Leading an organization of over 13,000 employees can’t be easy, so it’s no surprise that Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma often finds himself sitting in long work meetings. But recently, even he was surprised by the length of a Zoom call that lasted almost the entire duration of a typical workday. In the time it took Mr. Sharma to wrap up this call, you can fly from Delhi to Dubai – and vice versa. It was, in his own words, “probably the longest Zoom call” that lasted seven hours and 45 minutes.
“I just finished my probably the longest Zoom call ever. [sic]”, he wrote Monday on Twitter, revealing that the duration of the call was of” 7 hours 45 minutes “.
I just finished my probably the longest Zoom call.
7 hours 45 minutes.
– Vijay Shekhar Sharma (@vijayshekhar) September 13, 2021
His tweet racked up nearly 3,500 likes and a ton of amused comments.
Many Twitter users weren’t impressed – remembering the time when they spent hours talking on the phone with their crushes.
With who ? You still haven’t broken my record. I used to talk to my girlfriend for 10 hours continuously.
– मुद्रा ⚡ (@kriptomudra) September 13, 2021
Sounds like the honeymoon stage in dating ????
– Nicole Shea (@Niccishea) September 13, 2021
In that time, you can complete an entire semester in online courses, another joked.
Itne mein toh online course semester ke ho jaate sir @vijayshekhar , ???????? https://t.co/OVwgGDNu6l
– Touhid Zaeeb (@paradoxicalnama) September 13, 2021
Or watch Sholay as well as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham – the two films that lasted over three hours
Sholay + kabhi khushi kabhi gham? ???? https://t.co/l8997U7jWk
– Gaijin (@gaijinSpeaks) September 13, 2021
Some worried about the person taking the meeting minutes
OK. Worried about who needs to take meeting notes and share today by the end of the day ?????????????
– Yogesh Jain (@cayogesh_jain) September 13, 2021
Zoom the call? More like a “Zoom Marathon”
You can actually call it a Zoom Marathon ???? ♂️ rather than a Call ☎️ https://t.co/cZf7BIhuLI
– Hiren Mehta (@hirenonline) September 13, 2021
But there were also those who took issue with Mr. Sharma glorifying long working hours.
– kaps (@jsrFundose) September 14, 2021
Let’s romanticize it! NS ! Who will beat this record? Please tweet about it, don’t forget to share it on LinkedIn as well! And yes, put it on your CV! #zoomchallengehttps://t.co/3R5JtzilkJ
– Adit Gupta (@aditgupta) September 13, 2021
Nothing to be proud of here. Such a culture is poisonous. https://t.co/2fHzAqoPbI
– Anurag Bhagat (@ THEbigfatpanda8) September 13, 2021
And many also wondered if the call was related to Paytm’s upcoming IPO.
Paytm IPO soon? https://t.co/8WtoEEiRRh
– Apoorvv Dixit (@ApoorvvDixit) September 13, 2021
Preparing for the IPO?
– Sugandh Rakha (@sugandh) September 13, 2021
According to Bloomberg, Paytm, the national leader in digital payments, has filed its preliminary offer documents, aiming to raise up to 166 billion rupees ($ 2.2 billion). If it reaches that level, the IPO would be the largest ever launched by the country.
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