The Pot of Rose

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Hi Rose,

You must be so happy seeing me! I know. The feeling is mutual. Though, I have to admit, it was a little confusing spotting you so under my desk this morning.

See, when I came to work I was worrying about creating that new log page for the project I'm working on. I was planning that if I would finish this by lunch, I'd be able to check what the problem is with unsupported banks. The logs would certainly help there.

So with this in mind, and a reply I was framing to the client who wanted to know the final status, I rolled to my desk and sat down, realizing immediately that there was a bag under my desk that didn't belong. You were popping out of that bag. Proud to be showing off, and, most possibly, giggling to see me so baffled.

I picked up the bag, which turned out to be heavy, and decided to keep it somewhere else, for surely somebody from house-keeping made a mistake. But then it struck me. I had hints of a plan being executed. Is this what it meant?

I replaced the bag from where I had lifted it and looked at you. That was when I knew that I had just received you as a gift! That was when I'd smiled at you in return. In the next instant I had a thousand thoughts racing through my head about how I'll preserve you.

After a few moments of pondering in that direction I wanted to know how your carrier must have brought you here. He must have had a field day doing this! Anyway, I will know all the details soon enough. For now, let that be a mystery while I write this post for the person who gifted you me and me you.

My monitor's wallpaper is not of concern here.
I have decided that you'll stay with me in my balcony. There's no better place for you that'd give you enough space to breathe and grow. I'll make sure you're always watered before I leave for the day, and, I'll be damned, I'll have to read up on gardening now. We can't let you be ill. Ever.

By the way, it was only later, when I realized that your sender must have thought ahead and would have anticipated my confusion and my propensity to take quick decisions, I checked for a note around you. And I found a small flag with my name on it. It is ironic, considering the flags you raised in my head, one was waiting for me beside your stem.

Let's start a life together, dear rose. It'll be fun. I'll be waiting for more contact from you. Till then, live your day as a queen right beside me. Today is going to be fun!

The Ladder of Jobs

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Manu enters a factory as a junior supervisor. A billion years later he retires as the senior manager of the factory. He never had an MBA degree. Heck, he wasn't even a graduate! Seems like a fairytale? It isn't.

There is a change in mentality of this generation. This change is huge. This change changes a lot of things. The change, simply put, is, the view that our first job isn't our last job.

If I'm allowed to be a little offending, three decades ago things weren't as easy. If you get "placed" after your graduation, your life is settled. You get married within a week and find yourself juggling two babies within the next. There were two problems here if the graduate wants to change his job.
  1. He would need to refer to newspapers for a new one. That's his only exposure if he has no contacts. And as it looks, it is difficult.
  2. He has a family. He is a bread-earner. He can't switch jobs without real security and everything entailing it. And as this looks too, it is difficult.
This generation, instead, is all over the Internet. If a guy gets a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he finds a job in Infosys, quits it within a year and gets a job in Larsen and Turbo, quits it in a year and gets a new degree altogether. Though, as easy as it looks, I discussed how confusing it is in a previous post on the [M]ain [B]ada [A]admi degree

This generation has the facility to explore. Then why not seize it?
The basic need for a person to have a job is find the money to live a life they want to. Reading books, watching movies and exploring the world can only be done if we have a steady source of income.

The conditions with the job are, it should be interesting and well-paying. Sometimes people also want a job that complements their degrees. But they never want a job that is the end of their search. Nobody comes out and says, "Hey, I need a job to become my last job."

What I'm getting at here is, a job doesn't make you. You make jobs. You can't point fingers at a position and say, "If I get this job, it'll make my career!" The truth is, you will make your career based on that job but if you're good at it, obviously. Otherwise all you'll have are bad memories.

Again, what I'm getting at here is, if you don't have a job, if you're not satisfied by a job, find something that solves the issue. It'll benefit both your employers too, by the way. The smallest of jobs can push you into a new industry, but the job won't push you up. You will have to do that yourself.