Infosys, Mysore (Pictures)

This is in continuation to my earlier blog about the Infosys, Mysore campus:

A picture is worth a thousand words, so attaching some photos:

 

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Infosys Mysore – A City in Itself

I was the one of the lucky person who got selected in Infosys in the third year when I was studying electronics engineering. My journey in Infosys began in Mysore as that was my joining location.

I decided to join infy for many reasons major of them being Exposure to industry, a great opportunity, more compensation etc.

Hostel Room:

I like any other trainee, had my own room with a 26″ LCD TV, an attached bathroom, extra comfortable bed, single sofa, studying table with table lamp, water boiler and an awesome view of the campus. All this plus a person who comes to clean the room daily replenishing the coffee, tea sachets was for Rs. 3250 per month. There was a telephone which could be used to call any other person in the hostel. Only when I moved away from Mysore I realized that local calls were also possible. In short it was just like staying in a 3 star hotel.

Employee Care Centre (ECC):

We had an ECC building which was house to a supermarket, Swimming Pool, Laundromat, World-class Gym and indoor games viz. Table-Tennis, Badminton, Bowling Alley, Squash and Pool etc. In outdoor sports we had two Basketball Courts, eight lawn-tennis courts, an football ground with track and field events and an Cricket Ground.

Global Education Centre (GEC):

Two Global Education Centers or GEC as is popularly called in the campus. GEC1 has a capacity of approx. 5000 and GEC2 an amazing 10000 and each trainee has a PC assigned to him. GEC2 houses a food-court too. The GEC2 is said to be the largest building in India after the parliament. Every trainee’s bag is checked at the entrance in GEC as food stuff and all electronic devices except the Cell Phone is not allowed. This rule is kind of creepy coz a Cell Phone now-a-days is able to do most of the things what other electronic devices can. Also I don’t get the reason why food stuff was banned. But as human beings show interest in doing things what they are asked not to do, the dustbin in our class ended up with all the chocolate wrappers.

Multiplex:

The multiplex had in all four screens, one of which was used to show movies. All trainees had mandatory registration to the Multiplex card. With Rs. 150 cut in the month, every trainee had the permission to attend all the shows. The movies were shown in weekends only. Generally one English and one Hindi movie was the trend. Even though the ticket was free, for a good film we had to queue approx a couple of hours ago to get the tkts. But standing with the group was a fun in itself. We used to play some games while in the queue and most of the times those got more interesting than the movie itself.

Food Courts (FCs):

We had six food courts at that time, now the number has increased. The food was not that interesting, but was eatable. Sometimes we had some good food too. I especially like the Chicken-Dum-Biryani and Noodles of FC1.

Software Development Blocks (SDBs):

This is where every trainee ended up after training. There were a few SDBs in Mysore campus as the main motive still remains as education centre. I never went inside these SDBs but wondered about people going inside. Now I am one of them, only that I am in Pune.

Library:

Each GEC1 and GEC2 houses a library. I personally like the library of GEC2 – It looks like made of wood and the design is simply marvellous. The number of books that these libraries hold is also huge.

Cycles:

I hated the fact that there were more lady-bird cycles than the Hercules ones. But there were a lot of those. They were used to commute inside the campus and anyone in the campus could use one of this. Riding a cycle at night in the campus is an experience in itself.

Trees-Greenery and Greenery:

No matter wherever you are in the campus you will find grass, tress everywhere. Although we were not allowed to walk on the grass, it made our stay in Mysore more joyful and energetic.

All of the above mentioned maintained in top-notch quality. As per the cleanliness goes I haven’t found a place cleaner than the Mysore campus anywhere in India yet.

And as one of out visiting trainer rightly said – “Infosys, Mysore campus is a city in Itself”

PS.: To be writing about Mysore, I can go pages and pages but just decided to put a brief summary of all the things in there. Any corrections are welcome, as it’s been 1.5 years now I have been away from Mysore.

Orkut, Facebook and Now Twitter…

It’s been two years I have opened a twitter account. But seriously I had joined to keep myself updated about MTV India.

At that time I had just completed my BE degree in electronics engineering and had a lot of spare time. Instead of watching the stupid serials on star plus, Sony tv etc I had only this option left.

I found myself comfortable first using orkut. That was my first social network account where I took my updates seriously. I had an account on Facebook too but at that time it was so complicated and very few of my friends existed there so naturally I had tok stick to Orkut. But then suddenly things changed. Just as if they were selling gold on Facebook people started flocking to it. And then just as it happens in any social network world, you do not decide which service to join or not, it’s what your network decides.

One of my friend was still stuck to orkut when he knew all his friends too were now on Facebook. Soon he realized his mistake and did what others did, joined Facebook.

The major difference in Facebook were the variety of useless applications which people found interesting. So no matter how good orkut was getting, it didn’t stop my friends to get to Facebook. So the previous scene everything about scraps now it was about the wall. One amazing fact is that the number of actual farmers is smaller than the number of people playing FarmVille(An online game on Facebook where people look after their virtual farms).

Twitter was totally out of picture till now. It was when I saw that most of big personalities/companies were on twitter I got interested in it. And I guessed that this will be the future.

Twitter is not a social network site as most people think rather it’s an micro blogging site. I had to literally watch a short tutorial on how to use twitter. The interface at that time was so minimal, RT hastags etc seemed like keywords then. It’s now that the interface is improved and twitter itself gives you an link for retweeting, replying etc.

Getting on to twitter I didn’t feel comfortable at first. According to me, at that time; it was just another social network with everything stripped off except the status updates. But things changed drastically over last some time especially when I got an iPod touch. And finally over the long run its the simplest interface which wins. The app for iPod touch for twitter made more sense to use twitter here instead of the more complicated Facebook. And finally it’s the updates which finally matter to you of any person.

Another thing what I like about twitter is it’s 140 character limit. I don’t understand why people have to put in very long status updates and most of such are left unread by a person like me.

The only problem in moving here is again the same, very few people have joined twitter and most importantly only half of them are active. But still now I prefer twitter and slowly and steadily I am decreasing my presence on Facebook. The only reason that I am still on Facebook is that some of my best friends are still there and from what seems is that they are not going to join twitter soon.

What do you think, who will end up having the largest traffic… Facebook, Orkut, Twitter or the newly launched Google plus… you are free to share ur view in the comments section.