Wednesday, 7 June 2017

part 12: Tera Mera Rishta By Sangeeta


Armaan visted Anjali's house the next morning. "Hello aunty, aapka trip kaisa raha?" Padma answered the door and gave him a warm smile.

"Bahut achha….I think we all needed that change….Jao Anjali tumhara intezaar kar rahi hai oopar…" Padma replied

Armaan thanked her and went upstairs. To his surprise, Anjali was surrounded by tons of photographs. "ARMAAAN!!!" She could not hold her excitement and hugged him, "OH! I missed you so much….pata hai US main mujhe kitney log miley? Sab tumhein bhi jaante hain wahan."



"Mujhey?" Armaan was bewildered, "main tho wahan kabhie gaya hi nahin."

"Armaaaan! Silly boy!" she slapped him affectionately, "The people there…OMG……they were so friendly….hamaari shaadi mein bhi aayenge sab….Ican't wait!" she exclaimed.

(Now these are all signs of Anjali's illness-she was having visual and auditory hallucinations which means she was seeing and hearing things which were not real).

Armaan was really perplexed at her chain of thoughts, "Anjali yeh kya keh rahi ho? Main tho aaj tak US bhi nahin gaya….aur naa hi mere koyi friends ya rishteydaar hai wahan…..tumhein koyi galat faimi huyi hai" he untangled her arms from his neck.

"Not at all Armaan…main sach keh rahi hoon," she insisted

"Anjali…..I need to say something….main ….," he paused.

"Arre Armaan," she interjected and ….dekho….yeh hai Disney ki photos…..this was my favorite place….hum apne bachchon ko bhi le jaayenge" she turned a deaf ear to his pleas and continued to talk aboutthe trip.

"ANJALI! LISTEN TO ME!" Armaan finally shook her, "MERI BAAT SUNO….."

"Arrrmaan," she drawled, "I know you are stressed out because of theNeurosurgery entrance exam but don't worry…dad will take care of you….yeh dekho….I got some designs for our wedding card……this should relax you……" she showed him some templates.

Anjali was really testing his patience. With clenched teeth and flaring nostrils, he was ready to walk out of there when he heard Shashank Gupta's voice, "Hello, Armaan! How are you beta? Padhai kaisi chal rahi hai….you know it is a tough competition this year….."

"Hello SIR! Bas theek chal rahi hai…wo main….main Anjali se baat karne aaya tha," Armaan said hesitantly.

"I am sure you missed her….wo bhi US mein sirf tumhari hi baat karthi thi…please carry on….I have an important meeting to go to…." Dr Gupta turned around and left for his office.

Armaan sighed and took a deep breath. He turned around and folded his hands in front of Anjali, "Anjali…..mujhey tumse ek baat kehni hai…main tumsey shaadi nahin kar sakta," he said firmly.

Instead of getting upset, she started laughing, "Arrrmaan!….you are so funny…..zaroor us Riddhima ney tumhein bhaikaaya hai…wo mujhe roz US bhi phone karti thi aur kehthi thi wo mujhe maar daley gi agar main tumsey shaadi karoongi….don't worry….sab theek ho jaayega…." She got up and went to her closet to get something else. Armaan buried his head in his hands and thought, "yeh ladhki bilkul crazy hoti jaa rahi hai….." hegot up in frustration and thought he would come back later or may be talk to Dr Gupta and Padma instead. He would hate to say something nastyto Anjali; it was probably best to leave her alone for awhile.

"Ek minute tehro, Armaan…..yeh dekho….maine US se 2 diamond rings khareedein hain….do you like them?….Humari engagement rings…..lo chaaho tho abhi pahen lo…" Armaan gave her a dirty look and left the room in a fury. He did not want to talk to anyone at this point….he was really angry!

DR SHASHANK GUPTA'S OFFICE:

Dr Gupta was anxiously waiting for this meeting, "Yeah come in!" he answered the knock on his door. 

"Aapney mujhe bulaaya, Sir…." It was Riddhima.

"Aao, aao, Ms Sharma….baitho….kaisa chal raha hai yeh saal"

"Bahut achha sir…par kya baat hai?….aapney bulaaya," she walked in cautiously. It was rare to be summoned in by the Dean of the Medical Institute. As far as she knew, there were no issues or complaints against her either from the faculty or the patients, so why did he want to talk to her that urgently?


"Haan…I need to talk to you about something very important. I have come to know through my resources in the Institute that you and Dr Armaan Mallik have become very close."

Riddima lowered her eyes shyly, "Jee, sir…we both like each other"

"Hmm…..you are a very straightforward girl Riddhima…… tum bahut samajhdaar aur intelligent ladhki ho….but you know how ambitious Armaan is…..I don't think he needs to be distracted at this stage….he has to face tough competition in the Neurosurgery entrance this year…aur uske baad 5 saal ka program….he has a long road ahead of him," Dr Gupta got up from his chair and walked up to her. 

"Sir…I understand…but believe me…he is the best candidate for this position….he is very focused in his goal…no one can deter him from that," Riddhima replied with pride reflecting in her eyes for Armaan's determination.


"Riddhima….Anjali ko tho jaanti ho na? She is my only daughter….she is my little princess…..maine aaj tak uski har ichha poori ki hai…..and if you are unaware…….she is also in love with Armaan…I cannot see her heart break….you understand," Dr Gupta said curtly.

"Sir…but….but Armaan….Armaan does not love her….." she hesitated andshut her eyes as Dr Gupta's intense eyes were too overwhelming for her to face. 

"Yeh LOVE SHOVE SAB BEKAAR KI BATEIN HAI…..OUT OF SIGHT….OUT OF MIND……Jo saamney hoga, ussi se pyaar ho jaata hai eventually" he raised his voice as Riddhima shuddered.

"Nahin sir…we really love each other…." She finally opened her eyes and mustered the courage to say those words.

"RIDDHIMA!….Armaan's career as a Neurosurgeon is contingent upon onething…..you will have to forget him or else….I will make sure he is notaccepted in any program anywhere in the country…..you are not aware of how far my approach is….my daughter's happiness is most important to me…..UNDERSTAND….you are a good student…I will give you an excellent recommendation and you can transfer to any other college but you have noplace at the SMI from today……and if you try to contact Armaan after today- remember if I can get him accepted, I can also get him rejected from the program….THIS IS THE SANJEEVANI MEDICAL INSTITUTE AND I AM THE DEAN HERE! Sirf meri chalti hai yahan…..I HOPE I AM CLEAR YOUNG LADY!" his eyes were burning with fire.

"Sir…sir," Riddhima was in tears, "I understand……lekin aap apni betike saath bhi naa insaafi kar rahe hain…..Armaan does not love her……would you want your daughter to marry someone who does not love her?"

"DR RIDDHIMA SHARMA! Ek doctor ki zindagi mein sirf ek pyaar hota hai….aur wo hai uska kaam….aur uska naam……socho agar Armaan ke paas donohi nahin honge tho wo aur kisi ko kabhie pyaar kar sakega?" Dr Gupta asked angrily.

"Par sir…..I love him," she begged and fell at his feet.

DR Gupta stepped away and opened the door, "I would appreciate if you leave today…I have called the hostel warden….if you are seen in the hostel after 3 pm today…..samajh lo ki Armaan kabhie Neurosurgeon nahin ban paayega…..now the choice is yours!"



Riddhima was too stunned to respond. Her mind was completely numb after what he had just said…..…….she knew she loved Armaan and he loved her…..nothing else mattered….but she also knew how important Armaan's goals were for him…..maybe even more important than her…..she could not let him down…..she could not be that selfish…….she went to the hostel and packed her bags…….

…to be continued…


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