Monday, July 28, 2003

Chapter - 9

"What's in it Aakash?"

Sitting at Sanjana's home Aakash was listening to Old Hindi Songs, to name a few, Dil aisa kisi ne mera toda, barbadi ki taraf aisa moda.... Zindgi ka safar hai ye kaisa safar, koi samjha nahi, koi jana nahi..

It has been three days since Sanjana had seen Aakash smiling, from last friday... since he proposed Ria, n she rejected.. Sanjana was worried, and so was Aakash, " What do you feel Sanju, Why she rejected me? On what grounds? For the first time in my life i loved someone and she...."

"Chill, She is stupid, if i had been at her place i would have accepted your proposal, may be she is too unlucky to have you in her life.."

"C'mon, stop consoling me , i need a reason... it can't be like this.. i am going to coaching now.. and she will have to answer me.. Why?"

"Shut-Up..You are not going to Maths coaching anymore, i know u wouldn't study, u never did and even u know it better.."

Aakash knew that Sanjana was right, he hardly concentrated on his Maths numericals, his calculations were always related to how to initiate a chat with Ria. But now he didn't wanted to see her again, after what happened on last Saturday...


Aakash went to coaching to collect his broken dreams, his silly feelings, his idiotic wish.... the card and letter he gave to Ria.. As she told she will be coming today to return it. His mind was not in his hand, he was not able to think. He reached earlier at coaching and was waiting for her to come. She came and sat at first row as usual, but today Aakash was not behind her, he sat at the last bench. Although students were less today, but Aakash didn't even looked at her when the class was on. He just wanted the class to get over, so that he can take his belongings back. He was heart-broken, shattered, and numb. He didn't believed in God but last night he was talking to stars, seeing a falling star he wished that Ria understands him, his love.

As soon as the class ended Ria along with her mate Kajal went out. Aakash was unable to decide that should he go behind her or not. But he had to, else she will be gone. He wanted to talk to her and he knew that she doesn't want it anymore. He followed her, a few meters ahead, Ria was in no mood to stop. Aakash went clueless and gathering his courage yelled her name. She started walking slowly hearing that and Aakash increased his speed.

"Hai.. You were suppose to return whatever i gave u yesterday?", Reaching near her said Aakash. He didn't looked at her.

"Hii... What do u mean by whatever. It was card and letter. right?", Said Ria smiling.

"Look.. I am not in a mood of joke.. Please return it", Aakash was frustrated a bit.

"Hmm.. Actually i had torn it.. So how can i return it...", Ria said.

"Torn it?? You told that you will return it today.. and now you are saying you torn it.", Aakash's frustration was increasing and Ria was enjoying it somewhere.

"But your friend told me, either to return it or tear it. I chose the second option.", Ria could see the pain in his eyes but she was confused herself.

"ok.. thanks for your kindness..", Aakash couldn't bear it anymore and saying it he started waking away from her.

"Bye..", Ria wanted to talk more but Aakash was gone, She felt that she had done too much, but it's done.

Aakash was highly angry on her, if only he was not taught manners, he wanted to slap her right away. What makes her think she is so beautiful and can have this attitude, thought Aakash. He controlled his anger which later on resulted in tears whole night.

"Where are you? what are you thinking? Ok fine.. Let Shilpa come, we will tell her to ask Ria abt the reason of her denial.", Sanjana couldn't see Aakash in tension.

"Ok... And please switch off your music system or change the songs, you made enough fun of me."

"Fun... Why do u think so, i just played these songs as they match your condition...", Sanjana wanted Aakash to smile.

"And when i will trash you, you will not get a song to match your condition", Aakash said smiling for the first time.

"Well, there is one, Dost Dost na raha...."

Shilpa came after few minutes and Aakash and Sanjana requested her to ask Ria as if why she said no to Aakash. At first Shilpa was hesitating but saying no to Aakash is like inviting problems for her own, She knew only Ria was excluded from his rule. Shilpa was always grateful to Aakash for whatever he did for her and Shahil, and she understood Aakash. Shilpa went to coaching at 3 pm and Aakash was recommended to spend that time at Sanjana's house. Shilpa would talk to Ria in coaching and would come to Sanjana's house again. All decided, Aakash was still worried, he never thought that a girl would do this to him, he usually was the one who bothered others, but for the first time, he was being bothered deep inside.

"Hey Aakash, i have called Shahil, he will be coming in half an hour along with J.P. and Ritesh. Shilpa is also about to come, you cheer up."

"Why did you called them... anyways it's 5:15 and Shilpa didn't came yet. The coaching would have been over at 5."

"Ya u are right, we shall wait for few minutes then we will go and check her out."

"As you say, hey what do u think, what will be her excuse"

"Who's Shilpa's.. as usual, was talking to Sir or whatever till her gossips ends"

"No... Ria's"

"Shut-up.. Think other things. You need to be strong."

"Shall we go now..."

"Ok baba.. let's go and find her.. her message is damn important.."

Aakash and Sanjana were going to find Shilpa, they just crossed few stairs, when they saw Shilpa coming upstairs.

"Damn hell.. Where were you for so long.. ", Aakash couldn't control his excitement, no matter what the response was.

"Aaaaakash... Wherezz the party???", Shilpa said in one breath yelling at the highest pitch of her voice.

"Party?? For what.. You know what i am going through.. Broken, Shattered, and still u are in party mood.. What did she said?", He was not in a mood of his usual jokes, he couldn't think of any at this time.

"She didn't said anything, but had sent something for you.. We need a party..", taking out a gift wrapped box she said.

"What? I hope there isn't bomb inside to take revenge for proposing.", Aakash couldn't make out really what was happening, but he felt positive enough to pass a joke.

"C'mon we will have to open it too know what she sent..", Sanjana said watching Aakash curiosity.

While Aakash was unwrapping the box Shilpa was telling the story of how she got angry on Ria for her behaviour and had said hundred of things which were in favour of Aakash and contradicted Ria's decision. And how Ria didn't said a word and had just gave the gift to Shilpa saying, " Tell him to attend his coaching and concentrate on his studies."

"What's in it Aakash?", Sanjana was equally curious about Ria's gift. What is she upto now, thought Sanjana.

Aakash hand were trembling as he was about to open the gift, his mind filled with thousand of questions...

Friday, July 25, 2003

Chapter - 8

"The Proposal Day"

Aakash reached Sanjana's home at 2 pm today. He didn't wanted to get late, n he informed Shilpa to come at Sanjana's house asap. Sanjana wasn't surprise at all seeing Aakash that early at her home. She knew Aakash curiousity as she was the initiator of it.

"Oh ho.. Aakash, I thought ur coaching is from 4pm.. u never came so early, anything wrong", said Sanjana in kidding mood.

"Don't make me more nervous, my hand are already shivering.. I don't know how is it gonna happen..", Aakash was damn nervous from past one week.

"Chill dude.. It gonna alright.. So u guys had fun yesterday in Maner.."

"Ya we did.. but my nervousness is increasing each second.. Shilpa didn't came yet?, I told her in school to reach by 2:00pm at ur house."

"No.. She might be on her way.. So, how are u feeling my baby.."

"Feeling?? I am not able to do anything from last one week.. My mind is just not in working condition.. I just hope that my fuse doesn't get blown over on seeing her"

"Do ever ur mind is in working condition? N u have a fuse as well.. we didn't know..", entering the corridor said Shilpa laughing on Aakash's description on his tensed condition.

"hiii... i was waiting for u eagerly.. Why are u late?", Aakash said avoiding her jokes as he was ready to forgive any fun made on him today for Shilpa as she was only bird to fly n send his message to Ria.

"It's just 15mins late.. N y are u so excited.. Just chill..", Shilpa said assuring him.

"You know what u have to do?", Aakash kept reminding.

"Ya baba.. I have to tell her that u have to talk something important to her.. Rest is your worries.. I don't want to create a rift between us because of your feelings.", Shilpa knew her job well. She was reminded 100 of times in past one week.

"What.. atleast be there for my moral support.."

"U have called all your buddies for ur moral support including my innocent Shahil."

"Your innocent Shahil... Did u forget with whom initiation u and ur innocent Shahil came in relationship", Aakash was used to help his friends in love matter. He loved love-birds and tried his best to connect them.

"Ya baby.. I do.. U are a sweetheart.. Don't worry, i will produce Ria infront of u, and i know u will handle it", Shilpa was confident about Aakash.

"Ya .. Aakash .. U are the best.. Just feel confident..
'They do not love that do not show their love.' - Shakespeare
So just go for it", Said Sanjana motivating Aakash with Shakesphere's quote.

"Yup.. sweethearts.. i know i m the best.. No need of reminding me all the time.. I will conquer this battle too", Aakash's confidence was at sky high.

"We'll see.. Let's hope for the best.. Aakash c'mon we are getting late for coaching.. just 5 mins left..", Shilpa said standing up.

"U carry on.. I will wait under the tree near the park with everyone.. U just bring her after coaching", Aakash wanted some more practice before he could break the ice.

"Ya sure.. I know my Job.. U don't worry..N i hope Shahil is also coming..", Shilpa said moving out of door.

"Obviously without him the proposal would be imperfect", Aakash said unknowing Shahil would only complete his proposal.

"So how are you feeling Aakash, N do u wanna go through the cards and letter again", Said Sanjana.

"Stop it Sanju.. I have already gone through it more than 100 times in past one week.. I m feeling like badly fucked up.. If she doesn't come today, i will drop the plan of proposing her", Aakash was tried of her skipping coaching. 'Isn't she serious about her studies' thought Aakash within himself.

"She will definitely come today, Shilpa had confirmed it from Kajal (Ria's best friend)."

"Ohhkk.. So i m going to be chopped up today itself.. I m feeling like... hmm... i don't know.. i can't understand my own feelings right now.. Just one question is bothering me, 'What if she says NO'.. I don't know how to react"

"Why will she say NO.. What do u lack.. U are smart enough my sweetheart.. If i would have been at her place, i couldn't have ever imagined saying NO to u"

"I know, but she doesn't knows me that well.. Infact i have done idiotic things that i doubt whether she will even talk to me".

At coaching Shilpa was trying her best to start Aakash topic with Ria, but didn't got any chance. Ria asked herself,
"Where is Aakash? He didn't came to coaching? That guy doesn't seems serious about his studies."

"Ohh Aakash.. He did came, but he is waiting with his friends at Sanjana's place.. They have some thing cooking up in their head.. Btw Aakash said me that he wants to talk to u regarding something.. Something important he has to say..", Said Shilpa pretending as if she didn't knew anything about Aakash's plan.

"What has he now to say.. N why doesn't he say it to me directly.. When did he said this?", Ria mind was full of questions, what, why, when..

"I don't know.. He didn't said me anything.. He just said he wants to talk to u personally, after coaching near the park, alone", Shilpa said keeping herself at safe side.

"What? Personally.. I don't know what he has to say but u make it sure that he doesn't come up with a prank with me..", Ria was more confused. For rest of the coaching her mind was constantly roaming and imagining what Aakash has to say.

The coaching ended at 5:15 and Ria along with Shilpa and Kajal came outside. Ria was confused, Aakash was nervous. Ria saw him standing under the tree near the park but he was not alone, she could she him accompanied by 3-4 more boys whom she didn't knew, one she could roughly recognise as Shilpa's boy-friend, but others were complete stranger.

Aakash was so nervous that he didn't let anybody go from that place. He said Shahil, J.P., Aryan and Ritesh to stand near by as he was shivering from inside. He was silently talking within himself, hoping for all things to be worked out as planned.. what planned.. he didn't planned how will he react if she says YES or NO.. He started thinking how should he react, to keep the situation normal, n don't act anything stupid. He was practising within his heart
," Hey Ria, actually i wanted to say something.. u know from the time i have seen u, ur face has got some sort of magnet that it roams around my mind all the time.. ur voice.. i mean.. i feel, i m in love with u.. N i m sure that if u say yes, i will do anything for u, i will always stand by u, n u know wat.. u are the most b'ful thing ever made..." .

"Ya.. Hai.. U want to talk.. What's it is about?" Ria said locking her eyes directly in Aakash's.
Aakash was thinking when Ria suddenly appeared infront of him and asked him. He was shocked and looked into her eyes which were gazing at him constantly.
'Your eyes are so beautiful, i will die one day for it' , thought Aakash.

He wanted to speak alot but those eyes were not letting him to say anything
," Hai.. Actually i wanted to say u that... i mean.. it's like.. u knw.. i am.. Oh my god! I can't do it.. Shahil please do it on my favour..", Saying Aakash turned his head around and gave the cards and letter in Shahil's hand and was cursing himself,'u are fucking urself, dude, where's ur confidence'.

Shahil in utter shock handled the situation and went to Ria. Passing two cards and the letter he said," This is from Aakash, whatever he wants to say has been written inside it".

"I can't accept it.. What is it about", Ria said directly.

"Please don't ask questions, take it and read it yourself.. N answer whatever u want to", gathering courage said Aakash. His hand were shivering even in july summer.

"No.. I can't accept it.. i am sorry for it..", Said Ria understanding what might be inside the card.

"Please.. take it for me.. i won't ask u anything else", Aakash was pleading in front of Ria to just make her read his feelings.

"C'mon Ria.. take it, n we should leave.. Prasant bhaiya's friends might come anytime.. We would get in trouble", Snatching the cards and letter from Shahil's hand and dragging Ria said Kajal. Prasant was Ria's brother and too strict, that boys feared talking to Ria.. But Aakash feelings were made of iron, if not his physique.

Aakash was numb for next two minutes.. Ria face was not gone, although she had moved metres away.. Her eyes.. Her smile.. She was looking damn gorgeous..
'She is too beautiful for me, i sudn't have proposed her.. Obviously she wud reject me if she reads the cards and letter.. But i can't live without....', Aakash mind was occupied with thousand of questions when J.P. shaked him.

"Where are u? Why didn't u stopped her, why the fuck did u gave the card when she wasn't accepting it.. U know what wud happen, if her brother comes to know about it.. We are screwed dude.. Go n take the card, else she might show it to Prasant and then....", J.P. usually started thinking of negative accpects very soon on anything.

"..I.... Wasn't she looking awesome, did u guys she her eyes,.. they were so...", Aakash was not listening to anyone, in fact he wasn't in his mental state to understand why she said NO to his card.

"Fuck urself.. I m going to take the card from her.. Else we all will get screwed..", J.P said running towards Ria and Kajal.

"Wait i am coming along with u, else u will mess up things", Said Shilpa who was just staring at Aakash stupidities from past 15mins.

Shilpa stopped Ria and Kajal took an auto for her home, she was getting late. J.P. came back to Aakash and Shahil saying
,"I told her to return the card else destroy it, tear it, but not to show it to anyone".

"U duffer... What do u think.. Why didn't u asked her about the reason behind not accepting the card", Aryan said being spectator of all the drama happening around.

"Ya Aakash, u sud have atleast talked to her now only.. either she should accept the card or return it.. right here, right now.. else if she tells anybody about it.. u know it.. again a fight.. ", Shahil said.

Coming back to his senses Aakash was understanding now what his friends were trying to say
..,"Ya.. what u guys were saying.. I sud take back the card.. but how.."

"Come with me.. Look shilpa is handling her over there.. We will go and ask her directly.. Yes or No.. straight ahead..", Aryan said starting his bike.

10 meters away Shilpa was trying to control the messed situation which Aakash had created. She said to Ria jokingly
," So, seems like fire is burning equally on both sides."

"Shut-up.. U know , i don't want to get involved in all these, n how stupid is he... if my brother comes to know about it, he will not spare Aakash", Ria was tensed, worried, and concerned as well for Aakash.

"So.. U know what was written in the card?", Shilpa said

"Even an stupid girl can understand it.. N u knew it all, but u didn't told me...", Ria stopped as she had seen Aakash coming with a guy on a bike towards her.

Gathering all his courage again Aakash said
, "Hey Shilpa, tell her to return my cards and letter"

"I don't have it... Kajal took it along with her", Ria said smiling at Aakash.

"What?? anyways.. when are u returning it then", Aakash said now looking at Ria.. A li'l bit anger in his eyes.

"I will return the card only when i read it.. i will decide about YES or NO after reading it, atleast i should know what's in it.",Ria said pretending as if she didn't knew what Aakash's feelings were.

"There's nothing else written in the card, except.............. "I LOVE YOU".. it has just been elaborated...", Aakash cudn't believe himself that he just said the 3 magical words, he was about to feel confident but...

"Then my answer is 'NO'.. U know i don't want to get into....", Ria wanted to explain reason behind her denail but...

"Then return my card.. I wan't it right now", Aakash said in frustation.

"How can i return it now.. will return it tomorrow..", Ria said knowing that Aakash was hurt.

"U are coming tomorrow?"

"Yup i am"

"Ok.. then.. i will take it tomorrow... Aryan c'mon move the bike...", Aakash wanted to get lost somewhere, Aryan was about to kick his bike when Ria said..

"Aakash.. can i say something, if u don't mind.."

"Ya.. now what is left to say... go on.."

"We can be friends atleast, i don't want to ruin our friendship cause of it.. if it's ok with u", Ria said moving her right hand towards Aakash.

"If u want it, then it's ok with me", Aakash said accepting Ria proposal for friendship. He felt her soft touch in his hand and didn't wanted to leave her hand, but he knew, he had to.... Aryan started the bike and Aakash vanished. Ria and shilpa waved bye to each other.

Aakash just didn't knew one thing which he had just done.
He could never say NO to Ria, no matter what she ask for, through-out his life.

Everyone went home after the melo-drama, J.P., Shahil, Aryan, Ritesh, Shilpa, Kajal.. But Aakash n Ria went in their own world...

...things wouldn't be same for them again, the same jokes, the same prank.. the same..

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Chapter - 7

"School Bunking"

It had been a week since Aakash was waiting for Ria to come at coaching so that he can propose her, but even imagining that situation would give him goosebumps.. What if she says NO.. Wouldn't it be stupid of me or an insult among my peers.. But for the first time, Aakash wasn't worried about his insult in girls matter.. it was really a big thing, a very big deal for Aakash.. Today he had bunked his school and went for a picnic spot with his mates.. And sitting on a monument in Maner, 25kms away from Patna he was lost in Ria's world, her killing eyes which never left him alone, her sweet voice which he was still trying to recall, her warmth which he felt sitting behind her in coaching, her hairs in which he use to roam around, he was missing everything about her, even on being at a picnic spot with his best friends.

Maner was just an instant plan. J.P. & Shahil were the one who thought of the idea
and presented it to Aakash, Aryan involved as he has nothing else to do in life except wasting his time, money and sick jokes.. All four of them had planned it a day before to bunk the school, but poor Aakash was too honest to hide anything from his Mom..And he didn't wanted to fake anything after 3 months of sitting at home, he was somehow very glad to attend his classes again. So he politely asked his Mom about his trip adding some project purpose in it.. n being the best Mom she allowed her cute kid for his Project Work. J.P. took his Marshal and they were all ready to get-set-go at 7am in their school dress except Aakash.. It took them half hour to get out of city and another hour to reach in Maner. Maner is well known in Bihar for its Bari and Choti dargah in the memory of Sufi saint Hazrat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri of the 13th century. Maner is also famous for it sweet delicacy ladoos made with pure ghee(clarified butter). Unfortunately, out of both, none were the purpose of their visit to Maner, they just wanted to bunk the school and spend that time elsewhere, n Patna City has nothing to offer to satisfy their quest. Shahil was aware of Aakash's plan to propose Ria as Shilpa didn't hide anything from him. And Sanjana and Aakash had to involve Shilpa for their master-plan as she was the only link between Aakash n Ria. Shahil noticed Aakash getting involved in his own world (Ria's World), so he just shouted...

"Hey J.P. and Aryan.. Do u guys know Aakash is about to propose someone.. "

"What?? Aakash will propose someone.. Is it a boy or girl?" Said Aryan as usual with his poor and instant jokes.

"Shuuup.. Mind your own business.. I don't think u will ever understand what feeling is, so better be out of it..", Aakash didn't wanted Aryan to know about it as he never trusted him and has seen him always making fun of everything he possibly can.

"Oh.. He is just kidding.. U know him Akki.. Who is it.. Someone in our class??" J.P. also got curious about Aakash love interest.

"No, She is in his Maths tuition's... where Shilpa also studies..", Said Shahil blushing on his own girl-friends name.

"So sweet Shahil.. When u both couples are fixing a girl for me", Aryan was habituated to his habit.

"Will u keep ur fucking mouth shut or shall i put some shit in it...", Aakash anger was visible in his eyes, he couldn't tolerate anything against Shahil n Shilpa as well, forget Ria..

"Ok.. baba.. Seems something serious cooking up.. I apologize for my words.. but when are u proposing her and how this shitty idea strike u.. n btw what's her name, if u don't mind?",
Aryan understood that Aakash never got serious usually, but when he did, he was to hard to handle.

"He is just waiting from past one week for the chance, but unfortunately she isn't coming to coaching..n this idea was issued by Sanjana n the name of the girl is...." Shahil stopped as he didn't wanted to name her without Aakash's will.

"Ria... the most beautiful girl ever made.. n mind ur words from now on, if they are against her i won't tolerate it..", Aakash was clear with his statement.

"Ria & Aakash.. sounds like made for each other.. So we'll are invited at proposal or not?" J.P. interrupted as he knew if Aryan would say something, it can never be good.

"As if it's our marriage ceremony.. Ofcourse u guys are invited, i need moral support if she denies.. tomorrow 4 pm, sharp.. n Don't be late..", Aakash didn't knew how he is gonna propose her and he just wanted his friends to be with him, in uncertainty, if any.

A wall in corner attracted Aryan's eyes and he started moving towards it.. The wall was filled with names of stupid lovers who thought that their love would get immortal on scribbling their names on monuments. "Ravi loves Pooja, Sunny loves Kajal, n to the endless list now our new lovers are joining which will make their love forever and ever till eternity... Aryan & Ria.. oopsss.. i mean, Aakash & Ria"

"I will show u how deaths are made memorable", saying Aakash picked up a big stone nearby and ran towards Aryan.

Aryan had already sensed Aakash's movement and started running towards the car. J.P. and Shahil also ran behind Aakash to stop him. Aakash threw the stone just escaping Aryan's head. Aryan got at relief and asked a millions of sorry's for his jokes. They were feeling hungry and sat at a restaurant near by. Shahil being the financier always, sat first looking at the menu's. Aakash joined him along with Aryan. J.P. went to wash his face with water, as he was habituated to it. In day he would be caught washing his face more than 20 times in schools. Aryan was in his mischievous mood. So as soon as J.P came, he got active. J.P. was wiping his face with his handker-chief when he tried to sit down on the chair... Aryan hit the chair with his leg forcefully... before J.P. could put his ass on chair it was thrown away and J.P. fell down hurting his butts. But, that was not all... the chair broke down in the procedure and the manager came up.

"What's wrong.. What are you guys upto..", Said the manager feeling pity on his broken chair.

"Nothing, actually it just got broken when our friend was trying to sit on it.. seems like old chair..not strong enough to bear our friends ass.", Said Aakash jokingly enjoying the moment.

"Oh.. i had seen that guy hitting my chair with his leg. U guys will have to pay for it..", said Manager pointing his hand towards Aryan.

"O.k. who said we won't pay for it.. go n bring four chicken briyani, two dal-makhini, n rotis .. and add this chair's cost in ur bill.. now will u f....", Shahil was about to abuse but Aakash stopped him as he didn't felt that the Manager had done anything wrong.

"Cut the crap guys... So Aakash how are u going to propose her?", Aryan said pretending nothing happened.

"U should learn to behave else i will give a real pain in ur ass... ya Aakash how have u planned to propose her..",
picking up another chair and sitting on it said J.P.

"I don't know.. I just bought two cards with Sanjana's help and have drafted a funny letter which Jai got on internet.", Aakash said

"Jai - are u talking about 'fekku'... I hope he is not involved in it, else he will ruin up everything with his over-smartness.",Said Aryan for the time showing concern about Aakash seriousness.

"No no.. he is nowhere involved.. Sanju had shown me the letter... Will u guys read it, it really funny...", Aakash was to desperate from past one week to give this letter to Ria, but now he just wanted people to see how funnily serious he can get about his life.

"Ya sure.. Show us.. Even i am unaware of it..", Saying Shahil snatched the letter from Aakash's hand and started reading it aloud.

My Dear FAIR & LOVELY (Ek tukda chand ka),

You are my TVS SCOOTY (First love) and also my AIWA (Pure passion). I always BPL (Believe in the best) and you are SANSUI (Better than the best). You are McDOWELL'S (Mera No. 1) love. I believe in FRESHIYA (Gorepan se jyada, khoobsurti ka vaada) and you are most beautiful in this world. I think of you day and night when you give one and only smile. You are DOMINO'S PIZZA (Delivering million smiles a day) for me. This is COLGATE GEL ENERGY FRESH (Seriously fresh) feeling for me. I would like you to be my life-partner.

I think you are worried about your father who is KAWASAKI BAJAJ (The unshakeable) and also thinking of my father who is CEAT (Born tough) but don't worry, I'm also FORD ICON (The Josh machine) and rest of our family members are KELVINATOR (The coolest one).

If they say no, we will run away, marry and PHILIPS (Let's make things better). For them, it would be MIRINDA (Zor ka jhatka, dheere se lage) and our thinking will be COCA-COLA (Jo chaho ho jaaye, Coca-Cola enjoy). Trust in God who is always NOKIA (Connecting people) those who love each other and WILLS (Made for each other). Once this happens, SAMSUNG (Everyone's invited) in our love. We will be HERO HONDA (Leading the way of our life). Then our life would be BOLERO (Break-free).

Know that HYUNDAI (We are listening) the songs of our life. Then, you must realise that love is DAIRY MILK (The real taste of life), SATYAM ONLINE (Fun, fast, easy), PARX (Always comfortable) and also AMUL (The taste of India). For me HOME TRADE (Life means more). So, never forget me. And I know that I have written very little because PEPSI (Yeh dil maange more...)....

LG - Digitally yours :)

"Are u proposing her or advertising these brands? Quite weird..", Said J.P.

"U think that she will accept that u love her on this funny letter", Aryan commented.

"Obviously she will have to accept Aakash as he is.. the sweet, cute, funny, n now romantic as well.. Just see he has the guts to give such a unique love letter on his serious thing.. I bet, she will accept on his guts.", Shahil was always positive about Aakash.

"Whatever will happen, we will see... Are u guys coming tomorrow???", Aakash wanted all of them.

"4:00 pm,sharp, we will be there..don't worry", All three said in one voice.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Chapter - 6


"Aakash u don't seem to be in well condition, Y don't u see a good doc.. U saying that u liked a girl?? Is ur body temperature alright, lemme check..."
, touching his forehead said Sanjana who was very much worried about Aakash's new concern about a girl, She knew Aakash very well n they were best buddies from last 1 year. They didn't needed words to express themselves. Both of them understood each other perfectly, n they both can't see the other one in trouble. Sanjana worries started as she heard about Ria for the third time from Aakash.. caz Aakash never talked about any unknown girl more than once to her.. She has gone through the pain of love and didn't wanted Aakash to run in this mess.

"Stop Kidding Sanju, U know what, She looks so beautiful, i have never seen any cute girl like her, her smile is like a rainbow...... n her eyes are so sexy... C is the perfect package, i think i should fall in love now, even i want to try this love thing... What do u think?", Aakash knew that Sanjana understands him more than himself, but he didn't discussed all the time about Ria cause even he was not sure about his feelings. Now he was helpless. Sanjana was the only person who listen to all his idiotic ideas and figured meaning in it. She was his best friend and his day wouldn't complete without talking to her. He always left home early for coaching as Sanjana lived near by the coaching center and his attendance at Sanjana's home was more compulsory than his coaching.

"U are out of ur senses..It is just infatuation.. It hasn't been much late, get out all these and concentrate on ur studies.. Btw how was ur exams?", Sanjana wanted him not to face the complexities of Love.

"Exams went well, i l manage to pass.. N what's wrong if i feel for her, U know me, She is the first girl i am talking about so long.. I feel that there's more than just infatuation.. Else she wouldn't have bothered me in my dreams every second day from last 3 months.", Aakash was sure about his feelings but just wanted a confirmation.

"You saying that u have been dreaming about her from last three months?"

"Ya.. U know what happened yesterday? "


Aakash was over with his exams work and just wanted to get lost in Ria. He was sitting behind her and was waiting for the coaching to get over so that he can talk to Ria properly. He hadn't got time to tease her or listen to her voice in past one month. He was desperate to hear her voice. He was seeing her red top which fitted her voluptuous figure perfectly..suddenly he noticed the strips of her white bra which was visible at her left shoulder.. He got concerned and didn't wanted anybody else to see it, but couldn't help much.

All he said was ,"Can u just open up ur hair.. It looks more beautiful when it spread all over rather than tied at a single place.."

"U are really mad.. Someday u have problem with my open hair which comes between ur concentration and other day u have issues with my tied up hair... n why do u think that just because u say i will change my hair-style... anyhow, i have oiled my hair today, so i can't open it", Said Ria getting irritated over the idiotic Aakash.. Sometimes he was too hard to bear.

"It was just a suggestion.. i just can't force u to look more beautiful, already boys are dying."

"Shut Up."

The class got over and Aakash quickly came outside. He was waiting for Ria and Shilpa to come together, so that Shilpa might help him in his mission to talk to Ria. They didn't came for next 10 mins as they were busy discussing few
questions with Sir.

"Why are u waiting Aakash? U didn't went with Jai..", Shilpa said coming along with Ria and knowing the reason behind Aakash waits. Aakash noticed that Ria's hair were no longer tied and he smiled inside feeling proud of himself as if he saved a girl prestige.

"Actually.. i wanted to ask u something.. Would u guys mind, if i walk with u till the auto-stand."

"No we wouldn't.. N Ria.. U were telling something about ur other coaching.", Shilpa started talking to Ria avoiding Aakash who was now walking along with them.

"Ya.. I have to reach there in half an hour and my brother couldn't manage to come today.. I don't know how i will be going.." Ria was worried as she didn't wanted to miss her coaching which she usually do, due to some reason or other.

Aakash interrupted in between, "What to worry about in that... i will give u company till ur coaching.."

"Sorry, i don't go anywhere with strangers", Said Ria smiling at Aakash speed.

"Who said we are strangers.. U know me, my name Aakash, Father's name....., mother's name....., date of birth......., place of living......, now i suppose we have known each other well enough to call as Strangers.. " Aakash said as if he was giving an interview.

"Shut Up.. Just by knowing ur name and detail we can't call ourselves as friends.. N no use of forcing me cause i m not going with u", Ria didn't trusted Aakash enough to go with him somewhere.

"How will we be friends.. atleast give the idea.. anyhow, u won't get a better company than me..."

"When time will come.. we might become friends.. but not now... I will better go home", Ria said moving faster along with Shilpa.

"He is right.. he can accompany u till ur coaching.. He is a nice guy.." Shilpa wanted to help Aakash but knew that Ria won't agree to it.

"No Shilpa.. Let it be.. I will attend it tomorrow"

Aakash had already slowed down cause he understood Ria's insecurity. But he was not the one keep quite. Just few meters before the auto stand the road was filled with water. There had been some leakage issue and he noticed Ria n Shilpa returning back to catch another route. Luck was favouring him, n he didn't wanted to Shut-Up.

"Hey Ria... Would u mind if i pick u up and make u reach the other side near auto-stand."

"Shut-Up.. n no thanx we will walk from there and reach by ourselves", Said Ria pointing towards the other route which was longer but dry. Shilpa couldn't stop smiling on Aakash boldness, he was not the same Aakash she knew who doesn't speak much to girls.

"How many times in a day u say 'Shut-Up', remember... anyways.. Your Wish.. ur beautiful legs.. Keep giving pain to it.. " Saying Aakash started walking behind them singing at the highest pitch the most idiotic song ever -

"Ruuk ja wo dildiwane, puchu to mai zarra... ladki hai ya hai jadoo, khusbu hai ya nashaa.. pass wo aaye to, chuke to mai dekhu zarra..."

.. In between he stopped.. He couldn't believe himself, he was teasing a girl, how bad, n how cheap... Ria was sure by now that Aakash has some mental problem and sharp memory(unknowing it was only in her matter) and Shilpa was just preparing for the next day in school where she will take Aakash's class in front of their friends.

"So u tell me... D0 u think it's just infatuation.. I am doing idiotic things on streets.. anyday, people might come and trash me for teasing a girl..", Aakash completed his narration of last day incident.

"I can't believe it Aakash...U and singing on the streets and such idiotic songs...I think u should propose her??"

"What? Propose.. i mean.. What are u talking about?"

"How will she come to know that u have seriously feelings for her.. u need to propose her for that dude"

"Ya, u seem to be right.. but what if she says NO.. I would die.."

"Shut-Up.. U wouldn't die for just three months thing.. Try it... Propose her.. And if she says NO then i will propose u.."

"What makes u think that i will accept ur proposal?? N do all girls have got this Shut-Up habit .. Btw when should i propose her??"

"N what makes u think that i will really propose u.. I said it cause u wanted to die on her denial.. N what sort of silly question is it that when should u propose her.. Propose her tomorrow itself..."

"What?? Tomorrow.. I m not prepared.. N how do people propose each other.. I have no idea.."

"It's not a exam that u need to be prepared for it.. N anyhow u don't even prepare for ur exams, so why are u worried.. Come with me, lets buy a card from Archies and write a letter for her.. that's all.."

Sanju and Aakash went to near by Archies shop and selected 2 cards out of many dozens which were decorated for proposing someone, or saying someone that how much u love them. Sanju selected both the cards for him and bought a love letter pad as well. After a hour of searching and deciding they came back at Sanju's house. Sanju's Mom was worried as it was already 7pm and a call from Aakash's Mom has already bothered her.

"Where have u guys gone.. It's too late, and Aakash ur Mom called up, she was worried abut u.. I told her that u both went to purchase a book..", Sanju's Mom was really understanding, She loved Aakash for his cuteness and childish behaviour, n somewhere she knew how much Sanju liked him which even Sanju was unaware of.

"Mom.. Do u know, Aakash liked a girl and he is going to propose her.. We went to purchase card for him at Archies.." Sanju knew that Aakash would feel weird at this description but they both were the same, habituated to pulling legs.

"No Aunty.. She is kidding.. I mean.. U will get a tight slap Sanju..", Aakash wanted to hide his smile but couldn't and Sanju's Mom understood.

"I don't know what u kids are upto.. In this age.. u guys seem to be too grown up.. Aakash does ur Mom knows about it or should i inform about her daughter-in-law", Sanju's Mom said with a smile making situation more awkward for Aakash.

"No Aunty.. This all things are stupidness, the day i will fall in love i will inform Mom n U myself... For the time being, let us study", Saying Aakash dragged Sanju along with him in her room.

"Mom.. Please bring a tea for me n coffee for Aakash, n give him best wishes for his proposal", Sanju was a masterpiece, just as Aakash.

"Sure, All the best Aakash", Sanju's mom was no less.

"Are u mad.. why did u said everything infront of Aunty, what will she think of me.. "

"She is too cool to think about it much .... concentrate on what will u write in ur love letter.. I mean, ur first love letter..."

"Ya .. I didn't thought about it.. U say what should i write.. I m quite inexperienced in love"

"Is that a taunt on my messed love life.."

"No stupid.. Do u think i can ever say that way.. Say na, what should i write.."

"k.. How do u want ur love letter to be.. Simple, romantic, sweet or funny.."

"I will go with funny.. It suits my character.."

"Damn Fuck.. u are so idiotic.. anyways.. I have a funny letter which Jai gave me last week.. He founded somewhere on the internet.."

"Show it...."