Cyprus is an island with dimensions of about 90 KM by 45 KM. On top of that about one-third of the island is occupied by Turkey and thus it was inaccessible to us. I have driven all round the Island in a single day on many occasions. The roads are fantastic and on top of that there is hardly any traffic on them. There are vast open spaces all over the Island and the landscape is just beautiful.
My most horrible chapter of my Work Life was written in Cyprus. I felt like a fish who was only given the work of flying and then ridiculed. I have never come across worse Bosses in my life after that (I had fantastic Bosses before I went to Cyprus). Though I earned the maximum amount till that point of time in my career, I was mentally totally destroyed by the time I left Amdocs and Cyprus.
However, through this turmoil, only the beautiful Cyprus kept me going. Almost every week, I used to think of quitting. Then, I would just go to the beach and have a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Or drive down to the Troodos Mountains and sit among the Pine Trees. Or just take my car and drive around the Island.
Cyprus had everything – a lot of beaches, a mountain where it used to snow in the winters and we could ski also, beautiful limestone mountains, small well-planned cities, lots of Medieval architecture, and a lot more.
During the initial days, after lunch (provided by the office), I used to walk here with my friends. Soon, this became a place to release stress. After every awful meeting, I used come out of the office and walk here for some time smoking cigarette and making up my mind as to what I should do next.