Three’s a crowd
are two people in this story. We’ll call one ‘P’ and the other ‘J’. They
are both employed at my work place. My relationship varies to a large
degree between them because I know more about J than P. One fact is
common. They are both organized people and it is easy to work with them.
The two girls’ characteristics are different. Both are attractive in
their own way. J is a warmer person while P opens up only to those who
had won her trust.
She moves along with a few people. I do not know if this is due to a
past experience. She hardly speaks to others at office except on
J is a contrast to P’s ice maiden image. S would talk to anyone who
would return her smiles. She cares for others to the extent that if she
finds one of her close friends in an unhappy situation she is willing to
put aside her work to lift his or her spirits.
She maybe a social being, but there is a deeper side to her as well.
Once you confide something to her she will do her best not to let you
down. Her feelings run deep for those who have won her heart.
Choices depend on the path we take
This is not another column about contrasting personalities but one
about choices. Both could have made similar decisions and treaded
similar paths but it did not happen that way. They took contrasting
decisions which brought different results. Let me tell you how. I’ll
begin with P…
P was assigned to handle work in a certain sector a couple of years
back. She met a colleague in a different department. Naturally as they
were from the same company they began working together. P began to
realize that her colleague – W – was suffering from depression. He was
married and had two children and a wife but he consoled himself by
basking in her sympathy.
Maybe her first intentions were to help him out. I truly believe that
she wanted to help him lead a happier existence but things might have
gotten out of hand. Many believe that P had struck a relationship with
Then it’s J’s turn. Luckily it was a party outside her own office yet
engaged in a profession connected with her field. He never told her that
he is married and had kids. She found out about that after doing a
research on him when he had asked her out.
That would have ended all links but when he called again he confessed
that he had lied to because he thought that she would never give him her
number had he told her the truth at their first meeting.
He too was melancholic. The only joy in his marriage was his
two-year-old daughter. Maybe it was wrong for J to feel sympathy for
him. She did wonder if it is one of those catchphrases that womanizers
used to entrap their victims.
The good news is that she forgave him and let him go. She knew that
such a liaison would only tarnish three lives. Two’s company and three’s
a crowd. She gave him strength to work out their differences for the
sake of his daughter.
Extra-marital office relationships are common. I have heard of many
and turned a blind on even more. I admit that I do not know the exact
nature of P’s relationship with W. I don’t think she knows where it will
end either. There are times when I look up and see her pretty face and
wish that she had taken a route similar to S because there will come a
day when she wishes that she deserves much more than what is offered to