Tears welled up in Lela 's eyes as she turned her back toward her husband while they lay in bed. She could barely breathe. She fought hard not to cry. Her heart felt so heavy as though it would burst at any moment. It was not only the words Ravi used, but also the way he had spoken to her; and the tone he used. She lied motionless, trying to scan her thoughts for any time that Ravi might have ever spoken to her in such demeanor. No, not really. He had been acting it little out of his ordinary lately. Lately, he seemed short-tempered and even arrogant at times. Like the last time she asked him he wanted to have a cup of tea. It was customary that whenever one was making a preferential choice of drink that the other would naturally offer the same. "I 'm making tea, would you like a cup?" She recalled how he snapped at her. "No, did I ask for a damn cup of tea?"
Ever since talk of Vishal coming to stay, Ravi 's behavior has been altogether different. Lela thought that she could really trace it back to around the first time Vishal 's father, Lito Khair, came from Bangladesh to visit them. Lito Khair was a successful and powerful businessman in his country. That was about a month ago. Since then, Ravi began acting out of the ordinary. What is ordinary anyway, Lela wondered?
Lito had traveled to New Jersey with his youngest son to visit…and to ask the boy 's Ravi Bhai (a formal and respectful Bengali meaning for uncle) for a family request. He came to bestow guardianship of the recently-turned 16 year old Vishal upon his Ravi Bhai, as if he were granting him an honor. Wasn 't it more of an imposition than an honor, Lela thought? Lela and Ravi had only been married for three years. They were still in the first ...
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Ravi quickly fired back at her, "That sounds like rubbish to me. I don 't really care for your philosophies. He is my uncle 's son. I 've already told Lito that we will accept guardianship for Vishal whether you agree with that or not, and whether you like it or not!" What caught Lela off guard was the startling response that was so unlike Ravi. The past four years they had been together, Ravi was always respectful and considerate in regarding her input. Lela felt like she had just been sucker-punched. It was the cold disregard and disrespect that was hurtful. His words were cutting.
"Goodnight, Ravi," she said softly as she positioned herself for sleep. Quietly weeping, Lela closed her eyes and pondered a quote from the Maharish Mahesh Yogi: "Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss."
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