Maan was in leaving hall , engrossed in typing. Suddenly he jumped hearing loud sound. It came from kitchen. “ kya hua !! ” he thought followed by shouting.. “ nothing Maanji.. wo plate haath se chut gayi ” Geet bite her lip and started to pick broken scattering pieces from floor. “ calm down Geet.. calm down” she was trying to make her relaxed but no gain.
Maan resumed his work when he saw, Geet rushing to her room. Maan would have hardly typed ten sentences , she walked back to kitchen. Maan raised hand to pick file from table, saw Geet again, was running to her room. He followed his gaze, finding in no time, she haste to kitchen. Maan frowned
“ye larki kar kya rahi hai ” he thought and stopped working. He observed, Geet was walking up n down, to her room and kitchen like she had no pause button, installed in her. Geet was crossing hall when “ Geet !! ” heard with little shout. She stopped in middle and turned to Maan “ ji Maanji” she asked.
“ hmm what are you doing ” Maan asked
“ kuch nahi ” she said, looking him confused.
“really !!.. do you really think Geet that you would say whatever , I would agree ” Maan stood, crossing his arm. She shook her head. “ nahi na.. then tell me what happened . Why are you measuring kitchen to room , hmm”
“nothing.. Maanji .. I.. was .. just … wo.. ” she could not complete when landlines starting buzzing. Maan saw Geet was still stood there statue and phone was crying like hell to pick it up. “ Geet !!” Maan called her . “ ji ?? ” she asked like lost. Maan signaled her to phone. She hesitantly pick receiver, looking him from corner of eyes.
“ hello ”
“ okk .. thik hai ”
She hung up. Still looking Maan, who found his glare on her. “ wo.. Orphanage se tha ” she said.
“hmm” Maan replied.
“wo..she was asking when we would meet tommorow ”
“wo..she was saying to not to take books and copies as it would be only demo class on first day ”
“ wo she was saying ….”
“Geet !! mai samjh gaya .. now can you please , get me coffee .. hmm” Maan said, bit irritated.
“ji” she said and turned to go when heard
“and please,, put sugar this time Geet ” Maan said, hiding his laugh
“ji ?? ” she did not understand.
“nothing.. you go” Maan said. She left, not getting why he said “sugar ”. she made confused face and vanished in kitchen while Maan could not suppress his laugh and smiled, in consequence.
At Dinner Table
Geet and nakul served and left, alone Maan for enjoy his food. They were happy and Maan too. Suddenly he was feeling so much hunger. He took a piece of chapati and dripped in curry. Very fondly he put in mouth and bang !! … his face was blank. His mouth stopped moving and tongue started curling , struggling like shouting “ help .. help..pls dont .. ” Maan threw out and stood, pushing chair back. He took napkin and wiped mouth , glaring around. “ Nakul ” he shouted. Both nakul and Geet run there stunned. They were stood before Maan, bending their head down, looking each other, from cornered eyes.
Maan glared both. “ whatz that !! ” he asked strictly. Both dint get. “ kya hua Maan Sir ” nakul asked meekly.
“ nothing.. just , who made this curry, would have to finish himself, till I finish my call ” Maan ordered and left from there, to make a call . Nakul n Geet looked Maan and became more confused. But they had no option so Geet headed to table. She reached to table and raised a curry full spoon. Nakul was feeling bad for her though he dint now, what fault she did. He was helpless..
Maan came back after 5 minutes and saw, there was no one and bowl was empty. He felt bad for nakul ( as he thought it was nakul, cause before this type of curry always nakul used to make). He only wanted to alarm him, not punish but in his call, forgot everything and now, melted little for him. He knew how that curry was and he could not think that sweet – bitter curry should be eaten by anyone. He left to his room, without eating.
“ Geet are you ok ” nakul was concern for her. And Geet was throwing up, badly. “ why you ate Geet?? Maan Sir was not there, we could have threw it out na and would keep empty bowl there instead. Why you had to finish all ” nakul was shouting ,in concern, looking her poor condition.
“ no nakul bhaiya.. it was Maanji order.. how.. how could I refused. Once before, I had rejected his wish and he went through so much, just cause of me. I could not do more, to hurt him again. He is very nice . and always did, everything for me. And it was my fault na bhaiya.. and look , he again dint eat anything” her heart cried, feeling, again she became reason of his starve. “ I should make something for him ” she said and composed herself.
“Geet.. I would make something for him. You take rest ” nakul said and let her relax in her room.
Nakul made Maan food again while Geet slept and after waking, she was feeling much better. It was around 10 at night when Geet went to kitchen, looking what nakul doing. Food was finished and nakul was ready to take it, to Maan. “ nakul bhaiya.. let me do this ” she said meekly. She was weak. Nakul gave as he knew, she would not listen, even if he deny. Geet took tray and went upstairs, to his room and knocked. Maan replied and Geet , went inside.
Maan was looking laptop screen when heard a meek voice “ Maanji ” he looked up and shocked to see her pale feature. He frowned. She was standing, holding tray, full of food. He understood this food was for him but why she was looking so weak. He kept laptop aside and stood up. “ Geet !! ” he called her.
“ Maanji.. you dint eat na so I have brought something for you. Please have this as you have not eaten anything from three days. ” she said. She kept tray on side table and turned to leave. Her step was dithery yet was tried to make her show steady and normal. She came out and withdrew in her room. Maan was dazed and confused. He did not get there reason and thinking for some minutes he rushed to down. He saw nakul, who was going toward his quarter, called him and asked what happened to her. Nakul first hesitated but then told everything. Maan eyes went wide. “ it was Geet ! ” his mind cursed him millions time to not think even once, what he did. Dint think about its consequence. He closed his eyes in guilt and his small soft corner of heart cried for her. He was feeling not bad, but worst for her. He would punish himself for sure, but before , he had to look after Geet.
Maan was standing, before Geet room, holding same tray which she had brought for him. He was hell hesitating, like how would face her. Gaining entire courage of his strong personality , he knocked. Getting no reply he understood, she must be resting so he pushed door, with one hand and came inside. It was dark as light was off, unlike her. She always used to awake till late night. He guessed table and kept tray there and called “ Geet !! ” his voice was like whisper and she dint hear. Looking no other way he turned on light.
Geet squeezed her eyes and covered with arm, she was in half sleep, did not guess what happened. Maan saw her fragile body laying rolled, inside thin sheet. She was cuddled, keeping one hand on stomach and other on eyes. Maan headed to her and sat next her, on bed. He was feeling extremely guilt. He called again but seemed, his masculine voice had lost his heaviness. Finding no movement from her he kept his hand on her wrist and removed from eyes.
Geet felt warm touch on her wrist and then extrema light around her. She stirred and moved her head side to escape from this pricking glows. She made faces and covered her face with sheet, till head. “ Geet !! ” Maan called and tried to pull sheet but she held it tighter. And moaned in irritation. Maan patience was sliding down abt he controlled. “ Geet !!”’ this time louder and her eyes snapped opened. She moved eyes inside sheet and looked toward him. A noisy black n white shadow visibled beside her, through sheet. Her eyes widen recognizing him and slowly, removed sheet from up to down, from face.
Maan saw, her moving and then sliding down cover. He saw her eyes, which was bigger and then a cute little nose, which was red, due to illness. Then her lip which was parted, due to amazement. He wanted to smile but his inner guiltiness, did not allow. He kept unchanged face.
She sat up instantly “ Maanji..aap ..yaha..iss waqt” she asked. Maan stood up without reply and brought food. Geet frowned and looked him. She sensed his mood was quite different. He was quite but not angry. “ but what happened him” she thought. She saw, Maan sat closer her, kneeling down and took piece of food in hand. He raised his hand and brought to her mouth. She looked him with surprise and his eyes was like pleAding. She was stunned. Could not open mouth , was feeling so strange. But he was adamant, did not moved back and was remain there, in air, before her lip to wait. She finally understood his act and opened her mouth, let his apology go inside, breaking into pieces and vanished all his grief, in happiness of her acceptance.
Maan took next bite and brought to her when her hand held his and stopped. His forehead wrinkled and Geet shook her head, she took bite in between her fingers and raised to his mouth. ” aapne bhi nahi khaya na ” she said. Maan looked her and smiled little in reply. He too opened his mouth and eat, from her hand. She smiled , was so happy. Both finished food feeding each other happily…