Jab Lurve Hua

Jab Lurve Hua

Monday, December 29, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 310~

~Hours Later~

Mahi received a call from Mayank,only to realize it got disconnected before she could pick it up.In that split second,Armaan texted her to apologize to her but she couldn't care less.She was pretty annoyed by both Armaan and Mayank,the two guys who were somehow finding it difficult to open up to her unless she had persisted in asking further.

She picked up the phone and called Sudha aunty,a person who had reached out to her and made her feel sane,recently.She wanted to let down her burden and her worries about finding out the whereabouts of her ex-husband.Sudha had decided to keep her as a private client and made her promise to contact her whenever she felt extremely low and hence she left to meet Sudha at her hospital.

Mahi kept waiting outside her room where apparently quite a humoungous lot were already getting impatient.Mahi glared at her watch,which wasn't moving.She hit her watch repeatedly,not knowing what had happened all of a sudden.She had obviously not expected this turnout from her watch,at least not today.Now she wouldn't know how fast she had to finish meeting up with Sudha.Just then,Jiya had called her up.

Jiya:Mahi,i am waiting for you..
Mahi:What for?
Jiya:What for??Mahi,where is your mind these days??You and Sonali wanted to meet me to discuss something about Raj's project??
Mahi:Oh shuckz!!Woh aaj thi??I'm so sorry Jiya but i seriously can't make it now but Sonu must be at MU right now so just ask her,k??(heard her name being called)Gotta go..Bye,bye,bye!!!(hung up,adjusted her hair and went inside after keeping her phone on silent mode)

Sudha gestured her to sit down while she sorted put her files and took out Mahi's personal file,which she had created two to three weeks back,where Mahi first started to visit her frequently at odd hours during the day in oblivion.

Sudha:So here we both are...I wasn't expecting you today,Mahi...You don't come on Thursdays...Anything serious??
Mahi:No..not particularly..I mean...(Sudha noticed Mahi twirling her hair which she stopped after a few seconds)I just dropped by,thatz all..
Sudha:You are having cold hands..You are being fidgetive and you're telling me that everything's fine.Really??(Mahi felt tongue tied and just looked down)Mahi,you clearly have issues which you don't wish to acknowledge or at least you wish to escape from..You remind me of Bharti!!!Why,Mahi??
Mahi:Bharti???I don't know where you're getting this from..I'm no escapist!!
Sudha:Hey,relax..I didn't say this to intimidate you but i want you to face your fears and move ahead from all the traumatic experience that you've faced in your life,Mahi..You told me about Ved last week but you are clearly not over him..Why do i say that??Because you feel you see him often and you want to know his whereabouts..You haven't let go of him or your past!!You think someone else has taken your position in his life but do you realize that the position you had once acquired in his life was never destined to be??He had never valued your worth or your love..Yet you crave for him to come back to you??Is that what you really desire in your life??
Mahi:Tell me something,Aunty...
Sudha:Dr Sudha...
Mahi:Dr Sudha,Armaan too loved Bharti..or still is deeply in love with her.Yet he agreed on getting engaged to Shreya.Why?? My point is that he too is very much hung up on Bharti and now he's taking it to a worse level by moving to UK for his job..Thatz escapism too,isn't it??(Sudha sadly accepted the truth as she nodded in agreement)I didn't mean to hurt you but moving on isn't easy!!It takes out the life within you and leaves a deep scar for life..
Sudha:It is a matter of your choice whether you want to move on or not...I'm here to help you,not agonize you,Mahi..This is the end of our session for today..Next time,if you wish to consult me,only do so if you're even considering of moving on in your life!!Take care,Mahi...You can leave now!!(Mahi felt real weird but left instantly without uttering a word)

~Men's Universe~

Armaan kept walking to and fro,not realizing that it was already past his work time.Bhaskar noticed him and dropped by.

Bhaskar:Dude,everything fine?
Armaan:Oh hi Bhaskar..I thought you had already left..
Bhaskar:Was just about to..Then you caught my attention,so here i am..What's the tension?(Armaan looked blankly)
Armaan:(smiled weakly)Bhaskar...(looked away)Why do we feel that we are tested by God for the wrong reasons??It seems that one fine day He shows a path and we follow it so endearingly and wholeheartedly..And all of a sudden,things change when they are not supposed to!!You get what i mean?
Bhaskar:Dude,changes are inevitable portions of life,you simply gotta embrace them.Like your job promotion??You seem so disturbed everytime it pops up..Are you sure you're ok with it??Cuz i'll be super pissed if u mess things up in the end!!You get me??
Armaan:You're all about business,aren't you??You don't have a life other than this and Men's Universe,Bhaskar??
Bhaskar:Look who's talking...(Armaan glared at him)FYI,Armaan,itz you who don't have a life,mixing up your personal and professional life altogether and this has somehow affected your creative output...You only linger around for only her and you are saying i don't get anything what you're going through??
Armaan:I don't care about Bharti,alright??Why am i even wasting my time on you??(left from there)
Bhaskar:(picked up his ringing mobile)He better get a hold of himself or else i am really going to shoot him!!I'm dead serious,Paayu..Mayne we both need to do something huge this time round...Armaan toh na jaane kyun Bharti ke naam sunn kar hamesha badakh tha rehta hai yaar...
Payal:Pyaar jo karta hai bechara..
Bhaskar:Yeh tum dono ki jo love language hai na mujhe mere productivity kam kar dega..Bharti has to make my life more difficult!!!Pyaar mein itna dard??
Payal:Pyaar mein dard toh hai par log pyaar karne se mahin darr the na??Jaante ho kyun??Pyaar bas ho jaata hai Bhasku...Koi choice nahin chod tha!!
Bhaskar:Tum bhi na Paayu,apne pyaar ka baashan shuru kar dete ho phir se..Babe,main bas aa raha hoon k,10 minutes!!Bye...(hung up)

Just moments after starting his car,his mobile started ringing again
He thought it must be his Payal but it was someone else altogether.He picked up.He heard a hushed voice but couldn't make out what the person was saying.


P.S: This is a personal message to all my lovely readers and fans of JLH to let you all know just how thrilled i am to have such a wonderful,loyal audience who have stuck by me.Thanks a tonne!!!I had been bz wid my newborn who has been taking up my time and thatz why i couldn't post my story episodes earlier on. Please bear with me in patience as i shall post upcoming parts soon.Lurve all of u loaddzzz!!!😚😚

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 309~

Bharti smiled wickedly as she imagined her plot to be implemented.

You have no idea what I'm about to do to you, Mr Gaurav..You have no idea at all!!!(She smiled as she looked at the perfect tools laid before her)

Bharti turned her mobile to silent mode and began her work as she began to set up the stage for Gaurav who laid very much inebriated and unconscious of Bharti's vicious thoughts.

~5 Days Later~

Bharti knew that her mates,Sanjana and Alisha were looking out for her.Despite the excuse she gave to them both about her calling in sick,she knew that it wasn't going to work.Hence she started to treat her home as a miniature version of a sick girl,staying alone at home.Beginning with disheveled mattresses and bedspreads to stocking up of Panadol pills on the table top adjacent to the sofa in her living room,she lied down with a thick,velvety bedsheet.She smiled,satisfied with the whole setting she had created.

After some time,she switched off  the TV set and attended her mobile.She knew she couldn't hide from Mayank forever,hence she conversed with him.

Bharti:Hey Mayu..Kaise ho?
Mayank:Margaya tha..Tumhe kya lagta hai,huh???Tumhe andaaza bhi hai ki main kitna pareshaan tha??Itna bhi nahin hua tujhse ke tum mujhe phone karo aur yeh bataao ki mere galti kya tha,huh??
Bharti:Kyun itna senti ho raha hai tu??Main bas thode din se bhimaar thi aur kuch nahin...
Mayank:Bhimaar??Main bas abhi aa raha hoon..
Bharti:Shut up,Mayu..Issi liye tumse main kuch nahin kehti...Tum theekh tarha se Trends nahin jaate ho aur mujhe sunna padh tha hai...Nihu kitni pareshaan hai yàar..Uske baarein mein bhi toh soch,Mayu!!Sab cheez mere baarein mein nahin hoti hai...Hum dono kareebi dost hai lekin tum mujhe aise treat kar rahe ho jaise main koi bachi hoon aur main apne aap ko sambhaal nahin sakti hoon..Itz really sick,Mayu..
Mayank:Uff Bharti...Ab main tumhe kya samjhaao??Jabse tumne Trends ki naukri chodi hai,main bas itna khoya khoya sa rehne laga hoon...I'm just not myself!!Aur upar se,Trends ki atmosphere aaj kal bohat zyaada tension mein hai...Aur bata nahin yeh Gaurav kaha chala gaya hai..5 din se lagaatar phone kar raha hoon lekin woh hai ke phone nahin uthaa raha hai...Arre,agar woh kisi ladki ke saath busy hai,toh woh kam se kam mujhe message bhejta tha pehle lekin iss baar...Bata nahin kaha margaya hai...
Bharti:Tumne kahin yeh toh nahin bhool gaya ki tumne shayad kisi kaam se usse baahar bheja tha,hmm??
Mayank:Nahin yaar..Shreya bhi mujhe bataa rahi thi ki woh keh raha tha ki 5 din pehle usse keh raha tha ki woh shaam tak busy hai aur kuch nahin..
Bharti:Well,i'm so sorry i can't help you in this,Mayu...
Mayank:Bharti,i need your help..Maybe he might pick up your calls..You did know he was going gaga over you for some time??
Mayank:Arre yaar...Usne kaafi luksaan kar chuka hai Trends ke liye aur ab bohat saare stakeholders sawaal pooche jaa rahe hai..I mean,you can try to help me,na...Warna mujhe Trends ko bechna padega...
Bharti:Mayu,don't do anything stupid out of haste,please....Main kuch karne ki koshish karti hoon...Par ek shart par!!
Mayank:Mujhe har shart manzoor hai...Bolo!!
Bharti:Tumhe Radhika ki kasam..How did you get close to Gaurav and how did he become the stakeholder of Trends??I want the answer from you,not now but after my attempt at finding out where Gaurav is,k??
Mayank:Bharti,yeh sab achanak..(heard an engaged tone on the other end;Bharti had hung up)

Bharti couldn't risk telling Mayank the entire truth about Gaurav's missing scenario.That was definitely not what she had planned in mind.She will plant her calls to his mobile for sure,for maybe the whole day but only to seek answers from Mayank,who clearly had some deep explaining to do about Gaurav.Until then,she planned on keeping Gaurav where she has hid him,away from his home.

Armaan had just received the news about Bharti's sickness via Mahi who had pestered him for details.Mahi felt strange that Armaan wasn't reacting at all to her news.

Armaan:What,Mahi?She's just sick..She'll get better soon...
Mahi:You're not worried..Guess everything is so different now,eh??
Armaan:Yes Mahi,everything has changed!!She is changed and so am I and do you know why??I'm so elated to actually head to London for the promotional job which Jiya and Bhaskar had worked so hard for,ok???
Mahi:That doesn't give you any right to shout at me in anger,Armaan...If you don't want to go,just don't go...Itz that simple!!Don't you give me that attitude..(Mahi left from there instantly)

Armaan:(inhaled and exhaled,calming himself down)I don't even know what I'm doing..She is just so unbelievable..Everyone,inluding me,have been looking for her but no,not a word..She can tell me about her journal or even Radhika but not about her disappearance for the last 5 days..(recalled how he clearly told her that he wouldn't support her in her mission)Is she punishing me for not being supportive??


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 308~

Payal:Armaan, what are you even trying to imply???
Armaan:Looks like you don't know your best friend after all..(Payal glared at Armaan, as if he had just screwed up with her brains)
Payal:Who do you think you're talking to, Armaan?(wondered to herself) He's sure as hell trying to instigate me to reveal Bharti's whereabouts..
Armaan:(smiled to himself) This is the perfect way to stop Bharti from her craziness..Payal will do the honours since she's practically unaware of her friend's laid out plans..(looked at Payal) I know Bharti is missing, Payal..You know her whereabouts, don't you?(Payal just looked straight into his eyes) But you know what? I don't give a damn of where she is..(Payal widened her eyes slightly in relative surprise) Itz my duty as a good friend of your's to remind you what kind of secrets she's keeping from you..(Payal recollected that Bharti wanted to tell her stuff but insisted on saying so, only at the right time; Armaan knew he was sucking her into his words and she was slowly giving him the right to engulf her) She told me about her dark secret..About her devious plot to seek revenge for her best friend's death which she and Mayank had witnessed before their eyes..
Payal:I don't believe you!! You're merely doing this to get me to reveal her location..
Armaan:I'm not, Payal..(told Payal about Gaurav and how Radhika had died and even how Bharti wanted him to support her but he didn't) I am approaching you because I know very well that you can stop her and her obsession!! I don't want her to fall into murky waters which will only bring her close to her own destruction!!

Payal was dumbfounded and speechless.She couldn't grasp the fact that Bharti was not the friend she and Bhaskar knew. She was shocked to hear the facts from Armaan that perhaps Bharti had possibly come to Mumbai to find Radhika's killer.There was only one thing she couldn't understand.Why her and Bhaskar? Why was she using them for her benefit?? All these while, she had been using them and what about Armaan and his family??

Payal:I need to go..Excuse me!!(left from there and went home straight away)
Armaan:Mera kaam toh filhaal ho gaya..I'm sorry Bharti, but I had to do this before leaving you..You may hate me for doing this but I'm only doing this for you and only you!!

3 Days Later

Bharti landed at Mumbai airport.All by herself.She knew she had not picked up Payal's or Bhaskar's calls.They will be probably mad at her yet again but she knew she did the right thing for her darling Naina.She had to put her actions past her now and focus on only Gaurav.She called up Gaurav to meet her at his home.

Gaurav:Mayank, you can handle the other investors and stakeholders from here..I've gotta go!!
Mayank:Excuse me?? You organized this whole set up and now you're leaving?? All of a sudden? Who was it??
Gaurav:A highly personal call..Mayank, I will have to go for an hour or two but I will be back soon!! I promise..(left from there)
Kitna sawaal karta hai Mayank?? Baap re..
Hey Shreya..
Shreya:Hi Gaurav..
Gaurav:Hi...Listen, I need a big favour from you..Chaahe kuch bhi ho jaaye, Mayank ko kisi bhi tarha 4 baje tak thaal dena..I've got a hot date now..Sshh, itz a secret, k?(Shreya smiled and agreed instantly)

Gaurav picked up his red suit and bought a gift hamper for his lady love, Bharti.He couldn't believe that she would come over to his place straight from the airport.Just then, it hit him.Naina could also be there with her and he was getting so excited for no reason after all.He got some chocolates for Naina on his way as well before getting into his Jaguar.

While driving, it slightly pricked his conscience, thinking of his audacity in trying to impress Radhika's best friend.The very same girl whose death he couldn't avert and seemed very much inevitable.Just then, he applied the brakes hard enough to avert an accident which could have been caused by him, to a dog which was crossing the road unexpectedly. He was really tensed as flashes of Radhika's death kept coming back at him to haunt him.He could have easily averted Radhika's death, preventing it from occurring, just like the accident a few moments back.He calmed himself down, taking a few deep, long breaths and smiled as he continued driving, just thinking about Bharti.

Her short tresses, her eyes and her ever confident and empowering attitude towards life regardless of the harsh circumstances she must have had to face.Having parked his car at home, he adjusted his hair and took the gift bag for Bharti.He was quite shocked to see Bharti by herself.Not accompanied by Naina!!

Bharti saw his car and stood up, smiling widely.Gaurav hid his gift hamper behind as he reached next to her.

Gaurav:Heyy, where were you?? I mean, Mayank was dead worried for you as you weren't picking up his calls and all...
Bharti:What's that behind you??
Bharti:(held his hand and slowly brought it before him and looked at him intently)Wow, hamper?? From someone special, hmm??
Gaurav:Why are we talking here?? Come in..(thought to himself while unlocking the door) Iss ladki ka kya karoo?? Itna bhi nahin samajh sakhi ki yeh khaas kar uske liye hai?? Bata nahin Armaan ne kaise dosti aur pyaar nibhaane ki koshish kiya tha itne waqt tak...(invited Bharti inside and placed the gift hamper aside)
Bharti:You have a lovely home..
Gaurav:I think I have invited you over a couple of times but alas..You always had excuses of your own..Waise, where's Naina??
Bharti:(averted his question) Well, you know what? I didn't come here to dwell you in my matters..
Gaurav:Oh really?? So what is your true intention behind your visit tonight??
Bharti:Well, if you put it that way..(observed the hamper and decided to open it up to take the bottle of vodka) May I, Gaurav??
Gaurav:Sure but let me help you...
Bharti:Hmm yes of course..

While Bharti held the intoxicating bottle, Gaurav took out two new wine glasses from his cupboard.Bharti thanked him and opened the bottle, splashing a small amount, directly aiming at his eyes out of fun.Gaurav loved Bharti's enthusiasm but he went to clean himself a bit in his washroom while she poured the drinks out.

After a great conversation with Gaurav, she realized that he was getting more and more tipsy.She enjoyed her drink to the fullest as she watched Gaurav laying his head on her shoulder.Bharti smiled wickedly as she imagined her plot to be implemented.

You have no idea what I'm about to do to you, Mr Gaurav..You have no idea at all!!!(She smiled as she looked at the perfect tools laid before her)

Bharti turned her mobile to silent mode and began her work as she began to set up the stage for Gaurav who laid very much inebriated and unconscious of Bharti's vicious thoughts.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 307~

Mayank:Nihar, I... (she felt his eyes soften with remorse and pain) I just want to see Bharti..I miss her so much!!(Niharika started to cry and hugged Mayank) What happened??
Niharika:I tried asking Raj, and even Armaan and Payal..No one has a clue to where she is..She is not even answering my calls..
Mayank:What??? Where could she have gone to??(both of them withdrew from their hug and looked blankly at each other)Ok, stop crying..We need a plan!! Wait, what if she's at her university?? Maybe she just isn't picking up her mobile..She has that habit!! Come with me..
Ash:Sir.. (Mayank and Niharika just ignored her and dashed from there) Ok, that's not meant to be funny..(saw Shreya and Ishaan stifling their grins and she went away from Mayank's cabin)
Ishaan:Now, that's cool from Mayank sir..
Shreya:Sure it was..By the way, did you notice something? Mayank sir had come to the office after a couple of days..That surely doesn't make sense at all, considering how much of a workaholic he is..
Ishaan:That is due to firing Bharti..I mean, her resignation has surely impacted him...Guess he must have had big plans for her after all..
Shreya:Bharti..That name just seems to be resonating in my ears today..Personally and professionally!!Anyways, just let it be..Let's get back to work..Hey, you'll help me with the farewell party, right?
Ishaan:You seriously are sure you wanna go ahead with this??
Shreya:Yeah, this might be the last thing that he's gonna ask me to do...Plus, I wanna have a special farewell, an end to our chapter rather than a stupid breakup!! It'll do good to both of us to start anew..
Ishaan:If it's that important to you, I wanna be a part of it too Shreya.. (both Shreya and Ishaan smiled at each other and got back to work)

~ Men's Universe ~

Jiya:You mean she came here just to break up with you?? How decent of her..
Raj:How could you even side her, Jiya?? Complimenting her in addition to that, huh??
Jiya:At least a girl has got the guts to do it straight to your face..imagine the endless number of times you would have done to the numerous models, designers and the hotshots you must have dated..(saw Raj pausing) Come on, itz nothing different, is it now??
Bhaskar:Heyy, did anyone see Armaan anywhere?? No?? Thanks.. (was on the phone with Mayank) No Mayank, he's not here..I'm not sure about Bharti's whereabouts either..I'll get back if I find out anything.. (hung up and left from there and Jiya followed him)
Raj:Bharti is unreachable?? That means Niharika's concerns were not unfounded?? Oh God!!(rushed from there and bumped into Mahi once again, annoying her to the core)Mahi, Bharti's missing!!(Mahi and Sonali were stunned by his revelation but they kept their files by his desk and brought him away from there to the staff lounge)
Mahi:Raj,care to explain what the heck is happening??I mean,both of us are so dumbstruck by whatever that has been happening for days..We are deeply concerned for our colleagues, especially you, Armaan and Jiya..
Raj:For starters, Armaan has strangely accepted a job promotion in UK..
Sonali:You aren't happy for him?
Raj:Of course I'm happy for him..More than ever..Itz like finally he's taking a golden chance to heart!!Thatz not the point..He's acting so strange nowadays..Like he has been super cool with Bharti and both of them are now talking, as though nothing drastic had happened between them..And he has also been talking to Niharika..
Sonali:Someone's jealous??
Raj:I'm not, not now..We have so called broken up.mBut according to her, it wasn't a breakup for there had been nothing between us at all..
Mahi: OMG!!!
Raj:Yep, I'm single..All over again and I feel really different this time!! My singleton status had never bothered me so much till now..But I guess itz meant to be, since I took a step so as not to complicate matters between us since she is Mayank's sister..
Sonali:So much for screwing your first ever serious relationship that you could have taken to the next level..Mahi, why are all guys the same??
Raj:Anyways, worst news of all, Bharti's missing!! She is unreachable and God knows where she is..I tried her uni friends but they haven't seen her today for her coaching classes either..I'm gonna go and find her but please don't tell Jiya anything about Bharti..She is one puzzle I have to seriously figure out soon..Bye girls.. (left from there)
Sonali:From the way he was uttering everything, we should have asked him about Project M3, yaar..
Mahi:Stop it, Sonu..I'm worried for Raj!! But Bharti?? All of a sudden, she's missing??

~Radio Station~

Payal was desperately trying to reach Bharti but she was still unreachable.She couldn't fathom why her best friend was ditching her now.She very well knew that Bharti would have reached San Diego by now but why wasn't Bharti picking up her calls??

She slammed her eyes shut in frustration.Just then, she was startled by Armaan who had knocked on her cabin door.It has been a while since she's seen Armaan but she wasn't ready for embracing this visit of his now.She recollected Bharti's instructions clearly,"Not a word to Armaan or anyone regarding my trip to SD" and she was pretty damn sure that Armaan might have questions for her; he always does!! She straightened her hair and went forward to open the door and welcomed Armaan with open arms.


Mahi:Hi Shreya..Is Mayank around?
Shreya:No, in fact, he has been gone for a few hours for now, with Niharika..He was tensed!!
Mahi:(wondered to herself) Maybe he's angered by Niharika's and Raj's relation? No, that doesn't make any sense for he could have stormed into Raj's cabin and hammered him, big time!! Maybe he went in search of Bharti..Yeah, probably... (looked at Shreya) Hey, could I borrow your mobile? I think I left it at my cabin..
Shreya:Sure..(Mahi dialled Mayank's number)
Mahi:(murmured) Pick up, Mayank..Pick up!!(waited) Hello??
Mayank:Shreya? Don't tell me this is something trivial..I can't come to the office right now...
Mahi:It's Mahi...I'm actually calling from Shreya's mobile..Where are you now?
Mayank:Why, Mahi? Look, I have an urgent work so I can't really talk..
Mahi:Yes you will.. (went to a corner) For this is pertaining Bharti..I want to know that she's ok..
Mayank:Look, I'm searching for her but I have had no luck as of yet..She hasn't been to her university as usual..I have tried Naina's art school and Payal but she is not picking up her phone either..I'm at a dead end now!!
Mahi:Try Payal..She must know something while let me ask Bhaskar!! I'll call you soon.. (hung up and deleted her last call history before handing the mobile to Shreya and left from there)
Ishaan:Something is up, Shreya..
Shreya:Ditto..Something is surely amiss!!

Armaan:Payal, itz been a while, na??
Payal:Yeahh..(tried to sound as calm as possible)
Armaan:Why are you so tensed??
Payal:Tensed?? Nope, not at all!!
Armaan:So tell me..
Payal:What?You tell me..Bhaskar told me about your big promotion and all, hmm??
Armaan:Yeh Bhaskar bhi na..Itz nothing like a big promotion, k? I'm just, you know, relocating to a new branch of MU in UK..
Payal:In that case, we might probably meet up often since I will have to leave Mumbai too with Bhaskar...
Armaan:You don't sound too upbeat about it, Payal..
Payal:Well, of course itz a big shift now..I have to leave my RJ job and especially Bharti to be with Bhaskar there...Itz easy for him but I will have to start all over from UK now..No choice, Armaan!!
Armaan:You two are so close, na?? Like her and Radhika??
Payal:Not as close as them but yes, we are intimate buddies..She's a total gem, no matter how much messed-up she can be..
Armaan:Wow..You can accept her flaws just like that..
Payal:Excuse me, you're talking about my best friend here...What flaws are we discussing here??
Armaan:Well, like how adamant she can be at certain aspects of her life..The way she goes beyond extreme for her close pals, to get justice for them if anything were to have gone awry..Do you think she would go to any extent to seek revenge against anyone who would dare harm her close pals??
Payal:Armaan, what are you even trying to imply???
Armaan:Looks like you don't know your best friend after all..(Payal glared at Armaan, as if he had just screwed up with her brains)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 306~

Payal:Anything for you, Bharti...But..
Bharti:Ok I've gotta go..Will call you when I reach there, k??(Payal nodded and sent them off with wavering thoughts while heading back to her radio station)

Ishaan:Hey, u alright? Why did he come by?
Shreya:You know, I broke up with him so that he would take the right step and be with Bharti, for God's sake!! It just pissed me off that he's thinking of taking a job promotion and running away to UK..Now he wants me to pretend everything's fine till he's gone and organize a surprise farewell party for him..
Ishaan:He closed the chapter on you as well as Bharti?? That's just so strange..Why is he making it so difficult for himself after a relatively easy breakup with you?? Don't you smell something??
Shreya:I do but he's just impossible, I tell you..(headed off to have a quick lunch with Ishaan without a clue that Niharika had overheard them both and without further ado, she rushed to Men's Universe to meet Raj)

~Men's Universe~

She rushed inside, heading towards the foyer after avoiding Jenny.Her eyes skimmed through the room and just then, she froze upon seeing Raj in front of her.
Raj passed his file and was chattering away with Mahi when she pointed towards Niharika.He couldn't believe his eyes.He was meeting her after quite some time and all he could think of was Armaan's moments with her and his earlier advice to him to not give up on his feelings for her, just because of an identity he couldn't forget about.He excused himself and progressed towards her with great stride, and without caring about anything, he held her hand and brought her to his cabin.She was taken aback by his gesture as he locked his cabin door.

Raj:Itz been a while..
Niharika:Sure, a long while..But that's not what I'm here about..Do you know where Bharti is?
Raj:Bharti? She doesn't work here, Niharika..In fact, why are you even bothering?Your brother just..
Niharika:Raj, I'm not interested in your sarcasm or accusation on Mayank..Sure, what he did was wrong but I'm not here to justify him either..Look, I couldn't reach her on her mobile and I thought maybe she might have contacted you, Armaan or someone..
Raj:Ok..You seem quite tensed..Have a glass of water and sit down.. (she sat down) She didn't tell me anything whatsoever so that basically means I have no clue of her whereabouts..Great, she's not picking up..(hung up after trying to call Bharti) This is one habit of hers which I so get pissed off..She's never answering when she is needed the most!!
Niharika:It's ok, I'm sorry if I have bothered you..Maybe I should just leave..
Raj:Wait, Niharika..Tell me what the matter is..Why are you so tensed?
Niharika:I don't think there lies an intimacy between us that actually makes me want to tell you..Just let it be!!
Raj:Wait, Nihar..I'm really sorry that I had acted like a jerk way before..In fact, I believe Armaan must have mentioned it to you as well but I'm really sorry..I just didn't want to create a new rift in Bharti's and Mayank's friendship..Bharti does mean a lot to me and I don't wish to ruin the friendship that I share with her and...I really do like you a lot, hence that's another reason why I had kept my feelings for you all these while..
Niharika:What makes you think that I came here for an actual explanation or even a justification from you for your behaviour, Raj? Like I said, I came here looking for Bharti, not to talk about "us".In fact, now that you have mentioned it, I'm only glad that you've opened my eyes to the reality of the situation.You need not talk about the past for there could never have been an "us" in the equation of the feelings that you or I harbour.I would term it as an impossible attraction that we must have felt at the beginning , something which could not have lasted in any way.Bye, Raj!!(unlocked his cabin)
Raj:Wait a sec; whoa,that's it? You're breaking up??
Niharika:Raj, oh God, there is nothing between us to even consider it a break up.Come on, be practical and move on, k?? I'll find out about Bharti on my own.. (left from there)
Raj:Nihar..Damn it!! How could she just come and leave like that..She..(bumped into Mahi as he opened his cabin door, dropping her files)Sorry!!
Mahi:Raj..(saw him storming off to the staff lounge and headed to his cabin to put the file comprising of the photo collages designed by her and Sonali) What is this?(flipped through a thick file) Miniatures of this fall..A photographer's lens to the inside world of fashion..(just then she heard a loud thud and quickly slammed the file before she turned around)
Raj:Mahi, what are you doing here?
Mahi:Came to give you the collage designs you asked for..Is everything ok?
Raj:Yeah, great designs!!
Mahi:I meant you and Niharika..
Raj:Don't even mention her name..All of a sudden, she just decided she has got nothing to do with me..She came here looking to get Bharti's whereabouts from me..Hah, like I know where she is nowadays..
Mahi:You do know that you're talking to me, hmm??
Raj:Mahi, I'm..I just need time alone, k?
Mahi:Yeah, I get that from our colleagues these days so no worries.. (left from there)


Mayank was engrossed in his work, such that he didn't even realize the presence of Niharika.Just then, Gaurav called him on his mobile and he answered, without even glancing at the name of the caller.Niharila instantly disconnected the call and garnered her brother's attention.

Mayank:What..(voice mellowed down) Nihu? ? What brings you here?
Niharika:Can I seriously kill you?? First, you create a drama, not coming to Trends for days and today, out of nowhere, you were missing from home..Then, you engross yourself in piles of irrelevant files here..Couldn't you have told me something at least?? Do you even know how worked out I was??
Niharika:Yeah you are..Mayu,get a grip, please!! I don't want history to repeat itself like what had happened six years back..Right now, I'm here for you..Back then, I wasn't so please help me and yourself!!Mayu!!!
Mayank:Nihar, I... (she felt his eyes soften with remorse and pain) I just want to see Bharti..I miss her so much!!(Niharika started to cry and hugged Mayank) What happened??
Niharika:I tried asking Raj, and even Armaan and Payal..No one has a clue to where she is..She is not even answering my calls..
Mayank:What??? Where could she have gone to??(both of them withdrew from their hug and looked blankly at each other)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 305~

"You think you need to go away from Bharti to make a fresh start in life, to forget her for good.But this cycle will not end for you're in support of her plan of seeking justice.You'll still end up thinking about her even if you were to take care of Naina.You'll keep pondering about how her plans might end up getting her killed!! You've ignored my advice before but if you do the same now, I can't guarantee the life of your eternal love..You can't leave her to herself for she has no one who would not give up on her..Like you!!


Armaan was totally confused now.He can't possibly back out now, after blabbering to both Bhaskar and Jiya about his hasty decision to become the leading fashion photographer for MU.He had decided that he can't let anyone dictate his future, let alone overpower him.

He needed to do something at the moment.Not about Bharti but about Shreya.Something which he should have done days ago, which he had kept delaying.

~Moments Later~

Shreya:Armaan, what are you doing here at Trends?
Armaan:I need to have a word with you in private..Come with me!!(Shreya nodded)
Shreya:(went outside Trends where Armaan was standing) Tell me, Armaan..
Armaan:I know itz quite awkward for you to even begin to talk to me..
Shreya:Armaan, we're still friends..
Armaan:Sure thing but even the depth of our friendship has changed..I can't even deny the fact that it is linked to Bharti..
Shreya:Armaan, I swear itz not her..But itz due to what you have become after all these years..
Armaan:Shreya, I came here to talk to you about certain imminent changes that are about to occur anytime..I got a promotion, as a leading fashion photographer in UK..I might take it up and leave Mumbai for good..I just wanted to give you a heads up as I wanted you to hear it from me directly instead of other sources..I probably had enough of giving up so much of opportunities that had come my way before..
Shreya:You're actually serious about this..Whoa!!
Armaan:Yeahh!! And another thing about us..No one really knows that we're no longer together so please help me out here..
Shreya:Wait..What??? Not even Bharti??
Armaan:Nope..She still believes that we're so much a couple to begin with..
Shreya:Why didn't you tell her?? I mean, I have paved the way apparently for you to set the record straight in front of her..And you haven't told her? Who were you waiting for??
Armaan:No one; I just felt that she needn't know about this anyways..Itz just not important anymore since I'm serious about moving..
Shreya:You're actually moving..Distancing yourself from her???
Armaan:I just want you to forge a bond with me till I'm gone..So, it should mean that you're very much eager to join me in UK after your contract ends with Trends..And you're this excited girlfriend at the special farewell party that you're going to arrange for me..Which will be a surprise for me from you..Do you get me so far??
Shreya:I just can't fathom you..You distancing yourself from her was the reason behind our breakup?? You're running away, Armaan..
Armaan:(smiled weakly) I think Ishaan is calling you..Get going, I'll keep in touch with you.. (left from there)

Mahi and Sonali were stunned by the sudden decision from Bhaskar and Jiya at the foyer about Armaan's progress.

Mahi:He really decided to go?
Sonali:But that's so unlike him..Itz really hard to believe!!
Bhaskar:He indeed is joining me and my team in UK..He really deserves such exposure for the tremendous work he's been giving us here..(Mahi and Sonali nodded in agreement before getting back to their work)
Sonali:You think Shreya's going with him??
Mahi:How am I supposed to know yaar?
Sonali:Considering her work with Trends, itz quite hard but which girlfriend would miss out on this chance after all??
Mahi:Itz definitely unlike Armaan to take up the job..After all, he had given up so many opportunities before..So what makes this so special?? Surely, there's something on his mind..
Sonali:You could be right on this..
Mahi:(thought to herself) And there goes my hope in him helping me out to locate Ved and his secret girlfriend whom I had missed out on..
Sonali:Hey, maybe he just wants to start afresh..Creative career needs a boost or something..
Mahi:Killer instinct, Sonu..Get back to work instead of dwelling on this matter..
Sonali:I'm gonna miss him badly yaar..that's why I'm just running it through over and over again..
Mahi:Ditto yaar..I'll miss him too!!
Jiya:Hey gurlz..Don't worry about him so much..We'll all miss him but he's got a great future there..Plus, he wants to move on in his life, hmm??(left from there)
Sonali:(murmured) Move on in his life?? What did she mean by that??
Mahi:Get back to work, Sonu!!Hey, where do you think you're going??
Sonali:Sshh..I'll be right back!!

Payal had dropped by to visit Bharti and Naina after having had lunch with Bhaskar.She was surprised to see a cute pink VIP bag with Naina.She looked at Bharti for sone sort of an explanation but she herself was busy with her packing.

Payal:Ok, now may I know where the two of you are headed to?? And too without informing me or your Bhaskar mamu??
Naina:Payal aunty, we are going for a long holiday..That is what mama told me..You want to see what I have packed??
Payal:All of a sudden?? But where to??
Bharti:Uhm Naina, go and get dressed..We need to hurry..(Naina went to the bathroom)
Payal:Care to tell me where you're whisking Naina off to??
Bharti:Last night, I got a call from her uncle who's been longing to see her for quite some time..So I'm just planning a trip to San Diego, where he's situated right now..
Payal:Bharti, are you serious that there isn't anything else I should know about?
Bharti:Yes, there is so much but this isn't the right time..I'll tell you about it, I promise!! And I need your word that you'll be there for me and help me out at that time..
Payal:Anything for you, Bharti...But..
Bharti:Ok I've gotta go..Will call you when I reach there, k??(Payal nodded and sent them off with wavering thoughts while heading back to her radio station)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 304~

"Before she ends up dead??"

This stung Armaan to an adverse extent that he instantly dropped all his files and left to meet Bharti at her home.

Jiya had been totally oblivious to the developments in Armaan's rekindled friendship with Bharti.In fact, everyone in his and Bharti's social circle were unaware of his status of having been ditched by Shreya for good, be it in Men's Universe or Trends.

Jiya was surprised when she received Mahi's call enquiring about Armaan's whereabouts.She was clueless and began trying his mobile but to no avail.He seemed busy on the other line.

Bharti, on the other hand, was at her university cafe, having a cup of coffee with Gaurav and Naina.He had picked up Naina after her art classes and had come there instantly to catch up with her.Armaan just reached and headed to the cafe, as Dr Graham directed him.He couldn't believe his eyes when he saw Gaurav there.Bharti was laughing with him, to which Armaan widened his eyes in disgust.He recollected KK's words about taking Naina away from Bharti.It seemed as a much better option than letting Gaurav be intimate with her.In fact, he wanted both Bharti and Naina to himself, and so much farther from Gaurav.He couldn't stand the sight of the latter for he could only visualize Gaurav as the vicious killer who had Radhika's blood all over him. 

Armaan:Hi there..(ignored Gaurav completely) I need to talk to you urgently..
Bharti:Excuse me Gaurav..Just take care of Naina for a while, would you?(Gaurav nodded happily)
Armaan:What is all this, Bharti? Are you lunching and making merry with the cold blooded killer?
Bharti:Beware of your choice of words, Armaan..This is not the way to speak of someone..
Armaan:Oh really?? What do you make of him then??
Bharti:Come with me.. (brought him away, to her empty lecture hall) Ok, why are you being so paranoid, reacting in the manner of girls?? I was just trying to win that idiot's trust, that's all, Armaan..
Armaan:By actually letting him take care of Naina?? Bharti, are you even sure of what you're even doing??
Bharti:I know what I'm doing, Armaan and you clearly don't want to get involved in any of this mess so you shouldn't be anywhere near me..
Armaan:Bharti, I thought we were rekindling our friendship and you had already involved me in this by telling me about Radhika and her death..
Bharti:I did, and I'm sorry about that..it's just that I trust you more than anyone and I just blabbered it out to you in weak moments..And now you had backed out so I'm fighting my battle myself..
Armaan:You want me to back you up?? I will do that for you but not at the cost of your life!! I don't want you to end up dead fighting this battle for your best friend, do you get me??
Bharti:End up dead? You think I would go to a war, totally unprepared??(Armaan looked away but turned back to her when she made him face her) Right now, I'm much more prepared than I ever was, perhaps 4 to 5 years ago..His death is in my hands!!
Armaan:That basically means that I can't even coax you to back out??(Bharti shook her head and Armaan's eyes welled up as he continued) That's why you had always kept going on, saying that I never belonged to your inner world..I'm just going to lose you, right Bharti??
Bharti:You always have Shreya with you, Armaan..You're about to lead a life which I will never be able to lead for nothing is ever going to be normal for me..Ever!!
Armaan: Do you fathom the very prospect of the aftermath? Don't you realize that there are people who care about you, who need you? I just seriously feel that you are being selfish here!!
Bharti:You're right..I am being selfish but only for my friend whose death practically changed everything for me!! I don't know if you've experienced that..
Armaan:Bharti, I don't wish to keep reiterating the fact that I had lost my dad at a young age, alrite?? I understand you're getting worked up but tell me something..What will happen to Naina? You have to think about her future..I don't want her to face any of what you're intending to do to Gaurav..
Bharti:I don't know, Armaan..I haven't really thought about it..Her..
Armaan:I have..In fact, I'm here with 2 choices for you..Either you hand her over to her true guardian or you hand her over to me and Maa; we'll take good care of her and you will have nothing to worry about..Think about it!!(stormed from there; Bharti felt so powerless and guilty for not having really thought about Naina all these while)

Armaan reached Men's Universe.He was shocked to see Bhaskar and Jiya waiting for him.They looked quite pissed.

Armaan:Erm, hi guys..
Bhaskar:Where were you?
Armaan:I had to go somewhere..
Jiya:Somewhere so important that you had to forget about the photo shoot?? Did you know how important this particular shoot was? We lost one of our top client to Trends, all thanks to you!!
Armaan:I'm sorry..This was quite urgent..I had an issue to tackle, Jiya..
Bhaskar:Itz ok, Jiya..Armaan, relax!! I know your professional nature well enough and I have somehow kept the leading fashion photographer still on hold..Have you decided anything about that, yet??
Jiya:Oh Bhaskar, he obviously needs time to think..
Bhaskar:(thought) What the heck is wrong with Jiya? She's never so uptight against Armaan before..This is definitely not good if I'm thinking of bringing Jiya on board.. (saw Jiya glaring at Armaan)
Armaan:Bhaskar, I just wanted to ask Shreya, if you didn't mind...But I think I've pretty much decided..I'm on board!! Yeah, don't be surprised..I'll just talk to her about this..
Bhaskar:Sure dude..Thanks!!(left from there)
Armaan:I don't wanna talk to you right now, Jiya..You just have to make things all so difficult for me every time..I'm tired, ok? I'm going to talk to Shreya now so just leave me alone, will you?(Jiya felt upset and went away) Wow, I just can't believe myself!! I finally decide to take the step to go away from Bharti..But it just doesn't make any sense to me..This feels all so wrong all of a sudden!!

Just then, a white paper flew past him, covering his face.He removed it and saw a note written on it.

"You think you need to go away from Bharti to make a fresh start in life, to forget her for good.But this cycle will not end for you're in support of her plan of seeking justice.You'll still end up thinking about her even if you were to take care of Naina.You'll keep pondering about how her plans might end up getting her killed!! You've ignored my advice before but if you do the same now, I can't guarantee the life of your eternal love..You can't leave her to herself for she has no one who would not give up on her..Like you!!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 303~ Happy Bdae Sadafy! !

She couldn't involve Mayank into this and she wouldn't. But she knew someone whom she trusted with all her heart.He would help her.No doubt about it.She called Armaan.

Armaan:Hey, what a surprise..
Bharti:Expecting someone else?
Armaan:Not at all..In fact, I'm working so I'm not in the mood of getting distracted by calls but you sure as hell know when to disturb me..
Bharti:Are you directly taunting me for having called you now? How mean, Armaan..
Armaan:Ouch, that hurts!!(smiled) Come on, how did you recall me now?
Bharti:I have this burden resting on my shoulders and I wanted to talk to someone..You, specifically!!
Armaan:Anything serious??
Bharti:It is something which connects us both..I'm talking about Radhika's journal!! I have just finished reading it a couple of hours ago!!

Armaan grew shocked by this revelation. He shut his cabin door and closed the blinds.He had no idea what he should even say to Bharti.Should he tell Bharti about knowing her past?? He closed his eyes in a state of confusion.

Bharti:Armaan, no one's with you now, right?
Armaan:Huh? Nope...
Bharti:Armaan..I know you are planning to leave Mumbai to take the job in London..Perhaps this is the only chance where I can be frank with you and tell you everything, break my walls which I've guarded for so long..You are right in saying that I carry quite a tedious amount of emotional baggage with me!! You're absolutely right..You know I had not come to Mumbai just like that..I have long been estranged from my biological parents..
Bharti:Armaan, don't stop me, let me finish!! The only reason why I had bothered coming here was on the persistence of Payal and Bhaskar..Both of them had no idea of the plans I've had carefully weaved over the years after losing my closest pal.But lil did I know that I would find that filthy murderer, Gaurav right at the doorstep of Trends, and that too working with Mayank..I had no intention of entering your life or ruining things for you, Armaan..Right now, I'm about to tell you that I came here to seek justice for Radhika..I need to do this for her, for Mayank and most significantly for me to stay alive..(Bharti began narrating the events which led to Radhika's brutal death, holding Gaurav accountable for everything that had happened; Armaan suppressed his emotions from overflowing in order for Bharti to never find out about his awareness of her past) I'm going to do whatever it may take me to avenge Radhika's death, Armaan!!
Armaan:Bharti, what are you even saying?? You can't be involved in any more troubles..From what you're saying, it is only going to lead you there..Listen to me, she is not going to come back, irrespective of what you may do..
Bharti: Does that mean he should be let scot-free??
Armaan:I didn't say that, Bharti but you shouldn't take things in your own hands..You're contemplating of killing him, aren't you??
Bharti:Look, i trust you with all my heart..And no one else knows about this journal except for you and me, not even Mayank..Armaan, are you in with me or out?
Armaan:Bharti, I'm sorry to say but I'm not in..And I won't let you do this to yourself!!
Bharti:Fine!! Try stopping me then.. (hung up, feeling super pissed)
Armaan:Hello..Heyy!! Damn it.. (tossed his phone)I've got to stop her somehow but how??(Just then, his mobile rang) Hey..Who is this?
KK:Hi Mr Armaan Sinha..Well, I'm calling from outside your cabin..Would you do the honours of unlocking your cabin door and letting me in?
Armaan:What?(looked at his door and saw a familiar face and that's when he recollected seeing the very same guy at Rheo Pub and he hung up after letting him inside) I know you but what..What are you doing here?
KK:You've ignored my previous advice and now is a time for us to have a detailed conversation..
Armaan:I have no time for you since I have an important photo shoot segment to accomplish for the upcoming issue of MU magazine..
KK:Now, sit down for there is nothing more important than for you to know crucial details about Bharti..She's surely guilty for involving you in her mess but you're not going to leave her alone, are you??
Armaan:I guess you should be knowing the answer by now..I just can't be with her, ok?Nothing is going to change my mind..
KK:Not even if I were to say that she's in grave trouble? She's about to do something so traumatic that will not only change her but everyone else around her.She's going to end up by herself..
Armaan:I tried to talk her out of it but she isn't keen on that.I can't do anything if she's bent on digging her own grave.
KK:Then, snatch her prized possession from her before she ends up dead..
KK:Take Naina with you for she doesn't deserve this kind of life with Bharti who is obsessing over seeking justice..Do her this favour and you'll not feel guilty for not helping her at all!!
Armaan:(turned away from KK and thought) I can't do this..This is pure torture, do you know that? You are.. (turned around and realized KK was gone) Wait..OMG!! (Recollected KK's last few words.."before she ends up dead")
Before she ends up dead??

This stung Armaan to an adverse extent that he instantly dropped all his files and left to meet Bharti at her home.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 302~

Armaan waited for Bharti to speak up but she stood dumbfounded. He waited patiently for a while, knowing that he shouldn't rush her or else he might risk her running away from there.That need not be said, being well acquainted with Bharti's behaviour up till now.Bharti looked intently at him, sensing the elevated curiosity in his eyes who were searching for answers from her.

Bharti:Armaan, I can't promise you anything..You know, you talk as if you know everything about me but you're wrong..
Armaan:Ok, I tried..I'm sorry if I had sounded like that but the fact remains..You have a lot of baggage that you're carrying with you and it won't do any good to you in the long run..Especially with your relationships!! (Bharti glanced downwards, having slowly realized that Armaan had already taken the steps down the stairs towards the basement of the lighthouse; Bharti soon followed him downstairs)
Bharti:So you're mad at me?(Armaan stopped walking and looked at her)
Armaan:I'm not mad..Just worried for your wellbeing..
Bharti:Why? Can you give me an answer to that?
Armaan:Cuz I don't want you to be part of any troubles in your life..Itz a crazy world out there and I want you to be safe..I may not be there for you or be part of your life any longer, given the probability that I may take up the job..And I am well aware of your foes, who may even be in your circle of utmost trust!! And to top it all, you have been the most incredible and fabulous friend I could ever have gotten in my life. .I don't want anything other than your safety and happiness in this world!!
Bharti:Armaan, I assure you nothing is going to happen to me..At least that's what I staunchly believe in; stop this incessant worry of your's!!
Armaan:Take this final word from me..Be wary of Gaurav and his actions!! I don't trust him to be a straightforward guy as he may appear to be.. (Bharti was speechless but she concealed her emotions and smiled, nodding in agreement)

~Bharti's place~
Bharti couldn't stop thinking about the crazy night she just had with Armaan.His words kept leaping at her, as though there was so much more Armaan had planned on expressing to her.She was totally clueless by the body language of Armaan tonight and the days before and all this, she believed, had started happening ever since she had gotten back Radhika's journal.However, what really struck her as the most peculiar was the fact that she too had her doubts on Gaurav, just like Armaan.How was that even possible?? That brought her back to her question that had been bothering her for some time for now---How was it that Gaurav and Mayank are gelling so well now? Didn't Mayank have tiffs with Gaurav in the presence of Radhika?? That close association between them currently made no sense to her.

Perhaps it was time for her to find out and probably the time to talk to Mayank to talk about this matter but...

How should she even start when she hadn't even contacted him for days?? Maybe she could try calling Niharika or even Shreya to find out Mayank's schedule for the days ahead.

She waited for the call to be answered.

No response.

She called again.This time round, it went straight to voice mail. Bharti decided to drop a message, just in case.She soon headed to sleep.

The next day, she received a text message.She hurried up and headed to meet Payal and Bhaskar at Payal's radio station.

It sure was a long time since she came here, reminding Bharti of their old times when she, Bhaskar and Payal used to stay together.Life was a tad simpler and all about work.Now, the equation seemed to have weighed down towards her schemes towards seeking justice for her dear friend, Radhika.That has become the more critical section of her life right now and it will only be an understatement if it needed to be emphasised that this mission is very much important for her, more than anything else that's happening in her world.

Payal smiled widely and rushed to hug her dearest friend after her shift was done with.

Bharti:Uff, ab bas bhi kar..
Payal:No yaar..I'm just so excited today..First of all, what perfect timing that you possess, Bharti..And I've got so much to share with you..Come, letz go to the cafe where we can sit and talk as long as we want..
Bharti:Ok, Peppy Payal..Shoot!!
Payal:Haha, I missed this side of your's so much yaar..Anyways I've got a big gig coming up..There are some authors whom I'm going to interview on air..Guess who??
Bharti:I don't.. (saw Payal's smile and guessed) OMG!! Not Shobha De??
Payal:Bharti..I'm so gonna whack you!! Of course I'm not interested in her books..
Bharti:Then you must be referring to Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts, hmm??
Payal:And your favourite, Jodi Picoult..
Bharti:Wow then I'll definitely tune in..
Payal:Bhaskar's planning on taking me to UK after my gig..
Bharti:Surprise vacation, hmm??
Payal:Well, that and an unexpected news..He's shifting base to London to expand MU there..
Bharti: OMG!! Wait, that means you two are shifting for good??
Payal:I don't know yaar..It's so weird that we've gelled so well over these years and it's all of a sudden that the news of departure have to strike us so hard like this..
Bharti:And what about your career, Paayu??(Payal kept mum) What, you're thinking of giving it up??
Payal:No!! Actually, I haven't thought about it and I don't know if I'll get a chance in London..
Bharti:Take it easy, k? Let me know the dates of your departure..
Payal:Bharti, we're leaving in 2 week's time!!
Bharti:What? Do you know how fast that is?? Damn it yaar!!
Payal:I'm gonna miss you too, Bharti..Life is so complicated, tearing us apart from each other..
Bharti:(held Payal's palm) Hey,I'm sorry of I have hurt you or Bhaskar in any way, k? In fact, you two have helped me so much that I'm so indebted to you both!!
Payal:Uff, stop this melodrama..I'm the one supposed to be doing that, na?
Bharti:Felt nice to do a farewell role reversal for you..haha!!
Payal:Bharti, everything is ok in your life, right?? I mean..I just..
Bharti:Everything is fit and fine, Payal..No worries at all, hmm? Naina is good and so am I!!

Just then, Ashish disrupted their conversation as he handed out some documents to Payal who got engrossed in them while Bharti excused herself to the washroom.

Bharti looked at her mobile once more and decided she can't wait any longer.She knew she had to move forward with her plan and she began her work.She couldn't involve Mayank into this and she wouldn't. But she knew someone whom she trusted with all her heart.He would help her.No doubt about it.She called Armaan.

Monday, August 4, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 301~

Her heart skipped a beat upon seeing his new hairdo, just as she had used to admire back when she was working in Men's Universe.He gestured to her to extend her hand and she quivered.She looked at him, his hand and safely placed her hand in his.He turned around, clasping her hand tight and Bharti ran with him, oblivious to his plans to be revealed soon.

Bharti gasped for breath as she reached the top of the lighthouse with Armaan.She bent down for a while and regained her posture, seeing Armaan panting mildly with an occasional smile on his face.

Bharti:Armaan, are you ok? I mean, is everything ok with you? What was the matter that made you want to talk to me urgently in a quiet place?
Armaan:Too many similar questions indeed..I don't know how I should even start..Itz...
Bharti:I believe both of us have an open understanding of each other so you can tell me anything now..
Armaan:I'm glad of that, Bharti..But what I'm about to tell you now can change the whole dynamics of our renewed friendship...In fact I'm just not sure òf this situation which I had come in contact with, as of now..Itz revitalizing and liberating on one end but I'm hesitating on the other end too..(Bharti held Armaan's arm and made him face her and plainly smiled) I.. I got a job offer..I mean it's more like a promotion.In fact, Jiya surprised me with the news she had overheard from Bhaskar and Amarjeet sir that I'm being considered for the job of a leading fashion photographer for the MU branch that they're contemplating of launching in UK.. (Bharti's smile widened and her lips parted from one another as her mouth opened in sheer joy)
Bharti:This is such a joyous piece of news, Armaan..Which part of it are you hesitant about? You're being promoted, Armaan!!
Armaan:You're very excited, aren't you?
Bharti:What's wrong, Armaan? You just don't even look happy at all..
Armaan:(glanced away from Bharti and held the rails alongside the top of the light house and watched the tides) Bharti, I'm not an inch bit excited about this job offer at this period of time.. (Bharti stood beside him) Just watch the tides fluctuating, Bharti..I don't wish to be the tide that just dies down or diminish with time..I can't even express myself now.. (paused for a long while and Bharti respected his silence, waiting for him to speak) I found someone close to me and I just don't want to lose her friendship, which I'm fearful of losing..
Bharti:What does Shreya has to say about your offer?? She must have supported you, right?
Armaan:Bharti, you're the first I'm openly discussing this matter with..
Bharti:What?? How could you, Armaan when she's going to be your life partner, sharing her life with you??
Armaan:I wanted to figure out what she might probably say after talking to you, you know..
Bharti:So you think Shreya is very much similar to me??
Armaan:No, she's very distinct from you..
Bharti:So how can you expect her to react in a similar fashion as me, Armaan? Hey, I might tell you to follow your heart..But Shreya needs to have a say in your matters too and both of you should decide together..
Armaan:Follow my heart, hmm?? Would you do the same if I tell you to? Bharti...
Bharti:You can't tell me that, ok? Cuz nothing is normal in my life to follow my heart..
Armaan:You mean ever since Radhika's gone? Nothing is normal in your life, hmm?? What about me then, Bharti?
Bharti:You're the only normal soul close to me..You..You remind me of the times I used to be sane around Radhika and Mayank..I just want you to be happy in life, Armaan cuz you're different. Special.
Armaan:You're a nut case who cares so much about me yet you don't express it enough to me..You mislead me in several ways and you push me away on purpose..
Bharti:You don't need to get any more closer to me, Armaan cuz I'm such a bad influence on you, hmm?? Promise me, you'll talk to Shreya about your promotion and think twice before deciding anything, hmm??(Armaan nodded and just as Bharti turned to go, Armaan held her wrist) What, Armaan?
Armaan:I want a promise from you too..To get past the emotional baggage that you're carrying in your life..
Bharti:What do you mean?
Armaan:Radhika's departed from this world..Embrace it and make peace..Be normal in your life once and forever..I know the feeling of losing a loved one and I faced it at a pretty young age, Bharti..It took me years to cope and get past my loss and I know you will, too in due time but promise me you'll try...

Armaan waited for Bharti's answer but she stood dumbfounded.


Friday, July 25, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 300~

'Maybe she could be the blessed angel who can help me out, after all!!'

Niharika:Heyy, thanks for the coffee but I didn't specify to your receptionist that I wanted to meet Raj and talk about Bharti..
Armaan:What? I thought you two were going to sort matters out between both of ya..I had tried talking that idiot out of his crappy logic..
Niharika:It's ok,Armaan..In fact, I don't let it bother so much now for I've gotten on terms with Raj's peculiarity in this matter..Maybe he is not cut out for a deep relationship or whatever it may be..I'm not here to judge for there still lie many issues which I hadn't shared with him either.However, what bothers me right now is Bharti and Mayank. Ever since Bharti had left Trends, Mayank is just not himself.We both saw her quite disturbed one late night when she came over and had stayed the night.Mayank told me he would talk to her but from the guess of it, I don't think he has even bothered to come out of his own shell to discuss matters with her.
Armaan:I don't understand..What do you mean?
Niharika:Mayank had stopped going to Trends himself and decided to handle official matters from home itself.Can you believe him?? He doesn't do that, not as a responsible CEO of Trends, for God's sake!! He had to be all this reclusive guy once again.Before, I had not been there for him and had regretted going overseas, leaving him all by himself to deal with his tragic memories but now I have to bring him back to his senses..I just..
Armaan:You mean, when Radhika... (paused as Niharika glanced at him blankly, wondering if she had blabbered anything but she hadn't apparently so she grew far confused) I'm sorry Niharika..I know about her, Niharika..
Niharika:Neither Mayank nor Bharti..Did she tell you?
Armaan:Oh God, no!! Just keep to yourself that I know but Bharti shouldn't even know a thing about what I just said to you, hmm? I can't imagine what Bharti or Mayank must have gone through then and just thinking about it makes my stomach tighten..
Niharika:Since you know about it, I need you to ensure that both Bharti and Mayank are..I want them to be like before, old friends..Please help me, Armaan!!(placed her palm on Armaan's and believe it or not, Raj noticed Niharika and froze)
Armaan:I will do anything for Bharti..But you have to promise me something, Niharika..About Raj..
Niharika:Armaan, I..
Armaan:Hear me out, please..That idiot is staying far from you because you're Mayank's sis..He doesn't want to create any complications because of your identity..For anything that's worth, he has changed quite much for it's been weeks since he even bothered to go on dates with other models or designers..You became the change in his life; you've got to give yourself that credit, Niharika..And it's up to both of you to sort this out and make it really special.
Niharika:Armaan, that's so sweet but I don't have time for such complicated issues of the heart..
Armaan:Is there something written on my face that makes girls say that?
Niharika:What do you mean? Now you're gonna get engaged to Shreya, right?
Armaan:Well..I used to be in love with Bharti who used to tell me the same exact response as you but I assure you that this response is not healthy for the heart, mind you!!(Niharika smiled widely) Come on, promise me you'll give both of ya a second chance..I can help you in that too!! Kick some sense in that idiot, know??
Niharika:I'll think about it and let you know..Bye.. (Armaan waved back at Niharika before he met the cold stares of Raj, which he kinda enjoyed before leaving him off in the lurch)

~Gaurav's Home~

He had just refreshed himself with a warm cup of coffee as he read the newspaper cutting of Radhika's death.

The untimely death of Radhika Gupta, a well known publicist of NRIs, a biweekly magazine had shocked so much of her ardent fans and amongst them even included her colleagues and one close associate, Mayank Sharma, someone she was rumored to be in an intimate relationship with.As our sources tried their utmost in questioning him, he was busy pacifying his and Radhika's dearest friend, Bharti Kapoor, the daughter of the billionaire couple, Aakash and Ruby.Much has to he gathered but as of now, it is clear that Radhika had bled out from the slashing of her throat on this uneventful Holi bash that the NRIs had organized. All we hope for Radhika is for her soul to rest in peace, reaching the duvets of heaven and may she be truly remembered.

This had hardened Gaurav far more and the only reason he was at Trends was to connect with Mayank and make sure he was doing alright with his life.He needed that consolation that he didn't let Mayank's smiles vanish and through that, he earnestly hoped for forgiveness from Radhika's soul.

It was easy getting to Mayank but Bharti? She had disappeared elsewhere before his lucky encounter with her via Alisha through a blind date she had set up with him.It was true coincidence that he was Alisha's mentor at MWorld and that she was further linked to Sanjana through Anjali and Rohan, directly linking him to Bharti.Both Alisha and Sanjana did the necessary to feed him adequate information about Bharti's life till far but nothing was known of her past, as he had suspected.Her past was hidden from the world, had banished with Radhika's death.At least that was what he had assumed and then he had tried every now and then to pursue Bharti, her friendship which he had only managed to attain after saving Naina in the nick of time.

Gaurav closed his eyes, letting them travel back in time to the Holi bash.It was a fun bash for the trio, Radhika, Mayank and Bharti who was more than ever elated to escape her dad's socialite parties.Gaurav was there, after having stalked Radhika for quite some time, knowing her whereabouts at specific intervals.His clique had gathered the information for him and made things smooth for him, especially Sid, who seemed to take a particular interest in his revenge scheme and thought a step further than Gaurav himself.Gaurav hadn't known what was in the run and seemed to discuss matters with Sid.

Gaurav had smudged himself with the crimson red colour of Holi, practically bringing out the aura of revenge in his soul.Meanwhile, Bharti was taking lots of photographs on her digital camera.Loads of them, candid photos of Mayank and Radhika, those which she couldn't get hold of in their normal routine life with the load of stresses on their shoulders.She admitted to herself that she was successful in erasing his tension about his sis, Niharika not attending the bash and bringing him out to enjoy his time with a girl who adores him so much and surely she smiled with a large cup of Bhang in one hand and her cam in the other.Mayank gestured to Radhika to notice Bharti and both of them ended up bursting in laughter.Bharti captured a beautiful video of their laughter without their knowledge and smiled to herself, as she gulped down the Bhang. Seeing them together not only made Bharti elated but it had a contrasting effect on Gaurav who saw them together.

He felt strangely connected to them.Feeling the brim of love and happiness engulf them had made him regret his decision to avenge Radhika for it wasn't entirely her fault.The witty and sly girl who had played victim in his sight had trapped her but how would Radhika know anything about that? Why should she suffer?? He felt alienated from himself not having thought about that before till now.He couldn't harm Radhika, after having attained this insight from within.He knew what he had to do.He had to find Sid and put a halt to rash matters.

Bharti had received a call and attended to it, away from Mayank and Radhika. Radhika decided to pursue the moment and asked Mayank out for a challenge to the Bhang drinking competition.She wanted to see how daring Mayank could be; she wanted to see the other side to Mayank for surely she knew every man hated to be called a coward.However, much against her expectations, he wouldn't budge.He wouldn't care about being called a coward and tried diverting the topic instead to Bharti.She then tried the ultimate approach of emotional blackmailing but crazily, that didn't work either.Soon, out of frustration, she just went on challenging herself with some random guy to the Bhang competition, leaving Mayank spellbound.

Bharti came back and was stunned to see her best friend in a truly intoxicated state.She chided Mayank for letting her take the limelight with some random guy instead of with him.Mayank was biting his nails by then and Bharti simply irritated him further by shoving his hand away.Moreover, Radhika started flirting with the guy so effortlessly that it confused Bharti even more.Bharti instantly brought her best friend away and whispered to her, gesturing to her to make her move and confess her feelings to Mayank now or it will just drag on for ever.Radhika nodded and smiled like an idiotic girl, as in the precise words of Bharti.Bharti lingered on as Radhika headed to talk to Mayank.

Mayank:Hey, what's up?
Radhika:You know something, Mayank? I just think this is the only way I can express it to you..
Mayank:What? I can't hear you..
Radhika:Arghh,come here..(kissed Mayank, pressing her lips gently against his and gently withdrew) Haha, see? That was pretty liberating, I must admit..I love you, Mayank..(Mayank just stood flabbergasted at the revelation of Radhika, something he never thought he would ever hear from her lips; just then he received a call)
Mayank:I've got to take this call..Be right back!!
Radhika:Damn it...(looked at Bharti who smiled gleefully as she showed her best friend her digital camera and Radhika realized that she was on tape; she ran after Bharti who scooted from there)

~A few hours down the lane~

Bharti had bumped into an unknown guy and had dropped her digital camera.By the time she knelt down and took it, she realized that the guy she wanted to chide was not within the field of her sight.As she tried to focus her camera, trying to find out where Radhika and Mayank was, she saw a strange looking guy with what she thought he had in his hand.A knife, not a blunt one but rather a pretty sharp one which was not so easily discernible.But who was he going after??

Just then, he saw her looking in the direction of a girl.Radhika was checking her messages on her mobile and she had frozen as she read the messages.The guy had called out to her and another guy had voiced out to him.Bharti was lost.So lost.She kept filming what she witnessed.It happened so quick when she was looking out for Mayank who startled her as he tapped her from behind.Bharti turned around and was just about to chide him when the gruesome incident took place.The former guy had slashed the throat of Radhika.Her best friend, Radhika with his own arms.With the sharp weapon which he brought along with him. Bharti and Mayank rushed to Radhika who fell in her arms.

A crowd had gathered around them shortly.Mayank called for help but to no avail.Hence he dialled the emergency number for an ambulance and the police as well.

Gaurav woke up, spilling his coffee.He felt the heat from the coffee which had spilt over his faded pink shirt.He went to the washroom and rinsed his shirt and his face.As he felt his eyes and looked at the mirror before him, he felt his own devil laughing at him pitifully. He had never felt so deprived of energy in his life as he remembered the dramatic drop of Radhika in her best friend's arms.She had smiled albeit the oozing blood from her throat.He and Sid had scampered from there after seeing Radhika touching her own blood and smearing it over the cheeks of Bharti and  Mayank as she murmured the 3 magical words any guy would wanna hear.Bharti closed her eyes, letting her tears stream endlessly and that was the last he ever saw of Radhika.

Bharti was with Raj at his place, discussing about Project M3. She was hyped up for her dear friend who is working so vigorously on making his dream come true.That was when she received a phone call from Armaan.Raj saw his name and pondered deeply before initiating a conversation.

Raj:(snatched her phone and let it ring) Ok, is there anything serious going on between you and Armaan??
Bharti:Raj, for heaven's sake, give me my mobile back..Stop acting like a morose boyfriend!!
Raj:Whattt?? That's not even counted..Don't bring up my personal crisis here, k?
Bharti:Personal crisis, my foot!!(got her mobile back)
Raj:Seriously it makes me wonder so much..He's calling you every now and then and you're talking to him for long as well..Anything that I should be updated about??
Bharti:Why? You think I'm a possible threat to his relationship with Shreya?(Raj grew stunned as ever)
Raj:Seriously I don't know if I see Armaan and Shreya as often enough as I see the phone calls coming from Armaan for you..You get what I mean?
Bharti:Get back to work, Raj!! And I'll be right back..(called Armaan back) Hey, I'm sorry I couldn't pick up just now because of Raj..Anything serious?
Armaan:Is he...There with you?
Bharti:Nope, I'm away from him..Are you ok? (felt a long pause on the other line) Armaan????
Armaan:I need to talk to you in person, Bharti..And this can't wait!!
Bharti:Armaan, where do you want to meet?
Armaan:I don't know..Maybe somewhere quiet, somewhere calm..
Bharti: Ok, I feel that you're freaking out..Stop doing that to yourself, k? Let's meet at the lighthouse..You remember?
Armaan:Of course..How can I forget?? I'll meet you in half an hour's time!! Bye..Try to come on time, hmm??
Bharti:I'll try..Bye!!(hung up, wanting to leave Raj's place asap; feeling a tight knot getting even tighter with each passing second)

~Half an Hour Later~

Bharti checked her compact mirror and didn't adjust herself, feeling nervous with each step accompanied by the strong winds.For a blunt moment, she felt as though she was going to meet a secret date at night hours and that too at a place they both treasured deeply, the lighthouse where they had carved each other's names back when they were married to each other.She believed that it still existed there somewhere.She looked around for Armaan.She told him to wait for her at the basement of the lighthouse.The strong winds blowing her hair against her cheeks made it formidable but as she adjusted her hair then, she noticed Armaan in his red shirt, standing before her and extending his hand before her.

Her heart skipped a beat upon seeing his new hairdo, just as she had used to admire back when she was working in Men's Universe.He gestured to her to extend her hand and she quivered.She looked at him, his hand and safely placed her hand in his.He turned around, clasping her hand tight and Bharti ran with him, oblivious to his plans to be revealed soon.

Monday, July 21, 2014

JLH 1st Podcast

This is the start to audio podcasting for JLH.Do check it out!!!!

Find out more about the future plot lines of JLH!!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 299~

Bharti:Struggle? What was he talking about?? Why did he seem so different from the past few days??

Gaurav, on the other hand was very much apprehensive.He had locked himself up in the attic of his home, the atmosphere being pitch dark except for the dim light adjacent to his desk piled up with his files and newspaper articles.Some dated ages back to the death of a girl's name not unknown to many--Radhika!! This name had come across Armaan's lips and he knew it couldn't just have been a stumbling discovery of any kind.This wasn't pure chance, but an attempt to remind him of the past he had become an inevitable part of, aged 6 years.

Today, he grabbed the newspaper article dated 6 years back.The era of his evilness pervading all over the papers, with his name unwritten.He was not jailed for the death of Radhika and he knew why.Not just because he fled from the spot after seeing the dripping blood from Radhika's slashed throat.He was smudged in the colours of Holi and he had no route but to escape and he managed to do so before the police officials had arrived at the crime scene.

He had never meant to cause harm to Radhika, at least not in such a manner after all.He had hated her for ruining his life for she was the sole witness of the Mumbai harassment case of a girl by whom he had been hurt badly.But not Radhika, for he had attained his punishment in jail and he was definitely not prepared for yet a painful doom.However, he still felt that he had wronged his soul yet again.

He pondered deeply over the Mumbai harassment case.He had all the details with him buried deep in his heart.He was wrongly accused of harassing a girl whom he had to meet regarding a trial case project.He had often met her at her home, her office, coffee shops and even temples.It had been a discreet and confidential case file and he met her to collate facts and extra crucial information.It was one day at the temple that he had lost track of the same girl at the temple.That was when he had bumped into Radhika for the very first time in his life and he loathed her the very first moment itself for having obstructed his path in getting back to his client.

Radhika had been watching him at the temple, following the girl who had seemed as though she wanted to run from there, from him and that was how he had landed in trouble because of Radhika.She had brought him and the girl to the police station and lodged a complaint against him but by the time she turned, the girl had already gone.Gaurav had tried his utmost to provide all the facts of his case file with the girl but upon reaching the address of the girl, she was nowhere to be seen.Her home had been locked and she had simply vanished.However, that didn't stop Radhika nor the police from taking a grave look at the note that she had left behind.She had accused Gaurav of harassing her and ogling at her, stalking her wherever she went and now that she has written the truth, she wanted him punished, put behind bars.

That was the most painful misery Gaurav have had to suffer in his college years and Radhika had not left any stones unturned in proving him guilty.He had no idea what had happened or how things had taken a steep curve towards him getting trapped in false evidence that was updated by the girl or what her intention was behind this.All he knew was that he was innocent and he was badly trapped.He was set up but the laws didn't hear his plea.Ever since then, he had been on the look out for Radhika to seek his vengeance.

He could recollect those days when he would go out with his friends or clique just to taunt her services at the coffee bar but how was he supposed to know that one of them would pull the plug? How could he have trusted his secret with his clique?? He couldn't forget the very same Holi he had lost himself entirely.

~Men's Universe~

Armaan was contemplating his future.He had no idea what he was doing to himself and Bharti.After learning about her secrets, he couldn't bring himself to face her bravely.He could barely comprehend the level of boldness in Bharti herself that she could adorn a well disguised mask till now and further on.How could she even smile despite her struggle??

If that wasn't enough for Armaan, he had yet to deal with the dilemma of his career which Jiya had put before him indirectly.He didn't want to leave Bharti behind, knowing the troubles that Gaurav could possibly create for the latter.He wanted to protect her, save her from her agonising past and not face it all by herself.He felt helpless and he didn't know who to turn to.Just then, Jenny conveyed a message to him and left from there.Armaan headed to the reception and invited Niharika over at the staff lounge.

'Maybe she could be the blessed angel who can help me out, after all!!'


Monday, July 14, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 298~ Lost Journal Discovered!!

She saw a fresh face of Armaan and somehow she wanted to raise her hopes high, just by his words.She smiled and went inside to discuss with Raj about Project M3.

Things had taken a dramatic curve by the time Armaan and Bharti met the next time, this time being at her university.He missed picking her up during the initial phase of their contract marriage.He saw Alisha and Sanjana walking by and as he enquired about Bharti, they directed him towards the second floor.

By now, he had already finished reading Radhika's journal and he could remember the drops of sweat trickling down his face from his forehead as he read the words of Radhika to her best friend at the late hours of the night when the power supply had been cut.

He composed himself, trying not to visualize what had happened to Radhika.It made him tremble to even read the words of Bharti's encounter with her best friend laying her blood laden body in her arms on a dreadful Holi bash.That was the very reason Bharti had never favoured the festive season when the occasion approached.

He saw Bharti mentoring the juniors in front of his eyes.He didn't want to disturb her and kept gazing at her, having known her dark past which had been troubling her for the past few years.All he ever thought was how she had hurt him and only thought of not acknowledging his feelings for her.She had always reiterated to him to move on in his life but little did he know that she too was struggling with her past, which she hasn't managed to cope and get over with.He didn't feel like asking her anything for he realised she has suffered way too much in her adulthood and he had no right to blame her for not letting love enter her life.

'Bharti had come to Mumbai all the way from London.She was running from her troubled, gruesome nightmare which must have kept her haunting her ever since it had happened before her eyes.Who could ever forget one's own best friend laying her last breaths painstakingly, struggling to utter her name properly, yet adorning her face with the blood stain from her neck to embrace Holi??Radhika was brutally tainted with a tag that could never be parted from her dignity, all thanks to Gaurav, the monstrous devil within him unleashed on the festive occasion. I am just so shattered by this past of Bharti's that I just wish I had returned her journal before time.If only I had been ignorant to her past, God...'

Just then, the university bell had rung, disrupting Armaan's chain of thoughts.The students had gone for their 15-minute break before Sanjana was to take over for the other modules which Bharti hasn't covered.She placed the marker down on the narrow ledge beneath the white board.She packed her stuff and checked her mobile for calls.None from Payal or Bhaskar. She kept her mobile inside her bag and zipped it.As she got outside, she caught Armaan stealing glances at her.She smiled at him and shook her head.

Bharti:Armaan Sinha..It's really ok if you haven't found the journal.. (held her file in front of him whilst he appeared gloomy)
Armaan:What makes you lose hope in me, Bharti?
Bharti:Now, don't you look gloomy after all? You can't blame me for my assumption.. (smiled) Armaan, you don't have to do this..I know it can't be found!! (Bharti used her hand and pressed his chin forward, bringing his lower lip inward and shook his face amusingly, surprising Armaan) You tried..That's enough for me, k?(turned around to go but Armaan held her wrist and pulled her close)
Armaan:Itna bhi barosa nahin hai mujh par? Hmm?? Dekho..(took out the journal from the inner pocket of his cardigan, leaving Bharti stunned and tongue-tied)

Bharti was shocked.She couldn't fathom anything at all from the moment Armaan had shown her the lost journal of Radhika's. How could he have found it when all hopes of attaining it were lost? How was it even possible when she couldn't find it herself? It was nothing less than a miracle.Till now, she had only seen miracles being performed by KK but it was a first-timer from Armaan.

Armaan:Kyun?? Ab kya hua hai aapko,Bharti Kapoor?? (Smiled victoriously; Bharti let out a relieved smile and in between, she gasped for breath, not being unable to believe what she was seeing and this brought about a sparkle in Armaan's deep set eyes)

Their hearts couldn't help but humm to a beautiful tune.

Jo mere dil ke paas hai
Naye jaadu naye ehsaas hai
Iss pyaar ko kya naam doon....

Bharti:Kaise? Yeh kaise, Armaan?
Armaan:Koi sawaal matt karna kyunki main tumhe jawaab nahin dene waala..Just keep this safe with you, hmm?? (Bharti hugged Armaan instantly, with an air of euphoria slowly drizzling and pervading within her)
Bharti:You've got no idea what this means to me, Armaan..I just love you for this!!
Armaan:What? What did you just say??
Bharti:(withdrew from her hug) I...I meant..
Armaan:Itz cool, Bharti..I had always wanted you to be really happy in your life and by doing this small deed, I could bring back the wide smile I had always missed..I'm just going to go off, k?(turned but Bharti stopped him)
Bharti:I'm sorry if I had been so hard on you till now..
Armaan:No Bharti, it was my fault that I couldn't understand you at all and your struggle.You have all my love and support in everything that you do..You'll always see me waiting for you at the other end!! Take care.. (left from there)
Bharti:Struggle? What was he talking about?? Why did he seem so different from the past few days??


Friday, July 11, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 297~

Armaan:Gaurav, firstly welcome to Men's Universe..What brings you here?(noticed the sudden transformation in his facial features and became more laid back, erasing the knots off his face)
Gaurav:Please Armaan, no formalities..I just wanted to review what kind of atmosphere Men's Universe had presented Bharti with, before she started working for Trends..Talking about Bharti, I heard she's back to her university mentoring students..I mean after all that she had contributed here and Trends, she had to go backwards in her career graph..That's just plain giving up from her side, don't you think?
Armaan:It's her choice, what she wants out of life and all..Maybe she doesn't belong to the fashion industry after all..If that's what you're thinking, then I have nothing to add on for she might be probably right..But as far as I've seen her in Men's Universe, she's a born warrior; she fights her battles pretty well..
Gaurav:Such words coming from you..I must say she still has an impounding effect on you..You two must have been pretty close, right?? I wonder what had led to the sourness now..
Armaan:(let out a mild laugh) She's still close to me and things between us had never changed, irrespective of the new people who enter our lives..
Gaurav:Really?? You think so??
Armaan:I know so, Gaurav..And Radhika..I mean, Gaurav..(saw the tight grip of Gaurav all of a sudden) Gaurav, everything's ok??
Gaurav:You said Radhika..
Armaan:Did I??
Gaurav:Who's that?
Armaan:No one, just an old acquaintance whom I remembered..No biggie..
Gaurav:Ok..Armaan, if you meet Bharti any time, then could you..
Armaan:(cut him short) I don't think so..I have got a real tight schedule for the next upcoming weeks so my social circle is pretty much affected for the time being..I have this important list of shoots in London..So..
Gaurav:I just wanted a favour from you but I think you're busy..Ok, you carry on.. (left from there)
Armaan:Idiot, he does know Radhika..He got tensed when I mentioned her name..Bharti knows nothing about Gaurav and this duffer is asking me to do him a favour..Like hell I would!! But how should I even warn Bharti??

~Raj's Messed-Up Home~

Raj just reached home, quickly rushing inside after having gotten Bharti's SMS that she'll be arriving in half an hour's time.He had very little time indeed to clean up, the chore which he despised the most.Of course he had the option of calling Jiya as always for help but he'd rather not deal with her at the moment.He decided to face the situation and started picking up his underwear and placed them in the laundry basket.

After some time, he got a shock when he heard the doorbell ring.He knew that he had done his utmost in cleaning up though there were still heaps of bottles that he had to throw away.He placed them in the trash bags and off he went to open the door.

Armaan:Hi Raj..Thanks for the welcome by the way.. (entered inside and Raj shut the door, feeling annoyed)Ghar kaafi hadh tak saaf ho gaya hai, kyun?? Koi date hai kya?
Raj:Haha very hilarious, Armaan..I'm expecting someone, that's all..
Armaan:Let me guess...Niharika?? Have you two made up??
Armaan:(thought to himself) That basically means Bharti is coming here, right now..Great!!
Raj:Why are you smiling for??
Armaan:Nothing..Just trying to make a wild guess of who's coming...
Raj:It's Bharti, ok?
Armaan:Ahh icic...Then I'm in no rush to go, right?
Raj:What do you mean by that, huh?? Aren't you going to leave?? I have something confidential to discuss with her and I apparently can't do that in your presence..
Armaan:Raj, come on dude..I was just joking..I just thought of meeting her before leaving..since she's already coming here, hmm??
Raj:Since when have you two made up??
Armaan:Well for a start, we have not been apart to make up..
Raj:Oh really, Armaan?? You're telling me this??

Just as Armaan was about to answer, the doorbell rang.
Armaan:I'll get it..
Raj:No I will..You just stay put!!(opened the door and welcomed Bharti inside)
Bharti:Raj, sorry thodi si late ho gayi thi..I..Armaan??
Raj:(murmured) Bina bataaye aa gaya tha. .Bas abhi abhi..
Armaan:Hi Bharti, what a pleasant surprise indeed..Raj, why don't you get your guests something to drink??
Raj:Yeah sure, what will you have??
Armaan:How about some juice..Ahh no, you wouldn't have that here...Make it two chilled water..
Raj:Great, I'll be right back...
Bharti:You seem to be in a different mood..
Armaan:That, I am..Glad you noticed..Anyways, I wanted to apologise if I sounded harsh last night..And for a fact, I do know that I may have misunderstood you on so many occasions and I am to blame for my short-temperedness.. (Bharti simply looked at him blankly) You're a great friend and I truly treasure the fact that you've always cared for my happiness, which I had failed to comprehend before..I want to help you too, Bharti..
Bharti:Help?? Me?? I don't understand..
Armaan:Radhika's journal.. (Bharti looked around and took Armaan's hand and brought him outside)
Bharti:That chapter is closed, Armaan..I shouldn't have called you in the first place itself..I don't know why I did but anyways..Look, I've lost that one possession that she left behind for me and there's no chance of getting it back so just forget it..
Armaan:Have you tried to do that on your own? Forgetting your experiences, your friendship with Radhika? You can never do that, Bharti for she's that close to you.. (Bharti was stunned) I mean, I believe so..You should never abandon her friendship..
Bharti:I am not..
Armaan:Yes you are!! Look, I want to help..Give me a chance to at least try to search for the journal..What if I can find it? Won't you be elated??
Bharti:Why are you being so adamant, Armaan??
Armaan:Cuz I want the best for you and I am still your secret friend, don't you dare forget that!! Give me the description..If you have an image of the journal..send it to me..If want to go the extra mile and search it for you..
Bharti:Fine.. (searched her mobile gallery and sent the image to Armaan's mobile) I'm still telling you not to keep your hopes high..
Armaan:But I will..And when I find that special journal for you, I guarantee your smile will return!! Samjhi??(pinched her nose and saw Bharti smile)
Bharti:Woh kya tha?
Armaan:Kuch nahin..Yun hi..Ab jaa, Raj must be waiting for you..He needs you so get going with the secret discussion, he won't tell me a thing about it.. (turned to go but stopped; Armaan turned around and looked at Bharti and smiled as he saw Bharti's right hand stuck at waving towards him.He just felt alive all of a sudden, a feeling he had lost for a long while and he winked at her before leaving from there)

Bharti too started feeling chilly and pretty alive, with the strong breeze hovering around her.She saw a fresh face of Armaan and somehow she wanted to raise her hopes high, just by his words.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 296~

Jiya:Word's that you are being considered for the permanent fashion photographer there..I mean, there are super high chances that you are being recommended for the post there..For both the creative newsletter and the main magazine output..
Jiya:What what, Armaan? I just gave you the day's bestest news yaar..What do you think??
Armaan:Wow, that's just so overwhelming yaar but wow, that's great!!
Jiya:Hain na?? I knew it...Your life is going to be awesome from now on..
Armaan:Now excuse me, hmm??(left from there to have some coffee) Oh God, what am I going to do??(headed to the staff lounge)Abhi abhi toh track par uthar aaya hoon aur abhi se rukhawat?Yeh opportunity pehle nahin aa sakta tha?
Mahi:Kisse badh badhaa rahe ho, Armaan?
Armaan:Hi Mahi..Hi Sonu..
Sonali:Hi dude..2 coffee please..(gestured to the waiter about her order and then looked at Mahi and gestured to her to talk to Armaan)
Armaan:What's wrong, girls?
Sonali:We have a problem..Mahi..
Mahi:It's about Raj and look, we are telling you this in the strictest confidence, k?
Armaan:Ok what is this about?
Sonali:I'm sure you must have heard about Project M3, Raj's project..
Armaan:Pro... (stopped himself as flashes of helping Bharti uncover the file of Trends came before him, having seen the Project M3 file in Vinita's cabin) What project?
Sonali:You don't know??(Armaan smiled weakly)
Armaan:Tell me about it..
Mahi:What should we even say? We are even trying to find out and in that way, help Raj but lately he's been so secretive and all..But when we talked to Bharti, she indirectly gave us a hint that she knows something about it..But she won't reveal anything..We thought you might wanna help us find out and help Raj in the process too..
Sonali:Crap, Raj's here..We'll talk to you later, k?
Armaan:Ok!! Hi Raj..The photographs were excellent by the way..
Raj:Thanks dude..I just wanted you to have the final look..
Armaan:Anything wrong?? Why do you keep looking at your watch?
Raj:Nothing..It's just I'm meeting Bharti today..
Raj:Yeah, do you mind??
Armaan:Why would I?? But since you're meeting her, could you do me a favour? Ask her to call me, hmm?
Raj:Call you?
Armaan:Why? Do you mind??
Armaan:Good, see you around.. (left from there)

Bharti left a note on Mayank's desk before she left to drop off Naina at her art classes.She left without a word and all this occurred when Mayank went to take a bath.By the time he got out, she was nowhere to be seen.Meanwhile, she texted Sanjana to pick Naina up after her art classes while she headed to the university for her mentoring sessions.

Armaan was fiddling with his mobile, thinking if he ought to call Bharti right now or not, just to check up on her.He knew that she must be sickened with worry about having lost her journal.He could sense her tension piling up but he can't possibly give in now for he needed answers.This could be the only way he could redeem himself, prove his worth to her and he needed that more than anything.He then realised how much important she still was to him, irregardless of the hurt she had caused him in the past.He still loved her ever so much.He called her up but it went straight to voice mail and he gave up, thinking that Raj would definitely pass his message to her.
Just then, he bumped into Gaurav. He was surprised to see him there but the question that popped straight into his head was what exactly was he doing in Men's Universe.Armaan recollected the passage of Radhika in Bharti's journal.

'G-the initial which meant nothing to me in the beginning made its entry of significance through the soul of his evilness.He would come to you, befriend you in such a way that you can't possibly refuse his friendship and that's when he reveals his identity.For so long I had not known his true name, Bharti.I only knew his initial as that's what his friends call him and it never occurred to me to ask his name for he never came across as significant to me in any mannerism. But he did reveal himself..He is Gaurav Khurana aka G.'

Armaan snapped at Gaurav who seemed quite lost.He welcomed Gaurav to his cabin and locked the door.