Joined: 15 October 2010
This update is an improvised version from one of my earlier fics.
After breakfast, Maan asked Geet's permission to return to office as a lot of work was piling up. Geet nodded and volunteered to join him but he asked her to take a couple of days more to rest after the hectic wedding schedule. Dadi agreed with him and said that they can spend their time doing some origami together, Dadi's favourite pass time.
"But Dadima. I don't know Origami," said Geet in a small voice.
"Don't worry, Geet. I'll teach you," assured Dadi, brightening up Geet's face.
Dev and NT excused themselves saying they have to meet some friends and informed that as they will be late that night, they did not want dinner. Since none of the other inmates of the Khurana House were keen to have them around, Dadi sighed in relief and asked them to carry on.
Back in their room, as Maan got dressed and tightened the buckle around
his waist, he asked Geet what she wanted when he returned that evening.
"Maan, you have already gifted me so many things. I do not want anything more than your love."
"Darling, you know that you always have it. All the gifts I bought for you so far were as per my wish. What is it that you wish for?"
She then hesitatingly told him that she had a craving for small gooseberries.
"Small gooseberries? They will be extremely sour," he made a face.
"That is why I want them," she said. "My tongue is itching to eat sour things."
"OK. If that is what you want, that is what you'll have."
He pecked her cheek and took leave of his wife and Dadima.
At his office he sent one of his employees to get the small gooseberries but the man returned after an hour saying that he could not find them anywhere in the market. He decided to search for them himself. After thronging all the markets in the area he still could not find them.
That evening he was returning to Khurana Mansion deeply dejected that he could not get the only gift his wife wanted from him. While waiting for a signal, he noticed a gooseberry tree by the side of the road. Once the signal turned green he veered his car closer to the tree and stopping the car next to it he got out hurriedly. He looked up at the tree. The gooseberries were hanging at a height. He tried stretching his hands but he could not reach them. Finally he decided to climb the tree and pick them himself. He removed his shoes and quickly climbed the tree. Spreading his large handkerchief over his palm, he picked the gooseberries from the branches with the other hand and filled his handkerchief with them. He then tied a tight knot around them and slowly tried to get down. Just as he was nearing the bottom of the tree his grip around the tree slipped and he fell to the ground with a thud, spraining his right ankle in the process. Cursing himself, he picked up the precious bundle of gooseberries in one hand and his shoes on the other and hopped to the car. Sliding in, he started the car and drove home. His ankle had swollen up by the time he reached his house and was throbbing with pain. Unmindful of his pain, he eagerly got off the car and headed to the front door.
As soon as Geet opened the door he offered her the bundled handkerchief and asked her to open it. Geet opened the bundle excitedly and the minute she saw the gooseberries, her eyes widened in happiness and her lips broke into a broad smile. She hurried to the kitchen to wash them. Seeing her childish excitement Maan felt contented and slowly hopped into the house. Dadima was alarmed to see his soiled clothes and pronounced limp. She enquired what had happened and why was he limping. Geet who was returning from the kitchen after having washed the gooseberries and transferring them to a stainless steel bowl, overheard her and rushed to him.
Leaving the bowl on the teepoy, she rushed to his side and holding his hand she led him to the sofa. She sat in front of him and lifting his foot, she examined his ankle which had swollen like a bun by now. She yelled out to Nakul to get the first aid kit and Nakul quickly brought it to her. Taking it from him, Geet removed the bottle of Iodex from it and applied it gingerly on the injured area.
"Maan, how did you get this?" Geet asked him in concern.
Maan was reluctant to tell her what had happened. After she kept prodding for quite awhile he finally told her how he had slipped down the gooseberry tree after picking the berries.
was amazed at the extent Maan would go to fulfil her wishes. Her eyes filled
with tears which fell on his foot. Maan was alarmed to see them and lifting her
up, he made her sit by his side. Wiping the tears, he said that she should not
cry in her state. He told her that he took all this trouble to bring a smile on her face
and not a tear. By crying she defeated the very purpose of his gift. Hearing this, she smiled
He then took one gooseberry from the bowl and tried feeding it
to her. She shook her head and said that she did not want the gooseberries
which were responsible for her husband's pain. Maan told her that he will be
more pained if she does not eat them. She then reluctantly ate them as he fed
them one by one. Dadi, who was watching the entire interaction between the two
with great fondness, said a silent prayer that no evil eye be cast on the
happiness of her grand children.
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