Lurking in the silent shadows of your workplace is the green eyed monster that we fondly refer to as Boss, while it’s easy to ward off this Frankenstein monster, the real test that lies is fighting off the sweet looking harmless beast, no no , not the jealous ever doubting wife of the Boss but the one you spend eight working hours with, the colleague !
Each office has its own special cartoon that serves as either your private entertainment or the reason for popping those crocins!
- Little Ms. Chatter box
As entertaining Koffee with Karan is, this Gupshup with Gossiper just doesn’t end! It starts when you sign in at work and ends when you finally decide to tape their mouth shut. Right from Bollywood gossip to their home cooked masala stories, your ears will be itching by the end of the day.
- Khau Galli
Be it the roadside Vada Pav or the McDonalds burger, Nimbu Paani or Mountain Dew, Jeera Rice or Biryani, you find anything and everything stacked on their desks, bag, pocket and any other place accessible to them. They have to keep their hunger satisfied to keep their brain cells functioning. Their crunching and munching gets your stomach growling making it even difficult to concentrate on the whims and wishes of the beloved client.
- Indian Idol
Sixteen hours and a mind block later when you finally strike upon an idea, and bang your concentration is diverted by the humming sounds tossing your lovely idea out of the brain window and planting the music seeds deep in your mind, body and soul. The next aspiring Indian Idol will park himself next to your desk and sways your mind to the words of melody flushing out all thoughts of a client and his project.
You inspect each corner of the office in search of the hidden camera that reports every move of yours to Big Boss, oblivious to the roving eye and ears that are a few feet away present in the flesh and blood of the sweet looking innocent colleague. You sneeze, sleep, eat, work, drink, talk or do whatever, every story cooked with a blend of extra spicy masala is served to the Boss! Now you know why they are the Boss’s favorite?
- The Chameleon
An unexpected trip to the water cooler and you stop by the corner as your ears perk up at the sound of your name. You hear her sweet voice putting you down for the project you had just worked your ass off. Peeking around as you put a name to the face, you realize the sweet friendly talks you shared with them over dinner last night as you discussed strategies and she sat chewing your yummy food. These chameleons change colors faster than you change tabs when your Boss is approaching.
- The Romeo
He opens doors for you, waits for you at the end of the day, orders lunch, appreciates your work, stares at you during work hours. His sneaky secretive smiles and overly friendly behaviour takes you back a few years down the line back to high school and college. As sweet as this romance looks, it’s irritating when you cannot reciprocate even a percent of his feelings. Turning him down is a much more difficult task than calming down the Hulk.
With the above mentioned samples in your life, the office journey can either get more interesting or even more nerve wracking, depending upon your point of view. Take my advice, start penning down their antics and one day you will surely sell that book for millions!