Auto! Auto!" Ranjeev was calling out at a passing by auto rickshaw.
It was a Saturday evening. His roommates had been home for a long weekend. Yeah, Monday and Tuesday were declared holidays owing to a local festival. Ranjeev is working as a Software Engineer for a multinational company for the past 4 years.
"Tidel Park. How much?"
"Forty Five rupees, sir"
In five minutes, they were at Metro signal caught up in a traffic jam.
"This signal always like this sir!. "Your cell phone ringing, sir".
Ranjeev was unaware as the ring tone was set to a low .
"Hello Aman!" ... "Long time man. Where are you?" ... "Oh man! I read the reviews. They say the movie is good. Got some work at office?" ...
"No, nothing serious. But have to go and do it today" ... "Sorry, I wont be able to join you guys for the movie today. Another time, okay?" ...
"Aish Kar. Chal, bye!"
"You work for computer company?" asked the autowalah.
"Yes! How do you know that?"
"Neatly dressing, smart, having cellphone, going to Tidel Park. I am running auto for 15 years sir. I know people by seeing only."
Ranjeev is dulled at people outlining software engineers the way they do. "It is never easy as said. It is not the apparent money and ostensible looks that make up a software engineer," he thought. "There is more to it * project, deadlines, quality, pressure, bonus, stress, onsite, and the list is long."
"Computer companies are good sir, giving job to youth. You all work very hard. I drop people from Tidel Park at midnight."
Ranjeev was maintaining his silence.
"Now people work like you very early. When I was youth I have many friends. We see many films. Ten, fifteen film one month. Saturday, Sunday we play cricket in our local park. Bet match sir for 50 rupees, 100 rupees. We win, then we will go to film or drink. I am big fan of Amitabh I had seen all of his films. His acting is very good. That time was really enjoying sir. You don't like films sir?"
"No, I like watching movies. I am planning to go to 'Dil Kabaddi' tomorrow"
"Where running sir?"
"You go alone? No friends? Friends are important sir. No enjoyment without friends sir."
"My friends are going now. I have some work to finish today. So I am going tomorrow."
"Work will be there every time sir. Youth will go sir. If you don't mistake, I say something sir?"
Though looking uninterested, he had an urge to let him go. He nodded his head, "Mmm."
"You have more money but no time to spend money. You work more and get more money. Then time is very, very less to spend money. Then why do you need money sir? See sir, it is enough if you earn as much as you can spend. My father tell it to me. I follow it sir."
Ranjeev was deep in thought rewinding through his senior school days with Aman. Aman was his chum in class. They had been reading together from class VII. The last movie they saw together was 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun' during their final year at school. Both being Salman aficionados, they watched almost all of his movies together. Now that they both work at a Metro City they call up rarely and chitchat for sometime.
The auto came to a stop. "Tidel Park, sir" "If I talk something wrong, sorry sir."
"Thats okay. Can you take me to Satyam theatre? Fifty rupees?"
"Okay sir. Going to film sir?"
"Yes. With my friends."
Calling Aman..Connecting.."Hello Ranji!"
"Hey Aman! I am joining you guys for the movie. Can you guys get a ticket for me? I am on my way to Satyam."
"Good that you called me. I bought a ticket for you too before I called you up. Now I was trying to sell it out."
"Thanks man! Keep it for me."
"Come soon. See you!"
Why should we earn when we don't get the time to spend it the way that we enjoy the most!!!!!!
Don't give a slap to your personal life working on Weekends when they are yours.