The Chosen One
Rita, We are late, lets move “yelled Priyanka, her colleague.
Rita’s chains of thoughts were broken as she headed towards
the conference room.
She was shaken
and visibly upset with the news-Mr. Pendse from Accounts department
had been laid off. But “why him?” Mr. Pendse, a simpleton
with frail built, cautious look, -in late 40s or early 50s
was far from his retirement age. Despite a huge age gap both
would amazingly bond over a cup of chai or small talk on recent
happenings. She couldn’t concentrate in the meeting that day.
He was employed for 19 years in the organization where he
received a days notice to leave!!
Mr. Pendse was a sincere
diligent worker with unmatched punctuality. He toiled till late
during month ends.
Rita’s conscience cried “It’s unfair!! Why him?”
Perhaps Mr. Pendse
had become a victim of vindictiveness and personal dislike. His
elimination was clearly a consequence of manipulation rampant in
the corporate culture. Mr. Pendse was neither resourceful nor well
networked …He was not even highly qualified. He had two college
going kids and a homemaker wife…It didn’t require an empathic mind
to understand the enormity of the situation.
Since then Rita hadn’t
gathered courage to get in touch with him. She had heard that he
was surviving on the settlement money and hadn’t managed to find
She helplessly urged
God for an answer. –“Why him?” Couple
of years passed by .One day on her way to a friend’s house, she
was greeted by an excited & delighted voice “Rita!! How are
you child??” The voice was familiar.
Mr. Pendse had a cheerful,
confident, triumphant look on his face. Rita gathered that after
groping in the dark, He volunteered to teach Marathi almost free
of cost, subsequently more students joined in, and he eventually
started full time tuition classes. Adversity challenges one to outstretch
their potential and surmount all hurdles. He
had earned goodwill, was financially secure, was spending quality
time with family and had started pursuing his ultimate passion –
tabla. He was content, not intending to return to a secure corporate
job. Rita heaved a sigh of relief
as she discovered the answer to her question –“why him?” Because
he is the “chosen one” by God to stop existing and truly start living!!!
Reenna C dave, a sales professional with passion for
writing. When I am not selling, I love to pen down thoughts and
experiences, stories with interesting characters and incidents which
are worth sharing.