My phone goes .."I've been living with a shadow overhead, I've been dreaming of a...." (thats my ringtone if u got confused)
Me: Hey KA.
KA: Hey, I didnt think you'd recognise my number.
Me: Na It was saved in the cellphone. So how are you?
KA: Doing well..you tell me. I thought you'd gone to Bangalore for the Journalism thingy. So never bothered to call you up...felt a little guilty that I didnt even to call to wish you luck. AJ told me you're here. What happened there?
Me : Hmmmm. Well that didnt work out. So I guess stuck in good ol Hyderabad a few more months.
KA : You never call up. Whats with you?
Me : Hellloooo??? Called you up on your birthday, then diwali and New years...you never pick up the phone. Had to give up sometime right?
KA : Oh. Ok. So heard about the Satyam fraud?
Me: Yeah just switched on the TV about 15 mins ago...shocking stuff isnt it?
KA: Yeah I know
Me : Who the hell was their auditor??
KA: Three Guesses Who....?? (Giggles giggles giggles)
Me : You got to be kidding me. PWC?
KA : See. Always told you, you could make a fortune out of your guessing game (laughs)
Me : Stop kidding yaar. Anyone we know working there?
KA : Na. AS left a few months ago coz he had to appear for finals in November. He left PWC around the same time you left CA. He was mighty disappointed that you decided to discontinue. Ahem Ahem.
Me : Hmmm...You need to get some Strepsils.
KA : Ha Ha Ha. You know I was reminded of our conversation with the seniors just before you left. How the hell did you know that PWC had such bozos working there that cant even detect such a huge fraud?
Me: Well that time I had no idea, but I knew one particular bozo who kept getting through papers and couldnt even draft a Balance Sheet properly. He got into PWC and one conversation with him made me think that I knew Class 12 commerce students who knew more than him. That discussion with our seniors was just my disgust coming through.
KA : Hmmmm.
Me : Remember how our boss made us prepare a whole year's books of accounts for that new company, that fight that day with him, I could not believe that I was a part of something of that sort.
KA : Yeah I know. And his smug reply that this is how it works....God, that was the first day I realised that you cannot survive in this world with high morals. You gotta cheat a little.
Me : Yaar I dont know about that. Even my parents told me the same thing..that I should learn to compromise and things dont always work according to you and that to survive in a corporate and competitive world, you should go with the flow. Only I was too weak to give up coz I felt I couldnt do such manipulation on a daily basis. It gives no pleasure.
KA : You were not weak..why do you keep saying so?
Me: Pata Nahi. My point is...How on earth do you think one or even 2-3 persons in Satyam pull of such a fraud and its auditors not know?? I mean isnt it pretty basic?? Such things should and wouldn't go undetected right?? Lets wait and watch.
KA: Yeah, thats what everyone was discussing. Sad really. The shareholders, investors and employees....real sad.
KA : Anyways, given any thought to coming back to this field??
Me: No Yaar. Decided...no more finance for me.
KA : You sure about that?? We have a vacancy...at least register and give your Finals.
Me : Nope. I hate finance...no more of it.
KA : Hypocrite...we've been rambling on about finance for 15 mins and you spoke for at least 10.... and you say you dont like Finance??
Me : I can talk on anything and everything you want me to...I dont have to like it just coz I talk about it, do I?
KA : You'd do well in Finance you know, why not give it another shot?
Me : Arre Bhagwaan, I have made up my mind and no matter what you say, I'm not coming back. You need help on an audit you are going to do alone, I'll come and visit...you know. But dont ask me to join that torture chamber again.
KA : Yeah I was meaning to tell you that...I hate the newbies..God I miss your company so much...it was fun time we had..audits are so boring. I'll tell you if I come that side sometime, lets meet up..its been a such a long time since we met.
Me : Sure thing. Let me know in advance please.
KA : Haan Haan. By the way, you have this movie called Billy Eliott?
Me : Yeah...why?
KA : Someone said its good. Can I have it the next time we meet?
Me : Hmmm Ok...You have my Forrest Gump right? Get it back please.
KA : Oh ya..thanks for reminding me. I'll look for it. Dont know where I kept it.
Me : Hmmm...Ohkay.
KA : Chal then, was nice talking to you. Get back to you again. Say my hellos to everyone at home. Keep in touch. Take Care.
Me : Yea you too..see ya..Bbye.
(That Billy Eliott isnt changing hands)
(And was it just me who felt I was buttered quite a bit during this conversation??)...(Just a random ramble)
P.S: Eye is doing much much much much better ..thanks for all your wishes. :)