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Tere bin, main yoon
Kaise jiya, kaise jiya
Lekar yaadein teri
Raatein meri kaat.
Mujhse baatein teri
Karti hai, chandni
Tanha hai, tujh bin, raatein meri
Din mere, din ke jaise nahin
Tahna hai run
Nam meri akheen rahe
Aaja mere aab rubaru
Jeena nahin bin tere
Tere bin, main yoon
Kaise jiya, kaise jiya
Kabse akheen meri,
Raah mein tere bichi
Bhulse hi kahin
Tu mil jaye kabhi
Bhule naa mujhse baatein teri
Bheegi hai, har paal akheen meri
Kyun saas loon
Kyun main jeeyoon
Jeena bura sa lage
Kyun hogaya, tu bewaafa
Mujhko batade vaje
Tere bin, main yoon
Kaise jiya, kaise jiya
Valley Presbyterian Hospital – 9:00pm
Ranbir was sitting in the waiting room that was just outside the emergency unit at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys; it was only a few minutes form Kanya's house. The drive from Kanya's house to the hospital was only a few minutes but even that time felt like it stretched on too long. Ranbir had been lucky enough to follow directly behind the ambulance so he got there exactly when they did. It took them all of a minute and a half to get from her house to the hospital because the ambulance had its sirens on. He knew that if had to drive like all the other drivers at that point, then he could have gone mad for sure; having to stop at the red lights, and stop signs, he would have gone insane.
As Ranbir looked around the waiting room he saw only one other man in there with him; that man however was sleeping on one of the couches. Sleep was the farthest thing form his mind, but Ranbir was exhausted; he decided to lean back and just rest his eyes for a minute. As soon as he closed his eyes the scene from Kanya's apartment flashed before his eyes. It was like he reliving that incident all over again; he could see her on that stretched, blood dried on the lips, the smell of rose scented potpourri filled the room, the sound of the sirens outside the building, Nancy's cries, the voices and commands of the EMT's and firefighters. He remembered that many of the tenants in the apartment building were standing outside, watching all the drama unfold. Ranbir wanted badly to go with Kanya in the ambulance, but they only let one person go with the patient, and that person was Nancy, she was in no condition to drive herself anywhere.
Ranbir's mind kept traveling to Kanya and how she was doing. The doctors refused to give them any information due to doctor-patient confidentiality and also due to the fact that neither Ranbir nor Nancy were blood relatives of Kanya. In situations like this, when the patient can't make decisions for themselves, the doctors wait for family to arrive. Nancy had been trying to get a hold of Kanya's sister to see how far she was from getting here. Kanya's sister was a student at Arizona State University, the drive alone was over 5 hours. Apparently she had tried to get a flight out here but the soonest one she could book was for tomorrow, and that was just too long, so she was driving.
If anything happened to her, he would just die; he knew he would. He had spent years apart from her; the only thing that kept him whole was knowing that she was off happy somewhere with someone. Sadly, when he found out the true reality of her life, it almost killed him. The only thing keeping him form not taking her into his arms and going away with her, was the simple fact that she had asked him to stay away; Kanya had asked something of him for the first time, and he was going to give her what she wanted. As hard as it was for him to stay away from her, he would do it; but he would do it only after he was absolutely certain that she was okay.
Ranbir's thoughts were broken when he felt the seat on the couch next to him sink in. Opening his eyes he saw Nancy sitting there, her elbows on her knees and her face in her hands.
"Any news on her sister?" Ranbir asked hopefully.
"No, nothing. She is probably traveling through some areas that don't get cell service. I just hope she gets here soon."
"Me too," Ranbir said, "any news on Chinmay?"
"No, nothing on him either. I just talked to my brother; LAPD and LVPD have no idea where he may have disappeared to."
Ranbir felt his anger rise just at the thought of that scumbag getting close to Kanya again, "I'll kill him if I ever see him."
Nancy didn't say anything, because there was nothing to say, all she did was put hand on his shoulder in support.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital – 1:10am
Hours had passed and still Nancy and Ranbir were sitting awake. Coffee cups could be seen littered all across the table because they had gone through so many. Still the doctors refused to give them any word on Kanya's condition and Ranbir was working on his last nerve. Looking at the clock overhead he saw that just a little past 1am. He needed to stretch to legs so he got up and walked across the room to the large windows that gave a view of the busy street in front of them. Suddenly, there was noise in the once silent room.
"Nancy? Nancy?" yelled some one.
Ranbir turned to see a girl not more than 21 come running into the waiting room. She was dressed in a pair of flats, jeans and an ASU sweatshirt. Her hair was tied back into a ponytail, a pair of black rimmed glasses resting on her face and no make up. The look on her face, that of distress, worry, confusion and anger, told Ranbir that she was none other than Kanya's sister.
"Shanaya? Oh thank God!" Nancy exclaimed, as she got up and hugged the girl.
"Where is Di? How is she doing?" the girl said franticly.
"We don't know anything, the doctors refused to let us know anything with out her family being here."
"What?! Why would they do that?" she screamed, but then spoke before Nancy could give an answer, "You know what I don't care, take me to her, I have to see her."
Nancy led Shanaya out of the waiting room towards the ER unit. Ranbir finally was able to settle with some ease, at least now they would be getting some answers about what was going on with Kanya. Ranbir's ease vanished a minute later when Shanaya and Nancy came back.
"What happened? Why are you back so soon?" Ranbir asked as he strode over to where the two women were standing.
"They are transferring her to ICU now, and the doctor is busy with another case."
"Who the hell cares how busy he is, we needed answers hours ago, they cannot expect us to wait longer!" Ranbir roared.
"The nurse told us that Kanya was stable at the moment, and that as soon as she was settled in the ICU unit she would send the doctor over."
"I'm sorry," Shanaya broke in, "who are you?" she asked.
"Oh, sorry, Shanaya this is Mr. Ranbir Nanda and Ranbir this is…"
Nancy didn't get a chance to finish her sentence as Ranbir intervened, "This is her sister, Shanaya."
Ranbir watched as the girl hesitantly took his extended hand. She looked him up and down almost accessing him; he could tell that she was trying to place him.
"I'm sorry but I don't recognize you."
"I don't expect you to."
"Excuse me, but if you like I can show you to the ICU now." It was the voice of a nurse who had come into the waiting room looking for them.
The nurse took the three of them up to the ICU which was on the 5th floor. Before anything else, they went in search for the doctor to get an update on Kanya's condition. They saw two doctors talking outside of Kanya's room, when they approached them Nancy was shocked to see a familiar face.
"Dr. Davis, What are you doing here?" Nancy didn't know what to make of the fact that her and Kanya's OB/GYN was there.
"Oh, Nancy. Hello," The doctor said, then turning to Shanaya she said, "You must be the sister? You both have similar features."
"Yes, I'm Shanaya. How is my sister doing? And please, before you ask, you are welcome to disclose her information in front of these two."
Nancy jumped in before the doctor could say anything, "I didn't know that you worked at this hospital." Nancy was still confused as to why Dr. Davis was there.
"Oh, I don't really. I just have some of my patients come here for their deliveries. I was just on my way out when they brought in Kanya."
"Oh, so you were just checking on her?"
"No, actually, I was consulting on her case."
Now Nancy was confused, "Why would you be consulting on Kanya's case, I mean why would she need an OB/GYN right now?"
"I know that you and Kanya are very close Nancy, but I don't know if she had time to tell you, she came to see me today."
"Kanya didn't mention that she had an appointment today with you."
"She didn't, she was a walk in. You see the thing is that…well…Kanya came in for a pregnancy test."
"What?" said the three of them. They were all shocked beyond belief; Kanya and pregnancy test.
"What are you trying to say Dr. Davis?" Shanaya broke in.
"Her test results were positive."
There was a running silence that fell across the room, they were all speechless. What were the supposed to day? What could they say in a situation like this?
Finally, it was Shanaya who broke the silence. "Di is pregnant? Oh my God."
"Uh, I'm extremely sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but…her pregnancy was still in its early stages and her body couldn't take the stress and pressure that was put on it due to this incident, so," there was a stretched silence of a few seconds as the doctor gathered up some courage to continue, "I'm sorry, but she lost the baby."
Nancy and Shanaya both gasped and held each other for support; there was just too much going on, too much information was given in such a short amount of time. First they hear that Kanya went for a pregnancy test that turned out positive, but then they hear that she lost the baby. How were they going to tell Kanya that?
Ranbir felt like his world shook on its foundation, it was like everything was crumbling and there was nothing he could do to stop it. Kanya was pregnant and just like that she was not; how could that be? Everything was happening because of that ass of a husband she had; if Ranbir so much as saw his shadow, he would kill Chinmay with his bare hands. Ranbir's thoughts were interrupted by Nancy.
"Other than…the miscarriage, how is Kanya doing?" Nancy asked, her voice barely audible.
"This is Dr. Thomas; he will fill you in on her condition. I have another delivery scheduled, but please feel free to contact me if you have any questions." With that Dr. Davis took her leave.
With all eyes now on Dr. Thomas, he began to update them on Kanya's condition. According to him, she had two broken ribs, a sprained left ankle, and of course the cuts and bruises all over her body. Dr. Thomas told them that she was given a sedative to sleep and that she would be out the entire night, but they were welcome to wait.
The policy was that only two visitors at a time were allowed in the room, so Ranbir had sent in Nancy and Shanaya; he wanted to see her, but he knew that she needed her sister and her best friend. I killed him to not be able to be there for her but he had to do what was best for Kanya, no matter now much it tore him up inside. Ranbir was pacing back and forth, in the small waiting room they had right outside of the ICU. Suddenly, a drunker voice broke the silence.
"Where is my darling wife? Some one take me to her."
When Ranbir looked up he saw that it was none other than Chinmay and his blood began to boil. Ranbir's hands automatically formed into fists and he was holding Chinmay by his collar in no time.
"You son-of-a-bitch! What did you do to her?!" Ranbir roared.
Before Chinmay could even react, his face came into contact with Ranbir's left hook. After that, there was no stopping Ranbir. Chinmay felt the wrath of a Ranbir's broken and hurt heart in the form of kicks, punches and curses. All the commotion that they caused drew out nurses, doctors, as well as Nancy and Shanaya.
"I won't spare you today! I'll kill you with my bare hands!" Ranbir yelled once more.
It took two doctors to hold Ranbir and another one to pull Chinmay free from Ranbir's clutches. When they were finally parted Chinmay was bleeding and already turning black and blue.
"What the hell are you doing here?" Shanaya asked, "Haven't you done enough already?"
"Well, well, if it isn't my sister-in-law, not going to say 'Hi' to your Jiju?"
"The biggest mistake of Di's life was the day she married you! She should have left you at the alter like I told her to!"
Nancy couldn't take any more, "Why did you have to hurt her? What did she ever do to you?"
"I'm sorry but I'm going to ask you to leave sir." The voice came from somewhere in the back, as the group turned and faced two security guards that were called.
"Why should I leave?" Chinmay asked, "After all, I and the husband."
The guards then turned to Ranbir and asked him to leave. Ranbir was about to answer when Shanaya intervened.
"No, you should leave," she said looking at Chinmay, then she turned to the security guards, "This man physically abused my sister, I don't want him anywhere near her. My sister can't make decisions for herself now so I will do it for her."
Chinmay was escorted out by the guards, but he did not go peacefully, he fought with them all the way to the elevator, his slurs and curses could be heard up and down the hall.
"You know him Shanaya, he won't stay away. I think we need to get a restraining order against him." Nancy said, "They took him away now but legally he has the right to see his wife."
"I think you are right. I have to go get it since I'm next of kin."
"You are in no condition to drive, I'll take you," Nancy offered.
Ranbir finally spoke, "Neither of you are fit to drive. You stay with Kanya and I will take Shanaya to the Van Nuys police station; if you don't mind that is."
Shanaya looked from Ranbir to Nancy in search of an answer. Nancy gave Shanaya a look of approval telling her it was okay to go with Ranbir. As Ranbir and Shanaya headed toward the elevator, Ranbir missed another knowing glance that was exchanged between Nancy and Shanaya.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital – 4:00am
The drive to the police station was quite; neither Ranbir nor Shanaya said anything. Ranbir noticed that despite the warm weather, and her sweatshirt, Shanaya was shivering; he quietly turned on the heater. Once they got to the police station they directly filed the restraining order against Chinmay. They had to pay a certain amount of money and Shanaya became frantic when she realized that she had left her purse in Kanya's room. Ranbir put a reassuring hand on her shoulder, and then quickly took out his wallet to pay the clerk. It took a while because they had to find a judge that was going to sign the order.
Once that was done, they had come back to the hospital.
"Why don't you go up, I'll get some coffee for Nancy and you," Ranbir suggested.
"Umm…why don't I help you."
Ranbir didn't reject Shanaya's offer, so they both went towards the vending machine. As they waited for the cups to fill, Shanaya looked Ranbir up and down again, as if assessing him.
"You're him, aren't you?"
"Excuse me? I'm who?" Ranbir asked, confused.
"Him, you are 'him'; the man my sister fell madly in love with after only one chance encounter, you are Mr. Pier." Shanaya's eyes told Ranbir that she knew exactly what had happened between him and Kanya four years ago. He didn't have to do or say anything to confirm her suspicions, because in her heart, Shanaya already knew the answer.
"How…how did you know?" Ranbir asked, curious about the answer.
"The way you attacked Chinmay, the way you paced over and over in the waiting room, they way you didn't complain when me and Nancy went to see Di, and the look in your eyes when the doctor has said that Di had lost the baby. No one reacts that way unless you love the person with every fiber of your being. It's good to see that Di's love wasn't one sided."
Shanaya took her cup of coffee and headed towards the elevator, but the stopped and turned to Ranbir, "Help her, take her away from here. My Di deserves every happiness the world has to offer; she deserves to be loved and cherished, and I know…you are the only one who can truly give her those things."
Valley Presbyterian Hospital – 7:00am
It had been one hell of a night for Nancy, Shanaya and Ranbir; they were all exhausted, hungry and worried. They had all taken turns sitting with Kanya in the ICU; Ranbir was truly grateful that Nancy and Shanaya gave him time with Kanya alone. He would just sit there and stroke her head, hold her hand, talk to her, telling her that she had to come back, he knew she could hear him. It was past 7 o'clock in the morning when a frantic but happy Shanaya ran into the waiting room, "Di's awake, Di's awake!" she yelled.
Ranbir quickly shot to his feet and raced towards Kanya's room. He stopped outside the door remembering Kanya's words for him to stay away. He tried to get a glimpse of her form the door but she was surrounded by doctors and nurses. After what felt like hours, the doctors finally moved away and he saw her. His Kiya lying on the bed; she looked pale, weak, and breakable. He watched her breath in and out steadily, he watched her give a faint smile to Nancy and Shanaya as they hugged her.
The next scene broke his heart. Kanya placed a hand on her stomach and seemed to be asking the girls about her baby. Both Shanaya and Nancy looked to each other not knowing what to say. Finally it was Shanaya who broke the news to Kanya that her baby was no more. She broke down, yelling and crying, refusing to accept that fact. Finally she collapsed into Nancy's arms, holding on to her as if her life depended on it. He saw Nancy whisper something into Kanya's ears, as she looked up towards him.
Ranbir felt tears stinging his own eyes, so he turned to leave, when he heard a faint voice calling his name, "Ranbir". Ranbir stopped in his tracks and turned around to see Kanya looking directly at him. Nancy and Shanaya quietly left so that the two of them could be alone.
Ranbir walked up next to the bed but remained silent. A few second later he looked up and into Kanya's eyes; eyes that quickly filled with tears. The second the tears over flowed, Ranbir had taken Kanya into his arms. He stroked her hair and whispered into her ears.
"He took my baby Ranbir, he killed my baby!"
Ranbir held her as she wept in his arms, his heart breaking more and more with each of her sobs. When her sobs died down, Ranbir pulled away and stood to leave.
Kanya watched Ranbir stand up, but he didn't get far; something in her made her grab his hand. When he turned to look at her, she spoke, "Help me Ranbir. Take me away from this pain, please."
She could see the relief and joy in Ranbir's eyes as he took her back into his arms.
"Anything for you Kiya, anything."
Kanya held onto Ranbir and cried out four years worth of pain and misery. She knew that everything was going to be okay now, in his arms she felt safe, loved and wanted. There was nothing that would cause her pain, because she knew that Ranbir would die before he let her get hurt again. She knew that he was the man she had loved since she had met him; she knew he was her soul mate.
What Kanya didn't know, is why she hadn't let him in to help her before? She didn't understand why she didn't have faith in the precious relationship that they shared.
Tera Mera Rishta
Tera yakeen kyon
Maine kiya nahin
Tujhse raha kyon juda
Mujhepe yeh zindagi
Karti rahi sitam
Tune hi di hai panah
Tera mera rishta purana
Hai kya tadap
Hai yeh kaisi saza
Tu kyun mujhe
Aaj yaad aagaya
Bechain din mere
Bechain raath hai
Kya mein karoon kuch bata
Yeh mere paau hi
Khud meri bediyaan
Usse tu mujhe chooda
Tera mera rishta purana
Joh mujh mein hai
Sakas woh keh raha
Aah aab mein tu
Karz tera chuka
Aankhen hai nam meri
Saasein chubhan meri
Zakham hua phir hara
Dil ke virane mein
Mere phasane mein
Tuhi toh har dum raha
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