Yesterday the 6th anniversary celebrations of MT were kicked-off with the ‘Ethnic day’ celebrations. This has been a norm every year. Accordingly, a good percentage of the office crowd turned up in ethnic wear and colourful costumes, there were goodies in the form of prizes for the “project team with the best team-spirit for dressing up in accordance to a particular theme” , “best dressed individual in ethnic wear”, “best team in ethnic wear” etc to spur them on. The traditional lamp was lit by the CEO and some visiting customers, to officially flag-off the celebrations. All of us had a fun-filled hour in the morning before we started the day’s work.
But by mid-day, I was left wondering if what I witnessed in the morning was a display of sporting spirit, coming dressed in a manner befitting the occasion or a fancy dress competition. Nearly 75% of the people I’d seen in the morning had changed into office/ casual wear. What struck me as even more ironical was that most of the ladies had changed from sarees into jeans and short/ sleeveless tops. So also the men, some of whom changed into official formal wear from kurtas and dhotis; the reasons my team mate gave were:
1. If there’s a stain on my dhoti while I’m eating lunch, my wife’s gonna kill me (may be, he should consider wearing a bib or an apron would be a better choice, I think!!)
2. It’s very uncomfortable walking around and working while I’m wearing it
Of course, these people were far better in comparison to others like another of my team-mates who said that he couldn’t come in an ethnic outfit as he didn’t have any. Apparently he keeps all his dhotis etc at his parents’ place in his native village, as he needs to wear them only on the occasion of functions, that too on being compelled by his father, else he doesn’t see a need to use them!
I guess, to each his own… people want comfort more than anything else, but shouldn’t one make an effort, at-least on some occasions that call for it?