Joined: 05 June 2012
Joined: 05 June 2012
Yog looks up from one of the case files he is studying: yes beta?
Nidhi: papa aap ke paas Ashutosh ke ghar ka number hain kya?
Yog takes out his phone: yeah..par kyon Nidhi? you have Ashu's number na.
Nidhi hesitates a bit before answering: ji. But he is not answering his phone and today was his first session with Armaan. I..i spoke to him soon after that but..
Yog passes on his phone: here you go. That's the residence number. I still don't know how to send that business card thing through these phones.
Nidhi smiles a little before quickly copying the number and passing the phone back to her dad: thanks papa. (she goes back to her room and calls Ashu's home number.)
Nidhi: hello..uncle? mein..Nidhi.
Alok: arre Nidhi? hi beta.
Nidhi: how are you uncle?
Alok smiles: I am fine..kaho beta. tumhaari aunty se baat karni hain?
Nidhi: ji..woh..actually..i..i tried calling Ashutosh's number but he is not picking up. How is he uncle?
Alok gives a quick look towards the stairs: he is ok beta. very tired after coming from Armaan's house. had a bit to eat and went off to bed.
Nidhi: oh. Ok. ok uncle. Let him rest. I will talk to him tomorrow.
Alok: tum tension mat lo beta. tum ho na uske saath. And I think that's all he needs.
Nidhi smiles: ji. Uncle. Apna khayal rakhiye. Aunty ko bhi kahiye. Rakhti hoon.
Alok: goodnight beta.
Next day(Wednesday) morning: Ashu's apt:
Rukmini: Good morning Ashu.
Ashu: good morning ma.
Rukmini: Nidhi ko phone kiya?
Ashu stops tying his shoe lace for a second before continuing again: no. why?
Rukmini: arre..she called here last night. You were asleep and not picking the phone so I think she got worried.
Ashu: I am fine ma. I sent her a sms this morning saying I am fine. waise mein bachcha thoda hi na hoon ki woh har waqt mere peeche peeche rahe? (Alok looks up with a frown but shakes his head as in a no when Rukmini tries to object and prolong the conversation) bfast milega ma? hospital keliye der horahi hain.
Nidhi's college: same day:
Rihaana: Nidhi..yeh achanak kaun sa guest lecture hain yaar?
Nidhi continues to arrange the papers in the assembly hall but growls: ab mujhe kya pata! HOD ne decide kiya aur buss..hum log yahan pe atak gaye.
Rihaana: why are you in a horrible mood since morning? Tumhaare woh ka phone nahi aaya kya?
Nidhi dumps the whole load of papers on the main stage table: nahi aaya. ab khush?
Rihaana laughs out loud: itni chidti kyon hain yaar? He is a busy doctor and he has joined KGH only a couple of days back. He would hardly have time to breathe let alone give you hourly updates. Come on now, don't smother him.
Nidhi sighs: yeah..i guess so.
Ashu almost falls off the bed laughing: Oh my God Nidhi! I wish I had been there. I mean..how did you..
Nidhi grumbles and stomps her foot: how was I to know that the mike was on?
Ashu wipes the laughter tears from his eyes: Nidhi..you should have at least checked before deciding to discuss your HOD's extra marital affair in the assembly hall na.
Nidhi: arre that's what I have been trying to tell you. me and Rihana were chatting and arranging things in the hall and I was telling her about the time our HOD and one of our other professor were found necking in one of the labs. I didn't notice the mike guy switching on the mike for testing it out. warna mein aisa karti kya?
Ashu: so now the whole college heard you talking about that incident..including your HOD.
Nidhi gives a smug smile: oh hello Dr Ashutosh Mathur..mein itni budhu bhi nahi hoon. he knows some one spoke over the mike. Doesn't know it was me. Subah 11 baje se mujhe severe throat infection aur cough hain (she pretends to cough extensively over the phone making Ashu slap his forehead with the palm of his hand) aur woh toh achcha hua ki Vishaal ne aake mujhe batadiya ki mike was on otherwise I was about to start on the time when the HOD and the professor got down from his car with fogged up windows.
Ashu: Que dois-je faire avec vous! (what do I do with you!)
Nidhi giggles: achcha..aap ka din kaisa raha?
Ashu: it was good. I have a surgery scheduled tomorrow.
Nidhi: oh. Beating heart surgery?
Ashu smiles: no. this is fairly a normal one. nothing so complicated. A regular bypass.
Nidhi: cool. You are ok right?
Ashu's smile disappears: yeah. I am fine. suno..Nidhi..the surgery is early tomorrow morning. So am off to bed now. ok?
Nidhi: ok. goodnight and good luck for tomorrow.
Ashu: thanks goodnight.
Friday Morning: Armaan's apt:
Armaan: so..how was your surgery yesterday?
Ashu: fine. no complications. Patient is still in ICU but..he will pull through.
Armaan: no tremours or anything during the surgery?
Ashu: no. (he sighs and leans back in the chair) funny at that you know..once I got into that mode, the rest of the world disappeared. I guess I should be thankful huh!
Armaan: Ashu, you were able to do specialisation in London despite your baggage. So..i guess that means, once you go into your professional mode, all these things take a back seat. A person's life and heart is literally in your hands so that doesn't give you scope for anything else to enter your mind. And..it also shows that you have strong mental stamina. You will pull through this. So..shall we get started?
Ashu: one condition Armaan.
Armaan: yeah. no meds. You told me. Fine. no meds.
Ashu: and no Nidhi either.
Armaan frowns: what?
Ashu: you won't call her or ask her to speak to me no matter how much I scream for her. promise me Armaan.
Armaan: but..but why? If she is..
Ashu gets up: I said NO. I don't want her involved in this. Do you know how I felt the other day? DO YOU? do you know how it feels to know that I have become so..so..dependent on that girl that..now I started craving her voice over the phone like..like some..some kind of..
Armaan: and whats wrong in that Ashu? you won't be like this forever. Trust me.
Ashu: no Armaan. this is my pain and my battle. I have been dealing it by myself all these years and I will deal with it my way now. I don't want to involve her any more.
Armaan: so what are you saying? That your EGO is hurt that you have to depend on her? is that it?
Ashu: its not just about my ego. zara socho Armaan..Nidhi par kya beeth thi hogi. uske dil par kya guzarta hoga and already her studies are getting effected by all this. Do you remember how we used to slog hours on end during our PG? do you? ab Nidhi kya karegi Armaan? will she study or run after me to hug and console me after every session? Yesterday I had that surgery scheduled and she called me and called me and called me wanting to know how I am and how it went and if I am fine until I snapped at her and told her I am fine and tired and want to relax. no. I will not..i don't want her in this any more. (he turns and looks at Armaan dead in the eye) do I have your promise not to call Nidhi or do we call it quits?
Saturday evening around 3 pm: Armaan apt: door bell rings:
Armaan opens the door: arre Nidhi..tum? come come.
Nidhi: Ashutosh..how is he?
Armaan sighs: he is fine. sit. Resting now. in the room.
Nidhi: how..how are the sessions coming along?
Armaan: so far so good. He is a strong guy Nidhi. he will pull through. Kal Sunday hain..toh we will all go out somewhere. It will be a break for him from both the hospital and this therapy.
Nidhi looks at Armaan: aur aap? aap kaise hain? this is not easy for you either, is it?
Armaan looks at Nidhi as if seeing her for the first time: you know Nidhi..no one asked me that question till now. seeing my friend fall apart time and again..hearing him talk about..(he shakes himself) I guess I am having my own sleepless nights. (he smiles a little and diverts the topic) so..whats happening in your life? padai kaise chal rahe hain?
Nidhi: they are going on fine. its Saturday today..no college. Do teen din se Ashutosh se teek se baat bhi nahi hopaayi. Socha aake mil loon. See how he is doing. He seemed irritable and distracted over the phone..and..
Ashu: that is because I AM irritable and distracted Nidhi. and its pretty normal soon after these sessions. And I am tired of saying this to you again and again that I am fine. do not worry. Yes. I am taking care of myself. yes. I am eating. yes. I am sleeping. Yes. I am able to perform my surgeries without killing the patients.
Nidhi: I didn't mean it that way Ashutosh.
Ashu sighs and rubs a hand over his face: look Nidhi..you need to back off ok? give me some space. I am not a kid who needs your constant mothering supervision or your..tender loving care..(he stops as if realising he has gone too far. One look at Armaan and Nidhi, it gets confirmed that he has gone too far)
Nidhi: bye Ashutosh. bye Armaan.
Nidhi picks up her bag and walks out closing the door behind her. all through the way back home, thoughts keep plaguing her and she angrily wipes away the tears with the back of her hand. what happened? Why is he behaving like this? Doesn't he want this marriage any more? may be he regrets saying yes.may be he said yes in the first place only to placate his parents. after all, he is not in love with me, is he? may be I am not what he wants any more. what should I do now? still keep mum and go ahead or speak out with papa and call this whole thing off? May be that would be a better option. What would be the pt in taking this whole thing fwd and starting a relationship when he himself is so reluctant! May be that's why he returned the ring back the first time around..and stupid me didn't get it. I will go and talk to papa and tell him..yeah..may be I should do that.
Nandini: aao Nidhi..you are right on time. see..your in-laws are also here.
Nidhi tries to smile a bit before taking their blessings. Rukmini pulls her to sit beside her: yahan baito Nidhi. Ashu se milne gayi thi? (Nidhi nods and Rukmini gets an indulgent look on her face) ek baat bolu? Mera Ashu na..bahut lucky hain. sachchi mein. (she places an affectionate kiss on Nidhi's cheek)
Alok: Nidhi..see beta, we have selected the wedding cards. This is from your parents' side and this one from ours. You like them? and your papa is saying that the function hall has also got finalised today.
Yog: Nidhi..why don't you and Ashutosh get your cards printed together separately? Doctors aur legal community mein cards bantne mein koi confusion nahi hogi. (everyone except Nidhi laugh out loud at that. Nidhi's face looks as if she is on the verge of tears and wordlessly she gets up and goes off into her room. Yog and Nandini get concerned look on their faces and Nandini gets up to follow Nidhi)
Rukmini: Nandini, if you don't mind, can I talk to Nidhi? please? (Nandini reluctantly nods and sits back while Rukmini goes into Nidhi room after knocking softly) Nidhi..
Nidhi gets up: ji?
Rukmini: kya baat hain beta? (silence) beta..panditji said there is one more muhurat after 7 months. May be by then your exams also will be over..Nidhi..i promise you..none of us will misunderstand. Hum jaante hain yeh sab tumhaare liye aasaan nahi..
Nidhi interrupts: I don't think Ashutosh wants to marry me any more aunty.
Rukmini appears stunned at that statement: wh..what?
Nidhi swallows and continues: I think..Ashutosh is regretting this whole thing. I think you should talk to him.
Around 6 pm: AShu's apt:
Rukmini: this is all my fault you know. I shouldn't have forced him to get married. If I hadn't..
Alok: relax Rukmini. And let us talk to him first. (and right on cue there is a sound of the key turning in and a moment later Ashu walks in)
Ashu's face is a picture of tiredness: hi baba. Hi ma.
Alok: baito beta. you look tired. Kahan se aarahe ho?
Ashu: Armaan ke ghar se baba.
Then as if unable to stop herself any more, Rukmini softly says: Ashu..ek baat bolu? Galat mat samajh na ok? (Ashu looks at her with a small frown) dekh beta, it is true that I wanted to see you get married and all that. but there is no need to rush. Ok? if you want more time for yourself..we can..we can always postpone the wedding.
Ashu is speechless for a few moments: why are you saying that ma? I would have told you if I was not ready. aisa kuch nahi hain. and as for the sessions, they will become easier as they go by. (Rukmini and Alok exchange looks as if they don't know what to say or how to say) baat kya hain ma?
Alok: we went to Nidhi's house today..to show the wedding card that we selected and finalize the details about the marriage venue. Nidhi said..
Everything in Ashu goes on high alert: Nidhi said? What did she say? She wants..(he looks away, swallows and turns back to his parents again) does she want more time? is that what you are trying to tell me all this while?
Rukmini: no beta. she said YOU probably don't want this marriage any more. that you are regretting your decision. She said we should ask you. (Ashu just continues to look at his mom until she leans fwd to touch his arm) beta..baat kya hain?
Ashu: Nidhi..Nidhi said I don't want to marry her? is that what she said?
Rukmini: she said you are probably regretting this whole thing. Ashu..ruk toh..Ashu..kaha jaa raha hain? Ashu..
Nidhi's apt: around 7-7.30 pm:
Nidhi is surfing the channels on the TV when the door bell rings. After a quick look at the clock, she peeps through the key hole. Ashutosh? now? here? She quickly opens the door: aap? iss waqt?
Ashu: can I come in?
Nidhi moves aside: sorry. Please. Come in. have a seat.
Ashu looks around: your parents?
Nidhi: one of dad's collegue's son is getting married today. They went to attend that.
Neither know what to say after that. finally, she picks up the remote and mutes the volume of the TV: aap baitiye please. Or..or have you come to talk to my parents?
Ashu: why would you think that Nidhi?
Nidhi shrugs and looks away from him: I am just..trying to make a conversation.
Ashu: you told my mom that I don't want to marry you?
Nidhi continues to face away from him: is that..is that what you have come to say? That..that you don't want..
Ashu cuts in: why did you think that Nidhi?
Nidhi gets up impatiently: what is this Ashutosh? an interrogation? Did I say that..did I do this..why did I think this..kya farak padta hain? all I know is that you have been avoiding me the last couple of days. I thought chalo teek hain..naya job hain..and there are other things going on too..but..today I felt..i felt you are just pushing me away. That you don't want..
Ashu sighs and runs his hand through his hair: I was not pushing you away Nidhi. Nidhi gets up and goes to stand near the window and holds on to the curtain: I know..you know..i know that you agreed for this marriage only to make your parents happy. That they liked me and so you said yes without even thinking things through..
Ashu comes and stands right behind her and says in a soft voice: Je suis en train de tomber amoureux de toi Nidhi (I am falling in love with you Nidhi) Je suis dsol. Je t"es blesse (I am sorry I hurt you)
A lone tear slides down her cheek but she doesn't turn towards him: phir aap ne aisa kyon kaha? Aaj Armaan ke ghar mein?
Ashu puts his hands on her shoulders from behind: Nidhi..i didn't want to drag you into my issues. I have to learn to deal with them myself na. I can't keep crying out for you and you can't keep running to me every day. You think I don't realize what I am putting you through? You think I don't notice it when you call me "mon amour"?
Nidhi: so you want to share only the good and keep all the bad and painful part to yourself. Is that it?
Ashu turns her towards him and cups her cheeks so that he can look into her eyes: no Nidhi..but..this is too much for any one to handle.
Nidhi: yes. for any "one" to handle. But we are two of us here. We can share na.
Emotions for this child woman flood Ashu's heart like an avalanche. The hands that are cupping her cheeks tremble a little and he brings her face even closer until their lips are just touching. Not kissing. Just touching so that when he speaks, the words are literally on her lips: Je t"aimes Nidhi . Epouse moi. (I love You Nidhi. Marry Me)
And hugs her to his heart. Epouse moi Nidhi.. s'il vous plait (Marry me Nidhi..please)
Nidhi slowly wraps her arms around his waist and tightens the hug: Oui (yes)
Ashu closes his eyes and bliss surrounds him for the first time in 6 years: on Feb 14th?
Nidhi smiles over his heart: yes. on Feb 14th.
Time stands still for both of them as they lose themselves in each other's arms for the first time. Ashu's hand weaves itself in Nidhi's hair at the back and he slowly pulls her head up from its place on his chest until he is once again looking at her. shining eyes..blushing cheeks..slightly trembling lips. He slowly bends a little and places a tentative kiss on her lips..moves away a little before coming back for a second taste. A second longer taste.
A little while later: both of them are sitting on the sofa with their fingers entwined and Nidhi's head on Ashu's shoulder:
Ashu: so..how was your day? Did your HOD come to know who spoke over the mike?
Nidhi starts coughing: no. I am still having a throat infection. See..
Ashu: yeah yeah. I can see. My patient will be out of ICU tomorrow.
Nidhi: oh wow. That's great. You know..today papa was saying we should get our cards printed separately. You know..kind of one of their legal community and one of our medical community.
Ashu: not a bad idea actually.
Nidhi's eyes light up: really? You like the idea? Shall we select the cards then?
Ashu: sure. Why not.
Nidhi rushes in to get her laptop and they start browsing through various designs. Then the debate starts on which one would look good. Ashu wanted something with a subtle classy look and Nidhi wanted a little flashier one. finally both settle on a middle ground and select simple shiny cream coloured self design card with a bright maroon gold border. Nidhi dictates the matter that would go into it while Ashutosh types it up.
We cordially invite you on the joyous occasion of our marriage
on the 14th of February, 2013 at 7.05 pm
Nidhi and Ashutosh.
Nidhi looks at the laptop with the most satisfied expression on her face: achcha hain na.
Ashu nods: haan. But we should get the venue details before giving it for printing. I will email a copy of this for myself so that I can show ma and baba too.
Right on cue, Nidhi's stomach rumbles loudly. Ashu looks at her and quickly smothers his laugh: haan toh isme hasne waali kya baat hain? I am hungry. Haven't eaten anything since evening.
Ashu quickly schools his expression: so you have the dinner ready?
Nidhi nods: mom made some roti and sabzi before going. Aap bhi chaliye. We will share and eat.
Ashu: you sure? Nahi..mera matlab hain..you are hungry na..
Nidhi growls: haan toh? I can't be generous if I am hungry? (she flounces off to get the dinner. But as soon as she sits beside AShu with the dinner plate between them, she takes one look at the TV and starts laughing out loud. Ashu gives her a confused look and while continuing to laugh, she unmutes the TV.
Hey, Ruki Sukhi Roti Tere Haathon Se
Khaake Aaya Mazaa Bada
Thanda Thanda Paani Tere Aangan Ka
Peeke Chhaaya Nasha Bada
Their mutual laughter echoes in the hall.
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