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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 1:24am | IP Logged
Thanks Sonali, Purvi, Saaaz, Ramani, Ujjwala, Sana!!! Hugggs!!!
 
Ok guys i hv written a part  which I wanted to unload now, where Shaan talks to his Dad!WinkSmile

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Well guys,
 
Here's a part which I wrote telling us some more abt Shaan, his views on his work, and his first more or less real man to man with Sunil abt you know who and his work! I've tried to think from both Sunil and Shaan's POV. Please read and see if you like it!Wink I certainly enjoyed writing it!
 
 
 
 

                                    Part 17 A- Shaan states his case

 

 
 
SCORE!

 

Shiela (Shaan's secretary,) said out loud. She had been keeping rhythm with her boss' steady pacing and he had just made it to a hundred in 15 minutes. At this rate the carpet would need replacing soon, she thought making a check list in her mind, or else she would be. It had been tough but she had managed to make it through to this day. She had done this by doing her job and keeping out of his way. His absent mindedness had not helped much, it becoming her prerogative to find excuses for his sudden disappearance acts and his 'devil may care' attitude to important clients. He frequently skipped important meetings after accepting the calls, then when asked would say that he had other more important things to do than attend silly chat clubs.

 

She admired him for being completely out of the norm. Despite his offbeat habits he had already gained a foothold in the market. He had established a name for himself separate from his father and brother as a thinking man's architect, who designed buildings keeping several aspects in mind including aesthetics, the ecology, environment and most of all sustainability. All his buildings used at least 50% solar power and recycled rain water. He had also been working on using locally available materials and was willing to accept all kinds of jobs. There was nothing too big or small for him.

 

His father had let his youngest son contract out his services solely in the role of an architect and had not insisted on building those designs. This had broadened their presence in the business and more and more people including the government had started to seek out Shantanu Khandelwal's expertise. Shiela was smart enough to realize that he had become a major asset to his father's business and that he very well knew it. He could probably call the shots if he wished but being his father's obedient son he had not done that as of yet. He just would show his defiance now and then by doing things his own way and not toeing the line of tradition as he had done earlier today by missing out on the weekly am meeting headed by his father, which his brother had never missed in all his 10 years of working in the company.

 

But Shantanu Khandelwal was Shantanu Khandelwal!  A man who made his own rules and lived by them alone. A mystery, an alluring enigma'She thought dreamily as she counted rotation #106, his handsome head visible above the wood paneling, lost deep in thought.

 

But one whose heart was already taken, as he had made very clear in his interview.

 

She sighed with disappointment and waited for an opportunity to interrupt him, there was a lot of work to do.

 

 

                                       ~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

 

It had been exactly 3 days since Shaan's last tryst with Khanak when he had practically told her that they would be engaged and wed in a week! And here he was, yet to take it up with his father, the Almighty Sunil Khandelwal, lord and master of everything that he surveyed.

 

 

Hell! (Banging his fist on the table,) People usually hesitated in talking to their future parents ' in- law, but here I am shying away from approaching my own father! (He knew that the news would probably not be to the Great Man's liking but he had to get it out in the open.) I don't care if he blesses our union or not. My mind's  already made up and there is no going back, come what may!

 

Shaan nodded and rang for his secretary. Shiela found him standing and staring out at the panoramic ocean view, his hands in his pockets, his lean back facing her, a standard pose which he took whenever he wanted to talk on a serious issue, but she had no clue as to what it was.

 

Can you call Mr Khandelwal's office and arrange a meeting with him for say about 1 O'clock this afternoon? He said glancing at his watch.

He always called his father Mr Khandelwal , not Dad or father, whereas his brother was just Akshay. She wondered if it was his American education but dismissed the thought, for all the Americans they dealt with always insisted on addressing her by her first name, a policy which they believed put people at ease. No there was some different reason, some unspoken distance between father and son.

 

But sir! You could just walk in, why a formal appointment!

 

Ms. Shiela, I know what I'm doing and I don't need any pointers here. Please do what I say without asking any questions. He did not look away from the window.

 

Will do sir. (she turned to leave and then paused remembering) This morning's meeting sir, which you forgot to attend, on the naming of the new resort casino. You father was very disappointed when he didn't see you there. I thought that you may want to know.

 

He turned around, his face stern, Thanks for the FYI, but no thanks! It's just BS! Why the hurry in finding a name for a place which is yet to get on the design board? There's not even a site in the horizon yet, and I can't start with my plans without knowing the location, views etc. (He shook his head.) Buildings, buildings and the business of construction, that's the only thing he cares about! What about building lives, the foundation of a solid family? (Pensively.) But why am I talking to you about this? You may go Ms Shiela, please let me know when you've made the appointment (He turned away dismissing her.)

 

Looks like he wants to discuss his marriage.(She sighed again.)There goes the most eligible bachelor in Mumbai!

 

 

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In his massive office, Sunil Khandelwal sat preparing a company report for the upcoming quarterly shareholders meeting. Though he could designate this task to any of his very able staff, he was very particular about doing this himself. Being always hands on and keenly involved in the day to day running of his company had been one of the principle reasons of his success. Everybody knew that nobody could fool Sunil Khandelwal and there were very few who could survive against him. So people instead chose to join forces with him and keep him on their side.

 

There was a knock and Shaan peeped around the door.

 

Can I come in?

 

Sunil looked up from his work and smiled broadly at his son waving him in.

 

Come in, come in! I don't understand you young folks nowadays! All this formality to talk to their own father and on the other hand absent from an important meeting without even a courtesy call!

 

I'm sorry about that Dad! I guess I should have called, come to think of it. But as you probably know by now that I am not interested in frills and fancy stuff. I care about substance, and the soul. And I don't like to count my eggs before they are hatched!( wryly)

 

You are absolutely right my son! And I appreciate knowing your POV. But I've learnt my lesson the hard way. Sometimes you have to take a gamble and place the stakes high if you want to win. I mean if you are hungry enough! (Cryptic)

 

Dad! (Shaking his head) But I'm just a simple guy, I play straight and let my work do the talking for me. Nobody needs to strain any grey cells here! ( laughing)

 

Alright son, you'll learn with time! Now I don't want you to waste any more of your half an hour!  Any new ideas for expansion, some big deal around the corner? Sunil said smiling indulgently.

 

Wow Dad! Idea for Expansion yes, but not the way you think.

 

Then? Sunil raised his eyebrows, curious.

 

(Taking a deep breath) What I'm going to say now may make you happy and not so happy at the same time. Shaan hesitated.

I want to get married. He looked anxiously at this father for his reaction.

 

What? The confirmed bachelor getting married! That's the best news I've heard in a long time! It's time to celebrate! So Khushboo finally was able to persuade you, is it somebody we know? Is it Krishnakant Sharma's daughter? The one you danced with at your comeback party? Say yes! This marriage will mean a great deal to us. I've always wanted to buy KK's company out but now I wouldn't have to. His daughter will bring all the goods with her! Yes, that's like my son! Sunil was already building castles in the air.

 

Well, it's not really as you think! Don't get me wrong, I wish Mr. Sharma's daughter all the best; she will make some lucky man happy! But I don't like to mix personal life with business, too complicated! (enigmatic)

 

Then who is it son?

 

It's someone you know, and I think like as well' It's Khanak , Dr. Khanak Agarwal. Shaan sighed with relief, a huge burden off his chest.

 

What?! (In disbelief) Dr. Agarwal? But'you must be kidding me son! When, how?

 

I'm not kidding Dad, I 'm quite serious about this.

 

But'!

 

Sunil then recalled the scenes from Megha's B'day, the pretty doctor's unexpected arrival, her bonding with the family, Shaan having eyes for no one else, then his driving her home despite Dharam being there and available.

 

But I thought that it was perhaps just an infatuation, which would pass. (Still with some hope)

 

Dad! (Laughing loud,) Now you are kidding me! Nope, this is the real thing. She IS your future daughter-in- law!

 

Does she know? Sunil saw his house of cards come crashing down around him.

 

Of course she does! Didn't I tell you that I play straight? She knows, her parents know, everything's hunky dory! Shaan said confidently.

 

Her parents? What kind of people are they?

 

Just regular people, Dad works in a bank, Mom's a housewife devoted to her 2 daughers, a younger sister who is still working on getting educated. Overall a warm loving uncomplicated family, perfect for me in every sense and I have a feeling that they already like me a lot!

 

You are a fast worker! Sunil looked sharply at him.

 

Well, I don't believe in wasting time when it's quite clear what we both want. And we are not growing any younger; don't you want some cousins for Megha?

 

Shaan was charming, hard to refuse, but Sunil tried.

 

Do you think she would be able to carry out the responsibilities of a Khandelwal bahu? You know she and Khushboo are as different as night and day.

 

Like chalk and cheese, yes! But you don't make sense, Dad! She's beautiful, educated, a brilliant young doctor for crying out loud! I want someone who I can talk to, make decisions with, I want my marriage to be an equal partnership and not a one sided affair like, like yours and Mom's or for that matter Akshay bros! Shaan was losing his patience.

 

Shaan! You are overstepping your boundaries! (But there was a ring of truth in what his son had said.)

 

Dad! As I said, I don't mince around with words! Khanak will not be like Khushboo bhabhi, no offence! Nor will she be like any other upstart socialite! She will be what she is and that's why I love her! Yes, I do and I have already given her my word and I won't go back on it, no matter what you say!  He stood up, in frustration.

 

This is just an FYI, I'm not asking for your permission, though it'll be for the best! This is the most important decision of my life and I've already made it!

 

Then what's this charade of asking me? You could just go ahead! (Sunil shrugged)

 

Well, I wanted to follow certain traditions and norms. I don't want people to point fingers and waggle their tongues.

 

(Then forcing himself to calm down) Dad, I respect you and Mom tremendously and I am sure you will soon love Khanak as much as I do, once you get to know her better. Please say yes and make me happy! (Cajoling)

 

I need time! (Sunil's mind was racing.)

 

Alright, then till tonight or at the latest tomorrow morning. Enough time to discuss with mom, for Dadi ma has already given her okay! Bless her, maybe you should talk! Shaan smiled.

 

Alright son, till tomorrow then. (Maybe Mads will refuse.)

 

Shaan nodded and walked out leaving Sunil wondering why he had spoilt him so much.

 

 

                                          ~~~~~~

 

Children, they grow up so soon'

 

When they are young

You guide them

When they are older

They guide youConfused

 

Comments please and no escaping this time!!WinkSmile 

 

 


Edited by simiv - 11 May 2011 at 3:06am

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 2:12am | IP Logged
Wow !!!
 
Loved it !!!
 
OK I should agree that this is a different Sunil i see here !!!
 
Interesting !!!
 
Oh and the secretary POV was too good !!!
 
Shaan was very strong in his point .. no ifs and but s !!!!
 
Continue soon !!!

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 2:15am | IP Logged
loved d update & i m glad shaan wnt  take back his words & he vl stick 2 wt he said 2 khanak & her family no matter sunil agrees 2 it or nt...pls continue soon


Edited by shiksha_03 - 10 May 2011 at 2:42am

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 2:15am | IP Logged
Originally posted by priya_cool_123

Wow !!!
 
Loved it !!!
 
OK I should agree that this is a different Sunil i see here !!!
 
Interesting !!!
 
Oh and the secretary POV was too good !!!
 
Shaan was very strong in his point .. no ifs and but s !!!!
 
Continue soon !!!
 
Thanks!!Smile 
 
Sunil has been too quiet all along.
 

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 2:33am | IP Logged
wow simi di loved the update
and you are right about this

When they are young

You guide them

When they are older

They guide youConfused

 



Edited by purvi08 - 10 May 2011 at 2:32am

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 2:35am | IP Logged
Originally posted by purvi08

wow simi di loved the update
and you are right about this

When they are young

You guide them

When they are older

They guide youConfused

 

LOL thanks dear, you got it!

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Posted: 10 May 2011 at 3:06am | IP Logged
Jus wen i thought dis Shaan is definitely going out of his way he is bck with a bang..UPSTRAIGHT and Self Righteous r the Words dat cmes to my mind...loved the father son convo... Infact i hv luved dem in show as well especially during the preconfession days..kuch aur hi baat thi...smethng rly diff frm odr shows airing at dat tym..hmmm ...i'll stop here..orelse i'll go on nd on...will be eagerly waiting di...it won't be a smooth ride for both i guess!

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