This post is a part of 24-day Marathon fiction called Yaariyan. To read from the beginning, click here.
So, here’s where various members of the gang are in their life after a year:
Abhinav isn’t successful in convincing his seniors to start a new automotive consultancy arm in Jaipur. However, he realises he has the sufficient experience and knowledge to start a consultancy firm on his own and quits his job.
Abhinav serves his three month notice period and moves out of Berlin on Friday, December 4, 2015. Latika has decided to join Abhinav and widen the scope of consultancy services they offer. Working together is like a dream come true for them. They get married in the end of December 2015. Their consultancy start up faces some glitches initially but eventually picks up.
Niket decides to expand his family business of textiles into manufacture and exports of specialised fabrics. This expansion ensures he gets to travel a lot. He inspires Siddhi to start her own fashion label for women and supports her by sourcing the right fabrics and in-house production. They get married in February 2016.
Madhu quits his job and spends two months at home in order to research the field of life skills for children. He develops content and starts his own company to impart life and interpersonal skills to children to ensure their overall development. He gets Ruhi on board for her expertise in psychology. His start up gets seed funding in March 2016 from a venture capital firm in Norway. On the personal front, he discusses his sexuality with his parents. His dad has severed ties with him while his mom is still in denial. Madhu is hopeful they’ll eventually understand and accept him but has also learnt to accept it if they don’t. He hopes to find a partner on his trip to Norway to meet the venture capitalists who invested in his dream.
Arpit joins Mumbai’s leading digital marketing and branding company as an intern and is making progress in that field. Though not paid much, he is thoroughly happy with his work; he does a lot of research in order to stay upbeat in advertising once he is back home from work. His parents are not keen to accept Ruhi; her horoscope isn’t an ideal match to Arpit’s. Ruhi’s parents are not fine with an inter-caste marriage. In the meanwhile, Ruhi’s application to do Phd. in child psychology gets accepted in Canada. She flies to Canada in March 2016. Their wedding is delayed by a year due to this, but they are hopeful this is sufficient time for their parents to accept their relationship.
Swami gets back to work at Microsoft in Seattle with a rejuvenated vigour and new perspective. He learns how to become more human, his interactions with colleagues become more fruitful and he no longer has to overwork to prove his dedication. Swami gets awarded the Star employee for the month of October 2015 with a bonus cheque of 50,000$. The Kashmir trip eventually helped him earn money for his next trips too. He maintains a good work-life balance and spends time with his brother Shashank and his love Rosie as they both grow with time. Rosie has now got used to daily morning walks along with her master.
Note to Readers:
I would like to take this moment to thank you for being a part of this amazing journey. Writing this story helped me push my limits, plan a lot and write continuously. Writing continuously wasn’t an easy task for me – there were times when I felt short of words and there were times when I wasn’t able to convey the story the way I imagined it in my mind. The articles then required a lot of editing and redrafting.
What motivated me the most was the joy of creating – the joy of creating characters which kept getting more real as the story advanced. These characters became my life for a month where I couldn’t help but think what would each of them do in various scenarios I faced! They helped me in understanding different perspectives of people and situations. Also, I felt utmost gratitude for the love and care friends and family members bestow upon me! It is rare we ever thank God enough for having them around.
I hope you take something from each of the characters into your life and live it to the fullest! I also hope you are motivated enough to try trekking at least once in your lifetime – that was my first goal when I had conceptualised this story. Do let me know if you sign up for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. If not, you at least take up travel and explore the hidden jewels of India!
I’d like to specially thank my parents for bearing with me for staying awake during late nights and my mom for providing her inputs on my first drafts! Also, I’d like to thank Charmi and Dhaval for continuously prodding me to write the next part. It’s your timely prodding which made me complete what I had begun.
I would love to get your feedback – positives as well as critique to improve my writing. You can mail me at email@example.com. I’ll be delighted to get in touch. Thank you!!