June 29, 2010 by Preeks
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…And we are back! I would have loved to fake it and say I am back from a vacation, or a fancy office camp/off site, or a work filled office tour or a fleeting visit to South Africa where I possibly caught some football action live. But I won’t say all that. I am back, basically, from the dreary, daily mundane routine of slapping myself up, dragging myself to work, donkeying around and then heaving myself back home in the heat and collapsing on the bed at night. That and loads of lethargy. And also, the fact that the poor blog deserves a pampering every once in a while. Hence, this post.
It might help to know a little bit about me, before we plunge in to the Gyaan that the post will offer. I am an Adult, but a Pseudo Adult. Being the youngest in the house, the team and the office doesn’t help one bit in this context. Lollypops, toy stores and pranks are my guilty pleasures. And so, the other day, when I saw a group of happy-go-lucky children kick off their slippers and run on to the grass to play, I felt pangs of jealousy, hard to explain in writing. That was when this khurafaati mind of mine started running amok with wild theories which can make adult life so simple and fun, just like a child’s! Stay with me and read on. This might just win me a Nobel in Sociology or Psychology. Or not. Either way, it’s a Monday and you got nothing better to do! So read on.
The theory is this. As children, we have all played games, right? Numerous games. Running around, catching each other, hiding and what not. What if we treated every situation in adult life, like a game? I know I am confusing you. So, I went through the pains of coming up with some use cases to help you simulate and imagine the situation, the way I am visualizing it, through some popular games.
GAME 1: “Tag” or “Catch Me if You Can”
Situation: In office, when a Project is failing and the blame game is on.
Rules: Simple. At the very first sign of the project failing, the most senior project manager starts running and tags the next person, who he feels should take the fall. This person then becomes the “it” and starts running after his team members and so on. The last person taking the tag takes the entire blame of the project and gets thrown out. Teeheeee. Simple, effective and fool-proof.
GAME 2: “Chain Chain”
Situation: In office, when a massive, very difficult Project comes up with no takers.
Rules: The original game has an “it” running around to catch others. Everyone who gets tagged, hold hands and run in a chain to catch the others, till the chain becomes very long and unmanageable and everyone just tumbles and fall on each other. The exact same rules apply in this situation. Difficult project is assigned to one angry Manager. He or she then runs around tagging other unwilling colleagues, till finally, there is a long chain of unhappy, unwilling, cribbing workers on this difficult project. The tumble usually erupts into shrieks of joy from children. I hope the same happens here too. Guahaaahaaa! 😀
GAME 3: “Land or Water”/”Oonch Neech”
Situation: Work-Life Balance
Rules: This is an intense game involving choice. The song before the game involves asking the “it” a question:
“Oonch neech ka paapda.
Gadhe ne maara jhaapda.
Oonch ki neech?”
To which, the “it” chooses one. If the choice is “Oonch” or Land, the players hang on the land and try crossing over through the water or “Neech”. The “it” tries catching you during the transit.
Now simulate this in our situation. Basically, the managers choose between “Work or Life” after the song. Invariably, he chooses work. The players or the team members have to hang on to work, but every time they try making a jump, they cross “life” and they get caught! Cool. Smart. Fun! 😀
Did you get the hang of the theory? Any games you played as kids can be easily replicated in your adult life. Did you ever think how much fun life could be that way? On a more serious note and here’s where I dole out a bit of advice: Life is one happy game. You lose some, you win some. But like those kids, it is more fun to get up, let go, brush yourself and run again! Like my god, Calvin says:
“If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.”
On that note,
Signing out on a dreary Monday morning,
Playful and happy, (Note the irony!)
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