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Life always throws surprises at most unexpected moments

by Lata Vijaya Raghavan
(Bangalore, India)

It was the year 1984 and the month was February. I had joined the banking services as a new recruit. I was so much in awe of my new appointment that I felt scared to talk to anyone on my first day in the bank. The personnel manager introduced me to various strange faces in the department and I was just going through the motions.

At the end of it all, I was assigned a table and chair and there was a huge manual typewriter in front of me. The manager put some letters on my table and asked me to type them. I was at a total loss as to how to go about doing them (I hadn’t been able to attend the pre-entry training too as I was pregnant with my first baby). I didn’t know whom to ask as I could not distinguish between an officer and a clerk.

As I was fumbling with my work, a sweet-looking young girl came to me and asked me if she could help me. She then explained to me with lot of patience as to how I should type all the letters and what the banking formalities were. Since I had good speed at typing, I could finish my work well in time and was appreciated by my boss too.

Needless, the girl in question remained my close friend till I left the services of the bank and even to this date. She has helped me through a number of difficult situations in my official as well as personal life and though I had many friends, she was the only one in whom I confided whenever I needed a shoulder to cry on or required a mate to rejoice with.

Similarly, I have been by her side whenever a need arose. She lost her husband too at a very young age – her son was only six year old then - and I saw to it that she came out of her shock and pain over a period of time.

After a few years, she too sought voluntary retirement from the bank and today she is a proud mother of a twenty two year old young boy who takes very good care of his mother. "Life always throws surprises at most unexpected moments, but if you have a true friend, you can overcome them with ease."

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