A long time ago, when Karti Chidambaram was eight or nine, his father P Chidambaram, already a lawyer with a flourishing practice in Chennai (then Madras), moved his office out of his home to a building down the road.
Telephones worked only sporadically and frequently clients landed up at home only to find he wasn't there.
The senior Chidambaram hired Karti's services as a guide: "For every client you redirect to my office, you will get Rs 1," he was told.
Karti took to the business like fish to water.
If a client looked as if he was going to drive past, he would be waylaid.
"I will escort you," Karti would say to the puzzled visitor and pick up the Rs 1.
Text: Aditi Phadnis, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Karthi Chidambaram