badge

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Self - Made


Suresh looked at the setting sun from the window of his house as the huge red ball slowly melted in an envelope of the black cloud! He was turning forty and had noticed his hairline receding and the tuft of hair turning steel colored. He was running a small business and doing reasonably well. His eyes were moist! He had travelled a road not many would have dared!
His mind drifted back in time as he remembered his childhood. He had an elder brother who was very bright in studies. His father worked in a factory and his mother was a home maker. Their house had just one room where the family made a living. Suresh was very honest and a simpleton and could barely pass in the school. His elder brother had joined engineering after finishing the school and earned a scholarship! The parents adored him, whereas Suresh at times felt neglected. After finishing the school Suresh went out in search of making a living. Days passed and he sulked back home empty handed each day. One day he came across a factory and found a board hanging outside, that they were hiring.
His eyes gleamed and he walked inside where a stern looking supervisor called him to his room. He was interviewed and Shekhar, the supervisor liked him. He took him to the manger and told him about his suitability for the job of an operator of photocopy machine.  Suresh did not know how to express his joy, when he returned home to break the news. His parents heaved a sigh of relief that instead of leading a life of a vagabond, he had finally become another earning hand in the family.
Each day Suresh would work diligently and soon earned the trust of his manager. One evening, the manager got the news that a machine supplied by their factory had broken down and needed a spare part which could only be sent by hand. Suresh was assigned to carry the item, where Shekhar was working. The repair took two days while Suresh assisted Shekhar to fix the problem. Shekhar was impressed by Suresh’s diligence and recommended management that he is allowed to undergo a short training on the machine being produced in the factory. The break opened a new gateway for Suresh who immersed himself and learnt all the technicalities and his visibility was soon acknowledged. One day The Managing Director of the firm broke the news that a small team would soon leave for United States to be trained on a new venture involving transfer of technology. Shekhar was the leader, and he decided to include Suresh in the team.  
Suresh continued with the hard work and perseverance. He saved every single cent he could by living in a shared accommodation, subsisting on bread and butter and corn and gram. Even on the weekends he studied and spent mornings in taking long walks in the beach town. The time flew and by the time he returned home he had accumulated enough from the hard earned savings to buy a small flat for his family.  He handed over a small packet of sweets to Shekhar and broke the news while bowing to him. Shekhar hugged him and suggested that they become partners in a new venture that he was planning.

Suresh looked at the picture of Suresh in the newspaper wiping the tears from his eyes that had broken the news that Shekhar had become a victim of sectarian violence!

PS : Picture kind courtesy Google

32 comments:

  1. Nice post.Mindless violence---it nips many promises in the bud.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Induji! Sad how life can be brutal sometimes!

      Delete
  2. Oh, what a great story - but such a sad ending.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How horrible! The ending was unexpected and very sad.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True Rachna some endings are not pleasant!

      Delete
  4. Happiness never comes alone :/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well said Purba! That is how life can be sometime!

      Delete
  5. My goodness ! I did not expect this ending at all ! A story well told !

    ReplyDelete
  6. Honoured with your comment Ruch! Welcome to my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Senseless but changes people's life forever.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hard work pays. Great to read about his progress.
    But, we don't always deserve what life dishes out, Rahulji.

    ReplyDelete
  9. what a great write up, felt bad at the end though..:( sad and unexpected but also realistic at the same time..:)
    sorry for not being regular, had been occupied with countless things..
    :) :) :)
    Regards..:)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good to see you back Monica! Hope you are doing well in studies and on personal front:) Best wishes!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I enjoyed the story, the ending though saddened me. Have missed you around the blogosphere. Were you travelling, Rahul?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks Rachna! My apologies for not having visited your blog! A lot of travel and work has been the root cause of missing for a while!

    ReplyDelete
  13. One wrong decision is what changes people and their lives- forever. Nicely written :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ashwini! Yes one wrong move can upset the apple cart!

      Delete
  14. Goodness, the ending is all too sad. Please do write a different version. Suresh, self made, needs a better ending.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome back Jenny! So nice to see you again! Noted your view and will make better ending next time:)

      Delete
  15. That was a sad end...but thats how life is joyous sometimes and so cruel on the other days..

    ReplyDelete
  16. Life is not always fair, Manjulika:( Thanks for reading!

    ReplyDelete