Freaky

So KT and I were talking on Sunday and I just mentioned to him that I wanted to go to Delhi for a bit..to do a bit of shopping for the pretty ethnic handicrafts, trinkets and because its location is so perfect to travel to so many places that I want to visit in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh that I’m unable to do so because its so far off from Madras and would definitely entail more than a night’s travel.

Monday evening at 6 pm, I get a call from a manager in our Delhi office asking me to be there the next day.

And that’s how people I find myself in dusty Gurgaon for the next four days. Would love to explore Delhi (and not the idiot malls of Gurgaon). But I suspect I’m going to be holed up in this fancy glass building for most of my stay. Having assured people that I won’t venture out by myself in the night as Delhi is the Most Dangerous City in the World and that I would wear a sweater (!!) as it can get cold, I really don’t think I am going to get any time to do anything!

Damn

Busy

Been swamped with work…an information overload and too many looming deadlines! This is what comes after too much chilling out!

So V Day came and went and the only action with respect to it was to get a friend of mine a gift for him to give his fiancee!

Been a Hillary supporter so far…something just on a whim, not backed by any reasoning, but then watched an Obama speech and was floored, guys seems very idealistic but I liked him! So henceforth Obama it is!

I’m seriously considering joining a short course like Art of Living or yoga or something..need to get back some calmness in my life..let me see how that goes. Or I need to get some physical exercise at least. Something that will give me a change from the home and work.

My weekend looks like its going to be work filled..execution of my assignments, BD research and I need to complete that article I was writing.

Will run off and get cracking..

Brown girl in the ring

Mauritius is beautiful…it is the most beautiful beach town that I’ve seen..better than Goa, East Coast of TN, Bali and Langkawi. I have never seen such a blue sea and better still so many shades of blue all at one time ranging from an inky blue to an emerald green…the water so clear you can see right through..and the never ending sugarcane plantations, the green rolling plains stretching endlessly…

Much fun was had kayaking and pedal boating though I skipped an underwater walk because I don’t know swimming! I have returned looking like a burnt brown crisp…should I seek a marriage proposal..no body will marry me 🙂

Well its now time to hit the books and the work in full earnest…books for my CFA Exam that I will have to give in June…Level 3 is not going to be a joke and it involves essay answers (yikes..when was the last time I hand wrote even a paragraph 😦 ). On the work front I received my mid year appraisal where I was told that I had a positive attitiude, good technical skills, but I need to work on my business development skills. Now the thing is someone my level is not expected to do any BD work at all..but given that I demonstrated the whole positive attitude / technical skills last year itself, the expectations are higher and BD has now fallen upon me..now frankly I have no clue how I go about this, no manager to turn to for guidance and if I want the top rating again this year, I really need to buck up and get my act together…just fulfilling my basic goals simply wont do…so God help!!

MG..you suck!!

My tormentor manager, MG is quitting and has offers from an investment bank and a  private equity fund….he just has no PR skills..has grown in the organisation by just sucking up to the boss…and his technical skills are nothing to boast about…and look at the opportunity he has landed…apparently the partner asked him to reconsider…a first for him..he just let’s go of the brightest people he has without batting an eyelid…

I should put down some MG anecdotes…coz he is simply priceless…and utterly obnoxious…

Saab kya khane vale hain

Was a Saturday and some of us were working in the office….we planned on ordering food in and decided to get stuff from Pizzeria..a colleague went around asking if we wanted pizza or pasta…when asked MG enquired in that nasal slimy voice…”Saab kya khane vale hain”, Colleague said pizza, and the shameless guy says “To mere liye bhi pizza mangvalo”…I mean the saab did not even know that MG was eating the same thing as him!!!

Midnight cross country around Bombay

This was personal victory for me..It was a Monday, two weeks since I had landed in Bombay. I had been provided with hotel accomodation for that period and had been trying without much luck to find myself an apartment. I had requested for an extension of the hotel accomodation but after much dilly dallying it was refused saying that it would set a bad precedent and was informed about the stupid decision just that morning. We had a client deadline and were expected to be on calls all day. I had told the hotel that I would either be extending my stay or checking out soon..and once I got to office I knew I had to check out..but couldnt get there till lunch..I checked out, left my baggage there itself..got back to the office and made frantic calls to my mom…I was alone in the big city, with heavy luggage and no place to stay!!! My ever enterprising ma called up a cousin and “informed” them that I was going to be staying with them!!! All this at around 3 30 pm!!!

The work dragged on..new deadlines were made, some met some unmet….time: 8:30…

MG slowly remembers my plight and checks with me about my plans…and I pointedly inform him that I have found accomodation in my uncle’s place..not a very close relative..and that they live in Vashi..30 km away from Nariman Point..good he said..and oh…can u please update the model as asap…no hint taken….

We were on calls / reviews with partners…nothing earth shatterring that required my presence (a two week old fresher)…calls started pouring in asking me when I was coming home..from my uncles, my parents, KT…this continued for around 3 hours..when finally MG at nearly 12 MG says “S, its getting late, please leave”…I gaped at him…hadnt he heard me out earlier or what…I managed to calm myself and said “I’m new to Bombay, I need to go to Vashi…some 30 km away…if the taxi wallah were to drive me out to Pune even I wouldnt know…i have heavy luggage…and its nearly midnight…and I wouldnt even be able to give the cabbie directions quite the perfect situation to be taken advantage of”….I had visions of me lying on some lonely road beaten and raped..all luggage stolen…and the guy calmly says “Cabbies in Bombay are very reliable, its a safe city” I flipped…and he must have read the expression on my face as he continued helpfully “I’ll even take down the cabbie’s mobile number and also his regn number from his number plate ensuring that he notices me doing it.” Immense gratitude swept over me and I gave him a dirty look and told him that I would spend the night in the office…,he mulled over that and said “Ok why dont we take the train…you carry two bags and I will carry two and then you can ask your uncle to pick you up from the station”

At that point I wanted to do nothing but bang the idiot’s head hard against the wall…but I somehow managed to calmly tell him that I couldnt exactly drag my poor unsuspecting uncle out of bed at 1 30 in the night…!!! And I didnt get the point…how exactly did taking the train help the case of a man who had to travel from Nariman Point to Vashi and then to Borivili 🙂

I was unrelenting and to every hare brained scheme of his shook my head and said I will stay in the office!!! I was being a bitch…but hey..this was pay back time!!

Finally after much grumbling we took a cab and he dropped me off home..I reached at 1 30…so I’m guessing he reached at around 2 30..but the asshole that he is he saw the silver lining in the whole situation and shot off a mail duly marked to the partner….but this remains an all time favorite MG story!!

ID and password please

We were working late (yawn so what’s new)..but this was after the whole cross country incident…so the freshly stung MG magnanimously asked me to mail him the work from home…so I ran off completed the work and mailed him the stuff…which of course never reached the guy…next morning being a Saturday, I didnt hurry to the office and was still on the train by around 11 am and was halfway down to Nariman Point…MG called..

MG: Have you sent me the files

SM: Yes last night itself

MG: Oh I havent received it

SM: Ok..I should reach in 40 min..will come in and give you the file

MG: No I need it immediately (what he said in the night as well)

SM: Err..I’m on the train…no mail access remember

MG: Theek hai, tell me your gmail id and password and I will take it from the sent items

Silence….

SM (recovering from shock): I will reach in 40 min..will give you the file (cut the call withouut giving the idiot an opportunity to speak another word)

“Next time your in Bombay let’s meet up for drinks”:

Conference call with a client, PA, based in the US

PA: You guys should come out here and see how we operate, not sit out there in Bombay and ask a bunch of questions..

MG: Oh yeah I think I will come..my aunty has been calling me from (sic) many months

SM:  Oh God, spare me from this idiot..what part of the sarcasm did he miss!!

PA: Yeah you should come..in fact I may be visiting India soon..

MG: Oh that’s great…next time you’re in Bombay let’s meet up for drinks..

PA: We can meet up…but I don’t drink

MG: Ha ha ha…I also don’t drink..

SM: Where do I hide my face now..

MG(continues relentlessly): But I can serve very well

By then the entire team was eavesdropping on this priceless conversation laughing their asses off!!!

Wish I could throw open this entry to the rest of my colleagues…we’d write a book!!!

Latest news is that MG is taking up an offer as Head of the real estate division of a boutique investment bank…haha…if he doesnt last long in the job..the main problem is that he might try and rejoin here itself….

MG u truly suck…try and become a better human being man…and not kiss the boss’s ass so much….if you see me on the road…don’t bother saying hi..coz you won’t even know what hit you….

….my fist u dummy