Thursday, 29 June 2017

part 24 : Tera Mera Rishta By Sangeeta



PART 24:

Shashank and Padma were happy that Anjali was visiting some friends in Ooty. Dr Gupta said, "lagta hai….Armaan aur uska rishta ab normal pati-patni wala ho gaya hai….dekho ab wo baahar jaana bhi pasand karthi hai…..Armaan khud usey apne friends ke yahan chhod karr aaya hai….that's so good Padma."

"Main bhi bahut khush hoon," Padma commented.


Just then they received a call from Anjali. She sounded really happy and was excited to speak to her parents. She did not ask for Armaan. As Dr Dupta hung up, he glanced at the caller ID window of the phone- he was shocked to read "SAROVAR REHABILITATION INSTITUTE." Shashank Gupta stood frozen for a while and turned red in anger. He could not believe that his beloved daughter was at a Psych rehab center! Armaan had played such a game with him?

He tried to call Armaan on his cell, but he was in surgery. He waited for him to come back but when he was still not home by midnight, he decided to look for him.

Armaan had just arrived at Riddhima's after a grueling day at the hospital-she was just fixing dinner for him when they heard the doorbell.

"Main dekhta hoon…" Armaan got up. It was unusual for Riddhima to have any visitors this late.

Armaan was shocked to see the visitor.

"Aap kya kar rahey hai yahan?" Armaan asked angrily.

Shashank was fuming with rage, "pehley tum bataao, tum kya kar rahe ho yahan?….Apni biwi ko door ek mental hospital mein bhej karr khud rang raliyaan manaa rahe ho?"

"Dr Gupta, aapko meri personal life mein dakhal andaazi deni ki koyi zaroorat nahin hai…..Anjali jahan bhi hai….khush hai…..aur wahin hai jahaan usey bahut pehle hona chahiye tha…..ab aap chaley jaaiye…." Armaan said firmly.

"Kaun hai Armaan…..? Riddhima followed him and was shocked to see the visitor.

Dr Gupta looked at them sternly, "ab dekhna…Shashank Gupta tumhara kya haal karta hai……you both disgust me!" he turned around as Riddhima tried to hide behind Armaan's back.

Armaan came back inside and put his arm around Riddhima, "don't worry Riddhima….wo hamara kuch nahin bigaad sakte…..jo unhoney hamare saath kiya hai….main unki asliyat….duniya ke saamne le aaoonga!"

Riddhima could not control her tears, "Armaan…mujhey darr lag raha hai….Dr Gupta kuch bhi kar saktey hain….wo mujhey pehle bhi dhamki dekar gaye the…" she sobbed.

"Pehle?" Armaan was surprised. "Mujhey kyon nahin bataaya?" he asked

"Wo…wo…wo…Armaan….jab tum Ooty mein the…tab…..aur tum itney khush aaye the wahan se…..I did not want to upset you…." She hesitantly told him.

Armaan was worried about Riddhima; he knew Shashank was capable of doing anything and would not think twice before hurting her again. "Riddhima….main sab sambhaal loonga….tum sirf apna aur Ishaan ka dhyaan rakho.." he kissed her eyes and wiped her tears, "don't worry jaan…..main hoon na" he consoled her like she was a little girl in his strong arms.

AT GUPTA'S RESIDENCE:

Dr Gupta tried to contact Anjalii and the doctors at the rehab center. He wanted her to be discharged immediately.

"Yes….Dr Gupta…main Dr Mittal bol raha hoon……sorry sir, I understand but Anjali can only be discharged back to her husband…..unhoney hi papers par sign kiya hai….main jaanta hoon aap Anjali ke pita hain par trust me sir….she is doing very well….and is very safe here….Goodnight Sir!" Akash Mittal hung up the phone on his nightstand.

Shashank Gupta was very humiliated, "how dare Armaan go behind my back……I take decisions for my daughter….wo kaun hotha hai?"

Padma, who was in bed, woke up, "Shashank….aaj tak Armaan ne Anjali ki health ko kabhi neglect nahin kiya….may be you should trust him….kuch soch samajh karr hi usney Anjali ko wahan bheja hai….."

"Ankali ko bhej kar…..wahan wo Riddhima ke saath aish kar raha hai…." Shashank was still furious.

Padma was shocked, as she had not heard anything about Riddhima being back in Armaan's life. Her evil side took over, "Shashank, mere paas ek tareeka hai…..main jaanti hoon Riddhima ko kis baat se sabse zyaada taqleef hothi hai…."

Next day, Riddhima received a certified letter addressed to Armaan. She was going to open it but then decided against it. She knew Armaan would never mind, but somehow there were some rights only a legally wedded wife could have…..

When Armaan came to see her that evening, he opened the letter, "Riddhima…tum bhi khol sakthi thi letter….tumhey poora haq hai…." He said putting an arm around her and sat down. Riddhima saw his expression change; he withdrew his arm from around her and got up. He had a serious look, picked his bag and walked to the door, "I am glad tumney nahin khola letter…." He left quickly without giving any explanation.

Riddhima tried to follow him but he was gone before she knew it. She tried calling him on his cell but he was unavailable. "Aisa kya hai uss letter mein..?" she got worried but was soon distracted by Ishaan, "Mama….mujhey yeh homework samajh nahin aa raha…"

After putting Ishaan to bed, she tried to call Armaan several times, but was unsuccessful. She finally re assured herself, "kuch important hoga tho khud bataa dega" and dozed off…..

Next day, as she was getting Ishaan ready for school, she received a call from Sapna.

"Riddhima….tumhey pataa hai…Dr Gupta ney Armaan par kya charge lagaa diya hai…?"

"Nahin…kya hua….Armaan ney tho kuch nahin bataaya…"

"Well…Ridz this is bad news….Dr Gupta has complained to the Indian Medical Board that Armaan is having an illegitimate and unethical relationship with a patient. Tum tho jaanti ho Ridz…..that can cost him his license if Dr Gupta is able to prove that…..Armaan kahan hai..?"

Riddhima was not listening anymore; the phone handset slipped out of her hands as she stood there in shock.

"Mama…chalo…school bus kaa time ho gaya……" Ishaan shook her hand.

"Haan…haan…beta…chalo" she wiped a tear from her eyes and left with Ishaan. She cancelled all her patient appointments at her clinic and left for the hospital. She went to Armaan's office but there was a lock at the door. She asked Armaan's assistant, 'Dr Armaan Mallik…kahaan hai?"

"Madam….wo indefinite vacation par gaye hain…unka morning mein phone aaya tha….humein bahut problem ho gayi hai….itni saari surgeries cancel karni padh rahi hain…" she seemed in a hurry and in no mood to talk anymore.

Riddhima had no choice but to go to the Gupta's house. She was greeted by a servant at the door, "Please aaiye madam….main dekhta hoon ki chote doctor sahib hain ya nahin…"

Riddhima was hesitant to come in but decided to wait inside.

"OH!…tum yahan tak aa gayi…?" Dr Gupta smirked and walked in to welcome her.

"Main….Armaan se milney…" she said softly with her eyes buried to the ground.

"Hmm…raat tho wo tumharey saath hi bitaa tha hai….hum se zyaada tho tumhey uski khabar honi chahiye…" he said sarcastically.

Riddhima looked up and was about to say something when she heard Armaan's voice from upstairs, "Riddhima….I am coming down in a few minutes…you don't have to answer his questions.."

"Kya yaarana hai dono mein?" Dr Gupta again taunted. "Ab tho Indian Medical Board ko hi jawaab dena tum dono…." He walked away leaving a tearful Riddhima.

Armaan came down and put his arm around Riddhima, "chalo, let's go…"

They arrived at Riddhima's place.

"Armaan…ab kya karengey? Tumhara poora career khatam ho sakta hai….you know how strict they are about this kind of stuff?"

Armaan looked worried but stayed quiet. He stayed back with Riddhima all day as they thought of various solutions to this problem.

They were shocked to read the headlines in the local evening newspaper-

REPUTED NEUROSURGEON, DR ARMAAN MALLIK CHARGED WITH ABUSING PATIENT-DOCTOR RELATIONSHIP BY HAVING ILLEGITIMATE RELATIONS WITH PATIENT! All the major TV channels also carried the same sensational news that night. The articles and news stories showed pictures of Armaan and Riddhima together….they also had pictures from their honeymoon in Ooty…..Dr Gupta had spies everywhere!!!

Riddhima started sobbing as she read the article. Dr Gupta could do anything….he knew he was not only ruining Armaan's career but also his daughter's life….how did he expect that Armaan would do anything for Anjali after this charge….if Dr Gupta thought this accusation would separate Riddhima from Armaan….HE WAS WRONG! Riddhima wiped her tears and she knew she would have to act fast and once again save Armaan's future and career.

The next day, Armaan had set up some meetings with lawyers and was out all day. When he came back, he was shocked when he saw that Riddhima and Ishaan were not there. Most of her clothes and Ishaan's belongings were not there either. A worried Armaan called Sapna, "Sapna….Riddhima aur Ishaan kahan gaye hain?"

"Armaan…kya hua? Mujhey nahin pata…..she did not say anything…except aaj morning mein keh rahi thi ki she will have to do something drastic to get you out of this mess…..don't worry wo aa jaye gi…" Sapna reassured him.

Armaan waited all night and next day but there was no news from Riddhima. Her mobile was also switched off!

Sapna came over, "Armaan….tumney kya haalat bana rakhi hai…..lagta hai na soye ho, na khana khaya hai……Riddhima tumhey chhod kar kahin nahin jaayegi….I trust her….just give her sometime…chalo mere ghar chalo…..I will fix something for you…."

Armaan's eyes were red and swollen. Sapna was frightened to see the rage in his eyes.

"Sapna….yeh kaisa pyaar hai….jab bhi mujhey Riddhima ki sabsey zyaada zaroorat hothi hai…..wo meri zindagi se kyon chali jaati hai….uskey jaane sey kya mujhey apna license waapas mil jaayega? Kum se kum wo saath hothi tho mujhe kuch sahara rehtaa…par tumhari saheli mujhe kabhi samajh nahin paayi…….saath dene ki jagah usney hamesha mera saath chhod diya hai…" he started sobbing as Sapna tried to console him.

"Armaan…please…dekho agar wo hamesha ke liye gayi hothi…to muhje zaroor bata ke jaati…..just have patience….may be she does not want the press and news to find her here at your residence? Have faith in her…."

The sleepless nights and the recent stress had blurred Armaan's thinking. He got up and started throwing things around…he broke several flower vases and destroyed pictures hanging on the wall despite Sapna's protests and efforts to restrain him.

"Sapna…please go away….let me be alone….I don't need you and your sympathies…..GET OUT!!!" Sapna was shocked and left to fetch Atul.

Song in the background as Armaan drowned himself in alcohol, something he seldom consumed, but his pain was unbearable at this point:

"Tanhayee" from "Dil chaahta hai"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BDUlZhDujU

Tanhayee Tanhayee
Dil Ke Raaste Mein
Kaisi Thokar Maine Khaayi
Toote Khwaab Saare Ek Mayusi Hai Chhayi
Har Khushi So Gayi Zindagi Kho Gayi
Tumko Jo Pyaar Kiya Maine To Saza Maine Paayi
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Milo Hai Faili Huvi Tanhayee
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Milo Hai Fali Hoye Tanhayee

Khwaab Mein Dekha Tha Ek Aanchal Maine Apne Haatho Mein
Ab Toote Sapno Ke Shishe Chubte Hai In Aankhon Mein
Khwaab Mein Dekha Tha Ek Aanchal Maine Apne Haatho Mein
Ab Toote Sapno Ke Shishe Chubte Hai In Aankhon Mein
Kal Koyi Tha Yahin Ab Koyi Bhi Nahin
Ban Ke Naagin Jaise Hai Saason Mein Lehrayi
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Palko Pe Kitne Aansoon Hai Laayi
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Palko Pe Kitne Aansoon Hai Laayi

Kyon Aisi Umeed Ki Maine Jo Aisi Naakaam Huvi
Door Banayi Thi Manzil To Raste Mein Hi Shaam Huvi
Kyon Aisi Umeed Ki Maine Jo Aisi Naakaam Huvi
Door Banayi Thi Manzil To Raste Mein Hi Shaam Huvi
Ab Kahan Jaao Main
Kisi Ko Samjaon Main
Kya Maine Chaha Tha Aur
Kyon Kismat Main Aayi
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Jaise Andhero Ki Ho Gehrayi
Dil Ke Raaste Mein
Kaisi Thokar Maine Khaayi
Toote Khwaab Saare Ek Mayusi Hai Chhayi
Har Khushi So Gayi Zindagi Kho Gayi
Tumko Jo Pyaar Kiya Maine To Saza Maine Paayi
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Milo Hai Faili Huvi Tanhayee
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Milo Hai Fali Hoye Tanhayee
Tanhayee Tanhayee
Tanhayee Tanhayee

…..to be continued…

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