Why don’t you go alone? I need to study for the exams, Said Neetu
You are not going to complete your study within two hours. Now, don’t argue and get ready – Shraddha
I am getting bored at those office parties. I don’t know anyone. What am I going to do there? – Neetu
I asked you to not argue and get ready. If I am the company, you will not get bored – Shraddha
Dialogue between Neetu and Shraddha continued in the taxi also. Neetu was not at all in mood to accompany the elder sister, Shraddha at her office party. Shraddha on the other side, thought it would be a good opportunity for Neetu to explore the corporate culture. Neetu was visiting recently married sister, Shraddha in Mumbai. Shraddha’s husband was on business trip for 10 days so Neetu and Shraddha thought to catch up with each other. Neetu was doing her post graduation from SMU (Singapore Management University) and she was visiting India for the second time within last six months. She felt homesick when she returned to Singapore, after attending Shraddha’s marriage. And so, when she learned that there was a mini reading vacation planned from the college itself, she was more than happy. And Shraddha too was happier when she knew about Neetu’s next visit and her husband being away. We will have sister’s time, she told to her husband.
Neetu and Shraddha were north and south poles. Totally different in personality, behavior and everything. Still that sibling bond was really working well. Neetu was a charming beauty but reserved and used to be in her own small world. Sending her to international studies can make a difference to her viewpoint and she can grow up emotionally, was the thought of her parents. Although Singapore and the freedom over there did not make any difference to Neetu. She still had only 4 friends in life, was still reading romantic novels, was still avoiding going out and meeting people and was still very emotional. On the other end, Shraddha, from childhood was very social, had a huge group of friends and was a complete party animal. Today’s dialogue was also about it. Shraddha wanted Neetu to join her for her office annual party and Neetu did not want to. But finally Shraddha succeeded in dragging her to the party. Party was really wild in all terms. Neetu felt irritated but did not want to have another word fight with Shraddha so kept her face smiling. Shraddha was introducing Neetu to her colleagues. And finally they reached to the CTO of her company. He is the youngest CTO of our company and most admired person in our office, Abhi Saxena, Shraddha introduced Neetu to Abhi. Neetu shacked hands with Abhi and felt something different for the first time in life. There was some magic in his eyes, in his smile, in his hands and in his body language. Neetu was almost stumped off. She kept staring at Abhi. On the other end, Abhi too was almost bowled by Neetu’s beauty. Although he did manage and wrap up himself fast and moved away but his experience about human nature told him that fire was ignited on both ends. He had seen same feelings in Neetu’s eyes also.
Next day Neetu left for Singapore but her mind and heart were in Mumbai. She did not ask Shraddha, anything about Abhi. Shraddha might not understand the feeling, she thought to herself. She kept thinking about Abhi, his personality and the magnetism in his eyes. She searched through Shraddha’s facebook profile and found him. That smiling photo of him made Neetu more restless. Finally after some hesitation, she sent friend request. And within half minute, she got a notification on her phone, that her friend request was accepted. She felt thrilled. And the phone buzzed again. Abhi was on chat on facebook.
Hi !!! – Abhi, he was moving slowly
Hey, I thought it would be a good idea to be a friend with the CTO of an MNC (smile) – Neetu, she justified something to herself.
Thanks for considering and thinking of me as friend. I am honored – Abhi.
(pause for a minute)
So where are you? I thought to hire you (smile) – Abhi
Oh !!! I am not a suitable match for your company. I am in Singapore and studying science – Neetu
Great!!! – Abhi
OK, I will have to attend a meeting. Just wanted to catch up with the most beautiful lady, I have ever seen – Abhi, he did not want to let her know that he had fallen for her but at the same time, he wanted her to think about him and wanted to chat with her again.
Thanks for the compliment and bye – Neetu, she did not know what to say. She had thousands things in mind. She did not want this chat session to be over ever.
Abhi got offline and Neetu got more restless. I should concentrate on study, she kept telling to herself for next two days. Within last couple of days, she explored Abhi’s profile for more than 100 times. She went through each and every picture of him. She wanted to LIKE each of them but controlled her emotions. He must not be more than 30. So handsome and successful and still down to earth. Matches with my dream man, she smiled to herself. For two days, when she did not see any initiative from Abhi, she could not control herself. She commented on his profile picture about he was looking good and was wondering reaction of Shraddha, if she will ever notice that comment. And at 12:30 am, her phone notified her about facebook chat update.
Hey beautiful – Abhi
Oh, hi !!! – Neetu, she tried to hide her excitement.
SO what was the dream girl doing? – Abhi
(Neetu felt like ray of light passed through her body)
I was trying to sleep (as its 12:30 am here) and btw, whose dream girl am I? – Neetu, wanted to hear more
Yes, I know the time difference. But thought you must be enjoying Singapore night life – Abhi
Nope, I am neither a night person nor I am a party animal – Neetu
But I think night is always romantic – Abhi, cleverly diverted the formal conversation
Yes, I too think so, after reading so many romantic novels (smile) – Neetu
Btw, thanks for comment on profile pic. It felt great to have a comment from you. It felt like I was proposed for date from Miss India(smile) – Abhi
Its nothing like that. I thought you were looking great and so wanted to let you know – Neetu
I am not sure whether this is a right time or place for the thing, I am going to tell you. I just wanted to confess one thing – Abhi
(another excitement passed through her body)
???? – Neetu
The day, I met you, I have fallen for you. I have almost lost my consciousness after seeing you. I know, it does not suit my personality to confess like this but can not help it. You are on my mind for all the time and after numbers of efforts, I failed to think anything else than you – Abhi, smiled at his smartness and communication power.
(blushing) – Neetu
I thought you wanted to say something – Abhi
Did not the expression above said the thing, I wanted to convey? – Neetu
So should I consider my self as the luckiest person on the earth? – Abhi
(blushing) – Neetu, she thought her life was turning to a romantic novel
Then the chat was going on for another 3 hours. Yes, the love confession and acceptance made both of them awoke for the whole night and they did not feel they missed anything.
(photo : campus.ie)
Neetu was on twelfth cloud. Finally she found her dream man. The man who she thought present in books only, was in her life and he confessed to her that he was in love with her. Abhi took priority for all the time. She just wanted to connect with him. She desperately wanted to go to India and meet him. But it was not easy. Her final exams were around and she had to be in Singapore.
On the other end, Abhi too wanted to see Neetu again. His mind could not think anything else than her. He tried to talk about Neetu to Shraddha but she just cut it off. Then he decided to not initiate topic of Neetu while Shraddha was around. Meanwhile, the lovebirds were continuously connected via facebook chat and skype video calls. Most of the time, it was Neetu, who was adjusting timing. Afterall, Abhi was a CTO and he was supposed to have responsibilities. She was used to awake till late night just to chat with Abhi. And today, while chat Abhi mentioned something, which made her happier.
I will be on foreign trip for next 3 days – Abhi
Great !!! – Neetu
Where are you going? – Neetu
To the land where my dream girl is living – Abhi
(smile) – Abhi
WHAT??? – Neetu
Are you visiting Singapore? – Neetu
(Smile) – Abhi
Abhi, please say yes. Are you visiting Singapore? – Neetu
YES, beautiful. I will be with you for next 3 days. I am about to reach to airport and will catch my flight then – Abhi
OMG!! – Neetu
What happened? – Abhi
I have an exam tomorrow – Neetu
OOOH – Abhi
But still we have couple of days – Abhi
We can meet once your exam will be over and can explore Singapore and each other, together – Abhi, he introduced his final intimacy in the chat
Neetu did not reply to that. They planned to meet at Singapore Flyer next evening. Neetu was very excited and could not sleep for the rest of the night. She kept dreaming about talking and sharing life with Abhi.
Next day, when she left from college, she was happy. Happy for two reasons. Her exam went well and she was going to meet his dream man. She looked at herself in the restroom and applied light makeup. Beauty was shining now. While on the way to Singapore Flyer, she received a call from Shraddha. She was excited. She talked about her exam but hid things related to Abhi. Shraddha then said something, which shattered her world –
Neetu, I am not sure whether you remember Abhi (our company’s CTO) or not. We thought he was a nice person but just yesterday we learned that he has many extra marital affairs. He loves his 4 years old daughter but wants to have beautiful females in her life. His constant possession for this has ruined his image in the company. He is visiting Singapore for 3 days. In case, if he meets you somewhere, pretend like you don’t know him.
Sure di, Said Neetu and cut off the phone. Her eyes were watery. Is Abhi married? He has daughter too. He never told that to me. And then she was able to understand each and every chat where most of the time Abhi talked about physical intimacy and her beauty. She could now understand his purpose and excitement to meet her.
Thanks god, she said silently. Shraddha called up on time. What if she wouldn’t have call up or she wouldn’t have mention about Abhi?
GOD always save you from crisis but allows you to pass through the small accidents so that you can learn to live life – her heart replied.
And thus the facebook love ended. Although I am not in favor of addressing it as love.
Lesson for us? Yes, virtual love does not long last or does not exist (most of the time).