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Sunday, October 10, 2010

By The Water Cooler Contest

Most of you, old-time, patient readers, know about my life story. It is unusual in the usual way. Once upon a time I used to go to work in an office where they would chain me to a cubicle and release me only after I had spent enough hours peddling Microsoft Office. Then I conned my husband into supporting me and paying the bills while I underwent a supposedly creative phase, pretending to aim for the Booker while I watched inane television and ate untimely meals.

Sometimes, of course I wrote, just to take a break from all that telly-watching and mindless eating.

That writing sometimes resulted in novels, one of which will be hitting the shelves (poor shelves) later this month. It's called By The Water Cooler and since I always say that 'What is your book about?' is the toughest question in the world, I am going to put the cover and blurb right here to give you an idea.



Restless and discontent at their jobs in an advertising agency, Mini and Tanya quit and make their way to JR Enterprises. Corporate stardom seems to be only a few PowerPoint slides away. This, however is before the HR Manager who hired them gets fired and reveals in a moment of rare honesty that the organization is a madhouse. The CEO, a committed megalomaniac believes that the two girls are perfect examples of recruitment error. With this first impression to her credit, Mini needs to manage a critical project while keeping her paranoid and obnoxious boss at bay. Tanya could have lent her a shoulder to cry on, except that she is serving time in the office boondocks and is slowly giving in to prenuptial madness.
Join Mini and Tanya on a wild ride full of impossible deadlines, dirty office politics and espionage even as they lock horns with an officeful of eccentric characters. A smart, witty tale of messy work, quirky colleagues and the wily attempt to tame both. By The Water Cooler is the hilarious struggle of holding down a job.

So yes, this is my second shot at that Booker. Failing which, I hope that it will at least make me rich which means I need you to do the good stuff - buy multiple copies of book, spread the word like you would juicy gossip, try not to bitch about it too much, get into fisticuffs with the folks who do, write glowing reviews, and so on.

I had great fun writing this particular novel. It's funny and light and worth a read. I think I sound casually confident about the launch of this one. That's good. I wouldn't want you to worry about the cold sweat and the panic attacks and the muttering to self that I have taken to. In fact, I am off now to gnaw at the toe-nails.

But before I do that, let's have a CONTEST! (note excitement)
  • You need to write a post telling a story or an anecdote based in an office. It could be about you, your spouse, kids, neighbour, whoever - it just needs to be based in an office. It can be funny, serious, somewhere in between, but it needs to be based in an office. It can feature a single protagonist or multiple characters, but it...yes, I know, you got it. 
  • You need to link to this post
  • You need to put By The Water Cooler in the title of your post
  • You need to leave me a link to your post in the comments section
  • If you don't have a blog, leave me your entry in the comments section and it will be counted
PRIZES - Five autographed copies of By The Water Cooler are up for grabs. The five best entries will be decided by the esteemed M so please remember to pick up your grouses with him.

LAST DATE
- October 31st, 2010

One last thing - when you find the book in stores, please take a look at the acknowledgments section. You will find that I have thanked you, my blog reader for all the times you laughed along. It's been such fun. Now please participate so that this whole thing doesn't fall flat on its face. Many thanks.

95 comments:

kbpm said...

hadnt paid attention to the release date. was looking all over the store for this one, yesterday! congratulations !!!

Obsessivemom said...

Hey congrats Parul.. seems like a good read.. will promote it :-).. 'a friend of mine's written this great book...' plus will unleash my son on anyone who has a bad word to offer... rest assured no one will dare.

roop said...

yay!! congratulations, parul. :) can 't wait to read it. i haven't really blogged much in a while and the ten readers that i might have are already your readers. so i see no point in me writing a post ... except for that autographed gift :p .... either awy, i'll do the best to advertise that I can. shall pass the word on facebook. will announce it on radio too once it does come out.

Phoenixritu said...

Sounds an interesting read. Will definitely buy it and do the tag

Parul said...

kenny...haha, that's mighty encouraging, y'know.

Obsessivemom...Sounds like a plan.

roop...Ooh, free radio spot,awesome!

Phoenixritu...Yes, yes, please do.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Done my friend, just for you.
Love,
M4

http://mammamiameamamma.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

karmickids said...

Ah finally she gets down to serious work.

gouri dange said...

Hey Parul - congratulations. will look for it. enjoy the post-publishing ride
gouri

Swaram said...

Sounds really interesting. Lemme try to win one, else wil go grab one ;)

Perakath said...

Only good karma to you, Parul.

Perakath said...

.,.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

M

Dee said...

congrats on this awesome acheivement :) I'll make sure to pick this on my visit to India .

Anonymous said...

No Parul, this wont fall flat on your face. I am a delurker but just seeing how humble you are, I felt the need to comment. That, and the giveaway ;)

I don't have a blog so I am going to write my experience in your comment section.

So, here is an unforgettable experience I've had in office. warning : I don't write as well as you do Parul. I will try my best to express it though :)

It was a nice bright summery day and I decided to wear casuals to office. Paired with my favorite sandals with heels. It was our meeting day with the big boss. All-hands meeting is normally set in the biggest conference hall in office. Even though I never worried much about my petite frame, heels always give that nice touch to our feet and hence my love for them. As luck would have it, my pointed heels broke when I was climbing the stairs on my way to the meeting and the strap gave away when my foot twisted due to the impact. Suffice to say that I was limping to the conference room but secretly happy that we all had to sit down during the meeting. I could just blend in and no on would know. After, I got settled, my boss decided to announce the employee of the week and as luck would have it, he called out my name and wanted me to come on stage to pick up the reward! I was surprised, happy, nervous, embarassed all at once. My face turned red but all I could do was put up a smile and limp my way slowly as kind people (like Mahesh - hint hint ;))sympathized and awed and started getting up to help. I had to tell them that my shoe broke and I am not having any problem with my feet. This was so embarassing at that time as it happened in front of a huge audience - about 150 people!! And I started sweating bullets and finally stood up on the diaz with a wet shirt clinging to my body, one broken shoe and a clumsy, embarassed smile. It has been a few months since and I always have a pair of back up shoes in my office!

Regards,
Annapoorna

Vini said...

Does it count if I did the post more than 6 months back?? I can rename it if that will make my post eligible for the grand prize?
Will it count, pliss? Please?

Parul said...

Mamma mia! Me a mamma?...Thank you once again, my dear.

karmickids...Haha, got rapped enough, I think.

gouri dange...Well, I will be hounding you for tips, you know that.

Swaram...Yes, yes, please participate and spread the word. Many words in fact.

Perakath...My eternal gratitude, kind sir.

Anonymous (M)...Thank you so much, my one-lettered friend.

Dee...Please do. It's all for a good cause, namely Keep Parul In Business.

Anonymous (Annapoorna)...Hey, thanks for your entry. I like it but I am not playing judge, yo.

Vini...That's ok. Republish your post this time with By The Water Cooler in the title. It will be counted.

Abhishek Duggal said...

http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?t=203

Thanks for the opportunity!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Rashmi said...

Hey Parul,

Congratulations for your second book..
I read you first book few months after my delivery and found mira just like me and really luvd the book :-)
I really want to grab autographd copy .....Will post soon :-)

Aneela Z said...

Done.
http://golkamra.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Umesh said...

Hi Parul...............its nice to listen u ..........amazing.....Rgds Umesh Bhatt Jodhpur

Umesh said...

Hi.......gr8


Rgds
Umesh Bhatt
Jodhpur

Poornima said...

Congratulations Parul! I have to go to the book shop and get a copy. Also, I need to submit an entry this time - I will do it soon!

Kippie® said...

cant wait to get my hands on this!!! congratulationzzzzz super woman!

Parul said...

Abhishek Duggal...Hey, your entry is very interesting but needs to follow contest rules. By The Water Cooler in title and link to this post.

Rashmi...Many thanks.

Aneela Z...Good stuff.

Umesh...Err, thank you?

Poornima...It should be in bookstores by Nov beginning I think.

Kippie®...Gah, no superwoman. Thanks, Kips.

justanothermommydiary said...

Congratulations!!

justanothermommydiary said...

http://justanothermommydiary.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/by-the-water-cooler/

Vijaya said...

Okay, mine happened, what a co-incidence, by the water cooler! - I noticed a puddle of water and thought that it was my water that broke. I was 9 months pregnant then. Does that count as funny?:)

Kunzang said...

Congratulations! You did it again. I am sure this will also be a best seller like the first one.

Here is my entry for the contest:

I have this colleague of mine who thinks he is jinxed and is not fated for business trips. The first time he was due to travel, everything was in place but at the last minute the trip got canceled because there was some roit in the place he was supposed to visit. Similarly, many times his trip was all planned but got canceled for some or the other reason. The last time he was supposed to travel, he had checked in his baggages but his flight was canceled because of the ash clouds in Europe.

i-me-myself said...

Congratulations Parul! 2 books old now :) Will pick this up once I figure out where its available.

Vini said...

Ok, I am back.
I edited the post in place to adhere to the contest rules.

http://lukka-chuppi.blogspot.com/2009/01/as-assorisms.html

The title of the post has been updated but the hyperlink continues to show the old title. I can't change that, sorry :(

Smita said...

True story but sadly not mine. (I did however get permission to reproduce it!)

One of the Sales Manager at this company met with an accident & was to be out of circulation for a couple of months. So they roped in another manager (who had no real background in sales but was fairly senior) to step in & manage the team in the meanwhile.

A prospect had come in with some requirements wanting a quotation & time estimate for the work. 2 people in the sales team were assigned the task by the temp manager. They set about collecting information & put together a proposal & sent it out the same evening as per custom. 2 days later they found it back on their desk with comments & clarifications from the manager after his review. They responded & this went back & forth for another 2 days. All was quiet after this.

A month later they were having a review & the temp manager wanted to do an analysis on why they lost this prospect. As the discussion progressed, the 2 guys who worked on the proposal realised that the manager had not been happy with their work & "level of detail" that he did additional work on it & sent it to the prospect 4 weeks after the 1st enquiry! AT that stage the prospect told them that not only had they found another vendor but that the work had been completed!

Cracked me up so much when I 1st heard this story :-) Still brings a smile to my face.

ani_aset said...

Hi Parul here is my entry for the contest..what a coincidence i just finished the post and found out that the post would be apt for this contest :P. Its a 55 words or less category post

http://silentlyexpress.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/55-words-or-less-remember/

abha said...

Hi Parul,
Congratulations on the book.Here is my contest entry link.
http://abhaencounter.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html
Thanks,
Abha

abha said...

Hi Parul,
Congratulations on the book.Here is my contest entry link.
http://abhaencounter.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html
Thanks,
Abha

Parul said...

justanothermommydiary...Thank you and checked out your entry also. Good show.

Vijaya...Depends on what M thinks!

Kunzang...Sure hope so. Thank you.

i-me-myself...Yes, thank you.

Vini...Hilarious. Really.

Smita...Yikes! Funny.

ani_aset...Thanks. Our first 55-er in the contest!

abha...Thanks a ton. I read your entry and liked it too. You still need to link to my post though.

Meenakshy said...

Had been thinking of writing office fun. Now that I have a contest, will post a few hike jokes. BTW, you have been tagged. http://meenu-iyer.blogspot.com/2010/10/tagged-finally.html

dipali said...

Finally posted!
(Here's the link: http://dipalitaneja.blogspot.com/2010/10/paruls-new-book-by-water-cooler.html)

writerzblock said...

Awesome!! hopped over from Monika's blog. You have a new fan :-)

kbpm said...

http://kennybunkportmaine.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Go Parul!!

Y said...

Did it :-)...check out!

GP said...

Here goes... http://talkingpost.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

And yes, best wishes...may you get lucky and be on the Best Seller List

Cheers :)

R's Mom said...

Hey Parul, waiting eagarly for the new book to come :):) Congrats..and here's my entry as well

http://readingthroughrsmind.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler-contest.html

rashmi said...

Hey Parul...
here is my entry for contest
http://rashworld.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/by-the-water-cooler/

BTW are you accepting bribes.. :-)

Parul said...

Meenakshy...Thank you, I look fwd to your entry.

dipali...I saw, I saw!

writerzblock...Oh gee, thanks much.

kbpm...Got it, kenny.


Y...Yes, thanks.

GP...Good stuff, thank you.

R's Mom...Got it, thanks.

rashmi...Cool, thanks. Of course I am accepting bribes. Need my PayPal id?

afzalraza said...

Hi Parul,
Check out my entry at:
http://afzalraza.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/by-the-water-cooler/
Thanks
Afzal

memoriesofchocolate said...

Hey Parul - The book looks like it will rock! All the best. Here is the link to my entry to the competition (and yes - i am excited) :))

http://wp.me/p10RvQ-ev

Violet said...

Congratulations and all the best with the new book. My entry to the contest -- http://violet-gauri.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Sudha said...

super cool...came here via Prachi's blog...:).congratulations!!!!!!!

roop said...

posted.

did my little part on blog.

now facebook.

then radio.

we are on it.

u go, parul.

Sugar said...

love your blog. love the way you write. magical words.

here is my entry:
http://wheresugarwrites.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler-contest-entry.html

the mad momma said...

http://themadmomma.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/your-chance-to-win-by-the-water-cooler/

and done.

ispeak said...

Hi Parul,

Congratulations on your book. Here's my entry for the contest.

http://viewsandsuchlike.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Parul, Congrats on the book and all the very best for that Booker!

I am quoting one of my own experiences here that happened way back in 2002 when I used to work with an international firm in New Delhi. (I had earlier quoted this in one of my online reviews, but it still has me in splits every time I think of it hence reproducing here again)

Teleconversation:

Me: Sir, I need your approval for purchasing that switch I’d discussed earlier. Could you please sign that requisition form I sent you?
MD: Oh yeah, its on my table alright. Suno, while you are at it, order a replacement for the switch of my table lamp as well, loose connection lagta hein.
Me: But sir, this is the 12-port switch for our LAN..
MD (cutting me off in great hurry): Kya? Portable bhi hein? Better order an extra spare for me.. (click)

Who wants to switch places with me please?

Best,
RJ

Sree said...

Congrats and good luck Parul.. cant wait to read it, will surely take some time to find it in this remote place that I live in..

http://sreeszone.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

rekhabaala said...

hi, does an already written post count or should it brand new?

Aaarti said...

Congrats and good luck parul... looking fw to the book~

And here is my entry for the contest-- http://words-flow.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler-sly-me.html

HarshaBharath said...

http://harshabharath.blogspot.com/2010/10/water-cooler.html

RGB said...

The book sounds good. Will keep my eyes open at the bookstore! And, may the best entry (for your contest) win. Till when is your contest on?

Parul said...

afzalraza...Thanks.

memoriesofchocolate...Excellent.

Violet...Thank you and got it.

Sudha...Oh is it? Then clearly you visit the right blogs!

roop...Many, many thanks and hugs!

Sugar...*Blush* Got your entry.

the mad momma...Now the hordes will come pouring in!

ispeak...Thanks, got it.

Anonymous (RJ)...Booker, haha. Entry is in.

Sree...Which remote place is this?

rekhabaala...It counts provided you republish with a link to my post and By The Water Cooler in the title.

Aaarti...Thank you.

HarshaBharath...Thanks.

RGB...Oct 31st as of now.

Sree said...

@Parul.. I stay 70 kms away from vijayawada in AP.. so highly unlikely :).

Parul said...

Sree...I used to be a regular visitor to Vijaywada in my market research days. And if you can't find BTWC in stores, there's always Flipkart.

Shaan said...

Congrats on the book! Here's my entry-
http://tropicalbeachbums.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Shaan said...

Oops! Sorry, I have linked it now.

Rupa said...

Hey...I have been a silent reader ...and here is my entry....
http://rupasivanarayana.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/by-the-watercooler/

Simran said...

Hi Parul,
Got to know about your contest and blog via Mad Momma
There was a twinkle in my eyes as soon as I read the topic - u'll know why when u read my entry here - http://simzcorner.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler-our-love-story.html
Congratulations on your book!! :)
Simran

HarshaBharath said...

I edited the post in place to adhere to the contest rules.

By The Water Cooler

Sands said...

Done. Check it out here...
http://sandsrandomramblings.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/by-the-water-cooler/

Congratulations and Good luck to you!

subbulakshmistoned said...

I have a blog, but I will be posting my story here for some reasons.

“Welcome, this is my office”, he told me. It was a 1BHK and I was led to the balcony for the interview for the post of an Executive Assistant (fancy title, yeah.) I was asked to make myself comfortable. I looked around. I could see only cigarettes, yellow post its, and a bean bag. I plonked on it, I was sitting on the edge and was very edgy. This was my first interview and it didn’t require working out Shakuntala Devi puzzles or Sudoku, so I wasn’t really certain. The guy walked in and asked if I would mind if he smoked. “Gah, whatever”, I thought and nodded. In the next one hour, we spoke about what the job entailed, his 10 year plan, his dreams etc. He asked me for my future plan. I blinked. “You must surely have a 10 year plan?” he asked. “Umm. You know..” I lugged my words. “You don’t have a goal?” he was trying to hide his mortification. Here was a guy who was calling for interns to “put his sh*t together because he had his neck deep in too many things” and I had no goal. “Erm, I am writing my TOEFL tomorrow. That is the immediate plan. I am planning to go to the Europe to study further, because you know, Eurotripping has always been my dream.” “Tut tut. Okay. THAT IS AWESOME!” he was trying to show some excitement. We spoke and then some more and he told me he would mail me the documents soon. I got home and texted him, “Hey you’d be paying me right? My father would be happy if I can foot a quarter of my shopping bills myself.”
I never heard from him afterward.
I am not really poignant about this whole i-didn’t-bag-my-first-job because I like an intellectual conversation. More so if the other person has grey eyes, salt and pepper hair and a deep voice.

xyz said...

Hey Parul

Congratulations on your new book

I recenlty came across your blog and been reading all your posts from archives

Here is my entry to By the Water Cooler contest

By the water cooler contest

roop said...

oye paruuu paruuu paruuu puttar, i remembered one post from a while back ... here goes:

http://roopscoop.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/by-the-water-cooler-2/

i better see my name at #1 in the next list that you publish. me being ONE of your numerrrous #1 fans of course. :d

Bedazzled said...

Waiting for this one to be launched ... My entry for the contest

http://bedazzledeternally.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

SG said...

First time here. Excellent post.

I have already written a post on this as my entry. Here is the link:

http://sg-shootthebreeze.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Obsessivemom said...

I thouhgt I'd missed the deadline when I saw the roundup.. So here's my entry.
http://obsessivemom.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler-contest.html

JustAnotherBlogger said...

Hey Parul - many congratulations on the book - waited to say this till I was ready with my entry ;) Here goes:

http://alphabetbyalphabet.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Parul said...

stuti's entry
When i joined my first company fresh out of mgmt institude, starry eyed and wet behind the years, i was given a round of introduction to everybody on the finance floor. my mind couldnt assimilate the flurry of new faces and names and somehow the face of the admin runner got mixed up with the face of the payroll head (of all people!).

so while setting up my desk (next to window!) i discovered i didnt have a wastebin. i marched up to the payroll head, thinking ah he's the admin guy, he'd know.

me - hi. my desk doesnt have a dustbin.

ph - ?? so? what do you want me to do?

me - ?? huh? i want you to get me one!

ph - what? why should i?

me - what do you mean why should you? because it's your job thats why!

ph - woah.. my job? thats not my job!

me - *thinking to myself* - bloody bureaucratic company - i am not gonna waste my time arguing with the chap. anyhoo it's time for lunch.

----

so at lunch the other MTs were delighted and educated me who was who. to my discredit, i didnt go and apologise - i just wished i could melt into the ground.

the ice was only broken three years later when i handed over my wedding invitation card and cordially invited him, and he happily advanced my bonus which paid for our honeymoon.

i am just thankful i got my salary throughout the three years. you dont mess with payroll.

Perakath said...

Doesn't conform to the Rules exactly, but http://drumtheater.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/buy-a-water-cooler/

stuti said...

Ok-kay. after being ticked off properly, here's the story where it should have been in the first place. :)

------

When i joined my first company fresh out of mgmt institude, starry eyed and wet behind the years, i was given a round of introduction to everybody on the finance floor. my mind couldnt assimilate the flurry of new faces and names and somehow the face of the admin runner got mixed up with the face of the payroll head (of all people!).

so while setting up my desk (next to window!) i discovered i didnt have a wastebin. i marched up to the payroll head, thinking ah he's the admin guy, he'd know.

me - hi. my desk doesnt have a dustbin.

ph - ?? so? what do you want me to do?

me - ?? huh? i want you to get me one!

ph - what? why should i?

me - what do you mean why should you? because it's your job thats why!

ph - woah.. my job? thats not my job!

me - *thinking to myself* - bloody bureaucratic company - i am not gonna waste my time arguing with the chap. anyhoo it's time for lunch.

----

so at lunch the other MTs were delighted and educated me who was who. to my discredit, i didnt go and apologise - i just wished i could melt into the ground.

the ice was only broken three years later when i handed over my wedding invitation card and cordially invited him, and he happily advanced my bonus which paid for our honeymoon.

i am just thankful i got my salary throughout the three years. you dont mess with payroll.

semi said...

my entry, the cooler was outside the office in this case ;)

http://abhisheksemwal.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html

Sandhya said...

Congrats on your book!

My "By the water cooler" entry

It was my first job after my Computer course. We did not know much more than creating some simple Fibonacci or designing web pages/client apps with lousy payroll functionality, sending network messages for fun , sql's...

Our mentor was this decent guy who seemed to be one of the Senior engineers. He said he was going to start us all on the system files and had all of us huddled behind his chair and suddenly asked if someone would like to type the commands...one of our newbie friend who was waiting to grab attention took the offer while we all scorned with J.

Mentor: V, type *.* (most of you know this basic unix command which is to list all files)
V: (knows typewriting well and shows off typing very fast)..."star dot star"

rest of us: I leave it to your imagination :)

mentor: started to panic what he was going to do with a bunch of such folks. He had this VERY blank expression which was priceless.

We used to tell this incident to every new trainee thereafter who looked scared to ease their fear.

momofrs said...

Hope I'm not too late here :)
Here's my entry :-
http://momofrs.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/by-the-water-cooler/

So looking forward to winning your book :)

DewdropDream said...

http://dewdropdream.blogspot.com/2010/10/by-water-cooler.html.

Please think of it as a kaccha nimbu entry. Thenks

Takshaka said...

Congratulations on the new book - I'm impressed beyond anything that you managed to write through a pregnancy and while taking care of a new baby. Really, really impressed. Especially given that just writing a blog post felt like My Achievement For The Quarter :).

Here goes said blog post & contest entry:

http://takshaka.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/an-acrostic-al-anecdote/

Sue said...

Tadaaaah!

spmenon said...

I'm in the race too I guess...
My try in this contest-
"By The Water Cooler"

Abhishek Duggal said...

Parul, in your post, you mentioned that "If you don't have a blog, leave me your entry in the comments section and it will be counted". Hence there is no "The Water Cooler in title and link to this post".

Thanks for the opportunity!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Parul said...

Abhishek Duggal...No problem, please copy your entry from that thread and paste it here and it will be counted.

Subashree said...

Hi Parul..am a looong time reader and lurker on ur blog. U write wonderfully well and I enjoy reading every post of yours. I am (was :() also a voracious reader..now slowed down due to the presence of a 9 month old tiny tornado aka my son :)

Loved "Bringing up Vasu"...read it when I was preggo... and would love to own a copy of your new book..

Here is an incident that happened around a year back @ my work place.. It was a lazy friday afternoon when most of the members of my team were busy dreaming about weekend plans/ trying to franctically finish their deadlines...I was in a pregnancy induced stupor..trying to make sense of a requirements document that I was reading.. when suddenly I heard screams emanating from the cubicle next to mine..I waddled up as fast as I could to see my colleague's hair caught in the table fan that was running behind her.

that was the time when a power saving drive was in full swing and ACs' were switched off in the afternoons. Table fans were provided , one for every cubicle. I had in fact warned my colleague many times with regards to her penchant for keeping the fan very close to her

She was in shock and was yelling. Thankfully a team mate of mine - D, had the presence of mind to pull the wire off immediatly. But her hair was completely caught and tangled in between the blades of the fan. We spent an hour trying to disentangle and free her hair, but in the end had to resort to snipping off, to completely free her.Poor thing she had a brand new weird hairstyle to contend with apart from a few "hair-raising" jokes that still come up in office at her expense. This is now a story that is told unfailingly to every new member who joins our team :)
- Suba

gargimehra said...

Hi Parul, came across your blog by chance. Congrats on the book! Here’s the link to my entry:
The Inscrutable Boss

NokiaCaseContest said...

Much as I'd love to tell a funny a story, the one office story or "moment" or whatever it is that really sticks out isn't. As part of a the new campus batch, fitting into my team wasn't a problem at all. Full of people who had joined from different campuses, the atmosphere is young and fun, not really your stiff collar place.

On Independence Day, the anthem was played over the intercom system and everyone was asked to join in. The system crackled somewhere midway and then just stopped. There was half a moment of awkwardness when a few feeble voices were heard continuing with the anthem. And then the rest joined in ... resounding voices across the floor, who needs the intercom anyway?

Not your regular funny office tale, but a nice, warm moment. It's cool to be patriotic, and to sing!

Gymnast said...

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Elizabeth said...

hi parul
just made it. all the best for the book.
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abha said...

hi,
so who has won? let us read it.
Abha

the Silver Brumby said...

HI from Singapore, Parul :)
Managed to grab this book on a trip to India, and loved it! It was sooo refreshing, and hilarious! I even gifted a copy to a friend...
Please do keep writing :-)
Cheers,
Pavi