Monday, February 28, 2005

BPO.....

The talk in the cafateria had scared him slightly... everyone was wondering how long this would last.. here they were, just out of college, earning at the start of their careers, more than what their parents did at the end of theirs, enjoying a lifestyle that their parents couldnt have dreamed of, and generally living life to the fullest...
those were the good bits...but the flip side of it was you became a nocturnal creature ( well, depending on the country the client's audience resided in, the hours varied).. he had heard there were even some local outfits that worked during the day, who dealt with an indian audience, but the pay was pretty bad and besides, they didn't get free language training, which was a perk he enjoyed... and in case he decided to go there, he would have to unlearn ...uhuh, no way, he thought!! besides, he would never get to play the characters he got here... wasnt that what he did everyday, assuming a character who matched the expectations of the audience he was talking to... maintaining a conversation with people he hadn't seen and would perhaps never see.. pretending to look outside the window and seeing the snow falling( hell, he had never seen snow) or autumn leaves or the colors of the spring.. and generally being someone he wasnt, and would perhaps, never be...he knew most of the people who he dealt with realised all this, but so long as he put up a good front, they were cool with it....
but he wondered how soon all this would start reflecting on his persona.. his language was already a problem with his friends and parents...sometimes he felt frustrated, writing about stuff he had no interest in, replying to comments made by the clients' audience... maintaining conversations in shoutboxes and tagboards...
he wondered whether the second wave of BPOs would have happened at all - if blogging hadnt become a craze, and once people started, it hadn't become so addicitive, and after sometime there wasnt a burnout, and in spite of the burnout, people didnt want their blogs to go on.. but all this, did happen, thats why he had a job...
Blogs & Posts Outsourcing, he wondered if this had a future at all!!
until next time, ride the wave....

31 comments:

Nupur said...

Me first!

Nupur said...

These days anything and everything is being outsourced!
:D

Ink Spill said...

On behalf of Inkspill, I'd like to offer you my compliments on a wonderful post.
Stop writing for Manu and get yourself a blog.

manuscrypts said...

nupur: not this one :)

inkz: will do that, once i save up enough..hehe :)

J said...

Blog-outsourcing? Hehe.

But jokes apart… I’m happy I’m not caught in this BPO thingy. Jus imagine… I wake up one morning n all this disappears… wot happens then? But to think of it, anything can disappear one fine morning! Even me :-p

la devil said...

ever thot of starting ur own BPO (Brain Process Outsourcing)!!
Me will pay as much as u want!

manuscrypts said...

j: i really dont know.. and ur last sentence kinda sums up my feelings too... in absolute terms, isnt it a job just like any?? theres nothing called job security anymore, anywhere... new world, new rules. :(

devil: sell my brain to the devil, never!!..lol, but seriously, u have brought up an issue thats been plaguing me for quite sometime now... theres so much i want to do, and the only thing that stops me is the thought that i may not be able to fulfil the responsibilities i have now... i may not be able to get the necessary bread and butter... maybe i am too weak to struggle..:(

la devil said...

awwww! but this is wat i hav always blived in....if u r given the responsibilities, u r also givn the power, strength n the ability to see them thru the end.
n responsibilities r givn only to the strong n the powerful n the able.

if u wana do somthing jus do it...bread n butter will follow.

a phrase i read in a book -- "Noone bargains on Kohinoor (diamond)"..the best always comand a high price.
u knw u r the best, don worry abt the rest.

ashi said...

he he he...so that's your new position manu? wonder if i could get a job like that...hmmm...

J said...

My last sentence sums up ur feelings too? :-O u planning to elope too??? ;)

Saltwater Blues said...

:) I like the way you see things. Shine on, brother.

manuscrypts said...

devil: one day, will be adventurous enough :)

ashi: me wish too :)

manuscrypts said...

j: correction... second last sentence.. :)

SwB: *with the black hole look in the eyes* thank ye :)

blokes said...

i cant believe that u have doubts about ur own ability to succeed in an unchartered course. common, get enterprising and worst comes to worst, there is always social security even if it is thru virtual buddies online!LOL! As 4 ur blog- the so-called-american accent put-on by the BPO graduade is off-putting to say the least. It is all about attitude and not about accents. And Indians have a loooong way to get the attitude right rather than sounding ingratiatingly grovelling and trying to fix issues whatever the cost! Unfortunately no-one teaches that in any of the training programs.

satchit said...

blog outsourcing - interesting concept actually! i was thinking of doing that. but then if my proxy blogger is a chain-blogger, people who know how i infrequently i blog would start getting suspicious. ;-)

Elixir said...

hehe, echoing inkspill. If i were to apply for a post, whr do i send in my resume?? :P

Elixir said...

and wanna buy a post whr do i apply again??

Stone said...

I see it as..."guest-posts" n "guest-comments"

manuscrypts said...

blokes: doubts, i definitely have.. no accent in this bpo, only language :).. and well, 'indian' attitude is something i am beginning to accept, and like, now.. ;)

elixir: this facility is currently not available, please try later.thank you..lol

manuscrypts said...

satchit: shd get somebody who posts based on instructions.. :)

stone: which is already happening, so this might happen :)

erratica said...

cool blog. n if u ever think of oursoucrcing let me know too.

rapunzel said...

FYI, it is ALREADY happening!!!tsk tsk. i am sworn to secrecy though:-D

manuscrypts said...

erratica: thanx.. i dont think i'll be outsourcing..hehe

rapunzel: scandal!! view from the tower is pretty good, i see :)

pitti said...

And... another post that makes one sit back and think. Bordering on the cynical and yet a prospect real enough that I can almost see a movie being made on it! Keep up the good work, more later...

ps: Maybe THIS is the reason why I don't blog :D

Pallavi said...

BPO = BRRRRR !!! frankly speaking..

manuscrypts said...

pitti: movieee.. :D.. but shdnt keep u from blogging.. :)

pallavi: isnt it a job like any other??

Arunima said...

recently an article had come in TOI that if someone sells American air too, the young in the so called... might buy and breathe that.

I hate it when people fake accents. Bah!! Boo!! Brrrr!!

manuscrypts said...

i hate when people are fake :)

Anonymous said...

i guess sooner or later it will come to this?
maybe not.
so many ppl dont give a damn who reads them or not.
austere

manuscrypts said...

ah, but thats not the only possible reason.. time??

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