Jai Hind Dosto,

Ever heard of the term “White Space”? The word is used to indicate a part of the page that is not covered by print or graphic matter. In board rooms or in management terms it is used to indicate an unrealised potential or opportunity.

What is white space

I learnt about it while reading the book “The Professional” by Subroto Bagchi. A few months back while returning to Dehradun from Kolkata, I had to wait at the airport for more than three hours.

Having got mentally tired of playing Sudoku I decided to just observe people around me. A very young energetic face caught my attention.

I felt she was quite in a hurry and wanted to grab a coffee and rush to the boarding gate.

She looked for an empty chair and not finding any dumped her bag on the floor, took out her book, laptop and mobile.

After connecting the charger of her laptop, she kind of settled down and looked around the crowded waiting area.

Then off she went to grab her sandwich and a big cup of coffee and peacefully settled down with her work.

From the book, I could make out that she was a technical college graduate student. She soon was totally engrossed in her studies, totally oblivious of her surroundings, noises and distractions.

I was amused to see a true “Angel of White Space”. Like her, we all can gainfully use our time while waiting at the Doctor’s chamber, bus or railway station, airports etc.

With the incorporation of the social distancing norms, such waits are going to be longer.

If you learn to utilise your white space, you perhaps never will have to tell someone “Sorry, Time nahi mila “.

See you
Take care.


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