Recently, when this reporter was following up on a story and was looking for a suitable source, things went out of control. She was sent from one official to another for the relevant information and had to run up and down a spiral staircase multiple number of times. That, combined with the formalities of registering an entry and exit from each office, without getting the information proved a little too much for this reporter.
So, visibly flustered, when she flopped down on a verandah for a breather, a young man, probably a student, approached her. After introducing himself politely, he asked, “Ma’am, I have been seeing you run around the entire office for quite some time now. Are you in trouble or do you need help? I am a student of social work, and may be of some help to you.”
Taken by surprise, the reporter took a minute to respond and explained to the student that things were under control and that she was just having a rough day. The student, probably still a teenager, smiled and excused himself, wishing the scribe a good day. The concern and kindness shown by him busted a lot of the scribe’s stress even though it did cause some amount of embarrassment for having attracted a bit of unwanted attention.
— Janani Sampath, Chennai