Sabbatical : Time for unofficial official announcement
There are so many things, that I want to do in my life. Life these days is so fast paced (or slow paced) that you rarely get a chance to do what you want. Along with personal inabilities that we fight, other close constraints like society, money, fear, family responsibilities, friends and competition will try to stop you from doing what you want.
I have been thinking about it for more than a year now and its mostly my personal inability to make up my mind which stopped me doing this. My parents, friends above all my sister (my main source of strength) were so supportive. They weren't even shocked when they heard the **news from me**. I think the delay was due to make up my mind wrt to money.
Its not very easy make up your mind to live in 1/3rd of your original salary. But thanks to family and friends, I am taking an year off (community empathy sabbatical) to work for NGO. I am happy that i didn't take too long to decide :) and this is going to be a refreshing change after completing seven years in IT industry.
I would have let you guys know much before but there were so many confusions. Now that it is confirmed
From: community empathy Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:50 PM To: Thejesh G. N. Subject: FW: Congratulations! Dear Thejesh, Congratulations ! We are glad to inform you that your application to proceed on sabbatical for community service has been approved by the selection committee. The approval is done as per details below : Organization : Janaagraha Location : Bangalore Role : Technology Manager Duration : 1 year Monetary Emolument from NGO: None ... ... ... We wish you the very best in your venture Regards, Community Empathy Team
The sabbatical is going to start on
Jan/15/2009 Jan/15/2010 and will be till Jan/15/2010 Jan/15/2011. I will be working with Janaagraha, Bangalore. I will write about the things I will doing at Janaagrah in a different post. But All I can say is, its very interesting.
I hope I can make a difference. BTW leave any tips that you have to save money and live frugal. 2010 is going to be an year of experiments.