October 1st, 2016, 03:00 PM. I was in our car with my family on our way to Harveys and email notification pop up while I was doing something on my mobile. Instantly with a bundle of a laugh, I was yelling OMG OMG OMG; I could feel tears in my eyes, and my family looks at me like “what’s wrong with her ;)”
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Thank you everyone, who nominated and congratulated me. It is nice to see congratulations from individuals who I admire a lot. There are so many people I want to thank, not because I got the MVP award, it’s because I am here in this position doing what I love and feeling proud of myself for just because of their influence. Long ago, I remember telling my colleagues in a daily scrum that one day I will become an MVP, that time I don’t even know who gets the MVP award, but I was following some great MVP’s. When I compare myself with the MVP’s I admire, I feel like I don’t deserve this award.
But this award is an answer to so many situations I have been. First of all, the guilty of being away from my daughter. Parenting is an amazing thing; it doesn’t come with a manual; saying what to do and what not. But I am sure that there are so many parents who sometimes felt guilty about not fulfilling their wishes. There is no such thing as work-life balance, it is very unlikely and doing these extra community activities is much more challenging. I really appreciate every individual who put their efforts towards community sharing their knowledge different ways. It is great to see Microsoft recognising them. I am saying it is not easy, but at the same time, it is something I enjoyed greatly in the recent years. However, I thank my family especially my daughter for letting me do everything I do. While I was preparing for #TechDaysOnline, she was not allowing my husband to talk to me and asked him to cook so I can focus on my work. Thank you 🙂 I also want to thank my husband Ravi and Divya for everything.
Next, comes SQLFamily, I actually kind of like calling SQLFriends than SQLFamily. There are soooooo many people I want to thank. Many inspired me, and there are some who introduced me to speaking life, encouraged me and guided me. I am not gonna name each here, but if they read this, they will know. Thank you 🙂
And Thank you Microsoft. Getting this award is like a pat on the back. I come from a non-English speaking background. I did my schooling in my native language; I started learning English alphabets when I was ten yrs. When I came to the UK for my masters, I was too scared to talk to a Job Centre Plus person on the phone. Now to be in a position to speak in front of many people, I am very proud of myself. This award feels like a reward for all the effort. At this moment I feel Awesome, I thank you every single person who helped me to be here plus huge special thanks to Microsoft and lovely people at Microsoft. I am thrilled, honoured and humbled 🙂
If you have come this far, thank you for reading 🙂