A lot can happen over coffee! Jiya was looking towards the logo of the CCD with a cup of hot Mocha and was wondering what that exactly meant! CCD was her favourite bistro and she was a regular visitor there over weekends to chill and try out different coffee flavours. She finished her coffee and started to leave when she bumped into a guy on her exit, entering the café. She immediately looked up to say sorry, but was awestruck to see Ronny, her best buddy from college right there. She didn’t knew how to react as it was almost after 6 years that they were meeting and that too when their last meeting ended on a wrong note!
She managed to say a little hi and then a sorry. He hadn’t changed much, he looked the same guy she knew then, the same handsome guy full of charisma, may be a little too flabby than he used to be. He looked straight into her eyes and with a smile he said, “Are u alone? Can we have a cup of coffee together?” Jiya did not know why but she couldn’t force herself to say no. They took a corner seat to hide themselves from the crowd; ordered their drinks and was waiting for it to arrive. It was then when Ronny finally spoke, “Hey Jiya, how are you? How is your husband?” Jiya promptly answered, “Everything is fine. So how are you? Did u get married?” He said that all was fine at his end too and he got married two years back. Jiya was searching for her next sentence when suddenly he said, “I got transferred here to Pune just a few months back and from then my eyes were only searching for you and finally today we bumped into each other!” Jiya did not know why he was saying all this; she suddenly started feeling scared, she finished her drink in a jiffy and got up to leave. “When shall we meet next?” Ronny asked. Jiya did not know what to answer, she looked at him blankly, and than answered, “When we will bump into each other again!”
Nikhil, Jiya’s husband, a Major in the army, was out of station for a month on duty, which meant Jiya could enjoy the indiscipline life for a month at least. Nikhil was perhaps the best groom a parent would expect their daughter to get married to. He was a perfectionist, dashing, handsome and rich! Life with him was no doubt the most luxurious life one can ever dream of but Jiya had to maintain the protocols and confined herself inside a shell. Jiya liked eating roadside foods, she loved walking barefoot on the beach, she loved getting wet in the rain, she loved laughing aloud but all this was not possible when Nikhil was around. After all it was matter of his name, fame and dignity. Jiya most of the time used to stay alone as Nikhil was always busy with his duties and as a newly wed bride Jiya used to miss Nikhil. Even though at times she accompanied him to their official parties, she always got bored of the protocol and chose to be alone. Jiya was working in a MNC; so weekdays flew away faster then she even realised and weekends were even nicer as she spent most of her time for herself.
Jiya tried hard to ignore Ronny’s thoughts, but she could not stop herself from cherishing the old memories. The way he would make her feel special! Those days she never realised how much Ronny really cared for her and loved her. She always thought it was just friendship! She recalled, how Ronny sang, “Do dil mil rahen hain” in the college fest looking towards her; the way he bought and wrote about thousand fan cards to make her win a competition; the way he called her up late in the night just to say a hi; the way Ronny reacted when a guy from some other college complimented her; the way he would drop her home everyday, even if he had off; the way he would play her favourite songs on his guitar; how they used to enjoy tea together in rain, they both loved eating the pavbhaji just outside their college and the list was endless! Jiya also started liking Ronny, but immediately after college her alliance was fixed and when finally Ronny got the courage to propose, it was a week before her marriage, she didn’t knew what to do, she got befuddled and left Ronny alone thinking that she couldn’t afford to put her parents on wrong foot only for him! Now Jiya was happy to see him married and settled and thought not to bother him anymore!
The following weekend, Jiya went to CCD again and she was almost stunned to see Ronny sitting their alone. She went up to his table and saw him smiling at her. He said, “I knew you would come. I was waiting for you!” Jiya knew the real Ronny was back; she smiled and occupied the seat next to him; they ordered their hot coffee. Jiya asked Ronny about his wife and he said, “I married my office colleague. Actually, my parents wanted me to get married as I was aging!” Ronny started laughing and added, “I always knew you will be back in my life!” Jiya looked at him and laughed off his joke; they both talked and talked till they both realised it was getting late. Finally when Jiya was about to leave, Ronny asked, “Hey when are we meeting next?” Jiya simply smiled and left the cafe.
Next weekend Jiya went to the cafe and found Ronny was there and this went on and on every week. They both would never set the next meeting date or time but every weekend both would come to the cafe to meet each other. Nikhil was back after a month, but it hardly made any difference in Jiya’s life; she continued visiting the cafe on weekends and Ronny would be always there for her! They started going out for lunch and at times for dinner; sometimes they eat roadside food. Jiya started to stay happy, she started smiling again and moreover she was back to her own self! Whenever she was with Ronny, she would be just herself but the moment she went back to Nikhil she would hide herself inside the shell. Days went by, it was almost a year, Jiya and Ronny was enjoying each other’s company. Ronny always loved her and he was happy with her and Jiya too started falling for Ronny. They never disclosed anything as both were married and they knew their wishes would never become reality.
It was again a weekend and both were out for lunch. When they were coming out it started to rain. Like their college days, they both planned to get wet and go and have tea from a roadside shop; after that they walked side by side, completely drenched and both even before realising, their hands were clasped. Ronny held Jiya’s hands softly; she felt nice and they walked hand in hand until they reached a garden. They entered the garden and no one was around. Jiya was in a dream world, everything seemed so perfect! She came back to her senses when she felt Ronny was kissing her passionately. She was back to the real bad world; she did not know why she ran and ran until she reached the auto stand outside the garden and rushed back home.
She was all in tears and didn’t knew what to do. She knew that she was in love with Ronny but she was married to Nikhil! She felt helpless and sick. She thought this would affect four lives and decided not to meet Ronny anymore. On the other hand Ronny was madly in love with Jiya, but he didn’t know how to reach her. From then every weekend he would go and wait for her in the cafe but Jiya would not turn up!
Three months went by. On a weekend, Jiya came back to the cafe. She opened the entrance door slowly and peeped in to check if Ronny was their and to her surprise Ronny was waiting for her. Tears rolled down and she couldn’t stop herself, she went and hugged Ronny. She said, “I tried hard but couldn’t stop myself from coming back to you. Ronny now its time I want to be myself. I am tired of staying in a shell” – they kissed passionately as if no one was watching!
Both of them followed there heart as they realized unless they do so everything would simply fall apart. They had already lost to their hearts. Ronny immediately went home and spoke to his wife about Jiya. She was upset and cried a lot but finally she thought Ronny was never happy with her, he can be at least happy with Jiya. She agreed for the separation!
On the other hand Nikhil reacted harshly after learning about Jiya’s affair. He threw everything; he shouted and screamed. He became almost crazy as he too loved Jiya but could not express it. He also loved his duty and protocols. He was not ready for a separation until one day Jiya attempted a suicide by swallowing a full bottle of sleeping pills! Nikhil by then knew that he cannot force Jiya to be with him anymore as Jiya would never be happy. Finally he too accepted and agreed for a separation!
Now Ronny and Jiya are madly in love with each other. They are married; a perfect couple with two kids. They still go to that cafe during weekends, to cherish their memories. Now Jiya knew what the logo of CCD, a lot can happen over coffee meant!