July 14, 2009

A Small Tribute!!!!!!!!!!

What has made Mc Donalds or Pepsi or Coke such famous brands across the world???? What’s the difference between a big Mac or a burger at your neighbourhood restaurant or for that matter Pepsi from a local cola brand???? Well i think it is the taste or so called "Standardization" in management terminology. Wherever you go u get the same taste or same quality burger or Pepsi tastes the same in any part of the world. Well i am not here to write a management doc on the success of Mc Donalds or Pepsi but to just draw comparison with the so called Giants of Standardization with a simple person in our office who works relentlessly everyday to serve our staff.
His name is Abdukka (dont know his actual name as we call him Abdukka!!!!!!!). He is an office assistant in our Head office and of his many tasks one of the main is to provide tea to all the staff. And this is where my comparison comes with the Standardisation giants. I have been drinking the tea prepared by him for nearly 4 years now and I find the tea having the same taste which I tasted when I joined. This thought can be verified with over nearly 50 staff who regularly drink the tea prepared by him. As mentioned, every tea tastes the same on any day, day after day.
Probably he has a secret formula for preparing tea. This tea is far superior than any of the tea prepared by our other colleagues. Whatever be it, this is a small tribute to that great man who has relentlessly served our staff for nearly 2 decades without change in quality. God only knows how many teas he has prepared in his life. It may be in thousands or even lakhs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hats of to U Abdukka!!!!!!!!!!! U r really great……………

April 06, 2009

who gave this gift????????????

Hmm......... now now where was I????????? Why did I not blog for so many days??? Well quite a bit happened during this intermittent period in life and it has been a downhill journey but with lot of positives to be drawn in.

However past is past and as they say we have to rise like a phoneix from the ashes. hi hi hi..... typical not me isn’t it. Anyways let’s get to work.

Now the other day i was washing few utensils after a lengthy cooking session. So these utensils were actually brought in from India. Most of them are older than me as they were gifted to my parents for their wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not long ago, it was a fashion to gift utensils to the wedding couple and usually newly weds used to end up getting a lot of utensils which they would never use in their lifetime. But what fascinated me with this ‘not often used’ utensil was the inscription of the name of person who gifted this. The name and wishes was still clearly visible on the utensil even after 27 years of gifting. This actually took to my childhood days, when I used to go along with my mother to the utensil shop to buy these so called gifts. After the purchase my mother would ask the shop keeper to engrave the wishes and the name of the presenter on the gift.

This gifting pattern has seen a sea change over the years with people increasingly trying to impress others giving expensive gifts which wud not last for more than a few years. I feel the gifts of yesteryears were given to remind us of the presence of our friends and relatives, while today it is just another status symbol with no particular emotional value. Over a period of time, u will not associate an IPod or an watch with an individual. However, our dear old utensil will still remind us abt our well wishers till such time the same is with you (at least u will remember him/her when u wash the utensil when the inscription gleams at u!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Well to end the question is can these new generation gifts match the emotional value attached to that less expensive utensil which reminds u of that friend or relative who gifted it???????? Its a difficult question to answer for me too. But i wud say No these gifts do not help us connect with the well wisher after a certain period. Anyways, I leave it to my dear readers to figure this out.