It’s been a rough couple of weeks at work because ever since I’ve moved to Chennai office of my firm, I have gone from being the most experienced person in the team to the girl who just transferred from Bombay post marriage. Being a newbie requires you to put that extra effort at the beginning to make that ever lasting impression (which will never change, be it good or bad) and once you get recognized, chill the fuck down and begin to slack off (a.k.a delegate).
Apart from being efficient at work and making clients happy, you also have the extra pressure to make friends and socialize with people who had a different upbringing as compared to you. I moved from Bombay, the city that has a pretty active nightlife and where girls are seen smoking outside college campuses to Chennai, a city where you are frowned upon to meet friends after 9 P.M.and travel on the bike with another single man.
Initially I used to feel guilty, so much so that I would justify doing everything that I consider non-chennaiite, right from having two pegs with my husband to going out on a Friday night with friends and getting sloshed. The key was never to post pics afterwards on Instagram with hashtag #Chennaidrunkies. I said “was” because now I’ve decided I have nothing to feel guilty about. I’m freaking married and living with my husband, not to mention a fucking adult who can go out and enjoy with friends, have crazy nights that she does not remember the day after because this is THE time. Mid twenties will never come back and there is nothing wrong about living in the moment and trying things that you will regret later about trying but trust me you will regret more if you didn’t try at all.
If you know me personally, then you know that I am an extremist. The minute I decided not to hide my social life, what do I do? Upload a pic of me drinking and looking drowsy in my office group on WhatsApp. You don’t have to do anything like that. Maintain that professionalism irrespective of the fact that you want to prove a point.
I guess that’s the status as on.
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