The evening breeze was carrying the salty moisture. Children were running about scattering the soft sands. Parents sat on the ground and watched their children play while having their own small talks. Lovers and couples were in their own trance. Some where taking their evening walks along the pathway. The business going on was at its peak in the evening. But, they both were oblivious to everything. They both walked hand in hand on the edges of the water. She bent down after each wave, to collect the shells. They strolled for sometime and she looked to him for his permission to play in the water. He nodded his head and warned her not to go very far and left her side to sit on the shore. She thoroughly enjoyed getting wet and he watched her with awe. His thoughts were carried away as the breeze took away the dead leaves. It was the year 2000. He was returning home after his long term assignment in the USA.His friends, family and acquaintances had gathered in his house for welcoming him to India. His mother teary eyed, received her only son into her arms. He was liked and respected by everyone in the family. He was an impeccable boy, who grew up into a lovable genteel man. He was a very studious student and pursued his career more seriously. He respected and loved his parents for they always had allowed him to follow his heart and take his own decisions. His life was smooth and calm. He was caught up by jet lag and he wanted to rest for a while. He excused himself from everyone and left for bed, but nor before telling his mother to distribute the chocolates and gifts he had brought for his relatives. It was half past 5 in the evening when his mother woke him. He found the house empty for the guests had left. His mother pulled him along with her to the nearby temple. She wanted to offer her thanks to the Lord for bringing her only son, safe and sound. He always reveled in his mother’s love and care. After returning from the temple, they had family dinner, during which time they discussed about various subjects. When he rose from his chair, his mother reluctantly asked him a question.” Shall I start looking for a bride, I am getting old”. He kissed her forehead and told her “You may as well, but don’t tell me you are old, my love!” His parents smiled at each other knowingly at his back. The following morning he was supposed to report to his local office. He hurried in the morning traffic and completely forgot how hectic the office hours are usually in Chennai. His four-wheeler was crawling along the IT corridor. He was impressed to see the changes and new building showing up. He was working in one of the leading IT firm. He parked his car in the parking lot and got out with his laptop. Little did he know fate was waiting at the gates to grab him? He went into his department which was in the 15 floor. He was greeted by his team members and shown to his room. He took long strides in the career ladder. He became a project manager at the age of 27. He excelled in every aspect of his career. That did not stop him from enjoying his life. He devoted his weekends to have fun. He partied, shopped and went out with friends and sometimes with his parents. He was completely immersed in work until noon and his stomach started growling. He left his room to have a quick lunch.