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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ward no. 2106 - SERIES 06

Disclaimer - The story is a work of fiction. The names of characters and places are imaginary. So are the incidents described.

The story till now: James is extremely worried about Kanika. He remembers how she has reacted to situations in the past and breaks down. Parvati aaji comes near him to console him.

The hustle and the bustle of the street had begun to increase as the evening set in. But then, There were two people in the ward who were cut off from the world - Parvati Aaji and James. James sat besides Parvati Aaji as he sobbed away and narrated the story of Kanika. A rich girl with ambitions, who went on displacing people from her life. Only to turn lonely.

He had met Kanika at a party a few years ago. She looked like a crazy girl then. She loved bikes, she loved speed. She loved adventure sports. And that's what clicked James. James and Kanika got along like a house on fire - they became best of friends. That's when Kanika told James how lonely she was.

Kanika was consumed with hatred for her parents. It was a generation gap that had grown over time and was as wide as generations. Kanika, as a child, was pampered to hell. Later, the parents tried to calm her down. But Kanika wouldn't understand.

Every time they scolded her, Kanika thought they did not like her. That was because of a secret that was disclosed to her at the age of ten - she was an adopted child. As a teen, Kanika always felt distanced from her parents. It was like an island in the house - an island where Kanika lived alone. This existence of loneliness changed into indifference to people. Everyone. And an incompleteness from within.

James had always seen this incompleteness in her eyes. James could not forget how it would make it presence felt in the star-gazing nights, the movies together, the sweet nothings whispered in the ear.

James broke down again. Parvati Aaji patted him on the back, "James, you have to be strong now. You have to take care of her. Don't worry, she'll be fine. I will pray for her." James looked at Parvati Aaji and said, "By the way, I even asked the officials here for a private room. They say all of them are full currently and she would have to be here for another week atleast. If she finds out she was here and not at a private room, she will go mad at me!!"

Parvati Aaji smiled and said, "She will not be mad at you. It'll all be fine." And Parvati Aaji was consoling James for the next hour. How was she related to him? She wasn't. Why did she feel connected to this story he was narrating? She did not know. The two were connected by a thread stronger than any relationship in the world - humanity.

That night, Kanika gained consciousness. As she opened her eyes, she looked at the ceiling. Her dark circles and the empty eyes were a pitiful sight. Kanika looked like a warrior defeated by life as she looked at the ceiling with a blank gaze. There was a time when this beautiful princess was surrounded by people. And as fate would have had it, today she had only one person who loved her dearly. That person kissed her on the forehead as he saw her opening her eyes. Dr. Umesh was called.

"Glad to see you awake, Miss. Kanika", that was Dr. Umesh at his charming best, "Let me call the specialists who would want to see you."

"What am I doing here?", Kanika mumbled.

"Miss. Kanika, you met with an....", Dr. Umesh tried to explain, the smile on his face was intact. James interfered, "Kani, you met with an accident..." and narrated the entire story to her. Throughout this period, Kanika's eyes were spinning - looking around.

Parvati aaji approached their bed, "Kanika bete, I am Parvati Damle. You can call me Aaji. James told me about the two of you. He is a really sweet guy I must say..."

Kanika glared at her, "Mind your own business!" And there were few seconds of awkwardness. Parvati aaji went back to her bed, James was feeling really awkward. Dr. Umesh excused himself from the room.

For the next ten minutes, the room was silent. James looked at Parvati aaji again and again - the lady who was consoling him and hearing him out some time back, was now sleeping in her bed.

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