What a lovely evening and book launch .. we will soon get you the detailed scoop on the book launch;In the meantime here is-
A scene from “When Hari Met His Saali” enacted on stage by Actor Amrita Rao & Author Harsh !!!
AMRITA – Simi knocked on Hari’s door. When he opened it he was so happy to see her. Like an adolescent boy, he asked her in and quickly straightened his room. He offered her his desk chair and stood next to her.
HARSH – ‘Ah, will you have something? Anything cold? Coffee?’ he asked as if she was visiting his own place.
HARSH – It was true in one way: Hari and Simi were meeting alone for the first time since all the cards had been laid down. A heart-to-heart was overdue.
AMRITA – ‘Hari, I’ve just come from downstairs,’ Simi said smiling. ‘Sit,na. I want to talk to you.’
AMRITA –Hari sat on the edge of his bed, his legs crossed.
AMRITA – ‘Hari, in all seriousness you have to admit that nothing is going to happen between you and me!’ Simi opened with the most obvious comment.
HARSH – ‘I don’t agree,’ Hari interrupted.
AMRITA – ‘Let me finish, Hari. How can you just fall in love with me? You don’t even know me completely,’ Simi said.
HARSH – ‘But that is why it’s called falling in love, Simi. One just falls into it. Plus, look at it this way, if I can fall in love only knowing you partially, imagine what I will do if I get to know you completely.’ He smiled at that.
AMRITA – She couldn’t help but think that the guy had charm. But back to the topic at hand.
AMRITA – ‘I don’t believe it,’ she continued. ‘Plus, you are in love with my sister, Tia.’
HARSH – ‘I was,’ Hari nodded ‘But I am not any more. “Was” is the operative word here.’
AMRITA – ‘You are just under that magician’s spell. The day the spell is broken, SOON you’ll be back to loving Tia.’
HARSH – ‘And what if I’m not?’
AMRITA- ‘How can you not?’
HARSH – ‘Because I have never felt about Tia what I feel about you. Is that too difficult to accept?’
AMRITA – ‘Yes it is. She is my sister. I came … we met because of her. I came to America for her wedding … to you.’
HARSH – ‘So if the circumstances were different you would also fall for me?’
AMRITA – ‘Don’t get me caught up in words, Hari, I am not that smart.’
HARSH – ‘How about your feelings then? I can sense that you can feel my feelings as well.’
AMRITA -‘As a … a … as a friend, yes. What happened to you is unfortunate but what has happened to Tia is injustice. You know how much she was looking forward to it.’
HARSH – ‘She was looking forward to the function, the event, the party. It didn’t matter who the guy was, plus, she didn’t like me the way I was.’
AMRITA – ‘That’s not true. You know she has loved you and only you.’
‘You probably didn’t hear that she asked Xavier to make me into something I was not. And now that I am that person, she doesn’t approve.’
AMRITA – ‘I am her sister, Hari.’
HARSH –‘You are also an independent woman. Don’t you want someone to love you?’
AMRITA – ‘Of course I do … but …’
HARSH – ‘But because it is me saying, “I love you” to you, you have a problem with?’
AMRITA – ‘I have a problem with you being Tia’s fiancé … What am I saying? You are her husband.’
HARSH – ‘That was a long time ago and in two days’ time, that will be rectified. I want to hear it from you if it is me that’s the problem for you?’
AMRITA – ‘Look, Hari, you are a nice boy … a NICE man … But I cannot even imagine …. My life is in India, yours is here. How …’
HARSH – ‘The question is if, if you say you want to be with me, I will figure out the how part. Trust me, I am not as dumb as Tia thinks I am!’
AMRITA- ‘I am your saali, Hari. I have been calling you Jiju ever since we met.’
HARSH – ‘You are my saali if someone is strictly speaking legally. And that too shall be taken care of soon.’
AMRITA – ‘There’s no point in talking if you are going to be like this …’
AMRITA – Tch. Where are the appropriate words that will make him understand.
HARSH – ‘I could feel your soul when I kissed you, Simi.’
AMRITA – ‘Oh my God, I was just shocked, OK? You came out of nowhere!’
AMRITA – Simi was suddenly feeling uncertain about her feelings and she got up from the chair. Hari got up too and came close to her. He was so close to her he could hear her heart and it was running at a mile a minute. It was as if she was frozen. She wanted to get out of his room, but she also wanted to stay back just a little to see what would happen.
And then, without warning, Hari kissed her. Whether it was expected or not, whether she wanted him to or not, all of that was irrelevant, instinctively she had her eyes shut and was bracing herself on the edge of the desk.
This kiss was different. This time, his tongue snaked into her mouth. She had never been kissed like that before. Namit was hardly a kisser — he kissed like he was kissing a baby. She frantically pushed Namit’s name out of her mind.
Oh God, this feels sooo good!
And then Hari broke away from her and backed off.
‘Oh, Bobby …’
Shit, these kinda things just escape from my lips.
She hesitantly opened her eyes. She was afraid that her reaction, her flushed face, her trembling body could be too easily read by Hari.
‘Oh God, I have to go now,’ she said hurriedly and ran out of his room.
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