“I quiT” – Episode @25

“What is that Prem? Tell me.” Asked Quadhar getting tensed a little bit.

“Quadhar. You are working as Team Leader in your current organization right. Here, you will be getting almost similar pay but then there is no TL role opportunity. You will be considered as a team member and then maybe after a year you will be given the TL role.” Replied Prem in a very modest tone. He is worried that Quadhar may feel bad and so hesitated to tell this straight to Quadhar.

Quadhar remained silent for a few seconds. As soon as he heard that from Prem, he started considering how to react and what to reply to Prem. After that little break in the conversation, “I do not know how to react Prem. But I am glad that there is an opportunity available for me to come back there. I am very thankful for that Prem. I am ready to grab this. I really wanted to leave this and come back to Hyderabad Prem.”

“Wow. Then it’s fine Quadhar. I was worried how you will get this. You were playing the role of TL for almost 3 years and now suddenly when I read this I was worried how you will be responding to this. I am so happy that you accepted. I will speak to my HR tomorrow morning and will schedule an interview very soon.”

“I cannot thank you enough for this Prem. I am so grateful to you for all the help you are doing to me.”

“Hey, that’s fine Quadhar. I am also so glad that you are coming back.” Replied Prem with happiness filled in his bosom. Prem and Quadhar are best buddies for about 7 years. Even though Prem and Quadhar were class mates during their engineering, Quadhar was placed in job immediately after stepping out from college where as Prem had to wait for 18 months to fetch a job. During his job hunt, Quadhar was the one who served him and held him in those hard times. And so now when Quadhar asked for a help, Prem took it as high priority and started discussions with their company HR team. He felt very happy that he got an opportunity to pay back to Quadhar.

After the call, Quadhar called his wife and discussed about the opportunity which Prem looked out for him. Even she felt glad that they can go back to their home town.

(10:00 AM Next day, Pune Office)

The next day, Quadhar met Thyagarajan at Pune office and then they both made all the preparations for the demo with the clients. They also discussed on the flow and also who will take over what portion of the demo.

Clients arrived at around 10:00 AM in the morning. Thyagarajan received them and directed them to the conference room. Thyagarajan opened up with these welcome talks and also about the project overview. Quadhar took over from him and then went into every detail of the project. He impressed them with his demo and made them to almost say OK about the deal.

After all the technical details are over, Natan Broman who leads the Strategy & the marketing wing of TNX, expressed his thoughts on the demo. He said that they (clients) are very much impressed with the demo and that they are ready to turn over the whole undertaking.

Both Thyagarajan and Quadhar felt very happy when they heard that from Broman. They are exceedingly happy that clients agreed to sign a full deal. When the discussion came up on timelines, Mr. Broman said that they are planning to publish the first version of their mobile system in next 3 to 6 months.

“Sure. That is definitely possible” replied Thyagarajan without even thinking about what will be the requirements and scope of the project.

Quadhar remained silent as he doesn’t want to run into troubles by giving a word without running the real estimates based on the requirements.

Meeting stretched for about 3 hours and ended at approximately 01:00 PM. And then it was followed by lunch at a star rated restaurant which is little far from the office location. It became 04:00 PM by the time Thyagarajan and Quadhar returned back to the office after dropping the clients at the Pune international airport.

This culture is followed in almost all the IT companies. Whenever clients visit the office, that whole day will be allocated to them and they are treated with utmost respect. And then you can definitely see a lunch/dinner with the clients at a top-class restaurant of the city.

(04:17 PM)

After returning back to the office, Quadhar and Thyagarajan ran into a private discussion about the timelines of the project. Quadhar stopped cross questioning Thyagarajan and just kept on nodding his head for whatever Thyagarajan said. He doesn’t want to argue with him as he understood very well that Thyagarajan is anyway not going to consider his judgment and will reply with some stories to force Quadhar to agree to him.

Thyagarajan said Quadhar that he will be running the project from the Bengaluru location with the same team and also by adding some new resources if needed. Quadhar politely rejected that saying that he is already occupied with heavy load of project and so he cannot take this anymore.

Thyagarajan started pressurizing him to accept this as he is the one who led the team during the demo development phase. Quadhar, who understood that Thyagarajan will not leave him until he gets a proper answer on why Quadhar rejected the offer, decided to tell him about the resignation plans.

“Thyagarajan. I have something to speak.”

“Yes Quadhar. What is that?”

“I may move out within the next 1 or 2 months.”

“What? Come again. I dint get you.”

“I mean. I may submit my resignation and move out from the company.”

“Why? What happened Quadhar? What’s wrong with you?”

“I am moving back to my home town Thyagarajan.”

“You have some opportunity there? Why are you leaving such a big company?”

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“I quiT” – Episode @24

(10:37 PM)

“Yes Shami. I started searching for some job in Hyderabad. In next one or two months, we will go back to our home town.”

“Wow. Wonderful news Quadhar. I am so happy for you and your decision. I am really missing those beautiful days and especially your mom and dad.”

Right from that day, Quadhar touched every connection he had in Hyderabad and told them about his plans to move back to Hyderabad. Initially, most of them dint agree to his plans to leave job at such a large organization and coming back to a small or medium ones who offer little less package. Some of them pressed so hard that made Quadhar to think back.

Every time he had a call with his friends, some questions used to arise in his mind like “First of all, will I get an offer at Hyderabad? Even though if I get, Is it really a good idea for me to go back? Will the money be sufficient for the needs in the future? What will be my growth when I jump back to a small or medium organization leaving such a great organization?” Questions like these use to create a lot of commotion. But then he never used to discuss with Shamina as he doesn’t want to disturb her with these thoughts.

He kept searching for an offer at Hyderabad through all means without stepping back.He is trying to hold firm on his decision as he doesn’t want to work under Thyagarajan anymore and also to not to leave his parents alone in Hyderabad.

(11:37 AM – Next week Monday)

As the days were just going on, one day Quadhar received a call from Thyagarajan.

“Hello Quadhar.”

“Hi Thyagarajan.”

“Hey Quadhar. I have a new update on the demo scheduled with the clients.”

“What is it Thyagarajan?”

“Demo is scheduled on Thursday. I will send you the invite. Attach it to the Domestic travel request and raise request for the travel tickets.”

“Okay. Sure Thyagarajan.” Said Quadhar. After that, both of them had a discussion about the other projects and then hanged up the call.

(12:15 PM)

At approximately 30 minutes later, he received a mail from Thyagarajan consisting of the invitation for the demo scheduled at Pune.It is scheduled for just 1 day.

Once he got that mail, Quadhar started the process by putting forward a request for domestic travel tickets to visit Pune for the demo.He filled out all the details and was about to click SUBMIT button and then his intercom started buzzing. When he looked at the screen, it is from Mr. Thyagarajan. He paused the submission and answered the call.

“Hi Thyagarajan.”

“Hey Quadhar. Did you raise the request for travel?”

“I simply filled in the info and about to click on submit Thyagarajan.”

“Oh. Okay. Please book for flight on one side and train for the other side.”

“But Thyagarajan, here it is specified like you can book Economy class flight tickets for both to and fro. And also this Friday is Uthrani’s last day and so we are planning to bid farewell to her.”

“Yes Quadhar. I understand that. But, we don’t have enough budget available in the project.There are other people in the squad who can do that. You please book for a train while returning.”

“Okay Thyagarajan. I will modify the request and then will submit.”

“Thanks Quadhar” said Thyagarajan and hanged up the call immediately.

Quadhar is very disappointed.After the call, he talked to himself. “I don’t understand why these managers do things this way. When he can travel in business class to and fro, why not the other employees. From last two years I observed him and every time he comes and goes by flight. But then when it comes to employees who are working under him, he either takes them to travel by train both sides or one side flight and the other side train. I never understand why the budgets suddenly go down.”

Quadhar is trying to understand the reason behind this kind of in-balanced treatment for the employees who work for the same organization and the same project.

He then modified the travel request accordingly and presented it to the transport admin team.

After that, he called Ishanthto his cabin.

“Hi Quadhar.”

“Hey Ishanth.Come on, sit down. I called you to talk regarding farewell arrangements for Uthrani.”

“I was actually intending to talk to you regarding the same Quadhar. Thanks that you thought about it. What shall we do Quadhar?”

“You have to take care of it Ishanth. I will not be available on Thursday and Friday.”

“Why so Quadhar? It is her last day at our office.”

“I understand Ishanth. But then the project which we are working on should be presented to the clients and so I am travelling to Pune on Wednesday night.”

“Oh okay. Thyagarajan told about this last week right.”

“Yes. Exactly.That one.”

“Okay Quadhar.”

“I am really sorry Ishanth. I hope you will take care of it well.”

“Sure Quadhar. Don’t worry about that. I will take care.”

“Thanks Ishanth.”

After the discussion, Ishanth went back to his seat and Quadhar resumed his work.

Quadhar is doing his best to oversee both the project works and also to look for an opportunity at his home town so that he can leave this and go back to Hyderabad.

On the other side, Uthrani started explaining about all the projects she is handing to the new resource who just joined the team that day morning. Uthrani got a confirmed release date and so she planned to meet all her friends and colleagues for the one last time before she flees back to her home town leaving Bengaluru.

(09:30 PM Wednesday)

Quadhar travelled to Pune and reached the hotel room.After checking in, he got freshened up and got hold of the steps down to the dining hall to have his dinner.When he is about to open the door of the restaurant, he got a call to his mobile number.

“Hello Quadhar.”

“Hi Prem.”

“How are Quadhar?”

“Yeah fine Prem. How about you?”

“I am also fine Quadhar. I have important news for you.”

“What is it Prem?”

“I talked to my HR and forwarded your resume. Today they called and me and said that there is a readily available opening.”

“Wow. That’s really wonderful news.”

“Yes Quadhar. But then there is a little…”

“What is that Prem? Tell me.”

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“I quiT” – Episode @23

Uthrani made sure that she dint drag it as she wants to keep all the words reserved for the last day where she will be bidding adieu to her team and the company when she will be moving out.

(04:35 PM)

After Uthrani spoke few words thanking him and Quadhar, Thyagarajan continued talking “So, team. How is it all going? I knew that we are running through tough times from last 2 weeks. Quadhar said that you were working late nights and working during weekends. I really appreciate all of you for your dedication and support. We have a demo with our clients next week.” He explained about the project little deeper and also why is the demo so important for the team. “This particular project is so prestigious. This will determine our next assignments by that client and so we have to give our 100% and do our best so that the demo runs smooth and that the clients will accept our product.”

During his speech, some of them interrupted him shooting him some questions related to the project. Thyagarajan answered some of them and then transferred some questions to Quadhar.Both of them took almost 20 minutes to complete the discussion on the project.

“So, team this is what I have with me to explain you regarding the projects we are handling and also about the preparations we are making for the demo to the clients.” Said Thyagarajan trying to inject confidence into the team and lifting up their commitment levels.“Quadhar, I hope you will take utmost care during the QA phase and make sure that this will come out with 100% clearance from them. We cannot take even 1% chance when we go for the demo with the clients.”

“Sure Thyagarajan, we will make sure that this will come out 100% bug free”replied Quadhar expressing his confidence over the team.

“Thanks Quadhar and team. Apart from this, I have one more update. Two new resources will be joining our team from this location. According to initial plan, they should join after 2 weeks. But, as Uthrani will be moving out, I will talk with the academy so that one of them will join us by Monday. Uthrani will give KT (Knowledge Transfer) to her since Monday.” Said Thyagarajan and then looking at Uthrani, he said “Uthrani, please share your KT plan with me and Quadhar by tomorrow.”

“Sure Thyagarajan. I will mail it first in the morning, tomorrow.” Replied Uthrani.

The whole meeting went on for about 1 hour.

(05:15 PM)

After Thyagarajanmade sure that he talked about everything he planned to speak, “Okay team. Keep up the wonderful work. I will be flying back to Pune. If the demo goes well and if the clients say OK, then we will be working on that project from Bengaluru location. And I may need to visit this location if everything goes fine.”Said Thyagarajanclosing his speech.

“Quadhar, you may need to fly to Pune for the demo. I spoke with the sales team and they said that the demo will be arranged at Pune location.”

“Sure Thyagarajan.” Replied Quadhar.

“I will be sending you the dates once I receive updates.”

“Okay Thyagarajan.”

That was the last discussion that happened during that meet. After that, everyone went back to their desks.

(10:25 PM)

Quadhar went back to home bit early that day. He had his dinner along with Shamina and also spent time with his Angel till she went to bed. After that, Quadhar came out of the room and picked up his mobile. He dialed into one of his allies.

“Hello Quadhar. What a pleasant surprise? You called me?”

“Hello Prem. How are you?”

“I am fine Quadhar. How about you? What’s up?”

“I am also fine Prem. How is your work going?”

“Yeah. Everything is going fine Quadhar. What’s the matter; you called me after many months.”

“Prem, I called you to talk about something really important.”

“What is it Quadhar? Tell me? What happened?”

“I am planning to come back to Hyderabad.”

“Wow. So cool man! You got your transfer orders?”

“No Prem. Not transfer. I am planning to change the company and look for a job in Hyderabad.”

“Why so Quadhar?You said the company you are working for will transfer you to their Hyderabad office.”

“Yes Prem, that was the initial plan. But, things are not going well here. They initially promised that they will be transferring me in one year. Now it’s almost two years and there is no positive response from them. I don’t want to live here anymore leaving mom and dad alone there.”

“Oh. Okay. Fine Quadhar.Good decision. What do you want from me now?”

“I will send you my resume. Can you forward that to your HR team and ask if there are any openings?”

“Sure Quadhar. I definitely will do that. Forward me your resume, I will speak with HR first in the morning.But, Quadhar.”

“Yes Prem.”

“You are aware about the pay right.”

“Yes Prem, I am completely aware of that.When you compare the expenditure, there will be no conflict. And also the main thing is that Mom and Dad are alone there.”

“Yes Quadhar. They are feeling very lonely here. I saw them last week when I moved that direction. You made a good decision Quadhar. Don’t worry I will definitely look out for an opening and will update you.”

“Thank you so much Prem. I really mean.”

“Hey, it’s okay Quadhar. In fact I should be thankful for you for all that you have done while I have looked out for the job.We are friends, we have to watch out for each other.”

Quadhar felt very happy when he heard that reply from Prem. After that discussion, both of them talked for some time and then hanged up the phone. After the call, Quadhar went straight to the kitchen searching for Shamina.

“Hey Shami darling.”

“Yes dear. What happened? You seem so happy.”

“Yes Shami. I started searching for some job in Hyderabad. In next one or two months, we will go back to our home town.”

“Wow. Wonderful news Quadhar.I am so happy for you and your decision.I am really missing the beautiful days and especially your mom and dad.”

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“I quiT” – Episode @22

As Thyagarajan is explaining, Quadhar interrupted him. “Thyagarajan.”

“Yes Quadhar” replied Thyagarajan starring at him why did he stop him in the middle.

“I want to talk to you regarding one more important thing.”

“What is that Quadhar?”

“I don’t know how you will react. But I want to have this discussion one more time and close this. And so I am bringing up the issue again.”

“Speak out Quadhar.”

“As of today there is not even 1% chance that I will be transferred to Hyderabad?” asked Quadhar to Thyagarajan in a very humble and polite voice. He wanted to raise the topic for one more time before he gets some serious decision in his life history. After the discussion he had the previous day where Quadhar was completely down by the kind of answer Thyagarajan gave, the discussion almost gave a confirmation that he cannot move to Hyderabad in the coming months. Even though he knew that Thyagarajan’s reply would be NO, he tried to open the discussion as he doesn’t want to take a risk by presenting his resignation.

Quadhar is a married guy with a daughter who is ready to step into her schooling phase of life. He very well understands how costly the education has become these days. And also that he is the one who is looking after his aged parents, all those expenses add-on him. Now if he goes back, he is afraid that he may not do justice to all the responsibilities he is having on him then gave a second thought in his resignation.

As soon as he heard that question from Quadhar, Thyagarajan turned out his face into an act of serious mood and replied, “Quadhar. We just had this discussion yesterday. I guess not even 24 hrs got completed. I gave a direct update during the Quarterly meet right in front of Mr. Andrew that we dropped the plans of setting up a team in Hyderabad. And now you are again asking the same question.”

Quadhar knows very well that this is what he had to hear from Thyagarajan and so there is no much reaction on his face. “Thyagarajan, I understand that very well. I am sorry and I ask for your forgiveness. I just wanted to confirm that and so asked. I hope you don’t mind.” Said Quadhar to calm down Thyagarajan before it comes out into another hot discussion as like the before day.

At that time, Thyagarajan had no idea that Quadhar asked that question to get a confirmation before he starts looking out for jobs in Hyderabad.

Quadhar was actually really upset with the news he heard regarding dropping of plan to set up a team in Hyderabad. And the other main thing is the kind of explanation Thyagarajan gave him when he inquired why he was not informed earlier on that.

After that question, Quadhar and Thyagarajan continued their discussion for some more time on some very important things and also about the plan and next actions. Thyagarajan took some extra time off Quadhar as he wants to put everything before he fly back to Pune the next day morning.

After the discussion, Quadhar went back to his desk and resumed his works. Thyagarajan kept himself looking at the plan drafted by Quadhar.

(04:11 PM)

After about an hour, Quadhar received a call from Thyagarajan. He picked up the call and “Hello Thyagarajan.”

“Quadhar, can you ask the team to set up in the meeting room no 2 now, immediately in the next 10 minutes.” Said Thyagarajan with a very strong voice.

“Okay Thyagarajan” replied Quadhar without even asking the reason for this emergency meeting. After hanging up the call, he sent a meeting request to all the team members asking them to get together in the meeting room by 04:20 PM.

(04:19 PM)

Thyagarajan had been already in the meeting room before a minute. All others started getting in one by one and it took 10 minutes for the meeting room to be filled with the people who belong to Thyagarajan’s team.

When he discovered that everyone is in, Thyagarajan wished every one “Good evening”.

“Good evening” replied some of them.

“First of all thanks for assembling up so quickly on such a short notice despite your busy tasks. I appreciate that” said Mr. Thyagarajan trying to bring in people into the meeting mood from their project moods.

“Guys, I hope most of you are aware that Uthrani will move out of the project and the company. Even though she submitted her resignation yesterday night, she will be getting released by next Friday. I barely talked to the HR team and told them that this is an emergency and that she needs to move out in less than two weeks. It is very shocking that she will be out. But, I am glad that she is getting married and going to step into the next stage of life. I am also wishing her all the best and congratulations for the marriage getting fixed. All of you please join your hands with me.” Said Thyagarajan during his last encounter with the Bengaluru team in this two-week stay here.

“Thank you so much. I am still not able to believe that I am moving out of this team. Very special thanks to Mr. Thyagarajan for making this happen. It is not even 24 hours that I submitted my resignation. But, you have helped me a lot by pushing things so quick. May be I am favorable that you are here and so things went on apace. I am also very thankful to Quadhar” replied Uthrani thanking her manager, lead and also all other team mates who supported her during tough times. Even though it is the first day of her notice period, Thyagarajan converted this into a send off meeting by calling everyone and raising this topic.

Uthrani made sure that she dint drag it as she wants to keep all the words reserved for the final day where she will be bidding adieu to her team and the company when she will be moving out.

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“IquiT” – Episode @20

(10:13 AM)

Quadhar reached Thyagarajan’s cabin and “Yes Thyagarajan. You have called me.”

“Sit down Quadhar. I called you to talk about Uthrani’s resignation mailer which I have received yesterday mid-night.”

“What Thyagarajan? Come again? Uthrani resigned?”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What is the reason Thyagarajan?”

“I don’t know yet. She hasn’t specified anything in the form.”

“Okay.”

“Is she in to the office today?”

“I suppose she is not yet in Thyagarajan.”

“Will she come today?”

“Ya. She stated that she will definitely come in today morning.”

“All right. Once she comes in, set up a one-to-one meet with her and then tell me.”

“Why so immediately Thyagarajan?”

“She specified that she needs to be out in 7 to 10 days.”

“So, she will not be working the entire notice period?”

“Speak to her Quadhar. Do that once she comes in and then let us discuss further.”

“Okay Thyagarajan. Sure.” Said Quadhar and left from Thyagarajan’s cabin.

He straight away went to the bay where Meher and Uthrani will be working and asked Meher “Hey Meher, Uthrani is not yet in?”

“No Quadhar. She is not yet in.”

“Ask her to come and see me immediately when she reaches her desk.”

“Okay Quadhar” replied Meher with a bit of tension in his face as he is worried what might have taken place. Quadhar looked worried when he asked about Uthrani.

“Thanks” said Quadhar and left from there.

Ishanth, who is observing this from his desk, came walking to Meher after Quadhar left and asked Meher “What happened Meher?”

“He asked about Uthrani. I said she is not yet in. He wants Uthrani to meet him immediately she arrives at office.”

“Why?”

“Don’t know Ishanth. He dint tell me any reason.”

“Okay. He is looking a little worried right?”

“Yes Ishanth. Even I felt the same way. But I dint ask him anything.”

“Ok” said Ishanth and went back to his desk to continue working on the assigned tasks.

(11:19 AM)

At around quarter pass 11:00, Uthrani arrived at her work desk. The moment she arrived, Meher informed her that Quadhar had called her and asked her to visit her cabin once she arrives at her desk.

Uthrani, who knows very well that it is about her resignation, kept her bag on her desk and went up straight to Quadhar’s desk.

“Hi Quadhar. Good Morning.”

“Hello Uthrani. Good morning. How are you?”

“I am fine Quadhar. How are you?”

“Ya. I am fine too. Come, sit.”

“Thank you Quadhar.”

“So, how did you celebrate your vacation?”

“Yeah it went on fine Quadhar. Had a good time with family members after 4 long months.”

“Wonderful. So, what did you bring from your home town other than resignation?”

“What Quadhar?”

“Yes Uthrani, Thyagarajan called me early in the morning and told me that you have submitted my resignation.”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What happened Uthrani? Why is this sudden decision now?”

“My marriage is almost fixed Quadhar and so I had to move out.”

“Why all of a sudden?”

“No Quadhar. They were looking from many months; it was me who is dragging from many months as I was not getting leave to go to home town. Now that I have been to my home town, they asked my decision. I said yes and so they started making preparations. That is the reason I have specified that I want release in 10 days.”

“All right. When is the marriage then?”

“Any time in the next few weeks Quadhar.”

“You will invite all of us right?”

“Sure Quadhar. Definitely.”

“Hmm. Okay Uthrani. I will talk with Thyagarajan once again and will set up an official meet sometime today or tomorrow on the next plans.”

“Thanks Quadhar. Try to do me a favor by processing the things faster. I am even ready to pay the early release payments.”

“Sure Uthrani. I will do the best I can.”

“Thank you Quadhar” said Uthrani and left from Quadhar’s cabin.

(11:49 AM)

The next moment, Quadhar went to Thyagarajan’s cabin and talked about the discussion he had with Uthrani. Thyagarajan initially denied releasing Uthrani in 10 days because the normal notice period is 60 days. But when Quadhar said that her marriage got fixed and that she is also ready to pay the early release amount, he had nothing to say and so asked Quadhar to start with the further process. They also discussed about whom she will be transferring all her project works. Thyagarajan asked Quadhar to come up with the plan on who will be taking her place and whether they would in need of any resources. Discussion went on for about 70 minutes.

(01:07 PM)

Uthrani, who used to regularly go for lunch with her academy mates, joined Meher and Ishanth on that day to update them about her resignation and marriage.

“Hey Uthrani. What’s special today? You have connected with us for the lunch.”

“Yes Ishanth. There is some important news which I have to share with you all.”

Before she replied for that, Meher asked her about why Quadhar called her to his cabin.

“Yes Meher. I joined to update you both about some important news.” –Uthrani answered.

“What is that Uthrani?” asked both Meher and Ishanth who are very eager to know what happened.

“I have submitted my resignation.”

“What? Why Uthrani. What happened?” asked both getting tensed.

“My marriage got fixed guys.”

“Oh. Wow. Wonderful.When?” – asked Meher.

“In the next few weeks. Date is not yet fixed.”

“Oh. That is the reason you have been to home and came one day late?”

“Hmm” said Uthrani.

“Where is the guy working Uthrani” asked Ishanth.

“He is working in Mumbai Ishanth.”

“We will be missing you Uthrani.” – Meher.

“I will also miss this office, my flat, my friends and especially both of you. But, what to do guys, I have to move on.”

“Hmmm” replied Meher in a very low voice.

“Don’t forget to attend my wedding. I will send you invitations once the date got fixed.”

“Sure Uthrani. But, this fellow has to approve leave for us.”

“Hmm. Don’t worry Meher. I will make sure that it falls on a weekend.”

“Even that also may not work Uthrani. This fellow is not leaving us even on weekends. And that Quadhar is assigning me tasks which I am not aware of. Now that you are moving out, he will not leave me. Till today I thought you will come back and will take up those tasks.”

“Hey Meher. I will teach you before I leave from here.”

“Thank you so much Uthrani.”

Uthrani answered all their questions and their  lunch time went on with that discussion.

After the lunch, everyone came back to their desks and resumed their works. When Ishanth turned on his monitor, he saw Quadhar’s message on his inter-office communicator. When he saw that, he immediately went to Quadhar’s desk.

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“I quiT” – Episode @18

(06:27 PM)

Quadhar and Parveen are teasing Shamina while she is making preparations for Parveen’s birthday party. As this is happening, they all heard the door bell ringing.

Parveen ran from the kitchen room to the hall to see who is that. Quadhar followed her.

When Quadhar opened the door, he saw a group of children in colorful dresses with gifts in their hand. They all came to attend his Angel’s birthday party. After they all stepped inside, Shamina bought the cake from the refrigerator and placed it on the table which is in the center of the hall.

The entire hall was decorated with colorful balloons and decoration papers. And in the center, there is a big balloon with followers and other small particles inside them hanging on to the roof. People who enter into the hall will see big letters hanging in the hall. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARVEEN.”

All the children started playing with the toys and balloons placed over there and making noise in their own way. The environment is so colorful with the children and their sweet little talks.

Party started with the candles being blown off by the cute little angel. Quadhar blow off the balloon making sure that the flowers fall in his Angel and then it was followed by the happy birthday song sung by those little children. Then Quadhar and Parveen together held Parveen and cut the cake.

The party is happening so bright and noisy with all children jumping, dancing, and playing with each other. Quadhar is standing next to Parveen and watching her enjoy the party with her friends.

(07:15 PM)

It went on for about 45 mins. After the party ended, Shamina made sure that all the children reached their houses safe.

In the mean time, Quadhar and his Angel were sitting on the sofa and were talking something.

“Dad.”

“Yes Angel.”

“Why do you reach home so late daily?”

“Dad will have so many works at office and so it becomes late.”

“How many people will be there in your office?”

“Hmm. 1 lakh people.”

“1 lakh means?”

“1 lakh means so soso many people.”

“Okay. All of them will go home very late daily?”

“No, not all of them.”

“Then why do you reach late?”

“Dad is working as a team leader so he has to look after so many people’s work and then only he can start from office.”

“Why you should look after all their works?”

“Dad is getting so much money to buy chocolates, ice creams, dresses and so many things.”

“Okay.Then why did they send you early today?”

“Today is my sweet Angel’s birthday party right,so I asked them to send me early. And so they have sent me early.”

“Hmmm. Okay.”

Parveen is thinking about something when she heard those replies from her father.

“Daddy.”

“Yes Angel.”

“I have a plan.”

“What is it Angel?”

“Daily you tell your boss that there is my birthday party. Then he will send you early.” Replied Parveen and started smiling looking at Quadhar.

Quadhar was shocked upon hearing such a reply from Parveen. He was not having any answers with him to answer Parveen and so remained silent.

(07:37 PM)

Shamina, who just arrived at the door after dropping the children, is observing all this standing at the door. She came running when she observed that Quadhar remained silent for Parveen’s reply.

“Hey Parveen. Did you see what all gifts your friends bought” said Shamina taking Parveen into her hands from Quadhar’s lap.

“No Mom.”

“Come come. Let’s unwrap all the gifts and see what you have got.”

“Yeah.” Parveen jumped out of joy when her mother talked about the gifts.

Parveen and Shamina went inside the room and started un-wrapping all the gifts. Parveen is feeling excited when she is un-wrapping each gift which their friends gifted her. For each gift, her joy doubled and fun multiplied. She even started playing with the toys showing them to her mom. Shamina made sure that Parveen is busy with the gifts.

(07:42 PM)

Quadhar is still in that mood and is thinking deep about how his life is going on. He was disturbed by a phone call. He took the mobile out of his pocket and answered.

“Hello dad.”

“Quadhar. How are you son?”

“Ya I am fine dad. How are you and mom?”

“We are fine Quadhar. Where is Parveen? How did the party happen? Morning when I called, Shamina told that you arranged a small party and so we dint call you till now. We thought you will be busy in the party.”

“That is all over dad. It’s just a small celebration. We called nearby children and celebrated.”

While Quadhar’s father is talking with Quadhar, his mom is trying to take mobile from Quadhar’s father to talk to Quadhar.

“Quadhar. How are you son?”

“I am fine Mom. How are you?”

“I am fine Quadhar.Whenare you coming back to Hyderabad?”

“Don’t know mom. Talks are still going on.”

“You said you will be here by last year. But then you dint come. Last year also we missed her birthday and now even this year.”

“Don’t worry mom very soon we will come back.”

“From last one year you were saying like this.”

“Mom. Did you wish Parveen?” said Quadhar to change the discussion and diver her mom.

“Morning itself we wished her.”

“Wait. I will give her. Ask her how did she enjoy the party.”

Quadhar walked inside the room where Parveen and Shamina were busy looking at the gifts.

“Angel. See who called you.”

“Who is it dad?”

“Granny.”

“Yeah.Granny. Give me phone. I will talk.” Said Parveen and took mobile from Quadhar and started talking with her grandmother and grandfather.

“Granny. I got so many gifts.”

“Oh. What all gifts you got?”

Parveen started explaining about all the gifts she got from her friends. As this conversation is happening, Shamina looked at Quadhar and observed that he is looking dull.

(07:53 PM)

“Darling. What happened?”

“Shami. Mom is asking when we will come back to Hyderabad. I don’t have any answer with me and so I diverted her by giving mobile to Angel.”

“What happened Quadhar?”

“Today I got news from my manager that the plans of setting up a team in Hyderabad were dropped off quite some time back.”

“What? Then why he dint inform you earlier?”

“He said that if he informs me then I will not be concentrating on my deliverables.”

“What?”

“Yes Shamina. And even today he dint tell me. We had our quarterly meet today. During the meeting, he gave updates to our Vice President and that’s how I came to know that the plans were changed.”

“How can they do like this Quadhar?”

“We cannot say anythingShami. It’s their decision and we cannot talk anything about that.”

“Then. What shall we do dear?”

“I don’t know Shami. I don’t feel like working any more after hearing the reply from him.”

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“I quiT” – Episode @15

“I already told him Ishanth. He said let him learn.”

“Then you have to give him sufficient time to learn.”

“Hey Ishanth. Can we discuss later on this?I am running out of time now. I have a conference to attend at 02:00 PM.”

“Okay Quadhar.”

(02:10 PM)

Quadhar, Thyagarajan and few others gathered in the video conference room for the Quarterly meet.It is a large room with lot of colored high quality paper posters on both sides of the wall. Those represent the current statistics, vision and mission with which the organization is running from many years.

Meeting started with update from Andrew who is the Sr. Vice Presidents of Mobile account of the company. He has been in this role from last 7 years. He takes care of all client interactions and travels around the world to meet upon various clients both to get new deals and also to update clients on the currently assigned deals. He is a guy who is always into business. If you say have an hour with you, for the first 10 minutes he talks about how to do business and in the next 50 minutes, he makes u do it. That doesn’t mean he is 24/7 and 365 days in business. He is the guy who takes one week vacation every quarter. And he schedules the Quarterly meeting once he is back from his vacation. Even though he looks serious outside, he is well known for his sense of humor.

(02:20 PM)

He finished his welcome speech in the first 10 minutes and gave window for each project manager from each division to give updates on their respective project. From every project, one senior manager and one senior employee will be invited to this meeting every time. Each manager will be given 15 minutes for their updates and then it is followed by questionnaire by Andrew. He takes 10 mins to shoot his questions and get answers from the managers.

The meeting went on for 90 mins. And now it’s Mr. Thyagarajan’s turn to speak out. Thyagarajan started his project updates by starting his presentation deck which Quadhar had prepared.

“Good evening every one. I will now start with the updates on the TNX mobile application which we started 6 months back. It is in healthy status as we are completing on time and as of today, the team is working on the 2nd release and hopefully we will go live by the end of next month. We have planned for a demo on the first week of next month. And if the clients give a green signal, we will launch it by month end.”

Thyagarajan gave a complete update on the project along with the number of resources who are working on that. He took about 5 minutes to complete the update on the first project.

“Wow. That’s wonderful.” One of the mangers replied clapping his hands and then few others joined him.

“Thank you. And now when it comes to our next project, it is in progress and going good. The progress is little slow when compared to the TNX mobile project because we are concentratingmore on the TNX first as we have demo next week. Once we will finish working on it, we will resume our work on that allocating 50% of our resource time.”

“Thyagarajan, wait. I guess we talked about this before I have been to vacation. Last time when I met them, they said that they are planning to launch the first version to their customers in the next month. And so maybe you have to speed that up. Don’t wait for the TNX to get completed. Resume this and try to finish it off as per the latest schedule. And also try to share the revised timelines by tomorrow noon.

“Okay Andrew. Sure” replied Thyagarajan and continued giving updates.“During the last quarterly meet, we discussed about the cross location team set up to manage the project by setting up teams at different locations. As of now we are dropping that plan due to the logistical and financial issues. We will be continuing our work on that project from Bangalore location.”

The moment Quadhar heard this; he felt surprised and ran into deep shock. He is requesting Thyagarajan regarding transfer to Hyderabad from almost a year. And Thyagarajan kept him silent saying that very soon he will be setting up a team in Hyderabad and Quadhar will be leading that team from that location. And so when he heard the news from Thyagarajan that they dropped the plan of setting up a team in Hyderabad, he is completely depressed.

(04:45 PM)

Meeting almost came to an end. The entire project managers finished giving updates about all the projects they are handling. And now it’s again Mr. Andrew’s turn to wind up the meeting.

“Thanks a lot guys for all the updates. I am so happy that almost all the projects are on GREEN. And here and there I have noticed some projects which are still in YELLOW. We have to push ourselves and try to bring them into GREEN. By the next quarterly meet, I have to see all the projects in GREEN. And the next most important thing I wanna discuss is regarding the 100% productivity. We have enough resources in all our projects. But, I don’t think we are making proper utilization of our resources. If you take a project X with 5 resources, each resource working for 8 hours for 5 days,and thenour productive hours should be 120 hours. Which is very well enough to complete a module? But I am not seeing that kind of stats in most of the projects. I guess hardly we are achieving 60 to 70% of that and the remaining 30% we are simply losing it. I don’t want these kinds of gaps anywhere. The world is growing so fast and the customers are demanding a faster delivery of their products. The competition is so high that each customer is so working their part to release their products with uniqueness and high quality.Apart from our regular project activities, we also need to work on the innovation. Customers are looking for an innovative solution these days. They are in greed for products that can be developed in little time innovatively. The days of traditional waterfall models and other models are gone. Software engineering is being redefined every day. Hope you are on track on what I am trying to say.Any questions?”

All of them who are seated in the meeting room are just thinking about what Mr. Andrew just said. None of them had any questions.

(04:59 PM)

“Okay guys as you all don’t have any questions, and also the time is closing up, I am winding this meeting. Thank you guys. Thank you

@Quarterly-Meet

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“I quiT” – Episode @14

“Yes Ishanth. That’s what I am worried about. Also he wants me to update on this by today EOD(End of Day).”

“Did you speak with him?”

“No. I just got this mail now. Not knowing what to do.”

(11:12 AM)

“Don’t worry Meher. Go and speak with Quadhar and explain him that you have no idea of this project.”

“I don’t believe he will listen to me Ishanth.”

“Why don’t you first give a try Meher? If you remain silent then they will keep on overloading you with lost more tasks.”

“He know very well that I am not at all aware of this technology and particularly this project. Knowing this how could he assign me this task without even a direct discussion.”

“Open up your voice at him. Not me. I cannot do anything in this. You have to speak up with Quadhar and resolve this. Before it becomes too late, go and talk to him and ask him with what intentions he assigned this task to you.”

“Who is working on this right now?”

“I don’t know the complete details. But I know that Uthrani is taking care of this maintainance activity. May be because she is on leave he assigned this task to you. Whatever it may be first go and talk to him before it becomes an extra weight to you.”

“Okay Ishanth. I will ping him now itself and will go and talk to him.”

“That’s right. Make a clear point that you cannot work on that project as you have no idea about that and also you are from a different technology.”

“Sure Ishanth. Thank you.”

“Also make it very clear that you are already overloaded with work.”

“Ya definitely” said Meher and got up from his seat to talk to Quadhar. He reached Quadhar’s cabin and started conversing with him.

(11:37 AM)

Meher explained Quadhar that he is new to that technology and also he has no idea at all on that and so he cannot take up that task which Quadhar has assigned through mail. Meher made it very clear to him that, not only that he is new to that technology, but also that he is already overloaded with the projects that are currently attributed to him and so he cannot admit this new job.

After listening to the entire conversation, “Meher.To be very frank, I have nothing to do with this. Thyagarajan told me to assign this to you.”

“But, Quadhar you know that I am not trained in this technology.”

“Yes I understand Meher. But I have nothing in my hands right now. If you want to ask anything, you can talk to Thyagarajan.”

“But, you are my team leader. If I have any concerns, I will approach you. And also its you who assigned me that task and so I came to you to talk regarding that.”

“Yes, you are right. It’s me who assigned that task. But, it was Mr. Thyagarajan’s decision. Not just mine.And so if you experience any problems then go and talk to him.”

Meher looked very disappointing when Quadhar gave a reply like that. Quadhar is his team lead and so he is the one who is actually responsible for any concerns. But now he is asking him to go and talk to Thyagarajan. Meher is little scared to talk to Thyagarajan as he knew about him very well for the last 6 months.

Now if Meher goes and talks with Thyagarajan. He will either push it on to Quadhar or will somehow convince him.

Whatever it may be, he decided to go and talk to Thyagarajan. After the discussion with Quadhar, he sent a message through the internal communicator that he wants to talk to him. Thyagarajan replied to him stating that he is busy with Quarterly meeting works and so he cannot speak to him till evening 05:00 PM. And also gave him a suggestion that he can go and talk to Quadhar if at all it is something urgent.

He is more disappointed with the response from Thyagarajan. He is struck in between now.

(01:37 PM)

During lunch time, Ishanth raised the issue again with Meher.

“Hey Meher. What happened in the morning? Did you speak with Quadhar?”

“Ya Ishanth. I spoke with him.”

“Good. What did he say?”

“Don’t ask me that Ishanth. Both Quadhar and Thyagarajan are playing foot ball with me.”

“What happenedMeher?”

“When I spoke with Quadhar, he said its not his decision. Thyagarajan only told him to delegate the work.”

“Okay.”

“When I pinged Thyagarajan. He said he is busy with some meeting works and so go and speak with Quadhar.”

“What?”

“They are literally playing with me Ishanth. I am totally disgusted. We are already heavily loaded from the last few weeks and we came to office on many weekends in the last 4 months. I am okay no matter how much work they assign me as long as I can do it. But, what can I do when they assign me something which I am not aware of it at all and also with a fixed deadline. I am totally wexed up with them.”

“I understand Meher. Stay quiet. Let me talk to Quadhar once on this after the lunch.”

“No use Ishanth. He is saying only one thing. If you have any concerns go and talk to Thyagarajan. If we need to go and talk to Thyagarajan, then why is he working in the middle as a TL for us.”

“Cool Meher. Let me talk to him. May be Thyagarajan forced him and so he is left out with no choice. First let me talk to him and then you can think upon what to do further.”

“Okay Ishanth.”

(01:53 PM)

After the lunch, Ishanth went back to his desk and walked towards Quadhar’s cabin. As he is about to reach his cabin, he saw Quadhar coming out.

“Quadhar.”

“Ya Ishanth.”

“I need to talk to you.”

“Regarding?”

“Regarding Meher.”

“What happened?”

“You have tagged him to the other maintainance project right. I want to speak to you on that.”

“Look Ishanth. I already told him that it is Thyagarajan’s decision. And I have nothing to do with it.”

“I understand Quadhar. Why don’t you make him understand that Meher is not from that technology background.”

“I already told him Ishanth. He said let him learn.”

“Then you have to give him sufficient time to learn.”

“Hey Ishanth. Can we discuss later on this.I am running out of time now. I have a conference to attend at 02:00 PM.”

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“I quiT” – Episode @12

(00:00)

“Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to my dear Angel. Happy birthday to you.” Singing this beautiful birthday song, Quadhar took his Angel into his hands and kissed her on her forehead.

“Thank you daddy” replied 5 years old Parveen.

Parveen is the daughter of Quadhar and Shamina. She just completed her kinder garden and will be joining her schooling in a few weeks. Quadhar never calls her as Parveen. He has a very peculiar name for her. Angel.He loves her daughter so much that he never grew angry on her no matter how much naughty things she does.Shamina now and then controls her by showing a little bit of anger. But then Quadhar dint even do that till date. In the last five years there is no day where he got up from his bed without looking at Parveen and kissing her on her forehead immediately when he awoke.

Even though he wished her exactly on time, he had a slight pain in his heart that he was unable to purchase chocolates and even ice cream for her birthday.

After singing the birthday song, Shamina bought homemade cake and placed it before Parveen. Quadhar held the hands of Parveen and made her cut the cake. After the cake cutting, “Dad, where is my chocolates and ice cream?” asked Parveen.

Quadhar had no words. He does not know what to do when his loving angel asked him like that.

When Shamina noticed this, she immediately took Parveen into her hands from Quadhar and said “Daddy bought a bunch of chocolates and ice cream. But now it’s already midnight. Now you should not eat ice creams as you will catch cold.

“What about chocolates?” asked Parveen immediately?

“Hmm. Now if you eat chocolates, you should brush again Parveen.” Replied Shamina. She is trying to calm her down with some reasons as Quadhar was unable to buy chocolates and ice cream due to heavy work at the office.

“I will brush again mom. I want to eat chocolates. Please.” – said Parveen. Parveen is an intelligent girl who doesn’t give up so easily.

Quadhar, who heard all this conversation, came near to Shamina and took Parveen in his hands.

“My dear sweet angel. Mom will give you chocolates and ice cream first in the morning after getting ready. Okay.”

“No dad. I want to eat one now! Please please please.” Parveen pleases her dad for chocolates and ice cream.

“Ice cream and chocolates got melted while I was taking them. And so she kept them in the refrigerator. By morning they will be good and you can eat them.”

“Hmmm. Then show me one time. I will eat in the morning. But, once I want to see them. Just once I will open the fridge and will close again. Please daddy” asked Parveen so pleasingly.

Quadhar had no words for that query.All of a sudden he turned mute.For the next 2 minutes, he didn’t answer anything.

“Okay Okay. I won’t ask.” Said Parveen when she noticed that Quadhar is not talking anything.

“Hmm. That’s my sweet angel. Shall we go for a drive?”

“Yeah.”

“Shamina. Get ready. We are going for a ride now.” Shouted Quadhar with joy.

(00:14)

All three of them went for a short ride which lasted for 30 minutes and returned back to their house.On their way back, Parveen fell asleep.

(00:48)

Quadhar slowly placed her on bed and sat there with her and is looking at her. The environment is so silent that he is able to hear the breath of his angel.

In the mean time, Shamina just stepped inside the room, “Darling..”

“Shhhh. She is sleeping. Slowly.” Said Quadhar requesting Shamina to not to speak out loud as Parveen is sleeping and he does not want any kind of disturbance.

(00:54)

After that Quadhar and Shamina came out of the room by turning off the light and shutting the door very slowly to make sure not even a small noise should disturb Parveen.

After coming out, Shamina asked Quadhar to fresh up and come for dinner and went into the kitchen room.

(01:07)

Ten minutes later, Shamina came out of the kitchen room and “Darling. Dinner is waiting for you.”

(01:10)

She noticed that Quadhar is not coming out even after 3 minutes and so she went inside the room and checked. She couldn’t find him in the other bedroom. Then she started checking each room looking for Quadhar. After making sure that he is not inside, she opened the door to check outside. The minute she opened the door, she saw Quadhar standing out there. He looked very dull and thinking about something very deep.

“Quadhar. What happened dear? Why are you looking so dull?”

“Nothing Shami.”

“I know Quadhar. You are thinking what just happened an hour back. I recognize that you are feeling for not able to bring what Parveen wanted on her birthday.”

“Yes dear. Exactly. We are earning better than what we used to earn when we were in Hyderabad in that previous company. But what we are not having now is happiness. I thought if I get a better job then we can send Parveen to a better school and also we can live better. But, now look at what happened. Even though I have money, I was not able to buy a bunch of chocolates to my Angel on her birthday.I had to lie to her and amuse her.This never happened when we were in Hyderabad. ”

“Quadhar. Every time you cannot have the same path. It varies.”

“I understand that, dear. But, imagine what if she insists that she desires to eat icecream and chocolate now.Where can we go and get at this time?Actually it is really my own fault. I should have done it earlier.”

“Darling. Don’t try to blame yourself. Now stop thinking about all this.Tomorrow any way we will arrange a party by calling her kinder garden friends and nearby children. For now, go fresh up and come. Let us have dinner.”

“You dint have your dinner still?”

“No darling. I am feeling hungry.”

“Okay just wait for 5 minutes, I will fresh up and come. Sorry dear.”

“What? Sorry?”

“Nothing nothing.”

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“I quiT” – Episode @10

“Quadhar. I spoke to you regarding my leave right?”

“Yes Yes. I do remember that one. I spoke with our Senior Manager.”

“What did he say?”

(02:37 PM)

Quadhar noticed Uthrani’s face. She is tensed a bit. “Don’t worry Uthrani. It’s good news. He accepted your leave request.”

Uthrani literally jumped out of joy. There were no limits for her happiness. “Thank you so much Quadhar. I am so so happy right now. I was so tensed that I may need to send my mom alone in the train. Now I can also take 4 days vacation and come back strong.”

“There is only one condition Uthrani.”

All of a sudden her happiness came down and started getting tensed when she got word that sentence from him. “What condition Quadhar?”

Quadhar smiled at Uthrani seeing her getting tensed. “Nothing Uthrani. I just made it to see how you would react to that. Have a wonderful time at home and don’t forget to bring a pack full of homemade dishes with you.”

“Thank you so much Quadhar.” Saying these lines, Uthrani left his cabin and went away with a smile on her face.

She is completely filled with joy and happiness and almost felt like dancing but then backed-off as it is ordered.

Ishanth saw Uthrani coming out of Quadhar’s cabin happily and asked her the reason.

“Hello ma’am. What happened there? Why are you dancing?”

“Hey Ishanth. I am going home.”

“What? Quadhar approved your leave?”

“Yeah.”

“How is it possible? You completed the task?”

“Yeah. I completed.”

“You are lucky.”

“Hmm. I can say yes for that Ishanth. I was actually so tensed from last 4 days. After Quadhar gave us a shocking update on the project, I thought I should drop out my leave plan even this time. I don’t mind that because I got used of dropping leave plans many times. Even sometimes I booked tatkal the morning and then by evening we used to get some update or mail which forced us to cancel our trip and work late nights and weekends. The same repeated from last 4 months. But now, I decided strongly to not to give up as this is something which I had to deal with my mom. She came all way from Gurgaon to spend some time with me. I dint even spend time with her as I was staying late nights here at the office. My mom used to stay awake for me without even having her dinner. All that is fine. But, the one thing that made me worry a lot is how do I send her mom if he dint approve my leave. She has never travelled alone. And also I dint travel to home from last 4 months.”

“I do understand that Uthrani. Now your leave is approved. Go ahead and have a wonderful time! All this is routine for us and it will never change. What time is your train?”

“07:00 PM”

“Okay. I wish you a happy and safe journey. Have a nice time at home.”

“Thanks Ishanth. Where is Meher? I dint see him since morning.”

“Even I dint see him. I just left it thinking that he will be coming late.”

“Yeah even I thought the same. Yesterday I left at 11:00 PM. That time he is still working. Don’t know when he left.”

“I will call him and update you.”

“Okay Ishanth. I will call him once I am free.”

“Okay Uthrani. Bye.”

“Bye Ishanth.”

(04:00 PM)

Uthrani left office by 04:00 PM and reached home. She made sure that everything is packed and booked for a cab and reached Bangalore railway station by 06:30 PM, traced out the platform number of the train, reached it and got seated.

(09:30 AM – Monday morning)

Ishanth reached the office and started working at his desk. In the mean time, his mobile started ringing. It was Uthrani who is calling him.

“Hello Uthrani.”

“Hey Ishanth. I need a help from you.”

“Sure Uthrani. Tell me.”

“I want you to try tatkal for me.”

“Tatkal? You dint start from home?”

“No Ishanth. I am starting today evening. I got a ticket till Mumbai. From there I have to catch another train. You will have to book tatkal for tomorrow.”

“Okay. I will definitely do that. Why are you starting today? What happened?”

“I will explain you all that after coming. Can you please try tatkal please?”

“Ok I will try. Don’t worry.”

“I will also try here so keep your mobile tuned so that we will not overlap.”

“All right.”

“Ishanth. Can you message me Quadhar’s mobile number? I need to call him and tell that I will be coming on Wednesday. I don’t know how he will react.”

“Whatever may be his reactions? You cannot do anything now. Just call him and give a heads-up so that he will not be surprised tomorrow.”

“Okay sure. Thank you Ishanth. I will call him once this tatkal is over.”

“Yeah. That’s fine.”

(10:37 AM)

Quadhar was called by Thyagarajan to his cabin.

“Hi Thyagarajan. Good Morning.”

“Good Morning Quadhar. Please be seated. Can we discuss on the project updates?”

“Yes Thyagarajan. We are ready to release it to QA by this weekend. And as planned you can go for demo next week.”

“That’s really good. What about the other project?”

“That we kept on hold as the whole team is busy working on this.”

“What? We have to deliver that in 4 more weeks.”

“Yes Thyagarajan. But, we completely concentrate on this working late night and even on weekends as you told that this is of high priority.”

“Yes Quadhar. I agree with you on that. But, the other one also is important. We cannot put in on hold. You have to make sure that is running.”

“All our resources are putting on their complete time and even extra hours on this Thyagarajan. We don’t have time to work on the other project Thyagarajan.”

“I never expected this from you. I was in a thought that you are managing both. So, from last one week there is no progress.”

“Yes Thyagarajan.”

“No Quadhar. This is not the right way to manage. I want to know what all the resources are up. What are the tasks they are doing and the progress on each task?”

“Thyagarajan. Ishanth and Meher are working on the current project which you have planned to demo with clients next week.”

“What about Uthrani.”

“Uthrani completed her module and submitted for QA. We are waiting for the results.”

“So, now she is free until we heard from QA. Then why don’t you assign the other project to Uthrani.”

“She is on leave. She will be coming tomorrow. Once she is back I will ask her to go with this.”

“Leave? How did you approve leave in this crucial period?”

“I spoke to you before confirming her leave request.”

“I thought it’s for some other week.”

“But, Thyagarajan, I have sent you mail with the details and then only we had a conversation.”

“I receive hundred’s of mails every day. Do you want me to sit and read each and every individual mail top to bottom? I don’t know how you will do, what you will do. I want update on that in 2 days.”

Quadhar was totally disappointed when he heard that kind of reply from Thyagarajan. After the discussion, Quadhar stepped out of Thyagarajan’s cabin. As he is walking out, he received a call on his mobile. It was from an unknown number.

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