Maan sat in his room, no in their room working with his laptop trying to complete all his work as early as possible as he had to make himself free for his wife for this weekend. They are supposed to leave for a dinner date tonight celebrating their first anniversary of their meet in rain outside the library. This time he wasn’t nervous or worried about how to plan it, he thought to complete their interrupted lunch date only difference this time it is a dinner one.
He was in the hurry to complete all his files which he had earlier planned to complete on this weekend for his upcoming meetings on Monday. He was engrossed in his files when he saw his wife moving into the dresser to get ready for the outing. She had seen him & gesture towards the watch indicating him to be ready on time. Well she had not known his plans that he had actually told her a time which was well in advance as he had this feeling that they are bound to get late. He chuckled at his thoughts & was back to his work.
He was so engrossed in the file that he didn’t see the time, but he was working in his normal pace still he didn’t get any reminder from his wife that in fact was little strange. When he checked it now it time had flew and by this time she should be out of the dresser cribbing him about being late but today this was not happening. Maybe today she needs more time thinking so he started to complete his little more work. He finished another file but still madam has not come out of the dresser.
No use in thinking as he can always go in and check but he didn’t want to go there as he truly wanted to go out not just get struck here celebrating in an altogether different manner. Now that he didn’t have any other choice he stepped up to get in and get his dress too for change.
“Geet what are you doing how much more time you are going to take to get ready” He spoke as he entered the dresser. What he witnessed made him stop his words in his throat.
She stood in her underskirt & blouse, red sari in her hand quite irritated too. Seeing him she pouted cutely and told “Maan this Sari is troubling me a lot. This is too short I cannot tuck in enough to tie it properly.”
“Geet wear something else.” He suggested as he didn’t want to stay here any longer making it difficult for himself.
“No, I want to wear this one only.” She complained looking at the sari in her hand thinking it might agree to her words & oblige by staying in its right place.
“You & your sari are one always showing tantrums.” He tried to tease her but she was in no mood to take them, he sensed that she might just spill her tears any moment. So he suggested her while picking his change of dress. “Try once again let’s see this time it might not show tantrums to you.”
He turned to other way & got himself changed but his wife was now getting more irritated with this & was in a verge to break her mood. Once he was done she asked her “Choose some other one.”
“No, you bought me with so much of love & I couldn’t wear it.” She replied looking down at her state.
“Okay, let me help you. Why is it creating a problem at the first place.” He asked
I told you “Sari’s length is short; I am unable to tuck in more than a quarter inch that’s why it is slipping.”
How he wished she had understood why this sari was short of length, but now he had to explain it her thinking about it he had a smirk on his face. He replied “Give me I will try.”
He pulled the sari which was already tucked in while he stood right in front of her with a gap not more than a quarter inch between them. “Geet come closer” saying so he pulled her more into him. Geet who was losing her patience said “How will you help me if I am on you.”
“Shh…” He stopped her placing his finger on her lips and next his fingers were replaced with his lips devouring every corner of hers. She was melting in his assault; her hands went behind his neck while his was in her waist both pulling the other more into them. Her hands were heading towards his hair when she felt his hands running on the rim of her skirt. She knew what was coming and as she thought in next second her strings were pulled but then what happened was something she never thought. He tied the strings of the skirt which was now below her navel; his hands were now back on her navel slightly pinching it with one hand while the other still made patterns. He broke the kiss for want of air & rested his forehead on hers. “Now shall we try it?” He asked. He got down on his knees placing a kiss on her navel while his hands tucked the sari in slowly making her pant for breathe. His hands skilfully worked on her while tucked in the fleets of the sari his fingers lingering at the rim for more than required. Then he pinned the pallu on her shoulders placing a kiss right behind her ears. She was already flushed and wanted to hide herself in him, he had never dressed her up till now. And doing that today made her turn more red enhancing her beauty.
“Stop blushing so much or else we have to cancel our outing tonight.” He whispered in her ears and her reaction to that was exactly opposite as she turned more red.
He steps away from her to check her from top to bottom & extend his left hand in front of her. She placed her right hand in his making a way out to their dinner date.
Car pulled in front of the restaurant bringing back so many old memories how an almost a year back they had suffered. Both were silent remembering what they had encountered that day when they were walking towards the entrance her attention went towards the park where she had felt him consoling her heart. Seeing her lost he nudged her raised his eyebrows asking what’s wrong earning himself a warm smile in return while she entwining his arms in hers. “I had spent whole 15 mins out here to gather strength that day and you know who console me that day.” She said with a large smile on her face.
“You were feeling me beside you even at that time.” He asked her wondering she was so madly in love with him at that time itself.
“Yes” She replied smiling sheepishly.
“Let’s go in, we are already late.” He added with a wink reminding her of the reason for getting late.
There was no hesitation or any nervousness but held a little sadness of last encounter here, but now was not the time to remember them but to replace them with a new one. The arrangements were also similar to the last time but this time it was illuminated with lights all-round them.
They were led to their table, Maan pulled out a chair asking her get settled there while he brushed his fingers on her arms slightly while pulling out his arm off her hand but not before replacing a red rose to hold on to it. She was still lost in that rose when the food was served to them as Maan had pre-ordered the food this time he knew what his date liked. It was a wonderful time to spend talking all the topics from relevant to irrelevant. They were lost in each other eyes, forgetting the world around.
They came out of the restaurant hand in hand to get back to home when Geet suggested going for a walk at this moon lit night. Well this was the pending walk to the cliff of the mountain next to it. What could be more delightful than spending the night with your love next to you. Things don’t go always as planned & that’s exactly how did they encounter as drops of water started to pour from the sky above, Geet ran to take shelter nearby while Maan stood in the mid of the pathway spreading his arms welcoming the rain.
“Geet don’t run come here.” He said trying to bring her out in the rain. “See it is raining today too.”
Geet was finding it difficult to stand out there & not feel anything. She so much wanted to enjoy like him but the rain always brought so many painful memories with it. Before the rain drops fell on her face tears spills out of her eyes. She backed off till her back hit the pillar of the shelter. Seeing her non responsive he ran to her while she just cling to him pouring tears.
He had to bring her out of this sorrow, first thing she should remember about rain would be them nothing else. Good thing was they were alone at this time of the night and also raining so no one will come here giving the much needed privacy for them. Still in the hug he started to place kisses on her neck & shoulder making his way down, his hands kept her stable against the pillar, within seconds she was calm & feeling him as her hands went back to him pulling her into him. Slowly when she was still lost in his spell he moved her out of the shelter to drench her in rain. She was already drenched in his love that she didn’t feel anything other than him on her. His hands were moving on her waist which was heading above to quench his thirst, while her hands had made way to his chest feeling him & placing desperate kiss on his lips returning in his full favour.
They would have gone beyond that had she not felt him caress on her stomach that she had to tell him something that’s why she had asked for this walk. Now all her attention was to tell him that the rain didn’t affect her, she cupped his cheeks in her hand and said “Maan… Maan, I wanted to tell you something very important.” She tried to gain his attention but he was still lost in her reaction as she was still soaking in rain but her eyes were showing the happiness not a sign of sadness in it. “Did she forget her pain?” He thought.
She placed his hands on her stomach & whispered in his ears “congrats Maan, you are promoted.” He didn’t understand at first but then realisation dawned upon him he pulled her in his embrace & whispered back “Congrats Geet, even you are promoted.” As blessings of the heavens above the rain poured on them which brought them back to reality that they were standing in the rain. Both didn’t want to drench anymore & got into the cover, before her mind wandered over her past Maan said see Geet even our parents are happy with this news that’s why rain which was about to stop increased the moment you shared it with me. From now on whenever you see the rain, remember today not any other things. “Yes Maan, you are right, but today is special in many ways now, I wouldn’t forget that ever. Thanks Maan, for being with me.” With that they waited for rain to reduce Maan took her in his arms and headed back to the home.
After 6 years
What seems as bliss can change into a depressing too and reasons are many for it. First one is Netra’s engagement today she will be soon going to be married & leaving this home. I would definitely miss her, she has become more like a friend to me helping me to understand the needs of the family & sharing secrets of everyone to impress & win everyone hearts at the initial part of my stay here then when I gelled into them even I don’t have any idea. And in another 2 months she will be a newlywed bride, her groom Karthik is a well settled in his life.
Next reason is Riju, She is still not in talking terms with me, and well she is angry with me because she thinks I lied to her about getting married to Maan. When she herself didn’t know that it was her misunderstanding that she thought she is getting married to Vicky then how was she going to tell her that. She had tried so many times but she not only ignores her now but also doesn’t spare a look at her.
Last one is Maan, He doesn’t love me anymore, and just a week back we shifted Jiya, our cute 5 years daughter to the next room. But not one day did she woke up there, every night Maan would get her & both would snuggle into each other sleep peacefully totally ignoring me. Two three days I felt it so cute to see him miss her but now he is not letting her grow up alone. Maan would get her in night once I would have slept off, once even I thought she might got scared but the door was closed from inside so Maan would get her here every night. Okay she was sleeping before too here but she used to sleep between us not on him. Now also he sleeping on his stomach & Jiya is on his back. Before she used to coming running to me for any problem now I don’t see her anywhere near me. Neither Maan love me nor does Jiya need me now.
She turned the other way hiding her tears & nowadays her sleep is also not with her, it always troubles her she would get up in odd hours and then sleep wouldn’t come at all how much ever she tried. She so much wanted to be in his arms so that she would fall asleep in his embrace, but now she can’t have the delight of him too. That’s when her eyes felt on the time, it was time to get up and carry on the preparations. So she left to get the things started for the engagement.
I was looking into the last minute things when I thought to check Jiya, the sight made my heart broken, Jiya ran towards Maan to help her with the dress. She used to come to me, looking at them I feel they make the world without me, more than happy together without me. Not able to stand there I made my way out to the hall. When I reached Maa was asking Riju to get the rings from Maan, well Maa did know about she being angry on us so she might be just wanting to help to cover the distance. Having no other choice she made her way towards our room. I followed her keeping a safe distance to see what she does, she knocked the door even the door was ajar to see Maan making Jiya ready for the function.
“Come in.” Maan said
“Jiju, Can you give me the rings Aunty was asking to get it from you.” Riju asked.
“Riju, it’s on the dressing table, you can take it.” He said.
“How can I? Geet di may not like me to intrude into her privacy.” Riju suggested.
“Why will Geet have any problem?” He questioned.
“She was not ready to tell me with whom she was getting married and today if she sees me then will not like it.” She replied
By that time Jiya was ready “Jiya, check what your mama is doing.” Maan said & once Jiya left he continued “Riju, you know I & Geet didn’t meet before the wedding nor did we see each other nor did we know each other’s name, it was just her misunderstanding which non thought existed. I thought you knew her more than this.”
“I am sorry Jiju, I never gave this a thought, when I got to know she lied to me I was just angry on her and didn’t want to talk to her, I thought she didn’t want me to meet you. That’s why I never came to meet you nor Geet di.” Riju told the truth while tears were pouring for hurting everyone with her action.
“No more tears, you need to apologise to someone else. Now get the rings from inside & give it to Maa.” Maan said walking out of the room to receive the guest for the functions.
Geet who stood outside hiding let her breathe now in relief finally she could manage to get this thing to her. Riju came to her saying sorry to her and their relation was back on track. Geet felt on burden off her. She so much wanted to run to maan & say thank you for clearing the air between us but then she was angry at him for ignoring her so she kept quite.
The function started with full zeal, Geet was very happy today for her, she sat next to Netra giving her company actually she would miss her more but then she had to move in her life too but her mind was going back to that one point that Maan & Jiya’s are distance from her & it was breaking her. She felt her head was heavy & she felt darkness surrounding her as she her eyes were drooping, she tried to keep them open & sit there but she that was just not in her will to keep them open. And next when she did open her eyes she was in their room, Maan all tensed rubbing her hands caressing her hairs. “Maan” my call made him look at me. “Geet, I know you won’t listen to me see how pale you have become, why did you take so much stress we are here to take care of everything. I even asked Jiya not to bother you. But no you are not going to hear to anyone right”
“I am sorry.” She made a cute face that would melt him.
“Let’s got to doctor, you need a complete check up.” He made his words clear.
“Maan all the guests are there here today. And we don’t need to go to the doctor now. It is fixed for tomorrow.” She told him.
“You took the appointment and didn’t bother to tell me.” He questioned her trying hard not to show his anger on her.
“You were ignoring me so I didn’t get any chance to tell you.” Geet replied in same tone.
“When did I do that.” Maan said confused with her allegations.
“You are ignoring me, how much I wanted to be in your arms but no every night you get Jiya here.” She complained like a cute baby.
“Geet, if you scare the poor kid she is bound to come to me. And I didn’t get her every night she herself used to sneak into the room” He cleared his stand.
“Maan, I am not that fool, how Jiya can come inside the locked room.” She cribbed.
“Oh gosh, Come I will show you.” He took her to the dresser where the cupboard’s backside there was a door which would lead to the next room. “I thought you knew this door. You know this how I had sneaked into the room on our SR night” He continued winking at her.
“I am sorry” she again told him for misunderstanding him.
“You know you are actions are reminding me about your mood swings.” He added pulling her into his embrace, that’s what she needed & he could gladly oblige that demand.
“Well even I doubt that, so only I took tomorrow’s appointment.” She said hiding herself in him.
“Geet, I have no problem to keep you like this. But I think guests need our attention.” Maan said.
Geet was in his embrace when they heard “Mama… how are you now” Jiya asked still peeping in behind the mirror of the dresser.
“Jiya, why are you sneaking in from here?” Maan asked
“Papa, No one was allowing me to come near mama, but I wanted to see how she is so I came from here.” Jiya told showing her toothy smile.
“Don’t worry your mama is all fine.” Geet assured her.
Geet understood Jiya got scared seeing her unconscious, she got down to pick her up but before that Maan picked her in his arms as she should not be carrying heavy things now. But before Geet could tell anything he took Geet in his embrace not to let her fell down.
“Come let’s go down.” She agreed
“But you will just sit not run around.” He orders her, which she had to oblige without any argument while both were back in the ceremony.
Life is full of beauty.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential and fight for your dreams.
Love is our destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.