This update is for shruthe di and jeeju on their Anniversary. So Happy Anniversary to both of you for this “extraordinary achievement“
“..I got this for you long time back but never got a chance to give you.
Long time back…she wondered how long was his long time back…”. he was undoubtedly making his own space in her life and she was just not able to deny. The more she tries to reason it to herself…the more she feels pulled towards him. how she wished she could get to know more about him…actually everything about them’…when they met? How they met…what did they do…what all did they speak…but her brain just didn’t seem to help her when she wanted it the most.
Just then she heard the doorbell come alive. She immediately kept that locket in the drawer of her dressing table and walked out, slowly. She was still limping a bit. Sasha was already at the door, greeting someone.
Sasha turned towards her with a wide smile, “here Geet…i would like you to meet someone…”
Geet looked at the man standing right in front of her with a smile on his face. His big spectacles didn’t help her recognise that person but he definitely seemed to know her…and that too very well. she tried to recall if she had ever met that person before but it was nothing…her mind was blank. She looked at him confused while he just went ahead and extended his hand for a shake, “its so good to see you all fine ma’am… more than anyone, maan sir is the happiest person to have found you…I am Aditya…or Adi..”
Though confused, she did hold his hand hearing maan’s name from his mouth…this means she can trust him.
“I am sorry… I am not able to remember you..”, she confessed honestly to which he seemed to react quite positively. She was amused.
“that is fine ma’am..maan sir has told me about you. Anyways, we had always met formally earlier… this is the first time am meeting you informally…”
Wow… another chapter of her life”the formal chapter. She wondered how it was in her past…how she worked… what was she like…she had to know this story as well.
“ma’am… can you get me your laptop… if I don’t finish this work properly, maan is going to kill me…”
Sasha smiled and asked adi to sit,” why don’t you two sit and talk while I get the laptop? Adi…i was about to cook something hot and spicy…would you like to have some?”
“yeah sure… why not… “
Sasha left to get Geet’s laptop from her room while Geet and adi sat down.
“you really don’t know ma’am..how happy sir is to have found you back…”, adi could really not contain his happiness.
She just heard him in awe… everything in her life was so unknown to her.. adi…sasha… nisha… ana… she doesn’t even remember anything about them properly. And maan… things always seem to end up with him these days… his care and concern for her seemed to engulf her entire life now. he seemed to be present in every aspect of her life.
Sasha gave them the lappy and headed to kitchen while adi switched it on to install some software. Geet just say in front of him…quite lost and confused. There was a complete silence in the room except the frequent tapping of the lappy keys.
“umm adi…”, Geet asked after a long time.
“umm..yes ma’am..”, he peeked his head from the laptop and looked at her.
“how was I in the formal front?”, she asked innocently. Her eyes were lost somewhere and adi knew she was trying to hard to remember so many things.
“yes…you said you have met me formally… can you tell me how where and when..how was I… was I strict..or rude…”
Adi smiled hearing her and stopped working for a while, thinking of the first time he had seen her.
“… I think we first met in Paris…”
Her eyes widened hearing the word Paris… wow…she has only heard about it till now and how she wished to visit it and look at the turn of events…she has already been there and she doesn’t remember a thing!!!
“..you came to meet maan sir on your father’s behalf…and you wanted maan sir to approve of your project…”
Wow…her father..she doesn’t remember a thing about him. and then it struck her… her mother!!! She doesn’t seem to even remember her mother. She always had nisha Chachi around her…but never her mother! Where was she? Was she back at home…In India..waiting for her to come back after recovering? She never came to visit her…she felt the corners of her eyes burning.
Adi was about to speak something more but stopped seeing her looking so sad. He wondered if he said something to upset her and apologized immediately, “am so sorry ma’am..if I hurt you in someway…i didn’t mean to…’
Geet snapped back to reality and shook her head, smiling, “umm..nothing its okay. So..tell me more…how was i?”
Adi sighed in relief, “on professional front..no one could beat you… you made your company soar high…”
She was awed by her own abilities…she could run a company..wow! that was so damn exciting. Just then Sasha came with all the snacks…hot pakode and green chutney, lots and loads of them. the trio had a good time chatting and laughing…actually Sasha and adi talked and Geet just listened to them.
Adi left post his work while Geet was still lost in her world…who was maan? Who was she?? She looked at the time..it was going to be 11pm. She checked the hall and to much relief…the lights were off. Sasha had already retired for the day. she got back to her desk and opened her laptop. she had seen Sasha working on it and she had taught her too…but unfortunately just the switching on and off. Further, she knew how to play her favourite music and videos..and she just didn’t know how to operate. She sighed… things are just too new. She switched off the laptop, put it securely in the bag provided and went to her cupboard. She opened it and sighed..seeing all her things stacked there… there were a few bags as well that nisha had brought from India which contained her stuffs. She pushed away the bags and tried to create space for the laptop. in the process, a bag slipped and fell on the floor, scattering things here and there.
“wah Geet…you are great…if Sasha wakes up, she is going to ground you for staying up so late… “, she murmured to herself. She kept the lappy in place and sat on the floor, picking up things, which actually amused her when she found out what the stuffs were.
There was a bunch of keys with a ring that had her name inscribed on it. she looked at it carefully… seemed like that of the keys of a house. wow…the things were hers then how come she never saw them? she was using those…which house keys..she didn’t know but then she started picking up things one after the other, trying to recall things. she looked around and found something like a small cell phone. She picked it up and took a closer look… it was a white coloured one..small and handy. She tried to switch it on but it was broken perhaps. She investigated it a little more closely and realized it could be an ipod of hers. So many memories must have been attached to them yet she doesn’t seem to remember a thing.
She looked further and found a pair of broken sunglasses… strange!! Things were broken then why did Sasha keep them safely in her cupboard? They could be something important perhaps..related to her in a very different prospect. There was another flat box. She opened it and found a small mirror attached to its cover and some smooth powdery thing kept in the box…she smiled, still trying to remember things! wow she even used make up! And now she doesn’t even know how to put on a simple cream..actually she doesn’t use anything now. she looked for more and she found more things like some official papers…scratched and cut…and then a comb…a pen…she sighed knowing she wont be able to recall anything more. So she just kept everything inside the bag and walked back to keep them in the cupboard when she tripped on something.
“ahh…”, she gasped and looked down to find the source of her pain. She found a pink coloured box. She picked it up and turned it around to inspect it and suddenly she went numb. It felt as if she had experienced a similar thing before as well… like something in the past very faint… but it was the same feel…picking up something when she tripped! She kept the bag inside and sat on the bed with her pink metal box. On a closer inspection, she realized it was a camera!!! Wow…she was excited. She could have a glimpse of her past in this perhaps. She just hoped it wasn’t damaged like her other accessories. She pressed the button to switch it on, hoping just in case it worked. And she did pray silently that it somehow worked.
Her hopes crashed when it didn’t get switched on! she had so many feelings brewing up altogether to know her identity…and this damn thing was not even working. She tried again…she can’t let go of it. everyone thinks she is not well enough to know anything but she was dying to know who she was… and very badly she needed to know. She tried once again and this time she had tears in her eyes…
“please…please..work…i need it…”
After a few trials…it did get switched on and that came as a big relief to her. she wiped her tears, trying to understand what was inside. Sasha also owned a similar camera. It needed to be charged and she just couldn’t wait for the morning. She kept the camera on the bed and walked towards Sasha’s room. Sasha had deliberately left the dim lights of the hallway switched on in case Geet woke up in the middle of night. Geet was quite thankful. She slowly peeked into Sasha’s room and found her sleeping soundly. She tip toed to her table and looked around. She was too excited to sleep… and lucklily found the camera and the charger right on her desk. She grabbed the charger and swiftly walked out. Her excitement was something that couldn’t be held back. She closed the door of her room and put the camera on charge. Luckily it accepted the charger. She indeed thanked her stars to have been so helpful to her. everything was going swiftly. She just hoped everything went fine.
She sat by the plug point, checking how to operate the camera. She knew anything she presses could delete the memory but very carefully she pressed something she had seen Sasha doing and an image cropped up right on the screen. And she was just awed by her own image flashing right in front of her… totally in formals, wearing sunglasses and not even a smile on her face. She felt so stunned by her appearance…she was in no way like the person she was seeing in the image. She had that certain aura around her… she could feel it in that image itself. Curious and stunned, she pressed the next button and then there were a few pictures of her office…some random sites and stuff. She yawned..it was way past her bed time. She thought of sleeping because whatever she was seeing, nothing seemed to remind her of anything. Unable to take it anymore, she lazily pressed the next button and what she saw just made her sleep vanish into thin air.
She blinked her eyes a couple of times, trying to make sure what she aw was as real as it could get. There was a pic of maan, with a smile on his face!! He looked so handsome in that pic… she just couldn’t take her eyes off him. she wondered how did his pic come into her camera and the answer came from within…”long time back…”
She was so overwhelmed with emotions..he was there in every aspect of her life…her past her present and she knew he was going to be there in future as well. she pressed the next button and that was more than the world shocking” . there was maan and he was with a girl…holding her tight..and the shocking part was she’ was the girl!!! she was all in smiles, holding him close to her… and he had just cocooned her in his arms! She didn’t know what to think…sasha said he loved her…but what about her? the pic was a proof that they were close… but she never remembers a thing!! Tears rolled out of her eyes, “why don’t I remember anything?? How am I supposed to feel anything? Who was I??”
She just didn’t have it in her to even change the pic now. she wanted to know everything. She recalled the time when she had seen maan fr the first time…how he had hugged her madly in front of everyone and she just didn’t recognise him at all!!! Though she didn’t remember a thing… she knew what she was feeling was something from the past…the warmth and that unknown’ feeling she has for him was all because her heart somewhere recognizes him…she didn’t even know the reason why she was crying but yes she was! Unable to hold back herself, she took her phone and called him right away.
Maan was sitting in his study, working on something when her call surprised him. wondering if she was okay, he took the call immediately.
“maan…”, her broken voice almost made him run to him. he stopped working as his heart started beating so fast!!!
“Geet…what happened jaan? Are you okay?? Kuch hua hain? Do I need to visit??”
“no… sab theek hain…”, she managed to whimper out.
He fell back on the chair, still not convinced, “phir batao na jaan..kya baat hain? I can sense kuch tho zarur hain…”
[then tell na jaan…whats the matter? I can sense theres someting..]
She felt even more emotional hearing him call her jaan…’ he always does that and he doesn’t even expect anything from her. she gathered up her courage and spoke out, “I want to see you…tomorrow…”
Ohh how could he deny when his life was asking for him!! if possible, he could just run to her now itself and hug her so tight that she hid from this world.
“pehle ye batao..tum theek tho ho..?”, he asked lovingly.
[tell me first are you alright?]
“umm..mein theek hoon..bas aapse milna hain kal… jaise bhi…”
[umm..am okay but I want to see you tomorrow…anyhow..]
He didn’t even waste a second to browse his planner and check his schedule. He had a very important meeting lined up for the next day and he just couldn’t shift it to some other day.
“I have a meeting tomorrow Geet…”, he spoke dejectedly, “not free until evening and I can’t reschedule it…”
“thats okay… hum shaam ko mil sakte hain kya?”
[can we meet in the evening?]
“umm..okay then I will come to your place around 5…is it fine?”
“chalo…ab job hi tumhe pareshaan kar raha hain..usey bhool jao and get back to sleep… we can discuss it tomorrow right…”
[now whatever is troubling you…just forget it and get back to sleep…]
Ohh how come he knew she was worried about something?? she looked at their pic right in front of her and caressed his face, “hmm..okay..goodnight..”
He sighed in relief after finishing with the call but then why did she suddenly call up at this time of night..asking to meet her..did she remember about them?? should she actually remember about them? as he lay on the bed, he kept on thinking… should she really remember about them? things weren’t like a fairytale between them…they had gone wrong so badly..and even today he couldn’t forget the moment when she had broken up with him and then their face off during their engagement… did she really not feel anything about it??
She woke up late due to tiredness from the last night. she sat up and the first thing she saw was their pic together and smiled…she was going to ask him everything today. She had to know…and what happened between them! she heard her door knocking and quickly switched off the camera and hid it under her pillow. Sasha came to wake her up with a wide smile on her face, “you have got someone Geet…”
Before she could even understand a thing, a face appeared in front of her, confusing her a little. She looked at her carefully, trying to recall who was it but she didn’t. She saw the girl all dressed in a pair of jeans and a lose kurti and she was pouting cutely when she wasn’t able to recall her. she tried to think a little harder..when the girl spoke up, “kya di.. mujhe hi bhool gayi aap…”
[what di.. you forgot me this easily…]
Blame it all on her prosopagnosia that she took some time to relate the voice with the face. And when she did, her face lit up, “Ana… you are back…”
The girls squealed in happiness as the sisters hugged each other. Geet freshened up and the three had breakfast together, “Ana…hows Chachi?”
“she is fine… I will continue my college here…so I will be staying with you 24/7 now…”
Geet was definitely more than happy when Sasha burst her bubble, “Geet..eat fast..you to go for your therapy…”
“umm Sasha… aaj nahi na please…see Ana kitne dino baad aayi hai… I want to be with her today please please…pretty please…”
[umm..sasha… not today na.. see Ana has come back after such a long time.. I want to be with her today…]
Sasha was quite happy to see Ana back. After a little pouting and cribbing finally Sasha gave in. She left for office leaving the sisters to catch up on their days.
Ana and Geet were having too much fun..talking and laughing…and commenting on some hindi show actors. But one thing Ana noticed was Geet continuously asking her time. Initially she thought Geet was asking just like that but then her asking the time continuously made her curious, “di…ye aap baar baar time kyun pooch rahin hain? Koi aane wala hain kya?”
[di..why are you asking the time again and again? is someone coming?]
Ohh she looked everywhere but at Ana… it felt all so embarrassing suddenly..her waiting for maan and then her sister catching her…she turned pink, unknown to herself.
“maan ka intezaar ho raha hain?” Ana winked at her. she had just remembered about maan being here in London as well.
[waiting for maan?]
She looked down unable to take that piercing gaze, “nahin aisa kuch nahin hain…”
[no..its nothing like that…]
Ana started laughing at this, “theres no point in lying. Its already 4 now..lets get you ready…”
Geet blushed while Ana got her ready. The doorbell rang sharp at 5 and Ana rushed to open it.
Maan knew how he had spent the day thinking about her, waiting for the time to pass as quickly as possible. the meeting didn’t go that well because it was her who had been on his mind all through the day and now he just couldn’t wait to see her. he was surprised to see Ana opening the door, “ohh you are back..hmm…”, he caressed her head, smiling as he walked in.
Ana smiled naughtily, “yes I am…and a small surprise is waiting for you…”
He turned around her, “surprise for me??”
Ana giggled, “umm.. look behind you…”
He did…and he just stood rooted, seeing her standing right in front of her. and she looked totally different…clad in that green salwar kameez and that plaited hair…almost knocking the breath out of him. he had never ever seen her wearing something Indian (except that sari in the pasrty of course.. the first and the last time) and she looked more than pretty. He was at loss of words for a while…not knowing how to compliment her while she just stood, feeling ticklish in her tummy with that look of his”burning her soul especially after seeing their pic together!!!
Both of them stood motionless till Ana had to cough and intervene, “see…standing here like this is not going to help… you have to do something about it right...”
Maan snapped back to reality and glared at Ana..while she just giggled and went near Geet, “don’t stay out too late…sasha will kill me otherwise… and yes have a happy time..”
“Ana..shut up…”, Geet grumbled hearing her speak all the nonsense.
“shall we go?”, like he understood she wanted to speak to him alone.
“umm..”, she nodded meekly and walked beside him, slowly, taking baby steps. She was still limping a bit and the next moment she knew her feet dangling in the air while Ana whistled loudly, seeing him carry her out to the car.
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