I don’t know what to do. But yes, it comes out naturally. I’ve been told so many times by so many people that I don’t need to say so. But then don’t know why it happens again and again with me. Well, I believe everything has a reason and so there is a reason for this too. One of the things which I know is that there is no harm in this. But what is it am I talking about…????

Sir” Yes, have you ever used this word in your life? Do you think before using it or it comes out naturally? Please don’t call me sir..has anyone got back to you in this fashion? Well, I’ve been through the same situation often and again. In spite of being reminded repetitively that I should keep away from such habit, I keep on doing the same thing again and again. Strange but true !
Now, how did it all happen and why has it been so difficult for me to get away from this? This all goes to my schooldays though the major effect was seen in my college days. Basically, it is so common here in India to use such words while communicating. I think it is deep rooted in our culture where we are supposed to respect our elders and never use their names while addressing them. It all begins in the school, where we are told to call our teachers as Sir and Madams. Not at all bad. But then old habits die hard. What we learn from our school days, we carry on the same thing to our college too and then from there to everywhere else and then it stops somewhere along the route which again depends upon various circumstances that we are faced with though some still resist to change and I am one of them…

As I said, it is very natural for me. For me..Sir is not just a word or a formality. It has got a much deeper meaning than what we often think to be. Any person whom I see as a senior to me either in terms of age or experience, I am bound to call him as a “Sir” Sir for the male person and Madam for the females..that is how it all goes. Interestingly, I rarely use “Madam” for females. Only at few occasions, I try to be so respectful to females ;) To be very honest, I feel very shy to call someone by his name mostly when it is known that the person whom I have to address is much more senior to me. To me, Sir is a very courteous, a great word of respect. No other word can match with it when it comes to showing respect to anyone and I think we shouldn’t be thinking too much on it. I’ve seen people hesitating to use the same though we should be using it more often especially when we are communicating with our seniors or alike. I know most of you won’t agree with me. But that is how I think…

Unlike India, I haven’t seen the same happening in the west. The word “Sir” doesn’t seem to be so popular there. But this is again contrary to a very interesting fact that you should know. According to Wikipedia, Sir is an honorific used as a title or as a courtesy title to address a man without using his given or family name in most English speaking cultures. Sir derives from the Middle French honorific title sire (messire gave ‘mylord’), from the Old French sieur (itself a contraction of Seigneur meaning ‘lord’), from the Latin adjective senior (elder), which yielded titles of respect in many European languages.

So, again these things comes from the English culture..I must say from the west. But why then its not so popular there? Why people in the west generally prefer to be called by their names? Why is that we are much more accustomed to use this word? Should we also start imitating from the west…I mean should we stop using this word ? To be very honest, what I have observed till now is that there is no such culture or “Sir” being used in companies or Organizations where I’ve worked till now especially in MNCs. But still then, I haven’t been able to change myself. I am highly resistant to change especially for this thing – Sir !

Now, Is it really a problem for me? If yes then what should I do now? Do you have any suggestion or advice for me ? Please share…