I was irked to find myself depicted with a big black wart on my face. The wart made me resemble a Daku Bhairav Singh. But luckily, it was a caricature of somebody else. Below the Daku Bhairav Singh, there is another caricature that is difficult to see because of the flash from camera phone! That is me!
My curious self wanted to learn the identity of the artist. But my colleague kept his lips tight about the artist fearing repercussions. Generous doses of persuasion and threats did not yield any result. But I was able to narrow it down to a handful of people by questioning the time frame of creation and location of the whiteboard.
The inspiration for this caricature was the constant nagging by me. During those days, I was working out of Gurgaon and all my team were located in Bangalore. When an issue arose, I immediately called the the perpetrator on phone. The perpetrators may differ. But my questions were the same.
I had only two sets of questions to ask. Why did this happen? How are you preventing this in the future? The problems were dime a dozen during that time. After being questioned a few times, the artist drew the caricature as a form of relaxation. By this time, the artist had given up on curses and prayers for my early demise.
I insisted my colleague on revealing the identity of the artist for the rest of the day. After going through the picture on the mobile, the date of creation was identified by looking at the time when the picture was taken. So, a friend suggested to look at the emails sent on that day. If I find why and how in one of the emails directed to a team member, the artist can easily be found out.
It is too much of work and not a foolproof method. I have the shortlisted the probable artist to an handful of people. So I have decided to penalize all of them!