Chapter Five: Uh-Oh!
Geet was pacing to & fro in her room impatiently, occasionally coming out & glancing at the main entrance of the Haveli. She glanced at the clock many times but to no avail.
“He told he will be back by evening & abhi dekho! dinner bhi ho gaya & Maan has not yet arrived!!! Aane do unko, I will not spare for that prank!!!!!!”
Minutes later she heard the Haveli doors being opened. Peace was brought to her restless heart as she saw Maan entering but her relief was short-lived as without looking here & there, he looked up straight at her as if he knew she was standing there! Their eyes met, which made her heartbeats go awry. She ran inside her room.
Maan went to his room, changed into t-shirt & trousers, then making his way to Geet’s room. Unluckily, he met Daarji on his way. Both were not at all happy to see each other, for their own different set of reasons. Maan knew Daarji didn’t like him much. Daarji didn’t spare a second to cast his suspicious eyes on him.
“Where are you going this way & that to itni raat ko?”
Now Maan just couldn’t say I-am-visiting-your-grand-daughter-hope-you-are-fine-with-it!
“I am going to the kitchen to drink water!” he said in a most gentleman voice.
“But I think there is another kitchen not very far from your room. Why did you come all the way here?”
Maan was well-prepared for that!
“To be precise I don’t like the layout of that kitchen whereas this kitchen ! I am thoroughly impressed with it’s design! The way it is structured making optimum utilization of the space available, not forgetting the good quality cement used. Also the latticed walls compliment the colour of the refrigerator from which I will be taking out a chilled Bisleri bottle to drink water.”
At that moment, Maan actually felt proud of being the MD of Khurana Constructions! He felt as though he just gave a presentation & that Daarji will now shake hands with him saying the-deal-is-final!
Maan had said his speech in such a manner that Daarji couldn’t question him further
“Thik hai, jao iss kitchen mein & return to your room quickly! I don’t like anybody wandering in the Haveli at night!”
Maan nodded. They both crossed ways.
Geet was in her room again pacing to & fro
"Thank God Maan’s nani were not there when I made that announcement. Warna pata nahi kya kya sochte! Waise bhi I have turned every stone to prove myself insane in front of his family!"
She stamped her foot.
"Yahi sochte ki their to-be bahu is damn crazy!"
She heard the ever velvety voice behind her. She turned around to see Maan calmly keeping a glass of milk on her desk.
“Rano Aunty was saying that you didn’t have dinner properly! So she told me to forward you this milk.”
Geet’s eyes went wide hearing that.
“Mamma sent you here aur who bhi itni raat ko??? I can’t believe this!”
After all when did her mom become so modern so as to allow a handsome & charming young man into her daughter’s room who was already bowled over by him!
“Very Smart!” he remarked.”Why didn’t you have your meal properly?”
“W- Woh… there was aaloo ki sabzi. I don’t like aaloo ki sabzi!”
“Why??? Just because there are potatoes in it?” he said teasingly.
That reminded her that she was supposed to be hell cross with him. This time she was not gonna be affected by him.
"What's your problem!!!!" Geet began marching towards him. Maan looked at her, suprised. His face at once displayed a smirk & he began to move backward while she advanced to him.
"You know what!!It’s all your fault!!!!!”
He wanted to interrupt her but she cared a damn
"Nahi Nahi, aap mujhe bataiye ki why did you act as if you have come to marry me??Okay fine!! Whatever happened just happened...but the worst part is the entire 24-hr day has passed by still you haven’t apologized !!!!When are you going to recite your maafi nama to me????!!!!"
Maan felt the wall behind him as Geet leaned closer to him with her nose red & plump in anger. He just gazed at how adorable she looked giving half a thought to her outburst.
"Easy girl easy!" he straightened her, "Should I reward you with Oscar or Grammy for your heavy dialogue??"
She frowned & looked away distancing herself from him.
“Babaji, he is just impossible!!!” she blabbered to herself.
He smirked hearing that.
Just then Geet heard footsteps approaching her room. She immediately recognized it to be Daarji’s!!
“M-Maan! D-Daarji is coming here! If he finds you here, hell will break loose!!!”
Before Maan could express anything, she clutched him by his wrist & almost began dragging in the entire room.
“You have to hide! But where??.....Babaji! Why is my room so open open…you can hide here....no this place is too small....no there....no no no ”
“Chup Bilkul Chup!!”
He pulled her closer & put his finger on her lips. Her eyes were dazed meeting his but she sensed it was not the right time!
“You have to hide somewhere...” she flushed as he felt the movement of her soft, delicate lips against his fingers.
“I will hide in the balcony. Simple.”
“But why?” he asked in disbelief.
They both heard the footsteps approaching nearer....
“Nahi....a-aap bed pe--”
“I-I mean.....hide beneath the bed.....yes this will be perfect!!”
“Geet, balcony better--”
He found himself being pushed beneath the bed. Maan chose to give in. Fixing Maan, Geet immediately reached out for the glass of milk, sipping it as if she had been alone in her room since ages!. The next moment, Daarji appeared.
“I heard someone’s voice from your room, was anyone here?”
“Sharp ears! I must say!” Maan thought from under the bed.
“No Daarji, koi nahi tha!!” she said in an over-surprised tone, “I was drinking badaam milk which will make my mind sharp, no one came over here & said sorry to me & balcony mein bhi koi nahi hai..”
“Oh God!! This girl!!!” Maan sighed.
“I thought Maan bitwa was in your room.”
Geet was in her ultimate best to control her reactions
“Anyways, I just want to say ki till the time the Khuranas are here, stay away from Maan!! I don’t approve of him much!! And we are definitely not going to marry you to him, you can be assured of that fact! Our relation with the Khuranas are strictly professional, & it cannot go beyond that! You get what I am saying.”
Maan heard everything.
“Yes Daarji” Geet replied.
Daarji departed. Maan stood up from under the bed.
“Hmm....your Daarji doesn’t likes me much! So incase if you fall in love with me, don’t blame me for that!” he said mischievously.
“Don’t change the topic!!! You have to say sorry to me!!!!!” Geet retorted.
Maan at once pinned her to the wall. She grew shocked feeling his hot breaths across her face....His intense orbs pierced through hers & she just gaped at him blankly....
“I played the prank on you because you had rejected to marry me. It’s not that I was ever interested to marry you on the first place but NOBOBY rejects MAAN SINGH KHURANA, be it for whatever reason, do you get that!!!!”
His voice was dense with arrogance & then he staged a walk-out.
“So I hurt his fat ego!!! Well done Geet Handa!!! Serves him right!!!”
The next morning, Maan received a phone call from the Delhi branch of KC. For some reason, he didn’t like the piece of news that he got to hear....
Vikrant looked up from the newspaper at his son, Maan. It had been only a year since Vikrant Singh Khurana announced Maan as the next MD of KC & Maan had brilliantly reached up to his father’s expectations of conducting business.
“Dad, There occurred some problem in Delhi branch. I suppose I have to go there!”
“I hope it’s nothing serious !”
“Okay then, you finish your work there while your dadi, Aniee & I are leaving for Mumbai tomorrow!”
For some reason, Maan didn’t want to go. Because that would mean he wouldn’t be able to meet Geet ever again...& perhaps that thought somewhere pricked him....& he wasn’t able to fathom what was it happening to him....
Maan had another meeting that day & it was late in the night when he returned back to the Haveli. The Handas & Khuranas had gone to attend a wedding so Maan assumed no one to be there in the Haveli.
He walked past the entrance gate entangled in his own thoughts. He didn’t know why but he didn’t feel like telling Geet anything about his departure....He knew he was acting weird but he couldn’t help it.
He was unaware of the fact that Geet was the only one in the Haveli as had made a lousy excuse for not going to the wedding....
Maan heard those desperate words while walking in the hall. He was shocked seeing Geet in....and he was….