The Ex-Students Association of my school provides Medical Insurance to the school’s retired and existing teachers and staff. Donations are collected every year from ex-students to pay the premium. After an appeal for donations is sent by the Principal by mass email, alumni send in their donations by online transfer.
One year, for some reason, online transfers were not possible. This resulted in much slower inflow of funds. A few of us decided to follow up personally by email and/or phone to ensure that the target amount was collected well in time.
I had the following email exchange with a schoolmate (at that time, a senior executive in a leading Indian company), who was and is a good friend.
HE: Will make an attempt to mail the cheque, but I must warn you I am lazy about it.
I: You reply to my email within 4 minutes, that too on a Sunday morning, then you say you are lazy!
I hope I can take the liberty to tell you: Just write a cheque, sign it, put it in an envelope, seal the envelope, affix a stamp and post the envelope. I’m sure you could get a sidekick at office to do all this for you (except signing!).
HE: Buying stamps is a pain. Couriering means going to a particular place at a particular time (Now you can yourself see this is not too difficult but given that I am cribbing, I am lazy!). If somebody can collect the cheque from me, either at home or office, that would be great.
I: Please send me your postal address. I’ll send you a stamped envelope addressed to the Ex-Students Association.
(By this time, the gentleman realised that while he lived and worked in the same city as the school, I lived and worked in a city over 1,000 kilometres away!)
HE: No, you shame me! I will do it. 🙂
I: Great! Gandhigiri works!!!
He posted his cheque a couple of days later!