Cupid

‘Ding’

The elevator door opened slowly. Aima looked up from her phone. She didn’t usually look up from her phone.

Who does?

Not at least until you are crossing a road.

And even if people do, Aima wasn’t one of them.

Smartphone was her life. If she wasn’t working on her phone – sending emails and compiling documents – then she was surfing on social media. And if not that either, then playing games.

But it was a whole new world inside the elevator.

Like clockwork, she would enter the elevator from her floor at 9 am.

Like clockwork, the elevator would stop 3 floors down.

Like clockwork, she would look up to register who came in.

Only an acknowledging glance. And she would get the same in return.

But she had never had the guts to talk to him. And what could she possibly talk about in the 15 seconds it took to reach the ground floor.

Anyway, the door closed behind him and the countdown began so did her brain’s routine weird assessments.

15

“He is hot. Last night, when I was stalking him on Facebook. Hot Dayum. The new picture.”

14

“He dresses well. He is always dressed in proper attire. On Friday when I saw him in the morning, he was even wearing a tie.”

13

“He doesn’t seem rude. A week ago when the first-floor old lady started talking to him and wouldn’t stop even after half an hour, he was so sweet with her.”

12

“He looks educated. Didn’t last month I saw him reading John Grisham? If he gets John Grisham, he gotta be educated!”

11

“He has such a nice voice. Yesterday, the phone call he had. What did he say? ‘No, I am busy’.”

10

“Only 10 seconds left. Shit.”

9

“I will talk to him today!”

8

“I will talk to him at the 5-second marker”

7

“Who am I kidding? Let’s just wait for tomorrow.”

“Ding”

Shit.

The elevator was stuck.

“Uhoh! What do I do? Now I gotta talk. Not talking now would be more awkward. But wait, will I die? Shit, I am going to die.”

Just then, she heard someone say, ‘Aima, breathe!’

‘Oh my God. I am losing oxygen. I am already hallucinating.’ She thought.

‘Breathe Aima. Open your eyes and breathe.’ It was that sweet voice again.

Wait, what?

Aima slowly opened her eyes and there he was… TALKING TO HER… HE WAS TALKING TO HER…

‘Uh hi,’ Aima whispered.

‘Hello, Aima. You look like you’ll faint. Breathe. Slowly. Everything will be fine.’

He knew her name?

When? Why? How?

In a daze, she saw him walk past her towards the phone line.

‘Hello? Excuse me, the elevator is stuck… Yes there are two people here…  Yes, thank you, we will wait.’

He turned.

‘See that wasn’t too hard, was it now?’

‘Yes,’ her voice was hoarse.

‘Don’t worry. They are coming to fix the issue. We will be out in no time.’  He was talking so much. He was talking to her. Her crush was talking to her!

‘How do you know my name?’ She blurts out.

‘Aima, we have been living in the same building for the past two years, it will be weird NOT to know your name. Wait… are you telling me you don’t know my name?’

‘No No. That’s not what I meant.’

‘So you know my name?’ He asked again.

Aima forgot all anxiety and kept on explaining herself for another 2 minutes to clear her position. And then she saw it. He was smiling.

“Do you feel better?” He asked.

“Yes!” She said quietly.

10 minutes later when the maintenance guy opened the door, they were very much into each other. Apparently, both had quite a few mutual interests and had decided to meet later that day for tea.

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Destiny

Girls normally don’t do that.

They don’t express their feelings.

Maybe girls are afraid of it.

Or they have been so rigorously conditioned that they have come to accept it as their nature to not be the first to express their feelings.

But she was not going to do that. She had decided she won’t. She would go against all these preconceived notions and would express her feelings first.

She felt she could do that. She felt she was brave.

She felt brave because she could. She felt it was fate that had brought them together. Why else could she have met him after so many years? And why else would he have paid so much attention to her? Why else would he have been meeting her? And in all those meetings, she had had so much fun.

He had been her very first crush. She had a crush on him when they were very young. They were in school. But she could never tell him that. And then they left school. Everybody had parted ways.

And 15 years later, in a foreign country, they had coincidentally bumped into each other. The two who had never talked to each other, couldn’t stop talking now. She could feel her crush revive.

She was falling in love. Again.

They had met each other in a mall the first time. And they had promised to coordinate and meet again.

But before that, before they could establish any kind of contact, they had ended up meeting at a store. It was the second coincidental encounter. After putting all their shopping in their cars, they had ice-cream and talked for an hour before realizing it had already been an hour.

Like they say: If it happens once, its chance, if it happens twice, it is coincidence, if it happens thrice, its destiny.

And it was then she had decided.

She had decided, if they meet again, she’d know they were destined to be together. Meant to be together. Then she’ll propose. She’ll do it. Without regret.

And it had happened.

She had gone on a business trip to another city and he had been there for a vacation.

They were in the same hotel.

Even her work colleague had noticed it. He had noticed that the woman who was extremely professional in her business dealings had actually wrapped each day’s work in a hurry to rush to her hotel. And she would have coffee with her childhood crush each night at the hotel patio.

She found it amazing that she had so much to talk about with him. They would not just talk about their nostalgic memories but also, as Danielle Steel says, ‘talk about everything and nothing’.

They had returned a week later. That is when she had received a text message from him. She had felt excited like a teenager. He wanted to meet up. And she had replied in a second without even thinking how desperate it might seem.

Well, it wouldn’t matter when she confesses her feelings for him, tomorrow.

The next day she got ready with care. She chose a really nice kurta to go with jeans. She chose her best shoes. And she actually took a new handbag for a change. Her heart was beating really fast. But she wasn’t going to back out of it today. No! She wouldn’t.

Soon, she made her way to the open-air restaurant she had suggested.

In the back of her mind, she could actually hear someone say its all too good to be true. but she refused to listen to it.

No!

It was fate. And she had decided to, for once in her life, be expressive.

She got there 15 minutes early.

3 minutes later, she saw him at the end of the street.

He was early too.

He had dressed up too.

He also had a bouquet.

He seemed nervous too.

He saw her from there and waved. He was walking towards her with a smile that was so wide, the kind of smile you have when you are extremely nervous.

Did he like her too?

Could life really be this easy?

Maybe it was. Maybe life had decided to give her this happiness.

And when he was just two shops away, something she had only seen in movies happened.

Everything went slow motion.

A baby stroller on the side pavement wheeled onto the road.

The biker took a sudden turn left to avoid the stroller.

The car swerved to avoid the biker.

It skidded down the road onto the pavement.

She saw it all happen.

She was 10 feet away.

But she saw it all happen.

And she also saw a bouquet full of red flowers go up in the air and the petals all scattered on the road.

It wasn’t destiny after all.

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Review: Doctor Stranger – The Best Kdrama Ever

The one drama that doesn’t show male and female protagonists ending up together but like not the sad way.

Ok, let me explain.

The guy has his own girl he is madly in love with. The female protagonist has her own guy (PARK HAE JIN). They have their own cute little story.

Back to Lee Jong Suk. So he was kidnapped along with his father when he was just a kid from South Korea by North Koreans. They kidnap them to treat the North Korean leader and when that’s done they refuse to send them back.

So the father being a cardiothoracic surgeon is forcefully employed by the North Koreans and he trains his son (Lee Jong Suk) to be a cardio surgeon as well. The training is so freaky that he, halfway into the drama, mentions that all those prisoners in the jails of North Korea, their crime could be as insignificant as being near the borders of the country, were subjected to medical experiments. And that he was forced to train on patients with no anaesthetics or X-Ray equipment. He had subjected HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of the people to this. And this was why he did not really rely on X-Ray equipment and was able to diagnose people who needed immediate care.

doctor stranger kdrama

SO HOT RIGHT?

So while he tries to escape North Korea, his father gets shot and dies and he is able to take his North Korean girlfriend out of North Korea to Hungary. But as she is a North Korean, she is not given refuge in the South Korean embassy in Hungary. He being smitten in love kind refuses to get refuge to be with his gal even when North Korean assassins are after him.

And the worst ever scene: he is on the bridge. She tumbles from the bridge as a bullet grazes her waist. He grabs her arm. Evil guy shoots him. The bullet hits his shoulder. Th blood trickles down his arm. The girl sees his blood. She sees she is putting pressure on that, she lets his hand go. She drops into the water. She disappears into the river.

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The local police arrive. He is sent to South Korea. He gets into a big hospital. And from there onwards we see a nice friendship/relationship between him and Kang So Ra. He calls her a quack all the damn time. But he also acknowledges that she is pretty good at her job.

Park Hae Jin is kind of evil because his main purpose is to ruin the hospital by marrying Kang So Ra who is the daughter of the hospital owner. And Kang So Ra likes him but she also falls for Lee Jong Suk. And then an anesthesiologist is appointed at the hospital who is a doppelganger of the North Korean girlfriend. And he keeps saying to her ‘you are her’. But she keeps refusing. And one day when she is wearing a loose fitted shirt, he sees that she doesn’t have the mark where the bullet grazed. He is so confused. And then one day. Kang So Ra and the girlfriend are in a conference room. He just goes up to her and is like let me hug you and I’ll know from your heartbeat. And he hugs her. And then he leaves.

Afterwards, when he literally emotionally blackmails her into confessing her real identity because he has figured it out and just wants her to say it herself, it turns out she really is the girlfriend. She tells him that a North Korean agent threatened his life and so she had to lie and that her graze disappeared through a cosmetic surgery. But just like me she is dying to find out how he knew.

And he tells her when he hugged her, he felt her heartbeat. That everybody has a different heartbeat…………

And he knew it is her. And he knew she must have a reason to hide the truth so he didn’t bother her then and just went along with it.

And then at the end of the drama. Lee Jong Suk is able to get together with his girlfriend. Kang So Ra is able to get back to liking Park Hae Jin. And Park Hae Jin is able to let go of the grudge and genuinely hold Kang So Ra’s hand.

This particular drama gave me,

Romance

Thrill

Mystery

Conspiracy

A dash of action

And a bucket full of HOT GUYS

A complete Package with GOODSONGS!!!

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