Guest AuthorPrabodh Sirur

I was rude once; it helped!

By | Prabodh Sirur | In search of Postitive Intranets at In search of Positive Intranets

My story is about how I raised a small sum of money for our office boy Vishwa by being unmannerly!

I bet this story is NOT the greatest story you would have read. But it will surely encourage you to create some magic moments in your work-life, the moments you would like to remember/re-live for long.


We always found Vishwa sketching whenever he was free. He was not a trained artist but he just loved sketching.

Let me now go to my rudeness story. Sharing the whole story including the subplots; it’s a pleasure remembering all my old colleagues.


Amit Mitra, a software engineer then, was a social videographer and had made a touching documentary about road accidents. The Commissioner of Traffic Police had organised an event to showcase this documentary. It was a great recognition for Amit when the Commissioner declared that this documentary will be made a must watch in all RTOs (Road Traffic Offices) and educational institutions.

While returning from the event, we stopped for dinner. Amit’s achievement was a moment of celebration for us. I was happy to pay the bill.


Suddenly I saw an opportunity here. The next day I went around to meet all who had dinner with me to ask for their share of the money. I remember the first one I met was Ashit, a bit of a mercurial personality. I had to be politely impolite! I said, “Ashitda, I will tell you the reason later why I am asking for your share.” Ashit’s response was predictable, “You don’t have to tell me. Here’s the money. You are fair in asking for my share.”

The next person I met was Sujata. She knew me better. She had a good laugh at my ill-mannered behaviour and said, “I know you are up to something interesting. I am eager to know about it.”

I took all the money, went to a stationery shop and bought colours, drawing boards, brushes etc. Sumati, my colleague and an enthu cutlet, wrapped the whole thing in a nice golden wrapper. We invited Sujata and Ashit to give the gift to Vishwa. The shy boy was overwhelmed.

Vishwa continues to sketch even today. When I met him recently, he gave me a great gift, a sketch he did for me.

The workplace is our great family.

We have umpteen opportunities to innovate, to ideate, to laugh and to have fun; And to bond with so many people.

We also have umpteen opportunities to harm people, to put them down, to make them feel small.

I guess the first option is a better option for our mental well-being.

Republished with permission and originally published at Prabodh Sirur’s Linkedin

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