Sowmya informed the team about the discussion with Naveen. She expressed her trust in Naveen. They have agreed to accept the investment. They have managed to convince the VC firm for the changes in investment amount and the offered %.
In 4 days all the investment process is finished and Naveen have transferred the money to the company account.
Even though they would get the required funding from the VC, it is the trust that Naveen had which convinced the team to give preference to him. Naveen also said that he would like to continue to contribute to the company in what ever way he can. So instead of a sleeping partner, he would contribute his IT skills in what ever way required. Officially Naveen can not work in this company due to employee agreement in his current company. So he told that he will come for one to two hours every day after office.
Company decided to hire another 5 including CAD Designer, Electronics engineer, Chemical engineer, Biologist and one office administrator.
While all this is going on Naveen wanted to know why Sowmya did not say anything when he told about his interest in her. Also Sowmya wanted to talk to Rahul and ask more about what he means by Love. She also wanted to know from Naveen what actually he is expecting from her. Rahul is waiting for Sowmya’s reply.
During office hours they do not have time for any of these. In non office hours they did communicate in chats but they are afraid to bring this topic during this busy time.
After 5 days finally Rahul decided to ask. He sent her message after dinner one night.
Rahul: Hey, have you thought anything me?
Sowmya: Doing that only now. 🙂
Rahul: Oh great. Decided anything?
Sowmya: I don’t know what to decide also. I think I have some questions.
Rahul: Ok, ask.
Sowmya: Not now. And not in chat. Lets talk over lunch tomorrow.
Rahul: Not in lunch, Dinner?
Sowmya: So a date?
Rahul: Yes, a date.
Sowmya: Ok fine. Good Night
Rahul: Thanks and Good Night
Next day Rahul picked up Sowmya for dinner even though she said she could come herself. They went to a beautiful restaurant which is little far from their place.
Sowmya: So, we are on a date.
Rahul: Yes, we are.
Sowmya: You have been on dates before?
Rahul: No, This is my first formal one. You?
Sowmya: No, none.
Rahul: Normally, people talk about their likes, dislikes, habits, family and all other things. I think we fairly know about each other.
Sowmya: Yup, but I think there will still be some things we may not know.
Sowmya: Why not we start with what we think we know and see if that still is correct?
Rahul: Good idea, ladies first.
Sowmya: Okey. Your father is a bank manager. Mother is a house wife. Your home is in Delhi. You studied your +2 in Delhi. You have one elder bother, and he is working in Bangalore.
Rahul: Ya, right, go on.
Sowmya: You are staying along with your friends here. Before our project you were working as a programmer.
Sowmya: You are friendly with every one. You like traveling. You used to have couple of girl friends before if my sources are right.
Rahul: Not really girlfriends, but kind of.
Sowmya: You are a very caring and joyful person.
Sowyma: Thats it, now your turn.
Rahul: Ok, You are from Lucknow, your father is a business man. You are the only daughter in the family. You are staying here with your mother.
Rahul: You are very intelligent, and very hard working person.
Rahul: You are a bit reserved type.
Sowmya: What does that mean?
Rahul: It means little closed than average women that I have seen.
Sowmya: ok, go on
Rahul: You try to be like normal girls, but you are not normal. Your thoughts and actions always says you want to do something else.
Sowmya: Wow, no one ever said that before
Rahul: Am I right?
Sowmya: May be
Rahul: And you are very beautiful.
Sowyma: hmm, thank you. Anything else?
Rahul: lot of stuff, I know you like chicken Biryani, specially Hyderabadi Biryani. Your favorite color is Black. Your favorite number is 3. You go to temple every Sunday.
[Sowmya was wearing a black dress. Now she knows that Rahul knows why she wore that dress today]
Sowmya: Who told you all that?
Rahul: No one, I am seeing you for more than an year, so I know.
Sowmya: You have good observation skills.
Sowmya: Now, you said you love me.
[Now he is relieved that she still did not forget about it. The conversation upto now was in a way that there is no such proposal, and he thought she would ignore it].
Sowmya: What do you mean by “Love”?
Rahul: I don’t know, the attraction between a man and woman?
Sowmya: So it is attraction?
Rahul: No, no. Not just attraction, It is much more than that. Like wanting to see the other person happy.
Sowmya: So you want to see me happy.
Rahul: Ofcourse, who does not.
Sowmya: So every one loves me than.
Rahul: hmm, I think you are enjoying this game.
Sowmya: 🙂 Yes I am. Also I need to know clearly what you mean.
Rahul: Don’t you know what is Love before?
Sowyma: I know, but I need to know what you mean by it.
Rahul: If I had known you would ask me in this way, may be I would have prepared myself. When I said I love you, I mean I want you in my life. I want you to be my life partner.
Rahul: Did you ask same question to every one who proposed to you?
Sowmya: No, at that time I never cared about it. I was putting my mind in studies, and after college on job.
Rahul: So what is my number?
Sowmya: May be 15, but not sure.
Rahul: wow, that many people. I thought you might have got a lot, but did not think that number will be that much big.
Sowmya: I know many girls who got much more.
Rahul: I know, considering your intelligence I thought not many people would dare to propose you.
Sowmya: So that that mean I am more intelligent than you?
Rahul: Sure you are.
Sowmya: Thank you, but I don’t think so. And I never thought people will think about intelligence before even proposing.
Rahul: They may not, but they will be afraid of it.
Sowmya: So you are not?
Rahul: With you, no I am not. I like you more because of it.
Rahul: So what is your opinion on me?
Sowmya: You are a great person Rahul. I like you. Like every one, I like to be around you. Because you make every one around happy.
Rahul: Thats it? like every one?
Sowmya: I need some more time. I know I like you. But there is something else, I still need some more clarity.
Rahul: Okey, thank you, that is more than enough for now.
Sowmya: Thank you for understanding.
Rahul: No no, thank you
They finished the dinner, and Rahul dropped her at home. Sowmya thought “Every thing is perfect with Rahul, he takes care of every thing. From reservation to pick up and dropping back. His dress and style, the way he opens the car doors for her, the way invites her by holding the chair for her, everything. He is really good and romantic.”
Sowmya: Thank you for the dinner. I had a good time.
She moved her hand for a handshake. Rahul took her hand with his both hands. She hesitated a bit, but she knows that she would like it. His hands are warm, it gave a pleasant feeling.
Rahul: Thank you for coming,
Sowmya: Good night
Rahul: Good night
It is not first time to see each other in eyes, but some how this felt different.
She went in to the house and started changing dress for sleeping. It was already 10:30PM. She removed her phone from the purse and kept it on the table. It is blinking, seems like a message notification.
After changing dress, she saw the message. It is from Naveen, he sent around 9PM. “Hi”. That is it, nothing else.
She thought better not to reply now. So she prepared herself for sleep. Her thoughts are around the definition of Love. What is its meaning, all these years she thought she knows what it means. Saw so many movies on it. So many boys proposed to her. But now she is clue less, what does it mean?
While lying on the bed, she immediately opened the phone and replied to Naveen, “What is love?”. Last online time of Naveen is 9:30, he might be sleeping now she thought. But why to send message to him? Why not ask Srinivas or Ramesh?
If he asks why I am asking, what to tell? shit, there is no way to delete the message now, even if I delete, message is already sent. She can do nothing now except prepare for what Naveen is going to ask or say. She does not want to tell about Rahul. Not that she wants to hide anything. She prepared some alternate story to tell Naveen if he asks why she asked about love. Now she can do nothing except going into sleep.