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Chapter 11

Dinner_couple

DR ISHAN MALHOTRA

A WEEK LATER

Untimely demise of my father-in-law, Mr Singh came as a blow. Though I was expecting it, but never did I think that it would hurt me equally as it hurt Avni. Though I had never spent any real time with him, but I did operate him when he had his second heart attack.

The worst feeling for a doctor is – losing a patient whom you treated with all you had! Mr Singh may not be any friend or relative of mine, but he surely was my patient, and losing a patient had never been easy for me.

‘You want something?’ Avni asked me as I was reading the morning newspaper. It was a week since her father had passed away, and she was doing much better in life now.

‘No, thank you.’ I replied back with a smile, this is all I had to give her after all.

Since that fateful day, she hadn’t talked about divorce to me even a single time. Sometimes I feel the urge inside to force her into the divorce so she’s free from the bond that I’m tying her into, but sometimes, when I become selfish and snobbish, I feel as if I’ll lose everything if I let her go. This dilemma is the biggest I’ve encountered in my life till now!

I shoved in my earplugs and drove my Honda City to the fastest I could – okay, 60kmph! The song playing on my phone was identical enough to my situation. I was stuck. I was pissed. I was rotting inside. I was torn apart and I wanted some expert advice.

There was a time, I used to look into my father’s eye
In a happy home, I was a king I had a golden throne
Those days are gone, now the memories are on the wall
I hear the sounds of the places where I was born

Up on the hill across the blue lake,
That’s where I had my first heart break,
I still remember how it all changed,
My father said

Don’t you worry, don’t you worry child,
See heaven’s got a plan for you,
Don’t you worry, don’t you worry now, Yeah!

Nobody was expert more than one person in this whole-wide-world and that was my father! I couldn’t help myself, but call him, and tell him everything that was going on in my life lately. Instead of being shocked, he was happy – happy for I told him the truth and didn’t hide anything – PARENTS!

‘What should I do now? Keeping her with me is being selfish, and letting her go is something I can’t afford…’ I sounded as miserable and helpless as I could, so I would fish out a quick solution from my father’s genius mind.

‘Son, you’re a surgeon, you have operated so many humans physically, but emotionally and mentally, you’re still a learner, or I should say, a beginner. Avni is someone who is emotionally most vulnerable right now! If you can do something to keep her, do it now. Take her out on dinners, spend some quality time, screw work for some time, take an off, go for a vacation, but pull her out of her misery and she’ll fall in love with you, Ishan…’

‘Thank you so much, dad!’ without listening anymore, I made a mental note of spending the entire next week in best possible manner with Avni, and I check marked everything my dad had said about impressing a girl. I was all set – mentally, now there was only one problem – convincing Avni!

‘Like I said, you are here since one year and I don’t think you’ve seen much of Mumbai, then what the use of such a life is? Believe me, there’s much more to life than we can imagine. There are some people who explore their entire lives and see entire world before they die, and then there are people who take birth and die in the same room, and I don’t think you’re interested in a latter life, are you?’ I tried to be as logical and meaningful as I could.

‘Alright, I anyways don’t have much work, I can go out on a dinner with you tomorrow. Good night, doctor…’ Avni said, picked up her pillow and sneaked into the guest room.

I hate the moment she says a good bye and leaves me alone with my thoughts, memories, past and everything that I want to forget. I hate it when she walks inside the guest room instead of snuggling in one blanket with me. I had developed a subsequent hatred for my own room, my bed, my sheets, my pillows, everything that was around, just because there was Avni’s absence in them. I had everything, but a lady with me earlier, and now when I had one, everything was still incomplete.

It’s funny, how for an entire lifetime we keep thinking ‘How’ will our life-partner look like, how will he be? How will he react to a particular situation? How will he get angry, and how will we love and pamper him? We have so many questions like if he will accept me the way I am? Or if I have to change for him? We all have made plans for our future, subconsciously. We don’t exactly plan out everything with a pen and paper, it’s something that happens automatically, just like an involuntary action. Whenever we are alone and our mood is good, we usually think about our life with our partner. The days and nights in his arms, and the time that we will reserve for him.

But when all that turns into reality, it’s strikingly different. Everything that you thought, seems to be a joke, and life laughs at you from a distance! You are helpless and can’t do anything about it, but have to accept it the way it is. You are totally caught into a web of dilemmas and problems before you realize that this is the time you waited for, and that this is the time you dreamt about! You have to make efforts, compromises, sacrifices and you have to change yourselves too sometimes to make things work.

You can never expect to get a partner exactly the way you thought or dreamt about. It’s always different in reality and it’s always tough to make both ends meet for a relationship to work, but you have to! It’s your relationship, if you won’t work for it, who else will?

This was the only thing that kept me going. I had to convince Avni for a week-long vacation to Kerala anyhow! I had to take her along and tomorrow’s dinner was my only chance.

AFTER 12 HOURS

I selected a suave and classy suit for the evening. It was a velvet black skin-fit suit with a white shirt inside and a matching blue/black broach. I wore black leather shoes with red socks. Socks are anyways hidden, I thought, and walked out of my room without realizing that some part of my ankles was flaunting my bright red socks.

‘Doctor, don’t you think it’s too kitschy?’ Avni pointed at my flashy red socks.

I rushed inside to change them, without even seeing how Avni looked like. I started searching for a white or a black pair of socks, but all in vain. My cupboards were flooding out my clothes and it was a mess inside. She was waiting for me, ready at the door, and it was husband who was late today! How ironical, compared to the jokes that people make on ladies that they take time to get ready!

‘You found…’

‘No!’ without even listening to what she was saying, I said a big, loud NO!

‘I have your socks, outside, doctor!’ she spoke after an interval of two minutes.

How dumb was I! I thought and rushed out. I snatched the socks, wore them, slipped my feet into the shoes and stood straight in front of her. That was the time I noticed her properly.

She was wearing a bright red plain saree with a black border and a black, sleek georgette blouse. Her black earrings were dangling and her black bangles were shining coyly in her fair, smooth arms. Her nails were painted red and she wore matching red heels. Her open hair were swaying in her air, and the light aroma of the perfume she wore, filled the lobby entirely and I was intoxicated with it’s smell for a few moments.

‘Are you ready, doctor?’ she asked.

‘Oh yes, I am…please…’ I showed her the way and she walked ahead of me.

I felt as if I was walking behind her in my marriage in a traditionally Hindu way, where a groom walks behind the bride in some of the rounds around fire, but as we reached my car, my dream was crashed.

‘Are you driving, or…’ she looked at her own car.

‘No, no…we are going together, and in my car!’ I opened the door for her. She sat next to me and I came on the driving seat. I accelerated and in fifteen more minutes, we reached the restaurant. It was JW Marriott, where I had a table reserved for us.

‘Thank you, doctor…’ she looked into my eyes and smiled. My day was complete now!

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  Comments (106)

  • Mehak

    April 20, 2014

    Eagerly waiting……..

    • Mehek

      April 21, 2014

      🙂 Thank you, Mehak!

  • aditi Singh thakur

    April 21, 2014

    exccccciiiiitttteeeeeddddd

    • Mehek

      April 21, 2014

      Me too! 😛

  • aditi Singh thakur

    April 21, 2014

    awesome…
    loved it…..
    :* <3

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you, Aditi 🙂

  • mehak

    April 21, 2014

    loved it..really

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thanks dear 🙂

  • adiba

    April 22, 2014

    superb starting…..!! cant wait 4d next episode…!!!

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you doctor! 🙂 Keep connected and tell me if I’m wrong somewhere 😛 I’m not a medical student after all!

  • anu

    April 22, 2014

    jjust love it

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you, Anu 🙂

  • Shubhangi Kaushik

    April 23, 2014

    It’s too good

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      Thank you Shubhangi 🙂

  • adiba

    April 23, 2014

    no dear its all perfect…;)

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      🙂 Thanks!

  • Kuldeep

    April 23, 2014

    Very nice and great work…. When will next part gonna be posted.

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      The story is updated with a new chapter every night at 09 pm. Thank you for appreciation 🙂 Stay connected!

  • Kuldeep

    April 23, 2014

    I will..!!

  • ishita

    April 24, 2014

    lovd it alot (: …i wnt 2 read it in one go but cudnt pls post d next chap soon….
    eagerly waitng…

  • Kanika

    April 26, 2014

    it is awesome mehek…. loved it !!!
    i thnk Dr. Ishan’s part is pretty good as compared to Avni’s…
    i love all ur stories nd chapters but ds time…wen m readng Avni’s part i get a lil bored :/
    dunno why 🙁 🙁

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Let the story catch up some pace. It’s just the beginning. Hope you find the story good, happy reading 🙂

  • heena puri

    April 26, 2014

    nice one…eagerly w8ng 4 next part…

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Kuldeep

    April 26, 2014

    After the end of 5th part…..
    Thunder clashes , Storms build up , Earth quakes , Universe shakes…
    And Dr. said repetitively
    What..?? What..?? What..??….
    :p :p :p :p

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Lol! It’s a story, not some cheap Indian TV Show!

  • Kuldeep

    April 26, 2014

    Hehehehe but if it was a show then definitely it will be like that.

  • Kanika

    April 26, 2014

    yes u were right Mehek…. 🙂
    i loved it 😛
    specially d last line…. hahahaha
    lots of love to u :* :*
    keep writing stories like ds ^_^ O:)

    • Mehek

      April 27, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂 I will keep writing, you also keep reading 😉

  • Kanika

    April 27, 2014

    of course dear !!! when d writer is YOU den one has to read it 😉

  • varsha

    April 27, 2014

    Message*
    hi mehak dis syd varsha i read ur arrange series n i became ur fan since d very first day i read ur first chapter.
    u done a grt job , keep writing as u wrote amazing stories
    nw i fell in love wid ur medical series too . though i have my finl year xam still i waited whole day just to read ur chapter .
    in luv wid ur stories
    keep smiling 🙂

    ur fan varsha 🙂

    • Mehek

      April 27, 2014

      Thank you so very much dear 🙂 It means a lot to hear from fans and friends like you! Each word encourages me to write more and better. Hope you like this story and do study and all the best for your exams 🙂 Take care and happy reading!

  • poornima rathi

    April 29, 2014

    awesome really…

    • Mehek

      April 29, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂

  • ankita paul

    April 29, 2014

    I need to know the whole story till the end. m loving it.. just keep me updated with this story.. I have read till their marriage part

    • Mehek

      April 29, 2014

      The story is updated every night at 9 pm, on this very blog. Kindly visit for daily chapters, happy reading! 🙂

  • Yashwin

    April 30, 2014

    Hy mehek yu a really doing a greatttttttt job:) 1 request is make ts story of yours into a book so tat ppl like me wud love to read it everyday! Lots of love and wishes,yashwin!:)

    • Mehek

      April 30, 2014

      Thanks Yashwin 🙂 I could have if it was so easy to publish books! Nevertheless, maybe one day all my stories find a place into a printed form. Stay connected and happy reading! 🙂

  • Aashish

    April 30, 2014

    Eagerly awaiting for 10 part.!!

  • Sirisha

    April 30, 2014

    A very good story Mehek. Keep going! Waiting for next parts. 🙂

    • Mehek

      April 30, 2014

      Thank you Sirisha, I’m glad you liked it. Stay connected and happy reading!

  • Robert

    April 30, 2014

    Grt job!!
    I m astonished to see that how an engineering mind can travell so deep into thoughts and do such wndrful piece of work..
    Moreover, it is very appreciable that u’ve done such masterpiece at a very young age..

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks Robert, It’s wonderful to have such comments here, Stay connected and Happy Reading!

  • Kanika

    April 30, 2014

    i can feel each and every word…. they are magical
    superb !!!

  • Rohan

    April 30, 2014

    Loved it 🙂 #fan 😉

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thank you, Rohan! 🙂

  • shubhangi'

    May 1, 2014

    I’m in love with the story…can’t wait for next chapter….it’s so different for regular love stories

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks Shubhangi, I hope you will like further chapters too! You can join my facebook page here – http://www.facebook.com/GirlsHeart21

      Stay connected and Happy Reading! 🙂

  • Grace

    May 1, 2014

    Hi Mehek cant stop myself from rereading the previous chapters am loving the suspense please put it in a book.lots of love.

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks a lot Grace, it means a lot 🙂 I’ll definitely try to get my stories into a book someday 🙂

  • seema

    May 1, 2014

    Nice story mehek
    I m waiting for next chapter…
    All d best

    • Mehek

      May 2, 2014

      Thanks Seema 🙂 Stay connected and happy reading! 🙂

  • Bimu

    May 1, 2014

    “It’s funny, how for an entire
    lifetime we keep thinking………………………..The days and nights
    in his arms, and the time that we
    will reserve for him.” – Mehek, you may be a girl and so your thoughts but, today’s story is narrated by Dr. Ishan. So, in this whole para ‘he’ must be replaced by ‘she’ and ‘him’ by ‘her.’ Don’t mistake me to point out mistakes. That’s because I’m expecting perfection from you. 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 2, 2014

      I’m not offended at all sweetie, but that’s my writing style 🙂 Doesn’t matter you write it from a male/female POV but when you’re narrating as a third person in some places, the reference can be any, and I prefer a female reference, thus stating male point of views and examples. It’s good that you pointed this thing out, so I could explain it to the readers that as an author, we are allowed to play a little with words and phrases. Perfection in my perspective doesn’t means being grammatically correct or typographically accurate and writing a baseless, boring story, perfection means being able to hold readers till the end, writing a story that people can relate to, scribbling the words through which people can learn, and at the end, when the story finishes, the readers can ‘miss’ it…that is perfection! 🙂

  • padmavati

    May 2, 2014

    Hi mehek
    i love rdng love stories
    n this is a medical series of whch i m also the part, so interesting really nice , i read ur arranged series that ws also amazing…..
    pls start writing a book will love to read it :*

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Padmavati, I’m working on a book only, and will be publishing it soon! 🙂 Hope you like my forthcoming ventures. This blog will anyways be my priority and I will keep updating it with new stories. Happy reading 🙂

  • Shreya

    May 2, 2014

    I must say that I’m every now and then falling in love with your writing skills. It seems impossible to wait for one complete day to read the next chapter. 🙁 And on top of it, you end the chapter at a point where anticipation increases

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks a lot Shreya, it feels so good to read such nice comments. Don’t worry, there are only 4 chapters more to this story 🙂 Stay connected and happy reading!

  • Pia

    May 2, 2014

    hye Mehek . . m fan of urs writing . .
    itz jst awsome . . aftr each chapter d egarly waiting for d next
    n all iz lyk nw a part of lyf . . pls do writing 🙂
    love u n d spirit in u 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Pia 🙂

  • Uttam Prakash

    May 2, 2014

    I haven’t read any other article here but this one. And oh man, how awesome can it. Please stop torturing and post it quick. I’m dying to read it fully 😉 😀 just amazing. I’m at a loss for words to how awesome this is 🙂 ^_^

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Uttam, for a wonderful compliment 🙂 A new chapter is updated every night at 09 pm. Stay connected and happy reading 🙂

  • Stuti

    May 3, 2014

    hey mehek
    m lving the stories by u
    really i mst say wat an imagination and u also fill feelings in ur story and this is the most imp. thing that u connect ur readers
    eagerly waiting for nxt chapter
    i hv one ques. that will there be a sequeal to the story like Arranged Love ???

    • Mehek

      May 4, 2014

      Thanks Stuti, next chapter will be posted at 09 pm as usual. Right now, I can’t promise a sequel, but let’s see how the readers respond to the climax of the story 🙂

  • padmavati

    May 3, 2014

    Nice liked it ….
    watng fr next part 🙂
    i dont like watng….
    but hv to na ….

    • Mehek

      May 4, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • aditi Singh thakur

    May 5, 2014

    avni
    ishan..
    :*
    <3

    mehek (y)
    :*

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      🙂 Thank you Aditi. Stay connected and happy reading!

  • anjali

    May 5, 2014

    Message* mehek its really owsmm story.. wid evry word i cn feel d emotion.. i smiled.. got sad.. bt its nyc.. cn easily relate to oua daily life situations.. 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thank you Anjali 🙂 Means a lot!

  • hema

    May 5, 2014

    hey…I just started reading ur stories…must say I.couldn’t stop.untill.I.read all of dem..excellent writing…but in dis chapter of.med romance y hv.u.mentioned Chennai?? dey had been to Kerala right??

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Hema 🙂 And dear, I know I mentioned Chennai in chapter 15, that’s a mistake on my part because I wrote chapter 15 after a long gap. And I too, saw it just now as you pointed it out 🙂 Thanks, I have edited it.

  • Abhishek

    May 5, 2014

    Hi your story is really wonderful and specially those last two chapters in which you have given a great message. One on suicide and another one on indian men’s mentality about a girls. I liked it as I don’t have words to describe this story. Thanks for writing and keep writing such wonderful stories.

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Abhishek 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. I hope for two things in our society –
      1. People never commit suicides.
      2. Indian men change their mentality regarding virginity of a girl!
      Hope you like my other write-ups too. You can read about long distance relationships, and maintaining a relationship on my blog – http://www.mehek.in

  • prachi

    May 5, 2014

    can’t wait anymore….u r a marvellous writer…i could imagine all the scenes running like a movie in my mind…. kudos!!!!! 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Prachi 🙂 Means a lot!

  • Abhishek

    May 6, 2014

    Yes I have read it. I hope its true and meaningful whatever u have written about long distance relationship. I have read almost all the post’s you have posted on this blog.

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thank you 🙂

  • Prachi

    May 6, 2014

    awesome end to such a beautiful piece of story….it didn’t seem like as if reading a fiction…at each philosophical portion..i was like …its damn true!!!!! I don’t have the right words to praise your write ups….i just can say marvel!! keep writing and keep smiling 🙂 😉

  • prateek

    May 6, 2014

    a beautiful message with an equally beautiful love story…..

  • Padmavati

    May 6, 2014

    Hi mehek
    nice ending with good moral of the story….
    spclly fr doctors yeah its true they r so busy in there proffessional life….
    but that proffsn demands to be busy as its sumones life whch matters….
    but hope wid ur story many dr will understand it n spend time with family also 🙂
    keep writing such nice stories…
    all the best 🙂

  • Hema

    May 6, 2014

    beautiful climax wid a lovely msg…:-D

  • nayira

    May 7, 2014

    Truly amazing story

    • Mehek

      May 8, 2014

      Thanks Nayira 🙂

  • Mansi

    May 8, 2014

    I was excited about the story..but then sadly the story lost its flow and it were just a few chapters..

    • Mehek

      May 8, 2014

      Thank you Mansi 🙂 Yeah, I agree the story is hurried to the end because I’m having my final exams next week! I’ll be back with a new story very soon, stay connected till then, you can read my blog here – http://www.mehek.in – for interesting write-ups!

  • Shivani

    May 8, 2014

    I must say….nice stories.
    I liked the sequence of arranged marriage depicting love of Shrey n Akanksha
    I’m in search of that kind of stories in a good number.
    Your latest one being Medical Romance, I’ve read that too.

    Waiting formany more to read 🙂

  • Shivani

    May 8, 2014

    I’ve joined the fb page.
    Looking forward to read only “Shrey-Akanksha” type of love stories. That interests me.
    Stories awaited…..
    Thanks 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 9, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Ayushi Dhariwal

    May 12, 2014

    thank you so muchhh mehek for ur wonderfulll storiess…m a big fan of urs…
    salute u girl for wht u ri8 is amazinggg…
    shrey and akansha was my favrt story nd this 1 is also good..
    thanks for wht u ri8 for us…
    hope i will get the chance to read the next story of urs soon

    • Mehek

      May 12, 2014

      Thanks Ayushi 🙂 I’m glad you liked it and read it till the end. My next story will be updated soon and will be a thriller hopefully. Stay connected with my blog. You can read more interesting stuff here – http://www.mehek.in

  • Bhavishya

    May 19, 2014

    Really a good job mehek..luving ur writings..shrey and akanksha were my favourites.and nw ishan and avni too..nice selectionof names..keep writing mehek..al the bst..:)

    • Mehek

      May 19, 2014

      Thanks 🙂 Stay connected! A lot more stories coming up 🙂

  • Rashmi

    July 1, 2014

    Its a gud lesson for those who take life easily…loved reading it..! 🙂

    • Mehek

      July 1, 2014

      Thanks Rashmi 🙂

  • Maria

    July 11, 2014

    awesome story.. loved the morale. despite being a romance novel it shares such a beautiful thought..

    • Mehek

      July 11, 2014

      Thanks a lot Maria 🙂 Keep connected and happy reading!

  • Puneet

    October 28, 2014

    very nice and interesting fiction mehek….. keep it up (y) 🙂

    • Mehek

      October 28, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Richa

    December 24, 2014

    Hey Mehek!
    I was searching for some good fiction and googled for and what I found was ur blog
    I read all most all stories of yours and a few articles too.
    Every story was great. Just loved the idea and theme behind each.
    Have become ur regular reader and will try to comment on each piece of your work.

    • Mehek

      December 24, 2014

      Hey Richa, thanks a lot for appreciation and love! 🙂 I’m going to post some new stories very soon. I was caught up in exams actually so had no time to update the blog. Meanwhile you can join my facebook page for regular updates – http://www.facebook.com/GirlsHeart21