Of offices shifted…

We finally shifted office over the weekend of the start of August. We had been here exactly seven months. Seven months in which we had managed to get a loft constructed, some wiring work done, and some furniture added. But we never really felt at home, you know, so to speak. We had been in our previous office for well over ten years, but had to move out when the building (an old MHADA chawl type of building) went under the reconstruction hammer. We were emotionally attached to that place, it was almost like a second home. And we had done well there. Decently enough to help us buy a home in Mumbai and live a life of a fair amount of comfort. And then we moved to this office. It was in a mall, located in Goregaon East, a little further up from the Oberoi Mall. The mall had never really taken off, and so all the shops were being converted into offices. And we got it really cheap. What’s that they say about Caveat Emptor? Buyer beware? Always be a little suspicious if you get something at a great bargain for no real reason? Well, we were foolish enough not to heed that. We moved in, files, computers and all. And rubbed our hands and got to work. But work just trickled down and died out. Cash flow completely dwindled down. The bank started acting up. Within a few months of moving into that office, we were wondering whether we would need to shut down business. Add to this, was the actual office itself. Situated in a rabbits warren of passages, there was no glimpse of natural sunlight at all. Once we were inside we had no clue whether it was sunny or rainy outside, until we actually drove the car out of the basement parking. Coming closer to home, we thought, would cut down travelling time, but found ourselves stuck in East to West traffic for an hour most times. Most of the shops had been converted into warehouses, some of which stocked chemical kind of stuff, and very often passing a certain shop on the way into office was enough to knock you out with a sledgehammer over the fumes. And the piece de resistance, we could get no mobile signal in the office. And you can only imagine how terribly that impacted business and client relationships.

At the end of July, the husband got antsy. I cant stay here anymore, we have to move. And he started searching for offices with a vengeance. The husband is a typical Taurean, slow to the boil but when he does reach boiling point, he bubbles over with rage and Do It Now anger like a bull on a charge. He spent three days checking out offices in the vicinity. He also began asking for plans of the office and asking friends who knew about these things about how the vaastu of the place seemed like. Something I had never seen him do in all my life. A lovely office, barely across the road from home, was rejected because it had a toilet in the North East. Another office bang on the main road was rejected because it had a beam splitting the space in half . Β Finally we found a space, a shop in a decent residential area, five minutes away from home, and five minutes away from the child’s school. It was fully furnished, rendering all our old furniture redundant. For me, the positives were that the vegetable market and grocery stores were just round the corner. And we have a canopy of trees and dappled sunlight right outside, which is oxygen for me. I need to see sunlight. Although I might not want to be in sunlight, my rods and cones need their daily dose of sunlight in order to be at peak functioning levels. Also, the market is vital for me who is always picking up veggies and groceries at the nth minute. And better still, I had space upstairs in the mezzanine where I could work in peace without needing to share the cabin with the spouse and his lackeys and fight to concentrate with them yelling in my ears all through the day. What luck will this office bring I don’t yet know, but I do know my productivity has increased. I am able to get more done in a day. I save an hour either way on travelling which gives me more time in front of the computer to actually get more work done. If there is ever anything at the child’s school, which is inevitably always at odd mid times, I am able to rush there in five minutes and get back to office in five minutes rather than spend all my working day shuttling in traffic crossing over from east to west and back. The only negative I can think of so far? My reading time has been cut down drastically. My time in the car was the time I used for reading all the books I must read for professional reasons. Now I have to carve out some other time slot in order to read.

Have you ever felt that a particular place is not lucky for you? Do you believe in the vaastu of places? I never did, until we experienced it in the previous office. As for now, our fingers are crossed. But the feeling here is much more peaceful and positive. We actually find ourselves looking forward to get into office everyday, and that by itself is a huge huge positive.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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19 Responses to Of offices shifted…

  1. dipali says:

    The new office sounds great! May it bring you both peace and prosperity. All the best.

    Thanks Dips…


  2. blinkandmiss says:

    Hey Kiran, congratulations on the new office! I hope this place brings lots more peace, prosperity and fun into your lives.

    I am a total non-believer in “nazar” etc., but when the child is sick, I am ready to do anything and everything for him. I guess what we believe in, is a function of our experiences in life?

    Absolutely. I never believed in nazar utarna and nazar until I experienced it with the child. The brat hadnt been eating for well over a month. Finally, in desperation did the nazar utarna with rocksalt, chillies, and rai and he demanded food the next minute…inexplicable.


  3. phoenixritu says:

    I believe! I have seen this happen in my life …. the rationalist in me explains it this way – we are all energy beings, and if the energy is impacted in any way – we suffer.

    Absolutely, and now I also do believe that places come with their own vibrations, positive or negative which can impact you…


  4. phoenixritu says:

    All the best, my prosperity and harmony be with you

    Thank you Ritu!


  5. Well, I don’t believe in Vaastu, but I do believe that if one can’t see even a tiny slice of the sky from a place, it’s often guaranteed to be dreary!

    All the best with the new office.. sounds good already πŸ™‚

    Oh yes. I need to see sky. And sun. And trees. I’m that kind of person.


  6. Goofy Mumma says:

    Congrats on the new space, and hope it brings in all the positive vibes. I have not particularly lived in a house, I have felt that way about, but yes, I have been to places, which have felt kind of heavy and dark. I am a great believer in energies, so I would believe that something was in fact wrong with your old office space. Good luck with the new one. πŸ˜€

    Thank you, so do I now. After I have experienced it. Another positive I realise here is that we have three very strong temples in the immediate vicinity so lots of positive energies in the locality.


    • Goofy Mumma says:

      I am sure there is. πŸ™‚ Wow 3 temples close by, you could not have gone wrong with that then. I read in your reply up there somewhere, and so I am saying I did not believe in ‘nazar’ n stuff till I became a mother myself, but then seeing the BB 180 degree turn, on doing certain things, did change my view…..
      All the best at the new place Kiran. Hope to read many happy posts about the new place now.


  7. Divs says:

    Congratulations on the move Kiran. May it bring good luck, peace and prosperity in your lives. And like someone said above, I am not a believer in things like vaastu until I truly see the negative impact myself!

    Absolutely it needs to happen to one for one to believe in it…


  8. Aathira says:

    Good luck on the move. Hoping all good things find their way to you πŸ™‚

    Hope so too…thank you dear!


  9. sscribbles says:

    Hey, K. I hope things will work out fine with you. Sending all the positive vibes and best wishes over to you. Though, I have never thought about Vaastu myself, but I have seen people being affected by it.

    The rational me doesnt want to believe in Vaastu, but the me who has seen life take an about turn in 7 months does….LOL.


  10. Sands says:

    Wishing you the very best in the new office. I don’t know about vaastu but I do know that circumstances, situation and incidents can turn one from non-believer to believer πŸ™‚

    Absolutely, I never did believe in vaastu. Am still sceptical. But I do believe now that every place has its energy.


  11. All the best Kiran !

    Thanks so much CA


  12. K, I’m not sure what this Vaastu business does, but I am profoundly and acutely affected by spaces. I walk into a place (typically one I am considering living/working in) and will instantly pick up on its vibe. Am just not one of those people who can live anywhere. The extent places can depress me or perk me up is unbelievable. These can be rooms, homes, certain suburbs or entire cities. Over the years I’ve learned to trust my instinct and steer clear of spaces that make me uncomfortable. Good luck with the new place! It sounds perfect.

    Thanks darling. Really need it…


  13. smartassbride says:

    congratulations on the move and good luck with the new place!


  14. choxbox says:

    Good Luck K!


  15. big zed says:

    Well… congrats! And sorry for all the trouble you had to go thro. I bet it was rough. I believe in vaastu, kala tika etc. when all other logical explainations fail.


  16. Sonia says:

    Good Luck Kiran!! May the new place bring lots of peace and prosperity….I dont have much funda about vaastu but believe in vibes – when we walked into our home that we purchased later, it just felt just right…Some places do that to you while others might be swankier, bigger but still make you feel like you are missing something…


  17. Vidya says:

    No better “sign” than what your gut tells you!! Good Luck with the new location πŸ™‚


  18. Trish says:

    all the best Kiran..this seems like the PLACE..may this place bring you all the luck..and give u everything that u lost and more!


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