The Day The State Split Asunder - 29
The Day The State Split Asunder - 2911 mins 245 11 mins 245
Adarsh's company took off sooner than expected. The infrastructure and other amenities like internet, electricity, desks, systems were set up ahead of the deadline. The cubicles were set up in a hexagonal cluster equipped with six computers.
Investor Vani Reddy inaugurated the company. The external job consultancies assisted in recruiting the programmers and testers.
Adarsh will be looking after the activities of the development team. His wife-to-be Roshni will be supervising the Marketing, Sales and other managerial roles. Everything was going smooth. Thirty members, ten under development, ten under analysis and remaining under business process analysts were recruited.
Karthik walked into Adarsh's cabin, sat on the chair opposite to him.
"Hi, Karthik! I was about to call you. You know what? Roshni will be coming today," said Adarsh.
"So, finally I get to see her today," Karthik said. "When is she going to come?"
"Maybe in thirty minutes..." Adarsh said looking at the time on his laptop. "We have a meeting with our first client the following week, I want you to prepare well for it. The business has only two functions, marketing, and innovation. Take ownership of your work. Try to be innovative and feel free to experiment with new ideas."
"Yes sir!" Karthik said. "Your word is my order."
"Sir?" Adarsh said, narrowing his eyes. "Call me Adarsh!"
"No! I can't," Karthik said.
"Because I love calling you Arnold."
Karthik and Adarsh broke into a laugh. Their laughs echoed the cabin. At this point, a tall six feet girl with black jeans and a pink T-shirt with hair only till her neck walked into the cabin.
"Hey Adarsh!" she came in and hugged Adarsh while he was still seated in his chair.
"Roshni!" Adarsh said. "I told you about my best friend Karthik, he is the one."
"Hi, Karthik! Adarsh told me a lot about you," Roshni said to Karthik.
"Even Adarsh said a lot about you," Karthik said.
"What did he say?" asked Roshni.
"Adarsh, shall I tell her the truth that you told me?" he asked, raising his eyebrows at Adarsh, turning his face from Adarsh to Roshni. "Please don't blame me for the consequences."
"Tell me what did he say!" Roshni said in an authoritative tone.
"Well! Adarsh told me that..." he paused for a minute and turned his face towards Adarsh. "He said to me that behind every successful person, there is a woman behind it and in my life she is Roshni..."
"What!" Roshni said, placing her hand at her chin.
"Yes, Roshni! He also told me that he is very lucky to have a woman like you."
"No, indeed I am lucky for having Adarsh in my life," Roshni said.
"I am lucky for having both of you in my life-"
"You see," Adarsh leapt in. "All three of us are lucky for having met each other. The thing about luck is you don't know if it's good or bad until you have some perspective. I believe in only one thing, the harder you work, the luckier you get."
"And also learn to recognize good luck when it's waving at you, hoping to get your attention," Roshni shot a glance at Adarsh, trying to remind him of not giving enough attention nowadays to her.
"Roshni, yesterday you said you have interviewed a girl for the Marketing role. Did you shortlist anyone?" Adarsh deliberately switched the subject of the conversation.
"I forgot to tell you," Roshni said, picking the mobile from her pocket. "Yesterday I interviewed a girl named Sanjana. She performed exceptionally well."
"How many years of experience does she have?" Adarsh said.
"She is a fresher. But she has all the skills that I am looking for. Moreover, marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but the stories you tell."
"But I think hiring an experienced person will be good," Karthik said.
"See Karthik, you, me and Adarsh, everyone were freshers in the beginning. And there is nothing to worry, I will be personally mentoring her."
"Did you finalize her?" Adarsh asked.
"Yes, She is supposed to come today," she glanced at the time on the desk, "It's already 10:30. I told her to come by this time."
The door of their cabin was opened. A girl with a violet coloured handbag slinging on her left shoulder walked in. She wore a blue-coloured Punjabi dress. She had fair flawless skin. The 'S' letter pendant suspended across her neckline clamped to a gold chain was shining bright against her skin tone due to the illumination of lights above her head. Her hair was long extending long down till her waist and was left loose. Her face seemed natural with no external makeup and lipstick.
"A thousand apologies for reporting late," She said. Her smile seemed to conceal the embarrassment for reporting late.
"Hello, Sanjana!" Roshni greeted her.
"Hello mam," Sanjana replied, nodding slightly.
"Adarsh and Karthik, meet Sanjana. Our Marketing executive," Roshni said to Adarsh and Karthik.
"Hello Sanjana, Thank you so much for choosing our company to start your career," Adarsh said. "As our company recently got its wings, I am placing a huge burden upon your shoulders. But there's a huge scope for you to learn many things. Roshni has got two years of experience in marketing and sales. "
"Sir, first of all, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity in your company," Sanjana said.
Karthik was struggling to pull his eyes away from Sanjana. All the time he was looking at her and fidgeting his hand with a paperweight on the desk.
"He is my friend Karthik," Adarsh to Sanjana.
"Hello, Karthik! This is Sanjana," Sanjana said with a bright smile.
"It was nice meeting you Sanjana," Karthik said. Adarsh could see the excitement in Karthik's eyes. "I hope to begin a new relationship with you."
"What?" Sanjana asked in surprise. "What relationship!"
Karthik bit his tongue and turned his face towards Adarsh indirectly hinting him to bring the situation under control before it performs a tailspin.
"Sanjana! He meant that he is looking forward to working with a talented employee like you, yesterday Roshni told me how good you performed in the interview," Adarsh said.
"Thank you, sir, it's my pleasure for being selected in a company like yours," Sanjana said.
"Roshni! Why don't you take Sanjana to her cubicle and brief her about the roles and responsibilities?" Adarsh said.
"Sanjana, let me brief you with roles and responsibilities," Roshni said to Sanjana. "Follow me!"
Sanjana and Roshni walked out of the cabin. Karthik's eyes were pivoted upon Sanjana as long as she was in the cabin. He was smiling at himself. Adarsh never observed Karthik behaving like this.
"Karthik! Are you alright?" Adarsh asked, narrowing his focus at Karthik. "You are behaving differently today."
"I am perfectly good. Why are you asking like that?" Karthik's voice was quivering with timidity.
"Karthik, are you feeling the butterflies fluttering in your stomach?"
Karthik tilted his head slightly forward. "How on earth did you know that!"
"Never mind! Just answer to my questions," Adarsh said, "Do you think Sanjana's purple Punjabi dress suited her?"
"It's not purple it's blue," Karthik said.
"Did you feel like you've already seen Sanjana before?"
"I am getting afraid of you," Karthik said, astonished. "I don't know how you hack someone's mind?"
"This is none other than LAFSS..."
"LAFSS? What is that?"
"Love at first sight syndrome."
"Adarsh! What are you talking? I-I am not having any-"
"Now, don't build alibis in the air. The feeling of butterflies in your stomach, and when I said Sanjana wore purple you said it is blue. When you experience love at first sight, it's very common to feel like you've already met this person before. Nothing feels forced. It all seems naturally comfortable."
"There's no use hiding if I am already caught? I can't explain what it is, but I just liked her. I don't know whether it is love, limerence or infatuation."
"Don't worry, leave that thing to the universe."
"Universe! Can you please normalize your language?"
"Let me explain, Let's say you're having a desire and want to know whether you will get it or not. You can ask the universe, and it will give you a sign that you are creating your desire. The universe responds and sends you messages all the time. Everything you see out here and there is a response to what you are thinking, feeling and believing."
"Wow! Amazing! This sounds cool, like a fantasy."
"Yes, it is very interesting. But it is not a fantasy, but a secret. The so-called highly successful people roaming on this planet harnessed it to their fullest potential. It is only by it, they attracted abundance into their lives. By asking properly, you can make your world change within hours. Even though a creation may take longer to fully manifest, we can know we are on the right track, simply by paying attention. We constantly receive signs that our magic is working, but the problem is, most people don't respond to the signs because they don't realize they are signs. Or worse, they respond negatively, which flows energy towards what they don't want."
"What does a sign look like?" Karthik asked leaning a bit forward. "Will the universe speak to us directly?"
"No! Universe doesn't speak in the language. If you desire to create a vibrant and fun new friendship with someone you love to hang out with, a sign might be, You meet a stranger in line and a conversation ignites about a book you are both reading. She suggests coffee to discuss it further although you are pretty certain she is not someone you want to become friends with."
"Do things like these happen with me too?"
"It happens every minute and every second. The problem is, not everyone notices these little changes and even if they do notice them, they don't see them as signs. And if you miss the sign, you miss knowing that you are a powerful reality creator and that you are shifting your world and creating your dream. You see, it's not difficult to learn to recognize the signs and to respond positively. It just takes some practice. If you are super excited, you do understand."
"I am excited about it, but what is the technique to ask?"
"It's very simple. The first step is to be precise and sure about what you are asking. Do you remember when you went on a date with Madhu-"
"It's not a date just a casual walk around."
"Relax! Relax! Chill I am just joking. Do you remember on that day I went to meet investor David, but he is not available. On that day I asked the universe, how much amount I am expecting, how many employees I am planning to recruit and what am I going to do after the company starts. The result, I got a call when we were inside of Hanuman temple. I asked precisely what I want, the universe took my question and responded within 72 hours. The question you need to ask should not be generic, but rather it needs to be specific. Only then the universe orchestrates the process of bringing you closer to your dream or desire."
"Will I get the response immediately? How much time do I need to wait?"
"Once you have asked precisely, then get on with your day. Think of it like writing a letter, until you finish writing it, you can't put it in an envelope, stick a stamp on it, and put it in the mailbox. And until you put it in the mail, it can't reach its intended recipient. And until it reaches the recipient, they cannot send a reply. When the Universe responds, it will not always be obvious. You have to keep your eyes peeled for little signs here and there that guide you to where you want to be. These signs can come in many different forms, but they will be ones that you can spot if you look hard enough."
"How to know whether we have received the sign?"
"If I explain everything what will you learn? Ask and know the answer yourself. Remember, be sure, be precise about your question. Once asked, let it go. Be patient and watch for signs. The universe knows best which is good for you. And just wait for a minute," Adarsh took a book out from the closet of his desk. "This is the book you have given me on the first day of our meeting."
"Ah! I remember I found it in the bus," Karthik glanced at the book 'The Alchemist' that he gave to Adarsh on his first meeting with him.
"Read this book when you are free," Adrash placed the book in front of him. "It will not take much time to complete this book. There are many life-changing lessons in this book. But read it at home, not at the office."
"Now you are talking like a boss," Karthik smiled at him.
"Hey, Adarsh!" Roshni stepped in.
"I will get back to my desk, you both can sit and discuss," Karthik stood up from his chair.
"Hey, Karthik! No Problem!" Roshni said.
"But I have ," Karthik was smiling with shyness, and he stepped out.
"What happened to him?" Roshni asked Adarsh. "Why is he feeling shy?"
Adarsh rose from his seat and moved closer to her. He snaked his arm around her waist and pulled her towards him. "You know what, Karthik is in love with Sanjana. You will get to see a new love story."
"How do you know that?" Roshni's eyes widened in shock and her cheeks turned scarlet. "I don't know how you reason things like that?"
"Don't ask me anything," his lips were near her ear.
"What are you doing?" she simpered, pushed him away. "We are in the office."
"I know!" he kissed on her cheeks, "I am going out got some work bye… I love you… bye!"
Adarsh winked at Roshni and sprinted out of his cabin without turning back. Roshni placed her palm on her cheeks, and smiled, staring at the door.
To be continued...