Kammu ( name changed) is a unique character.
He is the most hardworking person in the organization according to me. Always ready to step in and do overtime if someone is absent , can work for straight 72 hours if needed; and still finds energy to do whatever is needed by the department. At the end of the month ,a fat cheque in the hand and he runs off to a jeweller . By now he is wearing 2 rings each in all 10 fingers.( Actually right thumb has only one ring, now that I think of it.)
Plus a thick smuggler/ Bappi Lahiri like chain in his neck and a thick kada in his right hand. With more money ,I suppose, he will try to match more of Bappi da's looks !
Once he carried his Overtime salary in an envelope and forgot the envelope in an auto. Loss of around Rs.15,000 ,remainder after purchasing gold and giving his mother her monthly household expense. Also, one day,he removed his bracelet and kept it in the locker, which was stolen. The culprit was never caught , this was pre security camera era.We told him,your excess money was taken by God and redistributed. Poor chap, he was sad for a few days and then started doing OTs again.
Funnily enough , he doesn't own a watch or a cell phone. Still, he is always available when you need him .
Amongst his unofficial duties , one task is to procure snacks for office parties and cakes for birthdays from his favourite cake shop in Andheri west. I suspect he has struck deals with various shop owners and earns a tiny commission on MRP , but we do not grudge that..he gives fantastic service. When there are these parties or celebrations in the department, he is always there to dance. His dances are as famous as his jewellery… his nagin dance and dances on famous marathi rapchik songs are legendary.
During the covid era, he started a new service of procuring Dettol bottles and sanitizers for the staff who had gone into panic mode in the initial stages of the pandemic. He had tied up with some chemist who procured things for him. Honestly, even if he made profits, he never charged more than the MRP ,so we never minded.
He is still single and always on the lookout to become 'double'. A favourite amongst the young girls who come to our department for training , these girls often call him 'dada' and destroy his hopes ! But our K will never give up his efforts ! Always eyes and ears open for 'hariyali' as we call in colloquial.During the covid era, when I started to wear eyeshadows , he was the one to stop and stare and say " Madam, whatever colourful thing you have done to your eyes looks nice !"
A chatterbox with too-fast-to-understand talking speed due to which the words appear jumbled , we tell him "the only time you keep your mouth shut is when you have gutkha in your mouth and then, we can smell you from a mile ! " To that he says, "No No, I have given up gutkha for life now, I just had a tiny bit ,just now." ( This happens on a daily basis,by the way.) He explains , we listen and accept.
This story happened just yesterday.
My colleague bought a new house in a good locality and got some sweets and snacks for the department.
As usual, K knocked and saluted , saying good morning. Then with his usual speed asked , " how much did you pay?"
She said.." so and so for the sweet and so much for savoury items."
He says., " No ,No , I am asking how much you paid for 'the room' ! "
We both looked at him and started laughing.
I told my colleague,"you are going to acquire a new neighbour now and then you will have to play a match-making auntie in your spare time !"
One should never curb one's aspirations to own a house in a great locality ,despite your humble circumstances. You never know when the goddess of luck might smile upon you !