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Indians laid off by the current recession tell their stories in this gripping rediff.com series. A shocking chronicle of work experiences.
May 26
'Job market will improve by the end of this year'
Rajeev A narrates how he -- and many others like him -- was cheated by a software company which duped gullible job seekers.

May 25, 2009
'The promise of a new job left me unemployed'
Young IT executive Aman Bhalla discusses how would-be employers duped him and left him without a job.

May 19, 2009
'Don't try too hard to impress your boss'
How Priya Munshi was burdened with more work than she could handle and then sacked.

May 15, 2009
'My dreams came crashing down'
Rakesh Jain can't thank his boss much for firing him. He is now firing on all cylinders as a freelancer.

May 7, 2009
'I'm still looking for jobs with a large family to support'
What a top Indian company did to V K Harish.

May 6, 2009
'Trust your instincts'
Sanjay Rane is coping with his shocking layoff by giving tuitions.

May 5, 2009
'I was the devil's associate at my office'
Gayatri Bakshi got fired instead of receiving a promotion.

April 28, 2009
'I was the devil's associate at my office'
A company calamity translated into losing her job overseas.

April 24, 2009
'Despite my superb performance I am back to square one'
Layoff took me back from where I started my career.

April 23, 2009
'Management decisions are unpredictable'
You can't escape a layoff if managements make a firm decision.

April 21, 2009
'No choice but to settle for a lower salary'
Once you get a pink slip the new employer always drives a hard bargain.

April 16, 2009
'I lost my confidence'
That's how the pink slip took its toll on me.

April 15, 2009
'It's not wise to burn your bridges'
Always part on good terms even if you have been insulted.

April 14, 2009
'My daughter asked, 'Mom, were you not working hard?'
I was committed, met deadlines yet got the sack.

April 13, 2009
'Foolish, unacceptable, unjustifiable reasons'
With no work on my plate, I didn't have to wait long...

April 10, 2009
'It's like someone telling you you're no good'
Layoff made me concentrate on the real 'selling' aspects while targetting a new job.

April 9, 2009
'It was disheartening, but I'm still confident'
My good work in the past three years will definitely get me a job.

April 8, 2009
'I've never been so stunned in my life'
Deal with the blows life gives you sometimes and move on in life.

April 7, 2009
'I thought I was indispensable'
But that was a mistake.

April 2, 2009
'I've been laid off, I'm good, I'm strong, and I'll be back!'
My spirit is indomitable despite the current economic gloom.

March 25, 2009
'Procrastination nearly cost me dearly'
Thank god I learnt my lessons before that.

March 23, 2009
'I learnt my actual worth'
Why one should not take huge liabilities...

March 18, 2009
'It is not the end of your life'
This 28-year-old made a success out of his software business after being sacked.

March 16, 2009
'No one's indispensable'
Spiritualism helped this 47-year-old cope with her job loss

March 12, 2009
'My credit card outstanding is increasing'
'And I am unable to clear it al at once.'

March 10, 2009
'God took my boat across'
'Whatever has happened is good, whatever is happening is better and whatever is going to happen will be the best. Time will surely prove this.'

March 9, 2009
'Build a strong network of people at your workplace'
'It helps when the situation turns bad for you.'

March 5, 2009
'Don't be ashamed of doing any kind of work'
'Even doing something that is much below your capability will give you good practical experience.'

March 4, 2009
'Know what your real market worth is'
'It helps when you get fired and have to work for lesser salary.'

March 3, 2009
'I was treated unfairly because of my pregnancy'
'In future I will not join a company only looking at the job profile and pay package.'

February 27, 2009
'Companies take advantage'
'Learn... Learn... Learn.'

February 26, 2009
'I don't trust anybody, anymore'
'Spend money very, very conservatively, when and where needed.'

February 23, 2009
'My future looks bleak'
An electronics engineer on how job-hopping between MNCs has left him unemployed.

February 19, 2009
'Layoff is not a personal failure'
'Security comes from the knowledge and skills you have developed over the years.'

February 18, 2009
'Love your work, not your company'
An IT employee on how her company used her and other employees as 'resources'.

February 17, 2009
'I don't know how to repay my loans'
This IT sector staffer on how he trusted his company's CTO and paid dearly for it.

February 16, 2009
'My financial position is the same as 10 years ago'
An engineer and MBA with almost 11 years of experience is waiting for his employer to call him back.

February 12, 2009
'Don't get emotionally attached to any company'
Savitri P, a hospitality industry professional, lost her job after her company halted hires.

February 10, 2009
'Don't crib about bad situations, create opportunities'
How an IT graduate was laid off because he was not in his seniors's good books.

February 09, 2009
'I feel like an outcaste'
A pharmaceuticals industry veteran laid off despite 24 years of experience.

February 06, 2009
'Companies take advantage of your situation'
This IT employee took a 40% pay cut to save his job. Yet, the inevitable happened.

February 04, 2009
'Never think that bad times will not visit you'
He lost his job because his oil major company wanted to cut costs.

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