Friday, 1 September 2017

PART 5: Trace Your Dreams



I walked towards him...he smiled warmly with a twinkle in his eyes and I m sure I have one in my eyes too..."hi" I said waving my hand..."hmm hi" he spoke after a 2-3 seconds.."muskaan n rahul have gone to another department, will be here soon"..."oh ok" I smiled..."so y dint u call me?" he
asked...oh!! welcome back armaan!!..."why should i?" I asked raising my jaw arrogantly n looking away...y cant he let me look at the face I was dying to see? no, he has to annoy me n force me to see in other direction...grrr...now, I m pretending as if I m looking for someone in the crowd... muskaan can be stated as a good excuse...y isnt he saying anything? I waited for a while and when I couldnt take the silence any longer...i looked at him...he is staring at me with something in his eyes..can I call it as disappointment? wow!! my cheating worked!! yes yes yes!! but y m I feeling bad seeing him like this...ok fine, will confess abt my dreams later when we grow close...done!! got rid of my sin..not to worry!!

"hey ridhima" rahul said coming towards us...i greeted them..."lets go, we were just waiting for you" muskaan said..then I asked the question thats bugging me.."umm, y dint u call anyone from your house? not that u r troubling me, I m asking generally"..."yaar, rahul's family isnt here n didi is out of station..gone to her in-laws house in pune..thats y" muskaan said...."oh ok" I gave an embarrassed smile...but I had to know na..."we have other friends but armaan said ur office is near, so we thought of asking u" she clarified..ohoo, armaan said!! I shot a side glance at him, he gave a lopsided smile

while walking towards the room muskaan spoke again "ridz, I spoke to didi...she asked us to come home tomorrow after she comes back to mumbai, she said amit jiju will also be with her and we can talk to my parents" she beamed at the chance of getting things back to normal..."thats nice!!" I said..i hope everything goes fine

we went to the room where we need to sign...the man wearing thick glasses looked at me suspiciously and said "apna koi age proof dikhayiye"...armaan chuckled..i shot him an angry glare and looked at the man...woah!! he thinks I am a minor?!!..."formality hain madam, dekhna padta hain" he said with a fake smile...i showed him my driving license and we finished the registration formalities... I congratulated them "so guys when is the treat?" armaan asked..."wat for?" they were surprised...i feel like teaming up with armaan now..."for ur marriage!!" I stated as a matter-of-fact..."o come on, thats over one month ago" rahul said..."but government of India recognised it only today" armaan said..."exactly" I added...muskaan rolled her eyes "fine fine!! we anyway wanted to get together before leaving na..how abt dinner today?"... oh no, I have a deadline to meet.."not today, I have work to finish..have to stay late in office" I said..."ok tomorrow?" rahul said.."fine" everyone agreed..."we will receive the certificate by evening...we have some more things to take care of here..u guys go ahead...thanks for the help riddhima" rahul said...nah!! I should be thanking u guys...for introducing armaan..."my pleasure rahul" I said...okay,so we decided to call again later n choose the place for dinner and left them

armaan n me came out..."i'll drop u" he said..."ok"...i dint object...y should I say no and be formal when its true that I want to be with him for some more time...i dont want to act anymore... my dreams have given me enough insight of wat my heart wants

we started to my office and he suddenly asked "is this a way to dress up for a marriage?"..i looked at him confusedly...i m in formals, obviously I came here from office na..."huh?!! marriage?!!"..ok I got it.."excuse me, that was just a registration..not a traditional wedding to attend in a saree" I retorted... "well, do u think dinner is a reason enough to wear a saree?" he asked curiously..and probably hopefully too...aaha!! so u want to see me in a saree...fine!! but I said "lets see!!" n smiled teasingly....i know the attraction is mutual..."by the way, r u sure u dint dream about me?" he asked...i rolled my eyes..."u know sometimes u dont remember them in morning" he said shrugging..."really?!!!" I said pretending ignorance..."yeah" he grinned..i sniffed n turned my head...uff, this guy na...i m telling u, he is such a..such a...watever!! always tries to know wats going on in my side, never reveals his!!

we stopped at the traffic signal...i picked my mobile from bag to check for any calls...1 sms...i opened inbox n read it...some promotional message abt 20% discount blah blah..i donno wat made me look at him suddenly but when I turned my head I saw his eyes basking my face with a light smile fixed on his lips...my eyes locked with his... wats so special in this eyes, in this face, in this man...i forgot my surroundings... his gaze does that to me everytime...horn blows from the back drew our attention back towards the road...i blushed and from the corner of my eye I can see him doing the same...hmm..wats going on?!!

we reached my office...i dont want to go in...but have to...my meeting is at 4...i looked at my watch..5 minutes left...OMG!! hurry hurry!!..i said thanks n took a quick look of that adorable face...tomorrow's meeting is making this less disheartening now...i opened the car door..."riddhima" he called out...i turned n looked at him impatiently... "i have a meeting now...umm..ok shoot!!" I said ..."did u really not.." he trailed off uncertainly...but then resumed "ok forget it, see u tomorrow....bye"..i said a confused "bye" n left..wat did he wanted to ask?..that did I dream? or did I wanted to call?

I went into the meeting room...seeing him today has left me somewhat peaceful...or is it because of the dinner plan tomorrow...watever!! I m happy to be sane again

the meeting started...that was a discussion about the concept for a new program..i am giving my ideas and hearing others'...i looked at my watch...its been an hour since the discussion started... next I need to go n finish the compilation for that early morning show and then I can go home...wow, tomorrow is sunday..i can get up late...n then the dinner at night...i will wear a saree...which one? I think the simple pink one will be nice...how will he react?...i can imagine his sharp gaze..."riddhima".."riddhima"...a voice called me in the background...is someone talking to me?..i snapped out and looked around, not sure whom to look at...everyone is looking at me...oh no, its not background its in the foreground...in the meeting room..."yeah" I said getting alert..."r u ok?" keerti asked..."yup..i am...plz continue" I said...she turned towards abhi n asked him something...abhi gave me a confused look n continued the discussion...apparently, they were calling out my name and I was busy blushing... I sighed...shame on me, I was day dreaming in the middle of a important discussion...chi chi...i focused on the meeting till the end.

coming out of the room...abhi called me out...shit!! I knew this will happen..."wats wrong?" he asked..."nothing"..."u still dint getover the confusion of that day? or is it a different thing now?" he asked seriously...i didnt speak..."y r u so lost...tell me" he probed further..."hmm, I donno abhi...when r u leaving?"...."why?" he was confused..."i have some work right now...will tell u abt this later..ok?"..."u sure?"..."yup"..."ok, meet me at dinner...i m working late too".."ok" I said

when we sat for dinner, abhi said "spill now!!"...i told him abt armaan and the after-effects of meeting him..."hmmm love at first sight" he smiled..."nah!! thats crap..i dont believe in it" I said..."wat else do u call this then?"..."donno, may be just a crush" I shrugged..."ya possible".."i think its too early for love"..."how long do u think it takes to fall in love?" he asked..."it depends..may be years may be seconds..there is no standard"..."exactly, early or late can be abt realising not abt falling"..he is right..i nodded thoughtfully.."wat type of a person is he?"..."i donno much but I feel he is a nice guy"..."know him more then"..."hmm"...right, wat if he is a selfish or a mean person? no no he cant be like that...why? ppl who look good may not be actualy good right? ya, but my heart says he is good...i am debating with myself... "i think only love can have this effect" abhi said..."hmm?"..."i mean the way u cant get him out of your system..well, take ur time..dont rush!!"...i nodded..."so u r very excited abt meeting him tomorrow eh?"..."ya" I smiled..."can see it on ur face"..i looked sheepishly...is that so evident?

the next day afternoon, muskaan called me n we decided the place...i said i'll come on my own

that evening, my mom got the shock of her life when I told her I want to wear a saree...cooking, draping a saree, folding my clothes, setting the bed...there are somethings like this which I always avoid...reason - sheer laziness...i mean the saree is so long, draping it is so complicated...jeans is best, chudidar is ok but ya once in a while saree is also fine...especially when people say you look gorgeous in that...and not to forget armaan's wish...am I giving him too much importance?...he'll feel 'value add' to himself when he sees me today...but its ok..its worth the look I want to see in his eyes..i wore the saree, some simple jewelry and light makeup...overall pleasant looking!!

I reached the place..went in and sat at the table reserved for us...no one is in yet....and...I was right...the moment he saw me he stopped...i lowered my eyes...as he came closer n closer...the other night's dream flashed in my eyes...my heartbeat is getting erratic... he sat beside me and whispered "beautiful!!"...i blushed... "y did u wear this?" he asked...i looked up...there is mischief in his eyes...he is back to his usual indirect self...n I m back to my haughty self..."its my wish, u have any problem?" I asked pointing my finger...he caught my finger and then slowly and gently held my hand...he said "no" looking deep into my eyes...i stared back into those mesmerising eyes...i want the time to stop right here right now...with my hand in his and the beautiful feeling his touch is evoking in me ...in this moment...with a steady heart and mind...i know...i am in love with him...and tonight, I want to leave all the logic, all the ego, all the questions, all the insecurities...and just...live each moment

muskaan and rahul came in and sat infront of us...muskaan's face was radiating...she told that everyone in her family accepted their relationship...so good na

we started having dinner...my phone rang flashing no name...must be atul...his usual weekend call..."hey bhai" I said.."hi ridz, are u at home?"..."no, came out with friends, having dinner" I said..."oh ok, will call later then..after n hour or so" he said...i said ok n cut the call..."my brother" I said smiling..."ridz, anjali abhi bhi sabko sataati hain kya?" muskaan asked...."no yaar, she was just childish in school...she grew up long ago"..."nikita n she used fight for every single thing na" she said.."ya, that reminds me, anji was asking abt nikita...where is she now? wat is she doing?" I asked...muskaan chuckled looking at armaan and said "ask him..she is his girlfriend now"...armaan choked on his drink and I had to drink mine to make the food stuck in my throat to go in

Harika

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