Wednesday, 20 December 2017

PART 57: Ehsaas


Rahul checked Armaan out and said, "let's move him to the hospital…..he is critically ill!"


Riddhima panicked, "Rahul…Armaan theek tho ho jaayega? Kya hua hai usey? Please save him Rahul…..main uske bina nahin reh sakti," she started sobbing loudly.

Rahul patted Riddhima's back, "I will try my best Riddhima….call the ambulance!"




Armaan was transferred to the hospital immediately. Rahul ran a number of tests and came back to Armaan's bedside, "Riddhima, looks like Armaan has Dengue fever…aaj kal mosquitoes ki wajah se bahut faila hua hai….let's hope he responds well to the treatment." Rahul did not have the heart to tell Riddhima that they had been seeing a particularly deadly strain this season; he had seen several deaths in both Ramgarh and Mumbai over the past week or two.



"Kuch nahin hoga Armaan ko!" Riddhima said confidently, "he has to live…for Arnav and me," she started weeping silently.



Rahul gave her a friendly hug, "Riddhima tumhara pyaar hi usey theek karega….he wants to be with you so badly, I am sure he will fight this nasty virus in no time."



Riddhima's self made wall was crumbling; it had crashed into pieces…..all her barriers and defenses were down now. There was only one thing she cared about…..Armaan! She realized, how much she loved him….she could not live without him…..her existence was worthless without him…..she would give up anything to have him back.



Riddhima stayed at Armaan's bedside for the next one week. Armaan went through the various stages of the deadly illness; one could tell his body did not want to give up. Each time his blood pressure or heart rate fell to deathly low levels, they bounced back up with Rahul's expert treatment and Riddhima's healing touch. Riddhima kept her faith in God and her love throughout the tumultuous period. Padma and Tamanna provided support at the home front; Riddhima refused to budge from Armaan's bedside. Padma and Tamanna brought her a change of clothes and food from home everyday.



The people of Ramgarh organized prayer sessions to pray for their beloved doctor. They sent their blessings and 'duas' to him everyday.


On the sixth day of his illness, Rahul was pleased to see the first sign of recovery, "Riddhima…aaj pehli baar Armaan ki dawaa kum kari hai maine….I think he is out of danger now."



Riddhima had tears of joy. She squeezed Rahul's hands, "Rahul….if it were not for you and Muskaan….we would be no where…thanks a lot…tum poore hafte yahin rahe ho, Mumbai ki practice mein bhi nahin gaye….you are a great person Rahul. How will I make it up to you?" she asked tearfully.



"Hmm…apni nayi album ki first copy mujhey dena…OK? That will be your fees…..actually the fact that you and Armaan are one again, is my biggest fees…..is se zyaada khushi mujhey aur Muskaan ko nahin ho sakti….I wish you both the best of luck!" Rahul smiled and patted her shoulder.



The next morning, Riddhima decided to go home and freshen up for a change. She had not seen Arnav in days and Rahul had given her great news again that morning.



She saw Atul waiting in the hallway, "bhaiyya aap? Kab aaye Pune se?"

Atul looked at Riddhima tearfully, "Riddhima….I am sorry…..mujhey nahin pataa tha ki tum aur Armaan ab."



Riddhima touched his hand, "bhaiyya….aap sirf apni behen ki raksha kar rahe the…..aakhir itne saalon se rakshabandhan par aapko rakhi baandh rahi hoon…..apna karza wapas le rahi thi aapse…..par ab aap Armaan ko kuch bhi ulta seedha mat boliyega," she complained as she pointed her index finger at him, "bechara aapki dhamki se itna bimaar hi ho gaya," she smiled through her tears and hugged her brother.



Atul stroked her hair, "promise….ab main sirf Armaan ki arti utaaroonga," Atul laughed and hugged her back.


When she came back from home, she stopped at Armaan's door. She saw Armaan talking to Rahul. She could not believe her eyes; Armaan was up and conscious, talking to Rahul as if nothing had happened.



"Thanks for saving my life, Rahul!" Armaan said



"Well, Armaan tu bhi jaanta hai….mareez teen cheezon se theek hota hai- dawa, dua aur sabse badhkar pyaar! So you need to thank all 3 reasons for your recovery." Rahul said.


"Really? Dawa aur dua tho main samajh sakta hoon…par pyaar….mujhey kaun pyaar kar sakta hai?" Armaan said sadly.


Riddhima was listening to everything from outside the door. She had tears in her eyes; her heart ached at hearing Armaan's comment.


"Armaan….wo pyaar baahar darwaaze ke peeche chup chup kar hamaari baatein sun raha hai aur ro raha hai! RIDDHIMA IDHAR AAO!" Rahul looked towards the door and yelled.


Armaan looked at the door and saw Riddhima standing with her head lowered.

"Come here Riddhima….apne mareez se nahin milogi?" Rahul said

Riddhima walked slowly to Armaan's bedside and smiled through her tears.

"Well….I need to go and see some reports….main chalaa," Rahul excused himself and left the two broken hearts together.

Armaan held Riddhima's hand and pulled her towards him. Riddhima sat down, and lowered her eyes like a new bride.

"Kyon kiya yeh sab Riddhima? Mere jaise kamzor insaan ke liye kyon kiya ye?" Armaan asked

"Kya tum sochte ho tum hi is duniya mein kamzor ho? Kya meri koi kamzori nahin hai?" she asked, finally looking into his eyes.

"Kamzori?" Armaan raised his eyebrow

"TUM! Tum aur tumhara pyaar hai meri sabse badhi kamzori! Hamesha ki tarah mujhey manaa lete ho…..jaante ho na ki mera dil tumhari taqleef nahin dekh sakta," she started sobbing and buried her head in his chest.



"Riddhima, you are not my weakness, but my strength….tum meri kamzori nahin, taaqat ho! But, I don't deserve you!" Armaan said softly


"I know, YOU DON'T DESERVE ME, because YOU OWN ME!" she said tearfully


Armaan caressed her hair gently and said, "If I had known that it would take a bunch of blood sucking mosquitoes to get you back, I would invited them over to dinner a long time back!" he laughed as he teased her.



They held each other for a while, cherishing each other's proximity to the fullest. At that moment, they both knew that their existence was lifeless without each other; they were happiest when they were in each other's arms……nothing else mattered as long as they were together; their love was too strong to be blown away by any storm or any hurdle…..they had found each other again and this time it would be forever, come what may……



"Excuse me sir!" A nurse interrupted them, "sir aapki dawa ka time ho gaya hai."


"Sister….main wo hi tho le raha hoon," Armaan looked naughtily at Riddhima, who got up and felt awkward by the nurse's sudden appearance.


The nurse smiled, "table par hai sir….aap le lena baad mein."


Riddhima got up to leave. Armaan grabbed her wrist, "kahan jaa rahi ho? Mere paas hi raho, abhi tumhara mareez theek nahin hua hai. Apna haath mat chhodo."


"Kaise chhod sakti hoon yeh haath Armaan?" she looked at him lovingly, "kitni kismat se mujhey wapas mila hai."


Enjoy this lovely romantic song (one of my all time fav)

"kismat se tum" from "pukar"


--FEMALE--
(Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge) - 2
Phir se banti taqdeeron ko
Armaanon ki zanjeeron ko
Jaanam ab na todenge

--MALE--
Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge
Phir se banti taqdeeron ko
Armaanon ki zanjeeron ko
Jaanam ab na todenge
Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge
Kya kahoon kaise lagte hai dil pe zulfon ke saaye
Koi bhoola raahi jaise manzil paa jaaye
Ya koi dil toofaan ka maara
Dard ki laheron mein aawaara

--FEMALE--
Koi pyaara pyaar ke saaye paa jaaye

--MALE--
Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge
Tukde dil ke hum tum milke
Phir se jodenge, yeh sheesha phir se jodenge

--FEMALE--
Phir se banti taqdeeron ko
Armaanon ki zanjeeron ko
Jaanam ab na todenge
Yun Guptaati yun ghabraati aise simti simtaayi
O mere baalam yunhi nahin main jaate jaate laut aayi hoon
Preet meri pehchaani tune
Meri kadr to jaani tune

--MALE--
Ab dil jaaga hosh mein chaahat ab aayi

--FEMALE--
Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge

--MALE--
Tukde dil ke hum tum milke
Phir se jodenge, yeh sheesha phir se jodenge

--FEMALE--
Phir se banti taqdeeron ko
Armaanon ki zanjeeron ko
Jaanam ab na todenge

--BOTH--
Kismat se tum humko mile ho
Kaise chhodenge, yeh haath hum na chhodenge



"Riddhima…..I want my good morning kiss!" Armaan pulled Riddhima close to him.

Riddhima hesitated, "yahan hospital mein?"


Armaan held her face in his hands and looked into her eyes, "kyunki mujhey darr hai ki kahin yeh sab sapna na ho….kahin meri aankh khule, aur tum ghayab ho jaao….agar aisa hua tho main phir zinda nahin reh paaonga Riddhima," he said tearfully.



Riddhima put her hand on his lips, "aaj ke baad phir aisa mat kehna," she bent over and brought her lips close to his. Armaan instinctively put his hand behind her neck and pulled the clip off from her hair, letting her strands fall all over his face. Riddhima touched her lips to his as he gave out a loud groan. The kiss melted all the pain they had carried in their hearts over the last year and a half; neither one wanted to let go of each other.


"*cough*cough* Dr Malik, aapke naye hospital mein bahut personalized treatment milta hai!"


Riddhima pulled back and wiped her lips. She was red with embarrassment and was too shy to turn around and face Muskaan.


"Aao Muskaan….tum kab aayi?" Armaan licked his lips with his tongue and welcomed his friend.


"Kal raat ko hi aayi thi, par ab lagta hai wapas chale jaana chaahiye….kahin treatment plan mein interfere na kar rahi hoon," Muskaan giggled.


Riddhima ran to Muskaan and hugged her. She hid her face in Muskaan's shoulder, "nahin Muskaan….tum kahin nahin jaa sakti!"


Muskaan hugged Riddhima back and winked at Armaan, "You know how I love being the kabab mein haddi!" they all laughed at that comment.


Sangeeta

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