I do not understand people
….who ask me to get freebies from the people I interview as part of my job.
….who think I am stupid because I do not bill my company for each and every phone call I make, in the name of work.
….who think the OH is dumb as he insists on ticking off the personal calls he has made, from the itemised bill that he receives for his company-allotted phone, and asks his office to deduct that amount from his salary.
….who think I am a fool to give my full time to work even when I am working from home. I can laze around a bit, meet friends, eat, sleep and make merry for at least half the time, right?
….who think I am an idiot to ask my maid to skip mopping the floor for a day, as she is sick.
….when a realistic deadline at work not met hurts me internally, not just because of the possibility that I might be sacked, but because I have not achieved it in the time that I should have.
According to these people, I do not know how to take advantage of my position in life.
How does that make me different from the ‘babus’, whom they do not take even a second to blame for demanding outright that their palms be greased? He is also ‘taking advantage of his position in life’, right?
I get weird looks when I tell them that I do not want such things on my conscience. ‘Are you Raja Harishchandra?’ – pat comes the next question. ‘Life will teach you to change, to do certain things for your benefit,’ I am told.
I give up explaining.
PS: This is more a rant out of frustration than an attempt to garner praise for myself and the OH for being extra-sincere and extra-honest. I hope it is taken in the same way.