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Why Move MY Cheese??

Prefatory Note:
Presently, I am undergoing a six months training at Honeywell Technology Solutions, Bangalore. This training is a part of my curriculum at VIT University, Vellore where I am a final year student of B.Tech, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Getting back on track, I would like to introduce you to the main motive behind writing this article.
( Well, just for the record, not every article that i write has a motive…so please don’t expect that! That’ll be putting too much pressure on a novice like me…It’s just that this one happens to have a motive! )

OK, without further ado. let me get started…
I read the popular and universal bible “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson some three years back, without finding much to relate to it then. Don’t get me wrong, please! I am not saying that I didn’t appreciate the book. Just that that at the time, I was pretty cozy and comfy at VIT and except for the bally tests and assignments, life was pretty smooth. So u see, the mice n men in the book could not really get me to empathize with them.

But when I first joined here at Honeywell, everything was all new and huge and scary and incomprehensible – the way these firms generally appear in the beginning. I hadn’t the slightest clue as to why I was here! I was provided with a login ID and a system in which I was expected to log in and work (presumptuous!!!). If asked to describe my location w.r.t the main campus, it would be URA, 4th floor, P.T.Area (the blessed last seat at the P.T.Desk…:-) )

Let me decrypt that for u…
URA         – Uranus, the name of the building (yeah I know!! People here are kinda scientific!!)
4th floor    – Well, that’s just the usual thing. Nothing cryptic about it.
P.T. Area  – Project Trainee Area

So I have been at this location for the last 45 days or so…busy google-ing, struggling, kipping and even working (yes!! Finally started to get the flow of things and make myself useful :-P)
The floor and the people there, my system and my spot- all started to appear familiar and homey and the long list of complaints that I had from life (which had been significantly stretched because of the recent changes) had begin to recede rapidly. All in all, life had started to pick up a steady pace yet again…

But come 23rd March, 2010…and comes the dreaded movement of my dear cheese!!

My location was changed…
FROM : URA, 4th floor, P.T.Area
TO       : URA, 5th floor, P.T.Area

Reason : Well, my manager and my team sit on this darned floor…  🙁

Effect   : Ah…Where shall I begin???

This seemingly minor change has made my life difficult not by a very few degrees. I mean, my secluded, silent, snug spot has been replaced by one that’s just at the end of a passage with cubicles on both sides. It’s ruefully located at the entrance of the P.T.Area. There are eight trainees here and no matter whose manager or teammate walks in (unannounced, of course), mine will be the first system they’ll cast their benevolent eyes upon! Can u imagine that?? It means…adieu to the cheerful google-ing and blogging hours and adieu to all the solace and ease I had been enjoying till now.

So u see…this unexpected and rude relocation has been the source of understanding and today, I can totally sympathize (and empathize) with the poor souls – Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw (For the uninitiated, those four are the very mice and men I mentioned earlier, who are expected to adjust and adapt after their lives have been turned topsy-turvy in the motivational novel – Who Moved My Cheese?).
I feel the way they must have felt (maybe even strongly!) and all I wanna ask is :
Why Move My Cheese??
And if you must, then why not find a better spot??

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10 Comments

  1. @all: Thanks for the appreciation and the comments!!! 🙂

  2. fantastic piece misha…n dont worry for these small changes..all this brings you closer to google 😉 keep googling in a smaller screen n no1 will ever notice!

  3. @prags: Well said.. I hope u guys r ready for all the cheese moving u r goin to face in another month…:P 🙂
    @Meenakshi: Amazing piece of work!! Bravo.. 🙂 n cutie.. dont be sad.. who knows in a few days your cheese might move to a better location!! 🙂

  4. Say Cheese.. 😀

    I can't stop smiling after reading this article. Such a well-balanced humorous stuff. It takes a lot to make people laugh by making fun of yourself. Period.

  5. @meenal di:haha…i know her cheeks can do wonders…:P On a serious note,brilliant article…Sooner or later,we all have to realise "change is the only thing thats constant.":(

  6. just bat ur eyelids….nd ul gt a better seat:)….awesome stuff btw…or gal ghumao…this wil definitely work….

  7. hmm….my sympathies…m in the same situation as you….(as you already know.. 🙂 )
    nice analogy…btw…:)…
    puts every thing in a very different perspective…. 😀
    "why not find a better spot??"!!!

  8. cutie.. :):)amazing stuff… awesum.. very well described… well who told u to go.. hehehe
    :P:P…

  9. nice description cutie.. nd dnt worry u ll soon get used 2 this new place 🙂

  10. So, you move your cheese!!

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