Friday, April 09, 2010

You know you’ve been in the outsourcing industry too long when...

… you can tell the time in so many time zones that you get confused when you have to call your colleague in Chennai
… you know when daylight saving has begun on the other side of the world
… you know the current weather in at least one small town in the US
… you know the dollar value of your salary up to five decimal places
… you nod knowledgably when someone mentions football, until you realize they’re talking about soccer
… you can pronounce Guadalajara, Arkansas and Navajo correctly, but you struggle with Kundanhalli, so you call it Whitefield
… you know they speak Tagalog in the Philippines, but you don’t know they speak Kannada in Karnataka
… you know all about Thanksgiving, but Ugadi is a closed book
… you’ve heard your name pronounced so many ways that you can barely remember the right way to say it
… you think of them as periods rather than full-stops, painlessly erasing at least 20 years of British conditioning
… you find it easier to say “zee”, and the red-liner in your head has been reprogrammed to register words without them as errors
… you do not see it as rude to leave your own dinner party to “take a call”, and nor do your guests
… you’re not unduly enthusiastic about the “work from home” option, because there’s nowhere that you don’t work
… you expect to find something new in your inbox no matter what time of the day or night you check your mail
… you check your mail at all times of the day and night

6 comments:

Mrs.Shandekar said...

The one that gets me everytime is that EOD means EOD in any timezone except the one I'm in. So I patiently stare at the computer, slightly open-mouthed hitting refesh 394894 times around 5pm and thinking what-the-eff.

Gargoyle said...

@Yams: Ha ha ha yes the EOD thing! Damn, I wish I'd thought of it!

the real nick said...

So, not being in the outsourcing industry I had to google 'EOD'. Eve of Destruction, Ebooks on Demand, Entirely other Day...??

Mrs.Shandekar said...

Nick it's End Of Day altough in this case I prefer Entirely Other Day, more appropriate :)

Miss your blog ramblings!

-yams

Gargoyle said...

Yams, he's there occasionally on uaecommunity.blogspot.com. Read this one on the Sania hullaballoo: http://uaecommunity.blogspot.com/2010/04/great-mirza-malik-hullabaloo.html

the real nick said...

thank you madams thank you

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