Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Is this the end?

Despite the many pitfalls which make the journey called life a little uncomfortable at times, we still keep going. Why? It’s definitely not for want of choices. Perhaps, it is because along with pitfalls it also has some really refreshing and surprising pit stops. If at one point life estranges someone who had once been a very important part of your world, at one corner it introduces you to a stranger who will soon become the very reason for your existence.

If life showers a torrent of tears, it perhaps has already planned for someone to wipe them with silken handkerchiefs. And if it brutally tears up your dreams into a million shreds, it also gives you the strength to hope. Such is life.

And equally obvious is the fact that in the early hours of a lazy morning, to a sleep deprived mind, overworked with rampant thoughts; the above statements sound profound and drawn from the depths of philosophy. They become larger than life. As they were doing right now with Shikha. She had no idea why or how these thoughts had made their way to her mind and neither did she know why they were busy cat walking down the ramps of her excited mind.

The internet had revealed that Shaina Singh and Shaina Kulshreshtha were indeed one and the same. There was no mention of Shaina Kulshreshtha, but Shaina insisted she was Shaina Kulshreshtha. And there really was no reason to not believe her. Lav and Chris insisted there was no Shaina Kulshreshtha. And then the mysterious Akshay Singh was indeed married to Shaina too! Was it legal in London to have two husbands?

Was it really possible to love two entirely different men, equally much? Did one man compensate for the shortcomings of the other? And what if both of them still didn’t quite live up to the requisites? Then do you go ahead and love a third? She shook her head to clear it off all the cobwebs of unnecessary thought.

Her entire pondering over the Lav-Shaina-Akshay-Chris complexity was unnecessary, a tiny voice nagged her. But try as she might she could not let them be. For some reason, on which she could not quite place a finger; she knew she wanted the truth. And for the same reason she knew that the truth mattered.

Confrontation, she had learned from experience was a double edged sword. You could either draw someone into a confession or push him further away into some dark recessed where reaching out to him would be almost impossible. But given the intricacies of the current predicament, she decided she was running out of the choice of a proper course. Confrontation, it would have to be.

She once again toyed with her cell phone, as if giving herself that one last opportunity to back out. She would be treated like the proverbial plague, thanks to this one phone call. People would run at the mere mention of her name and all her calls would be returned unanswered. Were the answers to her never-ending questions worth all this?

In response, she dialed Lav’s number. It was five in the morning. As the phone threatened to not be answered, she found her mind wandering once again. Would he be with Shaina right now? Is that why he was not answering the phone? Would he be asleep from a drunken night? Where was he?

“Shikha?” He asked, startling her.

“Hey!” She said feeling stupid now that the call had finally connected.

“You do realize its like five in the morning and anybody would consider this to be an indecent time for a casual call?” He said not sounding one bit sleepy and every bit irritated.

“Whatever makes you think my call is casual?” She retorted. She heard him laugh that rich laugh once again and almost felt the tension dissipate through the invisible phone lines. “It is about Shaina,” she hurried wanting to make the most of his good mood.

“What about her?” He mumbled and she could picture him trying to light a cigarette, while talking to her.

“Well, I have been playing the detective. I met her for lunch and then well, she said she was married to you. But then on the internet she exists as Shaina Singh, Akshay Singh’s wife! So I am all a little confused.” She said all this without the slightest trace of any emotion lacing her voice.

He was silent for a while. Perhaps blowing out contemplative smoke. “Ok,” he finally said, “ I will satiate your curiosity, if you answer one of my questions very honestly. Deal?”

She did not believe he was making this so easy for her. “Deal!” she breathed on an excited whisper.

“Why?” he asked, “are all these questions, which have nothing to do with you, keeping you awake all night?”

It was her turn to be silent. How long had she been avoiding this very question? Did she really know the answer even now? “I don’t know.” She finally said.

“I asked for an honest answer Shikha,” he replied. “If you really want honest answers to all your questions, you need to be honest with your answer to my question.”

“OK,” she said vaguely forming an answer in her mind. “ About a couple of years ago, I thought they didn’t make men better than you. Then suddenly you mysteriously married Shaina. I was there at the wedding. Perhaps I was a little heartbroken too. You know how it is. And then you show up as a prospective match for Raina, about a year later. Well, its all a little confusing. You see, then it means you did not marry Shaina that night after all! Which could mean… well…. A million things!”

He was silent once again. Shikha wanted to kick herself for choosing this moment to do some deep soul confession to herself. She was preparing some sort of an apology when she heard him mumble something.

“Sorry?” she pardoned herself.

“I said,” he said a little above a whisper, “ Shaina is married to me, but only in her mind. This one is a little complicated. Akshay and Shaina were married. Are married. Their car was involved in the crazy car accident. Both of them were hurt. Akshay spent three months in the ICU. But Shaina, suffered a blow to the head and she sort of lost her memory. She did not remember being married to Akshay. But she remembered the three of us hanging out together. Seeing me the first person by her hospital bed, when she opened her eyes and seeing her wedding ring, she concluded that she was married to me. The doctors said her condition was still critical and they were not sure how well she could or would handle a shock. It was healthier to let her believe what she did. Akshay meanwhile recovered and now we are trying to jog her memories by doing things Akshay and she normally did when they were together. Like getting married. Like dining out. The idea is that something triggers her sleeping memory and when she turns to seek the familiar Akshay and finds me instead. Voila! Mission accomplished!”

Shikha was dumbstruck. She would have never guessed the magnanimity of the situation. She had completely misunderstood the ties which bound these four individuals as friends. She was touched by the extent of sacrifice they were willing to make, just to set things right .

“So,” said Lav in a trance like voice, “do you still think they don’t make men better than me?’


“Well, just trying my luck! Because I think they definitely do not make women any more exasperating, cumbersome or loveable than you Ms. Shikha!” He laughed. A deep rumble which made her toes tingle. “Sleep well!”


rantravereflect/ jane said...

this is like an indian version of desperate housewives!

n nsince memory loss n accidents are included, they definitely have the desi dosage..

nowwwww, is this the end?
do lav n shikha get together?

n who's this raina???

and does shaina finally recognise akshay as her husband??

ladyyyyyy, it's high time ya answer these questions..

or i shall axe ya!

love the way ya weave those words!

rantravereflect/ jane said...

n yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

fist to comment!:D


rain girl said...

now i'm happy. u have proved urself once again...

Cinderella. said...

Ah ! Now this is what you call delicious !!

I had a big grin in the end, and the longing for smth else. And the fact that I watched P.S I love you yesterday kinda makes things important !

LOL !!

d gypsy! said...

i shud follow this blog with a keener attention or I wud be lost like i am...

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•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

i loved the ending..totally rocking :D

AshenGlow said...

Hey there!

After a loong break i finally trip by your blog and finally find The End of Shikha's quest for the elusive truth.. (Or is it? ;))
Actually the ending was a bit expected due to the cue you gave us when Chris once mentioned about the car crash to Shikha...
But il be honest and tell you that i secretly enjoyed Lav hitting on Shikha in the end...
Thats exactly what i wanted.. Cause i guess thats exactly how it should be! Heheh... Wonderful.. :)

Lova ya!

Prakhar said...

bolo...Is this the end?...I feel so...but that last conversation keeps an open end...

comfortably numb said... finally d confusion ends and on a happy note too:)
gr8 u showed us what every1's motivations were...well dun...nicely wrapped up or is it:D

debasish.. said...

U always put that 'itchy-smile' at the end..

I guess, Lav-Shaina-Akshay-Chris would have been simpler without the internet :P

marvin the paranoid android said...

as ever you end up amazing me, honey...


Coming here after a long time..feels great to be here..very very good post..
take care

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

i love this header..
lovely :D

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ rantravereflect/jane

Lol!! Gosh I will neeed a whole new ten posts to answer all those questions!!

Raina is Shikha's friend who got inrtoduced at the beginning of this series..

Totally loved your reaction!!


Beauty and the BEast said...

@ raingirl

Always like it when you smile :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ V

It is, aint it?

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ ashenglow

Oh it is the end :l

But yeah Lab 'had to' hit on Shikha I couldnt have it any way either :O

Thanks for being with me all the way through!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Prakahr

and the story ends here...

Let them weave their own dreams, I dont want to spy on those ;)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ debashish
but then again.. why keep life simple??

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ marvin

Pleasure :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Man in painting

thanks! and welcome back

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ V

thanks !!! :D

Khamakha said...

those bits of philosophy with the story are to die for:) I can write them down, n read them for inspiration....