I had no clue when I first shifted the gears!

The half a decade I spent at MACE were the best years of my life . It offered lots of learning, not necessarily from the classroom , but from various other means too – we got a feel of life itself which made us develop into whatever we are today – good or bad or mostly a mix of both . In the process , we had fun – pure and unadulterated – ടൺ കണക്കിന് ഫൺ and stories were made and legends were born.

The images now looks like a kaleidoscope- all colourful and in disparate arrays. It brought in ‘aazadi’ – to do whatever one wanted , without any limits , except for the dreaded sessional marks of course 😬.

The pace was hectic mostly ,though at times it felt that time stood still too. Some exceptional friendships were made, which only grew stronger with the ebbing sands of time.

We did belong to the last of the romantic generation which started from the 60s through 70s. Not the romance of Facebook or Instagram, nor the ones moral police’s roving eyes are always looking for. Our generation had the romantic attachment to life as wholesome. Having good grades were the least of our priorities. Career was never thought of or discussed even though we assumed that we would be successful ‘somehow’. Our job in college was to get through the five years and enter into the world which will solve all our problems.

t triggered a wild dream somewhere in my unconscious self – to be a part of the Automotive Industry. And be able to  run an Automotive manufacturing plant someday.

A chance encounter I had with the corporate world was when my very good friend George Mathew loaned me a book during the 3rd semester – it was an Autobiography by the legendary Lee Iacocca. I am sure he never did read that book! To be honest , at that time I too didn’t understand most part of it, but it did lit a spark somewhere. It triggered a wild dream somewhere in my unconscious self – to be a part of the Automotive Industry. And be able to  run an Automotive manufacturing plant someday. Probably the best and at the same time the wildest of the dreams for a Mechanical Engineer in making.

Life is really strange and fate works in surprisingly different ways . It has been a real roller coaster journey after college. Had a relatively late start into my career. Early days were really a struggle. At times it seemed like I was perennially stuck and not getting anywhere. The feeling like being in a tunnel with no light at the end of the tunnel. Even when I see a light, I was not sure if it was an oncoming train.

But I never lost hope , never lost focus. I kept walking – there is definitely and end of the tunnel and there is definitely light there too. The journey took me to different places, diverse roles and varied experiences. The road was not an easy one. But as fate would have it, I finally ended up working for an automotive company which has a long lineage and an impressive pedigree, with roots in the iconic General Motors (GM). Opportunities presented itself, and gave me the chance of running the plant and later to run the country operations too.

So my mantra and my advice to all my friends is ‘work hard, play hard’ – career is important, but family is more important, make use of your quality time, enjoy life to the fullest

In retrospect, success for me is about making use of the opportunities. We do not create them, even if we wish to. They say its being in the right place at the right time. But the trick is that you never know if you are in the right time and the right place. So my mantra and my advice to all my friends is ‘work hard, play hard’ – career is important, but family is more important, make use of your quality time, enjoy life to the fullest. Stay healthy and happy always.

– RAMESH

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