“hey, you’re up…how are you feeling now” Geet asked Jai, seeing him all up from his evening nap and sitting. Wiping her face properly with the towel, she placed it on the sofa and went and got herself a hot cup of tea…coming back she went and switched on the TV that was in the room and settled herself comfortably on the sofa and just sat there changing the channel lost in her thoughts…when she heard his angry, irritated tone saying “Why have you rejoin the Khuranas. I had told you if you even think of joining the Khuranas I will tell Bauji about you selling off your mother jewelry.” Geet for a moment sat stunned in her place, thinking was he really threatening her for that even after all this, but then she just decided to ignore him and just briefly looked at him before turning her attention back to the TV, she for sure was not in the mood to get into any kind of argument with him and then blast at him.
“I asked you a question Geet…” Jai said, his voice clearly expressed his anger…she just decided to fully ignore him and stood and went to the little counter in the room and took out the food packet she had brought with her from home and said “I have bought you Moong Dal Khichdi, do you want to eat that or you want to have chole puri”
“Don’t you dare ignore my question Geet, I want an answer dam it” Jai shouted this time, and Geet in anger hearing his raised voice just slammed the plate she was holding on to the counter and cocked her head, returning his hot glare and shouted “and don’t you dare raise your voice at me Jai. You can tell Bauji whatever you want to, I am not your f****** punching bag that you can treat me any way you like it. This is my life and only I have the right to decide what I do in my life, samjhe tum” then she went closer to him and said “and just to answer your question on why I joined the Khurana’s back, well you should ask this question yourself…because you left me with no other option other than to go back to working where I used to work”
“what the hell are you talking about…you are not making any sense” Jai snapped back, not liking the way she was putting the blame on him for her going back to work with the Khurana’s.
“Oh really, I’m not making sense, hun…mind telling me how am I not making sense to you Jai…” She shouted stepping closer to him and then held his hospital gown in her fist and pulled him closer saying “mana kiya tha na main ne tumhe not to go for that stupid deals of yours. Didn’t I warn you, now see what you have done and gotten us into? Do you even realize in what financial crisis you have put not only yourself but every one of us?”
“What are you trying to say, say it clearly Geet,” Jai said.
“Acha, you tell me how much more clear you want me to be…don’t you bloody still know that we have lost all the money…every single penny of it that you were going to take it for that deal…us deal ko tu baat hi na kare tu wo hi behtar hai but all those money…those goons took it away after beating you to death…all those money are gone Jai…everything is gone…we are same as being the beggar on the road and to answer your question as to why I rejoin Khurana’s is for your surgery and to pay the hospital expenses that I didn’t have. So, I took a loan from Maan sir, and he was kind enough to lend me that money as well as giving back my job…kin”
“How dare you take money from that Khurana” Jai shouted, interrupting her; which only angered Geet more who shouted back “Then what else was I supposed to do, hun? Marne deti kya tumhe main…”
“Haan, it would have been better to let me die than to live with this thought that I am breathing because of that Khurana. Thinking that each breath that I am taking is in debt of his”
Hearing him, Geet just shot him a glare and said “you know what, I have not seen an ungrateful person like you in my entire life. Instead of thanking and being greatful of that man for saving your life, you are being so ungrateful and selfish…I am just wondering, how much more selfish can you get Jai…itna kuch hone ke baad bhi tumhara ghamand nahi toota…aakhir kis baat ka ghamand hai tumhe Jai. Today, just because of you I and Bauji have to face with people that we don’t even know, who comes asking us for their money that you took from them. The bank that had granted you the loan to buy that stupid shares are coming at our door after every few days asking us for the money you took from them…threatening Bauji that if we don’t pay within the limited time of theirs then they will sell our house…even after all this…instead of being ashamed and sorry for what you did you are showing me your goddamn attitude” saying that she just stood for a minute glaring at him and then she just left the room in anger to cool down her own anger…
From all this, she just got to understood one damn thing and was now sure of that this was this was not their Jai. This Jai, can’t be the Jai she knew a few months ago; before they used to understand each other so well and now…it seems like she has been introduced to a new Jai, whose behaviors, talks just about everything is alien to her. She was very much aware of his dream, but he never showed this kind of madness toward his dream…By now she only understood one thing and that was he was trying to run after his madness for a reason, but she just failed to understand what it was he was running after. She has just failed to understand what does he really want to achieve…or was it her who was failing to understand him? Failing to see what is bothering him that is making him do things that she knew he would never do…
“ye lo Kha lo…” Geet forwarded the food plate to him to which Jai just turned his face away from her and sat with his grumpy face. She knew he was angry at her and also knew that he won’t eat unless she pacifies him. So, she sat beside him and tried to feed him with her own hand, to which he just jerked it away with his good hand. Geet takes a deep breath, to not get any more pissed off by his behavior and tried her last weapon that always works on Jai and said “Sorry…I shouldn’t have shouted at you”
“you should be sorry…not for shouting at me but for taking the money from him and joining his company back…” He snapped back, and Geet just lost her temper fully and slammed the plate next to the side table saying “Just grow up Jai…just grow up. Life is not that easy as you think…but you won’t understand this…because you never took life seriously. You always took it as a joke, always ran after the things that you could never reach it. You always dream of things that were beyond your reach…beyond becoming the reality and you know what I hope you are out and fully awoken from your stupid dream of becoming rich…because the truth is you cannot become one…it’s not in your fate to be what you are dreaming of becoming. So, I hope you give up on that start living your life as what you are and what Babaji have given. Mark my words Jai, not everyone has the same destiny and if everyone did then no one in this world had been a poor person, all would have been born rich, with golden spoon in their mouth…try to see the difference between your dream life and reality, Jai” saying she was about to go away and sit in the corner, when her eyes fell on the food and just said “bhook lage tu kha lena…nahi tu bhoke so jana…”
Then she went and laid on the sofa that was their murmuring “ek tu subha se I was busy with office and now all this…uff I am so tired…” and with that she closed her eyes, hoping to catch some sleep as she has to leave for her home from here early in the morning and then from their back to work.
“Hii Meera…how are you?” Geet greeting Meera who was just about to enter KC. Meera as always meekly smiled at her saying “I am fine…aap kaise ho…aur Jai ji”
“I am fine too…he is recovering” Geet replied, as they both entered the lift. “How are you feeling now Meera, I heard from Daadi yesterday that you haven’t been keeping well these days…” Geet asked, only to notice Meera face getting Pale. “Meera are you ok…or shall we go to the doctor,” Geet asked, worriedly.
“Nahi” Meera instantly replied, making Geet confused with the sudden change in her behavior. “Are you sure?” Geet asked.
“ji…I am fine…bas just a little stressed” Meera replied and just then the lift bell rang reminding them of their arrival to their destination. “Ok, then I will see you later…waise I would loveto hear about your trip to Switzerland…i heard its a very lovely place so i can’t wait to hear about what you saw there…where you went and all that…but later at lunch time so don’t go away hiding yourself at lunch time” Geet said and left to go to her cabin failing to realize that she just made Meera freeze on her spot with her lest say…who just stood there like a statue of clay and the lift door just closed back on her face.
Trip…Switzerland…Dev and all she could remember the night that they spent together…where she…and Dev broke that last thread that held them from becoming one…no…no it would be wrong to say she did it…it was Dev who had crossed the line in his drunken state…and she just gave in to his desire when she couldn’t refuse him seeing him broken…when he expressed his fear of losing her…when he expressed her of how much he loved her…when he expressed his feeling that just because he was not normal like her, she didn’t love him…she didn’t want to accept him because of the fear of people laughing at her…which was not true…she never looked at him like that way…it didn’t matter to her if he was a handicap or not because he was far better than those men who even though are physically capable, yet lacks having a good heart…good nature.…if given a chance she would have fallen for him had she not been forced or threatened to love him.
After spending all these years with him, one thing she knew and learned about him was that he has a golden heart. She may not love him but she always has respected him. But her fear…fear of getting her family pay for her mistakes always makes her conscious of her action around him…making him feel like she doesn’t want him, or care for him, which was not true because she does care for him. And now when she has given herself completely to him there is now just no way she can back off. Yes, she lives her life in fear…may not love him fully, but she knew it will be only him that will ever be in her life. But now, she doesn’t even know if he wants her in his life or now…He doesn’t remember anything that took place between then in Switzerland for he was too drunk and she never bothered telling him about it because she has seen his behavior changed toward her since the day he was shot in the UK. He seems to have been running away from her. It was like he wanted to be with her, spend times with her, talk with her like he usually did about everything he did in the day…but now, he does nothing…it was like he was restraining himself from coming to her, spending time with her.
“Meer” she felt she heard his voice in the back of her head, was she really hearing him call her or was it just her illusion of hearing him call this. “Meera, are you ok?” And she heard him again, and this time she knew it was not an illusion of her. Dev was in real with her, him saying “Meera instead of Meer” confirmed it to her and she just looked up at him sadly and she heard him say “What happened? Why are you looking so pale?”
He still cared for her, then why was he distancing himself from her? Did her action really pushed him so far away from her that now he doesn’t even want to talk to her. Has she really let her fear overshadow her respect for him? Has she really pushed to the edge that now he doesn’t want her in his life…” she wanted to ask all this to him, but she knew she can’t…and so she just nodded meekly denying his say and said “hum theek hai Dev Ji” and he walked in the lift, making her realized that she was still in the lift since Geet left. They both stood beside each other, stealing a quick glance of one another when the others weren’t looking, but none tried to broke the slice that was lingering between them until the lift bell rang again and they both walked out and left for the respective cabin.
“So, I shall see you in Mumbai a day after tomorrow…I’ll have my team ready with everything till then,” Mr. Singh said.
“Umm” Maan replied, and shook his hand and after that everyone was dismissed leaving behind Adi, Sasha, and Geet.
“I want a completed budget file on my desk by today, Adi,” Maan said to which Adi nodded and left.
“I want to have a look at the final sketch, have it placed it on my desk, Sasha”
“Sure sir” Sasha replied and left, seeing everyone was out except them two, she thought he was done with giving out instruction or what he wanted and was about to leave when he stopped her saying “Where do you think you are going, Geet”
“umm, to my cabin sir,” Geet replied.
“you can go their later but for now listen to my instruction”
“Ji sir” and she stood holding onto her notepad and said “bole sir”
“On Wednesday, be ready by 10 Geet. My driver will pick you up from your house. You are coming with me to Mumbai” Maan said.
“But sir, I can’t come” Geet replied.
“who is the boss here Geet,” Maan asked in his raised tone, and Geet just looked down saying “you sir”
“so whose orders should you follow…yours or mine” Maan said, enjoying her expression…she for sure was wanting to snap back at him in her usual way, but she didn’t…and he just loved seeing the way she was trying to control herself denying, talking back or from doing things that were against his wish…
Since yesterday, he had been noticing her…she wasn’t behaving like she used to before she decided to quit the job. And now all she did was just listen to him and follow his order…she did whatever he asked and for a while, he really enjoyed seeing her finally listen to him in one say. But then he was missing her old self too…but oh well who was he to question her on her behavior unless it’s unsuitable for his company…and so he just let it go not bothering to question her on her changed behavior.
“Sir, I really can’t come…Jai is still in hospital…I can’t leave him all alone” She tried again to talk him and tell her situation so that he can reconsider his decision but that only made him smirk at her as he said “well he is just in hospital and recovering, not dying Geet”
“Mind your tongue sir” Geet snapped back in anger…“aap ko koi haq nahi kisi ke bare main bhi aisi baatein karne ki”
“Don’t start with me Geet, I told you to do something and I want it done…and so you are coming with me to Mumbai…rest is your problem on how you make it happen” with that saying he left from there, smirking.
“I so-very-much-hate your good for nothing grandson, Daadi…aap kaise is khadus ke saath rahte ho…har waqt apni manmani karte hai” Geet sat in her cabin cribbing to Daadi over the phone about her good for nothing grandson and his orders. At first, Daadi laughed but then understanding her situation, she said “Aww mera bacha…calm down and you don’t take tension…just go with him to Mumbai and I will ask Chandu to stay with Jai in hospital at night”
Daadi- waise have you talked with Meera…did you find out why she seems so low now a day…
Geet- ji Daadi…I did, but she was saying she is just stressed out…aap itna kyun tension le rahe ho.
Daadi- something doesn’t seem right to me between her and Dev…since they have come back from the UK I have seen Dev behaving weird…
Geet- I am sure all this is just your assumption Daadi, aisa kuch nahi hai…waise why don’t you get them married…I know Meera doesn’t love him and it’s wrong on Dev part to have held her with him against her wish but then still why don’t you talk to Meera if she wants to marry him or not…if not then Daadi just let her go…wo bhi tu ek insaan hai Daadi…uske bhi tu kuch sapne…armaan honge…
Daadi- aap sahi kah rahe ho Beta…I have tried talking to Dev about it but he just doesn’t say anything on this and I didn’t talk with Meera because I really don’t know what to talk to her…as a woman I feel ashamed on myself to have let her go through all that she went because of Maan.
Geet- Daadi…I think aap ko pahle Meera ki opinion jaan leni chaiye…pahle hi aap ke us dus-sir-wale-ravan pote ne uski zindagi se Khushiyaan cheen li hai…so I think this time she should be given a chance to make her life decision…
Daadi- hmm…waise when will you return from Mumbai…I was thinking you could talk to Meera in this regard.
Geet- Pata nahi Daadi…maybe after 3 days.
Daadi- hmm theek hai…
With that, they cut the call, and Geet got busy with her work.