Internship under Architect Hafeez Contractor – Ekshikaa from MEASI Academy of Architecture

Internship under Architect Hafeez Contractor

Sometimes we know where are we going, sometimes we don’t. And sometimes, we realize if we don’t want to go somewhere. Read Ekshikaa’s internship story which should depress you, elate you, and inspire you to not give up.

“Mumbai” and “Architect Hafeez Contractor” are two exceptionally magical words. For the moment I utter them, everyone has half their eyeballs popping out along with their jaw-drop in full swing, free-fall I call it.

I may as well have said “Open Sesame”.

I’m still interning in the Stock Market by the way. Yes. I call my office the Stock Market. I read it’s healthy to give your workplace a funny name, keeps you going they say. Like how it kept me going even on Sundays I suppose.

The relentless phone calls and our architects yelling into the phone most politely in their sexiest intonation, the pitching of glorious designs in a manner so boisterous, you wonder why hasn’t he gotten beat yet on grounds of socially-unacceptable-egotism-levels, the immutable clatter of keys being punched hard into their places, you can almost hear them scream, the ruthlessness of deadlines and gluing of ourselves onto the seat for more than 12 hours and the quiet grieving, trauma, misfortune of a system-crash, is what makes me call it the Stock Market.

Yes. It isn’t what I expected. Not even a degree close to it. Work is strenuous, yet the joy of using fresh software has no bounds. Seniors are rude, but hey nobody likes a show-off, or anyone smarter than them, especially an intern. Lunches are lovely in your head because they don’t exist in reality. What does exist in fact are deadlines, like shiny daggers hanging above your head. Once successful slash that deadline champ. Slash it all you want, just like scratching that one thing you accomplished on your to-do list in 12th grade. Fourteen more splendid tasks to go.

Yet, I love it, adore it, admire it and respect it. The internship that took me four months to get was going to witness every fiber of me grasp as much as I can, learn as much as I want to, observe as much as I get.

I choose to sit long. I choose to eavesdrop on client meetings. I choose to sneak to the site on weekends. I choose to work the extra shifts and get the extra practice, because I put my ‘socially-happening’, ‘family-loving’ ‘Make-em-jealous’ life on hold for 5 months to rise in this period to the person I can be.

“Why be ‘Good’ when you can be ‘Great’ with additional effort and attention to detail?” said an incredibly wise man. Oh what words, sliced through laziness like scythes.

“Learn more. Earn more.”-That’s my latest motto, my drive.

Every time I’m low what flows within me is only gratefulness for being in, working in and learning in one of the world’s best firms. That being said, the office might as well have been in Timbuktu since I hardly step out.

Yes, we get seasick in this Internship of ours. We feel like it’s the end, we see no destination. But I spew and survive. To live a lighter, brighter and challenging day ahead because life, my friend, is just not fair. Particularly considering the exceeding levels of competitiveness in the social drama, not to forget Melanin.

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13 thoughts on “Internship under Architect Hafeez Contractor – Ekshikaa from MEASI Academy of Architecture

  • September 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Very well written brief on internship from the heart. Many would empathise the ordeal an intern goes through. Keep at it Ekshikaa. God bless you.

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    • November 20, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      Hi Sivanathan,

      Thank you for your kind words.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Well written Ekshikaa!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Hi Ekshikaa..well written..internship in all its hues :)..hope ur drawings/ works or whatever else there is that u will do after this will b as colorful n lively and keep you going to deliver your best each time n every time.. Best wishes.. God Bless

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  • September 23, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Heartiest congratulations dear bubblegummer

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  • September 23, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Yoo Hoo Yippee Yaaaaaay sweetie pie

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  • September 24, 2015 at 5:26 AM

    Xtremely well written n I am sure dis hard facts of lyf will stand u in good stead.your hard work now is the base for a more professional satisfying stint ahead.keep working hard n I m sure u will keep up with the pace n reqmt of a modern architect.god bless n v r proud of u.

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    • November 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      Hi Prithviraj,

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation.

      Reply
  • September 24, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Very well written Ekshikaa, there’s an old saying that in times of intense stress and pressure if you can maintain your sense of humour then you have won half the battle…. Ekshikaa you have won yours with panache !

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    • November 20, 2015 at 10:31 AM

      HI Rohit,

      Thank you for your kind words of appreciation.

      Reply
  • February 28, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Wow… Really i find you are so lucky to do a intern with such friendly surounding…. congrats….
    May i know how to apply internship to His Architecture firm

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  • April 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    I also want to join here … Where should I apply ???

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