You didn't really think I was going to let this go without a post, did you? Chat transcript from a few minutes ago with a few changes.
"Hey. You around?"
"Ready to come back?"
"Not really. Do I have a choice?"
"You can always go back soon"
"Go back where?"
"Why am I coming back?"
"Because you miss home"
"I do? Okay"
"So when will you go back next?"
"Next year sometime"
"What about December?"
"Yeah, you have time off then right?"
"Didn't we like talk about this like a few weeks ago and decide that its better if I go to India now?"
"Yeah but maybe your parents will be happier to see you soon"
"I am not so sure. And besides, December is double the cost"
"I know. But if you really want to go home..."
"Are you coming to India in December?"
"I haven't thought about it"
"Oh. I thought you had lots of vacation days left"
"I do but I haven't figured out my plans"
"What else is happening?"
"Did you sync up with any of your friends?"
"Yeah, spoke to a few"
"Yeah, I spoke to him, he is crazy busy"
"What is he doing December?"
"How do I know? And anyway, why do you want to know?"
"I don't know. Just wondering what peoples' plans were"
"How does K's plans impact you?"
"It doesn't, I guess. Hey, how is our Banker Kid doing?"
"He is alright. Now that he quit, he seems more human"
"He wasn't that bad. Just a quant monkey"
"Yeah, I guess"
"So what is he doing in December?"
"Hang on. Enough naatak"
"Okay. So I was speaking to this chap..."
"This chap I work with"
"And he was telling me something about some alumni meetup"
"What alumni meetup?"
"Of people from your institution"
"Oh that comedy. They have nothing better to do"
"But who talks about these things? All that goes to junk mail that I delete. What kind of losers do you hang out with at work?"
"Yeah, he is the loser type only. So he was telling me how there's one in December"
"Wait, people actually go to these things?"
"I guess if you have something to show-off which some of us obviously don't, it might not be a such a bad idea to go to one of these things"
"And this chap you spoke to has something to show off?"
"Okay, give up. Did you read Luddo's latest?"
"He has the details. Its called PanIIT or something"
"Luddo has links to PanIIT meets? Okay, I am not reading him anymore. Its over"
"Its over? Are you having an affair with Luddo?"
"Not the point. He has been putting up links on IIT meets?"
"No, no, wait, its not like that"
"There were these special events for spouses..."
"And Luddo is in charge of organising them? This is even worse than I thought"
"No, no, why don't you go read the post first? And here is the spouse link"
A few minutes later.
"Okay I am back"
"It makes sense"
"What makes sense?"
"Can you innovate? I will join Luddo and we will be spouses"
"Not the point. I can't innovate. I want to go to spouse meet"
"I will become sampoorna nari then"
"What use is that to me? Who will make money?"
"Don't be silly. Sampoorna is everything. Personal, professional everything"
"How many sampoorna women do you know who make more money than their spouses? Actually how many sampoorna women do you know?"
"I don't know any and that's precisely why I should go and learn to become one"
"No, I want to do this"
"Aren't you the one who keeps singing "momma's gonna take you back / teach you all the things you lack" at me?
"This is not your momma"
"So? They will teach me all the things I lack. Isn't that all you need?"
"Nonsense. Anyway they won't let you there as you are alumni. Only spouses can go to spouse meet"
"Then we are not going"
"Let me get this straight - I get to spend the three boringest days of my entire life while you get to have fun with the spouses. Not fair. Who says I don't want to learn kili josiyiam? What the hell is that btw?"
"You are kidding"
"Then we have to go"
"Exactly. It will be a coup. There's even a book in there"
"Learning kili josiyam in our islands of excellence!"
"Open only for spouses though. The male of the species, err...I mean the alumni are all innovating"
"Hmm...I see how this has to be done but I am not kidding, I really cannot stand them for three straight days"
"Well, why don't you be there for Day One and then we shall attempt a rescue?"
"Make up something. I know! We will say the LHC has run into problems and they are calling you to fix it and so you had to leave"
"Brilliant. Lets do it"
PS: Obviously there is some serious indignation that can be thrown into this but I think Luddo does a nice job of it already and I have nothing to add. Except to say that it doesn't really come as such a big WTF to me because seriously, who expected them to do anything different?