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9/11 BBSR Infy Batch- etched in my memory

14 years ago, on this date, I joined Infosys.


It was indeed the day of rejoicing for me. Getting a job right after degree, that too in a reputed firm through campus selection. It was indeed a proud moment for me as well as my parents.
I still recollect those days, during my degree years in UC College Aluva, when came across the campus interview happening in Maharajas College, Ernakulam. I was so excited .. not about the interview, but because i could roam around with my friends. As I was never prepared for the test.
As usual after great planning, the next day morning, i set out to Ernakulam city. I and a few friends from my native locality also came along. We took the very first bus to the city and it was just the perfect dawn for me.
As we approached the college, where we were supposed to attend the exam, the excitement was at the top. When i reached there, as usual, I was the only one who came with nothing but a sample fresher resume which had nothing but my marks. That’s when I came to know, i needed two photos, and copies of my mark sheets etc.
As usual, it was only me, who didn’t have it. Thanks to my bestie’s dad, he came around with me everywhere, to find out a shop to take a xerox or can download and get a photo at least. Even though i couldn’t arrange anything, another group of my friends were in the negotiation part, and they successfully helped me write the test.
I went into the exam hall, started scribbling something, but all my attention was on the architecture of the building. I wrote something, and like all the time, I wanted to write and finish the exam first and get out. And I did so, every time.

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Then I began to roam around the college campus, admiring the long verandas and the glass windows. When the results came out, there were I guess 250 of them who got selected. At first, I didn’t know I got selected, then my friend said my name was on the list. Anyways the whole day’s wait didn’t go in vain.


I remember calling my dad and mom informing I got selected for the interview. Their joy knew no bound. Even i was equally thrilled and excited. Being a computer science graduate and getting a job interview call was no less for me.


Then days, passed, the interview date was scheduled and I successfully ventured it. My friend was waiting outside all along. And all I did was rejoice with my bestie.
When the joining dates were announced for me, I got the letter saying my joining date is 9/11/2006. A joyous moment it was when I received my letter from Infosys.


The Day – 9/11


I know most of the recall the date as the date when the twin towers were attacked. But for me, it was a beautiful day.


Myself mom and my uncle set out to Bhubaneshwar, Orissa just two days before joining. The city was quite new to me. The train was filled with majority students like me who were joining Infosys in my same batch.
On 9/11, my mom dropped me at the campus, it was so mesmerizing. A new city, new opportunity and new a beginning.
I was so thrilled.
When i entered the training room, there were many of them, I sat where I found space and waited for the session to begin.
I don’t recollect much of the training session, but I do remember the friends I made there. I never knew, I will meet such wonderful people there, who are indeed the best part of my life.
Those days were the best and every one of us there enjoyed it.
Some people wandered away, some stayed in my heart and some are still in my friend’s list.
We may not talk, or message or keep in touch, but each and everyone I met there made a mark in my life.
Thank you BBSR 9/11 Infy Batch.

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Does Menstrual cup get lost in the vagina?

Dont worry, Menstrual cup did not get lost in the vagina.. as for me.

Like all others, even I was using sanitary pads ever since I had periods, hence was indeed reluctant to try something new. Even when the pads used to quite itchy to my tender skin, i used to continue using the same. I remember once in Swiss, i had to use Tampons, but that itself was a hard task for me. It took me half an hour to find the holes :P.

Trust me… until then, I never knew, we females have such a complicated body. Imagine hours spend inside the toilet, just to find the hole to insert the menstrual cup took up my patience.

So Why I began to use Menstrual cup?

Not long ago, yea just years before I knew this menstrual cup ever existed through my mom and so many women bloggers and vloggers who have shared so many informative things. But thanks to my laziness, I never bothered to try it until last year. I ended up buying a menstrual cup, which looked too big for me. I kept looking at its size, wondering, how I will fit it inside my body.

And Like always, I just ended up dumping it in my cupboard, because of my lack of patience and more like a reluctance to let something foreign enter my body. Months went by and i brought one more menstrual cup, assuming that I was wrong about the size I purchased, but again did not use it at all.

Finally, my bestie, who comes as a saviour in all the situation came up suddenly, like a lightning and explained to me and shared her joy of using the menstrual cup. And yes, her words are like words from heaven for me. So I decided to give a try again. And this time a lil wholeheartedly.

After a long discussion with her and burdening her with all my silly thoughts which she patiently answers always, I brought another menstrual cup ( same as hers, just to ensure I don’t fail this time ).

Before the periods arrived I sat with my mom, discussing the pros and cons of the same. And yes pros were indeed weighing higher. We belong to a small village in Kerala, hence waste management is not that prominent, and, these sanitary pads, i had to burn in the backyard which was never a good thing to do. So mostly I was little reluctant to travel to my hometown these days. And even here in Bangalore, it is not easy, I felt, hence decided to give a try for no waste menstrual time. This again affirmed my thoughts on using Menstrual cup.

Finally, Day Arrived.

Since it was the first time, I had to mentally prepare my self. I went in with the cup and decided to give a try. First, two-three attempts went in vain, as my mind was repelling and hence my body. Almost one moment I was about to give up and use the sanitary pad again.. but then I decided to give a final try.

And yea Eureka. !!!! I did it.

It was comfortably inserted into my vagina… And I was comfortable better than I expected. I just came out of the bathroom and immediately message my bestie lot many thanks.

So Now the hurdle time :

Insertion drama over, now how to remove was yet another though stirring my mind. But actually, it wasn’t hard as I expected it should be. Moreover, my mind wanted to push it out sooner than getting it inside.

Later my first day went well. The next day since the flow was higher, i had to be careful, but I did spill it when i took it out. Hence if you are trying for the first time, ensure that you change the cup multiple times when you have a heavy flow.

Minimum 4-5 hours is ideal, it is better to change and wash and then use again after a couple of hours.

At first, it was indeed difficult for me to even going to the toilet, but then gradually I was comfortable and used to. Now I can say, I am living with it. With the second period cycle, I was so comfy, that I do it with lightning speed.

So here are a few things that I felt, it is important to share with you all ladies :

  1. You might not get it in the first attempt.
  2. Never give up, it is not rocket science.
  3. The cup is not going to get vanished into the vagina ..so chill.
  4. Use the right cup that suits you, hence buy it carefully. I would recommend U shaped ones, as they are ideal to lock in when inserting.
  5. No leakage .. so it’s perfect. hence no stain on panties. ( something I worry a lot) . Yes, I did use a sanitary pad, for a couple of times, but then now I guess I don’t need them now.
  6. I could sleep peacefully at night, as no worries of overflowing.
  7. For Some the stem might be prickly, in that case , read that you can trim it too to suit your need.
  8. Going to the loo, won’t be a problem, Do give a try.
  9. Make sure, you clean it with warm water well.
  10. When it comes to folding the menstrual cup, for me the C folding didn’t work, hence I recommend.
This Is Exactly How You Should Be Folding Your Menstrual Cup | Bloom

10. Have loads of patience with the first try . And it’s not dirty, it’s hygienic. Think it that way before you use.

I hope this will help you.

A change is inevitable, when you can see, that it is ideal for you and nature. So never hesitate on the same. 

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