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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 1:19pm | IP Logged
CHAPTER 7
New beginnings


"Sir, Ms. Aggarwal is here for the arbitration," his secretary Shivangi said through the intercom.
"Send her in," said Adi as he somewhat nervously straightened up for his first arbitration meeting with Maithili.

He hadn't seen Maithili since their tense encounter two weeks ago, where she left him standing outside the SAG office. Shruti had kept Adi updated on what was happening with the case, and he knew that that Maithili was back at SAG and would be coming to his office for the next three weeks for arbitration. It was no surprise to him that she would be arriving this morning. Still, it made Adi nervous to confront her after all that had happened. He had been so rude with her, and so unnecessarily harsh. Those tears, he thought to himself, those precious drops running down her soft cheeks…he did that. He should've known better. After all, Maithili was new at this kind of thing, and who knows how different all of this is from her experiences in legal cases abroad. He knew how stubborn Maithili could get, and there was simply no way she was going to forgive him, he thought.

"You'd better get ready for some heavy attitude, Adi," he thought to himself as he heard the doorknob turn.
He gave her a pleasant smile as she walked in, which she brushed off brusquely. Noting that she had come alone, Adi remembered Mamma telling him that Maithili was handling this process by herself.
"Congrats on re-joining SAG," he said warmly.
"Thanks, but I'm not here to talk about myself," she shot back.
This is going to be a loooong day, Adi thought to himself.

It was the middle of the day, and Adi and Maithili had been working through legal files for at least the past 3 hours. Of course, with her sitting across the desk from him, he was too distracted to actually concentrate on any work. Surprisingly, she was quite professional with him. He noticed how remarkably different and grown up she was from the Maithili he once knew. It was clear she was angry with him, but she was able to put that aside and get through work.

Through the corner of his eye, he stared at the way she absentmindedly tapped the edge of her pen against her chin. Ah, her chin, Adi thought back. He remembered the way she had stuck it out towards the breeze that day when he saw her for the first time after she had returned to India. Adi drifted into a fantasy. He imagined how it would've been if instead of the breeze, Mumbai had greeted her that morning with rain. How the drops of water might have dripped off her chin. And how if he had been there next to her, he might've kissed her chin, and how the cold and fresh rain water would've dripped down her chin, through his lips, and onto his tongue. He shook his head. He couldn't believe he, the serious businessman that he was, was having a bollywoodesque rain fantasy about Maithili in the middle of work. He chuckled at the thought of how angry she would get if she knew what he was thinking right now.
"Something funny?" she asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Uh, nothing… you don't want to know, trust me"
"O-kay," Maithili said in an irritated tone.
"Waise Maithili… how long has it been since you've seen a Bollywood movie?" he asked humorously.
She looked up from her files to shoot him a menacing look. She was clearly not amused.
"Can we get back to work, Adi?"
"Yes, of course," he paused before he continued, "but can you forgive me first? For the other day, at SAG? I'm really sorry, Maithili. There's no excuse for my behaviour and I've felt terrible since, please believe me," implored Adi.
A slow smile spread across Maithili's face. She was enjoying seeing Adi feel remorseful. She didn't want to let him get off that easy.
"What did you say, Adi? I couldn't hear you."
"I said I'm sorry about the other day."
"You? Sorry?"
"I'm really sorry. I mean it."

The Aditya Mehra she knew in college would have never apologized for anything, and especially not to someone from the opposite sex. She unwittingly smiled at him, warmly resting her eyes on his handsome features. His eyes looked so honest that she just had to believe that his apology was sincere. Maybe he had changed after all. She nodded to indicate that she had forgiven him. After all, she felt a little bad that he had lost his clients because of her hastiness. And she had to admit that she had gained a lot more respect for Adi after learning that she was Shruti's son. In addition, ever since she had been back at SAG, she had researched Prism and was impressed with his achievements.

"It's okay," she said. "And I'm sorry too, for…well, for rushing things with the lawsuit."
"No worries, what's done is done… Hey, can we take a break and go for lunch somewhere?"
"Don't push it, Adi."
"How is lunch pushing it?"
"Don't forget that I am here as a neutral party for this arbitration. Are you trying to bribe me?"
"Actually, that's not a bad idea."
Maithili rolled her eyes at this pathetic wisecrack.
"But I've got no intention of bribing you," Adi continued, slowly leaning in across the desk towards her, "so will you please lunch with me?"
Maithili smiled coyly at how sweet Adi was being with her.
"Mr. Mehra, I really don't---"
He interrupted her, "I like it when you call me Adi." He paused and added pensively, "I've missed the way you say my name." He retreated slightly, knowing he had said a bit too much.
"Fine, Adi, I guess I could use a lunch break." She was glad to change the subject.
"Really? You know, you're giving me too many surprises here. Firstly, I thought you'd never forgive me. And what's more, I didn't think you'd agree to have lunch with me. What happened to the Maithili Aggarwal who was always so difficult with me in college, huh?
"It's been a long time since that Maithili Aggarwal grew up and forgot about all that," she replied calmly.
"I hope you haven't forgotten everything," he said with a mischievous smile, and noticed some red rushing onto her cheeks.
"Let's go," she said, getting up from her chair and abruptly changing the subject to the topic of food.

*   *   *


"Adi beta, how was the first day of arbitration?" Shruti asked her son, who was sitting down with the newspaper in the living room after dinner.
"Oh it was great!" he said, realizing he probably was sounding a little over-enthusiastic about a dry legal process. "I mean to say, it went very well. It was a good start."
"Sounds good. How do you like working with Maithili? Apparently you two didn't used to get along in college. Any problems now?"
"Mamma… please. We were kids in college. We are obviously capable of working with each other just fine, and I think Maithili is incredibly skilled at what she does and quite professional."
Shruti smiled, happy that she was right about Maithili, and made her way to bed.

"Oh, I'm sure you are very professional with her," chimed in a bitter-sounding Tanu, who was sitting a few feet away watching TV.
Adi just remembered the whole lafda that Maithili and Tanu had earlier. Tanu had wanted him to talk to Mamma about Maithili, but he had forgotten. He sighed as he approached her.
"Tanu, kya baat hai yaar?"
"Don't yaar me. Bhai nahin ho tum mere…Traitor!" said Tanu in a sulky tone, flinging a pillow at him.
Adi caught the pillow and sat next to Tanu, trying to gently placate her.
"I think you got the wrong impression of Maithili."
"Oh really?"
"Well, okay, technically you didn't. She's quite…what do you say…well, she's outspoken, but she means well. And she's honest enough to speak what she thinks."
"Right," mumbled Tanu.
"Look, please give her a chance?"
"Ew, why are you asking me to give her a chance? I don't care about her! And I never want to see her again. What's the matter? Are you falling in love with her or something? Eww! Will I have to call her bhabhi?"
"Okay Tanu, that's enough," said Adi, getting off the couch while Tanu burst into laughter at having gotten a rise out of her brother.
Adi jogged upstairs towards Ashu's room to say good night, which was pretty much the only time he got to see his artist brother who liked to spend his time in his own world most of the time.

*   *   *


In the Rai Choudhury house, people tended up to stay up late into the night. Rishika had a habit of reading till late, and Gauri was usually buzzing around with too much energy to settle down into bed early. The only person who went to bed early was Rishabh Rai Choudhury, who was pretty boring in comparison to the stylish and vivacious mother--daughter pair.

Gauri was planning the details of the dance show she was choreographing for a charitable cause. She pulled out some of her costumes and went towards the mirror, trying to decide between them for the dance. She looked at herself, lost in thought for a moment, allowing herself to have a narcissistic moment admiring herself in the mirror.

Sometimes she felt like nobody understood her, including her best friend Tanu. Gauri was 19 years old, but she was a precocious 19-year-old, and though she developed an attraction towards boys, she wasn't too thrilled with the choice at her college. Why did boys her age have to be so…stupid, so utterly vacuous, she thought, frustrated. This opinion caused her to brush off most boys that gave her any attention, and it earned her the reputation that she was a snob and a heartbreaker. The fact that her friend Tanu's reputation was similar didn't help matters. But she didn't really care about their reputation. No matter what anyone said, Gauri knew Tanu the best. Tanu had a sharpness to her, and an edge that rubbed most people off the wrong way, but Gauri knew that her friend was mostly misunderstood.

Gauri sat down with her journal, lazily writing down her thoughts, which had rapidly shifted to Tanu's brother Ashu, whom she had vaguely known since childhood. In the past two years that Tanu and Gauri had become good friends, Gauri also spent more and more time with Ashu. Following suit with Tanu, Gauri called Adi bhaiyya and called Ashu by his name. Ashu was shy, but carried himself with a lot of maturity. She tried to sneak into his room to talk to him about his art, to see some of his paintings or sculptures in an effort to get him to open up to her. Ashu did respond to her, but only with a certain measure of timidity. As she wrote in her journal, she realized that she found the sensitive Ashu's creativity and timidity very attractive.

She closed the journal with a smile on her face, and turned down her music to make sure it wouldn't disturb her parents. She half-lay on her bed with her right foot still on the floor. Her nomadic dancer feet started absentmindedly tapping to the music and slowly stopped as she reluctantly fell into slumber, with dreams of Ashu awaiting her.


Edited by --arti-- - 17 July 2008 at 8:30pm
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 1:53pm | IP Logged
wow really well written! Big smile love how the arbitration went. i see adi's already flirting with mets Wink Embarrassed and maithili is slowly warming up to him Embarrassed tannu is quite funny with adi LOL "eww! will i have to call her bhabhi" LOL and gauri-ashu are a sweet couple in the making Wink Big smile
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 2:03pm | IP Logged
Aarti I just caught with all the chapters.Brilliant piece of work you have here Clap Clap Clap .....have me completely hooked.Very impressive writing syle and characterizations.
have to make a special mention about Gauri...really liked how you described her in this last chapter.
Continue soon.....waiting to see AM continue from where they had left off in the parking lotWink
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 2:21pm | IP Logged
tht ws AMAZIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!so, gauri dont worry, ur ashu will cum 2 u son on a white dashin horse!!!!! Embarrassed Embarrassed do con son di. Clap
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 3:37pm | IP Logged
omgggg amazingg Clap Clap Clap
i loved it!!!
mets and adi scene was awesum!! Big smile
and the rest was realli gd
cnt wait
continue soon Embarrassed
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 5:18pm | IP Logged
ur ff is good yaar
continue it



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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 6:12pm | IP Logged
Awww Arti!You're too fast with the Updating thing-meri bachchi ko najar na lage!!!LOLLOLLOL

This was cute,hmmm!Wink...Adi trying to flirt with Mets,I see;uffff,but Mets is too sulky,yaar!!Angry...And,I hpe Tanu does sumthing,here,atleast!LOLWinkliked Gauri though,she seems sweet!Embarrassed

Ok,now cont.soon!LOLEmbarrassed
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Posted: 24 June 2008 at 10:19pm | IP Logged
yay! adi and mets' finally getting along!! Big smile
Poor Tanu!... LOL ...
So gauri has a 'thing' for Ashu!?!? cute! Embarrassed

Plz continue! luv ur updates.. Tongue

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