It looks like I’m back after a week of absence. And what a week its been!! Aside from the rocking writer’s block that ensured I had nothing to write about for what seemed like the longest time ever, I had an equally rocking time at work, which basically meant the line “They pretend to pay me, I pretend to work” modified to ” They pretend to pay me, I still work like a dog” to suit my case better. I don’t know what was worse- the writer’s block or the scene at work. It should suffice to say it was a tough competition that ended in a tie.
Sometime during the rocking week I got a call from a lady who was offering me “corporate English speaking courses.” That too at “discounted rates for ladies”. Some women may have been lured by the possibility of getting a certain percentage off irrespective of the product or service. I, on the other, hand dont get excited on hearing the words” Sale” or “X% off” and so I consider such unwanted offers annoying. Especially if they come in the middle of a horribly busy day where the frenzied pace of activity makes it difficult to keep your wits about you. I told the lady I wasn’t interested and that I should be contacted ever. I am sure she though I was cut and dry but I dint really care. Chasing a deadline is sometimes more important than politely explaining to over zealous, persistent telemarketers why you dont want what they are offering. Just telling the telemarketer wasnt enough. I had to share my annoyance with her with the whole wide virtually world. So I put up a line that read ” Mandira is not interested in learning Corporate English even on discounted rates. Please do not call” on Facebook. Commenting on friend’s “What’s on your mind” space seems to be the “in” thing with people on my FB list. I expected to get responses -some sane and some utterly crazy to what I had put up and sure enough responses flew in. Cookie in the cookiebox wanted details about my conversation. I told her I had none to share. My conversation with the telemarketer was so brief that it dint even qualify for a conversation. She was disappointed. She had hoped I had indulged in a conversation with the “Corporate English speaking” lady. ” Would have made interesting material for the blog” she said. For a second there I thought ” Damn! She has a point!! Why dint I talk to that woman yaa!! It would have given me something to write about!!ARGHH” I think at that very second I touched the lowest low of my writer’s block. Imagining wishing you had wasted time on some silly English speaking class, I am sorry, Corporate Engligh speaking , whatever that is, all for the sake of getting some material to blog about. Does it get any worse than that? I think not.
And now because I am terribly overworked and underpaid I am going off on a vacation with the family. No, there is no contradiction there. I am underpaid but I also live off my parents which mean I, or rather they can afford vacations. Right when work is on an upswing and is pretty much driving me mad, I am packing my bags and taking a whole week off. I asked the boss of leave two months back. She approved it. Now I think she regrets it. I don’t. I am going to chill with family, eat, sleep and do only those essentials activities required to keep me alive. And when I return, I am going to get back to work (it is, at present, my only livelihood option whether I like it or not. I better show it some respect!)and blogging with a vengeance !Till then , buh-bye!