“IquiT” – Episode @27


(06:30 PM, Bangalore City Rly Station)

“What is that Uthrani? What happened?”

“Ishanth. Marriage is not the main reason behind my resignation.”Said Uthrani. Before Ishanth replied, tears started rolling out from her eyes.

Uthrani is unable to control her tears. She started weeping like a child keeping her head down.When her flat mate Ramya saw this, she went up to her, sat next to her and put her hands on Uthrani’s shoulder and “Hey Uthrani, what happened? Why are you crying?” asked Ramya to Uthrani.

Ishanth also added his words. “What happened Uthrani? Speak out.”

Both Ishanth and Ramya are getting tensed about what might have happened to Uthrani. They both were trying hard to stop her from crying.

“Uthrani, lift your head up, come on speak out. What happened? Please stop crying Uthrani. Please.” Said Ramya trying to wipe her tears.

“Hey Uthrani. Please tell me. What’s the real reason behind your resignation?” – Ishanth.

“Uthrani. I know very well about you from last 2 years. I know how much dedication you have towards your job and how much interested you are in this job. But then suddenly after coming back from home when you said that you are leaving the job and going back to Gurgaon as your marriage got fixed, I got a little bit shocked. But I trusted you because you will not go away until you have some strong reason behind this.In the last ten days, so many times I thought of asking you the same question which Ishanth asked. But, I don’t want to disturb you more as I knew that if there is something to share, you would definitely share it. Now, you have to tell us Uthrani.” asked Ramya wiping Uthrani’s tears.

“Yes Uthrani, you have to tell us the truth” added Ishanth.

Uthrani lifted her head up, wiped off her tears and decided to speak out and tell both of them the actual reason behind her resignation.

“Ishanth and Ramya. What to tell you guys? If I tell this reason, everyone will say that I am not strong, I don’t know how to balance and so I took this decision. And so I never shared this with any one till today.But now I will tell you both why I had to take this decision. We are basically from a middle income group. We live in a small town with all our relatives nearby like a combined class.I am the youngest girl child among them. I studied till +2 in my town. And then when I wanted to try for higher studies,most of my relatives rejected. Even my dad was not interested in sending me to the town for pursuing graduation. But, my mom stood by me and answered all of them. She made them to agree and then finally I finished my graduation.The next bigger thing is my job. I never told anyone, even my dad that I was attending interviews. For even attending the interview, I had to lie to all of them. I attended the interview secretly. And then one day, I got an offer letter from our company. I felt exceedingly happy.I was the first girl in my class to complete graduation and also I will be the first girl to accept a job. But, I know very well that none of them will agree to this. And so I dint even say to my mom. I looked dull from that day. My mom noticed this and one day night she asked me what happened. I told her that I got selected and also received joining letter from the company. Even though she felt happy when she heard this, she started getting tensed as she also knew that my dad and also my family won’t let me to do this job.

She finally dared to talk to my dad and went and talked to my dad.He immediately said NO without even listening completely.But my mom dint leave. She began asking him continuously to make him agree to this.And then after two days, he concurred.But still, I was not completely relaxed as I knew that the next toughest part is to make my family members agree to this. My mom and dad had to sit one whole day to explain them and make them agree to this. After all those struggles, I finally landed in Bengaluru 2 years back fulfilling all my dreams. Doing a job and supporting my family is my dream. And so I always loved working no matter how much time I had to extend and how many weekends I had to spend in the office.

It was all very good in the first one year. But then after that, it was little tough to extend the timings and stretch ourselves every day and every weekend. I began to lose interest when they used to call almost all the weekends. I still dint complain about that as I am also so much interested in working. When coming to my flat, even though I know that the area is not good, I had to take flat there as I don’t have any other choice. I cannot pay huge amounts for hostels and so I was staying with Ramya and all in that area as the rents are little low when compared to others.Whenever I planned to go home, I never used to get approval for my leave requests as I used to apply for a minimum of 4 to 5 days because half of the days will be killed in travelling itself. When my family members used to ask my mom and dad why I am not coming home for festivals and all, my mom used to answer them saying that train tickets are not available and also I will get sick of going.All that is fine with me.But, when my mom came to pick me up from a very long distance, I had to leave her alone and sit late nights at the office working for those people.I had to keep her starving until I get back to my flat. I had to make her wait all the day. I felt uneasy with that. But my mom never complained anything as she knew how much interested I am in working.

When my dad said that he cannot come to take back mom, I was tensed so much whether they will grant me leave or not. If they don’t, then I had to send my mom alone. Thank god they accepted my leave and I accompanied my mom.I went to my home town after 4 long months. I spent time with all my family members, purchased dresses for my aunts and uncles and gifts for the children. I felt so happy for that.And, when I had to stay back for one extra day as my brothers engagement was fixed all of a sudden, I called Quadhar and informed. He listened to me and said ok. I felt good for that.

That day afternoon, I got a message to my mobile from an unknown number.

@Graduation

Guess the story: From whom did Uthrani recieve that message?

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