Posted: 29 April 2007 at 9:02pm | IP Logged
: New fan fic featuring our favorite couple Angad and Kripa. This story is inspired by A.J Cronin's "The Citadel" and Hindi movie, "Tere Mere Sapne". Of course, I have modified it to suit our modern times and focus on A-K love story rather than other details. I hope you like it.
LECTURE HALL AT MUMBAI MEDICAL COLLEGE:
HEAD OF SURGERY ADDRESSING THE SURGICAL RESIDENTS:
"I would like to welcome all the surgical residents to their final year of training. As you all know, our medical college takes pride in training the best physicians and surgeons in this country. As per tradition, all our final year students have to spend one year training in an underserved area of our state. This part of your training not only helps you hone your skills as a surgeon, but serves the people of these smaller communities. This year, we have selected some towns, where we have not sent our residents before. As a part of your training, you will get to work with one of the local doctors and be paid a monthly stipend of Rs 1000.00 per month. I know it sounds very meager, but as you know you all are still learning, and we want you to get a taste of working in a smaller and underserved community. I am sure you would all cherish this experience and fondly remember this year in the years to come. Here is a list of the postings for all of you. GOOD LUCK!"
"Yaar...maine suna hai, kayi shehron mein tho bijli bhi nahin hoti......main aaj tak AC ke bina nahin raha.apni life mein....." Prithvi Bose, a final year surgical resident complained. He was the son of a rich doctor, who basically went to med school on his dad's insistence. He wanted his son to take over his lucrative cosmetic surgery practice after his retirement.
"Prithvi! Aisa kar, apne saath ek generator bhi saath le jaana......tere dad arrange kar denge....," Angad Khanna, his good friend and collegue said sarcastically.
Angad Khanna came from a middle class background. His parents had died when he was 14 years old. His sister, Kanan and brother-in-law, Nishant had helped him get through high school and medical school. Kanan and Nishant now lived in Bangalore, where Nishant was a software engineer at a multinational company.
Both Angad and Prithvi were popular in the campus, the former for his good looks, intelligence and charming nature; the latter for his good looks and fat bank balance.
Prithvi was a magnet for attractive young girls; he would rather spend his time flirting with them than focusing on his work. He knew that no one could stop him from graduating from this program, and he could join his dad whenever he was ready to practice.
Angad, on the other hand, was very ambitious and focused. He knew this was his chance to prove his worth and make a name for himself. He was looking forward to his posting at a nearby small town called Ramgarh. He always imagined working in a small town, where his skills could make a difference to the kind of care people received. He excelled as a physician and surgeon and had always graduated at the top of his class. He knew a lot of his female colleagues were interested in him, but he limited his interaction with them to casual friendships. He did not want to get into a serious relationship, till he was ready to settle down and most of all- FIND THE RIGHT GIRL!
Angad and Prithvi usually hung out with two other women, who they knew since the early days of medical college, Aaliyah and Anita. Aaliyah was now training to become an obstetrician and Anita, a radiologist. The four of them still took time to hang out together and go out for dinner or movies once in a while.
The four friends met at their favorite coffee shop before Angad and Prithvi left for their year-long assignments.
Aaliyah was almost like a sister to Angad, "Angad.....tho tum ek saal ke liye Ramgarh jaa rahe ho......hmm...kahin wahan koi gaaon ki gori na mil jaaye?" she laughed as she knew Angad liked women to be modern, independent and well-educated.
"Gaaon ki gori kam se kam tum jaisi chaaloo tho nahin hogi," he punched Aaliyah playfully
"Haan...par anpadh ganwaar tho ho sakti hai...." Aaliya teased him back
"NO WAY! No anpadh ganwaars for me! Don't worry Aaliyah, Ramarh jaise sheher mein English bolne waali bhi mil jaaye na tho ganeemat hoga.....i have my doubts....main ek saal ke baad jab wapas aaoonga, mere liye ek ultramodern ladki tayyar rakhna...OK!"
"Prithvi...tera kya hoga kaaliya?" Angad patted Prithvi's back
Prithvi sat with his feet on the table and blew smoke whorls in the air. He took another whiff of his cigarette and looked at the ceiling, "don't worry yaar! Mere dad ne meri saza kam karwa di hai....mujhey sirf teen mahine ek small town called Ferozpur mein kaam karna hoga.....the rest of my time will be spent in London..."
"London?" Anita had a puzzled look, "how did you manage that?"
"Money...my dear money....dad donated 20 lakhs for the new surgical wing...that's it.....money can buy anything...." Prithvi said proudly
Angad just grinned, "except ethics.....self-respect......hard work....."
"OH C'mon Angad! Not again....you need to go out in the real world, and then you will realize.....dekhtey hain ek saal baad tere iraade kya hote hain?" Prithvi scoffed at Angad's self-righteous comments as usual.
"OK guys...main chalta hoon....i need to pack, meri train kal subah 6 baje ki hai....see you all in a year!" Angad got up and hugged all his friends
"Phone tho karte rehna....." Aaliya said tearfully
"yadi gaaon ki gori ne ijaazat de di tho...," Angad pinched her nose and they both laughed as he left.
RAMGARH TRAIN STATION:
Angad arrived at the small, single platform train station and looked around, "Dr Misra ne tho kaha tha koi mujhey lene aayega…..yahan tho koi driver type aadmi dikh nahin raha….lagta hai richshaw ya paidal hi jaana padhega….,"
" Dr. Khanna …Dr Khanna!" Angad turned around as he heard his name. He was surprised to see a young, petite, small-framed woman waving at him. He went closer and saw a fair, pretty girl in a salwaar-kameez, with big brown, but very expressive eyes, "Jee…main Dr Khanna hoon..," he introduced himself.
"Oh HI! I am Kripa Sharma. I have come to pick you up."
Angad was startled and thought, "lagta hai yeh bhi Ramgarh ghoomney aayi hai…"
"Shall we?" Kripa asked, flashing her innocent and cheerful smile.
"Sure!" Angad picked his bag and followed the petite lady.
"Kripa jee…kaisi hain? Kya haal hai madam?.....Aaj bacchon ko school nahin bheja madam…..Namaste madam….." a lot of passers by seemed to know Kripa well. They all smiled and greeted her respectfully.
"Lagta hai aap thode he dinon mein kaafi popular ho gayi hain…" Angad said
"Thode hi din? She was surprised by his question
"Nahin…mera matlab hai ki aap bhi tho ek visitor hai na yahan?"
"Visitor? Nahin..nahin main tho issi sheher ki hoon…..paida bhi yahin huyi thi aur maroongi bhi yahin……" Kripa looked back and smiled at him.
There was something very enchanting about her smile; Angad found himself staring at her lips and beautiful teeth intently.
Kripa snapped her fingers, "Doctor sahib..kahan kho gaye?"
"Oh…kuch nahin….I guess I figured you are a visitor because…because…." Angad hesitated
"I am an English teacher at the local elementary school…..I hope that clears your confusion…," she laughed as she understood why he was so intrigued.
Angad was really surprised again when Kripa unlocked the door to a car, and let him in to the passenger seat.
She took his bag and put it into the trunk. He was amazed and just stared at her.
Kripa sat in the driver'seat and started the car, "tho aap soch rahe the main aap ko taange mein lene aaoongi…..ab yahan Basanti ka raaj nahin hai…..this is the 21 st century doctor, ab Ramgarh mein bhi cars zyaada aur rickshaw-taange kam dikhte hain….chalein?"
This girl was full of surprises! Angad thought, "Aaliyah…you need to meet this gaaon ki gori!"
"Kuch kaha aapne?" Kripa asked as she turned at the stop sign.
"Nahin….kuch nahin…tho aap English teacher hain?…hmm….phir Dr Misra ko kaise jaanti hain?" Angad asked
"Wo mere maama hain……main waise tho school mein padhaati hoon, par unke ghar aati jaati rehti hoon…wo akele hai na ab…..aur boodhe bhi ho gaye hain…..I like to hang out with him….he is happy that you will be working with him…," Kripa kept chatting and telling him about Dr Misra and his practice.
Angad was amused to see how chatty this English teacher was. He just listened to her as she went on and on.
"Aap kuch bol nahin rahe doctor?" Kripa finally asked
"Lagta hai Basanti tho chali gayi, par apni legacy chhod gayi hai….," Angad laughed. Kripa joined him and laughed aloud, "you have a good sense of humor doctor!"
..to be continued….
Edited by bheegi - 12 June 2008 at 3:34pm