Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody

-by Janak Samtani

Just the other day at work, I fired a print as it was absolutely necessary. Normally I just do not print. So the way it works in Windows is that when you click Print, the print icon appears in the taskbar and then disappears, which means the job is done. This time it was still present for over a minute. “So much time?”  Being sure there was some error, I clicked on the printer icon and saw around fifteen print jobs in queue. Some were sent several hours earlier. Now I stare at this window and I am forced to think, and then decide, whether I should be the one to go to the printer at the end of the floor, and check out the problem.

After short thinking, I say – “Fuck It”. As the print was absolutely necessary, but not absolutely urgent, I decided to wait and see if someone else fixes the problem this time.

Several hours passed by when I remembered to check the printer status and determine if any of the sixty odd people, whom I share the floor with, cared one bit. To my utter disappointment I check to see the print job queue had gone up to twenty nine. To determine the target of my fury I started going through the list of people who had sent documents for printing but had done nothing to fix the problem. That’s when I remembered reading an interesting story a few years back. I searched for it on the web and here it is for you all…

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

Thinking about the bigger scheme of things I go fix the paper jam in the printer.

After ten minutes I am calm and on concluding that none of these Nobodys around me deserve any of my compassion; I lift my feet from the floor, turn round and round on my chair looking at each of them.

5 Responses to “Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody”

  1. 1 Sam
    December 15, 2009 at 16:20

    I can empathize what you must have gone through, dude. Corporate workspace is replete with all kinds of specimen – but the most frustrating are the dim witted, over confident nut cases and some most importantly, those who are boss’s sidekicks. They are a consummate pain in the ass. No wonder, they get promotions sooner than the deserving candidates.

    Pardon me for opening the can of worms with this contentious, debatable topic. But, sadly, it imparts an enriching experience that helped me immensely to evolve as an astute professional.

    One needs to be prudent about whom to help out and whom shall be kept at an arm’s length. I have come across some, undeniably.

    But, in life, one invariably comes across such specimens often than not! The big question is how we negotiate with such possums? It’s in fact easy. Keep them at arm’s length. Sometimes, such folks startles me. But some people continues to be brusque to the point that starts to irk me. They are a total nightmare but offers a great learning curve on how to handle them with utmost ease. 🙂


  2. 2 Amrish
    December 18, 2009 at 05:06

    All good writers on one blog!


  3. 3 Roy
    December 18, 2009 at 07:53

    “After ten minutes I am calm and on concluding that none of these Nobodys around me deserve any of my compassion; I lift my feet from the floor, turn round and round on my chair looking at each of them.”

    – I dig this line!


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