Thursday, February 03, 2011

Of the new and the old

There is nothing new in feeling this way. I am in no way a unique creation of God conditioned to feel like this in a new place. It happens to one and all, without an exception. Although, the way one handles is could be as different as the Gandhian and the Bhagat Singh's philosophy, it ultimately boils down to the same thing- Change.

Recruitment, job hopping, change of stream, changing schools….I could come up with a whole list of scenarios in which one is faced with the cumbersome task of getting used to a new environment. While for some, this might actually be quite exciting, for a typical Capricorn like me (yes, I do follow Sun signs quite closely), settling in a new workspace, where the only familiar faces are those of Mother Teresa and Kapil Dev smiling out of a poster (which for some reason seems totally misplaced) , this can be quite a task.

It is not that I am an introvert or lack in the confidence to speak to people or make contacts, but my apprehensions stem from the fact that I like to take my time to judge people. So, after all the smiling and after all the pleasantries have been exchanged, I like to sit back and just get a feel of the place. 2-3 days into the new schedule and I can bet you won’t be able to guess in your wildest dreams that I am a newbie.

Another very fascinating thing that I have observed, or rather, that I like to observe is the different people around me. Everyone seems to have their own little story, own way of adjusting to the scenario and the likes and some can be truly fascinating!

To share a few, there was this gentleman in the lift the other day, who was happily chatting away with his son on the phone, coochi-cooing him and oblivious of the fact that every new person to enter the life was giving him the stares before they could figure out that he was using the new wireless headphone and was actually on the phone. There would be the usual furrowing of brows, trying to figure out who was taking to whom and then the look of understanding dawning on the face of the unsuspecting victim ,gradually.

There was also this female who sat opposite to me on the lunch table who was, for some reason, bursting into very funny giggles every 5minutes that kind of sounded like she was choking. In the end I actually looked myself up in the mirror on the adjacent wall to make sure I was not the subject of her mirth. ( I am still clueless about the reason behind her...er…happiness.)
There are actually various categories of people one might chance upon. There are some who take it upon themselves to give you an introduction to every possible fellow employee that you may chance upon (with value added suggestions on how to tackle them of course!). Then there also are a few who can be called the you-know-what (s), who give you all the ex news, the happening news and the future news. Then, the other more serious types who take it upon themselves to fill the editorial columns of newspapers and have award-winning skills at criticizing everything from the government, to the scams to the auto-walas to Himesh Reshamiya. In between all this, there are some like me, who just smile and try to take in sophisticated- corporate circus around them.

On the whole, after the initial hiccups, a new environment is a welcome change, even more so, if the city also happens to be a new one. There is something special about every place. Every city/town has its own charm and I love exploring new cities. My Mumbai experience will be something I will always cherish and now, I am sure Bangalore will try very hard to match up to it.

19 comments:

Debasish.. said...

This post is so so like Miss.Abhu!
You have grown up, in writing skills & otherwise. :)

Reading this makes me feel that - Hello, we need to catch up!

Lemme know who wins in the Mbai Vs Blore!

Vince Lavoe said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Vince Lavoe said...

It's crazy how when we go through changes, like a new environment, we tend to feel like we are the only ones going through that situation. Here I am, amazed to read a blog of something I went through not so long ago. I left my home in Wisconsin and came down to Mexico for a job opportunity that was given to me. Your post on Mumbai reminded me of what I endured. I was also hoping my mother would beg me to come back home. However, my choice was to stay even though I was experiencing cultural and environmental shock. It has been about 8 months and I'm now director of the sales department of a hotel. I feel good since I'm only 20 and I have accomplished what some people don't achieve until they're older- living on my own, being totally independent. I guess its a Taurus thing.

Folhetim Cultural said...

Olá passo em seu blog para convidar você a visitar o meu que é dedicado a cultura. De segunda a sexta feira noticiário cultural aos sábados minha coluna poética ás 09 horas da manhã e ás 5 da tarde Chá das 5 sempre com uma participação especial. Irei guardar sua visita lá. Abraços sucesso em seu blog.

Magno Oliveira
Twitter: @oliveirasmagno ou twitter/oliveirasmagno
Telefone: 55 11 61903992
E-mail oliveira_m_silva@hotmail.com

Zeek said...

You need to post pix to illustrate the stories! I am compelled to read more...

But pix are nice!

meinisaprmctr said...

niceeee!

follow me yaaaaa ----> @meinisaxox
and http://www.likeawerewolf.blogspot.com/

tyhanks b4! :)

llq said...

how are you!This was a really brilliant website!I come from ukLouboutin Shoes, I was fortunate to approach your blog in google

hapi said...

Hi Abhu, Nice blog! How to add the Glitter Effect Mouse Pointer to your Blog

Nitish Anand said...

Its more about you...how u approach a place,a situation,life....some people always find it nice,i mean change..some people like me hate change....you are blessed if u love it

Nitish Anand said...

Its more about you...how u approach a place,a situation,life....some people always find it nice,i mean change..some people like me hate change....you are blessed if u love it

iNHERiT.THE.WiND said...

... http://t.co/4TyglXXx ... http://t.co/RYLEM67w ... http://t.co/w6L4u01e ... http://goo.gl/3Y8P ... http://t.co/vHp4VpxB ... http://goo.gl/nLoqa ... http://t.co/PWBhtSmr ... http://shar.es/o7gan ... http://t.co/YsJwrqAD ... http://t.co/RYLEM67w ... http://t.co/2oCfRAM4 ... http://t.co/z424OaJR "iNHERiT THE WiND" http://t.co/J2c1yeC6 ... http://shar.es/o7gan ... http://goo.gl/3Y8P ... http://t.co/nnzfSUrx ... BY http://t.co/hVzMUdda ANY http://t.co/YRfW5uBL & http://goo.gl/3Y8P ALL http://goo.gl/tYs43 CAPABLE http://t.co/7DXiOYnL MEANS http://t.co/goSdIiCy NECESSARY http://t.co/J2c1yeC6 YOU WiLL http://t.co/HpBLI7tD NOT BE http://t.co/w2fnwEJ0 ABLE http://t.co/vHpNzBXs 2STAY HOME http://goo.gl/3Y8P "OCCUPY WALL STREET" http://t.co/YRfW5uBL YOU ARE http://t.co/sOn8glqK DAMN SURE http://t.co/Izq0x77g iN THE DRiVER'S http://t.co/FJ9Wv1Vd SEAT RiTE NOW http://t.co/sOn8glqK STAND UP http://t.co/keeKCVsN (1) http://goo.gl/DXuZz STAY STRONG! http://t.co/IVNZEjha (2) http://goo.gl/Upp7F MiAMi Dolphins http://t.co/RYLEM67w LAME ASS (3) http://goo.gl/7ilZS Coach sent http://t.co/fBUCi1or a message http://t.co/hVzMUdda 2All Dolfans http://t.co/Kfz2SoLo (4) http://goo.gl/yV8eA He said he needs you http://t.co/w6L4u01e all at the stadium (5) http://goo.gl/VONLo 2TALK http://t.co/D2NgszsG 2YOURSELF http://t.co/vHpNzBXs ALOT (6) http://goo.gl/eMNxa & that the team needs your support & undying loyalty (7) http://goo.gl/PGNfb He finished up with (8) http://goo.gl/5zllu We're going http://t.co/fBUCi1or 2get there http://shar.es/o7gan (GET THERE http://t.co/RYLEM67w WHERE? http://t.co/FJ9Wv1Vd DAMN-iT! http://t.co/goSdIiCy THE ROAD TO THE (9) http://goo.gl/83tE4 SUPER BOWL http://t.co/vHpNzBXs iS DEFiNiTELY http://t.co/1GXnMxE4 NOT LOCATED DOWN http://t.co/PWBhtSmr iN THE SEWER http://t.co/uhQTDGVw (10) http://goo.gl/4lLfP ) 1way or the other http://t.co/Izq0x77g I hope its with you http://t.co/YsJwrqAD but we'll do it without you http://t.co/RYLEM67w What do you think http://t.co/w6L4u01e about his message http://t.co/PWBhtSmr Will you be cheering the Fins http://t.co/YsJwrqAD @SunLifeStadium this season http://t.co/PWBhtSmr Sound off here http://goo.gl/nLoqa @WPLG http://t.co/YsJwrqAD Your responses will be read on WPLG Local 10News @6am http://t.co/hVzMUdda "BELiEVE" http://t.co/nnzfSUrx ... http://t.co/z424OaJR "iNHERiT THE WiND" http://goo.gl/YlU0z ..."OCCUPY THE WORLD" http://shar.es/o7gan PiC SAYS iT ALL ... http://t.co/2oCfRAM4 ... http://t.co/J2c1yeC6 ... http://t.co/RYLEM67w ... http://goo.gl/nLoqa ... http://t.co/iyt6bOW5 ... http://t.co/w6L4u01e ... http://t.co/4TyglXXx ...

kevinklau said...

Wow what's a nice post. Thanks for sharing such type of nice information with us with your post.I appreciate for getting lot of useful knowledge from your blog.:)
Please visit on these keywords also for getting full information about energy deregulation in California:--- deregulation of energy | energy deregulation | energy deregulation business | energy deregulation California

Amy said...

sac burberry
sac chanel
chaussures nike
porte cles chanel
bracelet louis vuitton
chaussures puma
portefeuille louis vuitton
chaussures louis vuitton
tee-shirts louis vuitton
louis vuitton pas cher
sac juicy
sac louis vuitton 2012
louis vuitton soldes
chaussures jordan hommes
chaussures nike air max hommes
chaussures gucci femmes
chaussures christian louboutin femmes

ekonomi said...

nice post


visit my web: java-smoke.com

Silent Dream said...

It is a nice post...it was delightful to read it...hope u keep up this wonderful experience and share it with us.

vinnie arora said...

Aww!! So cute..Kindly visit on these keywords also:- gaurentee | houses | quotes | quoting software | estimating jobs | fast

Surinder Singh said...

Nice...
Model Portfolios

daniel santana said...

very nice

Erica mora said...

what!!!!!