Akhil’s father was Dwarkadas’ close friend. During Akhil’s childhood at the village, their two families lived next to each other and lived like one joint family. Dwarkadas was an LIC agent. Akhil used to call him “uncle”.
Later on, Akhil moved to Mumbai. After some initial struggle, he got help from his cousins to get into their business and flourished. Recently, even Dwarkadas moved to Mumbai and wanted to expand his LIC work in Mumbai.
He got in touch with Akhil, who welcomed him warmly and also gave him some insurance work from his office. Dwarkadas was happy that his interaction restarted with Akhil. He used to visit Akhil’s office once in few weeks. Each time he went there, he would try to meet and say ‘hello’ to Akhil. He would also chat with him for few minutes asking him about everybody in the family.
Very soon, whenever Dwarkadas would try to meet him, Akhil would convey through his secretary that “he is in meeting”. Initially, Dwarkadas took this as a genuine reason. But, soon he found out that Akhil was avoiding meeting him. After 3-4 such repeated incidents, he asked the secretary “Can I speak to him on intercom at least?”. The secretary flatly refused, saying “Uncle, Akhil Sir has told me not to let you in when he is sitting with some other people. He dislikes you talking to him about home and family in office. He also does not like you calling him by his first name. Everybody here calls him Akhil Sir. Aap unko Akhil kehke bulaate hein aur time pass karte hain woh unhe achchha nahin lagta.”
Dwarkadas learnt his lesson of the professional world. The rules of personal relationships should not be applied in work place. Keep work and home relationships separate. Do not try to make the twines meet. Don’t bring home to office and vice versa. It may harm both the ends…!