Continued from here
Harish spent the whole night tossing and turning. What would Suresh do, would his wife return were his prime concern. It was only in the early morning that he could finally sleep.
When he woke it was to find that it was bright and sunny. He checked his watch and got a shock, it was 8.30 am. He jumped. He had thought of waking at least by 6 and opening the shop for his milk customers.
‘Amma pack my breakfast,I will have it in the shop’, he yelled.
‘But why?’, she yelled back.
‘I have to open the shop, customers will be waiting for milk.But wait if the shop is closed where the vendor will keep the crates’, he yelled
‘Whatt…..why you want to go. Suresh is already there’, said Amma.
Harish stopped and went to the dining area where his mother was having breakfast and reading newspaper. ‘Anna came?’, he asked
‘Yes, he came at 4, had his bath and left.Your father has gone there now to give him breakfast.’, she said
‘Vanhi??’, he asked
‘I didn’t ask Harish, didn’t want to bother him early in the morning’, she said.
Harish went to the shop around 11.30. There weren’t any customers. Suresh was taking stock of the milk packets sold that day. He looked at Harish and smiled.
‘How are you Anna’, he asked
‘I am perfectly fine’, he said and looking at him said, ‘You are asking about yesterday right’.
‘Sumati felt that all are ganging up together to keep me and her separate’. he said.
‘We never had that intention’, Harish said
‘That is what I told her. I told her how I had lost my job and how after numerous trials I didn’t get another. And how you got the idea of operating this shop. I told her how for our future I had to work hard now. And when we save a little we can go for vacations….’
‘She listened/’, Asked Harish.
‘She had to. I also told her that for amma she is like a daughter, so if she too treats amma like her mother, all will be fine’, said Suresh.
Harish looked at Suresh in wonder. ‘So much change’, Harish thought, ‘God is merciful upon me.’
‘I think all this is because we haven’t given any responsibility to her. As we know idle mind is a devils workshop. So I am going to ask amma to involve her at home. Also, I am going to ask her to bring breakfast for me. There is so much rush in the morning, she will help me. What do you think? Am I right?’, asked Harish
‘Yes, you are’, said Harish. At that moment some customers came. As Suresh was taking their order, his phone rang, he signalled to Harish to take over. By the time the customers left, Suresh had finished with the call.
‘Amma’s call’, he said, ‘Sumati’s parents have brought her back. I will go home now’, he said.
Harish looked on happily. ‘Is this an end or a beginning’, he thought,’I always wanted to run away, afraid of problems. But then the sweetness of success is it because we overcome our problems or is it because we tried and didn’t buckle under pressure. But most important, would I have this feeling of achievement if I were alone. Would I have the love and blessings of everyone if I were alone. No. Sure being together has a lot of problems but much more than that is this feeling of love and togetherness’.
ma karma-phala-hetur bhur ma te sango ‘stv akarmani
As this very famous shloka says we have to perform our prescribed duty and not bother about our result. Or in other words, don’t bother about the destination but enjoy the journey. Life will never be without problems face them. Running away whether to another place or in some cases taking away one’s life is never a solution.