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[Reality-Bytes]~The Teammates-In-Law!!!

Corporate life isn’t always a piece of cake, just like how it is otherwise!
There are people you get to meet here who fall at different levels of comfort with respect to you. One among them is that individual who ends up being your Team Lead (TL). 
As per legends – A Team Lead is supposed to be someone approachable, who can help you when you need that little direction, who hears you out before decision-making and who sees that you mature into a fine individual/resource/leader in future – We surely have such individuals around us. Kudos to them!
And then there are those kinds who seem to land directly from the skies above! This post talks about such divine TLs – whom I refer to as our Teammates-in-law (TMILs)!! 😉
These TMILs are metaphorical to the Torturous Mothers-in-Law (TMILs again!!! 😛 ) we hear about outside corporate jungles!

Case1: Back then…

Shirish was a fresher recruited on-campus. The year was 2006. He was supposed to join his firm and friends had warned him about the existence of TMILs, the aliens in human form! 😛 
   
TL: “Show me the draft of the mail before you send it to the client!”
He: “Sure!”

It isn’t unusual of the TLs to be very protective of their fresh wards.
But it was not to be for Shirish in his first experience as a team member! He got a monstrous TMIL! 

TMIL: “Complete that work quickly and send me the mail. Don’t mail the client directly. I’ll do that!”
He: “Ok!”

Client appreciations are vital in more ways than one. They not only are ingredients to a well brewed appraisal, but are also a great moral booster for an individual. Be it individualistic or group appreciations, the TLs usually tend to share it with their team! TMILs on the other hand tend to consider even the group appreciations as just their own!

The TMIL always remembered Shirish and his two teammates (also freshers!) when there was blame to be shared! To the project manager, everything seemed to be working out pretty smooth till that one fine (read: dark) day when the TMIL’s voice raised beyond acceptable (and cubicle) limits! The 3 freshers couldn’t take it anymore and returned the favor, with interest!

Note: From experience, it must be said that – whatever the 3 freshers did wasn’t right either! They could have informed about the bad experience to their manager, instead of letting the steam to build on within!

Case2: Back to the future!

Sonali was a millennial recruited on-campus. The year was 2011. She was supposed to join her firm and friends had warned her about the age old existence of TMILs, the Gen-X aliens in human form!

TL: “Ping me the draft of the mail before you mail it to the client!”
She: “Yo!”

The protective nature of the TLs towards their wards still continues to exist. Amen!
But it was not to be for Sonali in her first experience as a team member! She got a monstrous TMIL! 

TMIL: “Complete that work quickly and send me the mail. Don’t mail the client directly. I’ll do that!”
She: “Huh!”
She (thinks): *ye, what other work you have?*

The TMIL still love to play the blame-game but it wasn’t just that. The TMIL hated the fact that Sonali used the OCS (office communicator), met friends and was active on social networks (FaceBook via mobile phone)! To the project manager, everything seemed to be working out pretty smooth till that one fine (read: dry) day when the TMIL’s voice raised beyond acceptable (and cubicle) limits! Sonali couldn’t take it anymore and recorded it all, on her mobile phone!

Query Note: What should Sonali do now?
Though she would love to post the ‘TMIL Tamasha’ on the company’s internal video sharing portal or worse, on YouTube – she is stopped by her millennial friend saying that it could go against her in the name of breaching company’s policy on sharing! She’s instead asked to report the same to the respective HR guys!
So the query still remains – What should Sonali do?

Disclaimer: This post is based on real incidents. The author has taken enough care to shade reality. Any similarity henceforth would be a result of the reader’s extraordinary imaginations! IT-happens! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Thoughts

 

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[55F: CGC Contest]~The Last Departure…

KING This post is published as an entry for the KING AND QUEEN OF 55F CONTEST – The first ever unique, challenge for the coveted title in micro fiction category. To catch the crowning moments and also be part of future editions and other contests, visit and register at Cafe GingerChai 

 

He stood there on the topmost floor of the building. Looking down, he remembered all the good old days he had spent with her. For a second, he smiled before the thoughts of losing it all clouded his mind. There was no looking back now. He took one deep breath, and entered the lift.

She saw him leave the room with an expressionless face, no remorse whatsoever. Lying on the ground, she remembered all the good old days she had spent with him. For a second, she smiled before the thoughts of losing it all clouded her mind. Taking a deep breath she got up, and latched the door.

The husband swearing at his wife and the wife abusing back – he had seen it all happen over the past so many years that he had been working at their house. He was happy to know that they were getting separated although he had not guessed it before having laced their drinks, with slow poison.

PS: Wanted to name this as “Lift, Latch and Lace” which I thought would kind of let go of the storyline.  🙂 Btw, the sets have 54, 55 and 55 words respectively.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2011 in Contests, Stories

 

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Mocking of the Mahatma!!!

For we believe in his ideals or not, he did what he was destined to do and we all know how well he managed to do it…for us!

He is revered by many and criticized by many others but then one cannot ignore the man and his deeds. He is saluted for providing us with an independent India as well as equally scorned for the much talked about partition!

Just wonder! 60 years have passed by, but then the Reserve Bank of India hasn’t found anyone else fit enough to replace the bespectacled smiling gentleman on our currency notes. Compare that with the multiple personalities you get to see on the American dollars!! 😀

Can you imagine an India without independence? Would we have enjoyed the same freedom that the constitution of India now grants us to? There are people who would contest this saying, “If not Gandhi, someone else would have done it!”! Of course, but then that ‘someone’ would have faced the same destiny as the Mahatma gets to face today. On a lighter note, even the crows don’t spare him!

I for one do not follow the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. I feel he is much above my reach. I cannot offer my other cheek, if someone slaps me! I might just slap back or simply walk away! I am not Gandhi. I cannot be Gandhi. But then I do have my own level of respect for him.

I have nothing against him, as I believe he did what he was destined to do – just like you and I are. He might have not done the right thing asking Sardar Patel to step aside just because the adamant Chacha (Nehru) wanted to become the first Prime minister of Independent India (Sardar Patel had a 24-1 victory, but Nehru had the British backing him up – Notorious Nehru, is worth a different post altogether!) but then this act of the Mahatma did save the just gained independence to say the least.

As my fellow blogger Vivek puts it best  – “Knowing a man and indulging in criticism is one thing…not knowing and doing the same is another.”! We would be fine if we did just that with all due respect to Mahatma Gandhi!!! 😀
No harm if you don’t like or worship him, but the least one can do is NOT MOCK the man who is revered as the Mahatma! And definitely NOT DO what is done in the pic below:

This post was my submission to the Martyr’s Day contest conducted on my corporate blogging platform! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Contests, Thoughts

 

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