R&B-ly and French Lessons
Just when things began to roll along... one person on Ashwini's team had a car wreck and was hospitalized... and another female SW engineer RESIGNED
There had been some internal politics in the department and she quit with a week or less than a week long notice
KMPG worked in "small manageable Project teams"
Baldev was the business head Ashwini the IT/IS head
It was good to be that way during good times, when you lose TWO key people in one week... beep hits the roof
The connectivity enhancements were delivered promptly by Excelsior, IF Ashwini had not lost two people that week they could have begun testing at the Gurgaon showroom
They tried their best to not let the client know, but it had to be communicated
There was a scathing email from R&B about not managing resources appropriately and NOT STAFFING INTELLIGENTLY He copied Mr Bansal on it... as the whole thread was from the previous scope creep conversation
"He seems very demanding and unforgiving Nahi? Baldev asked II
they sat in a conference room finishing up a meeting with Ashwini
"He is cocky and arrogant" II muttered
"Lagta hai isko knowledge hai yaar" Baldev began to inject a sane thought
"to use big words and copy the Execs is NOT intelligent by any definition Baldev"
"Ummm... may be... I agree partially... but the fact that we seem to be botching up consistently speaks something about as as an organization" Baldev muttered
RAKSHASAN... NOT ONLY AS AN ORG WE BOTCH UP, BUT AS AN INDIVIDUAL I AM SO BATTERED AND BRUISED...
Wonder why France sent him back He must have pulled the same shit in Paris
"Ms Iyer, kidhar hai oye?"
"yahi hoon she muttered
We meet Mr Ranjan at 7 uske baad tu ghar ke liye nikal, Ashwini declined to meet, she has had enough already" Baldev said
"Is she quitting too?" II asked
"shubh shubh bol" Baldev urged
"If I dont go to the meeting will u manage?" II began softly...
"WHY?" Baldev asked shocked
"Nahii.. bus... I ..." she muttered
"Please yaar dont do this to me" Baldev pleaded
"I will" she said reluctantly
she didnt bring her car... Baldev should drop her home if the meeting goes beyond 8 or 9...
ranjan was kind and understanding.. continuing to be impressed with II
Baldev and her had a good meeting... he didnt seem too bothered with things switching around...
he even offered if they wanted to start in Lajpat Nagar... she SWEETLY told him that his son thought that it was scope screep
She didnt tell him the definition as his son told her.. on her neck at Sam's house on Saturday Or whatver ensued after the lesson...
She wondered HOW Ranjan would react if he ever found out what was happening between R&B and her
Baldev would die of shock she was sure of it...
It was 9 ish when they left the Gurgaon showroom... she assumed she was riding with Baldev, UNTIL he started the car and THEN TOLD HER he was going to Punjabi Bagh to his in laws
She begged him to drop her off at the DLF Corp Park intersection and walked towards a bus... it wasnt too late yet, she should find a crowded one..
She paused on the side walk to check messages.. Amma and Appa were at a wedding, a North Indian co worker's at Defence Colony Periappa and the nurse must be home... they slept early if the house was quiet, Periappa was on a sedative anyway.. the nurse slept like she TOOK ONE many nights When she suspected and hinted so to Amma Amma scolded her for being so suspicious.
She wore blue jeans and a pale pink kurti with silvery beads sewn all over... had a black winter coat on...
Cars passed... buses too none stopped... all of it either full or too empty to ferry people at this hour
She walked along the side walk wondering... when she saw a silver porsche
Her heart skipped a beat... she knew exactly who it belonged to
The hood was open
Imported cars dont survive in India RAKSHASAN
WHO SAID MONEY CAME WITH BRAINS BUT I WONT HOLD U TO THAT NOW SINCE I NEED A RIDE TO DELHI "Umm... hi" she said THE FIRST TIME EVER APNA MATLAB HO TO BAAT KAR LENI CHAHIYE as Baldev would say
He looked up.. a sparkle in the eyes?
She couldnt tell
COULD BE THE ONCOMING LIGHTS FROM THE VOLVO BUS ALSO
He didnt say a word
"Can I get a ride?" she muttered..
He bent down and tighetened a bolt or whatever...
"i was headed to Gurgaon" he said
HOW DARE HE HOW DARE HE..
NO CHIVALRY NO COURTESY
THE NEXT TIME U APPROACH ME FOR A KISS I AM GOING TO SAY
I WAS GOING TO KISS ... "THAT" GUY SO SORRY... CANT DO IT NOW
She felt like crying
"I shud have asked Baldev to drop me off at the border WHY DID I GET OFF HERE?"
WHAT A FOOL
She texted Akka as she waited next to his car
"I am not getting an auto... nee vareya? Will u come?"
He shut the hood and used a wet wipe slowwwly
It was a left hand drive so he waited for her to move away from his door
"I can drop u off at the border" he said
WAS THAT A GLINT?
AFTER SHE BURST AN ARTERY HE AGREES?
I thought ur car broke down" she said smugly
He started it and moved forward an inch..
AYYYO IDIOT WHY DO U CARE?
If it doesnt drive he will push
GET IN THE FRICKING CAR
HE WILL JUST DRIVE OFF
WHY DO U CARE IF IT BROKE DOWN OR BUILT ITSELF BACK UP
HE OFFERED TO GIVE U A RIDE AND U DISSECT THE PROBLEM
Rakshasan... she cursed loudly as she walked around... and opened the door and sat down
She was too pissed to talk... she looked out the window..
He drove her to D II 887... there was a dull click or clank she wasnt sure
She DID NOT THANK HIM
It was past 10:30
Do u have a flashlight? he asked
WHY? SO U CAN WATCH ME COWER IN SHAME? U CAN DO A HAPPY DANCE AROUND ME AT HAVINNG TRICKED ME?
SO U CAN GLOAT LIKE U ALWAYS DO AFTER MAKING OUT?
WHY? she asked angrily
I heard a clank... couldnt tell.. want to check" he said expressionlessly
SHE SHOULD RENAME THE WORD
She got off and walked up and he followed her...
HE CAME INSIDE WITHOUT BEING INVITED... DID NOT TAKE THE FLIP FLOPS OFF
The nurse was snoring louder than Periappa
NOBODY CARES ABOUT ME
Amma and Appa went to a wedding
Akka said "Sorry I cant pick u up kanna"
She looked in the living room chest... under the show case... Mmm..hmmm
Went to the 4th bedroom and looked in Appa's tool bin... and turned around he stood there
"U can give it to me later"
Mrs Arora would die of shame
GIVE IT TO ME?
She handed the huge silver flashlight to him
He wrapped his hand over hers
THIS IS MY HOUSE AND ITS BOOBY TRAPPED she said
The half smile came
"I know u gave me a ride... u can add it to the millions I owe you"
ADMIT IT... SAY IT ALOUD... WRITE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER EVEN NO? II GENIUS...
"Ill just give it to u NOW" he said bending and kissing her chin...
She clutched his smoky auto accessory smelling, combustion fume enveloped body
A soft whimper escaped when he kissed her fully leaning her on the calendar on the wall
A soft feathery... delicious... a bath at night after a long hard day kiss... a dal chawal kiss
a cup of chai on a cold wintery afternoon kiss
She didnt even think of the stubble today
OR SHE WAS BECOMING USED TO IT OR BEGAN LOVING IT?
He dropped the flashlight on the study desk nearby and slid his hand under her kurti feeling her waist and belly...
two fingers or thumbs... on the lacy underwire... fondling?
her arms around his neck fully
Sending a shock wave through her
She broke the kiss in panic and was nipped many times...
"Whats French for get lost? she hissed on his neck trembling like a leaf
He HIT THE LIGHT AND WROTE SOMETHING ON PAPER
Je veux faire l'amour avec u
"Consider it said" she shrieked agitated
Grabbing the paper and crsuhing it
He picked up the flashlight and LET HIMSELF OUT
The next morning... she woke late... did not sleep one bit
It was 9:49 AM Amma dragged her off the bed and handed her coffee, she crawled to the living room and sat on the couch after her morning routine
Sipped the coffee.. stinging..
A thought struck her... she ran to the room, searched under her pillow for the crushed note
smoothened it and went to Google Translator
INSTANTAENOULSY CRUSHED THE NOTE
when she read the the English for it
"i want to make love to you"
NOT HEARING ANYTHING ABOUT THE front door bell ring many times, Amma thinking she would open as Appa was in pooja and the maid opening it...and Srikant standing