If any of you, by mistake, had the misfortune to read one of my recent posts, they would be knowing I was sitting tight in a training class, few days back, along with the fresh pass outs from college, for renewing my technical tissues Though the gist of that program was to offer technical knowledge, I literally missed that gist by busy doing other things, but the gone times were not wasted as I had wisely invested them in learning one of those life’s greatest lessons for a second time by merely making my presence in the class.
From the day 1 , ripe experience told me that clever handling is required re these fresh pass outs. I mean, they are just been lugged into office campus, and if I judge correctly, they must be probing for a prey now to get the answers for all their unanswered queries in the office campus. To answer their queries, in fact, is not a big problem only if I know. So, I was much silent from the first day, maintaining the needed distances from others, much like what a ideal capable victim would do in the circumstance when it needs protection from better hands.
Fate, that day, was not in friendly terms with me. When I was waiting for our trainer to initiate the morning sleep, one of the bright bold girl from that fresh group asked me suddenly if I could spare my time.
‘Why not ?’ , said I by shocking myself.
In the next fleeting seconds, that north Indian girl was next to me, discussing her serious problems. Like any other fresher, I realized, she seemed to had loads of concerns that stretched on many areas. For instance, she would ask ‘Which bus should I catch from Karapakkam to land porur’ ? OR ‘Why they charge 1500/- for people coming from Thiruvanmayur in office Cab? , the next moment she would switch the matters and ask ‘Can I take one week of leave ?’ . Like so and so other things.
These are not tough questions of life , I consoled myself and set forth to dispel all her doubts. In the course of dispelling the doubts , I was forced to say my years of work experience. Shocked she was, for I could see her pinkness deepening in that bright face. I had no problems on this. I mean, a aunty couple of buildings away from my home, still thinks I am studying. I cannot blame others really, for not taking me inside the wise adult circle. Part of fault is on me too. That breadth and width of mine …. ..Any way, I am drifting. Now, let me get back to the actual story.
On exposing my experience, I landed myself pretty smoothly on a strong soup, as it had changed the chain of thoughts of my devotee. She started to shoot mature matters.
‘What is your salary ?’, she demanded.
Seriously, I never understand the concept behind asking others salary. What would one gain out of this ? A share of salary ? NO! then why prod others with these inquiry. But I know how to answer this.
X % from last year, I asserted.
She blinked. Sensing my unwillingness to answer this query, she attempted another wise one.
‘What do you do with your salary ?’
For which I laughed loudly and said ‘Of course, I spend’. To that she said, she know that, but what she meant was, ‘how would I invest my money?’. Then I got the essence of her question , laughed out loud for no obvious reason and said ‘Oh ! I invest wisely’.
I didn’t like the way the conversation was going. Invest, finance, salary are not my area of interest and I strictly forbid someone prying me on this. But all was too late. She didn’t mind crossing the border line, she continued ..
So, you do invest ! How ?
It is my turn to blink. But, She didn’t stop.
What do you think about Mutual funds ?
I increased the swiftness of blinking. On the other hand, She didn’t wait for me to get over my blinking phase
‘Is it good to go for Insurance ? Will loans be a better option for tax exemption ?’
I was not given further options to blink. Our trainer in the mean time entered the class and was asking us about the assignments. Thankfully, the conversation ended. But I never felt such a puppy shame in my life. Though I was not willing to discuss finance with her, the actual problem is I don’t know it by myself.
Note to me : Think about the proverb ‘A still tongue keeps wise head’ before engaging in chats next time. And of course, invest wisely as you said.