I'll Be There Beside You
Today’s Idiom – Do's and don’ts
“I love gardening. In fact I tend to this garden whenever I have time”, Lalitha replied looking proudly around the small organic garden on the terrace of her house. I gulped nervously. I had no knowledge at all about gardening. In fact I don’t think I have as much as planted a sapling in my life. Since she didn’t ask about my hobbies, I decided to venture the information by myself.
“I love travelling and trekking. I’m also part of the local trek group in Bangalore. We organize trips almost every month. Just to escape from the daily grind of routine office work in the weekends”, I was rambling. Lalitha was silent all the while. And the lull in our conversation was becoming awkward.
“Why don’t you tell something about yourself? Do you like your job? What do you do on weekends?” I asked throwing a barrage of questions at her, hoping that she would talk about herself.
I really had no idea how to go about in such situations and Lalitha’s stubborn silence was only making things embarrassing. Maybe I should have asked someone for advice on the do’s and don’ts before coming here.
“Look, I know you’ll have certain expectations from the girl you want to marry. But I want only thing. I want to work after marriage. My father, as you must have come to know by now, is very orthodox and he didn’t want me working after my studies. If he had his way he'd've got me married when I was in college but my mother intervened on my behalf. I had to fight a lot to get his permission to work and I had to agree that I’d quit my job if my future husband or my in-laws didn’t want me to work. I love my job, I love the freedom that I have because of my job and I don’t want to lose it.” Lalitha looked out of breath as she finished her monologue. It must have taken her a lot of courage to speak out. I saw her hands shaking as she reached out for a glass of water.
I was taken aback by this sudden change in Lalitha’s demeanor. I had judged her wrongly and I felt guilty for jumping to a hasty opinion.
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