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We (humans) are strange animals. While we are united in our effort to excel and do better than others, we differ in the means we adopt to achieving this. This results in some unique situations where people try to make themselves out to be different from what they really are.

The above is perhaps most visible at the workplace where we carry a “public” persona, or what we would like ourselves to be seen as. In over twenty years of working with large “corporations”, I have come across many examples in the day to day life of employees where these subtle (to the doer) and shameless (to the doee) acts often create situations that are both poignant and funny and, at times, disgusting.

I have tried to create this series to purely poke fun at big corporation office life and people working there (including me), and have a
good laugh. It is not designed with any other loftier purpose like attaining Global Peace.

These could be front-line employees of the organisation. These could be supervisory and managerial staff. Or these could be people in
the so-called senior management. In most cases, we would perhaps imagine these situations to apply to our colleagues, or our bosses, who are perhaps most often the subject of our lampooning and caricaturing. Let us not forget that we may also be colleagues and bosses to others and, hence, these situations may be applicable to us just as well as anyone else.

It must be said that these situations are examples and do not represent universal truisms. There are many examples I have seen of people exhibiting these traits. At the same time, there are many other secure and self-assured people who are able to overcome petty insecurities and say exactly what they mean and intend to and create an open and transparent environment at the workplace.

It takes all sorts of people to make the world. The world is a bright and colourful place thanks to this diversity. It includes some people who may act in the manner described in these cameos. It also includes many others who may not.

Some situations are presented in this Blog.

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  1. Hi Ankur, kudos on this brainwave!

    Being an avid Reader’s Digest fan, i can relate this being akin to the Corporate Denizen’s version of “Humor in Uniform.” I’ll be sure to keep tuned to this my much needed daily dose of humor and will occasionally try and post anecdotes from my side of things!

  2. I remember when I had my first real job almost thirty years ago. I was naive and had no clue about the corporate world. Oh my, it was eye-opening. I’m excited to see what you have to say about the work place.

    • Thank you for your comments. I have worked for close to twenty five years in the corporate world. And I could write a book each day on just people’s behaviour and posturing. From that perspective, it is as interesting as it was thirty years back, perhaps more.

      • No problem, Sir. It took me a while to figure it out. As you mention, WP seems a bit like peer review in science. It doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things (but then, neither do film awards!) but it is gratifying that people actually read what you write. After all, we aspire to spread cheer through the blog!

        You do not have to do anything. It is just my way of showing appreciation for the smiles that you bring.

        Best!

  3. I have just called into Princess Laila’s Space
    and noticed some of your comments, hence
    my visit into your world of blogging…

    For now I will have a quick browse as it is rather
    late here for the moment, but I will take a longer
    look on the morrow…

    Have a great Wednesday Ankur Mithal 🙂

    Androgoth

      • Thank you for rapping on the gates my friend,
        I have granted you access to my Private Space
        so just bring along some garlic flavoured gum
        some sharpened stakes and a wooden mallet 🙂

        I look forward to seeing you there soon Ankur 🙂

        Androgoth

  4. It’s amazing to read about human behavior, and it is especially more interesting when that behavior pertains to the ‘corporate culture.’ It is an absolute bliss to read your cameos, and they are full of funny truths!
    I am glad to have encountered this treasure trove of fun that brings forth some stories of the human nature that couldn’t have been told in a more better way!

    • Thanks again Lopa. I agree. Human behaviour never ceases to amaze. One doesn’t need to create stories. They are happening all around us all the time. We just have to be vigilant and watch them unfold.

  5. “I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at http://lopascribes.wordpress.com/. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that… no strings! But in any case, Congratulations, you have a Lovely Blog.”

    • Thanks again. I appreciate your stopping by and taking the trouble to put down feedback. For a writer (if I may call myself that), it is an important validation, even if the feedback is not complimentary. So, thanks for that.

    • I am honoured that you considered me. However, without meaning any disrespect, I have to request to be de-considered as I am not in a position to fulfil the requirements of the nomination. I will, in any case, go over and look at the other sites nominated. Thank you once again.

  6. Good Lord, do I understand. I am too old and occupied to play all the little rules games like a 20 something facebooker or twittering twit. I hope I don’t get any more. For the last few I have posted the logo and referenced the person/blog with thanks but that is far as I go.

    • I am honoured that you considered me. However, without meaning any disrespect, I have to request to be de-considered as I am not in a position to fulfil the requirements of the nomination. I have, in any case, gone over and looked at some of the other sites nominated and have already become connected to Ajaytao as a result. Thank you once again.

    • Thank you Cynthia. Very kind of you. Absolutely spot-on. Though I use politicians, cops, businesspeople as whipping boys in stories, the whole deal is really about all of us, the common human animal, both culprit and perpetrator.

  7. Thank you for sharing this article quite interesting and, hopefully true happiness rays began to warm our hearts, when we can share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

    • Nishi, I am honoured that you considered me. However, without meaning any disrespect, I have to request to be de-considered as I am not in a position to fulfil the requirements of the nomination. I will, in any case, go over and look at some of the other sites nominated by you. Thank you once again.

    • Thank you! Though, like any self-respecting corporate project, it now suffers from “scope creep”, with recent posts more on current affairs and politics, deviating from the original intention of workplace related satire.

    • Thank you John. I was young. I was foolish. Coming off a bruising 20+ years in corporate life, I had a lot of corporate mantras to share which is how this blog started and was named almost 5 years back. Current events and politics have since taken centre-stage. Leaders of all shapes are my favourite people, especially political, business and religious.

  8. Hello Ankur, my friend with a wry sense of humour,

    Could you email me your home address please—if you don’t mind? I like to mail to you a print copy of my new novel Song of the Ankle Rings. It will ship direct from either Amazon UK or USA.

    You’ve been very supportive and offered great encouragement with your comments on my blog posts regarding this novel. Please allow me to do this.

    You can see my yahoo email address linked to my comment.

    Thank you,
    Eric

    • I am honoured by your offer Eric. Will give you the address if there is a way of getting a signed copy from you 😉 Else, pls don’t bother. It is available on Amazon in India as well. I will get a copy directly. All the best for the book.

      • Dear Ankur,

        You never fail to impress with your posts and your replies.

        I did not know the print copy was already available in India. I used Amazon USA and… well, have yet to figure out how the gnomes in Amazon work. Amazon is living up to their name – they amaze. Yes, I know. I’m stretching it some. LOL.

        In that case, wait till I’m famous. Then, I’ll surely send you a signed copy. Or, if I visit India sooner—a better chance than becoming a famous author—I’ll catch up with your suggestion.

        I’m also offering free downloads of the book until Monday 11 Feb. If you wish, download here > https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NDPN6RN

        Thank you my friend,
        Eric

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