The Day The State Split Asunder - 27
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Karthik returned to his room after the discussion with the priest. He sat on his bed, opened the laptop and began watching movies on YouTube.
Slowly, noon has arrived. He took his lunch along with his roommates and later went to sleep.
At around 03:30 PM, he received a call from Adarsh. He woke up and answered the call.
Adarsh: Hello! Where are you, buddy?
Karthik: I am in the room.
Adarsh: Can you come to my room?
Karthik disconnected the call, got into the washroom, washed his face with the cold water and went to Adarsh's room.
"Adarsh! How did the meeting go?" asked Karthik, sitting on the bed beside him.
Adarsh circled his arms around his shoulder, and with an affable smile on his face, he said - "Karthik, You are the second person to be informed about this. My dream has got its wings. My business will soon take off!"
"Woohoo! This is good news and congratulations, at last, you made it!" Karthik said, embracing him with a warm hug. "I can't say how happy I am! But who is the first person you have informed, before me?"
"Guess it!" said Adarsh, shooting a puzzle at him.
"No idea, I don't know anyone from your circle," Karthik said.
"Didn't uncle tell you about Roshni?" Adarsh said.
"Roshni! Who is this new person?" Karthik asked, baffled with the sudden mention of the name."He didn't tell me anything about her."
"It's okay! After breaking up with Aarti, uncle advised me to alter my complete style of living. His words impacted me a lot. I decided to invest much upon myself. In that process, I joined toastmasters club. Roshni and I met at one of the meetings. She was impressed with my speech about suicide. After the meeting, she walked towards me and appreciated my speech. Two more meetings passed, and we hit it off. We used to meet and discuss after every meeting, exchanged each other's interests, tastes and preferences. To my surprise, we had a lot of things in common. One fine day, she proposed to me. I told her about my past breakup. But still, she accepted me," Adarsh described with extreme contentment.
"Roshni is lucky to have a person like you. But you didn't tell me anytime about her before?"
"Buddy! I didn't get the chance and the circumstance to confess," replied Adarsh. "I didn't share my personal story with anyone, except you. And I got one more good news"
"You're giving a lot of surprises today. Tell me what is the next one?" Karthik was rubbing his palms with excitement.
"The investor Vani Reddy whom I met today, is from Hyderabad. She gave me a cheque of fifty lakhs in advance and also along with the financial support she even helped me to solve the infrastructure challenge. We will be setting up our company in Hyderabad. You can stay with your family. It's time to say bye to Bangalore."
"Does it mean you are giving me a job at your company?"
"What kind of question is that? You're my best friend."
"Arnold! I am really lucky to have you as my bestie..."
"Push those things aside! Email your resignation today. Go to Hyderabad and spend time with your family. We still have a month to initiate the process."
"Adarsh, it's been only four months since I have joined. If I submit my resignation, will it be good?"
"Karthik, remember one thing, In case if you have met with an accident and got admitted in the hospital right now, neither the company nor the client will come to look after you. Only your family will. Don't take the family for granted. Had you been in my position, you would understand the importance of it. If you are worried about money, don't bother, I will pay you a six months salary in advance."
"It's not about money-"
"No! It is my duty," Adarsh interrupted him. "You will be working for my company, and it is my responsibility to provide all the expenditures for the learning."
"Matter is over! You're going to Hyderabad that's it!" Adarsh slammed hard on his thighs."It's over!"
"Nobody can win an argument with you! but before going to Hyderabad you have to introduce me to Roshni."
"I am sorry Karthik, she went to Chennai for an official visit. Don't worry, she will be coming to Hyderabad soon. You can see her there, and forgot to ask you, how did the discussion with the temple uncle?"
"It was good. I think he is an astrologer also. He told me that Andhra and Telangana will be separated."
"Buddy! What is this Andhra and Telangana dispute all about?"
"Even I don't know! But what I feel is that in case if they are planning to bifurcate the state into two, I demand equal justice to both the regions. If the central government decides to give away Hyderabad then it's a clear injustice. Even though Hyderabad is geographically located in Telangana, Andhra people developed intense love over it, and they too have equal rights over Hyderabad just as Telangana people claim. Tell me one thing, if a mother has adopted a kid and raised him for many years. Afterwards, if the biological parents come and take away the kid, what will happen to that mother, who raised the kid as her own?"
"I agree with whatever you have said. But, to tell you the truth, the courts will favour only the biological parents. Of course, one man's adversity should not become someone's prosperity. Justice should be dispensed equally to both the regions."
"But uncle told me that Andhra Pradesh will be betrayed in the bifurcation. I think it won't happen?"
"Did he say that?"
"Yes, he said."
"If he said, then it will happen," Adarsh was bold in his assertion.
"But it is so bad!"
"If it's bound to happen it will happen. We can't predict the future. Let's hope that everything goes on smoothly."
"Hope so! And what about the party? You have become the CEO, and, when you and Roshni will get married?"
"It is all dependent upon time. There's nothing in my hand. Tell me, when are you planning to go to Hyderabad?"
"Maybe in a month. I need to submit my resignation and need to serve the notice period for thirty days."
"If you negotiate they will release you soon."
"I will try," Karthik said, and suddenly in a low, fumbling tone, he said, "Adarsh, have you ever felt bad about Aarti?"
"Never! Indeed it was a blessing in disguise for having met her. I believe that if she hadn't left me I wouldn't have met Roshni, and you or maybe I wouldn't get the opportunity to start a company. Failure and tragedy, by design, are an attempt to improve our lives. When I look back and contemplate, I laugh at myself for having thought about the thought of committing suicide for a silly reason. See, Life is all about creating meaning."
"If Aarti comes back to you, what will you do? Will you leave Roshni?"
"Never! I am not going to leave Roshni."
"It's great how you completely forgot about Aarti."
"Who said that I forgot about Aarti?" Adarsh voice flattened off. "My heart is not a computer where you can simply press the combination of control-shift-delete to remove any kind of file."
"It means she remains special in your heart?"
"If you have ever fallen in love, you will learn everything. But I suggest don't fall in love with anyone. You can't handle the pains that I had gone through."
"Arnold! Who will love a person like me? Tell me what I have. I don't have a tall and a good muscular body like you, and I don't earn a six-figure salary. Why will any girl choose me?"
"Who knows? Destiny can make anything happen. Not every girl asks for height, a good salary and a muscular figure. They want someone who takes good care of them."
Karthik fell silent, feeling a bit shy to talk about the topic.
"What's the point of being shy?" he punched on his shoulder. "If you are obsessed with a six-figure salary, don't worry, I will pay you."
"What! Say it again" his eyes widened in excitement.
"Karthik, I will pay you one lakh per month."
Karthik hugged him. "Arnold! I am really lucky to have you as my friend. I can make my parents feel proud. But why will you pay me that much."
"Running a business requires trust and faith, which can be accomplished if I have a friend like you. I already said to you before, trusting you is my decision, making it right is your choice. In these six months of the journey, I was never disappointed with you."
"Arnold, I promise, I will never make you feel regretful about your decision."
"I know you will! Say cheers to our new business," they high-fived each other. "So, why don't you inform your parents that you are soon coming to Hyderabad."
"No! I will surprise them."
"Your wish," said Adarsh.
Karthik nodded in agreement and later they had a heartfelt conversation about each other's worries, dreams and ambitions for the future.
The following day Karthik submitted his resignation and negotiated with the HR to release him as soon as possible to which the HR agreed. He was relieved in a week. His colleagues bid him farewell. Madhu, who joined along with him, presented him with a wristwatch and even invited him to attend her marriage which will follow after two months.
One week later, finally, the day has come for Karthik to say Goodbye to Bangalore. He packed his luggage and vacated the room. Adarsh dropped him at the bus stand on his motorbike. The bus which he needs to board is parked straight in front of him.
"Bye Karthik! Take care," Adarsh said, waving his hand.
"Bye Arnold," Karthik waved back at him.
Karthik got into the bus, placed his luggage in the closet and sat on his seat. Ten minutes later the bus began to move. He plugged in the earphones and began listening to the music. After nine hours of the tiresome journey, the bus entered Hyderabad, and he got down at his destination point. He hailed an auto to his home.
"Mom! Dad!" he shouted, as soon as he stepped into the house.
His mother came running into the hall from the kitchen while his father emerged out from the bedroom.
"Karthik!" his mother exclaimed with extreme happiness, "You have landed all of a sudden! You didn't say you were going to come."
"What Karthik! You came here to surprise us?" inquired his father, looking at his luggage. "I presume you came here for a long vacation or if my intuition is correct, you might have resigned from the job?"
"Mr Duryodhana, I don't know how you predict things easily like that. You are right, I resigned because I got another job here in Hyderabad, that too with a package of twelve lakhs per annum."
"Ohoo… that's good!" His father said. "Congratulations! Well done my boy!"
"Thank you, Dad!"
"Very good!" his mother said, "But you became so lean, it looks like you are not eating properly."
"Amma, now that I came home you can make me fat. But for today will you prepare my favourite parathas? Please..." he said, holding her chin. "It's been a long time. I miss your food."
"I will prepare," replied his mother. "But, go and fresh up first."
"My sweet Amma! I love you!" Karthik pulled her cheeks and walked into his room.
To be continued...