Do you ever feel overworked, over-regulated, under-leisured and under-benefited? Take heart, this notice was found in the ruins of a London office building. It was dated 1852: This firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 6 am and 7 pm weekdays. Clothing must be of sober nature. The clerical staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright colors, nor will they wear hose unless in good repair. Overshoes and topcoats may not be worn in the office, but neck scarves and headwear may be … Continue reading Feel Overworked, Do You?
From our previous posts you’d remember that we have been (atleast my friend) trying to find our multi-million dollar idea. Its not that we haven’t found any ideas. We have, some. But they are either not the multi-million dollar types or they are extremely improbable. I mean the idea to fund education of students in US is something that would take considerably longer to generate ROI and hence was dismissed. We have also, in past, in all our immaturity, discussed the possibility of getting people to pay for reading my blog. We had to shelve this idea since the single fan that my blog has outrightly refused to pay but rather wanted to see if I could foot the internet bill.
But since we haven’t had any bright ideas, we did what everyone who is waiting for an opportunity does. Daydream. We daydreamed or rather an astrologer told us, this way it sounds more palatable, that some serious money was coming our way and the elusive optimist in me even put a number to the ‘serious money’. The amount was settled at 50 Crores. The currency is not decided and we are open for anything equal or stronger than Indian Rupees.
It was opening night at the Orpheum theater and the Amazing Eileen was topping the bill. People came from miles around to see the famed hypnotist do her stuff.
As the Amazing Eileen took to the stage, she announced, ”Unlike most stage hypnotists who invite two or three people up onto the stage to be put into a trance, I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience.”
The excitement was almost electric as the Amazing Eileen withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from her coat.
”I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It’s a very special watch. Its been in my family for six generations.”
She began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, ”Watch the watch , watch the watch, watch the watch…. ”.
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface.
Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until suddenly it slipped from the hypnotist’s fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into a hundred pieces.
“Shit” said the hypnotist.
With a pile of 300 résumés on my boss’ desk and a need to pick someone quickly, my boss told me to take calls on the bottom 50 and toss the rest. “Throw away 250 résumés?” I asked, shocked. “What if the best candidates are in there?” “You have a point,” he said. “But then again, I don’t need people with bad luck here.” Well you can’t argue with a logic like that right? I just went ahead and did that. Continue reading Luck at work?