17 March 2021

Best laid plans of mice and men

It was surreal walking into a near empty office. It was like one of those neutron bomb scenarios you see in the movies. All the things were where they were – just the people were no more!!

Walked into my empty cubicle exactly 52 weeks – a whole year – later!! Set the laptop down on the station and immediately the printer came to life with the soft purring of cleaning the cartridges. It was good to realize that somethings had not changed forever yet.

Checked on the staff at the hotel bar next door – had even a drink with two colleagues there – like the good old times. It was difficult to recognize the staff with their masks on but they had no doubt that the nosy guest was back again moment I started chatting them up!!

Their menu has changed but Tracey and Deval ordered what we used to have long back when just to relive the old days.

Was encouraged to feel some semblance of normalcy starting to creep in.

Was painful to see all the grand 2020 plans we had laid that I had printed out to organize them neatly on the boards around me!

Ah! The best laid plans of mice and men… as the old bard had observed once…

Posted March 17, 2021 by Rajib Roy in category "Travelogs


  1. By Cristy on

    Looks quite quiet at OPP! But…YAY…for a little bit of travel! I’m guessing there was some cauliflower wings and hummus…and maybe some beef tips?!?

  2. By Lisa K on

    Let’s hope this is the calm before the storm….One year from now it will either be an office of full activity or an option to rent a smaller space. (either decision has it’s benefits). What is wonderful is that the company is still working remotely and moving forward to face any new obstacles or great developments the future holds!!!! Stay safe and hopeful!!!

    1. By Rajib Roy (Post author) on

      We have to adapt, Lisa! I am not sure where we are going to land up – other than the fact that the decision is going to be driven primarily by the employees and not me…


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