Special Guest Writer : Renuka Roy
One of my bosses often asks me to do small tasks for him, the usual intern tasks – printing or copying etc. One day a few weeks ago, I got an e-mail asking to prepare a packet of materials he sent over because someone was stopping by to pick it up that afternoon. I printed the materials (made extra hard by the fact that we ran out of paper! an unexpected hurdle to be sure) and was ready.
He didn’t show that day, but he appeared the next morning. A former Mayor. No one really famous, unless you’re a Minister wonk or have memorized the names of all the MCD (believe me, I know more than one person who can claim this in MCD). But still, I felt in awe a bit. The former Mayor entered and picked up the packet. Boss were out – in fact, the office was remarkably empty that day with only three people in – but he asked for a tour. So we showed him around and told him about what we were doing.
There was something about talking to this man – who had accomplished so much during his Mayor career that was thrilling. First, it made me excited to start my career. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go into politics. But I do hope that I make an impact in whatever I decide to work in. And I hope that when I get to be his age (late 70s-ish), I hope that I can talk about the things I accomplished. Not in a way that is bragging, but a testament to the people I have worked with and the legacy.
Second, Delhi is such a unique place. There are so many power players here that sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight. What passes for celebrity in Bollywood isn’t the same as out here.
All in all, it was a pretty great way to spend a morning talking to a former Mayor.