Jolt to the system
With the knowledge that Swadheenta's parents and Jeevan were coming into town the following week, she found the additional need to have more fun this week. It somehow felt like this was the last week of freedom she had left. Asad and Swadheenta made a pact to go out every night for momo's, a roam around the city after her work and his college, watch at-least 2 movies this week, and a lot of such silly things. It was true that her parents would head back to Chennai with Jeevan after 3 weeks, and that there would still be time before the wedding. She would still be able to do a lot of fun stuff. But if like maamu said, her appa would force an engagement before leaving, she knew things would change. She would then be committed to someone else, and that would be a huge weight on her independent soul. She had thought about all of it many times after her conversation with maamu, but didn't get the courage to oppose it. She was still unsettled about the whole situation, but didn't know if she would be able to do much to change it. After all, her parents believed that they had made a lot of exceptions in her case. This was the biggest decision in her life, and she should be the only one to have a say in it. But her family didn't think that way. Since it all seemed too confusing and overwhelming, she decided that she would let the next 3 weeks play on their own. If Jeevan is whom she was meant to be with, she would learn to accept it.
Swadheenta had been really touched when the day after Adarsh's breakfast with them, Suhasini had called her and spoken to her about the sudden engagement, and asked her if she was happy about it. She had mentioned that Adarsh had informed her of this development, and because it was sudden, she just wanted to make sure that Swadheenta was happy. Swadheenta has been honest about her emotions and told her of her dilemma, but had assured her that she will deal with it and be ok. She had made a mental note to thank Adarsh for being so concerned and thoughtful.
Swadheenta was still working independently having taken a sabbatical till she could finish the Ahuja case. She had been meeting a lot of people in different government departments to collect evidence against Mr. Ahuja. Suhasini had been guiding her unofficially, as had Adarsh. Today, she was scheduled to meet a Mr. Shukla ji at the land registration office to get a file with Mr. Ahuja's original land documents. She had figured it out that one of the 2 documents had to be a fake one, and since she believed Mr. Prakash and the other farmers and had their documents analyzed, she had hoped that analyzing this document would shed some light. Upon reviewing the copy of the document that had been given to her, she noticed after careful consideration that there seemed to me a mismatch in hand-writing of Mr. Ahuja's name. One copy of the original had been submitted as evidence at the court. She had required Mr. Singhvi to help her get it for review, but as expected he had not been helpful. She knew that another copy of it will be available at the registration office and had sought Adarsh's help to get it. He had guided her to Shukla ji.
On the other hand, the minute Swadheenta called Mr. Singhvi to request for access to the original documents, they had started panicking. The knew that if she got hold of the original documents, it would be the beginning of their debacle. She had been a new lawyer, and Mr. Singhvi had assumed that he would be able to take her down without a problem. But she had turned out to be smart. And now, she was on the verge of bringing down everything that he had built for himself in his career. She had to be stopped. Planning something in his mind, he made a call
Yeh ladki kuch zyada hi hoshiyari dhika rahi hai. Mein iska kaam aaj hi khatam karwana chahta hu
Lekin kuch gadmat mat karlena. Mera naam kahi pe nahi aana chahiye
Aap chinta mat keejiye. Kisi ko kuch pata nahi chalega
Having finished this conversation, he placed another call
Swadheenta, woh jo lawyer hai. Aaj shaam tak nahi honi chahiye. Kaam khama karlo, moo maangi keemat mil jaayegi.
Swadheenta started her day as usual. Having freshened up, she decided to go to the land registration office after breakfast. During breakfast she made plans with Asad to have dinner at Dilli Haat. His scooty had been given for repair, and she planned to pick him up from college after he finished his classes. When she had just reached the land registration office, she got a call
Hi, kaha ho? Pohanch gayi land office?
Haan, abhi andar hi jaane waali thi. Shukla ji se mil loongi. Thanks Adarsh
No problem. Tum jaaoo. Good luck
Thanks. Baad mein baat karti hu.
She cut the call and went inside looking for Shukla ji. Having found him, she approached him and asked about the file
Aapko yaha pe bheja kisne hai?
Ji, Mr. Sinha ne
Mr. Sinha, yeh kaun hai? Khair, file toh mil jaayegi aapko. Lekin uske paise lagange
Ji? Ek minute. She got her purse out and looked into it. Yeh leejiye. 2000 Rs.
Madam, mujhe kya samaj ke rakkha hai aapne? Iss file ka 2000 nahi 2,00,000 lagenge.
2,00,000? Itne paise mein kaha se laaoongi? Dhekiye, gareeb kisaanon ka sawaal hai. Please, madat kar deejiye.
I am sorry madam. Nahi ho paayega. With that he walked away only to come running back in 5 minutes. Swadheenta had been sitting there thinking of what else she could do, when he came back to her and promised to hand over the file later that night. While she still stood surprised, he added
Madam, aapne toh bataya hi nahi ki aap Robinhood ji ki pehchaan wali hai?
Robinhood? Mein kisi Robinhood ko nahi jaanti
Just then Adarsh walked towards them. Shukla ji teased about her pretending not to know him, and having promised her again about the documents, left. Swadheenta took this opportunity to pull Adarsh's leg some, and then thanked him profusely for his help. She offered to take him out for some coffee, but he had to refuse because he was on his way out of town for some work. He was going to be back late at night. They agreed that they could meet another time, but Swadheenta was quick to suggest that he was welcome to join her and Asad for dinner at Dilli Haat if he managed to reach Delhi in time.
Throughout their entire conversation, Adarsh noticed that there was a black SUV with tinted glass parked on the opposite side. He could tell that there were 2 people in the car, for the passenger side of the window had been lowered, and the guy kept looking at them occasionally. Not thinking much of it, he had continued his conversation with Swadheenta. However, when she left, he noticed that the car also left from the spot, and followed her general direction. Out of sheer intuition, he made a note of the car's number. He intended to check the details of the car sometime later, just to make sure there was no trouble.
Swadheenta went home after her visit to the land office. She spent the rest of the day at home, reviewing some other documents and documenting her argument points. Towards evening, she went to Asad's college to pick him up. They headed towards Dilli Haat and had a gala time enjoying all the food. Having spent close to 2 hours there, they decided to head back home since it was fast approaching to be 9. While on their way back, they got a call from maami asking them to pick up some ingredients for a dish she wished to make the following day. Just as they approached the store, Swadheenta got a call. Having seen who the caller was, she indicated to Asad to go and get the stuff while she finished talking. When Asad went in to the store to buy the stuff, she answered the call-
Adarsh was just returning from his work and wanted to check if they were still at Dilli haat.
Hi Swadheenta. Kaha ho tum log
The next minute, a fast approaching black SUV came rushing towards her and slammed into her. She felt a forceful bang on her left side, shooting pain through out her body as she fell to the ground hitting her head against the road before everything blacked out.
15 minutes later, in another side of the town
Sir, uss ladki ko maar diya. Aisa takkar maara hai usko, ki woh bach hi nahi sakti. Aap bilkul chinta mat keejiye. Woh ab court mein toh kya, kahi pe bhi bol nahi paayegi.