She dismissed his action and said “I am tired working whole day, not today”. He thought to himself, “With a dhobi to wash and iron clothes and a servant maid to take care of the house, is she still tired? Not even this much for an anniversary saree.” Though he cribbed over to himself, he patted on her shoulder to say “No problem, sleep well.” He turned around to occupy his share of the bed. He turned the bedroom lamp off, but he couldn’t catch sleep. Though he turned the light down, his commitment popped up and played frame by frame just like the presentation slides that run horizontally. He wondered why his budget skyrocketed like the successfully launched GSLV. Perhaps he knew GSLV is a good thing but not the budget that soared up. It is only the aggregation of a ‘just like that increase’ in his son’s school fee, house rent fee and an all of a sudden pop up of saree and a choke in the plan which was not a part of the plan few minutes ago. It is usually a cakewalk for him to handle such constraints and make ends meet. This time there was an ambush of vengeance from all directions in the name of recession, family commitment and underperforming in job that he could not pull himself with his horns.
The economy has just bounced back and to ask a customer to invest in his product was absurdity. He figured it out long back, but to bring back something new and think out of box in order to make a tremendous or a reasonable comeback was something that slipped out of his mind. He comprehended – a small slip is likely to tilt the big ship. He was thinking whether or not to disclose his wife about his notice period that he was making use to strive hard to revive his position back. He knew she would be creating a repulsive scene by yelling at him across the hall leaking the crisis to his neighbors in an unimaginably ugly way. She would make a call to both the parents and gripe over the spilled milk. Though his efforts for a renaissance in his office failed, he was not ready to share his miserable failure. His objective was nothing but to see the family smile, even if it would cost his smile he would not mind. He was thoroughly sure that if there was happiness that he could present his wife, it was only in the form of a gift. Therefore he decided not to compromise on it, because he always admired the slight little smile that extended to a mile, accompanied by a silly shyness that his wife exhibited each time after she received a gift. He was determined not to miss it for any reason; even if the sky was about to fall but his inner voice reminded him “Your situation is even worse.”
He is such a happy go lucky fellow, nonetheless he never knew something substandard would happen so fast and early, so good enough to ruin his sleep. For a moment, he visualized him in GSLV and abscond to moon. He could not bear the joy that moment generated, it was beyond belief. Perhaps he knew it was just virtual, temporary and sheer foolishness. After all a GSLV, it would come back when the assigned task is accomplished. He consoled himself reciting the story of GSLV. Life is just a couple of rings arranged in a sequence like a roller coaster, and now it was his turn to face the descending side of the ring. He knew the situation would not last longer. To manage is what he has to do and the rest is so much with the time that can heal anything very effortlessly with its magical wand. He threw all his hope on the last chance that was given to him by the company. With that in mind, he fixed his alarm to get up early and work on his presentation.
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