Greetings to YOU.
They say all good things come to an end. Truly so, I am sitting down to write the final mail as the Chief of Media Communications and Official Spokesperson of HAL. I am sure, for many of YOU this mail will be a big surprise, for some it could be on the expected lines, and for others it will be just another mail.
November 10, 2009 is my last working day with HAL. I joined HAL on August 8, 2005 and would be completing four years and three months and three days, when I finally bid goodbye. Not many would know that I was on an annual contract and I was given a three months notice by HAL. My colleague in Delhi, Mr. Ashwin Raj, Media Affairs Co-ordinator, is signing-off today, November 9, 2009. Rest of the team members had left us last year after completing their contractual obligations and took up permanent jobs in newspapers.
Ashwin and I are getting out of HAL at a time when the job scenario outside is extremely bleak following recession and its fall-out. But then we didn’t have any choice. Ashwin & I had joined HAL from The Times of India, Bangalore. The one-to-one rapport I built with thousands of employees and officers across HAL and the love and support I received over the years for all our initiatives, especially Minsk Square Matters (MSM), is something that I will cherish for a lifetime. Sitting in one room in HAL Corporate Office, I could feel ‘Your’ pulse and aspirations and we tried our best to make the world know that here’s an HAL that’s propelled by people power and not just machine might.
I will miss your constant phone calls, emails, letters, SMSes – something that triggered my passion constantly. Like YOU, I will miss MSM. With ‘Your’ support, we brought up MSM like a child, and today when it has started walking and running, it’s creator in me has to bid goodbye. As Dr. Kalam wished, MSM found a special place in the heart and soul of YOU all. And despite all this, if YOU are still wondering why I have to leave, I request YOU to treat it as yet another unanswered mystery of our times. Be honest, straightforward and always speak out, if YOU are confident that YOU are right.Thank YOU for a patient reading. Thank YOU for investing faith in Corporate Communications. Thank YOU for giving me an opportunity to serve YOU. I will miss YOU.
Anantha Krishnan M.