Once again a half day today?! Come here! What happened? What’s the time? Excuse me! What is the time according to your watch? 6:30! His watch is working fine dude! I thought your watch has gone faulty! I didn’t get that! So you’re bad at maths? No! Didn’t you go for a smoke break? Yes I did, so what? That’s why… You can check the sheet, I’m the last one to leave the office everyday! I don’t care! Whether you are the first one to come or last one to leave, I don’t care! Come to the point dude, I’ve lot of work! The point is, my dear colleague… If someone comes to work at 9 am… And finishes their work and wants to leave at 6 pm… Then that’s 9 hours of me slogging my ass here! 9 hours! Out of the 24 hours of my day… That I’ve given to this company! 9 precious hours of my life that I’ll never get back… 9 hours of slogging is what I’m paid for… Nothing more, nothing less! Now the problem is that people like you stay here in the office whole night… Show that you’re working… Which creates the impression that… He’s such a hard working employee, he’s so serious and committed… Works full night out here! Some of them stay here just for the free AC and WiFi… This… Satish… He sits here to watch porn all night… His work gets over by 9 PM but he would mail that 1:30 in the night… Just so that the boss thinks that he was working till 2 AM, so hard working he is… All of them are hard working… All of them are committed… We… Who are sitting here since morning and working with focus, without interruption and without any break… Trying to leave by 6 in the evening. What do we get to hear?! Half day! Amazing! Leaving on a half day today! What half day?! Does anybody asks you… That how many breaks you took in those 15 hours that you worked?! 30 cigarette breaks! After that tea break, toilet break, lunch break, yesterday’s match analysis break… Heated political debate break, juicy office gossip break, etc., etc. Including all these breaks you convert a 9 hour job into a 12-15 hour job… What kind of efficiency is that?! What do we do with such inefficient people?! We give them too much importance… He works till 2 AM, lets give him promotion! This one works till 4 AM, we’ll send him to London on-site next year! Why? Why is staying late at work considered a virtue? Why are we rewarding and glorifying it? And the people who are efficient, who want to finish their work on time and leave… What do we do with them? We penalise them! We judge them, we make them feel guilty for their choices to leave on time, why?! Who’s to be blamed for this?! You! And an office culture that has gone unchecked for decades now! Just because you work for 18 hours you think you have achieved something really big or what?! The company has put up a photo of yours out here- “Star performer of the month” “Employee of the month”! That made you really happy?! Whomsoever’s photo is put here, is the biggest loser in life! Because he doesn’t even know that there exists a life outside this cubicle! Which is very important for me! When I leave this work and go out there are N number of things I want to do… I might have a wife, family, a friend… whoever I want to meet… I might want to go the pub with my friends and watch a game or… Play a game myself! Maybe I want to go for a run or read a book! In my time… In me time… And I’ve every goddamn right to do that! You tell me, what else do you know apart from these “Office Skills”? What do you know? Can you play guitar? Cooking, fishing, trekking… Have you ever done anything of that sort? Have you ever gone for a walk with your kid, had icecream with him? When will you do all this? Isn’t it important?! Now you’ll say you’ll do it over the weekend… Who said that? Is life meant to be lived only on Sunday?! Which company said that slog from Monday to Saturday… And live your life only on Sunday!? Where’s it written? How old are you? 30 right?! 10 years later you’ll be 40 then 50… And one day just like that while paying EMIs and bills, you’ll die and nobody would give a damn! And while dying you’ll think, “What did I do?”… Spent the life with keyboard… and nothing else! I don’t want to die like that! So I’m gonna go right now and enjoy the other half day of my life! Good luck with your full day! Kuku are you coming? Or your full day is still pending?