enough..chupchap have ur lunch"
Khanak was having a tough
time running after little Aan to feed him as the latter was rather more
interested in navigating the whole room.
"Khanak! Y r u shouting
She turns around. Its
Meghna, who has just came back from her boutique.
"Arey I have to go to
finish off some work and go to site visit and my little brat is hell bent on
"site visit? U mean the
Shantanu Khandelwal wala project?"
Meghna asked with a teasing tone.
"yeah wahi. Baap bete ne milke mere naak mein dum karke
rakha hai. I must have done something wrong to them in my previous birth , that
they are torturing me to this level" Khanak said with mock anger.
Meghna couldn't help
laugh at Khanak's childish comment.
"don't worry, you carry
on your work. I'll feed him."
Saying so, Meghna
carries the rather reluctant Ahaan to the living room.
to do work..tab tak we wil enjoy , bade wale room mein"
After sometime, the
bell rings. Its Ansh.
"Hey Ansh! Aaj college
"na..i bunked off"
" but Anya has gone to
"yeah I know..I …just
came for Ahaan..whats he doing?"
His eyes were rather
searching for something or some1 else.
hai..here" Meghna gestures towards the
toddler, guessing whom Ansh was actually searching.
"u are searching for
" no..woh main…I came
to play with Ahan"
He manages to lie, but
Meghna could guess.
"well then I hope you
can take care of Ahan..i got some work to finish"
Meghna walks away from
the living room, thrusting upon Ahaan's responsibility upon Ansh.
" finished off ur
" yeah kinda..i wish
there was some1 who could type for me"
" well ur wish granted
honey..there is indeed some1 at ur service"
"matlab?" Khanak twitched her eyebrows with bemused
" hmm..ur fan no1, ur
admirer is there at the hall"
"u mean Ansh?"
"yup" Meghna said with a wink.
" arrey he can indeed
be a help to you"
made Khanak think about handing d task to Ansh and she indeed agreed.
"Aan, chalo time to
take nap" Khanak came out of her
room, hearing little Aan's wails as
Meghna tried hard to calm him down.
She could sense a pair of eyes following her. It was Ansh , who was perhaps doing multi
task – typing the report as well as focusing his gaze on Khanak. Such was her
personality, no1 could stop admiring her.
"so, howz d work
going?" Khanak's gestures towards d
lappy, making Ansh baffled as he feels
embarrassed caught in his deed.
"umm..yaa..btw Mam, can
I ask you a question?"
" Is Ahaan a symbol of
love between you and his father"
She was shocked at this
sudden question, so was Meghna , as they looked at each other.
"aah..what made you ask
this question?" Meghna kinda reprimanded
"No..no, don't get me
wrong, I just wanted to ask if Khanak
mam ever felt in love, I mean experienced love"
"yup..i felt, I
experienced, I lived it." Khanak was lost in her thoughts, saying so.
" but I don't get it,
how can v ever know if d person we love, also loves us?"
" well, if you realize
d person gives you the most importance in his/her life, you can be kinda sure
he/she loves you"
"Really! Does dat means
the reverse is also true"
Khanak gets amused as Ansh
suddenly gets up in excitement.
The following day, at
the college Canteen
"Finally! Got u here"
Ansh thinks to himself
as he finally spots Anya in the canteen, surrounded by many others. He could guess the reason.
And, he was right. There was indeed a bragging session going on
"U won't believe guys, he
is so funny and charming"
"wow! Ani! U are one
lucky girl" One of d girl exclaims.
"yup! Dat I am. May be am not just a fan, rather some1 sp for
It din took much for
Ansh to realize she was actually bragging and flaunting abt her so called
friendship with Shantanu Khandelwal.
Anya was going on and
on and din realized when a hand came pat on her shoulder.
Startled, she turns
"Oh! Ansh! Finally! U r
"yup, thought of paying
"Really! Guys! Look!
Our prince has atlast remembered he is a part of d college, of d grp"
Anya said in a mock
"aah..Aani babe, I
think you 'l find it hard to believe, but all this while I have been struggling
to get u a surprise and finally here it is"
me" Anya exclaimed in excitement
"yup, and here it
is" Ansh handed over a large envelope to
Anya as many pair of eyes hovered upon d envelope in excitement.
"Oh My Freaking
God!" Anya exclaimed opening the
envelope, on seeing a pic of none other than Shantanu Khandelwal.
Then a couple more..
"Wow! Now dats a
surprise. He send it for me?"
"No babe, this is mine"
"Aww! How sweet of you" Anya couldn't stop herself from pulling his
"arey, just have a look
at the rest of d pics"
Excitedly, she quickly
takes out one more photo, but..
"What the hell is dis?"
Anya is shocked as be4
is a pic of Shantanu Khandelwal wid a girl, none other than Khanak!
Her jaws drop as she
gets to see some more.
"What rubbish is dis
Ansh? Dis is what u have been doing? Photoshopping?"
"aww, honey, I wish I
was so talented, but am not"
"dis was a really worst
" well, but thought u
shld know abt ur special friend"
By now many had
gathered, only to have a scan of d pics.
"Hey! Those are damn
"They are quite close I
guess, d pics look so cozy"
"I think I saw dem
hugging each other at ..
Anya looks much more
shocked at d sudden revelation.
"what rubbish, stop
cooking up stories"
"hello, its you have
been doin dat. I saw dem with ma own eyes"
The girl gave it back to Anya.
"My bro even saw dem
coming out of a hotel early morning"
"ooh! Now dats must be
some thing goin on"
"Hey Ani! R u sure he
likes u or is he two timing wid u?"
"Or may be its just her
"Poor u Anya"
It was enough. Anya
couldn't take it anymore as words came piercing from each and every mouth, as
she became a laughing stock in the canteen, in d college.
She had no other option
than to run away.
"Anya! Tum yahan, itni
Meghna exclaimed in
surprise, seeing Anya suddenly at d door.
But there is no
response. Rather she just flings d bag
on the table and thrashes on d sofa, stretching out her legs, switching on d TV.
"Aahm..Anya, I think
you shld freshen yourself"
There is still no
response, rather all Meghna could hear was d loud sound of d idiot box.
"Anya, I think I asked
"oops..sry bhabi, but I
think I don't have to answer for each and every thing I do"
" Anya! Yeh kaisa jawab
" kyun? Even ur
question wasn't worth..I mean y shld I be only accountable in dis house?"
"whats wrong wid you?"
"yaa babhi, everything
is wrong wid me only. Only I am compelled to reason for each and everything I
do. Baki kisi pe toh koi rules hi nahi hai"
"dekho Anya, u r Anay's little sister and he has
responsibility towards you, but then he loves you too."
"Really! That's y he
never spares a chance to lash at me, even slap me"
"us din galti tumhari
"oh come on bhabhi! I
am not responsible for some1 else's child when d person is actually enjoying
herself, getting cozy wid random men, having affairs."
" What rubbish? How
dare you say such things about Khanak?" Meghna got furious.
" Shocked haan? But
aaplog toh mera yakeen nahi karoge. After all she is ur darling, free to do
anything she likes and I am a damn caged bird in my own house"
"shut up Anya! Pata
nahi kyun tum yeh bakwaas kar rahi ho"
"becoz I have proof"
Meghna gets baffled and
amused as she sees d photos.
"Just have a look at
"Please bhabhi, don't
try to defend her. Aapko pata hai how shattered I am"
Meghna was in a
dilemma. She couldn't think of an answer to shut Anya as she was going on and
" Damn it Bhabhi, still
u don't get even 1% angry at that b***"
"Anya! Mind ur
"of course I won't. She
is a w****** who am damn sure doesn't even remembers who fathered her illegitimate
"Anya!" Meghna raised her hand, but stopped.
"kyun? Uthao hath, slap
me..u don't get angry at her, but at me..u don't even believe dis damn piece of
Angrily she throws off
a pic in the air, which coincidently lands at some1's feet.
Khanak was on her way
to the kitchen, to sterilize Ahan's bottle as suddenly she feels something at
She bends, picks it
up. Looks at it, she is shocked. It was a pic of hers and Shantanu, just days
after their wedding.
She gets further
nostalgic, as she goes near the table,
sees other pics. Oblivious of the
commotion around her, of d arguments, her eyes are just fixed at the pics. They were not mere photographs, rather
beautiful memories, Shantanu and Khanak's love which was now captured.
However Meghna could
sense Khanak's presence.
Aan slept?" Meghna's question brings
Khanak a bit out of her trance.
" who got these pics"
bhabhi. Y don't u ask her directly about
"where did u got the
pics from?" Khanak questioned Anya.
" dats not d big deal.
Point is how did these pics arised? What are you doing in these pics? Dis is ur
Meghna's jaw dropped
cng Anya daring to speak in such a tone.
She is about to reprimand Anya, but Khanak stops her.
" This was a dream,
which i illusioned to be reality and then when it broke, d pieces are still
piercing thru my heart."
Anya is bewildered at
Khanak's reply. Be4 she could say
anything, Khanak walked away.
"Khanak sunto.." Meghna couldn't stop Khanak.
" dekha bhabhi, how she
easily shrugged off everything"
" oh shut up Anya! U
want to know the truth?"
" u saw d pics right?
Have a look carefully"
Meghna pointed to
something as Anya looked on with curiosity.
" u know whats dis on
Khanak's forehead, in d partition?"
Anya looked at it
" dats sindoor"
" u know when a girl
puts it up? "
" when she gets
married, but y r u asking me?"
" thing is Anya, d
person with whom you are accusing Khanak of having an affair, is actually her
husband, who is the legitimate father of d child whom you accused of being
Anya is shocked,
stunned at the revelation. She is speechless knowing d truth.
"par bhabhi, how can
any1 leave some1 like Shantanu Khandelwal? I mean whole world is just crazy
Meghna had no other
option than to reveal everything, she knew, to Anya
Khanak is silently
cajoling little Ahaan as tears flow from her eyes, her heart still pondering at
the memories, mind playing each and every moment which was captured in the
There is a knock at the
" yeah, come in"
Khanak gets up from the
bed seeing Anya.
" I am so sorry for
whatever I said..I am such a jerk"
" aah! Its okay"
" No Khanak..I am so
selfish. Bina jane, I accused you of so
many things and am..just resp for ur tears."
" ah come on dear, u
are not at all responsible for my tears. Who toh main bas aise hi.." Khanak quickly wipes away her tear.
" galti toh Shantanu
Khandelwal ki hai, who never leaves a chance to make me cry"
" u love him a lot na.
He loved you too. Phir y did u left him?"
" whole world was more
important to him, poore duniya ke pyar mein my love got suppressed somewhere, I
had no other option than to leave him to the world."
Anya could see tears in
"Neways, leave it.
Go and enjoy yourself"
"Kya main aapko di bula
"of course, u have
always been a sister for me"
Khanak gently ruffles
Anya's hair as the latter leaves after giving a slight hug.
Its almost 7 in the
evening. The whole office was almost vacant, except for a room at the 3rd
floor where Shantanu Khandelwal was busy doing some paper work.
Suddenly the door gets
Before he could
realize, he is suddenly bombarded with
" Mr Shantanu
Khandelwal! I guess you din expected me
" Be my guest" He gestured towards the seat.
" oh cut the crap, I
have no interest. U know what dat day
you refused to gimme any personal inw right, but today you are not going to
give any excuse. So, just tell me, who
the hell gave you the right to include me in your personal life?"
" really? I never knew?" He gave a sarcastic reply to Anya's question
" oh please, don't try
to act smart. You deliberately befriended me, out of all ur fans, u accepted my frnds req, u
made me think as if I am some1 special in your life. Damn it!. I thought you are a flirt, but in reality,
you are a philander!"
" Excuse me!" Till now Shan was sitting relaxed, but the
accusation made him sit upright.
" ofcourse, some1 who
only knows how to use girls for his selfish interests and then throw them out,
just like you did with Khanak."
" WHAT?? kya..kya kaha
Anya got startled as
Shantanu suddenly rose out of his chair.
young brat, you are just one of the crazy fans for me, no1 imp. 2ndly, how dare
you get the audacity to enter my room without my permission and have the guts
to hurl baseless accusations at me"
He was furious.
" don't try to shout at
me. Meghna bhabhi told me everything.
Khanak loves you so much and you broke her trust, maligned her love, just for
this stupid world? U chose fame at the
expense of your love? U are such a selfish man"
He looks at Anya
" sab jhooth hai.
Nothing is true"
" I din just loved
Khanak, I worshipped her. The world wasn't imp for me, she was and is still my
world. But for Khanak, her values, her principals were imp than our love."
She looks at him
bemused as he continues.
" u accused me of being
selfish, yes I am. I am selfish, I am
greedy for love, for a normal happy life with my wife and my kid. Yes I befriended you deliberately, becoz you
are my only way to get to Khanak."
" You din cared about
my emotions?" Anya asked in shock.
" No! U know what when
Shantanu Khandelwal was just Shan, he was selfish, stubborn. He was adamant about having a career in Entertainment
Industry, he din cared about the world, his father and look where I am now!"
There was confidence
and pride in his voice. But his voice mellowed down as he continued.
" I was Shan – d selfish
brat who was adamant about getting the girl he loved, in his life and seldom
cared about his family reputation and abt the girl whom he left at marriage. He
got his love , the happiest days of his life. But…… love made him weak, Shan ko
Shantanu bana diya, who cared about others more than himself. Who was stupid enough to care for others, just
to be tagged as a worst husband, a worst son and a worst son."
" I am so sorry."
Shan shrugged Anya off
as she tried to place her hand on his shoulder.
" don't u try to show
" You think Khanak will
come back to you."
" She has to. Even
God cannot writeoff my love. Aajtak Shan ne jo bhi chaha, woh usne hasil
kiya. This time would be d same, even if its at the expense of any1's emotions."
"U really have no
regrets? I really felt for you"
" well dear, my life, my world revolves only around
Khanak, my love. You are free to do whatever you want, hate Shan and just stay
in your life"
She had no other option
than to walk back as she could see no remorse in his eyes, but only rage and
Shan din knew how time
passed by and he felt asleep on the chair, his mind going back to everything which
happened since past 3-4 years.
" Crap! Its already 9!
I slept for two hours?"
everything, he came out of the office.
Near the gate, he was
about to call his driver, when suddenly….
A car came to a screeching
halt, just a mile ahead of Shan.
"woah! Have a look!" Shan jerked back.
A young lad came out of
the car. After racking his brain, Shan still couldn't remember his
identity. Shan looked at the guy
bewildered as he advanced 2wards him.
" You came to meet me?"
In a second, there was
no1 in front of Shan. He was surprised, looked here and there, there was no1
except the car. Suddenly he felt something at his foot. He looked down.
"woah! What r u doing?" He stepped back seeing the lad fall flat on
" I am touching your
feet sir. Aap mahan insaan ho, devta ho,
mere bhagwan ho"
Shan was amused.
" but do I know you?"
" oh! Aapke is bhakt ka
naam Ansh hai, remember the guy who was Anya's friend"
" oh! Yeah, d one who
came to give d presentation."
" yes sir"
" but what are you
thanking me for?"
" for doing something in just 10 minutes which I couldn't do in 10
Shan looks at him
" One second" Ansh goes back and returns in a minute with a
girl by his side. Its Anya.
" You know her sir?"
" yes she is.."
" Anya! Ansh ki
girlfriend" Ansh proudly gave a side hug
to Anya as the latter blushed.
" oh dats great!
Congrats" Shan extended his hand
" Nope! You deserve a
hug sir" Ansh gave a hug as Shan patted
him on his shoulder.
" Aajse aap mere bade
bhaiya and Anya pair chuo jethji ke"
" Arey No." Shan steps back amused as Anya actually bends
down to obey Ansh's orders.
" I am actually sorry
for whatever I said to you"
" hey no..don't be
ever. Agar apne meri ankhein na khola hota, I would have never realized the
importance of love. You are truly an
inspiration. I truly admire you for your honesty and believe u deserve each and
every happiness. You deserve back your love, ur Khanak."
Shan gets touched with
" I am overwhelmed and I
hope my love again succeeds with your wishes"
" Not only wishes sir,
me and Anya will hereby always support you, be with you in ur struggle, to get
back your love"
" are you sure?"
" ofcourse sir, aajse u
are not alone. Me and Anya are with you. Together we will help you win back
your wife and child."
" Thanks guys" Shan gives a side hug to both
" And hereby starts our
mission – Shanak!" Ansh declares as Shan
looks at him amused
" yes sir. Shantanu and
Khanak together – Shanak"
" Not bad. I like it."
Note: well, by now, you guys might be reprimanding me for no Shanak, but i promise from next updates, it would be cute Shanak scenes and if any1 interested, he/she can send me suggestions about few ideas or gestures which Shan would do, to impress Khanak.