Part # 20
Fast forward two months. Manvi's father was doing very
well and Simmi and Samir were living with them. They were getting married in a
Manvi was walking along the corridors of the hospital
that she works in, looking at her phone. Virat was back in California for work again, with
Rahul this time. Manvi had to stay back as she had just started working.
It had been a week since Virat left and they had been
trying to talk to each other and it is either that she was struck in something
while he is calling her or he is busy with his work while she was trying to
call him.And on top of that,
everything is going wrong at work. Simmy and Samir had started working in the
same hospital as she was and though they were on talking terms and were
exchanging civilities, Simmi never left a chance to insult her or play her
down. Manvi got assigned to Samir on a case of hers. Samir was good friends with the doctor Virat had trashed on the day of Manvi's interview for misbehaving with her. They were giving her a hard time together. Apart from this, Simmi would pop in and check on them
every hour or so.
"I know you have a thing for the guys I am
with. I am warning you, I am not going to keep quiet this time. Stay away from
had said to Manvi, pulling her aside.
She didn't know how to reply to that accusation. It was Simmi who had
left Virat. It was Simmi who had hurt him. It was Simmi who had made him miserable. And now, all of a
sudden she was the other girl who stole her husband. She was building
up inside. All those sweet things she said wanting to reconcile were just
And now even Virat wasn't answering his phone. She calls him again.
"Mannu, do you know what the time is?" Virat answers the
"It is my' time" Manvi pouts.
"Darling, it is 3 in the morning here. Everything okay?"
"I am sorry..."
"Awww...looks like somebody is missing me."
"NO. I AM NOT."
"Acha? Then why are you so happy in life?"
"I am bored."
"You are bored? Manvi, I love you but not more than my
sleep right now. I am really tired. Can I please go back to sleep? I have a
really early morning."
"Acha teek hai..chalo bye good night. Better come back
"Will try. Abhi so jao?"
Manvi didn't reply.
"Do you miss me?"
"Ofcourse I miss you meri jaan. Even though you call me
in the middle of the
night and harass me, I miss you and I love you and I am
hanging up now. Go out with bhabhi, shop, spend some money."
"I have a
three year old patient with a heart problem and she keeps pulling my hair and
annoying me all the time. She is Ranbir Kapoor's fan and she thinks he is hot!
Can you believe a three year old baby talk like that? She had seen all his
movies and that too more than.."
"You are blabbering Mannu.."
"No, I am not."
"I don't have the energy or patience for a
cross-examination. Will call you in a few hours. Have fun with your whoever
doing whatever it is you do at work...stay away from trouble. Bye"
Argh! She looked at the phone angrily, she wanted to cry.
She did not like that Virat had left her by herself in this crazy jungle. She
felt someone tap her shoulder from behind. She turned around and saw Priya. She
immediately hugged her.
"Hey...whats wrong girl?"
"I don't know.."
"I miss Rahul
too yaar and I know it is harder to stay away when you are newly married but we
are not going to sulk. Let's go, I am going to take you somewhere."
"To learn something that will shock the hell out of your
So that evening Priya and Manvi went to a dance studio
and Manvi instantly cheered up. They had joined up in a class for
belly-dancing. Well, dancing is something that makes you forget
everything and de-stresses you.
"Please don't tell Virat about this." Manvi asked as they
were going back home.
"He will tease me and I am not going to hear the end of
"And he would wanna watch..." Priya teased.
"Toh problem kya hai? You were dancing so well in the
class with thirty other people."
"That's different. Please Priya. Promise me, otherwise I
am not coming from tomorrow."
"Acha baba. Nahi bolungi."
"Does Rahul bhai know you are learning belly dancing?"
"But why?" It was Manvi's turn to tease.
"Shut up Manvi"
"Arey, you are such a meany wife. You are always nagging him. Atleast dance performance dedo ek baar...just to make up for everything you
know...you should buy some sexy costumes to match." Manvi laughed nudging Priya.
"In his dreams." Priya looked away trying to hide her
face. They pulled over at Manvi's parents house. Manvi was staying with Priya
was Virat was away. She couldn't stay in the same house Simmi was in but she
would visit them every night before they went home.
They walked in to the sight of Simmi and Samir making out
in the living room.
"Ewww! Get a room." Priya muttered under her breath.
"What did you say?"
"Nice couch. I like to look at it sometimes without
running into the risk of watching an adult movie."
"How dare you? This is MY house and I have told you again
and again that if anybody is not welcome here, it is you."
"It is Amol uncle's house and you are a guest. And he is
"Aw baby! Are you going to tell on me now?"
Priya and Simmi were in the same batch and now that they
have to work together, they couldn't stand each other. Everything that Simmi
did and said irked Priya and vice-versa. Nobody could stop them once they
A week later, there was a small party at Manvi's parents, celebrating Simmi and Samir's engagement and it was also a big day for Manvi as
Virat had come back home after more than two weeks. Manvi was helping her mom in the
kitchen and suddenly her dad calls her to the living room. They were all
looking at the television - Priya was jumping up and down excited.
"What is it?" Manvi asks looking at the TV.
As the financial specialists say - the recent link up of
a small start-up firm in India with one of the top software giants in the world
is the most prestigious and profitable deals in the recent times. We had an
exclusive interview with the co-founder of this firm Mr.Vadhera whom Mr.Hops, the CEO of Apple
labelled as brightest engineer he had come across in his life.
And then they showed the picture of Virat and along with
it came his voice saying how extremely pleasing and educational it was to
partner with a company as big as Apple and he considers himself very lucky to have
found the right people to guide him towards the right path at the right time.
"Wohooo!!!!" Priya, Rahul and Manvi yelled
together hugging Virat.
Manvi's dad and mom came and hugged him proudly. Simmi
was looking at the TV unable to understand what all the fuss was about. Samir
looked at it as if it was any other news item on the TV.
Later that evening, at their home, Manvi was going
through the closet to find a nice dress for the party.
Virat was lying on the bed, unwilling to move anywhere.
"What do I wearrr?" Manvi looked at her closet
disappointed. Virat was lost playing with his new gadgets and Manvi goes and
"Ek minute baba"
"Virat!!!!" she snatches his phone away from him.
"Manvi, I am working."
"YOU WERE GONE FOR 2 FULL WEEKS, WORKING!!!"
"Give it back Mannu."
"Acha lo! Jao wapas. Why did you even come back? Chale
jao. " Manvi threw his phone on the bed and storms out.
"Mannu!!!" Virat followed her.
"You don't love me anymore. Tum badal gaye ho."
"Don't be ridiculous."
"I am not. You hardly have any time for me."
Virat laughed looking at Manvi's cute tantrums.
"You are laughing!!!!"
Manvi stood against the wall nervously looking away. Something was
bothering her and she herself didn't know what. She didnt where to start. She didnt feel like share all those petty things with anyone. Virat usually understood these kinds of things
without even her telling him but he was in his own world these days.
"Why don't we skip the party and go on a long drive?" he asked her.
"But, I made Ma make all your favorite dishes."
"You made Mom make all my favorite dishes for my ex-wives
engagement party?" Virat laughed.
"Haan." Manvi looked down as Virat cupped her face.
"Mannu, Kuch hua kya? When I wasn't here? Simmi ne kuch kaha?"
"Huh? Where did that come from?"
"You seem bothered by something."
"You bother me.."
"You got that right" he placed a small kiss on her lips.
finally in romantic mood..." her voice trailed off as Virat started
kissing her cheeks and then look her lips in again, before she realized it.
"Chodo.." He took her hand and pulled her closer as she tried her best to push him away.