“I quiT” – Episode @21

(01:47 PM)

After the lunch, everyone returned to their desks and resumed their work. When Ishanth turned on his monitor, he saw Quadhar’s message on his inter-office communicator. When he saw that, he immediately went to Quadhar’s desk.

“Hello Quadhar” said Ishanth and sat in the chair.

“Hi Ishanth.”

“I saw your message and so came here running. What happened Quadhar?”

“I guess you heard the info that Uthrani submitted her resignation.”

“Yes Quadhar, she explained us just now during lunch time.”

“All right. She will be moving out in max 7 to 10 days. I am working on my plan to release her as fast as we can. Few minutes back, me and Thyagarajan had a discussion on that.”


“As part of that, you may need to take up Uthrani’s tasks.”

“What? I should take up Uthrani’s tasks?”

“Yes Ishanth. Meher is a junior, he cannot handle and so Thyagarajan decided to assign them to you.”

“But Quadhar, look at the load of work I am currently handling. I am working late nights which you know I don’t like at all. But, I am doing it just to avoid working on weekends. Or else I would not have done even that.”

“Ishanth, I know about you. But, here you have to understand that this is Thyagarajan’s decision.”

“Whatever it may be, I cannot take it up Quadhar. I am telling you this right from day 1, I don’t like taking up that project. I am not interested in that maintenance activity. I am sorry. If you want, I can talk to Thyagarajan and settle this down.”

“Okay Ishanth. Better do that now, he is forcing me to assign additional tasks to you and I am not left with any other choice.”

“It’s okay Qudhar. Don’t worry about it, I will speak with him.”

“Okay Ishanth. And, the other important news is that we will be on-boarding two additional junior resources into our team.They will operate from Bengaluru location. And regarding assigning tasks to you, if you deny, then maybe we have to assign this project to one of them. You may have to speak with Thyagarajan.”

“Okay Thanks Quadhar. I will speak with him” said Ishanth and started moving out from Quadhar’s cabin.

When he just started moving out, Quadhar called Ishanth back and “Hey Ishanth. Wait for some time; let me talk to Thyagarajan for one more time. If he is still not intending to change plans, then you can talk to him directly.”

“Okay Quadhar” said Ishanth and went back to his work desk.

Quadhar had some thoughts running in his mind and so he stopped Ishanth from speaking with Thyagarajan.

(02:57 PM)

After Ishanth left of his cabin, Quadhar worked for sometime and then went to Thyagarajan’s cabin to discuss about the next steps.

“Hi Thyagarajan. Good afternoon.”

“Good afternoon Quadhar. Sit down.”

“Thyagarajan. I have devised a plan.”

“Oh. Good.”

“Shall I start explaining?”

“Yeah sure Quadhar.”

Quadhar started explaining about the plan he prepared for the next steps to be followed in the project as Uthrani is moving out. They are also in the plan to on-board two new fresher’s into the project who will be working from Bengaluru location.He clearly drafted out the plan on who will be working on which project, who will be taking up Uthrani’s project and also the revised timelines. It took about 55 minutes for him to discharge the entire explanation to Thyagarajan.

After going through the complete plan, Thyagarajan started shooting questions at Quadhar on the plan and Quadhar answered them politely.

“Quadhar. Why don’t you assign this project to Meher and let him share the work with one of the new joiner. I think that will be a better idea.”

“Thyagarajan, even Meher is a new recruit into the project who joined few months back. So, I don’t think he can handle this out and also he is completely from a different background. This is what I have told you right from the beginning.”

“I understand Quadhar, but we are left with no choice. Ishanth straight away rejected when we assigned this project a few months back. I think he will deny it even this time if we try to assign it to him. Uthrani is the only girl who used to work on this and now even she is leaving all of a sudden. We cannot accept the risk of attributing this to fresher’s. I am not able to understand what to do. This is bumping my brain. Quadhar, Why are we not able to allocate the tasks in a proper way?” asked Thyagarajan with a very low voice for the first time in the last three days trying to figure out a way to break this problem.

“Thyagarajan, can I say one thing if you don’t mind?”

“Yes Quadhar, go ahead.”

“We are actually running out of resources. For the count of projects we have, the number of resources with which we are handling these two projects are not enough; we have to pull more resources to run this project in a smooth way.”

“We cannot do that Quadhar, we are already on-boarding two fresher’s into our project. We cannot go for more resources. For sure I cannot consider that option. Anyway, let’s leave that for now. So, now, this is the entire plan and revised timelines? ”

“Yes Thyagarajan.”

“All right. I will look deeper into this and will get back to you. Meanwhile, please summarize the tasks on that project and submit me a report in the next 24 hours. And also give me an update on the project which we need to demo next week. We will sit for sometime tomorrow morning and will discuss on those two things.”

“Sure Thyagarajan. I will do that soon. As of today, I will assign those tasks to Uthrani and will ask Meher to learn the process from Uthrani.”

“That’s wonderful. We have to keep going Quadhar. Our progress rate is down when compared to the reports from last quarter. We need to work on that and see where we are lagging and refine that. I don’t want to see the same kind of results in the next quarter. I want you to focus more on the productivity so that you can produce more results from the team by effectively managing the resources. Now that Uthrani is leaving, we will have some pressure, we have to handle that well and see that it is not doing much damage to the timelines and the smooth functioning of the process.”

As Thyagarajan is explaining, Quadhar interrupted him. “Thyagarajan.”

“Yes Quadhar” replied Thyagarajan staring at him why did he stop him in the middle.

“I want to speak to you about one more important thing.”

“What is that Quadhar?”


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“IquiT” – Episode @20

(10:13 AM)

Quadhar reached Thyagarajan’s cabin and “Yes Thyagarajan. You have called me.”

“Sit down Quadhar. I called you to talk about Uthrani’s resignation mailer which I have received yesterday mid-night.”

“What Thyagarajan? Come again? Uthrani resigned?”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What is the reason Thyagarajan?”

“I don’t know yet. She hasn’t specified anything in the form.”


“Is she in to the office today?”

“I suppose she is not yet in Thyagarajan.”

“Will she come today?”

“Ya. She stated that she will definitely come in today morning.”

“All right. Once she comes in, set up a one-to-one meet with her and then tell me.”

“Why so immediately Thyagarajan?”

“She specified that she needs to be out in 7 to 10 days.”

“So, she will not be working the entire notice period?”

“Speak to her Quadhar. Do that once she comes in and then let us discuss further.”

“Okay Thyagarajan. Sure.” Said Quadhar and left from Thyagarajan’s cabin.

He straight away went to the bay where Meher and Uthrani will be working and asked Meher “Hey Meher, Uthrani is not yet in?”

“No Quadhar. She is not yet in.”

“Ask her to come and see me immediately when she reaches her desk.”

“Okay Quadhar” replied Meher with a bit of tension in his face as he is worried what might have taken place. Quadhar looked worried when he asked about Uthrani.

“Thanks” said Quadhar and left from there.

Ishanth, who is observing this from his desk, came walking to Meher after Quadhar left and asked Meher “What happened Meher?”

“He asked about Uthrani. I said she is not yet in. He wants Uthrani to meet him immediately she arrives at office.”


“Don’t know Ishanth. He dint tell me any reason.”

“Okay. He is looking a little worried right?”

“Yes Ishanth. Even I felt the same way. But I dint ask him anything.”

“Ok” said Ishanth and went back to his desk to continue working on the assigned tasks.

(11:19 AM)

At around quarter pass 11:00, Uthrani arrived at her work desk. The moment she arrived, Meher informed her that Quadhar had called her and asked her to visit her cabin once she arrives at her desk.

Uthrani, who knows very well that it is about her resignation, kept her bag on her desk and went up straight to Quadhar’s desk.

“Hi Quadhar. Good Morning.”

“Hello Uthrani. Good morning. How are you?”

“I am fine Quadhar. How are you?”

“Ya. I am fine too. Come, sit.”

“Thank you Quadhar.”

“So, how did you celebrate your vacation?”

“Yeah it went on fine Quadhar. Had a good time with family members after 4 long months.”

“Wonderful. So, what did you bring from your home town other than resignation?”

“What Quadhar?”

“Yes Uthrani, Thyagarajan called me early in the morning and told me that you have submitted my resignation.”

“Yes Quadhar.”

“What happened Uthrani? Why is this sudden decision now?”

“My marriage is almost fixed Quadhar and so I had to move out.”

“Why all of a sudden?”

“No Quadhar. They were looking from many months; it was me who is dragging from many months as I was not getting leave to go to home town. Now that I have been to my home town, they asked my decision. I said yes and so they started making preparations. That is the reason I have specified that I want release in 10 days.”

“All right. When is the marriage then?”

“Any time in the next few weeks Quadhar.”

“You will invite all of us right?”

“Sure Quadhar. Definitely.”

“Hmm. Okay Uthrani. I will talk with Thyagarajan once again and will set up an official meet sometime today or tomorrow on the next plans.”

“Thanks Quadhar. Try to do me a favor by processing the things faster. I am even ready to pay the early release payments.”

“Sure Uthrani. I will do the best I can.”

“Thank you Quadhar” said Uthrani and left from Quadhar’s cabin.

(11:49 AM)

The next moment, Quadhar went to Thyagarajan’s cabin and talked about the discussion he had with Uthrani. Thyagarajan initially denied releasing Uthrani in 10 days because the normal notice period is 60 days. But when Quadhar said that her marriage got fixed and that she is also ready to pay the early release amount, he had nothing to say and so asked Quadhar to start with the further process. They also discussed about whom she will be transferring all her project works. Thyagarajan asked Quadhar to come up with the plan on who will be taking her place and whether they would in need of any resources. Discussion went on for about 70 minutes.

(01:07 PM)

Uthrani, who used to regularly go for lunch with her academy mates, joined Meher and Ishanth on that day to update them about her resignation and marriage.

“Hey Uthrani. What’s special today? You have connected with us for the lunch.”

“Yes Ishanth. There is some important news which I have to share with you all.”

Before she replied for that, Meher asked her about why Quadhar called her to his cabin.

“Yes Meher. I joined to update you both about some important news.” –Uthrani answered.

“What is that Uthrani?” asked both Meher and Ishanth who are very eager to know what happened.

“I have submitted my resignation.”

“What? Why Uthrani. What happened?” asked both getting tensed.

“My marriage got fixed guys.”

“Oh. Wow. Wonderful.When?” – asked Meher.

“In the next few weeks. Date is not yet fixed.”

“Oh. That is the reason you have been to home and came one day late?”

“Hmm” said Uthrani.

“Where is the guy working Uthrani” asked Ishanth.

“He is working in Mumbai Ishanth.”

“We will be missing you Uthrani.” – Meher.

“I will also miss this office, my flat, my friends and especially both of you. But, what to do guys, I have to move on.”

“Hmmm” replied Meher in a very low voice.

“Don’t forget to attend my wedding. I will send you invitations once the date got fixed.”

“Sure Uthrani. But, this fellow has to approve leave for us.”

“Hmm. Don’t worry Meher. I will make sure that it falls on a weekend.”

“Even that also may not work Uthrani. This fellow is not leaving us even on weekends. And that Quadhar is assigning me tasks which I am not aware of. Now that you are moving out, he will not leave me. Till today I thought you will come back and will take up those tasks.”

“Hey Meher. I will teach you before I leave from here.”

“Thank you so much Uthrani.”

Uthrani answered all their questions and their  lunch time went on with that discussion.

After the lunch, everyone came back to their desks and resumed their works. When Ishanth turned on his monitor, he saw Quadhar’s message on his inter-office communicator. When he saw that, he immediately went to Quadhar’s desk.


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“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-21

When clearance was given in the city, we moved to my home from the hospital. Aravind used to visit once in 3 days and used to do some basic talks with her. That is the time when I called you (Sneha) to Mumbai as Amu is staying alone. And that’s how you and Aravind met each other.

December 23rd 2008 14:01 Hrs:

After you returned to Chennai, two days later Amrutha received a letter from her head office instructing her to join at Bangalore. That letter gave me a mixed set of feelings. One is that Amrutha can move out of Mumbai. And the next is that I cannot leave her alone and my next transfer period is still 6 months later. I can try for a transfer with an agreement of one more transfer in 24 months after this. I dint think of the later affects. All I wanted to happen is that we need to leave Mumbai and Amrutha should be back normal. It takes at least 60 days for me to get transfer. I did not know what to do in that situation as they gave only 7 days window period for Amrutha to report. I reached out to various officials and finally they have agreed to transfer me in 40 days.

I had to explain all this to Amrutha. I thought it would be better if I can take her somewhere out and then talk to her about all these things.

As she likes long drives, we went for a drive to Pune one night.

“Yes Tarun…”
“When shall we start to Bangalore?”
“Tarun. I am not able to decide anything. This particular profession was my dream from many years and now it’s right in my hands. But, at the same time, you are the best thing that happened in my life. And in this situation, I cannot leave you and go.”
“Amu. You don’t need to worry at all dear. I am strong enough to handle things like this. The only thing I want is that you need to move out of this city and report there. I don’t want you to be here and keep thinking about things that cannot be reverted back.”
“Tarun. You can be so strong at handle things like this. But you cannot be normal at your eyes. I am still not able to understand one thing. Every moment you are thinking about me and only me. I have never seen you thinking about the loss that had happened to you.”
“Amu. Profession taught me many things. This profession makes us strong, this profession makes us bold and this profession gives us strength to accept bitter truths. I am not sad for the loss, I am angry for the way I lost them. Let’s not think about that Amu. We are starting to Bangalore on 28th morning. Sneha is coming to Bangalore from Chennai to see us. You will be staying in her friend’s flat for a month. She told she will be coming to you every weekend.”
“Tarun. What about you?”
“Don’t worry Amu. I have initiated my transfer formalities. They will be completed in 30 to 45 days. Once I come there we can plan rest of the things.”

We discussed about many things and then finally the most important question came in the middle.

“Our marriage?”  I asked this question to myself.

I dint talk anything to her on this. But that was in my mind right from the start of the discussion. I knew that it was also in her mind.

December 28th 2008 08:01 Hrs:

We got into the flight and settled ourselves. Amrutha was looking outside from the window and was thinking about something deep.

“Amu… what happened Amu?”
“Nothing Tarun. Mumbai taught me many things. And this is the first place I have been to. This is the place which gave you to me. I am still not able to believe that I had to leave this place so soon. I have imagined our life here. Things happened so fast Tarun.”
“Yes Amrutha. It was the same to me. Hey Amu. I forgot to tell you. I have sent back the confirmation to them saying that you will not be staying in staff quarters.”
“Okay Tarun. Anyway I cannot stay there alone now.”
“And I have also sent all the required documents to them.”
“Okay Tarun. You don’t need to explain me everything. I know how you take care about things. The only thing I am worried is how to stay there without you. And also that place is very new to me. Even though I belong to the same state, I have never been to that city till now.”

‘Passengers attention please. The flight is ready to land. Please be prepared’

10:29 Hrs:

“Hello Amu. I never thought I can see you so soon.” – Sneha
“Hi Sneha, How are you?”
“I am fine Tarun. Come let’s go.”

11:41 Hrs:

“Come, get down. This is where you are going to stay Amu. And you need not worry at all. I will be coming every weekend here.”
“Thank you so much Sneha.”
“That’s okay Amu. Come in.”
“Hello Sneha. I am waiting for you.” – Rachana
“Hey Rachana. This is my friend Tarun and this is Amrutha his fiancé. And this is Rachana my best buddy.”
“Welcome. Come in come in.”

December 29th 2008 06:20 Hrs:

“Tarun. Why did you wake up so early?” – Sneha.
“Hey Sneha. Good Morning.”
“Good morning Tarun. What are you thinking?”
“Sneha. I don’t want to leave Amrutha alone here. But I have no other choice. I have initiated my transfer and it takes 40 more days.”
“Tarun. You don’t need to worry at all. Rachana is a very caring girl and she will definitely take care of Amrutha very well. And I will also be coming regularly. So, you don’t need to worry at all.”
“I cannot thank you enough Sneha.”
“Hey Tarun. No formalities. So… What about your marriage plans?”
“I dint talk with her anything Sneha. I do not know how to start.”
“Don’t worry Tarun. I will talk with her when she is in good mood.”
“Hmmm. And also I am planning to make it simple register marriage.”
“Let us first listen to her Tarun. Then we can decide on other things later.”

After I returned to Mumbai, I became busy with my duty. Keeping in view of the attacks that happened recently, we had to tighten the security as the New Year celebrations also arrived.

January 1st 2009 09:11 Hrs:

Tring. Tring. Tring.

“Happy New Year Tarun…”
“Happy New Year Sneha. Why are you so loud?”
“Hey idiot. I am trying to reach you from night. I have some important news for you.”
“What’s that Sneha?”
“I spoke to Amrutha. She said once you settle in Bangalore, we can start marriage works. And as like you, she also said that she wants to go with simple register marriage.”
“Wow. Really happy news Sneha. Thank you so much.”

August 15th 2010 08:11 Hrs:

After I got transferred to Bangalore, we got married on March 19th 2009 and got settled in Jaya Nagar. Amrutha is handling her profession very well and is completely out of what happened in Mumbai. We used to go out to new place every month as Amrutha likes visiting new places and also it makes her get out of routine environment.

On August 15th 2010, I was given the charge of Special Officer for the flag hoisting at Assembly. While I was in the duty, I received number of calls from you and Amrutha. But, I was not in a situation to answer the calls.

11:29 Hrs:

Once the flag hoisting and the speeches were over, we cleared the area.

“Hello Amrutha.”
“Hello Tarun.”
“Hey Sneha. What are you doing there? When did you come?”
“I came in the morning. Where are you? When are you coming home?”
“Just now done with the works here. I may start any minute.”
“Come fast.”
“What happened?”
“You come fast. Then you will know it.”

13:07 Hrs:

“Hey what happened? Can one of you tell me? If you both are silent then how will I know?”
“Tarun. From now on you have one more responsibility.”
“What’s that?”
“You are going to be father Mr. Tarun.”

$$$: Happiest Episode Ever

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“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-3

23:55 Hrs: Amrutha didn’t feel much shocking when she saw Tarun that way because; it all explained what he was doing when she happened to look at the entire room. She felt so amazing and surprising when she looked at the entire room decorated so beautifully with colorful balloons all over. It appeared like a rainbow to her eyes.

“Tarun, how did you blew all these balloons so fast without even making little bit of noise” asked Amrutha rolling her eyes to every corner of the room.

Tarun got pumped up a little bit when Amrutha asked that question surprisingly by also adding little bit of question mark in that. He slowly turned his head to the corner of the room. Amrutha also followed the same direction. This made her more shocking than the moment when she turned on the lights. She immediately turned towards Tarun and gave a staring look. Tarun remained silent facing his head down but his eyes still looking at Amrutha. What Tarun was pointing at is an electronic balloon blowing machine. Then Amrutha gave a cut smile. Without falling for those smiles, Tarun looked at watch and the time was almost 23:57, he immediately rushed outside the room asking her to wait for a moment.

March 24th 2013, 00:00 Hrs: Tarun came inside running with some packet in his hand. He immediately lit the candle on the cake which he had already setup and turned off the lights. He grabbed Amrutha near to him and asked her to blow the candles off. Amrutha has no clue of why did Tarun set up all these things. But, she doesn’t want to question him back and so just did as Tarun asked him to do so. When she looked at the cake, she turned out to be more surprised seeing what was written on the cake. A beautiful love symbol shaped butter scotch cake with letters written with chocolate on it. The letters were “5 Yrs. of U in Me”. Tarun then turned on the lights; got hold of Amrutha’s hand and handed over the packet to her saying these lines.

Every year I loved you more … Every year I wanted you more…

5 years of love, 5 year of U and Me…

& 5 years of… U… in… Me…”

Amrutha had no expressions on her face; she became so silent and speechless after hearing those words from Tarun. Her heart was filled with joy and the drop of tears started rolling from the corner of her eyes when she starting looking at what Tarun presented her. It was the album of all their memories of past 5 years. She couldn’t resist herself and out of immense happiness, she hugged Tarun, looked at his eyes and asked

“Tarun, what’s so special today?”

“Amu, 5 years back, this was the day I first met u in my life. Right from that moment, all that I have in my life is just you… and only you…”

Tarun asked Amrutha to step out of the bed room and remain seated in the living room. He followed her out by carrying the cake in his hand. Tarun went into the kitchen, put some pieces of cake in a plate and kept the leftovers in the fridge. When he reached near Amrutha, he noticed that she is so dull and was crying out so bad with tears rolling out continuously and that the face turned red. He immediately put those things on the table and sat next to her.

“Amu, what happened dear? Why are you so dull and what’s making you cry so deep?”

Amrutha was not responding at all to Tarun’s words and was still crying out.

“Amu, this day is so special to me and luckily it is Sunday and so I thought I could spend the whole day with u. But now, you are making me worried. Please dear, tell me what happened. Look at me Amu.”

Amrutha slowly turned towards Tarun while he was trying to wipe out her tears. She held his hand and said.

“Tarun, we would have been much happier today, if it didn’t happen that way 2 years back.”

“Amu, please stop thinking about that. We didn’t wish to happen that way. It just happened and we cannot control how things happen in life. I want to celebrate this day and not to sit cry for what happened way back.”

Tarun was trying all his ways to bring Amrutha back to normal. But, he figured out that nothing was working out well. Then all of a sudden, he said

“Amu, shall we go for a drive now?”

Amrutha likes long drive especially during the mid-nights where she need not be worried about the traffic block outs. As she was not completely coming out from that mood, Tarun somehow convinced her for the drive.

Even though it was not easy for Tarun to make her ready for the drive, he somehow managed to do so.

Tarun drove the car from the basement and took it on to the road. After Amrutha stepped in, he asked her where she wants him to take her.

“Let’s take the ECR road Tarun.” Amrutha replied with a low voice.

They reached ECR road in about 30mins as there is no much of traffic. ECR road which is an acronym of East Coast Road is one of those most important roads of Tamil Nadu which connects Chennai with Cuddalore through Pondicherry. It is well known for its scenic beauty with the view of Bay of Bengal all along the way.

Amrutha was looking at those scenic beauties from the window. Tarun had both his eyes on the road. He tried starting a conversation with her. But, he noticed that Amrutha was not in this world and got lost somewhere in her thoughts. After few moments, Amrutha slowly turned towards Tarun and

“Tarun, I am not able to get out that. And so I have decided to meet up Sneha tomorrow. I even applied for holiday tomorrow. She said she would be free at around 11.30 in the morning.”

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Tarun suddenly applied the brakes.

Tarunnnnnnnnnn” – Amrutha screamed.

???: Why might be the reason behind Amrutha’s tears.
???: What happened 2 years back.
???: Why did he stop the car all of a sudden.

#5 yrs of U… in Me