I believe that we make two kinds of decisions in our lives: the right ones and the wrong ones. I have made my share of wrong decisions, but walking in through the front door at BACKSPACE was definitely not one of them.
I met Partha and I liked him immediately, not for the immensely gifted person that he is (I got to know about that gradually), but for his unassuming and friendly demeanor.
I started with the PDP sessions and they were a real eye opener. I realized the competition was actually even fiercer than what I had thought at first and I had a lot of catching up to do.
Being in a job which was extremely taxing, involved a lot of travelling and gave me very little time of my own, I found it difficult to prepare properly and even attending the PDP sessions and mock interviews regularly was not always possible for me.
This is where the difference between BACKSPACE and other 'reputed' GD-PI institutes is enormous. Even when I used to be out of station or too busy to attend classes, I would receive regular updates and tips from Partha over the telephone. Even when I forgot the timing of my telephonic interviews, I used to get a little SMS reminder from Partha himself.
This aspect of BACKSPACE where you realize your mentor is just as worried as you are about your preparation is what sets it apart. The personal touches, the little pats on the back and the subtle nudges in the right direction really go a long way in making a individual feel that he can make it.
I have converted a call and I will be on my way in a few days time, but I'll always hold one line which Partha told me on the first day close to my heart, 'At BACKSPACE our relation is not just over the period of a course, but forever'.
Signing off... A HAPPY BACKSPACIAN (for life)