had my mother-in-law with us to kind of help and guide me if needed. Being in a new place is never easy for the time but I adjusted. Of course we shifted to new place every three years when he got into Railway, so I got used to all the shifting soon enough.”

Grandpa was advised by one of his seniors to apply for a Railway job and he followed the advice after consulting his elder brother.

"And you got selected." I said to him. He nodded smiling. "I applied to both the Central and South Railways and got selected in both. I chose the Central Railways and had apprenticeship for a year and a half. It consisted of both theory and practical. I had to keep shifting between two places every four months during the training period. After that my first posting was in Lasur, Maharastra." he replied.


From then, started another phase of their lives.. To know more, keep reading and waiting for the next episode.. Be happy, Be kind.. 



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