Rhia shut off her desktop and extracted her handbag from the shelf where she had dumped it in the morning when she came to work. It had been a hectic day and she was looking forward to going home and soaking in a hot bath. She looked forward to making pasta for the family today.
Her manager came round just then. ‘Arey, what? It’s only six fifteen. Leaving so soon!’
‘Uh yeah, the day is over, right? I’m leaving for home.’
He rolled his eyes. ‘Everyone is working, aren’t they? Look at Manish, Aryank, Maji. Look there, Aftab is still on a client call. You can’t take privileges just because you’re a woman. Why can’t you put in more efforts?’
‘I do, sir, during the day!’ The unspoken words that referred to the frequent smoking breaks and long lunch hours that the men indulged in wasn’t lost on him. She watched her manager’s ears turn red.
‘Now it is time for the adarsh Bharatiya naari to take on the role of the mother, wife, daughter-in-law. Because you see, you, Manish, Aryank, Maji, and Aftab are all still here.’