was around four in the evening. Bhupat rai was sitting in the hall
holding a newspaper. There was silence in the mansion. Niveditha walked
in with a tray of tea. Soon they were joined by Yashodhara and Chanchal.
'bus beta' said bhupat as Niveditha handed him tea.
'Sidharth, aa gaye thum. aao meray paas baito' said Bhupat as he saw sidharth entering into the house.
'kuch pareshan lag rahe ho'
Dada saheb. Abhi managers kay saath meeting main tha aur pata chala hai
ki koi nayi company nay bhi tender ke liye sign kiya hai' Said Sidharth
tho ismay ghabranay ki kya baat hai. Business main tho ye hotha rehtha
hai. Jo aaj ek badi machli hai voh kab kisi aur ka shikar ban jaye pata
nahi chaltha. Lekin thumnay tho apni taraf sey sari tayariyan ki hui
hai,- said Bhupat
dadaji ye baat nahi hai. Unka business main ana bari baat nahi, lekin
ithnay baray tender ke liye compete kerna aur voh bhi ithni jaldi? suna
hai unki company ko establish hue kuch ghantay hue hain' said Sidharth
'acha? hmmm lekin ye kaise ho saktha hai?'
saktha hai dadaji. State government nay rule banayi hai ki koi nayi
company agar tender ke liye estimate dena chahe tho voh de sakthi hai,
agar unkay paas recomendation ho tho kisi already established compnay
sey. Iskta matlab ye hua ki, inko bhi recomendation mili hai' said
'aur kal estimate denay ka akhiri din hai' he continued
looked at sidharth and she noticed that he was looking at the door. She
turned around and saw viren standing and staring at Sidharth.
'aao viren' said Chanchal
Viren walked towards him slowly and stood besides chanchal still glaring at Sidharth
'kya naam bataya thumnay us nayi company ka' asked Dadaji
'Nikesha Industries' said Sidharth
smiled at the mention of the name. She looked around and saw that
everyone was paying attention to Sidharth and dadaji's conversation but
when her eyes stopped on Viren she noticed them glaring at her.
Niveditha shook her head slightly and left towards her room.
she entered her room she found her briefcase opened and all the papers
scattered around the bed. She hurried towards it and started gathering
'Nikesha Industries. Ye thumhara hai na' said Viren
He was standing at the door and staring at niveditha intensely
Niveditha remained silent and continued picking her papers one by one and placing htem back in the brief case
'Isiliye thum gayi thi. Apani ye nayi company ki register kervanay' said Viren taking a step closer towards her
abh Sood industries kay saat thumhari ye company bhi tender ke liye
compete karegi. Hai na'? he said as he continued to move forward
Niveditha took her closed briefcase and proceeded towards the closet
'Main thumsey kuch puch raha hun. Jawab do' said Viren with anger flooding in his voice
Niveditha looked at viren and started to go out of the room
'Mujhe jawab do!' he asked grabbing her shoulders
'Han meri hi company hai. Tho?' said niveditah calmly
'Thum aisa kiyun ker rahi ho?' he asked
'thumhay issye kya?
'main jo merzi karun. Use puchnay walay thum kon ho?' - she asked
'waise main thumhay bata sakthi hun. Kiyunki thumhay bata ker ...mera bhi...ek faida hoga' she said
Viren continued staring at her. Waitng...
thumhay kal pata hi chal jayega, lekin, chalo main bata deti hun. Han
Ye company maine shuru ki hai Taki main voh tender haasil kerlun' she
'thumhay aisa kernay ki kya zaroorat hai. Ghar kay kamon main abh dil nahi lag raha kya?' mocked viren
'kisey kahan dil lag jaye ye tho anay wala kal hi batayega' said Niveditha
han , Ek aur baat. Mujhe pata hai ki thum is baray main chahker bhi
apnay ghar walon ko kuch nahi bata sakthay. kiyunki unsey thum naraaz
ho... hain na?
aur agar keh bhi do , tho thumper bharosa kernay walay tho voh hai nahi' She said Laughing
She could see the vein on Viren's forehead pulse rapidly.
'Matlab kya hai thumhara' asked Viren
'ye baar baar matlab puch ker mera waqt nahi zaya karo. Jab samjanay ka waqt aayega, halaat khud ba khud thumhay samjha dengay'
' Sidharth kya hua? kya bana contract ka?' asked Dadaji.
was the next evening. Twenty four hours had passed. Viren had tried to
gain some sleep but all he could see was Niveditha. Her innocent face
slightly obscured by the strands of her hair. He had the sudden urge to move them away but he controlled himself from getting closer to her.
'Is she really the same Niveditha?' he asked himself 'and why is he so concerned about her?'
'Dada Saheb humaay voh contract nahi mila. Nikesha Industries ko mila hai' said Sidharth his voice low and depressed
'Koi baat nahi beta-'
dadaji ismay humara kafi nuksaan hai. Clients ko faraq padtha hai.
Mujhe samaj nahi aa raha ki ye sabh ho kaise gaya. Humaray estimate ko
koi beat nahi ker saktha ' said Sidharth worried.
Viren who had been waiting for such a news all day hurried off towards his room and found Niveditha talking on her phone
'Han thumhay bhi mubarak ho. HUmari pehli jeeth'
'nahi. Ghar per kisi ko nahi pata. Han Viren ko pata chal gaya hai.'
'fikr nahi karo voh kuchnahi saktha. Na mera Na thumhara'
'Thum bas dusray vaar ki tayyari karo'
'teekh hai. Bye'
Niveditah turned around and looked at Viren.
'Pehli jeeth? dusra vaar?' he asked
'Acha thum chup ker meri batay sun rahe ho? Bad manners' said nIveditha mockingly
'Excuse me mujhe kahin jana hai' she said
'Ye kon tha phone per?' asked Viren
Viren looked at her shrewdly