Of the Charlies and the chocolate factories…
This weird piece of email conversation happened between my ex-colleague and I at one of my earlier workplaces. I retained this email because it was funny…or I think too highly of my own sense of humor… I do remember that the said colleague was not exactly amused! 😀
Date: Lets ignore this
Subject: An analogy – please consider this seriously
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie – All the ‘blue eyed boys’ – who are on Willy Wonka’s favorite list and stand chance to inherit the factory if they behave (namely, follow Willy’s wishes) throughout the journey (namely – Jan to December)
Willy Wonka – (or WILLY WONKAs in our case) – WE KNOW WHO
Chocolate Factory – This is the place where all riches lie but no one is allowed to touch/enjoy (except for the blue eyed boys who suck it up to Willy and eventually get to GET THERE)
I’m sure you’ve made the connection by now…and realised that in the chocolate factory of your professional life, you are none of these characters…(or maybe you are, in which case you are reading this email disdainfully)
AND you’re not one of those bad kids who got thrown out of factory for misbehaving either… that means, you can belong to only one category: ..(drum roll please….)
The OOMPA LUMPAs….. those who toil 24X7 to make factory a better place for Willy Wonka and his blue eyed boy…
Those who wear same facial expressions and lead life like it was daily movement of bowels…(erm forgive me)
But those who dont really get to enjoy chocolates that they mix and probably wont be able to digest the euphoria and happiness of being at the top at any point (having never experienced it before)….
So admit it, YOU (&I as well) are OOMPA LUMPAs!!
Subject: Re: An analogy….please consider this seriously
I don’t agree that we are the Oompa Lumpas!
In the first place, I don’t agree that *this place* is Charlie’s chocolate factory. The CC factory is a cool, awesome, fantasmagorical place where products which bring happiness to people are born. It represents Charlie’s wishes to have a life independent of his father’s wishes. It represents childhood fantasies!
In the chocolate factory, there is no place for obnoxious and greedy people. And the blue-eyed boy is a level headed sweet boy whom life has not been kind to thus far (unless you are happy with poor parents! just joking haha!)
I believe this place is the anti-chocolate factory and I hope there exists a place where there is a place for people like us, you know the real blue eyed people and not people who just throw their weight around!!!!
Subject: Erm…okay, but….
Yeah, well, the chocolate factory thing is exaggerated…Finance may not be a wonderland that the chocolate factory was…but it COULD be a lucrative land nevertheless. Question is ….for whom? For those who are GOOD HONEST Charlies? no, not them of course…
And blue eyed boys are not THE blue eyed charlie from the factory…
But still, I feel, we are at some level like the Oompa Lumpas, who do not get to enjoy the fruits of their labour…Maybe, the Oompa Lumpas in the story do not desire it…unlike us… which is more tragic.
Subject: Re:Erm…okay, but….
The Oompa Lumpas were happy in their jobs. Don’t overlook that.
I think a closer analogy would be the ant hierarchy…we’re the worker ants, the slaves…We don’t even have fancy Oompa Lumpa designations…..
Yeah….so what reminds me suddenly of this stupid dialogue…? Well, its THAT time of the year!! THAT which decides whether you;ve been promoted to charlie from oompa lumpa status!!