Jab Main Office Baccha Tha Badi Shararat Karta Tha

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Jab Main Office Baccha Tha Badi Shararat Karta Tha

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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remember my first day at my first job very fondly. For starters, I was half an hour early at work, a feat I have never managed to repeat in the six years since that historic morning. But the real reason I smile when I think of that day, is because that’s when I was anointed the “office baccha”.

I could show up two hours late and nobody would notice, because nobody pays attention to anything the office baccha does. We no longer live in times when the youngest of the lot is sent off to fetch coffee or is assigned to photocopy 5,863 documents. In modern, new-agey offices, like the ones I have had the good fortune of occupying, office bacchas slink into a corner, stoop low over their laptops, and spend hours trawling the depths of YouTube and Reddit.

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