Staying late or Working late?

‘Late Stays’ have become the new work culture. In a Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff, he explains the difference between ‘staying late’ and ‘working late’ quite aptly.

Sharing some excerpts from the mail:


It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on… PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing… And who’s at work?

All or most specimens are ?? Look closer… again all or most of them are bachelors…
And why are they sitting late? Let’s ask one of them… Here’s what he says… ‘What’s there 2 do after going home…Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late…Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!’

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices.

Bachelors ‘Passing-Time’ during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they’ve nothing else to do… Now what r the consequences…

‘Working’ late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.
With bosses more than eager to provide support to those ‘working’ late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he’s a hard worker….. goes home only to change..!!). They aren’t helping things too…

To hell with bosses who don’t understand the difference between ‘sitting’ late and ‘working’ late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family… office is no longer a priority, family is… and That’s when the problem starts… b’coz u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier ‘hardworking’ guy suddenly seems to become a ‘early leaver’ even if u leave an hour after regular time… after doing the same amount of work.

People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers…

All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on ‘working’ not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.

So what’s the moral of the story??
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!

* Never put in extra time ‘ unless really needed ‘

* Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

There are hundred other things to do in the evening..

Learn music…..

Learn a foreign language…

Try a sport… TT, cricket………..

Importantly,get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town…

* And for heaven’s sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low and try cooking for a change.

Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *’Life’s calling, where are you??’*



Major Gaurav Arya’s Open Letter

Initially even I was of the opinion that banning artists because of some terrorists is unfair. I sat through a whole Arnab Gosawmi debate but did not understand the viewpoint. Dad failed to explain it to me too. But after reading Major Gaurav Arya’s letter , my thoughts have opened up to a major extent.

Sharing some excerpts from his letter:

Today, I was part of a panel discussion in JNU, interestingly called “Intellectual Terrorism”. The term is self-explanatory, though wide ranging. I will discuss one type of intellectual terrorism here. The proponents of this type of terror are to found in every walk of life, but the roots of this disease are embedded in some institutions of higher learning. More of that some other time.

Karan Johar wants to know if asking Fawad Khan to go back to Pakistan will stop terror. Mahesh Bhatt joins the chorus by saying “stop terrorism, not talks” implying that we must continue to talk to Pakistan. The cricket board will continue to play matches with Pakistan. Certain business houses will continue to do business with Pakistan. All this, while our soldiers are dying on the border.

Will sending Pakistani artists back, stopping cricket and business with Pakistan actually end terror from Pakistan? No, it most certainly will not. But there is an emotion called solidarity.

You cannot make films, play cricket and do business as if everything is fine, because it is not. It makes the soldier wonder aloud, “Why should I alone bear the weight of conflict?”

This conflict between India and Pakistan is not the soldier’s personal war. He is dying and killing for you and me. Imagine if a soldier walked up to his superior and said, “Sir, while I am dying on the Line of Control, these people are going about as if everything is absolutely fine between the two countries.”  Why should he alone sacrifice for India, when others were making merry?

A soldier will die before the thinks of such treason, but its certainly food for thought, isn’t it?

Patriotism and sacrifice is not the sole responsibility of the soldier.

The United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980, and the Russians did likewise when they boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. This is what happens when national interest is held paramount. And this is what must happen now.

For 70 years, Pakistan has been killing Indian citizens. Are we so inured to the pain of our fellow brethren that making a movie or playing a cricket match takes precedence over a soldier’s mourning home?

18 families have been shattered like glass. Not a word for them by our Bollywood royalty, mind you. But the pain of Fawad Khan’s departure is too much to bear, it seems. A tweet in support of Pakistani artists is mandatory. What matters are day and night matches between India and Pakistan.

And the soldiers? Well, as far as they are concerned, they are on another planet, far removed from the glitzy Bollywood studios, and the teak paneled walls of the stately boardrooms of the BCCI. The blood, the mud, the screams and the exploding gunpowder are just distant and inconvenient, not very different from traffic during the Mumbai monsoons.

Its easy to ask for peace when you are a thousand miles away from the Line of Control, and your primary concerns are which party to attend this evening and where to get financing for your next film.

Peace is not a punch line. It is the end result of war.

Major Gaurav Arya

Jai Hind


Gettin’ Roasted

Recently, there was a lot of hue and cry about “The Roast Of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor” conducted by the AIB.

All of u must be knowing by now what the Roast is all about but I’ll still chip in an intro.
AIB(All India Bakchod) is a group which does a comedy podcast about various topics mostly Bollywood and politics and is tremendously popular on YouTube.

What brought them into the spot light of recent controversy is this live show which they conducted last year in December in which they “roasted” or made fun of two of Bollywood’s latest sensations – Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor aided by famous film maker Karan Johar.

Now, made fun means made filthy comments and used a lot of swear words in between. So, this ignited the anger of some “righteous” people in the country and they think that this kind of an event brings shame to the country.

I mean like, seriously? SERIOUSLY??? All that is left for our country now to do is sit and dissect some humor show? There are far more shameful events happening in our country to which we turn blind eyes and deaf ears to but we gladly join the bandwagon and scream about a comedy show.

And what is the damn fuss about? About a group of guys who decided to make jokes on each other? From the point that I see it, it was all good humor targeted at each other. When the people involved are not feeling insulted or humiliated about it , why should anybody else’s sentiments get hurt?

It isn’t like the video was forcefully broadcasted at places and people were forced to watch it. It was a choice. And clear warnings at the start mentioned that if u are too kind-hearted to get offended by such things, stop now. But if u chose to watch it still, it was really ur
choice. I mean, grow up, be mature and handle things.

Our society is a society of hypocrites. We are those “behind-the-closed-doors” people. We swear filth in our normal day-to-day conversations but we don’t want to admit it. But someone else does it , we jump at the opportunity and point fingers at them.

Lets summarize this KJo style, “Not ur cup of tea, don’t drink it!!!”
It’s that simple actually.