You have been around ever since I joined. You’ve seen me as newbie – confused, lost and grossly inexperienced. To me, you were the serious guy who was very involved in his work. My God! How utterly wrong I was. First impressions are the best impressions, if incorrectness is a factor. The more I got to know you, the more nicknames you found for me. Though it did annoy me at that time, now that I’m looking back, I would give anything to go back to those times. Those times when life was simple, not in the grip of an invisible virus and when it wasn’t your last day at work!
After today, our work family will be cut short by one member. Our breakfast gathering and discussions will never be the same. We will miss your wisecracks, wisdom and jokes – yes, even your bad jokes. The fact that I’m writing this down does not mean that I’m encouraging you to come up with more bad jokes. But we both know very well that your response to this post (if you even manage to read till the end) will be yet another bad joke.
You were one of the wisest among our group. I guess age might have been a factor too. But that did not stop you from coming up with the most amazing ways to pull our legs. Compressing years of memories is a lot of pressure to put on a single blog post. Yet, I shall endeavour to do so. Yes, endeavour. No, don’t tell me that this word is not simple! Okay, I’ll wait for you to look up the word in Google. After all, you’re the one who’s always complaining that my English is not very simple. Did you think I was going to make this one easy? 😛
You’ve always been dedicated and trust you to come up with a solution to even the most puzzling of problems. You are extremely good when it comes to thinking on your feet and improvising. There have been a lot of moments when I was blown away by your level of calmness even in the most stressful situations. And I wished that I were at least half as calm as you. But you know me. I keep radiating worry. But even your bad jokes and your way of making fun of me were able to filter, cut through the tension and counteract the effects of that radiation.
There is a heaviness in our hearts today. And I know that I’m not alone when I say that. Though we knew that the time was fast approaching when we’ll have to say goodbyes and part ways, we still weren’t exactly ready to deal with it. We still aren’t. We will continue to miss you. But yes, we will ring you up on your birthdays and we will expect you to do the same. There will be a hole in the shape of you as far as our office gang is concerned. We’ll always have memories but it’s not the same as having you there. I know that thanks to technology, we’ll keep in touch. But our office gang will never be the same. One less person to laugh over the inside jokes. Not to mention the fact that now we don’t have anybody else to finish off all the extra food that we bring. Or to rate our food and give unbiased opinions. There won’t be anybody else who knows most of the phone numbers by heart like you do. Or the various departments. There’ll be one less person we can turn to in tuned of need. One less person to discuss Young Sheldon or any other show that we are obsessed with, and nobody else to recommend the next stand-up comedy acts that we should watch. (But then again, I’m pretty sure that you’ll keep sending those links to us).
Goodbyes are difficult to accept. It has not sunk in, even now – the realisation. I know that this will be equally hard for you too. But I hope that this is the start of a new phase for you, one that’s much better than what you have experienced so far. A new door opens as another one closes. Life must go on. It won’t be what it used to be but do keep in touch. Though our hearts are heavy and we might be a bit lost for words, know that our best wishes are with you. Your stint at this company might be over but your ties with the office gang are an exception. Our friendship will continue. And that’s all that we want.
Your beloved office gang.
P.S: Ohh, did you find out what endeavour means? Do you want me to recommend a dictionary app? Just kidding. Btw this IS the surprise that I was telling you about. I hope you liked it. The perks of being friends with a blogger is that you get to be immortalized through this post. You’re welcome. 😛
P.P.S: We should have a proper get-together and another farewell when it’s safe to go out in groups. Ohh, and also, keep us posted
Vikas, this one’s for you. I wish you all the success in your future endeavours. (Yes, there’s that word again!) I tried to make this post as unTharoorian as possible. But I just couldn’t resist when it came to that word! Look at me. I’m going off topic again. You will be missed. Take care. Do keep in touch. We might not work together but your gang will always be there for you. (Especially if there’s a treat involved. 😉)