Posted: 26 August 2009 at 3:33pm | IP Logged
When Ashi visited him, Sameer was busy with some people, but he caught a glimpse of her in the parking lot, as she hurried out
"Aayesha?" he thought calling up the receptionist,
"Did anyone come to see me when I was in the meeting?"
"Ah…..no Sir" she replied
"Sir…..Suhaan sir is not taking his calls…..there's a call from the travel agent on hold"
"He's ordered a ticket for London"
"Are you sure he's ordered that?"
"Yes Sir…..he had done that just a moment before" she said
"Just tell the agent to call after sometime, I'll check n tell you"
"Ok fine Sir…..I would do that"
"Hmmm" as he hung up, "What is he up to?" as he went to him
As he entered his cabin, he wasn't seen there. He called him up but his cell ringing there on the table…….n then he came out of the washroom
"Did I do anything wrong?"
"When are you going to London?" he asked
"Oh….actually, you know the Arena's project needs to be dealt personally, so I thought that……"
"Whom are you fleeing from?"
"Why would I?"
"You told me that you would never cry, but you still do"
"I'm not fleeing away….even if I want to, how long can I do that?"
"Exactly……" as he stared at him, "Suhaan tell me please, what's wrong between you n Ashi?" he looked up in surprise
"Ah…nothing, just that I wasn't right for her"
"N what makes you say this?"
"I know her better…..isn't it?"
"As far as I have heard about her from Mehr, she's a nice girl, she loves you very much"
"No she doesn't"
"Ok she doesn't……but you do or why would you think of bringing her to meet your family?"
"Yes I did think of that, because I thought she was………" he stopped
"What has changed so suddenly?"
"Bhai please…….I don't want to talk of it anymore" he evaded away
"But….." n then Suhaan's phone rang
"Sir, Mr. Joshi from Indiana Travels is on the line….."
"Ya just put him on" he said glancing at Sameer
"Sir I just called you to ask that would you mind a night flight…..as all the bookings for tomorrow are full"
"No that's fine, but make sure it's tomorrow's" he reminded
"Sure Sir" as he placed it back
"So it's final?" asked Sameer n he nodded back
"I need to go"
"Have you informed Dad about this?"
"I'll do that shortly"
"Just think over it again, what are you going to do?"
"Bhai I have decided to leave"
"Ok when are you coming back?"
"I don't know"
"Dad will never allow such a thing" he stated
"If he doesn't I'll go still"
"Escaping would not help you in anyway"
"I'm not…..I just want to forget all that happened……please let me go"
"Fine….I'll not stop you"
When Rahul came to know of this, he came over to put some brain into her…..
"I don't believe he can do such a thing to you?" he said disgusted
"But Rahul…..he could have done much more than that, but he didn't….." Ashi listened on
"Rimi please, you stop backing him" he said
"No I won't, just imagine, he could have insulted her in front of them, or even called on his brother….but he didn't do any of that" she explained
"So you mean he should have done that?" he asked irritated
"No I don't mean that…..I meant he could have done that, n you know exactly why he didn't?"
"Because he still loves Di" as she looked at her, "Believe me Di….he really does…"
"But….." he started again
"OK you tell me a reason why he didn't do that?" she charged
"Simple he didn't want to create a scene"
"That's what am exactly coming to, no matter how much he shows her that he hates her, but he himself can't deny the fact"
"Hmm, he didn't tell about me to his Bhai yet" Ashi has stopped calling Sameer by his name long back
"I don't know"
"You don't need to….." Rimi said
"Is he still avoiding your calls?" Ashi asked
"No yesterday he took it but wasn't talking that much"
"See that's another good sign" Rimi said delightfully
"But when I asked him to meet, he denied"
"That was too much for a day" she sighed
"Hey Rimi……has he bribed you?" he asked sarcastically, "You are all speaking for him"
"No….n even if he did I would have accepted it" quick was her reply
"You are impossible" sighed Rahul as Ashi left a weak smile at her sister's antics
As Suhaan sat in his parents' room, beside his Mom with his Dad staring at him from a distance……seated on a rocking chair
"But why Suhaan?" asked his Mom,
"Mom……I told you, this thing has to be attended carefully" he restated
"Do we have no one else to send to?" she sounded desperate
"If it was possible then I would have done that only" he said draping an arm over her
"Why don't you do something?" she asked his Dad n gazed at Suhaan making him uncomfortable
"Ah….why are you complaining him? Am I a kid anymore? I can handle these things well" he managed
"But……" she was stopped by a knock, "Who's that?" as a servant came in
"Sorry to disturb you madam…… but Mrs. Nikhat had come to see you" she informed her
"Oh k….you tell her, am just coming" she nodded n went out, "Suhaan…..I'll talk to you later" she said before leaving
"Ok now you go n meet her" he happily said almost pushing her. As he sat there, he could sense that his Dad was staring hard at him…. He looked away n then
"So why are you going?" he asked
"I told you….din't I? For the Arena's……"
"Ah……Suhaan stop that, you can fool your Mom with that, but not me…..I know that better" he charged
"But I'm really going for it….."
"What's on your mind?"
"Fine…….I want a change, I'm bored working in the same environment"
"N if we had no other office then…where would you have gone?"
"But we do have"
"Ohk……when are you coming back?"
"I have not decided yet"
"Then you are not going"
"No you have to inform me that first"
"Ohk fine…..may be a month" he said
"What will you do there so long?"
"Dad you asked me n I told you what I have thought of…..am not sure"
"Hmmm….ok but you have to promise me that you'll not act stubborn like before" he nodded
"I'll try not to……have to do my packing, I'll see you later" as he rushed out
"I don't know what's wrong with him every time?" he thought
"Is it all done or you need help?" asked Mehr on entering
"No that's fine…..I'm quite used to it"
"So how was your day?"
"Ah….usual" he uttered taking out his clothes
"Can I ask you something?"
"No" but it was a mere formality
"She came to meet you in office, isn't it?" he looked up at his Bhabhie for the first time
"Tell me honestly….have you people planted any cameras in my cabin?" he asked sarcastically
"Hey that's a nice idea" she gladly said
"Come to me next time when you need some…..Bhai doesn't have any"
"But this too is of no use now…..as am leaving"
"Suhaan……why? Will you be able to forget her once you shift places?"
"No she'll always be with you in your heart"
"That's too clich for Suhaan"
"You can't hide it by these silly antics"
"Why are you people after me? Please let me do what I want to" he raised his voice over her n she stared
"I think I have said much" as she turned to leave
"No no no…..wait" running up to her, "I'm sorry" he told holding his ears
"But you please stop talking about that……I beg you two"
"I just fear that when will you realize it, you might have lost her then" she thought glancing at him
As she went to her room,
"What?" asked Sameer
"He's too stern…..let him go"
"He'll miss her for sure, may be he'll realize his love when he's far from her"
"That's fine but….if he does something wrong?"
"Sameer for god's sake….stop pampering him too much"
"I don't…..but he's my kid brother" he reasoned
"Ya he's your kid brother, but not a kid anymore" she said, "Let him fight his own war….."
"If you really love him, don't make him weak. N even if anything happens to him…..you are always there for him"
"I won't let anything happen to him"
"I know…..n trust me, he's quite responsible to carry any such silly act"
"Ok…I'll keep that in mind" he said as she went on to hold his arm in assurance
The next morning, he called up Manish to inform him
"Hey….it's good to hear it from you man" Manish said as he had called him for the first time after that
"So how about meeting up tonight?" he asked
"I'm leaving for London tonight"
"What?" he shouted,
"You heard it right"
"But why? I mean all of a sudden?"
"Had some work to do there"
"Don't do this yaar"
"You know it well dude….that nothing in this world can change my decision"
"So are we meeting for lunch?" was his next query, something was cooking in his mind
"Ok then 1pm…Marco Polo"
"Hmmm" he hung up n Manish called up someone
It was almost 1:30 when Suhaan entered…..spotting him at a table he walked over to him,
"Sorry yaar, got late in the preparations" he said settling down
"That's ok…..I have enough experiences waiting for you" he winked
"Ya you can boast of that…..the only one who's taken as granted by me"
"I'm not the only one…..you have a long list to your credit"
"But no one bears me as you do" he stated casually
"May be someone does" he looks serious now
"Let it be……have you ordered anything?" he asked evading that
"No….just waiting for someone" as he glanced at the entrance
"Who?" Manish kept mum, "Am asking you something?"
"Cool it…..not Ashi…..I have asked Rahul to come over"
"But why even him? You didn't tell me that you are calling him too"
"Actually he called me up after you did….."
"What do you mean by why?"
"I mean…..does he calls you this often?"
"Hmmm….earlier he used to do that, but now you have started avoiding him, so he calls me up asking for you" he explained
"N you tell him all about me?"
"Come on Suhaan….is it anything to hide from him?"
"Yeah there is……because he's doing it for someone else" his tone full of disgust ness
"No it's wrong, this is what you think" he stated, "Like today he asked for you…..I said that you are leaving tonight"
"Did he say he wanted to meet me up?"
"No…..he didn't. I asked him to join" Suhaan stared hard at him, "Look Suhaan, may be you two have differences now, but you remember last time when we were here……"
"You were just back from London"
"I do remember but things have changed now"
"Has your friendship too?" he kept mum for a moment
"No it hasn't"
"But it had surely developed some cracks in it"
"I'm sure they will heal up with time"
"I don't know……" his voice heavy
"N here he comes" announced Manish gladly, Suhaan didn't turn, "Hi Rahul"
"Hi…." he glanced at Suhaan, who didn't look up
"So how are you doing?" asked Manish
"N…..how's Ashi?" Manish felt it so strange that these two weren't even talking
"Why are you asking this Manish? Is anyone really interested in knowing it?" his gaze stared at Suhaan but he kept mum looking away
"Of course everyone wants to know……" uttered Manish, as Suhaan looked sternly at him, "I want to know" he looked here n there but there was no one else, "I want to know" he repeats
"She's not fine…..not at all fine" the last words stressed to make an effect, Suhaan struggled keep his tears off his eyes, "But no one's bothered"
"Ah….it's not like that Rahul, we are….." n then a waiter called him on, "Excuse me…."
"Hmmm…….she told me that she met you yesterday" he said
"She must have….." he spoke but his tone still the accusing one, "You have known all her secrets, isn't it?"
"What secrets are you talking?"
"The one you all have successfully guarded away from me"
"Don't you say it like that?" he warned, "She tried to tell it to you but she couldn't……just try to….."
"She tried but didn't want it actually…"
"How can you be so hard on her……Suhaan, you love her?"
"No I don't"
"That poor girl is living on it that someday you'll realize her love n come back to her…..n you are saying that you don't?"
"I can't stop everyone in this world to do that, they are free humans" he stated sarcastically
"You really don't want to know about her?" his tone softer as if to make him realize her pain
"NO I don't" he declared, "Why would I like to know about such a girl……a girl who has cheated me" he gulped down a breath, "She's done it with my Bhai too……n don't know who else?"
"Suhaan you are crossing your limits" he warned
"But you have already done that…..you kept helping her; you were only her friend, never mine"
"Stop it Suhaan, how can you say this?"
"I remember, in school you would always make a bet with others on this, whether I would talk with that certain girl or not, n what not?"
"You are going crazy"
"I'm quite sure; this too is just another bet for you"
"Suhaan…." he shouted grabbing him by his collar, "How could you think so cheap?"
"Oh Shit!" uttered Manish seeing them from a distance as he came to them, "What's wrong guys?" the people present there stared at them
"That's so funny" he said rubbing his hands off him, "There's no harm in doing it, but when I say…..it's cheap"
"I told you Manish……he's impossible" Rahul said
"Nice planning dude, but sorry it didn't work" he said to Manish, "Even you too are with them"
"Looks how's he saying?" Rahul said
"Suhaan please listen to me……"
"I'm sorry……bye" as he walked off
"Rahul, what did you say to him?"
"I said? You should have listened what kinda rubbish he was uttering"
"All's a waste now, I thought may be he would open up to you……Shit"
"I'm sorry yaar…..but I can't stand such rubbish against her"
"I know" as they stood there feeling helpless at the situation