7-8 years ago….I went to the passport office of my city to make my friend’s passport.
Those days did not have the facility to fill the form on the Internet. The brokers were dominated by the passport office and brokers openly used to take money from selling the forms of passports to fill it, deposit it and make passports.
My friend needed a passport quickly for some reason, but he did not want to get caught in the swamp of brokers. We reached the passport office, we took an urgent form of passport by through the queue, we filled the form completely, There were many hours in this affair, and now we had to deposit the passport fees in some way.
We stood in line, but as soon as our number came, officer closed the window and said that the time has over, now you will come tomorrow.
I apologized to him, told him that we have spent all day today and just now it is a matter of just depositing the fees, please take the fees. But he was not ready.
My friend was very upset and said that let’s come tomorrow. I stopped him and said that wait, I try another one.
The officer got up with his bag. I did not say anything, quietly behind him. He went to a canteen built on the third floor in the same office, where he took a lunch box from his bag and started eating alone.
I sat on the bench in front of him. He looked at me with bad gesture.
I said that you had a lot of work, you will meet many new people every day. I did not know what he knew and started saying that yes, I met one of the big officials. Many IAS, IPS, MLAs and not know who come here every day.
I looked very carefully, saying that on his face there was a sense of ego. I kept quietly listening to him.
I asked him again, you are sitting on a very important seat. Big people come to you So do you respect your job?
I said that you are very fortunate, you have got such an important responsibility, you deal with many senior officers, but you do not respect your position. Look, there is no friend of yours too. You eat a meal alone in the office canteen. God has given you the chance to make relationships. But look at your misfortune, you are spoiling the relationship instead of taking advantage of it.
What is mine, I came today and can come tomorrow. It is not that if no work is done today then it will never happen. You will not do any other officer will tomorrow. But you had the chance to make someone your favor. But you missed.
I further said, you will earn a lot of money, but if you do not earn a relationship then all is useless. What will you do with money? If you do not keep your behavior well then your family will also be unhappy with you.
He listened to me silently. He said that you have said the right thing, Sir. I am alone ,my wife has gone to the maiden by quarreling. Children do not like me too. I do not even mind going home at night. I do not understand where the disturbance is?
I told him that connect himself to the people. If you can help someone, then do so. Look, I have come here for my friend’s passport. I do not need a passport. I apologize to you for a friend’s sake, with selflessness. So I have friends, you do not have. He got up and he told me to reach my window. I will submit the form today. I went down, he deposited the form, took the fees and the passport is reached at my friends home after some days.
That officer asked me my number, I gave my mobile number to him and came back.
On the previous Festival, I got a lot of calls I picked up almost all the numbers. Everyone said Happy Diwali. In the evening, a call came again, “Mr. Suyash Yadav ” speaking sir.” I could not quite recognize. He said that many years ago you had come to us for a passport of a friend. You said that make a relationship instead of money.
I immediately remembered I said yes, how are you?
He said that he is fine. Then he said, Sir, now I do not earn money. Earns relationships I do the work of people who come. Then he said “Today I called you for wishing you a very Happy Diwali”.
Now I learn that earning relationship is more important than money.
Moral of the story “Humans operate with emotions. Not for reasons.. Because for reason, machines run. So, We can earn a lot of money, but if we do not earn a relationship then all is useless.”
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