“It was specially ordered from Kadapa. Pure granite Sir” Accounts Manager Narayanan interrupted his thoughts. Narayanan is a long timer with M&C.
Ezhil hated the Sir at the end of every sentence but that’s not his biggest problem now.
“Ask Kayal to run the business plan presentation one more time. I don’t want any problem during the presentation” Ezhil’s tone was firm.
“Sir, who is Kayal? Did you mean Ramya” Narayanan asked confusingly.
“Yeah..Sorry ! I meant Ramya” His thoughts went back to Kayal.
Ezhil started with a really small company as a summer intern. Impressed with his skills the company offered him a full time job. His moment came when the company lost a big chunk of their business and was in trouble.
“Gentlemen, we need to do something. We don’t have a lot of time. How do you think we can overcome this?” asked the CEO Joe Martin. Sensing his moment has arrived “We can go Lean. I have some ideas” jumped Ezhil.
“Did you mean, reducing our workforce” asked the Director of Sales.
“No David! Lean is not being mean. It’s all about reducing waste by respecting people’s skills” replied Ezhil with conviction.
“So, if we reduced waste, it’ll reduce our cost and we could improve margins, right” joined Joe.
Impressed with his ideas and under pressure to shed some costs, the company removed Ezhil’s manager and offered him that position. He loved the challenge. This is what he was waiting for his whole life. The enormity of the challenge pushed Kayal to backburner.
Occasional calls from his former roommate were the only thing that reminded him of Kayal. As days passed, the amount of information about Kayal went down too.
“This is my path to owning a company. If I can learn the business side of the company, I should be able to run the company” he told his friend with optimism.
“Then Kayal?” his friend
“I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything about her in these past three years. Who knows? She probably is married to a software guy by now” Ezhil tried to be funny but in vain.
“You are crazy” his friend ended the conversation.