Circa 1982, Khetri, Rajasthan: “You are always late; you have to come on time,” N P Singh chided a subordinate. The returning volley of Hindi expletives startled Singh, all of 22 then. He had begun working at the state-owned Hindustan Copper just a year back. That night he had trouble sleeping. “I realised that I had to earn respect, and not just for the title. That man was as old as my father and I would have never spoken to my father like this. It was a huge lesson that stayed with me,” he says. And on the eve of his departure in 1988, the same man asked Singh for a transfer because “I can’t work here without you”.
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First Published: Sat, March 05 2022. 01:44 IST