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How Outlook is taking the fun out of jobs.

I am spending, as to what can be called my life’s last academic summer vacation. The full fledged three months, when June is the best month of the year with absolutely nothing to do. As a cherry on the top, I did not intern or work this summer, knowing that probably most of the coming summers would be spend in typing on laptops and staring into screens for work than leisure writing. However, my anxiety levels got better of me, and I somehow managed to get pro-bono internship work in the last two weeks of this summer. It looked good – new industry, new people, different work environment. I was set to shrug off my fear of missing out, take a slow and steady step towards to oiling my rusted joints onto the racing rat’s ferris wheel yet again.

Since, my organisation is based in Singapore and I am currently in India, I woke up at 7 am, something I had not done since early May perhaps. I am groggy eyed, still hoping to catch 15 more minutes of sleep, missing my kitten, staring out at the lovely morning, thinking why do I not get up early always. All this and suddenly I am asked to operate on Microsoft Outlook. It is easy to use yes, but difficult to configure. I used Outlook for nearly three years at work, and it was good to me, because I always had a back up admin team at office. Now, I’m home and unable to figure out due to my failed technical skills.

Why isn’t gmail the better option to work with? It is easy, accessible across all levels and negligible technical issues. Outlook is like the grandpa of emails who likes to keep things organised, handy but defaults in preferences and settings. He’ll tell you how wonderful it is easy to have a normal life, with no adventures like Google Plus and Google Photos, but it takes away the colour and fun from it. He will ask you to learn driving on a Maruti 800, whose gears do not shift without hurting your arm, while the world tries to drive auto-pilot cars. Let’s make things easy and move onto better email options, shall we?

Mariyam Raza Haider

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A journalist by training, Mariyam Haider is a writer and performance poet in Singapore.
She is the researcher of the book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age written by James Crabtree.
Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Livemint, Feminism In India, New Asian Writing and Kitaab.

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