8 December 2004

Goodbye today, hello tomorrow

Dear Boss,
Well, the time has come for me to say goodbye...

No, too sentimental

Dear Boss,
I have decided to accept the offer given to me by the ---------.

No too impersonal

Dear Boss,
Unfortunately, I have decided to resign....

What if he says "unfortunately" for whom?

Aargh.
As you can see, I've decided to take the job offered to me by another publication. Money had a good deal to do with it, since I'm now being offered almost double of what I make now.
But, oh, but. I'm so attached to this job. It's my very first job, when I was still tilting in indescion about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
My first office party, my first paycheck, my first raise. Having a column. My first byline. Errors like repeating the comic strip two days in a row that cost me my leave one year. My first press junket, where this one woman (incidentally from the publication I am joining now) told me I had to "grow up before I thought of being a journalist." Working till 2 am on a special issue. Working on the coffee supplement. Knowing what terms like "assignments" and "file your story" and "beats" and "press cons" meant. Quark Xpress, the bane of my existance. Keyboard shortcuts.
Learning and surprising myself by knowing things and people. The joy of having your story "followed up" by other papers.
Ooh, my press card. And my business cards, with "Features Writer" beneath them that I distributed to everyone I knew. My press sticker for my car.
Being a part of the media. Forgetting shyness. Learning a new confidence in myself and my abilities.
And now, moving on. Moving up. In me, there's a sense of betrayal, like leaving a relationship. Like cheating on someone. And my editor's words, "You're a good kid. You'll do well in journalism."
Well, I certainly hope so.



10 comments:

  1. guess 1: m. r. m.?
    whats all this about awards? pray enlighten me

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  2. Congrats on your new job!! I guess it's all about moving on and experiencing new stuff- the money helps a whole lot :) *raises a toast for your luck and success in your new venture*

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  3. Anonymous and Sunrayz: Thank you! :)
    And Samit: Very good, what gave me away?

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  4. clearly i am smarter than i look.
    which isnt saying much, i know, but what to do.
    EVERYTHING gave you away! i mean, look at your profile!
    maybe there are other people like that, but you have to remember i am practically a hermit, and so the circle of people who it could have been is very small.

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  5. eM, I love your blog. I'll have to link to you and add you to my regular reads. So you live in India, wow. That's so cool to someone like me. Were you born and raised in India? I may have missed it, if you have blogged about your past/current place of residence. I'm probably really annoying you with these questions by now.
    :) -Kelly

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  6. Hey! Congratulations! Where's my treat, considering I put you on to this job!!!!! And that I haven't yet received my Kill Bill soundtrack birtdhay present and that I am leaving town for good!!! And hey you aren't leavign the media, and you will have a new pres sticker and a visiting card with probably a better designation, so get that out of the way. As for firsts, they are always special, they start you off on the journey but you can't stay at the starting line forever, can you?

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  7. Hey Congratulations and all the very very best!! im sure you are gonna do well! :)

    btw, considering what has happened till now, should i prepare my resignation letter in advance too? ;)

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  8. Hi ... how about the good ol' ``@#$% you! I m leaving! Works all the time!'' Heh

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