It seems to be a year full of melancholic goodbye’s for CIIE as we bid farewell to another employee, Gayatri Ashta, program specialist. We wish Gayatri all the best for her future academic endeavors.
CIIE hosted a farewell party (which is mostly about hogging on delicious food during work hours) for Gayatri. The delicacies for the evening were Mulani’s favourite Sev Khamni, special cutlets (whose name we still don’t know) from Gwalia, the delicious Mocha Fudge Brownie ice cream and the traditional pesticide drink. (Coca Cola).
As the cost cutting tradition follows, we always celebrate two occasions at one time – this time it was Richa Mishra‘s (ahem: Arora!) wedding celebration. We wish Richa, a happy married life ahead!
Exit interview to remember with Gayatri:
Rapid Fire with GA
Ur fav place in CIIE
The Cove – The original cove, after which it was named. Near IMDC
Describe CIIE in one word
One thing you like most
One thing u hate most
Ur favourite corner in CIIE
Sunil Mehta Conference Hall (I could get a lot of peace and quiet there. Great place to think)
One unforgettable moment at CIIE
When literally everyone in office just walked into Mission Control one by one, and started watching/dancing to Suneil Shetty (mind well, it’s Suneil) videos on youtube.
6.30PM I’m already home.
CIIE party anthem
A little party never killed nobody – Fergie #TheGreatGatsby
Final words of wisdom
CIIE is the one place that you can take on as many new and interesting activities that can add value to you. Make your stint at CIIE count. And love to love the people and accept them for all their whackiness. It’ll make you happy!
Your Key Responsibilities at work
- Being a Bartender
- Handling IIM A students (read: boys)
- Going to nurseries to check out pots and eventually buying them
- Buying wire meshes
- Fumbling over paint samples
- Procuring jhadoos and mitti for creating a wood fired oven
- Eating pizza and going for the boss’s daughter’s tea party
- Having free ki chai
- Discovering ways of getting from CIIE to the mess by minimizing exposure to the sun
- Yoga Ballin’
How have you scandalised people’s life at CIIE?
I think I scandalised Mohsin when we went for a Haute Couture Competition where we had to design a dress and dress up a model using coloured paper and newspaper. I wore hot pants and a tube top as my base. And I think Mohsin got super scandalised and literally tried to make me a blanket made of newspaper to cover me up really quick!
Three most troubling situations in Ahmedabad
Make that five and they are:
- Ahmedabad is not ruled by the BJP, it is by the pigeons. Pigeons in my kitchen, pigeons in my room, pigeons in CIIE. And I had pigeon phobia so it was super scary.
- Being asked about my salary wherever I go. It’s not a subtle thing these Gujarati aunties do (sorry for generalizing, but it was always a Gujarati aunty that would ask me) but a very blunt question, “so, beta, how much they paying you?”
- The Heat! It’s scary, it really is.
- Lack of non veg food and the way people look at you if you ask “Bhaiyya, yahaan pe non veg milega kya?” , especially if they don’t serve non veg.
One thing you will like to change at CIIE and why?
Censored – for potentially controversial content!
If you could be someone from work people, who’d you be
Divya- coz she’s fun and like me.
Or Mohsin- Just to understand the world through his eyes. I imagine, it would be interesting.
If CIIE employees were political candidates standing for an election, who would you vote for and why?
Vipul Bhai (Kumar) Patel – Because he’s such an enterprising Gujju man. He just has all the connections, gets things done, is efficient and effective, and not to forget moral. Also he’s humble and sweet and an awesome leader. Someone you can look up to. And he’s got a sense of humour.
The most random thing you’ve done during work hours at CIIE
Back story: We were looking for matkas that could serve as makeshift barbecues. It was part of a team building exercise.
One thing you will miss the most about Ahmedabad
The people. They’re safe. And nice and friendly. Even the men- the most they’ll do is stare at women, they’d never make a move. And CIIE- The people at CIIE ARE AWESOME!!!!
Photo courtesy: Hina Nainani