Life nahi hai laddoo

29 Apr

After innumerable requests (total=3) I decided to post something. I could no longer stand the naarebaazi, jathebaazi and the hunger strikes, no actually I saw the date on the last post and decided its time to prevent the 3 people to stop checking as well.

Well what has made the one of the most vela person on earth almost abandon her virtual personality.

Summers. This is what 2 months of interning in a company is called in MBA land. Genius did I hear you say about the person thinking up that name? We have winters as well.

At the starting of the week
At summit talks you’ll hear them speak
It’s only Monday
Negotiations breaking down
See those leaders start to frown
It’s sword and gun day

So after 23 years, 3 months 21 days of muft ki roti todna I officially entered a work place.
For those who aren’t obsessed and don’t follow my life meticulously am a sales intern at GE money. No Chinese drums, war dance greeted me on day 1. The guard stopped me and said “sar is busy”. Finally sar aka my guide appeared. After initial niceties he told me about my project and asked me to familiarize with the telecalling process.

So off I went thinking how I would “understand” the process sipping coffee in an air conditioned room. An auto+train+bus ride later I was handed over a telephone, a list of names and asked to make 25 applications by Saturday. And there was no AC.

You remember the last time you politely asked a telecaller to #$%^ off and leave you in peace or do you remember the time you timepassed by asking about all the features of the product over and over again and then in the end with sadistic pleasure replied oh-but-am-not-interested. Well I was that telecaller.

Now what a internship teaches you is life skills not job skills. For example what I learnt in week 1 wasn’t the fancy models I made on excel but

  1. Never board Borivili slow/fast at peak hours. You will never manage to get off at Andheri. If you try really hard you may be forced to leave your left hand and your purse behind.
  2. Real life bull whip effect: you leave 5 minutes late from your room. You miss your regular bus. Next one comes after 15 minutes. The queue at station increases by 10 times. You end up boarding the train after the train after your regular train. You end up 45 minutes late.
  3. There is a concept of shared taxis to get around Nariman Point.
  4. Maker chambers which house Reliance are spread over 5 mammoth buildings and don’t let anyone fool you that Raheja chambers are right behind that. You gotta walk around it, no jumping fences.

You could be sitting taking lunch
The news will hit you like a punch
It’s only Tuesday

Week 2 I moved onto managerial work. Yes sipping coffee in AC rooms.
I am doing it with a management trainee from XLRI.

MT: do a VLookup.
At that time we were waiting for a printout.
D_grail: ya, I don’t see any printout. I think the printer’s not working.
MT : I ll check that out. You do the VLookup.
D_grail: But I just looked.
MT : VLookup on Excel.
D_grail: of course.

Bring me the drillers, excavators to help earth swallow me up!

MT: make a pivot table.
D_grail: sure (grinning)

(MT leaves. D_grail ashen. Presses F1 maniacally.)

Guide and D_grail sitting together.
Guide: so how do find working for GE?
D_grail: good.
Guide : how do you find sales?
Guide: blah blah blah?
Guide: blah blah?
Guide: what do you want in life?
D_grail:(silence accentuated by stupid grin fixated on face)

You never thought we’d go to war
After all the things we saw
It’s April Fools’ day

Week 3. implementation. Phase 1.
D_grail storms into new office.
D_grail(thinking): move over. Am gonna make this system optimize. Am goona do in a week what your incompetence would let you do in all these months.
D_grail(saying): Can I use that computer? I need net access. Also please unlock it.

You hear a whistling overhead
Are you alive or are you dead?
It’s only Thursday
You feel a shaking on the ground
A billion candles burn around
Is it your birthday?

Week 4 commences from tomorrow. Truth be told I enjoy what I m doing even though I leave for office at 7.30 and come back at 9.30. I don’t sit around sipping coffee in an Ac room looking at excel. I go to the craziest of locations and I know the entire Mumbai local layout by heart now. Sales as I have been repeatedly told these past 3 weeks and I have found true with each passing day isn’t about sweet talking your way, about Porter’s five forces, about Kotler and waterfall models. Its plain common sense and managing people. Your people are your only assets. If they perform your numbers look good. They fib, they fake, and they take it easy your numbers take it easy too.

Next week I work alone for a couple of days. F1 key is gonna have a busy time.


Posted by on April 29, 2007 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “Life nahi hai laddoo

  1. ken

    April 29, 2007 at 2:27 am

    What Mumbai would teach us in these 2 months nothing else could have … the blank faces in local staring at shoonya, futile and tiring yet orderly race of mumbaiites, I don’t think we would ever see so many human beings in one day at any other place on earth, there are just too many 🙂 … and obviously the realization of corporate / academic and theory / real life divide … happy summering

  2. tarun

    April 29, 2007 at 6:54 am

    this one was good….

  3. therightbrainer

    April 29, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    d_grail does it again…

    liked this one too..could relate most of the ‘co’incidents…but the way ya put it..its so simple to njoi it ..
    keep em comin..

  4. Aditya

    April 30, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Really enjoyed ur post a lot…Keep going…

  5. vaibhaV...Am i Lost???

    April 30, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    yeah…so a post @ last…a good one i must say…keep them coming… happy summers.

  6. Anonymous

    May 2, 2007 at 4:44 am

    Good one !! All your blogs are a pleasure to read.
    You should seriously think of Journalism or something better as a profession. Some how the MBA stuff seems too passe for you.

  7. anonymous fren..

    May 2, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    good post!! m impressed..

  8. Anonymous

    May 6, 2007 at 8:54 am

    kya koi kisi se itna pyar kar sakta hai ki uski jaan le le?
    ha ha
    good post!

  9. anN-series

    May 6, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    baby…u have done it again…good reading…lets say we have changed A LOT from those sumit classes days…hopefully i too join the intern bandwagon soon and experience some mumbai soon….

  10. Apss

    May 7, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Nice post .. and dude guess what you have 10 ppl who have read it … you can pat yourself on ur back!! 🙂


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