Asok is an Indian intern in the Dilbert comic strip. His first appearance was March 18, 1996, he is a brilliant graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology. The character is named after a co-worker of strip creator Scott Adams at Pacific Bell. "Asok" is a common Indian name, though it is spelled "Ashok" and pronounced "Ah-shok". Scott Adams confesses in his book Dilbert 2.0: 20 years of Dilbert that he had a coworker whose name was Asok, with the same spelling he used, that he had no idea it could be spelled differently. The name is an English variation of the name of the first major emperor of Emperor Ashoka. Asok himself is Indian, but that fact was not mentioned until September 2003, although in the animated series 1999 episode "Holiday", Asok mentions he has family living in India. Adams says in Seven Years of Highly Defective People that this is because "I only like characters who have huge, gaping character flaws; the world is far too sensitive to let me get away with a flawed minority member."
Asok appears to be a fan of Indian music: in the animated episode "Art" he is shown listening enthusiastically to a female vocalist singing in Hindi. Asok has been described as "the stereotype of the cerebral Indian has passed into popular culture" and as the "first Indian comic character to win hearts globally". Asok solves difficult problems in a few keystrokes, but he is still naïve to the cruelties and politics of the business world; as a result, he ends up being the scapegoat for his coworkers' antics. Despite many years as an intern, performing the functions of a senior engineer, Asok has been denied permission to be a regular employee and the usage of company resources for his work because the Pointy-Haired Boss has approval to hire new senior engineers, but not interns; as he stated "If I promote you, my empire, I mean department, won't grow." It has been mentioned. In recent times, Wally had become a sort of bizarre mentor to the innocent Asok, explains his cynical world view to the intern.
Asok is not very close to Dilbert, but in the TV series is willing to socialize with him outside of work. Arguably Asok is the only character who likes Dilbert as opposed to tolerating him. Asok is trained to sleep only on national holidays, a trait that he carried over from his alma mater. In addition, he was trained during his time at the Indian Institute of Technology in telekinesis, despite being told he could not use his powers in front of the ungifted, he has used it for personal gain or for defense on occasion. Once to vaporize an obnoxious Texan and more to stealthily steal donuts in a meeting, remove asbestos from the office, he chokes the Boss by tightening his necktie after the Boss is not happy that Asok invented a superconductor that would eliminate the need for oil, saying that he should have been finding vendors for ink cartridges. After an incident in 2008 where he vaporizes a coworker using the "stink-eye" he was forced to return to the IIT to be punished for his actions; as well, he has mentioned.
One example is his ability to reheat his tea by holding a cup to his forehead and thinking about fire. The Dilbert TV series offered conflicting views of Asok's athletic abilities. In the episode "The Company Picnic" Asok is shown to be unable to throw a baseball with either hand. In the episode "The Security Guard", Wally calls Asok "a woman", citing the fact he has little upper body strength. However, Asok is shown demonstrating impressive athletic feats as well. In the episode "The Shroud of Wally", Asok is able to hurl a briefcase several dozen yards high through the open window of a rocket and sprint away from it in only seconds to escape being engulfed in flames. Asok has claimed to have killed a coyote with only his keys, although he concedes that it "might have been a potato". Scott Adams stated in a late October 2007 interview that one of the regular characters was to die soon. On December 7, 2007 the Pointy-Haired Boss announced that Asok died while on a test of a moon shuttle prototype.
Asok had planned to reincarnate into his clone. On Saturday, December 8, Asok was reincarnated into a part human, part Snickers bar - the result of Asok's DNA being mixed in with candy. On Monday, December 10, Asok's clone was informed by Dilbert that Asok had been killed, that he had been reincarnated into a half man, half snack. Asok used his advanced shape shifting and guided reincarnation skills to change his form into that of a regular and chocolate-free, intern, it appears. In fact, the January 16, 2008 episode saw Asok tell the Boss that he was going to send his report to the Board of Directors, but the Boss said that he couldn't speak to the Board because he was an intern. On September 16, 2010, Asok indicated that he had written a book based on the dumb things that the pointy-haired boss has said. Asok claims. On October 29, 2010, the pointy-haired boss promoted Asok from intern to "limbo", the state "between the living and the damned". On February 7, 2014, Dogbert declared that Asok was gay, in protest
Chancery Hill Historic District is a national historic district located at Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia. The district included 109 contributing buildings and 1 contributing site, Oak Grove Cemetery. A boundary increase in 2001, added the listed Alexander Wade House to the district; the district encompasses a residential area developed in the early-20th century on property, once the farm of U. S. Senator Waitman T. Willey, it includes examples of popular architectural styles from that period including Queen Anne, American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, Bungalow. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, with a boundary increase in 2001