Always Alert

He was an outsider, forced to make a presentation on that super-serious and thus laughably ridiculous topic- ‘corporate espionage’. He knew that they maliciously whispered  to each other that the only thing he had ever managed was the canteen at the army. He stumbled through his carefully revised ppt, acutely aware of the blunders he made, the snickers when he said ‘discharge’, and promised to ‘bounce back on emails’. He was sixty-seven and tired; but his son was a wastrel (he never allowed his wife to say so) and his daughter was still in college; he was glad that corporates took this risk seriously and paid him to talk about it; he was determined to stand on his feet for the next fifty minutes and if need be, more.


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4 Responses to Always Alert

  1. dewdrop says:

    Beautifully written. Hope he did get his due in the end.

    • rashmenon says:

      🙂 thank you, H. Think quite a few corporates have ppl like him in the security personnel, glorified versions of the old old men who work as security guards in apt buildings.

  2. Balchan says:

    It is a really humbling experience, watching these former soldiers painfully stumbling their ways through life. Surely they deserve a better deal.

  3. rashmenon says:

    yes, balchan, i feel so too. there should be a smoother path to civilian life.

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