One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time.
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
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Ring Ring Ring !!!!
I woke up with a jerk thinking that I am late but when I checked the watch , there were still 20 mins to 6 . By seeing this I smiled and went for my bath .
After finishing my bath , I wore a sky blue kurti and light blue leggings with a matching scarf . I headed towards the dining table to have my breakfast . I started having my breakfast whn my father came and asked , " so all set for the first day ? "
" yes , all set ", I replied cheerfully .
" that's good baccha (child ) ! so now you are a big girl huh ? " , my father asked to which I giggled and my father smiled and said , " all the best my child" and I replied with a quite thank you .
After collecting and checking my things twice , I went towards my mother . Where she shoved a mix of sugar and curd in my mouth saying all the best (Its a superstition that having this mixture of curd and sugar before doing any important work is auspicious, Which my mother believes ) .
I stepped out of the building and went towards the cab which I had hired today to go to office as I didn’t want to get late on my first day .I sat in the cab and we started heading towards our destination . My phone buzzed indicating a text message which was from my best friends: samaira and shanaya .
All the very best !! Rock it !! :)
I smiled looking at the screen and texted back ,
Ur welcome !! Reached ?? , she texted back .
No ! It will take more 20 mins !!
Are you mad? its already 9:05 ! You will get late .
What can I do ? Due to this metro construction there was traffic jam but i guess i will be there in next 15 mins .
Please do reach fast !!
Fifteen minutes later I reached the office. I paid the cab driver the fair and stepped out of the cab and headed towards the gigantic building of glass . As soon as I entered , I smelled the air- conditioned air which helped me to calm down . The waiting room was full of luxurious and highly expensive couches adjacent to the waiting room was the high end reception desk .
I walked upto the receptionist , Where a lady was sitting and working on the computer on seeing me there she asked ,"yes mam , how can I help you ? "
"well actually I wanted to know where the fresher's are supposed to go ?"
"ohh !!! actually the fresher's are having an introduction session which will be conducted in the conference hall on the second floor "
"okay thank you !!! "
I paced towards the elevator and waited for the elevator to reach the ground floor as it was on 4th floor . When the elevator stopped on 2nd floor while coming back to the ground floor I heard somebody barking on the phone . The way he was talking was a clear example that he was holding an important position in the company and I just prayed that the elevator reaches on the ground floor as soon as possible so that I can avoid this arrogant man . Finally the elevator reached and I went inside it and pressed the 2nd floor .
Thank you lord ! You saved me !
But I guess I thanked god too soon ,As when the elevator doors were on the verge of closing a masculine hand stopped the doors from closing and I knew that the man who has stopped the elevator is none other than that arrogant man .
oh god ! I am gone !!!!!
As the doors opened , I stepped aside . So that he can enter the elevator . He entered and pressed the button for 5 th floor . As the doors closed , I looked at him to find him already staring at me with furrowed eyebrows and confused expression . Of course , he must be wondering who am I , as I am new to this office .
He was wearing a charcoal button down shirt with a black blazer which he had paired with black shoes , To say he was handsome would be an understatement . My breathing hitched , As i stared at him with a tensed expression . He was going to ask something when the elevator dinged and I rushed out of the elevator in a jet speed towards the conference room where the session for the fresher's was going to start .
As I entered the conference room . I saw many clueless faces waiting for the person who will be leading us . I went and sat on the available chair as i was the last fresher to enter . Just as i settled on my place , The conference's room door opened to reveal a good looking man .
The man was looking like he was in mid 20s as he was scaning the crowd his gaze lingered on me for few seconds (and i knew why because the look on my face was like i am living a nightmare) . After having a good look around the crowd he said ,
" good morning ! My name is vihaan and I will be the one training you for the next two months before you are assigned to your respective jobs . I want you to pay your full attention to these two months and learn the information with utmost concentration . So lets start with the introduction and then we will proceed further " .
With this everybody started introducing themselves. During the introduction , The girl sitting adjacent to me , smiled at me and I returned her smile . I instantly liked her . As the introductions were going on , we started chatting . Actually it was more like whispering to each other . While we are chatting , I sensed a gaze over me .
I looked around to find that Vihaan was staring at me and when i caught him staring , he smiled . I could'nt help but force a smile and stopped talking with her .
After this incident , I didn't spoke to anyone as I knew he was subtly observing everyone . After the introductions , He explained us that what are we going to do in these two months and he was pretty good at it .
At the ending of the session he said ," Now I would like you to meet the head of the marketing department Mr . Aryan khanna "
As he said this , A man came inside the conference room but I could not see the man as he had his back towards us and he was talking with Vihaan .
After few mins , he turned and my eyes went wide at the realisation .
Yes , He was the same man from the elevator .
I tried hiding behind Neha so that I can avoid his gaze but I was too late as our eyes met and he smiled . Seeing the look on his face , it was clear that he had caught on too what i was trying to do . I looked away from his gaze feeling totally embarrassed when he said ,
" Hey everyone , I am Aryan Khanna ! I Hope you all are clear with the schedule of the next two months . All the very best for your training " with this he left the conference room and we resumed our training .
By the end of the day , we all were damn tired but we enjoyed . The whole training session was fun . I came to know my team more closely which included Neha ,Piya ,Aayan and Simran .
After our work was over . Me and Neha decided to go home together as she lives nearby me .
By the time I reached home it was 7 in the evening . Getting into my pjs and a t shirt , I called samaira and narrated the list of events that happened on the day , " Are you serious ? " , samaira asked and i replied , " Idiot! do you think i will joke regarding these matters ?”
“no no , i just like that asked" , she replied .
" okay " i answered andthen we talked about her day after which I disconnected the call and went out to have my dinner .
Soon the time passed and I realized when it had been 10 days since our training started .I had bonded well with my team mates . It was really fun , We all were enjoying the training very much and all the credit goes to Vihaan but in these days I never got to see Mr . Aryan . As I was busy in these thoughts , Neha came to me and asked me to join her for lunch to which I smiled and said ," You go , I will be there in 5 mins as i have to submit this report to Vihaan . By the way have you seen him ? "
"ohh ! okay come soon , Vihaan is on 5th floor " , she said and headed towards the cafeteria .
As she said this I thought about the incident in elevator and unknowingly hoped to meet him . Please don't get any other ideas , the way he was looking at me that day , Somehow I am unable to forget that . So if i meet him I think I will forget the that incident .
I grabbed the file headed towards 5th floor . On reaching the respective floor as I saw a helper , I went towards him and asked him "where is Vihaan sir ? "
" Vihaan sir had to go for a urgent meeting"
" oh ! I had to give him this report "
" so if it is urgent you can give it to aryan sir "
" NO NO ! how can i give him the report as he is head , he must be busy "
"Yes, he must be busy but according to me you should ask him "
" Ok then where is his cabin ?", I asked
" I will take you there "
"thank you "
He guided me to the cabin and left . When I was going to knock on the door, his eyes met mine as the door was completely made of glass and my heart started racing as if I was running a marathon . After a few seconds , I looked away and knocked on the door still aware of his gaze on me . I went inside the room when I heard him saying " come in " in a deep and cold voice .
As i went inside the room he said , " yes "
" uhh Actually Sir I had to give this report to Vihaan sir but since he went for an urgent meeting . So I thought no actually the helper on this floor suggested it would better if I show it to you . "
" ohh ! I see . Keep the report here and you can go "
Seeing his rude behaviour , a frown appeared on my face and I kept the file on the table . I heard him calling me when I started leaving this cabin .
" Miss Ananya " he called .
" Yes sir " I turned around and replied him .
" Do not run away from the elevator in that manner ! People may think something is wrong " he smiled and said .
Hearing this I couldn't help but shake my head and smile at him . With that I walked out from his cabin towards the Cafeteria where Neha was waiting for me but still thinking about the thing which happened back in the cabin .
The days kept passing by and before i knew it ,Tomorrow i am going to a month old in this office .Vihaan ( yes I am calling him vihaan because he asked me to ) has become my best friend . He was very patient with me while solving my queries ( And mind you my queries are not easy to solve
It has been nearly 20 days since that incident happened and automatically a smile appears on my face while remembering that day. After that day whenever we used to cross each others path, We used to smile at each other. With these thoughts revolving in my mind. I drifted off to sleep.
Next day , I woke up to the sound of my alarm. After I put the alarm off, I went to my washroom for my morning chores.
After getting ready in a maroon Kurta and a black pant with a matching scarf . I quickly had my breakfast and headed towards office.
I reached the office on time waited for the elevator to reach on the ground floor. While I was waiting for the elevator Vihaan came and said "hi "
"Hi sir " I teased him.
" How many times I have told you that don't call me sir " he replied in fake irritated voice .
" Okay Vihaan ! it's been 1 month since I started with my job ! I am so happy " I smiled and said.
" I know ! Anyways, all the freshers are having a session with the head of the department " he stated.
" Head of the department ?? What will happen in this session" I controlled my excitement and asked already knowing the answer . By this time the elevator doors opened and we entered inside and continued our chat.
" Aryan sir will conduct the session and session will be about how your training is going and all of that "he said
"oh !! When this session is going to be conducted? " I asked.
" It is going to be conducted now, so keep your bags on your desk and go to the conference room "
"okay " I replied.
The elevator dinged and I went to my desk , kept my bag and greeted Neha as she sits beside me.
In this one month I have realised that Neha knows in and out of this office .
" Good morning , do you know we have a review session now? " she greeted me back and asked.
" Yes, I just came to know ! " I stated.
" Oh ! shall we go ? "she asked.
"Yes yes, let's go "I said to her
We both went to the conference room and grabbed the seats next to each other and waited for the other colleagues to join us.
Few mins later after everybody came, the head of the department arrived and started with his Review session . He was looking very good in a grey blazer and a white shirt with black pants. I did not understand a damn thing which he has speaking because I was busy looking at him more like staring.
He was speaking and asking about the training when suddenly his eyes met mine. He was staring at me with such intensity that after few seconds I looked away and smiled.
later , when the session was ending I looked at him only to find him staring at me with a smirk this made me look away immediately and I met Vihaan's eyes who was smiling at me in a manner that told me he has seen the exchange of glances between me and sir.
Finally, the session ended and I ,Neha and Vihaan went towards the cafeteria to have our lunch . Since that session , Vihaan has been giving me weird looks .
You know that type of look when your caught doing something .
We grabbed a table and placed our order . When we were waiting for our order , Neha got a call from her home and she left to attend the call. As she left , I asked Vihaan " Will you please stop giving that looks ?"
"What ? I am not giving you any looks " he said giving me an innocent look but the smirk was evident on his face .
" Please tell me ,what happened ? why are you giving me such looks ? " I asked .
" It's nothing " he said and his smirk grew wider .
" Don't want to tell me ! okay fine I am not going to talk to you " I stated and scoffed .
" Okay okay I will tell you ! first you tell me what you were doing in the meeting ?" he asked .
" Uh I didn’t do anything " I answered him without looking at him .
" Ohh really ! then I also didn't passed you any looks " he said and smirked widely .
My god ! Why this guy had to notice everything ?
" okay fine ! but I am telling you the truth, I really don’t know what happened " , I sighed and said .
" Oh ! interesting . Very interesting " he said .
Before I could ask him what was interesting , Neha finished her call and came back and food also arrived (okay to whom I am kidding ,I know what he is trying to say but he doesn't need to know that you know . I mentally thanked Neha for coming on the right time) . So I let the topic go and we started to have our lunch , discussing about our work but Vihaan was still stealing glances at me with a smirk .
Neha noticed it and asked, " What happened ? Why are you looking at her with that smirk ?”
" Its nothing like that" he said and smirked at me AGAIN .
If he didn't stop smiling like that, I swear I will stop talking to him .
" leave that I am done with lunch , you people finish yours " I said in a irritated tone and headed towards the elevators . As I was on the verge of leaving the cafeteria I glanced back at my friends still walking and bumped into someone .
Uh oh !!!
I looked at the person and he was none other than Aryan sir . I couldn' t help but smile at him while he was staring at me with a amused expression .
I quickly looked away and pressed my lips to stop my smile .
" Sorry sir , I didn't see you coming " I apologized .
" How will you see Ms. Ananya ? When you were busy looking at your friends " he said in a arrogant tone .
Hearing this I again glanced at Vihaan and Neha . Where Neha was looking at me with a worried expression but Vihaan had a huge smirk on his face . Seeing him like that a huge smile appeared on my face and I mumbled a small sorry sir again and walked away towards the elevator laughing at the moment that took place minutes ago .
I returned to my desk started doing my assignment which was given by vihaan . After like 10 -15 mins Vihaan and Neha came to my desk . They both started chatting about the assignments and asked me if I was done with mine or not .I replied with a quite " almost done ". In this whole time ,I did not dare to look at him .
As their chat got over , vihaan went back to his cabin and we resumed our work . After sometime, Someone tapped on my shoulder and I turned around only to find Vihaan pointing at his watch . It was 5:45 pm indicating that it was time to leave . So I quickly gathered my stuff and went with him towards the elevator. As we went inside I asked,
" where is Neha?"
"Neha had received an urgent call from her home so she left early)"
During this whole conversation I was not Looking at his face .
" Okay " I replied.
" Seriously, Now you will not even look at me while talking ? " He asked .
" no its nothing like that " I stated .
" oh come on yaar ! It's normal to have crush " he said . The elevator dinged and we started moving towards the entrance of the office .
" no, I don't have a crush on Aryan sir " I defended
" but when did i mention Aryan's name ? " he asked with smirk .
On hearing this , I started blushing and replied ,"actually i am getting late "
" okay okay !! But you are looking cute with all the blushing " he said and pinched my cheeks and we both started to laughing . As we reached the entrance , he left and I started to look for an auto to go home .
As i reached home it was already 6:30 pm . So after changing into my night clothes , I called Samaira and narrated her the whole list of incidents that happened in all this while . Hearing all this she said , " I told you na ,' all of your i am going to be single' will not work !! I can sense a blooming romance here " she said .
" Oh please !! I guess this is a stupid crush which will fade with time " I stated .
" Oh we shall see that will this crush fade away or will grow into love " she challenged .
" we shall " I replied and she laughed .
After talking about her work I hanged up the call and went to have my dinner .
I laid down on my bed after having my dinner and chatting with my family. All the incidents were running on my mind and I hoped against hope that this should be a normal crush . With that I drifted off to sleep .
" Ananya let's go , we have been called in the conference room " Neha said .
" Okay " I replied and we both went towards the conference room where all the fresher's were present . We both sat on the chairs and waited for Vihaan . As Vihaan entered , he greeted " Good Afternoon Everyone "
" I know you must be wondering why i called you here ? well the answer is that this is the last week of your training so you all will be given a situation on which you will have to prepare a presentation and you will present it in front of our seniors " He added .
"Seniors ?? " I asked and he smirked .
Why the hell is he smirking !!!!!!!!!!!!!
" That will be a surprise Ms. Ananya " he replied with a smirk . All the freshers started talking among themselves but something about his expression told me that it has something to do with .....
A look of realization appeared on my face and seeing that Vihaan's smirk grew wider , I looked away and started blushing . Later , he gave us the topics on which we have to prepare the presentation and he said ," you will have 3 days to prepare this presentation " . With that all the freshers started walking out and only we three were present in the conference room .
" What will happen to the person whose presentation will be upto the mark ?" Neha asked .
" ohh ! That person will be assisting our seniors" he smiling said and looked at me .
To which I smiled and asked," But sir what will happen to other people ? "
" it's very simple according to your presentation you will be assisting your seniors "he replied . I chirped a quite okay and walked away towards my desk with Neha .
After a while Piya came to me with a bunch of files and said “Vihaan sir has given some files and you to have give them to Aryan sir ."
" okay! Anything else ? " I asked .
" No that’s it but hurry up with the files okay " she said and left .
I know Vihaan is doing this intentionally . That little minx !!!
I gathered all the files and headed towards his cabin . After reaching his cabin I knocked on the door and went inside only when I had a " come in " in his deep voice . He was typing furiously something on his computer that I couldn't stop myself from admiring him . I was brought back from my trance when I heard him say " yes ".
" Sir actually Vihaan sir has sent you these files " I said looking anywhere but at him as I was completely went red with embarrassment . Suddenly there was a knock and Vihaan entered with a smirk after getting the permission of course .
" okay keep the files here " Aryan sir said and asked me to leave .
I walked out of the cabin and went towards my desk to work on my presentation with a smile .
The next two days had been very hectic and today is the last day to finish the presentation. I woke up when my mother was shouting at me that its already very late . I should get ready for my office otherwise I will get a nice shouting from Vihaan . So I got ready , took my breakfast with me to have it later and headed towards the office .
I walked hurriedly towards the elevator and got inside it and pressed my floor button . As I reached my desk, Neha informed me that Vihaan had called me in his cabin as soon as I reach . So , after keeping my bag , I walked to Vihaan' s cabin which was right beside Aryan sir's cabin .
While passing his cabin unknowingly I looked at his cabin . He was talking to somebody when his eyes met mine and I quickly looked away and got into Vihaan's cabin . As I entered he asked ," Why are you late ?"
" yesterday I working on the presentation till 2 in the morning so thats why " I said in a low tone .
"and I am sorry sir " I added .
" Its okay so have you completed the presentation ? " he asked
I was going to reply when Aryan sir came in to the cabin .
" no sir , some amount of work is still pending but I will complete the work before the deadline sir " I said in a professional tone
" okay leave " he said and I left but not before giving a glance to HIM .
After reaching at my desk soon I indulged in my work as I had time till lunch break only .After sometime when Neha asked me to join her for lunch , I refused as I was cross checking my presentation as hardly had an hour left .
When the lunch break was over . Me , Neha , piya , simran and aayan were called in the conference room . As we entered , Vihaan , Aryan sir , and two more seniors were sitting and talking about the process which was going to take place .
I was really nervous regarding this presentation as it was my first and on top of that it was in front of my so called crush . As everybody settled Vihaan said " Hey everyone , I will call your names one by one and you have to present us the presentation that you have prepared ."
So first he called aayan and he started the presentation . I didnt paid any attention to his speech as I would get more nervous . Next was my turn , I got up from my chair and walked towards the front of the table all the while feeling eyes on me . I took a deep breath and started with the presentation , I could feel his steady gaze on me which was very gratifying . As I continued my presentation , I could see everyone's face was filled with delight . As my presentation ended , I went back and sat on my chair .
The next 1 hour session of presentation bored to me to death . I do not prefer seeing others work before the result as it makes me very anxious . After everybody finished giving their presentations , Vihaan told us that they need time to figure out whose presentation was nice so he told us to have some tea till till the time they discuss .
With that me , Neha , piya , simran and aayan headed towards the cafeteria .
We finished with our lunch and left the cafeteria . We reached the conference room and noticed that Vihaan , Aryan sir , and other seniors were sitting with a very serious expression . I raised my eyebrows at Vihaan to ask him what was the matter but he just shaked his head . Just as everybody settled on the chair , Vihaan stood up from his chair and said " Welcome back everyone ! we have decided that whom you people will assist and report to . Aryan sir will say the names and whom you will report to , based on your performances "
" Okay ! So first of all I would like to say that all your presentations were nice . We had a tough time in deciding your incharge " Aryan sir said .
" So Neha will assist Vihaan , Aayan and simran will assist to these two gentlemen and piya will assist to me " He added . On listening this , I felt dissapointed and somewhat jealous . I guess my faced showed what was I feeling because Vihaan who was next to me whispered " Don’t make it so obvious" .
As he said this , I looked at Aryan sir to find him looking at me with a mischievous smile . I lowered my eyes because I could not handle his gaze .
How embarrassing !!!!!!!!!!!!!
" Sir , What about Ananya ?" Neha asked
"Ms Ananya , Please meet me in my cabin " He ordered and left the conference room . I also collected my stuff and kept it on my desk . Vihaan came there seeing my tensed expression .
"Don't worry " he said in a consoling tone .
" I am fine" I said and walked away towards Aryan's cabin . Today I can totally understand what happens when you have butterflies in you stomach . I reached his cabin and knocked on the door . After hearing a "come in" ,I went inside to find him speaking to someone on the phone . As he saw me , he gestured me to sit . The next 5 mins I kept on looking at him and he was stealing glances at me while talking .
I said a " yes sir " as soon as he finished his call .
"Actually I was thinking whom you should report to me or Vihaan ? " he said but the teasing smile was evident on his face .
Very smart ! he wants to listen from me that I want to assist him but two can play this game .
" I am fine with anything you decide Sir " I replied and kept my face as normal as I could because the smirk dropped from his face and he was looking very funny .
"okay !!!! so you will report to me " he said and I pressed my lips to stop the smile which was coming on my face .
"okay sir " I replied .
" Why are you smiling ? " he asked .
"no sir , I am not " I replied and pressed my lips more tightly , Seeing which a small smile appeared on his face .
"Can I leave ?" I asked him .
"sure " he replied and as I was walking out of the cabin , I heard him say" Ms Ananya I don't tolerate tardiness . I just gave him a shy smile and walked out .
There was a big smile on my face as I walked back to my desk .Vihaan and Neha were discussing something when I reached my table .
When Vihaan saw me a huge smirk appreared on his face , he came to me said “ Didn’t I said don’t worry "
" Don’t smirk like that , its nothing like that " I defended with a serious face.
" yes , I saw your face splitting grin while reaching your desk " he said and left , not giving me any chance to defend .
The days passed as I started working as his assistant . In these days , there were moments when we both got caught staring at each other and I started avoiding him . Not because he was at fault but because I didn’t knew how to handle such feelings but this thing didn’t stop his care towards me . I would get a coffee or a tea on my desk when he would feel that I am really stressed . These small gestures touched my heart and I felt more guilty for being ignorant towards him . I came out of all these thoughts and started working as today I had been given a lot of work .
By the time I completed my work it was 8.So I gathered my stuff and left the office.I was looking for an but couldn’t see one as it was late . After few minutes , I saw a sleek black sedan approaching me . The car halted beside me and the person rolled the windows down . My eyes went wide as I saw HIM sitting there with a grave expression .
" Get in " HE said in a cold tone .
" No sir its fine " I said meekly .
" I am not asking you miss ! Just GET IN " he said emphasizing the last part . As I did not want argue with him, I got inside the car .
" WHY " he asked softly after few minutes of awkward silence .
I knew he was referring to my cold behaviour in the last few days !
" I didn't think it was appropriate " I said in a low tone .
" why we are friends and colleagues " he said and stopped the car as we reached my building .
" Friends ?" I asked and smiled which I am sure came out as a smirk . I stepped out of the car while he looked shocked .
" Thank you !" I said and smiled .
" Ur welcome ! and yes we are friends " he said and smirked .
SMIRKED ?? BUT WHY ???
" For now " He added to which I blushed and shook my head . With that I started walked away to my building and he left after me entering the building . As I walked to my house I knew one thing for sure thaat today was a new beginning .