We all have a nosy Mrs. Jalota as a neighbour don’t we? No? Ohh come on, I am sure, you have one too may be just the name will be different, we have them all across India, they are easily available across our neighbourhoods, be it Bandra or NFC. you may not for once find a milk booth in a locality but you are sure to find a true copy of Mrs. Jalota.
She is the one that brings spice to our life, motivates us daily by taunting us of our inability to compete with the elusive Sharma Ji’s son, you may hate her,you may love her, but you just cannot ignore her. She is the wikipedia of any society or neighbourhood, tracking each and every move of any living thing in her vicinity and spreading the news far and wide. Birthdays,anniversaries, new purchases, couple fights,none can evade the omnipresent eyes of Mrs. Jalota.
And, like any top investigative agency, she is ruthless in her pursuit of signs and sudden changes in patterns( Dan Brown?). So, it was not surprising, long before, Mrs. Jalota came calling on my doors. This is how my conversation went with her;
Me giving water to plants in my garden on a Monday Morning, seeing Mrs. Jalota coming down the road, wants to run inside the house to evade her but too late for that now.
Me: Hello Aunty!( Gayee bhains panee mai!)
Mrs. Jalota: Ohh, hello hello beta, how are you? long time no see? where have you been? heard you came back from Dubai? Why? What are you doing now? I heard you were in Gurgaon? Is it true? Why are you at home on a Monday in the morning?
Me: Flabbergasted and thinking which question to pick up first? ( The lady already knows everything about me!)Yes, aunty, have come back and am looking for a right opportunity.
Mrs. Jalota: ‘looking for an opportunity??’, arey beta, why did you leave Dubai in the first place? Mr. Sharma’s son is already in US for last 3 years, has bought his own flat in Gurgaon, he took his wife also along, Mr. Sharma is going for holidays to US soon, you should not have left Satyam in the first place, Engineering to MBA, why? and so on…..for next 15 minutes, before I manage to chip in…
Me: Aunty,sorry but I have to go to meet a friend( Please God!)
Mrs. Jalota: Friend? which friend will meet you now on a Monday morning beta?
Me: He works from home aunty, IT Engineer.
Mrs. Jalota: Wow, earning money, sitting at home, see, I told you IT rocks! (Now this is called rubbing it in!)
Me: For sure aunty! Thank you for advice! (Runs for life!)
And, post this discussion, Mrs. Jalota declared me as a slightly, dis-oriented person, who does not follow the rules laid down by her, wants to do something, for which he is passionate about, even if that means, waiting for the right opportunity for a bit.
I love you Mrs. Jalota but that is until you train your guns at me!
An appeal to my readers,
Guys you can help too!
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Thank you for your time, I know, you will help in putting up a better face in front of Mrs. Jalota next time around.