A few weeks earlier, I bumped into an old acquaintance. I was with Pappettan when this chance meeting took place. Although I was happy to see my friend, he did not reciprocate the feeling. I was pretty sure it has nothing to do with me. I suspected the circumstance and hence pursued my line of inquiry.
Me: *concerned* What happened? You don't look happy!
My friend: *apologetic* I am sorry. It is this situation at my workplace which makes me unhappy.
Me: *cautiously* All of us has a bad story to tell about the workplace. *after a brief pause* If talking helps, we are ready to reason. *thereby making Pappettan also a partner in crime*
My friend: *with sadness and frustration* I have been associated with a project for almost two years. In this period, I had three managers. Everyone vanishes in a short time.
On hearing this, I turned silent and sympathetic. When your boss changes frequently, then there is less chance of advancing in the career. As I couldn't think any appropriate comment to energize my desolate friend, I decided not to open my mouth. That is when Pappettan decided to intervene.
Pappettan: *with a smile* I don't see any reason for you to worry.
My friend: *confused*
Pappettan: *still smiling* It is your boss who should be worrying.
My friend: * more confused*
Pappettan: *imparts wisdom calmly* They are the ones who is getting replaced. They should be afraid to be your boss.
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