''I don't care how many stones you have inside you. Just make sure you're there on Tuesday,'' Shilpa said before Adnan could react to the beauty who had appeared in his pained condition.
Chuckles Adnan, ''I thought I was hallucinating in my drugged state. Why would the bewitching Shilpa suddenly show up in my room? Only later did I get to know her father was in the same hospital for suspected malaria. But it was very sweet of Shilpa to invite me.''
Adnan made up his mind to drag himself to Shilpa's wedding reception. ''I owe it to her, never mind the pain. I've gotten used to it.''
For Adnan, besieged by domestic crises for the last one year beginning with marital problems and illnesses culminating in his father's death, the gall-bladder surgery has been the last straw.
''It was red-hot deja vu. I was back at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital where I had spent so much of my time earlier this year nursing my father. It was eerie. But now I'm recovering well. My mom, brother and son are here to look after me.''
Adnan's music recordings had to be cancelled last week. ''I had been ignoring the growing pain. I paid for it.''