The air was filled with the familiar fragrance, as she silently entered the room and pored over the desktop on which I was working. The intrusion would have gone unnoticed but for that Elizabeth Arden perfume! I turned around to see Lata standing behind and her eyes rolling like always!
I had joined the office barely fifteen days back and got to know most of the people in the team. There were two middle aged men just like any other ones with no motivation. There were three ladies or rather housewives who were in the office more for gossip and learning recipes from each other or discussing a, ‘Saas Bahu TV serial’ and how it would unfold in the coming days. They were the ones who would bring their knitting to office to discuss which design would suit their daughter! Then there was Lata! She was about twenty four years old who was full of life and had very striking features starting from a very well kept jet black hair curled, a very striking face with huge eyes which rolled as she talked, and a well endowed figure! She was always very smartly attired with body hugging salwar kameez or a saree once in a while! She had the dusky features reminding me of Rekha every time I saw her! She could not stick to her seat for more than half an hour anytime and was fluttering like a butterfly! She was the most intelligent of the lot but was inclined more to chat with her boy friend endlessly than spending time on mundane office work. She could be seen in the garden rather than confines of four walls of the office most of the time!
During those days I was learning the computer software, Dbase III plus and Lotus 123 on my own during the lunch hours on the new desktop installed in our office!
I looked over my shoulder and asked Lata, if she would be interested in learning the computers to which she replied in affirmative. The next few days were spent in teaching her the basics. The rumor mills set the tongues wagging, but I went about my mission. Within one month Lata was proficient with computers and next we went about creating the voluminous records into Database files! Lata was now a model employee and could remain hooked to the computer till the horn of her boyfriend’s motorbike interrupted her.
A year later she walked into my room and was all smiles! She handed me over the card and asked me to attend her wedding which was slated a month from the date! An employee who was considered to be a social butterfly had shown others what one can achieve as long as one does where the heart is!