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Megha is at the Post Office looking into her Post Box. A cheerful smile spreads across her lips on seeing a white envelope inside. She gently picks it up to see the words written in bold letters at the back "From - Mohan Bhatnagar PB No. 176" She traces the name with her fingers lingering on every letter in it.
Megha found herself smiling at the picture of Mohan and Rimmy smiling at her. She put herself comfortable on the park bench and started reading the letter.
My Dear Megha,
Every time I start writing a letter to you, I could only feel the way you feel my presence when you open my letter. I see the tears waiting to drop from your eyes! My hands don't move knowing that they are supposed to be there with you to wipe it off. Meghaaa'
Megha felt a lump in her throat and it was hard for her to swallow the tears waiting to peep. She could read the "Megha, I miss you" hidden in his call! She just closed her eyes for few seconds, took in the message and continued reading. She could see only blank space before the next paragraph started. She imagined Mohan typing, erasing and retyping; finally to leave the space blank for her to read his feelings. She could feel a moment of joy, knowing what he felt there. But couldn't help feeling a prick of pain added to it as well.
Our family picture is just perfect. Chavvanni looks so pretty and adorable! Just then I checked that you are there in the picture too! J You got to pick up some tips from my chavvanni! I will write to her so she takes care of you.
A smile crossed at the corner of Megha's lips. She knows how much Mohan must be missing Nanhi. She sees the other letter inside the envelope which is addressed to her. Megha is worried that this letter too will be left unopened like the others. Mohan has never asked in his letter, for Nanhi's reply. That may be because he had understood Nanhi's upset with him. Megha could feel the sense of missing his dear friend, in the way he mentioned about Nanhi, in his letters.
Addu is growing into a handsome young man! I know where that comes from J
Jaanu has successfully chased away her third kathak teacher now! I don't know how many more are on the line before she finds the best and that must be you J The other day she was asking about your hair! What color, how long and what hair style ' So many questions that I just couldn't help'
Megha understood what Mohan went through with Rimjhim's simple questions about her. He would have wanted to touch Megha's hair that had always made him shiver of joy.
Megha did not wonder why Mohan hadn't written anything more about Addu. She knew what Mohan wanted to know but he would never ask until the message goes out from her. She ached to heal Mohan for those unwritten hurt that he shared. She closed her eyes in pain.
She has FB!
Megha practicing kathak dance at home while Mohan comes back from work. He watches her adoringly then slowly comes from behind and hugs her leaving her choked in shying happiness! He rubs his lips softly around her neck leaving Megha mesmerized by love. She turns towards him to hold her hands around his neck and rubs her nose into his. Mohan holds her tightly as if he had arrested her into him.
"Mr.Bhatnagar, don't you remember kids are at home?"
"Well! I saw them playing outside, Mrs. Bhatnagar"
"Oh! My reporter has done his research well before his mission. That's impressive!"
"Yes! Very well prepared for my mission and you know that I don't leave any of my task unfinished"
Mohan winks at her wickedly for which Megha goes all red and pink. She closes down the gap between them pulling him nearer by his shirt collar. Unexpected to this prank of hers, Mohan loses his control giving way for her to escape his arrest. When he gets his senses and tries to catch hold of her again, he bumps into Addu who just entered into the house.
Addu shows his usual angry face to him and runs into Megha "I don't want to play with anyone mummy! All are cheating and playing tricks with me. They are making fool of me"
"You are the captain of the street team and you can make them play fair"
"No, I quit that because I am in no mood to lead the team"
"But you love that and remember how proud you were when you were selected?"
"I am bored of everything and now I don't want to play cricket at all"
Megha and Mohan are stunned to hear this. They knew how much Addu loved cricket and being the captain of his team.
Mohan walks to him "Addu, Come I will talk to them and we will see who goes against us"
"I don't want any of your support. It's all because of you I lost everything!"
Megha rises her voice "Addu, You don't talk to him like that"
"Yes, I will, I will, I will!"
He runs into his room and shuts the door against them.
Mohan looks upset. Megha goes to him "Mohan, I am just thinking. Why don't we go out somewhere as a family? We would get some exclusive time to spend with the kids and know them better"
Mohan knows that Megha is just trying to convince him though she couldn't help the situation much. Anyway he wants to believe that what she suggests would bring some magic into his relationship with Addu. He agrees to it.
Megha is packing the suitcases while Addu walks in.
"Where are we going, mummy?"
"To a beautiful resort where you get to play games, swim in the pool and do all you want to"
Addu is all happy and Megha sees twinkle in his eyes. She thinks to herself 'Hope all your happiness and ours too get doubled'
Just then Mohan walks in. Addu sees him and cuddles into Megha as if he is going to lose her. Mohan and Megha look at each other helpless and not knowing what is going inside that little mind.
At the railway station, Addu clinging to Megha.
"Mummy, I don't want to go anywhere"
"It will be lot of fun, beta. You must like it"
Looking at Mohan he says "No, I don't"
Megha gives a blank look at Mohan when he turns away blank as well. Nanhi walks to Addu.
"Addu, We both will fly kites and we will play cricket too"
"Spiderman will teach us all tricks in the game"
Addu doesn't respond and keeps quite at the mention of Mohan. It looked like he is seriously affected with the thought of Mohan joining them to the trip.
Nanhi turns to look at Mohan. He is all lost his patience now.
"Arrey yaar! What have I done to you Addu? Why are doing this to me?"
No answer from Addu. He keeps staring at Mohan. Then he turns to Megha and Nanhi. As everyone has zeroed in on Addu, he gets angry and runs off from there. All the others start running behind him, while Mohan reaches Addu in a swift action and catches hold of him.
"No Addu, don't do this. You will be lost or hurt"
"Never mind. Nobody cares for me so it is better something happens to me"
Mohan felt a slap inside him. This isn't going easy and he dreads of something terrible coming to them.
"Ok Addu. We are not going anywhere. Let us get back home now"
"I am not going anywhere with you"
Megha goes closer to Addu and takes his hands to kiss them. Addu hugs into her and sobs.
"Mummy, I am scared and don't want to go anywhere"
"Ok beta! As you wish. We will get back home"
Nanhi and Addu stop by a shop to a get something for themselves while Mohan and Megha are lost in serious thoughts. They get back their senses on a scream from Nanhi "Addduuu'"
They see Nanhi standing alone at the shop but Addu nowhere near her.
"Spiderman, Mummy! Addu is not here. I don't know where he has gone."
All of them start looking for Addu everywhere around the station asking people about him. Mohan looks into the train compartments. Fear struck in everyone's face and they all looked dead after a search for more than two hours. Nanhi tired of crying and running around just dozes off on the platform. Megha sits next to her not knowing what else to do. Mohan sees this image and feels a sharp pain in his heart. He thinks to himself 'What happened to Addu? Are we not going to find him at all? What if something bad befalls him?'
Just then he feels a hand pressing his shoulder and turns around to find the railway police standing.
"Sir, Are you the one who had complained about a lost boy at the station?"
Mohan found it hard to get back his normalcy before he could utter "Yes, Sir! It's me"
"We received a message from the General Hospital about some boy met with an accident while crossing the road near the station"
Mohan is shocked and he could feel sweat falling through his forehead.
"It looks like nothing serious but he has some bad bruises and has been admitted. Can you please'"
Mohan did not let him complete his sentence "Yes, I want to go and see"
Megha is inconsolable the moment she heard the news. Before they could reach the hospital, thousands of thoughts wavered into Mohan's minds. When they found the boy to be Addu, it was like their heartbeats came back for them all in one go. Addu looked fine except for scratches in hands/legs and a deep cut on his forehead.
Mohan couldn't control his tear which was holding its way till then. He just stepped out of the ward and burst out while Megha followed him only to find him shudder in her hug.
Megha looks back into the letter to read the last paragraph that made her want to cry of joy and worry.
Megha, I know this must be difficult for you but I wanted to ask for it. As Nanhi is coming down to Bhopal for her Training Program at the AI branch here, I would love to have her stay with me. You sure know that I had written about this to her as well but as you know I may need your help here.
Megha could feel the hesitant way of Mohan's words and how much he fears for the response, if it doesn't happen the way he loves it to happen. She wished for things to be very simple and easy for everyone. She closes the letter back into the envelope, wipes off the drop of tear on her cheek and gets up determined for the next course of action.Pages to be continued...
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