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For a world that’s increasingly becoming lazy, data is digested only in the form of bar graphs and pie charts! For an analyst to perform such functions he needs solid data. Let me share with you an incident which caught me off guard and justified my prejudice!

Our project proceedings were in shambles and hence we opted for a combined study at my home (this has nothing to do with the incident)! We did nothing worthwhile ensuring that it remained in shambles! Wanted refreshment badly and decided to step out for an evening munch. Vadi had other better chores to fulfill and hence it was jus me and blade for the outing. After silencing our stomachs… we were walking back home unaware of the things to come!

Suddenly we were confronted by two ladies who came in from nowhere and started off with a ‘sir’ (Man…. It was nice being addressed like that). They wanted us to be a part of the survey that they were conducting (banking and finance), and one of the ladies fittingly mentioned that gifts would be given on completion (this added to the ‘sir’ effect)! Blade was slightly unwilling but the ladies had enough skills to convince us both!

Date: 10th April 2008 (Thursday)
Venue: A small marriage hall near my house

They escorted us into the hall and asked us to be seated. Was surprised to see that there were already a good number of victims inside the hall! The first thing that they wanted us to do was lie… to lie that we were married! Of all the embarrassments that I had endured in my life this will always be rated high! Both of us wanted to leave but they were again adept in convincing us that the gift was worth lying! The ladies explained us that they were training us (to confidently lie) for a meeting with the original surveyor, who was on the far end of the hall questioning hapless victims like us!

Then came a man towards us and told the ladies that no more victims were required…. The ladies apologized for the inconvenience (they never knew that I wanted the gift and not their apology)… So both of us left the hall empty handed (without the promised gift but with embarrassment worth remembering and sharing with you people) with similar trained liars!

In the time to come… before even interpreting pie charts and bar graphs…. I cant help my memory flashing this incident! Hands on experience answering a SURVEY… sorry SURWASTE!

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