Would a little professionalism hurt? In the last two months I’ve dealt with people who don’t believe in punctuality, accountability,  politeness, focus on work, and just good old professionalism. People who only believe in copying “the world” on their emails, who only accept what has been signed off by half the population of India and testified by a few cows, doggies, and monkeys just be on the safe side. People who are rude, disrespectful,  irritating, and just simply annoying as hell.

The focus of work seems to be, predictably, cost. It’s about delivering something that “works” as quickly as possible. Indian IT is still all about outsourcing and predictably, “providing value” seems to be all about how cheaply things can be done.

I don’t play along much. I would probably be better off copying my half of the world on all emails and focusing on getting as much visible I can and as quickly as possible, stability of solutions be damned. It would probably be better if I just sucked up to the people who matter. Better if I complain like everyone else when people in my team would like to take a few days off. Life would just be easier if I am  just a little more of the same.

But I find that I can’t do it anymore. I’m not sure what’s changed since we moved back to India but I find myself a lot less tolerant of nonsense. And that’s what most of the regular workday drama is. If everyone would just come in to work, do their share carefully, think through how their deliverables would impact others, and just be professional, how easy life would be. Respect for people, respect for their time, appreciation of work well done, and a firm focus on just getting the darn solution out. Is that so hard?

I know it’s all just vague rambling.  And I know Indian IT is a long way from being professional. But does that mean I must become one of them too? I can’t, not just yet. I just want to be me and good work speak for itself. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret this come appraisal time. Or will I?

I don’t know.

This post isn’t really supposed to make sense. It’s just a sort of musing.

But I’m finally, finally starting music lessons this Saturday. It’s what I moved to Chennai for and I so hope it works out.

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