Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mysterious Existences

The wavering lights of a very busy city made abstract patterns on the inky black velvet of the night sky. She stood at her window, her thoughts as muddled as the streaking gold of the headlights in motion. Why was she making the Lav- Chris-Shaina-Akshay confusion her concern?

Why is that one is curious about something that has nothing to do with them? Maybe it was all a part about being human. Like unwanted rains on a sunny day, curiosity was flooding her otherwise sunny existence with its unwelcome presence. She just could not rest without getting to the bottom of this mystery.

She needed to speak to Chris. Why was he lying to her? They had been good friends for over two years. They might not have revealed their most intimate secrets to one another, but they definitely had not resorted to the feeble support of pretenses yet. So why or what was he covering up by lying so poorly?

She was tempted to call Shaina again, but one lunch with her had distressed Shaina enough. Besides, she didn’t seem to be any better a situation than Shikha, though she did have much more to lose by unearthing the mystery. Maybe that is why she wasn’t trying too hard to unravel it all.

The next quest was to unearth Akshay, if he wasn’t a figment of Chris and Lav’s over-active imaginations. She didn’t have a last name, so she could not possibly google him up. Asking either Chris or Lav was so definitely out of question, primarily because they now answered her calls with equal amounts of dread and exasperation. She could hear their minds weaving crazy stories even as she posed her questions to them. How then could she look up Akshay?

She hurried back to her bed, pulled her laptop towards her and typed ‘Lav Kulshrestha, Akshay’ in the google search window. There were pages and pages on Lav and some twenty odd pages on Lav Kulshrestha. Mostly the pages dealt with his keen sense of business and his flair for building enterprises which became sure shot successes. He even had a fan club which listed his achievements with great fanfare. But surprisingly as she clicked on link after link, she discovered that he had no visible personal footprints in the web-world. So far there seemed to be no mention whatsoever of any kind of Akshay. Considering that Akshay and Lav were best friends, would there not be a remote mention of his existence at least in the smiling interview articles published online of Lav Kulshreshtha?

She was about to give up on the maddening search, when she caught Chris’ name mentioned in the description below one of the links. The page opened to reveal a blog written some years ago, by someone called ‘Shades of passion.’ The blog narrated incidents from graduation days of a group of five boys, which Lav and Chris were a part of. She read through hilarious escapades and the many girl chases which went wrong. Much to her consternation she discovered that she enjoyed reading the blog and was smiling despite her will.

The mysterious writer had stopped writing a little over a year ago. Sometime before Lav and Shaina got married, the writer seemed to have packed his bags and disappeared. Could this mysterious writer have been Lav? But no seen Lav was mentioned in the blog posts, it had to be someone other than him. Could this writer then have been Akshay?

She went to the alumni page of the college mentioned in the blog. There were three Akshay’s mentioned in the same batch as Lav and Chris. Which one of them could have been ‘Shades of Passion’? She couldn’t possible randomly call all three and ask “Hey were you the one who was best friends with Lav?”?

Having come this close to the elusive Akshay, she didn’t want to give up. The tiny digital clock on the screen of her laptop told her it was two in the morning. She knew it was an unearthly hour and she ought not to call anybody. But not doing anything was killing her. She sat there drumming the table with her fingernails pondering what to do next.

She hadn’t been much of a blogger. She wouldn’t know anything about other bloggers. But she knew someone who would. Raina. Raina had been blogging for the past eight years. She said it was her personal online diary which she shared with the world. If it was personal why was she sharing it with the world? But Raina, was the one person she needed to talk to right now.

Raina’s sleepy, “Hello?” gave her an ounce of satisfaction. It was pay-back for all those post midnight calls which had kept her awake all this while.

“Hey! I need help!” she said.

“Are you ok?” Raina said, concern startling her from her sleep.

“Yes, I am fine! I need to find the identity of a blogger. How do I do it?” She asked.

“You called me at two in the morning for this?” Raina almost screamed. “Let me guess. You are still obsessing over Lav Kulshreshtha’s life and love! Why?”

Shikha didn’t know how to answer that, so she just kept quite.

“Ok fine.” Raina said accepting her silence. “I wouldn’t know how to find the real identity of a blogger. But who is it anyway?”

“Someone called the ‘Shades of passion’” Shikha said thankful that Raina wasn’t pressing her curiosity further.

“Shades of passion? That would have to be Akshay!” Raina stated in a matter-of-fact way.

Shikha couldn’t believe her ears. All along Raina had known Akshay? Why oh why had she not confided in Raina?

“Akshay who?” She asked.

“Akshay Singh!”

A google search of Akshay Singh passed out in 2001, sketched him to be the HR head of a lead telecommunications company called Carbon in Edinburgh. He was married for four years and a father of a one year old girl called Preeti. There were no pictures of his wife, but she was mentioned as Mrs. Shaina Singh.

26 comments:

rain girl said...

i am losing track.. it's going on and on.. :p

no offense, but i know you can do far far better girl! :) please don't mind, but u did, am sorry :(

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

grrrr..u have got me glued to this page..this is the most exciting series that i have ever read.

please have mercy on our souls..
post more soon..i son't want this to end now...just post the next part as fast as possible.

yaar,control hi nai ho raha...

take care

p.s.
===
have to tell you u are way ahead of ektaa kapoor.

AshenGlow said...

When do people raise their hands and shriek their kidneys out in a typically weird eagerness to know whether they'll ever be able to touch the ground again?

Simple.. When they are on a roller coaster ride...

Heh

This one's a ride to cherish, babe...

This really is..

Way to go...
Ashen

Cinderella. said...

I totally - completely - eternally agree with VIK ! YOu've got me glued to this page. I have never found any series on blogger as exciting as this one !

Prakhar said...

...I guess this is the end...is it??...tell me!!

Crimson Feet said...

damn!... damn... :)

agree to everyone above (except rain girl of course :)) ...

wht the heck!!! ... screaming for more..

i agree with that feeling of yours... YOU WERE BORN TO BE A MYSTERY WRITER!!! ... and this like a new genre of romantic-mystery!

:) sexy stuff

Vinz aka Vinu said...

twists and sizzlers rolled on all the way..!!

waiting for the next one..!
hurry..!!

comfortably numb said...

and yet another turn of events...one heck of a ride it's turning out,isn't it???
Hope Shikha unearths d truth soon...but u update after long periods:(

Mystique Wanderer said...

keep typing on tht keyboard...dont stop now...chalo chalo kaam karo

crasiezt said...

*scratches head in the hope of solving the mystery, but gets no results*

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Jay El Bird said...

I think I can predict the ending...

rantravereflect/ jane said...

i'm drumming my nails on the computer table, n i shall scrath ya hair outta ya head, if i get the chance..

:*

soo where did teh one year old pop out from, n i'm sorry, but is this the ending???

please update soon..

Beauty and the BEast said...

@rain girl

sigh!! No babes didnt mind one bit :)

so no issues there..

Does seem to go on..??!! hmmm...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ V

I know the comeback has taken long.. but hope this satiates your curiosity!!

:D

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ ashenglow

Trust me and I am not kidding, your comments have actually made me want to come back and write some more...

thanks for all the encouragement :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Cinderella

OMG!! That was such a sweet thing to say!! Thank you!!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Prakhar

:(

Not yet...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ crimson feet

Yeah yeah!! Its ALL genetic... :P

Beauty and the BEast said...

@vinz aka vinu

didt roll fast enogh :l

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ comfortably numb

GOSH!! I just proved you right :O

Sorryyy....

Beauty and the BEast said...

@mystique wanderer

yaaaaaaaaawn!! just woke up yaar!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ crasiezt

Hope this does time u get ur answers...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ jay el bird

are we on the same page..

Beauty and the BEast said...

@rantravereflectjane

served with a flourish :)

ScarletTd1ar1es said...

woven like beads on silk. :) u lurve extra marritial affairs don u. :P