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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Secret Santa

Christmas and New Year are right around the corner and since I joined KPIT in 2007, it has meant the following things... End of quarter... so mad pressure to meet targets... no leaves... no customers... no counterpart engineers... and strangely last two year ends two of my cousins got married. This year though, our senior manager came up with the idea of celebrating Christmas.

He calls us in one day last week and says... 'It is celebration and festival time and everyone is working with dead faces. So what we are going to do this year is celebrate Christmas at work.' Now apart from the themes and decorations and Christmas tree, we were to have Secret Santa. Now, for the uninitiated, Secret Santa basically means, the names of all people involved are written down on chits and each person brings a gift for the person whose name is drawn.

Accordingly we brought in and decorated a tree... it looks lovely in fact downright stunning by the way... we drew names. Now came the huge issue... what do we get? Now I know what I'd buy for my close friends.. well at least I think I'd know... I can guess what I could buy for my BIP team mates, I mean I have been working with most colleagues for a great deal of time... but what do I get for the team mates from ERQA whom I know nothing about??? I mean, I talk to them, but still am clueless to their likes and dislikes... heck, all I can think of is a nice Parker pen for guys and accessories for girls... but how do we get a personalised gift?

As luck would have it, I drew the name of a girl from the ERQA team.. whom I am on pretty much hi-bye, nice dress, looking nice basis...Now what do I get her????


Yesterday was Christmas eve... There was huuuuuuuuuge 5 KG cake brought in to be cut and eaten and distributed across the floor... as in not just our ETAC region but also the ATAC folks who come in by 7:30... The sight of the yummy looking cake was quite tempting but more so was the idea of gifts... I knew I had two gifts... One from Sujay, I knew that... He had played secret Santa to 5 people in fact...

So after much deliberation and time changes we all gathered at 7:30 in the Kund area... Photography prohibited... Sonal and Bhavi stood in as the Santa and Santa's helper respectively to call out the gifts and the recipients...

I had got Asha a slim purse, a cute silver one and had written a small line for her on the card... 'For a girl with style and class.' She says she liked it... moreover both, the gift and the words... In fact it seems many others did too considering a lot of the girls ooh-ed and aah-ed when she opened it... Me is definitely happy :)

I got a lovely photo frame from Sujay (the guy sure is a good listener, he had heard me talking about getting a frame for my pic with Purni and Shrads... though I shall use this one to put in an old office pic with Anj and him, a pic with my oldest and best friends at work)... and a beautiful huge purse from Anis Sir... which is perfect with loads of compartments...

I found one of the gifts I had been looking for my friends... A Sai Baba statue for Sujay.... for the others... well I'll get them when I find what I'm looking for...

In the mean time, as it is Christmas today and since I told Santa that I hadn't put up the socks last night because I got two really cool gifts already, for anyone reading this,



posted by Tejaswini Shenoy at 1:44 PM


Hey, Merry Christmas....u can play a secret Santa for me too ;) and if u find it difficult to find things for me..I have a list which I can send across hahaha :)

December 26, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

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