Kiran and Raghu were watching TV when the doorbell rang.
“Please go and see who’s at our house, Kiran.” Raghu was muting the TV and asking his son to look at the door.
Kiran went and came back in a second. “Dad, its Surya uncle.”
Raghu peeped out and was shocked to see Surya still waiting outside with his head down.
He rushed to the door and invited him to get in.
Surya face was not happy. Raghu knows, he was feeling guilty and hence hesitant.
He holds the hands of Surya and got him in.
“Annam, look who has come.”
Annalakshmi is his wife. She came and greeted him, even though she was not happy with his visit.
Atithi Devo Bhava.
She went into the kitchen to get something to drink.
“Yes, Surya. It’s been a long time. How are you?”
Surya almost broke into tears and asked Raghu to forgive him.
Surya and Raghu were good friends until last year. But, last June, Raghu lost his job due to Surya. And that lead to fights in between the friends. And today is the first time they met after the heated arguments post which they broke up. Not even a single phone call in these years.
“Surya, I should not have done that. But, I am sorry. I have been thinking over this for past few months. I felt ashamed but my ego did not allow me to visit you and ask for forgiveness.”
“Will you please forgive me?”
Raghu holding to Suryas hands said “Hey, why should I forgive? It should not have happened. I should also have watched my words.”
“Anyway, I don’t want to remember those past bad happenings. I am happy that you took the courage to come to see me. You are brave, my friend.”
Annam came with coffee, Surya and Raghu had the whole of Sunday chatting and laughing about the happenings in last one year.
Annam could not understand and was still fuming inside. How could she forget the innumerable difficulties they went into after Raghu lost the job.
But look at this man, how could he forget all those?
Surya left the place with a heart filled with love and happiness.
“How could you forget all and romance with your friend like this?” Annam was pouncing on Raghu, even before he was back from locking the door.
“Annam, you know Surya. He is a good guy. And to err is human.”
“Yes yes, I have seen all the good things he has done last year. Don’t you remember.”
Kiran was watching this from the sofa. Poor kid, when his own grown-up mother cannot understand the logic, how could he. Was just staring at both.
Raghu called Kiran and asked.
“Kiran, do you remember the Sadhu and Scorpion story?”
“So, tell me why Sadhu was always trying to save the Scorpion from the river even though it was biting him hard?”
“Daddy, you said it was Sadhu’s nature to save and Scorpions nature to bite.”
Looking at Annam, “Why should we change our nature for someone else?”
“And now, if you do a mistake, will you come in front of us or behave like business as usual?”
“No, I will be afraid that I may get beating.”
“Yes, it takes a lot of courage to face it. Same way, it is not easy to come out asking to forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness, he or she has realized his mistake. Is it right to punish them?”
Annam knows well that these lessons were not for Kiran, but for her.
Forgiveness is Divine
Raghu knowing she was still not convinced, turned to her.
“Annam, God is extremely forgiving, right?”
“That is God, not human. God will forgive or punish. It depends on the karma of the person.” she fired back immediately in anger.
“That is why I left the choice of forgiving or punish to God. And I just continue my friendship as usual. Let the God decide what he wants to choose.”
“And now I want to know what my Goddess has chosen. To forgive me or Punish me.”
Looking at the way Raghu was bending and begging her with folding hands, Annam broke her smile.
And just went towards kitchen without responding back with any answers.
“Annam, you did not answer.”
“I have no time for all that. I need to prepare the dinner for today.”
Hugging Kiran, he shouted, “Your mother certainly chose to punish me, Kiran.”
The house was filled with laughter from all three.
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