Thursday, April 30, 2009


Warning: This is a Looooooooooooong post and has a lot of me bitching about my boss and my work life in general. So read when you're in the worst of moods and best of free-time :)

Yes! I resigned from my job today. I had taken leave yesterday to work out on THE perfect resignation letter and searched google and a host of other career websites before getting onto something which was a mix from many good letters I saw. In short i copied from many and used my copy - paste skills to the best. I got to see a variety of letters; funny ones, short ones, to-the-point ones, one-up-your-@$$ ones and what not. I even went to read Satyam's Ramalinga Raju's resignation letter. In the search i found a few good ones too. Like Roosevelt's resignation letter, one-liner resignations, even those with abuses and what not!

One even had BLOGGING as its main theme. Couldn't help but posting it here.

The one-liner's were of the type

Dear Boss,

F**K You


Or the best one i got online was:


Main Chala.

Tujhe jo ukhaadna hai ukhaad le,


PS: The above letter can be RIGHTLY understood only if you've a good knowledge of colloquial Hindi, especially what MC means :)

Even though i really wanted to write one like the two above, but finally i settled on what's given below:


The Executive Director

IFFCO Paradeep Unit

Through Proper Channel

30th April 2009

Dear Sir,

Sub: Resignation from the services of IFFCO

I write this letter to tender my official resignation from IFFCO, as Senior Engineer (Mech) in Phosphoric Acid Plant, effective today, 30st April 2009. I also inform you that I would be completing my one month notice period as required by the company policy.

I do this with a quintessential feeling of regret which is bound to come on leaving a wonderful organization as IFFCO and also with a feeling of joy, borne out of taking a new career path in pursuing higher education, i.e., MBA for the next two years.

My association with IFFCO since December 2007 has been a great learning experience and I am grateful to the entire organization and in particular PAP Staff and Workmen for their unrelenting support and understanding extended to me.

I do affirm of providing all possible assistance in my capacity to ensure a smooth knowledge transition, in keeping with the high standards of IFFCO.

Finally, this is to request you to kindly initiate the exit process so that I might be relieved of my duties by 31st May 2009. I would like to thank one and all who have been a part of my IFFCO work life and would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to them.

Thanks & Regards,

Yours Truly,

Abhijith B

P No. 109231

Sr Engineer (Mech)

PAP Mechanical

Then in the morning I faced a lot of questions when i walked into my office. My office isn't the kind of office one would expect to get after a engineering degree. Its not the kind that one dreams of, not the greatest view, not the best of AC's, not the plushest of chairs. To cut the crap short i'll just put a pic of my office. Here it is:

A typical site office in a factory, but still not the norm, but a bit off colour. I walked in to see my boss, the chief manager sitting in the blue chair above and the shift engineer sitting in the black chair. Discussing about a breakdown that occurred in my section. I was then assigned the job taking making the pump ready by the evening and then i set about the task of finding what my technicians and workers were doing. Then i assigned various jobs to the people and went to the planning office which is more like an office with the AC, PC and cabins, files and stuff. There I took a print out of the letter I'd typed and marched into my Boss's office and gave it to him. He just glanced through it and was just reading and reading, not even asking me to sit. Well that's his usual style. He never asks me to sit when I go to his office. He quickly fires a lot of words and I scoot before he gets time to think what he said. This time he was just reading and reading. I remembered the words from my senior in the planning office who 1st saw the letter and told me to take a dictionary to my boss who's got a great vocabulary and is the best person when it comes to English, especially due to his Bimaru state background or his crude working culture which he learnt after working in a cement plant for 20 years.

Anyways he just kept on reading and then finally after 3 minutes and 21 seconds he asked me to come back after lunch and get it from him. I went out happily after the deed and then i was expecting to get a serious talk from either my boss, the paandi HOD i've, the GM Maintenance(who's the most vocal spokesperson of my company; about how great an organisation IFFCO is). But none of them seemed to bother that i was quitting my job. They just forwarded the letter to the next higher authority until it reached the Exec Director's table. He is on leave and I'm pretty sure he'd not care two hoots if i leave the company. For him I'm just a resource who planned to quit.

Truth is i feel bad that none of these people value my 18 month long stint in this place. It seems to me now that it was a wrong decision on my part to have taken up this job instead of the Wipro job I had. It is true that I loved some aspects of my job; like the good trips I had thanks to the job, the good times I had in the job, the bad days @ work.

But overall I hoped the people here cared for the work I did. This is the main reason I'm quitting my job, NOBODY appreciates the good things I do here. I feel leaving that my 18 month long work-life in the World's Largest Phosphoric Acid plant was a great experience.

Some snaps from my work life.

Overhauling a pump at 1 AM in the morning isn't something I loved to supervise.

That's SULPHURIC ACID flowing down the pipe, yeah the same H2SO4 you learnt about in school, only that it's 98% concentrated. Burnt a good shirt of mine once.

A gas cutting work under progress in a vessel. Was a fascination when I 1st saw these things.

The 1st thing you'll see when you visit Phos Acid Plant(PAP). It really is the world's largest and will be forever, coz no one's DUMB enough to make a single reactor plant with more than 2500 Metric Tonnes production per day. Mine's 2650 MT per day of 100% Phos acid.

This job will always have a special place in my heart, just like my 1st job. Hope the last month here will be a good time as well.


Abhilash Suryan said...

Good to see you coming out of all those chemicals :-)

Hari said...

Fantastic post. And great resignation letters... Loved the MC one! Awesome narration and a great read, as always!! (not thallu) And who said it's long, not even close by my standards. ;)

And which shirt did the acid burn? That was bad! I mean, did the acid fall on your shirt when you were wearing it? :P

The vocab thing with your boss: Happens with the letters I write too! :| Maybe that's why he took 3 mins and 21 secs. ;)

Hey, you would've slogged 10 times more, had you been in Wipro, btw!! So don't get desp over that!! Had it not been for the occasional brickbat, lack of gals at your place, and the bad boss, I guess your job had its share of fun!! Wasn't the salary a plus point? :P

Viajero said...

So in the one month notice period, will they ask you to work like a donkey? ;-)

Maintnc work is really boring.....the moment if I get transferred there, I will prefer to quit :)

mathew said...

hmm..atleast this resignation letter is not the usual ones i read these times..and moreover its very rare to see people voluntarily retiring these times..good luck for your higher was interesting to see glimpse of the factory...the only time i have visited a factory was during the industrial visit from college..and we dint care a damn how they worked then..;-D

DPhatsez said...


MC resignation bahut accha!

Congrats on the MBA. Prepare for 2 years of ass-whooping. Anubhavam Guru!

Abhijith said...

Angane IFFCO kaandam avasanikkunnu . Really liked the resignation letter . Ente resignation letter was a very simple issue . Google cheythappol aadyam kittiya etho orennam korach modify cheytheduthu .
Ini IIFT il poyi 2 nidraheenamaya varshangal chilavazhichu varoo sir !!

I'm said...

"...after 3 minutes and 21 seconds"

You counted? :-O

Now, go rock the world.:-D

Wishing you the awesomest life ahead! \m/

Hari Vishnu said...

hehe after all the stuff u built up i really expected u to come up with a letter bubbling with sarcasm.. but apparently ure still not bold enough until ure truly out of the place :)..

enthaayalum, joli ennokke paranjaal chelappol anganeya.. yea that pic of ur 'working conditions' that u put gave me a nice picture of ur work culture there.. but atleast u learnt a lot..

enjoy at ur new place learning :)


seems lik u did good to urself by resigning... (thou nt considerin tht u had to for ur highr studies)

girl said...

nice 2 c the factory insides..

goodluck with ur studies at FT :D

Hari Vishnu said...

and lol at that photo "welcome to the worlds largest phosphoric acid plant"

Bhavu said...

I didn't even felt it was a real looong story! All the best for the next step.. :-)

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

@ Abhilash sir - Thanks a lot sir :)

@ Hari - I burnt two shirts while dealing with acid. One was given to me by an EX-SPECIAL SOMEONE. You know about it don't u?

@ Viajero - Well i hope you never get a Boss like mine even if you get to Maint.

@ Mathew - Well before this factory job, my exp with a factory was the 1 week i spent @ Titanium for my Industrial Training.

@ DP - Thanks :)

@ Abhi - Well i too thought to make it simple, but then i attached a lot of value to my 18 months here, but sadly they didn't seem to have the same opinion

@ Akhil - Thanks and yeah i counted each second as he pored over the letter again and again.

@ Hari - Well i too wanted to write one like the MC thingy, but then in the end thought we'd end on a happy note. That PIC you ref to is among my best memories :)

@ Someone - Thanks a lot.

@ Girl - Thanks

@ Bhavu - Well i used to write long one's, but wasn't in a mood that day :D. Thanks anyways.

manoranjini said...

Sweet resignation letter,no hard feelings at all..
"NOBODY appreciates the good things I do here." touched a raw nerve !I understand totally ..
anyways , have a rocking time ahead dude !

manoranjini said...

For all the complaints you made about the office not being what you expect after a BTech degree ,I think the two jobs u were in till now leaves you with much more of enriching experience than most people!The grinding is what polishes the stone into glittering diamond !

Homer said...

Koothi office thane...!!:P
dun wrry..itz all gonna b behind u nw..u r destined fer da gud lyf my frnd...!!:D
nd lovd da sample lettrz...!!:D

Yasir said...

Dear Boss

aaaah thooo