Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What's in a Name ?

"What's in a Name? That which we call a Rose by any other name would Smell as Sweet :~ William Shakespeare"

Whatz there in name or as we often say in Hindi Naam Mein Kya Rakha Hai ..... I strongly differ with this and would say Naam Main Bahut Kuch Rakha Hai (say for eg. there are alphabets, there is first name, middle name, last name etc..) there is lot of stuff dependent in your life that is driven by name, otherwise organizations would have started calling their employees by their emploee ids instead of name.

Names can either make you famous or can even make you feel embarrassed 'check with any college going guy how would he feel if he would have been named as Jamnadas, am sure he would prefer being called as Jammy'. Further more abbreviated names or short names can put you in rather funny situation (kinda Mr. D. K. Bose), as in if my name's short form is PJ ..... am game with it coz am anyways fond of cracking PJ's but it does put many people either in embarrassing situation or in a catchy situation. I had a manager whose name was shortened to MJ 'he was not even distantly related to Michael Jackson, neither by looks nor by any other characteristics'.

My wifey is very fond of her maiden name ... her maiden name is Dimple Kapadia, yeah am serious 'like you even I thought she was joking when we met for the first time, cause I also felt like saying My Name is Khan ... Shahrukh Khan heheheh'. I was not too much surprised though coz in those days people used to keep names of their sons & daughters alike to their favorite movie star for eg. Amitabh as in Amitabh Bacchan, Dev as in Dev Anand, Rajesh as in Rajesh Khanna, etc. My Grand Parents had also followed the suit and had named my father 'Jeetendra' and my mom 'Asha'.

I have been put in tricky situations many times because of this name game .... Once when me & my wife had gone to near by bank for opening a joint savings account, the representative offered to fill in form on our behalf, he filled in my details and asked for my wife's name as mentioned in PAN Card, I said "Dimple Kapadia" he got irked staring questioningly at us from his soda bottle glasses and said "Sir kyun mera mazaak uda rahe ho ... why are you making fun me ?". We had to furnish her PAN Card to prove and convince him that we were not making fun of him.

All this Bollywood name business had put me in trouble, once when I was in my schooling days, I used to stay in Chandrapur. It was vacation time, my results were out & I had cleared VIIth grade and had to join high school after two months. I had gone to my aunt's place for lunch with my mom and younger brother. After wrapping up lunch & evening snacks we were almost set to leave home. My aunt had asked her driver to drop us home by car. Before leaving for home my  mom had already spent 30 minutes while saying bye to aunt 'still they both were not content with their gossip, I guess it went on for 20 more minutes', in the mean while I was chatting with my Aunt's driver.

My aunt's drivers' name was Mukunda, he was a young chap and was recently engaged, I was fooling around with him and asked him, so did you get photo of your fiancee, he replied gladly took off his wallet from back pocket and said "yup see this span of hers, howz does she look ?" I said "Looks quiet decent, how come she agree to marry you ?", to which he got all excited and said in a loud tone "Hai na ekdum Sridevi Jaisi ?, Doesn't she look like Sridevi ?", I said "I didn't get you", this time he replied in louder voice "Hai na ekdum Sridevi Jaisi ?, Doesn't she look like Sridevi ?", I smiled and nodded in agreement.

At that time I did not know that this smile was going to cost me way too much. While we were discussing about Mukunda's wife, my new teacher for grade VIIIth was passing by, she came close to me and asked me "You study in Mount Convent, isn't it ?", I said "Yes Ma'am, I just cleared and am going to join VIIIth grade, in fact I am going to join you class", Her eyes went blood red and asked me my residential address and other contact details.

That's when I realised the confusion that was created, Her name was Sridevi and when Mukunda was talking about his wife, my teacher felt that we were making fun of her and passing lewd remarks. I was shit scared when I realised it, I tried to convince her and explain her the situation but she wouldn't listen to me and was adamant to complain it to principal, finally my mom and aunt came to my rescue and she spared me.

After reading this would you still say "Whatz in a Name ?"

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Being Workaholic ... Is It Really Worth IT ?

"This Post is dedicated to all the Workaholics who resemble 'Chatur' from 3 Idiots in real life ....... 'Anything if consumed in excess is dangerous to health and the same is applicable to WORK' by Saint Me :)"

Subah Ho Gayi Maamu :~

After pressing snooze button on my cellphone for the umpteenth number of time, I had finally got up from my bed, If I would not have had got up from my bed now then am sure one of my neighbour would have barged in my home and would have beaten me black & blue due to the noise pollution my Alarm was causing (I had set it to Mangal Mangal Ho from the movie Mangal Pandey ... I did not find other tune more irritating that this one). I wouldn't blame them if they would have done that cause it was 1 in the morning ... yes I had to wake up at 1 in the morning cause my pick up was scheduled at 2 am and had to report @ work for 2:30 am shift. Hey it ain't strange waking up at odd hours, I was working in US Shift or graveyard shift as itz known as for a BPO.

I was dressed and ready to leave for work, my cab had already arrived, I boarded the cab and was lost in ocean of thoughts, I was thinking about the day of interview, I still remember that day, I was so happy when I was selected for this company, It was owned by an IT giant although it did not pay enough to survive desired standard of living in Mumbai but I was content as the company had got good brand name which can help definitely help me shape up my future. It was kinda "saare gaon mein ghee ke diye jalaaye jayein or pappu paas ho gaya" kinda situation at my home too. I had finally made it and was sure that I am gonna give my 120% in work 'At that time I did'nt know that my boss would ensure that he sucks up 1200% worth of blood from my body in proportion to the salary I would be paid'.

There was another reason why I was so much interested in working for this organization, my wifey was also selected for the same project. I was so so so much happy romance was in the air and was thinking about all those bollywood style moments where we both would get time to spend with each other for the whole day yippie. But fate had it and we both were put in bang opposite shifts ..... I used to work from 12 in the noon to 10 in the night and she was given 9 in the night to 6 am shift. I was super pissed thought of leaving the company then and there but wifey convinced me by giving 'Mera Aur Tumhara to Zindagi Bhar Ka Saath Hai .... kinda emotional gyaan ... we can anyways catch up on weekends'. I initially relented and then gave up. I guess working in Opposite Shifts was also one more reason of our Happy Married Life as. me and my wife got enough space for our own self 'which would even make NASA & ISRO envy us'.

Days passed by soon, it started with training, making new friends at work, getting hang of the job and constantly excelling it. After a span of 3 months I had finally made it to the floor as in I was put up on live calls with US Customers. My wifey had already cleared her training in first go and was on calls 1 month ahead of me 'Not that I couldn't clear the training in the first go .... it was just that I had to keep my college tradition alive of getting 2 results for each year ;)'. Soon I realized taking calls is not what I want to do in life. I wanted to get into MIS team. cause that team had power, they used to control our shifts, our breaks, our performance, our training and our existence in this organization.

I tried using my gujju connection here, there were two gujju guys in this MIS team whom I was friendly with, I shared my desire of joining MIS team with one of these guys, He said I need to know excel proficiently if I need to get in that team 'I was happy coz I was good at excel, or thatz what I felt'. After a month or so there was an IJP announced for 2 positions in MIS Team. I applied for it and cleared it. There was one more gujjubhai from my home town who also succeeded in cracking the other position. I was happy and it was partytime. But again fate had it and there was some downsizing going on in the company. Luckily I was safe but my wifey was on calls and the situation worsening day by day .... Again my wifey's luck came to outrrescue and she grabbed a better paying job in pilot process of a Malad based BPO, her new office was only 15 mins away from home and we both got more quality time to spend with each other.

Workaholic meets Dictator :~

In MIS Team my new Boss was kinda dictator 'he was kind at heart at times though'. He did respect knowledge and appreciate hard work, but was very strict when it came to discipline or deadlines, also give nthe type of department he was handling all these virtues were important. He had made it clear on day 1 itself that his was a small team and there was loads of work to be done so team work was very essential and an integral part of team work also was not to take any unplanned leave coz then other persons are burdened with more work 'not that planned leaves were sanctioned at one go ... planned leaves were sanctioned after too much of begging & convincing'.

It did not affect me too much as I did not have my parents staying with mere in Mumbai  also as both me & my wifey were working for opposite shifts we never used to take leaves or holidays during festivals to go to our home town, instead we used to slog our asses off & let localites take leaves instead. We usually took leaves after the festivals were over for a day or two combined with weekends to pay a visit to our romance capital and the place where our parents used to live .... Rajkot. 

After working for MIS team I had realized that working in this team is not as easy as it seems, there were times where I had been in office for more than 18 hours, there were even instances where I was stuck for more than 24 hours when there was audit happening or it was flooding in Mumbai & once when there was blast in Mumbai Trains. All this time family life was at back burner and work always priority one.

I still remember an instance where once me and my wife met each other after a gap of 10 days, we both decided to go and watch movie at Fame Cinemas Malad post which I had planned a romantic dinner, we both were traveling in a rick towards Fame Cinemas on the link road when my mobile rang ... It was from work my boss was calling ... I did not pick up the call, Cell phone screen again flashed "Boss Calling", this time on my wifey's insistence I picked up the call. My Boss said "Ali is not coming to work today, he has got something urgent turned up ... I want you to report to work in next two hours, and am not going to take no for an answer ... If you don't report in next 2 hours then better don't come to work from tomorrow" and saying this he hung up 'I was wondering whether I was working for an Army or a BPO ?'. He did not even bother to ask me what was I upto, I was angry by his behavior, but didn't have choice, was sure dictator would not understand and reported to work .... thats what team members are for WTF 'I thought my wifey is gonna kill me for this but she is very much understanding when it comes to work, thanks again to my wifey for being so understanding'. This was just the beginning there were many such more instances which followed & I kept on compromising family life for work.

After 2 Years :~

I had completed almost two years working with this team, It was diwali time and I had decided that I would work during diwali and would take a week's leave after diwali, which was duly approved after successfully acting like a beggar and justifying the amount of work done in these two years. Me & my wifey both were on our way to Rajkot, when I received a call on my cell phone 'no it was not from my boss, I had become smarter and had blocked his number using a mobile application, so that if he calls then he gets only busy tone'.  
It was my friend TJ, he was son of an industrialist and used to stay in Vapi and had recently lost his bachelorhood 'before 5 months'. We both had studied together in Rajkot and he had shifted to Vapi and joined his Uncle's business before 3 years accompanied by another friend of mine Toshi. We three were inseparables, ours was a friendship like Aamir, Akshay & Saif in Dil Chahta Hai. Vapi inspite of being only 2 hours away, I was not able to visit his place more than twice in last 3 years all thanks to work.

We both shared pleasantries and he asked me "When are you planning to visit Vapi, Its been long since we didn't have Yaaran Da Tashan ? ", I said "I am on my way to Rajkot and will see if time permits will definitely get down at Vapi and then we can spend a day together and have Yaaran Da Tashan". I had a great fun @ Rajkot with my family and we also went to near about places for vacation. While returning back I called up TJ to check his where abouts, I said "I am going to start for Mumbai tomorrow, will get down at Vapi around 7:00 in the evening", he was happy to hear that but he sounded weak, I asked "Why are you sounding low ?", to which he replied "Nothing yaar its just a little bit of stomach ache and temperature, but am sure I will be all set to party by the time you reach here", I asked him to take care and was busy enjoying last day of my stay @ Rajkot.

My last day's stay @ Rajkot was soon gonna get ruined coz my Boss after making many futile attempts of  reaching me on my cell phone and afer trying to call me up from all of my colleague's phone was not able to get through ... but genious that he was, he did best use of technology and sent sms on my cell phone to reach office a day early as one of the most urgent work had cropped up which could not have been done without my special inputs. He also managed to catch hold of my Rajkot's residence number and left message with my granny. I was so freakingly burning with anger on invasion of my privacy during my vacation, but my wife said "Calm down, Its ok Jaan, we will leave today evening itself ... inform TJ and postpone your Vapi plan for next weekend".

I was in no mood to call up anyone, I messaged TJ and apologized for not being able to make it to Vapi, he replied 'I understand dear, work comes first but do try and pull out some time this month and lets catch up'. I reached office next day, I was super pissed off to learn that I was called a day early to report to work coz our boss wanted to conduct a two hour meeting today itself as he was going to take 15 days leave starting very next day WTF. I gulped down my anger and got back to my pod and started to reply all mails and got busy with preparation of MIS reports.

Realisation :~

It was 2:00 am, we were done with the meeting, my Boss was on his way to the airport and all the other colleagues who were having week off but were called to work for meeting were on their way back home. Rest of us were too happy as boss was off our back for 2 whole weeks, we were back to our pods and were busy finishing off our work, so that can spend some free time at having fun @ work. My cellphone rang again at 4:00 am, the call was from Vapi.

I was sure TJ & Toshi were gonna abuse me all the cuss words they knew in next 5 mins, so I disconnected the phone, so that I can go to the conference room and call back and talk in peace. I guess Toshi didn't have patience, he call back again, I rushed to the conference room, closed the door behind me and picked up the phone. Toshi was crying, I asked him "What happened dear, why are you crying ?", I was scared, What would have happened ???

I asked him "Why are you crying ?". He said "Please rush to Vapi ... TJ is no more ... he passed away while I was arranging for Bottles of Blood from near by town hospital". I was shocked, I didn't beleive what I just heard, how could this happen, he was so young, he was having mild fever and stomach pain but nothing major that would take away his life ....... I tried to console Toshi and told him "I will try and reach there asap".

Corporate world is above emotions, its all about being practical, but here my friend had passed away, I would have been with him in his last moments of life if I would not have given preference to work. I requested my another colleague who was on leave to pitch in for me and left for Vapi. I informed my boss that I have arranged a back up and am leaving for Vapi as my friend has passed away.

He did allow me to go, but said "You can leave now, but I want you to be back to work tomorrow at 2 am". I said "I can't assure you but will let you know once I reach Vapi ". I went home grabbed my white clothes and left for Vapi from Borivali Station. I usually did not ming travelling all alone, but I did not want to be alone in this journey, my wife also wanted to come but I asked her not to join in coz she too had to resume work. The two hours journey from Borivali to Vapi was the most painful one. I didn't know how was I gonna face this cruel reality. I had attended TJ's marriage before 5 months .... How can god be so cruel ???

I reached Vapi, Toshi hugged me and started crying, I had not yet shed any tear, I guess my heart had been become so lifeless that there were no emotions flowing in or maybe that I was shocked. I entered the room in which they had kept TJ's dead body, kept flowers at his feet, was not able to face uncle & aunty and was controlling my tears, Aunty said "He was so much excited and was waiting for you to come to Vapi ... but it seems god did not want you to meet him when he was alive ..." listening to these words I broke down, hugged Toshi and cried my heart out.

After a while we took TJs body to crematorium in an Ambulance. The person with whom I had grown up, had the time of my life, had left this world, Fate had played its game. It was 6 in the evening and his body was almost turned to ashes ... I told Toshi "I will have to leave for Mumbai now, got to report to work without fail". He said "How will you go now, there is no train leaving for Mumbai after 7 ? please stay back, I need you here, Stay back tonight atleast".

I said "I will have to call up my boss and inform my office". I tried calling up my boss but was not able to get through his cellphone, so I left a voice message and informed my colleague who was having work of to pitch for me for one more day and he readily agreed. After around 20 minutes of all this I got call from my Boss's number and I told him about the situation, but he was reluctant and said "You have to any how report to work or things would not be good for you". I tried requesting him to grant me day off , also mentioned him that there is some one else pitching in for me, so work would not be hampered.

But he was in no mood to agree, I said "Boss I am still at crematorium, I can not argue with you any longer with you, its really inhumane of you not to understand the situation, I have pitched in so many times when you needed and this is what I get in return ?", there was no one listening on the other end, he had already disconnected the call. I told Toshi that I will have to leave, he said the only option now is to go to the highway and take lift, I actually did that, After spending another 2 hours on the highway for lift I gave up and messaged called my boss and explained the situation once again, another round of argument followed.

I finally stayed back at Vapi, that night Toshi asked me something that changed my course of Life "Me & You and even TJ for the matter of fact were struggling and running around work and money, giving family and relations always a second priority, but at the end of the day do we even think or ask ourselves what mattered most ?, Till date you always didn't come to Vapi as you always had your work as your priority, but when you needed a day off did he return the favor ?", "If not then why are we living like Workaholics and for what ?".

That day I resolved to maintain a Work - Life balance. Luckily after two months I got an opportunity to work with an organization that believed in "Human First".

Later I also got to know from another colleague of mine that the dictator himself had gone through a similar situation in his life. But somewhere I felt that if something bad happens with you in life then it should make you more compassionate and understanding about others and not rude.

I hope after reading this instance you might think of maintaining work - life balance.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Ek Moti Si Love Story :)

" February is the month of Love with Valentines' day round the corner thought of sharing with you a Love Story of Raj & Aashee "

This is the story about a guy & a girl in Pune who met with each other in complete Bollywood Ishtyle ...... Name of the guy is Raj & name of the Gal is Aashee ......Dunno what they were busy doing for past 20 years but were definitely destined to meet. Raj was a Dreamer and a die hard fan of Shahrukh Khan, Aashee was a matured, modern and practical gal ... she too was a die hard fan of Shahrukh Khan (no they did not bump into each other while watching Shahrukh Khan's Movie).

Meet Raj & Aashee :~

Raj used to work in a Software Company as a Software Engineer (dunno why they call people software engineer, I have never seen them working on any engine forget the softer part) was in his twenties he was not so tall, not so dark and not so handsome too, can be passed on as an average guy with beer belly. Never been in love forget asking a girl for friendship (problem with guts or confidence, definitely was not gay though) ... but was interested in online chatting and also had a couple of net friends.

Aashee used to work as a Public Relations Officer, she too was in her twenties, the age of dreams, she was gorgeous, she definitely was in the elite class and used to drive many oomphs & aahs and to top it all was all brainy too (a rare combination in gals). Aashee had many friends in life both guys n gals (but no boyfriends yet).   

Raj was workaholic and so used to spend hell a lot of time working in office never got time to have girl friends. He used to chat online from his office comp with his friends in free time and on his weekends he used to spend time with his friend Toshi at Toshi's Cyber Cafe named Yenjoy !!!.  

Destiny :~

It was a weekend, Raj got up at 11 in the morning, finished his morning chores, got dressed in T-shirt & Blue Jeans, had brunch and headed directly to Yenjoy (Toshi's Cyber Cafe). Raj was discussing with Toshi about the security of Chatting Tools, he had some how discovered the way to strip the log of a chat client through which one could know who was logged in to the chat client with details like Chat ID, the person with whom he/she chatted on a specific computer.

While they were chatting there was a girl (Aashee)who entered the Cyber Cafe was mind blowingly beautiful, but arrogant, Toshi gave her a computer to surf, in a minute's time she was back on the front desk shouting at Toshi & asked "Does any of your computer have USB Drive ?", Toshi replied "Yes Mam, why what happened?",  Aashee said "I wanted to download an image from my email account and copy it to the pen drive ?". She used the comp. wrapped her work and left the cafe in next 20 mins. Raj felt interested in her and asked Toshi to let him take her chatting ID to which Toshi denied arguing Business Ethics and Customer Secrecy ... Raj still tried coaxing Toshi but he didnt agree.

After some time Aashee returned back and said "You have all dabba computers, I had copied the image on my pen drive and now its not there" (Raj felt like asking "Agar Copy kiya tha to us File ko Zameen Nigal Gayee Ya Aasmaan Kha Gaya", but did not ask her cause she was already looking furious, her nose indicated that by turning completely red). Toshi tried to calm her down and said "Mam why don't you try once again" she agreed and marched towards the compbut luck had it and the lease line was down. Aashee came out shouting "I am getting some error message it says connection failure", Toshi said "Mam am sorry but the connection to lease line is broken, it might take 1 hour to get restored".

She was boiling like tea err sorry she was angry like a tigress now and had lost her temper, Raj thought she will ransack whole cafe (actually Aashee had some urgent business meet and the file she wanted to download was very much important for this meeting), but instead she started shouting and asked "Do you guys have door lock", Raj was wondering why is she asking about lock seems has gone crazy ??? but still answered to her question "Yes Mam we do have two of them", to which she replied "Then close your shop and lock it up, anyways you have dabba comps and a cafe without internet connection or open a bhajiya shop instead" and left the cafe banging her shoes, both Toshi & Raj were dumbstruck

Smirning Off :~

Raj said to Toshi "What kinda man are you, she royally took your case in from of other customers as if this Cyber Cafe belongs to her dad and you were quietly listening to her like her pet dog gimme her ID I will teach her a lesson", but Toshi said "Buddy its part of business, you get these kinda customers no need to take it seriously chill, but you are not gonna get her ID thats for sure". Raj tried a lot but Toshi did not give him Aashee's ID. One fine day when Raj & Toshi were Smirning Off and were almost super sentimentally drunk Toshi was sharing his love life with Raj and said "Raj there should be someone in everyones life to share your joys and sorrows with and I am lucky enough to find Isha, but Raj why don't you have any girl friends are you turning gay ?" to which Raj snapped "F***er am not gay, its just that I don't have time in life for all this crap". Toshi said "Its not crap man you won't realise that life feels like heaven once you are in love, its magical when you are talking to your beloved, it feels like heaven".

Raj thought for a while and said "Toshi you are a stud man and handsome too today gals want both money and good looking man, mere jaise fatso doesn't have any chance, also I need to meet someone worth falling in love with" (Dunno whether it was destiny, love at first sight or something else, but Raj was definitely attracted to Aashee after the Cafe incident). Toshi said "Love is not a software that you will sit and code it the way you want and would also get output of your choice, it happens just like that as in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where Shahrukh met Rani and fell in love with her, did you ever feel like that ever in life, if yes then thats the beginning of love my friend".

Both had been drinking for a long time so both of them passed out. When they got up in the morning Toshi asked Raj "Why were you chanting Aashee...Aashee yesterday night, is this that same girl who created scene in the cafe that day?", Raj said "Yeah Man I am attracted towards her, she had some magnetic charm but now I dunno how to find her in this big town, I dont even have her contact details" to which Toshi said "I can help you with her ID, actually I have tried your procedure and had taken her ID for myself" and smirked. Raj kicked Toshi's butt hard, hugged him and was happy to get her ID.

Raj immediately got up logged in from the comp and sent a friend request to her ID with message "Hi, I am Raj from Pune, would you like to be my friend?". After putting forward this friendship request Raj used to check daily for updates but there was no friendship request confirmation from Aashee's end. Finally he gave up and carried on with life.

Suddenly one day he saw the friendship confirmation and also an offline message with "hi" from Aashee's ID. Raj was happy (his heart said "Aaj Khush to bahut hoge tum hain ?") to see this message and he replied "Thanks Aashee for accepting my friendship request" and pat he got the reply (luckily she was online) "Hi, how do you know my name? who are you? do I know you?".Raj replied "I will tell you the truth if you don't get angry, I met you at the cyber cafe that day and being a software engineer managed to steal your ID", Ashee said "You didnt' do the right thing by stealing my ID but as you are honest we might as well be net friends". That day they chatted for four hours (The Cupid had started his work).

Jab They Met :~

As was destined they both had many common likes & dislikes so were soon very good friends. After chatting for 3 months they still did not each other. Raj wanted to meet her but due to one or other odd things coming up on weekends he was not able to keep up the dates. One fine day Aashee asked Raj to alteast login with Web-Cam so that she can see him (Raj had already told Aashee about the Cafe Incident and also mentioned how beautiful she was looking in the angry mode). Raj logged in with the Web-Cam and Aashee was definitely impressed (coz in web-cam only upper part was visible and beer belly was not:))

Finally the d day arrived and Raj & Aashee met each other. They decided to go for a long drive on the highway. It was an amazing ride both of them were having time of their life riding bike on the highway in chilly winter evening. Once they reached the Joint @ Highway, Raj ordered two cups of espresso coffee with fries coz there nothing's more comforting than a cuppa coffee in chilly winter at the open air cafe also Raj ordered coffe coz when ever Raj used to ask Aashee "Where would you like to catch up ?" She always used to key in this song in the chat window "Tere Sang Ek Simple Si Coffee bhi Treat Jaisi Hai"

While talking to Aashee, Raj was sure that Aashee too had fallen for him, but did not dare to discuss this in the first date fearing losing her. After talking with each other for about two hours Raj said "Lets Leave, I guess you are getting late and anyways its already 10 so its better that we start heading home". And they both got up from the table started walking towards the exit holding each others' hands, Raj was feeling ecstatic and same feeling was shared by Aashee. While parting at home Aashee asked Raj "When will we meet again ?", Raj the dumb ass replied "We will catch up in a week or fortnight maybe" .... But trust me guys from that day on there was not even a single day when they didn't meet each other.

(this post will be updated soon please keep visiting ...)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Day has Finally Arrived !!!

(Disclaimer : This is my first Blog which I am not really using to vent out my frustration but to explore the Super Pakau Creative Side of Me as in PJ;) plz read it at your own risk as you might end up resembling full moon by pulling off all your hairs from their roots .... )

From the day when I read somewhere that Chetan Bhagat (my Idol) started writing his First book in office while pretending to work under his boss's nose, I too wanted to do something similar but did not get that kinda chance in my life (nor did I have guts to do so).

I tried a lot to start writing at work but my Boss never gave me chance by keeping me busy through out the day for one work or another and at times on weekends too. He was not of a kind who would breathe down your neck but he used to sit exactly behind me, So personally I did not want this activity to be my appraisal killer (also my work ethics screwed my happiness at times).

Its not that I used to work through out the day, I too used to steal out a couple of minutes checking out social networking websites and reading e-books online. But reading E-books, Checking out Blogs, Chatting, Social Networking, Online Trading, etc. can be done with umpteen amount of disturbance too not the writing stuff. I guess writing something really stupid or irritating needs complete concentration.

So today is the day when after me working here for 1 year & 7 months my boss finally took a planned leave (Yes !!! The day of my dream has finally come). I had a big smile on my face and this was the first day after 1 year & 7 months of working here, I was actually looking forward to reach work on time (obviously not to miss a single minute of my freedom @ work).

Today I picked up one of the best pair of clothes from my closet. Gelled my hair, got clean shaved, wore my glasses, polished my shoes (after 1 month approx. realized they had turned dessert brown from black) & picked up my newly acquired cell phone (Finally Joined the Touch Generation). I was singing in my heart "Baar baar din ye aaye, Baar baar Dil ye gaaye tum chutti lo har alternate week, ye meri hai aarzoo".

I was so much excited that I forgot to kiss my sleeping beauty (my wifey, I hope she did not realize it or I am a gone case once I reach home). Today all the signs were positive, I got rickshaw for kandivali station from my doorstep, The time I reached station my regular Train was waiting for me, I rushed in to grab my seat, the train was scantily occupied finally got the window seat yay (I sometimes wonder how come all the grey haired uncles who find it difficult to climb stairs to reach the platform get transformed into superman & batmans as soon as train arrives and grab hold of best seats in the compartment!!!).

As soon as I got down at Elphinstone Station and reached the bridge there was a Cabwala waiting for me (there were 3 other gals too), I without wasting any minute jumped in the cab (imagine how a fatso would look when jumping in to grab front seat of the cab). Reached office finally, looking at my beaming face (like scorching sun) couple of my colleagues instantaneously realized that I was a free bird today. But before doing all the time pass of life I was determined at finishing all the day's work before lunch (I have observed that productivity of an employee increases by 300% when his/her boss is not around) & I succeeded at it.

Fate had it and a number flashed on the screen of my phone ... the number that I was fearing for the whole day, yes you guessed it right it was him (my boss). First I thought I will ignore this call, but it did not matter cause then he might call up on my desk phone or would ask someone else to pass on a message to me. So with half heartedness I picked up his phone, obviously it was some work delegation, I thought I lost my chance to write some super pakau stuff today also but I guess God had something else in store for me.

Given the theory I explained to your earlier (300% increase in productivity) I was done with all the newly assigned work by lunch :) and pulled out time to write first blog of my life. Their is one more number flashing on my screen, no its not him but it’s my wifey calling me (can't dare to disconnect this call) so I will have to take your leave ("Haan Darling, bolo uth gayi tum, Sorry Phone uthane mein der ho gayi, waz actually discussing something really important with my colleague on this new project").

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