October 24, 2018
The image of a chaiwala delivering tea and coffee to a row of neatly arranged desks with people drowning in paperwork and a creaking fan above seems to be a story of a forgotten era. Most of our generation has seen such office interiors only in films from that era. The occupants of those desks aspired for little more than a permanent job and their daily dose of tea served piping hot at their tables. While the chaiwala of today holds the highest seat of the government, the average office goer too is no longer someone who aspires to be there for a good old cup of tea. Today’s employee is aspirational, risk prone and competitive.