It is one of the best mornings of her life. That is why she is up by 7AM and already on the way to temple. Lots of calls all night and early morning too. Mainly friends and colleagues.
While on the way, she turned ON the mobile Net to check her Facebook account.
Rahul has shared the story from Start Up India Event on the Facebook already. Hundreds of likes and comments. She felt very happy for everything.
She thought, “Now it is time to resign from the job, and start building the company. All the discussions about the investment and the process will take a month or so. That will give sufficient time for the notice period at current position. ”
Among all the FB, WhatsApp and other notifications, there is on that caught her eye.
Email from ‘Naveen C’ with subject “Congratulations”. She opened it.
This is Naveen. We met on train. Congratulations on getting funding for your startup.
More than the funding, I am very impressed with the idea and the innovation.
Have a good day
She starts thinking… “How did he get to know about it? May be from internet. He already knows my name. That is enough to get this information. But he must be searching for it particularly.
Why will he be searching specifically, may be same reason why I checked mobile 20 times for his email yesterday. He didn’t answer the question if he is married or not. What if he is married. Why I did wait for his mail?”
Her thoughts are interrupted by call from Rahul.
“Hey, We have a meeting at 11AM today in Taj Hotel. You will come directly? or I need to pick you up?”
“Do I have to come? Why don’t you and Ramesh go? I am not much interested in all the financial details etc.”
“We all will be there. You have to come as you are the major share holder.”
“hmm, ok will come.”
It was Ramesh’s idea. Even though all 4 thought to be equal partners, he said it is better to have different share holding so that there is no problem in voting in future. She is the brain of the project along with Srinivas. So they divided the share in unequal numbers Sowmya 28%, Srinivas 26%, Ramesh 24%, Rahul 22%.
“But still there is a problem.” Said Sowmya. “What if Me and Rahul agree on something for which you both don’t agree?”
“Then, add 1% from mine to Sowmya” said Srinivas. “anyway she is doing more than 30% of work here.”
Sowmya was never interested about money or share. All she cares about is work and how it can help people. She needs a challenge and this is the best challenge she got till now.
Finally they agreed on, Sowmya 29%, Srinivas 25%, Ramesh 24%, Rahul 22%.
Now that is the reason she has to go to the meeting.
Investors said that company registration is the first task. After that only actual investment will take place.
Rahul is happy now. Till now his major contribution was to provide the materials to the research lab. Now he got some real work that can keep him busy.
[10 days later]
“Naveen come fast” called his friend.
Naveen turned his head towards his friend.. He realized he has to go. He normally does not go to big movie halls. But for Interstellar like movies he has to make an exception. While walking towards the entrance, he felt as if he has to have one last glance at the beautiful thing he was watching 1 sec ago.
He turned his head back and saw her. Yes that is the same dress she wore in the startup event. He can easily recognize her. Her face is not something anyone would forget easily. But he can now see that she is looking right at him. Till now she was talking to some group of people. He felt embarrassed to find her catch him looking at her. He can recognize slight change in the way she saw, and he realized that she recognized him. He turned and rushed towards the entrance.
Even though the thought of her has occupied his back of mind, the movie took the central role. It was good. These are the movies worth paying the extra amount to watch in big screens.
By the end of the movie, his mind has taken over by the movie. He was thinking, what are the scientific possibilities of the climax. How did he come out of black-hole? etc. Even though he knows that he is not that good with physics, he felt as if he is the physics scientist who has to question the details of the movie. Are they really accurate according to the current science?
His thoughts were interrupted by a female voice.
It is her. He thought she will ignore him. But seems like she didn’t.
“Hey, How are you?”
“I am good. How are you?”
“I am good. How is the movie?” He knows that he does not want to talk about the movie.
“Good. You have seen me before the movie right? Why you did not talk?”
With half smile and half despair feeling he said. “I didn’t get the reply to email, so I thought you would prefer not to talk.”
“Hey, sorry ya, I was really busy with the company and funding, I thought I would reply later, but forgot.”
“It’s ok.” Even though he appeared normal, his heart is beating very fast. He felt happy because she did not ignore him.
“Sowmya, are you coming?” Her friends called her.
“I am really sorry. I have to go. If you are free tomorrow we can meet in Coffee day in Banjara Hills?”
“hm… ya ok sure, what time?”
She raced back to her group.
Naveen can notice the questioning and sarcastic expression in his friend’s face.
“I met her on the train, some days back.”
“And you mailed her, and now you are going for coffee with her. wow, I don’t know you could do these things.”.
“I even don’t know till now.” smiled Naveen.
He never went into a Coffee Day before. There are no customers. He reached there at 10:45, he does not want to be late.
He managed to get courage to go inside and sit there.
He never felt this much nervous before. He managed so many big projects with big international clients. He has almost 20 people team working under him. 8 of the 20 are in his team are girls. He had lunches with them before. But this is different.
He brought a book from the backpack and started reading.
Waiter came to ask for the order.
“I am waiting for some one” he said hoping that would make him escape.
“Sure, sir” he left.
Minutes are going like hours. He never waited for some girl before. Will she come? Why did she even ask him to come? She almost knows nothing about him. And he know that he is not that handsome to impress a girl with just his looks.
Pages are not at all moving. He read 50 pages in 1hr yesterday, now for 20min 1 page is also not finished.
It is almost 11:10AM. One by one 3 out of 5 tables are occupied.
He thought the waiter would come and ask again. He prepared himself with the answer if that happens.
But he never came, “may be that is how these rich places work” he thought.
At around 11:20AM she came. She is in a saree now. That is something he didn’t expect at all.