More aptly it should read Hari & Ramki to the rescue. They helped me recover from the user error.
Hari connected me to Ramki who pointed me to OfficeRecovery. With remote help from Ramki, I downloaded the freeUndelete program and recovered the files I had erroneously deleted just a few hours back.
This timely assistance helped me save a few bucks and more importantly saved me a trek to Parrys Corner and one half day. I had tentatively planned to go to this company called Black & White data recovery services tomorrow in Parrys and try my luck. In my initial conversations with them, they wanted me to remove the hard drive from my machine and give it to them to run some specialized software to recover lost files. Before I did that, I thought of Hari, as he runs a company and may have come across issues like this. That hunch worked and saved me money, time and energy. Thanks Hari & Ramki..