Friday, March 22, 2019


John was a colleague in the US. He was a good graphic designer. We worked together a lot and shared a lot of laughter over Zoom and beer when he came down to India to meet the Indian marketing team. 

Then one day John got laid off and they moved his job to India. John cursed outsourcing and voted for Trump. Things went downhill after that. John wallowed in self-pity. He was too bitter to attend interviews paranoid that the next job would be outsourced too. There were plenty of jobs but John was not interested.

John: I hate this Silverine, I just effing hate outsourcing!!
Me: I understand your angst John. It must be terrible being laid off like that!
John: There has to be a law against this!
Me: Well, companies gotta do what companies gotta do to make profits. They are still employing a lot of people in the US, in fact 50%.
John: &%^%#$@$ US companies must hire from US only, period!
Me: But John, that is like telling me to hire from Bangalore only. I would be depriving myself of good talent when there are good people in other parts of India.
John: I don’t care for this bullshit!
Me: Sigh

He decided he will work in such a way that his job won’t be outsourced. Which meant he had to be his own boss. So he started his own gig. From one gig to a few more and he was finally able to pay rent and hire more people as his clientele grew. He worked from home and his staff of freelancers also worked from their homes. Business grew and his freelancers became his employees and one day John decided to pitch his services to me and his old company. I was more than happy to consider his services since he was a brilliant designer and had assisted me in many marketing campaigns.

John sent me a meeting invite for the pitch. The meeting started at 9 pm IST since John is in the west coast.

John: Hello Silverine, how are you!!
Me: Hello John. How are you!!!
John: I am fine. Since we talked last, we are now grown to a team of 10 designers!
Me: Wowwwww! Good for you John.
John: And our capabilities have grown too.
Me: Wonderful!
John: Let me introduce you to my team. On the call are: Sivaraman Sarvapalli from Hyderabad, Karthick Krishna from Salem, George Thottumkal from Kochi, Harvinder Singh from Chandigarh, Basavaraju from Bangalore, Swapan from Bhubaneshwar, Abdul from Calicut,  Robin from Goa, Joydeep from Kolkata and Sangma from Guwahati. They work from home but are part of my team.
Me: !!!!!


Rex said...

Wow, you're posting after ages! I still use a feed reader after Google Reader went dead, and yours is one of several personal blogs from that era I still follow.

Anonymous said...

Good to see you back, S.
And good on John for rebounding well from such a traumatic event.


Syam said...

Back after a 2 year break!

silverine said...

Rex: You are always my first come-back commenter :-) Thank you for always being there!
Jackson: I am sooo thrilled to see your comment! Hope you are doing good bud. Every thozhilali must become a mudhalali, I think to understand the pain! :-p
Syam: And good to see you here even after two years! Thanks friend! :-)

Unknown said...

Nicely articulated - drives the point home ... and yes, welcome back :-)

Destiny's child... said...

You are back!
I was thinking that all of my old favourite blogs were dead but thankfully, this one is not! Was on a loooooooong break myself.

Any way, a post from Silverine always guarantees a good laugh. So, thank you :)

Anita Jeyan said...

Hahaha this was good !

Hammy said...


Outsourcing is an idiotic, painful abomination that attacks the roots of patriotic pride... until it actually benefits you.

While I disagree with John's point of view (at least his pre-entrepreneurial POV), I can understand the frustration. When market realities change, and that disrupts your life in a direct way, it's easy to lash out, and to find a boogeyman to pin it on. I'm happy he worked his way out of that mindframe and paved his way forward.

Good to read from you after so long, Anjs. Hope to read more. :D

Wanderlust said...

Amazing to see that you are still writing. I thought the blogs that I frequented almost daily once upon a time had all but dried up but good to be proven wrong. Thumbs Up Silverine :)

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you back. Accidentally thought of your old posts and searched for your blog. Keep writing!