Syed Asrarullah is an SAP Consultant at Infosys and considers himself fortunate enough to have been a part of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 MSP Social Media Team – the largest multi-national social media team in the world. His job included collaborating with the Imagine Cup team at Microsoft and reporting on-site through various social media properties during the World Wide Finals which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia in July, 2013.
Syed was born in India but was bred in the erstwhile land of sheikhs and camels – Saudi Arabia. Five years spent in the beautiful valley of Al Qassim and eight years in the majestic city of Riyadh, he still remembers how he used to quietly sneak to a nearby ‘baqala’ to buy a ‘Safari chocolate’ bar; and how his Dad used to take him along to the ‘Jumerat Bazaar’ held every Thursday which is when he remembers shaking hands with a talking parrot and exchanging pleasantries in Arabic.
An alumni of International Indian School, Riyadh, Syed describes his school days as one of the best experiences of his life for it gave him true friends, taught him how not to shiver while speaking in front of an audience and helped him understand the difference between writing your and you’re. It was there where he also bagged a Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks in the Urdu language during the X Board exams conducted by C.B.S.E, New Delhi. He also met many great teachers who would later go on to be his role models, inspiring him at every step to achieve the best; and they are the reasons why Syed can’t stop thanking the Almighty. Alhamdulillah!
Raised up primarily in Saudi Arabia, he understands Saudi culture in true spirit and even won a prize at the Fancy Dress competition posing as a Saudi national while sipping gahwa, the traditional Saudi tea. He strongly believes that Saudi Arabia has a rich culture and background and objects when people refer to it only with respect to sand dunes and oil fields. According to Syed, the residents of the holy city of Madina are the most warm, humble and caring people in the world for their hospitality and love is unmatched. Someday later in his career, he yearns to be back at Saudi Arabia, reliving the ‘good ol’ days’ and walking down the nostalgia lane.
Being an Indian at heart, he loved sniffing at the ‘Indian mitti ki khushboo’ when he landed in Hyderabad for high school. It was India that helped him transform from that chubby-little-schoolboy to a responsible-mature-graduate. The whole ‘desi’ experience taught him and still continues to on how to make one’s own bread, how to be good at the work one does and to be caring and respectful towards one and all.
For Syed, being a Microsoft Student Partner will always be one of the most memorable experiences of his life. The joy of delivering sessions in front of 1200+ students at a time; the moment when attendees come up with ‘Sir, autograph please’; the numerous visits to the vast Microsoft campus in Hyderabad; the chance to interact with executives from all around the world; the privilege to attend the Imagine Cup Finals in Russia, meet the who’s who of Microsoft, feature in the global Microsoft video about the MSP program; for Syed, the whole experience has been unbelievable and he’s truly grateful about it.
On a personal side, Syed Asrarullah loves reading and writing. He does find out time to scribble a few words here and there (after his 9-to-5 job of course). His previous stints include reporting for The Windows Club and The Geeks Club. These days, he chips in articles for Maximum Snooker occasionally. When feelings and emotions get the better of him, he expresses it through his poems and tries hard to not make a fool out of himself.
He LOVES Snooker, Arabian food and movies. Often, he’s the consoling shoulder for his friends and counts himself as a 3am buddy for many. While he works for Infosys and peacefully blogs here, Syed can be poked on Twitter at @asrartheone.
He also likes talking about himself in third person.