Saturday, December 15, 2007

Psycho Owners!!

Well, before I start just an FYI...
The Project has finally been completed and though one lifetime was not enough as I thought(view shared by quite a few), We did IT. But this is not the topic of this piece of writing....But this blog is..in a way...inspired by it.
Working on this project has had its side effects on me. One of them has been gaining good experience when not so good things happen. Another has been learning the science of being patient and the art of being irritating. This is about an experince which I had couple of nights ago with owners of one of many friends house.

I had to work late in the night (nothing unusual!!), but then I decided to come home and work from there. So I reached my home around 11 oo PM. And if what was happening with the project was not enough to spoil my mood, I saw another potential Show Stopper. There was no light at my home, infact there was no light in the whole colony after the last road. And I knew what bad luck is. After seeing this and not believing my fate, i was left pondering over my next course of action. Not that I had too many... But what ever the options were there, they pointed to only one destination. I had to work. The question was either from here, from office(this would mean returning back by the same cab; I had kept the cab waiting) or somehere else. Where Where Where?? And then I thought of my college friends who lived some dozen houses before our flat. The house was on the other side of the road and due to a tree on the corner, it was difficult to jugde whether light was there or not. I called them up; light was there and so I let the cab go and proceeded towards my new office for next few hours.
I was standing at the gate. and then bhow bhow bhow!!!! That dog who is usually chained was unusually free this time. And he was spending all his energy by barking madly. One of my friend once said, " Dogs, Oh!!, they are amazing people!!" And I had replied, " Yes, thats true, and People are amazing dogs!!" Though i never got the joke of the first line, but I knew why dogs are amazing. That dog refused to cool down and let me in. Luckily(or unluckily), the owner of the house came out. Oh Sorry, not the owner, but the owner's daughter came out and I positioned myself in front of the gate at a safe distance from the dog(or the b***h!!).

She asked me," what do you want?".
I said, "I want to go upstairs", pointing my hand above where my friend was standing with a look of resignation that said "beta, tu to gaya ab!!".
She said sternly," We dont allow strangers here at this time. You cant go upstairs."
First I tried to explain her , that I may be a stranger for you but not for my friends, keeping my voice as calm as possible and not letting my irritation overcome me(Art of being irritating?). But IT was not working like everything else happening with me these days. And Then I blurted out - I have to go upstairs. Whether you allow me or not, I dont know. This is an emergency. I have to go. This is all I know at this time.
My voice was staright but on the target. It sent the message that I am not the one to budge, not tonight. Reluctantly, she said OK, but not before giving an ultimatun. She said, " You cannot stay whole night here. and you cannot sleep here". I tried to be act smart, replying that, I have to work late and do you have issues if I wake you up after 4, 5 or 6 hrs. But, she was smarter. They planned to watch movies late in night and so I can inform at anytime while leaving. I brushed aside this little statement and made my way upstairs, but not before she had that ferocious animal moved into a corner.
After that it was business as usual. Calls, chatting (some personal, some proffessional!!), and lots of work. My worked stretched to almost 4 AM. One little incident, when she sent her son to verify that what exactly was I doing when Iwas almost 1 hr old in the room that night, confirmed my thought, that she has hated me right from the start(and vice versa ofcourse).
Well, around 4 PM, I decided to have pity on my laptop and myself and thought of taking a short nap. My friend had suggested, that I better sleep here, but I need to slip out of the house before somebody wakes up in the morning. And by his look and expression I was not sure whether he meant the dog or the lady and who was more dangerous. Any way, I did sleep for a couple of hours. And then my friend woke me up, thinking that the time was right to for me to make a move. I collected my articles. My friend confirmed that there is no sign of the lady. I asked what about the dog. No sign of him either. I paved my way downstairs and was about to open the gate, WHEN......
"I told you not to stay overnight. This is very Bad. I wont allow you to come to my house next time...................................................................... DONT ENTER MY HOUSE NEXT TIME". I turned my face towards her. She was red faced. She was acting like she has been defeated by her bitterest enemy.
I said, " Thank you for the cooperation shown last night. I wont come next time".(Science of being patient).
I came out happy at my luck that I only met her and not her MOTHER.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

My Project is 100% Behind!!

I dont know if anybody else has faced this situation, but since i am facing it for the first time(bahut kuch life mein pehli baar hota hai mamu!!!!), in my short but eventful software career, I could not resist myself sharing this with my fellow readers. Yes Yes Yes...I say it..MY PROJECT IS 100% BEHIND. In case you are puzzled, let me explain. Day before yesterday was supposed to be the end date of my project and HAHAHA(i am literally laughing), the project has not yet started. I will not explain the technicalities(no body wants to know that ....i know) as to why and how this situation came, but still if I look at the weeks gone by, I conclude that Oh! What a project?

But still dont be in a illusion that since the project didnt even took of, I had an easy going these last weeks. I had quite a time explaining my different categories of 'M*!#$%&S' as to why the project could not be started. I guess this is the first time in the history of our application that the project is behind by such a huge margin. I can see and understand the tension, the feeling of uneasiness on the faces of my M*!#$%&S. They ask me if any sort of workaround can be done. And I say nothing can be done unless..this and that ...blah blah blah is ready. The fun starts when they ask exactly why you cannot start? And I jump on the first chance to explain them as technically as possible. My sentences are studded with technical jargons to which even they dont have any reply. And they just say "OK OK!!, Kunal, just keep me posted on the progress. And I happily say 'Sure, I will do that!.

You may think that I am making fun of the situation. But the truth is I am trying to find humour in this as I have learnt long back that cutting a sorry figure wont improve the situation. On the contrary, it may make it worse. So why not just rejoice in the record which I have just created. This is true that this particular project has made my life worse(as if it was good before...huh??). I have been spending more late nights in the office, attending more calls explaining the -'No progess 'situation at different levels sacrificing my precious sleep every now and then. But I know, the situation which I am in is nobody's fault or may be everybody's. So, Why not just talk about it and take it in your stride and just say - OK, IT HAPPENS SOMETIMES!!

Every evening when my M*!#$%&S calls me and ask for the latest development at the end of the day and he gets the same old news, he helplessly says - Kunal, you are giving me the same update for the last 3 weeks. And I cheerfully say - Dont Worry, Lets hope of a better tomorrow.

I really hope of a better tomorrow. Oops I got another update. My project is now 42.9%behind...and that too after the 3rd replan. HEHE...

P.S - Please do not disclose my Poor employer while commenting as you see I am a poor fellow and I have only one poor job which I cannot afford to lose now. :-)