Travel Opportunity

Vijay and Neeta were a happily married couple. Vijay was tall but Neeta just about reached his shoulder. Theirs was a love marriage. They were seven years into their marriage and had a daughter Vini. As both of them were working, Vini was taken care of by a maid. The maid was a reliable one and Neeta would call her from time to time to check up on Vini. Vini was the happiest when both parents were at home and indulged in some activity with her.

One day it so happened that Neeta’s boss offered her an opportunity that she couldn’t refuse out rightly. She had to travel to the US for three months as there was some marketing campaign going on there. When Neeta could not reply in affirmative immediately, her boss understood and suggested that she can ask Vijay and get back to him.

That night after dinner when Vijay was in a good mood, Neeta brought up the subject of travel. Though Vijay was quiet for some time, he finally said that Neeta should go and he will manage somehow. Maybe they would need to call Vijay’s mother who can be with Vini for three months. Neeta now understood that Vijay was concerned about her career too and made a mental note that she would do her best in those three months.

Pep talk

The ocean waves touched his feet and it felt nice. Raghav liked to walk on the sand to lift his spirits and calm his mind. Every time he came here, the waves seemed to tell him to erase his worries and start writing on a clean slate again. Raghav was a Marketing Manager at a reputed firm and wanted to climb the ladder desperately. He had been brought up in a low income household and had seen not so good days. That day when he was back home late night, his mother was still awake and looked worried.

“What happened, beta? Why are you not picking up your phone? Anyway the dinner is on the table. Take care.” She knew that he would not share his worries with her, never did, and so didn’t want to probe him any further. But she did show her concern. His parents were humble people who wanted to spend the rest of their life by modest means. Though Raghav thought that by bringing home new gadgets he is making their life easier, they were okay as it is but made it a point to appreciate the new stuff. All they wanted now was a daughter-in-law who could take care of their son so that they can visit the holy places as they had planned earlier. But Raghav was not ready, as yet. Being the only child, he wanted to earn plenty to support the parents and the wife but it was still not enough.

Another issue was his discomfort in front of girls. In office, he would become nervous if a girl started up a chat with him. He knew he had to overcome this otherwise it would be difficult to climb ahead. Communication is the key to success and he was uncomfortable with almost 50% of the population. His latest worry was that his current boss was shifting to another department and his new boss is going to be a lady! He was pretty friendly with his current boss and used to chat with him informally too. But how will he deal with a lady; this was troubling him to no end.

Finally, the day arrived when the new boss, Trisha came to the office. Trisha was not very beautiful but had a charm around her. She seemed to spin tales at the drop of the hat and made the atmosphere light in a moment’s time. In a group especially, she lead by example. She was in a habit of making people comfortable by listening to them. Her only drawback was that she was a bit short tempered. When Trisha met Raghav, he was in one of those moods not open to communication. But she wanted to ask something and he had to respond. Over a period of time, Trisha started listening to his concerns and they grew comfortable with each other. Now, Raghav could gather courage to engage in an informal chat with his colleagues, which slowly restored his sanity.

Back home, one day he called his mom and told her to look for suitable matches. His parents had assumed that he wouldn’t marry and were elated with this change in stance. Soon enough, they found a pretty girl for their eligible bachelor and they were married with pomp and show. When he got promoted soon after, they said that the girl is very lucky for Raghav, which he too acknowledged. But deep down he understood that it was the magic of perfect communication that has seen him through. He went to the ocean and sands once again not alone but with his wife and they witnessed a beautiful sunset together.

A fine adjustment

Gita and Nakul had a love marriage and had known each other since their college days. Nakul used to follow Gita in the college compound and wasn’t perturbed by her cold shoulder. Then when one day, Gita agreed to talk to him, both understood that this would go a long way. They started by talking about anything and everything under the sun and later would share their notes as well. They got married soon after.

But now after five years, things had changed drastically. Nakul was in a high profile job while Gita engaged herself with a few NGOs and used to work from home. They could hardly find time for each other. They had a son, Pramit whom they loved to the moon and back. Everything was going well till one day when Nakul’s father suffered a heart attack and passed away and it was decided that Nakul’s mother would come to stay with them. Gita was a bit sceptical about this but didn’t raise her voice as they were under mourning.

Soon enough, mother-in-law arrived with all her belongings and settled in the house. After the initial mourning and low mood, she reverted to her own self and started giving orders around the house, as usual. Gita was aware of the advice and orders but couldn’t do much about it, result being that she started getting grumpy at the drop of the hat. Sometimes she did try to make her mother-in-law understand that this was her house and she rules the roost but she couldn’t.

One day when her mother-in-law scolded the house help badly for not doing a task properly, then Gita raised the issue with Nakul that his mom is interfering a bit too much. Nakul understood and told his mom to take a backseat now as Gita was capable of handling things on her own. As a result of this, she did sit back for a couple of days but soon was back to her old ways. Gita couldn’t handle it anymore and made a plan to visit her own mom for a few days. Nakul took a promise from her that she will be back within a week’s time as they needed her.

That day when Nakul and her mom were alone, they started chatting and Nakul had to mention that she needed to stay within her self-defined boundaries and needed to gel well with Gita. She was oblivious of the fact that Gita had to take a break because of her. So now when Gita was not around she understood her importance in the house. On the other hand, Gita’s mom told her that there needs to be a fine adjustment in her relationship with her mother-in-law and her because after all she was her hubby’s mom. In this case, if Gita needed to take a step back, it is fine. That day Gita slept nicely because she understood that her own mom was mature enough to understand the issue and then give advice rather than provoke her. A fine adjustment is what she was looking forward to now once she was back home!