Tuesday, August 18, 2009
After lots of meet ups with my non-IT friends, relatives, strangers,
rickshaw wallahs, etc etc
I noticed that the moment you say that you are an IT guy, they have already
made some assumptions about you.
Myth #1: If you are not in the four biggies ...u are a loser
Auntyji :"Beta, kaunsa tent?"
Me: "Persistent! Aunty I work in Persistent. "
Aunty:"Tumko Info*** mein nahi mila kya?" (in short: "tum second grade gadha
Then I have to make efforts to tell them how I actually work for a much
In case the opposite person is technologically sane then I give him some
product development 'maaz' (arrogance).
Myth #2: If you havent been onsite ...u are a loser
Uncle: "Tum do saal se IT company mein kaam kar rahe ho na?"
Me: (tighening my collar..head high) "Haan uncle ...bas ..."
Uncle: "Tum videsh nahi gaye?"
Me: "Nahi uncle project mein requirement nahi hai onsite kaa"
Uncle: "Lekin woh bunty ko toh maanna padegaa... engg mein 2nd class
fir bhi usne jamke mehnat ki aur usse company ne USA bheja!"
Aaaha! thats the problem. People think that only the smarty pants are sent
on site while
the loser ones are the people left behind in India. So the assumption is
that if you
haven't been on site then you don't work hard
nor you have any sincerity and .. ok that's enough for now.
Myth #3 You can fix any computer..and calculator and mebbe clocks too
Most of the computer engineers around must have at least once gone to a
only to fix his /her comp. The task can be from installing a software
to fixing a computer which gives electric shocks
when its metal areas are touched.
Myth #4: You have lots of money
Once I met up with my friends from school ..from various fields. I just
it is such a pain to go to office nowadays and said that I wanted to buy a
Friend1: "what problem do u have man .. u are an IT waala"
Friend2: "Tu toh Honda CRV le saktaa hai"
Me: "CRV!! aabey CRV kyaa mere pass VCR lene ka paisa nahi hai"
Even after 5 minutes of convincing them weren't getting convinced.
Myth #5: Coding means sitting in front of the computer
During my college days , my classmate had an encounter with a guy from
Mech guy: "Your Computer engineering is a big nautanki.... four years you
learn the same grey dabba...
and all you ppl do is sit nicely in front of that dabba and punch the keys"
Well I dont completely disagree
IT guy = you don't respect traditions and have lots of arrogance
IT guy= you are a philanderer and ..... leave it
Well give us a break !