Continued from part II.
Calls to others. This was in a way a great business! Hemanta was clever and had great
business acumen, in addition to his high ardour. The shop was spacious and so Hemanta
thought of utilising the rear portion of his shop as cabins for phoning while he kept another
phase openly on the sales dashboard of the shop for undertaking local calls. In a few months
time Hemanta’s shop was the most talked about shop in his locality where people can phone
and also buy essentials. In addition to that Hemanta also added brewed tea to his list of items
sold and so people came to his shop, if not for any shopping then, for a cup of tea also. In a
couple of years, Hemanta was able to return all the money he had taken from his father for
opening the shop. And after some years more, he also managed to marry off his younger
sister to a respectable school teacher from a nearby village. In this way for a good number of
years, Hemanta conducted his shop keeping business and when occasions arose, would
appear in the interviews of companies that required electricians. But after a couple of years of
marrying off his sister he had to switch business for reasons which will be discussed later.
Ten years passed quickly in this way and Hemanta was nearing his thirtieth birthday and
very well into marriageable age. After his sister was married off a few years previously and
as his years were catching on with no chance of any good recruitment, his parents pressurized
him into marriage. Hemanta, as he was the only male child of his bucolic parents didn’t (and
couldn’t) wish to say ‘no’ to his parents’ advise of marriage. But he was also in a fix as to if
he should marry by his parents’ wishes or otherwise.
(to be continued)…