I sat in the meeting room, contemplating on the 6 months gone by.
Thinking of my achievements, failures and what to reply.
Half yearly appraisal discussion was the reason.
Making me sweat in A/C and it wasn’t summer season.
He entered without making any noise.
And made me jump in fright with his voice.
Thrusting a bunch of papers and reports at me, he said.
These were your goals; let’s see if you deserve what you are paid.
Listing out each goal, he stared at me, waiting for me to speak.
I sat, with my eyes lowered and expression of a person with an urgent need to take a leak.
What is your technical expertise? He asked.
Nothing specific, I know a bit of everything, I replied.
Do you have enough functional knowledge he queried and also know about the business.
I have learned a little. But still am unable to differentiate between a spot and a forward*, I confess.
What is your contribution to the company, apart from your daily work was his next question.
I helped you to cook up statistics for every client visit, I said without hesitation.
In my opinion, he said, you have not any technical or functional skill.
Why should you continue to be a part of this project? Please pray tell.
Oh, mighty one, I realise that I do not fit in to the scheme of things.
Cause I know only to send reminders, prepare inane reports and schedule unnecessary meetings.
Then what should be done with you? He thundered with anger.
The solution is simple sir, I replied, make me a manager...