“I don’t think so we could do it. I mean, it’s nearly impossible to complete 6 weeks task in just 2 weeks.”
“I know, but that is one important module which we should demo to the clients.We have to stretch ourselves during the weekdays and we may also need to add up during weekends for these 2 weeks.”
Uthrani has no words left. She planned for a weekend trip to her hometown to accompany her mother during her travel. Usually her father used to go on a Friday evening, spend the weekend with Uthrani and travel back to Gurgaon with her mother. But this time, Uthrani decided to travel along with her mother for two reasons. Her father said he will not be able to make it up this time as he is engaged with agriculture works at home town.And the other main reason is that it has been almost 4 months since Uthrani visited her home town and then she wanted to go there and spend some time with family and friends.
With this shocking news which she heard from Quadhar, she was left in a dilemma whether to talk to him regarding the leave or not. After the early morning talk she had with Quadhar, she returned back to her desk. She is thinking deeplyhow to cross the bridge she is standing on now. She cannot insist Quadhar on her leave as she knew very well that Quadhar will not allow her in this crucial period and also she cannot ask her father to come and take her mom. For the first time he has done something like this. Every time he is the one who falls and lifts her up.
As she was thinking deeply, she was interrupted by Meher, one of her teammates.
“Hi Uthrani, Good Morning.”
“Good Morning Meher.”
“What’s up?You are looking cool in this dress.”
“When did you purchase this?”
“Whose selection is this?”
“Mom? Did she come to Bengaluru?”
“How many days she will be here?”
“Oh wow. And so what did she get? So, this one week you will have good food.”
Uthrani is not responding much to Meher’s questions. She is simply throwing a plain and straightforward answers.Even though she is talking to Meher, her mind is thinking deeply about how to send her mom.
“Hey Uthrani. Shall we go for a coffee?”
“Let me finish this one Meher. Then we shall go.”
“All right. Finish it off. By that time Ishanth also will come. We three can go. Meanwhile I will just go through the mails.”
Meher turned on the system and opened hismailbox. He saw a meeting invite from Quadhar that was scheduled between 12:00 PM and 01:00 PM.The moment he saw the meeting invite, he turned left towards Uthrani and “Hey Uthrani, what’s this? Why did he schedule a meeting today after noon that to with the subject Time Lines? Did you see this?” Meher asked Uthrani.
Uthrani dint respond to that, she is still struck up in those thoughts.
“Hey Uthrani. I am asking you.”
“Do you know anything about the meeting invite which Quadhar has sent?”
“Hey sorry. I almost forgot to tell you.Quadhar called me in the morning. There is an alteration in the timelines. We have to complete the development phase in 2 weeks.”
“What thehell is this. I am sorry.I really am sorry. What is he thinking of himself? How can a module be completed in 2 weeks that actually takes 6 weeks. Is he gone mad?”
As they both were discussing about this, Ishanth stepped into the office. When he is crossing their bay, he saw Meher and Uthrani talking seriously about something.
“Hello guys. Good morning. What happened? I think you both are discussing seriously about some National issue?”
Meher explained everything that he heard from Uthrani.
“Hey Meher control, control. Let’s talk this over a coffee. Come lets go to pantry.”
Three of them went to pantry to have coffee and also to discuss about the cut down on time lines of the project they are working. In most of the IT companies, the pantry is the only place where you can see most of the people being themselves. They talk openly and frankly what they feel about the project or the team or their leaders. They also share their problems or happiness with their colleagues or friends. The moment they reach their cabin or desk, you will see a different angle in them. They nod their heads for everything their TL’s or Managers say to them and will do any task they assign. It is for sure not respect towards them because if its respect, it should be the same even in the pantry.
Uthrani explained her problem to Meher and Ishanth. Both of them just heard her problem and they know very well that they cannot do anything except feeling sorry for what she is running through. Even Uthrani knows that they cannot question against Quadhar as it’s not in his hands to determine the time lines. The only person they can ask is their Manager who never listens to anyone or anything.
(12:03 AM, Meeting room)
The entire team assembled in the meeting room waiting for Quadhar to step in and start the meeting.
“Hi guys. I have scheduled this meeting to provide you the latest updates on the timelines. There is a change in the project plan. The time frame for development has been reduced to 2 weeks from remaining 6 weeks. ”
“What?” one of the person in the room asked.
“I mean, we have to complete the development phase in the next 2 weeks.”
“Quadhar. That is impossible. We cannot do it.”
“We have to do it. I received updates from our manager. They have planned demo in the first week of next month.”
“We have to extend our time during the weekdays and also need to plan for the weekends.”
Discussion went on so hot between Quadhar and the rest of the team. But, finally it ended in the same way how it originated.
“Look team. Even I am one like you. I just do as per the orders I receive from the Manager. We cannot go against it. All we can do is to re-plan the work and see how fast we could deliver it. Hope you understand.”
There is no reply from anyone. Even though they are against Quadhar’s proposal, nobody dared to speak out.
“Hey Uthrani. Shall we have dinner and come? I don’t think we can leave home by dinner time.”
“No Ishanth. Mom will be waiting for me. I will go home and will have dinner. You people have and come back.”
“Okay. At least come and give company.”
“No Ishanth. I need to finish this as early as possible and start. I cannot be late.”
“Ok” said Ishanth and left for the cafeteria to take in his dinner along with few other team mates.
Uthrani is still working at her desk without even looking at either side.
Guess the story: Will the team be able to complete the module in 2 weeks?
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