Casual Day in an Indian Call Center
This is my sense of humor I guess. My favorite show is Outsourced which takes a deeper look at the many issues effecting the lives of call center workers in India as well as Americans living in India. I relate to this because I have spent many months in India and have gone through all of the cultural issues, dyssentary, monsoons, etc.
My skit idea is that the manager of an Indian call center named John wants his employees to become more comfortable with the American culture, so he calls America and asks his manager what to do. The senior manager, Chuck in California says that they should do things like Americans do. Have an office party once in a while, have casual Friday, have personal days, and do as many things as they can like people do in America.
So, John decides to have casual Friday. I am thinking of Rajiv Gidwani from Outsourced reluctantly saying, “Okay workers, listen up… today we will be having casual Friday, I personally don’t like the idea, but I was talked into it by our senior manager”. The real life Rajiv hates anything casual and loves the corporate power image with suits and formality. So, John tells the workers, that they can dress how they like: in jeans or casual clothing, and that they can even bring their animals to work, since thats what many companies in California allow! In California, in some of the film industry offices, people will bring dogs to work for example.
Finally, casual Friday comes after a long 96 hours of waiting!
Anita brings her Chihuahua. Naren brings his pet rat. Girish brings a baby cat. Manish brings a peacock. Sanjiv brings a monkey. Santosh brings a cow. And Nuntheny brings the baby elephant from aunty’s temple down the street. John says, I’m so happy that you are adapting to our American ways. It makes much more relaxing atmosphere when you bring your pets, doesn’t it? The workers agree.
But, John becomes disturbed at the type of animals that were brought in. They don’t seem like “pets”.
John: Anita, I love your little dog, he is so cute…., but Naren.. a rat? A rat is not a pet.
Naren: For me its a pet. We have so many of them in India and they are so cute with their little beady eyes.
John: A peacock? Don’t those belong outside? Don’t they make this loud hooping sound any time there is noise?
Manish: Oh, he is our family pet, and after all, today is casual Friday, so we must bring our pets. I love Sally my peacock. Sally… don’t listen to what John has to say, he doesn’t understand you!
John: Sanjiv, I love your monkey, but monkeys are mischevious animals.
Sanjiv: No, not my monkey, he is wonderful. He never misbehaves. By the way John? That banana on your desk? Its not going to last long, better put it in a drawer.
John: Nuntheny, I love your mini elephant. He is so….
Nuntheny: He? He… is NOT a he… its a She
John: Oh, I’m sorry.
Nuntheny: You should be! How would you like it if people mistook you for a lady? There there Laxmi, John didn’t really mean what he said. You’re a real lady… here…have a banana… Good girl.
John: Hmmm, this attempt at learning American culture is not working out as I expected. I was thinking more along the lines of dogs and maybe a cat here or there. Perhaps a hampster.
Nuntheny: Well, in India we have different types of pets.
John: Anyway, break is over its time for work.
—— TRUMPET sound…. MOOOOOO…. woof ..woof…woof. hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo…
John calling Chuck: Chuck… these Americanization ideas like casual Friday?
Chuck: How is it going? I love casual Friday
John: It’s not working as planned. When they are making calls, they can’t hear the customers with all the trumpeting sounds of the elephant, the moo sounds, and the peacock starts hooting every time there is a sudden sound.
Chuck: Oh my god, it sounds like a zoo!
John: Yes, thats the word I was looking for.
Chuck: Hmmm. Lets change the plan a bit. We’ll have Sari Thursdays and Jeans Fridays. That way we can have the best of both cultures without all of the sound effects.
John: Yes Chuck (trumpet sound of elephant), I am hearing you (bark bark)… trying to hear you…I’m not sure how good I would look in a sari though. Thats my only concern.
Chuck: Don’t worry John, ONE SIZE FITS ALL!!!!
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