Love hurts!

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Representative picture. 

 

It was a sultry Monday afternoon Varun had just parked his motorcycle besides Varinka’s two-wheeler. He always used to park his ride beside Varinka’s. As soon as he removed his helmet he saw a lady dressed in black saree coming towards him. It was Varinka. She was his best friend.  He liked her, but never expressed his feelings. She was looking prettier than pretty. She always looked great in saree. She looked stunningly beautiful that day. He gave her a faint smile, which she ignored and walked towards her ride, and left the parking lot in a jiffy. Varun winced, aghast at her actions.  His phone rang; it was his manager for he was late for a meeting.

After the meeting, Varun dialed Varinka’s number but her phone was switched off. So he left her a message on WhatApp. An hour later he received a message from Varinka, which read that she wasn’t feeling well and wanted to spend some time alone. Varinka could ignore the world, but she never ignored Varun. They had a fight last night, Varun out of anger asked Varinka to stay away from him. This hurt Varinka. She was the beat of his heart, the sunshine of his life. He tried his best to get her back.

He couldn’t sleep that night. The next morning he decided to wait for her at the parking area. As he was waiting for her, a sweet known voice called his name.. It was Anita.. Anita once ruled Varun’s heart. They both were seeing each other after 6 years.. His heart skipped a beat and before he could even utter a word she hugged him. He was in the arms of the girl he once loved.. Anita once dated Varun’s classmate and later went to becomes Varun’s heart, his everything.. She left for Bangalore for her graduation and got into a relationship with a guy she first met on Facebook…They weren’t in contact ever since..

Varinka arrived at the spot and parked her ride at a far distance..  Varun was kinda lost and he didn’t notice Varinka. Varinka once again vanished from the spot in no time.. Varinka now occupied Varun’s heart and mind.. He thought it was Varinka who had hugged him.. “Varinka i love you” he uttered.. “It’s me Anita” said amused Anita, it took few seconds for Varun to come back to reality, he pushed her away and asked her to leave. Anita had ignored him for the last 6 years

Anita had a breakup with her bf just few days back and she knew she possessed a special place in Varun’s heart. She now wanted to be with Varun. She didn’t know about Varinka. Varun hated Anita as much as he loved her. But Varinka had taken over Anita’s place in his heart. Varun took his cell phone out and called up Varinka. Varinka answered this time and told him to stop calling or texting her or else she would change her number. There were tears in Varun’s eyes. Anita wiped it off with her handkerchief. A heartbroken Varun asked Anita to leave.

Both Anita and Varun left the spot.

6 months later…

Diwali was around the corner. Varun got busy with work. Varinka on the other hand got a new job in Kathmandu and was supposed to join work after Diwali. Varun came to know about this from Varinka’s sister. There is nothing like the gut-wrenching pain of knowing that your best friend in the world has to leave the town and go away to another one. He was happy for her at the same time sad for himself. They weren’t in touch since the last six months. Varun had deactivated all his social networking profiles.

Varinka now had a new phone number. Anita on the other hand had opened a clinic in Kalimpong. She was now again in constant touch with Varun and knew everything about Varinka. Anita came to know about Varinka’s job and she promised Varun she would help him get back Varinka before Diwali. Anita loved Varun but she never expressed herself and chose to help Varun instead. The last six months had been really tough for Varun. He had lost interest in work. His health deteriorated. He’d forgotten to smile. Anita tried being his pillar of support and love but failed. Anita knew she’d lost her place in his heart and promised herself to help him get back Varinka.

It was St. Josephs Convent’s Alumni Day. As it was the school’s 100th year, a grand program was organized for the alumnus and both Anita and Varinka were invited. They both hailed from the same school but hardly knew each other. Both attended the program. It was here that Anita met Varinka and recognized her at the first glance. Varinka knew about Anita, Varun never hid anything from her. Anita greeted Varinka. Varinka too recognized Anita and gave her a faint smile. Without wasting a minute Anita initiated a conversation. Initially they talked about school and their jobs. The conversation became friendly. The waiter offered them a drink each. “Vari” said Anita. Only Varun used to call her by that name. Varinka knew what was coming ahead and acted as if she didn’t hear anything. She then made excuses of being late and tried to skip the topic. Anita a bit tipsy by then held Varinka’s hand and told her of what Varun had been going through for the past six months. She even showed her his picture. A guy with a great physique now looked frail; his ever glowing smile had faded away. He hardly shaved. Varinka cried deep inside. But she pretended as if she didn’t care. “Look Anita we have better things to talk about”, said Varinka. “But why are you doing this to him?” asked Anita. “He was the one who wanted me to stay away and now I’m moving to Kathmandu and most probably I’ll not be coming back again.” said Varinka now with tears in her eyes.

Varinka had been diagnosed with cancer. No one knew about it, not even her family members. This was the reason why she’d been ignoring Varun as she too had fallen for him. Waiter offered another drink. “He’s dying every day, Please don’t do this to him” pleaded Anita. “I just have six more months”, Varinka said in a sad low tone. “Six more months? for what?” “I have blood cancer and it’s in its third stage. I ain’t got a job. I’m going away from everybody, from Varun- my love.” Varinka started weeping. An astonished Anita could feel goose bumps on her arms. “What? Since when? How? Are you serious? Does Varun know about it?” “Nobody knows about it and promise me you aren’t going to tell about this to anyone…….

 

Note: My dearest friend tried scribbling a story of my most adored characters, Varun and Varinka. And majority of my other readers don’t want the two V’s to be estranged, I’ll either ask him to complete the story or anyone of you can give a conclusion. Thanks. 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Love hurts!

  1. Varinka’s health deteriorated every day but her zeal to live never died . she always used to say “every day is a gift…. thats why they call it the present” . Now as she realized that wating for death made her life more miserable she decided to work. she knew her days were numbered and she wanted to do something that was worth the time she had on earth… so she decided she would work in an Old Age Home with the hope that her journey would be a little joyful living with people sailing on the same boat ..

    So with the help of her few contacts she managed to get a job including accommodation for herself in an Old Age Home run by an NGO

    Her new home was perfect for her… it was filled with positive energy and the love she got back from the elders was overwhelming. Every second she spent on caring for the elders was worth more that what she had lived before. She felt that she had found the purpose of her life no matter how short it may be.
    There were many girls like her caring for the elderly in the Home but non with a short life like hers. One fine day an elderly inmate was so sick that Dr Rohit had to be summoned to examine . He was the visiting doctor for the Home and was a renowned Oncologists(cancer specialist) with a heart of Gold. Dr Rohit was not only a good clinicians but also a very good human being. It had been more than 5 yr serving in the Old Age Home and he didnt charge a penny. Dr Rohit was very well know for his experimental drugs that had miraculously healed most of the cancer patients in the Home. His invention was on the verge of a breakthrough in the world of medicine.
    When Varinka heard this from her friends she couldn’t stop herself from knowing more about this magical drug but on the flipside the drug did not work on all patients.

    Varinka had nothing to lose , she decided she’d go for it. One day she went to meet Dr Rohit in his chamber. Dr Rohit was a young smart 32 yr old Bachelor. His achievements were a little too heavy for his age.
    Varinka introduced herself and told him that she worked in the same Home he was attached to.
    When Dr Rohit saw her for the first time he was awestruck by her beauty.. everything went silent for some second . Varinka started talking but Dr Rohit’s jaw dropped as he was mesmerized by her beauty. Slowly varinka s voice started sounding louder and Dr Rohit gained back his consciousness.
    Dr Rohit rebuilding his composure says
    “Sorry miss i was lost in a thought for a second , could you please tell me your problem from the beginning”
    Varinka’s crease on her forhead indicated that her temper was not to be played with, but for sick people temper was unaffordable.

    Dr Rohit sedately heard everything Varinka had to say. He himself expressed this sadness for her sickness which was one of his virtues that seperated him from all other doctors who treated patients like specimens.
    Dr Rohit agreed to give her the treatment. He also expined that since the drug was experimental it would not cost much for her which was another boon for Varinka.

    Varinka’s treatment started and her test results showed signs of healing. As her health progressed so did their relationship. Both Dr Rohit and Varinka started seeing each other on a regular basis. They both liked each other. But Dr Rohit was in love.

    As days passed by Dr Rohit was himself amazed at the rate in which Varinka recovered, deep down inside he knew that she would one day be cancer free. He was patiently waiting for that very day because on that day he was going to propose her.

    So the day of her final test results. Varinka looking more beautiful than ever. All the elderly inmates in the Old Age Home praying together for her and anxiously awaiting the reports which Dr Rohit was bringing along with him.

    You could literally hear the beats when 100 plus hearts were beating with the same excitement as Dr Rohit’s car enters the coMpound . Dr Rohit enters the hall with a Poker face which he could not hold long as tears rolled down his eyes and with a smile he gives a nod. He then kneels and pulls out a ring and proposes to Varinka.
    Yes Varinka is now Cancer free but she had not at all expected this.She liked Dr Rohit but did not love him.
    She was in trouble once again.

    Back there in india Varun was still missing varinka. Anita could not keep the secret for long and on hearing this Varun’s love for Varinka grew much stronger. Varun’s love compelled him to leave for Kathmandu in search of Varinka.

    Varinka did not want to embarrass Dr Rohit as he was one of the most respected and the most required person in the Old Age Home. So she said Yes ! Thinking that she would clarify things later. Everyone clapped with tears of joy in their eyes.

    Next day Varinka decided that she would clear up everything and explain why she she had to say Yes ! When actually she wanted to say No! She patiently waits for dr Rohit in his small chamber which was in the Home itself. She hears the sound of his car. Her heart is racing as he comes closer to the chamber. Gathering all the courage she opens the door for him and there in front of her stands Varun.

    Varun ! Varinka ! A moment of silence. The situation was so intense that the whole chamber was burning in an invisible fire.
    Without saying anything further they hug each other for as long as they could. Varun said”I’ve missed you every day and I’ve come to take you.”

    Enter
    Dr Rohit with flowers in his hands watching Varun in Varinka’s hands.

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