I still remember the day I received the email from Pramod Rai asking me if I was willing to visit the Deerwalk Headquarters in US. I hesitantly replied “Yes”, as I had to leave my two months old baby back here in Kathmandu. After making all the required arrangements for my family, I started working on my expired and non-machine readable passport.
My first visit to the US, during the winter/spring of 2010 to Verisk Health, was so cold that I was a bit apprehensive of my second visit, during the summer/fall of 2014 to Deerwalk. Fortunately, this time, everything was a lot warmer – both weather-wise and people-wise. In this report, I provide some snippets of those warm experiences:.
When I joined Deerwalk three and a half years ago, I had thought that this company was the right platform for me to share my ideas, knowledge and expertise. But, as my desk started getting old and my chair started wearing down, I was proven wrong. Deerwalk was not only the platform to showcase my capabilities but also a platform where I could learn and experience something new every day. And, in March 2014, the experience I got was something big and extraordinary: the chance to travel to the USA, the land of opportunities, the land of dreams.
The year 2014 could not have started off any better for me than with a visit to the US from Deerwalk. This was my first visit to the US and I was excited about it. Since Sanjeev was already here in Nepal at the time, I knew Ashay was coming to pick me up at the airport. But to my surprise Smriti, Prashant and Rupendra were there too. Trust me, I could not have chosen any better weather to go to Boston. It was winter and as soon as I stepped out from the airport, I got my first taste of Winter in Boston. It was freezing cold and there was a snow storm just a couple of days before I landed.
When I learnt that my visit to the US was planned for Nov 3, I was truly excited as it would be my first visit to the country. I reached Boston airport at 10:30 PM after experiencing the weariness of changing flights and hours inside them. After a short wait outside the airport, a familiar face (thanks to skype) appeared before me and he was none other than Sanjeev Tuladhar. I had heard from previous visitors that he was easygoing and helpful, and that was undeniably true. I learnt lots of things from him including some cooking tips and, yes, he really cooks well.
“You will have a different experience. Visiting new places is not so bad.” I never said that I wouldn’t go, but people kept on pushing me. I do not know why but people normally over-recommend things to me, maybe because I do not believe most of them.
I have been working in offshore offices of US-based IT companies for the past five years and I had always been eager to learn about the workings, processes and environments at onshore offices. Fortunately, I got an opportunity to visit Deerwalk’s headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts last month.