Only few years may be, but I feel it’s been ages since I got a holiday for Dasara. That’s one of the problems I faced being in Support stream. End users we supported were either global or US/ EMEA based. And obviously as the holidays don’t match, I worked on our holidays and even theirs! I was there in office all night on Dasara & Diwali- to address issues for US customers. And I was there all night even on Halloween & Thanksgiving- to address issues for customers from India or countries that don’t celebrate the holiday.
Moving to full time Learning team has done a lot of good even in the shortest span of three months so far. Finally got back to what I love the most and to something I am good at. No night shifts, no phone support. While this is normal life for millions, it is a good sunrise for me after all the nights.
In addition to that, the holidays for Indian festivals – wow! We have a holiday on Friday even when the festival is on Sunday. Two days leave after weekend (surprise! -no fighting, just marking your absence) makes it a perfect 5 days OFF with family.
The same story repeats for Diwali as well. Friday is holiday, though festival falls on a weekend, two days leave and that makes another perfect 5 days OFF.
Am lovin’ it! 🙂