Posted: 05 July 2007 at 1:25pm | IP Logged
Thanks everyone. Unfortunately, I cannot change the script of this ff as it has already been written a long time ago. Sorry Kiran
Angad and Prithvi checked into their hotel soon after leaving the airport. It was a nice sunny day in London and they both wanted to take advantage of the weather and go sightseeing.
Prithvi looked over at all the brochures, "Angad….yeh bataa….pehley kahan chaley?"
Angad was busy flipping channels on the TV, "jahan tu le jaayega wahan chaloonga……bas pait ko khane ke liye kuch mil jaaye aur aankhon ko sunder kudiyan mil jaayen….."
"Yaar kabhi tho serious ho jaaya kar……bataa Eye of London aaj chalein ya phir river cruise kar lein, ya pehle museums chalein…ya palaces….??"
"Prithvi, why can't you make some decisions….sab kuch mujh sey hi poonchta hai…" Angad was annoyed as he was busy checking out the playboy channel, "yaar…apney cable waale sey kuch aise channel bhi lene chahiye…."
Prithvi got up and turned the TV off,"yeh le apna jacket…let's go now!" he said firmly
"OK…OK….ab liya na kuch decision tuney…..pata nahin shaadi kaise karega….biwi bhi mujhey hi select karni padhegi tere liye…."
Angad and Prithvi decided to start their tour of London with a cruise on River Thames. That way they would have an overview of the city.
They boarded the ferry and settled down on the rear side of the boat, with their camera and binoculars.
"Photos tho tu hi le, Prithvi…..I will check out the horizons with my binoculars….." Angad handed the bulky camera to Prithvi. Angad did not have the patience to mess around with the camera- Prithvi was more organized and more artistic-he was usually the cameraman when they went on vacations.
As Angad surveyed the "horizons," Prithvi asked him, "Angad…tu bahar ki scenery kyon nahin dekh raha…..yeh ferry ke logon parr hi kyon focus karr raha hai?"
"Prithvi…..you won't believe, what I just saw….." Angad said excitedly
"Kya….Buckingham palace dikh raha hai yahan se?"
"Nahin…..wo baggage claim wali ladki…..she is on the same ferry….dekh bilkul aagey khadi hai…saath mein ek budha bhi hai…."
"ANGAD!…leave her alone…."
"Why are you so protective about her? Main ussey khaa thode hi jaaoonga…chal let's go and say HI"
"ANGAD! Tu bhi…." Prithvi followed him like a lamb.
"Hello, Uncle! My name is Angad Khanna. I am from Mumbai" Angad purposely ignored the "baggage claim" girl and talked to the elderly gentleman with her. Prithvi had his eyes buried in the ground but stole glances at the girl every so often.
"Hello…..how are you?" the elderly gentleman shook hands with Angad
"I am fine sir, in sey miliye….yeh mera bhai Prithvi Bose hai…." Prithvi extended his hand to shake hands.
"Bhai? Yeh Bose aur tum Khanna?" the elderly gentleman was puzzled
"Oh…uncle….hamara rishta hi kuch aisa hai….kabhi fursat mein samjhaaunga…" Angad said as he put his arm around Prithvi.
"Well, nice to meet you young men….mera naam Suryabhan Sharma hai, retired high court judge from Jaipur, parr ab Mumbai mein hi rehta hoon….and this is my daughter…." Suryabhan pointed towards the girl standing next to him.
"OH….we know her…Miss Baggage claim!" Angad laughed and winked at the girl
Suryabhan started laughing too, "what a coincidence….it means we all came by the same flight too….she is my only daughter and my only reason to live, KRIPA!" he hugged his daughter.
"Hello….Kripa" Angad said enthusiastically. Kripa answered curtly, "Hi…..thanks for helping me with the bags again" she lowered her eyes as she could feel Angad's eyes staring her down. She wanted to clarify to her dad, that she knew them as acquaintances only, as they had helped her with her bags.
Prithvi stood there quietly admiring Kripa's beauty. She was dressed in a skirt and a sleeveless top with a scarf on her neck. Her shoes and purse were well coordinated with her outfit. Kripa turned around and started looking outside at the river and the city of London.
Prithvi finally spoke, "Uncle aap ney kaha high court judge? Mere papa bhi retired judge hain…parr wo Mumbai mein hi posted the"
"Kya naam bataaya unka?" Suryabhan was curious
"Dilip Bose, uncle" Prithvi said
"OH….Dilip….hum dono ek hi college mein the…in fact I was junior to him….we have even met at some law conferences in recent years….what a small world?" Suryabhan was pleased to meet the young men and shook their hands again.
Kripa, with her shades on, was busy admiring the city of London, she had no interest in the two men, especially the over-talkative, over-friendly man. Somehow she felt a little uncomfortable when his piercing gaze fell on her. The other man seemed nice and polite, perhaps she could become friends with him, if needed she thought.
"Papa….wo dekhiye London Eye…..why don't we go there next"
"What a coincidence! Hum log bhi wahin jaa rahey the…"Angad butted in
Prithvi gave him a stare and whispered in his ears, "Angad….we are?"
"Now we are…." Angad whispered back.
Suryabhan was delighted. These two men were well educated, appeared single and were from a good family…..what else could he ask for?…..may be one of them would be a suitable boy for his princess?
Kripa was not too thrilled when she heard that they were all going to the same destination.
As they waited in line for tickets, Angad kept them all entertained with his jokes and outrageous comments. Kripa noticed that his gaze wandered around whenever he saw young good-looking woman pass by. Kripa kept her distance from him, as she was not sure about his intentions. She preferred to talk to Prithvi, who just answered in monosyllables with his eyes to the ground.
Kripa tried to engage Prithvi in a conversation, "aap kaam kartey hain kahin, ya abhi college mein hain?"
Before Prithvi could answer, Angad replied, "hum dono abhi IIM sey graduate kiye hain….ab wapas jaakar job-wob dhoondengey….aap kya karti hain?"
Kripa rolled her eyes and said, "Maine fashion designing ka course abhi poora kiya hai…..main apni boutique kholney ki soch rahi hoon…."
Suryabhan intervened, "Kripa ke designs tho college mein hi bahut popular ho gaye the….she had many offers from designers to join them, but she prefers to start something on her own. She also sings on the radio sometimes…." He was beaming as he proudly talked about her achievements.
"Papa….please!!" Kripa looked embarrassed.
Angad decided to leave Kripa alone with Prithvi, as he could sense her irritation. He started whistling and checked out a woman in the neighboring aisle. Kripa could not help notice where Angad's eyes were wandering. She thought, "what a cheapster?….kisi ladki ko nahin chhodta….parr main kyon bother ho rahi hoon?….he has not said or done anything to me….why does he have that affect on me?"
They finally boarded one of the capsules of the London Eye. As they were entering the capsule, Angad accidentally placed his hand over Kripa's, which was resting on one of the railings. As soon as his hand touched hers, she felt like she had been struck by lightening….she looked up at him…..he was staring at her but soon realized what had happened….he took his hand away and said, "I am sorry…..did not see where I was going…" he smiled and looked outside the window.
Kripa moved away and stood next to her dad for rest of the journey on the famous wheel. Angad had his binoculars on during most of the trip, Prithvi was busy clicking pictures, Suryabhan enjoyed the London skyline, Kripa tried to focus on the scenery but felt distracted, and kept stealing glances with the handsome tall man with the binoculars….
…..to be continued….