Certainly Madhu left no stone unturned in pampering Samiksha after her return from hospital. She attended to her minutest need.
“I missed you so much my baby. Don’t ever leave me like this.”
“No mum, I won’t. Um . . . but . . . “
“If someone takes me away, I mean, with love and care.”
Nevertheless Madhu caught her meaning and correspondingly asked,
“Who is the lucky man? How come I am not aware of this? Does Jolly know? Is he from your college? Is he the one who was impressed in the football match?”
Samiksha was bombarded with a series of questions.
Unknowingly in her sub conscious mind, Madhu prayed to all the Gods, that he should be ‘Karan‘.
“Mum. Let me breathe.
First of all I am lucky that we met. And . .”
“Hmm. That means you have met the right guy.”
“Its but obvious. If a man feels lucky in a relationship, that is not a much big surprise for me at least. All girls are angels. But if a girl feels she is lucky, definitely the man possesses celestial qualities. I am eager . . . “
Instantly Madhu stopped and collected a series of incidents that flashed before her eyes.
The care, affection, concern, responsibility, vulnerability was recently seen only in one man in the past days.
“Sami, Karan loves you?”, she asked without blinking her eye.
“Mum. . . “
For obvious reasons, Samiksha had turned red revealing all the secrets and hugged Madhu tight and warm.
“I am not surprised I can say. The concern he showed for you was something above the care a doctor has for his patients. He is a gem Samiksha. I could not have asked for a better partner for you.”
In the light of the fact that Samiksha was just a few weeks away from graduating, Madhu was wishing to focus on future plannings.
“After your graduation,
I want you to focus on your career too darling. Its very important for a person to be financially independent. Um . . . Am I thinking too much and too fast?”
Samiksha laughed and hid her head in Madhu’s lap.
“Moms are moms. I understand the reason for your concern, I love you mum.”
Samiksha’s final exam was approaching. Her foot had almost healed now, but football playing was on hold for now. Her team was given a new captain which definitely upset Samiksha. But she was in peace, in terms of the recent turns her life had taken. She was thankful for the blessing of love bestowed upon her and also for the pacification Karan had brought about, in her.
The intercom ring interrupted Dr. Karan’s reading of a particular file.
“Sir your patient wants to meet you. For follow up.”
There was a silence first on the other end.
“Um . . . Sasha.”
“Sasha . . . I don’t recollect a patient with this name. You can send her but. She is for a follow up right?”
The knob of Karan’s door opened
but he was engrossed in studying the file, as he found a strange mention in it.
“Please come in.”
The patient walked in and slowly paced towards him right next to him. This caught his attention and he looked up at once.
Samiksha’s angelic smile brought a smile on his face too.
He saw her after almost two weeks and couldn’t resist from pulling her onto his lap.
“Dr. Karan there are people outside.
“I know that very well. Have missed you like hell.”
“But we used to talk daily.”
“Hmm. Agree, But the fragrance of your hair”, he brushed off a hair lock on her face, “the feel of your soft skin”, he traced her cheek with his fingers, “and you”, he looked deep into her eyes.
She hugged him and both the lovers were lost in each other’s existence for a while.
Karan moved his lips with a feather touch on Samiksha’s bare neck and she was hypnotised under this act. As he touched a spot behind her ear, she moaned and Karan knew this was her weak spot. He kissed the spot and Samiksha cried in ecstacy. The moment was heavenly and blissful for the lovers indeed.
“Let me check you. How is your foot?”
“Certainly fine doctor. Since I was under the supervision of an expert.”
She smiled and his heart was overflowed with joy.
“Please let me check.”
She obeyed him and climbed on his observation bed. But her playfulness continued and she took his stethoscope and whispered,
“I love you a lot Dr. Karan.”
He smiled and murmured her in ears slowly,
“I know that.”
He smiled and checked her foot. When he was sure that all was well, she got off the bed.
“Am going to home for lunch. You are coming with me.”
“Now? But I haven’t informed about this.”
“Aunty? Don’t worry. I will call her.”
“Ok then”, she jumped from her seat.
“Um, you nervous?”
“Not at all”, announced a confident Samiksha.
They arrived at his home, and were welcomed warmly by his mother.
“Seems like my house has finally turned into a home.”
Sheela hugged Samiksha into a warm embrace and Karan’s grandmother just emerged from her room. Samiksha ran to hug her and the two met as if they knew each other from ages.
“Just look at them”, Karan told Sheela fondly.
“They are of same age,
Sheela told Karan and disappeared in the kitchen.
Karan insisted on showing Samiksha his room and swiped her away.
She looked around the room moving her fingers over his table, chair, his cupboard while Karan observed her sitting on his bed.
“Did you like my room?”
“Our room you mean, doctor?”
He grinned wide and answered,
“Forgive me for my mistake.”
He pulled her on his lap cuddling her with love.
“I look forward to
locking you here permanently Mrs. Karan.”
“I am ready. Shall I inform mum about my not returning back?”
“Anytime sweetheart”, he took her into his warm embrace, “But you have to focus on your final exam now. Alright. That means our meetings have to reduce. In fact I suggest we chat and talk on phone rather than meeting in person. As it would . . . “
Samiksha kissed him, a bit upset by the declaration he made just now.
“I hate staying away from you, but I won’t disobey my doctor.”
He smiled and hid his head in her neck.
“The food is yummy.”
Samiksha licked her fingers and said to Sheela.
“Karan said your exams are nearing. Wish you all the best dear.”
“Thanks a lot aunty.”
Hmm. We would be pleased to meet your aunty soon. What is her name dear?”
“Madhu Kapoor. And she is my mum, not aunt”, Samiksha answered with a smile.
“But of course.”
The foursome enjoyed the lunch fully. Karan had to leave for hospital but Samiksha decided to stay for some more time.
Karan was in his clinic the next week when his friend Dr. Rajeev came in.
“Rajeev . . What a pleasant surprise. So how was your vacation dude?”
“Great. And what about you. How is life?”
“Blessed”, Karan replied with a smile.
“As expected. I love your attitude man. Actually I am in a fix.”
“What is the matter?”
“I ran into an old aquaintance few days ago. Precisely three days before. The lady is so good and kind, I know her since the days when I had an independent clinic. She contacted me and wanted to meet. I was shocked to discover she had conceived.”
Karan gave him a strange look.
“What is so unusual about conceiving?”
“Um, actually she is not married. I am in a fix Karan. You know I approach you whenever in conflict. She has requested me to . . .”
“Abort the child. No need to mention its just five weeks old.”
“Oh. So what is your stand on this?”
“Taking into condition her health and other factors, it would be a risk. But she has requested me earnestly. The respect and regard I have for her has put me in a fix. She confided in me stressing upon the fact that she had no other option.”
Karan thought for some time.
“Why is she keen on aborting the child? I mean if you wish to share only then. After all its the matter of someone’s personal life.”
“Presently she has only told me this. I don’t know much about her personal life. I am worried for her. Madhu Kapoor, such a nice lady.”
“Pardon me. I mean what name did you say?”