Lying down in bed, I always tend to think about what I did wrong that the universe has conspired to put me on it. Losing 260 rupees to an unknown egoistic recharge guy early in the morning was not really a good start to the day! It probably was a warning sign.
As I started to my new office from home, the fear of the unknown haunted me. It was my first day at the WukiLabs Summer Internship Program of 2014. No knowledge of what lay ahead, the people I would meet, the sheer number of opinions I would have to absorb. I tried to be optimistic, nevertheless. When you have staked your entire life on something and set out on the path, there is no turning back. Entertaining second thoughts is absolutely out of the question.
Finally, after a lot of hullabaloo, I met the WukiLabs team. I was excited to get to know everyone that I would be working with. I spoke to the other interns individually, cracked weird jokes that I wouldn’t have laughed at myself and then regretted it. But, it was a simple informal meet and so everything fell into place. I was looking to connect with my fellow interns, maybe to get some closure? The day was extreme hardcore socializing.
Finding common ground with each other is not very easy and I try to solve this by raising absolutely random issues. From chocolates to trains to politics to food to stereotypical jokes to TV serials – anything to initiate a healthy conversation. Sometimes this makes me come off as a warmongering snob but I guess that’s just collateral and a very unfortunate one at that. I must find a way to change that perception and sooner than possible.
Still afraid, at the fag end of the day, as we started to discuss our projects, I started to realize that this is what I want to do in life, this is my dream, my future.
And for that, everyday I am going to be challenged. I am going to have to fight for my space, my opinions.
Most importantly, I will need to create bonds that will last long. And to this end, I have to be hopeful and tread carefully because at the end of the day, it’s about building a future, together!
By Ranganath Kaushik, Intern @ WukiLabs Summer Intership Program 2014. After his intership with WukiLabs, Ranganath is now working full-time with Technome, a startup in Bangalore.