I am back. A long hiatus, I admit. Many things have happened since my last discourse on placements. I visited a steel plant, pulled off unbelievable capers, failed at my most ambitious effort, swam, caught a Maoist, worshipped Larry David, defended my thesis against evil, took crucial signatures, made stupid promises, kept stupid promises, bragged, showed bite marks, lost weight, gained weight, fought, made up, made out, simulated Sach Ka Samna, feel ill at the worst possible night, met Bangalore, liked Bangalore, took up plumbing, rugby, archery and of course broke the forty second barrier. So yes, lots of things have changed. But some things remain the same. Obama still holds promise, Stewart still rocks and vegetarians still need to be guillotined.
The motivation to write again was lurking somewhere behind the nearest KFC when an email hastened my return to the blogosphere. This post is just a representation of a GTalk chat between two IITM alumni. The context has been explained by the victim in his own words. It is an exact lift and there have been no omissions or modifications. Of course all proper nouns have been changed to protect identity.
Hamburger’s opening monologue.
Prior to reading the following conversation, you need to know this conversation history. Basically the legendary Old Monk buzzed me, asking if I could provide contacts of companies for him to intern at. He asked about firms like Link Equality etc. So I told him that I know this guy BS who interned there. I told Old_Monk that I'll find out from BS and get back to him. The following conversation is what happened thereafter. Enjoy!
Hamburger: hey BS just mailed me. Asked me to give u this email id:Blahblah@yahoo.com. The guy's name is Blahblah and he's an analyst at Link equality
Old_Monk: ok, nice that you informed him prior. I shall refer you as Hamburger, right?
Hamburger: If required u can say that u got the email id from Bhawani Shankar. I dont know this guy Blah Blah!! Reference Bhawani Shankar. Bhawani is BS. He interned at Link equality after 3rd year. clear?
Old_Monk: Ok. That is far fetched. I shall tell what I understood. Bhawani alias BS interned in link equality after third year. But you don’t know him directly. But you know Bhawani Shankar who knows BS. Am i right?
Hamburger: Bhawani shankar is Bhawani is BS!
Old_Monk: So you know him directly, he only contacted you just now, right?
Hamburger: Yup. I know Bhawani Shankar, he was my wingmate, and he interned at Link Equality
Old_Monk: So when mailing him , I can refer your name, right?
Hamburger: My god!!!! Refer to Bhawani Shankar!!!!
Old_Monk: I shall call you I guess. Too confusing. Else you tell full story over here. I shall remain silent.
Hamburger: U got the mail id from Bhawani Shankar, and Bhawani Shankar interned at Link Equality! How difficult is that!
Old_Monk: Mail id of Bhawani Shankar from you. right?
Hamburger: DUDE!!!!!!!!! Why bother about Bhawani Shankar! You mail Blahblah ( firstname.lastname@example.org) saying that u got his email id from Bhawani Shankar who had interned in Link Equality!
Old_Monk: If I mail to Bhawani Shankar, what should I tell him on wherei got his ID from? But who is Blahblah?
Hamburger: U genius!!!! how will u mail Bhawani Shankar???? I never gave u his email id!
Old_Monk: ok, who is this Blahblah?
Hamburger: Dude!!!! He is the guy working at Link Equality man!!! Wake up!
Old_Monk: ok. I underwear**. What is Bhawani doing? I need not mail my resume, right, just a formal mail asking whether they are interested. Right?
Hamburger: That is upto u. I have no clue. See I know nothing abt Link Equality and all.....
** Why Old_Monk said underwear remains a point of intense debate among international GTalk specialists. Some say he meant understand while another school of thought feels he meant underwear. But they all agree that it doesn’t matter.
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