Friday, January 20, 2012

IT Off-Shore Onsite Song

Most of the Big IT companies in our country work on an Onsite (Videsh) and Off-Shore (Swadesh) model.

Which simply means that some of the team members would be working in Firangi land while other members of their team would be slogging in India.

Most of the communication between these teams happen via telephone and due to the difference in Time Zones of the Countries, they usually happen outside the office hours.

Usually the Off-Shore team would be waiting for their Onsite Counterparts to call them or pick up their phone and provide (a very often misused word) "KT" or Knowledge Transition.

While coming back today from work, I was in an Auto listening to a Song by Fort Minor called "Where'd you go".

Now your's truly having been worked in both these situations, (In Firangi Land and in Bharat Mata ki Jai) this song struck an immediate chord with me and I decided to re-word the lyrics a bit to convey what the team mates in the two countries feel about each other.

(Yes it is a mutual feeling both ways, where both the teams in both the countries feel that the other are enjoying themselves)

So here goes: 

Where'd you go?
We miss you so,
Seems like it's been forever,
That you've been gone.

Some days I feel like shit,
Some days I wanna quit, and just be normal for a bit,

I don't understand why you have to always be gone,
I get along but the calls always feel so long,

And, I find myself trying to stay by the phone,
Cause the dial tone always helps me to not feel so alone,

But I feel like an idiot, workin' my day around the call,
But when you pick up you don't have much to say,

So, I want you to know it's a little fucked up,
That I'm stuck here waitin', at times debatin',

Tellin' you that I've had it with you and this career,
Me and the rest of the team here singing 

Where'd you go?
We miss you so,
Seems like it's been forever,
That you've been gone.



Pooja Abhay said...

Waah..such an apt song!
You should have been in the 'entertainment' industry. You would have made it big :)

Anonymous said...

nice post
off shore and onsite
IT ke do khambe hain jinpar vo tikki hain

subhorup dasgupta said...

This is so funny and so apt. You have nicely captured the emotions of being on either side of the divide.

anatreek said... reminded me of my calls..usually we put it on mute and once in ten minutes, we say, "yes, yes" even though none of us would've understood a word! :D

PhilO♥ said...

I love this song :)

PhilO♥ said...

I read a couple of your older posts, and I'm totally going to come back in here :D
Keep blogging :)

cosmic_wanderer said...


Thanks, if I ever want a change of Career if I will definitely consider it ;-)

cosmic_wanderer said...


Yups that's true for the Indian IT Industry..

But I hope someday that's not the case and we can move on from being Man-Power Suppliers to Products and Ideas based organisations.

cosmic_wanderer said...

Thanks Subhorup :)

cosmic_wanderer said...


I have done the exact same thing, In fact I had recorded the "Yes, Hmm... Ok' on my phone and played it loud on speaker during these calls and set it on repeat ;-)

cosmic_wanderer said...


Thanks, Glad you liked some of the posts.

Do come back. :)

PhilO♥ said...

I sure will :D

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