The festival of lights……………………………….

Indu sat grim faced……

“I am so careless …………..I am not fit to be designated as the  Accounts Manager.”she  thought..

The maddening rush since the last three days had left her sick and feeble.

People thronged the Greater Kailash Branch of one of the prominent private sector banks…………..for discounted “Goddess Laksmi”embedded 24carat gold coins issued by the bank on the occasion of Diwali.

The branch was crowded……….the pleasentness of November soaked in the perfumated sweat of the diversity that got together to celebrate the festival of lights.

Cash withdrawal was the one of the major players which kept the branch staff glued to their screens.

Indu sat at her desk,she was the salary manager who looked after the salary disbursement of  multitudes of multinational companies which had their salary accounts there.And for the past one week her table was piled up with bonus cheques or the fringe benefits…………….waited for, impatiently by thousands of employees across India.

She was on the edge of breaking down,when the intercom buzzed.

She whimpered into the receiver.It was her branch manager………..

“Indu,come to my cabin.”he said

As she climbed up,she juggled to string together words to give a possible explanation……

“Come In Indu.”said Mr Murthy her maanger.

“Sir,”.As she started off as Mr Murthy intervened.

“See we need a possible solution,your anguish,regret or repentance cannot buy the festival fervor for 3000 employees.”Mr Murthy said sternly.

“But where on earth did you loose that five crore cheque.”Mr Murthy said in an incriminating tone….

‘Sir,can you give me the permission to talk to the Regional Manager of the company.”Indu said stoically.

“Daughter,”Mr Murthy said. “You can try.But I see no solutions.I shall not keep you in dark,But both you and me have to accept our negligence”

Indu stood up,she felt exhausted.She struggled to go down to her desk.

“This  festival of joy……has brought the inevitable cimmerian shade to my life..”Indu thought.

“Madam,your phone was continuously resonating…….Hum Tum,”the office boy said

“Sampat, I feel ill.I am not interested in any calls.”

The phone buzzed again.Angrily she just switched it off.Embroiled in thoughts,Indu sat at her desk,thinking of the uncountable families that were robbed of the joy of festivity because of her…..

She decided to call up the regional office of the company.Three attempts waddled her to the voice mail,no success.

She sat crouched.There was a tap on her desk.Indu looked up.

“Mr Mehra stood there,He took out a bunch of roses,.Happy choti deepawali ,he said.”

“happy deepawali”Indu said.

Mr Mehra was one of the oldest customers of her branch.

‘He handed out an envelope.What is it Indu asked……….Your blunder ,he said…….

“Sir,Please I might have… I have been disorganized since morning.I am sorry.”

“Open it,he said……………It is an aeroplane made by my grandson,when I came today morning”Mr Mehra said.

“Sir,I will……later……I have so much work accumulated.”

“Yes …you will have dear,you may have to sit through the night……..Open it….

Indu opened……………….and shrieked with joy as she saw that crumpled piece of rectangular paper which said “towards the midterm bonus of ……………………………………………………”

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Indu sobbed incessantly.

Child……….Mr Mehra said

The five crore cheque formed an aeroplane at the hands of a five year old and found joy…………spread happiness….

It will now segment itself to spread happiness to thousands of people……………………..the segments will segregate themselves to give solitary happiness to another thousands…………..those thousands would illuminate numerous homes on the joyous occasion,those illuminants would then fill millions of moments with euphoria………….those million moments would then huddle for many years for people to reminisce……………..those memory lanes would again gather infinite moments whenever these euphoric moments revive in memory,……………so with this cheque……you are going to spread………zillions of happy moments forever……………….

Cheer up,darling………..Its Diwali….the festival of light………

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7 thoughts on “The festival of lights……………………………….

  1. Read through the last few posts that I’d missed. How interesting your story is coming out to be. Happenings and relationships of our childhood can so deeply impact our later life. Very interesting.

  2. To lean against a cliche, that was a heart-warming post. It carried us with the protagonist’s emotions and made us smile with the surprise at the end! 🙂

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