Reflections from year 1…

Welcoming Dharini!

365 days and counting. That’s the number of days I’ve completed at GadflyZone. To summarize the “minutes” of my experience would require more than 525600 adjectives (an adjective a minute for a year!). Indeed, it has been fast paced. The interplay among various factors of my work-life - learning, value addition, team camaraderie, customer deliverables, fun - couldn’t be better. On some days, the hours are long, then there are others, where I get to run distances proportionate to those hours spent working towards customer deliverables. When the mind is happy and purposeful, work is fun and productivity is at its peak.

Working in a startup environment has provided me with the excitement that I had hoped for - right from day 1. Facing challenging yet doable tasks - that directly impact customers - provides the right mix of motivation and thrill to us Gadflys. The pressures of the challenges have not prevented the team from dancing through their days jovially - literally with zumba and bharatanatyam, or figuratively through the projects. Helping each other, and being around each other are fun multipliers.  

Speaking of dancing and team, a new Gadfly joined our dancing crew, aka the GadflyZone team. Vasudharini, aka Dharini - another product of the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras - is Aparna’s junior from the Master’s program in Chemical Engineering. Dharini is a medal winner for her outstanding academic record during her Masters program. After graduation, she worked at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur for couple of years as a researcher, working extensively on modelling and simulation projects on microwave heating, which coincidentally happened to be her Master’s thesis topic. While at Tata Steel, Dharini also published a paper on prediction of carbonization times in coke ovens.

In addition to her academic laurels, Dharini will also add to our team’s dance talents. She’s a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic singer, mesmerizing audience from her time at school to Tata Steel, Jamshedpur - excited that we are next in line. Her other pastimes include binge watching films and getting engrossed in thriller/detective genre based novels. Her comfort corners are good food and shopping, something she is always ready for! Dharini is working towards an ambitious life time goal of learning as many classical dance forms as possible! Her latest form of dance to be crossed off from that list is Kathak!

We are all very excited to have Dharini on-board and look forward to dancing through all tasks that come at hand.

Dance like no one’s watching :-)

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