Mirror Mirror on the Wall
As promised earlier the 360 bucket list had much more to offer so here I am with yet another quirky experience. What could be quirky for a twenty-year undergraduate? So recently for a university project, I paid a visit to some HR professionals in Lahore to gauge some industry insights and how the so-called private sector is treating its employees?
Let me assure you that whats ahead isn’t about Human Resource Management at all, though corporate jargon sounds cool and even cooler when Pakistani “Seths” try to present an “Angrezi” version of their honorable business. So we visited this lady who was basically heading the corporate HR division and right beside her I could see a stroller but then why would someone have it in a meeting? Doesn’t make sense right? Getting back to the meeting as my colleague had noticed my obsession with the stroller. Suddenly I heard a baby crying and there it was. So practically considering we were in Lahore that woman should have left the meeting to her subordinate and get hold of the baby but contrary to the Pakistani “Saas” definition of a super mom, that wasn’t the case. She handed the baby to her subordinate and kept the discussion going on, interesting, isn’t it? The last time I saw a corporate executive getting hold of her baby had an ABC or Netflix connotation. The meeting as per scheduled went on till the lunch break and as her subordinate was not able to calm down the baby, the mother had taken full control of the situation with a peaceful baby and some valuable HR insights.
This might be standard practice for a lot of you reading the post but as a Pakistani hailing from a Punjabi background this sure fits the quirky definition for me. I am not someone to comment on whether I am living in the older or “Naya” version of my country but to be politically correct I am living in the better version. These quirky experiences in our day to day life require some thoughtful input, few seconds of our time may convert that thought to a value maybe.
How does the infamous snow white phrase fit here? To be honest the topic wasn’t thought out initially but it had something to reflect. Why do we avoid such minor incidents or observations with a mere gesture of “Humein Isse Kya”? While dedicating a considerate amount of time building fantasies around the mirror. It isn’t about the self-centered approach one has towards the surroundings, in fact, the slender of insecurity to adapt or be receptive to change. Do we ever think about someone else while standing and staring at ourselves awaiting an esteemed universal judgment from God knows where? Mirror Mirror on the wall isn’t only restricted to self-reflection, in fact, the beautiful silver object asks you to reflect upon your observations and encounters that may be a value addition some day.
– Shehryar Ejaz
– The Daily 360