I have worked at an office as a contractor and got relieved a few weeks ago. I had fun while working there and at the same time my manager developed negative notion towards me for reasons best known to him.
I had expressed his behavior to other colleagues and found that everyone had a similar opinion about him except that no one was willing to take any action against him.
In the meanwhile, I worked closely with one of my colleagues named funny guy; he is smart, intelligent and funny. He made me laugh all the time and also guided me whenever I needed help.
Unfortunately, one day my manager strictly instructed him not to help me anymore. Funny guy himself informed me about this incident and started being moody towards me. I reconciled with him by having a small conversation and he started being as usual with me. Although, he used to get a little conscious while talking to me in the presence of that manager. I totally respect funny guy's behavior.
A few days back, I evaded a very strong repulsion from my manager and resigned from the contractual position. I was there for a few days after resignation. But, funny guy's behavior changed again, which I believe is because of our manager, which again I totally respect. On the last working day, funny guy and I had an accidental encounter and he wished me good luck. I was almost in tears as I didn't want to end the rapport abruptly there. If it wasn't for that accidental encounter, he wouldn't have met me, all thanks to my manager.
Now, I am working in a different company. I really want to get back in touch with funny guy. He is good man and was quite respectful to my feelings and emotions which I appreciated the most.
I tried to get in touch with him by calling him on his mobile phone; he did recieve my call but told me that he would call me back later which never happened.
He is definitely not the kind of person who breaks relationships for silly reasons; I have seen him maintaining good relationship with other ex-colleagues. I respect his actions towards me but at the same time I am deeply hurt that he is not responding to me.
I want to talk to him for 5-10 minutes and express how much I want to be in touch with him. I am not on any professional/social media network.
How can I best make him aware that I would like to stay in touch and maintain healthy professional relationship with him and also not come over as too pushy?