Isha teaches Rosh the psychology of relationships & how to be smart and tactful in business, but no solutions are perfect.
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"I don't like his girlfriend!" Rosh was saying.
"Well, he does!" objected Isha. "And, he's entitled to his own choice without deserving your anger. Whom should he ask what he desires, if not his father?"
"He can ask. But asking doesn't always have to end in getting what was asked. If a diabetic wants sweets, should the doctor prescribe them?" Rosh was beginning to fume.
"No," said Isha. "But there are ways to say no, and ways to get things done. Don't try and tackle everyone head on. That is a Win-Lose confrontation."
"For someone to win, someone will have to lose. But you'll lose either way, head-butting people you care about so deeply."
"You've got any better solutions?" Rosh asked, a little pacified.
"Not solutions. Those, you must find your own with your son," Isha answered. "But things can be done differently..."
"How?" he asked.
"Well," she replied after a thoughtful pause. "Let's imagine a smart businessman like you, wants his son to marry a girl of his choice. But like your son, his son has his own ideas."
"I want you to marry a girl of my choice," says the father.
"No, it's my marriage," the son is adamant. "I'll choose my own bride."
"What if the girl is Bill Gates’ daughter...?"
"Ummm, in that case..."
"You're joking," interrupted Rosh. "Won't Bill Gates and his daughter have a say in the matter?"
"Well, all fathers want the best for their offspring," continued Isha. "Bill would no exception. Our businessman could approach Bill with a proposition he cannot refuse."
"Like what, Don Corleone?” Rosh smiled at Isha's Godfather quote.
"I have a husband for your daughter, he could propose to Bill," she continued.
"But I've got to ask my daughter first, Bill might object."
"But this young man is a vice-president of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet's flagship. Then, Bill would be hooked..."
"Woman!" said Rosh. "You'll get me banished from Eden again, with advice like that."
"Don't get me started on that," Isha fought back. "You can eat your apple, or you can leave it for Bill. No one's pushing you."
"But what must Bill tell his daughter now?" Rosh groaned.
"That's Bill's problem," Isha flashed. "He can pay for his own counsel. I counsel only my own master."
"That still leaves Warren," he said finally. "Why should he sanction the vice-presidency of any Tom, Dick or Harry?"
"Because it's no Tom, Dick or Harry," Isha retorted. "This deserving young man was chosen by Bill Gates to be his son-in-law!"
Rosh boomed at her retort. Laughter thundered in the house.
"It's no longer 'who you know' that matters," she drove home the point, "but 'who you marry'!"
He pulled her to him, and whispered, "I married a temptress. And she'll make a sinner out of me!"
"Then do not entertain sin," she laughed and pushed him away. "Lest you like its reward."
When the titans clashed thereafter, all business was suspended for the rest of the day.
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