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Delhiwale: The grace of his coat, the glory of his tie

The dress that gave an apartment staffer in Gurugram a satisfying sense of recognition of his place in the world.

delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2018 12:06 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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Ranveer Singh, the lobby manager of a residential complex in Gurugram, says wearing the coat and tie was recognition of his identity as an educated man who left his village to build a life in the city.(HT Photo)

Wearing a coat and tie is like finally arriving in the world. That’s Ranveer Singh’s experience at least.

A lobby manager in a swish residential complex in Gurugram’s Sector 54, Mr Singh sits behind a marble desk looking dapper in a smart black suit, complete with stiff collars and a striped tie.

“Until two years ago I was a head guard in another building,” he says, “and had no tie and no coat.”

Mr Singh’s uniform used to be a simple white shirt and blue pants.

“Getting this job was a promotion,” he confesses.

At first, this 27-year-old migrant from a Rajasthan village couldn’t figure out how to tie the knot. “The kind Bishen Singh came to my rescue,” he says, referring to the previous lobby manager.

A university graduate, Mr Singh remembers feeling overwhelmed the first morning he arrived for work in the new dress. “Wearing the coat and tie was recognition of my pehchan (identity) as an educated man who left his village to build a life in the city,” he says, with a voice overcome with emotion.

Mr Singh keeps two sets of the uniform, and he always gets the precious coats dry-cleaned.

His wife, Preeti, lives back home in the village in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, and has never seen her husband in suit and tie except once—during their wedding.

“But wait, she saw me in this uniform in the photo I once sent to her on WhatsApp,” Mr Singh says.

Mrs Singh had WhatsApped back, saying, “Aap bahut achhe lagte hain (you look very nice).”

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 12:04 IST