Chapter 21: Danger
Geet, Arjun, and Kritika finally reached home after dropping
off all the kids who had come to Kritika's birthday party.
"So mera baccha, did you enjoy today? I hope you did because
I don't want you complaining about not having a fun day before you go to
sleep," Arjun teased lifting Kritika in his arms before entering the apartment.
"Well my dear maams (short for maama that means uncle) it
all depends on how the day ends. Unless I get my surprise I shall definitely
complain," she said, her eyes gleaming.
"Haan, maine laayi tumhari favorite butterscotch cake. Ab
khush?" he said tickling her stomach.
"Don't kichu kichu mootify (don't tickle me) me maams," she
said giggling loudly.
"Athu ennadi mootify?" Geet asked perplexed at the mix of
"Amma its called Tanglish, which equals Tamil plus English,
it's the trend you know, how would you know, tum toh itni old ho gayi ho,"
"Vaalu! Inga vaadi! (Naughty, come here)" Geet screamed
rising her voice in mock anger. She came near Arjun, who was holding Kritika,
to slightly twist Kritika's ears, but Arjun swiftly swung Kritika away, so that
Geet couldn't reach her.
"Arre, mera baccha ko tang mat karna," Arjun warned, kissing
"Haan, haan, ava kooda kootani ya? (Joining with her?)" Geet
pouted and looked away.
Arjun and Kritika looked at each other. "Ab kya karen? Mamma
naraz ho gayi," Kritika looked worriedly at Arjun for a solution.
"Don't worry darling, our usual method, its fail-safe," he
winked. He let Kritika down and stealthily crawled towards Geet, indicating
Kritika to follow quietly.
Geet could see both of those from the corner of her eyes,
and a small smile crept on her lips, but quickly straightened to keep a serious
face. Arjun sneaked from behind and twisted Geet's arms behind and held them
tightly in place while Kritika quickly climbed to the couch and placed a series
of kisses on Geet, while asking for forgiveness. Geet couldn't stop laughing
while struggling to get her hands free.
"Vidu di, pothum pothum un konjals, (Leave me, enough of
showing your love)" Geet begged unable to take the incessant kisses.
Kritika giggled at the success of the method, but wanted to
irritate Geet more, "Iru ma (wait ma) I am showing so much love you are saying
enough of konjals (showing love)?" she asked innocently.
"Haan Ammulu, use mana kyun kar rahi ho, itni pyaar se tujhe
puppiyan de rahi hai," Arjun said suppressing his laughter at Geet's plight.
"Arjun, et tu Brute?" Geet groaned struggling to set herself
"Kya karoon, I love your daughter more than you," he grinned
looking at Kritika.
"Haww, chodo mujhe, abhi isi waqt," Geet ordered.
Fearing her anger, Arjun immediately let her go, while
Kritika looked at him puzzled. Arjun ran to face her, and put his hands on his
ear begging for forgiveness.
"Mujhe maaf kardo meri ma," he said making a puppy dog face.
Geet again turned away.
"Please di chellam (sweetheart)?" he begged again going in
front of her.
"Uzhunga sorry kelu (Ask sorry properly)," she scoffed.
"Ammulu chellam, I am sorry da," Arjun said, "I said it
correctly right?" he looked eagerly at her.
"Hm," Geet briefly nodded, still maintaining her stiff
"Arre maaf toh kardo, see I asked sorry exactly the way you
like," he said.
"Teekhai, chal pozhachu po (I shall leave you)," she said.
"Magar phir bhi mamu loves me more," Kritika pitched in
giving a high five to Arjun.
"Oi vaalu (naughty)," Geet said running behind both of them.
Geet ran to her
bedroom and once again crashed on it but this time she had no tears to shed.
She badly wanted to accept Maan's apology but her ego stopped her from doing
so. She knew in the corner of her mind that he genuinely meant his sorry but
she was afraid she might get hurt again. She was apprehensive of his fickle
mind and decided to give herself some time before doing anything. She wanted to
vent her dilemma like always through music. She hit the music player on high
volume and let the music soothe her nerves.
Arjun came home to
find loud music from upstairs and he knew something was wrong because Geet
listened to loud music only to forget her problem. He walked towards her room
and found her sitting upright on the bed with her eyes closed. Leaning on the
bed frame she sat still hugging her knees. Her tear stained face looked puffed
up from all the crying. He went and sat beside her.
Geet felt the bed sink
in and opened her eyes to see Arjun sitting near her. All her efforts to keep
herself from crying again gave away once she saw him. She bawled loudly and
slumped on his shoulders wetting his shirt in the process. He embraced her
tightly and let her vent her sorrow. She clung to him while he slowly rubbed
"Kya hua Ammulu?" he
asked once her sobs calmed down a bit.
She sniffed and tried
to answer but again she started crying closing her eyes tightly.
"Shh, ro mat, kaho na
kya hua? Tumhare Arjun se chupa rahe ho?" he said trying to alleviate her
"Voh, mujhe naukri
nahi karni," she said finally regaining her posture.
"Toh mat karo," he
said wiping her tears.
"I shall not work
under that Mr. Jellyfish Khurana," she said contorting her face.
"Maine kaha tum karo,"
he said smiling at her childish annoyance.
"Tum meri mazak uda
rahe ho?" she pouted.
"You think I have so
much guts to make fun of you," he smirked.
"Poda (Go!)," she said
crossing her arms and looking away.
"Arre, idhar dekho toh
sahi," he said turning her to face him. "Accha yeh batao ki hua kya?" he asked
"Yeh poocho, that
jellyfish ne kya nahi kiya," she said angrily. "Loosu (mad) fellow, antha paavi
pathi pesarathe abacharam, nekku vara kovathukku avana appadiye (talking about
that sinful man is itself sinful, I feel like strangling him)," she ranted on
about Maan. Arjun patiently listened to her for he knew once she started
cursing somebody she wouldn't stop until she runs out of words. Finally finding
no more adjectives to describe Maan, she let out a deep breath.
"Ho gaya?" Arjun
teased. "Chal teekhai, on a serious note, tell me what really happened, because
I know something has deeply hurt you, else you wouldn't be listening to loud
music," he said knowing her too well.
Geet knew it would be
difficult to keep Arjun in the dark for too long for her would come to know
sooner or later through someone. And before that she decided to fully explain
what happened in the past few days. She told him about the condition Maan had
put forth to work with him and how he was the one whom she had met at the
airport. Then explained the coffee disaster along with the blazer
misconception. Arjun became angrier at each incident Geet explained. He thought
Maan Singh Khurana was a man of principles and here he heard how he had
ill-treated his Ammulu. He wondered how he could stoop so low and treat her
like that. He abruptly got up in the midst of her explaining.
Geet saw him clench
his fists tightly; she had always feared his outburst and that was the main
reason she refrained from telling anything about Maan. She certainly felt
better after telling everything to Arjun but she didn't want him to turn
violent. Arjun angrily strode outside the room to give Maan Singh Khurana a
piece of his mind when Geet stopped him.
"Arjun please, ruko, I
knew you'll be upset. That is why I didn't tell you," she said apprehensively.
"Ammulu, tumhe pata
hai, I have never tolerated or will never tolerate any kind of mistreatment
towards you. This is absolutely ridiculous! He cannot treat you like that, samjhi
tum?" Arjun said his eyes red with anger.
"Arjun please, I do
know you can never tolerate it. But mere khatir, please don't take any hasty
decisions. He did come and apologize," she said hoping Arjun would calm down.
"Oh please, do not
support him. His apology doesn't wipe away all those hurting words. He has to
pay for this."
"I understand Arjun,
magar I don't want you to go confront him with your blood boiling. It'll lead
to more violence. Please?" she asked looking hopeful.
"Ammulu, main sirf
isiliye nahi jaa raha hoon kyunki I don't want to go against your wishes, else
he would have seen the end of daylights today," he said gnashing his teeth.
"Accha Mr. Superman,"
"Mere mazak mat udao,
he would have really had to pay for treating you like that," Arjun threatened.
"Mujhe pata hai, khair use chod. I am
really bored. Chalo let's go shopping," she said trying to change the subject.
"Shopping? Ugh! Why
not something else?" Arjun whined.
"Oi hello, I am really
depressed, so we get to do what I want, do you understand that Mr. Arjun
Singhania?" she warned.
"Ji begam sahiba," he
"Haan, antha bayam
irukkatum (You better be scared. note this is not a literal translation)" she said haughtily.
Geet wanted to go shopping in Chandni Chowk
as she wanted to purchase some Patiala suites and bangles. Arjun tried to get
some sense into her to prevent her from going to Chandni Chowk, an area known
for frequent notorious attacks. But it was near to impossible changing Geet's
decision once she made up her mind. He took a promise that she would always
stay with him during the entire trip before reluctantly driving to
They parked the car
near Gurudvara Sisganj and started shopping in Chawri bazaar. Geet was very
excited looking at so many varieties of dresses that she had very hard time
choosing. She ended up buying every other dress she saw and Arjun simply stood
to pay after her purchase in each stall. He was also carrying her bags and was
walking behind her cursing her for making him work like a servant for her.
On the other end of
the bazaar, two brothers were walking down to the handbag shop. One was
grumbling for choosing such a place to shop for his brother's girlfriend while
the other simply decided to ignore the other.
"Vicky, tumhe aur koi
jagah nahi mila kya to shop for your new girlfriend?" Maan asked with
"Veerji, main kya karoon,
she wanted me to buy one of those mirror work purses that can be only found in
Chandni Chowk," Vicky said rolling his eyes at his brother's whining.
"Agar aisi girlfriend,
who makes you run places to get her things, then why even bother to get one?"
he asked clucking his tongue.
Vicky knew it was no
use trying to explain to a man who refused to even spell the word love. He
carried on searching for the purse, his girlfriend had mentioned to get. He was
scanning the nearby stall when his eyes fell on the perfect purse. He stood to
buy from the crowded shop while Maan stood in the corner avoiding the crowd as
much as possible.
Geet was tired and
wanted to grab something to eat. They went to 'Gianiji
ka Falooda' that sold her favorite falooda. The shop was over crowded
with people ordering, waiting, and eating faloodas. Arjun ordered two faloodas
for them and waited for the man to prepare. Geet looked around when her eyes
fell on the nearby bangle stall. She badly needed to buy a few glass bangles. But
since they had ordered they had to wait. She saw it would take longer as a lot
of people were waiting for their faloodas and decided to check it out by
herself so that once the faloodas were ready Arjun could grab them. She voiced
her thought but Arjun denied outright.
"Nahi Geet, you are
not going there alone," he said with finality.
"But Arjun its right
over there. I promise to return safely," she said her head bent low and her
eyes looking up to him.
"Ms Geetanjali Handa,
that puppy dog face of yours is not going to change my decision," he grunted.
"Peesh, I shapat, I
shall come back safe," she said slightly pinching her throat.
Arjun sighed for he
knew there was no use arguing with this girl. He reluctantly agreed to her but
warned her to return as early as possible, else he would come hunting for her.
Geet was elated, her eyes twinkling with joy, she thanked Arjun and gave him a
quick peck on his cheeks for being the best friend in the world. He couldn't
help smiling, "Pagli, please stay, samjhi tum?" she nodded her head and skipped
happily towards the bangle stall.
Geet walked towards
the bangle shop, humming her favorite song, 'Katril Varum Geetame' and her hands
were swinging back and forth reflecting her happy mood. Maan saw a Geet walking
down the aisle, swinging her shopping bag happily. Suddenly behind her someone
approached her holding a big sharp knife. Before he could react the person quickly
slashed the knife on her shoulder and ran away. Geet felt a sharp jab on her
shoulder and vision blurred before darkness surrounded her.
"Geet!" Maan screamed
seeing her fall and ran towards her.
Maan ran to her and
lunged forward to catch her before she fell on the ground, unconscious. Blood
gushed from her shoulder from the wound inflicted few minutes ago.
"Geet!" Arjun screamed through the glass window at
Geet who was struggling for her life. He cursed himself for letting her go on
her own. He promised not to spare those people because of whom Geet fighting
for her life.
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Edited by Maaneet_09 - 27 May 2011 at 8:46am