A couple of weeks back, my sister gave me a call from Kerala informing about the vacancies in a certain school in Bangalore. “The principal’s post carries a monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakhs,” she was reading from the Malayalam newspaper in which the ad appeared.
“What about the teacher’s posts?” I asked hoping for a proportionately good salary for teachers.
“They haven’t mentioned the teachers’ salaries though there are many vacancies.”
Nevertheless, I emailed my application for the post of English teacher. Delhi kind of politics even in workplace has become utterly boring and I look forward to some change. Even politics calls for variety in order to be entertaining enough. I hoped that Bangalore might be able to provide that much needed change.
The reply came today: a call letter for the post of principal. I was disappointed. Looking at my sullen face, a colleague asked what the matter was.
“Why are you worried?” asked the colleague coolly after listening to my answer. “Take up the job and appoint a secretary at the salary of Rs40000 per month in order to deal with the political part of the job. The rest is good enough money.”
“Make it Rs60000,” said another colleague who offered his own services with implicit mockery. “Don’t make politics so cheap,” he suggested.
Now I’ll have to ask the school whether they are ready to split the responsibilities of the principal into two parts: the political and the non-political.