Posted: 21 August 2012 at 11:16pm | IP Logged
shattered kunal wiped his tired red rimmed eyes one last time, took a deep relaxing breath and got up from the bed...wore a random shirt and a jeans , fixed his damp hair , collected his cell phone and car key from the table and came out of his room.
seema:' bhaiya breakfast ready...' she said from the kitchen. kunal:' nahi...i don't want to...' he said lacing his shoe. seema:' don't want to!...lunch box tho lelo...' she came running from the kitchen with the hot pack. kunal:' nahi ...' he said the same folding his sleeves up. seema:' nahi chahi ye!...' she was confused about his continuous nahi. kunal:' i may come home early...'with a shaky breath he slipped through the door way and made his way down the steps. seema:'...' she stood still looking at him going out.' sab teek tho hai na?' she asked to herself.
kunal walked towards the parking with heavy heart thinking so many things in his mind...humid morning air hit his face trying to cool him down.looks like , it may rain at any time.
even though he couldn't concentrate much on road ,he safely reached his office few minutes before time. siddhi was standing in front of the book shelf , facing her back to the exit door,searching for some law book . as soon as he saw her his emotions out burst. his helplessness agony of loosing her turned out as anger.with his two wide steps kunal reached her, grabbed her upper arm and turned her towards him with force.
siddhi:' aap! ...' she turned abruptly.for a second her feet lost the balance and she looked at him with her sleek feet. kunal:' what is wrong with you?...' he yelled trying to keep his tone as low as possible. siddhi:' exactly...what is wrong with you...?...' she asked looking at his hand holding her arm.she looked annoying in his tight hold. kunal:' tumai engagement karne ki ithne bhi kya jaldi thi?...' he asked looking deeply in to her eyes.his voice was filled with hurt. siddhi:...she has no answer for him. kunal:'unpad taklu se sagai kar ne ki kya zaroori thi?...'he pierced her with his anger filled eyes.
siddhi: ' i don't think i owe to answer your questions...' she said reluctantly with her cool tone.
kunal:'ridicules...' he snapped at her. siddhi:'you better take off your hand from me...mai ab kisi aur ki hun...' she tried to pull her arm from him. kunal:' damn it.....' he left her arm.her statement '..mai ab kisi aur ki hun...' hurt him the core. siddhi:' yehi book hai na?...this is what you were searching isn't it?..' forcing a weak smile on her face she placed a big fat law book in his hand looking at the door way. ' hi...' ritcha enter with a common hi to both kunal and siddhi. kunal: ...without caring ritcha's entry he threw the book on siddhi's table and walked away leaving her with a bewilder look on her face. ' hi...' ritcha said again.this time it was exclusively for kunal. kunal:' ...see you later...' he said clenching his teeth and without looking at her he walked out of the office suppressing his anger. 'is he not attending office? does he has any trial today?' she asked siddhi looking at kunal going out. siddhi:...she could understand to what extant kunal was hurt and shattered...but...she can't help him even if she wish to as he was too late.
kunal understood that his anger on siddhi is baseless.in fact he may be one of the reason for siddhi's engagement with unpad taklu...due to frustration siddhi might have agreed for him.
his amazing experience of ' being in love ' had a short life.his love withered before it could bloom! he was left with nothing but the painful memory of all that happened for the past few months.he could not help to think that siddhi heading off in to her life with that bald man leaving him to drown in the memories of what they had by himself.constant thoughts burnt his heart down to the stomach.
' what a ill fate man i am! how fate could do this to me?...' deep with in him he knew he could't keep giving in to the pain he was feeling.at some point he was going to stand up, dust himself off and move on.he will do that with the help of his family, but not yet ...it was still too fresh, and he was just too weak at this point to even imagine moving on...'
' i would get better...i had to believe that...i need to believe that...
he stood for a while ...his heart burn with siddhi's reluctant behavior ..he has been on a slow burn.he wiped the sweat from his fore head walking aimlessly on the road.
that day he did not turn up to office.from next day on wards kunal avoided talking with siddhi, almost stopped talking to her.never tried to look at her directly or indirectly. siddhi tried by all means to get his attention...all her attempts were failed.most of the time he was with his clients, away from the office. once in a day he made a quick visit to office just to look in to his day to day case file.ritcha was wondering about it. she was sure that some thing went wrong with him.
nothing went as he thought or planed. he felt like each passing day was more painful than the last.
it was friday again...end of hectic week!
around 1:30 pm,
ritcha went to meet the judge in his office,siddhi was sitting alone in her seat and eating her lunch ,when kunal walked in to the office.
siddhi:...she stopped eating and instantly said ' hi ' to him in a cheering tone.neglecting her ' hi ' kunal went to his desk and searched for the file he wanted.
while he was looking for the case file ritcha came back.
ritcha:' hi kunu...' she too was excited to see him. kunal:' hi...' he got the file and wanted to go out.
ritcha:' kunu...ruko...' she blocked his way.
kunal:' i have to go now...' ritcha:''you are not going...'
kunal:'my client is waiting...' he tried to over pass her.
ritcha:' oh really!...' she smiled sarcastically. kunal:
ritcha:' siddhi...come here...' she called ...immediately siddhi went to them as if she was awaiting for that call.
ritcha:'kunal's client is waiting in the visitors hall. go and talk to them and write down their complete case history...' her intention was to send siddhi out of the office so that she can have some personal talk with kunal.
siddhi:'sure...' she went out with her note pad and pencil. kunal:' no...i don't like others to talk to my client...'he objected.
ritcha:' come on kunal don't say that.siddhi is a staff here...'
kunal: he couldn't refuse further. ritcha hold his wrist, took him to his seat and made him sit. she too sat beside him, gave few seconds to relax his mind and body. ritcha:' tell me now...' kunal:' tell what?...' he asked as if he don't understand her question. ritcha:' what is bugging you?...what is your problem?...' she took his hand in hers to comfort him. kunal:' i am fine...' ritcha:'you are not fine...i can understand that...' kunal:' issa kuch nahi hai...' ritcha:' issa hi hai...you know what day today?...' she looked at him to get the answer. kunal:...he could not get her.the day he came to know siddhi got engaged he could not find the difference between day and night.every thing went dark for him.' what day today? 'he was less care about it. ritcha:' today it is Aug 17th ...' she gave the clue. kunal:'...'he looked confuse.still he could not connect her. ritcha:' my birth day...' kunal: ...he was dumbstruck. ritcha:'...for the past 10 years you never forget to wish me on this day...' kunal:'sorry......' he said bluntly. ritcha:'... this year you don't even remember it...' kunal:'tch! sorry...' ritcha:' now tell me...what is troubling you?...' she came to the same place where she started. kunal:' i am fine...' ritcha:' firse jhoot...' kunal: ritcha:' fine...if you don't want to say don't say...atleast you can say birthday wishes to me ...right...' kunal:' happy birthday ...'
ritcha:' yahan nahi...we have arranged a party tonight...you have to come and grace the party...'
kunal: ritcha:' say i will...'
kunal:' i will...' he said.
ritcha:' jab tak tum nahi aaogay i will not cut my cake...'
kunal:' mai jaunga tho na aaunga......' ritcha:' sure...' she let him go.
that day evening:
thakral house was beautifully decorated with countless number of white & pink balloons and streamers.several gauzy baby pink and white curtains were hanging like sails to add more beauty. the table chairs were covered with pink and white satin cloths. looks pink and white were the colour theme of the party!
look at the decoration!
an eye catching large pink & white three tier cake, topped with ruffled white and pink hand-made flowers was kept on a decorated table.the hall was crowed with guest .every one was in their best out fit trying to show that they are the best . ritcha was in one-shouldered backless baby pink full 'A' line skirt with fitted torso,without accessories ,awaiting for kunal to come.
rohit:' di i don't think he is going to come...'he encouraged her to cut the cake. ritcha:' he will come......'she was confident. to add up her confident kunal entered with a fresh and soft pink rose bouquet. ritcha:' i told you...' she said to rohit looking at kunal. kunal:'sorry...held up in the traffic...' he presented the bouquet with apology.he was in three piece white suit.looking cool in that white suit! ritcha:' no worry ...waiting for you is my pleasure...' she took him to the table where the cake was kept.soon her family and friends stood surrounding ritcha and sang the "Happy Birthday" song for her. she made a quick wish , blow out the candles. with the best wishes of family and friends ritcha cut the cake with a big happy smile.first piece of cake she fed to her beloved father thakral and her brother rohit. ritcha:' kunal...tum lo...'when she tried to feed kunal ... kunal:' thanks...'with a smile he took it from her in his hand. ritcha:...' she was upset as she wanted to feed him.
kunal moved away from the crowd and stood aside eating cake.the party was on! the waiters moved around and served drinks to every one.
'hi...' from no where siddhi came to him hesitantly. kunal: ' hi......'he very much expected her presence there , after all she is ritcha's employ and rohit's friend. she must have been invited from both side. siddhi:'...she was in pure white fish cut lehenga and choli with lovely floral & paisley pattern and royal velvet fusion work . a fascinating velvet patch white netted dupatta dripping from her right shoulder.she was wearing a genuine cultured fresh water white pearl set with a beautiful luster and wonderful sparkle...looking like an angel! kunal:' achchi lag rahi ho...' he complimented her .as it was a happy vocation he don't want to show his bitter feeling towards her in front of others. siddhi:...'she did not say thanks instead a happy smile crept on her face and made her look more cute and attractive.as kunal was keeping himself away from her for the past one week siddhi wondered what to speak. even she too don't want to spoil his mood.finally she thought of saying about her engagement to him. siddhi:' wo mera engagement...' she said licking the cake cream from her finger tips. rohit:' hi sweety...'rohit interrupted with a bright smile.it was his first time calling her sweety! he was drunk! kunal:...he did not like his interruption and hated the way he called her sweety and his drunken state. rohit:' chalo......' he quickly snuck his hand closer and laced his fingers through hers.he began pulling her through the crowd ,walking with his unsteady feet, ignoring the stare from kunal. siddhi:' she too realise that he was over dosed with liquor.
the waiters moved around and served drinks to every one.kunal took a red wine cup from them...
kunal: ...his eyes constantly followed siddhi. siddhi:... unfortunately she too happened to look at him. her mysterious look forced him to finished the wine in one go and searched for the waiter to get one more.
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Edited by shumi. - 22 August 2012 at 6:47am