Today only, my happy friend shared what happened with her. She was waiting at our office reception to welcome and escort a senior editor to CEO and saw a big car approaching. She thought this must be the car so advanced a bit. Suddenly a man standing behind her stepped forward and remarked- This is mine, I prefer BMW. She had a hearty laugh and so did I when she told. And we discussed how a sarcastic retort could be- I prefer Maruti-800.
But this happens so often. We come across people who show off on such material things. I have actually seen people moving around with brand tag stitched on the coat sleeves.
Then in our chartered bus for commuting to office, most of the people on receiving a call always reply-I am driving, will talk later. What the f. Is it bad to travel in a bus. If it is, why do you. People.
There are some who can’t have a conversation without dropping 4-5 names. It seems they don’t have any status or position of themselves, that they rely on using acquaintance with others as a talking point.
Few of my relatives and friends are the be-all and end-all of everything. Anything or any person you talk about, they know. Before you complete a sentence they will start nodding or interrupting for adding their own version. Such show-offs are a pain, when they start advising in office meetings. I have started putting the ball in their court by requesting them in front of HOD to carry forward what they have suggested. They never do, hope at some stage they will stop butting in.
And if you have a show-off as a senior, you are screwed big time. Because in their effort to show off always they end up taking shitty jobs in their hands and you end up doing these jobs. I know because I have had such bosses.
Some people try to threaten you by showing off who all they know. Being in PR, I have faced that a lot. But the key here is not to give in. I felt insulted and frustrated in such cases when they threw their weight around and wanted things done their way, but I took a stand and till now I have been successful.
I have seen relatives spending huge sums on parties, cars, bunglaws for showing off. But when you meet them one on one, they start their sob stories of how they are living hand to mouth. Who asked you to splurge?
Then there are people in power. They misuse their positions and claim to have a pulse on everything. I hope they know that most of the time we are respecting the chair and not the person.
On hypocrisy, which seems to be a cousin of show-off, some other day.