Stressed Out!!

My blood has been boiling bubbles with stress.

The last two weeks were one contiguous stretch of anxiety, tension and breakdown.

There was a Maha cyclone in my head and I had to put all my remaining energy in keeping it off the coast of my eyes by blowing air at it.

Honestly, I went to the coffee machine and placed my mug under the wrong drip. As a result all my coffee got drained and I’m wondering like, hmm, maybe there was no milk.
Only when I came for coffee round two, did it strike me I was misplacing my mug.

I booked a conf room for a meeting and was seated in the room 15 minutes in advance but forgot to connect to the meeting when the time actually came.
Ten minutes later, when I scrambled quickly online, everyone had dropped off the meeting.

I even kept calling a colleague by a wrong name several times during a conversation, until he politely pointed out, “My name’s P, not M”

The IT clown has started appearing in my dreams.

I’m soaked in stress!! All I want to do is hide under my blankets and never come out.

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??’*



Jungle Book


I’m a 90’s kid and to be  honest the only thing about Jungle Book I knew was the song            ” Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai ” . We grew up singing that song and I knew about Mowgli and that Jungle Book is about a man-cub’s adventures  but I wasn’t sure what those adventures were like. (Up until now I thought Mowgli grew up to be Tarzan until I found out recently that they are two separate man-cubs 😝 )

So when the Jungle Book released all around me excitement was palpable. Theatres were getting booked like crazy and my nieces and nephew beat me to it and came back home and announced with a fist in the air, “We watched Mowgli”.

Flygirl was all excited about Jungle Book too so we decided “Let’s  go see Jungle Book!!”

We left office early and quietly as cats before anybody could stop us and arrived on time to catch the 6.15 show with 3D glasses on.

The movie is not bad. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about how good/bad the movie was.

Thing is a week later, it was the farewell of a team member and everybody decided, “Let’s  go see Jungle Book!!”

I booked the tickets personally and since this time I was leaving with my team members I didn’t have to leave like a cat. Twenty minutes later, I am in the same theatre, same 6.15 show, different seats, different 3D glasses watching Jungle Book again this time in Hindi.

Once I already know the story it becomes like u know reading the same book over and over but the Hindi dialogues were new so I focussed on them and hey they were funny.

But whilst I left the theatre this time I had had enough of Jungle Book.

Next Monday during car practise my trainer says, ” Hey, check out this new addition! Now we can watch movies in the car. See this!”

And I take my eyes off the road to look at – Mowgli!! And that lesson all my trainer could talk about was how cute the talking animals were.

End of the day when I went home, Dad comes all excitedly upto me and says, “Guess what I got u?”

And guess what it was?

The Jungle Book DVD!!!

Mowgli, mere bhai, no offense, but I have had enough of you to last my whole remaining life now!!