Jab Lurve Hua

Jab Lurve Hua

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 280~

Bharti:Yes,how can I assist you?(Armaan shook his head)

Armaan:(Bharti walked past him)Bharti!!

Bharti:(stopped and looked at him from her left)Shreya's gone with Ishaan,just 5 minutes back..

Armaan:I know that..I came to talk to you!!(recalled how Raj wouldn't reveal anything of his conversation with Bharti)What did Raj talk to you about?

Bharti:(turned around)That's between me and him..

Armaan:You mean Project M3 or something about me??I know he wasn't here only for Project M3,so please tell me!!

Bharti:I'm sorry to say that you're wrong..He simply came forward with Project M3 and nothing else!!

Armaan:Ohh,so you've mastered the art of lying and decided to implement it on me..Why are you bent on ruining my friendship with Jiya and straining my mother's relationship with me??Why are you doing this to me,Bharti??

Bharti:To whom do I owe this pleasure to be accused as such?What did I do now??

Armaan:Bharti,listen..I don’t know why you aren’t talking to me,it’s been months now..Did I do something to you or to Naina that you’re distancing me and Maa from her?The moment you left with Naina and Mayank,it just made my heart thump harder and Maa doesn’t even talk to me properly..Just like how you wished for my re-marriage,I’m going to get engaged to Shreya soon,I don’t know about the exact date but it is going to be soon,Bharti..

Bharti:Why are you telling me all these?I didn’t ask,Armaan..

Armaan:I dare you,Bharti..I want you to be there for my engagement..

Bharti:I’m not going to..

Armaan:I’m not done just yet..I want you at each nook of the ceremony and this is just the engagement.This isn’t like our contract marriage where signatures are exchanged and a simple ceremony takes place.Wedding is another aspect altogether and I want you to live it and experience it with me..(Bharti walked past Armaan)You can vouch that you don’t love me,right?Be there and prove that.If you’re not going to be there,this wedding or engagement will not take place,no matter how many hearts may break..(Armaan walked past her,and took the steps leading to the basement,upon receiving Mahi’s call)

 

~Hotel Emira~                                                                                                                             

Mahi:Glad to have ordered the new Canadian pizza..But what’s wrong,Sudha aunty?You seem so lost..

Armaan:She must be worried about her daughter,over which she doesn’t even talk to me..

Mahi:Aha,so I’m in the middle of a fiasco,Armaan..(murmured)You should have warned me at least..

Sudha:There’s no fiasco of any kind,Mahi..Armaan,we do talk..

Armaan:Not as often as before..

Sudha:What’s wrong with you?Stop being so whiny..

Armaan:Then what,Maa?I didn’t do anything that Bharti reacted that way and left abruptly from our place like that..

Mahi:Can I say something?Just excuse me,I’ve got to go to the loo..You two carry on..

Armaan:Sure..(Mahi left)Maa,you don’t know what’s running in her mind..She doesn’t..She doesn’t care about us anymore…

Sudha:Like I’m going to believe you,Armaan…What happened that it slipped my mind from asking you?What did you do??

Armaan:Me??Of course your partiality to her exceeds bounds,Maa..

Sudha:Am I right,Armaan??(Armaan paused)What,Armaan?

Armaan:I can’t take the fact that she isn’t talking to me..I thought after what I’ve said,she’ll leave all her grudges against me and talk to me..She has always been telling me to move on and hence I told her to sever bonds with you..i just mentioned it to show how difficult it is to move on past our shared history..

Sudha:Just how dare you say that to a girl who sees as a mom to her??I mean,how could you say that her reaction that night had nothing to do with you??

Mahi:Aunty,don’t chide Armaan,he’s suffered much..He’s truly remorseful for what he’s said..In fact,Bharti hasn’t talked to Payal for days because Payal and Bhaskar brought Naina over without asking her..I mean,it’s not as if they haven’t done so before but..

Sudha:Mahi,it’s what he has said that has affected Bharti..I can’t believe my own son would distance my daughter and Naina from me..Have you heard from her anytime??

Mahi:No Aunty,but we can’t erase what has been said now..Please forgive Armaan,Aunty..

Sudha:He doesn’t deserve my forgiveness but I can’t stay mad at him for long either since I’m his Maa…Armaan,you want both of us to talk,sure we can do that..Sure but only after Bharti talks to you!!

Mahi:It’s already done,Aunty…In fact,he and Bharti were on talking terms..Sonali and I saw them talking even just now before we left from the office…Hain na Armaan??(raised her eyebrow at him and smiled)

Armaan:Haan,haan Maa..Baat na karne ki koi gunjaayish hi nahin hai..Ab sab theekh hai,sirf Bharti ko Payal aur Bhaskar se baat karni baaki hai aur kuch nahin..

Sudha:Pehle kyun nahin bataayi tum dono ne??Khaama kha..Hmm theekh hai,khaale the hain!!(started eating)

 

~Outside Golden Cinema~

Shreya:Thanks for accompanying at the last minute,Ishaan..What would I do without you?

Ishaan:Strutting the world alone,what else?

Shreya:(smiled)You always know how to make me smile..

Ishaan:I meant to ask you something..Was Armaan so busy that he couldn’t accompany you?

Shreya:He already had dinner plans with Maa and had to help one of his colleagues with her project..How could I possibly ask him to cancel all those plans,Ishaan?

Ishaan:Wow,you’re a mature girlfriend unlike other needy girls..Aaj kal aise ladkiya kaha milta hai?

Shreya:Stop flattering me..

Ishaan:I’m doing the reverse,Shreya..I can’t believe how na├»ve you are to fall for the lies of guys..He’ll tell you anything and you’ll believe him instantly,hmm?

Shreya:What are you even saying,Ishaan?He’s not like other guys,he even called to get back to me..He’s sincere!!

Ishaan:When did I even talk about his infidelity,Shreya??See..You do have issues!!

Shreya:No,I don’t!!

Ishaan:Are you really sure he’s the one for you?I only mean for your happiness,Shreya..This is your life we are talking about,here!!Did he ever make you feel special or confess his feelings for you??From what you had told me,he had married once but it didn’t pan out well..Does he still harbor feelings for his ex-wife??Has he ever been able to talk to you about his wedding,his experience??From your looks,you’re not sure,Shreya!!

Shreya:No Ishaan,he has never had any special feelings towards Bharti..I’m sure of that,k?

Ishaan:Ok,but what about now?Is he serious about you or not??Do ask him,if you haven’t already done so…Come,let’s get into the auto!!(headed back home)

 

~Mayank’s home~

Niharika and Mayank had been resting on the sofa right after dinner,with Niharika laying her head on Mayank’s shoulder.

Niharika:What’s so annoying about Mahi anyways?Why can’t you be friendly with her,just like Bharti or something?

Mayank:(looked intently at her down his shoulder and Niharika looked up to Mayank and took herself away)What are you even saying,Nihar?She stupidly broke one of my headlights and I only knew about it after having to pull over based on a traffic police’s instructions..And you and Bharti expect me to be friendly with this one person who’s been causing me damage since day 1??

Niharika:Come on Mayu,she can’t be that bad..Whatever you’re going through,it could be due to sheer nature of coincidences..

Mayank:Coincidence..There’s nothing termed as coincidence in this planet,Nihar!!Everything happens for a reason!!

Niharika:And here we go again..And your mobile’s ringing too,for a reason,I assume??

Mayank:Yeah sure,Nihar..It’s Bharti to my rescue..Yes Bharti dear,what news awaits me??

Niharika:Gosh,when will I get to hear Mahi dear for a change,hmm??(chuckled as she raised her eyebrow)

Mayank:Hush it..(hit Nihar with a cushion and headed to the balcony)Yes Bharti,what’s up?

Bharti:Mahi dear??You’re improving!!

Mayank:Very funny,Bharti..You weren’t supposed to hear that..

Bharti:Oh really??Look at you all so embarrassed,as though I caught you in the act!!

Mayank:Letz move on to what you have to say,hmm??

Bharti:Hahz alright,well I’ve read the proposal you have in mind for Trend’s upcoming project and I’ve created a detailed plan sketched in my..In my..(searched her bag)Oh crap!!Where is it???

Mayankk:Bharti,everything alright?

Bharti:Nope,my sketch,my plan is missing!!!It’s not with me.I’m so sorry…You’ve trusted me with this plan and here I am..I had just..Darn it!!!

Mayank:Bharti,you were at Trends…You might have left it in your cabin in a hurry..

Bharti:You think I did?

Mayank:Yes Bharti,no reason to panic..You did leave it there,right?

Bharti:Mayu,of course I did…Ok,I’ll meet you tomorrow,bye!!

Mayank:Ok then,bye!!(both of them hung up)

Bharti:Now,did I really leave it in my cabin??Argghh duffer Bharti,you did it again!!!(headed to catch an auto home)

 

Armaan was at Mahi’s place after he dropped his mum off at the hospital for her extra night shift.

 

Mahi:So,you enjoyed dinner??I solved one of your problems,be thankful!!

Armaan:Should I drop you a Thank You note??

Mahi:Armaan!!
Armaan:What,Mahi?Are you expecting some credit for your lie?Are you expecting me to smile now because my Maa thinks Bharti and I’ve reconnected and we are both back to bein friends??Well Maa,Mahi lied to you;Bharti and I will no longer talk for that’s how distant we’ve become and Mahi just wanted to get rid of all my frustrations for you were not talking to me either…Mahi!!Just imagine if Maa were to figure things out!!!!

Mahi:Come on,she won’t,yaar;she’s busy for a start!!Err,letz just cross our fingers that she doesn’t find out about our white lie!!

Armaan:Ok,hurry up with your project…Where is it?

Mahi:Well,you see Armaan…The thing is that…

Armaan:No project,I assume??(Mahi smiled sheepishly and Armaan gritted his teeth in irritation)What the damn hell,Mahi??Another lie??(turned to go)

Mahi:Ok wait,I lied,fine!!But I wanted to talk with you,clear some things out!!

Armaan:You don’t have to lie for that,Mahi…

Mahi:Err,it just seems that I’m missing Sonali even more..I was md at her,I was using her tactics more and more..

Armaan:Pretty obvious of her influence on you…But I forgive you since itz Sonu..What is it??

Mahi:What’s the matter with you,Armaan?(Armaan looked at her blankly)I know I should have disconnected the call instead of letting you and Raj hear everything..It’s my fault,I’m sorry…I can’t see you like this,feigning oblivion to your problem..I’m one of your close colleagues,I know when things get messy but I just don’t ask but right now,I’m asking you,Armaan…

Armaan:(gasped for breath as his eyes welled up)Mahi,I’m messed up;all my relations,my friendships are all messed up because of her…She screwed up everything for me and yet I can’t stop thinking about her!!I’ve grown so weak and vulnerable that I let her control me…My thoughts,everything!!

Mahi:That’s it,Armaan!!You still care so much about her…You’re very much in love with this girl!!(beamed with pride but Armaan’s eyes grew red and moist)

Armaan:I can’t do this,Mahi!!I can’t love her,a girl who simply doesn’t care about me or Maa anymore..I didn’t expect you to be as happy as Raj,Mahi..I can’t hold on to these emotions further more for they break my bond especially with Maa and Jiya,two of the closest family I can’t live without..I’ve got to move on,that’s best for me,something which Bharti has been trying to explain to me through her actions..(Mahi’s smile faded)I’ve decided to move on,to stick with Shreya!!Respect my decision,Mahi,if you’re indeed a close friend of mine!!

Mahi:Wow,for you to think like this,she must have really screwed up,didn’t she?(felt utterly sad)

Armaan:No.She’s the most awesome and beautiful thing that happened to me..But I just can’t have her!!You know that feeling?

Mahi:(tears started streaming and nodded before Armaan hugged her real tight)I know..I’ve been divorced,remember??I had to go through a divorce from a guy who used to be my life,my everything..I had been crazy about him,Armaan..I loved Ved so much,and when I see you in love,I see a version of me still living and breathing the air of passion and excitement..But now that you tell me about your decision,I can’t stop myself from tearing my heart apart all over again..I need to warn you,Armaan..Moving on ain’t an easy feat..

Armaan:You did it,Mahi..Sure it took time but you did it so,so can I…It’s just a matter of time..Right??(Mahi just looked on)Right,Mahi??(looked to Mahi for assurance but when he didn’t receive any,he shook her hard)Right??

Mahi:(wiped her tears)Maybe..Maybe not,after all..(Armaan was puzzled)No one knows the fact that I..I haven’t moved on,Armaan!!It hurts me deep inside,my scar is still ever so fresh!!

Armaan:OMG Mahi!!I’m..speechless!!You mean to say…

Mahi:I’ve recently seen him..I’m sure it’s him but he was with a girl.whom I couldn’t see clearly..I’m not paranoid,you’ve got to believe me…He’s living a whole new life altogether after giving me all these deeply embedded scars!!!

Armaan:Oh my Mahi..How long has this been??Damn it..And I thought I was the only one bottling my feelings inside of me..

Mahi:Please keep this to yourself,hm??

Armaan:Come here,you..(hugged Mahi)I’m so sorry for not being there for you,Mahi..(thought to himself)Damn you,life!!What have you done to both of us??

 

“In the nook pf life,it is about surviving the odds that determine the fittest.Life makes you struggle to the peak of your capabilities that you intend to give up,let go of hope and that was exatly how I felt,Bharti.Your Radhika was never all smiles.she had met a guy from her past who had returned in her life,to see her and mock her,as she struggled to pay off her bills working as a waitress.He had come there with a bunch of groupies,as he had termed,to humiliate me and all I could do was smile and ignore his pleasure of mockeries.The urge to pour hot coffee all over his jersey had always been a dream never coming true for me but one day,I thought a young lad,single and lonely,a regular, was eyeing my schedule of mockeries for the day,as Sara would point out to me but I batted my eyelids and let the thought of a savior drift away.After G had left with his groupies,only then did this young lad order his special mocha with caramelized cream from Sara.Sara had always told him that I was the one who had made his coffee for him.Sara would just befriend any soul on this planet,something which we both spoke off,remember??Somehow,seeing this young lad makes me forget the mockery for a while,Bharti but that doesn’t mean anything,does it?Life is crazy for both of us in different ways but we are always there for each other,na Bharti??We are each other’s rock,hence no ‘G’s can ruin my life.As so I thought..”

 

Bharti snapped as the clock struck 12 am.She closed Radhika’s journal,her last memories addressed to Bharti alone.

 

‘I can’t ask Mayank about a particular ‘G’ for he’ll find out that I’m still hung up over Radhika’s past.How do I even find out where Sara is nowadays??Radhika,no one can stop me from finding the mystery behind things!!’

 

Bharti had switched off the dim lights whilst her mobile in her bag was ringing.It was Gaurav but by then,Bharti had fallen asleep in exhaustion.The mobile kept ringing.


Cheers,

Jassie

Sunday, February 2, 2014

~Jab Lurve Hua Part 279~

Mayank was appalled to see Mahi having started to run away from outside Bharti's cabin upon passing him his coat.He quickly held Ishaan's shoulder firmly,gesturing him to place his coat in his cabin while he went after Mahi.

Gaurav:Whoa,i'm so sorry..(bumped into Mahi and dropped her handbag and mobile)I'm really sorry..
Mahi:It's ok..
Gaurav:Let me help..
Mahi:It's ok,Mr Gaurav..
Gaurav:Erm,have we met before?
Mahi:I'm Bharti's friend,Mahi..
Gaurav:Ohh,you must have come to meet her..
Mahi:No..(saw Mayank having stopped by)Yes..
Gaurav:No or Yes?
Mahi:Actually i gotta go..Bye!!(Gaurav nodded and turned around;just as he was about to greet Mayank,Mayank grabbed the lift door with all his might and got inside before the doors closed on him)
Gaurav:Wow,what was that all about?
Mahi:(after a few silences,she decided to face Mayank)You needn't have hurt your hand like that..I was pressing the open door option in time..Does it hurt a lot?
Mayank:Let me come to the point..Were you eavesdropping on me and Bharti from outside the cabin?(saw her tongue sliding to her left and looking away)The truth..I only want the truth!!
Mahi:I didn't mean to..I came to return your coat..
Mayank:My what?
Mahi:Your coat...You forgot all about it at my place on the night of Raj's victory bash when you left in a rush with Bharti..
Mayank:You could have just given it to the receptionist instead of eavesdropping..!!!
Mahi:Are you...(lost her temper)Are you trying to rehash your same old habit with me??
Mayank:Excuse me??Who the hell do you think you are to talk to me like this??
Mahi:I may be anyone but you don't have any right to judge me,got it?
Mayank:Same back at you,Ms Talwar..You eavesdropped and you dare place charges against me??(just then the lift stopped all of a sudden)Great!!Judt great..I shouldn't even have come to confront you about certain matters!!I've really got to be stupid!!
Mahi:Wow,amazing revelation,Mr Mayank Sharma!!(both of them glared at each other)Look,I didn't mean to...I tried to tell your secretary to pass this personally to you but you had to give some stupid emergency errands to run..And Ash told me that you were with Bharti so i headed to her cabin..But lil did i know about..
Mayank:What?Go on,say it!!
Mahi:If it hadn't been for your stupid coat,i wouldn't have known about your cold shoulder towards Armaan..Whatz your problem with him??What has he done to you that you are holding a grudge against him and steering Bharti away from him??
Mayank:Sometimes i seriously wonder if your brain cells had been smudged in mud..(saw Mahi glaring at hin)Your dear friend has always come in the way of the only best friend I've ever had in my life..Try denying that fact but you just can't for your friend had always bound her in his traps..And i'm simply getting her out and back into her senses..She had suffered much in the past but not any longer and i'll not let anyone especially Armaan to control her thoughts!!
Mahi:You're thinking of causing harm to your dear friend here?
Mayank:If that takes her away from Armaan and if happiness were to seep,I would gladly do that..Think of me as a manipulative sadist,i don't care!!
Mahi:But i care for my friend's happiness..He loves Bharti,how can you even think of separating them??
Mayank:(smirked)He's going to get engaged to Shreya..Which world are you living in???
Mahi:I won't let you..(got out of the lift in the basement)Do you hear me??(held his collar with both her palms)I won't let you harm Armaan at any cost!!
Mayank:Try stopping me,Ms Talwar..(left in hs car,after taking her hands off his collar and out of fury,Mahi hurled a small rock which was in front of her,breaking his headlight and she quickly ran away)

Mayank giggled at seeing a helpess Mahi.He knew that Bharti is a bold and independent girl but she is still quite fresh in the fashion industry.He dialled Shreya's number.

Shreya:Good evening Sir..How can i help?
Mayank:Doing a favour for you..Got you and Armaan movie tickets and a gift voucher..Keep yourself busy with Armaan,hmm?
Shreya:Sir,are you kidding me?
Mayank:No,i'm not..You deserve a break and i'm giving to you or else i'll give the movie tickets to someone else..
Shreya:Not at all...Thank you so much Sir!!(hung up)Oh gosh,i can't wait to tell Armaan..(dialled his number)Hi Armaan..
Armaan:Hi Shreya,what's up?
Shreya:Please,please,please tell me you've got no plans tonight..
Armaan:Not sure,Shreya..Going out with Maa and then..No guarantees but why??
Shreya:I don't know why it's so strange..Mayank sir,out of the blue moon,decided to surprise us ith a gift voucher from Splash and a fresh pair of movie tickets..
Armaan:What??No kidding??
Shreya:Not at all..
Armaan:Shreya,i'm in the middle of an important work..I'll get back to you,k??
Shreya:Alritezz!!(hung up)
Armaan:(hung up)Thatz strange..Why would Mayank do that??

All of a sudden,Armaan saw a commotion going on between Raj and Jiya and rushed towards both of them in Raj's cabin.

Jiya:Why do you have to consult her after all??She's no longer a part of the creative newsletter team or a constituent of MU!!
Raj:This important edition of mine is incomplete without her contribution,Jiya!!Whatz wrong with you nowadayzz??I have been noticing that whenever i mention Bharti's name,you get all so frustrated..
Jiya:Oh really..Like you do not know what the reason is..
Raj:The matter is at the tip of your tongue..Say what you intend to say..Right now!!!
Jiya:You want the facts??Get this..I don't like her being a part of your's and Armaan's life..I hate the limelight she's snatching away on purpose..And yes,i didn't like the way she saved your career!!
Raj:Jiya..You're harbouring hatred for her having saved my career??You indeed have the least of clues of what she has done for me and the value of her in Armaan's life..You..
Jiya:Yes,blame me,Raj..I desperately wanted to save your career instead of her being the saviour all the time.I came in your life as well as Armaan's before her..That doesn't give her any right to overrule me in any matter!!!
Raj:Have you gone blind??Being clouded by your baseless judgment that Bharti's bent on ruining the friendship that the 3 of us share,hmm??As far as i know her,she's not that type of a person.She's always there to reach out for help but you didn't even think about almost selling out on Sudha aunty's reputation..You were so rash,Jiya!!Stay out of this,Jiya..(turned around and was appalled to see Armaan's eyes welled up)
Armaan:Give me the files,Raj..I'll speak to Bharti directy..(took the files from Raj's hands and turned to go;Raj followed suit and headed to stop Armaan in his cabin and Jiya followed them quietly)
Raj:Stop,Armaan..What do you think you're doing?
Armaan:I'm going to talk to Bharti..We need to stop all these drama in our lives,Raj..I can't let Bharti ruin my friendship with Jiya!!This is it!!!She has done much damage already..
Raj:What are you even saying,Armaan?She has gone blind but what is wrong with you??
Armaan:Jiya's right,Raj,she has come in my life just to fill it with more troubles..You have no idea how it feels when your Maa doesn't talk to you for days..
Raj:Firstly,Bharti came before Jiya and Shreya..Bharti is the first love of your life..You ought to fight for her but instead,you're behaving so cowardly,surrendering to please other people and not giving yourself the desired passion in your life.You are not in your right senses as of now..You are emotionally shaken up so i'll be the one talking to her directly!!
Armaan:Raj,stop plying the obstinate card here..
Raj:I'm not!!In fact,i'm the one who needs a break from all these drama and you're stayng from Bharti,as of now!!(got inside the lift and headed upstairs when he bumped into Mahi)Ouchh!!Mahi??Where were you all these while?(held the lift door open button)
Mahi:(got out)Don't even get me started,you two..Not in a good mood to talk..
Raj:Us neither!!(glared at Armaan before he let the lift doors close)
Mahi:What?(turned around but by then Raj was gone)Where did he go now,Armaan??
Armaan:To stop me from talking to Bharti..To talk to her himself!!Like i even care..(went back to his cabin)
Mahi:(pondered)I shouldn't have been so careless to let both of them hear on the conversation..I need to talk to Armaan before he too leaves elsewhere..(rushed to meet Armaan but Sonali stopped her)Sonu??
Sonali:I heard you were looking for me??
Mahi:When exactly did you hear that?
Sonali:Hours back but i've got a perfectly logical explanation for that,Mahi..
Mahi:You're not going to go away,are you??
Sonali:You want me to?
Mahi:Right now,yes!!You've cost me quite a number of projects,which i barely managed to save at the nick of time..I could have gottenpenalized here and that too because of you,Sonu!!
Sonali:I said Sorry na,Mahi..please yaar,samajh ne ki koshish toh kar!!
Mahi:Yeah,you can come up with all the excuses in the world,Sonu..And i've got to pay for them..I'll really love to find out what held you up but right now,I need to have a word with Armaan..Excuse me!!
Sonali:What's gone into her today??Sheesh!!(shook her head and went to Mahi's cabin to take a look at her project deals)

~Trends~
  
Raj:Bharti,i'm so sorry to disturb you at this hour..(Bharti smiled)
Bharti:I'm glad you did..Come in and make yourself comfortable!!Come..
Raj:You remember how we talked about Project M3?We haven't completed the project at all yaar..
Bharti:Arre haan..We left it midway,thinking it would never take off..But why are you asking about this right now?I mean,i'm not in Men's Universe any longer..
Raj:That's what Jiya tells me too..That i shouldn't even consider talking to you about this since you're out of MU and perhaps out of Armaan's life..(saw Bharti looking intently at him as she stopped working on her assignment)
Bharti:Jiya's right,Raj..I'm no longer in MU nor am I a part of Armaan's life..Shreya is..
Raj:Ok,this is just a blip here,a secret trap to keep you talking to me..You think I'm blind to the fact that Armaan's still loving you??
Bharti:He..What??He's not,Raj..He's in love with Shreya and that's why he's even thinking of marrying Shreya..
Raj:Engagement is the first step,Bharti..
Bharti:Yeahh,whatever it may be..So gel along with that!!Raj,what's wrong with you yaar?'
Raj:Why are you like this yaar?
Bharti:Like what?
Raj:Doesn't any of these affect you in the slightest manner at all??Not talking to Armaan for months for now,keeping Naina away from him or Sudha aunty..(Bharti looked perplexed and blank)and letting him get engaged to Shreya?Is that how you desperately want him to be happy?Is this some way of you pushing away so that he can be happy?Why do you keep doing this to him,Bharti?Do you care about him at all?
Bharti:(eyes welled up,tears almost breaking out)Indeed it's sad that i used to be his 'secret' friend and you can say i had never ever cared for him..Not even a bit!!I don't know how you overheard my conversation with Mayank but i can tell you something..I had always cared for his happiness which lies in my absence from his life..There has always been bad stuff happening to him when I'm around him..You,of all people,ought to understand that his love for me is toxic!!
Raj:Bharti,that doesn't make any sense..You can never get a more passionate guy than Armaan in your life..
Bharti:Stop it,Raj,for God's sake..
Raj:Fine,but let me warn you about something;no one can change his mind to stop loving you,Bharti..
Bharti:Engagement is the first step,Raj..In fact,he'll soon harbour hatred for me in his heart..
Raj:No circumstances can bring that to happen,Bharti..We'll see about that!!(turned to go)
Bharti:Raj..
Raj:(turned around from the door once more)What?
Bharti:If you're going out for drinks,give me a call..I'll join you!!
Raj:I'll call you for i'll be needing you pretty soon..(left from there)

~Armaan's cabin~
Armaan:Mahi,your newsletter team will be gaining more coverage,as per my sources..It is catching up pretty well..
Mahi:Wow,serious?In fact,before Bharti left,she and Raj were working on a crucial project,Project M3 with the MU emblem..But Bharti had to leave and the project was suspended in the air..
Armaan:What project is this?
Mahi:It was highly discussed in much discretion..Neither me nor Sonu knows the details but we both knew it was something huge for both of them used to get so excited and passionate about their pet project and somehow it didn't pan out the way both of them had expected..In fact,if i'm not wrong,it was approximately around the same time when Bharti got the offer as a temporary editorial assistant at Trends and also around when Raj's career fell into a grave crash..I didn't possess the files,both of them did..
Armaan:That's strange,Raj didn't even mention it at all!!Anyways what was it that you wanted to talk to me about??(was dialling Shreya's number)
Mahi:Who are you calling?
Armaan:Shreya,i was supposed to get back to her..Another strange thing happened today...Mayank had offered her a break tody,with movie tickets and a pair of gift voucher..Can you believe that??
Mahi:(grew shocked and pissed)No,i just can't..I mean,he wouldn't be nice all so sudden..Something is surely cooking in his mind!!!
Armaan:What?Hold on Mahi..Hi Shreya,listen..About the movie,ermm..
Mahi:(shouted)Armaan,you are busy,remember??
Shreya:Busy?Armaan,you there?
Armaan:Yeah Shreya,give me a sec,will you??(held the receiver)What the hell are you doing,Mahi??
Mahi:(took Armaan's mobi;e from him and talked)Don't mind me..Hi Shreya,this is Mahi..Actually,he had already made dinner plans with me and Sudha aunty..Well we both have a crucial projet to work on abd he was going to help me with it..
Shreya:Oh dear,in that case,itz ok.I'll just go with Ishaan,this is a one-time opportunity for me and i can't waste it..
Mahi:Hmm if i had known earlier,i could have made some arrangements but the project is due tomorrow itself..I hope you can understand..Ok,Shreya?
Shreya:Sure,Mahi..Thanks for informing!!(Armaan took his mobile and spoke but Shreya had hung up already)
Mahi:What,Armaan?
Armaan:She hung up,Mahi,what else??Is this your retribution for her not helping you today??
Mahi:You can consider it that way..
Armaan:Gosh,what is that Sonu doing to you??Anyways,what do you want from me?
Mahi:I just want to rekindle our friendship over dinner..It kinda fell apart due to various misunderstandings..I'm just..
Armaan:I miss you too Mahi.. And both of us grew busy..It's nothing about those misunderstandings anyways..Clearly you don't want me spending time with Shreya..
Mahi:Uh-uh,it's only for tonight..Your phone's ringing..Let me get that..
Armaan:No it's fine..I'm ok with the pile of papers here..
Mahi:Hi Aunty,Armaan and i are on our way downstairs..We'll meet you at the entrance..(hung up)Let's go..
Armaan:I'll be back in 5..Need to pack some stuff...
Mahi:Sure,hurry up..(left from there)
Armaan:(saw Mahi leaving in the lift)I need to meet Shreya and clear things out..(took his coat and went to Trends)

Armaan reached Trends to notice much of the desks empty except for some cabins.He was searching for Shreya but he fell lost.He saw an illustration of a beautiful damsel working away,attending calls at early night but soon,she hangs up on the call,erasing all the worries on her face as the duties of her day had officially been over.She let go of her ponytail,letting her tresses down,swirling her hair around magically as his eyes followed every move of her's.She soon came out,slapping him back to his purpose of visiting Trends.He turned around,oblivious to the fact that she was already behind him.He gradually turned round,shocked to be seen and be discovered by an awkward silence that had kept Bharti preoccupied.She was equally tensed but in a split moment,all of the weariness and  uncomfortable silences disappeared as she addressed him as how a stranger would notice him.

Cheers,
Jassie