It was the end and also the beginning of an era. The transition time between this, was heartbreaking and depressive but can we lead our lives thinking all day long what and who has gone away. What is gone is gone!
Rosalba today at the age of 19 was recalling the life she had left behind. She was searching for evidence. Her inquisitive mind had thousands of questions still which kept her awake the whole night. Here Isabelle was excited and happy to meet with Twinkle after twenty long years. Both friends had so much to share and talk about. Their giggling and constant chit-chat could be heard all night. Soon the sun rose to bring a new day. Rosalba who had not slept the whole night was feeling sleepy now. Here the guests from NewYork had started arriving. Bob was the first to have arrived. The house was full of the hustle bustle of people. It seemed the party had already begun. Isabelle knocked the door of Rosalba’s room and entered singing happy birthday with all the family members including Twinkle and her kids.
Rosalba woke up and thanked everyone. Isabelle asked Rosalba to freshen up and come down to the living room as she wanted her to meet all her friends who had arrived. Rosalba was still half asleep. She nodded in affirmation and dozed off to sleep one more time.
Isabelle tried to wake her up, but her mother asked her to let it be. Rosalba’s Granny said: Maybe in the excitement of her big day she has not slept in the night. Let her sleep for some more time. With this, they went away closing the door behind.
Rosalba was soon in her dreamland. She saw that she was roaming around with Robby in a beautiful park, hand in hand. She heard someone calling Robby. She thought that his name was being called in her dream but in reality, Robby had arrived in her home! Robby knew Isabelle and was friends with her for long. He was also meeting Isabelle after a very long time and was super excited to meet her kids.
All the guests were mingling with each other. Robby’s personality and mannerism were leaving a mark on everyone, especially on all the woman. He was surrounded by all. Everyone wanted his attention. He was being adored by everyone for being such a great personality.
Rosalba woke up when she heard Robby’s name again and again. She came out of her room in her nightdress only. Walking into the drawing room she was shell-shocked to see Robby standing before her. Her dream was true. Robby did exist!
Here Robby was sitting in the drawing room flirting and laughing around with everyone. His attention diverted when he saw Rosalba standing there and looking at him with her mouth wide open. Their eyes met. It seemed as if they were both hypnotized and could not take their eyes off each other. Suddenly Rosalba took charge of her feelings and fled away to her room. Once in her room, she felt the butterflies in her stomach. She didn’t know how to react to this situation.
Rosalba quickly went into the bathroom to freshen up. She dressed up in one of her favorite dress and came down to meet everyone. Isabelle introduced Rosalba and Ian to Robby.
Robby told Isabelle that she indeed had a very beautiful daughter. He just could not take his eyes off her. He picked up a packet and presented that to Rosalba, telling her that it was her birthday gift. It was a painting. Rosalba asked Robby if she could open the gift now only instead of waiting for the evening. Robby was more than happy and said: Why not, please go ahead.
Rosalba opened the gift. The painting she had before her eyes had captured various stages of Rosalba life. She saw herself as a kid, as a teenager and now the beautiful woman she was in the painting. She gave a confused look to Robby. Robby smiled and said he had created this painting with the pictures her mother used to send him.
Thank you, it is so lovely she said with a smile So, what do you do Robby, asked Rosalba.
Robby said: I am an artist. I draw life. Isabelle added that Robby’s father owns a business in Canada but Robby has chosen to stay in NewYork and pursue his hobby. She also added that Robby was making good money out of it.
Yes of course: said, Robby. He added, sometimes your hobby becomes the reason for you to live. Do what you like and you will be at peace always.
Rosalba knew how he had this inspiration and was smiling. Robby felt confused with her behavior. The way in which Rosalba was looking at him, her smiling, her reaction to what he was saying was a bit weird, but he ignored it thinking that maybe that was the way this generation was. He already had crossed this stage.
Isabella took Rosalba to meet the other guests. It looked like the party had already, begun. Robby was directed to the guest house to take some rest. Unknowingly, Rosalba’s eyes were following him wherever he was going.
Here Ian was busy flirting with Twinkle’s daughter who was seven years elder to her. Everyone was busy in their own sweet world. Twinkle was looking at Rosalba and wondering why she felt connected to her. Suddenly, their eyes met and Rosalba came towards her. She said: I hope you remember that today you have to wear a saree. Twinkle stopped smiling and she said: my dear child, I am not carrying any. Also, I used to wear it when I was young now it would look weird. Twinkle tried to make an excuse.
Rosalba looked at her and said: Anyways, I have to go to the market. Will you please accompany me?
Sure said Twinkle. Rosalba rushed in to get her purse and inform her mother that she was going out with Twinkle to the market. Isabelle smiled and told her to go and enjoy shopping.
While traveling, Rosalba looked out of the window and said I can feel the fresh air, can you Twinkle.
Twinkle replied: Of course, I can feel the fresh air too. The weather is beautiful.
Rosalba continued saying: The way every morning we feel the freshness of the air and admire the beauty of nature, why can’t we do the same to ourselves.
Twinkle: What do you mean by this?
Rosalba: I mean, every day is a fresh day. Why do we stop enjoying our lives because of our dark past? Why can’t we look ourselves into the mirror and admire our beauty?
Twinkle could not understand what Rosalba was saying. She just smiled and started looking out of the window. Rosalba took Twinkle to an Indian store and asked the salesman to show them some good sarees. Twinkle was a bit irritated now and she said: Rosa my child, I am sorry. I don’t want to wear any saree.
Rosalba: What if we both wear a saree today. Let’s wear the same color too. What about wearing your favorite yellow color.
Twinkle was taken aback and asked in a surprised tone: how do you know that I used to like yellow color.
Rosalba smiled and said in a mischievous tone: I know plenty of things that you do . Let’s not get into it. She asked the salesman to show her the best party wear saree in Yellow color. Unfortunately, the color was not available. Rosalba then asked for a black colored saree. Rosalba chose two one for Twinkle and one for herself.
Twinkle kept quiet seeing Rosalba being so adamant about wearing a saree. Once in the car, Rosalba saw that Twinkle was sad and felt that she may cry any moment.
Rosalba touched her shoulder and said: Twinkle what is the matter. Why are you so quiet.
On hearing this Twinkle’s started crying inconsolably. Rosalba embraced Twinkle in her arms and let her cry her heart out.
Twinkle stopped crying after few minutes. Sobbing she said: you are just like my Didi, I mean my elder sister. She would also let me cry the way you did. She too would have chosen black color if yellow was not available.
Rosalba in her heart knew the truth but had no option. She had to keep quiet. She let Twinkle speak.
From market to back home, now Twinkle was continuously speaking about her sister, her husband, and her kids. It seemed that she had stopped sharing her thoughts with anyone after her sister had passed away and today suddenly she had found someone in whom she could see her sister and she was telling her all. Rosalba let her vent her heart out. Twinkle did not even realize that they had reached home. When she saw them entering the gate of the home she said: Oh! I am sorry. I didn’t realize that we have reached. I have been speaking for so long. Come let’s go Ruchi. I mean Rosa. I am so sorry I didn’t realize I called you by my sister’s name.
Rosalba: Its okay, It happens when you miss someone for that long. She held her hand and continued saying: Twinkle, God is not that cruel. If he finishes your relation with someone on this earth and if the soul wants they find their way back to you with a different relation. Before those relations take birth, God makes sure that you meet someone who can take care of you. Maybe, God made sure that you meet my mother and who knows if Ruchika chose your best friend to be her mother to come back to you. Ruchika was elder to you then and maybe today Ruchika with her next birth is younger to you, she said with a smile. Twinkle smiled back at her and they entered their home.
Rosalba had given Twinkle a thought to ponder on. Twinkle kept on thinking about her family. The way she missed her sister, she missed her mother too and often she used to tell her son that you are not my mother, I am your mother. All of sudden, her mind made her see so many similarities between her son and her mother. She was forced to think, that maybe Rosa was right. Maybe, her mother only has come back to her as her son. This thought made her heart happy and she smiled one more time.
Rosalba ate her lunch and went towards the guest room. She wanted to meet Robby. She was thinking hard what reason she would give to Robby if he asked her why she had come to his room. She was peeping inside from a window when she saw Robby standing in front of the mirror and massaging his arms. Robby saw Rosalba reflection in the mirror but acted as if he was not aware of her presence. He put on his shirt and came out. Rosalba rushed towards the bushes to hide.
Robby knew that he was being followed by her but could not find a reason behind it. He walked towards the market close by. He roamed around the market aimlessly fully knowing that Rosalba was still following him. He got tired of this game in some time and thought of encountering Rosalba.
Rosalba, my child, why are you following me: he said
Rosalba was irritated with the word Child and said: Please I am not your child Rob!!
He laughed and said: Your mother and I are almost of the same age. Do you know I am 46years old and you are just turning 20, my dear child?
That was when unknowingly the words slipped from Rosalba’s mouth.
Rosalba: Rob, Since when have you started calculating age. Remember, it is just a number we humans count to see our remaining days on the earth.
Robby was taken aback. Vision’s of Ruchika was flashing in front of him. He recalled that he had spoken these lines when Ruchika had asked his age.
He stood there quietly for a while and then asked Rosalba to go back home.
Rosalba knew that she has made him recall Ruchika. She still didn’t know how she would convince him that she only was his Ruchika. She left from there.
Robby was called back in the lanes of memories but he gathered himself and went in to enjoy the birthday party.
It was 8 pm when the guests started arriving. Rosalba draped Twinkle’s saree just like Ruchika used to do. When Twinkle looked herself into the mirror she saw the reflection of her sister in Rosalba. She hugged her and tears started flowing.
Rosalba said: You have cried a lot, its time to be happy.
Twinkle said: Thank you. She took out her sister’s photograph from her bag and kissed her.
Rosalba saw what Twinkle was doing and hugged her back. She kissed her forehead exactly the way Ruchika used to do.
Twinkle felt in her heart that maybe Ruchika was back in the form of Rosalba!
The only person who has to understand that Rosalba is Ruchika was Robby now.
The party started and everyone was admiring Twinkle and Rosalba. Some commented that they looked like sisters. Isabelle too was surprised because she had bought a special birthday dress for Rosalba and she had not worn that. Instead, she had worn this saree. But she was happy after all it was Rosalba’s day. The huge cake was cut in a while. Rosalba was given lots and lots of gifts.
Robby was looking at Rosalba but the moment Rosalba would look at him he would show as if he was very busy with his cell phone.
After some time, Rosalba gathered courage and went near Robby. She looked into his eyes and asked: So what did you name your art studio. Before Robby could answer, Isabelle intervened and said: oh you don’t know! He has given some Indie name to his studio.
Rosalba instantly said: is it Ruchika! Robby was shocked again and he said: yes it is Roochi which means interest.
She went close to him and looked deep into his eyes. She was about to say something when Robby and Isabelle together asked her: But how do you know?
Rosalba ignored the question and requested Robby to stay with them for another 10 days. She explained to him that she had to give her art exam and she felt that he could help her with that.
Isabelle also insisted with Robby to stay back but he was not ready for it. Rosalba requested Robby to see some of her sketches and give her some advice on how to improve more. While they were talking someone pushed Rosalba by mistake and her drink spilled on her clothes and as well as on Robby’s.
Rosalba apologized and took Robby to her room where he could use the washroom. They both went upstairs. While Robby was using the washroom Rosalba chose to take off her saree and dress in the dress her mother had bought for her. While taking off her saree she looked in the mirror. Suddenly she started seeing flashes of Ruchika taking off her clothes and admiring her self. Rosalba started doing the same. In the meantime, Robby came out of the bathroom and he got a shock of his life when he saw Rosalba doing exactly like Ruchika. He chose to rush out of the room but Rosalba stopped him in between and started kissing him passionately. She said your Indian princess is now your French girl. She knows how to kiss. Rosalba was smiling but Robby was scared out of his wits. He pushed her away and tried to go. Rosalba stood in front of the door and pleaded with Robby to stay and at least listen to her. She continued saying: I am your Ruchika, Robby. Your entice with her was not a dream. I have taken birth again and have this body now. You had told me that even if you would die, your soul would not stop loving me. Then how can you not recognize me, Robby? She rushed to the bed and brought her sketchbook. She showed him his pictures. She said: I have been drawing your sketch even when I was not aware that I was Ruchika’s soul. Why don’t you recall the moments that we have lived? Remember how we went from one truck to another to visit Robbinson. How you embraced my insecurity of being elder to you with your love. Remember, this is the way I was admiring my body when we made love for the first time.
Robby was shaking his head and asking her to stop. He pushed her away and rushed to join the party. He was trying to act as if all was normal. That was when Rosalba asked D.J to play the twilight song.
The song started:
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt, suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
Rosalba was singing along, with tears in her eyes. Isabelle and every person in the party noticed that Robby was shivering now. She held his hand and sang along: I have died every day, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
Robby pushed her back and moved out of the party in the confused state.
Rosalba sat there and started crying. Isabelle felt embarrassed in front of all the guests. She questioned Rosalba about her behavior. What is happening she asked in a confused tone. That was when Robby came back and started singing: I ‘ll love you for a thousand more. Everyone in the party was shocked.
Rosalba ran into his arms and they kissed.
Isabelle was burning in anger but her mother held her hand and stopped her. Isabelle said: But, Mother, can’t you see he is so much older to her. Her mother smiled and said: When you were of her age you too didn’t understand that the man you were marrying was a con man. He was the head of the drug mafia. That was your time and this is hers. At least she has chosen an artist. Let her live her life.
Isabelle kept quiet. Suddenly Ian asked for everyone’s attention. He introduced Twinkle’s daughter to Isabelle officially in the party as her life partner. Isabelle shook her head and said do you even know that she is elder to you and you Rosalba do you even know that he is elder to you. She was so confused that she sat on the floor and Rosalba and Robby said together: Age is just a number. With this, they walked out of the party in the moonlight and Rosalba asked Robby: do you know the meaning of my name
Robby said no. It means white rose, and white rose is special when it is unknowingly gifted to the one you loved. It confirms your past life connect. My mother might have intuitively known that I was born as a gift to her for you.
With this they had a long passionate kiss. And life seemed to have a mission. Mission to live in peace and happiness. The unwanted pain with no medical reasons vanished. Life is good when you force yourself to see the brighter side. isn’t it?