Chupanke Ki Saaza
The World's Best Coffee
took a deep breath to calm the bubbling anger inside him. It was a week since
his return from Mt. Abu, where the Malhotras inaugurated their hotel and he was
rudely woken up at 6am by his secretary, about an urgency. He rushed to office,
to find that one of their hotels was stopped, mid-way of construction due to
some legal issues. And now, it was almost 5pm, and there was no progress
whatsoever. All his lawyers were a big let down.
the board of directors waited for the young Walia to make a decision, Bani
watched the man with concern. Uday was once again out of the country for
business, and Jai was stuck to deal with the problems along with a tired
looking Ranveer. But what worried her was not the issues at hand – Jai would
come up with a solution, he always did – but at the stress lines on his
forehead, which clearly indicated the onset of a severe headache. And sure enough
Jai began to rub his temples.
Jai said. "You have to realize that we promised a launch date. How can there not be a way to overcome these "legal"
of the lawyers spoke a word.
silence irritated Jai even more. "Damnit!"he
yelled. "When I ask a question, I want an answer."
room jumped at the sudden shout and people began to anticipate the outburst
that was sure to come in any second. They were well aware of Jai Walia's anger.
Walia," said one of the lawyers, trying to sound confident, but at the same
time, his voice trembling audibly. "We are t-trying our be-best. Its-s j-just a
mo-mon-th. The wo-workers w-will ca-calm down b-by then!"
glared at the lawyer. "And do you know how much loss this company will bare for
that one month Mr. Sharma?"
th-there is n-no ot-ther ch-choice!"
Jai began to retort, Ranveer placed a hand on his cousin's shoulder. "Calm
down. There must be some way Jai."
is exactly my point Ran!" Jai replied, frustrated. "But our lawyers are being
very pathetic. Is this what I pay you all for?"
followed this remark.
Jai said suddenly, his hands rubbing his forhead again. "Get me Tarun. All
these people are useless."
stared at Jai, not believeing he called the city's best team of lawyers, useless. Bani, however, smiled. Only her
husband would do such a thing. She cleared her throat.
she said. "I think its time for a break. We will resume this meeting tomorrow
looked up at Bani. "I am not finished Ms. Dixit," he said, trying very hard not
to yell. Bani was the last person he wanted to see upset.
think we are," she said, standing up. "This is legal issue, and hardly requires
the entire board, while there are other, more pressing projects to deal with."
nodded, glad that Bani voiced his opinion. Truth was, if it was anyone other
than her who suggested it, they would have had to face the wrath of Jai. The
room left quickly, not wanting to be Jai's next victim.
* * *
tapped her feet impatiently against the floor. It was 7pm, and Jai was no where
to be seen. She was very sure he was still in the board room, fighting a long
list of problems. After two more minutes, her patience gave up.
Jai in?" she asked Jai's secretary – an elderly woman, who was employed by the
Walia's for 25 years now.
hun," Mrs. Hastings replied, packing up her stuff. "Still in the board room. He
told me to go home though, as it might be a while before he is done."
gave an exasperated sigh, making Mrs. Hastings to laugh and say, "you act like
you have never met him!"
I met him alright," Bani muttered, before going to the board room.
was about to barge in, determined to drag Jai home, when she heard his low
voice, full of exasperation.
man," Jai said. "Please tell me you have a solution to this."
Bani peeked through the glass wall, adjacent to the door and found that Tarun
was seated infront of a tired looking Jai, still holding his temples in pain.
just shook his head. "You are the only one who manages to get into these kinds
of troubles Jai."
did I do?" Jai said, defensively.
told you not to make stupid deals, but you never listen to me."
grimaced. "They weren't stupid. They
are the best ones anyone ever made."
about ambitious?" Ranveer offered, before Tarun could taunt Jai even further.
still stupid," Tarun continued, looking deeply through some files. "Who the
hell told you to make deals that costs the builders more loss than gains?"
not my problem! They agreed for it!"
Tarun replied. "Because you threatened him, God knows how. And now, the workers
are not going to work at half their wages."
how is that my problem?" Jai said.
"That's the stupid builder's problem if his
workers don't work."
"His workers, work on your project," Taurn reminded, closing
just rolled his eyes, and buried his face in his hands. "You talk like Bani."
yeah," Ranveer said, remembering Jai and Bani's fight about this issue before
the trip to Mt. Abu. "You two were fighting about this right?"
smirked. "So, you both fight over business too?"
don't they fight about?" Ranveer asked,
got to hand it Bani," Ranveer said. "She really saw this issue coming."
why didn't she put some sense into this idiot?" Tarun asked, nodding at Jai.
tried," explained Ranveer. "Hence the fight. Jai wouldn't listen to her."
sighed. "I am not surprised by that."
I am," Ranveer continued. "Because she is the only one who gets away with
anything with Jai. Even today, she called off the meeting before he ripped
everyone's throats out and he didn't say a word."
eyesbrows went up in shock. "Really?" he asked Jai.
just glared at the two men infront of him. "Will you two shut up about Bani and
get on with this?"
and Ranveer passed each other a look, before getting back to work. They were
sure Jai's patience towards them wasn't nearly as tolerant as the one towards
smile spread across Bani's face as she recollected Ranveer's observation. Its true, she thought. He didn't yell at me today…
its best to leave the men to work, she left.
* * *
Thank god this
mess is over,
Jai thought as he walked back to his cabin. It was almost 11 o'clock at night,
and Tarun finally managed to figure out a solution. However, that meant a lot
of paperwork and Jai didn't waste time. He entered his office, determined to
finish this issue before tomorrow and was surprised to see a cup of what he
assumed to be coffee on his table.
looked around, wondering who would put coffee on his desk at this hour, when
everyone, including his secretary left, and found a piece of paper folded in
half. It read:
The best medicine to a splitting headache. Happy
smile spread across Jai's face as he re-read the note. It didn't have a name,
but he didn't need that. There was only one person who knew him so well…
* * *
morning," Jai said. "I have some good news and some bad news."
was the next morning, with the entire board of the Walia Industries was once
again assembled, to hear another achievement of the young Jai Walia. Of course,
many of them weren't surprised to find that Jai found a solution to the issue
in hand in less than 24 hours. And one of them was Bani, who was paying more
attention to the dark circles under Jai's tired looking eyes, clearly
indicating an all-nighter than to his success.
Jai continued. "The good news is, we have found a way around this issue. The
bad news is that it requires a lot of effort from the company. So, gentlemen –
and Ms. Dixit – ," he added, for Bani was the only woman in the room. "get to
work! I need this done with by today. I scheduled a meeting with the builder
tomorrow at 8!"
no one moved, Jai added with a smile, "Chop chop. There are files to be
updated, agreements to be made!"
rolled her eyes and stood up, thinking today
is going to be a long day…
once started, she never realized where the time flew by. She worked very hard
on the files for marketing, wanting to Jai to appreciate her. To recognize her.
This urge was so strong that she sat at her desk the whole day, barely getting up. Any time her eyes ached
from staring at the laptop for too long, Jai's face flashed infront of her
face. She really wanted him to notice her. And she was soo caught up this, that
she didn't even stop to realize that today was the first day, after a month,
she was craving for Jai's attention.
so, the clock chimed 9 o'clock at night when Bani finally closed her laptop and
made her way to Jai's cabin to drop of the files with a sense of achievement.
her great surprise, she found the light still turned on. Curious, she entered
the office to find a bored looking Jai sitting in his chair, fiddling with his
aren't you home?" she asked.
looked up. "Why would I be home?"
you were here all of last night and you were done your work by 5pm!"
but I had things to do."
ignored that question. "So, are you going to give me that file or not?" he
asked, pointing to the papers she was holding.
you wanted to check the file?" Bani replied, slightly offended. "To see if I
did it right or not?"
I didn't trust you, then you wouldn't be working here today," he said simply.
was totally confused. "I don't understand. What are you saying?"
smiled. "I am saying, its late. Lets go home!" He got up, grabbed his blazer
and walked out the door. When Bani didn't move, he called. "Hurry up! I am
at Jai's weird behaviour, Bani dropped the file on his desk and followed him
all the way to the parking.
get in," Jai said, when she stopped infront of his car and looked blankly at
have a car you know," she said. It was decided long ago that Jai and Bani would
not travel to and from work in the same car.
just sat in the car without a reply. Seeing that she was not going to get
answers, Bani got in.
your car can stay here till tomorrow," Jai answered, turning the engine on. The
black Mercedes purred to life as he pulled out of the parking.
didn't say anything for the rest of the ride to the Walia Mansion. She was
trying to piece together Jai's stranger behaviour. When the car finally rolled
to a stop infront of the house, she said, "I don't get it. Did you wait all
this time just to drop me home?"
turned off the car. "When you can make me the world's best coffee, then the
least I can do is make sure you get home safely on a low level of blood sugar."
was now really surprised. "How did you know…?"
think I had enough of your coffee, to pick it up from a mile away."
didn't know what to say. She hoped that she would stay anonymous with the
coffee thing, because she herself didn't know why she did it.
can we go, before you faint on me?" Jai said, getting out of the car.
am fine!" Bani said, following him out.
please," he replied. "I know you didn't have lunch in your crazy desire to
impress me with the project. So, don't push your body any more!"
repressed a smile. For some reason, she really liked the fact that Jai was
keeping tabs on her. Maybe, they were finally beginning to make peace with each
did you know I wanted to impress you?" she asked, once they started having
their dinner. It was only the two of them – the rest of the family were asleep
she asked. "Whats so funny?"
just this crazy look you have, whenever you concentrate," he answered. "Its
like watching a maniac at work."
you haven't seen yourself when you are concentrating," Bani muttered. "Then you
would have known who looks like a maniac at work!"
Jai agreed. "But I don't smile when I work."
scrunched her eyebrows in confusion. "I was smiling?" she asked.
nodded. "Every two minutes… it was like a thought kept coming into your head.
And everytime it did, you would smile."
didn't say anything, as she tried to recollect what she was thinking about. But
she didn't have to think hard. Only one face kept popping into her head every
watched Bani closely as she played around with her food, undoubtedly thinking
about what he just explained. He could tell that she was beginning to question
a lot of things and there was no way he was going to stop that. So he let her
think, eating his dinner in silence.
she said, finally breaking the long stretch of silence. They were almost
finished eating. "What makes you
smile every two minutes?"
was caught off guard as Bani looked expectantly for an answer.
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