Milind was going to the Private Investigator Pratap’s office. He felt as if he was crawling on hot coals! Milind was stressed out as he was awaiting the result of the most crucial exam in his life. Pratap was talking on the phone and indicated to him to be seated. The moment he was done, “Tea or Coffee?” Pratap asked. “Tea. You work so late every day?” Said Milind. ” Not really, but some urgent cases and summer holidays are pushing all of us.” Said Pratap.
“So, let’s get down to brass tacks. Milind, we have completed our investigation. Yes, Geeta is going out with others. But the surprising part that is she is steady with two guys.” Milind was shocked. “We have found that she is going steady with Aalap and Vijay. Aalap is her classmate and Vijay a year senior. Here are the two sets of photos taken a month apart, in Lonavala with Aalap and Mahabaleshwar with Vijay. They stayed there for 3 and 4 days.” Milind was too stunned to see the photos.
Pratap said, “I usually avoid asking any details except about the subject matter. But if you don’t mind my asking, were you planning to marry Geeta?” Milind was caught between a rock and a hard place! He was not sure how much to share with Pratap.”Pratap it is not as simple as this. I have already married Geeta!” “What?” Pratap said. “It could be a Bollywood story if I were not part of the story,” said Milind. “I will tell you the story some other time. It’s already late, and I am sure you want to pack and go.”
Pratap’s phone rang. He picked it up and said, ” I will be late” and put the phone down. “Milind, I don’t know how to console you, but I think you have come out of a marriage that could have become a tragic one.” Pratap told his office boy, ” Two sandwiches and Lassis please”.
Milind sighed and said, “Geeta and I finally met in a coffee shop.” Milind sat reminiscing for a few minutes and said, “I was quite anxious to settle my marriage as my parents were quite old. “Oh, Geeta! The photo I had seen does not do you justice. You look stunning.” Geeta could see how stunned I was. She said, ” Milind the moment I read details about you on the site. I knew that you were my man.” Milind was handsome, and their pair was “made for each other”. Milind was on cloud nine when he reached home!
Geeta had just finished her medical school; it was decided that they would get married after her internship was completed in one year. The marriage was celebrated with pomp and grandeur. Next day, they travelled from Pune to Mumbai to catch a flight for their honeymoon destination. “Some red wine?” Milind asked her in the restaurant. “Oh, I would rather have Champagne!” They had the bubbly and enjoyed it. Milind still could not believe that he had married Geeta! It was a dream come true to marry a beautiful doctor who loved him. Milind was looking forward to the honeymoon. During the courtship days Geeta always firmly stopped Milind’s advances! “Let us visit the “treasure island” after the marriage”, Geeta would always say. Milind was surprised with her orthodox views. They ultimately reached the treasure island after dinner.
Both were pleasantly tired. Before going to sleep, “Goodnight love, we have to get up early for the flight!” Milind said. Geeta said, ” We are not going anywhere! If you force me to travel tomorrow, you will not find me alive!” Milind felt as if the lightning had struck him. “What? Are you not feeling well? I did not get the meaning of what you said.” Geeta said, “What is there to understand? I said if you force me to go on the honeymoon, I will kill myself. I will jump out of this window. I have just completed my part of the bargain about visiting the treasure island. I completed my promise to my parents about getting married.”
Milind was stunned. Milind started sweating. Never in his life was he so scared. His big day turned into a nightmare in a matter of minutes. He got up from the bed and crumpled on the sofa. “What happened? What has gone wrong? Did I do something that you don’t like? Did I hurt you? Did your family force you to marry me? You could have just told me before the marriage that you did not want to marry me.”
She looked at Milind and said, “Goodnight”! Within minutes Geeta was fast asleep; Milind was scared to even think of going to sleep. He feared about Geeta jumping out of the window, as threatened. Around 7 o’clock, Geeta started stirring. “Oh, you are already up! I will quickly get ready and let’s go to Pune after breakfast.” “Don’t you like Hot Chocolate? I love it.” Said Geeta.
Milind was aghast; Geeta was chatting as if the threat was an everyday affair. On the way back to Pune, they met Geeta’s friends at the food court. “Meet my husband Milind; we are on our way back home from our honeymoon”. Said Geeta. In the car, Milind was still dazed at how disdainfully Geeta was handling the situation. “What should we tell at home?” Geeta said, “Oh, Milind, it’s your problem!”
Milind dreaded the thought of reaching home. What could he tell everybody? How would he explain? Especially with such nonchalant behaviour by Geeta. They arrived home; all were surprised by their unexpected arrival! Everybody appeared disturbed, but Geeta was behaving normally. When Milind’s mom asked Geeta privately, “Oh, we will travel next week.” Geeta told Milind’s mother. There was a strained silence all day long.
In the evening, Milind’s mom suggested that they go and visit a mandir, Geeta jumped and said, “Milind, let’s go and visit Ganapati Mandir.” They reached the mandir; they met his uncle there. The uncle said, “You were to travel for the honeymoon. How come you are here still?” “Uncle, we are going next week,” said Geeta. In the car, Geeta said, “Milind let’s go and meet my aunt”. The same story about travelling next week was repeated, and after some coffee, Milind said, “Let’s go home”. “I am not going back with you; day after tomorrow, I will shift back to my hostel,” said Geeta.
All were shocked. “Geeta, are you crazy? What are you talking? Go with Milind.” Geeta said, “Aunty, please don’t get into this; I am an adult.” Suddenly everybody became quiet. Milind walked out in a trance. How Milind drove back home, he did not know. On reaching home, everybody asked Milind where Geeta was. Milind was too shocked and embarrassed to say anything. But Milind had to face it upfront. “The marriage is off. Please leave me alone.” Milind banged his room door. Next day Milind briefly explained to them everything and said, “I don’t know the reason why this has happened. But I will find out and then let you know. I am shocked the way she behaved all through this event, she was nonchalant and remorseless, almost on the verge of threatening me.”
Next day morning, Milind called his friend Sharad, “Who is the best private investigator in Pune?”. He said there is nobody better than Pratap Jadhav.
Pratap’s office boy came in and said, “There is someone called Dr Vijay to meet you, sir! I told him to come tomorrow. But he insists that he wants to meet you just now ……
Milind walked out of the office and sat in his car. Suddenly, a bike stopped in front of his car and was parked. Geeta was hugging the rider tightly and was cooing something in his ears. After getting down, the rider gave a loving pat on Geeta’s bum! When the rider removed his helmet, Milind was shocked to see that it was his buddy Sharad! Sharad and Geeta embraced each other and walked into a pub next door!