Jul 28, 2007


i pride myself on being witty and being able to pull myself out of situations! usually! but the occasions when i don't manage, tend to go down in my cache... lkng back, some of my fave "foot-in-mouth situations have been...
a. i wrote a mail to my then-CEO with d subject line "jpegs to the ogre". i knew wot ogre meant. i shud've known that when my CS head told me to send files from the folder titled "jpegs for the ogre" OGRE did NOT refer to a new client! she apparently titled the folder thus, coz he *the CEO* made them sit up late and work on the silly jpegs. and i thought i was being bright by not snooping into her folders to check!
b. i'd gone for an interview *obviously, who'd want to work for an ogre!*, a decently ordinary looking man met me in the lobby and asked me my name. i was feeling unusually confident and bright. i reverted "i'm rayshma. thou art?" he was, the CEO of the company. with an inflated self-image *ego, isn't it?* and was visible all across a certain brand's hoardings in b'bay. i told u - i'm bad with faces!
c. i had been avoiding a certain vendor's call. while rushing into a client's office, i got his call again. being in a hurry, i obviously did not take his call. only to realize that he was right behind us! well, of course, i told him i was already late and he was a very imp vendor, so i would have called him after the meeting. don't think he believed me, but i guess we were too important for him to have made it an issue! i MUST mention - i mailed him y'day and asked him to get in touch coz i wanted content from them. HOW embarassing is this gonna get!!
d. my CEO's name matched my AEs. *y do these things happen with me and CEOs? well... * the AE was trying to use my phone for testing. i did not want him to. CEO was talking on HIS phone strolling outside MY cubicle! i did not know. me, after 3 mins of haggling with my AE to put my phone down, chimed out in a loud, clear voice "N, PUT THE PHONE DOWN". turned left, saw the CEO N, giving me a look which sed "r u sure u don't want to rethink wot u said". then, of course, i sheepishly clarified "N? THIS N? MY phone? hehehe" either this one had a good sense of humor or was just plain too busy to deal with mad employees. good for me.

anywez, one very important thing i learnt at my 1st job was that "when rape's inevitable, lie back and enjoy!" that, has probably helped me in these and many more situations... even the "i'm-so-dead" ones!


MJS said...

Trust me on this one - just 1 week back, I celebrated the spirit of "if you cant fight it - enjoy it"! It was a fairly formal celebration complete with a cake cutting ceremony (chocolate cake)..
Me and my entire team boosted our spirits with "3 cheers to GPL!!!"

Anand Sarolkar said...


rayshma said...

we shall have another celebration soon, MJS! shal update u personally!

how's life with u!? :)

plush said...