Lessons from Dr Kurien – 6

- Shekhar Roy 

During my service period in NDDB, I had interactions with Dr.V Kurien on many occasions, official, demi-official and also personal. 

Most of these interactions have taught some invaluable lessons which had helped in restructuring my personal value system and eventually my character. 

There are small incidences which are still in my memory and the lessons learnt that I have imbibed within. 

I would like to share yet another incident which influenced my personal life.

On a working day, after 6.00 pm, I had been to Jagnath Market for buying bread, biscuit etc. While returning, I could see from the gate that Dr.Kurien was standing in front of the Chairma’s Office building and his driver Dhanji was trying to call the security guard.

In the meantime I was almost near his office and was trying to pass through. He called me and told me to find out who are the officers who sit there where the light were on and inform him the next day morning.

When the security guard came Dr. Kurien asked him to go to the fourth floor and check whose light is on.

Obediently I did so.

These four/ five officers were called to his office the next morning and after the due firing, were told to ensure that no lights/fans are “ON” after office hours.

It is the duty of the person leaving the office hall last, to switch off the lights and fans. Such incidents happened few more times and persons concerned got the same treatment .

Later, it became a habit of NDDB employees to see that lights/fans are switched off before they leave the office. This habit became our habit in our homes also.

Small teachings from a great man !!

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3 thoughts on “Lessons from Dr Kurien – 6

  1. Shekhar you are right! Discipline was the key learning. I have never seen any chair in boardrooms out of place. It has instilled a habit that even now I do not allow a chair to be out of place

  2. Ms. Patel went a step further. She wanted everyone in the office to keep his/her table absolutely clean /clear before leaving the office at the end of the day. She used to make surprise checks in the mornings. So it was one of my responsibilities in the Delhi office to ensure this.i suppose many of us started practicing this at home — as also at private places!!!

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