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.
This was my second visit to the Deerwalk office in Boston. The last time I was there in February, 2013 the entire city was covered with snow. This time, Ashay, Arjun and Sanjeev picked me up from the airport and I couldn’t identify anything because everything looked completely different in full color. Last time, snow was everywhere, the water on the lake was frozen solid and it was so cold.
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
After a long and tiresome flight of twenty hours or so, from Kathmandu to Doha to Boston, I was happy to find Abanish and Namita waiting for me at Boston’s Logan airport and I was eager for an amazing US experience.
It was a hectic month of visa applications along with my regular work at Deerwalk before I could breathe a sigh of relief when my application was accepted. I was overjoyed and, at the same time, a little anxious about what to expect when I finally got to the US.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”- This is a great saying by St. Augustine. Having an opportunity to travel to the United States of America was like a chance to come out of a well and get to see the other side of the world. It was definitely like my dream had come true.
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.
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.
“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.
Finally, the day for departure came. With a final glance at my sisters and brothers at the airport, I moved towards the queue. During the layover in India, I met two Nepalis going to Chicago and some others going to various Arabian countries, so time passed pleasantly.
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.