Saturday, 23 May 2015

Part 371**Muhabbat Ki Raahon Me**


 PART 371:

 Ridhimaa was stunned and so was Armaan. Tears were glistening on Ridhimaa's cheeks like diamonds. Armaan could not believe his eyes. Was the person standing before him, Ridhimaa? She was looking so different. Her revealing short bustier, the maroon jacket, her jeans and top of all, her curly hair. Surely he was making some mistake. She was not Ridhimaa, she couldn't be Ridhimaa. But then, her face, her eyes, her tears were all like Ridhimaa's.

 Just then Maan came there.

Maan: Dr.Mallik! How nice to see you! Mujhe abhi-abhi pata chala ki ye Hotel aapka hai... main aapko dhoondh raha tha aur...

 But Armaan had his eyes only for Ridhimaa. He was not blinking lest she should disappear. Maan followed his gaze and saw Ridhimaa.

Maan: (forgetting Armaan on seeing Ridhimaa in tears) Kya hua Riddhi? What... tum ro kyun rahi ho? Kisine kuch kaha kya? Riddhi... please... stop crying...

 But Ridhimaa was crying uncontrollably.

Armaan: (in a constricted voice) I'm… I'm sorry Ridhimaa...

 Both Maan and Ridhimaa turned to look at him.

Maan: Aap... aap Riddhi ko jaante hain? Riddhi... what did he do? Riddhi... kuch to bolo...

 Armaan was watching the two. He did not know who this young man was and how he was with Ridhimaa and what was Ridhimaa doing here, wearing these clothes. He did not know anything.

 Meanwhile, Gazal had been searching for Armaan. She found Armaan standing there and rushed upto him.

Gazal: (to Armaan) Main aapko kahaan-kahaan dhoondh rahi thi aur aap yahaan khade hain... very bad! Ab chaliye mere saath...

 She was about to drag Armaan away when she saw that he had been talking to someone.

Gazal: Oh sorry... Armaan... aapko pehle bataana chahiye tha ki aap kisise baat kar rahe the... hye I'm Gazal... GS for short... Armaan ki girlfriend... aur aap?

 Armaan and Ridhimaa both looked at Gazal in pure shock. Ridhimaa had stopped crying due to shock. Armaan's girlfriend? Maan gave a one-armed hug to Ridhimaa to comfort her which did not go unnoticed by Armaan.

Gazal: Oh to aap dono bhi BF-GF hain?

Maan: BF- GF?

Gazal: Boyfriend-girlfriend... aur kya?

Maan: Nahi... main to iska... iska... friend hoon. I'm...

Ridhimaa: (finding her voice back) Armaan...

Armaan, Maan: (together) Haan?

 Both Armaan and Maan looked at each other.

Gazal: Surprising!

Ridhimaa: (to Maan) Mujhe jaana hai... chalein?

Maan: Lekin...

 When Ridhimaa looked again close to tears, Maan relented.

Maan: OK... chalo... bas rona nahi... tum rote hue bilkul bhi achhi nahi lagti...

Armaan: Ridhimaa!

 Ridhimaa, who was about to turn, stopped. She had been expecting this. She knew Armaan would not let her go. But she was confused. Gazal was his girlfriend...

Gazal: Ridhimaa? Kaun? Kahaan?

Maan: (indicating Ridhimaa) She's Dr.Ridhimaa Gupta. You know her?

Gazal: (squealing with delight) Ridhimaa! Wow! Aap waapas aa gayi? Aapko sab bahut miss kar rahe the...
 Tears again filled Ridhimaa's eyes.

Maan: (to Ridhimaa) Riddhi... tum Miss Gazal ko jaanti ho?

 Ridhimaa shook her head in refusal.

Maan: Aur... Dr.Mallik ko?

 Neither did Ridhimaa shake her head, nor did she nod. But the tears were rolling down her cheeks fast now at the mention of Armaan's.

Armaan: Bolo ki tum mujhe nahi jaanti... bolo... bolo na.

Maan: Dekhiye Dr.Mallik... aap Riddhi se aise baat nahi kar sakte.

Armaan: Main isse kaise bhi baat karun... aap kaun hote hain interfere karne waale?

Maan: Mind your tongue! Agar aapne Riddhi se baat karne ki zara si bhi koshish ki to mujhse bura koi nahi hoga.

Armaan: Meri marzi... main jisse chaahe baat karun... isme na tum kuch kar sakte ho aur na hi Ridhimaa...

Maan: (springing upon Armaan) You...

 Armaan was no less. Infact, he was more. In a few seconds, Maan was gasping for breath. Armaan had him in tight hold. Ridhimaa was horrified to see them both fight.

Ridhimaa: (shrieking) Armaan!

 She rushed forwards and pulled Armaan away from Maan. Armaan calmed down on Ridhimaa's touch. He held her hand.

Armaan: Ridhimaa...

Ridhimaa: (pulling her hand off) Let go of me!

Armaan: Ridhimaa...

Ridhimaa: Ye tum... kya kar rahe the? Maarna chaahte ho inhe? Hai na? To maaro... lekin inse pehle mujhe maaro...

Armaan: Ridhimaa!

Maan: Riddhi...

Ridhimaa: (to Maan) Aap to chup hi rahiye... mujhe aapse ye ummeed nahi thi...

 She was sobbing.

Ridhimaa: Aapne... aap dono ne mere vishwaas ko toda hai. Ye aansun sirf aap dono ki wajah se hain... sirf aap dono ki wajah se.

Maan and Armaan, both were dismayed. They had never wanted to be the cause of Ridhimaa's tears. Meanwhile, on hearing Ridhimaa's shriek, Anjali, Atul, Rahul, Muskaan and Shahrukh had run in that direction. They came there and saw Armaan and Gazal.

Atul: Kya hua GS? Armaan... hume kisi ki...

 Then their gaze fell on Ridhimaa.

Anjali: Ridzi!

 She ran forwards and pulled Ridhimaa into a hug.

Anjali: Ridzi... tum kahaan chali gayi thi? Oh Ridzi... I missed you...

Ridhimaa: (crying on her shoulder) I'm sorry Di... I'm very sorry...

 After a few moments, both of them separated. Anjali smiled.

Atul: Ridz... tum ye... tumne ye kya pehna hai?

 He was looking at Ridhimaa's attire.

Anjali: Shut up Atul!

Atul: Oh... sorry...

 He too came up and hugged Ridhimaa. After him Muskaan and Rahul too hugged her.

Ridhimaa: (to both of them) Congrats...

Rahul: Thanks...

Muskaan: Lekin agar tu hoti to ladkiyon ki team kum nahi padti.

 Ridhimaa smiled. Then she looked at Kirti and Shubhankar. Kirti hugged her.

Kirti: Aap kahaan chali gayi thi Dr.Ridhimaa? Yahaan par sab bahut pareshaan the...

Ridhimaa: I'm sorry Dr.Kirti...

Shubhankar: (giving a one-armed hug to Ridhimaa) Chaliye... ab to aap waapas aa gayi hain na...

Ridhimaa: Wo sir...

 She looked with her tearful eyes from the intern gang to Shubhankar and Kirti to Maan and finally to Armaan.

Maan: Yes of course...

 Ridhimaa turned around so suddenly on hearing Maan's words that she was banged onto his chest. Maan held her and prevented her from falling. Armaan could not bear it.

Maan: Ouch! Careful!

Ridhimaa: Aapne abhi-abhi kya kaha?

Maan: Wahi jo tumne suna...

Anjali: Ridzi... ye kaun hain?

Ridhimaa: Ye... ye mere...

Shahrukh: Friend hain... right?

 Maan nodded. Ridhimaa heaved a sigh of relief. The others looked at each other.

Ayushi(Lovy)

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