After few days of earning clinical research degree, I started job hunting and received good offers, most of due to my personality and not due to my knowledge. I was unsure about which company I should select to work with. On dinner table, when I presented my confusion, mom had ready to serve solution – join the company which gives you more money and where you don’t have to work much. I got furious but controlled myself. Hopelessly, I looked to my father and he just nodded. That means, he was ready to discuss the matter at both of ours favorite location – my bedroom balcony, where mom won’t interfere. We both settled in our chairs and Dad started slowly,
Beta, I would definitely advice and support you in choosing the company but I know a person who is in the same field and possesses better knowledge than both of us and I am sure he will have better opinion. Why don’t you talk with him?
Who is he papa? I asked.
Beta, his name is Darshil. I met him during my morning walks. He jogs regularly at the track where I and my friends go for walk. We were introduced via a friend of mine and I found this guy really good, papa summarized.
I smelled something wrong. Suspiciously I asked,
What do you mean by really good, papa?
Papa finally announced,
Beta, Darshil has won my heart within last few days. He is a regional manager in the most famous Clinical Research Laboratory in our city and comes from good family too. He is down to earth and very intelligent. I have started dreaming of treating him as my son-in-low and your mom too likes him very much, papa completed in his decorative language.
I was speechless. What was it? I was trying to figure out which company should I choose to work and what my parents were asking me was to figure out with whom I was ready to spend my remaining life.
I did not speak single word. Papa again took the charge.
Beta, we will never pressurize you but I would definitely like you to meet him. And for the time being, let’s forget about all that. First of all, you just need to talk with him for the guidance. I will forward you his phone number and you can call him, papa completed and slowly left me alone in the balcony.
I stared those shining stars for some time and strangely ran towards my laptop. I felt an urgent need of talking with Raahil. I had decided to tell him about my feelings. I decided to chat with him and let him know what I have been carrying with me since long. The chat messenger displayed his status as off. I calculated time difference and concluded that it was 7:30 p.m. his time and that means he was not attending college classes. And as it was Tuesday, he must not have went to his home.
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He might have gone for a date, my poor mind started thinking and the thought process continued with all possible negative thoughts in the world where I imagined Raahil kissing a beautiful girl. I was restless. And my mobile beeped. Papa had forwarded Darshil’s contact number to me – 9099099099. I kept staring the number, it was designer number. I decided to not call that designer number and deleted the number. My mental self, very tired and drained, ordered my physical version to get into bed and I slept, with a totally messed up mind.
In the morning, while I was still eating my breakfast, papa came back from walking and the first question he asked after entering into home was,
Soha beta, did you got Darshil’s number? I forwarded it to you last night.
I nodded negatively and did not speak anything.
He searched the number in his phone and forwarded it to me again. As he was sitting beside me, I did not have any choice but to save the number on the name of Darshil Kakkar. Papa emphasized me to call him to finalize the company I should join as I was supposed to accept the offer within two days. After dipping myself into lukewarm water, I felt better and practical. I convinced myself that there was no harm in calling Darshil. One call can not change the life decision, I told to myself.
After putting on white flower print shirt and denim shorts, I laid on my bed and looked at that designer phone number again and finally pushed the green arrow which would have signaled the mobile to call the number.
Little did I know that the action was going to change my life drastically.
To be continued ….