I'll Be There Beside You
Today’s Idiom – Eye-opener
Lalitha was looking at me expectantly and I realized that she was waiting for a reply from me.
“Oh, that’s not an issue at all. In fact I’d prefer if you continue to work after marriage. You can easily get a job in your field of work in Bangalore. It shouldn’t be a problem.”
Lalitha exhaled as if she was relieved of a heavy burden. I was little astonished after learning of Lalitha’s wish. She looked like a homely girl who would choose domestic bliss rather than a professional career. I must have been a bit dazed because I voiced my opinion to Lalitha.
Anger and annoyance flashed in her eyes but it vanished as quickly as it had appeared.
“Oh, so you formed an opinion just because my parents are conservative? Or is it because I dress traditionally? Well for your information I did my post-graduation in one of the top colleges and had my father allowed it, I’d be working in a firm bigger than yours and earning a salary equivalent to what you make. Just because you are a guy earning a 6-figure salary it doesn’t mean that you can condescend anyone. No, don’t look so shocked. I may be shy and reserved but I observe a lot. And I saw how disinterested you were when you were talking to my parents. Did your mother force you to come here? Have you already decided in your mind that I’m not the correct life partner for you because I’m not like you?”
Her face was flushed and angry. There were dark red spots on her cheeks. Gone was the docile and demure girl. I felt as if I had been whipped and I guess I deserved it. Had I been a little too judgmental of Lalitha? Was I snobbish? Did I hastily jump to the conclusion that Lalitha was not a match for me?
This conversation was turning out to be real eye-opener.
I wanted to defend myself and explain to Lalitha why I had seemed a little aloof downstairs. But Rashmi and my sister, Shilpa, were returning back.
“Listen Lalitha, you’ve misunderstood me. I’d like to explain. Can you meet me for coffee tomorrow? Marriage is a crucial decision and I’d like to talk to you, understand you and also give you a chance to assess me.” I pleaded hoping that I would get another chance to talk to her and clear the misunderstanding.
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