Regret – A Short Story

His name “Shyam” is being called by the receptionist many times,  but there is no response among the group of candidates who turned up for the final round of the interview of one of the best companies to work in the world, so the next one in the list was called in for the interview. Half an hour later a boy entered the waiting area in a hurry, he looked tensed and his face reflected restlessness . He sat in an empty chair and saw the candidates being called one by one for the interview, and was waiting for his turn without knowing that his name “Shyam” was all ready been called and he was late. He just sat calmly staring at the blank wall opposite to him and his mind started playing flashbacks, he thought about his commitment and hard work which put him in this position. Being an average student by mark and from a normal college he managed to get through 7 rounds of very tough interviews were even many toppers from top institutions failed and this is final interview and he is just a step behind his long time dream job in his dream company.

He is the only one seated in the waiting area now, the receptionist  approached him and asked for his name. She checked her list and replied  his name had already been called for and he is late. Hearing this his hopes shattered away and he looked very disappointed and the receptionist  could see it on his face and felt pity on him, so she said “wait will go and check with HR once” and swiftly left the place. A few minutes later she returned with a smile and showed him the way to the interview room. With a little bit of smile back on his face he rushed down the hallway and reached the interview room.

 Mr “Kumar” is the head HR Manager of India for one of the big MNC, he is having a very tiring day at work interviewing many from the morning, its not new to him and he had been doing the same for the past 15 years hiring great minds for the company. He is very much a man of simplicity and discipline, and have earned respect all over the company. Now he is waiting for the last candidate who came late. He had already selected his candidate but just wanted to interview him for the sake of company policy that the candidate turned up for the interview shouldn’t be sent without being interviewed.

“Shyam” knocked the door and the person behind the glass walls signalled him to come it. They both shook hands and “Kumar” introduced himself as Head HR. By his experience he could see bit or restlessness in Shyam which he is trying to hide, Kumar continued even before any words came from Shyam’s mouth “I know you came late to the interview and I wont ask you why, and I also don’t have time to listen to some stupid reasons which you are about to give. I expect basic integrity to be on time from candidates and you failed to show it. You also seemed to be restless and I feel you lack confident too. Sorry to say, we cant hire you and you may leave now”. Shyam look at him for a moment smiled back and said “Thank You Sir” and left the room and also thanked the receptionist on his way back with a false smile.

He felt little bad for loosing the opportunity but he didn’t regret for it, he know he is not going to give up. His mind went on to the incidents which happened today morning on his way to the interview, he thought how guilt he would have felt if he wouldn’t have help her and be to interview on time. He took a bus to the hospital to have check on her status.

He enquired the hospital reception and headed to the ward where she got admitted. He entered the room and saw her lying on bed with lots of bandage on her, then he enquired the police constable who is siting next to her whether they found her parents and informed them and found who hit and run. Constable replied “Yes we found their parents and informed them, and we got the vehicle number from the CCTV footage and sent it across to all signals and check posts and hopefully we will catch him soon”.  While they both talking the door opened and a couple entered the room, they introduced themselves as parents  of the small girl who meet with the accident to the police constable. Mother rushed near her daughter with her eyes filled with tears and the father stood still with surprise looking at Shyam. The constable then pointed Shyam and said “He is the one who admitted your daughter in the hospital when she meet with an accident today morning”. Now Shyam spoke with too much surprise “Mr Kumar is she your daughter, Some one hit and run her near the signal while she was crossing the road, no mistake on her, she crossed on zebra crossing while the signal is on, it’s all because of the bike which over speeded”. Kumar stood dumbstruck with his heads down and no words to speak. Again another police constable entered the hospital room with a guy catching his collar shouting “See what you had done to this little kid u filthy fellow”. Now Kumar couldn’t tolerate, he rushed towards him but again he stuck by surprise. It’s the guy he selected in the interview today morning, It’s the guy who he thought smart, well disciplined , ethical etc., After seeing Kumar’s furiousness on that guy constable took him out of room assuring that proper legal actions will be taken against him.

Kumar held hands of Shyam and thanked him for his help and apologized for the way he behaved in the interview. Shyam smiled back at him and said “Reasons need not be stupid always sir, some times it might be a valid one, Btw take care of your girl” and left the room. Kumar REGRETED for not selecting a wrong one but for rejecting a right one.

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