“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-21


When clearance was given in the city, we moved to my home from the hospital. Aravind used to visit once in 3 days and used to do some basic talks with her. That is the time when I called you (Sneha) to Mumbai as Amu is staying alone. And that’s how you and Aravind met each other.

December 23rd 2008 14:01 Hrs:

After you returned to Chennai, two days later Amrutha received a letter from her head office instructing her to join at Bangalore. That letter gave me a mixed set of feelings. One is that Amrutha can move out of Mumbai. And the next is that I cannot leave her alone and my next transfer period is still 6 months later. I can try for a transfer with an agreement of one more transfer in 24 months after this. I dint think of the later affects. All I wanted to happen is that we need to leave Mumbai and Amrutha should be back normal. It takes at least 60 days for me to get transfer. I did not know what to do in that situation as they gave only 7 days window period for Amrutha to report. I reached out to various officials and finally they have agreed to transfer me in 40 days.

I had to explain all this to Amrutha. I thought it would be better if I can take her somewhere out and then talk to her about all these things.

As she likes long drives, we went for a drive to Pune one night.

“Amrutha…”
“Yes Tarun…”
“When shall we start to Bangalore?”
“Tarun. I am not able to decide anything. This particular profession was my dream from many years and now it’s right in my hands. But, at the same time, you are the best thing that happened in my life. And in this situation, I cannot leave you and go.”
“Amu. You don’t need to worry at all dear. I am strong enough to handle things like this. The only thing I want is that you need to move out of this city and report there. I don’t want you to be here and keep thinking about things that cannot be reverted back.”
“Tarun. You can be so strong at handle things like this. But you cannot be normal at your eyes. I am still not able to understand one thing. Every moment you are thinking about me and only me. I have never seen you thinking about the loss that had happened to you.”
“Amu. Profession taught me many things. This profession makes us strong, this profession makes us bold and this profession gives us strength to accept bitter truths. I am not sad for the loss, I am angry for the way I lost them. Let’s not think about that Amu. We are starting to Bangalore on 28th morning. Sneha is coming to Bangalore from Chennai to see us. You will be staying in her friend’s flat for a month. She told she will be coming to you every weekend.”
“Tarun. What about you?”
“Don’t worry Amu. I have initiated my transfer formalities. They will be completed in 30 to 45 days. Once I come there we can plan rest of the things.”

We discussed about many things and then finally the most important question came in the middle.

“Our marriage?”  I asked this question to myself.

I dint talk anything to her on this. But that was in my mind right from the start of the discussion. I knew that it was also in her mind.

December 28th 2008 08:01 Hrs:

We got into the flight and settled ourselves. Amrutha was looking outside from the window and was thinking about something deep.

“Amu… what happened Amu?”
“Nothing Tarun. Mumbai taught me many things. And this is the first place I have been to. This is the place which gave you to me. I am still not able to believe that I had to leave this place so soon. I have imagined our life here. Things happened so fast Tarun.”
“Yes Amrutha. It was the same to me. Hey Amu. I forgot to tell you. I have sent back the confirmation to them saying that you will not be staying in staff quarters.”
“Okay Tarun. Anyway I cannot stay there alone now.”
“And I have also sent all the required documents to them.”
“Okay Tarun. You don’t need to explain me everything. I know how you take care about things. The only thing I am worried is how to stay there without you. And also that place is very new to me. Even though I belong to the same state, I have never been to that city till now.”

‘Passengers attention please. The flight is ready to land. Please be prepared’

10:29 Hrs:

“Hello Amu. I never thought I can see you so soon.” – Sneha
“Hi Sneha, How are you?”
“I am fine Tarun. Come let’s go.”

11:41 Hrs:

“Come, get down. This is where you are going to stay Amu. And you need not worry at all. I will be coming every weekend here.”
“Thank you so much Sneha.”
“That’s okay Amu. Come in.”
“Hello Sneha. I am waiting for you.” – Rachana
“Hey Rachana. This is my friend Tarun and this is Amrutha his fiancé. And this is Rachana my best buddy.”
“Welcome. Come in come in.”

December 29th 2008 06:20 Hrs:

“Tarun. Why did you wake up so early?” – Sneha.
“Hey Sneha. Good Morning.”
“Good morning Tarun. What are you thinking?”
“Sneha. I don’t want to leave Amrutha alone here. But I have no other choice. I have initiated my transfer and it takes 40 more days.”
“Tarun. You don’t need to worry at all. Rachana is a very caring girl and she will definitely take care of Amrutha very well. And I will also be coming regularly. So, you don’t need to worry at all.”
“I cannot thank you enough Sneha.”
“Hey Tarun. No formalities. So… What about your marriage plans?”
“I dint talk with her anything Sneha. I do not know how to start.”
“Don’t worry Tarun. I will talk with her when she is in good mood.”
“Hmmm. And also I am planning to make it simple register marriage.”
“Let us first listen to her Tarun. Then we can decide on other things later.”

After I returned to Mumbai, I became busy with my duty. Keeping in view of the attacks that happened recently, we had to tighten the security as the New Year celebrations also arrived.

January 1st 2009 09:11 Hrs:

Tring. Tring. Tring.

“Hello”
“Happy New Year Tarun…”
“Happy New Year Sneha. Why are you so loud?”
“Hey idiot. I am trying to reach you from night. I have some important news for you.”
“What’s that Sneha?”
“I spoke to Amrutha. She said once you settle in Bangalore, we can start marriage works. And as like you, she also said that she wants to go with simple register marriage.”
“Wow. Really happy news Sneha. Thank you so much.”

August 15th 2010 08:11 Hrs:

After I got transferred to Bangalore, we got married on March 19th 2009 and got settled in Jaya Nagar. Amrutha is handling her profession very well and is completely out of what happened in Mumbai. We used to go out to new place every month as Amrutha likes visiting new places and also it makes her get out of routine environment.

On August 15th 2010, I was given the charge of Special Officer for the flag hoisting at Assembly. While I was in the duty, I received number of calls from you and Amrutha. But, I was not in a situation to answer the calls.

11:29 Hrs:

Once the flag hoisting and the speeches were over, we cleared the area.

“Hello Amrutha.”
“Hello Tarun.”
“Hey Sneha. What are you doing there? When did you come?”
“I came in the morning. Where are you? When are you coming home?”
“Just now done with the works here. I may start any minute.”
“Come fast.”
“What happened?”
“You come fast. Then you will know it.”

13:07 Hrs:

“Hey what happened? Can one of you tell me? If you both are silent then how will I know?”
“Tarun. From now on you have one more responsibility.”
“What’s that?”
“You are going to be father Mr. Tarun.”

$$$: Happiest Episode Ever

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