He lost count how many
times he had read d letter. Infact that has been his almost daily routine. He
couldn't help letting that lone tear escape his eyes , as he clutched d letter
and d lady smiling wid d kid in d frame. Shantanu Khandelwal might have been d
superstar for d whole world, d man too busy to even spare time for breathing.
But in reality, he was man who was nothing, a loner.
Same was Khanak's
condition. She read d dairy again and
again, visualizing everything which happened in the past. She flipped d pages,
to find something, perhaps d end of the story, her story. She couldn't find it.
Her story was incomplete, her life was incomplete. There was nothing left in
her life. This thought would have occupied her mind, making d eager drop
escaping her eyes, but it din. For she had a meaning in her life- Ahaan!. She
looked at the tiny figure, sleeping happily beside her. She let that tear drop, but this was a tear
of joy, cng her child sleeping happily.
"I love you my bacha"
She murmered placing a gentle kiss on d baby's forehead and holding him gently
as he stirred a bit.
They slept in their
respective places, but closing eyes was only a formality. Sleep was far away
from both Shan and Khanak's eyes as they awaited d next day, perhaps a new
"What? Are u out of
your mind Mr. Irani?..I mean how is it possible?"
"I am sorry mam, but
this is d only time I can give you."
"But I can't do nething
unless you cooperate with me"
"I wish I could, but
this is not my sole investment. It's a joint venture and Mr.Khandelwal has a
"oops. Sry to not mention
earlier, but Miss Shah, u would be pleased to know that you are going to work
for the famous and the charming Shantanu Khandelwal"
The water in her mouth
spitted out, hearing the name.
"I know you are
surprised n shocked, but this would be your dream project."
"umm..okay, Mr. Irani,
I'l call you back in a few minutes"
She sank on the sofa,
holding her forehead, not knowing what to do.
"arey you okay Khanak?
Tabiyat thik nahi hai teri?"
She woke up feeling
Mehna's palm on her forehead.
"aah..No, am okay, just
"is nething bothering
"arey no, I am just…"
"Khanak! Don't try to
lie, to me atleast..bata kya baat hai"
Khanak couldn't hide
the reason for anxiety and on Meghna's insistence, had to tell everything which
Mr. Irani had told.
"bas, itni si baat?
Whats d big deal?"
Meghna's casual reply
"Come on Meghna, I
don't want to meet that person again in my life, I don't want him back.."
"in ur personal life
na, its ur professional life darling. Stop behaving like a looser"
On Meghna's insistence,
Khanak finally gets up and is about to go when she bumps into Ansh.
"Hello Khanak mam, good
She replies back with a
smile. Khanak couldn't realize that her smile would invoke trouble for her as
Ansh starts his morning chant.
" Mam, u won't believe,
when I was telling my frnds abt meeting u..they just couldn't believe it"
Ansh was going on and
on until the frown on Khanak's face finally caught his attention.
"Is any thing bothering
Before Khanak could say
anything, Meghna interrupted
Ansh..Khanak is indeed in a trouble"
"Oh! Is there I can
"no..no.." Khanak tried to shrug him off.
"arey Khanak, only Ansh
can help you..hai na Ansh?"
"Of course bhabhi, it
will be my pleasure..waise mujhe karna kya hai?"
Meghna's word shocked
Khanak and confused Ansh as they both looked at each other and then at Meghna.
"What? Aise kya dekh
rahe ho tumlog? Well Khanak is busy, toh Ansh can give the presentation .."
"par bhabhi, I dunno
ABC of interior decoration, how am I gonna say nething, No..No.."
Ansh tries to go away,
but Meghna stops him, goes near him and says in a low voice.
"Ansh..c, dis is your
Golden opportunity, apne fav ko impress karne ke liye..jara socho."
Megna's words were
enough to convince Ansh. He turns back , takes the whole materials and gives a
assurance to Khanak, be4 going away.
"Mam, u don't worry, I
will prepare myself in just 4 hrs and aisi presentation dunga ki they will not
even think twice to select your design"
After he was gone,
Khanak looks at Meghna and gives a bewildered expression.
"Meghna! You are
unbelievable. U never change!"
"haha..dats d way u
shld treat guys." Meghna winked and hi
Later , around 12 in d
Anya was strollin
impatiently on the stand, waiting for an auto, when she spotted Ansh's bike
coming in the direction.
"Thank God! U
came" Anya heaved a sigh of relief as
she managed to stop Ansh.
"Anya! Damn it..i am
getting late..I can't be your chauffer now."
Be4 Anya could stop
him, he was gone, making her wonder
"whats keeping him so
busy today..Neways, gotta reach soon"
It was a grand 5
storeyed building, the office of 'Royal Enterprises' , a joint venture of Rahat
Irani and Shantanu Khandelwal.
After completing a few
formalities, Anya manages to get inside the building and reach 3rd
floor where Shan's room was there.
However to her dismay, she is stopped by a short hefty man.
"Excuse me young lady..Is
there anything I can help you"
"Ah..I have come to
meet Shantanu Khandelwal"
Seeing the man
searching something on the computer, Anya could make out that he was Shantanu
"Do you have a prior
"whats your name and Id
"Anya Mittal, but Id.."
"yes mam, all those who
want to meet SK, are given a id scroll number."
"Ah..actually sir, I
had fixed appointment with him personally on facebook."
"What? Den I am sorry,
sir is quite busy 2day."
"but sir please"
Anya tried convincing
the man through constant pleads and requests, but in vain.
The pleads and requests
came to a halt as Anya's eyes encountered d owner of d voice. Her jaws dropped
as finally in front of her stood her idol, her fav star – Shantanu
On the other hand, w/o
casting a glance at the girl, Shan asked his manager about the chaos.
" Sir, actually this
girl has no prior appointment acc to my records , but yeh toh kehti hai ki inka
"ah..woh actually I had
a appointment through facebook"
Shan looked amusingly
at the girl as she tried to give an explaination. He knew instantly that he has
an unexpected fan visit.
"Facebook? I am sorry
dear, but its my manager who actually deals with my FB fanpage"
"no, no sir, its ur
personal acc..remember I had send u a req and u added me yest..we had a chat"
"Ah! One second! R u…"
"Anya Mittal, Dr. Anay
Mittal's sister..i wanted to meet you for some project work, my demo inw…"
"ohk! Ummm..i am
actually busy right now.."
Shan could see the
girl's face turning pale.
"But kyunki I can't
break heart of any beautiful girl like you, so chalo lemme spare 15 mins for
Anya's happiness knew
no bounds on hearing Shan's words and it increased further along with a sense
of thrill as she followed Shan inside his cabin
"So, be comfortable and
shoot" Shan said, while sitting on the
"sir?" she couldn't
speak as she was lost in his handsome persona
"I said..ask ur
"Do u have a gf?"
"Pardon!" Surprised, he sat upright
"Is there ne some1 sp
in your life?"
He got up from the chair,
came near her, took the zigsaw, arranged it, took her hand and while keeping it
on her hand, said calmly yet in a affirmative tone
"I don't answer
She came out of her
"Ah..i am sorry
sir..woh, who..how did you manage to look so handsome and fit?"
Shan laughed at the
girl's childish question – "well, I would attribute this to my gym and personal
" How did you managed to get this stardom in
such a young age, in such a short span of life?"
Shan stared at her for
a second as he juggled between his mind and his heart for the answer – mind
wanted to give a diplomatic answer, dat of a man who gave prime imp to his
career, his professional life, while heart wanted to give an honest answer, dat
of a man who lost everything and had no personal life.
However before he could
answer the question, he was interrupted by the call for the meeting at the
"I am sry, there is a
meeting I have to attend..u can join us if u please"
Anya couldn't refuse d
offer as she followed Shan to the conference room.
She was in for a
As Shan took his chair,
his eyes fell on that young lad, who din looked more than 18 or 19 yrs.
" So, young lad, is
there anything I can help you?"
Ansh came forward with
the file in his hand and while placing it on the table
"Sir, I am Ansh and I
have come here on behalf of 'Exotic creations'."
Surprised Shan looked
at his partner, Mr. Irani
"Isn't the company run
by a lady Mr. Irani?"
"Ah! Yes sir thats miss
Staring at the lad,
Shan asked " so, u r her employee or partner?"
"No, sir, just a
friend, I am just helping her by giving this presentation"
"So, how can u help me?
Do u have any experience in interior decoration?"
"No sir, but I have
come here wid good preparations and if given a chance I can prove myself"
Amused, Shan rose from
his seat, while saying : "chance? I am sorry my dear, this is not a joke nor a
game to be given a chance to kids like you, this is a God damn project worth
crores and I am not here to waste my time."
"But sir, I ..i have.."
Before Ansh could
finish his statement, Shan interrupted him : "Mr Irani, I think I need to go
and you..Miss ..Anya..u asked me d reason for my success, this is d answer – I
believe in winning, not in trying to win."
Saying so, he left the
room, leaving Mr. Irani confused, Anya impressed and Ansh irked
"What rubbish is this
Mr. Irani? May I know on what grounds d presentation was rejected?"
Khanak fumed on phone
at Mr. Irani after knowing abt everything from Ansh, while Mr.Irani tried to
calm her down from the other side
"I..I am sorry miss
Shah, but it's a unanimous decision by my business partner, who is also a major
stakeholder in the venture"
" sry Mr. Irani, but
that gives him no authority to behave as boss..after all he is just a client"
"umm..i think u shld
speak to him directly"
"y shld I? I had talks
wid you, not him..and if he has any problems, I have no qualms backing off from
"umm..can I call u
Khanak hang the phone,
giving the required time to Mr. Irani.
Khanak couldn't get
time to think as the phone rang, making her wonder how Mr. Irani would make a
decision in half a minute…Only thing she din knew was everything was set,
planned – At Shantanu Khandelwal's hotel room!
"Hello Miss Shah, if u
don't have any problems, can v have a conference call wid Mr. Khandelwal"
Khanak couldn' t get any excuse to refuse.
The voice on the other
line shook Khanak, causing a strange adrenaline rush through her body, the
sense of giddiness engulfing her as she heard her name from the voice.
"y r u stammering my
Shan's giggle on the
other line, brought Khanak out of her trance
"Excuse me! Am not!"
"hmm..it seems you are
one of those who can't help going weak in 4nt of Shantanu Khandelwal and so u
escaped having to c me in person" He
said wid a mischievous grin
"What rubbish!!! I am
sorry, but u r not my sole priority! I do have something imp work to attend n I
think d content and quality of d presentation matters n not who presents it"
" well then since dat
poor guy was unemployed, u shldn't mind if I hire him instead of ur firm"
Khanak knew it was a
waste talking to him
" I am sorry, but I
don't think u own any authority to either hire or sack me, as fYI, my deal was
wid Mr. Irani n not u!"
"aha! But am d boss
honey! N abt Mr. Irani, toh he is out!! Its just u and me on d phone.."
Shocked, she is about
to drop d phone, but…
"n don't u dare drop d
phone or else I'll make sure to arrange a meeting at ur place at this hour..n u
know Shantanu Khandelwal does what he feels like."
She is scared. She knew
Shantanu could do nething. However be4
she could even notice, Mr. Irani had
come up on d conference.
"So, Mr. Irani, since
miss Shah isn't interested in d meeting, I don't think v shld waste our time n
instead find some1 dedicated n having some ethics n principals"
"but Mr. Khandelwal, don't
you think that would be injustice and are you sure we will get some1 equally
talented and reliable?"
"Offcourse, we will def
get some1 having guts to face any situation..neways loss would be hers"
"Can I get some time to
think?" Khanak interrupted d convo
Mr. Irani was trying to
say something, but Shan interrupts him, saying " I am gonna give u time, only
till tomm morning"
Before she could say
nething, the phone was off!
At night 12, she sat on
the bed, confused, juggling between her mind and heart. While her heart was
telling her to avoid having any meeting, avoid cng d eyes which would sink her
to another world, avoid going back to that world, Her mind was advicing her to
be strong, have guts and be self confident enough to face ne kind of situation.
Finally morning came,
and it was decided!
She came out from the
wash room, fresh and confident. As
usual she bend down, giving a small peck
on the cute innocent little creature sleeping peacefully on the soft kurl-on
mattress, not be4 making sure he doesn't wakes up.
"I love you, my baby."
Khandelwal couldn't manage having a sound sleep. For he, too was juggling
between his mind and heart – former saying Khanak Khandelwal wouldn't come, the
latter saying she still can never avoid him.
The phone rang.
"Mr. Khandelwal, Good
morning and u would be happy to learn that Miss Khanak has agreed for the
"What? R u sure?..i ..i
mean dats awesome!"
Excited, he rose up
from the bed.
So, d mind won in one
case, while d heart won for other.
As decided, Khanak was to give the presentation at Shan's
At the meeting,
While all pair of eyes were fixed on the
projector scanning the each and every slide, ears fixed on d explainations
given, only one pair of eyes are actually fixed on something else, scanning
each and every part of dat face, which had and still makes him go weak on his
knees, His ears closed and only eyes
doing their job.
Staring at Khanak, Shan
never knew when when d presentation got over.
Thankfully his deed was not noticed, except for Khanak, who could
intercept from the beginning abt Shan's looks.
As the meeting got
over, every1 left the hall, including
As she opened the door,
was about to go, she was pulled back.
Be4 she could realize, the pair of hands had pinned her to the wall,
engulfing her, yet making sure to not touch her.
Scared, she closed her
eyes, not wanting to meet his eyes.
With a mischievous
grin, Shan brought his face closer, finger gently tucking the one strand of
hair, behind her ears, lips moving closer to her ears, whispering in a low
"Thank U for filling up
my room with your fragrance!"
Saying so, he left
away, not be4 giving a small peck on d ears.
She opened her eyes ,
shocked, stunned and irked!