The slow song on radio played behind from the speaker kept above the curtain wall post.
“Shaam se aankh mein... Nami si hai,
Aaj phir aapki... Kami si hai” was on the vocals.
The room, dimly lit. He was sitting alone on the table. Flashlight of the computer screen, reflecting back from the specticals on his face. Depressed, Disturbed...and Diminished from hope. Teary eyes and A heavy head, strangulating him in pain.
Compose Mail -
Dear Jaan, I had been missing you, ever since I last heard from you... Its been a long long time. From months, I had been mailing in to you, every single night... Haven't you received any of those? Or are you purposefully not replying to me? Have you forgotten the promises we made, The love we had, The life we committed to share for forever.... :'( I still miss you, I still cry at nights...Thinking about time I saw you, I still wonder...what must have went wrong. I find, No clue... Urs Pranav.
He logged off. Laid on bed, It was almost dawn by then, He peeped out from the window and tried to close his eyes and puts his head down, as images from the past flash by him... He moves back in time.. back.. back.. back...
Indra Gandhi International Airport.
8 months back!
Naina and her parents reached the airport, much before time.
There was very little communication between them. only last week, had it been discovered that the only daughter of the home had been engaged and committed in relationship with her college friend pranav.
The thought of her being married to the boy from other caste was not acceptable to her parents. Thereby, an Immediate decision was made, that she should be sent to her elder brother's place in middle east gulf town of Dubai to pursue Post graduation in Management after completing her engineering. Pranav, one year younger to her, and her junior in college, was a mere spectator at the other end, he still had a year to go, before he passed out. He obviously had no base to explain to her parents that how he was the most suitable boy for her...He just managed to utter, He loves her more than any other guy could ever do, But recipe of life is not complete solely by the ingredient of love. Her parents politely said a clear No to him, and remained firm on their choice of future life for their daughter, which was to move Dubai, to nurture her career further, alongside her brother. Though Pranav was a bright talented and ambitious boy, But job opportunities at their college have been dull lately, and thus he was more or less sure of passing out of B.tech unemployed. He was preparing for the MBA entrance exam of CAT, midway...his steady 3 year relationship with his once childhood friend was facing a sudden storm. Things have been moving real fast in the past 14 days, for both of them. She loved him a lot too, he was the first and the only guy in her life. The person that she trusted blindly and she was sure that this boy will one day, take her away with him forever, but life is not always as we plan it to be. She respected her parents a lot and was short of logics to define her love for him, and their dreams together. She was then to leave everything behind.
The last announcement for the passengers of flight came by, and as she stood up. To proceed the last check door before boarding the plane, She saw him. messed hairs, unshaven shabby look, stupid shirt never matching with trousers and the innocence in eyes..along with love and affection, deep deep love. She turned back to look at her parents, and her father nodded in permission mode, she slowly stepped closer to pranav, for the good bye words...
She was wearing a black suit, Her long curly hairs clutched beautifully, she looked pretty.
"Had to....I ..I had to.” She was stammering.
The words of her parents were echoing in her head. They threatened her not to keep any kinda contacts with Pranav otherwise they will ruin his career. They were influential and She was scared. Ever since she understood the meaning of love she always loved her and she can never see him being destroyed cause of her.
She said 'Yes!'
Her voice was stiff, she was controlling her emotions. She doesn't wanna break before him. She handed over a bag to Pranav.
Pranav was shocked.
In an aghast he inquired her ' Wha..whats this?'
In a firm voice she said 'These are the things which you have presented me on every single occasion' and she turned around.
He was baffled. He couldn't say anything. He was numb. He shook her body “ No! Its not over.. I love you.. and I know.. you love me back, more then I love you... Our relationship is the best, This is not the end.. Eternity has no end... Love has no end.. for me, U and me.. shall always be 'Us', look into my eyes once...”
“Bye Pranav...” she said, fighting back tears. Gently removed his hands from her elbow, turned and left.
Tears rolled on his cheeks as he saw wheels of the airbus rolling on the run way. She left, and so did the smile on his face for forever.
The next week, her orkut, facebook and twitter accounts were shown disabled. He somehow expected this to happen. He tried to contact mutual friends to inquire about her but she was in touch with none. Her best friend Salma, herself was being forced upon to an arranged marriage and had moved to Hyderabad. Her younger cousin sis, the only other person who knew about their relationship dint revealed her location, She just said "Bhaiya...wo safe hai... please aap apna khyal rakhna...She is worried for you...and would like you to please take care of yourself and focus on your career....".
"Would you please...tell her...to talk to me...just one more time...." Pranav replied, only to hear the dead Dial tone of phone from the other end. He tried all other possible ways to reach her, ending in vain. When after 5 months he decided, he needs to move on. He knew, he would be never able to.
He tried many things to get rid of her but his efforts were ineffectual. He was tempted to take drugs to relive from the pain but when ever he tried to use them he found her holding his hand and stopping him. Her Smile. Her smell... more intoxicate engaging then anything he had ever heard of.
Every day he used to go to the park , the one which witnessed the friendship turning in to love. He spent many hours thinking about her. The soft n beautiful grass turned into thorns, the pieces of his broken dreams started pricking him more. He tried to end his life but then realized that it would cause more pain to his love which he can never ever afford.
The other night, He played her favorite songs on Piano and sang alone in his study room... The place where they first kissed, He played and sang, and alongside was a glass of Wine. He drank till he slept, fainted in fact. Totally Consumed in darkness of her lose, He was punishing himself for reasons that he never knew....
(TO BE CONTINUED...)
( - Written By Satyu and myself)
( PS - We started working on it, by exchanging mails over the script and I am now posting the first part of this thread that we composed, Satyu is an amazing blogger and a very good and honest human being... Do read her blog HERE)