Affable and accessible as he was, Vinod was also aloof, seemingly detached, if not distant. He was awkward in one-to-one interactions, avoided making eye contact, except when it was imperative to make an assessment. He rarely smiled despite his ready wit and redoubtable sense of humour. When he prowled the newsroom corridors, with his hands in his pockets and with his characteristic slouch perched on his tall frame, he wore a deadpan expression. So, why was this buttoned-up crosspatch popular with everyone who worked with him?