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My Favorite Bashyam Shah Holiday Party

November 28th, 2012
posted by at 10:49 pm

By Pam Prather

Ahhhh, office holiday parties.  The stuff of legends – or at least movies, jokes and salacious tales.  We here at Bashyam Shah have run the gamut from EXTREMELY casual get-togethers (a pony keg in the conference room) to the more sophisticated.  Because Murali and I are the ones who’ve attended the most, he recently asked me which party was my favorite.  Humor me while I ponder my response.

The pony keg year was actually really fun. Or it was for me, because I love to play games. I introduced my younger co-employees to a favorite from my tween-hood, Truth or Dare. We learned WAAAAYYYYY too much about each other that night.  We also played Pictionary on the big easels, and a little bit of Charades.  That would’ve been quite enough for me, but the younger ones decided we needed to play Quarters.  ‘Nuf said….. 

Another year I had everyone over to my house for “Dirty Santa”, which you may know by its many other names – Chinese Auction (not appropriate for an immigration firm!), Yankee Swap, Black Santa, Naughty Santa, Thieving Secret Santa, Parcel Pass, Christmas Swamp Thing, Greedfest, or Pollyanna. In south central Pennsylvania it is also called “Kamikaze Gift Exchange” (from Wikipedia, my source for all things factual). What’s not to like about a game where you have an equal chance of getting a pair of size 3X white nylon granny panties or a rubber chicken that makes a loud, screaming cackle???     

For some reason, the games thing died off for a few years after that.  I don’t know why, but people groaned and rolled their eyes when I would enquire “what should we play THIS year”??!   Apparently there was some line (of which I was unaware) that we had crossed over.  Crossed over, stomped on past, and continued on crossing for so long that we went around a corner and came up to it again.

There was another time when we rented a limousine to take us to a nice dinner, and then haul us from bar to dance club to bar.  The problem was, we liked the limo ride more than we liked the bars, so we ended up telling the driver to just drive around the Beltline (the 20-or-so mile highway that loops around Raleigh) while we acted like idiots, and – yes – stood up with our heads through the sunroof.

(Okay, here’s an aside. Why is it called a BELT LINE? That is a contradiction in terms. You can’t be a belt and a line at the same time!!  I’m from Northern Virginia where we have the Beltway around D.C. That makes much more sense.  Of course it’s not really a “way” around the city because it’s always at a standstill, but that’s another story).

Many times we’ve simply had dinner out at a nice restaurant. Everyone likes to eat good food and enjoy great wine, but those years just aren’t quite as memorable as, for example, the time we rented the upstairs loft of a dive bar called Slims in downtown Raleigh.  We catered in Indian food (delish!), and shot pool at the one ripped-up table.  It was wonderful until we realized that ALL the cigarette smoke from this lively watering hole wafted up into the loft and hung thickly around our faces like a beekeeper’s helmet net. That was the year I learned how difficult it is to get the smell of smoke out of a leather jacket.

I don’t know, it’s hard to pick a favorite holiday party out of the last 13. I suppose they’re all favorites in a way.  They start to blend together, and I’m left with simply fond memories of camaraderie and laughter so hard I almost wet myself.  It doesn’t really matter what we do, it’s just being together away from the office and celebrating our successes that makes each get-together special. So, I’ll tell Murali that my favorite party of all time is the one coming up!!

A warm, happy holiday wish to all of you.  Thanks for your interest in and support of our law firm.  Now get out there and be festive!

Caution: New Blogger on Board!

October 4th, 2011
posted by at 5:20 pm

By Kristen Kiger

As the newest member of the Bashyam Shah Immigration Law Group team, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Kristen Kiger, and 2011 has been an eventful one thus far.

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May. As a Charlotte native, my career search commenced there. However, after months of research, I saw an ad in a Raleigh newspaper for a bilingual receptionist. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, so I was interested, especially since it was an immigration law firm.

I submitted a resume and cover letter and within 48 hours I received a response. I scheduled the interview, completed the trip from Charlotte to Raleigh, and met with Murali Bashyam, the Managing Partner, and Pam Prather, Client Relations Manager,.  The passion Murali expressed for the business was admirable and contagious. After the interview, I returned to my car, drove back to Charlotte and thought, what will I do if I do not get the opportunity to work there?

Fortunately I was chosen for the position, and the transition from Charlotte to Raleigh has been nothing but exciting. My first day was in the beginning of August, and I received an incredible welcome from the Bashyam Shah team. They spoiled me with sandwiches from McAllister’s Deli, and we participated in an entertaining game of “You have to tell me about him/her.”  The  most important thing I learned from the luncheon was that they are an ‘eccentric’ bunch, but who would want a mind-numbing work place? I certainly wouldn’t! Therefore, I fit right in.

Then, exactly one month later, on September 10, 2011, I married the most incredible, caring and handsome man. We had a spectacular wedding, held in Charlotte, followed by a beautifully humid week in the Dominican Republic. Now we are back in the states and the real world has greeted us at the door! My husband and I love Raleigh so far and we look forward to our future here.

Well, if you put this all together, between May and September I have graduated college, found a career, and launched  a marriage. And even still, the best part is, the best is yet to come….. It is a pleasure to meet you!

Bashyam Shah LLP – Immigration Law Group Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

November 15th, 2010
posted by at 8:00 pm

In commemoration of our 15 year anniversary, Bashyam Shah is hosting a virtual birthday party with special features online to thank clients and staff for years of meaningful memories. 

As part of the anniversary celebration, the firm has been collecting memories shared by staff within the Immigration Meditation blog during the coming month.

Share Your Best Bashyam Shah Stories.

Please help us memorialize our 15th birthday by sharing your best Bashyam Shah  memories with us on our Facebook Fan Page Wall or by sharing your comments below.

Guidelines: We welcome your thoughts, but please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to these terms.

Sound Accounting, Serene Life

March 26th, 2010
posted by at 5:38 pm

Post by: Lydia Salett, Accountant, Bashyam Shah LLP

I’m fairly new to the immigration law environment but as an Accountant, handling money for a business can be stressful regardless of where you work or how the economy is doing. 

So, how do I balance all the stresses of life and work? 

I play music…

For the past couple of years I’ve been studying jazz piano at a local university and let me tell you this subject matter requires quite a bit of discipline.  But, when it’s time to perform, it’s all worth the effort.  To me, performing means providing an atmosphere of escape and serenity for others, and for myself.

When it comes to performing, there have been times when I’ve been stressed, hoping that it would not be a disaster due to my feelings of inadequacy or lack of preparation.  But, even in those situations things just have a way of working themselves out.  Jazz is the type of music that, in my opinion will always be around.  So even if I’m still able to perform at 80 years of age, it will be a genre of music that most people enjoy.

There’s nothing like inviting co-workers, during a weekday, to a restaurant where I’m performing and hearing my colleagues conversing and laughing louder than any other person in the establishment (now that’s priceless). It just lets me know that they are all de-stressing after a long and hard day at work. 

Last year, I found out Murali Bashyam, the firm’s Managing Partner, played the guitar.  I brought a CD to work and asked him if he would consider playing on a gig with me.  I only wanted him to do one song.  I mean, he once released a CD with his band, so playing guitar with me should not be so hard, right?  Well, he basically chickened out by telling me he had a lot of work to do and would not have time to practice. 

I then shifted my focus to Pam Prather, our Client Relations Manager, who’s always singing or humming a tune around the office.  Pam used to be a singer in a rock band back in the day, and is naturally gifted in the vocals department.  I am picturing her under the lights, singing jazz standards while I accompany her on the piano. 

So along with performing my daily accounting duties, I’m secretly working on a plan to get her behind a microphone. It’s one of those things that you just have to wait to see how it plays out.