It was Jan’ 2017. Urvashi went to the ladies’ room to check if her saree was still perfectly draped. She loved wearing sarees but wearing them for the whole day at office was tiresome. She had to wear the uniform as part of her job and she rotated between the options available; formal and Indian wear. She quickly retouched her lipstick. She collected the file from her table and left for the meeting. Aditya had not come in today as he was down with viral fever. Aditya was her senior in the same department. He was also her husband of 5 years.
Urvashi and Aditya had met when they were in college. They had fallen for each other almost instantly and as it turned out both were pretty serious about it. In the final semester, Aditya had got an offer in another city. Urvashi had got a campus placement here with this bank. Both of them were sad with the prospect of working in different cities. Aditya had then applied for a position in the same bank as hers. He had aced the interview too and got offered a higher position and a higher salary, on account of him having another offer in hand. They had started their careers in the same month and got married within the year. With the passage of years, Aditya had risen very fast and was now a senior in the same team as hers. Though as they were married, Urvashi was not a direct reportee of Aditya. Urvashi had herself proved to be a great employee too, but her growth had been much slower than Aditya’s, with a slower pace of increments each year. Then Urvashi had also taken a maternity break of 6 months when their son was born, she had been looked over for promotion or increment that year. 6 years later Aditya was already in a Mid Managerial role whereas Urvashi was still at Manager level.
But this year was different. This year Urvashi knew she will catch up with her lagging career. With little Darsh starting school, they had the home front arrangements running quite smoothly now. With a supportive husband like Aditya, Urvashi knew she could concentrate fully on her job now and earn her dues. She was giving in her best efforts and was determined to prove that she was a great resource for the organization. She had always been appreciated and applauded for her determination and hard work and now she was also taking up new challenges. She went ahead and started taking on more responsibilities, her proactive approach impressed her department head and she was being given more challenging roles and important clients now.
Her meeting today was with a prospective client, a big corporate account, Aditya and she had been working together on this one. But since he had been unwell since past couple of day, Urvashi was handling this alone. When Urvashi came back from the meeting, she was feeling on top of the world. She had bagged the account. Her Boss, Mr Anmol Khare, came and congratulated her personally. “Uravashi, this is superb, I am so proud of you. You are definitely ready for bigger challenges now. Keep up the good work.” Urvashi smiled happily, she was sure she will get a good result this year.
Urvashi, worked with full fervor through the last quarter. The client accounts she had brought in were doing very good business, her numbers were really promising. She took care of all her derivables. Urvashi was able to meet deadlines on time, with Aditya being able to care for Darsh alone, when needed; she was free to give time to meetings or timelines whenever they came up. She was waiting hopefully for the appraisals at the end of March.
By the end of the last quarter she was sure she was in line for a promotion. Aditya was very confident that she will succeed. He knew the kind of dedication she had. Her performance review with her boss went very well.
Finally the day came when the appraisal results came around, Urvashi was called by her boss. As she went in she was as composed and cool as possible, but her heart was beating very fast. What if she is disappointed again? “ Hi Urvashi, Please sit down. Thanks for coming in. Here I wanted to give you your appraisal letter. Congrats.”
Urvashi took the envelope from him, opened it slowly and took out the letter. It was folded into 3. She looked at the page, words popped out at her “pleased to inform you that effective April 1, 2017 you have been promoted…. pleased to offer 40 % raise on your current CTC… rating is execellent performance…CTC stands revised at…”
She was on top of the world. Urvashi hurriedly tried to read the whole letter.
“April 10, 2017
She stared at the letter, it took her some time to understand. “ Sir, you have given me Aditya’s appraisal letter. This is not mine!” Anmol faltered for a moment, “Oh, Ok, Let me see that. Oh no, I just read the surname and by mistake gave it to you. I am extremely sorry. These are confidential , Thank God, I gave that to you. This one is yours, I am sorry again Urvashi.” Urvashi had a sinking feeling inside already. She opened the letter. Her increment was 12%, no promotion. She thanked Anmol and was about to turn around and leave. “Sir, May I ask you why is my appraisal so bad? I thought my review went well and my performance was, I believe, above Par. What then is the reason for such bad rating?” Urvashi did not want to let it go without questioning this time. She had a right to know why she was being looked over every time.
“Urvashi, this is not at all a bad rating. You have done well and that is why you have received a good increment. Have patience, you need to build a lot more experience.” “Experience! But Sir, do you know that me & Aditya started working here at the same time. He is much senior to me today.!” Anmol smirked, “ Now don’t tell me you are jealous of your own husband Urvashi!” “Sir, I am not jealous of Aditya. I only want to know why am I not being considered for a promotion even when I have put in so much effort. Please tell me where did I lack?” “Urvashi, try to understand. I agree you are doing great, but these things take time. As I said, have patience, you have been given a good rating, if you continue like this, and you will have an even better chance next time.” Urvashi looked down. “Listen Urvashi, I am saying this on a personal note. I like you both a lot. Don’t be disheartened. This is a good rating. And you should be happy. Moreover, Aditya has got a good hike and bonus, after all the money is going to your home only. Why are you so disappointed then?” Urvashi did not discuss it any further.
It was two months later, Urvashi, was getting ready in the morning. She chose a bright green and crimson saree to wear today. As she looked into the mirror, she was glad she did not have to wear her uniforms anymore, She was finally promoted. Promoted to being an entrepreneur, promoted to being her own boss. She had put down her papers finally and started her own consultancy firm, which she had been planning for long. When she had discussed this with Aditya, he had asked her to go ahead with it and decided to join her in her venture. He had left a month later and joined her. He reported to Urvashi, she was the boss now.
A short story by Smita Pal Sinha
I am participating in the #AtoZchallenge 2017 AtoZchallenge with Blogchatter wherein, I will be blogging on 26 topics from A to Z. My theme is short stories which revolve around social issues and the stories are weaved around a word which starts with the same alphabet. Here in the story above it is T for Tiara and a story about wanted Tall, Fair, Slim & Beautiful Girl
If you like this story please like, and leave your feedback and kindly share it on any social media of your choice 😊 and keep watching this space for my next stories.