Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nisha and Anirudh Part 1 - Short Story

Nisha and Anirudh were childhood friends. They were both born and brought up in Simla. It is a very beautiful place to the North of India. They were neighbors and always went to school, studied and played together. Their families always got together on weekends and even went on holidays together.

Time flew by they both finished school and joined college, but their streams were different. He chose to join Commerce while she joined Arts. They did from time to time meet when on a day off.

Life changed, Nisha lost her dad and she now had more responsibility, she was the eldest of the four children and she decided to do Night College and work in the day. It was very hard for them as the younger sibling were still in school and college. Her mother was always a housewife and so could not go to work, but she would sit and at home and do some tailoring work that she would get from time to time. They had move from their house to a smaller place, she was sad to bid farewell to her neighbors and all her friends whom she had grown up. She has missed Anirudh that day when they were leaving as he was in college. They moved back to her mother place in Ooty. She joined another night college and in the day time she found work at a Modeling Agency. She used to work as a PA to the General Manager. It was about 5 years since Nisha was working, she had passed her college with honors, and she wanted to pursue her career further but decided to take up a proper job instead. Her younger sister and brother who were twins passed school and were now in college. The last was in her final year of school.

On the other hand Anirudh had left Simla and had gone to Bahrain to work. He was now the Business Development Manager of a big IT firm in Bahrain. He often used to visit his family back home, he was the only son, and whenever he came home he would always ask his parents if they had heard from Nisha or her family. All that his parents said was they had lost touch with them and did not have any address for them; they knew that there were in Ooty.

Back in Bahrain he used to be a very busy man and very rarely had time for anyone other than his work.

Many years went by, Nisha was promoted to the position of a General Manager, her younger siblings were now all grown ups and were working. Her mother was getting very old and was always worried and was after Nisha to get married but Nisha always put it back, she would always find her excuse. Nisha twins got married latter that year. She was very happy as the twin brother and sister got married to another set of brother and sister. Her younger sister was left but she was graduating that year and had to study a lot and also look after her mother. Since Nisha was promoted she had moved to Bombay and was very busy with her work, she was given an opportunity to go abroad but refused due to her old ailing mother., who was back home in Ooty then.

Though she missed her family and friends her sense of fulfillment in her workplace and in her career made up for it. He younger sister that year completed her graduation and took up a job in Ooty itself. It was the festival of Divali, so Nisha went home, her mother and sister were very happy to see her. They planned to Simla that holiday just to meet all their old friends. They left the next morning for Simla and booked themselves into a hotel. They then went to meet their old neighbors there was so much of excitement and chattering as everyone was happy to see Nisha and her family. While they were busy talking Anirudh mother asked Nisha if she was married and she with a blush say no. Nisha asked about Ani and was told that he was in the Gulf and that he was expected to come down this week.

While Nisha went o meet her other friends both the parents got talking and Ani mother asked if she would get Nisha married to Ani. Nisha mother was very happy as she knew him a little child, but said to them why you don’t ask Nisha herself. Then they decided to wait for Ani to come and they could ask her hand then.

Next day they were invited for lunch so she, her mother and sister went for lunch to Ani place. When she entered in the house all of a sudden there was a kind of pin drop silence and all were staring at her, she saw a young handsome man just staring into her face. He came and said hell to her, she was surprised as she did not recognize him, his mother told Nisha how could you have forgotten your childhood friend, for which Nisha was shocked and with a big expression on her face just hugged him like old times. Everyone was watching them, they then sat had lunch and then talking and talking for hours and hours together. Nisha and Ani had so much catching up to do, so they both decided to meet again the next day. Nisha told him that she was staying at the Hilton.

Next morning Ani came to the hotel to pick her up. They went for a long drive and had so much to talk about their college life, their work and the present. Suddenly they both felt silent for a moment as they both asked each other the same question, both asked one another if they were married and out came the answer no. She asked Ani why he had not yet married and he told her that he had fallen in love with a girl since long time but that girl had left the place and had gone, he never knew her whereabouts and so was waiting for her to come back some day. She was very curious and asked him who that girl was. For which Ani asked her why she had not married yet, she then told him that she had to look after her younger siblings and never really thought about marriage since she was so buy with her work and home, her life was the same routine like before.
She again asked Ani who the girl was then Ani told her after a long time that it was her; she was shocked but never knew that he was in love with her as they were childhood friends. Before she could say anything he asked her hand in marriage. Nisha was speechless, and was blushing but shyly said yes.

That day was the best day for Ani and it was Divali and so the celebrations were grander. Ani told his parents they were very happy and so was Nisha’s mother, the next week Nisha had to leave so they decided to get engaged before she left. The marriage for planned for the next month, as Ani had come on a long leave, but Nisha had to back to apply for more leave. Next day were big celebrations and all their old friend from college and new friends had come for the engagement.

Next day Nisha and her mother and sister left for Ooty. Ani and family had gone to drop them of at the airport.

Now back at Ooty Nisha was exhausted but there was so much to do and so little time. Her mother was very happy and was very busy with the wedding preparations.

The following week went very fast. Nisha resigned from her job, her sister too resigned from her job, they sold everything that they had and were ready to move to Shimla.

Nisha was anxious and nervous too at the same time. Life was going to be different for her now. They arrived early in the morning and Ani was there to receive her at the airport. The house was ready for them, all the preparations to move into their new house was done by Ani. She was very happy. He left them at home and went back as he had a lot of work to do. The day was a very busy one for all of them, guests started pouring in from different places, and she and her sister along with their mother had gone to distribute the invites to her wedding.

It was henna (Medhi night) there was lot of singing, dancing and the bride be adorned with henna. She looked very pretty in a green shalu sari. Ani house too was a very busy one; he had his celebrations of a Bachelor’s night. The next day at 10:00 am was scheduled for the Muharat. The wedding procession had commenced the bridegroom party had come to pick her up and take her to the hall where the wedding ceremony was going to take place. There were about a thousand guests. Nisha was dressed beautifully in a red sari and adorned with flowers and lot of jewellery. The Muharat began sharp at 10:00 am. The nuptials got over in an hours time and all the guests were there ready to greet the newly wed.

It was late night by the time all the guests’ left, early next morning Ani and Nisha were leaving for Switzerland for their honeymoon. They bid everyone a good bye and went to their room.

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