There stood a gentleman offering his prayers kneeling down in front of the Lord Christ.
"My friend Shekhar's wife is unwell; she needs your kind blessings. Please bless me and my family for our well being."
He stood up and walked off slowly his gait making every other person in church look shorter than they are. He drove in his bike to his office right on time. Though company provided cab service he was not interested as it did not provide the feasibility of coming and going at your interest. He seated in his office taking stock of the situation, speaking over phone with Mr.Kapoor who told about the meeting and presentation. He agreed to it with a firm Yes.
"Mr. Kapoor, schedule the meeting for evening 7 PM"
"Are you sure in matter of 6 hours would you be able to present it to client" Mr.Kapoor was unsure about the presentation for he knew that client presentation requires full preparation and any upside down will cause issues with signing of the agreement.
"Dont worry, I can manage" he assured softly.
Running short of time, he prepared and memorised the statistics of the client business. He wrapped off to leave to meeting room by closing his laptop and briefcase. At the entrance of the meeting room, he stood to turn the knob when another hand also turned the knob from other side of the door making it impossible for the door to open. He left the knob as he could see a figure in the glass frame. She too left the knob as she saw another person trying to enter . After few seconds of inactivity on both sides, again they tried to open the door simultaneously, seeing the sight Mr.Kapoor seated inside suggested "madam, let the other person come in first" she nodded taking few steps backwards as the door opened this time, a person entered with a smiling face, the smile passed positive energy in the room as Mr.Kapoor smiled widely, "Welcome welcome young man".
As Mr.Kapoor addressed him to her "Meet him the young, jubiliant man of our team MR..."
"Vivek" she uttered softly in an astonishment making him to turn to look at her shocked expression. He looked softly at her with a boyish smile recognising her.
"Hi Naina!!! What a surprise?"
She just smiled.
Mr.Kapoor intervened " so mam, you know Vivek ? "
"yes, we worked together in STC company , my name is her college name, if my memory corrects me. that is the reaction I received when i told my name to her for first time aptly when we introduced . Right Naina!!" Naina gave a small nod little embarrassed making Mr.Kapoor laugh. She spoke to Mr.Kapoor
"Mr.Kapoor can we start the meeting."
"Sure" replied Vivek in a confident tone. As he started the presentation, trying her level best to concentrate on his presentation than on him as she noticed his soft features the chubby cheeks replaced by cheek bones and the dimple on his right cheek making him as handsome as ever.
What was it that I fell for him? His tall frame, his brown complexion he did not build his body like the other guys, he belonged to Southern part of the country and was proud of his background and culture.
Cold drinks, samosas and chips were served as the discussions continued; Naina sipped cold drink refusing to have chips or samosas. But Vivek and Mr. Kapoor enjoyed samosa each. They wrapped the meeting.
"Okay guys, you people can catch up with yourselves, I leave now" Saying so Mr.Kapoor left.
"How are you? Mam" he asked with an half smile remembering pretty well how much she would be irritated when called madam as he sat arrogantly on the desk.
" I am good . How about u?" she asked politely still seated on the leather chair.
He turned and took another samosa offering her, she declined politely.
"Just like that"
"Why? They are tasty" he insisted
She shrugged her shoulders taking a sip of cold water. "how is your family?" she asked politely
"Good" he replied.
"Okay , time for me to leave " she gathered her belongings.
"Shall I drop you to your home" he asked something that is uncharacteristic of him.
She politely declined recovering from brief shock .
"You changed a lot Vivek" she said
"what are you mumbling NAINA" he asked scrutinizing her. Her cell phone buzzed Amma on the screen , she picked it up " Thanks, Thats it for the day" she walked up on the door.
He held the door knob and bowed down " As you say Mam" smiling at her.
She ignored him as she spoke to her mom "haan ma. khana nahin khaya. abhi khaongi..aaj fast tha na isiliye..jii jii... jaldi khaongi"
When she sat in the cab she dialled her friend's number "ladki.. aaj pata kya hua"
"bolna" she said in quiet an raunchy voice...
"aaj voh dikha.. voh ... "
"kya voh vo karte hain, beje ka dahi mat bana"
"jeny sunna ..aaj vivek dikha..."
"grrr ladki hosh teekhane pe hain .. Two jhaped( slaps) marrongi tujko ladki, bhoool ja usko.satak gaye hain tu..." in her mumbai slang
"nahin jeny sunna , voh mere company ka project manager hain, usne muje pehchana aur baat bhi kiya... pata kitna handsome lag raha hain... gadha kahi ka"
"lo... fir shuru hogaye uska gunn ganeyy...naina... aacha aur bata" now her tone changed to curious one.. as she spoke for some time animatedly with her friend Jeniffer whom Naina called Jennie . Her best buddy with whom she has girly talk though they hardly met each other .
"AAj mera fast hain ladki ..maine abhi tak kuch nahin khaya... dekhna kya coincidence hain aaj vivek sapne main aaya... aaj maine baba ka upwas rakha ... aur aaj hi itne dinno baad vivek khud dikha.."
"aghhh..ladki satak gaye hain... aise kuch nahin hain... uske shaadi hogaye hogi... sab tere jaise nahin hain teek hain" She poured water on her friend's excitement.
"hmmm hosakta hain realising that its 5 years since they met and since he is also same age as her but younger by just one week probably must have got settled down with a beautiful girl and now with a kid. As she realised her dreams shattering, making her feel jealous to see others of her age well settled, she came back to real life...
The car stopped at the portico of the hotel. She got down. Making another phone call
"Hi Riya kaise hain?"
To ease out of her tension or panic stricken personal life she would call her close friends who would share some snippets on their personal family life making her smile and increasing her yearning for a stable family.
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