Saturday, 11 May 2013

The pretence of it all ...

Why are there no jobs in Kolkata? 

You argue there are. Well okay, there are. But not ones that I want. 

I can't work as an intern for months on end with a four figure salary fucking my brains out.

I can't work as some kind of professor or whatever fancy terminology is attached to my name when my salary is less than the cost of my handbag and I know that after I leave my students will rush out to buy a copy of the latest Ramji Lal. And I can't pretend to be an intellectual when I know I am not.

I can't work as a teacher in a school because I am not as good as my mother is. I can't handle children and I do not want to teach them. To be a teacher you should be a good person. I am not.

I am not an engineer/full-time content writer/technical writer so sector 5 is all about restaurants and not about jobs.

I am not a journalist (even their life pretty much sucks in Kol).

So my job is in Delhi. I am quite happy with it. But the question is why is it in Delhi? Why NOT in Kolkata?

Kolkata has all the nuisance of Leftist politics and bandhs.

Please my dear, don't give me that shit. Even here people walk in late into office. For every bandh we have in Kolkata, you have your Ram Navamis and god knows what. Also the people in your offices are mostly from the Eastern and Southern parts of the country--I wonder why! I am not generalising, just an observation. So what happens? Kolkata is where they drift off to sleep and suddenly here the very same people wake up and start working? 

About punctuality.

Oh we reach late, we do not work, we are lazy. Okay. You reach early. Then you go on FB or buy bags at online portals and just show off. New car, new lover, new house--give me a break. 

Infrastructure.

Please do not make me laugh. Yes you have better roads and a nice metro system and that's about it. Your public transport system minus the metro is non-existent. And the people on the road--the less said the better. You just need to hear them speak. 

So forgive me, I really can't understand WHAT the goddamn pretence of professionalism is all about.  And I still can't understand why these offices can't work from my city. Nope. Don't answer that. I may attack you.

You see I am not angry. This wasn't a rant. Just trying to understand things. Because on a hot afternoon when you want to be home, with your parents and your friends and you can't--life just gets a little drab.
Having said that I do not hate this city. I am earning a living here. My city too has it's share of ills and pretentious jerks--just like Delhi does. But my city could do with more jobs. MANY MORE JOBS.









3 comments:

Udita Banerjee said...

I think it's the inherent attitude towards money. People in Kolkata are very content with their low salaries, lack of comfortable transport, sitting around at home, and pseudo-intellectualism. But in Delhi, even the barely educated from Saharanpur fat Aunty will start a dabba business and run a tupperware shop. People in Delhi (everyone that migrates becomes a part of this after 3 years) like to convert time into money. People in Kolkata are content.

What do you think of my theory?

Hutoom Pyancha said...
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Hutoom Pyancha said...

our theory does apply to a certain section of the population, most of them actually, but there are other kinds, the ones who have moved out or want to move out .. the ones who are unsatisfied with their salaries at home, have ailing parents. Many who are working outside the city would perhaps go back if they had a decent opportunity at home. But they don't get one. So they ultimately settle in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore etc. This kind also exists.