Nupur and Gunjan arrived at the dining table where Nupur went straight to bauji to side-hug him tilting on the dining table and said(in a loud voice as was her habit to convey her state of mind clearly through her expressions and voice),"Good Morning Bauji" and her bauji reciprocated same expressions to her looking up from the newspaper while she picked a toasted bread that was placed on the table and started applying butter to it smilingly sitting down. While Gunjan took a seat in front of Nupur and indicated Nupur to apply butter on toasts for her too and Nupur nodded her head in an okay.
Nupur took paper lightly from Bauji's hands and started speaking excitedly, "Bauji aaj weather kitna achcha hai naa, aaj main shaam ko jab aapke aur Gunjan aayenge toh garama garam pakode taiyaar rakhungi, itni pyaari baarish, garma garam chai aur pakode, bandey ko aur kya chahiye ByGod"
Gunjan made an excited face, she loved such times with her family, though Bauji had brought up both his daughters with the same outlook towards life to enjoy every moment of it with complete devotion of heart and mind, she still lagged behind in putting plans to action unlike her sister did , who had the capability to make moments special with however small or big her acts might be, she knew
how to make moments and was a constant source of inspiration for Gunjan whenever dullness tried to engulf her and according to Gunjan - NUPUR BHUSHAN was an answer to every question that life may ever pose to her. Gunjan was about to add some of her ideas for a great weekend plan for the family when Bauji spoke "Beta aaj nahi aaj party mein jaana hai, tum dono bhi taiyaar ho jaana" Bauji said smilingly.
Nupur asked wondering,"Party kiski party Bauji?"when Gunjan saw from Nupur to Bauji for the same answer as Nupur enquired for.
Bauji replied back,"Sharma's ki party, humein ek bahut achchi deal mili hai, toh uski celebration mein toh jaana hi hoga..aaj uski hi meeting hai, aaj deal sign ho jaayegi" he said smiling.
Nupur and Gunjan smiled wide and Gunjan forwarded her hands to Congratulate Bauji followed by Nupur and Nupur made face saying, "achcha mere pakode ka plan toh gaya but great news Bauji......aur main Shilpa aunty se bhi mil loongi" and raised an eyebrow at Gunjan when she added"aur Sharma uncle bhi Di"
Nupur said,"Haan woh bhi"
Bauji added,"aur Mayank bhi"when Gunjan looked curiously at Nupur who said looking down a bit dis-appointed ,"arrey haan woh bhi" Gunjan chuckled at Nupur's
reaction and said,"agar kisika jawaab meri Di ke paas nahi hota toh woh hai Mayank Sharma bas baaki puri duniya ko Di akele hi sambhaal sakti hai"
Nupur replied smirked and replied,"Haan, kyunki woh iss duniya ka hai hi nahi, toh usse kaise sambhalun"
Gunjan replied,"Please Di woh itna bura bhi nahi hai"(Gunjan always defended Mayank more to tease Nupur than to actually defend him)
Nupur replied annoyingly,"achcha tu duniya ko mujhse jyaada samajhne lagi hai, chal shanti se nashta karte hain bina kuch jyaada soche aur bole"
Gunjan realised that when Nupur asked people to go quiet then it was best to remain quiet without bothering further so she went ahead with her breakfast while their Bauji smiled at Nupur's over-reaction each time she heard his name....
and then they continued their breakfast talking about weather, party, discussed random news....and had a Great Morning to start the day with......
Mayank and his Dad Mr.Sharma arrived at the office in time for the meeting and the meeting went smoothly as all the issues were already sorted out and signing of the paper was the only thing left. They came out satisfied after the meeting when Mayank looked back at Shashi Bhushan (Nupur's Bauji) to talk about some other work when he saw him busy on the phone and since he stood close to him he knew that the caller was none other than Nupur Bhushan(she had called to tell him that she'll be going out with her friends for a movie and she'll try her best to reach in time at home else she'll reach directly at the party since she also wanted to meet Sharma Uncle and Shilpa Aunty)...Mayank took a few steps ahead and waited for Bhushan Uncle to complete his call while he stood thinking.......phone pe itni zor se baat karne ki kya zaroorat hai, thoda aur zor se bolti toh ghar se directly yaheen aawaz aati and smiled at his thoughts......and murmmured slowly,"ab Nupur Bhushan ka call hai, pata nahi kitna wait karna padega" and looked at uncle thinking, God Bless Bhushan uncle and his ears .......if i had to talk to her i would have surely carried ear muffs permanently but Thank God at the same time for i have no such issues at hand...and his train of thoughts were broken by Bhushan Uncle who walked upto him and said,"Mayank, tum kuch keh rahe the"(Shashi Bhushan worked in the Boards of Directors at Sharma Industries which was owned by Mayank's Dad Sameer Sharma his childhood friend.......Sameer Sharma had offered him partnership long ago but Shashi Bhushan had just decided to be a part of his firm as should be his well deserved position and so he was at Board level working in his company ........but was more than happy with it)
Mayank replied,"Haan Uncle main woh aapse reports lena chahta tha, dusre project ke baare mein...."and they continued with their work further.........
Mayank and Shashi Bhushan shared a very cordial relationship with each other. Mayank respected him a lot for his virtues knowing him and working with him was always a delight for him and he learned a lot from him in a very short working time-span with him and Shashi Bhushan was more than grateful for having to work with him since Mayank had the right attitude towards work and had a very strong
personality and thoughts that promised no less than success.
Sharma's had quite a grand, exravagant and lavish bunglow, and the party was organised in the bunglow itself celebrating the success of Sharma industries growing day by day. They dealed in many departments trading, jewellery, shares etc and Mayank had only joined the company but just not yet ready to handle all by himself, more of as a learner, he needed to learn a lot from his Dad and his other more experienced co-workers. He was enjoying working every day as that was his best time when he worked and learned. He was all in a happy mood as the party started. Dressed in Black Jacket, White shirt and Black pants he had the looks to die for. Though partying was not his thing at all but dealing with many delegates at parties and convincing them at ease was what he was learning at parties these days from his dad and Uncle Bhushan. Uncle Bhushan had already arrived at the party with his daughter Gunjan and met Mayank already. Mayank was surprised with the fact that how Miss. Party-Lover Nupur Bhushan was missing from the scenario today but he
dare not bring her name up himself. So he noticed it and gave it a miss and after a nice chat with Uncle Bhushan and Gunjan after which he went off to have some Orange Juice for himself.
He was moving slowly towards the orange juice glass.....single glass in the tray.... kept at the table and reached out his hands towards it when he realized his hand on hers, yes how was that possible that she misses the party, ofcourse had to be her, he shifted his gaze towards the owner of the hands ......she didn't seemed to be dressed for a party but more like for a casual outing but looked ever so fresh and beautiful wearing a smile on her face which soon was shortening in length looking and her eyes looking up at Mayank from the glass..... Mayank tried to force a smile on his face more with a smirk, "Oh so you here, but how come you reach here too ...so late, i mean a party - your favourite place to be right?"he asked with a laugh
"Jab bhi muh khologe kuch ulta hi bologe tum, right?"she said with gritted teeth
"And here i see rise in decibels at the party" Mayank replied calmly
"ab tumhara Nupur Bhushan Mistake Analysis khatam ho gaya ho toh kya main juice le sakti hoon, kyunki tumhara toh pata nahi par mujhe aur bhi kaam hai"she said trying hard to get the juice glass and her hand from his grip
Mayank realizing his hand still on her hands quickly took his hands off and replied back "Shaukh se, waise bhi "Atithi Devo Bhava" repeating Guests are like God....... toh suna hi hoga tumne"
Nupur made a puzzling face and looked back to find someone as if not realizing whom he talked about "Atithi kaun main, Mr. Mayank Sharma tumhari party mein tumse jyaada logon ko toh main jaanti houngi, sivaaye kuch co-workers aur apne Mom-Dad ke, tumse jyaada toh yeh ghar sabko mera lagta hai" laughing at him teasingly and as a matter of factly
Mayank got annoyed and said, "Dekho tum Nupur" pointing his index fingers at her
Nupur was quick enough to cross her fingers against his in air and said, "kya dekhoon aur ye juice ab tum hi lo Mehmaanji, please"they both looked at each other in anger forgetting all about the juice.
Gunjan came from behind them taking their picture on her cell phone as she loved to see their fights always and replied smilingly, "woh kahawat suni hi hogi aap logon ne, "Do Monkeys ki ladayi mein jeet Fox ki hoti hai" ...lookes at both of them and continued....."and well i am clever" and she took the juice finally diverting all the attention of Mayank and Nupur towards her and actually relieving them somehow from their current fight from which none would budge she was sure.
Nupur glared at her and Gunjan sensed her anger and replied, "Yeh toh sirf kahaat hai Di"when this didn't seem working she nicely held her ears saying sorry and said, "Please Di, aur waise bhi Aunty tumhe bula rahi thi toh main tumhe dhundte hue yahan aayi thi". Nupur smiled forgiving her and held her hand and went away in Shilpa Sharma's direction, while Mayank just smiled seeing them as they left.
He always appreciated the bond that these two sisters shared, totally unique.
While Mayank smiled at Nupur and Gunjan leaving he was completely unaware of the fact that this smile would cost him a lot more than a few seconds of muscles stretch...a lot more.
Sorry for the mistakes, if any
Edited by Payal-15 - 05 January 2011 at 1:50pm