“Yes Quadhar. I am waiting down.”
“Okay. Just come up taking the elevator. Flat no is 14F. If the security guard asks you, tell him the flat number.”
“Okay Quadhar. I am coming up. Meet you there” said Ishanth. He then parked the bike and took the elevator to reach Quadhar’s flat.
By the time Ishanth reached 14th floor, Quadhar is standing at the doorway to welcome Ishanth. The moment Quadhar saw Ishanth, “Hello Ishanth. Welcome” said Quadhar shaking his hands with Ishanth and maintaining a welcoming grin on his face.
“Hi Quadhar” replied Ishanth. Ishanth looked a little tired as he had to travel long to reach Quadhar’s flat.
“What Ishanth, looking very tired?”
“It’s a long 90 minutes travel Quadhar. And, I don’t need to explain you about Bengaluru traffic.”
“Yeah. I know Ishanth. Come inside” said Quadhar and took Ishanth inside the house. He showed him the rest room to fresh up.
As Ishanth is very run down, while he stepped into the house, he dint observe anything.After freshening up, he came out of the rest room. He took the towel placed next to the door and wiped his face. Wiping his face, he walked a few steps forward towards the front room.As he is walking, he remarked that the house is virtually empty with not a lot of things around.
Before Ishanth asked about that to Quadhar, Quadhar asked him “What about Meher?”
“I phoned him while I was starting; he stated that he will reach by 12:30.”
“All right.Shall we make a call to him and confirm? I don’t have his mobile number. Can you please give me his number” Asked Quadhar and then made Ishanth sit on the couch.
“Sure Quadhar” said Ishanth and took out his mobile.
While Ishanth is searching Meher’s number, “Angel” shouted Quadhar. He is calling his daughter Parveen who is with her mom in the kitchen room playing with the mobile.
“Hey, dad is calling, go” said Shamina to Parveentelling her to go to her dad.
Parveen came running from the kitchen. Ishanth is looking at her, his face turned much brighter seeing her.
“Hey Ishanth, she is my daughter. Parveen.” Quadhar introduced his angel to Ishanth and asked her daughter to “Say HI…”
Parveen went near to Ishanth and said “Hello” giving her hand to Ishanth. Ishanth also stretched his hands and they both shook hands with each other.
“Hello, what is your name?” asked Ishanth.
“My name is Parveen” replied Parveen with her sweet little voice. Ishanth took Parveen near to him and started talking with her.
“Hey Parveen, where is my mobile?” asked Quadhar to Parveen.
As soon as he asked that, Parveenran from Ishanth to the kitchen room to bring Quadhar’s mobile. After bringing it out, she gave it to Quadhar. Quadhar took Meher’s phone number from Ishanth and called him.
“Hello Meher. This is Quadhar.”
“Where are you Meher?”
“Quadhar. I am on the way. I will reach in another 30 to 45 minutes.”
“Okay Meher. You know the exact address right?”
“Yes Quadhar. I know, I will reach that area and will call you on this number.”
“Okay Meher” said Quadhar and disconnected the call.
Ishanth is talking to Parveen and asking her some questions. Parveen, who is an active girl, is replying to Ishanth’s questions very promptly.Ishanth is having a good time with her.
“Hey Ishanth. It will take another 20 to 30 minutes for him to reach” said Quadhar.
After that, Quadhar said Parveen to call somebody. Parveen again went running into the kitchen room. Shamina came out of the kitchen room by lowering the stove flame.
“Ishanth, she is my wife Shamina” said Quadhar introducing his wife to Ishanth. “And Shamina, this is Ishanth, my teammate.”
Ishanth and Shamina greeted each other joining their hands in the traditional Indian style and then Shamina went inside to continue her cooking.
“Shamina, we will go out for a walk just outside. We will be back in 15 minutes.”
“Okay Quadhar” replied Shamina.
Quadhar and Ishanth walked out through the door. When they both left, Shamina locked the door from inside.
They both took the lift to the down stairs and reached the ground floor. After reaching there, Quadhar is walking in the east direction. As Ishanth is new, he just followed Quadhar.
“Ishanth, so how is your work at office going on?”
“Fine Quadhar, your daughter is so active, but looking very silent.”
“Yes Ishanth. She is very active, but not at all silent. She is very naughty.”
“Oh, is it.”
They both took up the discussion with their daughter. Quadhar is explaining about her daughter and how naughty she is. He also told him about a few incidents. Slowly the discussion came to a topic about what Parveen is studying now.
“Quadhar, which class she is in now?”
“She completed her U.K.G in the month of March Ishanth. Now, she has to join in her Ist standard. But, she is not going to school now.”
“We will put them in a school in Hyderabad.”
“Hyderabad? Where she will be when you and your wife are here?”
“My wife will also go there Ishanth. Tomorrow morning they both are leaving to Hyderabad” replied Quadhar. He is giving dry answers to the questions asked by Ishanth. Quadhar is trying to say something to Ishanth. But, he is hesitating to begin over the discussion.
“So, you will be alone here?” asked Ishanth with a very big question mark and confusion on his face. He does not understand completely what Quadhar is saying. Also the luggage which is packed in the living room is splashing before his eyes leaving him some clues.
“What Quadhar? I could not understand anything.Are you sending your wife and daughter to your home town?” asked Ishanth who completely lost in that discussion.
“First they both will go Ishanth. After few weeks I will leave.”
This particular answer from Quadhar shocked Ishanth. He is now completely confused and lost. Ishanth stopped there without moving forward.
When Quadhar noticed that Ishanth is still back, he turned back towards him. After seeing his face expressions, Quadhar asked “What happened Ishanth?”
“I do not understand anything Quadhar. You will leave? Where?”
Quadhar paused for a few seconds, he want to tell the truth to Ishanth which is the main reason he invited him to lunch. But, he is getting confused whether or not to explain him and also how to explain him. He then took a deep breath and said “Ishanth, I have to tell you one thing.”
“What is that Quadhar?”
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