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Late sitting - the evil practice that wrecks work life balance

I wrote a short story about the pressures faced by Rekha, a working mother trying to balance work and family & her guilt in not being able to give time for her daughter. Her stress is increased by the demands of an unreasonable boss who expects employees to stay late, making a virtue of late sitting. Rekha is being pushed to make a choice between work and home. Is she able to find a way out? My story "It is my choice" won a prize in the online women's magazine Women'sweb. 

 

Here is how the story begins...to read the full story, please do click on the title to go to women'sweb magazine. 

 It Is My Choice!

Rekha parked her scooter in the compound and ran up the stairs to the first floor of the twelve storey building and rang the doorbell. “Asha, I am so sorry I am late.” she apologised profusely as the door opened. She glanced at the wall clock that showed 7 pm and breathed deeply.

A tall thin woman with greying hair peered through her glasses with an annoyed expression. “This is the third time this week” her voice was icy as she moved to the left to let Rekha in.

The room was neat and clean, the children’s’ story books and play toys neatly stacked on the table.

Rekha ran to the child sitting on the sofa all alone, reading a book. The little girl’s eyes brightened on seeing her. She hugged the girl and kissed her forehead. She picked up the book, thrust it into the school bag, picked up the lunch bag, held the girl’s hand and walked out of the daycare centre.

“I hope you will be here latest by 6.15 pm. Otherwise…” Asha paused. Rekha stopped and turned around.

“Otherwise I cannot take Divya into the daycare centre from next month. You must understand that we cannot keep it open so late, every day.”

Rekha sighed as she started the scooter. Divya was quiet till they reached home.

Rekha hurried to the kitchen to prepare a quick dinner for Divya. Divya followed her to the kitchen.

“Mummy, where will I go after school from next month?”

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