A week later Kripa sat in the corridor of Khanna
Enterprise. She had called them the day Ridhimaa showed her the advert, thus
being called for a job interview a week later. She looked around at the well
dressed staff. They all seemed to hold class and style but they seemed rather
lacking in hospitality.
Her chain of thoughts was broken with the call of the
receptionist "Miss Sharma" she repeated
"Umm yes?" she asked lifting her head
"You can go in" she said "last door to the right" she
Kripa nodded. Standing, she tugged at her skirt, then
walked down the corridor. She came face to face with a large wooden door with
the name 'Aditya Khanna' inscribed in golden letters.
Taking a deep breath she knocked on the door "May I come
"Come in" she heard. Stepping Inside she took note of the
fine interior with the classy black and white furniture used giving a classic
but modern look "Have a seat Miss Sharma" he ordered in his deep baritone. She
sat on the plush leather chair facing a tall handsome man with light stubble on
his cheeks, small brown eyes accompanied by thin squared glasses. His thick
brown hair was brushed back neatly complimenting his grey suit "I'm Aditya
Khanna" he introduced putting his hand forward.
"Kripa Sharma" she answered taking his hand "Nice to meet
"My pleasure" he answered looking at the petite lady
"Alright Miss Sharma, let's get started" he rubbed his hands together then
picked up a file, skimming through the pages "How much do you know about this
job?" he asked
"You need a baby sitter to supervise your children when
you are out" she answered unsure
"Correct. I need a baby sitter. I have to go out quite a
lot so there is no one I can leave my kids with" he sighed "You're not the
first person who has come for this interview. There have been many people. Why do you think you are more capable of this
job than them?"
"I may be a better option because I have experience in
this department. I use to help look after children at the local orphanage in my
village so I know how to cope with children"
"Before I can offer you this job there will be terms and
conditions you will have to agree to. Are you ready for that?"
She nodded "If they suitable then I agree"
"Well, to start with I may have to leave the kids in
situations of emergency; therefore I will need you to be there immediately. Be
day or night" She nodded "Although I may employee you to look after my
children, I will not allow you to take them outside the house. I don't want to
be taking any sort of risk" she nodded again giving her consent "and lastly you
will not interfere in any family problems. I shall warn you from before you may
see things that you may not like but I will not tolerate under any
circumstances, you becoming involved in my family problems. Do you agree Miss
"I agree" she said quietly
"If you cannot make it on time more than three times then
you will be fired" he informed "I am very strict about punctuality and
attendance therefore I will not tolerate it too much unless it is in a case of
emergency" he paused "Tell me Miss Sharma, How likely are you to be caught in
such a situation. Let's say out of ten" he shrugged
"I'm not so likely to be held in such a situation. I have
no living family. I have an Uncle who lives in Rajasthan and a few friends who
live in Mumbai. That's about it. So I should be here nine out of ten times if
there is ever an emergency"
He nodded seeming pleased "Well, I'll be happy to hire
you Miss Sharma" she smiled delighted "But before I offer you this job; I will
need some sort of identification. It's part of my company's policy. Although
you will not be working in this company, I would very much like to follow the
policy. And it is also for the safety checks. I have a whole company to run and
I can't risk taking up someone with a criminal history or anything similar. I
hope you understand Miss Sharma."
She nodded "Most of my documents are still in Rajasthan
so I won't be able to get anything before a week" she informed
"That's absolutely fine Miss Sharma as long as I get
those documents. I'll arrange you an appointment with my company's lawyer.
He'll see you a week from today at ten o clock. He'll see you documents and
you'll sign the contract papers with you. The contract will last for a period
of twelve months. It will be extended if I feel you are capable are more time"
"Congratulations Miss Sharma" he said stranding taking
her hand "you are appointed if you sign the contract next week" he pulled his
hands back picking up a small card "Take my card. If there are any problems you
can call the office and I'll see what I can do to help you"
She smiled taking the card "Thank you Mr Khanna. It was a
pleasure meeting you. Have a good day" she greeted before leaving the office
"So?" Ridhimaa asked settling down with a coffee "How was
Kripa smiled distressed "it was good. I got the job. Just
a few formalities left" she answered then groaned "he asked me to bring proof
of identity for safety reasons and I agreed. I phoned uncle and it turns out my
passport expired two years ago. It never got remade so I'll have to send an
application off for a new passport which in the least will take a month. I need
it in a week's time. I've got a medical card but they want at least two
documents which prove my identity" she sighed looking at Ridhimaa "What am I
going to do?"
Ridhimaa smiled "Well I can write you a reference if they
accept that. You should call and find out. You'd get in quite easy if you have
a Doctors reference"
Kripa smiled widely "Oh thank you Ridhimaa" she exclaimed
hugging her "Thank you so much"
"Hey" Ridhimaa said pulling her apart "why the tears?"
Kripa shook her head "Just feel like it. I guess the leap
I took from Rajasthan to Mumbai is getting to me. People are so different here.
Almost heartless if you ask me; In so many parts of Mumbai there are poor
people hoping for a better future and those who have so much are just so
careless and horrible. They don't see the value of small things"
"Oh Kripa; what happened? What brought this on?"
Kripa laughed wiping her tears "not much, I guess I've
just been thinking to deep. I'm trying to understand the people over here"
"Well stop thinking so much. You meet good and bad people
Kripa. Your thoughts or opinion isn't going to make a difference to them so
just ignore these feelings and for god sake forget that Car guy. You're never
going to see him again and he won't see you. He probably doesn't even remember
you. So don't waste your time on people like that"
"How did you know I was thinking about that?"
"Oh don't you know" Ridhimaa teased I read minds"
"Yeah Right" Kripa snapped throwing a cushion her way
Kripa rushed into the huge concrete building out of
breath. She was late to her appointment by ten minutes. Not that it was her
fault. Could she be blamed for the horrible traffic of Mumbai? She straightened
her clothes then walked towards the reception area.
She had called
Aditya Khanna a few days ago regarding the reference letter Ridhimaa had wrote
for her. He had allowed it for the time
being but had told her he would need to see those documents as soon as
possible. That was okay for her, as long as she got the job.
She watched the receptionist talk on the phone, then turn
to her after saying goodbye "How can I help you?" she asked
"I have an appointment at ten o clock with Mr Aditya
Khanna's lawyer. I'm really sorry I'm late. I was stuck in traffic"
The lady smiled "What's your name?"
She typed her name in and scanned the database;
confirming the appointment, then picked up the phone dialing a few numbers "Mr
Khanna; Miss Kripa Sharma is here. She had an appointment with you at ten o
clock" she paused "Alright sir, I'll send her up" she put the phone down "you
can go up. Third floor, Last door on the right"
Kripa nodded "Thank you" she walked to the elevators,
patiently waiting for the third floor. She walked down the corridor coming face
to face with a similar door to Aditya Khanna's. Instead it had Angad Khanna
inscribed in golden cursive letters. She knocked on the door "Can I come in?"
"Come in" a deep husky voice replied. A rather familiar
deep voice she thought as she entered. She was surprised to find the same fiery
eyes staring at rather impatiently. It was that rude man who had almost knocked
her over with his car two months ago. It was really disturbing that she still
remembered him. He was a stranger to her. She wasn't supposed to remember but
strangely she did. She came out of train of thoughts with a click of his
fingers "Miss Sharma I don't have all day" he said rather irritated
"Sorry" she mumbled
"What sorry?" he barked "I value my time very much. I
don't appreciate late comers" He sat in his expensive leather chair picking up
a file "I'm Angad Khanna, I handle the legal matters of this company but you
will be working with him at home so he insists you have a sign a contract. Mr
Khanna should have explained the terms and conditions to you. Read through the
terms and conditions and then sign your consent on the file. You will be paid
Rs 1000 for every hour you work" he paused giving her the file "sit down Miss
Sharma" she nodded sitting down "I've been told you would be bringing a reference letter and a document for your
proof of identity " She nodded again pulling out some papers from her purse. He
looked through the papers, then photocopied them "Miss Sharma we don't normally
accept reference letters since it's something we need anyways. But since you
say your passport has expired I shall give you a month. I need to see your
passport. So I'll be seeing you a month from today" he paused to check his
diary "at four o clock. I expect you to be on time next time Miss Sharma"
She sighed nodding. She skimmed through the document then
signed her consent "When do I start working?" she asked uncomfortably. The man
was very disturbing. He held this arrogance which angered her to no end but he
seemed almost too mysterious. She sighed shaking her head. She better pay
attention otherwise he'd snap at her again.
"Honestly, I can't believe I met that man again. Ughh, he
is so rude" Kripa moaned into the phone. As soon as she got home she had called
Ridhimaa. Ridhimaa had been busy and didn't attend the call but called her as
soon as she was off duty to hear Kripa complain and moan about Angad Khanna.
"Well, at least you won't be seeing him so much. I mean
he works in the office right and you will be working at the house" she
"Yeah that's true. I'll be seeing him next month for some
legal stuff but I guess that's about it, unless y contract is renewed or
something" she sighed playing with the button of her shirt "I'm going there
tomorrow. Mr Khanna wants me to baby sit tomorrow"
"Well then best of luck" Ridhimaa wished
Kripa smiled "Thanks" she paused, a sudden thought coming
to her mind "you know what's strange. His second name is also Khanna"
"Oh come on Kripa. Stop thinking about him already;
anyone can have Khanna for a second name"
"I guess so" she smiled to herself "what are you and
Armaan doing on Saturday?"
"Nothing much; we've got duty till two then we're free.
"Well then Saturday evening you're having dinner at mine"
"We'll be there"
"You better be" Kripa laughed rolling onto her bed
"You're Early Miss Sharma" Aditya commented glancing at
She nodded "I thought I'd come early to avoid being late"
"Well in that case I'll introduce you to my children" He
looked towards the stairs instinctively "Ayush, Abhi" his loud voice boomed
Two adorable children came running down a series of
stairs stumbling before their father. They straightened up looking at him then
looking at Kripa curiously. They were cute kids. One slightly taller than the
other. The taller boy was thin with a pointy nose, big brown eyes and pink
puffy cheeks. He looked cute standing in front of his father, his head lowered,
his eyes wondering everywhere.
The smaller boy was just as cute with a little chubby
fat. He had the same puffy pink cheeks his brother possessed, lovely brown eyes
hidden behind round glasses and a thick mop of brown hair. He looked at her
with his mouth slightly open, two teeth missing. He was clearly an innocent.
Kripa smiled at them politely, already feeling overwhelmed seeing such gorgeous
kids. She hoped they were just as gorgeous with their attitudes.
"This is Ayush" Aditya said pointing towards the taller
child "and this is Abhi"
Kripa smiled "There cute kids" Ayush scrunched his nose
whilst Abhi smiled displaying cute dimples in both his cheeks.
Aditya saw his wife coming down the stairs dressed in a
simple pink sari "this is Sanya, my wife" he pointed. He took her by her arm
bringing her closer "say hello Sanya"
Sanya looked at Aditya then a Kripa "hello" she mumbled
Kripa felt a little awkward. She almost felt like Mrs
Khanna didn't like her presence in the house, but then again she could be
reading too much into it "Hello Mrs Khanna" Kripa greeted, then paused "are
there any instruction for me to follow?" she asked
Aditya nodded "Make sure they eat by eight and please put
them to bed by ten. I shouldn't be too long but just in case, stay till we are
Kripa nodded dutifully. Aditya bid goodbye, coaxing Sanya
yet again. Once they left she turned towards the children and smiled hoping
they would be nothing like she had experienced with her family so far.
Edited by *F^a^i^z^a* - 05 April 2010 at 12:46pm