“Who cares about Belugas and dreamlifters?” Saideep demanded impatiently. “I thought you were here for an important reason.”
“This is an important, Saideep,” his mother protested. “Your father and grandfather are arguing over which is bigger–the Airbus Beluga or the Boeing Dreamlifter.”
“Mother, I really don’t have time for this. I’m very busy.”
“Too busy for your family now that you have a fancy job in a fancy office. Who do you think made it possible for you to have these things, Saideep?”
Saideep sighed heavily. “All right, Mother. What do you want me to do?”
“I want you to come over to the house this evening and settle this matter.”
He hated getting involved in family squabbles, especially the foolish ones but his mother sounded and seemed desperate so he would see what he could do just for her sake. “I’ll come,” he promised.
Her face brightened. “Thank you, Saideep. Don’t have anything to eat. You can have dinner with the family. It has been a while since you have done that. I’m sure your father and your grandfather would be happy to see you. The house just isn’t the same since you, then Talish and then, Padma moved out. It’s just us old folks now.” Talish was his older brother who moved to Manchester after he graduated from Cambridge. Their younger sister, Padma was living and working in New York.
“It must drive you crazy listening to two old men bickering over foolish things.”
She nodded. “Yes, it does.”
“You know you’re welcome to come and spend time with me at my place whenever you need a break.”
“Are you sure?”
“Of course, I’m sure. It has been a while since you’ve visited me at my flat. One of these days, I like to take you out for dinner or better yet, prepare your favorite dish.”
“That sounds nice. I’m just worried about how those two will get along without me.”
“They will have to learn how to sometimes.”
“I guess so. All right. I don’t want to keep you from your work any longer. As you said, you’re a busy man. You’re looking good, Saideep. Is a woman responsible for this?”
“No, Mother. I’m quite capable of taking care of myself.”
She smiled. “You’re right. I can see that. You were always very independent and self-reliant, more so than Talish. Sometimes I forgot that he was older than you because you were so mature for your age. Well, I had better be going. Thanks for coming over later to settle the dispute between your father and your grandfather.”
“You’re welcome, Mother.” He hugged her tightly. “You know I can never really say no to you.”
She patted his cheek. “You’re a very good son, Saideep. And you will make some woman a very good husband too.”
“Thank you, Mother. I’ll see you later.” He held open the door to his office for her. After she was gone, he closed it and returned to his desk. To be quite honest, he wasn’t looking forward to going over to his parents’ house that evening but a promise was a promise and it meant a great deal to his mother. He didn’t want to let her down. It had been that way since he was a child.