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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:10 AM
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Cool Lunch habits at work

I remember that one of my former manager - a desi - used to never bring lunch from home. He always ate out in the cafetaria or outside. He had this thinking that one should 'mingle with the big boys' and lunch is the best time to do it. Also having lunch from home seemed very uncool to him.

And at the same time I used to see senior directors eat something they packed from home.

Well, I mostly carry lunch from home. Simple reason - the food out here sucks. I mean how long can you eat all the variety Bay Area has to offer? Also I find it a good thing to spend time with other colleagues who bring lunch from home. Even today we share our lunch time and have a good chit chat session. Some folks, if they forget to get lunch from home, will go out, get a Subway or something 'to go' and then come back to have it at this joint lunch session.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Re: Lunch habits at work

I dont know, but I like sharing lunch with colleagues. It sort of gives time to interact or 'mingle with the boys' to me. Offcourse we are mostly peers. Glad that my bosses dont have time to have lunch with us, else we would have to keep our conversation limited to stupid namby pamby talks.

Thats brings up another point? If at all you have lunch with your colleagues, what do you generally talk about??
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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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Re: Lunch habits at work

Very true . I am so fed up eating outside . I make it a point to go home and eat . as i live only 10 minutes away .
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Re: Lunch habits at work

I usually have my lunch alone, more often than not at my desk reading news.
If the weather permits, I go out to the nearby park.

I tried to sit with my colleagues but they are all really ...not in my age group. Most of them are nearing retirement. So we end up talking about golf, pets etc. Ya ya very boring.
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I remember that one of my former manager - a desi - used to never bring lunch from home. He always ate out in the cafetaria or outside. He had this thinking that one should 'mingle with the big boys' and lunch is the best time to do it. Also having lunch from home seemed very uncool to him.

And at the same time I used to see senior directors eat something they packed from home.

Well, I mostly carry lunch from home. Simple reason - the food out here sucks. I mean how long can you eat all the variety Bay Area has to offer? Also I find it a good thing to spend time with other colleagues who bring lunch from home. Even today we share our lunch time and have a good chit chat session. Some folks, if they forget to get lunch from home, will go out, get a Subway or something 'to go' and then come back to have it at this joint lunch session.
He is right. One should mingle with big boys and when u become senior director, then start bringing from home.......
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He is right. One should mingle with big boys and when u become senior director, then start bringing from home.......
but baba, most of the times I would see him eating alone and not with the big boys because the big boys were eating 'cholestrol conscious' healthy food from home
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Re: Lunch habits at work

As told in some thread earlier, I steer clear of food containing too much masala and tragedy is that my cafeteria uses masalas very generously. So I carry my 'lunchbox' along with me everyday and have it in cafeteria along with other colleagues.
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As told in some thread earlier, I steer clear of food containing too much masala and tragedy is that my cafeteria uses masalas very generously. So I carry my 'lunchbox' along with me everyday and have it in cafeteria along with other colleagues.
Why? I mean does masala cause you some stool problems? Which spices specifically? Black pepper? Cumin? Mace?
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I usually have my lunch alone, more often than not at my desk reading news.
If the weather permits, I go out to the nearby park.

I tried to sit with my colleagues but they are all really ...not in my age group. Most of them are nearing retirement. So we end up talking about golf, pets etc. Ya ya very boring.
I seldom eat on my desk, first four days I bring food from home, sit with all goras/goris ( I m the only indian in my office ) and friday we all go out.
My Boss go out everyday with his wife or his friends outside office so no tension of nambypamby talks and the day we eat with him we all enjoy because he always suggest to go to Hooters for a beer or two and then go home.

I know but we are not hiring nowadays.
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Why? I mean does masala cause you some stool problems? Which spices specifically? Black pepper? Cumin? Mace?
Absolutely no probs with my digestive or gastrointestinal system. Just that I am used to eating food with very less masala (parents are very health conscious) and extra masala means long bouts of hiccups, running-nose, watery eyes and glass-after-glass water!! Everyone near 'pani-puri' stall laugh at me when I start getting those hiccups seconds after gulping my first pani-puri!!

I dont know masala types actually. I guess it must be 'garam-masala', mirchi powder, blac-pepper etc that are generally used in making curries etc.
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I never ate on my desk, first four days I bring food from home, sit with all goras/goris ( I m the only indian in my office ) and friday we all go out.
My Boss go out everyday with his wife or his friends outside office so no tension of nambypamby talks and the day we eat with him we all enjoy because he always suggest to go to Hooters for a beer or two and then go home.

I know but we are not hiring nowadays.
Looks like we both work in the same office... your boss great, my boss great... no nambi-pambi talk there, no nambi-pambi talk here... your boss takes you to hooters, my boss takes me to hooters... you only Indian in your office, me only Indian in my office...

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Re: Lunch habits at work

I don't have any patterns for lunch, though mostly go out with co-workers whenever possible. I bring food from home if it's something I really like, about twice or thrice a month. I end up driving home about once a week, have lunch, watch tv, relax, and drive back to work.

If it's a lunch-with-coworker day, we usually share stories about something we're all working on that day, or just talk about how was the weekend, any plans for coming weekend, movies (just say "I'm not a fan of Star Wars" and the discussion/debate starts), often people ask why i am a vegetarian/how long have i been one and that goes on for a while, weather if it's extremely hot or cold, etc. etc. etc. You see, there are no planned discussions, it just happens.
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I never ate on my desk, first four days I bring food from home, sit with all goras/goris ( I m the only indian in my office ) and friday we all go out.
My Boss go out everyday with his wife or his friends outside office so no tension of nambypamby talks and the day we eat with him we all enjoy because he always suggest to go to Hooters for a beer or two and then go home.

I know but we are not hiring nowadays.

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As told in some thread earlier, I steer clear of food containing too much masala and tragedy is that my cafeteria uses masalas very generously. So I carry my 'lunchbox' along with me everyday and have it in cafeteria along with other colleagues.
well done man. Never ever eat cafeteria food especially in India. My friend found a cockroach in his catered food few days back. Better to steer clear of their cholesterol rich masala food.

I generally carry my lunch and eat with co-workers or in my car or go to subway. I never eat at my desk because I want a break from work. Very rarely I go with colleagues out to lunch. I fake I'm busy or something.

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Absolutely no probs with my digestive or gastrointestinal system. Just that I am used to eating food with very less masala (parents are very health conscious) and extra masala means long bouts of hiccups, running-nose, watery eyes and glass-after-glass water!! Everyone near 'pani-puri' stall laugh at me when I start getting those hiccups seconds after gulping my first pani-puri!!

I dont know masala types actually. I guess it must be 'garam-masala', mirchi powder, blac-pepper etc that are generally used in making curries etc.
Dont care about those jerks you call friends. Eating less masala and spices is good for you. You don't want piles or other horrible problems like that now do you.

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Mostly food from home, but sometimes eat in cafe as our co. cafe offer nice indian and chinese food.
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