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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 8:41pm | IP Logged

Part LIX


Maan's business was progressing well. Maan had taken a loan for Rs.1.4 crore for undertaking some renovation work at the hotel. Geet's settlement money came in handy for obtaining the loan. With the face lift to the exteriors of the hotel coupled with the marked improvement in services after Maan's takeover, the hotel soon started attracting more and more guests. Mr.Mulchandani, the businessman from Jaipur had been very impressed with the improvements during his last visit to the hotel and had promised to recommend it to all his business associates. When Maan tried to thank him he told him that he was not doing him any favour and was only promoting what was good. He said that Maan does not need any recommendation as what he has done to the place spoke volumes of his hard work and perseverance. The occupancy rate at his hotel increased by the day and soon the hotel was running to near full capacity even during off season times, as opposed to the 50-60 per cent occupancy rate when Maan had taken charge of the hotel.  The increased volumes translated into higher revenue and Maan was able to comfortably meet his repayment obligations and also pay good salaries to attract the best talent in the industry.

 


On the home front, he paid the advance for a two bedroom apartment which was very close to the chawl as Geet had wanted. They moved into their new home in the first week of February. Maan brought his baba back from Handa House into the new home. Baba was given his own bedroom. Their bedroom was right next to his so that they can attend to his needs at night. Baba's health showed marked improvement with the physiotherapy and speech therapy. He was able to say a few mono syllables which were decipherable. He was also able to stand up with help although he still could not walk. The doctors were amazed at his progress and ascribed it to his will power and the loving care of his family. They hoped that at this rate he should be able to return back to a near normal life. Pinky cited the example of her uncle to her father to encourage him to try moving from his immobile state. This along with the news of Pinky's pregnancy seemed to encourage Rajiv to put in more efforts. Although there was not much progress in his physical health he seemed more cheerful.  Pinky's mother-in-law was very happy that she would soon become a grandmother and took good care of her daughter-in-law inspite of her own problems with impaired vision. Luckily Pinky's pregnancy was relatively hassle free with no morning sickness and other associated discomfort.

 

 

On the evening of February 13th, Maan and Geet left for the Conference of the hoteliers in Bangalore which was to be held the next day. Although the Conference itself was only for a day, Maan had planned to spend an additional four days there with his wife. He had informed Anwesha and Rano of his plans and they assumed the responsibility of taking care of Baba in their absence. He had, however, not revealed his plans to Geet as he wanted this short honeymoon trip to be her surprise.    

 

They landed in Sameera's place that night. She was thrilled to see them and welcomed them in. Over dinner, they caught up with what was happening in each other's lives. Sameera told them that her company was taken over by another company but her job was secure as they let her continue as manager of the Bangalore unit. Sameera was very happy to note that Geet's singing career has taken off well and her album was doing brisk sales. Geet was getting lot of offers but she was being selective and is yet to sign any fresh contract. Sameera was happy to note that Maan's hotel was also doing well. She hoped that he will soon turn it around. They all said Amen to that.

 

The next morning Maan left for the conference which was held at the Oberoi Hotel.  The chief guest of the conference was the Tourism Minister from the Centre. During the interactive session in the afternoon, Maan suggested to the Minister that hoteliers and the tourism ministry need to work in closer co-ordination which will be of mutual benefit to both parties. Boosting the tourism industry will not only help in increasing their share in the country's income but will also create job opportunities for several people in the hospitality industry. However, the biggest hurdle in developing tourism is the lack of proper infrastructure in the form of road/rail connectivity and it is here that the Government needs to do more so that people have better access to the places of tourist interests.  He suggested that the pace of privatisation of state-run hotels should be increased so that the Government can concentrate on areas such as infrastructure development. Approach roads to the hotels also need to be properly maintained, for however much the hotels do in improving their services, if the roads leading up to their hotels are bad and riddled with pot holes, people may be discouraged to pick their hotels for stay. He also thanked the Government for instituting the National Tourism Awards which are presented to state governments, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organizations in recognition of their performances in their respective fields and also to encourage healthy competition with an aim to promote tourism. The Minister welcomed his suggestions and promised to do his best to promote greater co-operation between the various arms of Government both at the Centre and State Level to enable them to achieve their common objectives.

 

That evening the hotel had organised a Valentine's Day party for which the hoteliers were invited along with their spouses. Maan took Geet to attend the party.  Apart from the usual ballroom dances, they had a 'Made For Each Other' contest for the couples in which Maan and Geet took part.  Each couple was asked a set of questions about themselves and about their spouses to see how well they knew each other. These questions were posed to both partners separately when their spouses were not present in the room. Later the spouses were asked the same questions. The couple was awarded points if the answers matched. If for instance one of the partners says that his spouse likes the colour red and she too says she likes red, then they will get a point. On the other hand if she says that she likes blue, then the couple will get no points. The couple who had the maximum points was then given the award.


After this round of questions, the couple were asked questions about love and what do they like in their spouses.

What is love?

Maan: Love is a four letter word- GEET

Geet: Love is a four letter word - MAAN


What is it that you like most about your wife Mr.Khurana?


Maan: There is nothing I dislike about her. I love the entire package.  Her beauty, her love, her concern, her dedication, her simplicity, her talents, her intelligence, her wisdom, her courage to face everything, her willingness to adapt to her environment, her selflessness... the list is endless.


Do you mean to say she has no flaws?


Maan: Of course, she has. She is not God. But then I have my flaws too.  If you love someone you accept them in whole, not just a few of their qualities.


So what are her flaws?


Maan: To be frank, I really don't remember because they don't appear as flaws to me any more.


What about you Mrs.Khurana? What do you like about your husband?


Geet: Everything, I simply love the man. His high self-esteem, his determination, his large heartedness, his tenderness, his simplicity, his love, his devotion, his generosity, his honesty, his diligence, his compassion, his inability to hold a grudge,  his ability to forgive, his ability to make me feel so special and loved always, the respect he shows to elders....(she was panting by the end of it)  


Any Flaws?


Geet: Flaws? You mean like his short-temper, his moodiness, his impatience? Well, I also love him for them. They are part of his personality. I love my grumpy man because he can't hold on to his grumpiness for more than a few hours and he looks mighty cute when he is grumpy.  


If there is one wish you will be granted, what will you ask for?


Maan: Her happiness. For in her happiness lies mine.


Geet: His happiness. I don't see my happiness as different from his.

 

At the end of the rounds, the winners were announced and it wasn't a surprise that Maan and Geet won the trophy.  While accepting the trophy Maan was asked to say a few words.


He said, "Falling in love is easy. Staying and growing in love in the face of all adversities is the challenge of true love. I hope all couples here find true love like we have.  Once the seed of love is planted, one can't ignore it and expect it to grow on its own. The couple need to work hard in nurturing it and helping it grow into a healthy tree which will bear fruit. There are four things love can do without - L for lie, O for oppression, V for vindictiveness and E for Ego.  If these are removed from the relationship, there is nothing to stop it from becoming the strongest human bond."


Geet looked at her man with great pride as he took his seat by her side at the end of it.

 

That night Geet packed her clothes in her bag expecting to leave for Mumbai the next day. She asked Maan who had just come out of the shower what time was their flight and whether they can drop in on Amrita Aunty before they returned to Mumbai. Maan then revealed the surprise honeymoon he had planned for her. They will visit Amrita Aunty the following morning and go around Bangalore in the afternoon. The following day they will leave for Mysore and Madikkeri. After spending three days there they will go to Mangalore which was the nearest airport and take the flight back to Mumbai. He told her that he had packed her clothes for the four days in his bag since he wanted to surprise her. Hearing this Geet excitedly hugged and kissed him.   

 

The next day Maan and Geet accompanied Sameera to NIMHANS where her mother was being treated.  Amrita, who was very fond of Maan, recognised him immediately and smiled broadly at him. She, however, looked at Geet in confusion although she has seen her at the chawl on a couple of occasions before. Sameera had to gently remind her of who she is.

 

"Mama, this is Geet. Remember my friend from college? She has come to our house in Mumbai?"


Amrita gave her a faint smile but it was clear she still could not place her.


Sameera explained to her that Maan and Geet are married and have come to Bangalore on an official/personal visit.

 

Maan and Geet took her blessings. Maan then sat next to her and asked her how she was. Amrita told him that they were taking very good care of her at the hospital.  She liked the climate of the city too. Her only grievance was that she had not got an opportunity to move around much. She lamented that Sameera had promised to take her to Lal Bagh but did not have the time to do so as she was busy at work. Maan told her that he will gladly take her there if she wants. Amrita looked at Sameera expectantly. Sameera tried to tell her that they should not be troubling Maan who is on a honeymoon with his wife but Geet intervened and said that they would love to show her around. Sameera obtained the permission from the hospital to let Maan and Geet take Amrita out for the day and rushed to her factory as she was expecting the new boss to visit their unit in the afternoon.

 

Maan and Geet then took Amrita along with them to the Lal Bagh gardens. The botanical garden was a huge expanse of greenery where flora was at its best.  Amrita was excited to see all the colourful flowers. She tried to pluck a few but Geet gently restrained her, saying they were not allowed to do so.  Maan promised to get her fresh flowers from the florist on their way back to the hospital. Amrita seemed to be satisfied with that and they continued their tour of the gardens.


Suddenly Amrita stiffened seeing somebody. She then let go of Geet's hand and ran after a gentleman, calling out to him, "Monty, Monty....". The man was of six feet tall and well built with  a thick mop of hair with streaks of grey. He wore a grey suit. As he had his back to them, Maan and Geet could not see his face. The gentleman apparently did not hear her for he kept walking and went out of the gate where he was lost in the crowd. Maan ran behind Amrita and reached her before she too got lost. Tears were streaming down her eyes as she kept repeating she needs to find her Monty and tell him that she has been waiting for him all these years and ask him when he will come back to take her. Maan wiped her tears and placed his arms around her shoulder, loosely hugging her. He assured her that everything will be alright. They will try to find Monty but she needs to get back to the hospital as she has to be fit and fine when she meets him.  Amrita reluctantly let herself be taken back to the hospital. On the way, Maan dropped by at the florist and bought her a dozen white lilies, her favourite flower.  

 

During dinner that night, Maan informed Sameera about her mother's behaviour at the gardens. At the mention of the name Monty, Sameera knew her mother must have thought she had seen her father. She wonder whether her father was in the same city but did not know how she will find him if he was. Not wanting to burden them with her family problems, Sameera remained quiet. She told them that she felt exhausted and needed to hit the bed as early as possible. As Maan and Geet were to leave for Mysore early the following morning, she wished them all the best in advance for an exciting honeymoon, saying that she may not be awake when they leave.     

 

Lying on the bed, Sameera closed her eyes wearily. Why did all the unexpected things have to happen on the same day? First shock that she got that day was when she realised who her new boss is.  The name of the company should have rung a bell in her mind but somehow she did not make the association. From his expression it was clear he did not recollect who she was. He seemed to have changed a lot. His face was drawn, his lustreless eyes sunken and rimmed with dark circles which indicated he had not slept well for days, maybe even weeks. His shoulders were stooped. He sported a stubble which did not really suit him and he did not seem to care much about his appearance going by the creased suit he wore. He was a far cry from the smartly dressed person she had briefly seen all those months back. What was responsible for this transformation she wondered. They did not interact much as he had to leave for another meeting that day. She briefed him about the functioning of the unit and appraised him of the problems they were facing on the labour front. The trade union was strong and was creating problems about the long shifts the workers were subjected to in the recent months.  He wanted her to give him a detailed report about the number of days when the late shifts were operational and reasons for the same. He also asked her to arrange a meeting with the trade union leader the following day. She had to sit late to complete the report and was wondering how the man is going to face the hard-nosed trade union leader the next day.


As though the problems at work were not enough, she was made aware of her mother's strange behaviour at the gardens that afternoon. If it was indeed her father she had seen, her mother is not going to rest in peace till she is taken to him. Whatever progress was achieved in the last ten months would go down the drain. She just hoped that her mother would forget that day's encounter but she was not sure.  Still troubled by all these thoughts, she slipped into a restless sleep.


Continued here




Edited by Opti - 15 March 2011 at 8:16pm

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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 8:49pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by swan20

heheee the Sheikh's wife was lusting over Maan.....can't blame her...LOLLOL.....loved how Geet was teasing him...LOL

easy as it may look flying kites is a skill....me tried my hand at it once but failed miserably....LOL

very nice updates.
Maan is too hot to handle. Noor is just a mortal and that too a lustful one. What to do!  I cant fly kites either.

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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 8:50pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by sharmake11

lovely how yu describe the
festival amazing update
pls cont soonnnnnnnn
thanks sharmake
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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 8:50pm | IP Logged

Opti,

You detail festivals really well. This was the first year when i did not source the sugar cane which is really difficult to source in January for Pongal. 

Thanks for the update.

Edit

I caught the update just as i was posting my comment to the previous one. 

I really liked the way you moved ahead in this one with Sameera's story.

thanks for the update.


Edited by serialwatcher16 - 14 March 2011 at 8:56pm

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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 8:51pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by ajenn

hi there.
i jst finished reading dis FF.
really beautifully portrayed.
all d celebrationpart. u explained it all well. really impressed.
u do any google'ing fr it or u knoe d celebration in detail.
geet-maan's character r awesome. so much of Luv btwn 'em
an understanding wife n caring husband.. wat more a couple would need.






Thanks.  I've used the net to learn about the festivals and pen them down in the fic. Yes, Maan and Geet are made for each other, an ideal couple.
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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 9:01pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by shah10

awsome update.
love kite festival
Thanks.  The kite festival is a typical gujarti fair.  From your name it appears you are one too. So have you celebrated it?
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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 9:02pm | IP Logged
Best couple of the year. No surprise.

However, the thing I liked most was both of their definitions of LOVE. How sweet. 

Sameera's new boss seems interesting. Hope everything works out for Sameera too. She is a dear friend and deserves good things. 

I hope Maan and Geet build a great deal of memories even in their new 2 bedroom apartment. 

Very nice update Opti. Glad I waited. 

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Posted: 14 March 2011 at 9:13pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by serialwatcher16


Opti,

You detail festivals really well. This was the first year when i did not source the sugar cane which is really difficult to source in January for Pongal. 

Thanks for the update.

Edit

I caught the update just as i was posting my comment to the previous one. 

I really liked the way you moved ahead in this one with Sameera's story.

thanks for the update.

Thanks Usha. I know finding sugarcane in the North in Jan can be difficult.  So do you think that I should give the details of Sam's life or only give those bits which intersect with Maaneet's life?

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