In public life we come across a very large number of people , but some of them remain etched deep in memory , either due to their peculiar habits or the words that they frequently and repeatedly use and utter , day in and day out , sometimes even out of the context. In my service career spanning exactly thirty five years , I have also come across such types and am amused to think of them . I started my career in a Commercial Bank and during the seven odd years I spent there, had two or three such colleagues. A colleague, with leadership qualities ingrained in him, in conversation frequently used the word ‘Karamchari ‘ so much so that he came to be addressed as ‘Karamchari’ , his real name relegated to the background. Another colleague who’s takia qalaam was ‘I don’t bother ‘ , soon saw himself being called ‘ bother mull ’ . When an officer named Moksh joined , someone suggested that perhaps he had mis-spelt his name , which should have been Mukesh . When I said that the name Moksh was correct and the word meant ‘salvation ‘, the name ‘Mr.Salvation’ got stuck to him.
Later when I joined Government service, such instances appeared again. In my tenure at Pooh in tribal district of Kinnaur, I found that an official was referred to as “Matung” .It transpired that the official was a teetotaler and once in a gathering , when a drink was offered , he said ‘matungse’ meaning- I donot drink. But the word got stuck as his nickname.A maternal uncle of mine came to be referred to as ‘ Na Ji Na’ as this was the phrase he repeatedly used. A service colleague of my father was known as ‘Bhai ji ‘ due to frequent use of this word by him while addressing others. One can add on and on ,though these are some glaring examples.