Have you had any one coming to consult you? Asked my husband soon after returning from his luncheon meeting.
Oh, yes three of them, one after another, I said bubbling with enthusiasm.
That means your Marriage Counselling Centre has really taken off, I am very glad for you, he said happiness writ all over his face.
Tell me, what were their problems? He wanted to know
All marital ones as expected, I said. Anyway, I am not expected to reveal all that they confided, I said.
Now you do sound like a true Counsellor, I am sure your venture will be successful as you too can keep secrets of others, he observed.
That’s the first requirement of the profession, is it not? I said feeling proud of myself.
O.K. just give me a clue regarding their problem, I am sure I can guess the rest, he goaded.
Come on. Don’t try to extract information from me, you will not get any, I asserted.
You know I also met a few of my friends after a long long time, he said.
Any one I know?
Yes, I think you do, he said.
There must have been a lot of catching up, I guess, I said.
Yes ofcourse, unfortunately listening to them was not a pleasant experience, he rued.
Did they confide in you, of all persons, I said stressing on you.
Why not? You know I am a good listener unlike you, he shot back.
Agreed, why don’t you give me a clue of the nature of their problems?
Oh, they all seem to have a common problem, with their respective wives. In fact they want to divorce them and sought my advice as to what they should do.
I hope you didn’t tell them to go ahead, I asked concerned.
Don’t bother about my advice to them, tell me what was your clients’ problem? He sounded too casual.
What a coincidence ! I said.
By the way did they reveal their husbands’ names? He asked.
Yes they did, but I am not going to revel them to you, I said with an air of professionalism.
O.K. don’t. I don’t mind revealing the names of my friends, the “prospective divorcees”, he said and reeled of three names.
Oh my, what a coincidence again ! I almost screamed.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence if you remember today’s date, he said as cool as a cucumber.
n.meera raghavendra rao