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Episode 13: Keychain

July 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Next day evening Naveen went to the Sowmya’s office.

Rahul is busy in some work on his laptop. He could not find Sowmya in the office. He knocked the door and went into Rahul’s room.

Naveen asked if there is any work for him. After discussions it was decided that Naveen should help in creating a portal to capture all the data collected from all the testing devices, and they are securely stored in the server for future retrieval and analysis.

Encryption and Data analytics is little new to Naveen but building cloud applications for large data is some thing he has done many times. So he decided that he will collect all the requirements first and will create the architecture. Based on the architecture they will decide if they have to outsource it or build it them self.

He collected some required data from Rahul. But more details about the readings and the amount of the data Sowmya has to tell.

Naveen: Where is she?
Rahul: She went out. Some of her friends came from collage.
Naveen: Oh ok, so how is the production plan going.
Rahul: Most of the components and circuit boards all being manufactured in China. We are gong through testing of some test boards we god yesterday. May be in a month or so we may finalize first version.
Naveen: So the assembly will be done here.
Rahul: Yes, that is the plan. We plan to outsource that part of work also to a local company. I am going through some companies. We need to finalize the agreement before we start the production. For casing we are using a 3D printer for now.
Naveen: Oh, great. Never used 3D printer before. I read a lot about all the changes in and various new 3D printers. Wanted to do something with them, but never know anything what to do.
Rahul: Oh, it is in Sowmya’s room. Check it out if you want to.
Naveen: Sure.
Naveen went into Sowmya’s room. He found the 3D printer on the corner.

He checked the 3D printer, and found the website of that company. He downloaded the software and the tutorial manual. It is almost 7:30PM, he wanted to see Sowmya before going. So decided to print something while waiting for her.

He wanted to print a key chain with the company name. He quickly made the 3D model using the software. And pressed print.

While it was printing, he want to the rest room. When he came back, Sowmya was checking his laptop which is connected to the printer. Some how

Sowmya: Oh, it is you. I was just checked who is printing in my room.
Naveen: Sorry, Just trying out my first 3D printing.
Sowmya: No sorry needed. It is your company too now. You have all the rights to do what ever you want. What are you printing?
Naveen: Check it out, a key chain for my bike key. How is it?
[Printing is almost finished.]
Sowmya: Wow, that is nice. Have you done it before?
[She liked the fact that he wanted to print the company name instead of his name etc.]
Naveen: No, this is first time.
Sowmya: Hey, Key chain you will take it to your office. Don’t you think it will be a problem if some one sees?
Naveen: No one will care what key chain some one is using. You know big offices right, it is no one’s responsibility to see such small stuff.
Sowmya: Ya, right.

Naveen informed about the portal discussion and that he is waiting for her to discuss the data structure and related details. Sowmya explained the product and what kind of data it generates and at what frequency. They also discussed on how this data will be pushed to the cloud. They wanted to connect the device to a mobile phone and an App in the phone should extract the data from upload to the server.

Naveen did not want to talk about the mails or messages that are exchanged yesterday unless she brings up the topic. She also thought the same. But both of them wanted the other person to talk about it first.

It was almost 8PM so Naveen decided to leave. Already every one left the office by that time, only Rahul, Sowmya and Neveen were there. So they all decided to close for the day.

Rahul noticed Sowmya while she is looking at Naveen. [Naveen started the bike and zoomed off. She could see the key chain that he printed.]

Sowmya was lost in her thoughts, but still looking at the direction that Naveen went. It is almost impossible to talk in office. And she always get more questions than answers when she talks to Naveen in messages/mails. And just 2 days back she went out on date with Rahul. How and when to talk to Naveen?

Rahul: What happened? anything wrong?
Sowmya: oh, no nothing. Lets go.

He wished that she is right. But he knew, something is there.

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Episode 12: What is love?

February 27th, 2016 Comments off

“What is love?” message sent by Sowmya. Naveen saw it in the morning.

He thought “Why she is asking me about it? Did I expressed that I love her and forgot?  ”

Nope, he remembers that he only told that he is interested in her. Did not use the love word. So most probably she is asking for some different reason. Anyway it is better to think through and reply. So he decided to reply later that day.

Even though he have that definition from long back, he wanted to make sure that he still sticks with the same definition. It is the definition he came up with when he used to have his previous girl friend.

Other side Sowmya saw in Whatsapp that Naveen have seen the message. So she was preparing what to tell if he asks why she is asking that question. She checked the phone around 10 times during the day to see if he sent any reply.

That day before leaving from office Naveen sent the reply.

Naveen: 🙂 in my view love is an expression we use where ‘like’ is not enough. In cases where there is too much like. For example I love Biryani.

Sowmya: I too love Biryani, but I am talking about love between people.

Naveen: According to my view, both are same.

Sowmya did not understand how to respond to it. This is not the answer she was expecting.

Naveen’s definition seems to explain all the uses of word love she can think of. But still some thing is missing. She wants it to mean much more.

She assumed that Naveen will ask “why?, what? etc” questions. But as he did not it made her feel comfortable. She does not have to worry about explaining all details and worry about what to hide and what not.

Sowmya: What about love they show in movies, where hero does anything for heroine?

Naveen: 🙂 They are movies. In reality there will be always boundaries to every thing. I can tell you more, but I doubt if you would like it.

Sowmya: Please do tell, I want to know your complete view.

Naveen: I am leaving from office now. Will reply to it in detail after going home.

Sowmya: Nothing urgent, take your time.

Later that day Naveen sent a mail to her.

Hi Sowmya,

The definition of love for me is as I explained. Love = “more more like”

Now coming to examples shown in movies etc, I think they are just mistaken some other feeling with love. I would try to explain with couple of cases.

Case 1) Love at first sight

Hero sees Heroine and falls in love with her. It may be in both direction or in one way. Anyway that love is desire. I am not saying that desire is wrong.It is a desire to be with other person. Wanting that other person to be in your life. Ofcourse here love means too many desires bundled together, but they are still desires.

I would argue this is same as what anyone would feel after seeing a Heroine or Hero. Only difference is the accessibility. If some one thinks he or she can have real Hero or Heroine as their boy friend and girl friends, then they will call it love. But just because accessibility is changed, feeling does not change. It is still same. but the intensity will be low, and we will automatically look for options where there is more probability of success.

That means if you know for sure that some one will never love(desire) you back, then we would not feel the same.

Case 2) Doing anything for the love

In my theory anything we do in this world, we do for our self. It may be donating money to charity, or doing something for our girl friend/boy friend, or even sacrificing something for some one.

Every thing we do because that gives us happiness. Some times that happiness is external, and some times that is internal. We donate money because we think they will remember us, or we think we are helping them. So in both ways it makes us happy. So we do it. Sacrificing is also same, we do it because our inner happiness is more important than external one.

So based on this theory, everything done in the name of love is also sailfish act. I am not saying selfish acts are bad. They are good. Every act is selfish actually. Only thing is some are more than other, and it differs from the point of view.

Take for example Hero saved his hard earned money to take heroine to her dream place(some beach, or different country etc). They project him as a very romantic and caring person. But if you ask me, most probably that guy or girl is ignorant or stupid. Why? Because if say you can save say 10k for one  month and buy 1hr or one day of dream tour to your loved ones, how many other lives in this wold we could have changed with that money? What if our guy or girl already knows all those possibilities and decided to spent on this dream tour? Would you still consider him/her as romantic and caring person? Obviously not.

I am not saying it is bad to spend on what makes you happy. It is a luxury that only ignorant people can have. Those who know what else they can do with the money or resources, for them it is the matter of priorities.

Case 3) Loving only one person for whole life

Once you go through both cases above, it already makes this one silly. May be the definition here contains set of desires that can only be fulfilled by one person, or the desire to stick with one person is also part of those desires. In anyway it is matter of what kind of definition one would give to the love. What ever the definition is, we can simply argue that they are set of desires/wants here.

People used to say, there is only one right person. If we know little maths, we can easily prove it is wrong. It is just some probability of finding the person you want. We have obviously not tested every other person in this world for the role of girl friend or boy friend. As so many people are finding their true love(in their words) based on probability there will be 10000’s more potential matches waiting for you. Also based on our set of filters that probability increases and decreases. But still there will be many more. So just one person for you is silly. We say it just to make it look romantic. We all know that it is false.

You put any two opposite sex people in a room for couple of days, I believe that they falling in love is more than 30% with in 3 days. (provided they have not had that experience with anyone before).

Based on this, we can conclude that “loving only one” is just the another wish we want to fulfill for our own interest.

This mail became much longer than I thought. But I hope it gave you some useful ways to think about Love.

Thanks

Naveen

Again Sowmya did not expect such a mail. It is more open. Even though the ideas expressed are much different than what she had imagined till now, she liked his open expression. In a way Naveen removed all the romantic feelings from the word love, and reduced it to the bare minimum.

She thought she needs time to sink in all these views.

Sowmya:Thanks for the mail

Naveen: Welcome

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Episode 11: First Date

February 21st, 2016 Comments off

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.

Rahul: Sure.

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.

Rahul: right

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.

Rahul: 🙂

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.

Sowmya: Right

Rahul: You are very intelligent, and very hard working person.

Sowmya: Thanks

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.

Rahul: Thanks.

Sowmya: Now, you said you love me.

Rahul: Right

[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.

Sowmya: ok

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.

Sowmya: Okey

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: 🙂

Rahul: What?

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.

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Episode 10: Clarity 2

January 10th, 2016 Comments off

By the time Naveen reached the Coffee shop it is already 6:05PM. He got delayed in traffic even though he started early. But he did not expect Sowmya to be waiting there for him. He expected her to come late, that is what he thought all girls do, based on his experience.

She is waiting for him. She is eager to findout why Naveen wants to invest really. The girly part of her wants to know if some one can make such a decision just for her. But if that is the case, she has decided to reject the offer.

Naveen: Hi, sorry I was late. Got struck in traffic.

Sowmya: It’s okey. Even I just came.

Naveen: ok.

[He did not get words to talk, he knows it is about the investment. But he did not expect her to make any decision that fast. He is mentally prepared to accept the rejection.]

Naveen: So, decided anything on my offer?

Sowmya: We have discussed with the team today. We needed some clarity before we proceed.

Naveen: Sure, tell me, what kind of clarity.

Sowmya: Why you want to invest with us.

[She could not find words to ask if it is for her.]

Naveen: I told you na, I have read about your company, and I believe in the idea. I think it will be good use for the money.

Sowmya: Ya, you told me that. But..

[She felt really awkward to have to ask this. Naveen noticed that she is hesitating to ask something.]

Naveen: It’s Ok, you can ask anything.

Sowmya: Is it because of me?

Naveen: What? Sorry I did not get you.

[Shit… Now she is really embarrassed. She barely could ask that question, now she has to repeat again]

Sowmya: I mean, are you investing because you are interested in me?

[Naveen understood the reason why she is feeling uneasy to ask. Even though he did not expect this question, he is clear on what to answer. But he could not stop smile from his face.]

Naveen: hmm.. To be frank, it is true that I checked about you and your company because of you. But once I read about your company and the product, I was really impressed. Before this I never checked to invest in other companies. Never even tried to read about companies or any opportunities in that side.

So in a way it is because of you, and no it is not just because of you.

[He really felt happy to having this opportunity to express his interest in her.]

[Now, Sowmya is but confused. She got what she wanted. As per the investment part, it is clear. His frankness make his words trust worthy.  But what about interest in her? How to react to it?]

Sowmya: So you are interested in me?

Naveen: I am sorry, that I had to tell in this way. Yes, I am. But that is nothing to do with the investment.

Sowmya: What exactly you mean by you are interested?

Naveen: Actually, you are the one who used that word. So you might have some idea right?

[He is enjoying this conversation]

Sowmya: hmm.. No no, you tell me. What do you mean? Are you in love with me?

Naveen: No no. Love is a very big word. I don’t think we know enough about each other to even talk about it. I think it is a long way to go for that. Except your education and your company, I don’t know much about you. Once we know what our interests and thoughts are, we may and may not like.

[Again, it is Sowmya’s turn to feel awkward again. Not even a single person except Rahul who expressed love to her know anything about her. Most of them did not talk to her before expressing love. She her self have not given much thought to it.]

Sowmya: Ok, fine.Thanks for the clarifying. I will tell the team about it. As of now for the current valuation you will get 5% for your investment. That means it is valued at 10cr now. Are you okey with it?

Naveen: Oh okey. How much you are raising from the investors? And is it also at same valuation?

Sowmya: We have thought of taking 2.5cr for 25%. But now we may reduce it to 20% if we accept yours. Yes, we may not be able to offer any better offer as the investors will agree if it is anything different.

Naveen: Ya, then it is okey.

Sowmya: It may take couple of days to discuss this with the investors and make them agree to it.

Naveen: Sure no problem.

Sowmya: Okey then, will inform you. Shell we go?

Naveen: Sure.

[Sowmya and Naveen left from coffee shop. Just that day morning Rahul expressed his love. Now Naveen is telling that he is interested. Even though he is clear on it, Sowmya is still confused. What is love then? Does Rahul really know what her interests and thoughts are? They never talked personally except today morning. There is lot to think about. It is the time to really think about Love.]

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Episode 9: Clarity

December 25th, 2015 Comments off

Morning 10:10AM. Rahul asked Ramesh and Srinivas to come to Sowmya’s room. He told we have some interesting thing to discuss about.

They all come into the room.

Srinivas: So whats the interesting thing?

Rahul: Sowmya, do you want to tell or I should?

Sowmya seemed lost in thoughts. Rahul knows what it is about. That morning Rahul called Sowmya. He asked her to come early to office to discuss some personal issue.


 

Sowmya: So what is it Rahul?

Rahul: I am going to tell you something. And I hope it does not cause any problem for the office.

Sowmya: First tell what it is.

Rahul: I think I am in Love with you.

He took out a Red Rose from his back pack and presented her. That is not the first time some one gave her roses or expressing love. Since collage days, so many proposed their love. She was never interested in any of them.

She always thought some one special will be there for her. Never spent much time on thinking who that might be or what actually she needs from that person. Before starting this company, she had no opinion of Rahul.

After starting the company with these 3 people she got to know him. Rahul makes every one laugh. People will be happy around him for most of the time. He has intense emotions and will do almost anything for friends.

And since the demo event, she has noticed the special care for her. As they are working together she thought he may not actually show interest in her. So she tried to behave as usual in all those cases.

Now it is clear. he told her.

Sowmya: Hmm. Since when?

Rahul: I don’t know. May be since we met, or now or some where in middle. I don’t know.

Sowmya: I don’t know what to tell.

Rahul: No need to tell anything now. I wanted to tell so I told. Think about it, we will talk later.

Sowmya: Do Ramesh and Srinivas know about it?

Rahul: I haven’t told anything myself. But I think they are aware that I have feelings for you.

Sowmya: Hmm. I don’t know if this is good for the company.

Rahul: I know. That is why I did hesitate to tell till now. Initially I did not have confidence to ask you. I thought I am not good enough for you. But after the event, now I think I am ready. Now I am CEO of a company that is going to do some great things right. That gave me confidence.

Sowmya: But what exactly made you tell today?

Rahul: To be frank it is Naveen. I don’t know what is there between you two. After I saw him yesterday, I thought I should not take risk.

Sowmya: I just met him 3 times. Once on a train. There is nothing between us.

Rahul: Its ok. I am not saying anything on that. I don’t have to know. Take your time, and tell me anything later.

Sowmya: ok.


 

Sowmya: hmm, you tell.

[She hoped that Rahul will tell only about Naveen’s investment proposal and not about his love proposal]

Rahul: okey. One of Sowmya’s friend came yesterday. His name is Naveen. He wants to invest in our company.

Ramesh: Our investment round is almost over na. Do we need more investment now?

Sowmya: Yes, that is what I told him. But said will discuss with you and tell.

Srinivas: But how do you know him, is he a big investor? What does he do.

Sowmya: Actually no. He is not an investor in the sense we talk about them. He is just a regular IT employee. He has his personal savings for 50 lakhs. That he wanted to invest in our company.

Ramesh: But why in your company? How do you know him?

Sowmya told them the total story with Naveen. She initially thought of keeping it private. She wanted to have it to be her personal experience. It makes her feel happy and smile every time she remembers the train incident. But now she has to tell everything as it is about money and company.

Srinivas: Normally we don’t get investment without business plan, prototype, and so much stuff. And he wants to invest all his life savings without even seeing business plan? Why would any one do that?

Sowmya: I don’t know.

Ramesh: May be he is doing for you. May be he is interested in you.

That made Somya blush. She immediately realized that Rahul is there. He proposed just 30min back. She tried to appear neutral and turned towards Rahul. Rahul is watching her only. He wanted to stay neutral on this Naveen. He don’t want to encourage it, as it may put his proposal at risk, and at same time he don’t want to be the bad guy.

Ramesh has realized his mistake. He knows that Rahul have feelings for Sowmya. But he does not know that he already proposed.

Rahul: What ever may be his real intention, we will not know that. But should we accept or not is the issue here.

Ramesh: Sowmya you tell. Do you want to take his investment? Do you trust him?

Sowmya: Can we accept the investment now? If yes, then yes I want him to be part of this. I trust him.

Based on the way Naveen behaved and the way he talks, the books he needs Sowmya have thought that he has knowledge. He is not average guy for sure. But is he investing because of her? or he is really interested in the company? If he is only investing because of her, then she do not want to take his investment.

Rahul: If you guys agree to take his investment, we have to renegotiate with the ABC Capital and offer them 20% only instead of 25% we agreed. And rest of the 5% we can give to Naveen. But we did not even discuss the valuation or even business plan with him. I have sent him the business plan today morning only.

Sowmya: Let me talk to him again today. I need some clarity. I will tell him our valuation numbers and what we can offer. Then we will decide to talk to ABC Capital tomorrow.

Every one realized what clarity she is referring to.  Later Sowmya sent mail to Naveen “Hi, Can we talk today? Can you come to coffee shop today at 6PM?”

Naveen saw the mail later that day and agreed to meet in evening.

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Episode 8: Investment Part 2

December 20th, 2015 Comments off

The room looked like an electronics lab. There are couple of oscilloscopes, and lot of circuit boards on all tables, wires every where. Couple of prototypes of the device they have built etc. Naveen never imagines Sowmya in a room like this. He knew that she is the major role in the product they are developing, but never fully imagined what it means.

He remembered how he was at the start of the career. He started as a hardware repair technician.  It used to be lot more like this room in those days. Except here it is lot of more high tech and they might be knowing lot more than he does.

He did not touch soldering iron for more than 10+ years. Software looked more easy and more interesting to him than hardware. Once he got job in software he never looked back.

After seeing Sowmya in this room he felt lot more respect for her.

Sowmya is still working on her system. She is wearing T-shirt and Jeans. For the first time he got the opportunity to see her face in detail. He actually felt lucky to see her working like this. If she is not working, then he have to start talking about why he is there, and he would not have this opportunity to see her like that.

In middle she tuned to Naveen and apologized for doing work and said “Just 2 more min. I am sorry”.

“Don’t worry I am enjoying watching you like this, take your time” thought Naveen. But said “Its ok”.

As she turned back to her computer, Naveen thought .. “What would happen if no one can lie. What would happen if I say my thoughts out loud. It really sounds interesting, but for now, it is good that I can lie”.

After 2 minutes Showmya finished her work, and turned off her monitor and turned to Naveen.

Sowmya: Sorry about that. Tell me, How are you?

Naveen: Its ok. I am good. I have some questions about your company. I hope you don’t have problem answering them.

Sowmya: About company? ya sure ask, no problem

[Naveen realized that he did not ask how she is, she did ask him. But he never habituated to these formalities. Most of the times he forgets to ask, and always finds them useless even if he asks. He never found anyone saying ‘I am not fine’ as a reply.]

Naveen: Is your funding finished? How much did you raise?

Sowmya: Not yet, we got some offers. Almost accepted one, but legal work is going on. With in one or two days it will be over. We are seeing 2 crores.

Naveen: Oh ok. Actually I was thinking from couple of days. I have one proposal not sure if this is correct time or not. I want to invest in your company. I have 50 lakhs of my savings which I want to invest in your company.

Sowmya: What? 50 lakhs? Why? Why did you decide to invest? How do you even know what we do here?

Naveen: I am earning good money every month. I don’t spend any of that, some how I don’t like to do what most other people are doing, like stocks, real estate or anythings like that. Till now I didn’t know what to do. So I kept piling up all my savings.

After I met you and read about your company and the product you are developing etc. I am very interested in what you guys are doing here. So thought it would be good use of my savings.

Do you think at this stage it is possible to invest?

Sowmya: I don’t know. I need to talk to the team. But you hardly know any of us. How do you trust us?

Naveen: I just need to trust your cause of doing this product.

Sowmya: hmm.. I am really surprised. I used to think that old big investors or Angles do the investment. So it never crossed my mind that there will be people like you too. Anyway lets talk to Rahul.

As she was about to go and call Rahul.. Rahul entered the room with two plates of biscuits and two small juice bottles. He offered one to Naveen and one to Sowmya. Sowmya was little surprised with this gesture of Rahul. It is not the first time it happened.

Sowmya: Rahul, this is Naveen. Naveen, this is Rahul our CEO.

Naveen stoodup and shook hands with Rahul.

Sowmya: Naveen is my friend and works in IBM. He knows about our company and he wants to invest in it.

Rahul: Really, that is great to hear. But our funding is almost finished. We are going to sign in couple of days.

Naveen: Yes, she told me. I just wanted to check if there is an opportunity.

Sowmya: He wants to invest 50 lakhs.

Rahul: Okey. As we have not finalized with Investors yet, may be we can discuss and get back to you Naveen.

Sowmya: Other than the product I assume you don’t know our business plan, right?

Naveen: Ya right.

Sowmya: Rahul will send you the business plan, you can go through it. And really see if you are still interested.

Naveen: Sure.

Rahul: Please take these..[pointed to the biscuits and juice]

Seeing the biscuits both Naveen and Sowmya got smile on their faces. They saw each other smiling. Smile gave hint to each other that the other person still remembers the train incident.

After Naveen left from there Rahul asked Sowmya how she knows Naveen. Sowmya told about the train incident and other things. Rahul was really surprised to that some one who met on train comes to invest 50 lakhs with unknown people.

Sowmya could imagine what Rahul might be thinking. She thought he will reject it outright. He did not. He just said “We will discuss together tomorrow and will decide”.

Rahul offered to drop Sowmya at home. Rahul is always a joyful person. He  makes jokes and keeps every one around him happy. Without him they could never had finished the prototype by now. He manages all external communication single highhandedly.

Since the event in Bangalore Sowmya could notice the change. She could tell that the special care he is showing for her.

That night Rahul decided to tell Sowmya about how he feels about her. He does not want to take risk of what ever is between Naveen and Sowmya.

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Episode 7: The Investment

December 13th, 2015 Comments off

It took almost a day for Naveen to come out of the trance. On Monday as usual he went to work.
There is not much work, and had to attend 3 meetings.

He always hated these meetings. In his view they take longer time than needed. There will be always some stupid in the meeting and it takes lot of effort to get him onboard with the decision or even making them understand the problem.

Initially he used to get much more upset with the meetings. But over the period he understood that there is no other way that a big company like IBM can do things.

He always tried not to be that stupid person in the meeting. And due to his long experience compared to others who spent all that time in BTech or MTech he managed to just fine.

He managed to assign the task to one of his subordinate Siva and asked him to lead the discussion. Even though he presented it as an oppertunity he is giving to Siva, actually he was actually not interested in the meeting. His mind is still occupied by Sowmya.

After the breakup with his girlfriend 3 years back, he never took this much interest in anyone. May be it is the combination of beauty and brain of Sowmya that made the difference.

Naveen have decided to check more about her.

Immediately after going home, he searched online to know about her and the company.
He watched the presentation video about the idea and the prototype explanation. He is impressed with the idea almost as much as he is with her.

Suddenly he got the idea. “What if he invests in their company?”

He checked to see his savings. Almost all of his savings are in fixed deposits. He managed to save almost 80 to 90% of all his salary. Actually saving money is very easy for him. He just always have to be himself. His biggest investment was his bike that too almost 10 years back.

Since then he was asked to invest in stocks, land, houses. He was never interested in any of those. He always thought that his company is paying him much more than what actually the work deserves. He thought he should not be spending what he does not deserve.

Initially he tried to donate some money to various NGOs. But later reduced that also. He was not happy with the outcome he is expecting from the money.

All that savings are around 50lakhs. Investing in Sowmya’s company will be a better investment in terms of investment and even as a social service. That medical device could save lot of lives.

They already got investment, and will they actually need his money? And how to even ask?

He opened WhatsApp and sent msg to her.

Naveen: Hey, Can I talk to you?

He got the reply after 10min.

Sowmya: Sure, Here? or directly?

Naveen: Directly, tomorrow evening you are free?

Sowmya: okey, Coffee-Day?

Naveen: Hmm, I don’t like that coffee, and is there any cheaper place?

Sowmya: 🙂 then come over to our office.

Naveen: Okey will be there by 6PM.

Sowmya: Ok, see you then.

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Even though she already invited him to the office, she did not think what to tell others about who he is. Also why he asked to meet again, they just met 2 days back.

She decided not to tell others anything about it unless she knows clearly what Naveen wants to talk about.
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Naveen went to the office around 6PM after the office on Tuesday.
It is a 3 bedroom apartment converted into a office space. There is a sofa and table in the hall.
Rahul is chatting with some one in computer. He kept his headphones and mic and discussing about some web site design with some one.

Rahul noticed naveen..

Rahul: Yes, how can I help you?
Naveen: I am here to meet Sowmya.
Rahul: In that room… (pointed to the last door)

Rahul went back to his voice call…

The door was closed. There is no sign board or anything on the door.

Naveen knocked the door. He heard ‘come in’ from inside. So he went in.
Sowmya: Hey, come in. Please sit..
Naveen: Thanks, I hope I am not disturbing your work.
Sowmya: No its ok. But I thought you will call. So waiting for the call.
Naveen: Sorry, should have called. I remember the office which I have shown me that day. So came straight here from my office.
Sowmya: Its ok, just give me 2 minutes, will wrap up this work.
Naveen: Ya sure, go ahead.

Sowmya went back to her work. Naveen started looking around the room.

 

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Episode 6: The Trance

December 6th, 2015 Comments off

Naveen was just looking at beautiful Sowmya in saree. She came in smiling.

“I am sorry. I got late in the temple. It is Sunday na, so there is little rush.”

Then he realized that the saree is for the God. Ofcourse she barely knew him.

“It’s okey, I was wondering if you forgot this also like you forgot the mail”.

“No, really I thought I will finish temple visit by 11. I go once every week. And last 2 weeks I was too busy.”

She wanted to tell him that she didn’t reply to the mail not because she forgot. But because she couldn’t get the words to type exactly what she wanted. Even though she tried to reply 3 times, every time she deleted what she typed. It was new to her, talking to some one in mail. She does fair amount of talking in Facebook and chatting etc. But mail is some how difficult. May be problem is that we have more time to decide what to say, and that time will give us lot of options, and in the end we confuse what to choose. At least that was the case with her. She wanted to write how she remembered him every time she eat biscuits. But that will be the stupidest thing to say to the mail that says “Congratulations”.

But she can not tell him all that. What would he think, crazy. She already told that she forgot to reply.

Now she realized that she is in saree. Even though it looks sexy, it is always a bit difficult for her. Have to be constantly aware that it is saree and have to adjust the way she walks etc. So people get to see her in saree only when she goes to temple.

Then she thought “Now will he think that I came in saree for him? lets hope not.”.

“So you go to temple every Sunday?”.

“Normally on Fridays”.

“Oh ok. Do you live near by?”

“Ya, around 2km. Our office is walking distance from here.”

Seeing the other party has arrived, waiter came for the order again.

“What would you like to have?” Naveen asked her. He thought as he don’t know any item in the menu, it may be better to order what ever she orders.

“Cappuccino for me” she told without looking anything in the menu.

“Okey, 2 Cappuccinos” Naveen told to waiter. He thought he heard that name before, so sounds okey for the experiment.

Soumya: “What about you? Where do you stay?”

Naveen: “In Miyapur.”

Sowyma: “You work in IBM right?”

Naveen: “Yes, you remember”.

Sowmya: Yes, I have pretty good memory.

Naveen: Great

Even though he is talking to her face to face, he didn’t see her completely. She came in very fast. And since then he did not get the opportunity to look at rest of her except her face. Even in face he is just looking straight into her eyes, as he normally would do. He thinks it is not polite to look somewhere else when you talk to some one. That is how he always been.

Now he is regretting that. He wanted to see her, fully. But he is afraid.

Sowmya: So what is that you are reading? Do you read lot of books?”

She noticed the book on the table.

Naveen: This is The Third Chimpanzee. Ya, I read more books

Sowmya: I noticed that you were reading some book on the train too. What is this about? Is it a fiction?

Naveen: May be. No it is about human evolution. Do you read books?

Sowmya: Nope, only academic books and research articles. I don’t think I have patience to read these.

Neveen: You have never tried? Even fiction?

Sowmya: May be some short stories in papers or magazines. Never more than 5 pagers.

Coffee came. While she is having coffee, he got the opportunity to look at her. Her hair, her nose…well you get the picture.

She looked up to him while sipping the coffee. He was caught looking at her.

It made both of them little uncomfortable.

Sowmya: So are you married?

She wanted to ask this in the mail itself. But she could not. That is another reason why she didn’t reply to him.

Naveen: No, Not yet. Are you?

He is sure that she is not. He asked that in the flow. He regretted immediately for asking.

Sowyma: How do I look? Do I look married?

Naveen: What is looks has anything to do with marriage? May be you are.

Sowyma: Yes, I am married, and also have 4 kids too.

They laughed.

Naveen: So what do you do on Sundays?

Sowmya: Mostly sleep and movie. u?

Naveen: I normally don’t sleep in morning. Mostly spend time reading book and watching tv.

Sowyma: Ok. So do you talk to all girls with your phone in trains? Does it work for you?

Naveen: Actually you are the first, and never got the opportunity again. It worked right?

Sowmya: Actually I don’t think it will work. I felt little odd, may be you should talk directly.

Naveen: That may not be possible for me. Hey, what time is it now?

Sowyma: around 12:10. You have any work?

Naveen: I teach programming to some kids near my apartment. I need to be there by 12:30. May be I should start now.

Sowyma: Okey, lets move.

He paid the bill. The bill amount took him by surprise. He thought he can finish total lunch at that rate. He tried to hide the surprise from her and kept the bill in his pocket.

While walking outside,

Naveen: So, nice meeting you, will we meet again.

Sowmya: Up to you, See that blue building, that is our new office. So you know where I will be. Call me before if you want to come some other day.

Naveen: Okey sure. I need your number to call.

She gave her number. He updated the contact which he already have with email. He called her number to check. He noticed some God photo on the lock screen of her phone.  She took her bike and he started his bike, both in opposite directions.

While on the bike Naveen was thinking…..

He is atheist, and she is theist. He is not that good looking, and she is beautiful. She is from BITS Pilani, and he is just Diploma candidate. She has her own company now, and he is just regular IT job holder. She is fast, he is slow. He reads books all the time, and she never read one. She is almost opposite to him. He never thought he will have a coffee with some one like that that too in Coffee day. But she is interesting, why?

Is it because of her beauty? or because of her brains. How come such an intelligent and high educated person believe in God? This is crazy….

His thought were disrupted by the beggar near the traffic signal. He thought he could have donated more than 50 times to such beggars with the money he spent on the coffee that he was barely was able to swallow.

It is right thing to do, or not…only time will tell.

The journey back to his apartment took almost 20min, but it felt as if it was just 5min. He didn’t realize he already reached home. He is in a trance. He could not get her face from the mind. He does not want to.

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Episode 5: Coffee Day

November 28th, 2015 Comments off

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.

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Hi Sowmya,

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
Naveen

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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.

“Naveen”

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?”

“Around 11AM?”

“Okey”.

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.

 

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Short Story: Episode 4, StartUp

November 22nd, 2015 Comments off

The organizer is inviting each team one by one to present their idea before the selection panel in “Startup India 2015, Bangalore”. Already 5 startups have presented their products. Sowmya is feeling both happy and bore after watching the 5 presentations. Boring because 4 of those 5 are e-commerce related and she has no interest in those things. Happy because it gives their team a chance to be different and attract attention.

Sowmya, Ramesh, Rahul and Srinivas are going once again through the power point. Their team is the next one.

“Now I invite Mr. Rahul and Ms. Sowmya from RAKSHA to present their idea.” the organizer announced.

Rahul and Sowmya started to give their presentation. Rahul is explaining their invention for Low cost blood analyzer. A simple handheld device that can do almost 35 blood tests in minutes. These are the tests that used to take almost a day and most of the time patient has to collect the results the next day in any traditional diagnostic centers.

Even though Rahul is a very handsome man presenting a very different and very innovative idea, all eyes are on Sowmya. She is really beautiful even in her T-Shirt and Jeans. They are wondering her role in the team.

After explaining the market size and the potential of this device, Rahul yielded by saying “Now our engineering head Sowmya will explain the inner working of our device.”

Sowmya is topper in her batch in BITS, Pilani. No one is surprised when she got placed in multi national electronics firm in campus. Rahul and Ramesh are her class mates and Srinivas is friend of Ramesh. He is chemical engineer from NIT, Warangal. Rahul is the most energetic person and have very good communication skills. That is why the team decided to make him the CEO and Sowmya the CTO.

The product is the brain child of Sowmya and Ramesh. Ramesh is a very shy and never used to talk to girls during his college days. Infact he never had any direct conversation beyond “hi, how are you”, “I am good” with Sowmya in his entire graduation period.

Ramesh and Rahul got selected in big IT company. Only after working there for one year Ramesh realized that IT his not his domain. His engineering in Electronics is going to be a waste if he does not switch. But he got family commitments and need big salaries to fulfill them. IT companies are giving highest salaries. After working for 3 years, he sent mail to Sowmya because she is the only person working in electronics domain that any one remembered.

Sowmya was okey with her job as research engineer in multi national electronics company. She is never interested in starting the company or never thought she would do. Email conversations with Ramesh and her own experience with her fathers medical procedures gave her idea of doing something in that domain.

Ramesh invited Rahul and Srinivas to join the team. They worked in a makeshift lab created in 2 bed room apartment. Used to work around 2 hrs every day and mostly full day on Saturdays and Sundays. It took almost 1 year do come up with the working prototypes. Combination of Srinivas’s chemical engineering and Sowmya’s electrical engineering paved the way for them to successfully finishing the prototype.

Rahul is never interested in business. He is happy enjoying his job in big IT company. He said “Yes” when Ramesh asked him. He always wanted to part of something big. But he was so busy with his week end parties and road trips that he never gave a thought about what to do about it. Ramesh’s proposal and having Sowmya in the team made him believe that this is some thing big.

Sowmya finished explaining the inner working of the product. She also explained the chemistry is crucial component of their innovation.

“By simply changing the cartridge and swapping it with different cartridge each with different chemical components and electrical circuits we are able to do all the 35 standard tests.”

Rahul presented the closing note and it is time for questions from the panel. Q & A is a closed private session with the panel.

Every one in the panel are very impressed with the product and more than that they are impressed with the team. Some panel members asked about current funding status, accuracy of the test results, cost of the materials, and if they have taken any patents etc. The RAKSHA team has answered all the questions.

It is almost 4PM by the time they finished with Q &A. They have to wait until 5PM to get the results.  They went to have a coffee.

Sowmya and Srinivas went straight to sofas while Rahul and Ramesh went for the coffee.

Seeing the beautiful engineer sitting idle, 3 people have approached her to ask about the startup and their product. She does not have much energy to explain, but she did.

Rahul brought her the cup of coffee with some biscuits. He took over the conversation and Sowmya thought “thank god”.

Seeing the biscuits Sowmya remembered what happened last night. She was never as much afraid as she was last night. She thought Naveen missed the train. She remembered how she reacted when she finally saw him coming from other compartment. She remembered eating those 250/- biscuits. That thought brought her a smile.

Ramesh and Srinivas both noticed that smile in her face.

Ramesh asked “What?”

“Nothing” said Sowmya while still smiling. “Will tell some other time”.

As they waited for the results, she checked her Gmail account on the mobile to see if there is any mail. There are some spam and other mails. Nothing new. The one she expecting is not there.

While the results are being announced Sowmya prayed to her favorite god. They where expecting the funding for almost 2 crores.

It was announced that 3 leading investors in the panel are interested in funding their startup. They are invited to discuss this with each investor individually.


 

After heavy lunch and 2 rounds of ice creams Naveen is feeling almost sleepy. All of the guests invited for his sisters daughter’s 4th birthday party left. Some how they managed to arrange the party at home. Around 30 people have attended.

Naveen did not get time to sit after the party started. There is no place to sit. After lunch, his job was to drop the guests back on main road where they can get auto or cabs.

He sat on the sofa in the hall and about to go to sleep.

“Anna, where is Siri?” His sister shouted from Kichen.

“She is playing outside.” answered Naveen. Did not even try to open his eyes.

“Go get her, I have to change her dress”. she said.

Naveen got up and went out. Siri is playing in ground floor with some kids from same apartments. She is still in her birthday dress. Naveen managed to stop her games and bring her home.

While carying her, she took his phone.

“Careful, don’t drop it”. he said.

” Mama who is Sowmya?”

“Who?” He felt it as if he heard that name before.

“This one” Siri showed the mobile to him.

“Sowmya Guptha” and her email id clearly seen in contact details. After she entered the contact details, he did not touch the mobile till now. That is why the contact is still open.

“Oh, I met her in train” he said while coming into house.

“Met whom?” asked his sister and mom at same time. It is the first time they heard Naveen talking about any girl after 3 years. After his breakup with his girl friend 3 years ago this is the firs time.

“No one” he said. Handed Siri over to her mother.

Every thing that happened yesterday night came to his mind. His sleep is gone now. He connected mobile to wifi and searched in Google.

“Bangalore startup event”

In first link itself he got the results. “Startup India 2015, Bangalore”. He found the event website and saw the schedule.

It is already over, 5PM Results, and Investment discussions”. Even though he barely knows her, he wanted her to win.
He realized how silly he is being, wishing some one to win without knowing anything about them. He does not know her company name, product or why they deserve to win.

But, another part of the brain is still want her to win. He has never seen any woman engineer starting a company. May be seen in news, but never that close. Never who actually touched him. He wished, that she should win.

He opened twitter and searched “Startup India, Bangalore, Sowmya Guptha”.

He got many tweets. One says “Congrats to RAKSHA team Rahul, Sowmya, Ramesh, Srinivas for getting selected in Startup India, 2015. #IndiaInnovate, #startupindia”

Other one says “RAKSHA team Rahul Bose and Sowmya Guptha presenting at #StartupIndia2015″ with an image. Sowmya and Rahul standing on the stage and Sowmya explaining something”

Naveen felt very happy. He needs to findout more about her.

“Chinni, where is your laptop?” almost jumped out from the sofa.

“Check in bed room” said his sister.

[TO BE CONTINUED]

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