Mahi muttered as she entered her cabin,
"Iss duniya mein sirf ek Vedant Raiz toh nahin hoga na??I jaan..Par at least maine teeno baar ittefaq se hi sahi par Ved se almost takraaya tha..Aur.."
Sonali:There you are..(hugged Mahi and withdrew from their hug)Uss sadoo ne kuch kiya toh nahin na??
Sonali:Heyy,kya hua??Tum bohat parishaan lag rahe ho..Usne kuch kiya toh nahin na??
Mahi:Nahin,nahin..Aisa kuch bhi nahin hain,Sonu...Tu bewaja parishaan ho rahi ho..Woh sirf meri aur uske break-up karwaana chahtha tha.Aur plan ke mutaabik sab kuch ho gaya hain..
Sonali:Tab toh tumhe khush hona chaahiye..Now everything's sorted out and Mayank is outta your life!!(Mahi sunk down,settling in her chair)Kis soch mein dhoobi ho??
Mahi:Niharika bohat upset thi aur woh Radhika ke baarein mein bhi kuch bataane waali thi ki tab Mayank aa gaya aur woh ruk gayi..Woh alone baarein mein bhi koshish kar rahi thi lekin mujhe kuch samajh mein nahin aa rahi thi...Yeh sab kuch meri waje se ho rahi hain..Agar maine zorr nahin di hoti,toh..
Sonali:Tog woh Mayank apne manmaani karta rahega..Iss mein tumhaari koi galti nahin,samjhi??
Mahi:Baat itni bhi clear cut nahin hain,Sonu...Na jaane kyun aise lagne lagi hain jaise woh itna bhi sadoo nahin hain..Tum samajh rahi ho ki main kya kehna chahthi hoon??Uske zindagi uske ateet,Radhika,se juda hain aur mera bhi!!
Sonali:Tumhaari koi ateet nahin hain,samjhi tum??Khabardaar agar tumne ek aur lafz nikaal diya toh!!Uss kaminey ne tumhaari zindagi tabah kar diya hain aur aaj bhi tum uske baarein mein soch rahi ho??(Mahi recollected the painting at Mayank's place)Woh tumhaare liye marchuka hain,samjhi??
Mahi:(thought to herself)Yeh meri vehem nahin ho sakti ke Ved issi shehar mein hain...Woh painting zaroor ek sign hain!!
Sonali:Main kaam se baahar jaa rahi hoon..Tum alma dhyaan rakna aur main tumhe shaam ko milti hoon..(Mahi nodded;Sonali caught the lift with Raj and Jiya)Hi guyzz,where are you two off to??
Raj:I'm heading back home and she's covering for me after quite some time...
Jiya:Cuz of the emergency I didn't tell you about..
Jiya:Remmber the 12-month contract that he signed??Well,he kinda apparently broke the laws in the manner by personally arranging for the accommodation of Nidhi with Niyati and Khushi..
Sonali:But that's for Nidhi's safety,na??
Jiya:I'm just hoping that the client and their attorney and our attorney will come to a conclusion,in our favour..(the trio got out of the lift)
Sonali:Okie guyzz,I'll see you around..And Raj,if you do need my help in any way,do let me know..(Raj nodded)
Jiya:The first help you cam actually do is telling is what's going on between you and Pushpak..
Raj:Hehe,just ignore her,Sonu..Jiyaa,you offered to drop me home,remember??Chalo...(grabbed her elbow)Bye Sonu...
Sonali:Lo,ab yeh baaki reh gayi thi..Ab Jiya ko bhi shaq ho gayi hain aur woh sach jaankar hi rahegi..Sonu,be prepared to get beheaded by Jiya!!(left for her meeting)
~Few Hours Later~
Armaan,meanwhile,tucked the magazine in its pocket as the air stewardess brought food along the way.From a distance,he could hear Bharti talking to Naina.Much as he felt tempted to turn around and look at both of them and Payal,he recalled his conversation with the love guru,provided the experience he's got with the increasing number of flings.
"Armaan:Main plane mein baith chuka hoon aur tum mujhe ab bata rahe ho??
Raj:Dude,mujhe bhi abhi abhi bata chala hain..
Armaan:Maine...(paused)Maine bohat kuch bol diya tha Bharti se,uske ghar mein...I just don't get it!!!
Armaan:Hamesha aisa kyun hota hain Raj ki jab bhi main apne mann ki baat Bharti ke saamne rak tha hoon toh usse aur museebaton ka saamna karna padhthi hain???Maine apne aankhen bandh karke Jiya par vishwaas kiya tha par woh toh yaar waqt Bhaskar ke saath contact rak rahi thi yaar...
Raj:Dude,Jiya galat nahin hain..Tum sirf apne aur Bharti ke baarein mein soch rahe ho..Jiya ko yeh ehsaas ho gayi hain ke Bhaskar Payal ke liye kuch khaas plan kar raha tha aur shayad iss liye usne khushi khushi apne gaalon mein thappad bhi khaa li...
Armaan:Tumhe woh nazar aa raha hain...Lekin mujhe yeh nazar aa raha hain ke Jiya ke kaaran,Payal ki divorce ho sakta hain aur saath saath unn teeno ki dosti par bhi asar ho sakta hain...Jo main kabhi bardaasht nahin karpaaonga!!
Raj:Yaar,tumhaare har ek lafz se zaahir hain ke tum Shreya se nahin,Bharti se pyaar karte ho...I mean,how could I have not seen this coming??That you can barely move on...
Raj:No dude,you listen to me..Mere tarike ko agar tum aazmaaloge toh tumhe 100% success guaranteed hain..
Armaan:Oh hello,shut up..Mujhe koi tarika nahin chaahiye!!
Raj:Soch lo warna kya pata zindagi bhar paschthaana na pade..
Armaan:Is this an indirect curse??
Raj:Indirect blessing...Come on yaar,I can be love guru..After all,itna experience toh hain mujh mein..
Armaan:I can't believe we're even having this conversation!!
Raj:Pehla usool toh free.of charge hain...Sunn lo,implement karna chahthe ho ya nahin,tumhaari marzi...Ladkiyon ke peeche matt bhaagho,for example,jaise tum Bharti ke peeche bhaag rahe ho,hmm??
Armaan:Main bhaag raha hoon??Main??Ulta toh woh mujhse door bhaag rahi hain..
Raj:Wohi toh problem hain dude..Tum usse zaroorat se.zyaada attention seek rahi ho,jo usse bilkul bhi pasand nahin hain,aur parishaan ho jaati hain,tumhaare kaaran..Usse ignore karna seekho!!Jab tum usse ignore karoge,toh woh yeh zaroor sochegi ki tumhe achanak ho kya gaya hain..
Armaan:Don't give me the overdose of Kal Ho Na Ho,hmm Raj??
Raj:Kal Ho Na Ho??Oh hello,this is proven,alrite??Aur the toh mere saath bohat baar ho chuka hain..
Armaan:Bharti inn sabse alag hain,got it??
Raj:Acha???Bharti ladki nahin hain??
Armaan:Raj,juz shut up!!Main phone rake raha hoon..Bye!!"(pondered if he ought to implement Raj's first rule)
Raj:Thank you so much for waking me up so early to go to MU..Now,just leave,k?(glanced at his home and felt as though something wasn't right)Thanks for the ride aur ab tum niklo..
Jiya:Oh hello,mujhe toh andar aana hi hoga na??
Jiya:Baby-modelling contract and other associated documents,hmm??
Raj:Woh main tumhe baad mein doonga..
Jiya:Raj,why are you rushing me??And don't both of us know how long legal stuff takes??I'll come with you inside and...
Raj:No!!I mean...Look,I haven't figured where exactly I've kept them..
Jiya:Ok,then we'll search together..
Raj:Uffo Jiya,tum kitni badi deeth ho!!
Raj:I mean..Suno,main MU aakar tumhe doonga,pakka..Ab tum jaao!!
Jiya:Ek minute...Andar koi hain kya??Nahin,nahin..(shook her head)Subah toh koi bhi nahin tha..Toh ab Kahn ho sakta hain??
Raj:Tumhe nahin lagta ki tum kuch zyaada hi mere zindagi mein dhakal andaazi kar rahe ho??
Jiya:Excuse me??Mujhe haqq hain,alrite??
Jiya:I'm your best friend aur iss haqq se..
Raj;Issi haqq se ab filhaal mujhe thode dher ke liye aaraam karne do..Bye!!(shut his home door,hitting Jiya's nose mildly)Phew!!(dropped his coat on the dining table without seeing and dropped dead on the sofa)
Just then,he smelt something burning.He got up and freaked to see Niharika before his eyes with his burnt coat.He stood speechless,wondering what she was doing un his two-storey home,having his eyes fixated on her bouncy curls.He blinked his eyes in disbelief as she came closer to him.Just as he was thinking it was all a dream,he jerked backwards when the burnt area of his coat transmitted the heat to his arm.
Raj:Oh crap!!(grabbed his.coat and looked at Niharika through the hole)This is my new.coat,for God's sake..(threw it on the sofa)What are you doing here and how did you get in??And how did you get my coat in such a state??
Niharika:Woe,I so didn't expect that accusation from you after having cleaned your home and kept some.scented candles on the dining table..
Raj:Candles..They did this!!!What are you trying to achieve by doing all these??I'm keeping a distance from you and respecting your decision,Nihar...So what else do you want??You know what....I just can't get you!!!
Niharika:I've got nothing to explain,Raj..I'm leaving!!(left from there)
Raj:What the...Whatz her freakin' problem??If she wanted to leave,why bother coming??Itz not as if I asked her to come..What crap,Raj!!!
~Few Hours Later~
@London Airport(outside the loo)
Armaan:Oops..Heyy!!(Bharti hesitated to respond and left)Damn it!!How should I even start talking to her??(Just then,he noticed her talking to someone on her mobile)
Bharti:Sure I can catch Bhaskar at Ellington Inn??Alright,thanks!!(hung up)Bhaskar,ab tum mujhse zyaada door nahin chup sakte!!(Bharti paused as she was pulled to a corner by Armaan)
Armaan:Jo kuch bhi maine kahaa tha tumhaare ghar par,I mean..I'm sorry!!(Armaan realized Bharti was looking at his hand having grabbed her elbow;he promptly let go without her saying anything)
Bharti:Kyun?Tumhe apne dost ki parva tha aur mujhe apne dost ki..Toh sorry kis baat ki?Excuse me...
Armaan:Ab main tumhe kaise samjhaao??Jiya ko sab kuch pata tha Bhaskar ke ata pata ke baarein mein..Actually,baat yeh hain ki Bhaskar ne Jiya ko apne surprise plan ke baarein mein bataaya tha aur woh tabse chup thi...Mujhe yeh baat Raj ne bataaya tha aur woh bhi plane mein baithne ke kuch ghante baad..Par Jiya ko Payal ke divorce ke soch ne majboor kiya tha tumhaare ghar aane ke liye..Aur thappad bhi khaa liya Bhaskar ke liye..Taaki woh surprise aur uski vachan qaayam rahein...(Bharti closed her eyes in rage and opened them instantly)
Bharti:Iss Bhaskar ko toh main chodoongi nahin...Bata nahin kab sudhrega!!6 saal pehle bhi,jab tumhaare...(hesitated before resuming)Jab tumhaare ragging hua tha Excel College mein,mujhe daseek kar le kar gaya tha gaadi mein,yeh keh kar ki Payal hospital mein hain aur woh bhi critical condition mein...In fact,he picked up Payal along the way and brought us to Goa for vacation!!Can you believe him???(Armaan couldn't stop smiling)Do teen hafton ke liye!!(saw him smiling)Kya??Kya main joke sunaa rahi hoon jo tum hass rahe ho,huh??(Armaan shook his head)Ab bata nahin kaunsa surprise plan kiya hain usne par itna zaroor bata hain mujhe ki usse zorr ka jhatka lagne waala hain Payal ke divorce papers ke saath..
Armaan:Bharti,aise hi muskuraati rehna...I miss your smile!!(Bharti stopped smiling)
Bharti:Woh Payal aur Naina meri intezaar kar rahi hongi..(turned to leave)
Armaan:(hit his head)Duffer kahi ke!!Compliment Dena zaroori tha kya??An woh chali gayi hain..Par Bhaskar ka pata kaise chalega??Main bhi na!!!(got out of the airport and hailed a can,instructing the cabbie to take him to Ellington Inn,where he had stayed before on various occasions when he came to London)