Friday, March 6, 2009

The Non-Dabba Association Rantalogue

There are the dabbas. And there is excitement.

“What do we do for lunch?”

“We still got half an hour to go before it’s 1”

“30 minutes to plan where to”



“Full Mealsa? Dai weighta paaruda”

“Karpagaambal mess?”

“More-kozhambu vadai? Tempting...”

45 minutes later we are at Maris. Increasing our waistlines with a small rice mountain in front us. People with a decent paunch can visualize a metaphor here.

The travails of the Non-Dabba Association (NDA) in every office can guarantee quite a few laughs.“What’s for lunch?”, “That’s too heavy.” “That’s hardly a meal dude” “ We should diet from Monday” “ Why do the buggers make tasty high-fat stuff!” “Expensive” “Cheapo”

We’ve all been privy to these hopeless exchanges between the desperate NDAs just before lunchtime. We go through this everyday at Orchard Chennai. Suddenly at 12.30 pm all the artworks, deadlines, follow-ups and client calls take back seat. What’s for lunch? - is the 20 million dollar question.

About 7 names are brought to the table.

The pros & cons of every name are thrashed about.

A few blessed souls offer opinion (There is no such thing called a free lunch but there always is a free lunch advice)

And finally a place is decided. And not always everyone is happy.

And this is done everyday.

Sometimes we wonder why it’s toil. But then the satisfaction of having finished a decent lunch is something that keeps us NDAs going till the evening. More often than not, we bestow an indulgence on ourselves when we NDAs wallow in self-pity on not having home-food. This happens mostly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Ok, let me own up- I forgot Wednesday.

And a direct consequence is the masochistic wicked happiness we get when the little fight between Siesta and Work happens.

So all you people who know the best way to get to a man’s heart..
Let me tell you a little secret… for NDAs, the path is clearest just before lunch.

Posted by Deepan.

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