“I quiT” – Episode @33

(12:22 PM)

Quadhar paused for a few seconds, he want to tell the truth to Ishanth which is the main reason he invited him to lunch. But, he is confused whether or not to explain him and also how to explain him. He then took a deep breath and said “Ishanth, I have to tell you one thing.”

“What is that Quadhar?”

“Ishanth, sit down. I will explain you.”

Ishanth and Quadhar sat on a bench under a tree shade at the garden park which is located in the boundary of Quadhar’s apartments.

After relaxing for few seconds, “Quadhar, please tell me Quadhar. I could not understand anything” asked Ishanth to Quadhar. He is very eager to know in detail about what Quadhar is trying to impart to him.

“Ishanth, I am moving out of the company.”

“What?”

“Yes Ishanth. I have submitted my resignation 10 days back and in another 3to4 weeks I will be moving out.”

Ishanth got completely shocked when he heard that from Quadhar.He immediately rose from the bench and stood on his legs.“Quadhar, is it true?”asked Ishanth. Even after seeing the luggage packed in Quadhar’s flat, Ishanth is still not able to believe in what Quadhar told him.

“Ishanth, sit down and listen. I know it’s hard to believe.”

Ishanth sat on the bench. For two minutes, he dint speak out anything.After that, “Quadhar, why did you decide to move out? What happened?” asked Ishanth.

“Ishanth.I received an offer in Hyderabad and so I have submitted my resignation.”

“Why you dint tell me all these days Quadhar?”

“Thyagarajan told me to not to tell anyone until the last day as he doesn’t want to disturb the team. Uthrani moved out recently, and now I am also moving out.This may create a little panic situation in the team and then he told me to not to tell anyone until the last day. But, you and Uthrani are my first team members and then Meher joined after that. And also I dint invite you to my house in the last two years. That’s why I decided to invite you and Meher. As the academic year started, my wife and daughter will go first. After filling out my notice period and other formalities, I will leave.”

Ishanth is not able to understand how to react to what Quadhar said. “Okay Quadhar. It is your home town. One or the other day you have to go back and that time came today. That’s all I can say.”

“Yes Ishanth. My mom and dad are staying alone there. They are becoming old day by day. I cannot leave them and stick around here anymore. That’s why I decided to move back.”

“Where did you work before moving to this company?”

“I worked in a media company at Hyderabad.”

“Then, why did you come here Quadhar?”

“Ishanth, that’s a big story. I will explain you, listen. I worked in Hyderabad for a media company. Considering the expenditure and other matters, I decided to seek a job in a large organization so that I can earn more. Two years back when I got this offer, I was told that they will transfer me to the Hyderabad locationafter a year. But, they dint do that. I waited for one more year and still there is no action taken. That’s why I looked for a job in Hyderabad and now moving back to my home town so that I can stay with my mom and dad.”

“Why they dint transfer you Quadhar?”

“They said they will prepare a team in Hyderabad and that I will lead them.But, recently I came to recognize that those plans are dropped out and so I took this decision Ishanth.”

Ishanth just replied “Okay Quadhar.”

As they both were discussing about Quadhar’s resignation and other things, Quadhar received a call to his mobile. He took it out from the pocket and answered the call.

“Hello.”

“Hello Quadhar, this is Meher. I reached main gate – A.”

“Okay. Just wait there Meher. I and Ishanth are just nearby. We will come to that entrance main gate – A.”

“Okay Quadhar. I will wait here” said Meher and disconnected the call.

(12:52 PM)

Quadhar and Ishanth walked till the gate to receive Meher. After reaching there, Quadhar welcomed Meher and then three of them walked to Quadhar’s flat. Ishanth and Meher had lunch along with Quadhar’s family.

After the lunch, Ishanth spent some time with Parveen. Quadhar, Ishanth, Meher and Shamina spent the time knowing about each other.

(11:00 AM – Monday)

Meher is working at his desk on the maintenance project assigned to him. He got a ping from Quadhar asking him to go and meet Ishwarya in the next 5 minutes.

Meher, who is basically tensed for everything, started getting tensed when Quadhar said that Ishwarya is calling him. He got up from the seat and walked slowly towards Ishwarya’s cabin.

After arriving at the cabin, “May I come in?” asked Meher to Ishwarya.

“Yes Meher, come in” replied Ishwarya.

Ishwarya is in a discussion with a young lady who is sitting in her cabin.After Meher stepped inside, she called for him to take a seat and be seated.

“So Meher, how is your work going on?” asked Ishwarya.

“Ya fine Ishwarya.”

“Meher, you know Indu right. She is presently working on the AIO project and now she will also work on the maintenance project along with you.Is that ok for you?” asked Ishwarya typing something on her laptop.

Meher thought for a few moments and then replied saying “Yes Ishwarya.”

“Ok. Good. Now listen both of you.There are many changes that we are bringing in the team and the projects. As part of those changes, as a first thing, in a very short period we will extend this support 24/5 which means 24 hours, 5 days. So, you may need to work in shifts. I will also on-board one more resource so that three of you can share the time working in three different shifts. Remember, this is a support program and we should not fail at any cost. If we fail to support for one minute, that may lead to a heavy loss. So, I want you to take this process efficiently so that the support will run smooth. Okay.”

Both Meher and Indu remained silent. They do not know how to react to what Ishwarya said.

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“I quiT” – Episode @32

“Yes Quadhar. I am waiting down.”

“Okay. Just come up taking the elevator. Flat no is 14F. If the security guard asks you, tell him the flat number.”

“Okay Quadhar. I am coming up. Meet you there” said Ishanth. He then parked the bike and took the elevator to reach Quadhar’s flat.

(12:17 PM)

By the time Ishanth reached 14th floor, Quadhar is standing at the doorway to welcome Ishanth. The moment Quadhar saw Ishanth, “Hello Ishanth. Welcome” said Quadhar shaking his hands with Ishanth and maintaining a welcoming grin on his face.

“Hi Quadhar” replied Ishanth. Ishanth looked a little tired as he had to travel long to reach Quadhar’s flat.

“What Ishanth, looking very tired?”

“It’s a long 90 minutes travel Quadhar. And, I don’t need to explain you about Bengaluru traffic.”

“Yeah. I know Ishanth. Come inside” said Quadhar and took Ishanth inside the house. He showed him the rest room to fresh up.

As Ishanth is very run down, while he stepped into the house, he dint observe anything.After freshening up, he came out of the rest room. He took the towel placed next to the door and wiped his face. Wiping his face, he walked a few steps forward towards the front room.As he is walking, he remarked that the house is virtually empty with not a lot of things around.

Before Ishanth asked about that to Quadhar, Quadhar asked him “What about Meher?”

“I phoned him while I was starting; he stated that he will reach by 12:30.”

“All right.Shall we make a call to him and confirm? I don’t have his mobile number. Can you please give me his number” Asked Quadhar and then made Ishanth sit on the couch.

“Sure Quadhar” said Ishanth and took out his mobile.

While Ishanth is searching Meher’s number, “Angel” shouted Quadhar. He is calling his daughter Parveen who is with her mom in the kitchen room playing with the mobile.

“Hey, dad is calling, go” said Shamina to Parveentelling her to go to her dad.

Parveen came running from the kitchen. Ishanth is looking at her, his face turned much brighter seeing her.

“Hey Ishanth, she is my daughter. Parveen.” Quadhar introduced his angel to Ishanth and asked her daughter to “Say HI…”

Parveen went near to Ishanth and said “Hello” giving her hand to Ishanth. Ishanth also stretched his hands and they both shook hands with each other.

“Hello, what is your name?” asked Ishanth.

“My name is Parveen” replied Parveen with her sweet little voice. Ishanth took Parveen near to him and started talking with her.

“Hey Parveen, where is my mobile?” asked Quadhar to Parveen.

As soon as he asked that, Parveenran from Ishanth to the kitchen room to bring Quadhar’s mobile. After bringing it out, she gave it to Quadhar. Quadhar took Meher’s phone number from Ishanth and called him.

“Hello.”

“Hello Meher. This is Quadhar.”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“Where are you Meher?”

“Quadhar. I am on the way. I will reach in another 30 to 45 minutes.”

“Okay Meher. You know the exact address right?”

“Yes Quadhar. I know, I will reach that area and will call you on this number.”

“Okay Meher” said Quadhar and disconnected the call.

Ishanth is talking to Parveen and asking her some questions. Parveen, who is an active girl, is replying to Ishanth’s questions very promptly.Ishanth is having a good time with her.

“Hey Ishanth. It will take another 20 to 30 minutes for him to reach” said Quadhar.

“Okay.”

After that, Quadhar said Parveen to call somebody. Parveen again went running into the kitchen room. Shamina came out of the kitchen room by lowering the stove flame.

“Ishanth, she is my wife Shamina” said Quadhar introducing his wife to Ishanth. “And Shamina, this is Ishanth, my teammate.”

Ishanth and Shamina greeted each other joining their hands in the traditional Indian style and then Shamina went inside to continue her cooking.

“Shamina, we will go out for a walk just outside. We will be back in 15 minutes.”

“Okay Quadhar” replied Shamina.

Quadhar and Ishanth walked out through the door. When they both left, Shamina locked the door from inside.

They both took the lift to the down stairs and reached the ground floor. After reaching there, Quadhar is walking in the east direction. As Ishanth is new, he just followed Quadhar.

“Ishanth, so how is your work at office going on?”

“Fine Quadhar, your daughter is so active, but looking very silent.”

“Yes Ishanth. She is very active, but not at all silent. She is very naughty.”

“Oh, is it.”

They both took up the discussion with their daughter. Quadhar is explaining about her daughter and how naughty she is. He also told him about a few incidents. Slowly the discussion came to a topic about what Parveen is studying now.

“Quadhar, which class she is in now?”

“She completed her U.K.G in the month of March Ishanth. Now, she has to join in her Ist standard. But, she is not going to school now.”

“Why Quadhar?”

“We will put them in a school in Hyderabad.”

“Hyderabad? Where she will be when you and your wife are here?”

“My wife will also go there Ishanth. Tomorrow morning they both are leaving to Hyderabad” replied Quadhar. He is giving dry answers to the questions asked by Ishanth. Quadhar is trying to say something to Ishanth. But, he is hesitating to begin over the discussion.

“So, you will be alone here?” asked Ishanth with a very big question mark and confusion on his face. He does not understand completely what Quadhar is saying. Also the luggage which is packed in the living room is splashing before his eyes leaving him some clues.

“No Ishanth.”

“What Quadhar? I could not understand anything.Are you sending your wife and daughter to your home town?” asked Ishanth who completely lost in that discussion.

“First they both will go Ishanth. After few weeks I will leave.”

This particular answer from Quadhar shocked Ishanth. He is now completely confused and lost. Ishanth stopped there without moving forward.

When Quadhar noticed that Ishanth is still back, he turned back towards him. After seeing his face expressions, Quadhar asked “What happened Ishanth?”

“I do not understand anything Quadhar. You will leave? Where?”

Quadhar paused for a few seconds, he want to tell the truth to Ishanth which is the main reason he invited him to lunch. But, he is getting confused whether or not to explain him and also how to explain him. He then took a deep breath and said “Ishanth, I have to tell you one thing.”

“What is that Quadhar?”

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“I quiT” – Episode @26

“I cannot give reasons Thyagarajan. But, I want to inform you way before I submit my resignation.”

“Is this something to do with dropping the plans to setup a team in Hyderabad? If so then tell me, we can discuss on that. Now the clients are very much impressed with our demo. This is definitely going to be a very long deal and will also help you a lot in your career growth.”

“Not exactly Thyagarajan. I told you right, I cannot explain in detail. I am looking for an opportunity. They may get back to me any time next week and once I get that, I will submit my resignation. Please don’t ask me anything more. Sorry.”

Thyagarajan, who is trying to understand the actual reason behind Quadhar’s decision, asked him many questions. When Quadhar is not ready to open up the actual reason, Thyagarajan understood that it is because of dropping the plans of setting up a team in Hyderabad. As he knew that he cannot re-think on that, Thyagarajan decided to hold Quadhar by offering some perks.

“Quadhar, if this project goes well, I will be initiating Visa for you so that you can work from on-site location for the same project.”

“No Thyagarajan. Sorry, I am not interested in flying anywhere. I know I am making it touch, but please try to understand me” replied Quadhar.

“It’s okay Quadhar. You are very firm on your decision. And so I cannot stop you. Anyway think well before you get hold of any decision. Not even 7 days back Uthrani submitted her resignation and tomorrow is her last day. And now you are saying that you will also move out. I am worried what’s going on in the team”

Quadhar dint drag the discussion much. He just made sure that he informed Thyagarajan before he submits his resignation so that Thyagarajan can plan for the alternatives. He raised the topic during the end hours so that he can cut it short as he needs to leave early to catch the train back to Bengaluru.

Quadhar boarded the train and started his journey back to Bengaluru. It is a long 20 hour journey from Pune to Bengaluru.

(11:00 AM, Next Day, Bengaluru)

The next day, Ishanth made all the arrangements to bid farewell to Uthrani. He also called Uthrani’s friends and other nearby teams and made it a grand farewell to Uthrani. It was followed by lunch by Uthrani to all her friends at a nearby eatery.

Everyone started sharing the memories they had with her and also they were expressing how much they will be missing her. When Uthrani’s turn came to speak out, “Hey all, I never imagined this day would come so soon. I never expected that I had to go through a tough time like this. Everyone had to face this situation one or the other day as mostly no one will stay permanent here. But then, it still hurts a lot when you have to give your dear ones. People, with whom you learnt, worked, ate, played and had fun. Hope you all will remain in touch through any means. I always thought when someone is moving out, they leave everything and run. No, that’s not true at all. They actually take everything and go. They had to read each and every minute of memory with them. They have to take all this in their heart. I am actually not leaving; I am taking every memory with me in various ways.” Uthrani expressed her innermost feelings and at the end, tears started rolling down from her eyes.

Uthrani had to leave for Gurgaon by the evening train which is scheduled at 07:30 PM. Before going for lunch, Uthrani completed all her formalities by the admin department and also submitted her identity card.

She had a fantastic last minute memories with all her friends and colleagues during the luncheon. It was followed by a group, individual and pair photography session. She made sure that she gathered as many memories she can before she leaves the city.

After the lunch, Uthrani went to her flat and checked all her baggage. Ishanth, who assured her that he will come with her and drop her at the station, reached her flat by 05:30 PM. Both of them, along with two of her flat mates, started to station by booking a cab.

(06:30 PM, Bangalore City Rly Station)

They reached station almost an hour earlier. Ishanth observed that Uthrani is very dull. Everyone else thought that she is dumb because she is leaving all her friends, her job and all and so there is no happiness in her face. But, some more questions arose in Ishanth’s mind. He went and sat near to her and “Hey Uthrani. Are you alright?” asked Ishanth to Uthrani looking at her.

“Ya I am fine Ishanth. It’s just that I am feeling really bad leaving this place and all of you. That’s it.” Replied Uthrani trying hard to make out some smile on her face.

“I understand that Uthrani. I knew that. But then I don’t know why, from the last few days I have a strong belief in my mind that everything is happening so quickly and likewise there is no proper connection. Your mom got here, then you went home and then before you even stepped back in office, you submitted your resignation. I somehow feel all this is not properly justified.”

“What are you talking Ishanth? I dint understand your question.”

“All right. Let me ask you very straight. Is there any problem at home?”

“Why are you asking like that Ishanth?”

“No Uthrani. Answer my question. Did something happen in your house? Your mom and dad said something to you regarding your job?”

“No Ishanth. There is nothing like that. I told you right my marriage got fixed and that is the reason I resigned.”

“No Uthrani. I don’t think that’s the real reason. I strongly believe there is some story behind your decision of moving out.”

Uthrani remained silent; she began to understand that Ishanth will not leave until she tells him the truth. She believed that even Ishanth believed her that she resigned because of her marriage. But then when he started asking various questions, she realized that she cannot hide it any more from Ishanth. But then she is still considering whether to tell him or not.

Ishanth, who is looking at Uthrani and waiting for her to respond to his questions, “Hey Uthrani. What happened? Speak out. Are you hiding anything from me?” asked Ishanth to Uthrani.

Uthrani understood that she cannot hide the truth anymore from Ishanth and so she decided to reveal him the actual reason. “Ishanth. I am really very sorry for hiding this even from you. I don’t want to disturb you and so dint share this with you.” Said Uthrani looking at Ishanth.

“What is that Uthrani? What happened?”

“Ishanth. Marriage is not the main reason behind my resignation.” Said Uthrani. Before Ishanth replied, tears started rolling out from her eyes.

@Leaving

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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 @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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“I quiT” – Episode @19

(07:58 PM)

“I think we did a mistake by coming here from Hyderabad.”

“Why do you think like that dear?”

“We thought we will be staying here only for one year and then we go back. Last year manager said that this year at any cost we can go back as they were planning to set up a team in Hyderabad and run operations from there. But now all of a sudden he is saying that the plans were dropped off. We dint join our Angel in school this year thinking that we will go back. I am not bringing mom and dad here because it will be tough for them to leave their place and stay here and travelling will be tough for them. Even we are not able to stick around for a few days there because of leave problems. All this is happening simply because of that transfer being delayed.”

“Dear. What are the chances now?”

“It’s all over Shami, there is not even 1% chance now. All the wonderful moments we had in Hyderabad are running in front of my eyes.You used to happily go to school and teach children. Angel used to play with mom and dad. I used to come on time from office daily. Spend time with our baby. We all used to have dinner at one time. We used to have a wonderful time on weekends with mom and dad. I used to feel like everything is working just perfectly with everyone right before me. It used to give me great strength and confidence. But, precisely because the money we are earning is just insufficient and that we need to earn a little bit, I took this decision of changing company. And now after coming here, everything changed. You are getting bored being alone at home all day. I am not getting time to spend with you and Angel. Travelling to Hyderabad once in 4 or 5 months, left mom and dad alone there.”

“To be frank, yes darling.What you said is true. Even I am getting thoughts like this. But I have never shared them with you because I don’t want to trouble you more as you are already in pressure in your office works. And, if you think deep, compare the rent we are paying here, compare the cost of living here. If we consider all this, I think we are spending more than what we are making here. When we used to live in Hyderabad, even I used to earn. Now, here we are not even having that option as all the schools are equipped with e-Technology and the traditional student teacher relationship I am not finding here in the schools. Not just that, here I can’t go to work as we cannot leave Parveen alone. At Hyderabad mother-in-law used to take care. But, darling, I don’t mean that our decision is wrong. I am merely trying to fix the differences as the discussion raised. I am sorry dear.”

“You don’t need to be sorry dear. In fact it’s my decision and my fault. Now see, for the first time I missed bringing her chocolates and ice cream on her birthday night. And, also I had to call for a vendor to make arrangements and decorate our house to celebrate her birthday party. I feel really bad for that. I am not having time to spend for decorating house for my Angels’ birthday. Someone from the outside had to do this work for us. I am still not able to digest that dear. Till the last minute, I was thinking whether to call them or not. But, I called them because I don’t want to take chances as I don’t know what time the meeting will get over and also I don’t know whether my manager will leave me on time. And so I called the vendor to decorate the hall.”

“Darling. You did what is in your hands. Don’t feel for that dear.”

“No Shami. What we are doing right now is not working. What is the point of earning when we can’t spare little time for our dear ones. I don’t feel like sticking around here anymore. Let us go back to Hyderabad Shami. I don’t feel like working under him anymore. I am still not able to digest the explanation he gave me when I asked him why he dint inform me earlier regarding the plans being dropped off.”

“What happened dear?”

“To be frank, I am still not worrying about transfer because I am ready to wait for few more months. But, the explanation he gave, I cannot take it in.When I asked him why he dint inform me earlier regarding that, he said that I may lose concentration on the deliverables. How can he think like that Shami? I am working under him from almost 2 years. Is this what he understood me? That line is making me mad. Today I totally lost interest in the work and so I left immediately without even monitoring anything.The employee looks for trust from his boss. Why can’t he understand that as a manager? He is 13 years experienced and can’t he understand that?”

“Dear. Calm down, my dear. Don’t keep thinking about that. Think about what can be done now. Think about the next step.”

“I have made my decision Shami. Let us go back to Hyderabad. I cannot work for him anymore. I would have felt happier if he directly stated to me that the transfer is not possible.Instead he is trying to make some stupid management concept. I don’t understand why these managers think that way. Whatever it may be, enough is enough Shamina. Let us go back. I will start looking for job at Hyderabad location and will take my resignation here.”

“OK darling.Just as you say.I have complete faith in you. I know that my dear would do what is right.”Replied Shamina smiling at Quadhar and hugging him.

(10:07AM – Next day morning)

Quadhar reached office; un-packed his bag and turned on his system.During that time, his inter-com started making sound. He immediately picked up the call and “Hello. Quadhar here.”

“Hi Quadhar. Good morning. Can you come to my cabin?”

“Good morning Thyagarajan. Yes. Sure.”

(10:13 AM)

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

“Sit down Quadhar. I called you to talk regarding the Uthrani’s resignation mailer which I have receivedyesterday mid-night.”

@Decision

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“I quiT” – Episode @16

(05:01 PM)

After the meeting ended, everyone started coming out of the room. When Thyagarajan stepped out, Quadhar followed him through the door.

“Thyagarajan, I have to speak with you.”

“What’s the matter Quadhar?”

“Regarding my transfer.”

“Come to my cabin we will discuss there.”

Quadhar and Thyagarajan reached Thyagarajan’s cabin. Thyagarajan sat on his chair and is connecting the internet cable to his laptop.When he noticed that Quadhar is still standing, “Quadhar. Please sit down.”

Quadhar pulled the chair and sat on it. “Thyagarajan, why dint you tell me that you dropped the plans of setting up a team in Hyderabad?” asked Quadhar with a very loud voice. He is so very disappointed that Quadhar dropped the plan and the other main thing is that he never told him all these days he dropped the plan.

“Quadhar. I thought I could tell you once this demo is successful.”

“What is the connection between the demo and updating the info Thyagarajan?”

“Quadhar. I understand that you are disappointed about dropping the plans of setting up a team in Hyderabad. But you have to understand, there are lots of logistical and financial concerns in setting up a team. Just because you need a transfer we cannot plan that.”

“Thyagarajan. I am not asking to set up a team just for me. My only concern is why you dint tell me before?”

“Quadhar.I’ve already told you. I thought I can update you once this busy schedule comes to an end.”

“This will never come to an end Thyagarajan. I have been in this project from two years. In the last two years almost 50% of my weekends I have spent my time here. And not just me, I made my entire team to spend extra hours and weekends here working on the projects. Every time you say that this will be over. But it is never over. The same is being repeated in every project, every time. Any way now the discussion is not on that. When I joined in this project 2 years back, you said that you will be transferring me to Hyderabad by setting up a team and assigning me the role of leading that team. When I reminded you regarding that last year, you convinced me saying that you will definitely do it once the project gets completed. But in every quarterly meet the dates keep on changing. Now the second year is running. You stay in Pune and you will be visited here occasionally.The day you arrived in Bangalore last week, I thought of asking you about that. When you read that the project needs to be completed in 2 weeks and also you will be staying here these 2 weeks, I thought I can ask you once we push it to QA.But now all of a sudden you are making me a surprise saying that the plans were dropped off.”

“Quadhar. You don’t need to remind me the whole story back. I am aware of everything and I dint forget that I gave you word regarding transfer. But, things don’t act in our favor every time. We have to consider a lot of factors and consequences before taking any kind of decision. You are working in this field from many years. I don’t think I have to explain you in detail.”

“Thyagarajan. I am sorry for raising my voice high. All this is not my concern. I do understand that just for me you don’t need to setup a whole team at another location. All I am asking is why you dint tell me before hand so that I would have planned something else.”

“Exactly. This is the reason why I dint tell you. If I tell you the first day when the plan is dropped off, you wouldn’t have concentrated completely on the deliverables. I cannot take risks on the deliverables and so I delayed telling you. We cannot take any chances in case of deadlines.”

“Thyagarajan.I am not able to understand what you were speaking. You mean that if you tell me about the plans being dropped off, I will not be working with complete dedication? How can you say that? So, in all my two years of work, this is what you saw me? Is this the trust levels you have built for me?How could you suppose that I will show the impact on the deliverables?”

“Quadhar.It’s not the matter of trust or agreement.As a deliverable manager, it is my duty to make sure that the deliverables are on time without any delay and with full quality.And I cannot claim any single chance when it comes to that. I am working in this field for almost 13 years and as a manager I am handling projects for 5 years. I am well experienced that every little thing has an impact on the way an employee works on a project. And that is the sole cause I dint update you on that.You are now in the Team Lead role and very soon you will be promoted as manager. You have to learn all these to become a successful manager. There will be various kinds of people working under you with a variety of mindsets. You have to deal with all of them.”

(05:47 PM)

“I do not understand what to speak Mr. Thyagarajan. I don’t know whether I am taking it wrong or whether what you said is not right. I am truly sorry for talking like this.But, rather than the transfer thing, the most disappointing thing is the level of confidence you have reposed on your team.To be frank I was doing things I don’t like to do with the trust on you that you are well experienced and if you say it will be correct. And that is the reason I was pushing the team to work late nights and also during weekends. Now when I came to know about the kind of trust and faith you have on your team members, I am totally disappointed.I really don’t feel like working anymore.”

@Trust

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