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Archive for the month “March, 2017”

Fairly Different!

Ira blinked away her tears, squared her shoulders and walked into her manager’s office. Her husband Rajesh’s lackadaisical attitude towards his unemployed status was infuriating on normal days. But on days like this one when he chose to punctuate the conversation with taunts about her over-busyness and barely disguised insults, Ira found it difficult to keep it together and look normal. But she had to pretend that everything was fine and put on her public face, at least in office. Bracing herself against her manager’s criticism for the delayed report, she entered his room.

Rohit, her manager, took one look at her sorrowful eyes and withdrawn expression and spat out, “Oh, don’t tell me! Another domestic woe! And then, you women want equal rights! How many men in our team cry over their domestic squabbles at my desk, Ira? Is this fair to them?”

Ira apologized and pleaded for another chance. She would be extra careful in future.

She returned to her desk, skipped lunch to make up for the lost hour in the phone call with Rajesh, and raced against the clock to finish her work and leave the office at five. Going over the menu for tonight’s dinner, she drove maniacally¬†and strategized the cooking process in her mind. While cooking, she had to also supervise their son’s preparation for his test the next day. Rajesh was hopeless with Ishaan! The two of them would be soon at loggerheads if she asked Rajesh to help Ishaan with his studies.

She entered the house¬†and realized that her maid Jayanti had still not turned up. Great! Now, she would need to first clean the pressure cooker before she could even get started with the dinner preparations. And here she had been hoping for some help with the chopping and kneading! Just as she was finishing up the washing, Jayanti walked in. Ira lost it! “What is this Jayanti? Why can’t you ever be on time? Oh, don’t look at me like that! Every day you have the same story! I am so tired of you telling me every day that your idle husband got drunk and created a ruckus! Why don’t you realize that he is not going to change, and leave him? You are the breadwinner! You don’t need him! You don’t need this nonsense! And let’s face it, I certainly don’t need this! What do you think? Are you being fair to me?”

Ira lost it! “What is this Jayanti? Why can’t you ever be on time? Oh, don’t look at me like that! Every day you have the same story! I am so tired of you telling me every day that your idle husband got drunk and created a ruckus! Why don’t you realize that he is not going to change, and leave him? You are the breadwinner! You don’t need him! You don’t need this nonsense! And let’s face it, I certainly don’t need this! What do you think? Are you being fair to me?”

 

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