BATON ROUGE, LA – Employees at a local company are convinced that their office bigot likes the smell of Indian food but refuses to acknowledge the fact. Efforts to be kind to him and offer him some to try have failed.
“Our office manager, Amos Bundy, is an interesting guy,” said Devendra Nagheenanajar, lead developer at local software firm Imminent Technologies. “He’s been with the company for nearly 20 years. He started in the mailroom and worked his way up to office manager. He’s seen the company grow and change. When I started, I was the first Indian – and first non-white – developer. Now the team consists of 8 Indians, 2 African-Americans, a Trinidadian and 3 white guys.”
“We’ve got a nice team here – everyone supports each other, we hang out after work. Well, everyone except Amos,” said developer Cherelle Joseph, an expat from Trinidad. “He doesn’t socialize with us outside of work. He chats with a couple of the guys – who happen to be white – but he only talks to us brown folks when he has to. He used to be the office joker back in the day but these days he mostly keeps to himself. It’s kind of sad.”
“We really try to be nice to him,” said Mr. Nagheenanajar. “Our office culture is such that we often bring food to share. When we offer it to him, he refuses to look at the food, makes an excuse and eats his own lunch instead. But I’ve even seen him staring at my food with a pained expression when he thought no one was looking.”
“He eats the same things for lunch every single day – either meat and potatoes, or a ham and cheese sandwich. It has to be depressing,” said Ms. Joseph. “Every day at least a few of us are eating some yummy homemade something and the office smells wonderful. Amos usually closes his door when it’s lunchtime. He claims that he’s trying to get some work done.”
“Rumor has it that he orders takeout from India Palace at least once a week,” said Mr. Nagheenanajar. “My cousin says he delivers every Friday night to a guy whose arm matches Bundy’s description. The guy hides behind his door, pays only in cash and orders the same thing every week: bhel puri, seekh kebabs, chicken biryani and a salt lassi.”