This post is a part of 24-day Marathon fiction called Yaariyan.
Thursday, 29th January, 2015
It is 5.30 AM. Govind Swami is doing his morning routine of thirty surya namaskars. He ensures he keeps himself fit even during extreme weather conditions when he cannot go out for a jog. His roommate Steve gets up and joins him for the last ten surya namaskars. Rosie is still asleep in her sweet spot near the fireplace, buried underneath layers of warm blankets; she looks beautiful. Govind wonders how does she sleep so much! He calls up his parents in Chennai and updates them on things that happened since they last talked yesterday morning and well being of his younger brother Shashank who is still asleep. Shashank is pursuing Masters in Structural Engineering from Seattle University and is staying with Govind since past year.
Govind moves to the kitchen to prepare black coffee and pack lunch for Shashank and himself. Unfortunately, there is nothing left in the refrigerator to pack! He shouts on Steve for finishing entire bowl of curd rice yesterday night while browsing videos off the net. He’ll now have to eat hot dog or pizza for lunch, the taste of which doesn’t appease him. After filling his large mug with black coffee, he reheats the pan cakes Steve made yesterday and sits down on the dining table, sifting through the newspaper to check if there is anything which catches his interest.
After completing his engineering in computer science from VJTI in 2011, Govind cracked GRE and got into Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg to pursue masters in computer software. He graduated top of class and got placed in Microsoft in Seattle. He loves his job and is a workaholic. He never disappoints his seniors and exerts himself for the same – often working late in office and on weekends to prove his commitment to the organisation. He loves singing. Music is like an extension of his soul – he cannot live without it.
He gets ready, packs Rosie’s stuff and wakes up Shashank. On the way to work, he drops Rosie at day-care facility for dogs giving her a flying kiss as he leaves her with the care taker. Govind loves dogs; they had one in his childhood – Kanni – who eventually died as they grew up. After leaving Chennai, he couldn’t afford to keep a pet as he couldn’t commit the required time. But things changed once Shashank moved in with him and they adopted this six month old 55 pound labrador bitch and he loves being around her.
Driving through the highway, Govind watches the trees shedding snow and new leaves coming up – spring is on its way, he concludes; only to be proven wrong by snowfall. The weather here is still unpredictable, mumbles Govind. He reaches office sharp at 8.50 AM, as per his daily schedule and heads to his cubicle to start his work. His cell vibrates and he is pleasantly surprised to find a message from Arpit.
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