Ladies in Charge
I happened to answer the office LAN Line number and was greeted by an overconfident female Sales Representative of an Insurance Company. She introduced herself quickly and immediately requested for her to be connected to “Sir“. I was confused. I checked, “May I know who you need to speak to?” She responded, “The Manager in Charge please.” I responded, “Well! I am a Lady and I am the Manager in Charge” Silence for 2 seconds. She fumbled a little thereafter but managed to explain the requirement and I connected her to our Admin department. I couldn’t help but muse that even in today’s world, the underlying assumption is that it is…
What Competition? I have already given up!
Pavan and I were relaxing on the couch talking about nothing and everything during one of those rare heart to heart conversations. The children were making a loud cacophony in the background and we were struggling to hear each other over the din. I bent close to Pavan and gingerly said, “I think you are up against stiff competition!!” Deep in my heart, I honestly felt that he had already lost to the competition but then he is a proud man (rightly so) and I did not want to hurt his male ego by saying that. Pavan made a low grumbling sound in his throat; looked me straight in the eye and…
Choices of Death
Scene 1 Prithvi lay still on the floor. His body was stone cold and draped in white. His six year old daughter, Santoshi, stood at his feet, trying to make out the expression on his face. Was Dad happy or was he sad at leaving her? She stared hard for a while and then bent down to touch his feet. This was her last memory of her dad. Santoshi spent the next 25 years of her life blaming her dad for leaving her when he did. Ever since that day when she touched her father the last time, life had lost all hope for Santoshi. School was full of ominous strangers and home was…
Spirit is Free
My spirit has a reason to soar higher each time the world tries to bind it down! Go world, try one more time! Help me soar higher and higher!