This sounded like a panic call from a friend…a few moons elder to me. I had no clue on what…so I did go and meet him alone.
He has a ‘major’ problem. He and his wife. They have 2 children – aged 35 and 28 the elder one being a son and younger a daughter.
The problem was the son. Daughter too…but today it was the son that he (and his wife) wanted to talk about…
‘Problems’ as detailed by the parents:
– he has not yet got married
– he has not bought a house
– he does not have a LIC pension plan
– he does not have a LIC policy
I was still waiting to hear about the ‘problems’ …but there were none…
When I was 35 I had a son in class 5 and a daughter ready to go to school. I had a LIC policy, a LIC pension policy, a business to run, and house which I had bought with a co-operative bank loan.
My son lives in a rented house, because it is near his office. My daughter is 30, married, and says “Dad we have not decided whether to have a baby”.
Subra we are at our wits end…..these kids just do not want to grow up.
Frankly I am not sure how many of you can see the problem here. Not because of anything else….but just because I cannot see ANY problem.
So I decided to meet the boy. And the boy is normal. Perfectly normal. Straight too, I guess – he did not bark at the word called marriage. So I decided to probe a little more.
He is well qualified – he is an MBA from India’s top management school. Undeniably doing well in his job / career. He has spread his money among a few mutual funds, he has taken a term insurance of Rs. 2 crores – with his mother as a nominee. He has changed just one job in about 11 working years. He is clear that he wants to live in South Bombay, and no, he is NOT willing to buy a house for Rs. 15 crores. His salary of Rs. 76 lakhs is nice, but cannot afford a 15L pm emi!!
He is happy that his sister has married his classmate’s brother – and that they are happy. He is happy that they are thinking about having a kid – and not rushing into parenthood. For himself he is happy that he has not committed to a house, marriage, or business. He is not to keen to join his father’s business.
I am not sure whether I understood the problem……will be happy to learn from the comments….
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