The Ego

"Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty."

It was an amazing evening..the sun painting the horizon in golden colour. A perfect evening to stroll by the seaside, holding the hands of your beloved. Listening to the silence..whispering the sweet nothings. Taking a stroll and eating roasted groundnuts, yes it was one of those evening when anything and everything was alright.
And yet he was alone unaffected by the beauty around him. Sitting in a deserted coffee shop by the seaside, sipping a cup of black coffee..he was wondering - "How the Hell!! Am I going to get out of this mess I have landed into?"

He was not sure how long his savings would hold him up.

But he was not excessively concerned. He had friends. His friends would help him.. if survival became tough. Afterall they always had in the past. But that was
not his concern..his mind was pre-occupied with the thoughts of him about to be getting married. Not that he did not like the girl. She was perfect and he had always wanted a girl like her. Sweet, Charming & Loving.
But it was his own web of lies!

Last night he went to meet the girl and her relatives. And as is the norm with the relatives..they exaggerated about the their expectations of bridegroom. He
was caught in the flow.
He had an ego..he always had..and then he lied more than he had actually planned to..
He told them he had a car and was earning 40000. He was not worried then..he knew his boss would help him out... He always did...

He couldn’t believe only yesterday he thanked god for the luck that came his way..

Bubbling with the newly found happiness he a
ccosted his boss..
"Boss! I have got a good news."

"So Marriage is finally on the cards"

"How do you...?"

"I know everything" said the boss, owner of a small time company manufacturing small auto parts to different industries.
"It was about time too. One should marry at the right age" he continued smilingly.

"Well Yeah..But I have a favour to ask..If you don’t mind"

"Oho Salary that you are married additional responsibilities..ok it would be raised to 10000. So is that all?"

"Oh thank you sir.. but.."

" Oh I almost forgot your leaves for marriage and honeymoon is also approved. I have also instructed the cashier to give you the next month's salary in advance."

"What can I say Boss.. thank you so much.. no other employer will be as caring as you! I am very lucky!" He had meant every word he said.

"That's enough. Now get back to your work" Boss said teasingly.

He was in a dilemma now.. His boss had given him so much that it was hard to ask more.. Somehow he had not even thought about honeymoon.. but maybe she would want it..
His father in law was supposed to come over the weekend… so he knew he had to approach his boss again.. but he was not sure how he could.. He cursed himself thousand times over for being so stupid..

Boss was watching him from the cabin and could make out that he was worried..worried about something. Being a concerned employer he was..who knew that the road to success is through employee's happiness. He got up from his seat and walked up to him.

"What is the matter. You seem to be worried. What is it? Tell me?"

"Boss..I have a problem.. I don't know how to ask you."

"What is it?"

"I want a car. My father in law is coming this weekend."

"This is petty thing. Take mine."

"No I want my car."

"You buy it for me and cut it gradually over the years.. besides with the money that my in-laws would give me.. I will give it back to you"

'Why do you want so many burdens on yourself? You are starting a new life there would be more important things that needs to be take care off. Besides this even with a salary of 10000 you wont' be able to afford it."

"I have lied to my father in law. So I need it."

"I am sorry . But I cannot give it. Why did you lie?

"“Then.. I may have to quit this job” he said dispassionately knowing his boss would buckle down..

Shocked the boss looked at him for sometime. He wanted to rile.. "Do you have any idea what you are talking about?" But he didn’t. It was not his responsibility to teach him sense and he was angered then. After doing so much for them.. this is what he has to come against time and again… He picked out his checkbook.. generously gave him the current months complete pay.. almost threw it on his face and said

"So be it then. I expect you to clear your desk within an hour"

Riding on false bravado he had left with a huff.

And since then he has been lost.. not knowing what to do..

He could hear the waiters talking in mushed voices.."Kya lukkha hai yaar.. 2 ghante se Ek cup coffee piya hai.. pata nahi kahan kahan se aajate hai"(What a loser ..has been sitting for the past two hours with just a cup of coffee)

Outside the weather had suddenly changed to worse..It was raining heavily..he could see the giants waves leaping on the seashore.

Smiling ironically at the waiters thought.. he went towards the vast seashore .. one final time.

He could not let his "Ego" die.


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    jonna said...
    i have read now your post..the story was nice depicted..]

    the protagonist is really an egoist.. i cant imagine him at all quitting a job with an employer as kind as that..
    DayDreamer said...
    @Ayu: Would definitely check out your sure they would be great.. am glad you liked the story..
    jonna said...
    you wont regret watching this..i just watched it on youtube..:) the film is truly amazing :3
    Dew drops said...
    Really nice work!!
    Dew drops said...
    Really nice work!!
    Dew drops said...
    Really nice work!!
    Dew drops said...
    Really nice work!!
    Anonymous said...
    I love it when I see that you have posted something new. I never know what to expect but I know that it will be good. This piece is no exception. (:
    Áine said...
    Thanks for the good story XD I lik eit how you changed the weather to go with the characters mood :)
    Mrs. M said...
    Good story, I was thinking about what was going to happen right up to the end..... too bad he couldn't just admit the truth.
    Amity said...
    Another very good story...what could I say?

    But see? pride kills isn't it? The man drowned himself, is it?

    Very nice Dev, I like your story. It's some kind of real-life drama. It really happens, I don wanna think this is fiction. I believe that you've met someone like this in real life. You didn't help? Oh poor man!

    Have a nice day...Keep up!
    Jon said...
    Very good and thought provoking...

    Top class no doubt ...infact a lesson for all
    sulagna said...
    well written dev..really
    angel6033 said...
    love the quote you start of this blog with, very true!
    DayDreamer said...
    @Dew Drops: Thanks a lot

    @Gavin: Thanks you so much for your lovely comments.. its comments like these that keeps the writer in me going..
    DayDreamer said...
    @Smileyfreak: Great to see you back..and thanks a lot for your lovely comments..

    @MightyM: It is sometimes little too difficult to keep your ego aside..and admit that you had lied..
    DayDreamer said...
    @Amity: I so look forward to your comments..This story is a fiction..but yes I guess many of us could relate to it..Regarding the ending of story..I left it or everyone to guess..
    That is one possible ending..the other could be maybe he finds the courage..

    @Jon: Thanks a lot..
    DayDreamer said...
    @sulagna: Thanks a lot..u seem to be back after a small glad you are back..

    @angel6033: Thanks a lot!!
    The Blonde Duck said...
    Popped in from Teri's to say hi!
    edxaii said...
    i love the way you write your post^^ i love the story. waah~ :)
    Unknown said...
    Good one! Loved the story!
    sulagna said...
    hey i dint mention this last time but you should write soem more stories liek this good at it
    Pesto Sauce said...
    never quit like will lose more than your job
    gLoBe TrOtTeR said... dat da best u cld come up wid? Am i a stranger 2 u? U've really overdone it dis time....
    Anonymous said...
    I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing
    Sh@s said...
    Good one. That's the price one has to pay for ones ego.
    CutePriya said...
    "We've got to convince our egos and our minds that if we want to live happy..."

    Nice Post D :)
    Sh@s said...
    Hi! Its been long u havnt updated ur blog post. :)
    Anonymous said...
    You have tested it and writing form your personal experience or you find some information online?
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    Loved reading every bit of it.. How are you?
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