Walking down the long pathway, he felt a strange mix of feelings. He couldn’t place his emotions exactly. Was he happy that he will be with his parents after a long time? Or sad that he will never enter this place again? One last time, he entered his details in the register and entered the building. The thought that he will not come back to this place was unsettling. He slowed his pace and thought hard, did he take a right decision? Will he regret it later? Anyway, it was too late to do anything about it. He has to get over with it. He quickened his pace, and by doing so, he shunned his thoughts away.
13 months isn’t too long a time to get settled in a place and get emotionally attached to it. But somehow, he had grown to like this place. The shiny blue task-boards, the white panels, sometimes the fresh smell of jasmine flowers, the bright posters that adorned the walls, the cheerful faces and the random movements. He especially loved chatting away with two of his cubicle-mates and he had just started growing fond of them.
Entering his cabin now, he went and took his seat. There was no one around. He checked his watch and smiled because he was early. He had hardly been so early before. His hands automatically went to press the ctrl+alt+delete button to log on to the system in front of him. He typed his credentials and the default blue windows-screen welcomed and logged him in. As he sat there, waiting for others, he thought how much he loved the place, the people, his leads etc. He never spoke much to any of them, because he was an introvert, but he genuinely liked all of them. They were always sweet and smiling and were helpful. They never complained. He realized that he was sad after all. Now looking at the screen, he saw a notification about a new mail. He opened it and found that he had received a mail from Ram who sat in the same cubicle. There was a meeting invite for all the team members. He read the subject. He was embarrassed for the few drops of tears that were brimming in his eyeballs.
To be continued..