Yeh Dooriyan !!
One year later…..
In his room, Karthik dressed in a formal business suit quickly went through the contents of a leather bound folder. Making some mental calculations, he walked out of his room.
The month after Naira left was straight out of a nightmare. Karthik went berserk unraveling the entire city. For how long his heart had been telling him to recognize his feelings while there was still time !! But alas, he had doubted her. Again. He had not trusted her for the second time.
The search went on for 3- 4 months and brought no desired results. Then, Karthik lost it. He worked from eight in the morning to 10 at night. Then spent sleepless nights either turning in his bed or pacing his room restlessly. He hardly slept, barely ate, rarely spoke, and almost never smiled.
Sometimes in the middle of the night, he would be sitting on his bed staring at nothing. He would often go to her room and sit there rummaging through the things she had left behind. Naira had almost left her whole baggage behind except a few dresses.
Karthik used to look through her clothes, bracelets, earings, accessories and most importantly her pair of ghungroos. Touching them and feeling them used to ensure him that she was still there with him.
” Sir, the clients are waiting for us.” Swayam interrupted his chain of thoughts.
“Yes,Let’s go.” Karthik answered.
Karthik picked up his coat and walked out of the house following swayam to their car. Swayam got in the front seat while Karthik sat at the back lost in thoughts.
This meeting was really important for him. He had got his father’s dream land a year ago, and now he wished to start a school on that land. He wished to provide free of cost education for children through the medium of that school. It was the only way he could get inner peace.
But there was this construction problem going on due to which this meeting was organized. He also had to hire the faculty who would be handling the running of the school. As he was thinking, the car reached his office and swayam got down to open the door.
Karthik and Swayam walked towards the conference room, wherein the clients who had agreed to construct the school were already present. The meeting lasted for an hour or so. A decision was passed during the meeting that shaked Karthik to his core.
It was decided that Karthik would once have to visit Udaipur to follow up on the construction and worker’s issues and also view the progress on the site. Karthik was very much terrified with the idea of visiting the same place where it had started on the first place.
Udaipur was where he first met her. Married her. Fell in love with her. The only mention of that place brought a swarm of memories back to his mind. But then he had to go their for his Father’s soul to rest in peace.
He wondered where was she ?!! He had tried searching for her but it all went in vain.
How was she ?!! Did she miss him ?!!
A girl gets out of her room and rushes towards the Daance school Building opposite to her house. She is mumbling to herself and walking fastly.
She reaches the rehearsal hall and her mumma greets her with an unusual sarcasm
“ Is this the time to come, Naira ?!! You have been running this dance school for almost a year now, but yet you have not been on time for a single day. Where have you lost you punctuality ?!!” Her mumma said.
“ Sorry mumma, I didn’t realise the time.” Naira answered sheepishly.
“What would you teach these kids when you yourself don’t know the importance of time ?!!” Her mumma continued with the scolding.
“ Sorry. It wont happen again. Promise !!” Naira said pulling on a puppy dog face.
“ Fine. You conduct your batch, I will look out for the other miscellaneous activites.” Her mumma concluded and left the rehersal hall.
As soon as her mumma walked out, the entire batch of kids burst out laughing. Naira too laughed looking at them. After the laughter died down, she calmed herself down and caught her breath. She squared her shoulders indicating that she was in work mode now.
“ Come on now, lets start the rehearsals.” Naira said out to the kids and started the music.
That was her first batch. She had more 26 to go before the day ends. Time travelled quickly with Naira dancing all the way through the day. Her mumma brought lunch for her in the afternoon and both of them had sat down on the rehearsal hall floor and ate it, chattering all the while about random things.
As her last batch got over. A small girl walked towards naira and pulled at her top, asking her to bend down.
“ I really like you. Its fun to learn dancing from you.” The small girl said and kissed Naira on her cheeks and walked away.
Naira smiled at her affectionately. But as the little girl walked away, slowly the smile on Naira’s face faded away and a hint of sadness took over her.
Naira then closed her dance academy and walked out of the building. She crosses the road and walks in the exact opposite building. She takes the lift to the second floor and opens the door with her key set. As she enters the living room, she watches her mumma all relaxed on the sofa watching some saas bahu drama.
Both of them eat their dinner. Talk to each other about how their day has been and then her mumma retires to bed.
The night air has a slight chill and Naira is just as sleepless as she was before. She makes a hot cup of coffee for herself and sits on the reclining chair next to the window covered with a warm blanket and goes into deep thought. She has had her sleepless nights since the last one year. Since she left him…..
A year has passed since she last saw him. When she kept a huge rock on her chest and walked out of his home. The fight about Rithvik had made him mad at her. He didn’t even trust her an ounce.
She already knew that soon she would have to leave his place and never look back, when the land would be transferred under his name.That was the contract between them afterall. She also knew that if she maintained any ties , she would be reduced to a pathetic, pitiful creature. Because afterall he would never ever be able to trust her completely and their relationship would never move forward.
She knew something had happened that night at the party. She also suspected her father being behind this misunderstanding between them. She also knew he had some huge misunderstanding about her and Rithvik. When he had asked her to sign the papers, she had agreed mutely as she thought it was useless to explain him when he wouldn’t even believe her.
She didnt recall ever feeling the kind of pain that she felt when Karthik coldly handed her the divorce papers. She had not been so hurt, when her father had physically abused her. This is not love, this is mental disorder she thought.
The moment she had signed on the papers, she had walked out of the house. She wanted to run from there. She knew she would fall week once she sees him again. She had left almost all of her stuff behind. She had some of her savings in the purse that she had carried out and thus she travelled in a bus to Udaipur.
When she reached her parents house and opened the door. The view that met her infuriated her to no end. He mother was lying on the floor and her lip was bleeding while her father sat on the sofa in their living room. She must have been habitual to this view by now, she thought.
That’s when Naira decided what she wanted to do with her life. She took her mom and left her dad’s house, much to his amusement. Then for the following 2-3 months her mumma and she worked some odd jobs to save some money and lived in a flat on rent. She started her own dance academy once enough money was saved. Now she had her own flat and a dance academy. She also had her mumma all safe and protected.
As she thought about Karthik, she didn’t miss him but every time she closed her eyes she saw him. His face barely half an inch away from her’s and his eyes trying to bore a hole into her soul leaving her with an undefined and maddening craving to touch him. That gave her a new meaning to pure torture.
Naira felt tired and sleepy. She kept the empty coffee cup in the kitchen sink and curled up next to her mumma and fell asleep.
Precap : Roke na ruke naina….
So this is how both of them have been for the past one year that they have spent seperately. I hope I did well with the depressing part.
Next Chapter will have Karthik reached in Udaipur. Kaira meeting real soon. Stay tuned to know what will happen.
Also this is the last stage of this FF. Would be ending it soon. Maybe 10 more Chapters or so to go. So I request Everyone of you to comment and give me a happy farewell.
PS : Can’t update “Dil se bandhi ekk dorr” and “Being together is all that matters” anytime soon as I have loads of assignments and orals coming up. Can do with only one FF at this time and thus will continue with this one.
Do comment. Keep smiling. Keep watching Yrkkh !!