Saturday, 21 December 2019

Part 1 AR FF : "and then she said it"

                         Part 1 : Know me


Bangalore.
Finally I am home. Having lived here for 25 years, before moving to Hyderabad, it gave me a sense of comfort while setting my feet on the sand. It might be foolish to say, but never mind, I missed this place terribly. Many of them say that there is no great difference between the concrete metropolitan cities but one can definitely differentiate one's home land, isn't it?

Moving out of the bus station, I looked around for a cab. Well, hailing a cab doesn't demand considerable effort in a city, but it was definitely a difficult task at 5 in the morning; especially on a chilly January day, it being Bangalore. I would have gone by a city bus otherwise, but with my luggage, I think it is unwise. As I stood at the entrance of the station, my gaze wandering around, my mobile greeted me a 'good morning' with its usual alarm. I switched it off and whistled towards a cab driver who was probably having a cup of coffee at the other end of the road. Thanks to the chilly weather, the city was still sleeping; so my voice reached him.

Os : Her Very Own Fairy-Tale


 She had been in love with him for 3 whole years. 3 whole years, and here she was, still waiting, hoping, that maybe someday, he would feel the same..for her.



He was perfect. Good-looking, smart..just perfect. You name it, and he had it.



She, on the other hand, was a normal girl-next-door. She couldn't wear microscopic clothes which covered nothing, she wasn't drop-dead gorgeous, and nor was she extra-ordinarily high on the IQ levels. She was just..normal, the most common of common girls. Maybe that's why.


Friday, 20 December 2019

Epilogue : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

And many months later...

"ARMAAN?" Raji heard Riddhima shouting in their bedroom and chuckled. This was never going to change. That sleepy head would never wake up on time and his dear wife would take the entire house on her head to pull him out of bed. Nevertheless Raji was happy she was relieved from that duty two years back. She was the lone spectator of their blossoming love for the past two years. She had returned back to them from Delhi after three months when she thought it would be difficult for them to manage with their duties, being promoted as resident doctors at Sanjeevani.

Raji was pleased to find them more matured when she returned back; not that they were not before. But, she realized, there was a tinge of serious understanding between them now better than it was before and she was glad she went away for a little time giving them the pace to get everything settled between them. She had also noticed Riddhima being much more open with Armaan which he returned equally. They would still behave like her Tom and Jerry when Armaan would sometime blow off the fuse of Riddhima with his stupid antics but that was the essence of their love. Little fighting and little more reconciling with lots of love and concern in every move of theirs.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Last Part : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Armaan watched Riddhima as she ransacked through the files of patients in the library. It was 7.30 in the night. His shift was over an hour ago but he waited for Riddhima to get done with hers. As she was on leave for the past one week owing to their wedding, she had few pending cases and with the help of Muskaan, who offered to help her with few cases, she sorted them out. Now she was to update the history of one of her patients and she was searching for the file in haste to get it done as she knew Armaan would be waiting for her.

As he watched her slightly irritated face, he couldn't help but smile. That was the same look he had seen on her face when he held her in his arms for the first time they met at the vegetable market. They had come a long way since then. True as it might say, he couldn't even stand her back then, though he found her amusing which he would never confess, and now he could stand being away from her. May be it was their destiny. With what one can call the craziest events, they came together.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

PART 29 : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Sated and spent, Riddhima was in deep slumber when she felt some movement near her collar bone. Ignoring it, as she was in a beautiful dream, she turned to the other side pulling the blanket closer. She frowned when the movement persisted, this time on her shoulder and nape. Shrugging her shoulder slightly, she tried to get back to her dream, but was drifted awake when she felt something slightly wet this time. Opening her eyes slowly, she caught the sight of the clock showing the time as 3 am.

However she sighed contently, closing her eyes again, feeling the lazy fondle on her skin which now reached her neck slowly moving towards her earlobe. She tried to recognize its source, but her mind, still being numb with the euphoria of her previous moments chose not to process anything. May be a feather, she thought, a wet feather. Or grass? She wondered as her body enjoyed the adept caress.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

PART 28 : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Riddhima cursed him once before moving towards the door when the bell rang again. She opened the door and frowned. She smiled recognizing the person after a moment. As she made way for him to step inside, her smiled vanished looking at the sight infront of her. She stood rooted to the spot, positively mortified.

As her knees shook, she leaned back on the door for support. "ARMAAN" she screamed, with tears rolling down her cheeks.

Armaan jumped at once, and so did Ananya, at the sudden scream of hers. Perplexed, he ran to the door while Ananya followed him. He saw Riddhima leaning on the door slightly; still the door knob in her hand, with tears rolling down her cheeks and a blank expression filled her face. He saw the visitors at the door and smiled acknowledging them, but what caught him off guard was the reaction of Riddhima. This was not what he had expected.

Monday, 16 December 2019

PART 27 : Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Finally after the eventful morning, everyone returned home by the lunch time. As insisted by Vijay, Shashank agreed to have the lunch with them. Ananya insisted on calling for the caters for lunch but the relatives said it would be fun to cook themselves which later she obliged to. Raji was more than happy to find the home fully packed with people. Things are definitely changing, she thought. Smiling, she looked around for Riddhima and Armaan whom she failed to spot in the living room. She noticed the door of their bedroom closed and thought to let them have few moments alone with each other.

Sunday, 15 December 2019

PART 26: Mr. & Mrs. Mallik

Wedding of Mr. & Mrs.Mallik

Riddhima drifted awake when she heard some fuss. She opened her eyes and looked around. She frowned not finding Armaan beside her. After a moment she realized where she was sleeping and sighed, pulling the blanket up to her face to bury her head in it. But before she could catch some sleep, she heard someone calling her name and even shaking her slowly. She tried to ignore it but then her half asleep brain recognized the voice and sat up with a start.

"Come on Riddhima, it's already 3 am. We have to leave by 4 to the temple. Go get ready." Ananya said to her lovingly brushing her hair. Riddhima smiled at her and got to her feet. She went to her room and took the saree, which Ananya bought for her, out and moved towards the bathroom. She realized it was locked from inside and sighed. She sat on the bed and waited for the person to come out. As she sat there her mind drifted off to the events of the last two days.