Emails were flying back and forth. It all started with an appreciation mail sent by my manager. I wondered what was in her mind when she sent it as such incidents never happen in my office. But I have been putting in long hours to complete work on time and clients were happy with my work. What was different in the mail she sent was, she has CC’d the top persons and as a rule of thumb we never mail or contact them unless needed. One by the one the recipients of the email started replying, saying how much they appreciate my work and they have known about my hard work all along. My head was in clouds and I couldn’t believe if all this is really happening. Then couple of senior managers called to wish. My hands were almost shaking when I was speaking to them as previously I wasn’t sure they even know the name of the people in the team. Finally I had a chance to breath and I asked another manager (I really have to coordinate and work with 4 managers) whom I work closely on a daily basis about what is going on. He didn’t know himself and replied with some standard script about hard work being appreciated. By then it was 5.30pm on a Friday evening. I told him and another manager that I will be signing off early that day due to personal work and will be completing the pending work on Monday. Signing off by 6PM is quite early for me even if I have worked 9 hours already. They were okay with that and didn’t ask the reason and wished me a good weekend. So by 6’o clock I refreshed and lit the lamps at home. My mother-in-law has explicitly told me to lit lamps that evening with a disapproving look on her face as my ways of praying is not in line with her expectations. As I finished the task, I sighed thinking that getting a good name from tough managers and international clients seem to be an easy task compared to getting a good name with in-laws.