Chupanke Ki Saaza
is for you."
looked up from his computer screen to see a smiling Bani holding out an
envelope. "Yeh kya hai?"
Neil took it. "Seriously?" he said, shocked to find his pay cheque inside.
this is soo much higher than what it says in my contract!"
shrugged in response. Truth was, she personally convinced Uday to increase
Neil's pay, for he worked much harder than anyone of the others in the company
(particularly Annie!). Neil seemed to understand Bani's silence, for he got up
and pulled her into a hug.
so much Bani!" He said.
at the sudden embrace, Bani said "Wow, I never knew a pay cheque can make you
have no idea," he said. "I barely have any experience, and I am earning so much
laughed. "Experience has nothing to do with it."
slowly let go of her. "Atleast aab toh dinner par chalo na Bani."
didn't know what to say. She did irritate her husband about going on a date
with Neil, but somehow she never found the interest or time to go.
promised me," he reminded, watching her. "And I think I owe you after this!"
she was interrupted by a cold voice "ahem." The smile from Neil's face
vanished, when he saw a somewhat angry Jai standing at the door.
Walia," he said, nervously. "Come in."
completely ignored him. "Bani… I wanted to talk to you."
at Jai's sudden appearance, Bani nodded and walked out. "Kya hua?"
that they were out of earshot, for the door to Neil's office was still open,
Jai said. "Mujhe Mittal's ki file chahiye thi."
stared at Jai. What wrong with him?
She thought before answering, "But we are done with that project."
Jai said, as if it just occurred to him. "I meant Malhotras."
that finished even before the Mittals," she replied.
but, mujhe kuch check karna hai," he fumbled.
was now fully bewildered. The great Jai
Walia is at a loss of words? "Toh file mere paas kaise hogi," she said,
slowly, watching his face. "Either your secretary has already filed it away or
it should still be on your laptop!"
Jai said, shaking his head. "Okay, thanks."
glanced at Neil's office. "No… I need you to check… something. Chalo mere
teek hai… chalo."
they set off towards Jai's cabin.
Jai," Bani said. "I had to talk to you about some blueprints."
think we should consult with the builders once again, because the proportions
seem off. And since we are taking full gurantee, we should double check. So, do
you want me fix a meeting-"
suddenly cut her off. "Tum Neil ke saath kya kar rahi thi?"
paused and looked at a distressed Jai. As she watched him closely, she saw a
familiar frown on his face accompanied by the anxious twitching of his hands. Realization
she said, smirking.
why was he… hugging you?"
she said, feigning innocence. "So, you saw him hugging me?"
aise hi… you know, two friends..."
wasn't hugging you like a friend."
that's what you wanted to talk about?" Bani clarified. "Why Neil was hugging
Walia," she asked sweetly, bending forward so that their faces were inches
apart. "Kya aapko farak pad raha hai?"
lines on Jai's forehead cleared as he seemed to understand the cause of his
behaviour. Bani grinned, as he turned on his heels and vanished out of sight.
* * *
you Mr. Mukesh. I will see you next week at the meeting."
week?" he replied from the other end of the line. "We will meet tomorrow,
was confused. "Tomorrow?"
he said. "Mr. Walia ne aapko bataya nahi?"
is throwing a party tomorrow."
Bani said, surprised at the news. "Okay, see you tomorrow then Mr. Mukesh."
disconnected the call and made her way to Jai's cabin. "Yeh main kya sun rahi
hoon?" she asked, stopping infront of his desk.
didn't look up from his laptop. "Mujhe kaise pata hoga?"
know everything right?"
let out a sigh, but still didn't look at her. "Haan, I am throwing a party.
why didnt you tell me?"
am telling you now. And by the way, you are organizing it."
was outraged. "And didn't you find it important to confirm with me?"
don't need your permission."
can you just dump this on me?"
didn't reply and continued working.
tumse baath kar rahi hoon," she said. When he continued to ignore her, she yelled.
"Look at me!"
finally looked up from his laptop. "Kya hai?" he said. "Main kaam kar raha
should I plan this party? I already have enough work to do!"
"Because I said so. Now chop chop. You have
less than twenty-four hours to get everything ready."
was now totally annoyed. "And my work? Who the hell is going to take care of
"Hai na, tumhara assistant –
didn't answer, so Jai continued. "When you increase his pay, it obvious that he
is going to have to work harder. Nothing is free in this company."
really?" Bani said sarcastically. "Then why is Annie still working here?"
doesn't even get paid half as much as you
made Neil get paid."
"Tumhe kya problem hai?" she asked.
nahi," he answered. "In fact, you are the one who is asking questions. Not me!"
don't have all day to argue with you Jai, so-"
He finished the sentence for her, "So, get to
without waiting for a reply, he turned his attention back to his screen,
leaving Bani no choice but to stomp out, muttering to herself.
hours later, however, she was wishing she argued a bit more and shrugged off the
insane task of organizing a party.
she said, rubbing her forhead. "Where the hell am I going to get caters who will
cater for this big party in less than twenty four hours?"
stared at the notes in front of her, hoping the answer would just appear, but was
know what?" she said, getting up. "If Jai got me into this mess, he is the one
who has to get me out of it as well. Its his
she walked to Jai office, but stopped at the door upon hearing voices from inside.
colour looks really good on you," she heard Jai say. "It makes you glow!"
eyes popped out when she heard the other voice in the room. It was Annie's. "Thanks
Jai. I always knew you would appreciate this!"
course," he said, grinning. "My mom always said I have a good eye."
am not surprised," Annie said, in what appeared to be a very flirty voice. "You
are perfect in everything."
pamper me too much. But you should wear that colour to the party tomorrow," he
told her. "You will look prettiest!"
heart weighed down as Jai's words from the past inadvertently made their way
into her thoughts. No one in the word looks prettier than you Bani…
closed her eyes tightly, trying to push his ringing voice from her ears. She
couldn't afford to let her heart be torn even more, but she failed miserably.
So, she quickly turned to leave, when she saw the colour of Annie's dress
through the glass wall. It was pink.
* * *
Neil said walking in. "Can you check this report? I have never dealt with these
people before, and I want you to make sure its fine before I send it. Err…Bani?"
was almost evening in the Walia Industries, and Bani was seated in her office,
lost completely in a world of her own. While the tears long dried up, she
couldn't shake the image of Annie's dress from her mind.
Jaanthi ho Bani? Came Jai's
voice from down the memory lane. Jab
maine tumhe pehli baar pink mein dekha tha na, maine tab hi jaanliye ke yeh colour
sirf tumhare liya bana hai!
Neil said, walking around her desk and placing a hand on her shoulder.
slowly turned to look at him, her eyes seeing one of the best memories of her
very pretty today," Jai said in a very quiet voice, causing her to blush.
"Pink suits you." A small smile spread on Bani's face.
around to walk out, when he heard Bani's small voice.
"And did you know that you are breathtaking when you dress in black?"
It was more of a statement than a question.
hua?" Neil asked. "Is everything alright?"
nodded. It was only the other day Jai said You
look amazing in pink, not so much in red… so what happened now?
can you look over this report?" Neil said, handing her the file.
feeling the light weight of the file in her hands, Bani broke through her reverie
and said the first thing that came to her mind, "Do you think Annie is pretty?"
was taken back at the random turn of the conversation. "what?"
mean," she said, slowly, trying to keep herself together. "As a guy… do you find
Neil answered awkwardly.
curious. Do you find her… you know, hot?"
shuffled his feet. "I guess… I mean… she looks nice."
nodded, her face devoid of emotions. But the little thread of hope she held on
to ever since she came back from Jai's office was now gone. She was falling
from a great height and there was nothing she could do about it.
we do work now?" Neil asked, glad to have ended the uncomfortable topic. And he
began explaining his report.
Bani was very far from being interested. After a long time, she felt as if she
lost Jai. It reminded her of the days when she first moved back into the Walia
Mansion, where the sarcastic and carefree Jai Walia seemed to replace her
is that good?" Neil finished, only to find Bani staring aimlessly in the air. "Bani?"
looked at him with a somewhat lost look. When he waited for her answer, Bani
cleared her throat and said "I am sorry Neil, but I have a lot going on right
now. Can we do this tomorrow?"
wondered what was wrong, but knew enough not to push Bani when it comes to her
silence. So, he nodded and left.
picked up the phone and dialed her last hope. "Lakshmi?"
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