This year, despite protests from ardent gift (receiving) lovers like me, the Secret Santa was made public... junta public i.e. office crowd including boring departments like finance, IT that has people who we refer as ext. 613, ext. 579 were made (forced to be) a part of this year's Secret Santa.
Boss and I were amongst those who didn't receive any gifts for four whole days...With boss' official permission to do an official reply-all, my spams continued to everyone - mails threatened people that they'd end up getting a Ghajini mottai incase the gifts didn't arrive on my desk.. I even informed (on reply-alls ofcourse) that I'd be away for client meetings and my Secret Santa can leave his/her giftS on the desk blah blah... No luck! But boss was lucky! She received her share of gifts the following day.. My wait continued...My alpa eccha-kaiyala-kaakha-ottadha Santa was never to be found... and the rest of the gift-less Bantas in office continued reply-all ing to my reply-all! I was loving the replya-alls ... it felt good to know that I was not alone!
I was S' Secret Santa and bought her quite a few stuff and was glad she liked everything including the paper jewellery and glass earrings.
Some of the gifts that my fellow colleagues received: Candles, books, bouquets, Kingfisher pints, Naatu sarakku, Semi-nude poster of a girl, keychains, kurtas, Telugu DVD (for Superboss who is from Golt land), chappal (huh?), wallet...
Finally...My number came off on Wednesday! I had four gifts waiting at 9 am sharp when I reached office! Was thrilled! The whole office applauded - freedom from my reply-alls for them.. Finally!
And here's what I got from my Secret Santa: Ear rings, chain, bangles, handbook (from handmade paper), chaat, chocolates, colorful pen.. I was super thrilled! Again a reply-all with a "Thank you Santa" !
In the meantime, some people were still disappointed 'coz they couldn't participate in the excitement since a whole lot of kanja-pisanaris never bothered to buy anything. SC is one of the nicest girls in office and it was sad to see her disappointed. Managed to buy a kurta from Fab India for SC. Boss too bought some stuff for people who never received gifts. The entire office was shopping in the nearby mall when I reached there. Did someone say recession?
Friday was revealer day when the Secret Santas were revealed. I was very eager to know who my Secret Santa was . Missed the revealer session since I am in Madras now. Was speaking to Arj this evening on the phone and asked her to tell me who my Secret Santa was so that I could call and thank him.
Arj mentioned that it was she who had bought all my gifts though she was not my Secret Santa."But why?", I asked her. She told me that she was sad to see me disappointed and I was maha touched. Not just for me. Pal ended up buying for boss, N and quite a few others. I thought it was a lovely gesture.
Thank you Arj! May you win the Cannes some day! (I can hear you say "I don't want Cannes... all I want is Cash!)
2008 has truly been a year of gifts for me- a foot massager, bose personal stereo, a surprise holiday, Canon camera, mobile - some I spent for , lots hujband spent for, super lots we spent for (our new home) ! May the trend continue next year too!