A blackboard in an old small mini conference roomThis is a small story about an old mini conference room where a blackboard was mounted in one of the walls. It was a small old room, arranged in shape of a mini conference room where there were 10-15 chairs placed opposite the blackboard in a round shape where the people could sit while someone explains something on the blackboard. It was once full of activities and people from different sections or departments used to book it for their discussions or short presentation on some official matter or matter of common interest. It was always on demand. An attendant used to be there who helped in cleaning the blackboard and arranging things like water, chalks or stationary on a central elongated table. It used to have its own ambience in those times. It was a place where many vital decisions were taken by the management in consultation to its top employees. But things changed with time. In a bid to modernise the office premises, a new conference hall was built where all modern facilities like overhead projector, white board, individual microphone for speaking were installed and slowly all the important meetings, presentations were shifted to that hall. It was only when there were more such meetings or group discussions that those people who did not get the new hall came to it to use it. So discussion or presentation activities in this room went down to only 3-4 times in a month and practically it was lying unused. The attendant was also shifted to the new hall and people using the old one were asked to manage the small petty things themselves. So such changes take place in organisations and offices when a new facility is created. It is said that the old gives way to the new and it was true in this case also.
This is my entry for the month end TOW contest on the topic - Blackboard.