Here i was, coming straight out of the college, putting my first foot into the world of IT. As i took my first step into the office of a big multinational, hundreds of emotions passed by in those few seconds. I was nervous, excited, happy, anxious all at the same time. I was shown my cubicle which seemed like a whole world to me. Next few days went like a dream, met so many new people from almost every part of the country. There was a gym in the office to keep you fit, sports room to keep you out of work stress, a well-maintained canteen which will serve delicacies at your desk. There was hardly any work in first one month, and we enjoyed all the bounties to its fullest. Often we wondered, why don’t others join us in the fun, after all the famous quote said ” All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”.
Days passed like hours, and hours like seconds and my dream continued. It was a Friday, and in fact the only day when i found some happiness on the faces of my colleagues, and i used to wonder, how can some one be happy on a Friday, after all office is so much fun. After a nice tea at canteen, i returned to my desk only to find a document lying with a note of my manager ” Read it over the weekend and we will discuss it on Monday “. And Guess what, the honeymoon was over !
The document was a mystery, an ancient script given to a novice to decipher in 2 days. It seemed like an Indian is given a Greek script to read. Entire weekend i burnt the midnight oil, but couldn’t make any sense out of it.
It was Monday morning, and as i walked into the office, there was no more excitement, anxiety took over it. I stood plain dumb in front of my manager who explained the document to me. I couldn’t figure out if he was speaking French or German. But as they say, the worst comes last. I was asked to turn that ancient script into a software in next two weeks. Seconds passed like hours and Hours passed like Days as i struggled whole weak at work. Sports room and Gym were no more meant for fitness , they were supposed to be distant dreams. Canteen started to serve only Maggie.
And Finally came Friday, and for the first time i shared the happiness of my colleagues. As i walked out of the office, it was more relieving than a person getting out of jail after several years.
Years have gone by, and i still read the french and german scripts and try to make a software out of it. Friday is the best day of the week and Maggie is still the best meal of the day.