During early 90s when I was a representative and travelling, it was a common practice that my fellow passengers would strike a conversation.
Fellow-Passenger: Are you from Pollachi?
FP: Where are you from?
FP: Are you on a visit?
Me: No, I work here.
FP: Which company?
FP: Where is the office located?
Me: Mumbai but we have a branch at Chennai.
FP: But you said you are working here?
Me: Yeah I work here.
I generally try to explain the job of a representative and the fact our HQ is in Mumbai and our branch office in Chennai and that I am based out of Pollachi visiting doctors in the entire district and we dont have an office. We have distributors but that is not our office and that I dont work there. Generally the conversations stop there and they dont talk to me for the rest of the journey. Initially I used to feel very uncomfortable that I could not explain my representative job to such a small-town-guy in a language he can understand, but over time, I got used to it.
Surprisingly a similar kind of experience I am having now in 2011 “working on the internet” and answering people on what I do and where my office is or is not.
So Where Do You Work?