Greetings - the Gilsbert way

"Gilsbert..meet miss XYZ..new recruit to our team" introduced our senior damager.
Gilsbert was standing a good yard away and bowed his welcome with a nod of his head.
She took a few steps forward and held her hand to say hello. We shook hands and that's the end of the story. At least that's what he thought.

The moment that girl turned away the senior damager looked at him and said "namma aal pakka graamathaanu prove pannitaanda"
He was not sure whom or about what he was referring to and wore the same look that we all make use of in our team meetings - borderline blank.
"Enda..antha ponnu avlo thairiyama kai neeti shake hand pannuthu..nee ennamo pattikaatan mathiri thalli poi nikkara"
"ellaam oru bayam kalantha mariyaathai thaaan"
"shake hand panna mariyaathai illainu yaar sonna"
"appo bayam mattum fix pannikalam"
"enda dei..nee aaru adi irukka..athu arai adikku irukku..yaar yaara paathu bayapadanum..accept that you are shy"
"seri..irunthutu poguthu..shy nay vachupomay"
"ipdilaam iruntha romba kashtamappu..naaliku client meet panna ithey thaan pannuvia"
Ennada ithu vamba poachu..oru shake hand pannathathu ivlo peria panjaayatha pogumaa..."ungalukenna baas..shake pannanum avlo thaana..don't worry..naaliku client vanthanna avana pudichi ulukkara ulukkula..avan kambeni project mattum ilaama avan sothu mothathaiyum namma perla ezhuthi vachiruvaan paarunga"
Damager started smiling at the joke and then realized with Gilsbert you never know and gave a stern look. "Stay one full yard away from client" and went away
"Itha thaana ippovum pannen..paavam avaray kanpoos aaitaru"
Whistling "Good bad Ugly" theme song..Gilsbert walked into Sunset.

Pi. Ku:
I somehow detest shaking hands. Not to the extent of asking for a wipe a la MONK the detective. Athukaga..neither do I favour our "podungamma vote" style koozha kumbidu. Japenese stylela slight bow is what I prefer. Athukaga yogasanam mathiri thalaiyaala tharaiya thodra alavukkum poga maaten. It feels very fake and samayathula shake hand panrennu irukkara kadupellam sethu vachu client sidelenthu Godrej buereaukku coat suit poatta mathiri varavanunga,  murukki utruraanunga. Oru vanakkam vaikarathula ivlo vamba...ende guruvaayurappa!!!

Comments

Ramesh said…
OK Gilsu , if you don't like shaking hands you can kiss the next girl three times on the cheek - European style - and then ask damager to send you to Europe because you are now an expert in "greeting clients" :):):)
gils said…
Europelaye settle aaida vendithaan..ammani aam aadminiya maarri katchi symbol ala saathiruvaanga
Vincy said…
Havent you heard this saying " when in Rome be a Roman?" illana ithyavathu kettiripeenga. " Naai vesham potta korachu thaan aaganum". IT'le irundha Shake hand pannanum :-) :-)

I can help by giving you specialised training. what say you?
gils said…
hehe...actualla there is a lot deeper emotion behind this post..atha thani postavay podalam :D

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