Ragini sat in the backyard, Laksh came and sat beside her and handed her a cup of coffee.
âNot getting any sleepâ he asked her. She kept staring at the moon and sipped her coffee and Laksh was looking at her
âNaah. I travel so much, my body is now used to thisâ she replied âItâs such a beautiful night. I donât remember when I last saw moonlight like thisâ
âRagini. What do you feel about Sahaj?â he asked. She gave a little laugh and turned to face him.
âLaksh, how many times have I told you to be honest with meâ she said while he kept staring at his coffee mug
He started to say something but she cut her off âLaksh, I have never hidden my feelings from you. You know exactly how I feel about you, but you also know I would never let that affect your lifeâ. He looked at her and saw her smile
âLaksh my feelings are my problem, not yours. So now to answer your question, I havenât really interacted with Sahaj, but I know that she loves you immensely and that you love her too and that is what matters, you guys dated for over a year and only after that you proposed to her. Then taking my opinion about her would be an insult to your relationship and I donât want to do thatâ she took her cup and turned to look at the sky again.
âRagini, how do you do this? How do you always say the right thing at the right timeâ he asked looking at her.
âItâs a talent that has been accumulated over years, misterâ she said with a laugh âLetâs go sleep now. I have an early morning tomorrowâ she said while getting up
âEarly morning? Why?â he asked her
âI have a meeting tomorrow. What did you think? I came here for a three week vacation?â she laughed
âAre you crazy? Youâre really going to work tomorrow?â he asked her âMy engagement is in two days and youâre going to work tomorrow?â
âLaksh, itâs your engagement not mineâ she said walking towards her room âand please donât scream and shout, everyone is sleepingâ
âBut-â he tried to say something
âGoodnight Lakshâ she said and closed the door on his face
Annapurna and Durgaprasad were already at the table having their breakfast. Ragini came in and joined them.
âAre you going somewhere?â Annapurna asked while serving her
âYes, I have a meeting at 9. So, I have to rush throughâ she said while stuffing food in her mouth
âRagini, eat slowly, at this rate you might chokeâ Durgaprasad said âand when will you stop working and take a vacation? No wonder Shekhar and Sumi are worried about you.â
âIâm letting you go today but no more work for the next three weeksâ Annapurna warned her
âOh My God. When did you both gang up with Mom and Dadâ she whined âI get enough of this lecture at home, not you both tooâ
Durgaprasad and Annapurna laughed at her.
âAnyway, I am getting late. I shall see you in the evening. I have a long day todayâ she said as she kissed Annapurna
âHow are you going? Is Laksh dropping you?â Durgaprasad asked
âUncle, the firm I have my meeting with has sent a car for me. I guess Laksh is sleeping; I didnât want to disturb him. Donât worry about meâ; âIâll see you guys in the eveningâ
âNow I am getting worried about this girlâ Annapurna said as she saw Ragini rushing out.
Laksh came to the breakfast table and said âMa, where is Ragini, she had a meeting today, Iâll take her thereâ
âSit and have your breakfast in peace. She left just now. The firm she has a meeting with, sent a car for herâ Durgaprasad said
âWhat? She didnât even tell me. I would have taken herâ Laksh said âDid she say where sheâs going? What time will she be back?â
âWe didnât ask where she was going. She said sheâll be back by eveningâ Annapurna said
âGood Morning ma, papaâ Sahaj greeted them as she walked in and took their blessings
âCome beta, you also have breakfast with usâ Durgaprasad said to her
âLaksh, sweetie we have to go check the venue for final changesâ Sahaj said âMa, is there anything specific you want to get done at the venue?â
âNothing specific as such, just make sure the seating arrangement is proper. You know how touchy family members get with all thisâ
âAlright ma, donât worry about that seatingâ she said with a laugh âPapa, any suggestions from your end?â
âYes, keep my table away from the speaker or I might end up with a migraineâ he said
âYes Sirâ she replied and then she looked at Laksh âLaksh is something wrong?â
âIâm sorry what are we talking about?â he said mindlessly
âWhy are you so lost? Is something wrong?â Sahaj asked him
Durgaprasad looked and Laksh and understood what he was thinking about and interjected âNothing is wrong with him beta, actually itâs been years since he woke up this early, look at his face heâs half asleep even nowâ
âIâm sorry, I will just freshen up and then weâll go to check the arrangementsâ he said and went to his room
Sahaj gave a small smile and continued discussing the arrangements with them.
P&S ASSOCIATES, TORONTO
Ragini walked up to the reception âHi, Iâm Ragini Gadodia; I have an appointment to meet with the business head Mr Jamie Parker todayâ
âYes mam, I was informed you would be coming in today. Please be seated in the conference room, sir will be joining you shortly. The first room on the rightâ the receptionist guided her
âThank youâ she smiled and proceeded towards the conference room. She entered the room and settled in on a chair and started scrolling through her mails on her phone.
âLook who is hereâ someone said as they entered the room
Hearing a familiar voice Ragini looked upto see who it was âYou? What are you doing here?â she questioned.
âItâs nice to see you too Ms Gadodiaâ he said
âVidyut Sharma, you never fail to amaze and irritate me at the same timeâ she said as she went to hug him
âBut seriously. What are you doing here?â she asked him
âDid I not tell you about the company i acquired here few months ago?â he asked in a mocking tone
âWhat? When did that happen?â
âJamie parker was my classmate from Yale. He called me up a few months ago, because his firm was going into losses due to bad publicityâ he said while they both sat down âSo, long story short, I invested in his company, got it to turn around and now I am the majority shareholder hereâ
âWhy didnât you tell me you were also coming here? We couldâve come togetherâ she said
âRagini, do you understand the meaning of giving a surprise?â he asked her
âFineâ she frowned at him âSo basically I have no meeting here, this was you pranking me? Damn, I thought I found something to do during my stay hereâ she said
âOh, you do have something important to do during your stay hereâ he said
âWhat is that?â she asked
âYou are supposed to relax and enjoy your holidayâ he smirked
âDid I ever tell you, youâre not as funny as you consider yourself to be?â she said
âYeah, you did, about million timesâ he said âLetâs go, Iâll take you around for sightseeingâ
âForget about sightseeing, you better feed me good foodâ she said âI will inform aunty and uncle that I will be coming after dinnerâ
Vidyut was showing Ragini around the city, for local attractions and sightseeing. It was afternoon and both of them started to feel a little hungry
âVidyut, Iâm hungry and tiredâ she said âPlease letâs go have lunchâ
âI know this amazing Italian place, you will love itâ he said and drove her to the restaurant.
Meanwhile Sahaj and Laksh after checking their arrangements arrived at the same restaurant, they settled and Laksh was scanning thorough the menu, when Sahaj spotted Ragini with Vidyut.
âLaksh, isnât that Ragini over thereâ she said while pointing in their direction
He smiled and looked at her, and then the smile disappeared âWho is she sitting with?â he thought
âLetâs go meet herâ he said while getting from his seat
âLaksh, no, she is here with someone. It would be rude to interruptâ Sahaj said to stop him
âDonât worry, she wonât feel bad. Sheâs my friendâ he said âLetâs ask them to join usâ. Before Sahaj could stop him he was already moving towards their table and she followed him reluctantly
âI didnât know you had a lunch meetingâ Laksh said as he approached Raginiâs table. Both Ragini and Vidyut turned to see Laksh and Sahaj
âHey, you guys. What a co-incidenceâ Ragini said as they both stood up âVidyut this is Laksh and that is his fiancÃ© Sahajâ she introduced them âLaksh, this is Vidyut. Heâs a close friend of mine
âHey, I have heard so much about you. And congratulations on your engagementâ Vidyut said while extending his hand to Laksh
âThanks, Ragini never mentioned youâ Laksh said while shaking hands with him and he was looking at Ragini. The smile on Raginiâs face disappeared as she saw the look on Lakshâs face.
âLakshâ Sahaj retorted âItâs really nice to meet you Vidyutâ she said to steer away the awkwardness
âLikewise Mam, and congratulations to you tooâ Vidyut said with a smile and then he turned to look at Laksh who was staring at Ragini.
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