The Slacker’s Dilemma

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There’s a scene from my all-time favourite TV show “The Wire” where one of the drug kingpin’s lieutenant grabs hold of a sheet of paper that one of his underlings seems to be writing on and asks incredulously – “Don’t tell me you are writing the minutes of a meeting to discuss criminal conspiracy!” and then proceeds to shred it to pieces. Well, the actual words used were a little more colourful, but you get the picture.

Ah, but the online world is distinctly unshreddable.

So if you are a slacker, a member of that noble breed of creative individuals who refuse to let the burden of something as trivial as work get in the way of focussed inactivity or alternative non-value-adding hobbies, you need to be aware of this

The fact that most managers dont use the web to cross check excuses comprehensively proves that all managers are n00bs

164 responses to “The Slacker’s Dilemma”

  1. Anand Ramachandran Avatar
    Anand Ramachandran

    This is FREAKIN briLLIANT

  2. chutney Avatar

    Your boss is an Iyengar. What else did you expect? πŸ˜›

    1. Sriram Murali Avatar

      You 3 chutney ? πŸ˜›

  3. gkarthy Avatar


  4. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by krishashok: The Slacker’s Dilemma:

  5. Raman Avatar

    OMG!! You have the most amazing blog ever!!! Hilarious post! πŸ˜€

  6. Sudhamshu Avatar

    Pant Nagar becomes Veshti Nagar, LOL! Hilarious post indeed!

    Ashok: My current favourite hobby. Watching blog readers unearth hidden, vague and highly obscure references. 1 down, many more to go

    1. Shashank Avatar

      7074L-8ull = TOTAL Bull
      The House TV series… and many others that are ‘hidden, vague and highly obscure references’ but still in your face LOL!
      Thank you.

  7. Balaji Avatar

    awesome! as usual !!

  8. Meow Avatar

    hahah.. hilarious one….. technology creating soo many problems na?? πŸ˜›

  9. shreeny Avatar

    hehe..super! πŸ™‚

  10. Chittaranjan Avatar


    This is so frikkin hilarious and I sincerely hope it ain’t circulated widely so that the SNOBS (Social Networking Oblivious Bosses) get to know of the means to track errant employees.

    proceeds to change username on blog/twitter/facebook/whathaveyou

  11. Mahendra Avatar

    Thanks for the weekend dose of humor!

  12. Sindhu Murthy Avatar
    Sindhu Murthy

    LOL! You are a riot!

  13. naren Avatar

    Totally awesome brilliance! Sublime stuff. Take a bow, sir. You have no equals!

  14. Chuck Avatar

    The only thing you and Godhra have in common is that you’re both freakin’ riots.

  15. rads Avatar

    heh, getting harder to play hookie with the whole world capable of spying on you eh? πŸ™‚

    Just for argument’s sake, won’t your co-brother (your wife’s sister’s husband)’s wife be your sister-in-law (wife’s sister) and her bro-in-law (sister’s husband) be actually umm.. you? :p

    Ashok: πŸ™‚ You found out aah. You must be web-savvy πŸ˜‰

    1. rads Avatar

      family-web-savvy πŸ˜‰

      Visual proof ellam pannitteney flickr ley! *yesyes, me vetti only*

      Ashok: as the Roman saying goes, Veni Vetti Vici. The vetti shall inherit the earth, and I wholeheartedly endorse the use of time for such purposes. It is the mark of a true geek

      1. Nagaraj Avatar

        Veni Vetti Vici as in Cut off the pig tails and throw away?

    2. unmaya solraan Avatar
      unmaya solraan

      same thot… πŸ™‚

  16. wineye Avatar

    And they say .. technology has made life much simpler..

    Good stuff !!!

  17. jnarin Avatar

    Excellent πŸ™‚

  18. rAAmA Avatar

    ROTFL ! Its the best cartoon that I have read this year πŸ˜€

  19. Vishal Avatar


  20. ramaaramesh Avatar

    Adadadada! Whatey, whatey.

    Ashok: Did you notice that you are featured, albeit highly subtly, in this post?

    1. ramaaramesh Avatar


      a. I just expired of shock. My ghost types to tell you that it is still on a Krish-Ashok-replied-to-me high.

      b. Is it the RRase clinic thing? Is that it? is that it???
      Ashok: Unfair. I always respond. Also, I copied your facebook Farmville status abt fertilizing your farm πŸ™‚

      1. Ramaa Ramesh Avatar

        HAH! (and let that sting.) This is my first response from you.
        And idhellam romba damage a theriyala? I have never said ‘Pour mud on me’. I am not a buffalo. Also, my Farmville spamming has reduced greatly. It only perks up with unfair allegations such as these.
        Ashok: Well, I did take some creative liberties

  21. Merin Avatar

    Hahaha! Genius!

  22. Pal Avatar

    ROFL! We invited this upon ourselves!!

  23. Idling in Top Gear Avatar

    I am sure your boss also really likes you drawing him as an Iyengar Hitler. πŸ˜€

  24. Nimmy Avatar

    Ha ha haaaaaaaaaahahahaaa! Loved it! ROFL! πŸ™‚ FARC-E? and a smudged STD code among other things!! What brilliant thinking! :-))) The best thing for me was this chap joining the group with two kidneys! LoLzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! We want more Sir!

    PS: Er, does RRASE stand for something in particular? Have I missed something?

    Ashok: Goody, more vague references unearthed πŸ™‚ RRASE Nursing home is actually a real place in Chennai. .It’s one of those Numerology poster boys. It used to be “Rasi Nursing Home” at some point in the sensible past

    1. Nimmy Avatar

      aah…ok….gotcha. BTW, if the manager used Bing instead of Google…what would he type in, instead of “is ashok lying?” Ans: “Where did ashok go today?”

    2. ramaaramesh Avatar

      I was born there, I think. Good Lord Above.

  25. Anoop Avatar

    Total Bull and FARCE stand out…but hello Saar..I feel you shouldn’t be doing such posts again….managers should never be enlightened of all these :- )….

    Ashok: Awesome, so finally someone gets the 70741-8u11 reference. As for managers, don’t worry about them. Reading blogs is not one of their daily habits. If someone slips this into a weekly status report, then perhaps we might have a problem

    1. Mohan Avatar

      No manager worth his tie reads the weekly status reports.

  26. saranya Avatar

    Brilliant stuff!


  27. Shyam Avatar

    Amazing !

  28. maxdavinci Avatar

    Dr.Amit Arora
    MD, F.A.R.C.E

    watay idea sirjee! somewhere you going wonly!

  29. Aajay Avatar

    Awesome Post machan !
    Keep rocking πŸ™‚

  30. RaWMaN Avatar

    amazing post..this is probably the best followup to the mail that went around about a boss catching his employee lying and catching him dressed like a joke in a halloween party on his facebook page!

  31. Nagesh Avatar

    Freaking brilliant πŸ˜€

  32. Jithin Avatar

    The truth indeed. Left me Rolling On The Floor Laughing! How people have changed! How hard it has become to tell lies!

  33. gauri Avatar

    Aha, so this Amit-y goes back at least a couple decades!! This is begging for a Cyber-Golmaal. Time to create that clean-shaven-twin web persona 😐

    You had more fun planting those total-bull / farce / home rest “till further notice” gems than writing up this post itself, didn’tcha? πŸ™‚


    Ashok: Ahem. So you discovered my hidden agenda. Yes, once I post, I sit around with a checklist and tick off items as commenters notice them. Once all of them are noted, I make an offering to the Sun god by burning aforementioned checklist. Then I snack on Bhakarwadi

  34. Tastemaster Avatar

    Gregory House being a nephrologist, likes the 2 Kidneys group .. hilarious.

    Ashok: As quizmasters (or hopeless addicts) like to stay – “Great crack!”. I did not expect anyone to pick the House nephrology reference. Connoisseur at Large, indeed πŸ™‚

  35. Tastemaster Avatar

    Also like the XKCD style alt-text!

  36. Kusum Rohra Avatar

    Haha awesome, my boss follows me on twitter, is on my gtalk list so you can understand how tough it is becoming for me to remain true to my online self πŸ™‚

  37. Tastemaster Avatar

    Pour some Mud on me – Reference to Def Leppard’s “Pour some sugar on me?”

  38. RukmaniRam Avatar

    Ouch! That hit very perilously close to reality. oh hush please!

  39. Tantanoo Avatar

    I guess the Twitter timeline should be in reverse chronological order but then, managers never read reports correctly. Also the vague resemblance to Hitler(the Hitler mustache, the tripping to the right hairstyle) is just a co-incidence and not the effect of too many Hitler-finds-out videos! πŸ˜€

    Brilliant stuff, I guess this will soon become a case study at some obscure management institute.

  40. anon Avatar

    lol.. most references found already or any left to dig for? phone number, amit arora, rahul.. all look suspicious, but can’t figure anything..
    πŸ™‚ Nope. Nothing in those. But, there’s the slacking of one’s professional duty to play um..Call of Duty.

    1. anon Avatar

      haha.. good one.. you should really make this a more regular feature in your blog.. those tiny references made a post that was otherwise, er how to say it, nothing but wind, the reverse. ahem, ur sick my saar

      ok terrible.. its the first time im attempting such stuff

  41. somebody Avatar

    i’m confused! why did a heart (human) cost nothing in 1989?
    Ashok: It’s a buy-a-transplant-get-heart-free deal

    1. gauri Avatar

      LOL. I swear, I thought because it was much easier to find a human with a heart back then. It’d now cost a lot more since you find one in every 753 humans. #feellikeadorknow #fail

      Occam’s razor is more complicated than they have you believe 😐

      Ashok: Now, if that was the reference I wanted to make, I would have stopped writing and started patting myself on my own back for the rest of my life. But unfortunately, the zero price was just a BOGOF type deal πŸ™‚

  42. y=x^2 Avatar

    Great Post!!!!!!!


    Subtle iyengar bashings will not be tolerated!!!!
    What next???!! Hitler finds out Srirangam Temple Elephant ran way??

  43. Arun Avatar

    brilliant!!! i like that killer look in the boss’s face.. hahaha

    while my boss leaves anonymous comments in my blog :-/
    a junior of mine smartly blocked me in gtalk !!!! πŸ˜€

  44. Anuradha Kushwanshi Avatar
    Anuradha Kushwanshi

    brilliant πŸ™‚

  45. s w a t Avatar

    Brilliance! πŸ˜€

  46. SM Avatar

    This is so good! Our life has become tough, indeed!

  47. Sriram Murali Avatar

    Lol.. Excellent πŸ˜›

  48. Prasanna Avatar

    Hiliarious!! πŸ™‚

  49. Rohit Avatar

    Brilliant πŸ™‚

  50. Karthik Avatar

    Awesomeness man !! πŸ™‚

  51. Mithani Avatar

    Absolutely Hilarious ! Brilliant portrayal of the plight of us ‘busy’ and hassled netizens πŸ™‚

    V.A.T – LoL ! Ya, with a hospital bill like that no doubt any patient would have been ‘shok’ed !!

    Been reading your blog for sometime, but my first comment here… very nice.

  52. yeskay Avatar

    boss.. great imagination.

    ‘naaney baadhikka patten…neradiyaaga baadhikka patten’ effectla irukku…

    in fact… these days young managers already use this tech to follow their subs…


  53. amareshswain Avatar

    too creative.

  54. AT Avatar


    Amit Arora M.D. F.A.R.C.E. lolz…

  55. karsun Avatar

    awesome is simply not the word…

  56. Srinivasan R Avatar

    My boss also follows us on twitter and we even had Reddit blocked for half an hour bcos one guy tweeted “getting paid for reading reddit”.

  57. […] The Slacker’s Dilemma There’s a scene from my all-time favourite TV show “The Wire” where one of the drug kingpin’s […] […]

  58. witsnnuts Avatar

    Your boss is a web worker . .yeah !!

  59. Ramesh Srivats Avatar

    ROFL. Too funny. “Krish Ashok joined the group : People with two kidneys”, made me laugh out loud then and again now as I am typing the comment. Awesome.

  60. Deepak Avatar

    Hidden Jalsa alert:

    Guys, don’t forget to hover your mouse over the pic, and read the caption!

  61. Baidik Avatar

    Every time I think ‘This is it! This is the benchmark!’ you come out with a kicker KA. I dont wear a hat. But if you’re running past KNKR Nungambakkam I’d love to buy you some Kapi.

    Oh btw, last month’s Forbes India edition carried something on ‘How to get a business class upgrade’. For a moment I thought they’d unearthed your gem. Of course, was a sad led down.

    And next time you leave the subtleee clues, wait for a full 48 b4 you unleash the sabhasshes!

  62. Swaminathan Jayaraman Avatar
    Swaminathan Jayaraman

    It took me a full 10 minutes to stop laughing!

  63. Ajai Avatar

    ROFL. This is brilliant.

  64. gyanban Avatar

    ..when you wanted to connect it was un reachable, and when you reach it is un-connectable… such is life.
    nice post.

  65. Burp Avatar

    The guys under you when you become boss … I pity them πŸ˜›

    1. Nash Avatar

      Ahem he already is πŸ˜›

    2. krishashok Avatar

      I will let those guys respond here πŸ™‚

      1. giridhar Avatar

        sir.. we are ur shishyas… and sure we have evolved ourselves to adapt and manipulate the web 2.0. πŸ˜€

        u taught us the knack to handle this double (2.0) edged sword… *bows*

  66. Deepak Avatar

    Here’s something that everyone has missed…I think they’re called tool tips (Some s/w engg I turned out to be). But if you hover around the image (onmouseover?) you’ll see this…

    “The fact that most managers dont use the web to cross check excuses comprehensively proves that all managers are n00bs”

    Subliminal I say!

  67. Nisha Avatar

    This was so funny…sent it to everyone @work. Should eplain why i dont add them on my facebook πŸ˜›

  68. saurabh somani Avatar

    good one!
    and the gregory house liking patient with two kidneys was the best of the lot!

  69. Ms Taggart Avatar

    I loved the whole thing, especially – joining the group of People with two kidneys ! πŸ™‚

  70. Nash Avatar

    oh…a highly unimportant one…011 became 044 by making 1 into four…overwriting

  71. Rithish Avatar

    Nice post! Thanks for the heads-up. πŸ˜›

  72. Zahra Avatar

    Brilliant!! πŸ™‚

  73. Neela Avatar

    Surely, this post makes me smile broadly. Having said that, the comments that stop short of deifying the writer and “oh, you found that out? how cool is that” responses are funnier.

  74. KP Avatar

    Brilliant. Creativity. Love the references.

    I tried to read two references. Let me know whether they are correct.

    1. Doctor name is Amit Arora. But signature starts with “N” πŸ˜›

    2. O’RLY –> This refers to the “complete reference” series by the famous author O’Rielly.

  75. Nivy Avatar

    WOW! Brilliant! (yet again)

  76. Rangarajan Avatar

    Already Iyengar boss has put naamam πŸ™‚

    Doc’s degree = MD, FARCE was super.
    People with 2 kidneys – ha ha …. reading again and again to see hidden gems.
    as always, brilliant post, very very funny!

  77. Hari Avatar

    Nice one. I noticed that the phone number is 8 digits, but the “2” at the beginning doesn’t seem to have been added later. The 11 STD code got changed to 44. But in 1989, Delhi numbers were surely only 7 digits πŸ™‚

  78. Hari Avatar

    And btw, I did this exact stunt in 5th std, when I used to wear slippers to class for 1 whole month, but had a letter from my father dated a month earlier (justifying said slipper because of some small foot injury). When the PT Master asked for the letter, I changed the date (in 2 places, DUMB!!!!) and gave it to him. He figured it out (for a PT Master, he was smart, I suppose), and insulted me in front of the entire class πŸ˜€

  79. suresh Avatar

    munnadi vayaru daan valichadhu,ippo kidneys kuda vallikiridha appa,thaanga mudiyala sirippu…danks romba danks πŸ™‚

  80. harish Avatar

    this is brilliant, awesome creativity :-))

  81. uma chandrasekaran Avatar
    uma chandrasekaran

    LOL … tonsils removed thro nasal cavity ….. a DIY kidney donation and VAT slapped on it too …. and your boss needs to google ….. oh whatta n00b :)) laughing like mad as usual πŸ™‚

  82. DenialRevisited Avatar

    Wow. I like to think I have a fine sense of humour and I have to say your blog is some funny stuff dawg. I just came across it 2 weeks ago and I have read every one of your posts. You are like the Jug Suraiya of the net or even better. Keep rocking

    Ashok: Thanks man πŸ™‚

  83. vv Avatar

    bestest post!! wow!

  84. subbu567 Avatar

    Suuuuuuuper……The missing element is kinda ‘pazhuppu’ color in those medical certificates:)

  85. bee and jai Avatar

    MWZ? is that Men With Zipper?

  86. King Vishy Avatar

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    “People with two kidneys” was awesomeness!!

    Came here after a long time.. Short but supreme post, in your style!

    But underneath all the humour, I think you are making a really profound statement. Not sure if that was intended, but did really make me think a lot. (And that happens very rarely :P)

    The thing is it shows how we have succumbed to our voyeuristic tendencies, with the advent of Web 2.0 (damn, reads like a thesis title! Anyway, glad people will land here now on after Googling for “Chennai Voyeur” or “Jalsa Voyeur” or “Vo-Iyer” :P)

  87. Shwetha Maiya Avatar

    WOW! Words fail me πŸ™‚ Keep it up. . Will keep visiting. .

  88. Venki Avatar

    That was riotous… Lol… πŸ˜€ “is ashok lying?” in google to unearth twitter and facebook… rotfl stuff… take a bow…… take a bow…

  89. sp2hari Avatar

    I must have seen this page more than 100 times and even now, it makes me laugh πŸ™‚ Awesome πŸ™‚

  90. Koundachi -> Aachi Avatar

    Krish !! Sooper post !! esp the “^ 2” date change πŸ˜€ Hilarious ! Guess wut, i think i saw u at Citicentre recently ? But wasn’t sure it was u, so didn’t come talk.. Now wishing i had πŸ™‚

  91. pv Avatar

    thalaiva! you found yet another fan for life….rock on, thanks to cricinfo for getting me here! HAHAHAHAHAH!

  92. Ashirwad Bahukhandi Avatar
    Ashirwad Bahukhandi

    Nice piece on Cricinfo and more interesting was the footnote that mentioned “Krish Ashok” and “humourist” in the same sentence. Didn’t realize the transition but the post certainly didn’t make the two look incongruous. Took a while to connect all the dots but a pleasant surprise to locate you this way.

    Ashok: Ashirwad ji, good to connect after all these years πŸ™‚

  93. Nandi Varman Avatar

    ROFLMAO!!!! πŸ™‚

  94. gulshan Avatar

    Man u r hilarious…waise bosses have to be really blind not to see that obvious forging….wish i lived in that era..sigh!!!

    But no worries….my boss is a born original one fo a kind dumb on earth…he ll never find out that…

    *Gosh! hope he does find out this*

  95. viswajithkn Avatar

    hey just read your article on cricinfo about how you did not become the next kapil dev…:D the article has awesomeness written all over it…nice one! πŸ˜€

    Ashok: Thank you man πŸ™‚

  96. Rohini Avatar

    Co-brother’s wife’s brother in law… LOL

  97. Venkatesh Avatar

    Ketappittel pongo πŸ˜€

  98. Venkatesh Avatar

    Kelappittel Pongo πŸ˜€

  99. meenu Avatar

    The Bill no. was a nice added touch. So many subtle lines of humor.

  100. kasi Avatar

    Very interesting post! Reminds me the popular hutch/vodaphone ad, “Wherever you go, we follow you”..Literally!

  101. Sirpy Avatar

    He. He.. Tried following your hobby and it is gaja-brilliant!! The comments section almost becomes an extension of your post.

  102. adarsh Avatar

    hehehe.. very funny .. and infact thats true.. this face book is crazy.. deactivated it for sometime. but had to come back as everyone almost stopped using orkut 😦

  103. האנה ΧžΧ•Χ Χ˜Χ Χ” Avatar

    very humoristc.. this is a nice piece of loughter all the way down the page.

  104. sruthiradhakrishnan Avatar

    Lol! Loved it!

  105. somebody Avatar

    Did bosses of yore really used to say ” Go home at once so that perumal can heal you”?
    Old people had it easy, the darned geezers

  106. Desigirl Avatar

    OH MY GOD! This is super awesome!!! Dude!!!!

  107. cram Avatar


    Don’t the references start right at the top? Ode to Pirate’s Dilemma. And RRASE clinic charges for UNits!!!! Numeromumbojumbology madness!

    indha kalathula thillu mullu seyyaradhu remba kashtam!

    I’m yet to see such incisive and witty social commentary! <>

    Ashok: Tanks maams

  108. cram Avatar

    — shashtangam —

  109. Nish Avatar

    Love it…took me ten mins to stop laughing πŸ˜€

    Ashok: Thank you πŸ™‚

  110. songsofangels Avatar

    wish i were your boss πŸ˜‰

  111. G Avatar

    Perumal lives in the details! πŸ™‚

  112. Ashwathy Avatar

    omg!!! hahaha! so true!
    looks like u’ve had a lot of experience πŸ˜€

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  114. Bullshee Avatar

    Hilarious! Now,let’s just hope MY manager is just too much of an oldie to figure this out!!

  115. jayakrishna yachamaneni Avatar
    jayakrishna yachamaneni

    i think your boss is an networking engineer

  116. Grammar Nazi Avatar
    Grammar Nazi

    That’s not a real thing.

    Of course it is a very real thing, at least in South India.

  117. Sue Avatar


    I actually had to work out the co-brother’s wife’s brother-in-law’s relation to you. You couldn’t have given your kidney to a needier dude, btw.

  118. Ashwin Avatar

    Freaking ly good…. Guess the assumption of the fact is that Boss is Techsavy and has time to search really about you !!! ..

    Reality sucks mate… Most Bosses arent so!!!

  119. Karan Arora Avatar

    hiLariOus πŸ˜€

  120. rishi Avatar

    Exceedingly funny.

  121. Anindya Sen Avatar
    Anindya Sen

    Brilliant stuff. You make us MIS’ians (is that what we call ourselves?) proud.

  122. liberalcynic Avatar

    Simply awesome!

  123. leonidus Avatar


    I was given the URL of your website by a dear TamBram buddy a few days back… this was one of the first blogs that I read in the site… S-W-E-E-T!!! Amazin stuff… and thanks to you my work’s come to a standstill. I’ve been reading every single blog post after that (currently am at Oct ’08 – Veni Vedi Macchi), and having been scrambling to finish my work!
    The worst part is bursting out laughing in the middle of the day coz I work on a very quiet floor with just my boss n a coupla other teammates, its hard to justify why something in a Java IDE (which is the screen open on my monitor 2) suddenly seems so hilarious.

    Tremendous writing my friend, keep it goin!!!

  124. sadananda Avatar

    ROFLMAO!!! amazing work saar..

  125. cooker Avatar

    Re your earlier comment
    ” Ahem. So you discovered my hidden agenda. Yes, once I post, I sit around with a checklist and tick off items as commenters notice them. Once all of them are noted, I make an offering to the Sun god by burning aforementioned checklist. Then I snack on Bhakarwadi” ,
    I thought u would find this interesting –
    Article by Bachi Karkaria

    Likewise u can have a competition in every post where u indicate in advance, the no. of items that the readers have to spot… & then u have a prize for the reader who can spot all of them :-).
    & as in the last para of the above article, u can add 1 item more than what there really is & then watch the fun as your readers try their best to spot that non existent joke while u bow to the Sun god & chew on Bhakarwadi , chuckling evilly all the while LOL .

    1. cooker Avatar

      Sorry the article does not seem to be available so I will copy/paste it here FYI.
      Sorry for occupying so much of your space πŸ™‚
      Punctuated with laughs
      Bachi Karkaria, 12 January 2010, 08:00 PM IST

      Laugh or you might be replaced by an icon. Or, more precisely, by an emoticon. Or, even more precisely, by a smiley :-).

      This generic term covers a multitude of synergies. These can be summoned with the help of varying punctuation marks. A really happy one has two closed brackets instead of just one, like this :- )).

      The same emoticon also denotes someone with a double chin, and if you want to show them quivering with laughter perhaps you could replace the ordinary bracket with a curly one, like this: -}}

      Your friendly search engine will come up with all the possible permutations, and then some. But, today, I would like to present another use for this versatile icon. My proposal is prompted by something that’s not at all funny. In fact, it is the eternal bogey of all self-styled humour writers. It starts as a nagging doubt and, before you can say β€˜Evil Empire’ it has ballooned into a primordial fear. The end-of-our -world question is: β€œIs anyone out there laughing?” Or smiling? Or — cringe –even as much as twitching their lips?

      You write a funny line, and then you throw it into the vast dark void. Is it greeted with a resounding roar of awe and appreciation? Or does it sink without even a little gurgle of recognition. We bravely bask in the former presumption knowing full well that the latter is the more correct assumption.

      So, should the grin-and-tonic brigade be perennially condemned to an illusory euphoria? Its labour, like the Marxist view of capitalism, carries within itself the seeds of its own destruction. The moving cornea reads, and having read, moves on without the teeniest indication of eye-grin coordination. People continue to react to a piece of general hilarity as if it were a physics chapter on specific gravity.

      So, should we just wring our helpless hands or resolutely take matters into them? Is there a way to throw a lifeline to the humourously challenged reader, and, in the process, save ourselves?

      Yes there is. If television sitcoms can fill your drawing room with more canned laughs than there are baked beans in a tin, why shouldn’t the reader of humour get a similar prompt? Why not coopt the little yellow fellow, and insert a smiley after every clever play on ideas or words? With the help of this visual bell, the reader will deliver the Pavlovian response, and life will again be β€˜all ha-ha, he-he’.

      But, it could be quite crude — to say nothing of distracting – to be confronted by a weekly column which looks like a condomless galaxy of πŸ™‚ s. It might also be insulting to suggest that readers are as so wit-less that they cannot recognise a joke even if it plonks itself on their lap, and offers them a pun-a colada.

      So, instead, how about something a little more sophisticated such as lining up the requisite number of smileys at the bottom of the piece, like this :-):-):-):-):-)? It may look like a star rating, but that’s not the purpose. The idea is to put as many smileys as there are chuckle-points in the piece, and let the reader see how many s/he can spot — and smile, grin, guffaw or roll in the aisles over.

      The ploy has an added advantage. Print has been congenitally disadvantaged vis a vis the electronic media in an age when e-nabled audiences refuse to be passive consumers of news, but demand to be active participants. The smiley line-up can propitiate that deity called interactivity. You could even slip in an extra little smiley and have them hooked for hours as, refusing to admit defeat and humour-deficiency, they keep re-re-re-reading the article to catch the elusive joke.

  126. Sameer Avatar

    pour some mud on me…a la def leppard …good one

  127. Alter Ego Avatar
    Alter Ego

    Amazing blog you’ve got here. Should be blocked in my office because it makes me forget about work :-)Are you an IT geek or what? You certainly dont sound like one. Keep up the entertainment..

  128. eightbeats Avatar

    I’ll get a 3rd bucket rating this year around because I read your stuff all night and doze all day at office….You’re too good to be true!

  129. […] enterprise, web2.0 by krishashok A while back, Sangeetha Kodithala (@skodithala ) told me that Slacker’s dilemma turned out to be a useful comic to introduce Web 2.0 to n00bs in companies. Now, why someone would […]

  130. Shanu Avatar

    Came here through an email that I got from a frnd. I am sure u already know that your post is doing the rounds thru emails. Gr8 job. Respect.

  131. bala Avatar

    have been visiting this place for quite sometime now. everytime i come here, i take away an easy and different take on life. may the glacier of endless jalsa and jilpa never dry up!

  132. syed Avatar

    I like the clever execution of wordplay on Pant/veshti Nagar…Simbly Suber…

  133. Raja Avatar

    That was brilliant….but i doubt whether my boss is socially intelligent

  134. samjosh Avatar

    I dont say it usually.. but this is Awesome!!

    LOL πŸ™‚

  135. Nikhil Bhagia Avatar

    Coooool………….Hillarious……Well Done!!!

  136. Jane Avatar

    Super Duuuuuuuper :))

  137. praveen kumar Avatar
    praveen kumar

    Awesome!! Hilarious post…

  138. […] while back, Sangeetha Kodithala (@skodithala ) told me that Slacker’s dilemma turned out to be a useful comic to introduce Web 2.0 to n00bs in companies. Now, why someone would […]

  139. professionalclick Avatar

    Haha! A wholesome laughter riot. A real humorist you’re, Krish! πŸ™‚

  140. Ryan Menavusar Avatar

    Giving something away and hoping someone will pay for something else somewhere down the road looks more and more like a business model thatβ€ s both cynical and hopeless.

  141. Jake Warren z Avatar

    Have you seen what it has done to the cost of a box of cereal In the meantime we must deal with the problem.

  142. Nagaraj Avatar

    One other clue missed is Krish Ashok was found at “Satyam Theatre” on the Google map.

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