So I am in another facility of my firm for the past three weeks.
Day one, I am just roaming around cafeterias of different buildings trying to find which cafeteria is best for pop corn.
Day two, I have a workstation configured with all client connectivity, outlook and office communicator, and a desk phone.
So in the open cubicle next to mine, I noticed a lady, around 35, coughing. Unstoppably.
The cough doesn’t stop. Not even once did she bother to cover or use a towel. She just opens her mouth, coughs nauseatingly into the air. And sometimes into her laptop, mobile or desk phone. Now this lady is a manager, very annoyingly loud and rude to her subordinates. So now it is clear why people don’t react.
As Papa and Mummy would be in their respective workplaces, I call them separately during office hours.
Me: Hello Papa..
Papa: What happened Anu? Why are you coughing?
Me: Its not me Papa, just a lady who happen to sit near me.
Papa: And she sits so close to you? Stay away from her!!
Me: So what else… how is work going on?
Papa: You should actually tell her to cover during cough.
Me: So did u both go to see Ammamma yesterday? How is she doing?
Papa: What the hell? How can people behave so irrationally? She is spraying germs into your mouth!
Me: I hear Ammamma is not doing so great. Why dint you bring her home until she recovers?
Papa: You buy her a towel! I will pay you for that!
Me: Okay, bye. *SLAM*
After a few days.
Me: Hi Mummy..you in college now?
Mummy: Dint that sicko recover from that damn cough?
Me: So when are you coming to Bangalore next?
Mummy: How much common sense is required for someone to use a tissue or towel while coughing?
Me: Better come during summer. Bangalore is pleasant in summer compared to Trivandrum.
Mummy: You have such a big mouth for everything else. Why haven’t you told her about the matter?
Me: For God’s sakes , she is a Manager!!
Sensing a potential threat to my job, I cut that call.
The following week, I suffer from unbearable tooth ache. I update this on facebook and twitter, and people come and console me saying ,’ dear, this is why I say, that you need to brush your teeth’. Haha, very funny.
I even take a leave and stay home due to the pain. The phone rings.
Mummy: Hello Anu..
Me: Hii Mummy..!
Mummy: How is that coughing manager doing?
Mummy: How am I supposed to know that you have tooth ache!
Me: You should first ask how I am doing !