“I quiT” – Episode @30

“Oh. Welcome. I am Quadhar. We all are waiting for you.”

“Oh. I am so sorry to keep you all waiting. Good evening to all of you here. I am Ishwarya. I will be your new manager for this location.”

“Welcome Ishwarya.” Said Quadhar clapping his hands. Everyone else joined him, welcoming Ishawarya into the squad.

Ishwarya moved a few steps forward making sure that she is visible by everyone and then started talking to the team.

“Hi team. I thank you so much for your warm welcome.I look forward for a great experience working with all of you. I hope for the same from you.Before I take over the complete responsibility, let me formally introduce myself. I am Ishwarya, I am married and having a 4-year-old kid. I am basically from Mumbai and recently moved to Bengaluru. I have nearly 9 years of experience in the field of IT. This is my third company. I worked under various verticals like banking, retail and now working on mobile projects from last 3 years. Now, I am pulled in to take care of the mobile projects wing, especially the new project that was said OK by the clients. I should thank Quadhar and the team for working on the demo, presenting it to the clients and finally winning the pot.We will be working on this for the next 8 to 12 months.That’s all about myself. Now, each one of you can you introduce yourself, please.”Asked Ishwarya to the team.

When she asked everyone to introduce, each one of them started introducing themselves to Ishwarya one by one detailing their name, home town and the project in which they are operating.It took about 17 minutes for all of them to introduce them to her. When everybody completed, Quadhar reminded Ishwarya that Thyagarajan asked them to call to his mobile once Ishwarya steps into the meeting room.

Quadhar immediately took the phone and dialed to Thyagarajan.

“Hello.”

“Hi Thyagarajan. This is Quadhar.”

“Hi Quadhar. Good evening. Did you guys assemble?”

“Yes Thyagarajan. We have the entire team along with Ishwarya.”

“Oh. That’s great. Hi Ishwarya. Welcome to the team.”Said Thyagarajan.

“Hi Thyagarajan. Good evening. Thank you so much.”

“Team, Ishwarya is your new manager. She will be taking care of the entire Bengaluru team and also the new project that is coming up.I guess she finished her introduction.”

“Yes Thyagarajan. Just now we all introduced ourselves to one another.”

“Oh. That’s great. So, team.She will be your primary point of contact for everything you need. She is not even a technical manager; she also worked as people manager for 2 years.So, hope that will be an added advantage.”Said Thyagarajan welcoming Ishwarya into the team and detailing her role with the team.After that, he said “Quadhar.”

“Yes Thyagarajan.”

“Please help her in detailing the process and also the team structure.”

“Sure Thyagarajan.”

“For few days, you have to support her in understanding everything.”

“Okay Thyagarajan. I will definitely do that.”

“Thanks.”

Meeting went on with the detailing of her roles and responsibilities.

After Thyagarajan disconnected, some of them started asking Ishwarya some questions regarding technical and non-technical. When Ishanth’s turn came, he asked her a question related to management.

“Ishwarya. Can I ask you a question.”

“Sure. Ish..” Ishwarya is trying to remember his name and when she confirmed herself that she cannot recollect, she asked “Sorry, what’s your name?”

“I am Ishanth.”

“Sorry, this is the first day right. After a few days, I will start getting used with the names and people.”

“That’s okay Ishwarya.”

“Yeah. Continue. You want to ask something.”

“What is your management strategy?”

“Management strategy? What do you mean by that?”

“I mean, you are 9 years experienced right. What is the strategy that you have learned that will best suit thissector.”

“That’s a very beautiful question Ishanth. But, I don’t think strategy is something that can be defined in words. It is how we work or react upon situations. May be you can know based on how I deal with people and things as the days move forward.”

“Okay.” Said Ishanth. He is basically attempting to understand her management and so posted such a question. But, she gave a dynamic answer to his question.

After the meeting, Ishanth and Meher were walking out of the meeting room. Meher asked Ishanth “Hey Ishanth. Why did you ask that to Ishwarya?”

“I just asked it very randomly Meher. Frankly speaking I want to know whether she is like Thyagarajan or not. That’s it.”

“Okay.” Said Meher and they both went back to their desks. Quadhar and Ishwarya walked towards Quadhar’s cabin.

For the next two weeks, Quadhar got busy with Ishwarya detailing her about the team and the process. And also explaining her about the projects the team is working and the roles and responsibilities of each individual member in the team.

Slowly Ishwarya started taking over responsibilities from Quadhar. When someone used to approach Quadhar for any information, he used to divert them to Ishwarya. After a few days, it turned out like people started going to Ishwarya directly. Quadhar’s work at office used to come down day by day. Ishwarya is very quick at understanding the process and so used to handle things quickly and efficiently.

As this is going this way, one day Meher came to Ishanth’s desk for some information.

“Hey Ishanth. What are you doing?”

“I am just going through the QA report Meher.”

“I need a small info Ishanth.”

“Yes, tell me Meher. Regarding what?”

“This is regarding the maintenance project Ishanth.”

“I am not aware of anything in that project Meher. Why don’t you talk to Quadhar?”

“I don’t know Ishanth, from last few days, he is directing to Ishwarya whenever I go and ask something. Not just me, whoever is approaching him for anything, he is asking them to go and talk to Ishwarya.”

“May be because she is manager right and so he wants her to take decisions and give directions.”

“Not just that Meher. He is not being interactive as like before. He is just coming and going. Half of the day he will be in meeting with Ishwarya or Thyagarajan. He is not even asking the status of the tasks.”

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“Silent LOVE…” – $6

“Ya fine, fine. Sorry. I just felt like I was falling down and so got up all of a sudden.” – Prudhvi.

Wow… My work is 200% done. Now I need not do any hacking, tracking or anything.

Out of my excitement, I asked a question to the admin person.

“Shreya. When can we expect mail from the admin team regarding all these pics?”

“Probably by today EOD or tomorrow early morning you will receive mail.”

“That’s so cool. Actually, this is our first official outing and also first corporate event in which I was part of organizing team and so feeling little excited.”

“I understand. By the way, what’s your name?”

“I am Prudhvi.”

“Which project you belong to?”

“I work in the R&D section. Process improvement.”

“Oh nice. You are the one who shared a poem yesterday right?”

“Yeah. He is that guy. The POET.” – Akshay replied.

“Nothing like that Shreya. At that particular moment I just got those words and spelled them out that’s it.”

“Hmmm.” – she smiled at me and left from there.

(15 mins later)

Shreya informed Akshay that she saved the team pics in the shared path asking him to start editing.

As soon as I heard that,

“Is there anything I can help you with?” – I asked Akshay.

“Yes Prudhvi. Ask for the print out of team details and photo id so that I will edit and write team name on the pics.”

“Okay.” – I replied and got the print out of the team details corresponding to each pic.

There are almost 43 pics in the folder and Akshay needs to edit each pic and write the team name over the pic.

I got the print out and started telling him the team name according to the id of the pic.

My excitement started gearing up for each pic he is editing.

As it is a editing work, he takes 5 mins for each pic and apparently I can’t hold on my excitement for whole day.

After almost 40 mins, he is done with 10 pics. As it was taking time and also as I can’t be this much time away from the work desk, I said to him that I will be leaving.

“Akshay. Can I make a move? It’s been almost 2 hours that I am away from my desk.”

“Oh yeah sure Prudhvi.”

“Okay Akshya. Sorry for not being able to help you. Meet you sometime soon.”

I said to him and started walking out through the door.

“Prudhvi. Prudhvi. Wait. Wait.”

“Yes Akshay. Tell me.”

“I will come out with you to get a coffee.”

“Oh yeah. Come.”

We both walked to the pantry area and he grabbed a cup of coffee. As he was having his cup of coffee, I got an idea.

“Akshay. Just wait here. I forgot my runner key. I will get that and will come back.” – I said to him and rushed to the Admin desk immediately.

As I am very much sure that he will not enter into the bay with the cup in his hands, I took little risk.

As I noticed that he dint lock the computer, I entered into the bay and turned on the monitor.

While I was sitting with him, we already completed 10 pics almost and I dint find her in those 10 pics. I started looking at other pics quickly to find her.

In the 27th pic, I found her. I immediately sent it to my mail. I also took a pic of the team details print out in my mobile and was about to leave. But then I don’t know suddenly I started feeling like why I don’t finish seeing other pics. I went through other pics and to my surprise; she is there in other pic at no 34. I sent even that to my mail, turned off the monitor and left that place.

All this happened in just less than a minute. While I was running toward the pantry, Akshay is walking towards the bay.

“Prudhvi. Did you get the runner key?”

“Yes Akshay. I am leaving. Catch you later”

“Okay fine Prudhvi. Stay in touch.”

“Sure Akshay. Bye bye.”

I reached my desk and settled down. There is already list of tasks pending in the list which I need to finish of today. But then the only task which is running in my mind is to complete what I have started.

The first thing I did after reaching my desk is, I stopped all the traces that I have initiated from the servers and cleared all the stuff.

Then I opened my mail and downloaded those two pics. Positioned them in the two corners of my desktop and started looking at them. Some of the questions which are running in my mind are.

“Why is she in two pics?”

“Does she belong to two teams?”

“What if the teams were split across locations? How do I find her?”

Questions kept on adding to the list. Then I said to myself like whatever may be the depth of the ocean, I have to swim across to reach the other side.

Right now, the only two things I have with me are the pics and the team information. Based on that, she either belong to Team A or Team B. Now I have to gather complete information on the teams, their locations, team members’ information and all.

And to do that, I have to first of all check where I can get the team information.

Luckily I have the access to the entire information related to the M&G day as I belong to the organizing team.

I accessed all that information and searched it entirely to find any clues related to team information. Finally after a 25 mins of search, I found out a document which has complete information of all the teams who will be part of M&G day and also their locations information. Then next thing I did is that I took a hard copy of that too.

As this was going on and on and on, the clock ticked 16:15 hrs. As soon as I saw the time, I stopped everything I am doing and opened my task sheet.

From morning, what I was doing is completely out of the work that I am supposed to do at my desk.

I decided to go back to my tracing thing only after finishing all the tasks that are listed out in the task sheet.

(After 127 minutes)

I was done with all my tasks. The thing that I noticed is that. In order to get back to the task of tracing her, I finished all my tasks at much faster rate. And the other thing is that as long as I was working, I never remembered her in those 127 minutes. Little surprised.

(Late night)

After finishing of my tasks, I reached hostel. Got fresh up, had dinner and went to terrace with my best friend (iPod). It’s really nice and cool climate and as the full moon day is nearing by which added beauty to the sky.

As I was looking at the moon, all of a sudden I remembered about the trace thing which I have left in the middle. I ran down to the room and opened my bag and laptop.

I took out the team information copies and also downloaded the two pics of her. I traced out that the team is working out from 3 locations and now I have to figure out which location she belong to.

As I was looking at those pics, I found out a little change in the way she is standing in one of the pic.

In one pic, she is standing at the center in the 2nd row, where as in the other pic she is at the corner and someone is holding her hand. This seems like she is forcedly dragged into the 2nd pic. Just to reduce the number of locations I need to work on, I increased the probability that send belong to team A.

Now I have to find out the team details and then trace out her.

@”When the full moon shines and the black clouds drizzle, every little breeze that touches me, makes me feel like a song that has only your name.” – Mr. Venky Bond