Office Mahabharata

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I received this interesting message this morning and decided to use it in my blog.

Unfortunately (like a lot of very interesting stuff that we receive via email, texts whatsapp messages and face book posts) I am not sure about the origin and hence cannot give due credit to the person who originally wrote it .

The writer has drawn interesting and funny comparisons to our everyday colleagues at work with characters from the Mahabharata.


Dronacharya – The Mentor
The employee who doesn’t like working himself but is always ready to guide and train new joiners.

Bhishma – The Loyalist
The employee in a relatively senior position who happily assists the boss in spite of knowing his incompetence (because of some strange oath maybe).

Dhritarashtra – The Blind boss
He knows that everything is wrong with his project but will still let it function, without making any changes to the current processes.

Gandhari – The Yesmen/Women
The boss’s immediate juniors who know that they are a part of an evil plan but will stay blindfolded and pretend as if nothing is happening.

Yuddhisthira – The ethical guy
Poor chap would never fudge timesheets and call in sick only when he is dying.

Bhima – The angry resource 
Always ready to pick up a fight with his peers, subordinates or even the bosses.

Arjuna – The cool dude
The star performer who also knows how to sell his skills. A natural charmer, very famous among the ladies.

Nakul & Sahdev – The good average resource
No one notices them. They keep doing their work and get average appraisals.

Duryodhana – The Bully
Knows how to get work done, by hook or by crook. Doesn’t mind threatening the likes of Nakul and Sahdev to get his work done.

Karna – The unsung hero
The best performer in the office but never claims credit for his work. Stays an unsung hero for all his life. Girls take him for a snobbish nerd.

Shakuni – The evil plotter
Copies management in every mail. Escalates every trivial issue, sometimes to take credits and sometimes purely for fun.

Dhristadyumna – The One inning wonder
The one who performs an extraordinary feat, and then basks in the glory of it for the rest of his life.

Draupadi – The shared resource
Keeps hopping projects on boss’s advice.

Krishna – The Ultimate Boss
(PM/CTO/CEO) who knows that it is his game while he makes everyone believe that they are playing important roles too.

Now when you look around your workplace you probably will be able to see the comparisons too. There are ways to deal with each of them but I shall save that.