Bharti:Why are you so shocked,Mayu?He's moving on from me,one thing which i've always wanted him to do since forever,Mayu...He's finally doing it!!I can't be more happier than thi!!
Mayank:(thought to himself)Mujhe aisa kyun lag raha hain ke woh apme aapko jhoota dilaasa dene ki koshish kar rahi hain?Woh bohat udhas hain,phir bhi khush hone ki dikhaava kar rahi hain...Aakhir kyun?
Bharti:Mayank,thank you so much for this news yaar for you've made my day..Thanks yaar,acha main rakti hoon..I need to head towards the departure hall..See you real soon!!
Mayank:Hello..Arre par...Kaat diya??(hung up)She surely sounded different!!(headed to Phoenix Restaurant to grab an early dinner)
Naina tugged at Bharti's jeans,asking for her permission.Bhaskar and Payal couldn't help but they too knelt down together with Naina,embarassing Bharti even further and leaving her no option but to agree and give in to let Naina as she was also getting late.She made Naina promise not to disturb Bhaskar and Payal and also made sure that her friends don't pamper her daughter too much either.Armaan couldn't help himself at all,wishing earnestly that he was still an integral part of Bharti's life,raising Naina along with her.Bharti kissed Naina's forehead and cheeks and turned to face Armaan.Bharti shook hands with Armaan,who was quite confused by her gesture.Just as he thought her handshake was for helping her dear friends reunite,she wished him well,"Congratz,finally you've made the right choice...Bye!!".By the time Bharti left,he fell deep in thoughts.
He looked towards the direction she had headed to,but in vain.Bharti had already left.Armaan's pupils moved repetitively to the left and right,trying to find the answer to the mysterious words of Bharti's.
"Why was she congratulating me for?And what right choice did I make??All i know is that i've wronged my heart and soul in not being clear about my emotions,my love for her..I've seen the love in her eyes at Goa,yet she didn't want to befriend me for she didn't want to hurt Shreya..But i just can't do this anymore!!!She's a carefree soul,so why is she worried about hurting anyone??I'm suffering way too much without her in my life and all she could say is that i've made the right choice??What is that supposed to mean??Maybe Raj could know the answer to what Bharti truly meant...(was about to dial Raj's number when he got a call from Sudha)
Sudha:Hey Armu..How are you?
Armaan:Not ok,Maa...Aap mujhe ab phone kar rahe ho?
Sudha:Woh toh main thodi si busy thi..Kya karoo??
Sudha:Oh hello...Tumhe yaad bhi hain ki tum kisse baat kar rahe ho??
Armaan:Maa,aap bhi na...Kaise ho??Waise,main aapko kisi aur ke saath waqt nikaal ne nahin dene waala hoon,yaad rakhna!!
Sudha:Acha,aur tu kya kar raha hain London mein,hmm?
Armaan:Maa,woh sab kuch toh theekh ho gaya hain...In fact,mujhe aapse kuch poochna tha..
Sudha:Haan,main sunn rahi hoon...Pooch!!
Armaan:Maa,mere ek dost ne jaate waqt yeh kahaa ki maine finally ek acha sa faisla le liya hain..I mean,mujhe kuch samajh mein nahin aa raha tha...
Sudha:Itna kyun soch raha hain tu,Armu???Jaa kar apne dost se pooch..
Armaan:Par woh toh jaa chuki hain,Maa!!Mujhe Bharti ki baaton ka kuch bhi...
Sudha:Bharti????(Armaan closed his eyes,realizing how much he had blabbered so effortlessly)Kya woh wahaa pe hain kya?Mujhe usse baat karni hain...
Armaan:Maa,you're too late!!She's already in the plane b now...Bhaskar and Payal managed to compel her to let Naina stay with them for a few days...
Sudha:And when will you be returning,Armu?
Armaan:Tomorrow,Maa...But help me out,na...What do you think she meant by me finally making the right choice??She just left without saying much...
Sudha:Armu,even i agree that you made the right choice!!
Armaan:Maa,ab aap kya keh rahe ho,hmmm??
Sudha:Yehi Armu,ki mujhe Shreya bohat achi lagti hain...In fact,she's the right choice for you and perhaps Bharti too was trying to say the same but how did she get to know about my secret plan?
Armaan:Secret plan?Kaunsa plan,Maa??
Sudha:Kuch bhi toh nahin..
Armaan:Hold it...Bharti was talking to Mayank before she departed..If Bharti knew about your plan,so did Mayank!!Maa,jaldi bolo ki baat kya hain...
Sudha:It's a surprise planned for you by both me and Shreya...So just wait till you get back home,hmm?
Armaan:Maaa!!!(hung up as well)Aakhir aisa kaunsa plan jo mujhe nahin pata??
Armaan knew that he had to seek Raj's counsel despite it being such a bad timing.Just as he was about to dial Raj's number,he grew enraged to see Jiya calling him.He instantly disconnected her call,and this was repetitively going on till he received a message from Jiya.
xxStop cutting my calls.Itz urgent.Sudha aunty had dinner with Shreya and looks like she's going to do everything to hitch you two..Trust my instincts this time,if you've ever considered me your true friendxx
"Oh crap!!I hope that's really not the secret plan which Maa has in mind...It's ok if she likes my friend,Shreya but it's so not ok if she really likes my girlfriend,Shreya and if she's trying to get me settled with her...Freakin' hell !!(dialled Jiya's and Raj's number and made a conference call)
~Meanwhile @ Phoenix Restaurant~
Mayank was looking around the stalls for some Italian food.He finally decided on buing lasagne,which Niharika had been craving for and something else for him.Just as he looked up at the board which had its menu listed out,he bumped his head into Mahi who shook her head vigorously,widening her pupils in disbelief upon seeing Mayank.
Mayank:(ignored her)Erm one beef lasagne,make it extra cheesy and spicy....
Mahi:Really?That's for you?
Mayank:What's your prob?It's for Niharika....
Mahi:Now that sounds more like it...
Mayank:Will you...(shut his eyes,filtering out Mahi's comment)
Mahi:Sure,why not??This health freak will have your Romanian salad..
Mayank:Ok,that's it...(the waiter misunderstood and went inside)What is your freakin' prob,huh?
Waiter:Sir,ma'm...It'll take 5 minutes for your food to be ready...Please kindly wait...
After 5 minutes, both of them came and gave ther receipt to the waiter. They glared at each other before taking their individual trays away from each other and left to their respective tables.
Sonali:What took you so long?
Mahi:This is not the food i ordered!!
Sonali:Sure,it isn't..You'd never order salad....Whose is this by the way?
Mayank:It's mine!!And just how dare you,Mahi...
Mahi:Excuse me??You too didn't take what you ordered as well so why are you only blaming me...
Sonali:(got amused)Wow,i think it's been a long time since i've seen this comradarie between you two...(both Mahi and Mayank glared at Sonali)Wow,impactful glare you two share...Well,not to deviate from the stares and all,but don't you two want to eat your food served warm??(Mahi snatched the tray from Mayank's hand)In fact,why don't you join us,Mayank??(saw Mahi giving her a death stare)What???You deserve this for pulling off your stupid act last night..
Mayank:Much as I would love to,Sonali...I'd rather ask the waiter to pack my food and leave..(gestured to the waiter's assistant to pack his food)
Sonali:Come on Mayank,are we such bad company?Oh wait,let me guess..You've got another girl to add to the list of your mysterious girlfriend,hmm??
Mayank:No Sonali...Have anymore doubts in your head??
Sonali:Sorry Mayank..My mood is quite off,so don;t mind me...I'm just so pissed off with my best friend,Mahi Talwar..
Mayank:Interesting...Then we can surely be super pissed at her together..(both Mayu and Sonu bursted out into laughter,much to Mahi's irritation)Some other time,Sonali..I'm rushing home to have dinner with Niharika...
Sonali:Sure,bye...(smiled and waved at him)
Mahi:What the heck,Sonu?Are you flirting with him?(ate her dinner)
Sonali:Hmm yeah,do you mind?
Mahi:You're in a relationship with Pushpak,for God's sake...
Sonali:Really,Mahi?But i don't think so...
Sonali:If he was really serious about me,he would have done something by now to save our love..
Mahi:So??You mean to say you're planning on going out with other guys??
Sonali:Not guys,Mahi..Open your eyes...Maybe i might just...Go out with Mayank,hmm??
Mahi:(almost choked)What??Why would you??
Sonali:What's wrong with you?I'll go out with whomsoever i wish to...
Mahi:No wayzz Sonu,not even Mayank...You get that??
Sonali:Sorry Mahi but that is just not possible...And now you just have got to head back to MU on your own since i'm taking your car..
Mahi:Heyy,i'm not done with my dinner yet..
~London:Raj somewhere out in his car:Jiya's cabin~
Armaan:Raj,need your help yaar..
Jiya:Then why the heck did you call me for,huh?
Raj:Tell me,this is about ignoring Bharti??
Jiya:What?What's going on???
Armaan:Raj,this is and isn't about Bharti..
Jiya:I thought this is about Sudha aunty and Shreya..
Armaan:Raj,Shreya had dinner with Maa yesterday and Maa seemed super ecstatic when she talked to me just now..
Jiya:Oh ok,so you already got the news before my sms,hmm?
Armaan:Not only is that disturbing but Bharti just told me that i finally made the right choice before she boarded the plane for Mumbai...Now,what's that supposed to mean?
Raj:Ok,she said that?
Jiya:Why are both of you avoiding me?
Armaan:Cuz u're better off without us..And i wish i could just..
Raj:No calling of names here,Armaan...Come on yaar,bechari se galti ho gayi..Maaf bhi kardo!!
Armaan:Raj,Jiya bechari nahin hain..In fact,woh toh ek number ki shaitaan hain jo Bharti ko apne doston se door rakne waali thi...Just imagine if i had been a lil late in implementing the plan!!
Jiya:Armaan,i admit i messed up but it was just for Bhaskar's sake..And since when have your friends become inferior to Bharti,hmm?
Raj:Don't you get it Jiya,that itz always been that way??So dude,how is this linked to Bharti?
Armaan:You two are as equally important to me as how Bhaskar and Payal are to Bharti,get it??I'm feeling real scared as Maa is thinking of hitching me with Shreya...She keeps referring to Shreya as her daughter-in-law...
Jiya:What?He brought it on himself..What do you expect me to say?He tried to seek Bharti's attntion by silently yet indirectly letting Shreya on..And now even Aunty's happy with his choice..
Raj:Dude,that's exactly why i've been telling you to try ignoring her..Maybe she'll have a change of heart..
Jiya:Raj,it's too late..If she had to feel something fo Armu,she would have felt it long time bck..(Armaan couldn't help but think about his kiss at the gazebo which was abruptly ended by Bharti)
Raj:Armaan,yaar..Time is just slipping from our hands and i think the best way out of this is to tell Aunty the entire truth..
Armaan:Or else what,Jiya?
Jiya:Think,Armu!!!You should have thought about it before letting her on..
Raj:Jiya,you're not helping..
Jiya:Ok,ok i'm sorry...Look,if we just focus on one of them,we might overlook the other and lose the precious time which is alrady so scarce..
Raj:You mean to say we've got to stop both Sudha aunty and Shreya??
Armaan:OMG,what if we're already too late??What if i really got hitched to Shreya...These few days had been so hard on me,you guyzz...I just...
Jiya:Armaan,you wasted way too many opportunities..But not anymore,get it?Or else,your life will be totally ruined!!And i don't want that to happen to you at any cost...If you want,i can talk to Bharti..
Armaan:She indirectly knows that i love her..Yet she's keeping a distance from me and it was only in front of Payal,Bhaskar and Naina that she was talking to me..Or else she wouldn't...
Jiya:OH God,i needto go with Sonu for an important meeting with a fashion associate..Tell you what,Armu?I'll head over to your place to talk to Sudha aunty tonight while Raj will talk to Shreya..
Raj:Heyy,why me?I've got my case,Jiya..I wonder if Gaurav has found any loopholes as of yet..I did this for Niyati but alas..
Jiya:Gaurav will find it out,Raj but can't you just help Armaan out for now?He is in need of your help right now!!
Raj:I'll tr my best,dude..(reached a floral shop before headng to surprise Niharika at Amore)
Armaan:Thanks guyzz..I'll meet you both tomorrow..Thanks for being there for me!!(hung up,so did Jiya and Raj)
Mahi had just finished her dinner.She took her handbag and looking at her watch,she rushed out of the restaurant,only to realize that Sonali was true to her words.She had indeed taken her Ferrari from where Mahi had parked.She recalled how Sonali was openly flirting with Mayank.Knowing her best friend well enough,who did so to irk her even more,Mahi realized that it was critical to give a payback to her.Just then,she accidentally saw a girl hugging a guy,whose face she couldn't see clearly as both of them were apparently looking away from her.Mahi thought of an idea to bring Pushpak to his senses.She almost hailed an auto when the guy's face became clear to her.It was Ved.He was right in front of her and she froze,not responding to the autodriver's calls.The autodriver left and so did Ved and the girl who turned out to be none other than Alisha,Bharti's friend,leaving Mahi's eyes sunken in tears.
Mahi gasped in shock,crying endlessly.In a split second,she felt as though the flashbacks of her failed marriage came to light as destiny had brought Ved in front of her.She sat on the pavement,reminiscing of how painstakingly she was divorced.From her perspective,it was the separation from Ved which akmost brought about a major depressive onset in her post her abortion.She wondered why she had to be the one suffering while Ved get to be the happier soul,basking in the beauty of other feminine souls as Alisha.
Mahi stood up and started walking from there. She hailed another auto and headed to Men's Universe an hour later,She closed the door of her cabin and started searching high and low,in between her neatly organied folders and drawers.In a sudden rage bout of frustration,she hurled all her files onto the floor.She shook her desk and just as it hit her,she opened her drawer and sat on the floor.
After some time,Jiya and Sonali returned.Sonali headed to Mahi's cabin to get the folder of the fashion associate with whom she and Jiya had met an hour back.Sonali opened the door to see papers and files all over the place.
Sonali:Uffo Mahi,don't tell me ki tum mujhse ab bhi naaraaz ho..Come on yaar,it was just casual flirting with Mayank and nothing else..To irk you and to ensure that you'll not pull off a silly act such as yesterday..That's all!!Anyways,tumne woh Lizz Designs ki folder toh dekhi hain kya?Abhi bhi unke fashion associate se milkar aa rahi hoon Jiya ke saath..(continued collating all the papers into the various folders)Mahi,sunn rahe ho ke nahin??Shayad humaari meeting pakki ho sakti hain inke saath..Mahi,chup kyun ho yaar???(placed all the folders on her desk and went to Mahi who had her eyes closed)Mahi,ro kyun rahe ho yaar??Mahi,dekho ab maine kaan bhi pakad liya hain...Sorry yaar!!Arre Mahi,ab bas bhi kar yaar..(shook Mahi real hard and only then did Sonali realize that Mahi's unconscious,taking her aback in extreme fear)Mahi...Mah....MAHI!!!!!)tried splashing water but to no avail and just then,Jiya arrived to see Sonali's devastated state)