Posted: 06 January 2012 at 8:33am | IP Logged
PART Three (a) - Of nightmares and coffee
Aur pyaar ho gayya..
Virat woke up early that morning, thanks to his nightmares that seemed to have had a habit to visit him more often.It was hardly a year and those memories still hurt him.
'You must really go for this! I know I can trust you'
'Voh ladkii toh yahaan aayi nahin...Dude,usne tumhe dhoka diyaan..'
'Tu kaise us pe vishwas karsaktha tha..'
Various voices boomed inside his head and walked out of the room.He checked the clock,down in the hall.It was half past five in the morning and he stepped out into the open.The wind was chilly, fog had settled everywhere, he could hardly see where he was going.He finally got himself seated by the bench in the backyard, humming a faint tune to calm himself.
Little did he know, he was not the only one suffering from visions of the past.There was another person, who had a nightmare and decided to call off the night by spending some quality time in the open.
Maanvi sighed.She was abruptly pulled out of her sleep by a horrible dream that had been haunting her ever since she stepped into the Vadhera house.
Her di..she stood a far, watching her with soulful eyes.Maanvi lunged to hug her di, she missed her so much..she wanted to embrace her,wanted to talk to her.She was close to her destination, and..and-
Maanvi closed her eyes picturing the scene inside her head.
'Tum iss pariwaar ke laayak nahin ho..Door raho humse!' Swamini's voice boomed.
'Voh tumhari di nahi rahi...bas! Ab woh humari bahu hai..!'
And she was thrown out of the house.
She took a deep breath, it was a dream.She assured herself.Only a dream.That was when she heard someone humming a nice tune.It was chep,she could see his blurred image through the darkness.He seemed to have been tired and was casually lying on the bench,not far away from hers.Why was he out at this hour of the day? Did he have a nightmare too?? She was curious but, he would probably brush it off if she tried to talk to him.But then...yeah that was it!
She picked up her phone, cautiosly moved to the other corner and dialed his number.The time for some fun, she could tease him like a stranger and who knew, probably he needed some company.
Virat was brought back to the reality, as his cellphone began to vibrate.He glanced up at the nuber displayed, 'oh no!'
It was the mystery girl, why was she calling him.Was she trying to make fun of him? He had promised he would never answer her call,but then why was she calling him right at this hour of the day?
He wasn't quite sure why he had pressed the green button.
"Good morning,Virat ji...Kaise hai aap?" a cheery voice greeted her.
"Hello, bhootni kaisi ho.." he retorted.
"Bhoothni??" Maanvi whined mockingly, this was fun,oh yeah!, "koi baat nahin, aap ne mereliye nickname dhoondh liya yahinn kaafi hai.."
He grimaced, " tum..tumhe samajh mein nahi aata kya..main tumse baat nahi karna chahtha..dobara phone mat karna.."
Maanvi smiled from her spot, "kahan naa zyaada gussa sehat keliye theek nahin, toh phir gussa kyon?" That came out a bit harsher, just as if she cared for him.She shook it away.
There must be some way to get to know her intentions, " tumhe kya chaiye..kyon phone karthi rehthi ho..Don't you see main tumse baat nahin karna chahtha.."
"Oh, haan isiliye kal raat dinner ke vakht mujhe dhoodh rahe the..aap kithne cute lag rahe the..bilkul, hum aapke hai kaun mein Salman ki tarah,"
Virat chuckled,he really did wanted to meet her, no matter how much she annoyed him, she was just a puzzle.
"aapko zyaada smile karna chahiye..voh aap pe bahut suit karthi hai.." Maanvi didn't know, why she was saying that.Perhaps his voice was low, and a little down as if he had been upset about something.
"Kya..kya accha lagtha hai, " he asked her smiling slightly.
"Wohi..aapki smile, " she replied calmly, oh now she was flirting with him, right?
"Tum raat bhar soyi nahin..." he asked, "kaise phone kar diya.."
"Aise hi..aap ka kya? Aap soye nahin..aur ithni thand mein kya kar rahe hain?"
He cleared his throat, "voh, nahi..kuch nahi!"
"Jhoot, jhoot mat boliye..kya hua?" Maanvi asked, her voice tensed,why was the fun loving, Mr.I-am-so-cool upset?
"Bura sapna tha bas kuch nahi..." he repiled calmly.
"Oh! " she was amazed, this turned out to be different, she wanted to tease him, not comfort him!
"Vakht humesha ek jaisa nahi hotha..everything will be fine, one day...bas us ummeed ki zaroorat hai!" she smiled sadly.
He nodded.How true, " ummeed kithni ajeeb cheez hai..hai na!"
She remained silent, those were the words her di used to say.She was there to comfort her always.
"Haan, aur jab voh humare saath ho, toh kuch bhi mumkin hai.."
"Saath hoga tab na..ummeed ki roshni toh meri zindgi se kab ka nikal gayi.." he sounded upset.
Maanvi blinked, it was almost like - he was opening upto her.
"Aisa math sochiye.." she began awkwardly, what else was she supposed to say?
"Sochnewali baat hai hi nahin, meri khud ke pariwaar wale bhi meri kadr nahi karthe!"
Her eyes softened, she must really comfort the poor soul, but how?
"Yeh sach nahin hai! Dadaji aapse naaraaz hai, iska matlab yeh toh nahi ki, voh aapki phikr nahi karthe..infact unko aapki parwaa hai, isiliye woh chahthe hai ki aap sudhar jaav! "
She could see it, dadaji was no different to beeji.Beeji always behind her back, she was pissed off at times, but her di made her understand, beeji actually did care for her.
"Aur vaise kya patha, kisi din aap apne bhai se bhi bade position mein rahoge!"
Virat chuckled at this. This mystery girl was trying to soothe him. It was wierd, the way she spoke as if she understood him. But it felt good.
"Aap ye math sochna ki sab khathm hogaya.. sab se achi cheez toh tabhi shuru honge jab koi aur cheez khathm ho jaye.. aur in chote mote dard aur aasun ke bina, zingi mein jeet ka maza kaise aayega? Boliye na..."
Virat remained silent, processing her words.As if he was comprehending the meaning hidden in them, he sighed. She went on as he remained silent.
"Bas kabhi haar math maanna aur aage badhthe chale jaana.. "
Maanvi wasn't quite sure how she managed to say something so sensible. She merely tried to soothe him, just the way her sister would do it.
He cleared his throat as a small smile crept on to his facial features. Did she really care for him? The mystery girl?
"Vaise tum..tumhara kya? Tum is vakht kya kar rahi ho!" He attempted to divert the topic, did he just tell her?
She was nothing but a stranger! Why was he talking to her! Was she really playing around him, calling at the odd hour of the night?
Then it struck him, how did she know he was in the open? Was it possible that she was around him, a few feet away from him?
He frantically looked around pulling out his torch.
Maanvi's eyes widened what was she supposed to tell him if he had spotted her.She lunged towards the door, all she wanted to do was to get away from him.The sooner, the better!
The phoneline went dead and he sighed.
Maanvi took a deep breath, she was close to getting caught.
It was mata ki chowki and she had a big day to start.She quicly got ready.
~~~~~ A few hour later, that evening
The pooja was over and she finally found herself sitting by a secluded corner.
Her phone rang, it was Virat.She sighed, why was he calling her. Did he spot her yesterday? Oh that would be terrible!
She hesitantly picked up her phone and answered his call.
"Ye theek nahin! Aap ne aisa phone kaat diya voh theek nahin.."
She faked a smile, "Voh kuch kaam aagaya tha!" She lied, perhaps it was a bad idea to call him that morning.Her voice was low, she had been upset all day.
"Tum..saamne kyon nahi aathi..hum aamne saamne se baath karsakthe hai!"
"Mujhe lagaa aap humse baat nahi karna chahthe the..." she replied cautiously.
He smiled, "voh toh hai! Par, I wanna thank you, aaj subah keliye.."
"Voh toh kuch nahin tha.." she replied timidly.He chuckled.
"Vaise..tum karthi kya ho?"
"Mujhe ek reputed magazine mein journalist ka job milaa hai..aur aap?" that was very true, she would join there, once her di's marriage is over.
"I'm an engineering graduate! Toh..?" he hesitated a bit, "kya main, aapka naam jaan sakhtha hoon?"
She chuckled.He wanted to know her name..? That was fast!
"Oh..mera naam huh? Nahin!" now she could tease him again!
"Kyon ithni buri hai kya..jo aap keh nahi sakthe?"
"Bhoothni ka naam diya aapne yaad hai?"
"Toh aap naaraz hai?"
"Nahi toh kya..hum ithne pyaar se baath kar rahe the..aur aap hai ki.."
"Toh, mujhe hi aapka naam guess karna hoga..hmm?"
"Try keejiye...aasaan hai bas aapke man se poochne ki zaroorat hai!"
She smiled, this was fun! And she ended the call.She smiled as Virat banged his head against the wall, he looked so frustrated! Poor soul, it was all for her! To guess her name! Her smile widened as she thought about it.