Snippets of a conversation I had with my “Boss”, a couple of months back.
Me: Sir, can I talk to you for a few minutes?
Boss: Sure, but who are you?
Me (Guess it’s going to take a while): Sir, I belong to your team in the Customer Management division.
Boss: Aah right! I recognize you now. You’re the new trainee, right?
Me: Well, sort of sir.
Boss: Sort of? You mean to say you’re not a trainee now?
Me: No sir. I meant I am not new now.
Boss: Oh you’re couple of months into the job and you call yourself an old employee huh?
Me (What!): I have been here for a little over 6 months, sir.
Boss: Oh! Time flies ain’t it? It seems like just yesterday you joined here. So what do you want to talk to me about?
Me : I’m planning to give a few MBA entrance exams, so need some time to prepare. I want to take an LOP leave for a month.
Boss: Take 6 months….
Me: Sir! Thanks a lot sir!
Boss: … but don’t return…
Me (Ah the twist): Why sir?
Boss: Then what! We’re having a lot of interesting projects coming up and you want to go on a leave now. I was even thinking of putting you in a very good project.
(What?!? You didn’t even recognize me 5 minutes back and now you suddenly realize I am good enough for an “interesting” project)
Me: Sir, at least for half a month?
Boss: We only give bulk leave for serious injury or for marriage. Are you suffering from any serious ailment?
Me (Racking my brain to see if having indigestion yesterday could be considered a serious one): No sir
Boss: Are you getting married?
Me (Ha! Wish my ex-girlfriend was getting married to me rather than to some American Indian dude): No sir… Not even close..
Boss: Then no leave.
Me (showing one of my sad faces): Oh ok sir.
Boss: While you go, call Mahish and ask him to meet me. His probation period is over it seems. Need to talk to him regarding his confirmation order…
[PS : I am Mahish]