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Do Dil.... Mil Rahe Hain. ..A new ff(updte pg 62) (Page 36)

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Chapter 9
 
Thara   who  was sitting at Shravan's office waiting for him was fidegting her fingers and glancing around the small room; noting the  carton boxes piled hapazardly on one side,the files and papers all over the desk,the artificial flower pots lying in a heap on one side, she cldnt help suppressing a suffocating feeling...
Shravan breezed in hurriedly and stoppped in his tracks seeing Thara..." hello, what are you doing here early inthe mornin? office nahi hai kya?he asked..."Hello ShravanBig smile... long time no see... khahan kho gaya tha... Patha hai mujhe bahut mehsoos hagaya.. Cry.. no phone calls , no hai..so isiliye mein aaj office se chutti lekhar yahan aagayi..kush nahi hai kyaDisapprove"
plastering a false smile  on his face Shravan said " thara yeisa koi baat nahi hai; kaam me busy tha;  mein kyo thum ko avoid karun.. waise bhi thumara office jane ka sawalhi nahi hai.. thumara Baap retd merchant navy officer tha.. paisawallah hai thum kyon ek computer co. mein kaam karthi hai?
Thara replied "what you say is true, par mera Baap bahut strict hai, isiliye mein ziddhi karke yeh  kaam kaarrahi hoon.. Jab thum mujhse shaadhi karonge na thab mein yeh sab choddoongiEmbarrassedmein bhi kush ;Papa bhi kush..."
"Dekho thara kithni baar thumhe kaha mein thumse shaadi nahi karsaktha..thumare liye kaam ek timepass hai; par mere liye mera zindhagi hai.. understand this plz.."  ..... "Par shravan mein thumse pyaar kartha hun; shaadhi kar chatha hun"she poutedLOL 
"Thara mein kabhi yisa nahi socha tha aur yeh baat thume patha bhi hai.. Ek saal se mera peeche padi hai.. is baat kho patha bhi nahi kya? Unhappy .. Hamesha mujhe is baat se thang karthi hai..".... "thume mujhse pyaar nahi  tho kya hua Shravan.. mera pyaar hum donokeliye kaafi haiBig smile Dekho mein hamara  pyaar ke baare mein ek poem bhi likha...
Our love is Key Board;
Insert our happiness we will cntrl of life;
Press esc and w'll be free from home
pgup and pgdown w'll scroll our life;
dont shift ur loyalty,
dont del my love
enter my heart;
our love will never end 
"thara very nice poem.. but Iam sorry I dont love you"..Shravan then felt sorry for her and just to cheer her smiled wickedly and said " do you know Thara; 
My love will be dressed in white,dancing and coming out of white mist,with flowers welcoming & showering on her and then pop a sound that triggers my heart will be heardLOLROFL;.... This is how it shld be only then I will think abt love.. okay .. ab jao ghar aur mujhe kaam karne de..
Thara gave up her attempts to entice him walked out like a hurt puppyOuch, thinking one day or other she will make him fall in love with her..
Viren entered the cabin hearing shravan words and said" bechari why r u hurting her, u cld marry her & settle; and all this bakwas abt ur love";..".Arre yeisa kaisa ho sakth hai" interjected Shravan" yeh sab filmo mein hotha hai.. I wanted her to leave and so said the first thing that came into my mind.. chal ja kaam karthen hein"
 
Little did Shravan know that his vision of love will come true shortly.......
 
 
Chapter 10
 
Saachi was riding to school the next mornin, her spirits bright and sunny like the glorious sun that was beaming on its earthly subjects... she was thinking abt the fairy tale ballet.. all the children were very enthusiastic and willing and eager to learn their parts.. this feeling rubbed on her and she felt the show wld be a success ...
 
She didnt notice the black clad rider on the bike following her at a discreet distance.. today he had purloined a black bike and had even smeared mud on the lisc.plate so that noone can decipher it easily... He was adept at stealing..no he wont call it that way he was good at loaning diff bikes from diff people.. after all he chose his vehicles carefully from the parking lots.. after seein off saachi at the school he rode back to set in motion his next plan...the mere thought gave him happiness.. if he cld achieve what he had aimed for then ...he cld help feeling his loins tighten with pleasure...mmmmmmm
 
The whole mornin went in a whirlwind;saachi rehearsing with her wards,fine tuning the musical ensemble,the costume designs.. all took her breath and time.. her assistants were helpful but she was the deciding authority as far as the ballet was concerned.. Mr. shastri had reposed so much faith in her and she had to live up to his expectations...
 Just  before lunch(for which she sat down late)she received a phone call.. without checking for the number she picked up and answered"hello whos this"
There was silence on the other side."hello aap khon hai, kya  number chahiye"
still no answer.. after a lenghty silence there was a heavy breathing...
saachi's hands went cold, her forehead filled with sweat and her heart missed a beat...
With shaking fingers she disconnected the line and shook herself with fear...her appetite  killed she closed her lunch box and just sat there  starring a sightless scene... she was  oblivious to the sounds of children back from lunch or their continuation of rehearsals...
Her phone rang again.. with trembling fingers and racing heart she checked the number and heaved a sigh of relief.. it was rajshri her friend calling.. in a small voice she answered her.. sensing something amiss Rajshri enquired.."hello  saachi kya sab teek hai.. You sound hollow, kuch parishani hai?".. "Rajishri mein kya baataun..mujhe bahut daar lagraha hai.. mera last period free hai ..permission leke thumara pass aaungi..will you meet me at you campus".. "teek hai chintha mat karo.. I'll help you".. saachi was biding her time just to get away and meet her friend... her interest and enthu had dampened very much.. and she cld hardly concentrate in her work.. with permission from the dean she asked her assistant to take over and rode...  with a determination to do something she rode to rajshri's campus..
 
 
Chapter 11
 
 
Shravan received a call from the alumini office of the IAS training academy mussorie.. They had wanted him to organise their reunion function.. Taking Viren with him,as Bunty was sick and preferred to stay at the office, He dashed off in his  bike unmindful of the evening traffic.. he had wanted to finish this meeting soon and head for a movie with his  bro Rajat and bhabhi neetha..
 
The  Lal Bahadhur Shastri National Academy Of Administration(LBSNNA)  is where the future Babhus, the IAS,IPS ,IFS aspirants who have cleared the prilms and main exams  are trained,  It is an imposing building and  students of varied ages and walks of life and from all over India come  here for their final training before being released into the Bureaucratic world of Indian Administration,either inland or foreign...
 
Into this edifice saachi rode in to meet Rajshri who was training for her IAS... They met in the lush green lawns of the college..Rajshris two other friends were there to greet Saachi.."this is my friend Uma shekhar and this is Amit vohra' introduced Rajshri.. 'I had already briefed them abt your prob.. so tell me what happened t'day?' she enquired... Saachi relived those terrible moments and narrated her plight...  All three put their heads together to come up with an idea to tackle the situation... Saachi  teary eyed and with a bleek expression was alternating betwn hearing them and pondering herself...
 
Shravan zoomed into this campus with Viren intow... stopping near the main bldg  he asked Viren to park the bike at the parking lot... Glancing at the wide expanse of the campus his eyes suddenly riveted on the girl...Dressed in a sky blue salwar she painted a picture of crying Madonna..though she was far away on the lawns and her face not so clear, shravan cld make out she was sad and in some problem as her shoulders was drooped and her body was occasionaly shaking....
" Sharavan chal lets go inside" said Viren.. "Dekho Viren woh ice cream waalli; aaj woh bahut parishan mein hai".... Viren busy checking his papers didnt notice anything and asked " kya ice cream, you want one now, lets finish this businss and treat ourselves to oneLOL"..." nein nein.. woh  woh bechari.. kya hua unko?... Dekho na"...  still head down Viren asked "arre what r u sayin? khon bechari aur kya parishani?"Confused
 shravan practically had to lift Viren's head up; but lo the small group had already turned their backs and were walking towards the exit gate... " Shravan lagtha hai you have got Bunty's illness..you are blabbering.. lets go"
 
 Shravan's mind was riverted on the girl.. poor miss bechari... He cldnt help comparing  the contrast she painted...the childish delight in eating the ice cream and now all grown up and burdened with some problem...
wondering abt this and shaking his head he went inside with Viren..... 
Chapter 12
 
Saachi was home relaxing with a cup of tea after a long day at school..The other day she and her friends had settled that rajshri and uma will consult a pvt. detective, while Amit vohra will make discreet enquiries with some police  friends..  But today Rajshri had called up saying that the number on her cell was an unmanned PCO and there was no way of Identifying who the caller was.Though they had hit a dead end the detective was hopeful of making a breakthrough soon...
 feeling slightly better she closed her eyes to savour her tea , when nannu enterd the room.." Beta thakgai kya? bahar aavo hum sab thumse baatein karne hain.. 
 
seeing her whole family she wondered what cld it be now.. her mammi started the topic "Saachi, you remember abt the family nanna & nanni was tellin abt.. It seems they are interested in seeing you next week".... " haan beta, The Mishras r very good family...they were with us thr'out the safar.. so we know abt them well and we were pretty impressed abt their son Ranjan, who joined them half way..he in the states earning well and they are well to do also".. said nanna..
"We r all eager and hopeful this alliance comes thro.. And I promise you, u will not be hurt this time"  said Inder " arre theres no ques of rejection; samjho baat pakki ho gayi' said nanna confidently, at which all other expressed their endorsement with their nods....
" teek hai mama ji.. mein iskeliye raazi hoon.. par ek sharth hai..all the previous times the prospective groom hardly spoke to me..and later their family rejected me without giving any valid reason..This time I ald like to speak to the boy before accepting his hand.. okay" she spoke bravely gathering her resourses..
" jaan jaye par lachan na jaye...yeh kya bakwas hai.. hamare zamane mein our parents decided whom we shld marry and we  respected their judgement and married without even seeing each other.. phir aaya naya zamana ; thumhara mama aur mammi only saw each other in our presence and they were married with our approval...
ab yeh kaliyug mein sab kuch hota hai... how can we allow you to speak with the boy alone.. log kya kahenge?..retorted nanni angrily..
"SHanthi devi zara shaanth ho jayiye.. saachi is not asking anything new.. this is what happens these days.. thres nothing wrong in it.. go ahead beta have ur way this time" consoled her grandfather understandingly.. so with consensus it was decided that there will be a ladki dekna next week...
 
 
Meanwhile at the Jaiswhal's house   shravan was playing with his nephew, baby Apurva.. A sweet little bubbly wonder he was piggybacking on Shravan, drooling and laughing at his uncle's antics...the sight brought contentment in dadhi's and Madhura's mind.. How much Shravan has changed from his wayward days..
 
At the dinner table Pratap broached on the subject of shravan's marriage..All except shravan were pleased abt it.." toh baataon beta shall I start the ball rolling"... " nahi papa...mujhe shaadhi waadhi nahi karna..I want to concentrate and succeed in my venture..probabaly next yr I'll think abt it"Shravan replied...
" par bittu u have established urself well, earning decently, why not marry now and together with ur wife achieve what u aim in life"..dadhi asked...
"Hey Shravan koi ladki wadki hai kya, agar hai toh bhol hum pyar ke kilaf nahi hain.. ur r welcome to go ahead with love marriage".. said savrav..
 
Shravan gritted his teeth and mumbled to himself  "Yahan ghar mein Hitler aur sab log want  me to marry.. aur wahan bahar, Thara mere peeche padi hein, wanting to marry me...How can I love, or marry when Iam not even intersted in girlsWink"...." what r u saying Shravan"..." Ji papa kuch nahi, was reciting Hanuman ChalisaLOL"..
On that note they retired for the night..How wrong you are Shravan.. Your Bachelor Days  are not going last for long!!!.....
 
 
Chapter 13
 
 
The cool, breezy, burnished, rusty colour of the Autumn season was  blanketing the sleepy hill town of Mussorie.The Shardostav conducted by Untharanchal Govt. every october, for a week  was in full swing.Its a melting pot of Art, atisans displaying  their wares; Of Music and dance and theatre groups entertaining people...the whole atmosphere of Mussorie is filled with vibrant  colours and the air so resonant with sweet music.. 
 
During one such day, Saachi enterd her school,determined to forget her worries abt the stalker or her impending ladki dekhna..,With spirits so bright, smile on her face and song on her lips she greeted her class...the children felt this enthusiasm rubbing on them.." Baccho, today we'll practice at the Auditorium to get a feel of the stage, okay"... she heralded them towards the hall.. calling out to her assistant she said " if the Lights, camera,Action people come guide them to me I have some changes to be implemented"...The rehersals started in full swing...
 
Shravan breezed into his office as usual..he was always on the move, restless, impulsive and a man of action, a man of untapped energy waiting to  be channelised..."Bunty aaj thum IAS training college javo aur us Alumini party   function ko finalise karo".... Viren greeted him and said " Shravan Doon school se phone aaya tha... Woh MS.Sharma  wants to discuss some finer points of the programme with you.. You proceed there now.. I'll hold fort here" 
 
Shravan rode into Doon school and met the Dean's secty.. Along with another admin staff member, he was taken around the premises.. they discussed where the stalls, the food court,the games parlour, the welcome arches and other decorations were to be put up...Finally after the secty excused himself,Shravan and the staff headed towards the Auditorium where they were to meet Ms.Shrama...
 
The first thing Shravan heard through the open doors was a taped song flowing out of the loudspeakers... the mellifluous voice was singing a longing tune for its lover.. It was so soul stirring, that Shravan just closed his eyes and felt that aching, pining agony for a second... Both walked in to find the curtain down, behind which some dancing to this music was going on...the staff said "sir let me draw up the curtains for you, you will get an idea of the stage for ur lighting purposes and you can also meet Ms. Sharma".. Shravan slowly walked towards the stage and knelt down to look at the consoles of PAS(public address system) and the Lights; which r usually placed in the pit just below the stage..
His ears was still ringing with the divine musical voice, when the curtains drew up....
 
He saw two feet, dainty and small; pretty and pinkish white in colour adorned with ghunghroos..The bells of the anklet was ringing in tune with the steps of the feet that was dancing... He slowly lifted his eyes and saw a Skyblue and lemon yellow salwar dress filled with motifs of flowers..Either the simple dress was adding more beauty to the wearer or it was being honoured by its wearer..
 
Her hands were posed in the classical anjali mudra of katak style, as though welcoming him... He looked to see her chest heaving from the vigorous steps she had danced....He still looked up further to see her lips quivering, cheeks flushed and her fore head filled with beads of sweat...Strands of her hair had slipped from the knot on her head and blew about her face in an abandoned fashion... 
 
He was fascinated by the long sweep of her lashes, arrested by the smile and twinkling in her eyes...Khol lined deep black eyes inviting him to swim in them...Lustrous eyes that trapped his gaze so that he cld not look away...
He slowly straightened up without breaking the eye contact and looked at her on and on....
 
She saw him slowly erect himself as the curtain drew up...Arrested midstride in her steps, she saw him in faded jeans and a red and white checked flannels.. Feet wide, hands on his hips he posed a typical male picture..His face bright, His smile wide with laugh lines and curve at his lips end was so endearing...His hair messy as though someone had tousled it,gave him a boyish look; He portrayed  a picture of  a delighted child.
His eyes twinkling,smiling ,enticing her was so magnetic she cldnt avert her gaze..Black dark  radiant eyes  captured hers, so that she cldnt look away... 
 
They gazed into each other.... the back ground of children on the stage rehearsing faded away.. The staff and other members in the auditorium faded away... the seats in the hall faded away... there was only the music from the CD and the two of them dancing to it with their eyes..
 
Time stopped.... An Eternity passed....A lifetime lived...
There was nothing else in this world except the Two of them.......

Chapter 14
 
Time stopped... An eternity passed.... A lifetime lived....
Both of them cldnt avert their eyes.... It was a magnetic attraction difficult to break..All this appraisal of each other took only a min; but it seemed like an infinity...
The admin staff cleared his throat..er..hhhmmm...the magic spell broke.. and both were suddenly aware of their surroundings..
 " Miss. Icecream walli bechari" Shravan mouth blurted out involuntarily...
"excuse me" retorted saachi..with a jump shravan climbed on to the stage and stood before her.. The admin staff introduced them.. "Ms. Saachi sharma; our music and dance dept head..... Mr. Shravan Jaiswhal; the event management co. head... Ms. sharma, Mr. Jaiswhal I'll leave you two to discuss abt the show and the arrangements..." saying this he left them...
Shravan cldnt believe his eyes,this person who had earlier presented such a contrast of emotions was standing before him at such a close range...
"Ms. Sharma or can I call you saachi ji.. tell me what you want me to do..Iam here to oblige your every wish" with a serious face betraying a smiling  and twinkling eyes Shravan was all sincere..
"Mr. Jaiswhal, this annual day is a medely of song and dance, drama and ballet.. The older children will enact a drama and some others will do hip hop, contemporary,and other styles of dances..all under the direction and supervision of my assistants and visiting dance teachers..
Iam incharge of this Fairy tale ballet Rapunzel, which will be presented in an Indianised version, as a medely of classical dance forms like Kathak, Odissi, Bharthnatyam and Mohini attam.. I have written the music scores,composed and choreographed this ballet personally... this will be the hightlight of the function and the whole school and the public in general are eagerly awaiting it..
leave no stoned unturned and coordinate with the Art and Production dept and help me in making this show a success"
 
Shravan heard her voice droning on, half registering what she said, but his eyes were taking in the sight before him.. so much happiness and enthusiasm, but why was she so sad to the point of tears the other day , he thought... Hmm one day or other I will get to know , he was sure of it..
 
 
 
Chapter 15
 
Saachi saw Shravan so intentely seeing her without blinking his eyelids, for a moment she doubted whether he was sleeping with his eyes open..
" Mr. Jaiswhal are u listening.. you do know abt this fairy tale  Rapunzel rt... Its important  for you to know the story well so that this ballet can be executed well..."
" Pari; I know a pari standing before meEmbarrassed... Tail; I used to wear a tail for the Hanuman part I played in schoolLOL" he mumbled to himself.." Saachi ji  I dont remember the story can you plz refresh my memory.."Okay here it goes" started Saachi
 
A long time back a childless couple live in a house overlooking a beautiful garden full of fruits and flowers bounded by a high wall and guarded by a witch..
One day bowing to his wife's wish a fruit named rapunzel was stolen by the man and eaten by both..The witch punished them by taking away their new born baby girl  and named her rapunzel and imprisoned her in a high tower, devoid of any staircase and doors but only a window... Years passed and both rapunzel and her hair grew...the witch always visited her by asking her to untie her hair and throw it over the window, thro' which she climbed in..
One day a neighbouring Prince was passing by and heard Rapunzel sing a pining aching song.. Curious enough, he saw no way to reach the tower and waited in shadows. With the witch's secrect out he climed into the tower to see a beauty before him and fell in love with her and wanted to marry her..soon the lovers secret was out and the witch cut rupenzel's hair and left her in deep woods.the prince who realised his love was gone  was punished blind by the witch..Later in his wanderings around the forest he came across the divine voice and knew it was his love.. Rapunzel's tears fell on his eyes and lo and behold he was able to see..
Both were married and lived happily ever after"'.... narrated Saachi 
 
 
Shravan was spell bound both by the narration and the  by the narrator.... He watched the play of all varied emotions on her face... he felt as though he was the prince and she was rapunzel.. he cld visualise the tower, her long tresses and him climbing on it just to be with her..he cld mentally picturise were the spot lights shld be focussed, were the props need to plased etc.. etc..
A professional he was he cld see this ballet becoming a success.. His impression of Saachi was changing fast and he started respecting her..
Thanking her for her time and narration and promising to give all help he started for his office...
 
Shravan walked towrds the exit thinking abt saachi... what a person, what a package.. with a dreamy look and crooked smile he was recalling the sight of her,When a small voice spoke to him.. "shravan , hey shravan".... "khon hai.. yeh aawaz kahanse aaya"...he looked around and finding no one shrugged his shoulders and stepped forward...
"Arre Shravan.. suno toh... mein thumhara anthar aathma hun"... "khon anthar yaami" blurted shravan... " arre mein anthar yaami nahi.. anthar aathma, your inner soul; your conscience speaking... "Ho ho where were u all this time, why speak suddenly"..."I was dormant ,sleeping inside you; but the time has come for me to wake up; and if necessary I will errupt also".... "accha teek hai  teek hai"he said..not wanting to be disturbed from his reverie..
 
" shravan kya horaha hai.. pehele baar ek ladki ki chintha...us din thumne kya kaha tha ; not interested in girls"... "nein nein this is not a ladki , this is a lady... note this diff...thum khon bhai; daal mein kaala.. jaavo chup chaap sojaun.. aur mujhe akhela chod do". All this while he was talking  and gesticulating to himself, people around him were giving him stares and smirking and smiling to themselves.. paagal ladka...
 
Shravan oblivious to all this and obvious only to the vision of Saachi walked all the way to his office leaving behind his bike at the school!!
 
 
 
Chapter 16
 
Shravan slowly entered his office, a first occurance in a long time...Without  seeing who was in front of him, he said "Viren, patha hai,  woh Icecream walli bechari khon tha?; Woh Ms. Sharma hai" All this with a dreamy look and a sighing voice ...  Bunty who was in front of him was slightly taken aback...
" Arre what icecream , whos bechari and which Ms. Sharma...Aur thum andha hai kya.. mein bunty hoon, Viren nahi.. Achanak kya hogaya thum ko? you were perfectly alright in the morning"... Saying this he shook Shravan, who took a moment to realise  and be aware of his surroundings.....
 
He opened his mouth to explain, when in came Thara greeting him."Hai Shravan, how r u? shall we go out for lunch?......Shravan came crashing down fully  into reality...Changing his demeanour and shaking his head; and with a false smile he said forcefully " hello Thara, kaisi ho? Mein aaj thoda busy hun, phir kabhi,... you just carry on with ur work ,bye, thanz"...he wanted to get rid of her..
 
But Thara stood firm and asked " Patha hai shravan , Parson kya din hai?"
"Kyon nahi aaj thursday hai, toh parson saturday hi hoga na"..said Shravan
"woh baat nahi hai, parson kya date hai, yaad hai?...
" haan 7th oct, toh kya?"
" thum bool gaya, kya khaas hai us din mein.."
"how will I forget, I've already made a note of it in my diary"
" Shravan, u remember the day& date and its importance and still tease me like this"
"Arre how will I forget my saloon appointment for a haircutLOLROFL.. I get it done once in 2 months, so this sat I've fixed it up..But why are  so interested in my haircut?" he asked innocentlyEmbarrassed
" urrrghAngry shravan how can u b like this and forget my Birthday; Papa has arranged for a  lunch party at home. plz come with ur other idiots also.. But now lets go out, so that u can buy me a gift"
"Oh ho, sorry sorry Thara, totally forgot; But listen if  I come with you now to shop for a gift, it will not be nice"
" why so."...
"Thara B'day mein surprise gifts hona chahiye.. But if we shop for one now you will buy what you want, and not what I want to give you..so its better if you leave me now, so that I can shop in peace.. teek haiBig smile"...
" teek hai Shravan I'll go now... But let me see how long you are goin to play this cat and mouse game with me".....pouting, half angry, half sad thara went awayDisapprove...
"Thank God, bach gaya  is baar"..his mouth blurted outLOL..
 
Bunty who was watching the whole scene before him with avid interest, shook his head and asked "Shravan..You were not yourself,when you came in.. suddenly Thara's entry showed your old self... Kya hora hai bhai... yeh kaisa transformation hai.. something happened?ur alright?"....
"Aree Kuch Khaas nahi yaar chalo, we'll buy something for Thara before I forget... lets go"
Bunty shook his head said " I cant come... those IAS people are to come here for further meeting.. you carry on"
"Teek hai"... Shravan went to the bike stand and found it was not there....
 
Realising he had left it behind at the school, he smiled inwardly,he chaffed his hands and started towards the school forgetting his lunch.. The prospect of meeting the beautiful Ms. Sharma again the same day, was enough to put a new rhythm to his stride and a happy tune to his lips...Whistling and hands inside his pockets, he hardly listed to the voice calling out to him...
 
"Hey Shravan, stop stop where r u going".. his anthar Aathma asked him..
( from here onwards Shravan's Anthar AathMa will be called as -SHAM,with  all the pun intended )
"Sham, how are you buddy, long time no voice"....
" woh sab teek hai but why r you walking again, cant u just take an auto to school and take ur bike back,?"
"Sham, how stupid  you can  be!!.. If I do all that how will I see Saachi ji now?..., She'll be busy and what will she think of me?.. Good impression hona chahiye na...If I walk I'll reach school by eve and as she leaves for the day,she will meet me at the exit gate when Am on my bike on the way out.. got it... everthing is to be planned well and executed as casually as possible...thum chup chap dekhthe raho"...
 
Sham was silently smirking and happy at the same time.. Shravan watch out;....
This is only the beginning.. You have a long and difficult road ahead... but trust me;... you are both destined to come together; thats GODs will; You both will succeed as SAAVAN

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Chapter 17
 
Gopaldas Yadav or Gopally  Sir, as he was often called by the staff and students of the Doon was  the head of  the Math dept...A bachelor in mid 30s, with a slight paunch, hunched shoulders ,thick shell framed glasses, receding hairline,unkept hair due to ocassional combing with his fingers, he painted a typical picture of a geekGeek...A man with remarkable ability for numbers and figures was a hopeless social outcast... But it was due to the Dean's effort   and insistence he was inducted into the Doon yrs ago...With his help, he underwent psychiatric counselling and medical treatments..the efforts of which borne fruit;he was  now grudgingly accepted  somewhat by others and was given some standing in the society...
 
He was now watching Saachi undergoing rehearsals with her wards in the auditorium...He had quitely settled in the last seat after his lunch and watched the entire scene before him.. he had another hour to do so before his class...
Ever since Saachi  had joined the Doon, he had watched her groW*H and stature, commanding respect, gaining everyone's love and affection; in short she was a darling among her students and dear friend among the teachersStar...
He was enarmoured by her beauty and grace and had always cherished a secrect desire to move in her circles...whenever he came across her, he either stammered some pleasentaries or was tongue tied and just nodded his head....
 
Since he was chosen as volunteer to oversee this annual day function, he had a perfect excuse to see her unobserved.... One day he will gather courage to walk to her and speak his mind, he was thinking now...For he had a secret.... All the planning and efforts he was taking will not go waste...With a determined nod he got up, had one last look of her and left for his classes...
 
In the meanwhile, Shravan who had reached an hour before the last bell, was waiting and loitering abt in the parking lot...He realised he had missed his lunch when his stomach started growling...Sham surfaced,his voice feeble and low, "Arre  Shravan why r u killing my body and me by forgetting ur lunch?you never missed ur meals earlier...what has come over you? Ek ladki keliye, thum bhookh bhi rahe saktha hai kya?I want,I want, I want food now"... Sham knowingly teased him by raising his voice"Evil Smile.....
Shravan closing his  ringing ears said " Sham, shut up.. so much shor aur halla....Bus Saachi  ji will be here shortly....Dont throw any temper tantrums now... I  must be in my best  when I meet her....later when you have behaved well I'll treat you with icecream, okay... Till then close you eyes,ears and mouth, and leave me in peace"...... A few people  who were now looking at this strange sight of a man talking and gesticulating to himself tried to keep a safe distance from himLOL...
 
The afternoon gave way to evening and the rehearsals were coming to a close... Winding up for the day,Saachi went to the parking lot for her scooter...
She saw Shravan loitering there and asked " Mr. Jaiswhal, you r still here?"..
"Saachi ji, this project is too important for us.. we cant take any chances.. we need  it to succeed as as you want it too... So the whole day I spent here chalking up strategies, meeting other staff etc.. Oh let me not bore you with shop talk.. I see you've done for the day here... care to join me for a cup of coffee"....He congratulated himself for coming up with such a slick performanceClap...Afterall he had rehearsed well what and how to talk to her... He was sure he had impressedThumbs Up her and shoving his nervous hands into his jeans pocket, waited with bated breath for her reply...
 
" Sorry Mr. Jaiswhal,I have some urgent work at home .. got to rush.. maybe some other time.. but thanz anyway.. see you ,bye"...she refused politely with a smile......She started her scooter and thought... GadhaShocked.... thinks he a Romeo.. hardly know him, here he is asking me to join for a cup of coffeeDisapprove..Today asks to join for coffee; tommorow for a date and the next day say he wants to marry me.....Its better to keep a safe distance from such smarty pantsROFL....
 Shravan's face fellThumbs DownOuch.. trying to hide disappointment well, he wished her bye...Afterall from now onwards he will be seeing her daily, there will be pleanty of other opportunities.. He  rode his bike a slight distance ahead of her; both neared the exit....
 
He was there waiting and  watching the exit  for her,in his black bike,black windcheater and black helmet...He saw her just after the other rider in his yellow bike whirring past in the opposite direction to her....he started following her...In the coming week his next plan of action will be set in motion..till then he needed to be patient.. seeing her off at home he rode towrds his place....
 
Chapter  18
 
 
The incessant ringing of the bell at 10am saturday morning, saw Shravan waking up groggily..."beta apurva stop playing with ur toy phone near my ears,..
Maasa ko sone do"...."arre  wake up,get up Shravan... subh dus bachgai"...shook Madhura, clearing his sleepiness.....Its ten already thought Shravan... oh my saloon appointment will be late... dashing off after a hurried breakfast, he enjoyed his time at the saloon cum spa forgetting abt Thara's b'day party..."Shravan bacchu, yaad hai thum ko kahi jana hai?".... Sham surfaced  again.... "oh terri ki...Idiot hun mein... Thara will kill me if I miss it, thanz Sham for reminding"...
Buying some gift on the way ,he entered Thara's big mansion... the party was already in full swing... Spotting his friends there shravan headed towards them, when Thara intercepted him...eyes piercing and blazing,lips compressed and hands on her hips she was like an amazon waiting to pounce on her kill....
Before she cld even open her mouth, Shravan did an unimaginable thing....he just hugged her, effectively shutting out her anger and her mouthLOL..Thara pleased by this gesture  was cooled down and asked.. .." Shravan, I forgive you for missing my cake cutting, but have u forgetten my gift?".... Pulling out a gift wrapped packet he wished her a very happy birthday... On opening it Thara saw it was a beautiful Titan signet watch,for which she thanked him...
 
Captain Bansal, Thara's father, greeted the three idiots and enquired abt their business venture...with  Thara close by, he said " you know Shravan, am thinking of getting Thara married; shes the rt age and a girl with beauty and brains....but  my Damadh shld be a gharjamai as shes my only child... what do you say?".. hearing this there was a diametrically opposite reactions from both Thara and Shravan.. Thara; happy that her father was thinking abt Shravan as her match... Shravan crestfallen and sad for being placed in such a sticky wicket...
"Shravan, You are from a well to do family, You have ur own setup, you have a lot of acquaintances...Do you think you can help me in finding a suitable boy for herWinkLOLROFL" asked Bansal saab...Shravan's heart skipped a beat.. doing a mental gig and high fiving in air; with all humility and seriousness he said
" Ji haan uncle.. there are a lot of good guys I know.. I'll sure help you"... 
Thara face was a sight to look at...Shocked and angry, bewildered and hurtShockedAngryConfusedOuch,she cldnt utter a word in front of her father..but she avowed to herself
"Shravan, only you, can be mine..nobody else can have you.. mark my words.." 
 
 
 
That same afternoon at Saachi's place a phone call came from the Mishra's for the prospective bride seein ritual...they had fixed up on Tuesday morning,which Saachi was not in favour of..." mammi ji , how can I go thro' this on weekday,esp when the annual fuction is near.. so much work, so much planning.. cant it be done with tommorow?"she asked... " dekho beta, whatever the boys side says we have to accept it.. you know how difficult our present situation is.. just take 2-3 hrs off and finish this" her mami advised...
 
Wanting  desperately to vent her frustration, she called up Rajshri and asked her to meet at the coffee shop, they patronised...There she saw her with three more people.. Uma sekhar, Amit Vohra and one more person greeted Saachi...
"Saachi meet Sudha , my senior... so tell me whats eating into you"...Saachi poured out her vexations and felt lighter.. Not that her friends wld be able to do anything abt it; but all the same its nice unburden ones heart and be comforted by it.....
 
 After sometime all left except Saachi and Rajshri...seeing Rajshri's dreamy eyes, Saachi enquired "kya horaha hai...sightless eyes , lost thoughts, sighing sounds.. kuch khaas baat hai kya?"...
" Saachi you know this Amit has been my batchmate since college..here we are doing IAS...Am in love with him since ages and still he hardly reads my signs and overtures"....
 
"Amit comes from a decent family..Being fatherless and only child hes very responsible and a self made man...A quite reserved person, brilliant in academics, courteous and dignity personified, hes everything and all a girl cld wish and ask for in her husband....How I wish he realises my love for him... sometimes I even wonder and dream  that if Amit was in love with me, I wld want him to do exactly like what ur stalker did for you."....Rajshri sighed achingly...
 
The very mention of stalker sent shivers in saachi's spine... so far there seems to be a lull... she didnt want anymore shockers..." Plz Bhagwan.. answer my prayers." she silently pleaded... 
 
Chapter 19  
 
Sunday saw the arrival of Saachi's sister, Sharmila and her husband Rajeev from Delhi....Rajeev an army man had quit from  The Service and wanted to search for a suitable job in and around Mussorrie...After the initial greetings  and pleasentaries, Shramila's biting tongue cldnt help commenting.."toh tues saachi's ladki dekhna is going to happen.. na kabhar na chitti na phone... aap sab bhoolgaye, we are alive and kicking and no maryadha for this damadh?.... strange, people only see the wealth and forget their relations."..She spewed acid, hurting and dampening everyones spirits....Naana ji and naani ji had to cool her and after much cajoling and pleading she became calm....
" jaan jaye par lachan na jaa"..said naani to her when they were alone..."beta bhurra math maano... the sooner Saachi gets married and goes out of this house, the better it will be for Shreya and you; for afterall you are my real granddaughters  na'..somewhat happy and pleased by this comment Sharmila grudgingly agreed to extend their  support  and help to Saachi...
 
Saachi, who overheard this felt sad; but more importantly she was very uncomfortable to be under the same roof as her jiju...It was a fact that given any little chance Rajeev never misses to leer and ogle at her...now she needed to be extra careful and diplomatic in handling him... Poor saachi....
The whole family then sat down together and discussed the prepations and Saachi's attire for tuesday... The house was filled with gay and laughter, reflecting the mood of its inhabitants....
 
 
Sunday night saw Shravan playing with his nephew Apurva in his room...Shravan was narrating the toddler the fairy tale of Rapunzel.... Entered Nidhi and Neetha, watching this heart warming sight of a  baby being huddled closely, gently rocked by Man,( still a child in their eyes) telling  a strange story.. A tale totally beyond its understanding, but the way it was said, Apurva, enjoyed it so much and acknowkledged it with his typical baby sounds and gestures....
It was a sight any photographer wld have clicked constantly, any artist wld have painted on the canvass, any mother wld have always etched it in her memory...
 
Nidhi's eyes were on her baby,watching it with pride and love... Neetha's eyes were on Shravan, watching him with wonder and new thoughts...
Ever since Apurva's arrival, Nidhi's attention and focus was always on him...
A natural phenomena which every new mother has...Even though she was treating Shravan as her own child all these yrs,her late pregnancy and delivery had shifted her affection towards her own... A dilution of love that was expected in such a joint family system...
Neetha, on the other hand who was always busy with her work,slowly got attracted to the baby... It kindled her motherly affection and love, a feeling new to her...So it was natural that she started treating Shravan as her child and showered him with her motherliness...
Indeed Shravan was triply blessed, to have such motherly affections bestowed on him...Dadhi, Nidhi and Neetha ;apart from his own mother....
 
" yeh kya hai shravan , Rapunzel fairy tale to a 6 month old...where and when did you learn it?..Even during your study yrs you never believed in fairy tales? why this sudden interest? and how can you narrate it so beautifully?"asked Nidhi.. with Neetha nodding her head in acknowledgement..." kuch toh hai didi...apna shravanko  kuch hogaya.. Do Theen din se lunch bhi miss karraha hai, patha hai'...."mmmm, baata, kya chakkkar kya hai"...
Shravan just smiled and said that the was nothing in this matter... its just that Doon school Ann Day and as he had to event manage it, he must be aware of their programmes...
" okay, we believe this  excuse now .... but we'll see how things shape up in future"..saying this Nidhi smilingly kissed his forehead goodnight and took the baby in her arms..Neetha just affectionately patted his head and followed in suit..
Shravan settled down for the night....thinking, why for the first time this fairy tale has affected me... is it the tale or the teller...slowly he closed his eyes and slept a dreamful sleep.......
 
Chapter 20
 
 
It was a cold and chilly autumn that dawned on  Tuesday.....Shravan after a hurried breakfast, dropped by his office, went thro' some papers, made notes and charted  out agendas for his friends and zoomed into Doon on his bike....
With a sunny and cheerful disposition, a stark contrast to the weather around him, Shravan was smiling in anticipation of meeting Saachi...
 
Yesterday he was everywhere, planning , sketching, reeling orders to his assistants... His staff always obliged him, the concerted effort resulted in a successful event well managed... He had constantly looked out for Saachi, from the corner of his eyes...Eventhough she was busy, she cld have not have missed him, roaming everywhere...He had kept a safe distance from her...  Once or twice she did stop to see whats going on....That brought smiles to his face and approval from Sham too...
 
Walking towards her class purposefully, armed with a ready excuse just to meet her,he bumped into someone....."Ugh... sorry, are you hurt"..." nahi, koi baat nahi.. you, new here young man"... asked Gopally. "Am Jaiswhal, ur annual day event manager"..." Am Gopldas Yadav , the math prof"....After the initial exchanges and small talk, they went their way...
 
Shravan,not finding Saachi in her class, enquired at the staff room and found the reason for her half a day off...A cold chill filled his belly...he felt an inexplicable uneasiness in his heart.. Shrugging himself and trying  to hide his disappoinment,he immersed in his work....
Gopally, smiling and whistling softly, knew the reason  for Saachi's absence,as he had overheard her asking for permission.. well, he thought, things seem to move fast.. need to go to Delhi next week and chalk out the next stage of programme... probably after the annual day...lets see..mmm..
 
 
Meanwhile at Saachi's house, the whole atmosphere was one of charged excitement and anxiety... The house was spruced  up clean,decked with flowers and filled with aromas of the kitchen and the soft tunes of instrumental bhajans and fragrant smell of agarbathis emanating from the puja room.. All were eagerly waiting for this wonderful Mishra family,lavishly praised by Naana and Naani ji...
 
Saachi, dressed simply, sitting with her fingers crossed, was like a yogi... Nothing much in it for her.. afterall this was one more bride seeing..All her initial apprehensions,goose bumps, butterflies in stomach were things of the past...She had become so immune to her  previous rejections, these days this kind of ritual was only a minor pinprick...She was now mature enough to handle it and take things in her stride... 
 
The Mishras arrived sans their son Ranjan... His parents, sister and another relative were all in attendance, except him...After the initial shock and disappoinment, maama and maami, enquired abt this.."Ji plz hume maaf kijiye.. kya hai ki Ranjan ko ek bahut important call aaya office se..urgently aaj subhah Delhi jana pada.. he cld refuse or postpone it..We feel embaressed to be here without him.. but agar hum nahi aaya toh yeh abshagun hoga na .. So we decided to go ahead and come here"..said his father..." behenji,plz aap galat math sochiye..first we will see Saachi and am pretty sure Ranjan will like our approval and see her later on"..said the mother to mammi...
 
After the initial pleasentaries and small talk, Saachi was welcomed into the room.. "baito, beta hamare pass... dont feel shy.. there is no need for any formalities.. thumare bahren mein bahut suna..ithni kubsoorthi, hum pehele nahi dehka.. our Ranjan is very lucky"...said the mother....Indeed Saachi was already making a very big impression on them, without even opening her mouth...She was disappointed that the boy didnt make it.. how was she going to meet him and ask and clarify her doubts before anything concretised...
 
As if reading her mind the father said " Inder ji agar aapko ethiraaz nahi hai toh, ek baat poochun...My son wants to meet her later casually either at the coffe shop or park, either with your permission or in your presence.. will you oblige him"...
"Jaan jaye par lachan na jaye.. kyun nahi Mishra ji...aaj kal, zamana toh bahut badal gaya..  we also need to move along with the change... ladka aur ladki kho ek dusrese milna chahiye, woh bhi akele mein.. we are modern in our outlook, koi problem nahi haiWinkLOL.. wherever and whever your son wants to meet our Saachi, we will gladly send her"Tongue.....Nanni hits sixers after sixers, a full six sixers in an overROFLClap...
 
All except the Mishras, were spellbound and speechless.. Naana and Inder open mouthed, Mammi, her son and daughter in law,wide eyed, shreya and sharmilla  in disbelief, Rajeev jiju shocked.....
Saachi stoically watched this great drama enacted before her... She knew in her hearts of heart Naani always had a soft corner for her.. Rough  on the outside she was all honey and sweet inside..It was not in her nature to hurt anybody wantedly.... Her words sometimes spewed venom but it was harmless and Saachi knew that deep inside Naani cared for this orphan....
 
So it was decided that Ranjan Mishra will meet Saachi at a later date  and place and  at a time convenient to both...After Mishra's exit, the house was filled with cacophony of sounds; discussions abt the family, its members, naani's self goalLOL etc..etc... 
 
While saachi got ready for school, two people were eyeing the whole scenario differently...
Sharmilla, seeing the wealth and upbreeding of the Mishras, was openly jealous;..
Rajeev, noting the absence of Ranjan, was glad, as it gave him a breather..
 
Saachi, unaware of these thoughts and aware that she was getting late to school, hurriedly wished all and left for school......  

  Chapter21
 
 
Shravan's concentration suffered...Like a homing in pigeon,his wandering thoughts always came back to Saachi..."Whats this new feeling, I have... Mein is ladki ko jantha bhi nahi hun....and here am thinking abt her and feeling sad by her absence..Arre mein pagal hogaya kya"....slap he hit himself on his cheek...."ouch that hurts.. arre maarna hai toh, thumhara boxing bag kho maaro, mujhe nahi..ooohhhh gone case yeh ladka"....cried Sham..."oh sorry sorry..did it hurt? I didnt feel anything'...pacified Shravan...
 
Slowly making his way towards the canteen just  for a coffee,(as Saachi's absence had killed his appetite),Shravan was a picture of a Dejected  man....
Shoulders hunched, hands in pocket,feet pointing in, he slowly treaded his way in...Walking straight to the counter and ordering, he hardly saw whats going on around..All the BG noise and the scence was a blur to him.. partly due to hunger and partly due to his feeling of Saachi's absence...With the tray of coffee in hand, he turned back and glanced around for a an empty seat...when a bolt of lightening struck him....
 
There she was having a cup of coffee with her co staff...His tray crashed, spilling the hot brew all over his jeans and on the floor.. the cup rolled over on the floor and came to rest near Saachi...The scalding pain of the hot liquid hardly affected him..Suddenly everything was bright and sunny, the gloominess and chillness of the Autumn weather was brushed away in one stroke...He felt as though he was floating,flying high up in the air in a hot air balloon...
 
The entire canteen was suddenly enveloped in a piercing silence.... people stopped in their tracks  to see what happened and realising it was nothing but a broken cup,soon filled the room with their incessant chatters...Saachi slowly picked up the cup and gave it to the advancing man...Why is he looking at me like a ginger eaten monkeyConfused, with that silly grin and addled sensesLOL...
 
However when Shravan neared her, she asked concernedly.."Mr. Jaiswhal are u hurt,hope you havent burned yourself. shall I get you another cup"....
Sham bounced up and said "Hey saachi, he hasnt burned himself, but he burning up now after seeing you.LOLWink... wish you cld hear me"...." Arree chup, kya kya boltha hai thum"...
" Ji maaf kijiye, Jaiswhal ji, are u alright.. Chot toh pair pe laggi na,sir pe nahi na LOLROFL...kuch hua aap ko?.... 
" Oh saachi ji, errrr kuch nahi hua,  haan mein teek hun,  err bus yehsahi kuch aur chintha,  mmm sorry... Since your now back,can we discuss abt the MC ing part of the show..do you have any scripts in mind or can you veto mine"...he asked enthusiastically... " ji okay,but your jeans are stained; dont you want to change them... cant this MC business wait until tommorow.. I have just come in and have lots of other work, so if you dont mind".....
"Oh never mind ji, we can discuss tommorow..dont worry abt my jeans, its  nothing, I have worked in even much dirtier stateLOL.. Till tommorow then"...
 
He walked away in a trance forgetting to even pay for the breakage...As soon as he came out out he realised with a start, he didnt know the outcome of her bride seeing..."Was it an yes or a no; from her or from the boy.. indeed a difficult question to pose her.. Oh how will I know what the result is.. Its so maddening; just like waiting for the third umpires decision...Oooohhh I must think  of a way know ,otherwise I'll go insane"..thought Shravan...
 
" Who said you arent mad..Already there are quite a few symptoms shown by you, only a conformation is needed... wait till you fully realise your feelings for her, then any half baked doctor will diagonise your mental stability...
 yuk yukkLOLROFL "chuckled Sham... " yeh sab thumari wajese hua na..the day you woke up, mera jeena karab kardhi...mein haath jhodtha hun bhai, plz mujhe chod dho"...pleaded  Shravan cryingly...."Teek hai, if you think like this I will sleep now , but remember its written in your destiny, without my help you cant succeed..until and unless if you call me I wont surface again".. Sham warned him and disappeared....
 
Saachi walked back to her class along with the staff; generally not a talkative type she hardly disclosed her personal life to anyone in school...todays happenings didnt affect her much... If Ranjan didnt see her today, then he will do so some other day, after all she was in no hurry to get married...the sight of Shravan crashing the  coffee tray and his stained dress and the silly grin  involuntarily brought a smile to her face....Nice man of 26/27 yrs old.. so boyish and handsome at the same time... mmmmm why am I thinking abt him suddenly.. he just a professional, here to do his job...anyways since I have to work with him closely, must always keep him at arms length...
 
After her work, she left for the day... As usual the Rider was waiting for her.. this time he didnt follow her..he was going to head for the icecream parlour to treat himself... it was just by accident he came to know abt saachi's bride seeing... how cleverly he had moved his pieces..A little BG check  of that Ranjan
 helped him very much.. just an impersonation of his official's call and his hurried departure to Delhi,resulted in what he wanted.. If Ranjan still persisted , he had another Ace up his sleeve, which he wld use judiciously...Till then Saachi was his and only his.....
Chapter  22
 
 
Breakfast that morning at the Jaiswhal house was one of mixed bag for Shravan. Waking up with bright spirits and eager to meet Saachi that day to discuss abt the MC scripts, he didnt expect Pratap to be a spoilsport....
" listen everyone my associate from Mumbai, Mr.Verma is here for a few days with his family... Ma aap ko yaad hai, jab mein 5 saal pehele, ek Jewellers conference ke liye Mumbai gaya, us samay yeh Verma ji  helped me a lot.. Ab woh apna pariwar ke saath 3/4 din kelye yahan aagaya aur hes checked in a hotel..Shravan, plz on my behalf,take his family and show them in around Mussorrie and bring them home for dinner today... you ask your friends to take care at office , teek hai"....
Shravan's face fell, hiding his disappoinment and agreeing to his father's wishes he left for the hotel to oblige the Vermas....
" arre Pratap thum kyun Shravan ko bejha..cant you send Rajat, whos already familiar with Verma'...." maa, mein jo karraha hun sahi karraha hun... verma has a daughter; a beauty who has done gemology masters in the states.. I have seen her in Mumbai before she left for her higher studies...If all goes well we can make a match of verma's girl with our ladla..hope you all understand now'...
 
Shravan on his way to the hotel was grumbling... kya timing hai Hitler ki..here iam to act as guide to some unknown faces,wheras I cld have enjoyed seeing the face thats troubling me...mera kismet bahut khrab hai, hai na Sham... oh no woh kaisa ayega, I have even lost him...Ringing the  room bell, he waited for Verma to open the door..
He saw a jeans clad high heeled petite figure  with a tight fitting shirt, knotted around the navel...looking up further he saw a painted face; eyes lined with mascara, eyelashes highlighted with false ones, arched eyebrows, blue tinged eyeslids, deep red lips and a nose pierced with a huge ring.. the hair was closely cropped around the head and bleached blonde... for a moment Shravan was dazzled by this sight and was starring openly, but common sense prevailed and he asked " maaf kijiye yahan koi Prakash Verma from Mumbai is staying na"...
"oh so you are the boy, how sweet and desi looking.. well Iam Ruby, you know.. Ruby verma or Rupali as my father prefers to call me.. come in .. hey dad look whos here"...drawled Verma's daughter.. Shravan was taken aback.. "You are the boy. whats this tomboy saying.. agar mein ladka nahi toh,aur kya..Aaajeeb hai"...
" arre arre,  aavo Shravan, your father had already informed me abt your services for us today..very nice.. you and rupali can also have the opportunity to get know each other.. two mangoes in one stone..your fathers ideas are always practical and wonderful"... said Prakash Verma...
"So this is what Hitlers' plans are"...he ground his teeth.. "wait till you get a dose of your own medicine all"... with a sweet smile, and honeyed voice, he started their guided tour of Mussorrie...
 
The whole day Shravan was in his best avatar.. he was to the point of discourtesy to Ruby in particular; teasing her looks and her accented language and later shunning and cold shouldering her; but very civil to her parents..
By the time  the evening wore on Ruby was almost to the point of tears...
Just before he left them to get ready for dinner,Verma called him aside and shook his hands and hugged him happily...  " Shravan am very happy today..
 my daughter who had almost become a shrew after her stint in US,showed signs of changing to her good old self, thanks to you.. I will gladly inform Pratap abt my blessings for this alliance... teek hai beta, we will see you at your home at 8pm'.....
Shravan's face was a sight to watch.. all his best laid plans were shattered  by these words...." lagtha hai yeh aadmi Hitler ka baap hoga...A full day's effort and work gone down the drain..jaldhi kuch karna hoga, warna mein in dono ke plans mein phasaunga... kya karnen, kaisa karnen.. haah dadhi hai na.. Zaroor woh madath karengi".... with a renewed hope he headed home...
 
Dinner was a lavish affair that night..When the Verma's walked in, they were greeted warmly by the hosts... the sight of Rupali evoked mixed responses from the family.. A somewhat rebuked Ruby, dressed in a plain salwar,but  in still painted face and boyish appearance and accented language did not elicit much enthusiasm from Madhura or Dadhi.. Nidhi was reserving her opinions to herself, while Neetha didnt show any outward emotions... the two brothers were some what indifferent, least they influence their father's plans...
 But the icing on the cake was Pratap's reaction, his emotions on his  face...Too shocked at the sight, he had never imagined a beautiful girl undergoing such a dramatic change in these years... It was hard to digest for a man like him, still rooted in tradition and following and practicising the dharma of joint family system... To think that such a girl like Ruby, even if she changed her appearances, would be able to adjust and accomodate in this family was beyond his imagination...
With full dimplomacy and politeness, he delicately informed his visitor abt his apprehensions towards the alliance... such was his manner and handling of the situation ,Mr.verma hardly took any offence.. he understood his daughters shortcomings and blamed only himself for this predicament...
 
That night Shravan was so relieved, he felt like jumping with joy.. without any effort on his part to influence any family member, his worries were wiped away.. "Thank you God... Ab mera raastha clear hai...Saachi ji will be waiting for me tommorow"...like a child he liked his lips and hugged his pillows and shouted a goodnight to all(including GOD and Sham)  and fell in to a dreamless  deep sleep..... 

Chapter  23

The next three days were the most significant ones in both their lives ...Shravan consciously aware of it, while Saachi was yet to realise the importance of it...Day in and day out he was there at the school.....sometimes discussing with her, sometimes meeting staff of other depts and some other times working with his own staff..

She saw him diligently going through each and every aspect of the task assigned to him... He climbed on trees and on walls, holding on to drain pipes just to get the right angles for his light fixtures and decorative pieces...He sat with her other staff and religiously noted down their inputs...Sunshine or chilly wind of this Autumn,didnt deter him from roaming around in the school, grabbing a bite whenever he could..A thorough professional he was; she saw him in a new light...
 
He saw her dedication to her work,her tireless energy and enthusiasm rubbing on to all others around her...Almost every staff he met had nothing but praises for her... A few years in the Doon, she was one of the most popular staff...The children,he saw were in awe of her, friendly with her and even idolised her.. A kind of medely of emotions they exhibited according to their ages...Never in his life he had seen or heard a music and dance teacher being the most favourite and popular among students of different classes...He saw a new facet of her personality.... His respect and regards for her grew leaps and bounds...
 
He heard her singing the songs she had composed for the ballet....Her melifluous voice was so divine.. he closed his eyes and let himself be carried away; far away into the deep space where everything was black and filled with vaccumn,except for the two of them and the soul stirring music and the heavenly voice....He saw her singing for the first time; a sight he wld always engrave deep in his mind.. Eyes open,sitting on chair, with students dancing around and watching them correcting their pose,her voice was drowning everything else...The rendition of raag Dharbari Kanada,( when Rapunzel sings to describe her separation from her parents) evoked a strange feeling of sadness,heart clenching emotion..Shravan felt as though she was reaching out to him, asking him to hold on to her tightely and never let go...He was lost in a different world never wanting to be back here...
 
For three days Shravan was in and out of his office...Though he had taken primary responsiblity of this project, he didnt forget his other commitments... He was also giving final  finishing touches to the IAS alumini party,scheduled right after Doon's annual day...At nights his thoughts and heart, were filled only with the sights and sounds of Saachi... A new feeling he cldnt pinpoint what it was; but very pleasing and soothing like a feather on his cheeks...
 
On the evening of that third day, a Saturday,Saachi's house received a call from the Mishras... their son Ranjan, with due permission wld like to meet Saachi next day at a coffee shop or at the famous Mussorrie's municipal gardens... It was decided with consensus that mama and mami will accompany  Saachi to the park and leave the young ones to meet after due introductions....That night Saachi slept a dreamless deep sleep, like a child without any care or worry about this troubled world....

Chapter  24
 
 
Sunday saw a hectic activity at the Sharma's house(Inder's surname was also Sharma)...saachi was bombarded on all sides,each giving different ideas and tips as to what to wear, how to look and how and what to talk;...." beta , thum yeh pink salwar, nahi woh green silk salwar, with works pehenlo...Sharmilla you braid her hair in french knots, aur Shreya thum, Saachi ko thodasa makeup kardo, aur...  aur kya, hope I have not forgotten anything"... said a very anxious and concerned maami... " mammiji, dont worry,relax..I will see whats fit and suitable for me and do so"... said saachi...
Nannu and Naani advised her as to how she can ask her questions without offending the guy.. Mama, for his part, didnt spare her from his few wise words......Only Shreya , Sharmilaa and Rajeev left her alone... Shreya understanding the momentous occasion, the first time Saachi was allowed to see the guy outside the home and that too alone... While Sharmilla and  Rajeev were watching the proceedings with a slight smirk and tinge of jealously...
 
Soon after breakfast, Saachi, dressed in a mustard yellow salwar suit with red embroidery thread on the neck and butti work all over,hair braided in a french knot and with very minimal makeup, left the house along with her mama and mammi....As prearranged they were waiting for Ranjan at the entrance of the Municipal garden, when a sleek car glided to a halt a few feet away from them...
Out stepped a tall, handsome, clean shaven man.. He was wearing a Charcoal grey Armani suit,matching red Versace tie, a black well polished Gucci shoes, an aviator Ray Ban sunglasses, a Rolex watch and had generously splashed himself with Zirh international cologne...To any discerning eye he wld radiate a man of wealth, to any consumer he wld be a walking advertisement of all International brands....But to Saachi's eyes he was a well dressed man, good looking , excuding  a raw power and masculinity..she was even slightly intimidated by him... 
After the preliminary introductions, they went to a quiet corner of the park and sat on a bench..."dekho beta.. thumare baaren mein bahut kuch suna, thanks to my inlaws...this is the first time am allowing my neice to meet someone outside the house.. so plz... and hope u understand my apprehensions"..mama ji cld help trying to convey his feelings to Ranjan...mami, ever since she set her eyes on him, was awed and speechless.."dont worry uncle ji.. I know and understand.. as soon we are finished here I will drop Saachi ji back home".....
 
" No, no no"..interjected mammi suddenly waking up...."Shreya will come here and then both saachi and she will do some shopping and come home.. you dont worry beta"... cooking up a new plan on the spur of the moment..." par mammi, mujhe..."... " haan Saachi thum shreya ke saath wapas aajaon"...she cut her of..
"Toh teek hai.. aap log baat cheeth karo,  aur hum mandir jakkar baad mein ghar chalthen hein.. All the best"... Inder shook hands with Ranjan and with a knowing look at saachi, left them..Both mama and mammi cld help, glancing back and commenting on how wonderful they look as a jodi...
 
After their initial awkwardness,both slowly started on small talk and pleasentaries..."Saachi ji, I have heard so much abt you fron your grandparents, but never imagined you to be beautiful like this.. Indeed lucky is the man to wed you...I have something important to tell you and make a proposition later if you agree to my plans"..Ranjan said cryptically...Saachi, who was feeling shy and looking down, suddenly straightened and was all ears..."ji, bholiye'..
 
"Err .. how to put this... you see.. theres something..mmm plz dont take offence or ridicule me...hmmm..".....he swallowed and opened and closed his mouth but didnt have the courage to say what he wanted..."Ranjan ji if, your are seeing someone or in love, plz go ahead and say so..dont make this drama of farce bride seeing"..Saachi was slightly annoyed...
"hmmm ahem...Ji.. you see Am a Gay...I have a lover in the US...nobody knows abt this at my home.. they all think am a good straight guy and want me to settle in marriage...Since I have heard so much abt you I wanted to lay all the cards on the table and not disappoint you"....Saachi was so shocked and speechless.. before she cld recover her senses and speak came another volley of blow...
Suddenly Ranjan was at her feet and pleading.."Plz Ji, marry me and we will go abroad, you can divorce me there;.. you can go your separate way , me in my own way..This way, you can escape from this predicament of your orphaned life and I will be able to satisfy my parents wish... One stone;two mangoes...What do you say?".....he said...
Regaining her composure, saachi gave him a look,best described as looking at a pest and  searching a fly swatter to squash it...Sick with his appearance and words, she was beyond anger...Without raising her voice, but conveying her disgust she said "Look Mr. Ranjan, who are you to decide my future...who gave you the authority to decide my marriage and shape my life...You dont have the guts to disclose your problems to your loved ones.. what a shame and farce life your are leading, cheating your  good parents"....She spoke sternly,her face exhibiting her anger and disappoinment to see such a creature...
 
Ranjan who was now close to tears was pleading and cajoling her to marry him and not disclose anything to his parents.. he wanted to do anything rather than loose face in front of his loved ones...sick and tired of this  sight and feeling nothing but contempt and pity, saachi said  " Mr, now I propose a plan for you.. see a good therapist, either here or in US.. Be truthful to your parents,Am sure they will understand after their initial shock, but for heavens sake forget abt me.. leave me to lead my life in my own terms.. My only concession to you is, I will convey my rejection after 2/3 days giving you enough time to compose yourself and face the reality.. till then hope you will not precipitate any matters... Goodbye and Goodluck for your treatment....Never ever do this again for any other girl"....
 
With head held high, feeling lighter after so many days, euphoric for deciding thus, Saachi was a picture of dignity and woman power personified..She was like a walking example of  Rabindranath Tagore's   Gitanjali poem..A few verses cited here...
 
Where mind is  without fear and head is held high
where knowledge is free;
Where world has not been brokenup
into fragments by narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason
Has not lost its ways into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action---
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
.

Chapter  25
 
A furious Saachi, walked out of the park, without even a backward glance..Stopping, just to call Shreya and asking her to meet at Rajsri's hostel, she  walked all the way to simmer down her anger and frustration...
She met them both.. A concerned Rajshri and equally shocked Shreya at the hostel..."What happened".... they both uttered at the same time...
Gesturing to them and cooling herself with some ice cold water,Saachi related all that happened at the park...
" That cad even had the audacity to ask ur hand in marriage..What temerity and who gave him the rt to decide for u"... shouted her friend walking to and fro inside the room..."These men are  like leopard in a deer skin, so unassuming and normal and totally misleading and prowling for an innocent victim"...echoed a stunned Shreya...
"Believe me Shreya, life as a perpetual student is so much easier than actually earning a living and facing the prospect of marriage...How I wish mama and mammi leave me alone to choose my own lifemate and shape my destiny..Iam indebted to them, so much that I have to suffer all these pains and hurts"...Saachi cldnt help a few tears as her voice broke down...
 
To cheer her up, both decided to go out... As they were leaving the hostel they were joined by Uma and Amit... Allowing Saachi and Shreya  to walk ahead of her Rajshri briefed the other two abt the happening at the park..Both elicited a furious response, much to her satisfaction....
 
As soon as Saachi and Shreya reached home, they were surrounded by eager and anxious faces of the whole family.....Not wanting to create a scene and hurt their feelings, Saachi quitely went to her room with a forced smile and cheerfulness..As previously decided with Shreya, she cldnt help lying to them and said "Dehkiye, mein do/teen din mein faisla karungi; tab tak is baren mein aap sab mujhe kuch bhi nahi poochiye, plz"...Seeing her resolve and her face none cld approach and ask her for further details...
 
 
 
The next day at school, Saachi tried her best to forget yesterday's fiasco....Shravan who was watching her cldnt help wondering, what brought abt this change in her...She was like an hurt tigress liking her wounds and snapped whoever came near her...Poor fellow he was at the receving end most of the time...When he tried to talk to her abt some changes in the programming order, she curtly replied..."Mr. Jaiswal, this was decided by the Dean and the organising committee, so no more changes okay"... when he tried to smile and compliment her singing,he  received a cold stare and acknowledgement "Ji I know that; thank you" ....While on way to canteen, when their paths crossed she deliberately turned her way and avoided him...
"Today Saachi is definitely acting like a goat", he thought...."Whats eating her.. If someone had given a gun she cld have easily shot his head off, with or without any fruit on his headLOL... This is  a new facet  to her dynamic personality... Let me get out of the way least she stabs me back"Ouch...
 
By lunch time Saachi had run out of her steam and calmed down considerably..Never in her life  had  she let her personal problems affect her work and reflect in this kind of conduct... Sitting under a tree and discussing with her closest aide, she outlined her reasons for this aberration in her behaviour...Gopally, who was selecting the volunteers for the function nearby cldnt help overhearing this...Smiling benignly he walked away with a slight skip in his step...
The post lunch session of rehearsals went in full swing.. Seeing her wards doing an excellent job, brought the magnetic and charismatic smile on her face... Feeling remorse and slightly abashed she sought out Shravan and apologised for her behaviour... A speechless and awe struck Shravan was just starring at her hardly hearing what she was saying...What kind of blow hot , blow cold emotions she exhibits, he wondered... Woman-hard to understandConfused; always an EnigmaLOL....
"Mr.Jaishwal,hello are you here;  Wednesday is going to be a full dress rehearsal... Almost all our staff, Dean and the whole school will witness that.. so plz make sure all ur paraphernalias for the event is ready... We dont want any last minute problems okay"...
 
That evening as they left for home, Shravan was still in a confused state of understanding her;  Saachi, now back to her old self, was more focussed abt the show and nothing else.....Little did they know what was in store for them that black wednesday....





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Chapter  26
 
Wednesday dawned, a sunless and cloudy day with a biting cold due to previous night's rains... Anything and everything that cld go wrong went that way for Saachi...
An early morning phone was start of the downslide..Ranjan's parents called up saying that their son had agreed for this alliance...While everyone at the house was elated by this, Saachi was fuming and furious.." That two timing, slimy EelAngry...thinks he can get away by this.. wait till I unmask him".. she thought.....When others were expectantly waiting for her reply, she dropped the bomb.." mujhe is rishta manzoor nahi hai, woh ladka bhi mujhe pasand nahi hai"..." What pagal hogayi kya.. Nice family, nice guy.. whats wrong on that account"... asked Mama echoed by  all others except Nannu and Shreya...
 
She steadfastedly stood her ground refusing to give her reasons..earlier when the boys had rejected her, she always felt sad and did an introspection of herself...For the first time when she had rejected, she felt so happy and felt like soaring in the sky... But her euphoria was short lived while others commented on her maddness and stupidity, Rajeev was grinning ear to ear...Slowly walking to her side and putting his arms around her and squeezing her shoulders lightly andhe wishpered in her ears "yes Saachi, you will never regret this decision"; Loudly  he said " Oh plz all, she must be genuinely having strong reason for refusal, lets talk abt this later...let her go to school now"....Saachi just wriggled herself free and  with an eerie feeling left for school...
 
She was late!!!  Today was the day her scooter tyre decided to get punctured..By the time she got it set right ,her mood was staring to deteriote rapidly...Seeing all the eager faces of her wards and other staff somewhat mollified her...Shravan along with Bunty was there, already getting things ready inside the auditorium...Seeing Saachi, instantly brought a huge grin on his  radiant face..Bunty quizzically looked at him and then at Saachi.."lagtha hai yeh ladka Phas gaya..aur us baat ko jantha bhi nahi... mmmm Shravan carry on carry on"...he thought
 
With the whole school watching, the dress rehearsals started in earnest.. At first everything was going smoothly.. then came the disaster striking one after another...The  visiting Master who was incharge of the Teen's hiphop and other medely of dances didn't turn up.. It was left for Saachi to guide them.. though it was chreographed well and the children danced equally well, there were minor mistakes and lack of fluency in the dance flow.. mentally noting it to correct later, Saachi moved to the next item...One of her assistants, eager to get things going slipped and fell twisting her ankle in the process, rendering her services to zero....
The next three programmes, the choir singing and a musical ensemble piece,and a dance performance went well, much to her satisfaction...
Then came the fairytale ballet.. the whole school was waiting with bated breath..Shravan and his team along with the school's art dept had done a wonderful job of erecting beautiful sets and excellent lighting arrangements..Intially all seemed going well  like in a  clockwork precision, but then came the avalnche of problems..
 
The boy playing prince charming, who had come to school inspite of his fever, swooned suddenly... The girl playing witch accidently pulled free the entire hair of Rapunzel... so great was the force,that she tumbled and fell ripping her dress in the process...The cascading effect was, the railings of the balcony were pulled free and came crashing down....Speechless and shocked it took a while for Saachi to fathom the magnitude of the effect it was having on the audience...
There was whole hearted laughter from the children and utter disbelief and stern facess from the staff.. Saachi who till now was stoically carrying on, suddenly found herself plauged by fear and failure.. her composure was fast deteriorating and she was starting to get all the symptoms of a mega headache..Somehow she managed to finish the rest of the rehearsals and waited with anxiously, the verdict from the Dean..Shastri ji, a wise man, was kind and offered her his encouragement.."You can do better than this my dear.. take it as one of those days, where all goes wrong.. you  can and will pull this whole show off this Sunday..Dont worry"...
 
Shravan who was watching the whole scene from the sidelines, was amazed to see Saachi displaying a varied emotions throughout this fiasco.. .. from a cool competant teacher, to a concerned motherliness towards her wards,to a frustating woman not getting things right, to an upset person close to tears but careful not to spill them... He instinctly knew she was very mad and emotionally traumatised; partly becoz what happened here and partly becoz of some other personal matter...He wished he cld hug her wipe away the tears that was threatening to fall anytime..he wished he cld erase those saddness and bring back that happy, smiling and cheerfulness always associated with her...
 
A somewhat composed Saachi, had a late lunch and started winding up the rehearsals, when the persons she least expected turned at her school.. An angry  Naani and Usha maami arrived wanting to know her reason behind her rejection... They were in such a kind of mood, that until she explained the valid reason, they wld not budge from there....So  Saachi took them aside and gently but firmly briefed them abt what happened that day in the park..." Hey Baghwan, inthna hua aur hume kyun nahi patha chala..why did you have to suffer so much.. dont worry we will do something abt this '.. said them both and left her..Shravan who was watching this now confirmed that it was more a personal problem for Saachi rather than this minor aberration today....His mind and body wished to be of some help to her, but how to go abt it he was not sure..He called out to Sham for some guidance, but knew that he wldnt make an appearance, much to his chagrin...
 
By the evening, Saachi thought that the worst was over.. with a renewed hope and resolve for a better tommorow she went to her scooter, to leave for the day... An envelope was stuck on her seat.. Opening it she found an ordinary paper with letters torn from newspaper ads,stuck like a collage and thus reading  "Forewarned....I will be watching you"..... A sinking feeling hit her...She didnt deserve this.. the whole day was nothing but disaster and now this was too much to bear...She sat on her scooter, dejected, disappointed   and thoroughly depressed and gave away to her tears freely...
 
Shravan who was also finished for the day, saw her in that state.. A heart wrenching sight, he slowly walked towards a sobbing Saachi....

Chapter  27
 
Saturday of that Autumn was clear skied and slightly breezy one...From early morning the school had gathered for a final rehearsal and the Lights,Camera,Action people had already started getting their arrangements ready...There was a buzz of concerted activity going on all over the school....
 
From time to time Shravan cldnt help noticing Saachi in a better frame of mind and body..He cld instinctively feel that she was relieved and happy,which greatly reflected on her way of handling things...He too felt happy and glad and with a slight skip and bounce in his step, plunged himself in organising and marshelling his troops for event managing...
 
By late afternoon, long after the children had left for the day,Saachi changed and left the school to meet Shreya, who had asked her to accompany for some high tea party at a restaurent at the mall road...A little later Bunty and viren arrived at the school and saw a sweaty and quite hungry Shravan working hard...." Chalo yaar, call it a day.. you are almost finished here.. our supervisers will take care of the loose ends.. lets go out for a pizza or coffee and snacks..you seem to be fagged out...take a break"...saying this they took Shravan along with them...All headed towards the mall road....
 
By the time they parked at a side road and started towaards the mall road the sun was setting, his rays slanting casting an yellow glow all over...waiting for the traffic to ease, to cross the road, theydidnt see Saachi and Shreya on the opposite end of the road...
 
The roads of Mussorrie were are lined with deciduous tress like Poplar, Willow, London plane and the ubiquitous  red Rhododendrans always leaving a fragrance and a green canopy....The slight breeze of the afternoon had  turned into a windy one sweeping dust  and dirt off the roads and even the flowering trees didnt seem to be spared by it...leaves and dried flowers were falling and floating in the air as though they were dancing to the tune of the wind... Amidst this scene the Municipal corporation's fumigating vehicle, for mosquitoes, was spewing  pungent fumes all over the place... With the setting sun's golden glow awashed everywhere the whole scene looked ethereal....
 
Then he saw her....A vision that hit him  hard knocking his socks off...Dressed in a white, shimmering silk salwar, with its inlaid stones sparkling rainbows in the slanting sunrays, covering her face slightly so as not to inhale the fumes, her hair free and bouncing to the windy vagaries,her feet moving here and there slightly,waiting to cross the road,  she painted a picture of an Angel...Crossing the road, cutting across the fumes, wind lifting her duppatta, with falling leaves and flowers all around showering her, from the tall trees, Shravan heard a pop sound..a phefffft sound from a nearby scooter,whose tire was punctured..
 
Shravan remembered those words he had spoken to Thara, the other day  " Do you know Thara; 
My love will be dressed in white,dancing and coming out of white mist,with flowers welcoming & showering on her and then pop a sound that triggers my heart will be heardLOLROFL;.... This is how it shld be only then I will think abt love.. okay......
 
Now he was seeing it all in slow motion..Saachi in white, crossing the road across the fumes, the falling leaves and flowers of the Autumn and a nearby puncturing  sound of a scooter....Bang he realised that he had hopelessly and totally fallen in love with her, head over heals...
An instantaneous attraction, the French call it Coupe de foudre,- a falling in love so obssessive, it obliterated every thing else.. A kind of insanity, a love so intense it transmuted the ordianary into sublime for a time; in Shravan's case for a lifetime... 
 
Saachi and Shreya reached this end and saachi almost bumped into Shravan, who was seeing her with sightless eyes..." oh, hello Mr. Jaiswhal, aap yahag kaise?  Oh btw this is my sister Shreya...".....Shravan who was in a dreamy state had to be strongly nudged by Bunty, to bring him back to earth..." Ji Saachi ji, aapne kuch kahag. i didnt hear you.. btw these are my friends and partners, Bunty,Whom u already know and Viren".... After a small talk both the parties left for their respective destinations...
 
" Ah Shravan, now we understand and see you commitment to Doon's event... carry on bacchooo..feel free to ask any help, teek hai"...smirked Viren..
" Arre hum se kya help chahiye, woh toh Saachi ji denge, hai na Shravan'..Bunty pulled his legs..."I knew it. something was going on.. toh shravan when are u going to propose her?"...."hey plz you too. i have just realised i have fallen in love with her.. let me savour this new feeling first , then think abt other things okay.. chalo lets eat"...
 
Late that night Shravan was reliving those moments.. How  portent were his words to Thara..sab filmon mein hote hein has really happened to me in life, he thought ..he missed Sham very much..."Sham, hey sham wake up yaar dost"..he called out.." Arre kon khambaht mera neendh to karab kartha hai.. oh its you"..
" Sham bahana maat, baatein karo mukjse plz.. patha hai aaj kya hua?"....
"ha han mujhe paatha tha bahut pehele, thume kya horaha tha, par you didnt realise and acknowledge it..instead you ridiculed me... so i left you in peace.. Toh aab bata, aage kya socha hai thum, kya plan hai.. kya madat chahiye? "..... " woah,wow hold on.. not so fast..let me think.. first I have to make her realise my feelings for her, make her fall in love with me then marry her in that order , okay'.. so now let me savour this feeling and dream abt her.. goodnight"...
 
Sham who just woke up, shook his head and sat down to think and chalk out plans for Shravan....Hmmmm you will never regret this beta.. yeh toh Ram ji ki kripa hai...Dekthe jaaon aage kya kya honewalen hai.....
 
 
 
Chapter  28
 
The Annual day of Doon school cldnt have gone better..... Everything  was perfect that day...The weather, the atmosphere, the whole school with its staff and children, the events managed by Lights,Camera, Action and last but not the least the whole music and dance programmes... it was as though God himself was there organising everything and waving his magic wand to create an Utopic world...
 
The parents , invited dignitaries  and guests and a section of public who graced this occasion had nothing but praises.. It was a Coup de Grace for Shravan and his friends and their staff.... All the tireless work and long hours were paying off.. good reviews and results and comments were pouring in from all quarters...It was no small achievement for a startup co. strugging to find its foothold in a less known field of this tourist town...A beaming Shravan was all over the place, hosting events, organinsing things, seeing to each and every small detail and leaving no stone unturned to make this whole show a success..Afterall there were a quite a few reporters,even from Delhi,who with their reviews cld make or break his career....
 
The final event the Rapunzel  fairy tale Ballet, the highlight of the whole evening was eagerly awaited by all; the audience, the staff and children participating in it and the event managers... With bated breath and prayers the ballet opened to a resounding welcome....theBackdrop, the  settings, the musical themes of Indian classical forms and the choreography of various Indian dance forms wove a silken meledoy of grace and charm around the audience...It was as though Saachi had created this heavenly musical show for the mortals to witness and cherish....A sorcess at work on a magical spell....
 
The scene where the Prince charming was seranading Rapunzel on the balcony was so beautifully composed and set to hindustani kaafi and behag evoked a feeling of love and tender affection even among the hard hearted unromantic cynics....
The shayarie depicting this scene is cited here (This was written by our own Kumar, who was kind enough to allow me to reproduce  it here)
 
Ye Zindagi Tere Sath Ho
Ye Aarzoo Din Raat Ho
Mai Tere Sang Sang Chalu
Tu Har Safar Mai Mere Sath Ho
Mai Kanto Par Bhi Chal Padu
Tere Pyar Ki Jab Barsat Ho


Shravan who was witnessing the show from the sidelines near the stage, was so moved by these wonderful words.. He imagined himself serenading Saachi on the balcony.... So intense was his love and feeling for her,he thought that there was some ESP conveying his deep feelings to her...He was sure she must have received these signals....Saachi who was so intent and focussed on whats happening on the stage, keen that everything sld come out well, suddenly felf some strong, intense waves of thought hitting her...Trembling slightly she looked  around and saw Shravan watching her intently...Two eyes  that met.... Two eyes that didnt blink .. Two eyes that captured and captivated each other...Suddenly the music changed and the spell was broken....
 
The whole show was  a stupendous success...The audience cheered and waved and the whole auditorium was filled with a cresendo of applause that took a long time to die...The event was a resounding success beyond imagination...
 
The dean sought out shravan after the show and literally hugged him..."beta,you have outdone youself.. never in all these years the Annual day had been like this enjoyed and savoured by one and all..As promised you will not only get your 1 lakh but a bonus of 50,000rs.. whats more from now onwards any event organised by this prestigeous school will be your responsibility..God bless you son"...a tearful dean said...
 
Sastri ji also  did not spare Saachi..."child you have created magic.. you have proved how much an assest you are to the school..May all your dreams and wishes come true..God bless.."...no more words came out from this chocking fatherly figure...
 
An emotional Saachi and an equally emotional Shravan made their way towrds each other...they shook hands and congratualted each other.. without any further words Saachi left him...Watching her back shravan thought, He was a small town man with a small town occupation..He was neither a leader nor a follower who will be remembered long after his time...He was the most ordianry of men with one exception..He had fallen in love with the most extradinary woman and he was sure his love would deepen in the years to come.....
 
Chapter  29
 
A day after the show Shravan got a call from the Doon school, to come and collect his payment...With eagerness of a child, Shravan timed his arrival just before lunch hour...These past two days he was wondering how to meet Saachi and here it was, a perfect opportunity given by the Dean...Waiting at the parking lot and contemplating what to do next; meet Saachi and then the Dean  or meet the Dean and then Saachi; he called out for Sham to help him decide...
 
" Idiot hun mein."....he thought loudly.." woh toh hai".. said Sham emerging out...
"Mere dimagh ki bathi hamesha dher se jalathi hai"....."yeh bhi sahi hai"
" Mujhe kya karna hai kaise karna hai, kuch samaj mein nahi aatha hai"...."woh bhi ek baat hai"...
"Ahbay yeh kya..saying yes yes for everything I say.. kuch ideas do na, nalayak"...
 
"Wah bachoo,galathi thum karonge aur baar baar thume sikhana hai pyar  mein  what to do and when to do "..." chalo ab toh thum school mein hai, then this is  right place to teach you the lessons of love...Phele cheque le lo, baad mein Saachi se milo..ek aur baat ask for her cell phone number...cant you even think of this basic thing,Gadha, nalayak...aur kaan kholkar sunlo, never ridicule me from now onwards.. Am your Master and ur r my student...samjha, thoda respect dho..Ab jaa, yahan kade kade hokar, kya dekhraheho.... why are you dallying, just go"...
 
With a pout on his face and mumbling something; he was like an errant child put in his place.. Entering the Dean's office he was now totally different, a Man here to take his due credit, a man who was so sure of himself..
" welcome Shravan, congratulations .. you had done a marvellous job...As promised heres ur cheque for a lakh and ur well earned bonus of 50,000.. 
By the way i have planned a luncheon party to treat all my staff and all those people like you, who had worked hard these 15/20 days...can u plz make it  with ur partners, this sunday afternoon at this hotel on the Mall road"...he named one and invited shravan..."Ji Iam indeed honoured to be invited.. sure we will be there..Thanks a lot..this cheque means a lot to us and praises from u and public in general are our boosters"..." God bless , kush raho".. wished the Dean smilingly..
 
Without much ado, he raced out of the office and was waiting for her just outside the class..She saw him, coming out last after her children trooped out for lunch...An immediate smile filled her face, an inexplained joy she felt at his mere sight...After an awkward pause, both opened their mouths and said;  "hello Mr. Jaiswal...Hello Saachi ji"...at the same time...Smiling at this, they both walked towards the shaded area under a huge Cedrus Deodara tree..
" toh aap ko kaise aana pada, kuch aur kaam hai kya?".. asked saachi...
" Ji I came to collect my cheque.. aap batayiye.. anymore problems regarding the stalker"..."Ji till now nothing has happened, hopefully nothing more will also happen..Teek hai mein jaaun,bahut bhuk  lagihai".... " ji. ji.. Iam also very hungryas I havent eaten breakfast.. chalen  can I  also join you ?"....
He effectively cut her further excuses and didnt want to waste this opportunity...After lunch he politely and polishly asked for her phone number, stating that  if any development at his side happened he wld be able to brief her...They exchanged numbers and Shravan informed her abt the luncheon party on sunday... She acknowledged it and said they wld meet there..
 
The next 3/4 days went in a blur for Shravan.. He was so busy with that IAS alumini meet... Saturday  evening after the party,Shravan was clearing things up at the venue when he saw Saachi and her friends at the lawns of the training academy...Leaving everything aside he purposefully walked to her and introduced himself to her friends... All of them, Rajshri, Uma, Amit and two more were slightly taken aback when he insisted on speaking to Saachi alone... She obliged him.. He asked her not to say anything abt that note to any of her friends and warned her that any slip of her tongue might land her in more trouble...
 
Though she wanted to say something she stopped short...Everything that was feminine in her nature knew that he cared for her and wanted to protect her...She felt that there were so many things to unravel abt him, so many things to know abt him, so many  meaningless things to say to him;  sometimes it seemed endless to her and problematical....She felt like cast adrift on the open sea without a compass, but only the stars and sky to navigate..In this case living among the sea of humanity without any reason but  with only star like this Man to guide her and realise the purpose of her living....She was amazed at her own thoughts and wanted to know why she felt like this towards this Man..A self introspection was needed....  
 
Both Shravan and saachi waited for that sunday...A day that was the start of bringing them closer to each other.. A day to remember forever in the milestone of their lives..... 

Chapter  30
 
 
Shravan dressed carefully that sunday,wanting to strike a precise note with Saachi... So much hung in balance... Her impression of him was the starting block of this race to know each other... He wore a grey corduroy trousers and a matching cream coloured Van Hussen full sleeved shirt with a faint red stripes running vertically allround.. This was coverd by a brown velvety finished jacket.. The net result, he looked smart and handsome belying his boyish looks...
On the way to the hotel he picked up a huge bouquet of assorted  fragrant flowers,to gift the Dean...He was a little early, eager to catch up with Saachi and hopefuly try and spend more time with her...
 
They both arrived at the venue within minutes of each other.. Saachi was dressed in a cream yellow and cardinal red crepe embroidered salwar kameez..
 A sight that reflected in the black pupils of his eyes..she was so beautiful, her clothes adding more beauty to her lithsome figure...Her hair brushed and let loose, save for a clip at the back.. she was quite a vision capable of taking ones breath away..
 
The Dean being the host was already present welcoming his guests who were trickling in...Bunty and Viren arrived together and made their way straight towards Shravan..Seeing him having eyes only for Saachi, they grinned to each other and slapped his back good naturedly..."Ouch that hurt" cried Shravan..
" Hello dosth how come u r early for a party, normally u always arrive late or try to avoid it totally".. they pulled his leg knowingly.. "Arre thum dono ko patha hai ki I love Saachi, so here Iam trying to get close to her.. So now plz leave me alone and mingle with others "...
 
He presented the Dean, the bouquet, who in turn called out to Saachi and said
"Beta this whole luncheon is to thank all those who strived hard to make the Annual day a success..If at all you want to present this, give it to Saachi, who was the backbone of the whole show..Nothing will plz me more"..he said with a twinkle in his eyes...
 
Shravan felt like boy who was unexpectedly declared a winner in a race he also ran..With wide eyed and face breaking into an instantaneous smile he handed over the flowers to her..Saachi was equally surprised to receive it from a man, whos mere presence was doing crazy things to her heart...She felt like her heart undergoing Arrhythmia...taking a deep breath, she shyly accepted it , her eyes held in his...The flash of the photographers camera brought them back to their senses...
 
The party was in full swing.. The speeches finished, the falicitations over, it was now time for lunch... Shravan slowly made his way towrds her carrying two soup bowls...He deftly cornered her to two vaccant chairs at the end of the room and handed over her soup..."You look beautiful today"..he bluttered out, then bit his tongue immediately, wondering if she wld take any offence..
She surprised him and smiled knowingly and said "Thank you Mr. Jaiswal"...
"Oh plz no more formalities ..Just called me Shravan...This will be much better on your lips" he said boldly..."Ji Shravan ji"..."Haan thats better"..  
To her sublime discomfort, looking at her  intently he said "Those eyes of yours will be my undoing"...
 
Suddenly the wall between them, which was already thinning these weeks,shattered and collapsed....the pieces reflecting the intended closeness between them...He started of describing his family comprising his loving Dadhi, mother, his brothers and their wives..Lastly with grudging admiration he told abt his father...
 
He spoke abt his two interests in life; His Bike and Astronomy..
" My father presented me with an old khatara  imported Honda bike 5 yrs ago; A second hand one from his associate.. My aim is to restore it to its full racing glory..Iam still working on it during my free time, what with genuine parts not easily available and the huge cost involved , its forever going to take my life time."...Saachi was intently listening to him to see the passion in his eyes..
Okay it was not a normal thing a guy to say to a gal, especially when they were alone for the first time with no common topic or thread to bind him...But still she watched him.. The play of emotions on his face, his eyes lighting up with joy and a boyish enthusiasm all tugged her heart...
 
Suddenly realising his folly he said "Oh Am sorry, I got carried away..Lagtha hai yeh ladkiyon keliye boring topic hai..Girls hate bikes na"....
"No shravan Ji.. not at all.I do like bikes and watch them and the bike races, you know"...
"Really, wow, am amazed.. you like bikes!!" he said enthusiastically...
"Ji haan, I watch the bike Ads on TV and those bike races in which various brands are shownLOL".. she said smiling sweetly with a twinkle in her eyes...
 
She noted how good looking he was..It annoyed her that she cldnt get past that everytime she saw him.. It was as if his appearance constantly set off alarm bells in her head and for the life of her she didnt know why...He was not very tall, he smiled a lot and was boyish to look at..All this still had an effect on her..one which she cld put her fingers on and point out what it was..
 
They walked towards the buffet table and filled their plates with food and headed back to their seats.. This time Saachi started pouring out..She told him abt herself..Her Orphanity leading to her living with her mama and mammi..The strains and adjustments required in a joint family set up.. Her passion for music and dance, the best outlet for all her worries and tensions..
 
He watched her, heard her and wanted to hold her close and wipe away all those deep seated hurts..For the first time in his life he understood what a pain it was to be an orphan and still  be with your relatives...
 
The feelings of isolation, the feeling of being misunderstood, insecure and homeless in both mind and body..  The feelings of wanting you father and mother, missing them at times you needed them the most in your life.. The raw ache that gnaws you; always being dependant upon someone else for everything... He cld perfectly  mirror her inner emotional turmoil, in his eyes..A tear almost escaped...Indeed he was blessed to have his parents alive, a valuble treasure, God had bestowed on him till now...
 
They finished the rest of the lunch in a companionable silence...Both hearts speaking to themselves.. One consoling and offering solace to the other..One strong enough to impart its love to the other...On the way to the dessert table Saachi tripped over the edge of the rug...Preventing her fall Shravan pulled her towards him, his arms around her waist...She lurched forward in a starlted  movement, that jotled their bodies together...A current leaped between them, stiffening them both in a delicious shock of it...The air around them buzzed with this static electricity, binding them close to each other....Both felt helplessly drawing towards each other by this magnetic spell....
 
Gopally who was attending this party watched them both with a reserved interest..His curious eyes wondering whats going on.... His interest piqued, he started thinking...Not noticing the waiter in his path, he collided with him and dropped his dessert plate...
 
Crash!!! the sound of a breaking plate broke the magic spell between them...Suddenly they came apart and shyly looked around them, avoiding their own eyes...By the end of that afternoon, there was a palpable change in their feelings towards each other...
Shravan now very sure that she was the only one for him.. The only Love in  his life...
Saachi was now slowly getting sucked into the whirlpool of his love, realising that her whole  self felt very right in his presence...But yet to name this feeling she had for him...
 
With a lingering glances towards each other they left for their homes.....
 
 

Chapter  31

 
Shravan called on her cellphone on Tuesday morning,only to get a switched off reply.... The day before he had a sudden work at Deradun town, which kept him busy the whole day....Since Sunday he felt that even a single day cannot be passed if didn't talk to her...It wld be even better if he was able to see her daily... Such is the intensity of a Man newly in love'
 
Figuring out a plan, he thought that he wld be able to catch her before she left for school... This infused a new energy into him and enthusiastically he hopped downstairs, only to be stoppped suddenly in his tracks...
 
He saw  an eagerly  waiting Dadhi and Madhura, all set with pooja things, ready to leave for mandhir along with him... "Aap dono subah ithni jaldhi kahang jana hai? Koi  special day hai kya aaj?"...
 
"Bittu, yaad nahi hum phele kya kahag tha, if you had successfully organized Doon's events then we will offer special prayers to Bahgwan  Ram Ji' Ab tho thumne back to back two events  successfully manged kardhiya... So  Bahgwan thank karna chahiyena... chalo hamare saath mandhir"....said Dadhi.. "Mein,  ermm mein kaya karun vahan, mein thoh mandhir janewalah aadmi nahi hai.. Aapo patha hai nay eh ghar hi mera mandhir aur aap sab log toh mera bhagwan hai.. Aap dodno jayiye, mujhe office kuch zyada kaam hai, isiliye mein aaj jaldhi jana hai"...said Shravan deftly trying to avoid them..
 
 
Refusing his excuses, taking no for answer, both of them practically dragged him with them.. Mumbling that all his well laid plans get upset, Shravan had no choice but to go along with them' Reaching the mandhir, he put his foot down and said  "Lo aagaya, ab mujhe andhar nahi aana hai.. Aap dodno, jayiye, pooja kijiye, aarthi mein paat lijiye.. Jo bhi karna hai kijiye'. Bus mein yahan  inthezar  karunga, teek hai"'. Shaking their heads, thinking when this fellow will grow up they went inside the temple' Shravan, waiting outside tried once more Saachi's number, without any luck'
 
Saachi was inside that temple, with her mama, mami and nannu.. It was her parents death  anniversary, and she had come there to offer special prayers and do shardh for the departed souls..Every year, this day was a poignant one for her, reminding her of, what and how much she had lost in her life'She usually gave annadhan for poor and destitute  and rounded the morning with  bhajans at this mandhir' She and her relatives finished the pooja and started the aarthi...
 
Dadhi and Madhura saw some people conducting aarthi and also participated in it, intending to do pooja later..A CD of lata Mangeshkar's 'Thum Aasha vishwas hamare' song was flowing mellifluously thro' the speakers of the mandhir.. All of them were very intimately and intently involved with God; the sanctity felt in that atmosphere'
 
As soon as the aarthi was finished, mama, mami and naanu, helped Saachi in distributing the Prasad- the Annadhan for the poor and needy.. When it was over they left for their home leaving Saachi, to finish her bhajans'By this time dadhi and madhura had finished their pooja and were resting in the corridors'
 
Shravan who was waiting outside, cursing his luck,was thoroughly irritated..No contact with saachi and his dear ones were taking a long time to finish their poojas' Suddenly he heard a divine voice singing soulfully the song Gana shyama sundhara, from Amar Bhoopali, followed by a heart rendering of Tulsidas's Bhajans from Ram Charit Manas'
 
Like toddler running towards its mother, like an iron getting attracted to a magnet,Shravn jumped with joy and raced to the mandhir, stopping just behind Saachi, breathless, heaving and face filled with unexpected joy of seeing his beloved there'
 
 
The exceptional words of beauty, humility and exuberance in praise of the Lord evoked a sublime, endearing, most intense feeling in him..It was coming from her inner core with the sole motive of pouring out her soul'.He didn't realize that it was a solemn feelings of not just a devotee, but an aspirant seeking the goal of devotion and love.. That of an Orphan pleading with God, to fulfill the role of her parents'
 
Dadhi and Madhura, who were listening with closed eyes to this heavenly music, were suddenly wide awake with Shravan's  hurried entry.."kya hogaya is ladke kho?..Andhar aanekeliye phele mana kardhiya, ab toh dowdkar aarahai.. koi bhoora khabar toh nahi"..they were wondering concernedly'
 
Saachi finishing her Bhajan turned around and around and almost bumped into him'With wide eyes and  instant  delight to see him  there, she asked, "shravan Ji aap  yahan kaise"'.. "Ji'Who  mein aise hi; ermm just passing by, mmm thought I will thank God for all my success, so here Iam ..'Yep my thanks for all that has happened these past few weeks''..he said cooly without beating a miss'Madhura and Dadhi who were behind  him, were silently listening to all this and exchanged knowing but curious glances'" kuch toh mamla hai" they thought'"errr  hrehmmm" dadhi cleared her throat, bring the two to their senses'
 
 
Feeling  suddenly  embarassed, like a child caught in middle of its silent naughty act, Shravan  blushed and  introduced Saachi to his family and  explained a little  about her.." Beta very  nice song and  even nicer divine  singing...
"Kya khaaz baat hai aaj ya hamesha thum  mandhir aakar bhajans ghaathi ho?"'they  enquired'  Bending  to touch their feet to seek  blessings ,Saachi replied "Ji , today is  my parents death anniversary, so here  Iam paying respect to their  departed souls by prayers,  pooja and  annadhan"'" Jeete  raho beta, let God grant  all your wishes,  prayers  and always  make you happy..Sada sukhi raho, har khamyabhi  mein safal ho"...
 
With that they started towards the exit..A speechless Shravan, now  understood her inner soul seeking for fulfillment of her orphaned self'He thought that it was indeed destiny or rather Ramji who had brought them together in his presence to signal a new beginning in the next chapter of their lives...

 

Chapter  32  

The whole of next week for Saachi  was the  glorious ,wonderful days she had ever  felt in a long time...Almost  every night Shravan called on her mobile, late in the night after dinner..The first day, after an initial awkward pauses, they slowly  warmed up to each other...There  afterwards there was no looking back...They talked about their childhood, their fears, their likes and dislikes, the  weather, the politics  and anything  and everything  under the sun; or rather  under the moon as it was night time...

 

Initially  Shreya was  amused and slightly  concerned for  Saachi... But then when she saw her sister's animated  conversations she slowly her warmed up to the idea of Saachi befriending  Shravan  and  ultimately falling  in love with him... She did everything in her  capacity to help them have these talks;  Be it leaving Saachi alone during those  times or parrying  of her family  from entering the room , with some excuse or other....

 

Once that week in the evening,  both went for shopping  and bumped into Shravan and his friends...The three idiots were  taking a break from their work...After  the  introductions, it was obvious to all that Shravan and Saachi had eyes only for each other...So by silent and mutual consent, Shreya ,Bunty and Viren  left them  alone...

 

Both Shravan and Saachi headed towards an icecream parlor..Shravan was happily singing an out of tune  "I(s)cream , you(s)cream".. but seeing the shutters  down sadly said "In your dream"... Saachi who cldnt help relishing his boyish enthusiasm and his childish one liner, laughed out openly and said ' Koi baat nahi Shravan Ji..lets have an ice gola from that cartwalah opposite..Chalo...lets go"...

 

Watching her, he realised how jingling and tingling her laughter was ringing in his ears..How wonderfully it filled his heart like a sunshine bright and gay.. Both, instead settled for a safe and hygenic cup of coffee at a nearby cafe..

 

Again that saturday they met in a park, one of the many Mussoorie boasts off..This was their first Date...As  prearranged  Shreya  dropped her and wld pick her up later..This  was only a  precaution, least any of her family members  get wrong  ideas or precipitate matters...

 

This time Saachi and Shravan opened their hearts to each other..Shravan related his family's lifestyle, his Father's success as a Jeweller Businessman, after intial struggles..While all others were enjoying his fruits of labour, he choose to differ... "yeh sab dekhkar mujhe eisaas hua , mein bhi papa ki tharag kuch banjaun...I didnt want to follow his footsteps, like my brothers.. I wanted to be a self made man..A person who didnt want to burden or be dependant upon his family.., One different from his father but imbibing all his good  business acumen...So here am , with my chilhood friends, started this fledgling event managing Co.....

 

Listening to him saachi realised that, slowly and effectively, she was sucked deep into his inner core..She remembered his boyish charm, his  slightly crooked smile that lights up his face with those laugh lines; She cld sense his gentle and caring feeling for her, his genuine concern for her welfare;  His will and perseverance to strive hard; his dreams and aspirations to become a responsible, hard love and joy for his near and dear was very much evident, when he affectionately described his famly; especially his adoration for Baby Apurva....
 
Suddenly she felt like seeing a rainbow in the yonder sky..A melting of ice creating a tingling chillness in her heart..A flash of brilliance filling her whole self, a white light obliterating everything else, a jolt of current passing from head to toe, creating goosebumps, leaving her with a sensation of immesurably abundant happiness, exuberance and contentment...A state of blissful Nirvana..
A full blown, alive and kicking feeling of Love for Shravan...Atlast she has fallen in love with him; Hook ,Line nad Sinker...
 
Shravan who was talking, suddenly realised that she was looking at him strangely..He saw a different look on her face, a new realisation that emitted sparks around them...He felt himself drawing to that magnetic eyes...He cld sense that shimmering of emotions, the quivering of lips, the eyes radiating with her love for Him...He saw a woman who was completely and whole heartedly in love with him..He also saw that her eyes reflected his absolute love for her...
 
That moment he realised that, she was accepting his offer of undying love for her...She thanked him back by offering her own selfless love for him.... On the whole it was a start and finish and that which goes without saying...
 
Shravan's heart said  "I love you Saachi; do you too? "...
Saachi's heart said "Dont you know my reply..Every atom in my body screams my love for you "...
 
It was only their hearts speaking and exchanging their love...Their lips didnt utter a single word... That will come later; at the right time, right place and in the right settings...For now two hearts were beating in unison, two eyes gazing into each other, two hands (one each of their's) holding each other, two souls touching and soothing eaach other...
 
The trees and plants standing tall were applauding them by spraying perfumes from their fragrant flowers; The birds and insects entertaining them with  fine music, from their chirping sounds...Shravan bent his head and kissed her tender lips..It was more like a brushing of her lips with his..But it was enough to feel the honey and sweet she wld always  offer him later...It was the beginning of learning new a chapter in the sutras of romance in their life...
 
 
Lost in each other,they didnt see two pairs of eyes, looking at them..Two pairs looking from different directions...two pairs of eyes filled with inexplicable omnious emotions...
 
The dark clouds were gathering over the horizon fast, slowly blanketing the setting sun....It was announcing the impending gloom and disaster that was to strike them in future...
 
 



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Chapter 33

Two pairs  of eyes were watching them...Two pairs that were filled with jealousiness and anger..Two pairs that were piercing and venomous in nature...

Thara who had come to that park with her friends, happened to see them by chance...She was shocked beyond words to see her beloved Shravan quite close with another woman...She felt cheated and let down and wld have easily cut them if given a knife.. But instead avowed to see Shravan the next day and vent her anger...

The other pair of eyes belonged to HIM...He was speechless and angry...Watching them with murderous eyes,he was wondering how he didn't notice this happening..Indeed it was a long time since he had followed her, because of his busy schedules..." Saachi you are mine and belong to only me..I will not allow this Shravan to get the better of me... I have wasted too much time, waiting for  you to grow up and become mine..Now no more chances,only actions"  he decided... The very sight of their togetherness, made him grit his teeth and clench his fingers tightly..The action resulting in blood cuts on the skin of his palms...

The lovebirds, suddenly became aware of their surroundings, and holding hands left the park, to meet Shreya and leave for their respective  homes ..

The next day saw a stomping Thara in his office..."Shravan you cheat and liar, dokebaazz, how you do this to me... I love you so much and will not see another woman taking my place near you; understand"..... She shouted venting her anger and frustration... Shravan who was initially bewildered by this outburst, understood her ire and insecurity...
 
"Dekho Thara, mein pehele se hi, kaha tha mein thumse pyar nahi kartha..I have always seen you as my friend..I can never and will ever love you...So please get this into your head and leave me in peace, okay" ..he said very calmy as if speaking to a child...." Yeh kaise ho saktha hai Shravan..I know deep in your heart you love me , but haven't realized it yet....Woh jo bhi aurat ho, usko paise dedho aur is Seher se bahar bejdho..I will forgive and forget this whole incident, teek hai" she spoke with tears and in an adamant manner....
 
"Thara !!!!!...  Bus, bahut hogaya.. Pagal ho gay kya...You cant force me.. I have never been in love with you... Enough of all this drama, now leave and don't ever come back..Goodbye and good riddance"....he shouted and pushed her out of the office..."Shravan, you will regret this, mark my words ,I will never let you live in peace with another girl ".... she promised to herself and left in a huff...
 
After a couple of days Saachi received a package in the morning on her way to school..There she opened the parcel to find a charred and burnt remains of her fav blue salwar dress, which she had given for dry cleaning 3 days back....A note saying "I have warned you enough; no more such incidents shld take place..".... A chill ran down her spine... With shaking hands and wondering how it landed up like this, she called Shravan and briefed him....He promised to meet her that evening at a coffee shop near the school...
 
Both cldnt concentrate on their work...Both wanting to be with each other; one comforting; the other wanting the security....Seeing Shravan that evening Saachi, instantly ran towards him and hugged him, almost knocking him down, forgetting her surroundings..A shocked Shravan was immensely  pleased  by this reaction.... Slowly comforting her , he cld feel the fear and dread in her heart....Holding her by the shoulders, they went to the coffee shop....
 
When he opened the package his blood boiled with anger and rage'. "Yeh zaroor ek coward ka kaam hai'. He dosen't  come out in open and takes sadist pleasures in making you afraid'..Am going to personally take this up with higher police authorities..dont worry Saachi'.Have faith in me dear " he lovingly held her face in his arms and pulled her close to him'.She felt so right, absorbing his strength and love and relaxed more in his presence'.
 
"Saachi  I have an important thing to say'If we are to prevent any further such incidents , we have to disclose about ourselves to our families and take this relationship to the next level..Can you understand na'.Thum hamesha mera saath ho na'.Trust me..All will come for good'" he asked her gently, tracing lines on her hands, making her tingle'."Ji Shravan, mein hamesha aap ke saath hun aur rahonga.... Mujhe aap par pura viswas hai "... she said shyly, but with lot of confidence'.

 

That night during dinner, Saachi gathering all her wits, coyly spoke to her Mama and all others in general " Mamaji, aap sab log hamesha, meri bhalayi keliye soch rahethe'.Whatever you did I always accepted it with respect and blindly followed it'"'. Sensing curious glances from others, she quickly and pleadingly said " Aaj, mein, aapni bare mein, kudh  ek faisla liya..Hopefully  all of you will accept it'I would like all of you to meet Shravan Jaiswal, whom I have known for these past few weeks'I strongly believe he will suit me as the best life partner "'.

Immediately Rajeev got up cutting her further words and mockingly said " Wah wah Saachi'..Thum kab se badi hogayi, kudhi apni life decisions lenekeliye? No respect for elders to allow them to decide for you..Since you have already seen the boy and finalized have you even fixed the date for the wedding?...Are we all invited for it? Tell me,have you done something else that will besmirch  this family's name?? tell me tell me?? "'.he  goaded and lashed her  with acid tongue'..

" Bus Damad ji'' Bahut hogaya'.Saachi aisi ladki nahi hai jaise aap sochrahen hein' Unpar hum sab ko pura viswas hai'..Aur  yakin se kehatha hun,  who kabhi yeisa kaam nahi karthi, jo hamara khandhan ka naam mitti par miladhiya"'..Shouted Mama''

Getting up and embracing her he said " Beta, mujhe sirf ek mouka dho, thaki bade hone ke naathe, hum is ladke aur unke kaandhan  ke bare mein kuch pooch thaach Karen'.Of couse we will abide by your choice, but give us this satisfaction of taking this proposal further through  proper channels 'Okay'..Bus ab rona bandh aur kush raho"'he said lovingly patting her head'

 

Meanwhile at the Jaiswal's house, after dinner, when the whole family was relaxing, Shravan boldly and confidently approached his dad and addressed him and the others in general' "Papa, you always wanted me to get married and settled, saying your business will flourish automatically..I think the time has come for me do to exactly that'Mein ek ladki se pyar kartha hun aur use shadhi karna chagtha hun."... Realising he may have overconfidently stated about his marriage plans; thinking he may have hurt their elderly feelings, he immediately became contrite and said "Aap sab mujhe bura na maniye'. I just want'."'.

"Mere Barqudhar' woh ladki  ka naam hai Saachi Sharma..Woh Doon school mein kaam karthi hai, apni mama, mami ke saath rehethi hai..Thum  dodno ek doosre se pyar karthen hein aur shaadhi karna chagtha hein'All of us are indeed happy about it and want you to go ahead'..Aur kuch bholna chagtha hai "'..Pratap shocked Shravan with so much of information.. He didn't realise that his father wld respond like this pleasantly surprising him beyond his imagination'." Par, Papa, how did you know all this?"

"Arre, bittu, yaad nahi hai... Jis din mandhir mein , Madhura aur Mein Saachi ko dekhar, samjha that she was the one for you..Phir  ghar aakar, Pratap ko sab batadhiya..' He made discreet enquiries and we all decided she was right for you and this family'..We were only waiting for you to realize it and come to us'Ab bholo kab jaana hai ladki ke haat maang ne keliye?...Dadhi  for her part surprised him further, adding sugar in ghee...

"Sach mein , mein ek bewakoof hun'. mujhe kudh ithne der laga, to understand my feelings for her.. and here you are, already decided ,planned and charted my life with her'..Wow..aap sab great ho!!!"'he said smilingly, feeling so blessed and happy to have such a kind of family'.
 
Later that night, when he spoke to Saachi, he related all that transpired at his house and praised his family'..She responded immediately by saying "Meri family bhi, thodi kami hai kya? They too have agreed to see you and decide" ... They laughed good naturedly at this exchange...
 
After a pause, Sahravn said "Saachi , I have something important to say to you...Can you make it on sunday afternoon for a lunch date...This time disclose where you going to your family... Okay..... Accepting his invitation she wished him good night and elicited a similar response from him...
 
Both slept a happy and dream filled sleep that night....


Edited by maris08 - 11 February 2011 at 3:58am

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So sweet of Shravan to ask Saachi to be his forever! And Pratap, amazingly said he knew all about Saachi!
It reminds me of the scenes of last episode, when Pratap was close to Shravan. You even use words the characters of the show definitely would use! I like it very much Big smile

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