What is Love
“Besant Nagar”- One of the richest, peaceful and most preferred area to reside in Chennai, due to the presence of beach. Extremely calm and serene area having close access to almost everything one needs for a smooth living. Beach views, sea facing homes are quite things here. So modern and prestigious., it’s neat and tidy appearance itself is the proof. But now, we are hearing something opposite to it.
Besant Nagar beach…
Many people were doing their morning exercise, jogging and running. A girl was shouting at a man. Not shouting but cursing him who was in his Jogging suit.
Girl(with extreme anger): I curse you Arnav. I curse you. One day you will suffer the same as me. You will be longing for love but it will go away from you. You will die every day while living.
Another girl was dragging her from the place. The man who is called Arnav does not seem to be affected by these. He didn’t care about her nor did her shout. He saw her like a waste paper and went from there, starting his bike.
Girl2: Stop it Nisha. Why are you behaving like this? Didn’t I tell you about him before? He is always like this. He is not less than a stone. He never cares about breaking hearts. It was your mistake to trust him
Nisha: I didn’t expect that he would cheat me like this. I loved him very much Meena. but he ?
Meena: Not only you, he does the same with all the girls. But even today many girls are dying for his one look.
Nisha:(gritting her teeth): That is why he is so proud.
Meena: Yes he is so handsome but our area girls are hell scared of him.
Nisha: why the heck he is doing like this?
Meena: But I warned you right? Then why did you give him your address?
Nisha: Who knows he was asking my address only to complain about me to my parents? You know how my father hit me?( she said controlling her anger) Idiot, if he don’t like me then he should have told me.
Meena: Did not he tell you not to follow him?
Nisha: I thought I can trap him if I keep on trying.
Meena: But he made it upside down by trapping you to your parents. ( she sighed) He did not do this because he doesn't not like you. He doesn’t like the word LOVE. He will become a monster if he hears the word LOVE.
Nisha: But why?
Meena: Who knows? Their family moved to our area six years ago that time he was studying in Howard. People in our area were very interested to meet a man who is coming from Howard. But he made everyone think “why the hell he came?” He was too rude towards girls but very respectful to elders. That’s why they are giving response to his complaints.
Nisha: Is this what his job?
Meena: No. He doesn’t give any damn to anyone. But he hates if someone nears him in the name of LOVE.
Nisha: I don’t care about anything. But I want him to suffer like hell with the same LOVE which he hates. He should long to get it from someone.
Meena: only in our dreams. I can bet. There is no chance at all.
That made the other girl feels low.
Nisha: I know how to give it back to him which was given by my father. (She looked at her swelled hand while saying that)
A beautiful rice flour Rangoli welcomes us inside the mansion and the blissful Doop stick smell gives the devotional touch to the mansion. Mrs. Ratna Arvind was busy in kitchen, preparing breakfast and also Lunch. She has to pack it to her husband who was Bank Manager and her sons Arnav and NanduKishore as they never prefers outside food.
NK was behind Ratna conveying the message which he got from his friend who witnessed everything in the beach few minutes ago. Ratna sighed in disappointment. This is usual. Sometime curse, sometime anger, sometime even fights. But nothing can change Arnav. He was not bubbly like NK doesn’t mean he was not lovable to his family members.
Nk gestured Ratna to see Arnav who came inside as if nothing had happen.
Arnav: Yes Ma?
Ratna: what’s the problem?
Arnav knows that he cannot hide anything from his family as everyone witnessed everything that what happened in the Beach.
Arnav( casually): Nothing special, as usual.
Ratna: Please don't stand in someone’s tongue Chinna.
Arnav: Neither I’m interested. They are forcing me mom.
Ratna: It is not good to earn curse Chotte.
Arnav: curse? Muje Koi FARAK NAHI PADTA HAI Mom.
Ratna: You should not say that Chinna because every word has it’s own vibration. A word may give gain at the same time it may give pain.
Arnav(caught hold of her hand): I have a Great lady as my mother who has the capability to change the curse into blessings. Then why should I bother?
Ratna(sighed): Why can’t you handle things in pleasant way without hurting them?
Arnav (raising his eye brows): Pleasant way? Why should I? you should be happy that I’m going directly to their parents instead of insulting them in public.
Ratna: I know Chinna but…
Arnav: Ma please leave it…
NK(wearily): These girls are really blind. They never looks at the most handsome person who is in the same house.( he said miserably)
Arnav: Start behaving like me, after that, they may look at you.
Ratna(chuckling): Yah try it once.
NK( horrified): Guys are you planning to kill me?
“who plans to kill you?” they turned their head towards the voice. Arvind was descending the stairs.
NK: who else other than Amma and Naanav?
Arvind: I won’t believe this.
Arnav: We just gave him ideas to grab girl’s attention Appa(Dad).
NK: ohh really? Appa(Dad) he is advising me to behave like him.
Arvind(laughing): Then It’s definitely a conspiracy to kill you. Now I believe you Nandu.
Arnav: You too Appa?(Dad?)
Arvind: Then what? Girls are dying for you and you are searching new ways to threatening them. You know, yesterday, I saw a girl was ogling at you longingly.
Arnav(changed expression): Yaaru Pa Ava ? (who is she Dad?)
Arvind himself got shocked seeing Arnav’s rage. He saw Ratna and NK were Pleading him like “don’t say” with signs.
Arnav: Tell me Appa, who the hell is she?
Arvind: Hey cool. I am just kidding. (looking at Ratna) can we get some coffee? ( he dragged Arnav by holding his hands) Sit down Chinna. If a girl wants to see or admire someone, it’s her rights. Why are you getting hyper? Does not a woman have the right to love her favorite man? How much will they feel hurt if the person whom they love behaves rudely?
Arnav: What do you mean by LOVE? It occurs because I’m well settled? Howard return? Good looking? Earning in seven digits? No one is following their heart dad. They calculate their future with the brain.Love is not a matter of Brain but Heart. Iss sub cheeson me muje koi FARAK NAHI PADTA HAI. Because there is nothing called LOVE and this world revolves by calculating PROFIT and LOSS.
Arvind: what are you expecting Chinna (Chotte)?
Arnav: Nothing Appa(Dad). Expectation hurts. I’m happy with what I’m.
Arvind: wish you will meet your SOULMATE soon.
Arnav: SOULMATE? It’s a very big word Dad. Don’t think all the girls can be like my Amma ( he smiled)
Arvind: I agree. Do you know how much I have rubbed the road by walking to get one glimpse of your mother?
Ratna who brought coffee for them blushed.
Arnav(smiling): But it was worth doing dad. Hard work always gives good output.
Arvind: But disappointingly, no one is following my foot step.
NK: Appa don’t worry. Your Nandu will do it for sure.
Arvind: Hope my both the boys will get a girl like my Ratna.
Arnav stood finishing his black coffee didn’t want to drag this conversation.
Arnav: I should go Appa(Dad). I’m getting late to office.
Arvind clutched his hand.
Arvind: Not all the girls are same. You should understand that. Please come out of your “mind set” Chinna. There are some girls who are really meant to be loved.
Arnav removed his hand from Arvind’s clutch looking at his face sternly and went from there. Ratna and Arvind sighed looking at each other. They wanted to get their son back just as what he was before.
To be continued….