Suman and Rishi returned home in high spirits after the Elvis event. The two were singing songs aloud, literally bringing the roof down. The two had downed quite a few pegs. Driving back home would have been a nightmare. Thankfully they had booked a cab back home! Rishi believed in dinking responsibly. They got down a little away from the gate and started walking down towards the house.
One thing led to another and the two had a steamy sex session. Suman had never been with a man like this before. It was her first time. She had always maintained that she would lose herself to only the one man who she would marry. But she hardly knew Rishi; and after her run in with the goons and the kidnapping, it had set her thinking all the more.
She walked out of the room and decided to pour herself a drink. She looked at the collection that Rishi had accumulated over a while and chose Black Dog Quintessential. His collection of glasses and other accessories was always a source of his pride. She chose the best one. She had just finished pouring out one for herself when Rishi called out from behind, “Pour one out for me as well.” “How will you have it? Neat or…” “You know fairly well I always like my Scotch neat, no water.” “Yeah of course. But I still wonder if I know you at all” Along silence ensued.
Suman continued, “You know, I always wanted to lose my virginity to the man I would choose to marry. Till the last week, I thought I knew you really well. But now, now I have serious doubts.” “What do you want to know?” “Everything.””Would you be able to digest it?””I want to get married to you. If I have to decide, I need to know all about you! In fact I am not even sure if your real name is Rishi.” Suman screamed.
Rishi started off right from the part when he worked as a software engineer, how he was laid off, how he met Sunny and how Sunny offered him his first case. Suman was not convinced. She felt Rishi was making it all up. He was faking it. Rishi took her to his secret chamber under his bar. Here he showed her all his collection of guns, and all his certificates. They looked authentic. Suman and Rishi came back into the living room.
Suman looked pensive. Rishi was now getting worried. He did not know what was going on in her mind. He prodded her. Suman did not answer. Rishi went back to his room and came back with a box in his hand. He bent down on his knees and “Suman, will you marry me?”

While sleep was elusive and Rishi was savouring his Black Dog, he kept wondering how he would progress further in his love life with Suman. Neither had professed love, nor had they denied it. But it was too early to say anything. Neither knew each any better than a coin knowing its flipside. With this he started tossing a coin. He was never a believer of chance. He always liked to have his way. What if she loved somebody else? What if he popped the question too early? What if he delayed it too much? Ugh…
His mind drifted back to the days when he was working as a software engineer. He had fallen madly, deeply in love with one girl. He had seen her for the first time in a lift. He had barely managed to read her name. He did not even know if she sat in the same building as him. He was lost, without any direction. His friends tried to draw him away from the girl, but then he could not. Finally he saw her again. She was seated in the same floor as him, the very same building, but another wing. He was happy. He finally had a breakthrough.
Few days later, when he was stuck with some code of his, he desperately needed help. He dropped a mail to all the people working on the same technology as him. Late afternoon, he got a reply. It was from the same girl. He was elated. She worked on the same technology as him. He could try and get the friendship closer. But he did not pay him much heed. His colleague on the same project as him decided to move ahead, he wanted a change in the project. Another change in life. Tough part teaching the new person coming into the project. The replacement was a girl. Ok. She wasn’t as great looking as the other girls he knew. Ok. But then came the surprise package. The girl he loved and this new girl were very good friends! They even went out for tea together.
Five months he fielded for her. Five months he went for tea every evening with them. Then came the big day. His company was celebrating 25 years of being in existence. He was high. High on love. He searched for her. He searched everywhere. He searched with his friends. He searched with her friends. Nobody had any clue. He decided to call her up. She did not answer his call. There was a big singer who had been called. She was planning to come over in a limo. He was excited. He was one of the volunteers from the organizing committee.
Finally she answered his call. Her family had comedown from her hometown. She was with them. For the first time he came to know she had a twin, a bother. She did not want to speak to him. He was bursting out of excitement. He could contain himself no longer. He burst out. He told her how much he loved her. She cut the call. She did not pick up his calls after that. He was happy he had told it to her.
Madonna arrived in her limo. There was Black Dog on the house. Public went crazy. He went crazy. At forty plus, she still looked so desirable. She still looked so HOT! His heart skipped several beats. None of them were allowed anywhere near her though. But still… they were happy even looking at her. The evening was a resounding hit. Madge belted songs upon songs. She even sang some of her unreleased numbers. They had all called it Black Dog Easy Evening! He had gone back home happy. Things never worked out between the two is another story. He wanted to make this story work. He wanted this story to work. He wanted someone he could come back home to.

aaj na jaane kaisi yeh rut aayee,
man ka chain uda le gayee!
kal tak jo they khoye khoye se,
aaj hain bade ukhde ukhde se!

man main ye utha mera sawaal,
kya humne khada kiya tha koi bawaal?
is toofaan se gire man main,
jaane kahan kho gaya hai mera chain!

badal se gaye hain hum bhi,
badal se gaye hain wo bhi!
ikraar hamara pasand aaya nahin,
pooche bina chain hume aaya nahin!

kho diya hai ek achcha dost shaayad,
ya pehchaan liya hai zindagi ka koi sach naayaab?
man main uthe sawaal hazaar,
dil main se jawaab aaye na ek na chaar!!

Hopefully my last poem on love. I shall now never commit the mistake of falling in love!!! atleast not until i get married to some one!!

hey hang on a sec!!!!! who is that beautiful one that goes there!! time for me to spin more yarn for some body new now!!!!
till then!! Sayonara!!!

There is only one thing that crosses my mind after all that happened today. Yes I did it!! I finally decided to take the plunge and tell her that I truly love her!! But what worries me the most is that it left both of is numb and stunned!!! She did not expect “ME” to pop the million dollar question obviously and I did not expect her to call me “Crazy”!!!! A plain simple “Nirav, can we talk over this later??” would have done wonders!! Now I am left wondering about what I have in store for me on Monday!! Whatever happens, I will not give up!! I am good looking, I am tall and I am an intelligent romantic!!! She is beautiful!! Telling anything more about her would be as good as insulting she and I don’t want to do that to my love!!
I have my parents in confidence and that is my biggest strength! Though I am aware that they may have had a thousand plans for me, I am also sure that they would accept with open arms the girl that I tell them I love. But here it is not just any girl! It is her, the most beautiful one!!! Even more beautiful than probably the moon itself!!
They say love drives you to the limits. I have experienced that myself!! While last Monday I was at the lowest of my self confidence, today I have all positive energy oozing out of me!! I am now only hoping that this would carry me across tonight and tomorrow!!!

na dekha suraj main usko,
na dekha taaron main usko,
chand si hai meri mehbooba,
chandni main hai dekha usko!!

uske pyaar mein main hua deewaana,
machalta raha, jaise shamma ke pas parwaana,
uske pyaar mein hai mera dil dooba,
jald hi ab uske yeh hai bataana!!!

samajhne ka bahut waqt de diya,
pyaar jataane ki karenge ab kriya,
nahin hone waala koi ajooba,
baat kar ke kahenge ishq ke samundar main tair liya!!

akele, tanha baithe hain hum,
yaad aa rahe hain woh pal!
inme humne mehsoos kiye the gham,
dil main jo macha gaye hulchul!!

hum se izhaar kiya nahin jaata,
beete din humein abhi bhi hain yaad!
raat ko theek so nahin paata,
shayad chain ayega marne ke baad!!

din ke ek ek pal ginte hain,
waqt kat ta nahin!
kyun itna chahte hain unhein
yeh shayad pata unhein bhi nahin!!

kabhi to nazre milayenge,
dil ke armaan poore honge hamare!
tab khushi se hum jagmageinge,
jaise madhu se mast bhanwre!!


tumhari adaon pe lakhon hain deewane,
patate tumhein kahin nikal na jaye zamane!!
khoobsurati ka nayab ajooba ho tum,
ret ki tarah haat se fisal jaati ho tum!!

chanchal machli sa tumhara yeh mann,
na jaane kitno ko de gaya hoga yeh darshan!!
katilana muskaan ho deti,
har ladke ka dil ho machalati!!!

kyun nahin keh pata unse ke mujhe kitna pyaar hai?
jaan se bhi pyaara mujhe woh insaan hai!!
jata jata ke thak gaye,kyun samajhne se unhein inkaar hai??
kabhi baton baaton main unse takraar hona,
meethi si us muskaan ko chupa lena!!
yahi adaein mujhe unka karti hai deewana!!!
samjha kar bhi dil kyun nahin samajh pata?