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Yaariyan – A 24 day Marathon Fiction

Five close friends parted ways post graduation and proceeded towards their dreams. Four years have passed and they are surviving – managing responsibilities, but not living. A group trip gets them present to their dreams and to each other – Will they take the plunge?

Read on!!!

Presenting – Yaariyan – a 24 day marathon fiction.

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Part One

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  1. Arpit sends a message
  2. Niket meets a suitable girl
  3. Madhu prepares for his weekend workshop
  4. Message reaches Seattle
  5. Lets catch up
  6. A trek to Kashmir
  7. The gang breaks up
  8. Madhu calls Abhi
  9. Will Arpit agree?
  10. Finalising the dates

Part Two

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  1. Registering for Kashmir Great Lakes trek
  2. And they bid farewell
  3. Swami applies for leave
  4. Madhu prepares a fitness regime
  5. Niket’s peppiness doesn’t cut him any slack
  6. Shopping for trekking gear
  7. Arpit treks Mt Kalsubai
  8. Abhinav’s surprise visit to Jaipur
  9. Swami boards a flight to Srinagar
  10. On their way to Srinagar

Part Three

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  1. Will Abhinav consider his feelings?
  2. Rendezvous at belt no. 3
  3. Meeting other Maniacs
  4. Kashmiri Wazwan & Kahwah
  5. Canteen Diaries
  6. Signing up their lives
  7. The trek begins!
  8. Tall Pine Trees & Lush Green Meadows
  9. Will Niket Continue the trek?
  10. Draw Four!

Part Four

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  1. Another Addition to the Gang
  2. Shaabash, Shaabash! Aage badhte raho
  3. The one where everyone moves in together
  4. Ascent is nothing, but beginning of descent
  5. Star-struck at Vishansar
  6. The mystery of thousand eyes
  7. Catching reflection of morning rays touching the peak
  8. Hail stones disrupt plans
  9. Arpit recollects New Year’s Eve
  10. Their first day of fourth year engineering term

Part Five

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  1. Abhinav’s Dilemma
  2. The One where Time Stood Still
  3. Mumbai, City of Dreams
  4. The Storyteller
  5. What’s the Matter?
  6. Arpit gets a date
  7. Wherever you go, carry your own sunshine
  8. The one where Niket walks fast
  9. Arpit talks to the mountain
  10. Latika becomes a part of the gang

Part Six

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  1. Temple of Humanity
  2. The Log Across the River
  3. The one where they fight
  4. Punch-ed
  5. India, India!!
  6. Wild horses gallop down the valley
  7. I think I wanna marry you
  8. Our private pool by the mountains
  9. En Route Zach Pass
  10. Mesmerised by the beauty of the twin lakes

Part Seven

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  1. Abhinav and Latika break up
  2. Baa baa, white sheep have you any wool?
  3. Arpit opens up to Ruhi
  4. Enchanted by magnanimity
  5. Arpit’s decision
  6. Homecoming
  7. Bathing in Gangabal
  8. Cake cutting at 11,200 feet!
  9. Swami joins the backbenchers
  10. Bonfire, Dancing and Folklore

Part Eight

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  1. Adios Harmukh
  2. Say Cheese
  3. Descending towards Naranag
  4. Look, it’s a house!
  5. We did it!
  6. Planning for Soirée
  7. Sunset at Dal Lake
  8. Dinner, Drinks and Dance
  9. Arpit asks Ruhi out
  10. Date Night

Part Nine

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  1. Ek baar khaaoge, baar baar aaoge
  2. Better late than never
  3. The Wait
  4. Are you kidding me?
  5. I Quit
  6. Meeting her to be daughter-in-law
  7. Abhinav talks to his boss
  8. Niket gets engaged
  9. Madhu opens up
  10. Happy Beginning!

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The Gang Breaks Up

This post is a part of 24-day Marathon fiction called Yaariyan.

Read the previous post – A trek to Kashmir. To read from the beginning, click here.

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1 AM, Saturday, January 1 2011

They return to the apartment after a disastrous beginning to new year. Swami accompanies them as they have exceeded the set deadline to reach the hostel. Arpit’s mind is filled with plethora of thoughts which are beginning to brim over in the form of anger. This was something he hadn’t anticipated at all. As he removed his shoes and walked towards the hall, he couldn’t conceal his tears. He had taken so many things for granted. The thought of what happened would happen felt absurd. But as he thought back over the past months, he realised now – there had been signs. He was the one who had ignored them. What was he going to do now?

Abhinav is yet to come to terms with the apocalypse. He is worried about Arpit – he seems shattered. Niket is clueless with regards to how to address the situation. His peppy talks ain’t going to change the gravity of the matter in hand. Feeling powerless in front of the situation; he goes to the kitchen to bring Arpit a glass of water. Swami accompanies him to the kitchen. Madhu prompts Abhinav to go ahead and comfort Arpit.

Abhinav walks toward the sofa, carrying the glass of water Niket gives him. Arpit is looking outside through the window with his back towards the kitchen. Abhinav stares at him – trying to take in his state of mind – he was so full of life an hour ago – now he seems devastated. He touches his back and offers Arpit water.

Arpit slams the glass of water, splattering the floor. His teary eyes are red with hatred. He never imagined his best friend could do this to him. ‘How could you, we’ve been together since the time we put feet in Mumbai; four years and this is how you backstab me?’ Shouting out loud, Arpit lands a punch on Abhi’s face. ‘We’re done. Get away from me and my life.’ An array of swear words follow.

Everyone else is shocked. There is pin drop silence. Abhinav is gripped by sorrow – he never had anticipated this. ‘You’re not in the right mind. Go to bed, we’ll talk tomorrow’. ‘I’m in the right mind, everything is clear to me now, I might be drunk but I’m not high. How can I be high, you’ve opened my eyes!’ Another stream of swear words follows. ‘If you respect our friendship of four years, get away from my life and never come back – leave the den and never show your face again! My decision will not change even when I’ll wake up sober tomorrow’

Abhinav decides to go away from his life – what happened wasn’t his fault. He realises the need to stop living for others and begin his life – deciding to listen to what he wants and go for it. He leaves the den and joins the hostel in college campus where Swami resides the next morning.

By the time Arpit wakes up, Abhinav has left with his luggage – leaving behind the memories. But the memories sting him now, they’ve been the ones which poisoned my life, ponders Arpit. He checks his cell phone and realises Abhi has left their whatsapp group.

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Lets Catch Up

This post is a part of 24-day Marathon fiction called Yaariyan.

Read the previous post – Message reaches Seattle . To read from the beginning, click here.

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Niket reads the message from Arpit – ‘Kamino, kab mil rahe ho!’ and a huge grin encompasses his face! It has been four years since they met together. He swiftly replies back – ‘I’m in bro. Anytime you guys are fine with; Swami natak mat karna, jaldi ha bolde.’ Niket has lost a lot of weight and has become fit, he is no longer Golu. Over four years of running his business, he travelled a lot across India to source raw material and explored various cuisines to satiate his appetite of trying new things. He would stay with Arpit in Mumbai and Madhu in Bangalore when he was in those cities. It was fun catching up – also, it was weird how things had totally changed after they left VJTI. Last year he had come to Mumbai discreetly and travelled to Pune to meet Latika.

Madhu is excited by the thought of the reunion. But would the reunion be complete without Abhinav, he wonders. Abhinav had exited their lives the way mercury evaporates after being subjected to high temperatures! Everyone remembered Abhinav, but he was not talked about. Madhu was in for the trip – it was something they should have done soon enough, but better late than never!

Govind liked the idea of a reunion. He thought for some time and invited everyone to Seattle, for he didn’t want to spend money on a trip. The moment he typed that message, everyone went hysterical on the group. It was expected of him – two years of having the highest paying job amongst all of them still hadn’t taught him how to learn to spend money on important things. He got engulfed in the flood of swear words. He also raised the concern that he would get kicked from his job if he asked for leaves in this kind of economy. Arpit straightened him out asking him to be a man – you can rightfully exercise your paid leaves and the organisation wont object to it; but you need to be willing to apply for leave in the first place! Govind asks for some time to ponder and gets back to work.

Niket has forgotten about Siddhi standing by his side as he got busy chatting on the group. Intrigued, Siddhi asks him what it is all about. He jovially exclaims he is planning to have a reunion with his best friends and needs to search for places to travel to. Siddhi suggests various places where they can go for a vacation – like Spain, backpacking to Europe, Australia, Bangkok. She likes his peppy nature and asks him if he likes her. Niket replies a yes, he would love to meet her a couple of times more, though in a less formal arrangement, where they can be themselves.  They exchange numbers and decide to meet for coffee on Sunday.

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Niket meets a suitable girl

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Thursday, 29th January, 2015

It is 8 PM. Niket Shah, fondly called Golu by his family and close friends is on his way to his dad’s best friend Rahul’s silver jubilee celebrations held in the outskirts of Rajkot. His peppy attitude and lively nature ensures he easily gels in any group of people and is able to have fun. He has just left the factory when he gets a call from his mom telling him to reach on time; this is the third time she has called him up in the last one hour – there is something broiling at the party, which definitely isn’t in my favour; Niket ponders as he changes the frequency of the radio to listen to english music.

Niket got into VJTI in the year 2007 with sheer hardwork. His dad wasn’t keen on him doing engineering – he wanted him to be a Chartered Accountant and join family business of textile manufacturing.  But Niket was determined to do Computer Engineering. This determination helped him put in a lot of effort towards getting into VJTI. He loves driving cars. In fact, he had come down to Mumbai from Rajkot in 2007 driving his I20 so that he could roam around Mumbai in his car. His parents never object to what he wants.

Post completion of his engineering course, Niket had to join his family’s joint business as there was requirement of trustworthy members on the board. Jyoti Textiles Pvt Ltd was Rajkot’s fourth largest textile exporter in terms of turnover and second largest in terms of profitability when he joined in 2011. Four years into the company, Niket had taken over supervision of production of textiles – he had identified various gaps in production process and built in various checks and measures to mitigate risks and reduce cost of production. This helped them quote better rates than their competitors. After three years in business, Niket was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer.

Niket loved making money – and hence loved his work in the factory. However, there was no entertainment in the city. Rajkot, unlike Mumbai didn’t have much avenues to lure Niket. He always imagined what his life would have been had he decided to take up masters and settle abroad.

He hands over the car for valet parking, rearranging his hair for the last time, he felt famished. As he walks into the party lawn, he sees his parents standing with a couple their age and a girl, most probably their daughter. Now he understands why was his mother following up with him since the evening!

After greeting the Rahul uncle and Ishita aunty, Niket hobbles toward his parents. He is in no mood of meeting a suitor and is amazed how his parents don’t leave any opportunity! He wonders what’s the hurry – he’s just 26!

After exchanging pleasantries, Niket gazes towards Siddhi. They exchange an uneasy hi and are left by their parents to enjoy the party. Siddhi is a fashion designer from National Institute of Fashion Design, Gandhinagar and is presently working in the House of Anita Dongre. Niket is impressed by her dressing sense. They proceed towards eating dinner when Niket’s phone buzzes. It is a message from Arpit.

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