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Office Gossip

by Vaman Acharya
(Bengaluru)

I was working as an officer in the bank. It was a small branch with three officers (including branch manager), four clerks, and one peon. Sometimes gossip among the colleagues would create misunderstanding without knowing the reality. Sunayana and Manoj were working in our bank as officer and clerk respectively. They became friends in spite of their vast difference of age. Manoj was 28 and Sunayana was 40. Manoj was a bachelor and Sunayana was married and a mother of ten year old son. The other colleagues were closely watching their movements.

One day at the commencement of the business hours of the bank, one of the officer colleagues, whose name is Ravi, came to me with the latest news.

“Do you know Mr. Balaji about the love affair of Manoj and Sunayana?”

I was surprised to hear such a strange and unbelievable news from him.

“Who said they are lovers? Unless, you know perfectly do not come to the conclusion. Before suspecting others, you should think thoroughly. Moreover, it is their personal matter. You are not supposed to interfere in other’s private affairs.”

“I know it is purely their personal matter. Being a responsible person in the bank, I cannot close my eyes. I am one hundred percent confident by observing their free movement.”

“I don’t agree with you. Sunayana is older than Manoj and a mother of ten year old son. She is a sober and respectable woman.”
Ravi went out without defending his argument.

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After one month, Manoj invited all the colleagues for his wedding on the coming Sunday. In the wedding hall, it was revealed to me by Sunayana that she took initiative to arrange Manoj’s marriage, as the bride happens to be her close friend. Sunayana’s husband Rajesh, who is a senior manager in another bank was entrusted the work of matrimonial alliance of a girl with Manoj. In this context, Sunayana was talking to Manoj frequently and visiting the nearby canteen for coffee with him. Moreover, Manoj and Rajesh belonged to same place and they were maintaining cordial relationship.

Ravi was busy with other friends. I called him to meet me outside the hall. He rushed to me and asked me the reason for my calling.

“Sometime back, you told me about Manoj and Sunayana.”

“Yes sir! I remember and there is nothing wrong in suspecting others.”

“Do you know the reality?”

“No sir, I don’t know.”

I told him the reason for her free movement with Manoj. He became upset and requested me not to tell others about his suspicion. I further told him to stop suspecting others without knowing the facts. If I spread the same news like Ravi to others, what would have happened? Ravi realized his mistake and tendered apology to me.

The End




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Jan 03, 2012
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Office Gossip
by: Sneha

Well, having been there and witnessed this...I always tended to stay away from gossip of all forms. This is a very thought provoking article.

Jan 03, 2012
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Office Gossip
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

This is a very contemporary issue, especially, when it comes to a male and female colleague. Our society is still not ready to accept a friendly rapport between a male and a female colleague. A simple conversation sometimes becomes such a controversial issue! A post that makes one think.

Jan 13, 2012
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gossip
by: Anonymous

Yes, it is very sad what happens when a so called news goes from one mouth to another !!
Lakshmi

Feb 03, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thanks for the comments.

Nov 16, 2012
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Office Gossip
by: PUSHPA RAGHURAM

Mr.Acharya,

You have highlighted the damages a Grape vine communication may cause to a person's reputation very clearly.

The narration is short and direct. Thanks for sharing your experince.

Nov 17, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Madam,
Thanks for your comments.

Sep 10, 2013
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Discourage Gossip Mongers
by: Vaman Acharya

In every office or bank there are gossip mongers like Ravi. Such persons are addicted to gossiping.These gossip mongers do not understand talking ill about others is unwise and does not fit in good manners. Being educated class should not indulge in such activity. Talk about a person who is not present is certainly not tolerated. Those who do not tolerate gossiping must discourage and if possible warn gossip mongers.

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