Waking up to a day where you will finally get to work in the place you love is a different feeling but not just one but two cab drivers fucking up their only job on your way is altogether another state of mind. Especially when u pay 10X the travel expense just cause you wanna show up fresh at least on the first day. Now that my dear readers have gotten a glance of my Monday morning state of mind, I’d like to pacify your pity for my bad luck by telling you guys how I was over-estimating my office management which was pretty chill. Sorry, not over ‘under-estimating’. So there was no security or HR who went, “Late on first day itself uh?” as I entered the office. I was asked to sit in the office and wait until my creative director showed up. So I scroll aimlessly while stealing glances of my to-be workmates or the ‘second’ family. And I see two pretty girls. Back to aimless Instagram scrolling.
And then something nice that would possibly boost my Monday blues happens. So I’ll explain first. Not explain, paint a picture. I’m seated near the glass wall that’s a part of the creative director’s room. And there’s this tall table next to the glass wall, next to which I’m seated in a high chair. So from my shoulder up, I’m visible to everyone in the lobby. So I’m bending forward scrolling into my phone and I lift up suddenly and out of nowhere this handsome guy… Handsome is an understatement. So this guy who reminds me of my music teacher who used to be the most attractive guy in my life, he walks into the lobby whom *wait for it* I catch staring at me like real curious. And I turn my head acting like this is an everyday thing that happens to me. Handsome guys getting wooed by Sherin’s Stardust. ALL THE TIME! And then the time passed by pretty easily.
And in comes my creative director, and he calls me to the lobby to meet everybody probably to introduce me and of all the stupid things I could do I carried my bag like a school kid and as he was about to introduce me after another new joinee, he turns and makes this embarrassed remark saying to himself, “Ooh! You carried your bag!” Unimportant events. Then comes the biggest embarrassment on my very first day when my creative Director gives this whole introduction about me telling about my Gulf stay which was unrequired and seemed to me like I was boasting cause people just think you are cool when you say the word “abroad”. And after that unsolicited but rather cool intro, he reaches the part where he has to utter my name and he just gets stuck. Wow! That’s my first confrontation with my creative director’s cool memory power and a whole bunch of creative crowd just staring at me and laughing because of somebody else’s fault. I, out of embarrassment, just shouted Sherin! In a voice that was not even mine. See, that’s what social anxiety does to you. It gives you funny powers. Anyway, looks like he really wasn’t stuck but rather thinking if it was Sherin or Shruthi or Stani that comes first. Pretty reasonable, I thought. “S cube” goes a chirpy guy in the bunch and that’s not the first time I hear that algebraic reference for my name. Anyway, thank you Dad for making my name a conversation starter. Little would have my dad known when he did it. *Silently sobs about the past daddy’s girl days of mine*
You know how when you see a familiar face in the unlikeliest of places makes you feel warm and welcome. That’s how it felt when I met this girl in my office who was my senior at college. And what’s more, she offers you homemade chocolate cake on the first day. The day when you intentionally forget to pack snacks out of embarrassment and doubt. And then remember that chirpy guy? He was the best. People like him are really treasure. I could go on and on but that’s pretty much it. Apart from the endless questions I got asked questions like, “Are you always this quiet?”. “Do you drink?”, “Do you smoke?” – No, she doesn’t look like she does. “Are you Jenifer’s sister (ex-employee) cause you look exactly like her” and “Are you a foodie?”- Hell yeah! Who isn’t? Food is love.