I guess I turned into a cougar, due to my misfortunes in life, but I seemed to have touched the trigger for many women who were seeking an outlet in their own lives. While I was a forlorn widow aching for sex and a companion, these were entitled women living posh lifestyles with gorgeous husbands and lovely families to support. But who am I to judge? Each person thinks only his problems are huge after all one must try to walk in shoes that pinch to know the pain.
Pratibha was an amazing woman
She was Pratibha, an eye-turner in my team. Not too young, touching 40 and extremely efficient at work and a sight for all that sought beauty. She soon became popular in the team and we had a whale of time whenever she cracked her jokes – they did crack us up, especially when anyone asked her “why?” she would crinkle up her eyes and say “jesht for lil sex”.
It tickled us pink just to hear the word sex used so lightly and we all laughed heartily.
The story of her marriage
She fell in love and dated her guy in college and though they belonged to different communities, they soon got married with the blessings of both families. Within the year they settled down in opulent settings and her really smart husband, who was also a handsome hunk, soon rose to the position of the country head.
The common grain among CEOs is that they work so hard that they have no time for anything else in life. Which is why Pratibha started working after her son turned 11. Slowly the boredom in her marriage turned a new page.
On one hand, hubby returned home well past bedtime and was so wired that he needed the flicker of the TV to put him to sleep, sex had flown out of their lives.
Pratibha started flirting with the intern
In the team, we were very aware that she was extremely attractive but we never were prepared for what happened next. During a team outing, we found ourselves doing some extremely dirty dancing, in the Purple Haze pub and that’s when the tube light went on in our minds. Pratibha was flirting with the intern who had just joined a week ago. And as the extravagance of the booze, the music, and the dancing hit the ceiling, we knew – “the heat is on”.
When a married woman hits on a younger guy, everyone knows it’s all about sex. Maybe the love will breeze in later, but the urgency is for physical gratification.
I was not judgmental about them
Soon they became the eye of the storm of gossip, but folks are always super sensitive about sex in the air. It’s like they can sense it.
One day over our daily morning coffee bitching session, Veena asked me what I thought of it…as usual I made some casual remark like good for them…you see I was ok about it being a cougar myself I had no right to judge them.
But all the married folks were up in arms. They maligned her and nicknamed him “the stud”.
The private investigator was in
In the workplace they were quite discreet – but in a full elevator there were always telltale giggles from the couple and that further enraged the goody-goodies among us. I knew this would not end well and soon got to know that the husband had hired a PI (Private Investigator) and the cat was out of the bag. A whole new conversation ensued and CEO promised to spend more time with his wife.
She chose to be transferred to another office and continued to be the exemplary employee that she was. Our stud meanwhile succumbed to a marriage proposal and got hitched.
A year later I met them, separately at an alumni meet, and noticed that the stud had settled into married life and grown fat! She was still pretty and happy – after all, it was “jesth” for a lil sex.