Greatness wasn’t thrust upon him. He earned it, or rather paid for it, depending on how you look at it. All his alleged super-powers were hardly the result of an experiment gone horribly wrong (some might dispute that theory).
At the risk of causing serious damage to his financial well-being, he went through a rigorous 2-year process of conditioning and training that converted him into the super-being that he thinks he is.
Now with his super-powers he selflessly strives hard to save the corporate world and make it a better place for all innocent, hard-working and ignorant souls around him.
But it wasn’t always like that. Aditya Chamba (Adi to his friends) grew up as a regular kid with all the normal fears that plague the untrained brain. Maths, exams and data overload jitters were the popular plots that his nightmares were based on.
After close to 2 decades of basic education, he thought he had learnt everything he needed to help him lead an enjoyable life and sail towards retirement. He was so mistaken.
His real education started when he entered the corporate world. Very soon he realised (or rather his bosses made him realise) how little he knew. He realised that the functioning of the business world was too vast and complicated for his little brain to comprehend.
The 12 hours of his life that he contributed daily to his employer from his small cubicle were less than a drop in the ocean. All the big decisions were taken behind closed doors of cabins where the powers that be, stay put, coming out occasionally to gulp huge quantities of fresh air mixed with cigarette smoke (or vice versa).
Adi wanted those powers and he wasn’t willing to wait like the rest of the sissies around him to develop them organically. It was a question of working smart versus working hard. Well, not working was also an option, but Adi’s dignity and bank balance wouldn’t allow that. After a lot of soul searching, he knew what stood between him and the powers he seeked – an MBA degree from Bizcool B-school, the premier management institution he always dreamt of.
Not too many people are sure of what happened in the next 2 years, but he came back transformed. The simple guy next door, Adi Chamba had become Achamba (that’s uh-chum-baa, meaning ‘Wonder’ in Hindi), the Super MBA. He had strange and wonderful powers that none could fathom. He could come up with answers to all (ALL) problems, using strange looking diagrams and notes that he referred to as ‘frameworks’.
His fear of numbers had vanished and in fact replaced by an obsession, as he sliced and diced into random data that he could access out of the blue. The scariest part was he had figured out how to use the Pivot Table feature in MS Excel! Plus many more powers that would be gradually revealed on unsuspecting occasions. His bosses love him and those around him wonder why.
Adi claims that his Achamba avatar has been grossly misunderstood.
People think he is arrogant. He defines it as ‘natural confidence that emanates from knowing all the answers’.
Folks think he underestimates the complexity of real life problems. He thinks this general public perception stems from his peers’ ignorance about his problem solving toolset.
Many say he is overpaid. He says he is just a prime example and a personification of how successful products can be created and marketed to fill a void that never existed. To which the others say, ‘Huh???’
Some say Achamba is just a urban legend. Others say they have been at the receiving end of his magical powers. What’s your stand? Have you seen him lurking in your office?
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If you found this interesting, read more about the adventures of Achamba – The Super MBA.
Achamba is looking for some new friends (the first few are always extra special), and his
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