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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Oru Cooli-yin Kumural

Life at work is stranger than Dilbert. I've always read Dilbert more seriously than most others would. To me, it was not merely a wickedly funny cartoon strip. It was a reassuring reflection of cubicle life and the comforting feeling that throughout the world, there are Dilbert's all around, just barely keeping their sanity amidst the Wally's and PHB's.
However, not even all my reading of Dilbert could prepare me for the events of the past week at work. The deadly combination of stupidity, dick-headedness, arrogance and authority became even deadlier when "management" chipped in to support that combination against reason and good hard facts. This is how abused Indian wives must be feeling in their "pugundha vIdu" amidst hostility and bone-headed authority. When you lose all hope and resign to futility, Dilbert phenomenon takes over and leads to a state which knows no joy, anger or sorrow. Just inertia.

Update: Bad writing has resulted in some unexpected reactions! The post has made the matter look more serious than it actually is. Coolies are generally not important enough to be drastically affected by these matters anyway :)


  • I don't read Dilbert. But I'm a coolie. What a shame. Deadly sin, I guess!

    By Blogger Thilak pratap selva kumar, at Fri Jun 08, 11:04:00 AM  

  • Bala,
    My uncle had a funny saying that would lighten up my depression of working in a profession without much passion or conviction. It goes like " Call me thoatee!! but pay me forty". It is the forty that can fund others who are risking their professional success for passion and conviction. So i beleive that hope is not far away!! Cheer up man!! Go with the flow and wait for the right opportunity.!!

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Fri Jun 08, 11:45:00 AM  

  • bala, idhellam thozhilla sagajam dhaane. Idhila ennanna, be on the right end of the Gun - thats what matters. Wodehouse sonna maadhiri, "The joy of shooting as a sport depends purely on which end of the Gun you are".
    Marumagalum oru naal maamiyaar aagamala povaa? Oru promotion varattum appuram you can call the shots.Adhu varaikkum porumai thevai.
    Innoru vishayam, when you become maamiyar, if you try to extrapolate your situation and try to be sympathetic to marumagal, marumagal will stand on your head and dance. Solliputtaen. Indha vishayathula, neraya paartha anubavathula solraen - coolie-padai-le serndha, idhellaam thaanga vendiyadhu dhaan. Koral kudukkaravan koravalai nerippanga - adhanaala sound kudukkama odhungi poradhu dhaan better.

    By Anonymous raj, at Fri Jun 08, 01:33:00 PM  

  • Hi Bala,

    I dont know what to say, but I can understand how you'd be feeling (ellaam anubavamthaan). Be strong and stay calm. And dont let your emotions control your acts and dealings related to the particular issue concerned. Try to divert your attention toward some thing that interests you most. As JG said wait for the right opportunity. Kaalam oru nAL malarum. Wish it blooms very soon :-) Take Care and Cheer Up friend !! :-)

    By Anonymous Roshan, at Fri Jun 08, 11:38:00 PM  

  • makkaLE,
    aana, idhu sappa matter, salt water. Nothing serious. Life goes on... The inertia :)

    Not too late. ippove aramingo :)

    " Call me thoatee!! but pay me forty"
    Sorry, didn't quite get it. (Teep-light)

    Diplomacy is one skill which i am pathetic at. ennikki kaala vaara pogudho :)
    The latest is, the moola kaaranam of the whole problem has been issued a warning by the same management which supported him and what's more, we received an apology on his behalf!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Jun 08, 11:44:00 PM  

  • I'm sorry Bala. Situation theriyama I commented. I don't have the experience. But then, I have heard about few incidents from different sources. People keep telling me what Raj(and in turn what Wodehouse) said "The joy of shooting as a sport depends purely on which end of the Gun you are".

    By Blogger Thilak pratap selva kumar, at Sat Jun 09, 09:31:00 AM  

  • Managementla ivvaluvu matter a...? Raj thathuvam.. Neenga engayo poiteenga.. Thanks for all of it.. :)

    By Blogger sirpy, at Sun Jun 10, 03:53:00 AM  

  • bala, apapdi sollitta eppad. Diplomacy illama eppadi pozhaikkaradhu. Adhellam thaana varum. You must be around 26-28? innum rendu vmoonu varushathula ellaam thaana varum - ellam experience dhaen - mudhugelumboda coolie velaila pozhaikka mudiyuma?

    By Anonymous raj, at Sun Jun 10, 07:30:00 PM  

  • Bala,
    Idha paarunga. Messi Maradona style la kaiyaala goal poatta video :)


    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Mon Jun 11, 11:29:00 AM  

  • Bala, enna ithu ... Soona paana va nenachukkunga ... thaana thenaavattu varum ...

    By Anonymous bhuvanesh, at Mon Jun 11, 11:36:00 AM  

  • Baala Thoatee is the name of the sweeper position in Railways in olden days. Idea behind the adage was that what mattered was the cheque you carried to the bank, bullshit can and probably should be always left behind in Office. I had a similar issue some time back when I was asked to comment and suggest change to development process in ofc. I prepared the report that was a touch too honest and frank for some folks. They took it personally and there was a major fire. A meeting was called and I was singled out by everyone who felt pointed out in my report. I maintained my cool and rehearsed the meeting well in advance with my team(with whom I felt I could confide). Prepared a clarification presentation, well in advance and sent it to all the concerned people. All I had to do in the meeting was to simply point at the presentation and get my point across without getting personal. In many other situations I planned questions, pre empted most of them, queried for some of them and prepared responses that I sent 2 hours in advance of a scheduled "fight night" meeting. In one hour, the meeting itself would be cancelled as ppl got answers and my ass would always stay covered. This meant that I didn't get into needless finger pointing and scuffles and flames. Probably your ofc situation is something similar. If it is too personal, would suggest that you make up with your adversaries in public, but always be weary and careful of their moves. Never create an impression that you get fired up in a meeting, even if it means keeping cool when some one is taking cheap pot shots. As Nambiar says to Arjun in Gentleman.. "chathriyanaa irukkaradha vida chaanamkyanaa irukaradhu dhaan buddhisaalithanam". I have always found that managements consistently reward ppl who are "perceived to be above and beyond politics" as they can get along with all kinds of ppl and get most of the things done through teams. Mark the word "Perceived" as I have found it impossible to be beyond and above politics, just indulge in just abt the right amount to be "perceived" as apolitical. These are my experiences, they need not be correct in all cases. Always remember, management might be stupid, biased or unjust, but it will not be absent and your success lies in working with it, inside it and above it..

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Mon Jun 11, 11:38:00 AM  

  • when asked 'how was your day?'
    my friend used to say SSDD..

    aka Same Shit Different Day

    so namba case la idellame SSDC (Different Company). Thankfully, i'm insulated from the shit in my present company.

    By Anonymous prabukarthik, at Tue Jun 12, 10:37:00 PM  

  • SSDD is much better than SSMG that i had to endure for 6 months.
    SSMG - Simply Sitting Monthly Getting!!

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Thu Jun 14, 12:53:00 PM  

  • Hey, eagerly looking forward to your 'Sivaji' (anti)review ..... hope u will watch it .... illa vaylila pora onana eduthu vaetila vida virupa pada maatingala ??!

    By Blogger whencatrawman, at Fri Jun 15, 03:40:00 PM  

  • Bala:
    OT post - there is a real KH bhakthargal group in Thilak Nagar in BLR. They regularly change the roadside pictures, cut outs. Today I was passing through that area and they had his picture on a poster celebrating some Aathaa festival - oh, the delicious irony ;-). Anyway, Appadiye maindain panni vidu aathaa.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jun 16, 11:40:00 PM  

  • Vedalams are everywhere!! 'Thanadhu muyarchiyil satrum manam thalaraadha, namma Annathey-a nenachikonga'! "Unnal mudiyum thambi, thambi...'

    By Blogger Me too, at Mon Jun 18, 10:50:00 PM  

  • bailelakka na enna? Palle Illa yakka appadaingaradhoda surukkama?

    By Anonymous raj, at Thu Jun 21, 08:54:00 AM  

  • raj,

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Sat Jun 23, 10:34:00 AM  

  • I'm eagerly waiting for your jilebi review. seekram paathuttu podu... :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jun 25, 10:04:00 AM  

  • http://entertainment.oneindia.in/tamil/exclusive/kamal-190607.html

    bala, tell me this ain't so! Please tell me this aint true! Rendu geniuskum marai kazhanduducha?Enna kodumai idhu?

    By Anonymous raj, at Mon Jun 25, 11:07:00 AM  

  • raj,
    Kamal with P.Vasu is doing the rounds for quite sometime now.

    Yesterday,Sivaji productions celebrated the 804th day(????)of 'Chandramukhi'.Vasu was there&so was KH as Guest.But both of them have not spoken anything on this.

    Well informed ppl like Bala should confirm whether it is true or not.

    But 'Sakalakala Vallavan'is too much,even if both of them do unite,I don't think THIS will be the films's title.

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Tue Jun 26, 12:48:00 PM  

  • Why has my comment not been approved still :(

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Fri Jun 29, 09:54:00 AM  

  • adutha post podardhu? :)

    By Blogger Viji, at Fri Jun 29, 11:07:00 AM  

  • Cinefan,
    Sorry for the delay in approving..

    Finger-a cross panni vechirukkom :(...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Jul 05, 09:17:00 AM  

  • wencatrawman/Viji,
    indha padam review-ku ellam appaarpattadhu!

    Is Thilak Nagar somewhere near Seshadripuram? If so, they must be the famous Ramu/Velu gang of bhakthargal. Madurai and Bangalore - namma fort. Asaikka mudiyaadhu


    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Jul 05, 01:59:00 PM  

  • Bala,It's near Bannerghatta Road - sandwiched between Bannerghatta road and Jayanagar close to the Apollo hospital. South Bangalore.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jul 05, 09:46:00 PM  

  • BNB,
    Oh.. "By the by", unga work place Hosur Road side-a?

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Jul 06, 10:40:00 AM  

  • Bala,
    No. Hosur road traffic-la payithiyam pudichurum :-D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jul 07, 12:05:00 PM  

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