My friend Ravi called me up. He was a bit worried and I could sense it from his tone.
Me: Tell me da. What happened?
Ravi: I got an offer from Google da
Me: Wow. That is a great news. Why are you sounding sad then
Ravi: But my mother does not want me to take the offer
Me: Oh My God. Why?
Ravi: She says that Google is not a Government job
Me: Convince her and tell that the offer is huge.
Ravi: I have been trying to convince her for the past two days
Me: Should I talk to her?
Ravi: Please try. I don't want to miss this opportunity
Me: OK. Let me call her and talk to her.
I then decided on a strong script to convince her and rang her up
Aunty: Hello, Chriz! How are you?
Me: I am great aunty. How with you and uncle?
Aunty: We are fine. Uncle reads your blog; but I don't like it
(Why did she tell me that now?)
Me: Oh! Ok aunty. I heard that Ravi got an offer with Google
Aunty: Yes. He is happy about it. But just advice him not to take the offer as it is not a Government offer
Me: But aunty, Google is good and he has got a tech role too.
Aunty: What good job? Will he get a pension? Will he a get a bride with a private company job?
Me: But Aunty Google is one of the best places to work
Aunty: Have you worked there?
Me: No aunty. But my friends are working there
Aunty: But you don't work there right?
Me: Yes, I don't work there
Aunty: Then don't say things that you don't know. Uncle has worked in a Government organisation for 30 years and we are having all the benefits because of that. My father agreed to give my hand to him only after knowing that he is a Government employee
Me: But Ravi would be happy aunty
Aunty: You youngsters look for short term benefits. What do you know about happiness. Learn to respect elders
Me: OK aunty sorry for trying to make a point
Aunty: Kids these days have to first learn manners
Me: But aunty, I am 34
Aunty: So what? I am 64. Your age is my experience. Don't try to teach me
(She hung up. I literally felt happy that I was not Ravi)
Latest news: Ravi has not taken up the offer. He is waiting for his Government job.
Additional information: I have changed the original name to Ravi to safeguard my friend's reputation.