” You never have time for us.”
“Couldn’t you spare one hour for his dance performance ?” I could still hear my wife’s voice in my head.
“Dad! Why didn’t u come? All my friend’s fathers were there, clicking their photographs. Why couldn’t you come?” My son’s pleas were drowned in the bottle of whiskey.
How could I make them understand that the meeting had been really important? If I could negotiate this project, and get it in my kitty, I could be the next General Manager of the group.
“Why are you looking so sullen?” Ria walked in.
Her infectious smile made me forgot the scene that had happened at my home just an hour before. A little peck on my cheek, made me feel at the top of the world.
“Hey, that meeting was wonderful! The clients are happy and hopefully, if all goes well, the contract will be signed in by Monday morning.” Ria filled me in with more information.
“Oh, Ria! You are such a darling! You always take away my worries. Come give me a hug”
A few hours later, Ria and I were entwined in some hotel room, all worries of not being able to go for my son’s performance were long forgotten.
Monday morning, the contract was signed. Another great performance by me for my company. Ria and I celebrated.
My family would never understand what all I did for them? After all, who else enjoyed my hard earned money.
A few days later, a new GM joined some bigwig from IIMs with a great profile from a Hongkong based MNC.
I kept sulking in the corner. So much effort I had put in to get this company to this heights and now they brought in a New GM. Ria was busy catering to the new boss.
I went home early. My wife and son were waiting there still for me.