Waking up Google’s Consultant!
There was a time that Badar Khushnood, Google’s Consultant in Lahore, used to think I was a nice person. But this is true no more. What have I done to get into his bad books? Nothing very atrociious by my standards … but I will let you be the judge.
Whenever I am travelling, I try and utilise every moment that I have. Hence hotel rooms are a bit wasted on me. I had 2 days at my disposal in Lahore. Sunday was more or less spent hobnobbing and strategizing with the Central Executive Committee of P@SHA.
So I decided that on Monday, before I took the 6 pm flight back home, I needed to meet up with at least 7 or 8 people. I phoned Badar and asked him to meet me at 8:30 a.m. at the PC for breakfast because the rest of my meetings were in different parts of town. More about that later (the reason Imran Zia doesn’t like me much anymore either)!
Poor Badar works late hours so 8.30 am meetings are not quite what he relishes. However, how could he say no? We hadn’t met for a while and there was some catching up to do, ideas to exchange and plans to make. Thanks Badar – I am sure you will agree that our discussions were worth it. Let us move ahead with the action items. You do forgive me, right? How could you not! 🙂
Now for why Imran is peeved with me (although he is too nice a guy to let that affect our friendship). When I planned my visits to various tech companies in Lahore, I didn’t keep the street map of Lahore in mind so poor Imran kept driving me from one side of town to another through the day. At the end of our excursion, he gently told me that next time it might be prudent to hold a bunch of sessions in one locality and then proceed to the next. Ooops … sorry my friend. Will do.
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