Shesh Rao, a councillor of London Borough of Newham, arrived home late. He didn’t expect his wife would be awake. “What’s happening?”
“Covid times,” he tried. “Met a councillor.”
“That spinster?” she asked. “Do you remember?” Her husband had been a poor handsome man without a job back home in Kakinada. Her father managed a job in a bank for him for marrying his unsightly daughter 35 years ago.
Rao flourished professionally, learned to say, “I was zero. You changed my life, goddess.” He repeated it, handed her a rose he picked up at that spinster’s house.