Rajeev Malik opened the door to welcome the guests in the house with a huge grin on his face.
deer laga di yaar, kab se tera intezaar kar rahe hain" and he pulled
his best friend, Shashank Gupta into a rib crashing hug…. "haye thand pe
gayi…kaisa hain mera yaar".
dekh le badiya hoon, aura abb dost se mil kar tabiyat kush ho gayi",
Shashank smiled full heartedly. Breaking out of the hug Rajeev greeted
the other members of the family. "Nameste bhabhiji, kaise hain aap, aao
baccho, meri bachiyain kitni badi ho gayi hain, kaise ho baccho??"
I did not know pa and uncle are such good friends, pa always tell us
their college stories but I thought after uncle moved to Canada 15 years
ago, they friendship must have distanced but guess I was wrong, they
still seem like they share a very strong bond…..Anyways what a nice
house yaar, the house is as mesmerizing from outside as it is from
, Ridhimma came out of her chain of thoughts as she heard a women speak
"Bas abb sari batein yahi karoge ya ander bhi anne doge" everyone turned to see Ananya Malik standing at the door.
After an emotional and a heart felt greeting session everyone was settled in the living room…
bacche kaha hain, its been 7 years since we have seen them…abb to bahut
bade ho gaye hoge…call them na", Padma asked cheerfully.
Rahul and Armaan to tumhe abhi nahi milenge, Rahul had to leave for
office early this morning and Armaan bhi college gaya hain. Mini was on
the phone last I checked. I will just call her."
Ananya asked the servant to go and call Mini.
aur inki to baat hoti rehti hain, Ananya you tell me how are you doing?
Shashank was telling me Rahul is a CA now, what firm he is working
with? and what is Armaan and Mini doing?" Padma asked.
Rahul got his CA designation this year, he got hired with Deloitte
then. Armaan he is in his second year Engineering. And Mini she is grade
11…." Ananya spoke with pride for her children….
talks were interrupted as they saw Mini coming down the stairs…She
looked gorgeous wearing a purple summer dress. She came down and greeted
everyone. Padma got up and hugged her "God bless you my child…you are
so beautiful, kissi ki nazar na lage, Padma iski aaj nazar ootar dena.
She was two when you guys left and now look at her, how time flies…"
Padma lovingly patted Mini on her head.
got busy chatting again over tea. Ridhimma chatted with Mini for a
while and talking with Ananya in between. She was the one in the family
who would take sometime getting comfortable with people, whereas
everyone else could easily talk to everyone and anyone. Shashank and
Padma was so excited to see their old friends after so long that the
excitement took over their tiredness from a 21 hour long flight. On the
other, Anjali was busy talking with Mini and Ridhimma was dozing off
sitting on the couch
noticed Ridhimma heavy eyes, struggling to keep herself awake when the
tiredness was taking over. He smiled at her innocence, and spoke "Ananya
abb inhe rest karne dete hain, humari baatein to khatam nahi hongi aur
Ridhimma beta yahi so jayegi"
Ridhimma turned red embarrassed at being caught " Wo..umm sorry uncle, I am just a bit tired, sorry...ummm"
lovingly gave her side hug " Oh no beta you don't have to be sorry, we
should be sorry but you know na how we old people are…we love to
talk…Now you go and have some rest"
"yeah we should get going now…Hum log phir sham ko milte hain", said Shashank standing up.
kaha ja raha hain…Bhabhiji abb app isko samjha lo…..Dost ke hote ve ye
Hotel main rehne ki zid kar raha hain…Jab tak app log ke liye paas me
ghar nahi dekh le.. aap sab humare paas rahenge…Have I made myself
clear... abb baar baar gussa mat chada…varna maine baat nahi karni",
said Rajeev and he pretended to be angry and turned his back towards
didn't want to be a burden on his friend, but seeing his friend get
serious he thought he will hurt him if he would not stay with them and
after all if they would have come to India and stayed at a hotel he
would have felt bad as well. So he agreed, deciding he will try and find
a home at the earliest.
abb tereko naraaz kar ke main marna thodi hain, chal abb room to
dikha..badi nind aa rahi hain" and Shashank pulled Rajeev in hug, in a
way apologizing, if his actions have hurt him….
finally broke out in a smile. Ordering the servant to take their
luggage from the car to their respective rooms. He asked Mini to show
Ridhimma and Anjali their rooms, while he showed Shashank and Padma
Ridhimma and Anjali room was on the third level with the other kids whereas the elder people had their room on the second level.
took them upstairs, "So this will be your room and the room next to
yours is Rahul Bhai's and the one opposite is Armaan Bhia's and the one
next to his mine. So I am right there if you need anything. Rest well, I
will see you guys later", Mini left closing the door behind.
As soon as Mini left, Ridhimma slammed on the bed. "Finally…..bed"
"Ridizii…could you atleast take off your shoes….How tired are you really?", spoke Anjali.
sat up on the bed pouting. Taking off her shoes hurriedly, she
adjusted the pillow and got into the comforter and spoke yawning, "You
have no idea di…how hard I was trying to keep my eyes open downstair…."
yeah I have an idea….", she chuckled remembering how Rajeev Uncle
caught her little sister dozing off. "By the way, did you see their
family pictures on the stair wall…I must say both the brothers looks
who was already half asleep now, replied in her sleep, "No did not see
the pictures properly, guess we will find out in the evening".
bhai I will get home on time. I know dad's friends are over from India
today…I don't understand he is dad's friend so why do I have to get home
early. Anyway, I will be there in an hour.…", a drop dead gorgeous guy
talked on the phone as he drove his Audi Q7 home.
an hour means an hour. I will be home in 10 mins. I don't want mom to
keep instructing me to give you a call. So get home on time." Rahul
spoke instructing his kid brother.
"yeah bhai I am on my way. Trust me I will be there. By the way bhai, how long would they be staying with us?"
think what mom told me was they have moved to Canada now, so dad is
going to insist they stay with us until they buy their own place. So may
be a month or so..", Rahul moved the phone away from his ear hearing
Armaan, shrieking at the other end.
"No FUC**** WAY ….You are kidding me right??", Armaan asked hoping.
"Omg Ammy could you not swear please and try to control your language
in front of the guests. They have two daughters for god sake."
smokes, I have no idea how I will survive in my own home. One month no
privacy and plus two girls. I am sure you know they will be like the
girls they show in the Indian TV shows which mom watches. Backward
thinking types. And on top of all that….mom tantrums when guests are
staying at our place. Beta do this, beta don't do that, Beta come on
time…ARGHH,…..I think I will have to move with Atul for some weeks now",
says Armaan frustrated, just with the thought of having guests over for
on the other hand could not stop his laughter hearing him whine like a
little girl, "Serioulsy Ammy you are such a girl, its just a month
dude…. You would not even realize it and plus I have heard they are fun
people. So stop being judgmental and wait until you meet them. Alright I
will see you soon, I am outside home. And come on time."
am not being judgmental for god sakes…you wait and watch bhai who is
right….and yeah stop being mom I will be thr..ok bye now", spoke Armaan
irritated, ending the call.
Anjali woke up hearing some noise from downstairs, she checked the time finding her watch,
pm, wow…. guess everyone else is up…wonder why noone came to wake us up
yet" She looking at Ridhimma sleeping peacefully beside her…..
sleepy head get up, its 6' o lock….everyone is up….I am hungry….get up
lets get fresh and go downstairs", Anjali said trying to wake Ridhimma
up, when there was a knock at the door. She got off bed , fixing her
hair and went to open the door.
Anjali opened the door she saw a handsome guy dressed in crisp
off-white shirt and brown pants. She remembered he was one of the guys
from the pictures.
*Wow…not bad…he is quite hot…guess staying with Malik's will be fun*
She smirked thinking to herself. Seeing him starting at her with a slightly open mouth she smiled and said "Hey?"
was in surprise, he probably believed what Armaan said and was
expecting a girl dressed in Indian outfits and shy and all, but the
sight in front of her was something else….A talk girl dressed in pink
top and shorts which reach till her upper thigh was not what he was
expecting…He got embarrassed realizing he was probably staring at her
for too long, cursing Armaan in his mind. He would not have reacted in
such a way, if he didn't have different expectations.
Anajli not able to break his gaze, waved her hand infront of his eyes, "Are you okay?"
Rahul gave an embarrassed cough, "I am sorry, I just….umm…, I am Rahul" He extended his hand.
She smiled taking his hand, "Hi I am Anjali"
to meet you Anjali, Hopefully I didn't wake you up?", Rahul asked
feeling kinda guilty of waking them up. He knew how tiring the flight
from India is, but he was just eager to meet them he told himself. His
curiosity took over and he volunteered he will go check on them when
Padma was coming upstairs to wake her daughters up.
"No no don't worry about it, we were just coming downstairs.", Anjali said.
"Oh alright. I guess I will give you girls some time to freshen up and will see you downstairs?", Rahul said smiling.
"Yeah, give us 5-10 min", Anjali said.
Rahul went down stairs while Anajli went in the room to wake her sleepy sister up.
Rahul smiled to himself thinking, *Ammy you are in for some surprise, I can wait to see your reaction. It be fun!*
Anjali went and shook Ridhimma who was sleeping unware of Rahul visit…."Ridzii ooth, ooth yaar"
the other hand Ridhimma just dig her face deeper into the pillow.
Anjali was having a hard time waking her up now. She decided to use her
old trick, she knocked on the table making it sound like there was a
knock on the door. And then went toward the door opening and said "Hello
uncle, yeah we were up. Come inside"
Ridhimma who was half awake now, quickly sat up on the bed, fixing her hair, expecting Rajeev Uncle to enter.
Anjali closed the door and walked inside giving her a winning smile, "Always works"
was annoyed now, "Kya di….app hamesha aise karto ho…I am gonna stop
talking to you if you use this silly trick on me again….Let me
sleep..whats the rush?"
looking for a dress in her suitcase looked at her sister not believing
how can she be such a kid, she is in someone else house and yet sleeping
so peacefully. *Well when it comes to sleep I guess no one can beat her. Sleep and Ridhimma are like soul mates*
"Sleepy head, what is wrong with you. Get up its 6:30 now. Even Rahul came upstairs to call us and I am not lying"
Ridhimma gave her a not believing look, "You are joking right?"
"NO I am not….and did I tell you he is gorgeous", Anjali spoke while going in the washroom to change.
got up quickly from the bed and stood beside the washroom door.
"Seriously di…you met Rahul already….Why did he came upstairs? Rahul is
the older one right?"
ridzi, he is the older one. I don't know why he came upstairs, may be
aunty told him to check on us, Now stop asking me questions and get
changed I told him we are coming downstairs in 5 min", Anjali spoke from
inside the washroom.
Both of them changed Ridhimma wore a Skinny jeans with a top. While Anjali wore a summer dress.
As they descended the stairs everyone was in awe for the girls. They went and joined everyone.
"Aao baccho, nind kharab to nahi huyi humari wajah se." Ananya asked lovingly.
"Nahi aunty hum log bilkul disturb nahi huye", Anajali responded smiling.
"bacho tum Rahul se mille?", Rajeev asked. patting on his son shoulder.
got up and walked toward the girl, "I met Anjali dad but Reedheemma se
nahi", he extended his hand towards her. "Rahul". She took his hand
smiling, "Ridhimma" she said correcting him as he spoke her name with an
accent and not in the right way "nice to meet you".
"Ridhimma not Reedheema, right? I am sorry about that. Nice name its different, never heard of it."
"Don't worry about it Rahul. You can call her Ridzi. We all call her that", said Anjali interrupting.
Ridhimma looked at her pissed but quickly realizing everyone was
watching her. She smiled back to Rahul, who gave her his best smile.
*God such a nice smile….Di was right indeed he is gorgeous. But why did
di have to tell him my nick name though. Only my friends and family call
me that and he is not even friend yet*
, Ridhimma frowned thinking.
was lost in her thought when Rahul waved his hand in front of her, "Hey
where are you lost? You want to join me, Anjali and Mini for coffee in
sure", she replied fumbling. She followed them to the backyard. Anajli,
Mini took a seat on the swing in the backyard when Rahul and Ridhimma
sat on the sofa.
"So what do you do Rahul?", Anjali asked curiously.
"I finished my CA this year Anjali and now I am working with Deloitte", Rahul responded.
"OH yeah Auntyji was telling. So you work closeby or is it a long drive?", Anjali asked.
"Well I work in downtown Toronto. So it is an hour long drive but if there is traffic, it takes much longer.", Rahul responded.
"Mom was telling you got placed with National Post here, what will you be working as?", Rahul asked Anjali.
yeah, I have my joining in two months. I will be working with their
fashion section. I think their office is in downtown Toronto as well"
Anajali responded cheerfully.
nice, Fashion interesting…That explains your greats sense of style.",
Rahul said complementing her. He was indeed impressed with the sense of
style of both the sisters. Though Ridhimma was simpler in style than
Anjali but both were nothing like the girls from the typical Indian
shows. He smiled recollecting Armaan prediction of them.
"Thanks Rahul. You yourself have a great sense of style.", Anjali said appreciating Rahul.
I guess the credit will go to Mini as she does the shopping for me and
Ammy. I mean Armaan my younger brother. You know how guys and shopping
does not really go together.", Rahul chuckled.
Anjali was surprised, "Really Mini…Wow I am impressed…"
"Thanks Di", Mini replied smiling.
"Hey nice nail art Mini.", said Anjali as she noticed her nail paints.
"Oh thanks di, I have whole collection do you want to see it", said Mini excitedly.
sure", Anjali said smiling getting up to go to Mini's room. Both of
them left leaving behind Ridhimma who was feeling really awkward now. It
will always take her time to get comfortable with people. People who
knew her always commented that she will be very quite in the beginning
but when she gets free she would not just stop talking.
"Wow guess Mini found a companion. So its two of us now.", Rahul smiled looking at Ridhimma sitting by her side.
"So what are you studying Ridzi?? Oh I hope you don't mind calling me that", Rahul asked trying to start a conversation.
its fine. I did my first year in business administration in India and I
will be starting my second year in Wilfred Lurier Unversity here from
September.", She said smiling at him.
"Oh really wow Armaan goes to Waterloo. It is on the same street as your university.", Rahul said.
talk was interrupted as Ananya came to ask Rahul to check on Armaan.
Rahul sighed thinking his brother would never change. He excused himself
and walked to a distance to call Armaan, while Ridhimma waited for him.
well he seems like a nice person. Here I was thinking he might not even
talk to us properly and all. But he is attending us well….I guess the
younger brother is the spoilt one……Guess we will find out soon..what his
name…Armaan…hmm desire…nice name…but wht the heck is Ammy..wht kind of a
nick name is that….well I should not be commenting…ridzii is also a
, Ridhimma thought smiling to herself.
stood up hearing everyone suddenly talking a bit louder as if someone
came. She saw Rahul coming to her shaking his head sarcastically, "My
brother…never on time….Lets go inside. I will introduce you guys…."
She followed him inside, she didn't know why but she was curious to meet Mr. Armaan urf Ammy….
she entered the living room, her eyes fell on the most handsome guy she
has ever seen in her life…..clad in a black tee with V-neck which
showed his well chiseled chest and broad shoulder with blue jeans. He
looked like a greek god. Rahul called him to get his attention to them
as he was busy talking to Shashank.
"Ammy….meet Ridhimma", Rahul said.
Rahul smirked seeing the reaction on Armaan's face, *I knew it*
was in a daze, He extended his hand by instinct not exactly aware of
his actions, "Wow…. I mean….Hi Armaan.". He quickly corrected himself,
said giving her his million dollar smile.
I thought Rahul was hot. This guy is like hotness personified. Omg
dimples. Can god make him any more tempting. Wait did I say that…stop
thinking like a pevert Ridhimma*
, she came out of her thoughts as she saw his hand extended towards her.
"Hi Ridhimma" she replied kindaa nervous.
"Ridhimma nice to meet you". Armaan said smiling *Hmm she is beautiful..I meant well she is not bad..I have seen girls better than her, wait now who is that….*
thought looking at Anjali coming down with Mini. He was in total
surprise now; he was expecting girls in Indian clothes. And these girls
were nothing like he expected.
extended a hand toward Armaan noticing his reaction. She smirked to
herself, she knew she had this effect on guys. "Hi Anjali"
tried to be normal and took her hand, "Armaan, Nice to meet you.."He
was still in surprise. Rahul who was watching there interaction could
not control his laughter anymore seeing his kiddo confused expressions.
"What so funny bro?" Amraan asked defensively seeing Rahul giggle.
nothing…I was just..nevermind we will talk later. Mom I am really
hungry. Lets have dinner now. I am sure everyone else must be hungry as
well.". Rahul said trying to change the topic.
Armaan excused himself and went to get fresh.
Ridhimma was confused now, she did not know why but she was jealous when she saw Armaan looking at Anjali that way. *Common
ridzi…you are getting it wrong….He was not wooed by her….Even if he was
why do you care…You know Anjali di have this effect on guys…Well she is
too hot afterall….wait why am I pacifying myself…am I jealous of my own
Shaking the thoughts out of her mind she joined everyone one on the dinning table.
a nice family, they are soo much fun, Ananya aunty is hilarious and so
caring…And Rahul is soo adorable, I love the way he was taking care of
Dad and Mom. He is so well mannered unlike his brother who didn't even
bother joining us for dinner….I guess he is all about good looks but no
brains…..no social sense really…..He is just the way I was expecting all
of them to be after all they have lived in Canada now for 15 years and
they were so young when they came here…so can't really expect them to be
all Indian and stuff…Thank god Rahul and Mini are not like him…They are
so much fun….*
, Ridhimma chain of thoughts were broken as Anjali came and lied down beside her.
"What took you so long di? Did you forget the way from the washroom?" She teased Anjali.
right…wo met Armaan outside. He was a apologizing for not being able to
join us during dinner. Nice guy. He said good night to you as well….God
he is hot or what….shit he is younger than me or I would have…arggh…",
Anjali replied regretting the reality.
" Whatever…", Ridhimma replied and turned in bed now her back was facing Anjali.
it seems like Armaan didn't leave a great impression on you….",
Anjali.said noticing Ridhimma annoyance at the mention if his name.
not like it matters….Well I would say I didn't like him…..I know what
would you say, but he seems like he is just too into himself…didn't join
us for dinner…well who does that when there are guests over at your
place. Rahul and Mini are so nice…but he just nah…." She said as a
matter of fact.
must be busy or something…didn't u hear Anaya aunty say he was working
on some project with his friends. Oh common..you just met him..How can
you not like him..", Anajali said persuading Ridhimma. But that was
Ridhimma once she made up her mind it was hard to change her opinion.
busy can he be? Anyways Di why are we arguing? He is not important. I
am tired now…Good night", She got up and quickly gave Anjali a kiss on
her cheek and lied down covering her face with the comforter.
"Good night", said Anajli, turning off the night lamps.
morning still half sleeping Armaan came downstairs wearing his shorts
only. His hair falling on his face and eyes still half closed. He woke
up early feeling thirsty and not finding water by his side came
downstairs to get some. He headed towards the kitchen when he spotted
Ananya and Ridhimma sitting in the backyard. He looked at the time and
it was 6'o clock.
*Mom wakes up early but why is she up so early in the morning….weird* ,
He grabbed a glass of water and went toward the backyard.
rubbed his eyes adjusting to the light outside. Sun was up bright and
early. He mumbled a good morning to Ridhimma and went to give a side hug
and kiss to his mom.
stopped breathing the moment she saw him without shirt. She could not
move her gaze from his perfect body. He just woke up but he looked
hotter than ever. With his hair all messed up their was innocence in his
beta don't come outside you will get cold….How come you got up so
early in the morning?" Anaya asked ruffling his hair as he nuzzled
closer to her. And closed his eyes.
She was at awe at the scene in front of her.
He spoke still with his eyes closed, "I was thirsty and there was no water bottle on my bed side"
"Oh I am sorry beta…totally forgot it last night", Ananya said apologizing.
worries ma…I am gonna go sleep, slept late last night", Armaan said
standing up give Ananya another quick peck "I will see you later
Ridhimma who was till in a daze jerked up and gave him a quick smile.
*haye kina hot hain and and kina cute…haye…*
, she thought as she saw his retreating back….still smiling in a stupid way.
Ananya called her but not getting her attention she walked up to her and shook her lightly, "Where are you lost beta?"
She looked up clearly embarrassed….. Ananya smiled seeing her go red, and a thought strike her *Armaan and Ridhimma…hmm ye jodi ban sakti hain?*
Then leaving that thought for later she asked ridhimma, "Coffee?"
She nodded and followed Ananya inside the house, cursing herself in her mind, *Stupid
idiot…its just your first day here and you have already made an
impression on aunty…omg what will she be thinking…you are such a
jerk…can't you control you emotions and not make it so obvious that you
find her son irresistibly hot….…Arggh I am such a jerk…..*
served her the coffee and both of them settled on the couches in the
family room talking. Ridhimma was amazed at how comfortable she felt
talking to Anaya, she was so nice and considerate.
it almost 7. Rahul must have woken up.", Anaya said looking at the
clock. And just then they heard someone coming down the stairs. Rahul
was dressed in a black track suit, holding a bottle and ipod in his
hand, he approached them.
"Good morning mom", he said giving a peck to Anaya.
"Good morning ridzi", he said cheerfully. She smiled wishing him as well.
"How come you are up so early?", he asked Ridhimma taking a seat beside Anaya.
"Jetlag…." She said pouting
Rahul chuckled seeing her make a cute face, "awww…what time did you wake up?"
ask I was up at 4'0 clock but kept tossing on the bed and finally
around 5:30 I just couldn't lie down anymore so came downstairs and
Aunty was already up. She is an early riser." she said smiling at them.
wow you have some bad jet lag, I hope its gets better soon." He said
getting up , "Oh by the way, I was going for a walk. Do you want to
Ridhimma being a morning walk person herself readily agreed.
She quickly changed into her track suit. And both of them headed out.
Ridhimma: So do you go for a walk regularly?
Rahul: Yeah I try too, he said winking at her.
Ridhimma: oh nice…me too
Rahul: That's great….I guess I will have a morning walk buddy now.
Ridhimma: Sure. What time do you have to leave for work?
I am not working today, it Saturday and we have two days weekend here.
And I am also off next week Yay!! But usually when I am working I leave
Ridhimma: I see. So you are on vacation next week. How come?
I had my vacations pending and you guys were coming so I though I might
as well take them now and have fun with you guys….you know show you
Toronto and stuff…He said excitedly…..
Ridhimma: smiled thinking how genuine this guy is and so thoughtful. "Thanks Rahul..that really nice of you."
Oh common you do not have to thank me…You know what we should go to the
beach today. The weather is going to be nice in the afternoon, we
should go. What do you think?
Ridhimma:Sure I am up for it….. I totally love beaches…
Rahul: Great…. I will also call Muskaan….. Armaan love beaches tooo…I am sure he will come along as well ……
As soon as Rahul mentioned Amraan's name Ridhimma thoughts wandered to imagine him on the beach….hmmm shirtless.
not again….what is wrong with you…I know he is physically attractive
but control your hormones girl….he is a jerk remember….yeah yeah a jerk"*
and without realizing she said the last part a loud enough for Rahul to listen.
"jerk…" He narrowed his eyes and looked toward Ridhimma in mock anger…."Did you just call me a jerk?"
Ridhimma flustered at being caught, quickly defended, "No No I did not call you a jerk…"
"I am sure I heard jerk ridzi, common out with the truth now", said Rahul still not letting her off the hook…
I did not call you a jerk…I just wo…", she said uncertain not knowing
what to tell him and without another thought she said, "I was calling
myself a jerk, nevermind that…… who is Muskaan?"
It was Rahul turn to be caught of guard; he did not realize in excitement of going to beach he mentioned her name as well.
asked generally, catching the name from their conversation before her
thoughts were captivated by Mr. Hottie but now seeing Rahul hesitation
and what seemed to her, "is he blushing?", she thought and then as she
observed him more. She was sure Muskaan is indeed someone special.
Rahul was on the otherhand confused on what to tell her, "She is ummm she is…",
"How cute", Ridhimma thought seeing him conflicting to find the right words. "your girlfriend?"
As she said those words, his head shot up as he looked at her comprehending her words.
"No no she is a friend yeah just a friends", he said quickly correcting her more like convincing himself in the process as well.
"yeah RIGHT", she thought out loud.
"I meant yeah…she is your friend", kicking herself mentally for thinking out loud again.
we are home already, didn't realize the time ehh", she said as she saw
Malik residence now in sight, quickly changing the topic.
"Yup that was quick", Rahul said as he followed her inside the gates.
"I have no idea which route we took, the roads and all are so confusing here", she stated generally.
He chuckled, "It okay Ridzi you will get used to it….it just a matter of few days"
"Hey Niki is here", Rahul said as he saw an Audi parked in their driveway.
"Niki?" She asked as they entered the house now.
"Yeah Nikita Malhotra actually, Niki for short…She is Ammy's best friend", Rahul replied.
As they neared the living room she saw a beautiful girl chatting happily with her mom.
*Best Friend…or Girl Friend??*
she found herself thinking and felt a pang of jealousy uncertain why?
Seeing her standing up to greet them, she put on a smile.
"Hey Rahul. How are ya?", Nikita said giving Rahul a side hug.
"I am good Niki. How have you been? Oh meet Ridhimma", he said introducing them.
"Hey Ridhimma, nice to meet you", Niki said cheerfully extending her hand.
Ridhimma genuinely smiled back and shook her hand, "Hey…same here"
"So how do like it here so far?", Niki asked…
we just came yesterday but from whatever I have seen it really pretty
nice here", Ridhimma replied as they took a seat beside each other.
that reminds me Niki, I was thinking we should go to the beach
today…..why don't you and Abhi join us as well?", said an excited Rahul…
"Mum what say? Aunty?" Rahul asked Padma and Ananya.
"Yea aunty lets go……it will be soo much fun…Lets go lets go", said an excited Mini almost jumping at her seat.
"Beta let us old people rest for few days, hum log ghar main gup shup karenga app bacche ghum ke aaye...Kyu Ananya?", said Padma
Rahul beta…..agar Ridhimma and Anjali ka mood hain to app bachche ghum
ke aao. Kyu Anjali beta?", Ananya asked turning to Anjali.
"Aunty mujhe koi problem nahi hain, par aap log bhi chalte", she asked hopefully.
okay Anjali, we will go to the beach again…. all of us the next time…I
will go ask Armaan…Oh Niki how come you are here so early? Everything is
fine na", Rahul asked Niki realizing it was only 8'o clock.
he didn't tell u guys, we have a project deadline coming up so heading
to Sean's place for a group meeting…..we were supposed to leave at 7:30
and this jerk just woke up….if I wouldn't have come, he would have kept
on sleeping…I wonder when he will start setting up an alarm", said Niki
rolling his eyes….
"What a project meeting this early in the morning", said an astonished Rahul.
dude….the deadline is coming Wednesday and we haven't started working
yet….and plus one of our group member is leaving this afternoon for
States and won't be back until Tuesday so have to discuss and then
divide up the work before he leaves…Ammy was suggesting web conference
but you know how much he loves to procrastinate work…..so I was adamant
on having a meeting this morning….you have no idea what I had to do to
convince him….", Niki replied annoyed….
you stop complaining for once..bhai she is such a liar", Armaan joined
everyone else in the living room, dressed in a white-tee and blue
jeans…his hair still wet from shower…
"Good morning everyone", Armaan greeted.
Ridhimma heat skipped a beat as she laid her eyes on him *why is this dude so fu**ing hot……is there a time when he does not look so tempting*
She quickly looked elsewhere as she saw him look back at her and pass his killing smile…*Ridhimma
stop behaving like a teenager and for heaven sake stop ogling him..I
hope Ananya aunty did not see me again…I am in such deep shit….*
, she thought walking to the kitchen to help Ananya and Padma as they left to prepare breakfast.
"I am not lying…you know me Rahoool…", said Niki pouting…..
not that look….Alright lets go Niks…we are already late…", Armaan said
pulling Niki by her arm to the door, while Rahul followed them…
two will never stop fighting will you…Anyway before u guys
leave…Ammy…we were planning to go the beach today, you think you guys
will be able to come?", asked Rahul
Armaan smile widened at the mention of the beach, " Beach?!?" he said excitedly "I am so game"
"And who will do the project", said an angry Niki glaring at Armaan with hands on her hips….
babes we are meeting this early, after we drop Tony to the airport I am
not working on it anyways so we will go to the beach then..yo don't
worry…. the project is due Wednesday we still have a LOT of time…we will
ACE it…don't you trust me??", and that was the trump card…
fine" , said Niki surrendering to his best friend as always…. "We will
meet you directly there Rahul, you guys can go early then"
"Thats like my girl", Rahul said give a side hug to Niki.. "Hey call Abhi too?"
"Yeah I will ask him", said Niki blushing
common you guys have been dating for a year now and you still blush at
the mention of his name", said Armaan shaking his head in disbelief.
"Bhai I am inviting Atul and Diana too and Sean and Amanda might come as
"Do you have to invite Diana?", said an annoyed Niki
what kind of a ques is that? she is my girl friend of course I have to
invite her, otherwise she will kill me as we already had plans for the
evening…some stupid chick flick she wants to see", said Armaan annoyed
at the thought of another stupid movie he might have to sit through… "If
she comes to the beach I will at least be saved from going through a
Niki gave him a "whatever look"
worry yaar Niki we will have fun yaar….they will do what they always do
the best at all our outings...", said Rahul mischievously to Niki.
a questioning look from Niki, Rahul continued, "I meant as
always…..cling onto each other and ignore everyone else as if we do not
even exist….Why do you guys have to do a public show, instead u know
Ammy it be nice if you just get a room"
they both burst out laughing, while Armaan stood fuming, "Shut up Bhai,
we never ignore you, you guys are just so insensitive to her, always
teasing her, I wonder why you guys don't like her".
before anyone of them started their speech to answer his question, he
cut them off, "I don't wanna know actually" And he pulled a still
laughing Niki out of the doors, who shouted.
"Bye Rahul I will see you in the afternoon."
"Hey Rahul, Where are you guys? Have been trying to reach your for an hour now"
"What do you expect us to do on a beach Niks? Are you guys here?"
"Yeah we will be there in another 10 mins, what beach area should we come to?"
"Oh come to Number 7, I will just come to the parking lot or you guys will never be able to find us..."
"Alright see you then", And Niki hung up the phone.
Rahul waved to get the attention of the girls who were still playing in the water
at a distance...
"Ye rahul abhi tak kyu nahi aaya? Phone check karne main itne ghante lagte hain," said,
an annoyed Muskaan.
Ridhimma and Anjali also started looking around to see if he was anywhere near in sight..
They waved back, gesturing him to come back in water when they saw Rahul waving at them...
Rahul acted with his hands that he has to go get other and will be back in 10...where
on one hand Ridhimma and Anjali watched Rahul do some actions without a clue what he
was trying to say, shaking their hands to make him understand they are not getting what
he saying. When they watched Rahul show them thumbs up and they turned to see Muskaan
gesturing back at him.
"Did u get what he said?", asked a confused Ridhimma.
"Ridzi, what kind of question is that, Mukaan to Rahul ke bina kahe he bhi samjh jayegi
wo kya kahna chata hain", and both sisters burst out laughing, when Muskaan on otherhand
Muskaan, Ridhimma and Anjali hit off instantly as they met each other. Muskaan was a very warm
person, bubbly and a total chatter-box. Girls gelled together unbelievingly much to Rahul surprise
They talked endlessly during the three hour drive to the beach after Rahul picked Muskaan up
on their way. They were talking as if they have known each other for ages and much to
Rahul dismay, they kept chatting mostly in Hindi. He was not very good in Hindi, though
better than Armaan and Mini. He would understand it, if someone talks slowly but the girls
were talking like an express train and with their shrieks and excitement in between Rahul was
only able to get bits and pieces.
Anajli guessed it instantly that Rahul and Muskaan were not "Just Friends" as Muskaan
stated. And Ridhimma doubts from the morning walk also got confirmed.
And after non stop tease from Ridhimma and Anjali, Muskaan confessed to them that she has
a crush on Rahul, but nothing else. And took a promise from them to never tell anyone.
Ridhimma and Anjali made up their mind instantly that will work to bring together the two
love birds as they knew the attraction was mutual on both sides and perhaps they are
just shy to tell their feelings, finding it weird as they have been living in Canada
for long now but at the same time it was really cute.
up guys, you girls are so mean….I should have never told you", Muskaan
said angrily, seeing Ridhimma and Anjali were still in fits of laughter.
She splashed water on them taking out her frustration….
and Anjali stopped her and took her in a bear hug, "Awww….sorry
muski…bas promise tujhe aur tang nahi karenge". They winked at each
other while hugging her.
And trying to turn sober, Ridhimma asked her, "btw rahul keh kya raha tha?"
"He said he is going to get others and will be back in 10", said Muskaan with a straight
face to avoid any further embarrassment.
Ridhimma heart raced as she heard Muskaan words, *OMG he is here...alright why I am
getting nervous...do I look okay...shit I am all wet already...ridzi...wht r u thinking??
since when u have started caring about how you look...This guy is gonna drive me insane*
She came out of her thoughts as she felt Anjali nudging her, "Where are you lost now?"
no nothing…I was just thinking may be we should get out of water…..and
meet all of them first", Ridhimma said trying to hide her thoughts for
the umpteenth time in two days…
"Yeah sounds good let go", Muskaan replied.
Armaan eyes did not move a wink since he spotted Ridhimma, it was something about her, that was attracting him towards her.
He watched her laugh trying to get out of Muskaan's hold as she was tickling her. And just watching a smile crept on his lips *She is adorable*
He came out of the daze as he heard Niki shriek, "Muskaan…" and she took her into a rib crashing hug.
"Niki you will kill her, leave her and let me introduce everyone", Rahul said.
Anjali nudged Muskaan and mouthed "Ooo possessive" at Rahul's comment…..
"Everyone this is Ridhimma and this is Anjali and you all know Muskaan", said Rahul gesturing towards them.
felt suddenly conscious as she could see Armaan watch her intently. She
was wearing a white shirt over a multi-colored bikini. With white
shorts which reach till the middle of her thighs. Her shirt wet now,
cling to her body showing her curves. She picked her beach towel and
wrapped it around herself feeling shy.
"Guys meet Abhi, Abhimanyu Modi, my boyfriend.", said Niki holding Abhimanyu's arm.
"Why are all hot men taken?", mumbled Anjali a little loud atleast it could not miss the ears of the guy standing beside her.
every hot guy is", Atul whispered slightly bending towards Anjali and
then straightening up quickly he extended a hand towards Anjali, "Atul",
and then whispered again, "single and ready to mingle"
Red color crept onto Anjali's cheeks instantly at the intended comment….. while Atul winked at her quickly.
and guys meet Diana, Ammy's girlfriend", Ridhimma eyes shot up to the
girl dressed in bikini and shorts clinging onto Armaan.
forced a fake smile, when in heart she felt as if someone has snatched
something that belonged to her. She tried to ignore the feeling but her
heart felt a sudden sadness.
"Alright guys enough of the introduction, we have come to the beach to talk? Let's go in water guys", pouted Niki.
"Lets go babes", saying Abhi picked Niki over her shoulders carrying her to the water…..while she yelled,
"Abhiii…leave me….we will fall"
other burst out laughing….Muskaan and Anjali pulled Rahul and Atul
along, joining Niki and Abhi as they ran towards the water….
Anjali stopped half way and screamed, "Ridzi chal"
"Di you go I will join you guys in 10 mins", Ridhimma shouted back.
She took a seat on the beach mat, drying her hair she faced the other way with her back at Armaan and Diana now…..
"Babes lets go", she turned around hearing Armaan say the words, but immediately realized he was talking to Diana.
we go later sweety, I wanna soak in the sun for a while…please..",
Diana replied in a childish tone which made Ridhimma cringe….
Ridhimma turned around quickly as she saw Armaan shed his shirt. *No not again*
could you put on some sun screen lotion on my back", saying so Diana
lied down flat on her stomach on the mat close to where Ridhimma was
sitting. Ridhimma back was still at them. As she now felt Armaan take a
seat as well, she did not know what got into her and she stood up and
eww…now will he apply lotion on her back as well…..god she is sooo
irritating…don't know wht he saw in her…bad question Ridhimma did you
not see her huge a** and b**bs, which even that two suit fail to
hide…arghhh….all guys are the same*
"Hey where are u going?", she turned around composing herself.
I will be back, I just need to…" not finding an excuse, she was
fidgeting with her shorts pockets when she felt keys in it. She quickly
added, "I just need to get something from the car"
"Oh hold up I will come along", quickly kissing Diana on her cheek he got up and walked to her.
Edited by sar_m_PM - 03 August 2012 at 6:30pm