June 27, 2005 and September 9, 2010 are two dates which will be in my memory for a long time. I was happy on both the days; in fact extremely happy. June 27,2005 was when I had joined Macromedia and September 9, 2010 was when I parted ways with Adobe.
The first few years at Macromedia/Adobe were great esp. with the likes of Suresh, Arun, Sritama, Manoj, and so many people around. It was a young team (@Macromedia) and everyday was a challenge and everyday was more fun than the previous one. I had a lot of fun and was looking forward to heading to office everyday Lot of pizza parties, outings and impromptu dinner parties …. I was one happy chap to have decided on my retirement plans. I was riding on a perfect tarmac.
But then I was halted by a speed bump and then, it was time for me to accelerate once again, this time with a new team. The fun part had reduced but responsibilities had increased. I was looked up as a person who would mentor people and lead teams to successfully deliver products. It was here that I met some of the best talents that Adobe still has. Lots of problems, plenty of solutions, lots of ideas and one patent. As time passed my days were filled with more and more discussions and meeting that took most of my time and my work comprised more of meetings which I hated. But then not all the work that you do is challenging.
The ride started to get different. The tarmac had started fading. Things weren’t the same. I started to drag myself to work everyday. There were problems. Not everyone was happy to answer to my questions esp. when they were difficult ones. The ride was getting bumpy and I was getting frustrated. I was pushing the decision to change the route. Thanks to the bad ride I finally decided to change my direction.
So here I am, after stopping for fuel and taking a quick break, back on the highway riding with new companions. VROOOOMMMM