I’m Your Loving Intern

Updated: 6 days ago

Naina goes to an internship at B.H.E.L and falls in love with someone special. However, she has to complete her training before long and doesn’t get enough time to express herself. So she expresses her love through an anonymous letter and lets her destiny take its course.


A few weeks later, one of Naina’s well-wishers tells her that giving up on her dream will not make destiny push it towards her. So Naina starts again & works to reach the man of her dreams. What happened next?


“I’m Your Loving Intern” by Nikhila Kotni tells the story of a girl passionately in love with a charming guy. The story shows how one should work for their dreams, and nothing is impossible if sought wholeheartedly.

 
Cover Photo by Ravindra Patoju

Contents


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  1. Part I First Day in B.H.E.L That Tamilian! A Love Letter to My Love

  2. Part II

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  1. Part III

  2. Part IV

  3. Part V

 

Chapter I

First Day in B.H.E.L


It was my first day at work, perhaps the most awaited day of my life. At last, I obtained a position in B.H.E.L. as an assistant engineer, and I was to work in the Heat Exchangers department and couldn’t contain my excitement!


I would work in the same room as he does and sit at the same table with my name on it instead of his. I couldn’t wait to get inside the Production Shop, but I had to stay at the Administration Office for now.


I’ve been told that an employee would help me to my cabin and show me the ways. But I didn’t need any assistance. I already knew all the ways, and I even knew where my workplace was. All I needed was to search for the thief who stole my heart long ago. I still remember everything as if it had happened just yesterday, even though it happened a while ago.


Now that I recall, this is how it started.


Naina:

Hello Avantika! We are almost there. Where are you?


Avantika:

There will be a grocery store on the other side of the road. Can you see that?


Naina:

Yes, now I see you.


I was going to stay at Avantika’s house for two weeks along with Pari. I thought it’ll be a blast of fun. But I never thought I would have so much fun with a touch of love. We reached Avantika’s home in an auto-rickshaw. Her house was a duplex, one well built. Small and cute hall with a sofa set and an L.C.D. at the right corner with steps leading to her parent’s room and her bedroom.


Attached to the living room where the dining room and kitchen. They had plentiful crockery arranged in the cupboards. As I looked around, Avantika’s brother Yash came down. He helped me with my luggage. At first, he was a bit shy; indeed, he was just fourteen.


That night, we slept in Avantika’s room, but before we did, we talked about the next day at B.H.E.L. and how our internship could be. We talked about our crushes, and we never knew when we slept. The next day, when I woke up, I saw a window beside me and a big apartment on the other side of the road.


Pari:

Hey Naina! Wake up!


Naina:

Yeah! I’m awake.


I turned toward Pari and was shocked. She had already gotten ready.


Naina:

When did you wake up?


Pari:

At 5:30


Naina:

O.M.G.! What’s the time now? Where’s Avantika?


Pari:

She just woke up, probably brushing her teeth. And it’s 6:30. So you better hurry up, we need to start at 7:30.


Naina:

Oh, God!


Obeying her, I rushed and got ready as soon as possible. We had breakfast, and Avantika’s father took us to B.H.E.L. There were two gates, a small one and a big wide black gate. On the right of the entrance on a white wall was written B.H.E.L. with its logo, and beside it was written “Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited - Heavy Plates and Vessels Plant”.


A security guard came to us without opening the gate and asked us why we were there and whom exactly we wanted to meet. Avantika’s father told him about the internship program and that we wanted to meet Mr Ram, Head of the Training Department.


Hearing this, the guard allowed us. Going inside to the right was a big building, the administration office. We took a left turn to be led into a lane separated by trees dividing the road with palm trees planted on either side.


We were going inside, and to the right, there was a big building, the administration office, we turned to the left, and wow, there were two roads separated by trees well planted, and on either side of the roads, there were trees too. There was a big tree to our left, and the footpath was white. We didn’t get to observe what it was like; we were in a car. And in front of us was a parking lot for bikes and cycles. Avantika’s father parked the car there, and we got out of the car. Now to our right was a big toll-gate kind of thing.


Avantika:

Hey Naina, can you call Amar and ask him where he is?


Naina:

Yup! Hold on.


I was calling Amar. Meanwhile, I heard a voice.


Amar:

Are you calling me?


Naina:

Oh, Amar! Hi!


I smiled as Avantika’s father went inside the Training Department.


Naina:

So what’s next? Did you see that gate, Amar? What is that?


Amar:

Gate? That toll gate kind of thing?


Naina:

Yeah! Exactly.


Amar:

Well. No idea, actually.


Naina:

Ugh!


Avantika’s father:

Children come inside.


We entered the building before walking into Mr Ram’s room on the first floor. There were three sets of chairs and a table facing the wall to the right, and on the left, there was a clock that was not working. At the top left corner, there was a wash basin that was so broken that it looked as if someone’s head hit it during a fight, like in the movies, and adding to it, the walls were slightly cracked.


At the centre of this room sat an old man under the fan that barely turned or served any purpose. His table was covered by almost fifteen reports and was loaded with dust that seemed to not bother him even for a moment.


Avantika:

Who’s this old man dad?


Avantika’s father:

Shush! He’s the head of the Training Department, Mr Ram.


Avantika:

Oops sorry…!


Ram:

So these are the four students?


Avantika’s father:

Yes sir.


Ram:

Which college are you from, students?


Avantika:

M.V.G.R College of Engineering.


Ram:

Oh okay. Listen, take this project report and by the end of your training, you should be making one such report.


Completing his sentence, he handed the report to Amar.


Ram:

You will be doing your Internship in the Welding Department. There will be an elderly gentleman named Mr Shankar. He’ll guide you and give you more reports like this, and you’ll have to study them.


Amar:

Okay, sir.


Ram:

Did you see the gate while you were coming here?


Naina:

The toll gate kind of thing?


Ram:

Yes, there in the middle, there will be security personnel. Show this personnel this permission letter, and you will be allowed inside after checking your bags. Go straight, and after walking for fifteen minutes, you will see a board saying, “Welding Department”.


Amar:

Okay, sir.


Ram:

Now you can go.


Following the instructions, we left for the gate, and Avantika’s father went from there. Amar gave that letter to the chief security guard sitting in the room in the middle of that gate. They told us that we were not allowed to take mobiles and if we did, then we were not allowed to take any photographs. They gave us the letter back, checked our bags and allowed us in.


There were buildings on both sides and boards beside the road with quotes, and I kept reading them while walking for twenty-five minutes, and then we saw a black marble board on which it was written, “Welding Technology”. And to its side was a spacious room with two men inside. Amar enquired where we could meet Mr Shankar, and they said to go inside the next building and climb upstairs.


Following the suggestions, we went inside a big square room in the bottom right corner; there was a small closed room with two computers, and there were eight sets of tables and chairs arranged in four rows. In the first row, there was a table and chair beside that closed room where an older man sat and was seriously working on something. In the second row, there were three sets of tables and chairs; in the last two sets, two men were working on the tables. One of them was of dark complexion, had glasses and wore a cement-coloured shirt and pants.


Employee:

Who are you guys?


Amar:

Hello sir! Mr Ram sent us.


Employee:

Oh hello! I’m Lakshman. So you guys have come for the internship, right?


Pari:

Yes sir.


Lakshman:

Ravi sir?


The older man raised his head.


Lakshman:

These students came to do internships under your guidance.


Shankar:

Oh! Okay.


Lakshman and the man beside him smiled at each other.


Lakshman:

Go and stand before him.


As instructed, we stood with him for twenty minutes, and he didn’t even look at us. We kept on standing, and I lost my patience after a point.


Naina:

Sir?


Pari whispered:

Hey! What are you doing?


I didn’t care.


Naina:

Sir? Could you please tell us what to do?


Shankar:

See there on that last table? Sit there and read those project reports.


Naina:

Okay!


We went and sat down. Each one of us took a report and started turning pages. All morning we’ve done nothing but observe the cracks on the wall and the faces of the staff. It was 1:00 p.m., and we were hungry, and Mr Lakshman had read our hungry faces.


Lakshman:

Did you guys have your lunch?


Amar:

No sir, we don’t know where the canteen is.


Lakshman:

Don’t you know? The way is so easy to remember. Go straight. You’ll see people going in and out. Just ask them where to buy coupons. Go there and buy four meals. Give those coupons inside he’ll give you meals.


Amar:

Okay, tha