Shalini is a very attractive gal in the first year of her college. She is very decent and conservative gal who has high values for the society. However she belonged to a poor family, who were very old-idealistic, unlike her. She is very beautiful, voluptuous and tall but she does not like wearing revealing clothes. She would wear conservative salwaar suits and rarely loose jeans and long tops to
She is in love with a guy Rohit who is actually also from very poor family. He studies in a different college but the meet in the inter college quiz and fell to each other heart. She knows her family will not at all support her love and marriage with the Rohit. However they plan to keep it a secret and marry once they find good jobs after the college. Then they plan to marry.
The problem started when Rohit did not have the money to pay the college fees. So Shalini, to help Rohit help him borrows some money from her classmate Vicky and gives it to Rohit. Shalini takes up a job in nearby McDonald’s outlet as a lady on the counter to pay back the money to Vicky. She worked after college 3pm to 8 pm. However she had just joined the job when she had to quit the job due to
excessive ogling of people and demands of the manager for her to wear revealing and tight fitting clothes. She could not adjust and she had to let go.
It was another warm morning on the hot summer day. And it was Shalini’s birthday. She remembered the call at midnight from Rohit wishing her a sweet birthday. She wore one of her best suits to the college. A nice off-white suit with pink flowers printed and pale pink salwaar. Over it she put on a nicely pressed matching pink dupatta . She was in joyous mood and had put the tensions regarding her debt on the back of her mind. Anyway she had not met Vicky for
past 1 month. It seemed to her that Vicky too had put it on back of his mind for he was a good friend to her and was a rich guy with his dad in top positions in the political circles. So seemingly the money was not a problem to Vicky and Shalini had put it on the backseat for the day. However she was looking for having a nice lunch and a beautiful evening with Rohit.
She made her way to college in the public transport. Everything seemed nice and merry. Lot many friends of her complimented her on her new beautiful dress. Many of them who were close wished her a nice and happy birthday. She was a happy gal and was strolling to her classroom merrily as the first period, an economics session, had some time before it started. Then there was a voice behind her. Dull and heavy. “very very Happy Birthday, Shalini. Hey wait do not turn… guess who I am. And u get a surprise gift “. Shalini tried to. She just could not recall whose. She guessed couple of names but could not. She guessed in her mind that it was Rohit and was playing some lovely prank on her. However she admitted defeat and turned to give Rohit a scolding laced in love.
She turned and she saw Vicky standing and smiling there.
Shalini: “Vicky… you”
Vicky: “Sorry dear Shalini, you are bad at guessing. you have lost
something today. Err, I mean your gift”
Vicky had cold look in his eyes. Shalini was seemingly uncomfortable in front of him, like never before. Vicky was the last person in the world she expected to see today. She suddenly remembered the money. Then she thought, ` no, Vicky will not talk about it’. Lost in battles of thought, she looked blankly at Vicky, seemingly a different Shalini then just a couple of minutes before.
Vicky: Hey Shalini, what happened? Where are you lost? Hey… here…
Shalini: Oh. sorry I am. Oh. Please. Hello
Vicky: Lost in someone’s thought?
Shalini: No no, just like that. How are you?
(Though Shalini had never told Vicky or anybody about Rohit, Vicky knew and he knew why Shalini had borrowed money and he knew all about her and her family and about her loosing the job too and he knew her birthday)
Vicky: Happy birthday Shalini.