The McKinsey Affair

Bemused Memories of an Innocent Past.

400 Days of Summer, Winter & Spring – A McKinsey Affair

(Day 400)

Access denied. After an year of seeing you, I decide to leave, and this is how you treat me? You’re taking away all the gifts you gave me, surely it didn’t have to be that bad? To top it all, you moved on so quick! You’ve already found 4 new girls to replace me! 

Ah, you’re harsh, but I’ll be back McKinsey, and you won’t have enough of me then. 

(CREDITS ROLL.. Rewind to the beginning)

 

(1)

McKinsey. Deep breath. Is it really true?? 

Oh Lord. I’m actually hitched to you! Of all the people who vie for you, you chose me! ME. Many others too, I know, but we will be exclusive. Its us. 🙂 

I can’t wait to spread the news! You and I are finally together, after years I spent dreaming of you, dear McK!

 (8)

You’re fucking great McKinsey! Your place has swimming pool, a gym, my life is gonna be one hell of a party now!!!! 🙂

AND you have a stock full of chips, biscuits, juices and whatnot! And the food you get for me… Quite a four-course meal. Soup, salad, main course, dessert… All my friends are envious. (evil grin)

(308)

You have been a bane to my dreams of reaching the levels of Cindy Crawford fitness. Ever since I hooked up with you, I’ve gained 5 kgs!!!! All my hard work is down the drain, you just leave me with no time for exercise! You make me sit and eat, sit and eat, sit and eat, but the food… Ugh.

As if that isn’t enough, you are too possessive. I understand that you want me to spend all my time with you, but sweetheart, I like to hang out with my friends once in a while.

 (57)

I love how organised and structured you are. Before any argument arises, we get to give each other ‘feedback’. You present the problems in charts and always have 3 points to finish it off! 

 (212)

You never let me speak! I’m creative. Just accept it. I LIKE PROSE. I LIKE writing in PROSE. You can’t always force me to write “3 points”!!!!

 (280)

My MBTI type classifies me as a ‘P’, and yet you expect me to create a workplan for the time we spend together. How demanding can you be?

(300)

You took me to meet the client – that was a huge step for us. I know how much you value your clients… And you finally introduced me to them. Do you realise we’ve reached a whole new level with this? And how can I forget that you treated me like a queen! Chauffeurs, corporate air travel, Corollas waiting for me… 😀 This is why I love you McKinsey! <3

(376)

This will be hard on you, but I’ve decided to part ways. I’ve loved being with you so so much, and you pamper me a lot, but.. yes, there’s someone else. I ‘ve decided and the top thought of my decision is that I can’t commit to you yet. Not now, without knowing what else is in store for me! I wish to explore the world, visit new horizons, and we’ll have to part.

 

…….

(400)

Access denied. After an year of seeing you, I decide to leave, and this is how you treat me? You’re taking away all the gifts you gave me, surely it didn’t have to be that bad? To top it all, you moved on so quick! You’ve already found 4 new girls to replace me! 

Ah, you’re harsh, but I’ll be back McKinsey, and you won’t have enough of me then.

…………

 

(425)

I miss you. A lot. You were home out of home. But we’re good. Separate, but together in spirit. I’ve learnt so much from you. You were the first I ever gave myself to. And you’ll always hold a special place in my heart.


Wrote this in 2012, after quitting my first job, at McKinsey. As Barney/Robin from HIMYM said, perhaps I have “graduation goggles”, but I really feel nostalgic about my time at McKinsey. I went on to found a startup called ‘SocialBuzzar’ and attended IIM Calcutta for my MBA soon thereafter. A wonderful place to work for a beginner, I learnt a lot from my time at McKinsey!

Are you a McKinsey alumnus? Share your thoughts about the rosy/thorny journey in the comments!