Monday, March 18, 2013

' Sir-rring ' - From the eyes of a Law Student.

Hello :)
It's been quite some time since I last wrote, in fact if paid attention then sadly it's almost been more than a year. A year full of surprises, growth, self discovery and dynamism. I graduated happily from school and entered my First Year of a Law School in 2012. Taking up a professional degree doesn't comes easy, rather it requires hours of study and some dedication towards building up a thought of wanting to make a change. Not just this, once you're successfully in a law school, the story doesn't end there in fact it begins from a plethora of protocols that you as a junior need to follow.
One of them being, referring to your seniors as Ma'am's and Sirs which is followed to get all the students accustomed to the tradition of Indian Firms wherein a junior is supposed to be addressing his/her seniors with respect calling them Sir/Ma'am rather than by their last names which is generally a practice of abroad.
It so happened that during my internship at the Superior Court of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, wherein I was working under an Assistant Justice Judge Procaccini, I by default addressed everyone working in the court as'Sir' and this gave them an impression of me being sugar sweet and polite.
I remember calling a lady Ma'am and she went like 'Honey, I don't think I am old enough to be called Ma'am so stick to my name' and even though I tried my best to comply to her wish, I couldn't help my habit of  'Sirring and Ma'aming' . I without fail, in order to show my respect always addressed the Head of the Clerk's Office as 'Sir' and all his colleagues used to take me to a side and literally go like 'Babe for the love of god, call him Steve and not Sir, not him :P' and even though they wanted me to adjust to their culture comfortably (which I did), but to them this whole British idea of respect was amusing. Whilst that, I was forced to think about the outdated honeycomb complex concept of 'Hierarchy' that is followed in our society or I shall say in some parts of the society. I would've generalized this problem if I hadn't met Mr. Sanjeev Ahuja, (Legal Head at Tata Sky) at an Arbitration Seminar held in Delhi and organised by the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Center. I was lucky enough to have got to discuss with him the possible future prospects in the field of law since he was a litigant for 15years and opted for the Corporate Sector after that but everytime I said something my sentence would carry a 'Sir' along with it and everytime I did so he would correct me and go like 'Just call me Sanjeev, that's my name and Don't address me as Sir' . Even though I desperately wanted to confirm to his statement but I just couldn't ,so I like an embarrassed stubborn lamb just stuck to the 'Sir principle' with nothing more and nothing less to offer.

In my point of view, there isn't a problem with the system of  "Sir/Ma'am's" but there is a glitch in the way we exploit it.
Needless to say, the world is changing at a pace more than the speed of light and according to me 'adaptability' to it's ways whilst in tandem with one's beliefs can help one enjoy every sip of it.