Kids!! Don't try this at your corporate.
Sometimes, a phone call is all you need to take a decision which has been bothering you for over a year.
Stupid statement.. I know...till you know.
This was when I was working with a MAJOR corporate.(see. I wrote MAJOR in capital letters), so that's real MAJOR.
Many people who are good with geography knows that KERALA looks like Karela(Bitter guard). When this incident happened I was at the northern tip,in Kasaragode District, trying to 'FIX' things up.(Theory: When you are running the show, you always FIX things up.)
On a beautiful Friday morning, I made a call to the CORPORATE HEAD OFFICE to 'FIX' things up.
I dialed the number that belonged to the lady who was responsible for communicating stuffs from my sector with the Boss.
This lady is a new addition to companies existing _______ pool.( I give my reader's the freedom to fill that up with appropriate word.)
Me:Hello, I am calling from Kasaragode.(The border district between Kerala and Karnataka)
Lady:Why you calling here?
Me:[I check the number to make sure I had dialed the correct number]I am supposed to be calling there, madam. It's our regional HQ.
Lady: Regional HQ. You are calling from Kasaragode. You should be calling Bangalore. Not Cochin.
Me[ Thinking: WTF?]: errr.. I said, I am calling from Kasaragode.
Lady: Kasaragode belongs to Karnataka.You should be calling Bangalore.
[She said that with all confidence in her Geography]
Me[ Thinking..When did it happen?] : Excuse me, I have some info for you, I am calling you at 9:30 Am IST and till now,Kasaragode district is with KERALA . I don't think they redrew the border.
[ cynical laugh.]
Lady: You should be calling Bangalore.
Yes!! the new recruit who has to handle the communications think, Kasaragode district is with Karnataka. She must have slept in her geography classes.
To give you an idea, do refer the map
Me:Connect me to Mr.Boss , Please.
Me: I won't call you on this line unless otherwise important.
.. She connects me ..
Me: Good Morning, Mr.Boss
Mr.Boss: Good Morning.
I briefed him on the situation, and how difficult it is to run "The Show" without handling the 'Ground Realities'.
Me: I will be quitting. [ Yeah!! the last one of the league 8]
Mr.Boss:You were one of the 8 who started the brand here.....
[Input Violin music]
Mr.Boss: You got something to say.
Me:Can I speak to you off the record sir?(I finally got to say that "Off the record" thingy, just like in Hollywood movies)
Mr.Boss:You know, you people don't need any formalities.
Me:Ok. Next time, we have to make sure that our task force knows a little bit of geography.
Mr.Boss:Haha..We will have to.
I don't know why I am writing this. May be all the news on TELUGANA happening on channels, reanimated this incident in my memory about redrawing border.
The moral of the story is, if you make a mistake, accept it. This way, you will cut short your strip show before it exposes it yourself in all its blunder(oops..Splendor).
Well!! there's another saying too
"Don't take anything personal."
Yeah and another one too
"Be sensitive to other people's time.They may need to use the loo too.."