Conflicts may create unfathomable distances

Once upon a time, in a court, a case was presented
wherein a woman had an abusive drunken husband, who in a
heated argument picked up a chair and threw it at the
woman. While throwing the chair, he stumbled, fell and his
head hit the ground. Unfortunately, his head hit the floor
very hard and he died. The woman was arrested on alleged
charges of domestic violence leading to murder, and was
presented in the court for trial.

Now, it so happened that the lawyer representing this case for
the prosecution, and the lawyer representing this case against
the prosecution, were married to each other. Both husband and
wife were successful lawyers, and they led happy married and
professional lives.

In the courtroom, the domestic violence and the failed
marriage as evidenced in the case, was shredded in minute
details. While the case progressed, these details were argued
heatedly by the lawyer husband and the lawyer wife. The
argument did not end at the courtroom and continued even
at home. When the courtroom drama spilled over to their
drawing room, a conflict was created between the lawyer
husband and the lawyer wife. The failed marriage of the case,
revealed cracks in their own marriage, and difference of
opinions created distances between them. They stopped
talking to each other. Both the lawyer husband and the
lawyer wife fiercely fought the legal battle in the courtroom,
but kept absolutely quiet when they arrived at home.

The case dragged on for some time. As time went by, at
home, they got habituated to not talking with each other,
which further increased the distances already present
between them. Ultimately, the case came to a close. The jury
decided that the man had stumbled and fallen on his own
and thus, the woman was freed from the charge of murder.
However, the distance between the lawyer husband and the
lawyer wife had grown so large, that they failed to eliminate
it. Sometime later, they got divorced.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani


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