2000 – School Farewell Day Party
Kannan looked into Aarya’s eyes and said, – “Aaroo, we have known each other since class five, in a few hours from now, we leave school forever, the exams, results, college, we may never meet again.” Aarya replied – “Emotion a korai pa!! Madras – good old madras – we will be here only!”
The customary good luck speeches by the various teachers followed by a light music event conducted by the class eleven students. The customary hugs among the girls, the ‘otha dei’ back-slapping among the guys, and feasting over samosas, jalebis and rose milk ended the proceedings.
As Aarya and Kannan bid goodbye to each other there was a strange vacuum in their hearts, these were teenagers who had known each other for over seven years, good friends, best of friends! The final bell for the day rang and everyone left. It was time to sit at home and revise for the exams!
2004 – College of Engineering – Guindy – Campus Placement Interviews for Anna University Affiliated Colleges
Aarya looked at her CV, she ironed out the crease on her pista green kurta. The bud in school had blossomed into a beautiful flower and Aarya carried herself with immense grace exuding confidence. She sat with her ‘besties’ Shreya and Jenny, the three had been christened the “Terrible Trio” by the faculty at RMK Engineering College. Top-ranked students, top-class pranksters as well. They were waiting to be interviewed by the panel from Integra Solutions – a leading player in the telecommunications sector.
That’s when Aarya noticed a familiar face in the row of students sitting on the boys side. The rules at the university were strict, boys on the left, girls on the right. She called out aloud – “Hey Kanna” – Kannan who was examining his CV looked up and saw Aarya. A smile of recognition and he replied – “Meet you once the interview is done Aaroo.”
Group Discussion Round
The tension in the room was overpowering as ten students sat out to battle each other with their wits in the Group Discussion round. Aarya, Kannan, Shreya, Jenny, and six other students were being moderated by a three member panel from Integra Solutions. The topic given was – “Affordable mobile computing – Its future”. The students went at the topic with renewed vigour, voices rose and fell, tempers frayed, questions were asked, sharp replies followed. At the end of 45 minutes, Kannan and Arya had been selected. At the end of the evening they walked out with offer letters in their hand!
Integra Training Campus – Coimbatore – December 2004
The training director – Mrs. Revathi Manickam speaks – “It gives me immense pleasure to felicitate the trainee engineers who have completed the intense training programme that we conducted. Every batch sees one trainee receive the ‘best trainee engineer award’. In the history of the firm for the first time we have two trainee engineers who have outdone all our expectations and are equals in every way. I would like to call Aarya and Kannan on stage. Colleagues give these two a round of applause”.
Later that night during the dinner, Aarya and Kannan spend some time. Kannan speaks – “How quick time seems to have flown by, it feels like just yesterday, the School Day.” – “Kanna, emotion a korai pa, good luck, they are placing me in the Mumbai branch. Where are you being posted?” – “Aaroo, I am being posted at the Chennai facility”.
January 2011 – Chennai Airport – Domestic Terminal – Departure Lounge
We see a very different Kannan, the boyish charm has been replaced by a strange look of intensity in his eyes. The smile seems to have been replaced by a frown, he is sporting glasses and a French beard. He grips his laptop bag tightly and reads a book waiting for the announcement for his delayed flight. He is interrupted by a slap on his back and a shout – “Dei Kanna”.
Kannan turns around and sees Aarya. He breaks into a smile – “Ai Aaroo, how are you?” The two discuss on the time that has gone by, Aarya continues to work at Integra Soultions in the Chennai facility, Kannan has quit Integra and is now working as a web-designing consultant. Kannan shuttles between Chennai and Pune. He had come to Chennai to meet a client who planned to start an online luxury jewellery business. He had presented his project summary plan and was waiting for approval.
The two swapped business cards. Aarya was waiting for her flight to Mumbai, she had to attend a high-level meeting. The rains had thrown life out of gear! Kannan’s flight was announced, the two shook hands and left! Aarya said – “Kanna, I don’t know you have changed! Aaroo yes, Amma poita, life has never been the same! Good luck”. Aarya said – “Kanna, find a girl!!” Kannan replied, “Aaroo, look deep into your heart!!” He waved, smiled cryptically and left!
September 2015 – Chennai – Apollo Hospital
Kannan paces up and down, Aarya has been involved in an acid attack, a colleague at work whose affections she had spurned had thrown acid at her, thankfully Aarya had the presence of mind to move away quickly, covering her face with her hands and her hands had taken the brunt of the acid. The surgery was done and she was safe now.
She was in a deep drug-induced sleep. Aarya’s dad hugged Kannan – “Thanks da Kanna, you were very helpful”. Kannan said – “Appa, you go home and take rest – I will be here. You need to have your anti-cholesterol and diabetes pills.”
Kannan looked at Aarya through the glass door, she was still in the ICU. The hands had been scarred, a tinge of burning on her neck as well. Unknown to him he started sobbing, letting go of all the pent-up emotions. He then decided, enough was enough, wiping away his tears, he took out his phone and opened the Stylori app.
The app was sleek so was the website. He had designed it, he smiled as he looked through the selection of diamond studded rings that were on display. He looked at the rings and picked out the Corazon Pave a ring set with a solitaire.
He then looked at the pendants and zeroed in on the “Threelok Pave pendant” set encrusted with diamonds and shaped like a heart it truly deserved a special person, his queen of hearts –
The transaction was seamless through the app and he received an order confirmation as well. The single-day delivery system was in place and he received a confirmation that his order would be delivered by 11 AM the next day. Next morning, Aarya’s father Mr. Chandramouli came in with breakfast for Kannan. He said – “Kanna, eat this and go home and take rest for a while.” I will be here.
Kannan complied and finished the breakfast of idlies and chutney and went to his flat in Mylapore. He was woken up sharp at 10:55 by his phone ringing. He answered the phone – it was the delivery boy from Stylori. He received his package and thanked the delivery boy.
Aarya’s dad’s number flashed on his mobile screen. He answered the call – “Kanna, Aarya has opened her eyes, she is asking for you. Come soon pa.”
Kannan stood next to Aarya. He smiled at her, then he said as he took out the ring and pendant – “Aaro, will you marry me, my queen of hearts?” She replied – “Kanna, you silly boy, all these years, I waited waited and waited for you to ask this. Finally today in the hospital in this stage! Silly boy, Yes, who else would I marry!!! Emotion a koraika vaendaam!”
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