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.