Episode 19: “A whole box for him?” – Tulasi was puzzled seeing Diya. “What happened to you?!! I never see you wearing such dresses?!!” – Tulasi asked as she was drying her wet hair in the terrace. “Nothing happened! I usually wear western outfits! I needed a change! So I bought lehenga for my birthday! Something different right?!” – Diya “Oh…..! But that whole box of sweets???!!!” – Tulasi “Yeah! I gave you na!” – Diya tried to pretend “Am asking about you giving to Joyal!” – Tulasi “Come on! He is also my friend!” – Diya “He is your friend?!!! From when?!!!” – Tulasi was surprised “I see him often…. How can I avoid giving sweets to him!” – Diya “Hmmmmm! I heard you even shared sweets with Mary aunty….!???” – Tulasi “Yeah yeah!” – Diya tried to look away. Diya was actually disappointed that she couldn’t see Joyal at his house. “My dears! Come down! Sweets are ready!” – They heard Grandma’s voice and both climbed down the steps. Grandma has kept a bowl full of Rava Kesari for Diya and PaalKova for Tulasi. “Kesari! My favorite!” – Diya gave a wide smile. “Am going to empty this now!” – Diya said as she took the spoon. “Wait wait! Come here!” – Grandma held her hand and took her to the Pooja space. It was already arranged! The Brass Lamp was lit, two small mud lamps to assist the main lamp. Aromatic jasmine flowers adorned the idols and frames. The incense sticks contributed their part and the place looked divine and positive. “Wait! Forgot to keep the Kesari!” – Grandma immediately kept a ladle full of Kesari in a silver bowl and kept in the Pooja space. “Its your birthday! Come here dear!” – Grandma looked at Diya and the girls stood beside the elder woman. In a couple of second, Grandma’s lips murmured for few seconds and she opened her eyes with a smile. “Its your birthday! The Almighty’s blessing will always be there for you! My wishes for you! You will get everything you sincerely wish for” – Grandma said as she kept a Kumkum dot below Diya’s bindi. “You will have a long life and a good life!” – Grandma looked at Diya with a wide smile and Diya stood in tears. She hugged grandma at once and Grandma smiled. “What happened Diya?!” – Tulasi patted her shoulders “No one has ever done this for me!!!” – Diya wept. “See! Your parents are busy dear! That’s why. See! They have bought a nice dress for you and a gift will be awaiting this evening. Right Diya?” – Grandma tried to convince her. Diya wiped her tears slowly and smiled at Grandma with wet eyes. “Good girl! Come on let’s have the sweet” – Grandma Diya happily started munching the sweets as she thought about her parents. It was always an easy task for them. Swipe the card. Pay the bill. Dress is ready. And a birthday gift is ready. They never really spent time for Diya! The only thing they have done is inviting their friends and have a get together in name of Diya’s birthday. But Diya was quiet and she didn’t complaint about her parents…. Afterall my parents…. She said to herself. That was lunch break and Veni finished her lunch and walked out of the classroom. “Krishnaa!!!” – Someone called and Veni turned all of a sudden. Everyone laughed. “We called Krishna Vamsi and your head is turning?!” - a guy said sarcastically “No…Actually I thought….” – Veni started “We know we know!” – The guys laughed together. Veni didn’t talk much and moved away. The school was over and she was walking towards the parking space and again someone called her name. “Krishna veni……” – this time she heard her full name “Yes” – Veni turned and looked at them “Sorry sorry! We said Krishna vamsi! You heard it wrong!” – The guys teased Veni was irritated as she walked towards her cycle. She saw Krishna unlocking his cycle and he looked at her without intentions. “For God sake I shouldn’t talk to him! Else they will start teasing again!” – Veni thought and pretended to be busy with her bag. Krishna was about to smile at her but she pretended to be busy. “Krishna Veni!” – Krishna called and Veni was already riding her cycle and she deliberately ignored him. “Fine!” – Krishna ignored the entire scenario and continued his work. Next few days it was same. Nothing changed. Wherever Krishna went he was being associated With Veni’s name and Veni faced the same and both didn’t know each other’s embarrassment. It was around 8:45 in the morning and both Krishna and Veni entered the classroom together unintentionally. “Wow!!! They are coming together dude!” – Someone yelled and everyone looked at them. Veni was feeling very uncomfortable and Krishna was equally irritated. “Will you guys stop this nuisance?” – Veni asked in a raised voice and everyone jerked. “Stop what?!!” – The guys giggled again. Veni stood angrily and again the boys continued the same for the remaining day.