Of Knowing & Learning
OH SO THATS WHATS GOING ON...
Akka let the tea go burnt, filled up another pot and waited for it to come to boil, she was nervous and shaky, she wanted to share with Bala ASAP, since he looked like he had a headache, may be not now
Amma said there was a coffee davara tumbler and plate... when Amma was speculating it was Sree she thought he must have atleast stayed 3 hours, between coffee and the meal...
Did R&B arrive at 2 and stayed until 6? or did he arrive later? Did they eat first and have coffee later or the other way around?
SO THE EVENING THEY BOTH BROUGHT SHRAVU HOME, HER SUSPICION WAS RIGHT... SHE WAS FLUSHED AND BRUISED AND SHY... VERY VERY SHY... And he looked like a cat that had cream, smug and confident like he got what he wanted. Ishita looked beautiful that day, in sweats and Old Navy hoodie but nevertheless very beautiful... happy and content... She avoided the living room and kept passing wrong information about him... from marital status to the kids... the whole time... being nervous and edgy never meeting his eyes Why would someone do that for a coworker? Bala had said she hovered near the balcony door and he was on the phone, and he hung up the call but they didn't talk at all... WISH Bala had seen something... AYYO Ishita has been so clever..
And the authoritative way in which he said he would give her a ride home...there was hubby wifey dynamic, he didn't help her with carrying the magazines or bags, nor open the door, but yet did not leave without her, walked behind her as if he would hold her if she tripped on a step...
"Knock her socks off?" huh? SO THIS IS IT... WHAT A LOVELY JODI... OMG... WHAT A LOVELY JODI... when she sat by him on the couch, they were just SO made for each other
AYYO I WANT TO SEE THEM AGAIN SOON... TOGETHER
HOW AYYO!! Rama! What will Appa say... WHERE DID THEY GO THAT SATURDAY EVENING WHEN AGGARWAL SAW THEM? SO MANY QUESTIONS... AYYO What happened at Sam's baby's party? JUST WHAT?
that made her so sick... OMG! SHE BROKE UP... OMG SHE BROKE UP?
Have to ask Amma... she called Amma
"enna panre, what are u upto?"
"Just finishing up Chapter 4 Market Demand and Supply Curves" laughing
"Seri, the party night when Ishita became sick, did she have a really high fever? what else Ma, I have a coworker that has the same thing... I am wondering whats going around..."
"I don't remember kanna, but yes, there was a rash on her neck and ear and cheek, bruise like rash... must be some insect bite u think? The 5 star hotels are not half as clean as they claim to be" "So tru Ma They are totally not clean" Vandu smiled
"Paavam ethane arichido, how much she must have itched" Amma worried
"Amma Aggarwal inge vanduttan, he came by so please hang on to the check, I am paying him now"
OH SO THEY "MET" THAT NIGHT?
Last week when I gave the phone that's why she didn't want to talk... and when she went to her bed, there was not ONE WORD HEARD.. NOT ONE...
AYYO THEY HAVE BROKEN UP?
She was restless and impatient, she sent Aggarwal off with another check for the premium...
She went to Bala, and gave him chai, and sat down, he was on the laptop
"Take rest no Bala, please kanna"
He smiled... pulling her...
"Hey I am upset about something, I cant make out now"
"U can never make out" Bala sat up
She gave him a quick hug and told him what she found...
He was beyond shocked
"Amma kitta sonneya? Did u tell her?" he asked
"No da, NOBODY knows, ippo daan aggarwal poraan, hes leaving now, I dont know what to do" Vandu looked really upset
"It need not be an affair Vandu" he said calmly
"WHY would he stand in her balcony and talk on the phone for long? And where did he take her?" Vandu asked
"Arey Bally ke baad aaya hoga, kahin gaye hongey kaam se you WOMEN" Bala refused to worry
"U think I am making stuff up" Vandu was offended
"i do, PLEASE dont tell ur parents, Appa already hates them he will do honor killing or something"Bala grimaced
"Ayyo I KNOW he will..." Vandu laened on him
"Kya ho gaya Ishita ko" Bala asked
"Hes a handsome boy da, I..." she stopped "Handsome, Appa ko kya kahenge? No Vandu lets not go there" "I think theyve broken up" Vandu said smugly
"IDU ENNA KADAI, what story is this now" Bala asked baffled
Vandu didnt give him details... "Oh, u know... she looks cold and aloof now, that glow is gone" "Ayyo podi" Bala shook his head "Dont believe me... Minnal illamal mazhai varadu, no rains without lightning" Vandu said softly looking faraway, making plans...
Friday one of the 7 concerns R&B had listed on II's "KMPG's new road map" was a fallout they were noticing in handicap control SUV models Sawtooth
The new software was somehow circumventing the handicap price list and seeking the price for a non handicap...
All the testing at KMPG was not revealing any fall out, II suggested it must be something in M company price list data base and some underlying table
Ashwini and her met for hours... she recommended working with M Co. Sales to get the latest
version of their pricelists, scrap the existing and upload the new ones...
She didnt get an answer...
She had a meeting at 5, she went to the Gurgaon showroom...
She wore black pants and her fave white Burberry, her hair in a braid... and black pumps
It was a balmy winter afternoon, she just carried her laptop and change purse, she didnt want to lose her parking spot at Spectrum basement
Took a rickshaw... when she went in, in a wind swept hair condition she did not expect to see SUBBU sitting with R&B
Unknowingly slow color crept to her face, it wasnt even Pongal until next week, it would be a year only then...
R&B wore, a navy BR tee and tan shorts, he twirled in his chair... as he texted, Subbu was trying to impress him.. The two men in her life, one she was going to marry once upon a time but he never turned her on, another... she would never marry but turned her on at just the sight
"Hi!" she said
"Ishita?" Subbu jumped up smiling
AS IF WE DONT HAVE ANY HISTORY?
She didnt shake hands, she felt R&B's eyes on her
"We went to grad school together" Subbu said
AS IF GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL WITH ME GIVES "YOU" BRAGGING RIGHTS"
"Oh" said R&B looking at HER...
"I have all three tables up and running legacy, M Co, KMPG and Excelsior.., she hooked to the projector on R&B's wall, he pressed a button and it slid down, he handed her a mouse pointer, it wouldnt turn on, she tapped it,
he took it from her hand and slid a switch, she accidentally closed her fingers on his, to grab it... he left it there for a second...
Subbu did not see it...
"thanks" she said without looking, placing a hand characteristically over her plunging neckline to plug the power cord below...
Subbu acted busy
R&B convinced Subbu it was not Excelsior processes that caused the fall out, II convinced Subbu it was legacy price lists...
Subbu argued like nobody's business, winning ultimately, bringing up examples of another dealer across town Pinnacle Auto that
had KMPG's competitor's transaction proc SW, and how things were seamless, some how proving KMPG's SW was truncating orders or prices "I rest my case Ms Iyer" R&B said softly... his point proven... Subbu: How are your parents
She nodded carelessly, hoping to find ONE SHRED OF SUBSTANTIATION of some sort to replicate what Ashwini did at KMPG barely 4 hours ago, it had glided smoothly with the new M Co price list...
But it just did not work...
"Which class is Shravu in?" Subbu prodded...
"4th" II said
"OMG Raman, he loves animals so much, I WOULD RUN THE MOMENT I SAW HIM," Subbu was very proud of being an idiot
R&B looked on impassively "Oh!"
"I would much rather talk politics or the economy u know" Subbu said smugly R&B just swung staring at something he desired fiercely... The object of his desire was not interested...
"So we have another speed bump on this already rocky road?" he provoked her...
She looked up at him
"Did u look at benchmark data at all before u bought the SW?" Subbu asked arrogantly, completely clueless
obviously of the under currents between his vendor and a SW solutions provider
"We did" R&B said..
"Pinnacle Auto bought SW that was CUSTOM BUILT for auto dealerships" Subbu gushed..
bas***d U RUINED MY LIFE NOW U RUIN MY CAREER II cursed "Though they are competition, it would not hurt to see" R&B layered it on...
"Since both legal departments have officially archived the purchase agreement, between KMPG & Excelsior,
at this time any reneging will mean full money owed contractually" II said to R&B
"I can see what I can do Raman... so good to meet you Ishita" Subbu smiled
"I am sorry but am a lil distracted today" she blew him off deliberately
She barely looked up from her laptop, just answering emails...
"So its good I stayed back... its not M Co price list table after all" he tooted his victory horn and took off
"we learn something new every day" R&B said... going back to texting...
Immediately II shut down, bent down forgetting to cover her chest, yanked the power cord off...
Her face was ablaze, tone rewarding "Here is something else new ... I was engaged to him once" she said barely audibly...in order to not cringe/die of hurt and pain... She wanted to believe the moisture in her eyes was not tears, the pain in her chest was because she must have bumped
into the elevator door in the morning (trying to get i as it was closing)
She wanted to believe his expression was of shock and remorse and anguish he quit rotating immediately... leaned forward startled