Pro­fes­sional tea ven­dor

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When­ever I hear the word pro­fes­sion­al­ism, the face of a young man comes to my mind. He is not a doc­tor or a lawyer but a tea ven­dor who sells tea from ta­ble to ta­ble at the work­place. He is very par­tic­u­lar about his work, al­ways main­tains ex­act tim­ings of his rounds and has a tremen­dous mem­ory. “Are you a com­puter?” ~ is the ques­tion he has of­ten been asked.

Af­ter a full day’s work, he col­lects money from each his cus­tomers. So, he has to keep it in his mind how many cups a per­son has con­sumed in that par­tic­u­lar day and also how many of those are big cups and how many small ones and also if there were any ar­rears of pre­vi­ous days.

When­ever any­one’s body lan­guage has thrown a doubt, he em­phat­i­cally starts nar­rat­ing the de­tails of his hav­ing tea as­so­ci­at­ing with other things like who he has taken the first tea with, the ex­act lo­ca­tion of his hav­ing the sec­ond one and what he said to him at the time of re­ceiv­ing the third one! It is a real magic. But never has he over­charged any­one.

Also, he never let any­one hurt his dig­nity of labour. He does not an­swer to any­thing that has been asked with an in­ten­tion to make even friendly fun of him. He is in­deed an em­bod­i­ment of what pro­fes­sion­al­ism really is.

Un­for­tu­nately, some­times we brand those peo­ple as pro­fes­sion­als who are like money mak­ing ma­chines. It is a com­mon er­ror to link pro­fes­sion­al­ism only with money. Pro­fes­sion­al­ism is ac­tu­ally the high stan­dard that we ex­pect from a

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