It was a big day for Raman. His daughter Sri was turning ten years old.
The plans were elaborate. The dresses she had been searching for had been promptly bought. She loved to travel, so a surprise family trip to Singapore for a week had been arranged too. He even gave Nalini, the maid, a bonus of 2000 rupees on the occasion.
“It’s a luxury we can afford,” Raman told his wife, looking at the happiness on Sri’s face.
Outside, Nalini counted 1500 rupees to pay her son’s three months’ due fees, relieved that her prayers were answered in time.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
14th April, 2017)