Faizal, I would think that Asok will do anything to keep Alice from puching a hole in his skull. But really, Asok is the poor short-timer who is paranoid about losing his job at every turn and shakes with every assignment. Little does he know that in this day and age he is more likely to survive a round of layoffs due to his low salary and band, it is the supposedly 'tenured' employees that will be shown teh door.
Alice is an engineer, not a negotiator, she finds the optimum arrangement of things, not people; but as a woman, she is probably treated as an admin assistant. Over the years, she has learnt to stop suggesting you might like to do the thing for her which she wants, to stop asking, to demanding what she wants.