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Ashutosh had come back after a visit to another hospital treating the injured kids. He was tired and feeling sick. He needed some peace. He wanted to feel better. He wanted to see Nidhi. Trying to call on mobile was pointless. The network was jammed. He made to get up from his chair and look for her in the ward, when Rangnath came in. He got the updates on the serious cases from him. The progress of the patients was satisfactory. When Rangnath started leaving, he asked her, "Aap Dr. Verma ko mere office mein bhej dijiye please.""Sir. Woh to hospital mein hain nahin. Kissi patient ko dekhne gayi hain?""Kiske saath?""Akeli gayi hain I think.""Aisi situation mein? Akeli? Shahar mein dange ho rahe hain. Curfew laga hua hai. Aapne jaane kaise diya Dr. Rangnath?""Sorry Sir. Lekin woh mujhe bata kar nahin gayi thi. Mujhe to receptionist ne information di. Is address par hain woh. Ho sakta hai Dr. Mallika se poochh kar gayi ho?""Theek hai aap jaiye. Ye address mujhe de jaiye."Ashutosh hardly had any time to think over what had happened, when someone knocked at the door."Come in."It was Baba and Anji."Are aap log? Aaiye na.""Sorry Dr. Ashutosh. Tum busy hoge in sabke beech mein. Hum actually Nidhi ko lene aaye the, lekin woh yahan hai nahin," Baba said."Aaj uska birthday hai. Maine aur Dadi Bua ne dher saari taiyaariyan kar rakhi hain," Anji added."Oh!" Ashutosh rued."To agar aaj woh ghar nahin aayi na Dr. Ashutosh, to usne to mujhe maaf kar diya hai use doctor banae ke liye. Bua mujhe kabhi nahin maaf karengi. Meri to khaal udhed dengi woh.""Aap chinta mat kijiye. Woh jaldi hi aa jayengi. Jaise hi aati hain, main unhein bhejta hoon.""Theek hai. Thank you very much. Hum log chalte hain.""Are, kuchh chai wagerah to peete jaiye.""Nahin, nahin. Abhi uska samay na tumhare paas hai, na hamare paas. Phir kabhi milte hain.""Ji achchha."Ashutosh saw them off till the parking lot and took off in his car himself to look for Nidhi. He took a driver form the hospital with him. It took him sometime to locate the address.
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"Aapka kaam ho gaya? To chaliye."
"Ji. Main bas nikalne hi waali thi. Mujhe lagta hai is bachchi ko hidden injuries hain. Hospital le jaana padega."
"Theek hai. Mere saath hospital ka driver aaya hai. Woh ise le jayega aapki car mein. Aap mere saath chaliye."
Ashutosh' face told Nidhi that he was angry with her for having come alone. After they sat in the car, she offered an explanation, "Meera ki tabiyat bahut kharaab thi."
"Aur poori duniya mein koi aur doctor nahin tha uske liye? Koi nahin tha jise aap bhej deti ya apne saath le aati?" Ashutosh spoke in a controlled voice.
"Bahane nahin sunne hain mujhe. Kahin phans jaati aap, kuchh ho jaata to kiski responsibility hoti? But why would you care? Aapko to bas sab kuchh apni marzi se karna hai na? Kissi se poochhne ki zaroorat to hai nahin?" he started blasting her.
"Aap the nahin. Main kisse permission leti?"
"Mere alawa hospital mein koi nahin hai?"
"Dr. Mallika hain. Aur unse maine permission li thi. Lekin jo unhone kaha woh main dohra nahin sakti."
"Kabhi kuchh soch samajh kar kaam kar sakti hain aap?" Ashutosh was not pacified.
"I am sorry. Aapko mere liye itni door aana pada."
"You should be sorry. Aapko pata hai ki aapki wajah se main... hum log kitne pareshaan the? Ghante bhar se main aapko dhoondh raha hoon. Kuchh ho jaata... Lekin aapko kyon fikr hone lagi? Aapko to bas apne man ki karni hai na?"
"Aap itna gussa kyon ho rahe hain?"
"Ye aapko samajh mein nahin aayega. Kyonki doosron ki koi fikr nahin hai aapko. Agar aapko kuchh ho jaata to kiski responsibility hoti?"
"Meri hoti. Aapko ya kissi aur ki mere liye pareshaan hone ki zaroorat nahin hai. Aur waise bhi aap kyon pareshaan the? Kyon dhoondh rahe the mujhe? Aapko kya farq padta hai? Mar jaati main zyada se zyada. Aap log to khush hi hote. Mujhe pata hai ki aap log mujhe kya samajhte hain? Immature, Irresponsible, inefficent. Aapko kaun si parwaah hai meri?" she also lost her cool now.
"Parwah nahin hai aapki? Parwah nahin hai aapki, isliye paaglon ki tarah dhoondh raha hoon aapko, right? Itne dinon se ssath hain hum. Aur itna hi samajh payin hain aap mujhe? Kya kah rahi thi aap? Mar jaati zyada se zyada? Bolne ke pahle ek baar sochna hota hai Dr. Nidhi ki saamne waale oopar uska kya asar padega. Parwah mujhe aapki nahin hai ya aapko meri nahin hai?"
Ashutosh found Nidhi looking at him with her mouth agape when he finished. He realized that he had given away more than he should have. He tried to step back, "I'm sorry. Mujhe aapko aise daanta nahin chahiye tha. Lekin ghabrahat to hoti hai na?"
"Mere liye ghabrane ki kissi ko koi zaroorat nahin hai," Nidhi was stubborn again.
Ashutosh smiled, "Theek hai. You are an independent adult. Kissi ko haq nahin hai ki aapke faisle par sawaal uthaye. Ab gussa chhod dijiye. Aise gussa ho kar apna birthday spoil mat kijiye."
Nidhi looked surprised.
"Bhool gayi thi aap?"
"Ji. Lekin aapko kisne bataya?"
"Baba ne. Woh aaye the hospital. Isliye main aapko ghar pahunchane ja raha hoon."
Baba saw Ashutosh dropping Nidhi home and invited him to come in. But he had to return to the hospital. Dadi Bua force fed him a sweet though.
Through out the day, Nidhi's mind kept going to back to Ashutosh's outburst. His flushed face in those moments was constantly in front of her.
Ashutosh was surprised when Nidhi came into his office to take his signatures on some papers.
"Dr. Nidhi? Aap aaj wapas kyon aa gayin. Aapko apni family ke saath birthday celebrate karna chahiye tha."
"Ji main celebrate karne ke baad aayi hoon. Aur yahan itna kaam tha. Main ruk nahin saki."
"Aap theek to hain?"
"Aur upset to nahin hain mujhse?"
"Nahin Sir. Main upset nahin hoon. Aap..."
"Haan. Upset to hamesha main hota hoon. Hai na?" Ashutosh asked laughingly.
"Ji Sir," Nidhi also laughed.
"Achchha. Ye to bataiye Dr. Nidhi ki aap to apne is profession ko bilkul pasand nahin karti thi? Bhaagna chahti thi isse? Phir itni involved kaise ho gayi ki apni birthday ke din, mere chhutti dene ke bawzood hospital se door nahin rah saki?"
"Pata nahin Sir, kab aur kaise ho gaya. Lekin ab achchha lagta hai. Kaam kar ke sukoon milta hai, khushi milti hai."
"Pata nahin kab aur kaise..." Ashutosh spoke in a voice as if talking more to himself that to her, "Aisa hi to hota hai na. Hamein pata bhi nahin chalta aur kuchh cheezein, kuchh log hamare kareeb aa jate hain. Itne kareeb ki hamari life unke bina incomplete lagti hai. Lekin agar koi poochhe to hamein pata hi nahin hota ki kab aur kaise ho gaya."
Nidhi felt the goosebumps on her skin and redness and hotness on her cheeks again. She wondered if Ashutosh could see her reaction or if she should let him see it. She couln't be sure. What if she was misreading his feelings. What about the things Dr. Mallika said about her being irresponsible, immature and what not? After all, she was an old friend of Dr. Ashutosh and did seem to be the person closest to him.
"Dr. Nidhi? Kahan kho gayi aap?" Ashutosh' voice brought her out of her trance.
"Nahin... Kahin nahin Sir. Main chalti hoon. Kaafi kaam hai ward mein."
"Dr. Mallika. Aapne mujhe bulaya?"
"Yes Dr. Nidhi. Socha saath mein coffee pi jaye."
"Achchha!" Nidhi knew that wasn't her motive.
"Waise zara apna haath to dikhaiye Dr. Nidhi. Aapki luck line zaroor bahut strong hogi. Kabhi lottery lagi hai aapki?"
"Nahin," Nidhi said dryly and walked towards the coffee machine.
"Dr. Ashutosh ki personality bahut hi charming hai, magnetic hai" Mallika came to the point, "Unki taraf attract hote logon ko der nahin lagti."
Nidhi got the coffee and sat across her on a chair. She did not react to what Mallika had said. So, Mallika continued, "Aur phir woh ameer bhi to bahut hain?"
"Anyway. Ye to aap jaanti hain."
"Ye aap mujhse zyada jaanti hain shayad."
"Haan. Ashutosh ko mujhse zyada koi nahin jaanta. Isliye tumhein samjhaane ki koshish kar rahi hoon. Don't waste your time Nidhi. Warna ek din pachhtaogi."
"I don't understand."
"Samajh jaogi. Lekin tab tak bahut der ho chuki hogi. Tum kabhi bhi is age-gap ko khatam nahin kar sakti Nidhi. And if you tried, which I think you will, then..."
"Aap ye sab kyon suna rahi hain mujhe?"
"Agar tum galat raaste par chalo, to mera haq hai ki main tumhein rokoon."
"Ji nahin. Maine ye haq aapko kabhi nahin diya hai. And you don't have to worry about me Dr. Mallika. Lekin achchha kiya ki aapne ye baat seedhe seedhe kar li. You are right. I like Dr. Ashutosh. And I don't care ki woh mujhse pyaar karte hain ya nahin, kabhi bhi karenege ya nahin, ya phir woh mujhse kitne bade hain. Kyonki pyaar koi business nahin hota. Len den nahin hota. Aapne apni life mein pyaar ke badle hamehsa kuchh paane ki koshish ki hai. Shayad isliye itni disappoint hui hain."
Nidhi walked out of the room, not realizing that Ashutosh was standing near the door listening to her conversation with Mallika.
Her duty was about to get over. She went to the notice board to check when she had to come back and for which ward. What she saw there surprised her.
She went to look for Dr. Mallika to clarify. But could not find her. She ran into Dr. Rangnath though.
"Dr. Rangnath. Ye meri duty agle do dinon ke liye..."
"Record room mein hai Dr. Nidhi."
"Lekin iska kya matlab hai? Why do you need a doctor in the record room? Ye to clerical kaam hai. Koi bhi staff kar sakta hai."
"I know Dr. Nidhi. Maine Dr. Mallika se kaha bhi tha, lekin woh nahin maani."
"Aur woh abhi hain bhi nahin yahan."
"Yeah. I think aap kal to aa hi jaiye. Phir woh aas paas hon to unse baat kar lijiye."
Nidhi's heart skipped a beat when she saw Ashutosh entering the record room. It was the first glimpse she had gotten of him after four days. He was surprised to see her there though and stopped in his tracks.
"Dr. Nidhi," Ashutosh also smiled widely, "Aap yahan kya kar rahi hain?"
"Meri duty yahan lagi hai."
"Duty? Record room mein?" Ashutosh was surprised, "Aisa kya kaam hai yahan?"
"Kuchh khaas nahin. Patients ki files update karni hain."
"Lekin..." Ashutosh was about to say that it didn't need a doctor to be there. Then he realized that it must be Mallika's doing.
"Anyway. I will see you later," he said, picked up the files he needed and went out of the room.
Nidhi wanted to talk to him. But she could not hold him back in the reord room, obviously. She looked at her watch. She could take a break in another ten minutes.
Nidhi was about to walk into Ashutosh' room with a cup of tea, when his controlled, but angry voice made her stop in her tracks, "Mallika. Record room mein ek doctor ki duty lagane ki kya zaroorat hai?"
"Agar tum Dr. Nidhi Verma ki baat kar rahe ho to woh wahin theek hain."
"Koi bhi doctor wahan theek nahin hai Mallika. This will not be done. I will not allow is here."
"To tum mere kaam mein interfere karoge?"
"Yes Mallika," Ashutosh said and it was at this moment that Nidhi came to his office, but stopped at the door on hearing his voice, "Apni dosti ke liye main unprofessionalism bardasht nahin kar sakta. Tum Dr. Nidhi ke baare mein personally kya sochti ho, ya main kya sochta hoon, that doesn't matter in this hospital. Only things that matter are what are professionally right and what are good for the patients and the hospital. No further dicussions on this Dr. Mallika. Let her complete today's duty, but this must not happen again. Thank you."
Nidhi realized that Mallika would be coming out of his office anytime. So, she moved away from there to avoid any awkward confrontation.
'Tum Dr. Nidhi ke baare mein personally kya sochti ho, ya main kya sochta hoon, that doesn't matter in this hospital,' she recalled Ashutosh' word and murmured, "Kya sochte hain aap mere bare mein Dr. Ashutosh?" She looked at the tea she had carried for him, smiled and took a sip from it.
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"Good Morning Dr. Ashutosh," Nidhi didn't even knock before barging into his office that day.
"Good Morning Dr. Nidhi. Aaj itni jaldi kaise? Abhi to aapki duty shuru nahin hui hogi?"he didn't seem to mind the liberties she took.
"Aap bhi to hain?"
Ashutosh laughed, "Mujhse compare kyon karti hain aap? Mere liye to ghar par hona, hospital mein hona sab baraabar hai."
"Haan. Aapse mera comparison kahan hai?" Nidhi pouted.
"Are. Aap bura kyon maan rahi hain?"
Nidhi smiled, "Main mazaak kar rahi hoon. Main to bas aapko ye dene aayi thi."
Ashutosh took the packet she handed him looking confused.
"Ye kya hai?"
"Happy Birthday Dr. Ashutosh."
"Birthday? Aur' ye aap mere liye' gift laayi hain?" Ashutosh looked like he was unable to believe it.
"Haan. Ye to hum bachpan se hi karte aa rahe hain."
"Jinki birthday ho, unhein gift dete hain."
"Kya hua?" Nidhi didn't understand his lack of enthusiasm.
"Aapko kisne bataya ki aaj mera birthday hai?"
"Main jab record room mein thi to wahan employees ki files bhi thi' Usmein dekh li thi main'. I know ' they are confidential. Sorry about that! I swear maine kuchh aur nahin dekha. Aur maine kissi aur ki file bhi nahin dekhi."
Her innocence disarmed Ashutosh. He wasn't going to scold her for looking at his file after this. He smiled, but still looked uncomfortable about the birthday and the gift.
"Kya baat hai?"Nidhi asked again.
"Well," he decided to come clean to her. It wasn't going to be possible for him to hide something from her or lie to her, "Aap jaanti hai ki main adopted hoon. Aur meri real birthday to Baba ko bhi nahin pata thi. Us zamane mein birth certificates zaroori nahin hote the. To bas Baba ne school mein who date likhwa di jab who mujhe laaye the aur andaaze se year bhi bhar diya. To obviously ye mera real birthday to hai nahin."
"Dr. Ashutosh. Aapko solar system ke bare mein kuchh bhi pata nahin hai kya?"
"Aapko pata hai ki leap year kyon hota hai?"
"Of course pata hai."
"Kyon hota hai?"
"Kyonki calendar year aur earth ke rotation period mein kareeb aadhe din ka farq hota hai. To use adjust karne ke liye har chaar saal mein'"
"Aur uske baawzood hundred years mein phir ek din adjust karne ki zaroorat par jaati hai. To har 100th year leap year nahin hota hai."
"Okay?" Ashutosh had half a mind to believe that Nidhi was either drunk or delirious.
"Lekin' lekin' har 4th 100th year, yani ki har 400th year leap year hota hai. Kyonki itni kalaakari karne ke baad bhi hum calendar year aur earth ke rotation time ko balance nahin kar paate."
Ashutosh was too amused, "Main samajh gaya ki aapka calendars ka aur solar system ka knowledge bahut achchha hai, lekin hum achanak ye kyon discuss kar rahe hain?"
"Aapko ye samjhaane ke liye ki given this mess, ye unlikely hai ki humme se koi bhi apna birthday exact us din manata hai, jab sun ke hisaab se manana chahiye. Birthday par ek calendar date daalna sirf celebrate karne ka bahana hota hai. To bas hamare paas aapki birthday celebrate karne ke liye bhi ek date ka bahana hai. Aur kya chahiye hoga?"
Ashutosh had a sweet, admiring smile on his lips, when Nidhi finished. "Tumse jeetna namumkin hai Nidhi," he said throwing his hands up in a gesture of accepting defeat.
"To phir party kahan hai?"
"Haan. Birthday ki party. Gifts muft mein nahin milte hain."
"Are. Nahin Dr. Nidhi. Birthday party' Maine kabhi nahin'"
"To kya hua? Har cheez pahli baar to hoti hai na? Aap chinta mat kijiye. Maine apni duty exchange kar li hai. Mere paas poora din hai. Main saara intezaam kar doongi."
"Aapke ghar par?"
"Haan. Maine Dr. Armaan se baat ki hai. Who meri madad kar denge."
"Aapne to poori team khadi kar di hai mere khilaaf."
"Is team mein koi bhi aapke khilaaf nahin hai. Aap unhein saath le kar chalne ki koshish to kijiye."
"To mujhe kya karna hai?"
"Aap bas senior doctors ko invite kar lijiye aur apne personal friends ko. Shaam mein 7 baje. Boliyega ki Dr. Armaan host kar rahe hain. Baaki ke staff ko invite karne ka kaam main khud dekh loongi ya interns se karwa loongi."
"Back out karne ka koi option hai?"
"Nahin. Bye Dr. Ashutosh. Aap please 6.30 tak ghar pahunch jaiyega."
After she had left, Asuhtosh opened the gift she had brought for him. It was a nice, blue tie. Ashutosh could not help smiling. He had hardly finished keeping the tie in his drawer when Mallika entered the room. Ashutosh felt annoyed that she didn't knock before entering, but he stopped himself from showing the annoyance.
"Hi Mallika," he greeted her courteously.
"Hi Ashutosh. Kya baat hai? Itni broad smile. Bade khush dikh rahe ho."
"Khush hone ka pata nahin. Lekin jo main abhi tumse kahne jar aha hoon, usse tum bhi utni hi surprised ho jaogi, jitna ki main."
"Achchha. Aisa kya hai?"
"Aaj shaam 7 baje mere ghar par party hai and you must come."
"Party?" Mallika was incredulous, "Tum party de rahe ho Ashutosh? Kis liye?"
"Meri birthday ke liye."
"Birthday? Tumhari? Tumhein pata bhi hai ki'" Mallika started saying and then stopped as she realized that she might hurt him. Ashutosh did look hurt for a split second, but it didn't last.
He replied with child-like enthusiasm, "Celebrate karne ka bahana chahiye Mallika. Date ki authenticity ka main kuchh nahin kar sakta. Aur usse kya farq padta hai?"
"Yes. Of course," responded Mallika in embarrassment, "It's great. Lekin party ka idea aaya kaise tumhein? Tumhein maine kitni baar kaha tha'"
"Mallika. Aam khane se matlab rakho. Ped ginne se nahin. Armaan arrange kar raha hai. I hope to see you at 7. Abhi kuchh kaam tha? Mujhe ward mein jaana hai."
"Nahin. Koi kaam nahin tha. Main to aise hi aayi thi. Main bhi chalti hoon. Will see you in the evening."
Nidhi had juidiciously made Armaan play the host in the party so that no one should know that she was the one who had planned it. The guests were yet to come. She had changed into a calf-length black dress for the party and was waiting for Ashutosh to come out of his room after getting ready.
When he came out, they both stared at each other for a few seconds. She looked very different. And it wasn't just her dress that was different. There was a marked difference in the impression she made. She had always enchanted Aashutosh by her girlish innocent beauty. Even when she had walked into Armaan's tea-party wearing the blue saree and the high heals, she had maintained her girlish charm from the moment she had lost her balance on the heals.
But today' today she looked confidence personified. The confidence with which she had barged into his office with a birthday gift, the confidence with which she had already planned everything with Armaan and didn't let him back out, the confidence with which she had explained to him why the authenticity of the date did not matter, all of it was oozing out of her. And wearing that black, sleeveless dress, which along with matching accessories contrasted against her milky white complexion, made her look very different from how she usually looked. It made her look' so' mature' and' desirable. Ashutosh flushed as he struck on the right word and broke his gaze. He did complement her though, "Aap bahut achchhi lag rahi hain."
"Aap bhi," she replied happily. She had noticed that he was wearing the tie she had gifted him.
Ashutosh noticed her footwear and ended up asking, "To ab apko heals pahanne mein problem nahin hoti?"
"Ye? Ye heals nahin hai Dr. Ashutosh. Platforms hain. Ye aage se bhi oonche hote hain, to dikkat nahin hoti hai."
"I see," Ashutosh grinned foolishly.
They didn't realize that Armaan had also walked into the hall and had watched them stare at each other. He finally intervened, "Koi hamari bhi taareef kar de zara."
Ashutosh was baffled for a moment on hearing Armaan's voice, but Nidhi was in control, "Aap to party ke centre of attention banne waale hain Dr. Armaan."
"Kahar to aap dha rahi hain Dr. Nidhi. Mujhe to kya lagta hai Ashutosh, ki party khatam hote hote tak haemin saare guests ko emergency mein admit karwana padega aur hum sab logon ko night duty karni padegi."
"Matlab inhein dekh kar sab logon ko heart attack jo aane waala hai?"
"Dr. Armaan!" Nidhi blushed and chided him.
"Khair chalo. Chalte hain. Party lawn mein hai Ashutosh. Aur guests ab aate hi honge."
"Aap log chaliye. Main Hiraman Kaka ke saath ek baar kaam dekh leti hoon ki sab cheezein taiyaar hain ya nahin," Nidhi said and stayed back. Nothing really needed to be checked up, but she did not want to create an awkward situation by being seen as the host. She had planned to slip into the party after it was crowded so that no one would know that she had been there since earlier.
"Are Nidhi. Sabko bula kar tu khud kaise late hog aye," Priyanka asked Nidhi when she spotted her in the party. Nidhi was relieved! So, no one had seen that she had come out from Ashutosh' house itself.
"Ghar chali gayi thi change karne. Isliye der ho gayi."
"Ekdum hot lag rahi hai."
Nobody had indeed noticed her, except Mallika. Ashutosh throwing a party or even agreeing to let Armaan throw one, that too for his birthday, was so unlike him. Mallikad had known him for many years and she was aware of how he felt about these things, especially his birthday. Even when he was, otherwise, a happy-go-lucky person, he had never celebrated his birthday in the college or afterwards. When Ashutosh had evaded answering her about the party earlier in the day, she could not help notice that Nidhi had exchanged her day-duty for the night shift with someone. After reaching the party, she had been looking for Nidhi everywhere. And she did find her. Coming out surreptitiously from a side door of the house. But it took her a while to corner Nidhi.
"I'm impressed Dr. Nidhi."
"Ashutosh ko party ke liye, aur who bhi birthday party ke liye manana aasaan kaam nahin tha."
"Ye aap mujhse kyon kah rahi hain?"
"Jiska kaam ho, tareef bhi to uski hi karni padegi."
"Party Dr. Armaan ne di hai."
"Dr. Armaan to Ashutosh ke saath bachpan se hain Dr. Nidhi. Aaj tak to koi party nahin hui? Party to tab hui jab aapne kaha. Aur apni duty exchange kar ke uski taiyaariyan bhi ki. Kyon?"
Nidhi sighed, "Whatever. Jab party ho rahi hai, to ye court laga kar baithne ki bajay aap party enjoy kyon nahin karti?"
"Bahut tez zubaan hai aapki? Control mein rakhiye. Ashutosh ko badtamiziyan bardasht karne ki aadat nahin."
"Aur woh badtamiziyan deserve karte bhi nahin."
"Kahna kya chahti hain aap?" Mallika felt insulted that Nidhi had indirectly told her that she deserved Nidhi's rudeness, "Ye mat bhooliye ki main aapki senior hoon'"
"Yahan nahin Dr. Mallika, yahan nahin. Phir agar aap apni seniority ki maryada nahin nibhayengi aur mujhe badtamizi karne par majboor karengi to hospital mein bhi ye cover nahin rahega aapke paas," Nidhi walked off leaving a fuming Mallika behind.
"Dr. Ashutosh. Mujhe nikalna hoga," Nidhi found Ashutosh after a while.
"Kyon?" Ashutosh' face fell, "Abhi to sab log yahin hain'"
"Meri duty ka time ho raha hai. Maine exchange ki thi na?"
"Ohh!" he could not ask her to be late for the duty, of course.
"I hope aapne enjoy kiya party ko."
"Ab tak to bahut kiya," Ashutosh openly admired her presence.
Nidhi blushed, "Aage bhi karenge. Itne log hain yahan. Mujhe to pata bhi nahin tha ki aap hospital ke bahar itne logon ko jaante honge."
Ashutosh laughed, "Zindagi ke is padav par jaanne waale logon ki kami nahin hoti Dr. Nidhi. Pahchanne waale log nahin milte. Khair. Hospital ke liye late nahin hona chahiye aapko."
"Ji. Chalti hoon," she turned to go away when he called her.
She turned back and looked at him questioningly.
He smiled, very slightly; but enough to tell her that he was genuine in what he said next, "Thanks a lot!"
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