The clock was about to scream announcing the time as 5 but even before that could break the silence or even before the eyes could open his long fingers was already to stop the alarm while his other hand went in search of his wife but then there was none beside him. In a second his eyes opened and in the next blink he heard a screeching sound of washroom door giving way to the mist to cover his view but he could clearly hear the harmonious humming coming admist of the mist. And in flicker he was on his toes drawn to the white mermaid while his fingers pulled those hairs which were tied up in a bun leaving behind a streak of droplets on the floor.
“What’s the hurry today…” He whispered into her ears standing right behind her.
But words were struck in her throat as his fingers were running on the rim where her sari was tucked and was turned around to face her husband inches apart from meeting the serene delight but that to wait as there was a loud knock on the door they were brought back to reality and were miles apart from each other though they stood infront of each other.
“Bahu…Get ready and come down before Kavya comes.” Said her lovely mother in law Keerthi Khurana.
After this interruption, Maan had rushed to follow his routine while Mrs. Maan Khurana was getting ready to appear as elegant as she is. In about 30 minutes Maan was all set in his study designing some project as today he had thought to miss his scheduled exercise as today he would be bound to be struck in his home. A house arrest to be precise, Yes the Maan Singh Khurana was today pushed into a situation where he couldn’t instruct as it was his mother’s direct. And more importantly it was for his wife as Kavya Saxena wouldn’t accept anyone so easily nor would leave a chance to taunt for silly things.
Twin sisters by name but not by nature as they both were contrary to each other. Keerthi was sweet and witty; she knew how to handle people smoothly without hurting others while Kavya was straight forward who had the gut to tell anything on anyones face. Resulting in Keerthi being liked and loved by everyone where as Kavya was left out of the herd. Everyone welcomed Keerthi with open hands and was a centre of attraction, once the topic of Keerthi started it never used to stop until the day ends, which turned out to be a gap between the sisters and as the days rolled by Kavya’s envy only increased.
Maan was very close to Kavya and Disha to Keerthi initially but then as they grew up and these sisters didn’t meet up for a while as Mr. Saxena shifted to Delhi making Maan turn more towards his mother Keerthi and also became independent. While Disha still held that warmth towards Keerthi, which added more fuel to Kavya’s envious nature.
Today was the first interview of Disha with some business man in Mumbai and that was the reason why Maan was forced to be present at his home today. At the same time there was an important project presentation to be given to the investors on the same day. Files, presentation and budget everything was ready but who was to handle the investors. Boss, Maan was busy with his family and neither of the things could have been postponed.
It was on Keerthi’s persistence that Kavya & her family were there in Mumbai today while the business was important to Keerthi Desgins and in turn to Khurana Constructions too. Maan was in a double fix as today what were he chooses he would be at the loosing end. And only option Maan could think was he connected with the investors through the video conference and then the deal could be fixed there while the Kavya Maasi wouldn’t hurt anyone on the family either as he never left. He could always explain an hour break with some sleep or bath.
Very soon it was time for breakfast and both families arrived on time. One side sat Mr. Saxena with his wife Kavya Saxena beside her was their daughter Disha Saxena while at the other side sat Mr. Khurana with his wife Keerthi Khurana at right while Maan sat to his left. Men sat there discussing the affairs of the business while ladies were getting updated in their lives while the young siblings were involved in their own world when suddenly Kavya announced quite rudely “Keerthi, is your bahu planning to kill us by making us starve. Where is she? Don’t tell me that she doesn’t even know how to cook or to even serve us properly.” Which earned quite a few glares from the corners of the tables but none replied as they knew it would only agitate the fuss than reduce it.
Taking the cue Keerthi thought to check up but then stopped as the she saw the breakfast was being rolled in a trolley. She got up to help in serve but then another taunt was ready from Kavya “See I told you, Hamsa doesn’t even know how to serve also that’s why you want to help her. Right Keerthi.” And then she turned towards Disha and said. “Disha, Why don’t you teach your Babhi how to serve breakfast? I suggest why don’t you even teach some cooking too while we are here.”
She was so busy in suggesting and ordering things around that she missed to see when her breakfast was served in her plate but then looking at the opportunity Maan commented “Maasi, why don’t you finish your breakfast then you might just get more energy to complain. Anyways it tastes best when you finish it while food is hot. You can eat as much as you want, don’t feel shy to ask more as my wife makes tasty food.”
Well that was enough to shut her mouth with plenty of tasty food for a while. But then with her stomach getting filled up Kavya’s brain too got more ideas to trouble Maan Singh Khurana.
“Maan, we were thinking why you don’t take us all for shopping now. Anyways we all are free till evening right.” Kavya exploded the new idea.
Maan who was already in splits as to how he would cover his absence now another problem waited for him. Neither could he accept it nor could he refuse it blindly and earn another set of taunts but had to dodge it cleverly. Nevertheless whom was he trying to bluff as before he could formulate an excuse Kavya spoke “You don’t have to think so much to refuse my words Maan. It is clearly written on your face you don’t want to take us out.”
Kavya turned to her sister and spit her venom “Keerthi, look how much he has changed after his marriage definitely your daughter in law has done some black magic. He, who wouldn’t think twice to stay in home even if we came here before stayed to welcome us but only to be beside his wife but can’t take us out for our happiness.”
“Enough not a word more Maasi.” Maan roared in anger.
“Look he is now even opposing me, definitely some thing is wrong with him.” Kavya continued to taunt turning disappointed towards Hamsa.
“I am done here.” Maan left the table after looking at the pleading faces of his mother.
Looking at the retreating figure of Maan, Kavya turned her whole attention towards Hamsa, her new unguarded bait who was all set to run behind Maan to ease him from his anger but how can Kavya let that happen. The moment she moved to run behind Maan she was stopped by Kavya’s next set of words “Now you will run behind your husband, what will happen to us. Who will serve us and take care of our needs.”
That was enough to stop her from moving away from the table and take care of the Saxena family. None spoke anything else as every word spoken was taken wrongly and disbursed quietly to their respective rooms.
This was the opportunity Hamsa was waiting so as to check on Maan. Silently she slipped into her bedroom only to find it empty but the sound in next to their room confirmed the presence of Maan in the study where he was arranging for his conference call. She had locked the door not to let anyone witness what happens within.
Her hesitance was quite evident with her reluctant steps but she had to face him and atleast try to reduce the anger. She thought to call him but was stopped by Maan’s words. “Don’t disturb me now.”
“But…” She said still standing at the brim of the entrance.
Maan came up in front of her and said “Not now.” And closed the door of the study on her face.
“Maan…” was all she could utter before leaving that place.