M: "so, if a party of four want beers,all four have to line up and get their beers" PBC: "That's right" M: "ok... if they want another beer, they need to join the line again." PBC: "That's right sir!" M: "All four of them" PBC (beaming) : "That's right, sir! Here is your beer coupon" M(handing it back): "Do me a favor friend, Have a beer on me" (walks away).Creators of History? :-)
Ravi Mohan's Blog
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Asok's Own Country
Recently, a friend (we'll call him M) invited me to his company's annual day party. First the CEO made a speech about how they (the folks who work at the company) were "creators of history and not just passengers". People clapped. Then the party proper started. Well, sorta kinda. The Mistress of Ceremonies declared that "the bar is now open". One small problem though. You couldn't just walk up to the bar and get a beer. First you had to locate a "coupon distributor", get a "beer coupon" and then walk over to the bar and hand over the coupon and the bartender would hand you a beer. If you wanted another beer, you had to rejoin the line. (I am NOT kidding. This really happened. I was there, as were 200 or so others, so I have plenty of witnesses). M, (by now thoroughly embarassed) joined the long line, and after inching forward for about 20 minutes, arrived at the head of a line and asked for "two coupons please". The person dispensing the precious scraps of paper. The Person Behind the Counter -PBC from now-, took a long and incredulous look and then said frostily "Only one coupon per head. sir".