Posted: 04 September 2009 at 1:45pm | IP Logged
Ashi moved closer to Suhaan, knowing it was all for him…..he wouldn't be able to control more than this, but her Maa pulled her back…..
"Suhaan….." she murmured making him turn to her, her face teary by now but to her surprise….he smiled back at her, when she expected him to burst out instead
"You can do nothing….if I don't accept this" her Baba stated, Rimi was getting angrier, why is he saying that n why's Suhaan smiling
"Rightly said, I can't do anything in that….."
"So it's over" saying he stood up, "I don't accept this at all"
"I have not finished yet Uncle" he interrupted, almost stopping him from leaving
"What else do you have to say?"
"You were right that I can do nothing…..except…" he stopped to glance at her, "Except stopping her from marrying anyone else" Ashi stood up at once
"What do you mean by that?"
"It's as simple as it sounds…..I won't let her marry anyone else"
"Are you trying to warn me of any kind?" he gets angry at this
"Not at all Uncle it's just what I'll do if the need arises"
"Well it was quite nice knowing you Mr. Suhaan Malhotra" a taunt constantly there in his tone
"Ah……the pleasure's all mine Uncle…but was it really nice?" he touted without a trace of anger on his face, as Ashi stared at him
"Now if you could kindly excuse me?"
"Sure" moving out of his way, n he went in, n Mrs. Bedi followed him extracting an awkward smile at him
"So….." as he turned to the girls standing there, one overjoyed, n the other teary, no guesses for who's who, before Suhaan could realize he was hugged by Rimi
"I wish you were my boyfriend…..that was terrific" she said excitedly, planting a kiss on his cheek, amusing him to the core
"Ah……thanks Rimi" he said smiling, a bit shying away from her as he walked over to Ashi, "I'm sorry if that was rude…….but…."
"I can't loose you Suhaan" uttered she
"I won't let that happen….you know me right?" she nodded, "So wipe out these silly drops, n give me a large smile"
"What do you think he's going to be…."
"You know how I hate to think……that's your thing" he declared
"But…..he said that he doesn't accept…"
"For God's sake Di, stop this Meena Kumari act……let him recover from the shock he's just given"
"Did it sound that bad?" he asked
"Not to me because I'm thankfully not him, her father" she replied, "But you don't worry, he'll get it right soon"
"Are you sure?" Ashi asked
"Yes…of course" she said hugging her
"Fine then I would leave now"
"So soon?" asked Rimi,
"If he sees me here still, he too will throw me out" stated he, getting out a laugh from her
"Rimi I'll just be back" she nodded knowing what that means
"Cya soon then….bye"
"Bye" as he walked out with her, she held his arm tightly, "What's making you so scared?"
"I don't know……may be because I can't think beyond you"
"You know that should be my line……I have nothing in particular with me at this moment, I'm thrown out of my house, n probably here too I'm not welcome either"
"Why are you repeating that line again? I know it's hurting you…..please don't say it like this"
"But it's true…..I haven't feared the truth ever, why now?"
"Because I'm saying that to you….n you won't say that again" she commanded
"Will that change it?"
"Stop being stubborn for once…." he looked away, "Okay fine I'll see you on Monday"
"Why not tomorrow?"
"I don't think I'll be able to manage tomorrow…..considering he'll be at home"
"Fine…..no need to meet me"
"Suhaan, you know I do need that" she said holding his face, n kissing his temple lightly thereafter,
"Hmmm…bye" as he hugged before leaving, n she was left with a hope that may be all will get fine eventually without any need to take drastic steps
Rahul had called him up that night, n later Manish ……n both have sounded a bit worried to listen about what had happened there…..so Rahul came over the next morning
"Suhaan….what do you feel he's going to……" Rahul asked
"I don't want to; I didn't even want to know of my own, why do I care to find out about her's?"
"But what if he really opposes it?"
"He is doing that exactly, I don't know why?"
"May be because you had already offended him that day" he sighted,
"So what? I was not in my senses then; n he was creating a fuss just like that" he irritates even at the thought
"Suhaan…..he's her father. He's got the right to know all about her"
"Ya…I too thought that n that's why I told him all, but see what he's doing now"
"Relax., everything's going to be okay" he assured keeping a hand over his shoulder,
"Just let me get married to her….I'll not allow him to meet her, n probably then he would know……" Rahul gave out a chuckle at that
"Suhaan please stop sounding like a 10year old kid"
"Ya ya…..Anyways, want to have tea?"
"Make that coffee" he said
"Do you have it?"
"If not there, then anything will do"
"Okay, lemme see" he went as Suhaan sat there playing some thing or the other on his lappy when his cell rang…..he took it thinking it was hers, without even caring to look at it
"Hmm, I was waiting for your call only….why are you so late?" he asked in a rather complaining tone
"Suhaan…." uttered she
"Ah….who's it?" he asked before quickly glancing at the number back, "Ravs……"
"How are you?" she asked, her voice seemed much softer now
"I….I'm fine, you tell me….how are you?" he asked, "Shit" thought he, "I shouldn't have asked her that"
"Do you really want to know how I'm?"
"Don't be sorry please…….it makes me feel I'm some distant person"
"Ok I won't"
"I heard that you are staying at any other place"
"Can I see you once before I leave?" her voice sounds heavier
"Leave? Where are you going?"
"I'm going to Sydney"
"N when are you coming back?"
"I don't know" she says
"Can I meet you up….please"
"I'll wait for you at Fillers, 4pm?"
"Hmm I'll be there"
"Thanks Suhaan" saying she hung up leaving him confused
Rahul soon returned with two steaming cups of coffee
"Here you are" holding it before him, but he sat still, "Hello"
"What's wrong? Whose call was it anyways?" he went to pick up a stool
"What?" came a shocked one from him
"Was she again saying something to you or about her?"
"She wants to meet me"
"No way….again what for?"
"I'm going to meet her"
"Don't be stupid Suhaan….."
"I'm not…..she wants to meet me once"
"Oh……n so you are ready to go?" he nodded, "She even wanted to marry you, you should have done that too"
"Rahul she's leaving" his voice a bit raised, evident of his mind frame then
"Leaving means? Forever?" Suhaan shot him a look back
"I don't know"
"Are you sure she's leaving?"
"I haven't checked her tickets"
"I'm sorry….I din't mean that"
"No am sorry…..actually she was sounding so very different, I don't know why but I'm feeling bad about her"
"Hmm, I understand"
"So when she asked to meet, I couldn't say no"
"Meet her, you'll feel better"
It was almost 4:15 when he entered, but she was seen nowhere, n then she called him
"Suhaan…..here" he nodded n went to her, "Hi"
"Hi" actually she had crossed his vision, but he didn't recognize her, she looked so different now……she sat there simply in a denim topped with a white shirt, without make-up, her eyes looked dull as she smiled, but she looked beautiful, as pure as a dew, as he stared at her for a moment
"Suhaan" she waved her hand before him
"What are you thinking?"
"Are you okay Ravs?"
"You look tired"
"I'm tired….that's why I want to be alone for sometime, away from here"
"I know what I did was wrong but believe me I didn't do that knowingly…..n am not going to justify my act" he said with an guilt, as she stared on,
"I know that"
"But this would make no difference at all"
"Take your guilt out Suhaan…..you'll feel good" she said covering his hand by hers
"Don't you want to say anything to me? Don't you hate me after what I did to you?"
"You want me to hate you?" he nodded,
"Hmm I really want that"
"But I can't……may be you never did, but I love you" he looked up at her, her eyes longingly staring at him, "You know that day when your Bhabhie came home before the engagement…."
"I lied to her that I didn't love you when we were in college" her eyes teary now, "But when I went through my old books, I saw your name written on it" smiling a bit biting her lip, "It seems only few days back isn't it?"
"When are you coming back?"
"When I would want to"
"Manish knows this?" she nodded
"I called him up"
"He didn't stop you?"
"I won't stop Suhaan…..n I would return only when I'll be sure that I can give someone his due"
"He really loves you"
"I know…he told me, but at present I don't deserve it. May be when I'm deserving enough of his love, I'll go to him"
"I really wish that day comes soon"
"May be because you want, it may come soon"
"Nahhhh…..but I'll truly wish this comes true"
They came out after sometime,
"Thanks for coming Suhaan"
"No no I should thank you….I'm feeling much better" he gladly said
"It's nice to see you smiling"
"You can try out too" she let out a smile at this resulting in tears
"I'll miss you" she said hugging him, "I'm sorry for whatever I did to you all" he wasn't sure why he responded to her hug, but he did, soothing her back
"That's ok Ravs….it happens"
As he returned home, Manish was already there waiting for him,
"Where were you?" he asked
"Went to meet Ravs"
"She told me she had called you"
"Hmm, she did saying that she's leaving for Sydney tonight"
"She's really changed Manish, n its good isn't it?"
"Won't you meet her once?"
"No….I don't need to"
"But I need to tell you something…." he started
"She'll be back soon, n to you"
"Stop it Suhaan" he moved away
"Believe me; she knows she had done wrong to you"
"She told you all this right?"
"No….it's my analysis"
"God save me" he uttered rolling his eyes
"Oh when you analyzed me, it was correct"
"May be, even mine is correct. You just wait n watch when she'll prove it"
"Fine…I'll wait like I had always done" his voice heavier
"I know" as Suhaan went on to hug him, giving him an assurance that he's right, n for the first time…..he was doing that, being a shoulder to cry out
Mr. Bedi called up Mr. Malhotra when he was in office that morning….
"Ah….Mr. Bedi, that's good enough to hear it from you"
"But I'm sorry, what I'm going to say, may not be that pleasing" he told
"Excuse me…..I din't get it?"
"It's about your younger son……."
"Suhaan?" he was quite surprised to hear that, "How do you know him?"
"Right…..actually I met him first the day he had broken off his engagement"
"But as far as I recollect, you weren't there at the party?"
"No I wasn't there….he came over to my house"
"He came to you? But why?"
"He wants to marry my daughter Aayesha"
"What?" n we can see his expressions change radically, "Is he mad or what?"
"Mr. Malhotra…..please don't misunderstand me, I'm not complaining about him, it's just that I wanted you to know about it"
"I understand it…….n I'm really sorry if he had really done anything offensive"
"No no….that's fine. They all are still not mature enough to know what they actually want from life…..I thought as he's no more staying there, so may be you are not aware"
"Thanks a lot Mr. Bedi…..I really appreciate this gesture of yours"
"I shouldn't say it like this, but I think you should talk to him…..he's planning to shift abroad"
"I'll surely talk to him now"
"Ok then have a good day Mr. Malhotra"
"Hmm you too" it was so disheartening for a father to come to know of his son's plans from an outsider, his eyes turns softer, "Am I that bad a father?" he asks himself sitting there quiet for sometime, "May be I was harsh on him…..but I love you my son" he could confess that when no one's around