Asking for help

Sometimes I’m a bit hesitant to get back in touch with old acquaintances when I need a favour from them. I begin to wonder if they’ll think of me as one of those “duhkh mein sumiran sab karein… ” types. And sometimes I think ten times before mailing or calling them.

But then, I remember that I too keep getting lots of similar calls or emails. From old acquaintances who I haven’t kept in touch with for ages. And every time, if I’m in a position to help out the other person, I do so. When I think about this, just like it is supposed to happen with Gandhiji’s talisman, my doubts and myself melt away.

This reminds me of this batchmate at IIMB. Occasionally, you would get letters from her. Stuff like

Hi Wimpy!
How are you? How are you doing?
Hope you did yesterday’s exam well.
What did you have for dinner?


And it is an indication that she wants some help from you. For I had noticed that otherwise she would be very direct and to the point!

And in my experience so far, if you are trying to get in touch with someone after a long time (to ask for a favour of course), you shouldn’t apologize for not keeping touch or any such naatak. Just get to the point. Actually a subject line of “need help” is even better.

Let me know what you think of this.

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