Building Confidence

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Builders are arguably the bane of our existence. From their early morning hooting and hollering, while they callously chuck heavy materials about, to their lewd commentary and penchant for sharing their butt-cleavage! Still, they are a necessary evil.
So when we had the exterior of our building renovated, we dealt with it and found a silver lining in the fact that we no longer needed to set our alarm. Every morning was the same where we lumbered along and got ready to the clashing of metal reverberating through our sanity!  Mrs.B stood in front of the mirror and moaned about her ever growing bump before heading to work.
It was thirty minutes later when Mrs.B called and the conversation went something like this;
‘So I was going to work today right?’
‘Yeah.’ I yawned.
‘And you know the builders outside the building right?’
‘Well when I was walking by, they started whistling and flirting with me!’ She gasped.
‘Oh really?’
‘Yeah! Can you believe that?’ Her voice went up a notch.
‘That’s so….’
‘I mean look at me?’ She interrupted. ‘Even with the bump!'
'I mean I look so tired and did you see what I was wearing? Oh my God!’
‘Yeah! Exactly! And they were still whistling and everything!’ She repeated gleefully. ‘See! See! I still got it.’
Confused by her elation I realized I needed to be cautious as my response could risk ruining her morning and in turn, my life. I had to quickly come up with a delicate response and after a few quiet seconds, I simply stated;
            ‘Congrats??? That’s great? I’m….erm…..proud of you?’

Marriage Tip No. 56: Builders! They work in mysterious ways.  

Welcome to our renovated Marriage.
About the author:
Born in Africa, Chandru grew up between Nigeria, India and the UK. With a Masters in International Business from the University of Westminster, he moved to New York where he worked as a Business Development Manager for three years. In 2002, he returned to Nigeria where he currently resides and runs a trading company. Chandru has been writing for Beyond Sindh ( since 2004 and has published numerous articles in the quarterly publication. His story entitled ‘The Love Letter' won the Mirage Book short story contest and was published in an anthology titled Inner Voices in January 2009. His short story ‘Zero’ is scheduled to be published in the anthology Indian Voices towards the end of 2010.
In December 2009, Chandru’s first novel, ‘The Journey of Om’ was published in India by Cedar Books.
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