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Prelude to Missed Connections


Hi folks,

If you had checked out 'New Projects' page, you would surely guessed it right. I have come up with a new short story. It is shaping up well. I thought why not give up a short prelude?? What say? Go on and take a look.

Prelude:
"Why in the world would you even think of going for therapy, Namik? I don't see a fault in your stars unlike this guy sitting around here, living a lavish lifestyle, who actually is in the right place for therapy instead!!' Sanjay looked at Namik for an answer. Rohan, on the other hand, elbowed him and hit him hard.
"What's your problem,huh, Sanjay??And at which angle do you think therapy so called suits me??Am I that abnormal to you??"
"Why do you two feel so offensive just at the thought of therapy??Sanjay,Rohan..Just listen up,ok? There are certain things in my life that's bothering me. And perhaps...."
"Perhaps what, Namzy? You'll spend thousands of Indian rupees over some sessions when you could just destress yourself, declutter your mind and just relax? Trust me, you don't need any...Why yaar?Ok we are your best buds, right?? You can confide in us about anything that's bothering you. Spit it out, come on.."
"By the way, I'll have to agree with Sanjay on this, Namik. Come on yaar, you're rolling in dollars..Bestow upon us a share of the money instead of just spending it away on useless conversations with a stranger therapist who basically can't be trusted with your secrets, if you have any from us...."
√Ďamik was rather amused by the social banter that was going on in Rohan's flat, where the trio chose to hang out on weekends, when Namik was free from his music concerts, radio shows and compositions.
"Zip it, you guys. I just want to experience therapy for a change. Don't you two know how often I travel? It is not bringing in any significant changes for me and that's why I'm asking..In fact, beseeching your help to please get an efficient psychotherapist maybe who can help me.'
'So, you've decided you're not gonna tell us??(Rohan looked at Sanjay and back at Namik) In that case, you listen to me, Namik Arora...We are not gonna help you either, what say Sanjay??'
'Ditto Ro!! Sorry bro, I'm not on your side this time round!!!'
'Fine dudes, then these backstage passes to the pop music carnival is out for you guyz!!'
'Are those what I think they are??' Namik flashed a wide smug smile on his face and Sanjay pushed Rohan onto the sofa and pounced on him like an angry werewolf. Namik took a photo of the guys, laughing his ass off. He walked over and pulled their ears, putting a ceasefire to their bickering. He ordered them to sit poles apart and placed before them the tickets on the table.
'Finally some peace at last. Sanjay, you're a lawyer but I had no inkling there was a beast inside the innocent soul of your's. Anyways, look closely at these tickets cuz these are gonna disappear in a jiffy. All I need is an excellent therapist and you'll get these passes to meet Coldplay!!! You really wanna miss out on that?? I don't think so, Ro!!!'
'Fine!! I'll get to that..' Rohan got interrupted by Sanjay.
'Why? Weren't you the one against therapy in the beginning??And literally pleading for money from Namik..Uh-uh Namik, please give us a share and what not?' Sanjay raised his eyebrow at Rohan who just grew exasperated.
'And you're so innocent, right?? Mr Lawyer, you started this whole thing first and now you're blaming me??'
'Look at the table, guyz....'
'Damn it, Rohan!!'
'Ok Namik, Sanjay and I will come up with a hot, efficient therapist for you, ok? Sounds cool?? But first..'
'No buts...Get me the best therapist in town and you'll get these tickets..Got it?? Now, excuse me while I use your washroom'.
'Ok that was a bad idea to stop Namik'
'Yeah I agree..'
'Idiot, couldn't you have punched me a little milder...It still hurts!!'
'Sorry dude!!Ok, let's get him a therapist. Make it a bizarre experience for him and then he'll retreat.'
'Meaning? Like how??'
'Get a therapist who had proven to be troublesome for her patients or someone who's not at all welcoming. Ok, of course we wouldn't register Namik's name. The one who finds her, will register his name as her patient with Namik's photograph attached. And this will be officially between us, got it??'
'Deal!!! By the way, who is Saachi??' Rohan raised his eyebrows, leaving Sanjay dumbfounded. Right at that moment, Namik appeared with a bottle of unopened wine. He knew his tactic would always work with Rohan and Sanjay, who had no alternative but to reveal about the matters of his heart.
~New Year's Eve ~
'There you go..By the way, which is the hospital where the therapist is??'
Sanjay and Rohan asked Namik to calm down while they ushered him to Northwich Hospital. Upon reaching, they got out and the trio met the receptionist who directed them towards the psychology and psychiatry department where the senior doctor in-charge, Dr Ziffa was infuriated, and had taken upon herself to fire a doctor. None of the boys could exactly see what was happening since a crowd had been formed around the incident. Dr Farhan, who was in their vicinity, requested them to go forward and wait in the empty cabin while their doctor would attend to them shortly. Farhan excused himself to make an urgent call to Dr Tripathi.
Namik went inside the cabin. He was surprised that the cabin was empty. He thought he would be welcomed by the psychotherapist Sanjay and Rohan had found for him after weeks. From the looks of it, it sure seemed to him that the hospital was strictly adhering to its ethics and they were having the no-nonsense approach as far as their work was concerned. He wondered where Dr Tripathi was after all.
Sanjay and Rohan were cozily sitting on the sofa near the cafeteria, munching on the pastries they had bought. The television had been on. Rohan turned around as he heard someone calling for Dr Nazia Tripathi and kept hitting Sanjay's knuckles and he too turned around.
'Where is she going??' Sanjay was confused for sure.
'Is there a shortcut to her cabin from here??'
'Her bag, carton filled with her belongings...Wait,what the heck???'
'What?'
'Come with me!!Hurry up!!!'
'Where to, Sanjay??'
'To find out what exactly is happening..Let's ask the receptionist!!'
Soon, they headed upstairs and rushed to talk to the receptionist who was about to leave. She told them about the whole fiasco that had taken place,in confidence, thinking of Sanjay as a lawyer, as he had mentioned to her. Dr Nazia Tripathi had been found to have violated the confidentiality agreement between her and her several clients and she had also prescribed drugs in overdose on many occasions. Hence, her license had been revoked. Sanjay and Rohan had looked at each other and then at Namik who was looking at them. They smiled back at him and turned around.
'Sanjay, before he finds out anything, let's leave.'
'But...'
'If he knows the truth, these tickets will be gone...Come on yaar, you do know we don't get these tickets often..'
'If not her, then who??'
Meanwhile, Naira was giving her hair a makeover and just got out of her washroom built within her cabin. She wore her cardigan and wore her necklace which had a pink heart locket with it. She took one last look at the mirror which reflected her long auburn, silky hair fell seamlessly on her knee length maroon cocktail dress. She slipped into her black heels. Just then, her mobile rang. She adjusted her heels and rushed to get her mobile but her eyes fell on the gentleman having seated before her.
'Excuse me??Who are you?'
'Dr Tripathi, hi I'm...'
'Just hold that thought.. (picked up her receiver)Yes Vandana..Uh-uh...So,where is Dr Farhan??What do you mean he...Come in right now!!'
'I have an appointment with you, Dr Tripathi..'
'Ma'm...I'm....Here's the application details of Mr Rohan Mehra. Farhan sir tried calling you several times but you were not picking up.'
'That's not his problem. He should have...You can go now....'
'I'm....'
'Vandana just leave....Mr Rohan, will you just excuse me a few moments??' Namik nodded while he himself tried to grasp what was going on. He sure appreciated the gesture by Sanjay and Rohan but he had no idea as to why Dr Tripathi kept denying about his appointment. Just then, he heard some nasty final words being spewed put of Dr Tripathi's mouth before she hung up.
Farhan,screw you!!!Now you'll get to see what I'm gonna do with this highly expensive vintage wine I had bought for us tonight!!!

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Joanna K.

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