On 5 September 2017, two groups of exhausted, overworked, and digruntled managers sat in two different rooms of a 5-star luxury hotel in Delhi. They were participating, or rather, trying to participate, in a new product launch training session of a well-known car brand in India.
It should have been a very refreshing session as it was held in the best possible setting that any corporate employee can imagine. Even the washrooms looked like well-maintained lounges with round tables and plush sofas.
With well-fed stomachs and fulfilled palettes, they sat through the one-day session crammed with several days’ content and ‘Group Activities.’ Their trainer tried his heroic best to keep them awake and ensure that they grasped as much of it as they could. At 6:30 PM, the session ended, to their utter relief.
With crestfallen faces, these young people walked out of the hotel, bracing themselves for another hectic day at their dealerships . The women, especially those who had come from other cities like Agra, Mathura, Jabalpur, etc had something additional to worry about. How to reach home in time and safely too within the constraints of a limited budget.
That evening, on my way home in a crowded mini-bus, with only a fraction of the new-product-launch-training in my head, I scrolled down the photos in my cellphone camera. The three most recent ones clicked that day made me smile. I was thrilled and I felt special. That’s when I realized that you don’t need too many things to be happy. Little ones are enough. Here are those pics.
Whenever I move on to a new company, I always make it a point to click all the photos of the surrounding landscape in the beginning itself; because that’s the time when the bliss and peace in your heart gets transferred to the pics and the effect you achieve is absolutely amazing. Later on, when the negativity of office politics and work overload begin to seep into your system, the last thing you want to do is click photos of a hopeless place. The sooner you quit, the better it is…
Here are some of these pics…
White Hibiscus, a very uncommon variety. I never saw one before. You usually see the colored ones.
Red Hibiscus, quite common, but gorgeous all the same…
A collection of red roses in the pantry…
A crane-like bird. I don’t know its name yet.
And now some pics that will always be my favorites. I clicked them when I was on my way home in the evening. They reminded me of Robert Frost’s famous lines, “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep/But I have promises to keep/And miles to go before I sleep/Miles to go before I sleep….
Life is a big cad indeed! It is always so full of bumps, steep bends, and unforeseen disasters and it keeps turning and churning you around. But stability and rhythm are important for survival because it is in peaceful existence that you get the chance to rejuvenate and gather strength to carry on.
One way to remain in sync with the divine cycle of days, nights, and seasons is to follow a definite work routine. The job and the place of work may not always be the best you deserve, but what matters most is being part of a daily grind with its daily goals and objectives. This isn’t always very easy, but it’s not impossible.
Here are some pics of the Metro clocks at the metro stations I walk on while commuting between office and home. A sight of them gives me a huge high, a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, for being able to remain above the tide, in spite of all those obstacles that compel me to remain home-bound and my heart silently sends a prayer of thanks to God.
In the morning, on my way to work…
In the evening, on my way home…Best time of my life…
When problems arise
Like dark clouds into my skies,
A strange kind of thrill goes over me.
Because I am a writer.
I thrive on adversity.
Rolling and tumbling fill me with words
Which come out as pearls on paper…
When my efforts go down the drain,
And everything I do goes in vain,
It doesn’t matter anymore.
Because I am a writer.
I love to write.
And I am no longer in it for rewards.
My words are my best rewards…
When people at my work station
Tell me my performance is below their expectation,
I just smile and shrug it off like a duck in a pond.
Because I am a writer.
I know myself and my worth much better.
One day these people and I will all be gone into thin air.
But my words will stay and echo through the whole universe…
The Indian Government recently took several anti-pollution measures in Delhi including banning of large diesel cars with engine capacities above 2000 cc and increasing taxes. Whether Delhi’s pollution levels will come down in future because of these steps remains to be seen. But they have thrown the automobile industry into a deep sea of depression and despondency.
A lot of fresh and ongoing projects have been put on hold and new hiring has stopped. Growth seems to have come to a stand-still and employee benefits are being doled out in a very miserly manner. Senior managers are often compelled to be harsh with their subordinates.
If you turn to your mentors in the Indian automobile industry today for career advice, this is what you might hear, “Just stick fast to whatever job you’ve got because you may not find another very soon. Even if you do, the new environment could be much worse and you may soon have to move on again.”
It is in this kind of a sad and gloomy atmosphere that a new car dealership is coming up just next door to mine where I work in Delhi (see pic above). This photo was clicked through a glass window of my office which overlooks this place. While their earthmoving machines go about bulldozing and pounding away the building material, our building also vibrates in sync. Sometimes the tables, chairs, and the cabin walls shake so badly that it feels like an earthquake. But no one is complaining. It seems to be a defiant act of great courage on the part of the owner and fills a lot of unhappy and disgruntled hearts with hopes for a better future. The opening of a new dealership next door holds great promise of new jobs and better salaries for many without extra travelling.
The construction activity outside appears to be going on at a very fast pace. I heard recently from a reliable source that it’s going to be a Toyota workshop and they are planning to start their operations by Diwali (30 October 2016)…
Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what the future holds….