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Part 10:

Matt called Ritu right back, "Hello, gorgeous. What's up?"

"Fine, Matt. Nothing really. I wondered if you have a photograph of Dev, perchance," enquired Ritu.

"Sure. Let me check my pictures on my laptop and print something out for you. I think I have some from the conference we attended last year where Dev gave this presentation about sustainable development in building communities. Tell me, what have you been up to? How come I haven't heard much from you? Are you trying to avoid me or something?"

Ritu gave a nervous laugh and replied, "Nothing like that Matt. It has just been busy at work and keeping the studio from getting too stuffed. I have no time to even go out over the weekends for my bike rides. I go for walks everyday, now that the bab…" and shut up.

"Yeah, you were saying, bay- what?"

"Nothing, Matt. So tell me. What was that call from Dev about? Is he fine? Has he settled down in his new life?"

"Well, guess what. You can ask him all these questions yourself. He will be here in a few days. We can all meet up in the city or if you wish, we can drive over to meet you in Berkeley. We could have dinner at that corner Veggie place off of University."

"What? Dev is coming here?" Ritu was thrilled. She had not dreamed of the possibility of ever seeing Dev again. She was overjoyed. But reality came crashing down on her. If she met him, she would be unable to hide the fact that she was pregnant. And then, again…

"Hel-lo! Matt to Ritz. Are you there?"
"Yes, Matt, am here. I was just surprised to hear that Dev will be here soon. I never thought that I would see him again. Well, I now need to go for my walk and then turn in for the night. I need to get to work early tomorrow. Thanks for calling. Let us make plans when Dev is here," and she put down the phone.

She was overjoyed with just the prospect of seeing Dev after so long. God knew just how much she had missed the sight of him, the feel of his arms around him, the touch of his fingers through her hair, teasing her earlobes and the sound of his voice when he spoke in those hushed whispers looking deeply into her eyes.
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Dev proceeded down to breakfast and left for work before anyone came down after the impromptu music concert happening at the guest's quarters.

Maji entered the Guest room and was thrilled to hear her bahu be transported to a different realm. The song came to an end and Vishaka opened her eyes with a start. There was a deep silence as everyone slowly became aware of their surroundings.

Keshav stood up and went near Vishaka saying, "You have got to cut an album with me. Vish, we will be on top of the charts. I have always wanted to do an entire album on some rare compositions of some less- known poets from Braj. You and I can collaborate and take the music world by storm."

Vishaka's eyes lit up. Just then Maji came in and spoke to Keshav. "I cannot believe that we had such a talent hidden in this house. Thank you Keshav beta for bringing it out."

"Maji, please, meri ik binati suniye (listen to my request). Could you please send Vishaka with me to Mumbai for just a month? I want to record an album with her. She has not lost her touch and it will be a sure success."

"Lekin beta, hamare khandaan ke bahuen ghar ke bahar kaam nahin karte." (But our daughters-in-law do not work outside the home).

"Kis sadi mein reh rahin hain maji? (Which century are you living in Ma'am?) Women are becoming primary breadwinners in their families and you do not want to support your bahu's special talent? Ny denying her talent it si like denying Ma Sarasvati Herself. Please Maji, I will take good care of Vishaka. She is my sister, for goodness sake. I will ensure that she comes home safely. If you want, you can come along. I have a big enough home in Mumbai to have you all stay with me. Please say yes."

Vishaka turned pleading eyes to Maji and Maji saw the unspoken plea in them and slowly gave her assent.

Keshav hugged Vishaka and Deepika too as she was standing close by. Deepika was startled and found herself blushing. Keshav was surprised himself and prolonged the hug just a fraction more before he let go of Deepika. He quite liked the feel of her in his arms. Maji smiled on them all and asked Keshav what the plan is. She also said that Dev had to give his consent.

Vishaka could not believe it. Her dream was finally close to becoming reality. She wanted to pinch herself to see if she was dreaming or not. She hoped and prayed that Dev would agree.

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Moving along gracefully, M ! Let's see if dev permits Vish or not .... somehow I didn't get the picture of dev as a macho man, or domineering..... for maji to tell Vish for dev's consent.... besides he will be in SF anyway.... just wondering under what scenario ritu and dev will meet ......I like two separate love angles going on..... kesh and deepika ... and possibly  dev and ritu..... does kanha have a hand here too in bringing dev closer to ritu, me wonders.....
 
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Nice part..Ritu going to see him..How about Dev give permission to Vishakha,,,
waiting for next part..

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nice nice... very nice.. plz continue... i like this.. =)

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very nice...

now ritu knows...dev is coming and might try to avoid him

lets see what happens..

me thinks dev will give permission to vish...he is not bothered one way or other and if she likes to sing..he will not say no...


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yeah- there was no question of a "dramatic" pause in this part of the story- more a "word limit"LOL! Dev is not the kind to say No to Vishaka. Actually, this ff is not dramatic as much as emotive. When two people love each other, there is a sense of connection that is felt that cannot go away despite distance or time.

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Part 11:

Vishaka waited anxiously, all day long, for Dev to return from work.
Keshav had gone to the temple to finalize his program and give them his requirements for audio and Maji had gone along with him. Deepika had left for college.

Dadi dropped into her room and said, "Beta, we never realized that you sang so beautifully. How come you never sang all these days?"

Vishaka hung her head down and did not know what to say.

"Feel free to tell me, beta, don't feel shy."

"Well, Maji told me the day after the wedding that I cannot attend music lessons. I took that to mean that I could not sing either. I am sorry, Dadima. It was a big misunderstanding."

"Come here, beta," hugging Vishaka, Dadi continued, "You know, your Maji loves music. One of the reasons why we chose you for Dev was the fact that you sang. We never understood the reason why you never sang. Initially we thought that you were shy in your new home and we did not want to insist upon anything. Now, it seems such a waste, having missed 6 months of your singing. I hope you will continue your riyaz everyday from now on. Tell Birju to get the Tanpura out of the box in the store room. It may need new strings."

Vishaka looked up into Dadima's eyes and beamed. "Yes, Dadima, I will. Thank you."

"Accha, chalo, time to have lunch and plan the Prasad for next week's Samaroh at the temple. We need to get all the shopping done. Also call Maharaj ji to come and make the Prasad tomorrow."

Smiling, Vishaka went with Dadima towards the dining room planning for next week.


*******

Dev finished up a meeting with his staff that handled different sites and called in the Chief Accounting Officer as he had to give some directions to handling banking and checks when he was out of the country. Then he consulted with his secretary and manager to give them further directions and explained his forthcoming absence for a week. His flight was confirmed in two days and he had to wrap up several unfinished business that needed his signature or decision.

He called home, "Dadi, I need to leave for the US the day after tomorrow. I spoke to Matt this morning and he needs me there to finalize a project. I have told the office to contact you for any pending bank related issue as you have signatory rights on the Trust account."

"How come you never told us about it, earlier? Hope all is well there. When will you be back?" wondered Dadima.

"I myself came to know of it this morning, Dadi. I will be gone for a week, Dadi, just a regular business trip. It will also give me time to wrap up my affairs there. When I came here 6 months back, I was planning on returning within 2 weeks. I did not know that I would not be back. Matt has taken care of most of my stuff. I still need to wrap up some loose ends," (and meet Ritu, if possible) replied Dev.

"Okay, beta. You need not explain everything to this old dadi. Do you want me to get started on the packing for you?"

"No, I will take care of it tomorrow. Can you please let Ma know about it?"

"Yes, and don't forget Vishaka. I will let her know also," teased Dadi.

"Yeah, her too. Okay, dadi, I will put down the phone. Will see you in the evening. Pranaam."

Dev leaned back on his chair and mentally went through the list of things that needed done before he left for the US. Yes, he needed to call Sastri ji and tell him too.

Devki picked up the phone on the third ring and enquired, "kaun?"

"Pranam, Maji. This is Dev. I am off for a week to the US on business. Just wanted to let you know and get your blessings before I left."

"How come so suddenly, damad babu?" enquired Devki.

"Well, it was decided just this morning, Maji. Is Babuji at home? I would like to talk to him also."

"Here, let me give him the phone. Suniye, Damad babu for you."

"Pranam, Babuji," said Dev.

"Sada sukhi raho, beta. How are you and Vishaka?" asked Babuji.

"We are fine, babuji. Today, for the first time we heard Vishaka sing. We have Keshav visiting us and he made her sing."

"That is wonderful news, beta. What is Keshav doing in Delhi? He lives in Mumbai."

"He came here to sing in a week long Vasanth Samaroh organized by our Chattarpur Mandir Seva Samiti. Our Trust is the primary sponsor for the event."

"Well, that is good. Keshav is like a brother to Vishaka. They grew up together, fighting with each other."

" Yes, that is what I heard. Well, I need to finish some work here. I just wanted to say my pranams before I left for the US. I will get back next week and talk to you."

"US? What for?" asked Sastri ji.

" Business, Babuji. I will ask Vishaka to talk to you later. Pranam."

"Khush raho and may you have a successful trip," replied Sastri ji and ended the call.

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DEv going tomeet Ritu..did he  find out she is preg. Wht Vishakha reaction when she find out DEv   going us without her..

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