Sunday, December 31, 2006

A boss to work for

There were about 70 scientists working on a very hectic project at Thumba. All of them were really stressed due to the pressure of work and the demands of their boss...

One day, one scientist went to request his boss "Sir, I have promised to my children that I will take them to the exhibition going on in our township. So I want to leave the office at 5:30pm". The boss replied "Ok, You're permitted to leave the office early today".

The gentleman started working, and continued his work after lunch. But as usual he got involved to such an extent that he looked at his watch only when he felt he was close to completion. The time was 8.30PM!

He looked for his boss. He was not there. He closed everything and dragged himself towards home, feeling guilty for having disappointed his children. As he reached home, children were not there, and his wife alone was sitting in the hall and reading magazines. The situation was explosive, any talk would boomerang on him, he knew that.

But he was surprised as his wife said "Would you like to have coffee or shall I straight away serve dinner if you are hungry?"

Half dumbfounded, the man could only manage to say "Well... if you would like to have coffee, I too will have... but what about children?"

"You don't know?? Your manager came hereat 5.15 PM and has taken the children to the exhibition!" wife replied.

What had really happened was this: the boss who granted him permission was observing him working seriously at 5.00 PM. He thought to himself, this person will not leave the work, but if he has promised his children they should enjoy the visit to exhibition. So he took the lead in taking them to exhibition. That is why all the scientists at Thumba continued to work under their boss even though the stress was tremendous.

By the way, can you hazard a guess as to who the boss was?

He was none other than Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India.