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She was bracing herself for the fall, but to her surprise, she found herself gazing into the most precious pair of eyes,
looking deep into her with some moistness in them. " Sir...r , You??, How in the world did u get ...", said Nidhi as
soon as she gained some composure and set herself back on the ground. Ashutosh was still holding her, then realised and
released her reluctantly. " I was here to check on a boy with brain malaria,
as I was passing by the children's ward, heard a familiar noise , and...", said Ashutosh. " So you're back to work?" Ashutosh
asked with a pensive look? " Yes sir, have to gather my life together, and what better way than to forget myself in my work".
She couldn't dare to look up while talking to Ashutosh. She did not have the courage to face his sad eyes. Just then Sarita came
, " Dr Nidhi, Jiya has to go out of town for a family emergency, could you assist Dr. Ashutosh, with his patient till then?
He is a visiting doctor here for 2 days a week. I think Dr. Lata is fine in the Gynaec ward now, if there are any deliveries
I will let you know." Ashutosh's eyes brightened up a bit with hope, as he looked longingly at Nidhi. Her eyes met his for
a moment, and she felt so weak. How will she abide by her promise , when one look from her beloved, tore her apart. Both of them stood there in a trance.
"Dr. Ashutosh, Sunil is in pain, please come quickly", called the nurse. Ashutosh rushed soon, and Nidhi followed suit,
not having a choice. After a while, when the boy was calm, Dr. Ashutosh took his case file and updated some things. Then when
he went out of the room, he found Nidhi waiting there. "Sir, Saritaji told me to understand the case from you, so I
can administer the medication in your absence". " Ok Nidhi, shall we go to the cafeteria, my head is aching, maybe
some ginger tea would help", he said casually, then realised, as he saw Nidhi's eyes getting misty. "How is the cafeteria
here? Are you getting your favorite burger?" he tried changing the topic lightly. Nidhi nodded weakly. After ordering
some tea, Ashutosh explained the boy's case to Nidhi, while she listened intently, with her eyes on the reports.
Ashutosh observed, Nidhi was all pale, her eyes did not have the twinkle which he saw in the earlier days when she had joined
kotnis. Her bright rosy complexion seemed dull. It was evident she wasn't taking care of herself.Ashutosh was lost
in his thoughts when Nidhi's words brought him back to the discussion. " Should there be a time gap between these 2 medicines
Sir?", "Err... yeah, half hour", he said. " Nidhi, look at yourself, what have you turned yourself to?Aren't you eating well?"
" I don't have much of an appetite these days" said Nidhi looking away from him. "Ok I should get going, have a meeting today
, call me if Sunil seems agitated, I will see him on Wednesday." and Ashutosh got up to go, his mind pulling but his heart going reluctantly, as Nidhi looked on.
She felt like running upto him, and holding him with all her strength, whatever was left. Seeing him go, felt like
some energy going out of her, making her weak. Ashutosh turned back one time before exiting the building and found Nidhi
looking at him. He stood rooted for a moment, felt like gathering her in his arms and taking away all her fatigue,
her pain, melancholy along with his. Life makes you so helpless. He was always lonely, secluded, in his fort of despair
till she entered his life with her magic wand and changed him completely. But now, she needed a wand herself, to get
her back to herself. Why did the most beautiful feeling of this world have to be so difficult and trying? He couldn't
think anymore, and rushed out.
After going home, Anji asked Nidhi about her day and she told her everything, but skipped the part about meeting Ashutosh.
Not that she did not want to tell Anji, but she just wanted to avoid any more discussions on him. She did not have as much
strength now to go on . As it is, her mind was always filled with him, and now seeing him today at the hospital
, her resolve seemed to go weak. How was she to keep strong in his presence? It was difficult for her to be just professional
to him forgetting her heartache. Why was god testing her like this? She came away from Kotnis, away from him to another
hospital, but fate put them together again. If only one could understand destiny, what it meant.
"Nidhi beta, come
see I have made your favorite snacks today", called out Dadi bua, "Wow, dadibua alu wadas, these are my fav too said"
Anji as she grabbed a couple. " Anji, take them in a plate with some chutney, and be careful, they're hot". " I am
not hungry Dadibua" said Nidhi. "Nidhi, you have to try this, it really is awesome. Will make you hungry", and Anji stuffed
one in Nidhi's mouth, she ate that one calmly, then went inside her room. "Anji did Nidhi tell you how was her day at the
hospital, she doesn't talk much to me, I am really worried about this girl" ,said Dadibua with some creases on her forehead.
"Don't worry Dadibua, its a big thing that Nidhi has started working now, she will be fine."
The next day Nidhi remained quite busy in the hospital shuttling between Dr. lata and Sunil for his medicines and vitals.
She barely had time to grab a salad for lunch. "Are you on a diet Nidhi?", asked Ritu, eyeing her plate." though you
don't need to, rather you look like you need some food, those cheeks need some color girl, said the slightly chubby
intern smiling. " I have to rush Ritu, don't have much time today, Dr. Lata had 1 delivery which was unexpectedly
early, am helping her other patients", and she dashed away after gobbling her salad.
The day breezed by leaving her less time for any thinking, brooding. The next day, she found herself
in front of the mirror staring at herself. Everyone was right about her, her complexion certainly has gone down.
She combed her hair, and put her kajal and lipgloss after so long, and then looked again, she looked better. As she
parked her car and was walking into the hospital, she thought to herself, why did she feel like looking at herself
today, how she looked. It was Wednesday.