Monday, November 06, 2006

Lift Operator

Ever wondered what it is like to be a life operator?

On a late rainy morning in my office lobby, I was seated with a 'Shatabdi' of thoughts within my head. The Shatabdi express of thoughts was fuelled by the steaming hot tea in my hands.

I was facing the door to one of the forever loaded lifts. As usual the door opened and people stormed out.. People who were seated with me in the lobby wriggled their way in. In the two minute load and unload interval, I caught a glimpse of the Lift Operator seated in the corner of the lift with his finger on the operator's panel.

Many a time I had wondered what it would be like to operate the lift for 12 hours continuously. That was the shift timing, he once told me, when i asked. He comes in at 6:00 in the morning and works till 6:00 in the evening. I recalled this fact and could not help wondering aloud about his plight and profession.

My friend's insights :

If he is the type who likes to read and analyse people's minds he will know a lot of information from the conversations that most often happen inside the lift.

If he is the lazy type who likes to sit idle, then he would most probably enjoy the job.

If he is the friendly type who likes to make new friends and meet new people, he will have friends in all floors of the building.

Still, I am wondering if it is actually possible to handle the lift just the same way, with the same temperament, day-in and day-out...

Not sure if i would make a good lift operator... with the kind of speed and change that i like to be revolving with...

Hats off to the lift operator... Next time around, when I meet a lift operator, I am going to try and remember to flash a smile.. if not a smile, I would surely not put on a serious face and a ' I-dont-know-you' face.. ..That is the least I can do to brighten his day and job...

Some day, I would ask him what is his life as a lift operator like...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

arousing curiosity, desire to see greater in degree - 531v4

madviper said...

This reminded me of the doorman episode in Seinfeld -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doorman

What is permanent??

Permanent is one word in English Dictionary that probably needs a revision. The Pink Frock, The Sapphire stash, The athlete win, The m...