Posted: 17 September 2011 at 12:31am | IP Logged
Chapter 5 - Evaluation
Radhika enters the room. The room is pretty decent. Well illuminated and the best part is no unnecessary things. One easy chair, one sleeping recliner for the patients and one leather single seat sofa & a small oval table for the doctors. The room has no windows but glass panes attached to the window areas.
"Hello, there!" a sudden voice just frightens her as she looks back to find a man standing just behind her.
Radhika, recovering her senses, gathered her courage and said "Hi, so you must be...", she was about to complete the sentence before the man spoke.
"Dhanraj Chopra. Yes its me, and you must be..uh...let me guess...my new squeeze!" he had an evil grin on his face which transformed into a devilish smile.
Radhika, bit annoyed by the term 'squeeze', "First I must say you should know how to speak with your doctor, Mr. Chopra."
Dhanraj comes closer to her, "Oh, is that so? Well, you are sounding too formal, Doc! Why don't you change yourself to something comfortable?"
D:"Ah, let me rephrase myself...Mr. D-h-a-n-r-a-j C-h-o-p-r-a oh c'mon, give me a break. Call me Raj, just Raj...naam to suna hoga?" and he burst into laughter. The laugh was not so normal. It sounds like an evil laugh with a grinning tone in it, so harsh, so edgy.
R:"It will be better if you take your seat, Mr. Chop...er...Raj."
D:"Good improvisation. I love it. You see I don't love anything as such but I certainly have a liking for you. You really mesmerise me."
Radhika recalls Dr. Seth's words about Dr. Bharti Singh's records about a charm he uses on his doctors.
R: "Turn off that charm Raj, I'm immune to it."
Dhanraj smiled, "Really? What made you think that I am applying my charm on you? I don't have any idea that I possess a charm to woo ladies."
R: "Please sit down..."
D: "Oh you mean lie down in the recliner? Sure I will, Ma'am."
R:" Thank you."
Dhanraj lied down on the recliner, "Oh the pleasure is mine, Radhika, the pleasure is mine."
Radhika looks at him, "How did you know my name?"
D:"Your overcoat bears your name label, Doc!" he smiles.
R:"You have a good eyesight."
D: "No, I use glasses, you see. Its all about how to use your senses in right time, right place."
R: "And you use it in right time, right place every time?"
D:"Well, I try but nobody's perfect. So as you."
R:"What imperfection did you notice in me?"
D:"You don't smile much..."
Radhika smiled at this reply, "I do smile."
D: "Do you love?"
R: "What type of question is that?"
D: "Do you feel pain?"
Radhika looks at Dhanraj's eyes. They are so cold, looks like stone, it rarely have any movements. But she tries to understand why he's asking such questions.
R:"Is there any purpose to such questions?"
Dhanraj smiled, "One day is not enough to know me, Radhika."
R: "As Dr. Bharti Singh did?"
D:"She was a darling, but not like you. You're so...uh...charming."
D: "Show's over pretty lady, will see you tomorrow. Till then I ask you a question."
Dhanraj sat up and came close to Radhika. She can now feel his breathe. Something weird is gripping her. But she can't move.
D:"What is the difference between love and lust?"
R:"I...I... d-don't know," fumbles Radhika.
D: "Find it out and come back tomorrow, same time, same place. Ciao!"
Dhanraj walked away from the room before Radhika can do anything. But two ward boys waiting outside the room got him and took him to his room.
R:"Love and lust? Maybe Charu can answer...she's a student of English."
Continued in next chapter 6 : Lust in Peace
Edited by bengalscott - 17 September 2011 at 3:16am