Monday, February 8, 2016

Born Again: Chapter 7

Chapter 7




Parking his car at the Sreewosagur Ramgoolam International Airport Oliver Panache rechecked his looks in the car’s vanity mirror just to see he looked good and the rendezvous of the previous night’s activity didn’t reflect in his eyes.



He looked in the mirror and reassured himself: “For sure I am the best looking estate agent in the entire Mauritius,” he said to himself. For years Oliver was the estate agent to many rich and famous people around the world who were interested in investing their hard earned black money in Mauritius. He was adept in striking deals where shady sums of money were involved and had made a fortune out of it which he used very generously in Wine and Women an was also considered as one the biggest Casanova of the land who had no qualms in mixing business with pleasure.



He had handled many a client in his life and today was waiting for another one. But today was different, he received a call a few days ago from a woman with a very thick French accent who asked him to show a secluded property near the southern coast of Mauritius near Flacq village. The voice said her client prefers land locked property with an estate that has a mansion, a helipad, large basement chamber and minimal of servants to serve. He tried to hint that such a property was available on an island in the archipelago down from the village of Flacq however the voice insisted that her client insisted on a land locked property. The voice said she would be in Mauritius for a week and wanted to see only 5 (Not more not less) properties and he was tasked to find only 5. No information on the name on client was revealed which was pretty usual since most of his clients preferred to keep their identities concealed till the time a final deed was written but this one was different as the voice said that she would be buying in her clients name with his power of attorney. “There’s something strange about this one, let’s see how she looks like with her pants and without it”. He thought.





Well, he didn’t have to wait much to find out for walked out of departures was a handsome looking young women who didn’t seem to more than 32 almost 6’1” tall, slender body, blonde hair with flesh at all the right places. She walked up straight to Oliver who was holding a placard of his firm’s name.



“Oliver Panache, from Panache and Associates?” she asked him



Oliver almost lost his voice seeing this astounding beauty somehow he mustered enough strength from his week knees to say: “Yes, and you are?”



“I am Sofia Chirac, I called you regarding the Property. I hope you have it ready.”



Olivier: “Well, as you suggested I have identified exactly 5 properties that match your requirements. I am sure you will find them interesting.”



Sofia: “Gud, I look forward to seeing them, where am I staying?”



Oliver: “I have made your stay arrangements at the Intercontinental, Don’t worry I am not gonna be billing you for it, let me take your bags the car is rt nearby.”



Oliver tried hard to conceal his attraction for her for years his game was to show no interest in people he would be most interested in being with that would make him the enigmatic personality that women would want. However this woman was different. This was a mystery he wanted to resolve. This was the Mount Everest of the effort he always aspired for. This was the challenge he always wanted. He took a few deep breathes before loading her luggage in the boot of his Camry and proceeded to take her off.





He reached the airport pick up point where Sofia was waiting and motioned her to sit next to him with an indication that he was not her chauffer though he intended to chauffer her around. Sofia showed no signs of indignation and sat next to him. They reached her hotel and as Oliver signed in for her she sat around enjoying the view of beach.



“Miss Chirac, please take rest as you have had a long flight, we’ll start tour tomorrow however, if you please I may like to have your pleasure for a dinner this evening, they serve excellent lobsters and have finest wines.” Oliver tried his usual opening line.



“I am sure there will be more such opportunities, today I am much tired and prefer resting…” Sofia said as she moved on with the porter towards her room.



“I am sure there will be, take care” Oliver replied as he moved on…









Three days later:





“God, I am glad that finally it’s over.” Sofia sighed as she sipped her wine and enjoyed the lobster that Oliver had order for her. They sat at the Beach side restaurant of Intercontinental celebrating their deal.



“Oh, I was always sure that you will like the one which you saw yesterday cos I always felt it was an ideal foil for your requirement.” Oliver beamed who had just made 3 Mn from this deal. His target though was something else.



“Yeah it’s a good property my client is an Art Collector and would like to store all his collect art in his basement. I am glad he gets it exactly as he wants it.” Sofia said with great bit of relief in her voice.



“You know what, on full moon lights the ocean overlooking the mansion seems to silvery. It almost an awesome feeling co-incidentally today is a full moon night.” Oliver started playing his cards. “It’s such spectacle that you shouldn’t miss”



“Oh really!!!” Sofia exclaimed



“Absolutely, Mauritius has some of the best beaches and due to proximity to equator full moon nights are lovely. It’s so romantic as if William Wordsworth was writing his poetry.” Oliver said. He thought instead to taking Sofia to her room in intercontinental it would great night if he could have her in the glory of the full moon on the estate she had just purchased for her client. “This seriously is an opportunity of a lifetime...” Oliver said emphatically.



He desperately wanted to be with her in the glory of the full moon night for that would be a perfect augmentation of her beauty. This was his last ditch effort to do just that and the wine and ambiance was doing their trick.



“So why don’t you take me there Oliver,” Sofia said “I want to see the beach and I want to experience this time. Who know where one might end up tomorrow...”



It seemed that the wine and cocaine filled lobster had it effect. Now it the time for climax. They started and accidentally Sofia spilled her wine on Oliver. She apologized and suggested to have a shower. Within 15 mins they were at the estate where she undressed Oliver and suggest him to go into the bubble bath. Sofia changed to her night dress there which made her look ravishing. She took her hair dryer and entered the bathroom where Oliver was enjoying his bubble bath.



“Aren’t you gonna come in?” Oliver asked as she stood by his bubble bath drying her hair….



“I sure am!!!” she said and dropped her hair dryer in the water of the bubble bath…within minutes there lay an electrocuted body of Oliver lifeless soulless…she called her chopper and took out the body of Oliver and took out her make up brush and carefully spread the DNA she had brought with her over Oliver’s body and stuffed his lifeless body in a gunny sack and made her way to the helipad within minutes the Chopper was there.



“To Ahmedabad in India” she said giving instruction to the Pilot who had been arranged by Adnan Khashoggi...”



“Yes Cain!” the Pilot said

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Born Again: Chatper 6


“Think we are very slow and need to increase our speed. What I am trying to say is that at our current efficiency levels it’s gonna a take us three times the man power to keep up with our growth rate. You’ll need to do something to increase the output from the staff.” – AB was talking to his team of Ravi Singhal (CTO & VP Technology), Revati K (CHRO & VP HR), and Ashok Shah (VP Operations). They were having a meeting to discuss productivity levels, somewhere AB didn’t seem to be very impressed with the current levels of Employee productivity while others didn’t seem to agree  

“Well AB, our delivery is on track we are up with our schedule and in addition to this we have kept bench strength of 10% in case any emergency arrives.” Ashok paused for breath and continued “We have just delivered the first cut solution to NBC and I’d just like to take you through this slide which shows the progress on each project. I think we’ve got it all covered. As per my stats none of the projects seem behind the deadline.”

AB waved his hand in disagreement, what it also meant was that he had heard enough.

“The point is that life in IT is much beyond services. I am no longer interested in serving. While I am not saying that we will not focus on our services business of course we will continue to do so, but its about time we give the world something of our own. I and Ravi have been working on the development of a prototype of a chip……Ravi would like to take it forward.” He gestured Ravi to proceed

Ravi Stood and walked across to the projector screen where he opened a presentation.

“Sure sir, friends me and AB sir have been working on the development of a prototype of a chip that enables WiFi like connectivity between two workstations without having the need to manually connect them, let me tell you how this works”

He flipped through the Slide and a new slide opened.

“Normally it is very easy to connect PCs through LAN, WAN etc. Our chip has two things GPS tracking device and IP Address detector. We call it GIPD. Te GPS device detects the location of a computer by employing a simple search on Google of course it is much more than simple search that it does, he said with a smile. And puts an IP trace on that system, this IP trace traces and keeps track of all the IPs this computer has been connected with and updates it in the database even if the IP Address allocation is dynamic each time a new IP is used a new entry of that system is created in our DB.”

“This device can be used in many areas of Defense, Peer-2-Peer Connectivity; it can also be inbuilt in the mother board/chipset board of a computer or a laptop along with the WiFi chipset.” – AB said just to clarify the commercial viability of this project

“Oh My My” exclaimed Ashok who couldn’t hide his astonishment and excitement “This would obsolete the entire Pen Drive/External hard-drive industry. We sure have a winner here.”

Ashok seemed to be very excited about the project.

“But AB”, Revati who was silent all this while spoke up “Don’t you think that there can be mis use of this i.e. if it falls in the wrong hands?”

“Yes Revati”, AB said and continued “You are right the chances are that there might be misuse of this technology, but so have mobile phones with Cameras, Google earth etc. This should not hold us back from bringing new technology into this world. This makes us more responsible to make this a very safe solution, because if we don’t tomorrow someone else will.”

“Yes Revati, we are planning to do different levels of customizations at the application level so that we deliver completely safe and secure solution to our customers. Also, one must remember that a system has to be switched on and connected to the internet in order to hack into it and all the more chances that a system connected is system monitored and hence any unauthorized intrusion will any ways be taken care of.” Ravi said

“How does this device bypass the firewall and other defenders etc?” Ashok Asked

“This device does not connect via the internet and hence the question of bypassing the firewall etc does not arise. This device places your device in the network of your target device and enables you take access of the target system much similar to what you do in a remote desktop connection.” Ravi clarified  

“OKAY Folks, the reason I have called all of you here is to give you heads up on this and the fact that we are going to need a lot of man power in order to get this product developed, customized and marketed and I am not sure how much funds are there with us to arrange for additional resources. Hence, I would request each one of you to stretch as much as you can so that we can have resources working on this project. I am going to run this through Sanjay and see how much extra we can get. Till then plz push as hard as you can.”  AB said with the Air of finality and got up signaling the end of their meeting

 

 
“It’s kinda nice to home once in a while, isn’t it” Bhumi remarked as she entered the Bedroom in their Solanki Mansion.

“Yes but today it’s kinda different, I have some reading to be done, please go to sleep I may take long.” Sanjay replied from his reading table reading the report that AB had given him today evening. He was so engrossed in reading the report that he didn’t even bother to lift his face and see her.

“What is it” Bhumi Inquired

“Something related to a new product development project that Anubhav wants to undertake, sounds exciting as well as dangerous.” Sanjay replied

Bhumi: “Why?”

Sanjay: “Anubhav’s this project is fine I think we can go ahead and do it but I feel that this product that he trying to build is the tip of an ice berg. I remember telling me something about Nuclear Fusion once and I have an intuition that these two might be related. I don’t think it’s purely a commercial project and it seems as though there is something more to it than it seems.”

Bhumi: “While I don’t understand what you just said but I can tell you one thing. Anubhav at times is an idiot especially when dealing with people, women to be precise, but when it comes his work he is genius. Have you noticed the difference in his body language, confidence levels, posture etc when he is talking technology or business. It’s just that of someone who is sharp, focused, and knows what he is doing and what to do next.” She paused for effect and continued: “He is one person whom you can trust that he won’t harm you come what may. He can be an idiot but he is not a crook.”
 
Sanjay: “I agree, I think I will talk to investors tomorrow”

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Born Again - Chapter 5

Go GOA!! 365 days on a holiday……!!!! Anubhav exclaimed as he walked down from the sea towards the sea bench where Bhumi was sitting. He came next to her and seated himself on the bench beside her. She smiled and handed him a towel to clean his body.

“So how are you finding GOA?” she asked Anubhav….

“Refreshing and rejuvenating!!! I must say it was a very good choice of a holiday!!” Anubhav replied

 Bhumi: “It is, so what happened between you and Selly?”

Anubhav: “Nothing much, what did she tell you?” replied sheepishly

Bhumi: “Well nothing as such, I just happened to meet her accidentally at the Iscon Mall the day before we left for GOA and she seemed out of sorts. No make up, no more the bubbly ness or the energy she just seems like she was very SAD”

Anubhav: “How can that be attributed to me?”

Bhumi: “Cos, she told me everything!! She told me how she had fallen in love with you and how you had spurned her” Her voice intensified as she continued: “Anubhav, I thought you were a nice guy just a little reserved…. But I never knew that you were a heartless idiot…..”

Anubhav: “Hello, mind your language; you can’t reach at a decision without hearing both the sides of the story. I never said that I don’t love her. I just told her that you don’t know me enough to Love me. In only two meetings you can only get attracted and not fall in love”

Bhumi: “It only takes one glance……” she would have continued but she saw Sanjay coming and stopped

Sanjay: “So what is the discussion going on?” He asked as he came and seated himself next to Bhumi

Anubhav: ”Well we were just discussing how beautiful the beach is and how refreshing it is to be here, Sanju, thank you so much!!!”

Sanjay: “You’re always welcome, So, now you appreciate that all the good things in life are meant to enjoy.”

Anubhav: “Yeah!!! I guess ……..now I would appreciate.”

“Come on now we r getting late we have to get ready for dinner…” Bhumi said getting up

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Basking in the glory of Moon light on the balcony little did Bhumi realize that Sanjay was standing behind her, he stealthily came from behind and held her in her arms…….

“Oh my God!!!” Bhumi exclaimed shock!!! “I didn’t know you were there.”  …….

“I just came now and saw my chand enjoying the chandni….” Sanjay replied romantically…

Bhumi looked in his eyes and their lips locked. The nature also admired the two of it’s most beautiful inmates making love. Sanjay carried her to the bed and switched of the lights.

The next day morning he was woken up by bright sun light that fell on his eyes  as Bhumi drew the curtains aside….

“Good Morning, Darling!!!” Bhumi smiled….

“Mornings are never good till the time I get a kiss.” Sanjay replied sleepily.

Bhumi went across to the bed and bent down to kiss him. Sanjay quickly grabbed her in his arms and kissed her all over. Bhumi responded to his passionate kissing by kissing her man back. Both their lips were locked for eternity and Sanjay started massaging her boobs. Both of them enjoying the marital bliss for what it seemed to be eternity, silently they broke the kiss and embraced each other in a tight lock and Bhumi hid her face in Sanjay’s arms and said “It just reminds me of our honey moon days isn’t it.”

Sanjay: “Yes Honey, somewhere in the busy life of Ahmedabad our romance seems to have lost. It just gets difficult to spend time with you, to enjoy your beauty, to say that I LOVE you, to spend hours in your arms……”

He would have continued but a faint knock on the door. Quickly both of them got up and Sanjay disappeared in the bathroom while Bhumi adjusted her clothes and opened the door. It was Anubhav….

They exchanged an uncomfortable stare before AB spoke: “Er… I thought you guys must be ready for break fast. I just thought of coming over to go along with you..”

Sanjay replied from the bathroom: “Why don’t the two of you push off, I’ll just join you in a bit…”

Bhumi: “It’s OK!! We’ll wait for you…” she clearly wanted to avoid any further discussions with Anubhav post yesterday’s argument and motioned to AB: “You may want to carry on we’ll just join you..”

Before AB could reply Sanjay’s voice came from Bathroom: “You guys carry on I’ll join you.”

Bhumi pondered about it for a while and said: “Fine, we’ll go but you don’t take long.” – It is better not to give an impression of Sanjay that I am trying to avoid AB – She thought and made a move towards the door….

At the break fast table both of them sat with an unpleasant silence surrounding them which Anubhav broke as if trying to stitch together the conversation from where they left it yesterday

“Listen, all said to Selly was that she doesn’t know me enough and it takes a lot of understanding and knowledge of each other in order to say that we are in love. Her feelings towards me can be called as infatuation or attraction and not love, but then the situation could have gotten out of hands and hence preferred to leave.”

Bhumi remained silent for a while wondering whether she should speak or not and after much deliberation she couldn’t hold herself back and said: “See AB, sometimes it takes years to be in love, sometimes it’s just a glance…..you may be correct but you could have atleast said that you were ready give the relationship a chance….unless you give a relationship a chance you will never know whether it would work or not…” AB got up and started to stare towards the sea from the glassed wall of the restaurant as if trying to absorb what Bhumi was saying….she continued….: “AB give it chance, who knows she might be the missing love in your life….you need someone to be much closer to you than me or Sanju….maybe she might be the person who would could help you through this phase of depression…” she paused as AB turned towards her slowly trying to gather his thoughts before he could speak……

“I think you are right…let me give it shot…I was thinking from mind but these matters are better thought from Heart!!!” AB replied seemingly convinced with her argument.

She always is” Sanjay said coming from behind and seating himself beside her. He heard only the last part and was seemingly interested in the discussion and said…”So wat were you two talking about…”

“Bhumi and I were discussing Selly……She proposed me and I…” AB tried to reply and Bhumi interrupted: “And he walked out on her!!”

“What!!” Sanju said with a shock surprise in his voice “You must be a fool doing that AB…my GOD just look at her……she is a damsel….and you walked out on her.”

He could not digest the fact that AB could do something like this…

“Yeah, I was not sure what to do, haven’t been in such a situation before so could really connect, look you must be thinking I am out of my mind or something….but to be honest I was not sure… glad that Bhumi gave me the perspective.” AB replied apologetically..

“May be you should talk to her once we reach there tomorrow do let me know if you need my help” ….Sanju winked….”OH and BTW we are planning to go shopping interested…..”  
 
“Yeah, I think I’ll buy some Kaju for Ramu Kaka”….AB replied as he started his breakfast.

Born Again - Chapter 5


Go GOA!! 365 days on a holiday……!!!! Anubhav exclaimed as he walked down from the sea towards the sea bench where Bhumi was sitting. He came next to her and seated himself on the bench beside her. She smiled and handed him a towel to clean his body.



“So how are you finding GOA?” she asked Anubhav….



“Refreshing and rejuvenating!!! I must say it was a very good choice of a holiday!!” Anubhav replied



 Bhumi: “It is, so what happened between you and Selly?”



Anubhav: “Nothing much, what did she tell you?” replied sheepishly



Bhumi: “Well nothing as such, I just happened to meet her accidentally at the Iscon Mall the day before we left for GOA and she seemed out of sorts. No make up, no more the bubbly ness or the energy she just seems like she was very SAD”



Anubhav: “How can that be attributed to me?”



Bhumi: “Cos, she told me everything!! She told me how she had fallen in love with you and how you had spurned her” Her voice intensified as she continued: “Anubhav, I thought you were a nice guy just a little reserved…. But I never knew that you were a heartless idiot…..”



Anubhav: “Hello, mind your language; you can’t reach at a decision without hearing both the sides of the story. I never said that I don’t love her. I just told her that you don’t know me enough to Love me. In only two meetings you can only get attracted and not fall in love”



Bhumi: “It only takes one glance……” she would have continued but she saw Sanjay coming and stopped



Sanjay: “So what is the discussion going on?” He asked as he came and seated himself next to Bhumi



Anubhav: ”Well we were just discussing how beautiful the beach is and how refreshing it is to be here, Sanju, thank you so much!!!”



Sanjay: “You’re always welcome, So, now you appreciate that all the good things in life are meant to enjoy.”



Anubhav: “Yeah!!! I guess ……..now I would appreciate.”

“Come on now we r getting late we have to get ready for dinner…” Bhumi said getting up



*****************************************************************************************

Basking in the glory of Moon light on the balcony little did Bhumi realize that Sanjay was standing behind her, he stealthily came from behind and held her in her arms…….



“Oh my God!!!” Bhumi exclaimed shock!!! “I didn’t know you were there.”  …….



“I just came now and saw my chand enjoying the chandni….” Sanjay replied romantically…



Bhumi looked in his eyes and their lips locked. The nature also admired the two of it’s most beautiful inmates making love. Sanjay carried her to the bed and switched of the lights.



The next day morning he was woken up by bright sun light that fell on his eyes  as Bhumi drew the curtains aside….



“Good Morning, Darling!!!” Bhumi smiled….



“Mornings are never good till the time I get a kiss.” Sanjay replied sleepily.



Bhumi went across to the bed and bent down to kiss him. Sanjay quickly grabbed her in his arms and kissed her all over. Bhumi responded to his passionate kissing by kissing her man back. Both their lips were locked for eternity and Sanjay started massaging her boobs. Both of them enjoying the marital bliss for what it seemed to be eternity, silently they broke the kiss and embraced each other in a tight lock and Bhumi hid her face in Sanjay’s arms and said “It just reminds me of our honey moon days isn’t it.”



Sanjay: “Yes Honey, somewhere in the busy life of Ahmedabad our romance seems to have lost. It just gets difficult to spend time with you, to enjoy your beauty, to say that I LOVE you, to spend hours in your arms……”



He would have continued but a faint knock on the door. Quickly both of them got up and Sanjay disappeared in the bathroom while Bhumi adjusted her clothes and opened the door. It was Anubhav….



They exchanged an uncomfortable stare before AB spoke: “Er… I thought you guys must be ready for break fast. I just thought of coming over to go along with you..”



Sanjay replied from the bathroom: “Why don’t the two of you push off, I’ll just join you in a bit…”



Bhumi: “It’s OK!! We’ll wait for you…” she clearly wanted to avoid any further discussions with Anubhav post yesterday’s argument and motioned to AB: “You may want to carry on we’ll just join you..”



Before AB could reply Sanjay’s voice came from Bathroom: “You guys carry on I’ll join you.”



Bhumi pondered about it for a while and said: “Fine, we’ll go but you don’t take long.” – It is better not to give an impression of Sanjay that I am trying to avoid AB – She thought and made a move towards the door….



At the break fast table both of them sat with an unpleasant silence surrounding them which Anubhav broke as if trying to stitch together the conversation from where they left it yesterday



“Listen, all said to Selly was that she doesn’t know me enough and it takes a lot of understanding and knowledge of each other in order to say that we are in love. Her feelings towards me can be called as infatuation or attraction and not love, but then the situation could have gotten out of hands and hence preferred to leave.”



Bhumi remained silent for a while wondering whether she should speak or not and after much deliberation she couldn’t hold herself back and said: “See AB, sometimes it takes years to be in love, sometimes it’s just a glance…..you may be correct but you could have atleast said that you were ready give the relationship a chance….unless you give a relationship a chance you will never know whether it would work or not…” AB got up and started to stare towards the sea from the glassed wall of the restaurant as if trying to absorb what Bhumi was saying….she continued….: “AB give it chance, who knows she might be the missing love in your life….you need someone to be much closer to you than me or Sanju….maybe she might be the person who would could help you through this phase of depression…” she paused as AB turned towards her slowly trying to gather his thoughts before he could speak……



“I think you are right…let me give it shot…I was thinking from mind but these matters are better thought from Heart!!!” AB replied seemingly convinced with her argument.



She always is” Sanjay said coming from behind and seating himself beside her. He heard only the last part and was seemingly interested in the discussion and said…”So wat were you two talking about…”



“Bhumi and I were discussing Selly……She proposed me and I…” AB tried to reply and Bhumi interrupted: “And he walked out on her!!”



“What!!” Sanju said with a shock surprise in his voice “You must be a fool doing that AB…my GOD just look at her……she is a damsel….and you walked out on her.”



He could not digest the fact that AB could do something like this…



“Yeah, I was not sure what to do, haven’t been in such a situation before so could really connect, look you must be thinking I am out of my mind or something….but to be honest I was not sure… glad that Bhumi gave me the perspective.” AB replied apologetically..



“May be you should talk to her once we reach there tomorrow do let me know if you need my help” ….Sanju winked….”OH and BTW we are planning to go shopping interested…..”  


“Yeah, I think I’ll buy some Kaju for Ramu Kaka”….AB replied as he started his breakfast.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Born Again - Chapter 4

Mean while in Paris….

Five Flights from five different locations landed at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in a space of an hour in the wee hours of the morning.

Five eminent people from New Delhi, London, Moscow, Islamabad and Washington D.C. embarked from their respective aircrafts. The airport authorities had the orders not to ask them for immigrations or visa but to guide them to a separate exit to a waiting line of Porches.

Each one of them took a separate car and a separate route to reach their destination though their destination was the same: An Old Log wood Cabin at the end of 7th Arrondisment, Rue de Greniale. One of them took an enroute to Champ Elyees, stopped at BNP Paribas and transferred 100 M Francs from a G-15 Account to another account in Bank de Switzerland in the name of Red Sea Trading Corporation.

Each of the cars arrived at the 7th Arrondisment of Rue de Greniale at an interval of 20 minutes from the other and the gentlemen walked their way to phag end of the 3rd lane where their meeting point was decided. The log wood cabin was a sound proof room which had jammers around it. This place couldn’t be bugged or traced by any man or device alive.

The meeting began as soon as the last man entered the room. This meeting was called by the Head of NSA – Tim Saunders and consisted of men from Intelligence Agencies like SIS, KGB, the RAW and ISI along with NSA. It was for the first time in the history of the Modern world that such a meeting was organized. As a matter of fact the other four were highly surprised by such an invitation from the NSA.

“Gentlemen..” Tim Saunders began “We’ve gathered here to discuss a serious threat to the millions of lives in the universe and one man in particular. We have received a very strong intelligence that Carlos has been activated once again. I have kept a dossier on Carlos. Please read each line carefully. ”

The dossier contained a five page report on Carlos.

'Real name Vladimir Illich Ramirez Sanchez, son of Venezuelan immigrants, who had migrated to Chechen in USSR and practiced law. He learnt law from his father was involved in the liberation movement of Chechen. Due to his ruthless ways to conduct operations his own men disowned him and was arrested and sent to jail in Moscow. He fled from the prison and escaped to Cuba where he helped Fidel Castro gain power over Cuba. After some disagreements with Castro Carlos left Cuba and started on his own. In a short space of time he had established links with all the major terrorist outfits across the world ranging from IRA and LTTE to Al Quida and LeT. He currently has charges of assassinations and aiding terrorism in various countries across the world and is one of the World’s most feared and notorious criminals. His whereabouts: unknown. The only way he can be contacted is through his Mistress Bizarre Nunez who is currently believed to be somewhere in Argentina.'

“I see…, interesting data on Carlos” Ranvir Thakur commented on the report and continued further: “Now I understand why you called us here. This guy is a serious threat to the world and he must be nabbed, dead or alive.”

“Carlos can only be caught Red Handed. He is master of disguises and can fool some of the most intelligent people and systems around. We can never chase him and catch him.” General Pobrosky from KGB suggested. He wasn’t amused at receiving an invitation from the American. He infact had a strong dislike towards Americans and was surprised at receiving an invitation from them.

“Evidently General, of all gathered here you are probably the most knowledgeable on Carlos.” Martin Jacobs of SIS interjected. “Probably you can add Mr. Zia to that list as well.”

“For us he is a pain, and we want to see him dead as much as you do, but we have reports that he is well connected with the ISI.” General replied hoarsely.

“That’s not true…” Liakat Zia from ISI shot back angrily

“Oh come on Liakat, we all know his role in helping Al Quida to pull off 9/11 in US and 26/10 in India, and the attackers in both these cases came from Pakistan. Diplomatically you guys may want to deny the proofs we’ve submitted but we all know that they were yours.” Ranvir Thakur from the RAW shot back at him.

Liakat Zia was at loss of words. He turned to Saunders and said: “Mr. Saunders, have you called me in here to get insulted……”

Saunders: “Now Now gentlemen, let’s put our differences behind and focus on the problems ahead.” He turned to Zia and continued: “While there is no denying of the fact that Carlos has connection with ISI, he can be a serious pain to you as well."

Saunders made this statement with an air of authority that every one turned silent. Liakat frowned and sat there sulking and making faces, scowling at others.

Tim Saunders paused to take a sip of water and continued.

“Gentlemen, post 26/11 Carlos has turned his focus towards assassinations….his next targets are rich and famous people, politicians, industrialists, actors and sportsmen etc. If we don’t stop him he would start a series of Murders here.”

“It doesn’t make sense to me…why would someone who is in college want to appear for a Board exam” Ranvir Thakur asked.

“The answer is easy and quick money. Pulling off an international crime takes time and there are lots of risks involved. Assassinations are easy, quickly done and the money is good as well if the person is a Big Name.” Martin Jacobs from the SIS replied.

He paused to see the expressions on other people faces and continued.

“We’ve intercepted a coded message that went from Zambia to Argentina where the details of his next target were sent to him and Ranvir this might be of an interest to you.” He looked towards Ranvir and continued, “Cos his next Target is Anubhav Bindra.”

There was a stunned silence in the entire cabin you could hear the sound of cars passing by which were almost 4 kms away. Every one knew that SIS’s intelligence is the best in the world and it could never be wrong.

“B B But why him….” Ranvir asked nervously.

“That’s a question only you can Answer..” Saunders replied “Ranvir, I want you to brief us about Anubhav Bindra, we need to protect him in a way he doesn’t come to know of, Martin will help you with the Gadgets and training to help your cause. General Pobrosky, please provide all the details and information you have on Carlos.” Saunders replied with an air of authority.

“What on your mind Tim.” General Pobrosky asked inquisitively.

“To catch the Rat we need to showing the cheese, we’ll set up a trap for him and ISI will help us get to him” Saunders smiled “We’ll meet here next week same day same time and in a similar fashion with a definitive plan. Please get cracking we don’t have much time.”

Saunders adjourned the meeting and all the Gentlemen left in the similar fashion in which they had come.

They all gathered at the same place after a week’s time and the intensity of the occasion was clearly visible on the faces of them all.

Ranvir Thakur began:”We’ve collected all the details about Anubhav Bindra, it’s placed in the dossier in front of you.”

All of them opened their respective dossiers and started reading it with Curiosity written all over their faces

'Name: Anubhav Bindra a.k.a AB stays in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Is the CEO of the fasting growing company in the world InfoGleam Corporation. Loves, to read books and travel. His parents died in a car accident when he was 20 and has been all alone since then. His only friends in this world are Sanjay and Bhumika Solanki the Chairman of Infogleam Corporation. Is not known to socialize much, but recently attended an Infogleam party and is reported that he left the party early but went home quite late, which is quite unusual for someone like him, currently he is Vacationing with Sanjay and Bhumika in Goa.

He follows a strict routine in his life and wakes up sharp at 7:00 am in the morning and goes to Karnavati Club for jogging and exercising. From there he heads straight to the office and returns home at about 8:00 PM in the evening and goes to bed sharp at 10:00'

“The only places he is vulnerable is while driving his car and when he is at the club.” Ranvir said when all of them had completed reading his report.

“You can also add his home.” Martin Jacobs said

“So what information do we have on Carlos General?” Tim Saunders asked General Pobrosky.

“Carlos loves playing with the law. He will give you traces and clues about the crime he is gonna commit and I believe the code that you intercepted the other day is just that clue.” General Pobrosky said

“Our sources say that currently he is somewhere in Mauritius….” Liakat Zia added.

“Aha” excalimed Martin Jacobs. “Just yesterday we received intelligence that the Famous Adnan Khashoggi has brought an Island near Mauritius. Now this clears the air. Maybe they are trying to set up a base camp over there” he exclaimed.

“Gentlemen this is not good news, we need to act fast. Ranvir, please make arrangements for a Chauffer for Mr. Bindra and also try and fix all the monitoring Gadgets in his house ASAP. I would also like to have you recruit two of your men at that K Club so that they can guard him from a distance.” Saunders said anxiously.

“Will be done, Tim” Ranvir Thakur assured him.

“Liakat, please arrange a trap for him. I know he has been of help to you in the past but you never know when he’ll turn his back on you guys, if you guys help us in here we’ll surely help you sort out the Taliban problem” Saunders said to Liakat Zia.

Zia thought for a while and outweighed his options on one hand there was a notorious criminal who could never be trusted on the other hand there was international help on Taliban threat. The latter certainly seemed more attractive.

“Okay Gentlemen, the ISI is with you in here. You’ll get all the help you need.” Zia confirmed.

“Great” Saunders continued. “General Pobrosky and Jacobs, we’ll need your help with the intelligence as you two are the best on it. Please keep a close eye on Carlos and other related happenings and I shall head this operation and provide you with all the necessary funding required for this operation. I have already transferred 100 M Francs in the Swiss bank account in the name of Red Sea Trading Corporation. The details of the account are given in the Memory card placed in front of you.”

He paused for effect and then continued in his characteristic style with an air of authority.

“Team, together we shall and we will nab the world’s most notorious criminal. We’ll call ourselves ‘the Brood’ and it’s gonna be ‘the Brood’ v/s Carlos. This is gonna be our last face to face meeting from now on we shall communicate only via the satellite phone. All the best of luck to everybody” Saunders adjourned the meeting.

All of them left the place wondering about only one thing “Why Anubhav Bindra…”

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Born Again - Chapter 3

“You just can’t seem to stop talking about him.” Priyanka said



“Yes Pree, he is just too magnetic.” Selly replied.



It was a nice lazy Sunday evening with cool breeze from west giving the city of Ahmedabad a feeling being a pleasant place to be in. Selly and her room mate decided to enjoy the beauty of the evening by having a cup of tea in their balcony.



This was the same day Selly had done an interview with Anubhav. She was so taken over by him that she couldn’t just stop talking about him. His simplicity, his love for books and gadgets, those little things that he did. So much was her banter about her interview that her roommate Priyanka was literally bored of it.



“Well take care not to fall in love with him. These corporate guys can never be trusted.” Priyanka continued.



“Oh common Pree, I don’t think I am in love with him. It’s just that I am way too impressed. Most of the people I’ve interviewed have a flashy lifestyle. Want to flaunt something or the other. But this guy is different. He prefers to keep things to himself. He is simple, decent, down-to-earth and extremely honest. I think my respect has grown for him since the interview.” Selly said trying to conceal her feelings but in vain though.



Priyanka knew her roommate and her friend too well to gauge the fact that Selly indeed had fallen in love with Anubhav. Selly had the men all over falling for her and she had never even given a second thought about most of them. This was the only time when Selly was talking intently about someone. However, she chooses to keep her knowledge to herself.
Just then Selly’s cell phone rang. It was Richa, InforGleam’s PR head.
Richa: “Hi Selly, sorry to bother you on a Sunday. I just wanted to invite you.”



Selly: “Oh that’s no problem Richa. It’s always a privilege to receive your invitation. BTW, even I have something exciting to share with you.”



Richa: “Oh really, what is it.”



Selly: “Well, I did a cover story interview with Anubhav Bindra today. He is appearing on our magazine’s cover in the next edition.”



Richa: “Not bad Selly, getting AB for an interview is in itself a big deal and the fact that he agreed. God must be very pleased with you. I’ll look forward to your next edition now. BTW I called you invite you for our Party tomorrow evening 7:00 pm at the Taj Ummed. Please be there to cover the entire party it’s a big event for us.”



Selly: “Sure Richa, I’ll be there.” As she disconnected the phone. “Another chance to meet him.” She thought.

*******************************************************************************

At the right place, at the right time Selly and Kedar the photographer of the magazine started to cover the party. Taking bytes from guests, clicking snaps of each one of them as they arrived. They had the orders to cover the maximum of the party and they were just doing that.

The Ambience was jut like it would have suited the Royal lineage that Sanjay and Bhumi had. There were perfume sprays, flowered entrance, white coated waiters, finest blends of scotch, and the most exquisite cuisines. It wasn’t just first class it was Royal class.

“Hi, Selly” came a voice from behind as she sipped her welcome drink. She turned around

“Hi, Richa, it’s so nice to see you. You look gorgeous.” Selly said sweetly greeting Richa with a peck on either cheek.

“Oh thanks, so howz the party.” Richa asked.

“It’s just……Royal class.” Selly replied struggling to find superlatives.

Their conversation was interrupted by a voice on the microphone. It was of Anubhav Bindra. Selly switched on her Dictaphone to record what he said.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, lend me your ears. Today is a great day for us. “

Listening to Anubhav was so magnetic that Selly almost forgot the fact that she was in a public place. She felt as if she was at some alone uninhabited place and Anubhav’s voice her only guiding light. The clamor of applause broke her thoughts.

It was official Sanjay Solanki and Mark Rupertson from NBC signed their respective contracts and exchanged them. They shook hands and struck a pose for the swarms of photographers who just couldn’t take their hands away from the click button.

After the contract signing ceremony there were rounds of cocktail and it was Sanjay himself raised the toast signaling the party to begin. The DJ played the latest music the dancers did the jig like there was no tomorrow. Wines flowed, and Mr. Rupertson could just hide his glee at the hospitality.

Selly was done with her interviewing and picked up a glass of wine. She saw Anubhav; she couldn’t resist the strong desire to talk to him. She started moving towards him but was suddenly interrupted by Sanjay Solanki.

      “Hey Selly, so nice to see you here.” Sanjay came and greeted her. “I want you to meet a couple of people.” He took her arm and led her towards Bhumi and the other guests. “Selly, this is my Wife Bhumika and He’s our CEO Anubhav Bindra – the genius as we all call him.”

“It’s so nice to meet you Mrs. Solanki.” Selly greeted Bhumi with a Peck on either cheek.

 “Same here Selly, please call me Bhumi.” Bhumi replied sweetly.

Selly turned to Sanjay and said.

“And as far as your CEO is concerned. I’ve met him before; I just did a cover story interview on him yesterday.”

“Oh that's gr8…..so AB you’ve started to take my variety advice rather seriously.” Sanjay laughed clearly he was surpried as well as happy for his friend.

“Well it’s just that I met her by the roadside the other day and…..” Anubhav started to explain

“Oh come on AB, it’ good to be social you need not explain everything you do to your Boss, and Sanju can you for once stop taking a dig at him.” Bhumi said with concern for Anubhav clearly in her voice.

“OK OK Boss no more of leg pulling.” Sanjay said in a voice of mock apology.

“Well Sanju, the Boss is always right. So Bhumi agreed I will be more social from now on.” AB said.

All of them burst into laughter. The party continued to flow in its elements. Mr. Rupertson was clearly stumped with the hospitality that he received. The party ended at 2:30 am past midnight and Selly as usual was waiting for some transportation to reach back home when Anubhav’s accent stopped in front of her.

“What on earth are you doing here at this ungodly hour?” Anubhav asked concernedly.

“Just hoping to get some transportation back home.” Selly replied with helplessness apparent in her voice.

“Come on get in, you should have informed Richa earlier and we could have arranged for something.” AB said rebuking her.

“That’s ok Mr. Bindra I am used to late hours, it’ a part of my profession.” Said replied.

Selly sat inside the car and Anubhav drove on. There were a few silent moments in the car. No one said a word till they reached Subash Bridge. Selly tried hard to conceal her feelings but finally her heart won the battle.

“Mr. Bindra…” she started.

“Anubhav or AB.” Anubhav corrected.

“Ok Anubhav, I wanted to tell you something. “ Selly said

“Go on.” Anubhav replied without looking at her.

“You can call it feminine instincts or a plain banter, but after our interview yesterday and listening to your speech today. I always get a repeated intuition about one thing.” Selly said.

“I don’t think I am getting you.” AB said seeming interested.

“Well I feel that there is some load of energy within you which is waiting to burst. You don’t seem to be satisfied with what you are currently and you want to break free. You want to do something different; something ground breaking, something…….” She would have continued but a strong sound of the car breaking stopped her.

Anubhav just kept looking in her eyes with a look that would pierce the soul. It didn’t take a behavioral expert to gauge the fact that Selly’s banter had touched AB’s raw painful nerve.

“I I am sorry if I’ve hurt you but …..” she said her voice faltering not being able to withstand AB’s stare she lowered her eyes.

“You are right Selly” he said silently. His face expressionless “if only I could explain it to you.” He said regaining his composure driving on. No word was spoken in the car till they reached Selly residence.

“I don’t know if I’d be saying this but would you mind in having a cup of coffee.” Selly said getting down the car.

“Well it’s too late in the night for coffee.” AB said in a tone wanting to avoid further conversation.

“Sir, you’ve given me lift twice now please allow me to return the favor. Maybe a coffee might just be the best thing to help you to pour you heart out.” Selly persisted.

“Well if you insist.” AB said and parked his car. Both of them went to their apartment on the 8th floor.

“So you stay alone.” AB said looking around her apartment inquisitively as he seated himself.

“I stay here with my room mate who is an airhostess. She had an overnight international flight today and won’t be back till day after.” Selly replied from the kitchen as she started preparing coffee.

Anubhav sat there glancing a few magazines as Selly prepared coffee for both of them.

“So now tell me what’s been bothering you.” Selly asked as she entered the living room with a tray carrying two cups of coffee.

“I must say you have fantastic apartment. Can you show me around?” Anubhav asked as if he didn’t hear the question.

“Yeah come along.” Selly said.

“So now can I have my answer?” Selly asked again.

“That’s a nice wind chrime that you have.” AB said avoiding the question.

“It Is, what about my question, I want an answer.” Selly said impatiently.

“Quite a breezy place is this apartment.” AB continued further.

“AB, for God’s sake will you please stop avoiding me and answer my question” Selly yelled.

“Why on earth are you so keen on it? Don’t you see that I don’t want to answer…?” AB yelled back.

“Why?” Selly asked again raising her voice with tears in developing in her eyes.

“And why should I tell you?” Anubhav asked getting irritated…

Cos….Cos I LOVE YOU AB……….” Selly began to sob “and I can’t see you in the distress that you are in right now. You have forgotten how to smile, how to be happy and I want you to be happy. I want to be happy with you.” Selly sobbed as she hid her face within her palms and sat on the sofa.

“You don’t know me enough to love me.” AB said as he left.

The very next moment there was silence in the room and AB’s car starting could be heard in the silence of the night and Selly collapsed crying on her sofa.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Born Again - Chapter - 3

                 Never ever, not even in her most weirded dreams did she ever imagine a prodigy to be so simple. There was nothing extra-ordinary, nothing that would set him apart from the rest of the world.

"It seems as though I am writing about a common man. It's impossible......... either this guy is duping me or he is purely no masala." Selly thought to herself, reflecting on the interview she had done with AB.

Contrary to her belief  that she would get some good masala about this guy's love for Cars, Gadgets, his girlfriends, Pets or the clothes-line, all she got to know was about his ordinary beginings, simplicity of thought and life style, his ideas and his vision for InfoGleam.

"Maybe his simplicity is the difference....." She thought to herself as she readied for the office the following Monday.

She had been thinking about Anubhav since the time she left his home after the interview yesterday.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Born Again - Chapter - 2

The Same day at the office of Ahmedabad Magazine....

"Selly, I need a cover story on Anubhav Bindra for this week's edition." - Mark Whitmore the Chief Editor of Ahmedabad Magazine ordered.

For, 20 years in Journalism Mark had many interviews and cover-stories done for the publications he had worked with. He joined Ahmedabad a lifestyle magazine of the rich and famous five years ago and had celebrities like the Ambanis', the Adanis', Amitabh Bacchan, Sachin Tendulkar, the local boy Parthiv Patel among the few who had appeared on the cover of his magazine. Sanjay Solanki himself had appeared thrice on the cover of Ahmedabad. As a matter of fact it was considered as a special previledge to appear on the cover on this magazine.

He was chasing Anubhav Bindra for almost a six month for an exclusive but with no success. Finally he choose to use his trump card. Celina D'Souza, a gorgeous, ambitious and a drop dead sexy looking asst. journalist who wanted to make it big in the world of Journalism.

Selly : "You know sir, it's impossible. He is a boor. He would never yeild." Ozzing her oomph even as she spoke.

Mark: "Oh then make it possible, Selly" Mark Vent out his frustration on the poor soul. Quickly he realized that this fragile thing is not the one who can cope up to his yelling he composed himself and continued. "listen, this is important for our magazine to have his cover. Anubhav Bindra is an umknown quantity the world wants to know more about him. Go find out. You crack this one for me and I'll ensure you get a good raise."

Selly: "That's so nice of you. I'll try my level best. Sir, can you give me a few leads as to where I can start." she added sweetly. "It's always so good to learn from you."

Mark:"You, really have to be lucky to get this guy. But I am sure you'll do a good job. I'll let you know if I can think of something. You may go now I have something else to do right now."

Selly:"Ok Sir."

Mark didn't have much to do but he was finding it hard to control the feelings of lust he had towards this girl. "How can one not fuck her." he thought. He almost had an erection but controlled it somehow.

Selly came back to her desk and was thinking of ways in which she could get a Cover Story on AB. Getting to him was a real problem. She saw a muse trap and an idea flashed in her mind. "To catch the mice you need to show him cheeze." she thought. "Why not circulate a rumour and he'll himself come out of is shell and we'll get him." She hadn't even seen him or had no clue what AB looked like or is like. All she knew was that he was the CEO of the fastest growing company in Asia and was considered a genious.

She was so lost in her thoughts about the "cheeze" that little did she realize that it was almost 9:30 and everybody had left the office for the day. She went out of the office to realize that it had started raining rather heavily. She reached the bus stop completely drenched. There were no signs of any bus or rickshaw coming that way. The rain was making her feel cold and the chill prompted her to put out her hand and ask for lift.

She saw a white Hyundai Accent coming towards her and she signalled it for a lift. The signal was enough to stop the car. She just went to the car as the driver lowered the window.

"I am sorry to bother you sir. I need to go to Vastrapur and it seems I won't get any bus or a rickshaw. Could you please help me reach Vastrapur." She said to the Man whom she didn't recognize.

"Get in" said the voice.

She got inside the car.

"Where in Vastrapur do you stay." asked the Voice.

Selly: "I stay in Lad Society near Management Enclave. It's ok if you can drop me near Mansi cross roads."

"Fine, I can drop you till Management Enclave." said the Voice.

Selly: "Thats so nice of you, sir! BTW I am Celina De'Souza. I work with Ahmedabad Magazine."

Voice: "Oh that's gud. I do read your Magazine at times. Our Company's Chairman has appreared on the cover a couple of times as well."

Selly:"Oh really, which company do you work with?"

" I am with InfoGleam Software Corporation." the Voice said.

Selly: "Oh yes! Sanjay Solanki. He is a good friend of our magazine. Nice man. Infact, your CEO Mr. Anubhav Bindra is also quite cool. He's gonna be on our Cover Page in the next edition."

Voice (Sarcastically): "Oh really."

Selly:" Well, actually we plan to and I have been assigned the job to do a cover story."

They turned towards Vastapur from IIM Cross roads and the Voice inquired further.

"So you really think AB will agree to do an interview?"

"Well I know it's gonna be tough. Probably the toughest job of my life. " Selly shrugged "But it's a challenge and I don't even know where to begin from. I just want to do it cos I want to bring it out to the world what is the real Anubhav Bindra till date he is an unknown commodity and the whole world wants to know. I want to show it to the world what Mr. Bindra thinks. How is he able to do all that he has done. The guy's real a genious, I am sure he can be an inspiration" Selly said with a sense of excitement in her voice.

"So here we are at the Management Enclave." said the Voice "All the best for your cover story. I'll let AB know that he is needed for a coverstory somewhere."

"Thanks a lot, Sir! Can you tell me where cud I meet him." Selly Inquired.

"Well! he stays in Rajpath Bungalows. Bungalow No. 37. You can meet him at his home this Sunday." The Voice said.

Selly:"BTW Sir, I don't know your name as yet."

Voice:" I am Anubhav Bindra." as he drove off.

Selly just stood there. The heavy downpour didn't matter. She couldn't believe her ears as to what they have heard. "God can't love me so much." she thought. She just wanted to shout and dance her way to her home.

"You wouldn't believe what happened today." she said as she just hugged her room mate......

"There's something about this girl. Either she is a crook or an angel." AB thought as he changed into his favourite kurta and pyjama. There was a feeling he couldn't comprehend. His senses told him that everything was ok but he didn't feel it that way. For the first time in five years he was feeling happy. "There's something about this girl which wants me to talk to her more." he said to himself as he was having dinner. For the first time in his life he felt he needs to have some fun. He just looked around and told his servant.

"I think we should buy a new house, new car and should buy some new clothes as well. What say Ghelabhai."

Ghelabhai: "Motabhai, I am so happy today. For the first time in all these years you have expressed the desire for all the good things in life. " Ghelabhai beamed with Happiness.

"Haa Ghelabhai, aaj jine ki tamanna jag uthi hai." he said to himself.....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Born Again - Chapter 1

"Your Coffee Sir",

The waiteress puzzeled muzzeled....perplexed that she might disturb the club's most respected and expensive guests, and so she did. Certainly if not disturb the voice did stir up one Mr. Anubhav Bindra who seemed to be lost in the world of his own thoughts & the waitress's voice brought him to ground zero and when he touched down to the real world the impact of the thoughts could still be felt.

"Good Morning Sir, Your Coffee." the waitress smiled apologetically, left the coffee and went away. For a few moments Anubhav just stared at his coffee wondering where to collect his thoughts from. For some time everything seemed unreal to him.

"Sir, your Coffee has cooled down, would you want me to reheat it." - The waiteress said coming back again.

"Yes please, thank you" Anubhav replied calmly as if he didn't care.

"And would like something else as well.." the waitress inquired

"YES, another cup of hot steaming coffee and a Henry IV sandwitch" said a loud and cheeful voice from behind. The waitress turned around to find Mr. Sanjay Solanki standing there.....

"Oh! Good Morning, Sir how was your US Trip..." the waitress said...

"It was very good Sweetheart." Sanjay replied.

"That's so gr8, I'll get you your stuff." The waitress said and left.

"Hey AB..." Sanjay said as he held his frd in a bear hug. "Hey Sanju.." Anubhav replied as he greeted him.

The two then settled down on the table and Sanjay asked.......

"What's the matter with you AB. You don't seemed to have slept properly last night, also you didn't drink your coffee, Is there something bothering you...." Sanjay asked.

"Nothing, We'll discuss that later....First you tell me how was the trip. Did the Yankees Yeild." Anubhav replied..

Sanjay: "OH YEAH!, we got'em square and round" he paused to sip his coffee and then continued. " We cracked the USD 120 M deal with NBC with 50% paid in advance & the job gets done at our terms."

AB(Elated): " Oh that's Super Sanju, this calls for one of your Royal Celebrations. "

Sanjay: "Yeah that's gonna happen soon as soon. When would you want to start working."

AB: " I hope to begin from the first of next month. I'll need to take that time to put the team together. We'll deliver the first package by the end of next month. Don't worry technically I've worked it out all. We'll deliver the best."

Sanjay: "Yeah I know, You're gonna do a gr8 job. I trust you on that one as a matter of fact my job with this deal is now over, it's all your show now, so now tell me what was it that was bothering you."

AB: " Nothing my Friend, I was lost in the past years of my life. I could remember everything. The College, the Chai ketli where we used to sit and chill out,  Mom and Dad, their death, Our starting of Infogleam, our first contract, your first girl friend, your marriage etc. some how my memory goes blank for the last 5 yrs. All I can remember is nothing........ that's what is perplexing me. I don't know what happened to the last five yrs of my life."

Sanjay: "Come Let's go for a walk."

The two friends leave the sidewalk cafe and go for a walk at the jogging track of the Karnavati club.

Sanjay: "So tell me more"

AB: "Sanju, my life is all about Ideas, Ideas that have propelled us ahead. The idea to provide IT Enabled Services when the whole world was going bonkers on the DOT coms. However, for the past few days these ideas seem to have deserted me. I couldn't think anything new, anything ground breaking, anything that would take the world by the storm as we did almost five years ago. This made me go back and think in my past to investigate this further and somehow I'm still struggling figure it out what is it, why have I become so monotonous, so singular, so much in the box that I can't think of anything out of the box....."  Anubhav shrugged and continued " If we don't come up with anything new I fear we will die into obscurity all these mega million deals are fine but we need to do things differently and that's what we are unable to do right now.I am not thing about the present but I am thinking about the future...."

Sanjay: "Hmmmm...... yes you are right we'll need to invent and reinvent, engineer and reengineer always and I think I know the solution to the problem."

AB(Happily): "Really, please tell me..."

Sanjay: "The solution to the most complex problems lies in the simplicity of adressing it. Sometimes when we think hard, we tend to complicate our thought process so much so that we tend to forget to stick to the basics. You need to ask yourself are you sticking to the basics, are the solutions to complex problems simple enough and is the effort enough....."

AB: "Go on I am Listening..." his face lightening up

Sanjay: "AB, your problem is that you've hardly had a break in the last five years, hence the thought process is very much the same. You need a break, maybe just for a few days, this will help you to recollect your thoughts maybe. Also, you need to spice up your life a bit. You have got into the monotony of the routine life. Look at your dressing style seems as though a man of sixties."

AB: " And how will that help.."

Sanjay: " Don't undermine them. These small changes like going for a holiday, socialising, dressing up as per the trends will add a variety to your life, and variety my dear is the spice of life. they help one to rejuvinate which is not happening in your life right now. So let's plan for a holiday. How about Goa."

AB: "Oh common Sanju, there's hell a lot of work that we got to do."

Sanjay: " Oh just don't worry everythng will be taken care of. So it is all settled we are going to Goa next week. Even Bhumi will love break. Please yaar you need it....."

"Oh the two of you are here! I have been searching for you in the enitre club." - Before Anubhav could reply he heard a faminie voice and it was of Bhumika  Sanjay's wife. "Anything wrong guys. You seem to be having a serious discussion."

Sanjay: "Nothing Honey!, we've decided to go on a holiday next week to Goa."

Bhumi: "That's gr8, I'd love to go to Goa. It will be gr8 fun, but how did Anubhaiya agree..."

Anubhav: "Well it's not right to say no to your Boss, isn't it."

Sanjay(Sarcastically): " And the Boss is always right."

And they all started laughing heartily.....

Bhumi: "Chalo, let's go or you guys will be late for the office.."