A little about the “maids”

April 4, 2008 at 7:28 am 4 comments

The office, like your school or home environment, could resemble one of three things:

1. An “animal farm”:- where the animals are led by either a Queen B or a selfish little pig (or a bunch of selfish little “more equal” pigs) whose whim takes them everywhichway they wouldn’t have like to go were the “farm” as free and KeHizbu/BeHizbu/LeHizbu as it’s leaders claim it to be

2. A “zoo”:- where the animals are allowed free roaming in a controlled environment

3. And ‘the jungle’ (or the wild):- where the animals go everywhichway they want and “kill or be killed” is the rule of the day.

The animals here are of various kind and temperament too. But can generally be categorized into three groups: the bosses, the workers and the ‘Gereds’.

These are people who lurk behind the masters and can make life either difficult or pleasant to the workers. They are the snitches, the watch dogs, the whistles blowers or, as generally considered by the working group, “sniveling little” [Twits? Weasels? Skunks?] who creep in the shadow of the glory of their masters (real or imagined) for a little trip to the land of “somebody” of a “nobody”! They are as unreliable and shifty as the moods of their master, and sometimes as unkind.  

They have no life of their own, these little folks with big devotions and infinite patience, but the little life allowed to them by “their” bosses! They have no name in themselves, but the little they could get their hands on by association – as can be seen from their continuous reference of themselves in plural, “Egna”! No joy, except from the crumbs which fall from the master’s table. Or face to be exact!

They are not exactly the “Uriah Peep” of this world, except perhaps in the smoothness of voice and “cloying humility, obsequiousness, and general insincerity”. Because there is no real “catch”, neither greed nor ambition, to their “game”. It’s but a mentality, and a role in life, of playing second fiddle to bigger people, cooler people, or those that *appear to be* to them. Of dying in the glory of ‘heroes’ and ‘martyrs’, in something bigger than [little, insignificant] you. A faceless, nameless, starved death of a life unappreciated by all, of a person trusted by none, and intensely disliked by him/her he/she followed. Perhaps like associating with “big” people makes little people feel big; associating with “little people” (or those who be-littled themselves) can be-little the pigs.. i mean bigs?! That certainly was the way it went in Kipling’s days; where all a lady needs to do to jeopardize her reputation was “talk to the maids”.

True! You don’t get to choose those you come across in life (like you don’t get to choose your family and old age – you just resign yourself to them :-)!). But you can choose to make your human contact with them as “little” as possible. And have atleast one plant in your office that your eyes can wonder over to.



P.S. The above post has no association, whatsoever, to the post hereunder.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sistu  |  April 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    [this is our ine-libis, anchee-tibish continued from teddy’s post],

    I loved this post, which means I thought this post was more equal than your other posts. I have to say its a yalegeezew, yalagbabu yetekeche post. So good of you to use the word “gered”. I think I know family members who got a good deal of dressing down for using that word. I would love to read more of your take on gereds, ashkers, minzirs(?) and their getochs.

    p.s. 1. and who in their *right* mind would accuse of being a wanna-be having read this??
    2. let it be understood that i consider you one of my greatest writers (and yes, that does include ms smith whom i still haven’t forgiven for that On Beauty nonsense)… why am i melkeskesk-ing sir-sirish otherwise? and also MT over at seleda. I think he is also a genius.
    3. for other readers, yikirta argulign, i just have a good deal of stuff to say to this set Abesha here. Sorry for hogging the comments section.

  • 2. Mikelus Derigan  |  April 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Nice info, added to favourites.

  • 3. abesheet  |  April 7, 2008 at 5:35 am

    So you’ve read “On Beauty” :-)! I thought it was… “charming”. Nothing compared to “White Teeth”, ofcourse. But I don’t think you get to write more than one “White Teeth” a life time. Yawim edelegna kehonsh. Lelaw memocha eskiqareb mazgemiya aynet neger. (An attempt, sometimes pathetic, to live upto a name?!). Like for Beaalu it was “KeAdmas Bashager”, for Dr. Haddis it was “Fiqir Eskemekabir”, and for Dagnachew Worku, “Adefris”. Awesome book, by the way. Heart-breakingly funny! Amazing!!

    Ketenesa ayqer, did you get a chance to take a look at “love unto cript”?!. Heard it was a $&@#ing joke!

    Regarding the use of the term “Gered”, I perhaps didn’t try to dress it up because my reference to it (unlike your family members, perhaps?) has got nothing to do with a “lowly” Profession, but rather a less than noble mentality!? There are lots of men and women in my work place I consider as being endowed with the “Gered mentality”, and most of them earn better than me. And, honey, my salary isn’t exactly peanut :-).

    Glad to hear Seleda is up and running again. Will check it out later.

  • 4. RasX  |  April 7, 2008 at 9:33 am

    As a yeee-haaa is to a buck-a-rooo!
    Your ‘blog/articles’ are to my aging concerns since a youth.

    Since the truth was far beyond outdated school books.
    Its no wonder the only way the world is going to change is ppl like you taking a picture of how their world looks.

    5-8,000 letter average is what you deserve.
    If a picture is worth a thousand words.

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