found Karan huddled on the chair, looking inexplicably sad. And even
then, his hands were fiddling with the wires of the machine, which
was lying in front of him.
experienced eyes were telling her that he was not building or
repairing anything in particular. He was just looking dully at the
machine in front of him not knowing what else to do. She was more
than sure that given a chance he would have told the machine
everything about his heartache and his morning. But to be honest,
Karan looked too sad for words.
that was when she saw the man properly for the first time in her
life. Karan was a very smart man who loved life with a passion. Karan
expressed his love for people in the way he knew best. He built them
machines – Machines which he thought would be useful to them.
was the minute she fell for him. Hard.
Karan did not notice her expression. But then Karan never noticed
normal things. But right now, Karan did not even notice her walk
inside his room. He was that glum.
She said as he was startled.
minute he turned, she saw an array of expressions run through his
face – a genuine happiness, love and then came the memory of the
morning and then his face was riddled with sadness.
am sorry,” He stuttered looking unhappy. “I am sorry, I created a
scene in your house before all your guests. I really thought that my
machine would be the perfect dishwasher.” He said not looking up
from the machine, struggling not to remember the scene at Shreya’s
house in the morning.
the vessels were spewed all over the house. That it made a
horrendously bad sound disturbing the events in the hall was half the
problem. The “dishwasher” was apparently not done having the
final word when it managed to throw a huge pressure cooker right at
the hall. And naturally the cooker had to land on the table where
Shreya’s father and the other people were already looking worriedly
at the kitchen.
guests were not prepared for the pressure cooker at all and it landed
with a thud and sprayed just about all its contents on all the people
around the table.
did not remember that scene well because he was for the first time
horrified with his own machine as he was trying to get it to stop.
Karan vaguely remembered the people in the hall run away claiming
something about Martians attacking the earth.
am guessing your father’s company lost the contract with those
people.” Karan said in a tone which he might have used to announce
the end of the world. Because just in the morning, Shreya had been
furious with him which was nothing compared to the way her father was
looking at Karan. Karan did not see movies much. Karan just did not
have time for it. But Karan was sure that in all of the movies, there
was a bad villain with evil eyes who spewed bad dialogues and
generally made a mess in the life of the hero. Karan did not tell
anybody, but today morning, Shreya’s father was looking
suspiciously like that hero whose life had been messed up by a
unfortunately knew exactly well, what that particular metaphor made
wouldn’t worry about it,” She said struggling not to smile as she
sat beside him. “I know my father well. Something new would come
up. Besides he has already gone to see some new investors now.”
will try to behave, Shreya,” He said earnestly. “I would not make
a mess like this. I won’t bring my new inventions and dump them at
your home,” He said dully.
you don’t do that then you are not the guy I am looking for,” She
said shaking her head as her eyes looking amused.
know I am not the guy you are looking for,” He said in the same
dull tone. “You need someone else...” He looked tired and it was
obvious that he could not finish that sentence either. “Not someone
like me. Who makes weird things and makes a mess...”
would help if you sometimes listen to people,” She said
interrupting him, struggling not to laugh.
stopped as he wondered what she had said and he had even stopped
fiddling with the wires. “What did you say?” He asked her
I have your attention?” She asked him trying not to giggle.
“Because I cannot repeat all this and not die from embarrassment.”
frowned and Shreya was really impressed that he turned away from the
machine and nodded at her.
love you Karan. Through everything. Even if you bring down my house.”
Shreya said as she spoke she really wished she could record Karan’s
expression, at that time. He was honestly looking exactly like a
scientist who had just discovered that the earth was flat after all.
“Because you are the one who is going to repair it for me later
too.” Shreya said trying to keep her face serious.
like me?” Karan asked as his eyes were shining beautifully and
there was a lovely spark in his eyes and Shreya had reached her limit
of poker face. “You still like me? After the morning?” He asked
again as confusion and thrill were still fighting in his face.
at him, Shreya lost the battle as she broke out laughing and she
laughed until there were tears in her eyes.
you laughing at me, Shreya?” Karan asked worriedly.
could not stop laughing, even to explain.
Mr. Karan Lovan are the only man I love. And I love you, because I
know that now more than ever, the world needs goofy inventors,” She
told him finally, still occasionally hiccuping and laughing. “To
brighten up their lives and make life worth loving.”