“Jai…where are you?”, said Rishi loudly.
“Here I am. Here is your suit, ironed!”, beamed Jai as he handed the hanger to Rishi.
“Thought you forgot about it”, said Rishi with a sigh of relief.
“How can I forget about it?”, replied Jai as he helped Rishi in dressing up for his engagement.
“Jai, where are you?” came a call from the living room downstairs.
“That’s Rutu Masi. She had asked for an antacid tablet. Rishi bhaiya, you carry on. I will be back in no time”, said Jai hurriedly.
Running down the stairs, he answered, “In a minute”. Fetching the tablet from the first aid kit kept in the kitchen, he rushed to Rutu’s room. Jai was the only son of Rutu’s cousin. Having lost his father, he had taken shelter at Rutu’s house in the city to complete his graduation while helping the family in running errands.
“Where were you? Don’t let me down. I have trusted you with a lot of responsibility”, she said while taking the pill from him.
“Don’t you worry Masi. Just relax”, he assured.
“Jai, did you get my shoes polished?”, enquired Raghunath, as he entered the bedroom.
“There they are Masaji, near the dressing table”, replied Jai.
“You are a smart boy Jai. You are an expert in handling all the matters”, said Raghunath, impressed with Jai’s dexterity.
“Thank you masaji. But now I must go and check on Dada and Dadi. They should also be ready by now”, said he with a sense of responsibility. He made an exit from their room and dashed for Dada, Dadi’s room.
“Oh, wow! Dadi and Dada, you surprised me! You are ready! Have you used the new perfume? I doubt ”, checked Jai.
“Oh…Forgot that”, replied Dadi.
“Help us with that. It’s in my cupboard”, requested Dada.
“Sure. With pleasure”, replied Jai as he took out the perfume and obliged them.
“I can’t imagine how life would be without you. God bless you, beta”, blessed Dadi.
“Now go and get ready fast”, insisted Dada.
Within a short while Jai got ready and they drove up to the ceremonial hall. Soon the rings were exchanged in the presence of invited guests. Jai was on the toes as he was at the beck and call of everyone. At the end of the ceremony, after having dinner, everyone gathered near the car. It was time to return home. Jai was missing.
“Where can this boy be?”, wondered Raghunath as Rutu dialed Jai’s number.
Out came Jai rushing from the main door of the hall. “Took a last round to check if we had forgotten anything in any of the rooms”, he said panting and getting inside the car.
Once home, everyone settled infornt of the TV, to take a round up the eventful day. Jai joined in too. While checking the photos on the projector, Rutu said, “ Jai you are not there in any of the photos. What were you doing?”
For that Jai had no answer. No Jai, on Earth, like him, would have an answer. Jack of all trades is remembered only in times of need. And is always missing in the frames of glee!