“Silent LOVE…” – $25(Climax Episode) – #5(Final Part)

 

(18 months later)

(Pune International Airport)

18 months back, when I left this place, I strongly decided to never disturb Vennela. But then I dint stand on my word. I sent her messages in inter office communicator twice. But then as usual she dint reply and from there on I never pinged her.

But one thing I was not able to stop. During these 18 months, I used to get all updates about Vennela through various means. I thought distance will keep her thoughts away. The one lesson that I have learnt is that Distance is directly proportional to the relation between two people.

After getting down the flight, it took 1 hour to complete the check out process and come out. The moment I stepped out, I saw Nandini and Anurudh waiting for me.

“Welcome back to INDIA Prudhvi.”

“Hey new couple. How are you?”

“We are fine Prudhvi. How is the journey?”

“Ya fine. Sorry that I was not able to make it to your marriage. I really felt bad for that.”

“That’s fine Prudhvi. We can understand.”

“Wishing you a very very happy married life. Here is a small token for your married life.”

“Thank you so much Prudhvi.”

“I just don’t need thanks. I want to celebrate this moment.”

“Hmmm. Yeah. We will definitely celebrate.”

“Come on lets go.”

(In Cab)

“So, Anurudh. What are your plans? Where are you planning to settle?”

“I need to fly back to US in next month Prudhvi. I am so glad that I met you. Nandini use you tell about you every time. I thought I could meet you in marriage.”

“Sorry Anurudh. I tried a lot but then was unable to make it to marriage.”

“I understand Prudhvi. Finally I met you. I am happy for that.”

“Thanks Anurudh. So, you will take Nandini with you?”

“Yeah. I have made all arrangements there. We will be there for one year and after that will return back to India compeltely.”

“Wow. Cool.”

“So, what about you Prudhvi?”

“Need to check out Anurudh. I am planning to get transfer to my home town. I already talked with my manager.”

“Nice. You don’t have plans to fly back?”

“No more on-sites Anurudh. Enough with this. Now I have to look out for settling here.”

“Nice. What about your marriage plans?”

“Yeah. Even I am planning to ask the same thing. Tell Prudhvi. When are you planning to get married?” – Nandini.

“Takes time. First of all I need to work on settling and then will think of marriage.”

Three of us reached the restaurant and got down the cab.

(That is the same restaurant where I have planned for dinner with Vennela 18 months back.)

“Hey driver. Park the car and go for dinner and back. It will take at least an hour for us to finish our dinner here.”

“Sure sir.”

“No need Prudhvi. Hey driver. Just wait here for 10 mins.” – Nandini.

“Why Nandini? Let him go for dinner and come back.”

“Let us get inside Prudhvi.” –  I don’t know why. Nandini forced me to get inside. She also dint allow the driver to go for dinner and asked him to wait for 10 mins.

We got into restaurant. The memories from the past were flashing in my mind. While I was stepping in, the lady at the door welcomed me with a flower.

“Good after Prudhvi. Welcome to India.”

“What?”

Before I started questioning the lady how come she know my name, Nandini pushed me inside. I was looking back and was trying to speak to that lady. But then Nandini is pushing me inside. Three of us settled down at the corner seat which is diagonally opposite to the table which I had reserved last time when I planned for dinner with Vennela.

When we settled down, after few minutes, some one gave me a menu card from my behind. I dint look at the waiter. I just took the menu card and opened it.

“So, what are we having now new couple.”

“First of all open that menu Prudhvi.”

I opened the menu and was surprised and shocked to see a greeting card inside it written as ‘Welcome to India my dear friend.’ While I was reading that, I heard a female voice.

“Good after noon Prudhvi.”

I turned slowly towards her and when I looked at her, my heart stopped for a moment. I was shocked to see Vennela in a beautiful blue colored saree with a bright smile on her face. I immediately got up and was not getting words out to speak to her. It is very surprising and shocking moment for me.

“Prudhvi. How is the surprise?” – Nandini.

“Nandini. What is this?”

“Hey hey don’t look at me like that. I dint tell her anything.” – Nandini was about to explain what happened. But then Vennela interrupted her.

“Nandini wait. I will explain everything.” – Vennela.

“Ok Vennela. We will leave then. Both of you have good time.”

“What? What is happening Nandini.” – Prudhvi.

“Prudhvi. She will explain everything. You waited for this moment from more than 2 years. Cant you wait for 2 more minutes. We will leave to our flat and will keep your luggage there. You come to our flat once you are done.” – Nandini.

Nandini and Anurudh left from there.

“So, Prudhvi. How are you?”

I was still not getting words. I am still in a shock seeing Vennela there.

“Prudhvi. Come out of that. This is true. I am Vennela. Your smiling friend. 18 months back you have planned for a dinner but then I failed it. I am sorry for that.”

“Vennela. Please never say sorry. You don’t need to be sorry for anything.”

“Prudhvi. I don’t know why but when you were with me, I never felt anything. But then the moment you left, I started feeling the difference. I began to understand how well you used to care for me. Right from the day you left to till today, I never had heart full smile on my face which you used to bring when you were with me. I missed everything. I started feeling that I don’t have a friend to share and a person to care. I missed you a lot.”

Vennela explained me everything how she felt. I felt so happy for every word she spoke to me. As she is speaking to me, I started remembering the moment I explained about Vennela to Suchi and Nandini while I was leaving to Australia.

“What are we eating now Prudhvi?”

“You have to order Vennela.”

Vennela started ordering the dishes.

“One chicken lollipop.”

“No Vennela. I am not eating Non-veg.”

“No Prudhvi. Enough of everything you have done to me. You don’t need to change yourself for me or for any one.”

My heart filled with smile.

“Vennela. How did you come to know about all these things?” – Prudhvi.

“As you used to speak about Nandini frequently, one year back, I approached her and spoke to her. She explained me everything. I felt so bad that I was not able to understand you when you were with me. Actually, those days I felt that if I started being close with you, you may take it in a wrong way and so I was like that with you.”

We spent almost 2 hours in the restaurant. We both spoke a lot about everything that happened during these 18 months. I began to feel that I am now a very special and close person to her. She shared every moment with me as like sharing with a special and best friend.

While stepping out of restaurant, “So, Prudhvi. When are you travelling to Mumbai with me?”

I felt extremely happy that she understood me. I was waiting for this day from last 3 to 4 years. And now the moment has come. I realized that things that we want, things we feel we will be happy with, things we feel that are good to us, don’t come to us easily and immediately. All we have to do is to wait for them and when we are true in our heart, they will definitely come to us. My heart filled with joy and happiness, I started dancing within myself. It was the extremely happiest moment of my life. I don’t know whether I will get a day like this ever.

This is called the Silent LOVE. A Silent Prudhvi, A Special Vennela and a relation that’s not just LOVE.

Millions of rain drops fall from the sky… But only very few of them turns out to be a shining pearl. You are one such pearl like person in my life Vennela.” Mr. Venky Bond

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“Silent LOVE…” – $25 – #4

 

“Don’t be foolish Prudhvi. Without telling her how will she understand you?” – Nandini.

“Wait Nandini.  Prudhvi. Just tell me one thing. Do you love her?” – Suchi.

“Suchi. I don’t know how to explain you. Don’t just name it as Love. She is so very special to me. I like her smile a lot, I care for her and I love doing anything for her. But, I don’t want to put a name for it and call it as love. Its not just love, its something beyond that. Its something more special than love. Every relation has love in it, every relation has care in it, every relation has trust in it. But then I don’t understand one thing. When a relation happens between a girl and a boy during this age period, people name it love. My relation with Vennela is not just that, it’s a very special feel I have towards her and if you ask me to name that, I cannot explain and I don’t have a name for that. It’s a relation, just a relation between two people that has care, happiness, trust and even love. But that is love is towards the things I do for her. That’s it. Just because the relation is between two people who are of opposite gender, I don’t want to send a projection that its love. ”

“Okay Prudhvi I understand. Answer my one last question. Do you want to marry her?”

I remained silent the moment she asked me that question.

“Prudhvi. Answer my question. You don’t have time. You have to catch flight. And I don’t want to break this here. I want to make everything clear before you fly.”

“Suchi. To be frank, I never ever got those kind of thoughts in my mind towards her. And also marriage is a relation that is not just between two people, it is between two families, two worlds. Marriage changes many things, I don’t want to put Vennela in any kind of trouble. Also I don’t know what are her opinions and thoughts towards marriage. May be that’s the reason in these 2 years, I never had thoughts in that direction and also I don’t want to walk in that path as I don’t like to break the little relation that I have with her. Let me not even think in that way. The one and only dream I have is that Vennela should understand me completely, feel what I feel, think how I think and should consider me as one special and most important person in her life. That’s it Suchi. Nothing else.”

The moment I said those words, the expressions in Nandini’s and Suchi’s face started changing.

“Prudhvi. I don’t know whether to feel proud of you or whether to cry for what you are running through. The moment I heard about that diary, I thought you are in love with that girl and I felt happy that at last you started getting towards marrying someone. But now after hearing everything you told, I really don’t know what to speak. I am really proud of one thing in you. As like every guy, you dint say that its love and you want to propose her. Your words and thoughts are so matured that you began to understand the difference liking someone and marrying someone. I am very happy that you dint trouble a girl proposing her or running back of her.”

“Prudhvi. But one thing I want to tell you. I don’t know how much you will miss her when you fly away to Australia. As I know about you very much from last 3 years and also I know how well you take care of people, she will really start feeling like missing you when you are not with her. I am very much sure about this.” – Nandini.

“I don’t think so Nandini. If it should happen, I think it should have happened by this time. May be there is a mistake in me. May be she is feeling like I am troubling her, may be I am not able to convey my feelings properly to her.”

“You never tried explaining your feelings to her?”

“Whenever I feel happy, I used to express her that I am happy because of her. But, whenever I got hurt, I never used to tell her because I am afraid that I may show it as anger on her. I may have rights to make her smile and care for her. But, I never have rights to trouble her or become angry on her.  And so I have decided to not to trouble her any more. In these two years, I made her smile many times, I cared for her. Now all of a sudden I cannot show my anger on her just because she is not replying me and so I have decided to not to trouble her any more. All I ever wanted is that the smile on her face should remain forever. That is the only thing that runs in my mind.”

“Prudhvi. I am confident on whatever decisions you take. I know that you will do everything after thinking from all the corners. I wont speak anything on this. Do whatever you feel like to do. But the only thing I want you to remember is that we are there for you to share your feelings. You don’t need to express your feelings with the papers in diary.”

(The reason I started writing everything in diary about Vennela is that I need someone to express my feelings and share my thoughts on Vennela. I cannot do it with anyone as I don’t want to send any kind of wrong projections and also I don’t want Vennela name to be out and so I started putting everything in diary. Suchi understood this and so she said that she is there to share things and I don’t need pages of diary.)

That is the first day and the first time I spoke about Vennela with someone apart from my heart and diary. After the discussion is over, Suchi took me took me towards her and made me sleep on her lap. For the second time in life, I had tears from my eyes.

“Suchi. How come you understand everything so easily about me?”

“I am your Mom Prudhvi. How can you hide things from me? I still doubt on you. Don’t you really have feelings towards her?”

“Yes Mom. It’s true. Its just a relation. I don’t have any thoughts like marriage and all. But the only thing that hurts me most is that, I was able to gain the trust of a HR and get a job in top IT firm, I was able to gain the trust of a Manager and get promoted, I was able to gain the trust of clients and grab an onsite opportunity so soon. But then I failed to gain the trust of a girl completely. I just asked her for one dinner with me and she never came out for that.”

“Prudhvi. Girls cannot express things easily. And also its not that easy to understand a girl. You never know what she is running through and the circumstances she is in. May be even she is also having the same feelings on you but is afraid to express thinking that you may take it in a wrong way or may be she is afraid of the people around. If you think she dint feel you, just wait and see. As like Nandini said, she may start feeling that once you are not here. These 18 months just concentrate on your work and start enjoying there. As like you said, wait for the day to come. Hope for the best.”

“Mom…”

“What Prudhvi.?”

“I love you mom.”

“Love you too Prudhvi. Come get up. Get inside. Go through the check-in process and call us. We will be here till you finish that process.”

(I don’t know why but I felt completely relaxed after I spoke out everything that I was hiding inside me from last two years. My heart became lite. Even though there is a little pain that I cannot meet or see Vennela for next 18 months, I am happy that I shared it with Suchi with whom I never hide anything.)

(18 months later)

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“Silent LOVE…” – $25 – #3

But, this is not for the first time I am in a situation like this where these kind of questions came to me. I faced this many times within myself. I have asked these questions to myself. Every time, the only answer I get is, she is special to me and I am ready to do anything and everything for her. But then I never got thoughts of proposing her or making marriage plans. I don’t know why I never ever got those kind of thoughts on her. The one and only thing that runs in my mind whenever I think of her is her smile and nothing beyond that.

“Speak it out Prudhvi. Even I thought of asking you some of them. But, I was very confident that you will share with me if there is anything like that and so I have never asked.” – Nandini.

“Nandini. I would have told you if there is anything like that.”

“Okay then tell me why did you go to Mumbai last Sunday? When I pinged u, you said you were in hostel. But, you are not in hostel. You went to Mumbai.”

I was wondering how she came to know that I went to Mumbai. After I missed the chance to travel to Mumbai along with Vennela on Saturday, I decided to travel to Mumbai the next day. It was like one of my dreams to travel to Mumbai with Vennela and roam around with her. But, I was not lucky enough for that and so I have decided to travel alone.

(Last Sunday)

I reached Pune Jn railway station and got into Mumbai express. I reached Mumbai by around 10:00 AM in the morning. I was behaving totally like a mad fellow that day. I started feeling myself like Vennela is with me. That is the first time I have been to Mumbai in my life. I don’t know why but I started liking each and every thing there. I have already made a list of places to visit. I opened that and started visiting each and every place.

The first place I visited is Vennela’s house. That street name is a temple name and so I was roaming all the streets to find a temple. But I came to know very late that even though the street is named after a temple, there is actually no temple there. It took me 3 hours to trace her address. It is a very small street with just around 4o to 50 families. I saw Vennela’s house from a distance and returned back as I was afraid that what may happen if I kept staring at it for long time that too in a street in Mumbai.

The next two places are the places where Vennela has done her schooling and college. As it was Sunday, both the school and college were closed. It almost turned dark by the time I covered all those three places which are related to Vennela. I actually dreamt of roaming these places along with Vennela. But, my fate was not that good enough and so I had to do it myself. Whatever it may be, I have done what I planned to do. I know Vennela recently, just from last 2 years. But, I don’t know why, I felt like I had a relation with her from long back.

After covering all those places, the next place I visited is the most special and beautiful place. It is along the main line and the beach is filled with lot of stones along the shore. I sat there for about 2 hours. During those two hours, I was reading all the conversations that happened between me and Vennela during the last two years. I had each and every single conversation we both had in different means. Right from the first message which I have sent to till today. Like a mad guy, I opened her childhood pic which I had in my mobile and talked to it for some time.

As it was getting late, I started from there and it took 4 hours for me to reach back to Pune. I reached back to my hostel at around 12:30 in the midnight.

(Present)

I was just wondering how come Nandini know that I went to Mumbai as no one ever knows that I have been to Mumbai.

“Nandini. Mumbai?”

“Prudhvi. Do you remember I have sent you message from facebook chat on that day?”

“Yes.”

“I got the location details as Navi Mumbai, Mumbai when you replied. And that is how I have come to know that you were in Mumbai. I thought of asking you immediately. But, I thought you would tell me if there is anything important.”

When they both started questioning me in all ways, I had no chance to hide things from them and so I have decided to share everything with them.

“Suchi, Nandini. As it has come this much far, I will explain you everything that happened.”

I met Vennela during our first Meet & Greet day. And it took 6 months for me to start talking to her. I don’t know why I like her so much. I loved her smile and that is what I was got attracted to in her.

( I explained both of them the whole story about Vennela)

“Why you dint tell about this to us Prudhvi? From last 2 years how come you are hiding this much in you? You never hide anything with me right?” – Suchi

“Suchi. What to tell? How to tell? What’s there to tell? How can I say that I like a girl smile, she is special that’s it. I myself am not clear what is my relationship with her. She talks to me very rare. She replies me very rare. That doesn’t mean she hates me completely. She talks to me very nice when she does. But, that happens very rare. You don’t believe that during these 2 years, I dint get time to speak to her properly. I don’t know what she is thinking about me. I don’t know what she feels about me. I don’t know what is her opinion on me? I never dared to ask her as I am afraid how she takes me when I explain all this. I feel her very special. I want her to be close with me, share with me everything. I just want to be one of those special people in her life. That’s it.”

“Why don’t you speak to her then?” – Nandini

“What to speak Nandini? I cant just tell her that I like your smile, can you be close with me? Can you share everything with me? Can I be your close friend? How do you think I can talk and explain this to her. I waited all these months so that she will feel me, she will understand me. Relationship is something you should feel. It loses its value when you explain it. Its not a lesson to explain and make them understand. When she really feels that in her heart, she would have started being that way with me. I have done everything I could do to make her understand how special she is to me. Every time I thought that she will understand me and will feel my feelings. But that never happened. She is always the same as she is 2 years with me. That doesn’t mean that I should go and explain her. She should feel that inside. No matter how long it takes, I am ready to wait for the day to come.”

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Part #4 will be posted tomorrow morning.

I know I am dragging it. But, please bare with me as I have to keep the foot tapping, I  breaked the final one into these many parts.

“Silent LOVE…” – $24

“Vennela. Why do you always do like this? Why do you hurt me always? If you don’t like to come out with me then can’t you tell me straight forward? No need to play with me like this. Don’t fool me every time. You never know how much it is hurting me every time. I cannot take this pain anymore. Good bye. I will never ever disturb you. Sorry for disturbing you all these months. Bye.”

After typing the message, I just placed my finger on the send button and was thinking so deep whether to send it to her or not. I never expressed any kind of feeling to her and now suddenly if I send a message like this, I don’t know how she will react to it and also I may lose her once and for all. But, every time she does like this I feel lot of pain and now I am feeling it much beyond. This particular moment shed tears in me. I thought this will be one of the best moments of my life. But then everything just collapsed. My entire plan just got drained. That pain is creating lot of anger inside me. I cannot show this anger to her as I feel I have no rights to be angry on her. But, I wanted to convey her my pain.

When I was thinking whether to send her that message or not, I remembered the words of Shreya’s father.

(3 months back)

One day, when I was working at my station, I got a call from an unknown number.

“Hello. Who is this?”

“Hi. Is this Prudhvi?”

“Ya. I am Prudhvi. Who is this?”

“I am Preetham.”

“Preetham???”

“Shreya’s…”

“Oh okay. Got it. Yes tell me.”

“Can we meet?”

“You wanna meet me? Why so? Regarding?”

“This is regarding Shreya.”

“Okay. When do you want to meet me?”

“Today evening? Is it possible for you?”

“Ya sure.”

(Evening)

That day evening I met Preetham after my office hours.

“Hi Preetham.”

“Hi Prudhvi. Thanks for coming.”

“That’s okay. Tell me. What’s that you wanna talk to me?”

“You already know that me and Shreya are in love and we are also planning to get married.”

“Ya. I know. But then did you inform to your parents?”

“Yes. They agreed for the marriage.”

“What about Shreya’s father? Don’t you think he also needs to agree for this?”

“Yes. I know. But then Shreya is not at all talking to her father and also she is not allowing me to talk to him. I told her that my parents will go and talk to him. But, she says that he wont agree and he is so short temper person. And that is the reason I wanna do one thing. And for that ,I need your help.”

“What is that?”

“I want to meet Shreya’s father.”

“Meet and?”

“I want to meet and talk to him and explain him clearly. But for that I need your help.”

“My help?”

“Yes. I want you also to come with me to her house.”

“Me? But why?”

“I came to know that her father knows you very well. And so if you are with me then it will be little helpful for me.”

“Her father’s decision remains on top. I don’t have anything to do in between.”

“I know that Prudhvi. I will talk to uncle and will make him agree for this. I just want you to be with me at that point. That’s it. Can you do this help for me? Please?”

I began to think for a while before saying YES to what Preetham is requesting. I don’t know that exact reason why Preetham has choosen me. But, one thing is true. I know uncle very well right from the first day when I came to join this company. And so I decided to go with Preetham. We both started to Indore on Saturday early morning. Preetham told me to not to tell regarding this to anyone, even Nandini. We reached there by evening 04:00 PM. As soon as we reached there, I called to Uncle’s mobile.

“Hello Uncle. This is Prudhvi.”

“Prudhvi beta(son) kaise ho(how are you).”

“Uncle me teek hu( I am fine uncle). Me abhi Indore me hu(I am right now in Indore).”

“Indore? Indore me kaha(Where in Indore?)”

He guided me to reach his house. Me and Preetham reached there and stepped inside.

“Prudhvi beta aaa, andhar aa beta.( Son, come in).”

“Yes Prudhvi. Tell me. How come you are in Indore all of a sudden?”

“Uncle. Shreya ke baare me baath karne keliye aaya(We are here to talk about Shreya).”

“Shreya?”

“Uncle yeh Preetham, mere dosth.(This is Preetham. My Friend). Oh sorry, he doesn’t understand hindi. This is Preetham. He works with me at Pune in same office.”

“Preetham?”

As soon as I said that name, I have noticed a change in the expressions on uncle’s face.

“Uncle.”

Uncle is not responding to me, he remained silent. Even I remained silent for few seconds and called him again.

“Uncle.”

“Yes Prudhvi. What is that you want to talk regarding Shreya?”

“Prudhvi, let me do the talking.” – Preetham.

“Uncle, I am Preetham. I guess you heard me already. I am here to talk regarding marrying your daughter.”

“Marriage?”

Preetham explained the whole story to her father. During the whole conversation, Shreya’s father remained silent.

“Preetham. I understand everything you said. You said that you also talked to your parents and made them agree for this. But then did you think about me before taking this decision? After everything is finalized, now you are coming and explaining me. Do you think this is enough? Okay. Let me ask you one question. Can you answer that?”

“What’s that uncle?”

“Now, are you here to inform me about the marriage or to ask my permission?”

Preetham has no answer to reply for uncle’s question.

“Preetham. I am not angry on you, even I am not angry on Shreya. I am only angry on myself that even after parenting her from last 25 years, I was not able to gain her trust.”

“Trust?” – Prudhvi.

“Yes Prudhvi. If she really trusts me, I would have been the first person with whom she would have told regarding you. She has taken a major decision in her life which she never told me. I would at least felt little happy if she places me in the last position in the queue of people she told regarding her decision. But, one thing that hurt me most is that she dint even gave me a position in that queue. I was not even apart in that list of people with whom she shared her happiness. That is the most painful truth which I am still not able to digest till today. I don’t know what mistake I did to her. I cared and loved her the same way as like every parent. I gave her everything she needed even before she asked me for. I started changing myself for her. I changed my eating habits, my house, my place, everything for her. And at last I am left alone.”

“Uncle, I am here not to inform you that we are getting married. I am here to talk to you, explain you and make you agree for our marriage.” – Preetham.

“Preetham. This is not what I am looking for. Before you came into her life, only I was there for Shreya. All I was expecting is that she should come and talk to me regarding this. It hurts when we come to know these kind of these things from an outsider. I am sorry for talking like this. But, as of now you are still an outsider when it comes to me. First of all she should speak to me regarding this. I was expecting this from her.”

“Uncle she is afraid that you may not agree for this. And so she dint speak to you till now.”

“Preetham. Until she speaks to me, how can she decide that I will not agree. She should talk to me, if I am not agreeing, then she can take her own decision.”

“Uncle, I am sorry if I am wrong. But, how do you think a girl can talk these kind of things openly with father.”

“Exactly, that’s where the whole problem is arising. They think that we wont agree if they come and speak to us. But, what fathers expect is that they should be the first one to know these kind of things. You never know how much it hurts. ”

Shreya’s father explained his pain to Preetham. After all the conversation that happened between him and Preetham, I understood many things. Every father expects to hear these kind of things from their daughter instead of knowing it from someone else. They cannot even take it if that boy comes and talks to them. I never expected that he will agree for their marriage. But, he said he is agreeing for their marriage. I can never forget the last few lines that he said after saying that he is agreeing for the marriage.

“Preetham. In all these 25 years, I gave everything she asked me. Now, I cannot deny this. I am agreeing for the marriage. All I was waiting is that I need to hear this from her. That’s it. I am her father, I parented her 25 years that doesn’t mean that I can stop her from taking decisions she is interested in. Caring and loving her doesn’t mean that I have gained rights to deny her wish or be angry on her. Just remember one thing Preetham. To love is to give, and only give. The moment you start expecting things from others, you will start getting hurt, you will start feeling the pain and that may sometimes turn out as anger on them. When we are truly loving someone, that doesn’t mean that we get rights to hurt them or be angry on them. We have chosen to love them and we should only do that. I hope you take care of my daughter with these lines in your mind.”

I can never forget those particular lines he said. Loving means just giving and only giving.

(Present)

As soon as I remembered that particular situation and the lines which her father said, I decided to stop sending her that message. I expected her to come to dinner and when she dint come, I got hurt and felt the pain. And that gradually started turning out as anger. That particular moment I decided to never ever expect anything from her and just keep loving her no matter whatever it takes.

@ “If Loving is all about knowing, I know you more than me. If Loving is all about caring, I cared you like a baby. If loving is all about understanding, I am ur mirror. But, if Loving is just giving. I gave you myself. ”- Mr. Venky Bond

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“Silent LOVE…” – $23

 

After coming out of temple, we reached office and had breakfast together as like last time. We both walked till her station. After reaching the station, I asked her about the dinner with her which I was asking her from last week.

“Vennela…”

“Yes Prudhvi.”

“Thank you so much for everything.”

“Prudhvi. Even till today I don’t understand why are you doing all these. In fact I should thank you for everything.”

“No Vennela. Even though I asked you, you still have choice to just deny. But then you came out with me. I am so thankful for that.”

She just smiled for the reply.

“Vennela. I know I am asking you a lot. But then my one more wish is pending Vennela.”

“What is that Prudhvi?”

“Dinner with you Vennela.”

“Sure. Today evening we shall definitely go.”

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much Vennela.”

I was completely out of control the moment she said yes when I asked her for dinner. I was literally jumping out of joy. I reached my station and settled down.

The whole day I was looking at her and tapping my feet for some heavenly tune running in my mind played by my heart.

(Evening)

I planned to leave little bit early as I have planned to make some arrangements at the restaurant before Vennela arrives there. Just before leaving the station, I have sent her a message.

“Vennela. I am starting now. I will go out and check for nearest restaurant. Just text me before you start from office.”

I dint even wait for reply. I don’t know why, but I was very confident that Vennela will come out for dinner.

That day seemed so special to me. It started with Vennela and I was very eager to end it with a dinner with Vennela. I was sure that Vennela will anyway come out between 7.30 or 08:00 and so I left by 5 as I have lot of arrangements to be made.

After stepping out from office, I directly went to hostel and got ready in a short time. I pulled out all the clothes from the bag and was checking each dress whether it will match with the dress which Vennela is wearing that day. It ate almost 30 mins of time thinking on which dress to wear. At last, I decided to step out and reach the nearest shopping mall to buy a new pair as I decided to not to compromise on anything that day.

I reached the mall and spent another 30 mins in choosing a new pair. Every time I go for shopping, it never used to take more than 10 mins in choosing what I need. But, that day I took three times more than the usual time. Finally I was able to reach the billing counter with a matching pair. As I don’t have time, I changed the dress in the dressing room once the billing is done. For the first time in 2 years, I am going to have dinner with Vennela. It is going to be one of those very special moments of my life.

I reached the restaurant by 6:25. I don’t know why, but I was so tensed and started roaming here and there to find out a perfect table. One of the waiter saw me roaming around all the tables.

“Good evening sir. How can I help you?”

“Good evening. I am looking for a table.”

“How many members sir?”

“Just 2.”

“Sir, would you like to go for roof top?”

“Wow. Is it available?”

“Yes sir.”

“Please take me.”

“This way sir.”

He showed me roof top section of the restaurant. I reserved a table for us and settled down.

“Sir. Is there anything else I could do for you?”

“Yes. There is a lot to do.”

“Please tell sir.”

It took almost a week for me to completely plan for this particular dinner. This is going to be a very special and most memorable dinner in my life. Even though I don’t understand why is she so special, all I can say is that she is special, very very special.

“Waiter, please come with me.”

“Ok sir.”

I took him to the entrance door of the roof top restaurant and started explaining him the plan I made to welcome Vennela.

“Waiter. Who will be standing here to welcome people coming in?”

“Sir, she is Taniya. She will be standing here.”

“Hi Taniya. Good Evening.”

“Good evening sir. What can I do for you?”

“She is Vennela(I showed them Vennela’s pic in my mobile). When she steps in, I want you to welcome her with her name by giving this bouquet. Don’t forget to spell out her name.”

“Sure sir.”

“Once that is done, please show her that corner table and escort her till that table.”

“Ok sir.”

“Thanks Taniya.”

“Waiter. Please replace all those artificial flowers on the table with this flower. And also please remove the menu from there. After she settles down, when she asks for menu, give her a menu with this card inside the menu.”

“Ok sir.”

“I am sorry if I am troubling you a lot. But, please try to understand, she is very very special to me.”

“I can read that from your eyes sir.”

“Thank you. And also please use her name always. Remember her name is Vennela.”

“Sure sir.”

“And one last and important thing. I will make sure we order a total of 5 dishes right from starters to deserts. In each dish, please place one letter each in this particular order.”

“Sir, I don’t know how much you are excited. But, the way you planned, now I am much more eager to see how this goes on.”

I just smiled at him for the way he spoke to him and thanked him. After planning everything, I reached back to my table and settled down. Time is 7:33. I sent a text to Vennela.

“Vennela. Where are you?”

I dint get any reply from her for 30 mins. I decided to go back to office entrance and wait there so that I can pick her up and bring her to restaurant. I dint even call her or message her. I was just waiting for her to come out. Almost after an hour, I received a text from her.

(09:10)

“Hi Prudhvi. Where are you?”

“I am at the entrance Vennela.”

“It may take some more time for me Prudhvi.”

“No problem Vennela. I will wait.”

“No Prudhvi. I cannot make it to dinner today. We shall make it some other day.”

That particular message broke my heart. I felt like the world is broken apart, I felt like the sky is falling down, I felt like I am going down, I felt like I am losing myself, I felt like there is nothing more that is left. I just sat down at the bus bay. Something was happening to me, something strange, some kind of feeling that I have never felt till now in life. Some kind of pain in my heart, something that is pulling me so hard. Something that is taking me down. I am not able to understand what is happening to me inside. I felt like I lost everything.

I was thinking only about Vennela. I never understand why she always does like this. Is it like she doesn’t like me at all or is it like she is afraid of coming out with me or the situations always are against me. I don’t know why, but that particular day I felt more pain. I felt angry on myself.

I went back to the restaurant, removed the flower from the table, asked the waiter to return the greeting card that was placed inside the menu.

“What happened sir?”

“She is not coming.” – I just said those words and walked to the entrance to take the bouquet back.

While going back, I gave tip to the waiter and Taniya but they have refused to take it.

“Please keep it. Please.” – When I am almost out of the restaurant, I heard Taniya calling me.

“Sir, Waiter told me to return these letters to you.”

Those are the five letters which I gave to waiter to bring them one each in each dish. SMILE.

When she returned them, I gave the bouquet to Taniya and left from there. I reached back to hostel and directly went to terrace. For the first time in life, tears came running down from my eyes. I started crying like a child. I don’t know how to explain her. I don’t know how to make her understand. I thought this day will be so memorable with her smiles, but then it turned much more memorable with my tears. Just for a moment I felt like why am I doing all this? why am I becoming mad for her? I started becoming angry on her. I opened my mobile and started typing.

“Vennela. Why do you always do like this? Why do you hurt me always? If you don’t like to come out with me then you can tell me straight forward. No need to play with me like this. Don’t fool me every time. You never know how much it is hurting me every time. I cannot take this pain anymore. Good bye. I will never ever disturb you. Sorry for disturbing you all these months. Bye.”

“Whenever I think of u, I feel like Pigeons surrounded, Sparrows sounding, Parrots talking, Clouds thundering, Raindrops falling, and the music of breeze whispering your name in my ears. Vennela.” Mr. Venky Bond

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“Silent LOVE…” – $16

While returning on the second day, it was raining heavily and still we managed to travel back from the training center. We used various means of transport for those 20 Kms. But then ultimately we reached back safe. I dropped her at her room and then started walking from there.

“Prudhvi…”

“Ya Vennela.”

“Thank you.”

“For what Vennela?”

“You really made me smile a lot these two days.”

“Actually, I am selfish Vennela.”

“Selfish?”

“Yes Vennela. I made you smile because I like your smile and to look at you smiling, I did all that.”

I did not know whether I conveyed her perfectly or not but I liked the way she smiled at me when I said that.

Our relation started getting better and better each time we had conversation but then the no of times we interact or converse are very less. I never dare to ask her that I wanna talk her. I just wait for the time to come and when it comes try to make the best of it.

(Two days later)

I just had lunch and returned to the desk. Vennela was sitting at her station and was working very seriously.

“Hey, you dint go for lunch yet?”

“No Prudhvi. Lots of work pending.”

“So you are sacrificing lunch today?”

“Not like that. I will go after few minutes.”

“It’s already 02:30 Vennela. When will you go?”

“I just need to finish this and send mail to the Analytics team.”

“Vennela. The world is not going to end if you send it after 30 mins. Just go for lunch, come back and then you can continue your work.”

“Hmm. I will. I will”

As I was talking to her, I am receiving call from Nandini.

“Go for Lunch first Vennela. Go.” – I just said those lines to her and attended Nandini’s call.

“Hello Nandini.”

“Prudhvi.”

“Yes Nandini. Tell me.”

“Where are you?”

“Just now had lunch and came back to station.”

“Okay. I have to speak regarding Shreya.”

“Ya tell me Nandini.”

“It is becoming a real mess up at her house regarding Preetham.”

“What happened Nandini?”

“Her father came to know that she went to Preetham home town.”

“What is he saying?”

“He dint talk to her yet. But then she is worried that he will arrange for some marriage very soon.”

“Hmm. I knew this would definitely happen.”

“I told her during the academy days itself to make this out clear and talk to her dad.”

“Even I told her the same thing many times. She never listened. And she is not even caring any of us. She is completely into him.”

“Don’t worry Nandini. I will talk to her.”

“Yes that’s why I called you. She is coming to your office for the next two days. So, you can meet her there.”

“Really? When?”

“This Thursday and Friday she will be there.”

“Okay sure Nandini. Will talk to her and will let you know.”

(The next day)

The first thing I did the next day is to call to Shreya. I tried calling her three times but then she dint answer the call. And then I have texted her.

“Shreya. Call me back.”

She called me back at around 6 in the evening and then I dint pick it up.

“Hi Prudhvi. I came to your location today. Sorry couldn’t meet you up. Tomorrow evening definitely we will catch up.”

I replied to her message.

“Tomorrow we should meet for sure Shreya. I have to talk to you.”

(Next day)

The next day, the only thing that was running in my mind is that I have to meet Shreya and talk to her. As it is Friday, I was working seriously on a N2N backup which is my regular task every Friday. It is creating issues as two of the 8 nodes are not responding to the requests. It usually used to get completed by 05:00 PM. But then today it took almost one hour extra and still it is not completed. As I was working with the issue, Shreya started calling me.

“Hey Shreya. Go to the top floor and wait in the open cafeteria. I will come there in few minutes.”

“Okay.”

While I was walking to meet Shreya, I saw Vennela sitting and working very seriously. I couldn’t talk to her anything as Shreya is waiting for me there.

“Hey Shreya. How are you?”

“Hey Prudhvi. I am fine. How about you?”

“I am super as always. So, how is life going? No calls, no messages. Busy busy?”

“Nothing like that Prudhvi. Just work that’s it.”

“Okay. So, what else?”

“You have to speak out Prudhvi. You said you have to talk to me something?”

“Yes.”

“What’s that Prudhvi?”

“How is dad?”

“Ya he is fine.”

“I heard that something is going on.”

“What Prudhvi?”

“Shreya. Let me come straight to the point.”

“Did you talk to your dad regarding Preetham?”

She is not responding to my questions and just remaining silent.

“Shreya. Talk to me. I called you to talk regarding this.”

“No. We dint speak on that.”

“What are you planning?”

“Preetham is waiting for his onsite opportunity. Once it is confirmed we planned to talk this in our home.”

“What if your dad looks out matches before that?”

“I will not accept.”

“Then you have to let him know now itself so that he will not run into that and will start thinking on this.”

“He won’t accept this Prudhvi.”

“Why do you think so?”

“How do you think he will accept this Prudhvi?”

“Do you know that he won’t accept?”

“Yes I know.”

“You should first of all talk to him and then come a conclusion Shreya. Just like that you cannot decide for yourself.”

“So you mean I don’t have right to decide things in my life?”

“No I am not saying that way. But then you have to talk to him and then make your plans.”

Discussion between me and Shreya went on for almost 1 hour. Finally I made her understand that she should first talk to her father before deciding something. She nodded her head but then I am not sure how she is going to actually behave. I dint go too far as I am afraid what kind of decisions she may take and what if she may say that who am I to involve in her decisions. I just told her what I felt as a friend. And as the time is almost 08:45, I asked her to leave as the last cab to her location is at 09:00 PM.

I went with her till the cab and when the cab left, I returned back to my station. I directly came to my station without even looking at Vennela’s desk as I was sure that she may leave by that time.

After reaching the station, I saw the status of N2N backup. It got completed successfully. I then immediately shared the reports to my team lead and had shut down the system.

I took the bag and was about to start. I saw Vennela still sitting at her desk and working. And none of their team members were there.

“Hey Vennela. Still working? Its 09:10.”

“Ya Prudhvi. Closing some issues.”

“When will you start?”

“In just 15 mins I will start.”

“None of your team members are also there. Is that okay? How will you go back?”

“I will go back Prudhvi. Don’t worry. You just start.”

I thought of asking that I want to stay back so that we both will start. But then she will definitely not agree because she doesn’t like if I do things like this for her.

“Hey Prudhvi. Why did you stay back late?”

“I met one of my academy friends and so it became late.”

“Okay.”

I said okay and then waved my hands at her. I walked till the Stilt floor but then something is dragging me back. I was not at all able to move from there leaving her all alone.

(10:17 PM)

I was waiting for her outside. When I saw her walking out of the building, I went near to her.

“Hi Vennela.”

“Hey Prudhvi. One hour back you have started. What are you doing here?”

“Shall I tell the truth?”

“Hmmm.”

“If I say I will stay, you won’t allow me. And I cannot leave you alone and go in this late night.”

“Hmmm. Really you are…”

“Ya. I am?”

“Nothing.”

“Hey Vennela. How are you planning to go now?”

“We will catch up some auto.”

“All auto’s also went back home Vennela. They are not workaholic like you.”

She dint smile for the joke which I tried to crack because she is already much tired.

“Hey Vennela. Shall we walk?”

“What? 3 Km’s? No way.”

“I am not forcing you. I am just asking you as we don’t have any chance now.”

She started thinking and after 2 mins she put her step forward.

Seeing that, I shouted out loud.

“Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh.”

“What happened?”

“Nothing Vennela. For the first time I am walking with you. Daily I go by walk in this route enjoying the greenery. And today you joined in my walk and so felt very much happy”

I thought I will speak so much to her. But then as usual words dint flow out. I just spoke very little. But I was enjoying walking with her. After reaching out, I dropped her till her room and returned to hostel.

While I was walking to hostel, I got some lines in that happiness and shared them with her through message.

@ “The route that used to be dark every day, seemed so bright. The breeze that used to be hot seemed so cold. The walk I used to get tired made me feel wonderful. The moon that was dull is shining bright. Every step I walked, asked me for another. Every minute I spent, asked me for another. When I looked around for the reason for all these, all I saw is your SMILE.” – Mr. Venky Bond

“Silent LOVE…” – $15

I just smiled when she said those lines. We had conversation for almost 2 hours as we are meeting almost after a year. And, as usual I dropped her till her room and returned back to my hostel at around 11:30 in night.

As it was raining heavily, I kept my mobile inside my backpack and didn’t take it out till I reached hostel. After reaching hostel, I just took it out and saw calls that I missed from Nandini. And there were also some messages.

“Prudhvi. Hope you reached back safe. Message me once you are there.” – Nandini

I just pressed the CALL option and connected to her.

“Nandini.”

“Hey Prudhvi. Did you reach back safely?”

“Yes Nandini. Just now I reached.”

“Okay. Good. Talk to you later Prudhvi. Had good time speaking with you.”

“Me too Nandini. Stay in touch. Good night.”

“Good night Prudhvi.”

(Next day)

I just got up at my usual time, got ready and started to office. While I was walking to my station, as usual my eyes turned towards Vennela’s station. It was empty as she is on leave today. The moment it got recorded in my mind, I decided not to think about that and just go on with my tasks. I was actually eagerly waiting for the end of the day just to see will there be any difference when compared to other days.

(End of the day)

At the end of the day, I just began to re-wind myself on how the day went on. And the only difference I could feel is that the number of times my eyes looked at her station got reduced little bit and apart from that, I could feel no other difference.

Whenever she returns from home, she starts at 3 in the early morning catching the intercity express. It’s been 24 hours almost that we dint converse. I woke up at around 4.30 and messaged her.

“Good morning Vennela. Started back?”

I had to wait for about 40 mins for her reply. Finally I just received two characters from her.

“GM.”

For few seconds, I dint understand what to reply her. Whenever we wish someone, we wish whole heartedly and according to me that can be expressed by the way we wish. I don’t know why some people use corporate short cuts in personal life conversations which actually convey a wrong message. Whenever she replies short cuts, it hurts me a little bit but then will never convey this to her as accepting everything is the basic rule of a true relation.

“Got into train?”

“Ya. Woke up early?”

I was very excited to tell her that I woke up to wish her. But then backed off. I don’t know why but I never express anything to her openly and also I never tell her anything whatever I feel on her.

“Just like that Vennela.”

I was waiting for her reply and then slowly ran into sleep. When I woke up at 7 in the morning, I was actually expecting a reply from her. But then she did not reply anything. She does this quite sometimes. She suddenly stops replying sometimes between the conversations. And I never ask her why she is doing like that. I used to wait for hours for her reply but then never used to ask her the reason. This is because I feel like the moment I ask her for explanations, I am afraid how she is going to take that and react to that. No matter how much time I have to wait and no matter how much pain I have to take, I just used to take it and keep it inside me without questioning anything on why she is doing that way.

Relations are more beautiful and meaningful when we know how to maintain them. The more we start expecting from other or the more we start questioning others, the more we start damaging the relation. We have to trust other and give freedom to others in such a way that even though they decide to leave, we have to accept it and allow them to leave. Because, we cannot maintain a relation in force. It is a feel that others should have in them and when they think they don’t have that in them and wanted to leave, we have to let them move away instead of holding them back. I know it’s too hard in most of the cases, but then that’s the ultimate way of caring others. Our love or care should not be a burden to them and should not be like we are forcing them.

I never used to force her for anything or ask her any question as I was afraid how she is going to take. I like her a lot and I want her relation. And for that I am ready to take any amount of pain.

(Evening)

“Hey Vennela. You too registered for the AIS training?”

I sent her a message when I saw the list of employees who registered for the training that is scheduled for the next two days at the other office which is 30 kms away from here.

“Yes Prudhvi. How did you know?”

“Even I registered. I got a mail from them on the timings and venue details. And in that list of people, even your name was also there.”

“Hmm. Okay.”

That was the first time I asked her something.

“Vennela. Can I ask you one thing?”

“Yes Prudhvi.”

“Can I join with you tomorrow morning?”

“To the training venue?”

“Ya”

“Sure Prudhvi. You can.”

“Wow. Thank you so much Vennela.”

“Hachcho. What’s there to thank in this.”

“I don’t know Vennela. I just felt happy and so said thanks to you.”

“Hmmm.”

“Okay. What time you will start in the morning?”

“07:00 AM”

“Okay. Message me once you got up.”

“Okay Prudhvi. Sure.”

That was the first chance I got to travel with her and spend some time with her. I was preparing a lot what to talk, how to talk and such things. I thought of telling everything that I feel on her and make her understand how important she is to me.

(Next day morning)

We both met each other at bus bay and got into bus. I sat next to her. When we got settled, I slowly started conversing with her.

“Vennela. I don’t know why but then whenever I see you, I forget everything that I plan to speak with you.”

She dint reply anything to that and just smiled at me. I cracked little jokes, made some fun and made her laugh during the entire journey.

While she was smiling for my lines, I was looking at her without even closing my eye lids.

“Hey. What are you looking at?”

“Your smile Vennela. That’s where everything started.”

“Everything?”

“I mean. Your smile is what I like most in you.”

“Hmmm.”

Even though it took 70 mins to reach destination, I dint feel the time at all. During the entire journey, she is continuously smiling.

@ “In Life, some moments make us Smile, some moments make us cry, some moments make us think. But, only very few moments leave us blank without words.” – Mr. Venky Bond