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Dull days, early off timings in Ramadan, restructuring at workplace and my first visit to another office’s library – i couldn’t find anything of interest; it was a library for work related books.
On my way back to exit, as i walked past the ramp near reception, i recalled, it was a place i met Mr. Harris the last time, some nine years ago – in that last, brief conversation, he suggested me to resign and move on!
Two people from another department, Harris and Ms. Maryam, joined us for two weeks training in Karachi in January 2007!
Meanwhile we, excluding the latter two who met us first time in Karachi, did everything modestly except studies and visited every famous site and restaurant in Karachi.
I still remember that Dominos cinnamon bread, Hamid and Tariq brought us, which we didn’t like very much and gave it to our senior Mr. S as a gesture of courtesy. We shouldn’t have done that, and i am sure, he didn’t consume it either – our poor tastes – if i can recall correctly, Dominos had yet to open in Islamabad.
Mr. I, another senior, forgot the lock combination for his suitcase. He told us the combination was changed by a poltergeist, with whom, he already had a couple of similar encounters. We believed him and respected him even more for his mysterious interactions.
Mr Hamid, who settled straight for a big cup of black coffee, on our first night in Karachi in a coffee shop at Tariq Road – i remember, his face turned red as he sipped away his coffee and had a very hard time finishing it amid our jokes – making fun of him – he barely escaped passing out and made it to the last sip. I am certain he still remembers that cup of coffee.
Two weeks in Karachi passed very quickly. On our last day, we paid a visit to Hawke’s Bay. It was a courtesy of our HoD, who came from Islamabad for the closing ceremony.
And today, eleven years later, only three of us are still here, Mr. I, Hamid and I, while others, who accompanied us on that trip, including two folks from another department, have resigned over the course of time, certainly for a better future and life! And none of them is in contact with us today! Which is not so odd in this fast paced life!
Wondering, what became of our HoD? He retired from service a few months ago! He was the chief selector in the interview panel who selected me for this job almost tweleve years ago!! Long time!!