Previous part of the story can be read at Part-1.
And finally today was the day, Sahil got a chance to fulfill the wish of Ishu, which Ishita had almost forgot about. Walking on the white, soft sand on the beach, Sahil looked at her. She was lost in her own thoughts. Sahil moved nearer to her and she did not even realize. He softly held Ishita’s hand and she suddenly came out of the thought chain and pulled her hand back. Sahil was taken aback. For a moment, he felt rejected. After all, Ishu was his first love and even after 4 months of close friendship, he did not find a place in her heart. With deep breath, he looked into Ishu’s eyes and found tears flowing…..without thinking; he pulled her in his arms and hugged her tight. Ishita did not try to release herself and allowed tears to flow. Once settled, both set on the sand, quietly.
Sahil was very sure now that something was hidden in Ishu’s heart and he wanted to know. But her tears had moved him. He did not want Ishu to be in tears again. He decided to talk about it some other time. He looked at Ishu again and she smiled.
Thanks Sahil, Ishu
For what?, Sahil
I wanted to be here since so long, wanted to walk on the soft sand without uttering a word and you made it possible, Ishu
But I thought you would be happy. Really, did not like the tears part, Sahil
Ishita looked into Sahil’s eyes and kept looking. What?, he asked with eyes……she smiled poorly and moved her eyes to ocean.
Now, Sahil could not control himself. After all what was that which was making his Ishu so sad. He thought to ask but again dropped the idea. Ishu was just settled and he did not want to make any mistake again. To his surprise, Ishu started,
Sahil, do you know what this beach reminds me of? Ishu
He shook his head and kept looking in her eyes.
I had a childhood friend, Aman. We grew up together and went to same school. While living those teen years, I am not sure when I started liking him. Although I could never tell him that he was more than a friend to me, I had built up a castle about our lives together and filled up so many dreams in it. Aman was very brilliant and got scholarship for Melbourne university and left for Australia, last year. I and Aman were used to be on this beach, just to walk and talk. Since he left, we have almost lost contact. I am not sure whether Aman could never understand my feelings for him but I miss him every moment. I wanted to be here, on this beach, to walk with him, to be with him, to refresh those beautiful memories. Thanks, you made it possible ended Ishu with smile.
Sahil felt a crack in his heart. The one, whom he loved hiddenly, was already loving someone and was waiting for that someone. How can it be possible………he felt to cry out. At the age of 18, when you know that your first love cannot replicate your feelings because someone was already there in her life, it surely hurts……He looked at Ishita again, smiled poorly, got up and started walking towards car……
Again, 623 words L….have to stop here.
Stay tuned to know about next chapter of Sahil and Ishita’s love loop, including Aman’s. Love is so complex and still everyone of us wants to experience and live it for once in life…..strange!!!
Disclaimer : I never proof read my writing so you might find spell mistakes but isn’t it acceptable? After all, creating something while penning it down is not that easy :). Looking at past records and my habit to living every character of story, this time I have decided to limit every part of story to 500 words (you can expect some adjustments in that number, though)….short and sweet reads….
Here it goes –
The famous Banaroo song was on repeat mode and was crashing the window glasses of car…..
I’m calling you, I’m calling you
I need you today
Because I lost my direction
In the endless milky way
Never get me home
I can find a way but I can
Find it on my own…………
That is how Sahil wanted the first ride…..first car ride with Ishita, his love.
For a moment he looked by side and that smile on her innocent face was a clear indication that she was enjoying it the way he wanted to.
At the age of 18, you want everything to be loud, to be shining and to be impressive. And why not? After all, this is the age, when you feel infinite power to defeat the worldJ. The sad thing is, not everyone can retain that passion about life and defeating the world or I should say, not everyone is lucky enough to have that first time love as life. But we can talk about it later on. As of now, let’s get back to the almost adult couple, who was on their first drive together without license.
The car stopped with jerk and with an offer,
Ishu, let’s spend some time on the beach……
Another beautiful smile and she nodded. While walking towards that source of endless blue water, his heart was racing. Every first time is exciting for everyone and for a 18 years old guy turning man, it’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness. The whole picture came alive to him within seconds….
It was the first time, he met ishita. Moving to new place and leaving old friends behind was something, Sahil was not comfortable with. But he was option less as his father got transfer to the totally remote but naturally beautiful place, Tarkarli. The place is known for its sandy beaches and authentic Malwani cuisines. On very first day in Tarkarli, while he was still helping parents in setting up house, he saw an innocent girl with flowery smile. He quickly got out of house and found that he had got a beautiful neighbor. Suddenly, the gleam of leaving old friends behind was replaced by having someone special. For the second day, when he saw Ishita in the college, he jumped with joy and after knowing that she was his classmate, his joy did not knew any boundary. During Psychology lecture, while talking on “wishes and their effect on life” when professor asked Ishita about her wish, she softly spoke…
I want to be with someone special at beach…..just to walk endless, without uttering a word.
He kept staring her….
Those wide, expressive eyes were holding a story, which must have kept to heart since long. And that was the moment, he fell for Ishita or I must say, his Ïshu. Love at first sight, heard many times but experienced first time, he was delighted. At heart, he had decided to fulfill his princess’s wish soon….
That is how love happens or I should say progresses…. You learn to make the other person happy, you learn being happy while seeing the other one happy, you keep thinking about ways to make the other person happy……and when you add the sweet age of 18 to that mixture, that orange color becomes flame red..
I am keeping my promise and stopping here as the word count shows up as 600 :(…..
Waiting for your comments as its been really long I have penned down something….little encouragement would help in thinking and imagining and of course presenting it in better way 🙂
Tarkarli, not so famous but offering beautifully crafted secluded beaches with white sand, serene atmosphere and cool breeze with hammocks…….I think no one can ask for anything else.
Presenting here some magnificent views captured while latest visit to the place of peace, adventure, history, Malwani cuisine and water, of course :-).
The mesmerizing sun-rise.
On the new day, with new heart and rhythmic footsteps, Shanaya got ready into dotted black and white knee length one-piece. Although not completely healed, her thoughts were very clear now. But that heart, was still speaking something, which she had to avoid to listen. She thought to herself,
I wish I could be that little girl again. Skinny knees are easy to fix than broken heart.
But you cannot change the reality. With deep thoughts she entered into Hari Cafe, her breakfast point. After tasting her favorite Vada-sambar, she started feeling better. Yes, most of the times our feelings can be diverted or put on hold due to good food and that is a good thing. After relishing every sip of filter coffee, she was ready for her next destination – Sri Aurobindo Ashram. She had been there for multiple times by now but today she just wanted to sit there, while talking with herself. After touching the tomb of Sri Aurobindo, she found her eyes teary. So many emotions she had gone through since last few days, when Patrick was not replying to her calls. Finally, everything was over. it was time to begin new chapter of life or may be new life…..As they say,
One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.
She sat in a corner silently, staring the sky. Why is it so hard?, she asked to herself. She felt crying hard but controlled herself. Silently, she got out of the place and went to the beach road. The beach road, at this time, was almost silent. Rare vehicle movements and few people around, she felt better. After all, she will not have to control herself again. She can allow those tears to flow down. After settling on the rock, she kept gazing at those splashing waves, for almost an hour. When she heard someone behind her, she felt like waking up from deep sleep.
Why are you crying? the guy asked same question again, which she did not even hear for the first time. She looked at him. Almost 6 feet height, unshaven face, grey t-shirt and blue jeans, deep eyes and ……she kept looking at him, forgetting to answer.
With slightly irritation in his voice, he asked the question for third time and Shanaya suddenly realized, where she was.
Ohhh, umm….its something personal, she spoke with hesitation. She never liked someone to interfere in her personal life.
Well, thats fine. I just wanted to tell you that don’t cry for the person who never understood the value of your tears, he said and shrugged with a little smile on his face and started walking in the opposite direction of beach.
Shanaya was amazed with his profoundness, his boldness, his caring gesture and above all his ability to read her mind. She almost ran behind him.
Heeyyyy, just wanted to talk with you for few minutes, she said from behind.
He turned around and looked at her. Without hesitation, he agreed and started walking with Shanaya.
After walking for few minutes, when Shanaya found both of them mute, she introduced herself.
In return, he shook his hand with her and spoke his name – Kartik.
Kartik, she spoke his name silently and smiled. They kept walking but no one spoke. Once again, Shanaya started,
So, how did you assume I had a heart break?
Its not an assumption, he shortened his answer.
Then? With curiosity she looked at him.
Its a fact, he looked straight into her eyes and for a moment she felt she was in love with those deep eyes.
Suddenly she felt like she wanted to share her story with him. Seriously, life is like that only.
Most of the time you do not want to share something with the nearest one but can easily speak about it to someone unknown. Afterall, being vulnerable is the best thing to do when you do not know what to do.
When she found Kartik waiting for her to start, she began her story and told him everything about Patrick and her relationship and how just yesterday everything ended.
But why are you crying? Kartik asked.
With irritation, she replied, its because I lost my first love, the person whom I loved the most.
And suddenly Shanaya realized something. Something that was going to change the vision for upcoming life forever…..
To be continued….
As promised, starting with the new venture (its a venture for me as I am really not sure whether I will be able to complete it or not :-))
Rather than posting random photos, I am thinking of following a specific theme and so for first half of January, I am selecting the theme as (my favorite) WATER.
Get ready people. For next 15 days, you are going to see water photos…..not excited?
That is how I feel, today, at the beginning of new day …..Run away and sit on that quiet bench for the whole life while seeing different colors and moods of life presented by the ocean.
I don’t think any person who is still living human life will wish anything more after seeing this beautiful dawn tearing at beach….Does life need anything more?