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This morning was different for Cyrus. He did not want to indulge into his love for wine; rather he wanted to finish his morning chores as soon as possible, so he could call back the number from which he missed a call last night. He did not know anyone in Mumbai and this was not from Jennifer's cell phone.
"What if ...." he thought aloud, "Jennifer was trying to call me from a landline! - this must have been from her, it would be too foolish for her to ignore my text that said I have some information."
"But that was a lie ..." he kept on thinking, "now what am I supposed to say to her when I call back?" He quickly finished his breakfast, did some research on Jennifer's beloved picture that was 'stolen'.
Then he called the number. "Hello" it was a masculine voice, "ohh! it's not her" his heart skipped a couple of beats.
"Hi, I was wondering if somehow you know .... someone might have called me from this number last night ....." Cyrus said in a very hesitant way.
"Is that Mr Daruwala?" The voice said.
"Yes! That's me ... who am I talking to?" said surprised Cyrus.
"Hi! Mr Daruwala, this is Shekhar, Roohi's father! We met yesterday. You brought my "Jaan" back to me. Remember?"
"Oh! Yes. Of course! You can call me Cyrus .... How is your little princess doing?" Cyrus asked.
"She is doing great! Thanx! Actually she was really excited yesterday and was telling me she liked you a lot." Shekhar said.
Cyrus chuckled, "Really! Didn't know that kids actually like me!"
"So how are you? I hope I'm not disturbing you." Shekhar tried to be polite.
"No no not at all. As you may remember, I came to Mumbai just to meet my mother, do not know a lot of folks in Mumbai .... so not really busy.....!"
"Well, I wanted to make sure I am not disturbing another date plan!" Shekhar joked, and Cyrus laughed. "So what's the plan for today? Any special plan or any plans that you have made with your mom?" Shekhar asked. Shekhar wanted to be sure before he spoke out his plan.
"Nothing much; I am sure I will get it all done by afternoon...." Cyrus explains.
"Actually, I was thinking if you are free this evening, we, Roohi and I would be delighted to have you at our place for dinner." Shekhar said.
"Papa Papa please be quick! Remember we have to go and meet Ahuja uncle this morning!" Cyrus could hear an impatient Roohi in the background.
"This little girl is a perfect blend of sweet innocence and smartness." Cyrus thought with a smile on his face. "Ohh, you don't have to do all that ...." Cyrus said to Shekhar.
"No, no, nothing formal ... just a little chit chat over dinner." Shekhar explains.
"Really? OK, that would be great. Please text me your address; I will be there." Cyrus wanted to wrap it up after hearing Roohi's voice and could not say 'no'.
"Actually, you text me your mom's address, I will go and pick you up! May be six-ish?" Shekhar suggested.
"Sounds like a plan, See you this evening! Bye." Cyrus concluded.
"OK great, see you then. Bye." Shekhar hung up.
Cyrus looked at the wall clock, it was already 10 AM. He quickly donned a jeans and T-shirt and jumped out on the road. "I should be in the office of the English daily before noon." He told to himself.
Jennifer asked after initial formality. She was slightly shocked how quickly Shekhar answered the phone, she did not even hear a ring!