On my way – Chapter 9

We arrived well in advance for the movie which was due at 7:20 PM. I thought we would be late considering the traffic from Goregaon East to Kanjurmarg West which was approximately 13 km. Due to Sid’s mind blowing bike skills, we were able to vroom between the gaps of many wheels like the one showed in ‘The Matrix’ movie. Silly, but was a memorable ride!

I wanted to spend the time alone with him somewhere. In order that we might enjoy that time in privacy, I took Sid to a small and a beautiful park near the cinemas itself. I used to have a morning walk in this park with Ruchita as our home was just in the eastern side and we would cross the platform easily and would come here in ten minutes or so. That seemed to be a good exercise too!

We sat on a bench beneath a banyan tree which covered the surrounding places like a blanket. I purposefully sat to the right side of Sid in a hope that chances of getting kissed is more this side.

Sid was in a full-hand casual shirt (folded at hands) and a blue jean. He had this little beard that always sported him a more manly look. I loved it. He used to shave irregularly. But if he does, he looks completely stunning and that’s a different story now. I was in my black Kurti and jean.

He was seeing a girl who was accompanying her grandmother on an evening walk. His eyes were getting out and he was staring her so wildly that I decided instantaneously that he was surely fantasizing her. I am ashamed to say this, but his mouth was even open a little and I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two drops of liquid popped out from the corner of his mouth. I got extremely irritated.

So I started shooting questions to him, whatever that came to my mind.

‘So, Sid .. What are you looking at?’

He immediately turned to my side as if he was witnessing some UFO crashing on earth with the same stunning look unchanged.

‘Hmm. I was just looking at that old woman, Arti. How cool she is! Able to walk even at this age! Great know?!’ said he with a really amazed look..

Whatever that was being said was definitely a lie! Added to that, some real emotions also! WTF is going on! Is he thinking me as a school kid or what?

‘Don’t lie you bugger! You were staring at the girl not at the old woman! Accept it Sid. I won’t bite you’, said I and turned to the other side. There was no sound from him. I was secretly expecting ‘the-all-so-special-sudden-kiss’ of Sid now. As there was no response, I confirmed that he must have started looking at that girl again and turned to look at him with a look of Goddess Kali. He was just waiting for me to turn to him. He smiled immediately.

‘This was what I was waiting for. The look on your face. Ah I can die for it !’ said Sid with a slanted look on his face and stretched his back on the bench with a smile like he had some heart break.

I don’t know why I blush whenever he does that. After all, he is two years younger to me and am still getting it. Is this called a real feeling? Yes I was sure about it. But there was some hesitation that was boiling inside me too. I didn’t know what it was at that time. I didn’t know if it was because Sid was younger to me or if it was about what I would say to my parents or if he will really take care of me as he is very ambitious or anything else. I didn’t know.

Suddenly, I felt my paranoia starting to grow when I realized that Sid would be off in two days to his place with his internship getting over by then.

‘Thanks for the compliment. Sid, you will be going home in two days?Isn’t it?’asked I

‘Yeah. If you want me to stay here, I will stay. Under some conditions’, said he in a strict tone.

Puzzled, I asked what they were.

‘I need a monthly salary of Rs.20,000/- inclusive of all services!’, said he still maintaining his strict gesture.

I couldn’t control my laugh. But I also tried.

‘Does that include servicing me also?’, asked I and bit my lip to curb my smile.

‘Oh, No Arti. That will cost a lot. Its not easy to serve you. You are a monster. I need to work out a lot’, said Sid and we both started to laugh as usual in our style as everyone in the park started to watch us.

Suddenly I felt very lonely and wanted to spend more time with Sid.

‘Sid, you won’t forget me right?’

‘I should ask that to you Arti. Don’t take my cover! ‘, said Sid with a killer smile.

‘You will have many people in your life. Many girls, who would do things for you’

‘Things? What are you talking about?’

‘I am crazy on you. I am sure there would be many girls coming and going in your life. May be you are hiding from me or you may have not noticed it I guess!’

Sid was seeing me intently and suddenly sneaked his head below watching the space between his legs where an ant was walking with a speck of rice attached to its shoulder. He had a bit of a strange smile too.I thought that there must have been someone else in his life too like mine or that may be he was influenced by someone else’s love. Either way I didn’t want to hear and accept it or had the heart to.

‘What’s that Sid?Tell me’

‘I won’t forget you, Arti. It’s not possible’

‘Then, why were you smiling when I said it?’

Again the same smile seeing the space below and he opened up after a moment of silence.

‘I was just imagining what would happen if I forget you?’, said Sid with his smiling face turned towards me now.

With a puzzled look, I repeated, ‘What would have happened?’

He came closer to me, pinched my cheeks and said, ‘You are my obsessive queen, right? You would have dragged me on to the ground with a rope tied on my legs as a punishment. I was just imagining that’.

I didn’t know if what he said was true or not. But I felt secured on hearing it. I grabbed his arms and was lying on his shoulder peacefully.

It was time and we walked towards the theater and thankfully sat two seats from the back side which was way too comfortable.

Movie had started. Sid and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He was singing along with every song so cheerfully especially ‘Kya karoon’ and ‘Life is Crazy’. I was totally in love with Ranbir Kapoor watching this movie.

We both were fixed inside the movie when that song came. Our most favorite number. ‘Iktara’ sung by Kavitha Seth. I didn’t know why but I had tears in my eyes so much.

I don’t know how to explain it but I really had. Sid was in my mind at that time. The song and Sid sitting near, made me cry I guess. I grabbed his arms tightly and slowly whispered in his ears.

‘Hey bastard, Don’t ever think of leaving me. I cannot imagine that’, said I with a wept look.

Sid was carried away by my status at that time. I thought he was very disturbed on seeing me like that.

He came near me and asked, ‘Was the popcorn so spicy??’

You cannot imagine the kind of mixed feelings I got at that time. I wanted to slap as well as to hug him. I gave a rough blow on his shoulders and turned towards the screen.

‘Relax. I love you and I promise I will always be with you’, said Sid. There was truth in his eyes.

The movie was over. But I couldn’t come out of it. It was like watching my own life story on a screen of course with a little twist then and there.

All I wished was a happy ending like that.

We came out of the theater and Sid dropped me at my hostel.

Ruchita asked if I felt low as Sid was leaving in two days. I said that I was alright and that we would always stay in touch. She gave a nod and went off to sleep and so did I carrying happy memories of that day.

The next day went off at a great speed as Sid had some last day formalities to be completed and I had a bunch of work too.

We spent the evening having dinner at Thai Cuisine.

‘Shall we go for ‘Wake Up Sid’ once again tonight?’ asked I without a second thought.

‘I would love to. But I can’t make it today I guess. I have my flight tomorrow morning. Remember?’ said Sid with a edgy look.

‘Arrey! Nothing will happen yaar! You can sleep all the time after that!’

‘I am feeling very tired Arti. Okay lets go’, said he.

I realized that he must have been tired due to a heavy day’s work. These interns get screwed a lot more than us, the employees.

‘No prob Sid.We will leave. You need some rest’, said I with a disappointed look but managed to hide it somehow.

Sid was watching my eyes.

‘Ok chalo, lets leave’, said he and we started off in his bike.

I realized that he was not going in the direction of my hostel which was located in Kanjurmarg East rather he was going towards west and I was wondering why at a time like that.

To my surprise, he parked the bike in front of BIG Cinemas and asked me to wait so that he would grab two tickets and come. I couldn’t love Sid more than that.

‘Sid’, called I .

‘Yes, baby’, said he with his sharp smile.

‘Thank you’, said I with a blushed smile.

‘Anything for you’, said he and went off to buy the tickets and came back disappointed which is when I realized that it was House full.

‘Its ok Sid. We ll leave.’, said I and pulled him. He released my hand from his shoulder gently and waited.

‘Just wait, Arti. Something will happen now. Let’s hope for the best’, said he with a confident look in his face.

As he expected, a boy was walking around like a thief. Sid approached him and he sold the front row tickets for 200/- each.

‘Are the front rows okay for you baby?’, asked Sid with a confused expression.

I smiled at him and said that anything was okay for me until I sat next to him during those two hours of time.

He was thoroughly feeling excited.

We sat at the first row and were watching the movie with our neck upwards. I was keenly watching so that I would see the parts which I had missed when I had come with Sid the last time. Half of the time was spent in looking at him flirtatiously then.

This time I guess he was watching me. Once again, Iktara song came and he grabbed my hands this time. Tightly!

‘What happened Sid?’, asked I, surprised totally.

He was coming closer to my lips.

‘Baby, relax. This is a theater. We are in the front row. Everyone could see us’, said I, unable to control my emotions. I was full of smiles.

He switched me off with his evergreen dialogue, ‘I Love you Arti!’ and kissed me gently.

I could hear claps and whistles from the backside of the screen as the following lines went on the screen at that time.

sun rahi hoon sudh budh khoke koi main kahani

(losing my consciousness I am listening to some story)

 poori kahani hai kya kise hai pata

(what is whole story who knows)

 main to kisiki hoke yeh bhi na jaani

(becoming someone’s I didn’t know)

 ruth hai ye do pal ki ya rehgi sada

(is it a season of moment or will it stay forever)

 kise hai pata, kise hai pata

(who knows? who knows?)

Suddenly I came to senses and brushed him aside with a happy smile. My face was pink.

I realized that people at the back saw us and cheered and clapped their hands. I couldn’t control my blush at all. What a lovely moment that was! I also saw Sid happy with a pinch of a small tear in his eye!

Wow that was unbelievable! I never asked him because I am sure that he would never accept it even if it was true!

He dropped me at my hostel and thanked me for everything and said that he would meet me in the morning before he started off to airport.

I came back happily to my room and slept off like a child.

The next morning I called him up early to wake him up and get ready.

He came in a taxi with Vasu to my hostel. Ruchita was waiting along with me to see him off.

I accompanied him inside the taxi and he waved his hands to Ruchita who reciprocated it back happily.

We reached the airport in an hour. It was 6:00 AM. Sid’s flight was at 7:15 AM. We were standing for the flight attendant to call for the flight when Sid started the conversation.

‘Hey Vasu. Meet you in a month man! Bring my pulsar back safely! Will be missing you!’, said Sid .

‘Sure thing! I will do that! I will see you next month. I will miss you too’,said Vasu and they hugged each other.

‘Vasu you have a call now right?’ , said Sid with a sheepish smile.

Vasu understood it and said yes and went off to another place. I was standing there smiling and knowing all that was happening before me.

‘Arti.I wish to say something to you’

‘Yup Sid. I am all ears!’

‘Huh.. I have never come across this.. But I just wanted to say that please don’t forget me. I hope you won’t’,said Sid.

I was questioning myself on why Sid was behaving like this but then I realized that it was not two common lovers speaking. It was me and Sid. We both had our own share of talents and so each felt insecure about the other person. Is it not possible for two people like us to fall in love without any doubts like this? Everything was perfect between us. Still we had this question about the other person. Life is always a puzzle.

‘Sid. Don’t fool yourself. You have been with me for a month now. You know how I am right? Then you shouldn’t say this at all’, said I with a disappointed look.

‘I know Arti. I believe in you. I never believe in myself’,said Sid and that stunned me right there.

‘Does that mean you will forget me?’ asked I with an irritated look.

‘Nope.Never. It’s nothing like that’, said Sid shaking his head badly. He was searching for words I guess.

‘Hmm. Forget about it,Arti. I never meant anything. I love you so much’, said Sid and gave me that final kiss before departure which was the best of all.

Vasu came back happily after his ‘so-called’ call.

‘Macha, I’ll take leave da. Take Care. Take care Arti. Love you. Will miss you’, said Sid.

I gave a hug to him once again and he started to walk his way towards the boarding point. I was watching him with smile on my lips and tears on my eyes.

‘Arti, Are you alright? Can I get you anything?’, asked Vasu.

I just shook my head nodding a no as I couldn’t speak. I waved him towards our exit direction and we went to our taxi and reached our place in an hour. I couldn’t brush Sid aside but I couldn’t slip away my office work either. So, I started to get ready to my office with great hopes and desires boggling in my head!

Is it really impossible for two people like us to really love each other without a feeling of insecurity? Are we that bad? I am not getting any answer for this question………….

 (To be continued…..)

Author’s Note : As a part of the story, from now on, Sid will be taking over the first person, who will be narrating the story to us just like Arti did all these days. I am sure you loved them and I can assure you that you’ll love the upcoming chapters even more. The story will here after be taken over by the rendition from Siddarth. Happy reading!

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On my way – Chapter 8

After the bump in with Stephen, something inside Sid was constantly reminding him about Arti and her relationships. He couldn’t guess if she really loved him or not. He couldn’t guess if she is assuming that every relationship is a time pass  He was also confused whether Arti was also caught up in a strangely confused state as he was. Whatever it was that had run through his mind, he finally let it go thinking Arti is his girl and she would never have the same kind of feelings with him that she had had in the past with others. He was somehow sure about that. Because he felt that their bonding was different.

Days went by so soon and Sid’s one more month of intern was quickly coming to an end. There was only three more days to go for his departure from Mumbai and I felt very sick about that. I couldn’t take it. I knew that Sid felt the same too. I had a thought that may be he has a little insecure feeling with me right now.

I was sitting in my cubicle going over all these stuff when Sid hit me sharply at the back.

‘Ouch! Sid! Man! You are an animal!.. What’s up?’

‘I am leaving in three days. My internship is getting over. You know that?’

What would I say to him? I have been thinking about that only for the past one week. This   guy, who is two years younger to me, is playing with my heart so badly.

Without reacting, I replied, ‘Yes, I know. What can I do for that?’ to see how he reacts. As expected, his face reaction changed immediately to a cute sad tone. I would love to see that infinitely. I wished to kiss him badly for that.

‘You love me. So I thought that you would feel a little sad or something like that!. Never mind’, said Sid.

What an innocent reply! Is he doing it purposefully? I couldn’t control my emotions and pinched him on his cheeks and touched his lips. Fuck, I was in office. I couldn’t kiss him.

‘Do you think that I am happy? I know how I feel. A kid is doing all these things to me. That’s the irony’

A change of irritated reaction now on his face. Wow!

‘Don’t call me a fucking kid! Fuck you!’

‘Cool baby! Chill’ smiled I and giggled him and he smiled. Ah that 1000 watts smile!

A moment of silence and Sid opened up.

‘Okay listen. I have two options for you’

‘What are they?’

‘One – Lets watch ‘Wake Up Sid’ which has hit the theaters recently’

I was already taking my bag to leave and was excited to hear his idea. We were so crazy about that movie’s songs. We sang all the songs together almost like 25 times and it had Ranbir Kapoor, the hottest and the best actor in Bollywood then and now. We didn’t know about the story but badly wanted to watch it.

With a great anticipation, I asked, ‘What is the other one?’

‘Marry me!’

I was stunned on hearing this and saw him like a sculpture literally and after some ten seconds of silence, we both started to laugh our asses out. I was hitting him badly and we were walking towards the parking lot. Sid will leave his pulsar to Vasu who will return it after his intern gets over which is like a month away. I badly wanted to go along with him in bike as much as possible before he left. I also secretly wished that he plant a gentle kiss on my cheeks before starting from the parking lot.

We were walking along with conversations as usual.

‘So which option?’

‘I guess I would go with the first one’, said I.

‘Oh so Ranbir wins. OK let me note that’, said Sid.

I blushed and stopped when Sid was moving along to take his bike.

I said, ‘ You idiot. I will marry you for sure. This first option is to spend those amazing two hours in your arms in a movie like this. That’s why’.

Sid stopped suddenly, turned back and came towards me and fixed his eyes on mine and caressed my hairs and said, ‘ I love you Arti. I love you like hell’ and planted a french kiss on my lips which lasted for some two minutes I guess. He was smooching on and on that I think he sucked the entire saliva out of my mouth. The duration was more than that which happened in train. Thank god, there was nobody in the lot then.

He finished his kissing session and started to walk towards his bike. I think my heart beats had stopped entirely at that time. I was out of the world. I couldn’t think of anything. I didn’t know how he was steady even at that instant.

Oh I love him so much! I can never take him out of my life!


He came with his bike and gestured me to sit. I shook my head like a tanjore doll and sat on the back seat. I couldn’t speak at all. I grabbed him so hard and closed my eyes and wanted to be like that forever….

(To be continued….)

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On my way – Chapter 7

Sid was standing with his hands placed in a nearby bag stand. Standing before him and speaking boisterously was Stephen, who happens to be my batch mate in college. Sid, being his junior, was talking to him so cheerfully. May be about their good old days I guess! Now, the problem is not that. He is my ex-boyfriend. I had been in a relationship with him for two years in my third year and final year in college. I don’t have answers for why I was attracted to him. May be the problem every teenage girl faces at that time I guess. Somehow, it was broken.

But what if he sees me? How will I react to Sid? As far as I know, nobody knows about my relationship with Stephen except a very few. Ruchita knows about it. Mom and Dad know about it. These thoughts were creating a load of waves in my mind, when someone patted on my back.

It was Sid, this time with Stephen.

‘Hey Steph, how are you?! What a surprise to see you?!’, beamed I indifferently.

‘Hey Arti. I have come on a three-day business trip to Mumbai. Just roaming around here. Thought of taking a bag for my mom when I spotted this naughty kid. How have you been?’.

Stephen seemed nonchalant. I wonder how he controls all that and speaks as though I was just his college mate and nothing more than that. It is actually true from his side because it was only me who was obsessed with him at that time and he actually showed negative signs from the beginning regarding this love and marriage and all that stuffs. But he is a very brilliant guy.

Sid seemed much more upbeat about this meeting. I couldn’t guess if he really knows about this and hides it or does he know nothing about it. Gosh! Too much to think for a while!

‘Yea I am good Steph. You have become bulky’, smirked I.

‘Yea. Look at you. You have become so gorgeous’, says he. A secret blush pops in my face. Gosh! I am so uncomplicated!

‘Arrey! Nothing like that yaar!’, said I brushing away his retreat quickly,

‘Ok guys, you continue your waffles! I will go and see something in the Men’s section’, said Sid cheerfully and started to move. What is he trying to do? Is he trying to give a private space to both of us? Does this mean he know everything? May be. May be not. I hate him!

With this confusions banging in my head like anything, Steph interrupted Sid and said, ‘No no, Sid. I gotta go to a movie with friends. Hangover II. Can’t wait to see that motherfucker Alan’s activities in this one! So you carry on. Bye Arti. Bye Sid. Take care, both of you’, said Steph and parted off from us with a big smile. Stephen has still not changed his habits. Swearing in public in his most famous quality.

I was thoroughly relieved by his departure.

‘You would have made a great pair with him’, smirked Sid.

‘Fuck you Sid. I’m leaving’, said I in an extreme temper.


‘Chill baby! All for fun and this t-shirt looks so beautiful on you’, said Sid and putting his hands on my shoulders.

My cheeks blushed in overjoy on hearing his comments. Only Sid can make me to shift quickly from an extremely angry mood to a most happy one.

‘Cool. Then, I will take it’, said I and started to go to trial room to change again.

Sid watched her go inside the trial room and for no reason he started to think about her. The thought of Arti being very open and cheerful knocked over his mind at that time continuously and he was also wondering why she would love a guy like him in the first place. He suspected that she should have had been in a relationship before. Thinking about himself, he thought it was not a big deal. He was laughing at himself when Arti came and kicked him in his bums. Sid paid for the dress and together they moved out of the store giggling each other.

(To be continued…)

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On my way – Chapter 6

We had spent the entire part of the day roaming around the city. We took the suburban train to Dadar. The suburban trains in Bombay are the most powerful mode of transportation in the city. Bombay achieved this distinctive division of East and West through the tracks. Thanks to Lord Dalhousie! We reached Dadar West and took another train to Bandra, the rich peoples’ Bombay.

There was no one in the compartment except us and an old woman. She was sleeping on the other side, her heads were shaking to the motion of the train and it seemed like she was hearing some ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ and popping her head like some teenage girl.

It is normal for a girl to get catalytic when she is alone with her guy in an otherwise crowded public place. The same happened with me in the train. I was expecting some kind of affection or what do you call it, an involvement from Sid, but here he was sleeping with his heads rested on the open gutters of the train with his mouths popped open a little. What would you say for this! He is really the worst ever son of a bitch I have met in my life!

I gave a huge blow on his shoulder with mine. He woke up with an alarming gesture thinking that some disaster had occurred  I couldn’t control my laughter and it was so audacious that the people from the next two coaches would have heard it. The same laughter woke up the old lady in the train and she got irritated and cursed us in Marathi. Thank god, I haven’t learnt it yet.

‘Gosh! Arti. What’s wrong? Why did you do that?’ asked Sid, who seemed irritated as he was roused from his sleep. Wow! A man totally unfit for a girl!

‘Fuck you Sid! We are alone and you are an asshole! That’s all I can say’, said I and turned towards the direction of the old lady who was still staring at me intently. I would say I was even scared.

Couple kissing

Sid peeped at the old lady woman moving me aside and saw me and suddenly got hold of my head with his left hand, brought my face near his and grabbed my lips, smooched it for about a minute and left me as such and went back to sleep. My heart was in my mouth pounding like 500000+ beats per minute. I could see the mouths of the old lady popped open so wildly. I couldn’t come to my senses at all. The train crossed Matunga Road and was approaching Mahim. I was dumbfounded. The next stop is Bandra. I didn’t know if I should wake him up or just sit and savor that moment. All I could hear was the swearing of the old lady who had lost her sleep and perhaps her peace of mind too!

Bandra was approaching and I had no other choice but to wake him up. As I was about to do that, the automated voice’s message blurted out on the train speakers, ‘Next Station – Bandra’ and thankfully Sid came alive to the sound of that voice.

‘Hey baby! Back from a power nap.. We gotta get down. You look cute’ said he with his power smile and got up and walked toward the door and waited for the station to arrive. The old lady saw him with a fierce eye like he is some Mafia gang lord  He smiled back at her sweetly and stood near the door. The moving winds brushed his hair off smoothly and he looked rugged but awesome. He gestured me to come.

I quickly got into my senses, my breathing still at its high, moved towards him and made sure that I am not making any eye contact with the hag.

Sid reacted as if nothing happened in the past ten minutes. I couldn’t react. He traps me cleverly. I don’t know whether he does it on purpose or unintentionally.

We got down in the station and walked towards Elco Market, a heavily crowded place for young couples and kids, where you can get anything from dresses to delicious vadapavs. Shopping bags are also famous here.

Sid was moving swiftly on the road grabbing my hands cheerfully and was singing some good number in a low tone. I was desperately trying to bring this topic of the scene in the train to him so that I could see how he reacts, but neither could I get the guts nor does he allow me to.

All I know was that I was very happy inside.

Sid bought a tee for himself. He likes the ones that are sold on the platforms. They are cheap, can be instantly used and thrown away. Men, these days!

He told me that he would get one for me too and took me to Reliance Trends, which sits in the heart of Elco Market, a six storeyed building, having a wide variety of collections for all.

I made up my mind to ask him about the scene in some way so that I can see what he felt about it and so my mind was constantly in it. He was picking up some tees for me and was trying to flirt with the shop girl who was showing him the different colors and varieties.

‘Hey Sid.. I wanna ask you something!’ said I, with a gleeful smile.

I guess he understood.

‘First try this and then ask me anything. Deal?’ , said he placing a tee in my hand and smiling handsomely.

‘Deal’, said I, cheerfully and went inside the trail room.

I was changing into the tee and was quickly coming over with how I should start this conversation with him. I saw myself in the new tee and I loved it so much. Yes, I was a little narcissistic when it came to looks. I have grown up a lot. With all this in mind and quickly recollecting all the things that I need to speak, I went out of the trial room like a child who goes to show his new dress to his mom towards where Sid was.

I couldn’t spot Sid anywhere so I asked the shop girl with a gesture where he was. She pointed her fingers in the direction of women’s handbag section. I was wondering if Sid was going to buy a bag too and walked towards it and what I saw shook me up totally…….!!

(To be continued…)

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On my way – Chapter 5

‘Arti..!! Arti…!! Wake up yaar..Office nahi hai kya? Its 8:30 already.’ patted Ruchita on my shoulders. I woke up with the loud ‘Shiela ki jawani’ banging the ears.

‘8:30..!! Gosh..! Reduce the volume you idiot…!!’ I looked for my mobile. It laid dissected on the floor. I remember flinging it last night  and now assembled it back, thanking the manufacturer for making it trauma free. I did not want to go to office. I called him and waited  to pick it up. ‘The number you are trying to reach is currently not asnwering your call’, came the automated message.

‘Fuck you.’ thought I and got up finally.

‘Chalo chalo..! Fresh up…!! I have made breakfast for you too. Give me company to eat. I give you 10 minutes.’ said she and brought steamy poha right from the pan.

‘Wow. Thanks dear. Will be right back.’ said I but peeped into mobile. She gave me a bump and saying ‘Sid is yours. Now please go.’

‘Ya ya going. He is not mine. I hate him Ruch.’ said I

‘Ya I know.’ She smirked. I walked past her and shut the washroom door with a bang. I heard her laughing loud. She was getting on my nerves. ‘You are having a bad day Arti’ I said to myself. One thing I could witness is that I am fully occupied by his thoughts. I desperately wanted to talk to him. I decided to meet him anyway today. I came back frowning my roomie. ‘I am gonna meet him today. Gonna slap him hard for being so irresponsible.’

‘So no office? Wow. Bunking for Boyfriend?’ taunted she

‘Chod yaar. Please. Understand my situation.’

‘Do anything you wish. Tell me what happened in the evening.’ She was concentrated on poha more than us. ‘Alright I m leaving.’ She waved me a bye and rushed to her cab. I kept the plate on the table and again tried calling. It was unanswered. After so many futile attempts, finally,

‘Hey.. you called??’

‘Oh don’t you know??’ I wanted to chop him. ‘What happened to you Sid.? You suddenly being so indifferent to me?’

‘Nothing like that honey. I just woke up.’

‘I am not gonna believe you.’

‘Fine then. Really cool.’

‘I wanna meet you Sid. I wanna get this thing sorted out.’

‘Ya Sure , Anytime. But ,which thing Arti?’

‘If you remember , you proposed love to me yesterday evening.’

‘Give me 10 minutes. Let me come to senses and talk to you. I am very sleepy.’ He hung up.

I felt insulted by that act and made my decision. ‘He is just another guy. Forget it.’ I told myself. But strangely, A thing which you want to forget is the thing you remember always.I decided to go to his house straight and give him a tight slap. I faintly remembered the dirty pale colored apartment he showed while I came with him on the first day. Dressed in a black kurti and jeans, I set out for my venture. I walked down the lane, rehearsing  how should I scold him for what he did.  I knocked the door and waited for him to open. I kept on pressing the door bell and annoyed the insider. With that doorbell even Kumbhkarna would wake up. But not Sid. I pressed incessantly.

‘Who the hell..!!’ shouted Sid. I was kinda happy for him getting annoyed.’Hey Arti. You?????!!’ he looked around if his owner caught him eyes widened.

‘Come in Quick.’ he dragged me inside and shut the door.

‘Hey. Whats wrong with you?’ asked I giggling

‘Arrey… Bandit queen. U have come to my home. What if someone sees me.’ he panicked

‘I don’t care.’ said I and sat in his couch ‘Your room is a mess.’

‘Meri Maa.’ he sat keeping his hand on his head

‘Why do you panic? Calm down. You just woke up?’ asked I scanning his room from corner to corner.

‘Haan yaar. I was not feeling well yesterday. I slept so long.’

‘So Sid, You love me right?’ asked I

He gave a shy look and smiled ‘I guess so.’

‘Why didn’t you pick my call? I called you so many times. You arrogant ass.’ I shouted at him

‘So you came up straight to my home? I should be in contact with your mom, young lady.’ smirked he.

‘Be in contact with me first of all.’ winked I

‘Alright. But, bandit queen. You surprised me a lot today. I am still in shock.’

‘So what?’ asked I.

He was muted and so was I. I broke the ice after a couple of minutes ‘ Will you marry me? ‘ I was surprised at myself for what I asked.

He should be flabbergasted and stumbled from the chair ‘What?’

‘Will you marry me you deaf ass?’

‘Ya I would. Very much baby.’ He hugged me tight and pecked my cheek.

‘I didn’t expect this.’ blushed I ‘ But when? Parents are looking for a groom for me.’ He let me free  ‘ Oh.!! Here we go. We have got villains for the love story finally.’ He smiled and heaved a sigh. ‘I never really thought I would be falling for my senior.’  grinned he slyly

‘The converse is also true FYI.’ I grinned. ‘Love yo Sid.’ Still I was not sure what future has in its store. All I knew by that time was that I love him so much.

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On my way – Chapter 4

I was so very irritated at Sid and his behaviour last night. I had an overwhelming feel that I was a pastime to him. I was not in a mood to get along with anybody in office today. And I could not meet him up too. I came to my room back weary, bearing all the traffic and the lovely Mumbai crowd.

Meanwhile ,  Sid was at his apartment. Sony woofers proved its quality with Bon Jovi’s ‘Its My Life.’ He was singing along posing like a guitarist and Vasu entered the room.

‘Hey Wow. Worth a shot Sid.’ said he and patted his back.

‘Hey Vasu. When did you come? I bunked office man. I was alone in room. It was wonderful. Peace of mind. Enjoying the ME Space.’

‘Cool. We really need that. So, Chalo. Lets have some tea downstairs. My head is quite heavy.’ Vasu was the synonym of Tiredness by then.

‘Ok Bud. You look like Shit. Haha. Quite a lot of screwing up today it seems.’ He smirked and got up, Wore his shirt and they walked downstairs.

‘Yes man. I am really screwed. No matter how much ever we work, the managers never get satisfied. Annoying.’

‘Skip it. You know this girl Arti , She did not even send me an SMS for my whereabouts. I am also annoyed.’ said Sid

‘Oh Are you? I guess you are getting into some serious issue with this girl Sid. And you know this is really not going to work out with your psyche. You dont know how to handle a relationship Sid. Really I am telling you.’ Vasu was blurting out

‘Easy easy Vasu. It hurts me a bit. Anyway, Nair Anna… Rendu Tea.’  They sipped the tea. And Sid was lost in thoughts. ‘Film making? Are you kidding me? I am not going to let you spoil Siddharth. I want you to lead a decent life.’  This was how Sid’s father reacted for his interest over Film making and now , Arti. He was wondering why his interests were always being thrashed. He decided not to give a damn about any of these things. ‘Its my life’ inspired him.

‘So Vasu , I am gonna meet her today evening. I have to sort this out. She is eating my head.’ said Sid

‘Alright. But dont end up like an idiot Sid.I am pretty sure you can not carry this forward.’ Vasu again

‘Forget it. Its just a meet with her. Do you find her interesting? Am I hindering or what? Haha.’ smirked Sid

‘What the Fuck. Get lost Sid. Go away.’ He frowned

‘I am coming with you. I have to change. I look like an overtime mine worker now. Might be some Axe effect would help.’ said Sid

‘Screw you man.’ grinned Vasu.

Sid changed to a black denim shirt and blue jeans and took an extra care to comb his hair. He  almost reached her apartment and coincidentally Arti was coming along with Ruchita.

‘Hey…!! ‘ Sid waved his hand.

‘Hi…! Arent you Sid?’ excited Ruchita

‘Yes. I am.’ smiled he ‘Your friend wont talk Miss?’

‘What do you want Sid?’ asked I

‘Hmm…??? One cheese burger and Chilled Pepsi.’ smirked he.

‘Haha. I have heard a lot about you. Glad to meet you now.’ said Ruchita

I wanted to get away from that place. He flirts with her too thought I insanely. I dont know if Sid could really read my mind. ‘So Arti , Shall we go for a walk?’ Ruchita started to taunt me ‘Oye Hoye… Carry on you both..Phir Milenge…! Let me buy the things we planned dear. Bye.’ And she started to leave.

I walked with him. Someway or other I could not avoid him. My legs sticked to the ground and I could not move when my friend left. Neither I could deny his proposal to walk with me.

‘Ahem Ahem..Whats up with you?’ asked Sid ‘You seem to be silent.’

‘I am…!!’ I cut it short

‘Oops..!! Anyway… I bunked office today. You did not even ask me where was I the whole day.’ said Sid

‘I thought the other way. I was so very pissed off…!!  Sadist..!! ‘ I blurted out and did not look at him at all in the whole conversation.

‘Understood…!! Alright.. Communication gap. But Sadist???? ‘ He grinned.  It brought Sid an unexplained joy that I missed his presence.We walked till we reached the Hiranandani gardens and we found a stone bench under a gulmohr to sit. It was the most pleasant evening to me. Buses rarely take a route inside and its one of the places where we find peace in Mumbai.

Even Sid was quiet by then. ‘So Sid , Whats the matter ? You have taken pains to meet me..!’ asked I now facing his eyes.

‘Awesome dark brown eyes shimmering in the sun. Lovely man..!! I am caught now completely.’ thought Sid and refused to look into my eyes.

‘I just wanted to meet you.’ said Sid. He seemed to be disturbed.  ‘Do you like this tree?’ bluffed Sid.

I laughed for Sid’s question ‘Yeahh…. I love it… Why do you seem to be disturbed Sid? Any problem? Be candid as far as you like.’ said I looking into his eyes

‘Really?’ He raised his eyebrws accompanied with a smile.

‘Yesssssssssss…….’ grinned I

‘I can be candid enough?’ He asked naughtily.

‘Ya you can be Sid.’ I understood what he meant now and I blushed. ‘Ok not much candid.’

‘Anyway… I wanted to tell you that you are awesome and I think I am happy with you. Love you so much Arti. Am I candid enough now?’ asked he confidently

I was dumbfounded. Throat has gone dried up and I choked for words. It was quite unexpected. I wanted to hug him right away and tell that I loved him too. But , I looked at him and smiled. ‘Shall we go?’

‘Oh yeah.. Sure..’ said he quite embarrassed but he did not seem to show that off.  We walked back with the usual chit chats like nothing happened a couple of minutes ago. At least I was happy that he is not flirting with me. On a moment of silence  I smiled at him and he reverted it. I remembered Master Card tagline ‘ There are few things which money cant buy.’ It was evident. I waved bye to Sid and was back at home.

Sid also reached his apartment whistling and he slouched on his bean bag. Vasu was at home working in his PC. ‘Sid man. So how was you second date?’

‘Ya went off quite awesome. We had a small talk in Hiranandani.  You can hang out with your girlfriend too. Quite a lot of darker places for you.’ smirked he

‘Shut up man. Forget my girlfriend. How about your new venture?’ he winked at him

‘Nothing much. Just as usual.’ said he

‘Usual what? Haha. You look like you have messed up.’

‘Nopes nothing like that. Everything went along well. Fine, I am gonna sleep now.’ said Sid quite plainly. He took his phone and dialed her number.

‘Hi Arti. Whats up? I just called to tell you Good Night.’ said he

She attended cheerfully but she was cautious not to let her emotions evident to him. ‘Oh. Was that why you called?’

‘Hmm…Yes.’  He was cautious for the same too.

She felt ebbed out and hung up saying ‘ Fine Bye then.’ She flung away the phone and felt quite odd. ‘He is not going to be my kind…!’ thought she.

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On my way – Chapter 3

Sid was still a mystery to me. I could not conclude if he is a flirt or he is actually being himself. So much for my first day in office and I came back to my room. The room was awesome with a brilliant view of the busy Powai road and the Hiranandani towers behind with a constant cacophony.

Still there was an hour before my roomie could reach. I missed my home. My mom’s pampering, the typical Tamil food with pickle and the feeling of being at home. All of a sudden I felt lonely. I picked a flight directly  from Chennai and landed in Mumbai.

‘How hectic life turns out when you run behind money Arti…! ‘ I spoke to myself looking into the mirror. Needless to say I was weary , but somehow managed to look good. Thanks to my mother , for inheriting her good looks. I sighed and decided to make tea for myself. Before that I was tempted to call Sid.  And So did I. I dialled and waited for him to pick up.

‘Hey Sid. You reached home?’asked I

‘Long back baby. Now am jus lying back and going through a technical document. You?’ said he and I heard Sid screaming ‘Awwwww…..That hurts Bastard.’

‘Hey why do you lie? Were you not watching sleazy porn?’ yelled his roomie. I had to keep my phone away quite a few inches from my ear for his unbearable scream.

‘Sshhh… Please Vasu… Please..We ll sort our things later. Why dont you concentrate on your girlfriend?’ laughed he

‘Are you okay?’ asked I

‘Yup I am. My roomie gave me a kick on my back. The one nerdy Google intern. Skip him. He is not worth talking. He is talking to his girlfriend over Skype. Dirty Bastard.By the way, Do you have internet at your home? Why dont you Skype?’ laughed he

‘Skype? Hey we are just 4 streets away and you want me to Skype?’ asked I

‘We can be connected always. Anyway… What you doing?’ asked he

‘Hmmm…I am just thinking to make tea.’ said I smiling

‘Oh wow. See. This was why I wanted to come to your house. You hesitated. I hate you Arti.’ sulked he fakingly

‘Haha. That does not matter Sid. You dont love me either. Do you?’ said I smirking at him

‘Wooowwww…!!! What a discovery…!!  You hooked me there. Somebody is back in form. ‘ said he laughing

‘So Siddy. I just called you. Carry on with your porn.’ smirked I

‘Pchh… No.Shit. I was really going through my Technical document only. I swear to God.’ said he

‘Haha. Nobody agrees after being caught Sid.’  I said

‘Alright Miss. Philosophy. Every dog has its day. ‘said he laughing

‘Ok Bye Sid. Call me if you are done with your work.’ said I

‘God. No. Anyway Bye Arti.’ laughed he. I guess he thought that I had hung up the call and he had kept the phone aside. I was still on with the conversation.

There was this kicking sound on  chair. Probably Siddharth would have given one to Vasu. ‘You Idiot. Why did you tell her? Now she is gonna squeeze me off with this.’

‘I had so much fun you know. Look at your face. Freaking hilarious.’ laughed Vasu.

‘Hey Why did you do that? What would she think about me?’ asked Sid quite grieved.

‘Is that you Sid? You care even? Whats with that girl? Is she not one of your girly girly friends calling you? What is so special about her?’ asked Vasu

‘Hmm.. Nothing like that. I respect her a lot. She already calls me a flirt.’ said he.

‘Arrey…Ladka is in love. Arent you?’ said Vasu’s voice.

‘Its still a long way to go buddy. We were such a great friends in college. But I dont know what happened to her, She vanished from everyone’s contact suddenly. Now, she is back in my life quite in a freaking way. I saw her at our bay in office. I dont remember being delighted that way in recent past. Thats it. And I dont want to lose her at any cost.’ said Sid quite heartfelt.

He was surprised sureshot. ‘I just cant believe what I heard now. Is that you? I have never seen you like this before. Senti? Good god!’

(A few moments of silence……)

‘Sid man.. Are you fucking blushing?’ said Vasu

‘Get the hell out of here Bastard’ Sid laughed and threw something at him.

I laughed like crazy hanging up the phone. My roomie Ruchita gave me an awkward look. ‘Whats wrong with you dear?’ She was curious.

‘Nothing Ruch. Its just an old friend of mine and we met up after three years.’ said I

‘Alright. Alright. Happy for you. Chalo. Lets go out somewhere. Are you tired or what?’ asked she.

‘Hmmm….. Yup lady. Kinda. But its ok. I am coming with you.’ said I smiling

I changed to denim and tee  and we walked till Powai lake feeling the essence of India’s busiest City. Traffic lined up , Teen lovers exploring each other in the open lake premise, Pani puri stalls beside, not to mention the carefree crowd of Mumbai hurrying up to their destination. Time clutters its wings watching the City.

‘So Arti. How do you like Mumbai?’ asked Ruchita

‘Its just great Ruchi. New City , New Job , Old friends.  Its exciting.’ said I

‘Mm hmm. That is Mumbai. It will not let you go out. And,  Whats up with the ‘Old friends’ thing?? You have said it twice.’ said she smirking keeping her hands on her hips.

‘I meant you Ruchi.’ I controlled smiling

‘Anyway. Shall we leave from this place? Lets get into some cooking venture tonight.What say?’ asked she

‘Do you believe I am a great cook? If yes, please refresh your neurons. Fire alarms will turn on even If I cook Maggie my dear.’ said I

She giggled. ‘That was funny. I am no better to you Arti. Let us give a headstart.’

‘Alright. Chalo.’ said I. We walked back home buying vegetables and when we reached home it was already 7:30 P.M.

My phone rang. Latika’s theme from Slumdog Millionaire. It was Sid. ‘Hi. Just thought of disturbing you.’

‘Ya please go ahead Sir. Are your fantasies done?’ said I

‘Yaar…… I am caught. You are not. Thats the difference.’ said he laughing

‘Anyway. That matters Sid.’ said I

‘Skip it please. For heaven’s sake. I am embarrassed. What are you doing?’

‘Okay. No need to be embarrassed and all. I did not mind.  Myself and my roomie came for a walk till Powai lake and now heading home.’ said I

‘Wow.Thats great. So you have started to roam around the next day you landed here. Pretty cool lady.’ smirked he

There was nothing to talk. But, yes. There were lots to talk. It was an awkward situation to deal with for both  of us.

We talked on for hours. Meanwhile we cooked and ate while Sid was still on phone finishing his supper too parallely. Dinner was not so great. But I did not mind it too much as I was fully locked up in Sid’s voice and his enthusiasm. The song ‘Someone like you’ by Adele was going on in my PC. Had this been watched as a scene on screen, it would have been in perfect sync as we both were full of cheers while we talked and there was this never ending breeze in Mumbai in the night time which supplied an instant energy to all the nerves.

It was 1:34 AM , and we were still on. The song was playing for like 50 th time and suddenly Sid asked, ‘ Hey Arti, Dont you get bored? Its been playing for the past 4 hours I guess!! Too much for a 4 minute song yaar!!’

‘Arrey. Looks like someone speaks as if they dont know about my ways. Will kill you. Dont you know that I wont get allured to things easily and if I am, I will be so addicted to it and be obsessive, huh? !! ‘

‘God!! You still haven’t changed Arti. I still remember how you watched the FD series. Just because you like it, You were able to bear the horrendous bloodsheds.’ laughed he

I felt irritated for being mocked at. ‘Fuck you. It was you who recommended to watch.’

‘Ok. My dear obsessive queen, Will you let me to sleep now? Its nearing 2 AM and we have to face our leads tomorrow with a bright face.’ said he with a cheerful laugh

That was like a silent slap to me even though it may or may not have been intended.

‘Bye Idiot! Sleep well.’ said I

‘With a smile please.’ said he

‘He… He..’ smiled I in an artificial way and was about to swore him when he cut the call suddenly.

‘Good god! Where on earth did they find this guy?!!’ said I to myself.

‘Does he really like to speak to me or Am I a just a timepass to him?’

Sid is still a mystery…

(To be continued…)

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