He does not regret the decision of choosing Devi as his beloved wife before 2 years… They were working together, and Bharat was smitten by Devi from the day 1 he saw her. He wanted to talk to her, and approached as a friend. Things worked out and they became good friends, but every time he tried to propose some how words failed him… and he doubted if he was making a fool out of himself that such a beautiful and well mannered girl would fall for him, and there was some other reason too… Devi was always with her best friend Renu. They were inseparable. Whenever Barath was around them he saw Renu eyeing him, he felt uncomfortable with the situation and sooner he realized that Devi and Renu were both in love with him.
He felt it was high time that he expressed his love and happily proposed to Devi in the Sea shore in a romantic evening, in the midst of setting sun, raising moon and the glittering stars, she accepted readily. After 5 month they were married and there was no looking back. What astonished Bharat more was that Devi never spoke of Renu or spoke to her. The friendship somehow seems to have dissolved in their Love for each other and even Bharat was relieved of this, else it would have got him in an awkward situation seeing Renu again.
Now sitting in the train after one year he felt happy and content. Devi sat close to him, sliding her hands into his and looked up at him and asked, “What were you thinking dear!” he smiled and said “nothing honey! Just about us”. The train was about to start and the seats near them were filling slowly. Bharat was looking through the window; he always liked the general coach than the AC, what kind of person will miss this beautiful scenery for AC. He was showing Devi the birds flying in the sky, in V shape.. But she was not listening, for she was staring at someone standing in front of her… he turned to see who it was, he was shocked too to see Renu standing there and staring at both of them. She smiled to Devi, who didn’t reciprocate the same, but Bharat felt bad and smiled at her, she sat opposite to him and for the rest of the journey chatted happily with him. She said that onsite was not that good and she missed many things in here, with the words came a huge sigh directed to Bharat, who felt a pang of guilt rise in his throat, he swallowed it helplessly, after all there is nothing he can do to mend their relation or the friendship between his wife and Renu. There seem to be a sarcastic smile playing at Devi’s face which both Bharat and Renu didn’t fail to notice… Barath knew that it was her victorious smile, which meant that she has got something that Renu didn’t get and she is happy seeing her friend still in pain…
When they got down in the station Bharat bid farewell to Renu and Devi didn’t even care to look at her, her husband couldn’t bare it any more and asked her why she was showing cold face to her friend. Devi looked at him deep into the eyes, her usual penetrating look, searching his face for the reason for the sudden outburst of emotion towards her friend. Finally when she was satisfied that it meant nothing other than kindness(which he doesn’t know how she got from his face?) she sat down in a nearby café and motioned him to sit too. They ordered coffee and then she spoke..
“Bharat back then, you know that both Me and Renu were in love with you and we were literally competing with each other, we started fighting with each other and it became very bad. That was the time when their was a long term onsite offer, the one Renu took remember?” He nodded and she continued, “We both wanted that very much too, so finally we decided to pick chits and who ever wins gets the best, it was either U or onsite and thus I ended up with you and she went onsite.. But after that I realized that it was not for competition sake that I liked you, but it was the deep passion in my heart and the real love towards you… I am actually thankful to God… if I had won that bet…!!! Oh my God I don’t know what would have happened…”
Bharat who was smiling till now gave a start and stared at her.. “Devi? What did u say? Did you say that you lost the bet?”
“Of course honey! I LOST THE BET… were u not listening??” said she a bit annoyed.. Bharat’s head started to sway back and forth…
He wanted to shout at her and storm out saying “OH MY GOD!!! I was ur SECOND CHOICE? That too for a stupid onsite offer?” but no words came out of his mouth.. In such a situation he was the sort of guy to lay low to himself and not talk to any one. Y the time he reached his native home, Devi had forgotten the conversation and carried on as usual, but he could never be the same. He remained silent and reserved and grumpy through out. She repeatedly asked him what was the reason and he gave her his “As if you don’t know” look. But she stared back at him innocently with tears in her big brown eyes. All she could infer was that her husband has been upset after seeing Renu and that made her furious.. Dead silence prevailed between both, she thought he didn’t love her any more and he felt that he was her second choice.
Walking alone or wandering through the streets of his native became the greatest pastime for Bharat and on one such walk he met Renu, she looked at his sad face and enquired the reason… wanting of compassion, he told her that he knew about how he got Devi and how Renu went onsite. Sensing the danger in the situation and hatred in his voice, she took him to a near by café and sat down after the orders were placed, Bharat kept looking down, he seem to be depressed. Renu didn’t know how to start but she needed to and spoke, “Bharat do u know Devi's character? Do you know how childish she is? If I say I want this, she will say the same and if I say I want that she would want it too, that was what I felt when I saw her show interest to you, though I was the first one to like you (sigh).. But soon after I understood the real love in her towards you and yours to her and I was the one in between.. not allowing you guys to unite, but If I had told this to her and decided to move on she might not have been happy with you, thinking that I sacrificed my happiness for her, that was why I came up with this onsite plan… she took the bait and acted as I expected, we decided to pick a chit.. so I asked her to prepare 2 chits one with your name and other with onsite on it and I took onsite and left you guys to enjoy the eternal happiness of wedding bliss..!!!”
Bharat Sighed and wondered out aloud, “So if she had got onsite? In the chit she would have forgotten the so called true love towards me and left?? Huh?”
“Oh dear! You don’t know her at all.. I told you that she prepared the chits, their was no way that I would have picked your name. After I opened mine I looked up to see her jumping in the chair, and when she left me after half hour, she accidentally missed her chit and when I opened it, I saw that she had written onsite in both!!! I didn’t fight with her or reason out! Because that was the same day you told me about your feeling to her! It was you two meant to be together and not us! I have got over it, and after going onsite I understood that it was her and her friendship I value and missed more than anything else, but speaking to her would not be a good choice, so, I didn’t contact at all, any way I am getting married with in two weeks and he is working their in onsite along with me, we met there and I guess that was the best for all of us! I would invite you but I don’t know how she will react… “
Bharat smiled after many days and said, “its ok..! I understand and by the way you girls are very silly!!” they both laughed heartily, he was all in hurry to go meet his wife, he hugged Renu in a friendly affectionate way, wished her good luck for marriage and off he went to meet his sweet heart. He dashed into the house and couldn’t find her in the room and went to the balcony, there in a far corner she sat, she was leaner than before, and had cried, he went near her and sat down. Before he could speak she started, “I know you still like Renu and she seem to like you too, I don’t want to be between you guys tell me what I should do?”
He smiled and said, “How about you write your names in 2 chits and I pick one?”
She stared at him and cried again, he went inside and came out with two pieces of paper and said, “Pick one” she cried harder but a smile played in his face.
Finally thinking that he is taking revenge on her, she took a chit and sat silent… he forced her to open it, but she didn’t heed. So he said, “Fine I will open mine, and if I get your name that means you have her name and that settles the doubt… fair game huh?”
After opening his chit he cried out “Oh GOD THANKS!!!!” and jumped in happiness. She was heart broken when she saw her name in her hand.. so he is happy that he got Renu huh? She thought to herself and was about to move into the room when he held her hand and looked into her eyes with a smile and opened the paper in his hand to show her name and hugged her tight.. “It is always you! It will always be you my dear!” with that he kissed her…. a deep passionate and prolonged kiss, and she leaned on his shoulder and so peace was finally restored…