Samir was reclining on his driving seat listening to Britney Spears with earphones. Even though he looked very relaxed, he was frequently looking at the gate of the yellow coloured bungalow, which was about 100 meters away from the corner of the road where he had parked his blue Audy Sedan. In the lazy Sunday afternoon, there was not much of people on the roads at AH block in Salt Lake. The music was on, but Samir was not listening. His mind went back to 8 years back in a sweltering evening . The mood was of extreme celebration at his home. A lot of friends and relatives flocked his home with sweets on that evening. Congratulatory messages were pouring in. Samir was a good student, but nobody had expected that he would rank 300 in the IIT entrance examination. Strangely, the hero of the evening was himself missing from the scene. He was scurrying anxiously on the roof with his mobile phone. Rima was not picking up the phone. After repeated attempts, Rima eventually came on the line. "You cannot do it Samir. You have to join." She was sobbing. "No way, I can’t live without you." "Don’t be a fool Samir. You must join the IIT. Once the WBJEE results are out, you can quit it and join me, if I get selected." Suddenly, drops of rains started to pour in. Samir was deeply engrossed in his thoughts. He did not notice that it had become cloudy outside. His sight was getting hazy. So, he switched on the wiper. Rima didn’t make it to the WBJEE, either. But she was selected in Physics Honours in the Jadavpur University. As expected, Samir did very well in WBJEE. To stay in touch with Rima, he quit IIT and got admitted in mechanical engineering in Jadavpur University. The friendship between Samir and Rima dated back to a period when both of them went to the same coaching centre. It was a case of love at first sight. Both of them were very good students. Within few months there came a time when they could not live without meeting each other even for a single day. Both of them decided to join the IIT. But Rima’s failure had rudely disturbed their plan of staying together. Samir got selected in Infosys, while Rima pursued MSC in Physics from the same University. The same dilemma reappeared when Samir was posted in Hyderabad. On repeated pursuance, both by his parents and Rima, very reluctantly, he went to join there. Within a few days, Samir, without Rima, felt like a fish out of water. Even though, they chatted for long hours over mobile phone, Samir’s uneasiness didn’t subside. Within 3 months, Samir realized that he couldn't take it any more. He quit the job, and settled for a much less salary in RS Software in Kolkata. There was suddenly a movement outside the gate of the yellow house. Through the watery glass, Samir noticed that a shivered old lady came out of the house. "Oh, that must be the maid servant", Samir told himself. Rima Sanyal was a Brahmin, while Samir belonged to the creamy layer of the OBC community. Samir had visited her house several times. It was no secret to Rima’s parents that they were madly in love with each other. Samir always thought that getting a positive response for marriage proposal would not be a problem. In case of a difficulty, he had a backup plan in his mind, too: they would simply run away. Rima always laughed at that suggestion. She always had the confidence that her parents would listen to her. Samir looked at his watch. It’s 4-25 PM. Within a few minutes, Rima should come out of the house. Samir hadn’t met Rima for 3 long years. 3 very long years! That Samir who couldn’t live without seeing Rima for even 3 days hadn’t met her for 3 years! Everything went wrong when Samir’s parents went to Rima’s house for a formal marriage proposal. Rima’s father firmly said that it was not possible for him to accept an OBC boy as his prospective son-in-law. Samir’s father could not take the insult. He got a mild heart attack and became bed-ridden. It took 3 months for Samir to get over the shock. By that time, his father regained his health. Samir thought that it was the time to implement their back up plan . When he floated the proposal to Rima, she agreed to run away. But before that, she told him to settle in a different city. After completing the MSC within a year, she promised to join him. At last, Samir’s patient wait for 1 hour came to an end. The moment has arrived. Rima has come out of her house. Samir could not believe his eyes. Rima’s demeanour has completely changed from a bubbly, chirpy girl to a serious-looking mature lady. Samir had never seen her in sari. But today she was wearing a gorgeous purple-coloured cotton-printed sari. Her skin complexion has always been comparable with that of a Briton. In the soft evanescent sunlight, she looked like an angel from the heaven. Samir took a job in Pune and patiently waited for a year for Rima’s course to be completed. They had been regularly in touch over phone calls. But suddenly Rima’s behaviour began to change. She stopped receiving calls on the pretext of preparing for exams. Samir could not figure out the changes in her behaviour, as she never did that before. But Samir consoled himself that everything would be fine, once the exams were over. Samir would never forget the day, when Rima completely stopped receiving his calls. Her phone number became switched off for ever. Within a week, Samir was in Salt Lake. When he went to Rima’s house, her father rudely told him that Rima had gone to the UK for pursuing higher studies. He refused to divulge the details of the university and the contact number of Rima. Samir could not stay in Salt Lake for long due to work pressure. But he told his younger sister to enquire about Rima, and inform him as soon as her whereabouts were known. Within two months, Samir got the news that Rima’s marriage with a Brahmin boy had been fixed. The story of her foreign trip was a hoax to fool Samir. Immediately, Samir got back in Salt Lake. As expected, he was denied any chance to enter her house. Rima’s ex-Colonel father even threatened to lodge an FIR of molestation if he continued to disturb them. The way Samir waited today, he waited for 15 days for Rima to come out. She didn’t come out. Samir didn’t know that she was not staying in this house. But in the mean time, an ultimatum was sent to him from his company for long absence without notice. Samir didn’t care, as Rima was more important than his job. But his patience was running out. One day, he barged into Rima’s house to see whether the Colonel had locked her inside the house. The wily Colonel was probably waiting for this mistake. Immediately, he pressed a lot of bogus charges against Samir. He was detained by the police. The Colonel had some good connections in the government machinery. Samir was denied bail for 7 days. During that period, the Colonel had married off Rima, and the newly wed couple went to Europe tour for honeymoon. When Samir got out of the jail, he was a broken man. On instructions of the Colonel, the police had given him the beating of his life. Adding insult to his injury, he was sacked from his company. Since then a lot water has passed through the Ganges, Samir tried hard to forget Rima. He remained unemployed for quite a long period before setting his own software business. He always had the talent. Within a few years, he made it a great success. The question of marrying never occurred in Samir’s mind, because he could not even think of any one else other than Rima as his life partner. Rima had gone to Australia, where her husband was on deputation for 3 years. They came back to India just a month ago. Rima’s husband got a posting in Sector 5 in Salt Lake. Samir’s company is also situated there. By the quirk of fate, one day, Samir saw Rima from the window of his chamber, when she came to meet her husband. Since then Samir couldn’t sleep peacefully even for a moment, as the questions that had bugged him for several years came back to haunt him: What was in Rima’s mind? Was she coerced by her father? Why didn’t she ever want to explain the situation to him? Did she betray him? Why? He pondered over these questions night after night losing his sleep. He couldn’t come to any conclusion. He couldn’t believe that Rima on her own volition rejected him. So, he decided to seek answer from Rima, when he would meet her. Samir found out that Rima was staying at her home with her husband and father. Around 4-30 PM on Sunday, Rima goes to marketing in Big Bazar alone. Samir decided to meet her when no one else would be around. He would seek answers to his questions. The moment has arrived. Rima is within 50 meters away from him and coming towards his direction. Samir could not wait any longer to meet her. Suddenly, his heart started to beat like a drum. He felt his ears have suddenly become very hot. His nostrils have expanded. His head was spinning like a teetotum. Samir threw off the ear phone, and started the car. He gave a firm push on the gas pedal; changed the gear from 1st to 5th. In no time the car picked up 120 kmph speed. Rima got scared watching a speeding car approaching towards her. She quickly tried to move towards the foot path. But in no time Samir’s car thrashed Rima’s body so hard that she crashed on the wall of the nearby house. She didn’t die immediately, but became unconscious. Blood was gushing out of her body copiously. The impact made such a noise that people from the nearby houses came out. Samir reversed his car, and came back to Rima. Before Rima’s father and husband could come to the spot, he came out of the car with a bottle of water. He threw cold water on her face. Rima was severely injured, but cold water regained her consciousness. She was writhing in extreme pain due to multiple fractures. But Samir was in a no mood to show sympathy to her. He asked, "Why Rima, why?"