Friday, 16 August 2013

Love You Truly... Chapter 3

CHAPTER 3 

"Don't do anything , which your heart does not permit" Her father had always told her and today while she sat near the window with a mug of coffee in her hand , these words kept reverberating in her mind.

Khushi had lost her mother at a very young age. She was raised by her father, her only kin in this vast world. Her father had taught her to be a fighter. He had always given her the freedom to make her own decisions but had always guided her to the right path. Even though he had raised his girl to be brave , he never stopped molly coddling her. She was his only reason to live and he had seen to it that she got all the luxuries in life and all that her demands were fulfilled. Khushi grew up to become a feisty girl. She was so full of life and spread happiness wherever she went. All her friends knew about her caring nature and that she would do anything to help her loved ones.

Khushi lived in India in her initial years but her father and she moved to Canada after her mother's death. But Khushi had always loved India . It reminded her of her mother and she always begged her father to take her there. But her father had refused as he had too many memories in India and it made him sad but told her that she could go there once she graduated.

She went to the state university of Canada. Being friendly in nature , she had a lot of friends. But she had never fallen in love. She had asked her father about love and her father had replied " It is magical. When you are with your someone special , you don't feel anybody else's presence. You can stare at them for an eternity and still feel that it has only been a minute. But khushi , Why are you asking me this? You are too young and nave for all this. When it is the right time , love will happen to you my little girl." She had listened to him then but hadn't understood what he meant by magical.

She was doing a course in fashion designing which required her to do an internship for 1 month. She had met Shyam in the office in Canada.

Shyam was in Canada for a project in the same company. And Khushi had been appointed to assist him in the project. She was one of the interns in his teams. Shyam was a Casanova. However this was unknown to Khushi. Seeing such a hard working girl in her team , he started with his flirtatious ways to make her fall in love with him. Khushi always admired that Shyam was a self made man. They used to work long hours and Shyam started dropping her home. Their friendship increased and she kind of developed a liking for him.

When one month got over, Shyam offered her a job in his company and she couldn't resist. India was always her dream and her father allowed her to go and work in India. But she promised her father that she would be back in six months as she just wanted to get a taste of India and she would find a job in Canada and live there only with him. His father was a bit skeptical at first but then he could not say no to Khushi. He had some contacts in India and arranged for her housing near Shyam's office. 

As they spent so many hours together in the office, she started liking his ways of working and also she was enjoying his special attention in Canada. However in India, since Khushi was new , she worked with the other interns and was unaware of Shyam's misdeeds. Shyam liked Khushi too but he could never love anyone. For him , everything was an object and money could only buy happiness and nothing else.

Khushi had just entered her cabin , when she heard the phone ring. She immediately picked it up and answered it

"Hello"

"Come to my cabin in five minutes with my coffee" Arnav slammed down the phone. His tone was harsh as usual.



Khushi was feeling a bit low today. She hated herself for being caught up in such a bad situation. She was clearly not this person. She was a person with high morals and values . However, since Shyam had told her to do it and promised her that there was nothing wrong in it and that Arnav was not a good person, she had given into Shyam's pleadimgs and agreed to be a part of the plan. Khushi was missing her father a lot today.

Yesterday while sleeping she had thought to herself that she would be a professional and do what ASR told her to do. She would keep to herself and not answer him back. She would just do her work.

"Sir, may I come in" Khushi said while knocking

"yeah"

"Good Morning Sir, here's your coffee" she said in a low voice.

" Thanks, so Khushi I need to give you a dictation on the next steps we have to follow to make the deal ours. " Arnav spoke while looking at her. She looked beautiful in a blue Churidaar with her hair open , covering her back. He gulped when he saw her , but controlled his emotions and tried to make a calm and serious face.

"Ok Sir" she said.

Arnav noticed that she was a bit low today.

"Hey, is there some problem" he asked her in a concerned manner

"N—noo, nothing" she said with her eyes lowered.

Arnav sensed that she was sad and something was definitely wrong. She was so quiet today and did not fight with him too. He was going to ask something when she said

"Sir, l will get my notepad so that u can give me notes as early as possible" she said and practically ran out of the room. She was on the verge of tears when Arnav had asked her in a concerning voice. She had met Shyam today but there was no concern in his voice. It seemed to her lately as if work was his only priority.

After a few minutes, she entered Arnav's cabin and took her seat and while looking down , she said

"Sir, I am ready, you can start with the notes"

Arnav , by now, was very worried. This was not the Khushi he had met. And he did see her tear filled eyes, no matter how hard she tried to hide them.

Arnav walked up to her and bent down a little and asked her

"Khushi, I don't think you are fine. If you have a problem, you can tell me"

Hearing this she had tears in her eyes. This is how exactly her dad used to ask her when she was troubled. But she could not call him and discuss with him because if she told his dad , he would never approve of what she was doing.

Arnav bent down and wiped her tears. She looked at him and got lost in his eyes.

Arnav looked at her and silently begged her to share her problem.

Khushi wanted to tell him but she just couldn't as Shyam had told her not to do any personal talks with ASR.

She got up and tried to force stern words out of her mouth

"Sir, this is my personal matter. I don't wish to discuss it with you" Khushi said out aloud, although she felt sad for hurting Arnav.

The fact that after hearing this statement Arnav was hurt , would be an understatement. But he did not get angry and walked up to his seat.

"Of course, why would she open up to me. I am her boss." He thought to himself.

After a few minutes, he cleared his throat and started giving her notes. After this they exchanged only professional talks.

It was lunch time now and Khushi went back to her cabin. She had not gotten her lunch today as she was very sad. She had not had anything since morning and now her stomach was growling. She decided to go to the cafeteria and eat something. 

Arnav saw her walking past through one of the windows. She still looked sad to him. He was genuinely worried for her . He thought to herself

"What might have happened to a girl who is so feisty all the time"

To check on Khushi , Arnav followed her to the cafeteria. 

She looked at the menu , but not finding anything of her choice , she ended up ordering a coffee. Her face looked pale as she had not eaten since yesterday night. Arnav noticed the paleness on her faceand got more worried.

"Hey, Can I join you?" offered a man.

"Yeah, sure" Said Khushi

"Hi, I am Aman. We have met officially but I did not get time to introduce myself to you personally" said a talkative Aman

"Oh Hi. Since we are playing Intro-Intro. I am Khushi Gu-Khanna" said a nervous Khushi after she realized that she was going to introduce herself as Khushi gupta.

" So , Khushi I see you don't like anything in the cafeteria , you just took a glass of coffee and the coffee also seems untouched" asked an inquisitive Aman.

"Oh well. The coffee is too strong for me. I drink mild one and now I don't feel like drinking it" said Khushi in a feeble voice.

From far behind the pillar, a pair of eyes were watching them. Worry still clear in his eyes. Yes, Arnav had sent Aman to talk to Khushi. Since Khushi would not open up in front of Arnav , he thought she might find a friend in Aman and not feel like a stranger in the office. He was listening to the conversation from behind, so that Khushi could not see him.

"Soo, Khushi did you have something for lunch? " Asked Aman

"Nnoo. I don't feel like eating today" said Khushi in a weak voice

"What is your favourite dish? I'll tell someone to get that for you" said Aman awkwardly. No one would say that in the first meet but Aman had been told by Arnav to do it and he knew what he would get if he did not follow his Boss's orders.

"Oh no Thanks. I will anyways make jalebi when I go home" She said it absent mindedly and now started thinking about Jalebi

"Oh so Jalebi is your favourite" Aman asked her

"Umm. Yeah. Hey listen I have to get going otherwise ASR will not leave me if I get late" Khushi said and got up. She was hungry but she wasn't in a mood to to talk to anyone right now.

"oh ok Bbye. Nice meeting you khushi"Aman said that and got up and went straight upto ASR.

"Get jalebis packed and delivered to her cabin right now." Arnav ordered Aman. Aman did not understand why his boss cared about his employee so much. He never cared about anyone. He was ASR , THE ASR. He did not care about anyone in this world.

"Why this girl? " Aman thought to himself. He did what ASR had told him to do.

When Khushi reached her cabin she saw Jalebis in her cabin. She became so thrilled and started eating like a kid. She ate almost half of the plate and then remembered that she had to thank Aman for being so sweet and getting it delivered to her cabin.
She saw he was talking on the phone , she stood behind him , waiting for him to disconnect.

"Yaa..ASR I kept it on the table. Don't worry , she will see them , I kept it on the table" Aman spoke to ASR on his phone.

Khushi heard this and her heart skipped a beat.

"ASR, brought jalebis for me?" she thought to herself, shocked and her lips formed a perfect "O".

Without thanking Aman , she returned back to her cabin still amazed as to why ASR ordered Jalebis for her. How did he know , she had not eaten all morning ? How did he know that her Jalebis were her favourite. Something pinched her heart seeing the care and concern of Arnav towards her. She was still in her profound thoughts when the phone rang

"Khushi, come to my cabin" Spoke ASR.

She went to his cabin and stood there and started admiring him. She could not understand what had happened to her.

"Khushi, Have a seat and start taking down notes for tomorrow's meeting" Arnav ordered her

"Sir why did you order Jalebis for me ?" the question popped out of her mouth immediately.

"Umm..I – I didn't ! I have other work to do than ordering Jalebis for my employees" Arnav managed to say .

On hearing him , a small laugh escaped her mouth and she looked at him. He looked at her back and smiled. Both their eyes met and the silence in the room was like music playing in the background. They both looked into each other's eyes for what anyone would call, an eternity.

The eye lock got perturbed when Aman knocked the door and they both gained their conscious selves back.

All her sadness had gone away with Arnav's small gesture. She was back to being happy and her face showed it. Arnav's gesture had surely touched her heart today.

On the other hand, Arnav couldn't believe that he had actually done that for a girl. He actually cared for her and his thoughts were filled with her now.

He dictated her the notes and she jotted them down happily. She had forgotten that she was here for Shyam's work .

"Why the hell isn't she picking up my phone" Said Shyam to himself.

"Sir , she must be busy" said another man

"Good, she is busy. Otherwise she keeps eating my brain about how much she is doing for me. Golia , go buy an expensive gift for her and right "with love , Shyam" on it. I'll give it to her. She will become happy for a week atleast." Said Shyam.

Yes, such was Shyam. Shyam was marrying Khushi because she was the daughter of the world famous industrialist Shashi Gupta. He had made her fall in his trap and the innocent Khushi was easy to trap for a guy like him. Shashi did not have a vast business in India. His business was mostly spread to Canada and parts of States , Japan and China. Marrying his only daughter, would make him established outside India too. Since Shashi did not visit India , he was oblivious to Shyam's misdeeds . When Khushi had told him that she wanted to marry Shyam , he had seen Shyam's financial background and given in to his daughter's wishes. A very small engagement ceremony was kept with only family members in Canada as Shashi was still not ready to be in India.

"My goal is near. I am going to rule this world soon" he let out a huge mocking laughter.

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