Joined: 13 June 2012
Joined: 13 June 2012
Two days later Vickram made his way into the offices building of TVS INDUSTRIES. He went unnoticed by the staff and was even stopped by the guard as asked the purpose of his visit. When he signed his name in the guest book, the expression the the guards face was priceless.
"It's OK carry on , glad to see some body doing their job around here!" he chuckled. He made his way up to Bhushan's Office, somethings never changed he thought , as he found his brother with his head buried some documents. He smiled.
"I.." Bhushan lifted his head, it had been almost a year since he saw his younger brother ...and it took him a few minutes to recognize him
"Vick-Vickram!?" He got up from his chair , crossed the distance and enveloped his brother in a hug that almost stifled him. Both men overcome by emotion of seeing each other face to face.
'Where have you...how ...are you alright?" He finally asked.
'I'm good I am good" Vickram answered, in a emotion filled voice.
"You look good! Busy as usual I see" Vickram said after he sat down on the sofa in the corner of the room.
"What's this" his brother asked indicating Vickram's appearance "the beard , the kurta...Since when you found the "Bhai" look appealing?'"
"It just sort of happened on its own." He answered.
"Were the boys fine?, I did not know what kind of security you wanted.'
"Yes they were fine, most of the trouble comes from some brainless bullies, but after last week I have a feeling something big might happen, although after the police incident things got quite again"
He finally told
Bhushan the reason for wanting
the security and Sugni's story.
" I can't believe that man would bully some one like that,"
"So did you find out any thing more on this Jwala Singh?"
"Ohh he is quite a character, apparently a land grabber, something hard to prove , but he had "Brought" alot of the old residents land in that area and the neighboring town. Rumor has it he is striking a deal with some foreign company to sell then the lands for a exorbitant amount...only problem is it's not his land to sell!"
Well this is why he was so adamant. The story was getting clearer by the minute. Well that would not happen If Vickram had a say in it. "When will Mr. Dravid be here?"
"The afternoon after he finishes 'in court" That meant he had hours of nothing to do or so he thought, until his brother got up.
'Come on let's go'
"Go where?" Vickram Asked confuseed
"Home, where else?"
"Bhushan I told you"
"Not your home, my house. In fact you will be staying there for the duration of your stay"
" I am leaving in two days, and I don't want to impose...I'll be Ok"
Suddenly his brother had a Thunderous look on his face.
'You'll be ok? That is great! I guess we should all be happy because MR VICKRAM SINGH will be OK!
His voice started rising.
"Do you even realize what you are putting this family through? Your mother has not laid eyes on her son for almost a year, each day worried about you, if you are alright, eating ,sleeping . Crying her self to sleep, praying to god that you come back. And you plan on coming all the way here and not even show her that you are alive! There is not a day I don't struggle with sending a search party to look for you. "Closing his eyes and taking a breath to calm himself he stared at Vickram, who was at the moment staring at the floor.
Walking around the desk, he placed his hand on Vickrams shoulder His voice much more calm and softer now.
"Vickram I know you have been through hell. And what happened to you I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Vickram please, come back, what happened it was an accident, it was not your fault."
Vickram started shaking his head.
"Listen to me, no body blames you, we miss you , we need , we love you, please please come back!"
"I blame me" He whispered.
He knew he would not refuse his brother. And no matter how painful the next two days will be, he did owe them that much.
Walking into his brothers house after so long , Vickram felt like a total stranger, the place looked the same but some how different.
He walked through the front door, apprehensive about what he would find.
"Bhushan? You had us worried, what happened? He heard the voice of his sister 'in- law Suman long before he saw her. "Oh my God!!! Vickram!" She said. Obviously pregnant, she waddled her way across the room to meet him. It was a repeat performance of hugs and tears; as she looked at him.
"Thank God! You had us so worried!" She said, tapping him on the head as though he was a child!'
"I'm sorry Bhabi!" he said. Soon she was waddling back up stairs no doubt to inform his mother of her prodigal son's return.
"Congratulations!" Vickram told his brother, he know it had been years since they were trying for a baby. He was happy that it was finally happening for them.
"Thanks, its been difficult for her ...but we made it this far!"
"How much along is she ?"
"Eight months!" They made their way into the living room.
"Vickram?" His mother said, she was much frailer looking than he remembered. She stared at him. Making his way to her he hugged her.
"Vickram, My son, Ohh God, thank you, thank you so much!' She whispered softly reverently.
So here he was surrounded by his family. Looking at them he could see and feel that each of them was also dealing with this tragedy.
During dinner, he got caught up in the happenings of the business. He was satisfied to see that his brother had indeed handled the business in the right direction. He was never worried about that. He was greatful that in his absence his brother took over both the responsibilities Vickram had left behind, and he expressed that much.
"Oh don't be ridiculous, "his brother said. 'You started this business from scratch, with out help from any one. You helped and gave me this job after I was laid off and was on the verge of loosing it all. And she is not only your mother you know, you may be her pet but it is also my duty as her son to take care of her.!"
"Well I am just happy to know you are OK!" His mother interjected. 'But where were you all this time?."
"Oh all over, just wandering around, no place more than a few days, in fact this is the longest I have stayed in any particular place in the past eleven months!" He said.
"Well it's good that you are helping this girl!, but Vickram when will you come back?"
That was a difficult question, he was not sure he could bring himself to.
"I don't know maa, but first I have to help Sugni free her business, then i can think about anything else."
His mother nodded silently. She knew that once he made up his mind about something, nothing would change it except himself.
It was almost midnight, and Vickram was standing at his bedroom window , looking outside. He tried sleeping but kept tossing and turning. Today had been such an emotional day, the affection, love, and acceptance he got from his family was as unexpected as it was overwhelming.
He wanted so much to share this with Sugni. He realized that he was missing her, her laughter, their early morning breakfast, and her philosophy of life. He reached for the phone countless of times to call her, but stopped himself.
The last time he trusted his heart to a woman, she stepped over it while laughing in his face. He no longer trusted himself to make that decision. He also knew that he desperately wanted to be close to Sugni.
He knew deep down that the two women were as different as chalk and cheese. Where one was selfish, Sugni was the most selfless person he came across. Where one had no problem lying and deceiving with a straight face, Sugni was the most open and honest person.
"Can't sleep?" his mother said.
Turning to look at her he smiled. She walked into the room sitting on his bed patting the space bedside her indicating he sit.
'You're still awake!"
"I can't sleep either. Come here I did not have a good chance to look at you!' She said.
He sat next to her. Running a soothing hand over his head and face. Her eyes filling with tears.
"What is this?" she asked caressing his beard. Her expression was not a pleased one.
"I like it!" he defended .
"Oh please the thing looks like a hotel for lice!"
Remembering Sugni's comment about lice, Vickram laughed.
"Sugni said almost the same thing!'
"So what has you worried?" She asked
"Hmm I am not!" She just stared at him. He just sighed. But his mother knew him better than he knew him self.
"I am sorry Vickram." His mother said,
"What? For what? "he asked confused.
"For Reva" She said, he opened his mouth to protest but she cut him off.
"For pressuring you into it, for seeing yet ignoring how miserable you were, please forgive me, son." She said tearfully.
"Maa, noo you have nothing to apologize for, you may have introduced us, but I was the one who fell into her trap. It was not your fault." He assured her.
"Just as that accident was not your fault.!" He looked at her.
"Look son, we can spend the rest of our lives crying over the past. In the end our lives would end but nothing won't change, or we could accept the past forgive our wrong doers and ourselves and move on." He nodded.
"It's late ...I am off to bed " She stood up...Turning to him , she again ran her fingers through his hair.
"Vickram ,it's OK for you to be happy again, it's OK to trust your heart again. You repented enough, son..." He stared at her. She smiled "You love her don't you?"
"Oh it's clear on your face, every time you mention her that smile of yours touches your eyes.. Just trust yourself...trust your heart." With that she left...
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