Home Fun at Work ! It was a usual day at our studio. A bunch of dreamy eyed designers, gazing out of the window, try to conjure the next great product. We suddenly noticed a swarm of bees flocking outside our office. They all huddled together and clung to the roof outside our window. We were all excited and started snapping pictures. The next morning they were gone, leaving behind just a white flat honeycomb. Skipping ahead a month. The swarm was back. This time the excitement was lesser. No photos were clicked. But this time they did not leave. They had decided to stay and we would see them everyday all huddled up together in a cluster doing their own mysterious thing. Yesterday, we saw the swarm of bees wildly floating outside our window. We rushed out to witness a scene that shocked us all. A young kid, probably in his early teens, was dangling from the 4th floor roof, balancing himself on a flimsy rope. And he was poking at the beehive with his bare hands. The bees were in a mad frenzy and were stinging the kid everywhere, but he did not even flinch. He was grabbing fistful of bees from the hive and was hurling them away. We were not just scared of what reaction he must have to all those bee stings, the thought of what would happened if he slipped or the rope gave way. The turmoil was soon over. The boy was safely pulled up. When we rushed to ask him the obvious question, he just shrugged saying “I’m used to it now. It doesn’t hurt us anymore”. Within minutes they extracted the honey from the honey comb and started selling it right there. On reflection, we had a lot to learn from this event. Firstly, never be complacent about where you are. For you never know when and who may come and rattle your beehive and walk away with your honey. Secondly, always adapt to survive. While we are sitting here cribbing about mosquito bites, there is a kid out there shrugging of bee stings. And the last and probably the most important lesson came when I was just about to finish writing this and I glanced out of the window again. The swarm of bees are back. They are at it again, starting from scratch. So never give up on your dreams, no matter how many time someone destroys it. P.S. The honey was luscious.