Disclaimer: I have copied the idea for this series from Haathi Time (who has now made her blog private) and I have taken permission from her to use the same title as hers. This series is about day-to-day things that my husband ends up doing which turn out profound for me and I would recall them here.
This is a very recent incident. Rahul was job searching the past few months & while he was fairly confident of converting interview calls, he was not getting that many calls. Given the past record, even I was fairly certain of him converting one quickly. I don’t know what was wrong at that point but despite converting most of the interviews he got, he didn’t end up getting an offer. Either the position got closed or got filled internally or something made it not happen.
In the midst of all this, I got a call from Google. I wasn’t job hunting but I got a call from them. Of course, I was happy to get this chance but I wasn’t overtly excited. You know how it is, right? When a close one (in this case, life partner) is trying for something and you get a chance at it first? You are not able to fully enjoy the experience.
Anyhow, my first interview didn’t go all that great and Rahul was pretty concerned as he was excited about this opportunity way too much. Any of us getting into Google was a good deal. We were just talking waiting for results and expecting it to be a no since the interview didn’t go well. I casually mentioned that it would probably not be as sad if I was rejected but I referred him and he got in. Even at that point, when he was struggling to get interview calls, he said this – “nahi, tab bhi sad to lgega ki crack nai hua”. Basically he meant that it would still make him pretty sad that I couldn’t crack it. I guess what I am trying to say is this – despite all the times I got irritated with him for not being even a little insecure romantically (yes, you can judge me but I know you have been there too 🙂 ), its just who he is. He is the kind of uplifting partner who wants to see you grow as a person, be it personally or professionally. To be honest, I just considered it a very regular trait in him until a long time, which ideally should be the case. It should be a regular thing that partners uplift each other & enable growth, but its not actually the case. I see so many cases of well-educated men not being able to be this for their partners, that I have nothing but gratitude for the good fortune that I have.
P.S.: In case you were wondering, I didn’t get the job but I referred Rahul for interview to the headhunters and he is joining Google this month. 🙂