“Today i will be meeting her father, and i hope he accepts me as his son-in-law”, Azhar said to himself.

Two years ago he met Saira , they were in the same batch, doing M.B.B.S . Azhar was regular with his attendance, he attended all the lectures. Saira got admission late and she joined college 3 weeks after the college began. She was beautiful, fashionable, tall-heightened, with a light blue spectacles above her nose. On her very first day she wore a Red dress with a dark blue jeans, and had a bracelet in her hand with a letter “A” on it. Her long hair spreaded as soon as she passed below the fan ~ Making her appearance more attractive. She sat at the very first bench next to Sally, azhar watched her from the third bench, though he had seen girls more beautiful than her, she seemed unique. As soon as the lecture ended she introduced herself – “ Hello everyone, I am Saira , I completed my 12th from “HonorXe International Jr.College ” and scored 93% in my 12th. My father is a business tycoon, running business all over the world. I hope we all became friends soon ~ Thank you “.

” 93 % , Wow “, she is intelligent too ~ Azhar said to his friend. As days passed by she needed help with few topics, and Azhar was good with those topics. So sally suggested her to ask help from Azhar.

“Hey, mmm .. I am” – “I know” – Azhar interrupted. Tomorrow at the lunch time i will explain few topics in the class room, If you are interested you can wait.

“Thank You”, She said while smiling.

She was ready for the next day, as she would be covering the most difficult topic tomorrow. And Azhar, Everyone says he is smart and intelligent, let’s see how does he teach.

The next day, Azhar left an amazing impression on saira, by the way he taught in the lunch time. And saira scored excellent grades in that subject in her examination.

Though Saira and Azhar did not had much conversation, they always looked at each other. Azhar was caring, loving, passionate, and trustworthy. And had an average macular body. He went to gym regularly but yes he had a bad habit of Smoking. Saira did not like that, and she would say to herself “I don’t like his habit of Smoking, but i like him”.

As they finished their first year, their friendship grew stronger day by day, and finally one day ” In the Annual day event, their was a truth and dare session. And Azhar Got “dare”. His Dare was to go onto the stage and infront of everyone tell the name of the girl he liked. “Saira, I love you” ~ He said in the mic. A Moment of silence, chilling breeze, confusion and amazement on people’s face.

Saira stood up from the chair, she didn’t knew it was a dare, And everyone turned towards her, “She is beautiful” – one of them said. “I knew Azhar liked her” – another one said. And within few seconds, their was a cheering “Azhar love Saira, Saira loves??” … After 5 minutes she finally replied “Thank You“.

“Thank you” – What was that ? The reply for “I love You”. Saira was nervous as she was not ready for taking this big step of her life… The event ended. And Azhar went back to his grow and said “Done”.. Let’s continue.

For almost 2 weeks, Saira and Azhar had no conversations, Sally tried to strike a conversation regarding Annual day but saira would not reply. She was still in a deep shock, “How could he do this? infront of everyone”..

“Azhar, i see you do not concentrate in my lecture, you used to be very active, what happened? ” – all the professor complained. For the first time in 2 weeks saira turned back and looked at him. His face showed he was in deep thoughts. And did not even bothered to answer the professor’s questions. After the lecture, saira waited until the everyone left. Azhar was still in his deep thoughts. “Let’s go for a Coffee” ~ she said. Azhar looked at her, and without saying a word joined her. As they walked toward the cafe, Saira asked what was he thinking, after few seconds, he replied “I Love You“. Saira stopped and did not moved an inch. He continued “Actually it was a Dare, So i did it”. Saira slapped him, and was just going to leave, Azhar holded her hand and said “Saira, though it was a Dare, I really have deep feelings for you. And everytime i think about you, i wish we could spend time together”. Saira cried and hugged him tight, this was the first time they hugged each other. He felt the smell of the perfume she sprayed, the smell of the shampoo she used, he felt her heartbeats – it was running to fast, as it was just going to explode.

On the street they stood, the birds singing songs, the wind dancing, the flowers blooming, the water gushing with joy, it was a unique feeling. Tears flowing from her eyes, reaching down to his shoulders, he felt the heat of her tears. After a 5 minute hug, they went to the cafe, and had hours of conversation while having the coffee. He shared how he felt on the first day she showed up, how he used to look at her sitting behind, how he got jealous when she left with someone else without informing him, and other things that really mattered to him.

As they left the cafe, and was waiting at the road, “Peep – Peep” ~ a sound appeared from back. Why is he honking, we are walking on footpath, what problem does he have. Saira did not turned back until she heard “Saira, it’s 11 pm and by this time, you should be at home, we were waiting for you at dinner“.. Saira started to shiver, and said “Sorry Dad, i forgot to inform you, by the way he is Azhar” After a second she said “My friend”.

“Ok, We will meet at home now” ~ he said and left them alone. “Was he your father?” , “Yes” ~ she replied. “He have got a strong personality, and a soft voice”, “Thank you Azhar, I love my dad more than anyone”. He kissed her, on her forehead and dropped her home.

For the second year, they spent most of their time together, and Azhar even met her father, David.

Azhar was the only son of his parents, he belonged to a middle class family, living in a society, his father worked in a bank, and his mother was a teacher in the most reputed school in the city. They always taught their son, the best way of living by teaching him best character and manners.

Co-incidentally, David knew Azhar’s father, he was a hard working man, as David usually visited bank for his businesses transactions. But he never said anything to Azhar’s father about his son’s relation with her daughter.

At the beginning of their 3 year, Azhar received a call from saira saying “My father wants to meet you, it’s regarding our future”. Azhar was excited as well as nervous, as his parents had no idea about their relationship. He prepared himself for tomorrow’s meeting with Saira’s father.

“Today i will be meeting her father, and i hope he accepts me as his son-in-law”, Azhar said to himself.

“Have a seat Azhar” ~ David said, with a big smile on his face.

“How is your studies going on?”.

“Good” ~ he replied.

As you know i am getting old, I have lot of property, land, businesses, and Money in the bank. .. ”

“Yes sir” – Azhar interrupted before David finished his complete sentence.

“And as you know, Saira had lived a high – lifestyle, I had fulfilled all her dreams since her childhood”.

Azhar smiled, looking at saira as she was standing behind her dad.

“And i also know, You love her more than me, and You will keep her happy”… David smiled, and suddenly his smiled turned into bitterness.

“So you ~ a middle- class boy thinks you can marry my daughter, how much will you earn ? thirty-thousand a month ? or eighty ? What made you think i will allow you to marry my daughter, GET OUT”

Azhar was almost lost, he had no idea what’s going on, Saira was more shocked, tears started flowing from her eyes.

“How could you do this to me, DAD?” ~ Saira said.


“You thought i was going to say something like this?” ~ David said.

(He took out some documents, and placed in on the table)

” Take this Azhar ”

( As Azhar started reading it, he smiled and said)

“How could you do this ? Sir” , this document states “Azhar is the owner of 90% of my property” ..

“That’s Unbelievable” – Saira screamed with joy and hugged her father.

“Azhar, Now it’s in your hand, I hope you look after it”

“Still unbelievable, Saira what’s this?” ~ Azhar said in confusion.

“A Gift from my dad” ~ she replied.

That evening they had dinner together. Azhar gave a kiss on Saira’s forehead and “Thanked” her father.

“Some stories seems like a dream, but then it starts to scatter, when greed comes into play”.

To be Continued….

—— Abdul Gani Punjabi

Step that changed Azhar’s life (Part 2)