Last Day @ U21G

Today 28th April 2006 was technically the last official working day for me at my current organisation. As most of the readers are aware, U21Global is a world pioneer in on-line learning, having taken an early lead in high-quality management education and learning in Asia Pacific and Middle East from 2003 onwards. There are hardly any comparable organisations of the standing and quality levels that U21Global has achieved in its short history of just four years.

I had enjoyed these past three and half-years outside of the mainstream technology experience that I had possessed at the time of joining U21Global. It was organisation building, resourcing, building a brand in the international arena, establishing operations in many countries around the world, striking partnerships with large companies and partners, working in concert with academics who are enviably possessive of their long-term vision, dealing with young people full of ambitions, and a market full of vagaries of the exotic types. It was great, and it made me into a better rounded leader who can foresee what could happen round the corner ahead of the others, and I was able to actively contribute to the operations and success of the organisation in full measure.

I had a positive feeling of accomplishment as I walked out at 5 PM today for the last time as an employee. I look behind with many kinds of feelings, largely positive and graceful, at the many faces who smiled at me today, and at the helpful souls who always went out of their ways to find a way to assist me when they witnessed my technical distress. I was not emotional at all – it was a good feeling all the way today. I walked into the office of the head for Thomson Asia and he wished me well in my future endeavours.

Since there were many souls who were away today from the office, I could not complete my photo-shoots, that has to wait till probably the 8th and/or 15th May. However, there were others who nicely obliged to be photographed with me and I thank them for their enthusiasm and time. Some of these photos are published below. Take a look !

It is going to be 8 PM on Friday the 28th April in Singapore, and I am feeling a bit sad….reviewing the happenings of the past week or so….it has been a good week though. But there is this feeling which I am not able to describe in English, a kind of a small vacuum, largely resulting from the forthcoming absence of some of the interesting people that I had known these past few years from my daily life at the U21Global office. People who tolerated me and my ways, who understood my strengths, who encouraged my actions and thoughts, who pushed me ahead, who asked me to stand up for my beliefs, who kicked me when I was weak, who laughed at me when there were antiquities on display, who knew I am destined for something very different in the future, et al. I respect these folks who ultimately believed in me, and on who I laid my trust.

Well, before I go any further, let me assure my readers that I have a sober head on my shoulders this evening. These are times which most people go through, but very few express the thoughts that savage their minds. I think it is important to express as eloquently and elegantly as possible, one’s feelings on important occasions like these – life is too short to go unrecorded for such august events.

I have enjoyed my stay at U21Global, and will be moving to India soon. In the meanwhile, let us wish all at U21Global a gloriously successful year in 2006 ! Now, let us look at some of the pictures from my Casio Digital camers shoots of today !! Thanks to Shreen for being my main photographer of the day, as well as Joanne Tan for being the supportive second photographer !!!

VJ White Board

VJ Desk

VJ with Karin

26 thoughts on “Last Day @ U21G

  1. Saptarshi roy

    It was great meeting vijay at u21Global.We dont get to see many good people working in corporates these days.Vijay is one of them .I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours and i am sure you will be close to us wher ever you are.

    All the best and god bless.

  2. Saptarshi, Thanks for your kind words, appreciate the same. We will ofcourse stay in touch. Everyone has a style and some substance, and I am no different. I like to interact with people and develop close relationships.

    All the Best to you and the Delhi Team for FY 2006 !

    Take care,


  3. Prem Das Maheshwari

    Thanks giving has almost become a formality to express gratitude to those who help you .I however,shall not abstain from such a pleasent duty.I thank Vijay from the core of my heart for all the help and support I recieved from him during his stay at U21G.

  4. ET

    Hi Vijay,

    I will miss working for a supportive and a fun boss like you. I will miss your jokes and the office will be so quiet without you.

    I feel so bad when I heard from JT that you brought forward your last day to 28 April. I read her email when I was in ROME. I feel sorry for not being there…and not being able to serve you till your last working day…I hope to see you again on 8 May. I have bought something all the way from Europe especially for you…

    Do keep in touch and thanks for giving me a chance to work for U21Global. Thanks for approving my AL so that I can go for my delayed honeymoon… 🙂 Thanks for your support…and thanks for being a friend…

    We-Le and I wish you all the best and we hope to meet you again if you visit Singapore or if we visit India one day…

    Love from Vienna, Emmeline & We-Le

  5. Girish Rangan


    I share the feelings of my colleagues – we will surely miss you.

    In the few weeks that I have known you, I have grown to like and respect you. You are an extremely insightful person blessed with a disarming and honest demeanour that endears you in the very first meeting.

    I have much to thank you – you have given India a head start and given me an excellent team. You have also shared your insights into the business and helped me hit the ground running.

    I look forward to seeing you in Mumbai in the coming week – you said you would be here between the 3rd and the 6th of May… call me and let’s confirm the date and time.

    Vijay, I wish you much fulfillment in the years ahead. I am sure that Bangalore (and India) will welcome you back with the warmth and affection reserved for a returning son!


  6. VJ

    Thanks Emmeline and Girish, your warm sentiments and kind words are much appreciated.

    Emmeline, I thank you for your eminent support to me and the sales team, I am sure they would all join me in commending your commitment and support. I am glad you are enjoying your honeymoon in the most exotic places I had always wished to go – I have been to only Paris, drab London and St Petersburg and Moscow in Europe so far. I look forward to seeing you on the 8th of May for lunch / drinks et al……

    Girish, I will be there in Mumbai from 2nd May itself……would love to catch up and pick your brains for my career as well. All the very Best for an outstanding billing quarter,


  7. Dear Vijay,

    The news that you have left U21G came as a deadly blow to me. In our last meeting you did mention that you may shift to Bangalore, but I had not imagined that you would do so by joining some other concern. Your contributions to U21G are legendary and we all are grateful to you.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to meeting you at Bangalore soon. Please do give me a call at my mobile 9980329998, whenever you land up here.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Kanishka Bedi

  8. Dear Kanishka, Thanks for your sentiments. I will definitely look you up when I am in Bangalore next. I wish to maintain ties with all at U21Global, and look forward to our continued association in the future. In the meantime, I would like to wish you all the very best in helping take our brand forward in India, hopefully in close association with IIM-B, my alma mater.


  9. paul goh

    Hi Vijay,

    Sad that you have left but happy that a great future lies ahead of you. Thank you for all the support and help that you have rendered to me.

    Take good care and keep in touch. Let us know when you have settled down in India. We can visit you there at our next Conference!

    Paul Goh

  10. Mike Goldberg

    Dear Vijay:

    I enjoyed reading your blog and being reminded as a result of the great exchanges and connections we all had with you. Of course, my fondest memory will have to be the search for the great VINDALOO, which was finally concluded in Bangalore. We had some terrific trips together which I will miss along with the occasional beer or wine subsequently.

    Returning to the food theme, our last bout of cooking together and the mystery of the disappearing freshly squeezed lemon juice will also continue to loom large among my happy Vijay memories. So will the resulting cooking photos which hopefully have all been destroyed by now somewhere in cyberspace.

    I look forward to more of this great interaction in the future and hope you will keep in touch in person, as well as by blog. We need to return to ANDRA for sure in the near future and of course shop for Alfonso mangoes now that the season is upon us. See you soon for some more Hayward’s 5000!!


  11. V Tah


    My brother and friend…Dubai misses you, especially the Lebanese restaurant where we discussed everything and nothing for 7 hours…I think we still continued, and finally finished @ 5:00am ….

    All the best to you, Padma and the kids – I know we will be in regular touch.

    Whenevr I think of you, this quote by Charlie D. comes to mind:

    A brief candle; both ends burning
    An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
    A friend to share the interesting times
    A handshake and a sip of wine
    So say it loud and let it ring
    We are all a part of everything
    The future, present and the past
    Fly on proud bird
    You’re free at last

    Cheers mate, Vikram T.

  12. Helen Lange

    Hi Vijay,
    I am just catching up after my travels and I am so sorry I missed your last day. The place won’t be the same without you – and how we will miss your SM meeting reports on recruitment – and anything else that you thought worth commenting on at the time. Our meetings will be so much quicker, but not nearly as colourful.

    All the very best, Vijay, to you and your family. I have indeed enjoyed working with you and look forward to seeing you when I am next in Bangalore.


  13. austin pm

    Hi Vijay,
    You did a great job at U21global! We should catch up sometime in India. Are you in Chennai anytime?

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