Saturday, 7 April 2018

part 29 : Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan



"Di!" Ridhima ran to Anjali who was heading towards I.C.U. Anjali turned back to see Ridhima and hugged her with tears. "Kahan gayi tu? Pata hai tumney papa ko kitna gehara sadma pahoonchi thi? He is broken, Ridhi!"
Ridhima wiped her tears and moved from her embrace, "Di! Main Hyderabad gayi thi." Anjali interrupted her, "You should have informed us. Batakar jaa sakti thi na?" Ridhima was silent for a moment and Anjali continued, "Tum hamesha aisi hi karti aayi hai, Ridhima! Kum se kum iss baar batakar jaa sakti thi. Kal sham ko naani ne batayi thi. Papa was very upset about it. He couldn't take it normal."


Ridhima sniffed and adamantly replied, "I missed Arman. He left for Hyderabad without informing me. I couldn't wait till he comes back."

Anjali sighed, "You know how much papa dislikes Arman. Why don't you understand papa? Tujhey Arman ki fikar hai magar papa ki nahin." Anjali turned to walk away without waiting for Ridhima. Ridhima followed her, "Di! Aisa mut kaho. Kum se kum tum meri support karo. You know I love Arman. Tum bhi Atul se pyar karti thi. Phir papa ko mera pyar se kyon objection hai?"

Anjali turned to her abruptly, "Arman aur Atul mein bahut farak hai, Ridhima! Atul has been obedient subordinate to papa. Arman has always been in bad terms with papa. Wo kabhi papa ka respect nahin karta tha. Always he came with some or other excuses to condemn papa. How can papa accept such groom for you? Tu samaj ti kyon nahin? Anyway, it's your decision, your life. You deal with him now."

Ridhima followed Anjali till I.C.U. "Di! Can I see papa?" Anjali stopped before walking into I.C.U. "First, Let me check papa's condition. Agar wo hosh mein aagaye toh pata nahin tumhe dekh kar kaisa react karega."

Ridhima silently stayed at the door while Anjali disappeared. Ridhima jerked when Atul dropped his hand on her shoulder. "Jiju!" she welled up with tears. Atul hugged her with one hand, "calm down, Ridz! Papa will be alright. Kaisi hai tu?" Ridhima nodded her head, "I'm happy with Arman. Papa ki khabar sunte hi chali aayi." She wiped her tears.

Atul sighed as released her from his embrace, "Hmm, Bata kar jaana tha. Itna chori chupi kyon gayi ho? Papa was very upset. Tumhari khabar sunte hi wo collapse hogaya tha. We were thinking that you went to Naani's apartment." Ridhima remained silent.

Ridhima called Arman and informed the matter after apologizing him.  "Don't worry about me, Ridhima! Tumhara Papa ka khayal rakho. And remember to come back. Keep informing me." He hung up after a few minutes conversation. Ridhima didn't inform about the reason behind Shashank's illness but Arman guessed right.

After an hour Shashank came into conscious and asked for Ridhima. He filled tears as soon as Ridhima hugged him with tears. He silently caressed her head. Doctors warned them not to get excited. Anjali took Ridhima out when Shashank became emotional. Atul took Ridhima home in spite of her insistence to stay with Shashank. She was broken into tears in Naani's arms, "naani! Mere saat hi kyon yeh horaha hai. Kyon papa Arman ko itna hate karta hai." Naani sighed in mind "Arman bilkul apna papa jaisa dikhta hai. Shayad Shanshank usse dekhtey hi apna apman ko yaad karta hai." She consoled her until she calmed down.

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Ridhima got ready first in the morning and headed to hospital to visit Shashank. Naani had also accompanied her. Shashank was still in I.C.U. and recouping his condition.

"kyon chali gayi thi, Ridhima? Papa pur bharosa nahin tha na? Papa ka baat nahin maan-na chahti thi na? Papa pur gussa hokar chali gayi?" Shashank spelled each word by word when Ridhima took his hand in hers. She lowered her eyes as guilt filled her heart. Naani warned Shashank, "abb yeh sab batein kyon karta hai? Ghar aaney ke baad pooch sakta tha na?. Abb tum aram karo."

Shashank faintly smiled, "kiske liye? Jab apna bachein manmaani karke apne ghar khud sambhal sakte toh kisske liye main ghar ajaoon, maa?" Ridhima was offended but couldn't speak other than dropping tears.

Anjali looked compliantly at Ridhima. "Papa aap sab bachon ko kyon dosh de raha hai? Main toh aapki baaat kabhi taali nahin. Atul bhi kabhi aapko sadma nahin pahooncha tha. Aapko humara fikar nahin hai kya? Humare liye ghar aasakta hai na? Jaaney walon ko kaun rok sakta hai? Aap kyon uski khatir kar rahey hai jisko aapki fikar nahin hai?"

Ridhima hurtfully looked at Anjali but couldn't defend herself. Tear drops from Shashank's eyes moved Ridhima and for the first time checked her decision. Shashank stared at Ridhima with tears. "Ridhima! Tum mujhey chodkar phir se chali jaaogi?" Ridhima moved by his pitiful enquiry and shook her head, "na papa! Aap theek hojayiye. Main aapke paas hi rahooongi." Shashank asked for promise, "vachan dogi ki tum mujhey chodkar phir se nahin chali jaayegi." Ridhima exchanged looks helplessly at Naani and Anjali. She stared at Shashank after taking a firm decision not to hurt her father until he recovered completely, "haan papa! Main aapko chodkar nahin jaoongi. Aap jaldi ghar wapas ajayiye."

Shashank took deep breath with satisfaction and closed his eyes to rest. Khanna couples visited them at the same time when Ridhima was feeding Shashank. Everyone greeted one another. Naani took Ridhima out when Naina's eyes stuck on to her. Anjali walked out to check her own cases after confirmed Shashank's stable condition.

"Shashank Bhai! Aap kyon pareshan ho rahay hai. Aap  ki beti ki chinta mut kariye. Ridhima ki jimmedari hum pur sompde. Yeh samjhlijiye  ki Ridhima aaj se humara ghar ki lakshmi hai." Naina gave word when Shashank showed his concern on his unmarried daughter coz of his illness.

Shashank smiled at satisfaction, "I'm really glad, Naina ji! Aap Ridhima ko pasand karte hai. Ridhima ki haat peele karke main aram se reh sakunga. Bina maa ki beti hai. Kissi ki sunti bhi nahin hai." He became emotional.

Naina proudly smiled, "I can understand, Bhai Saab! Aaj kal ladkiyan aise hi hai. Bahut individual hai. Humari Aaliyah bhi aise hi shadi postpone kar rahi hai. Main toh Damini ko manaliya iss baar. Wo meri baat ko nahin taali. Agley hafta hi meri beti ki mangni hai. Aap jaroor jaldi theek hokar ashirvad deney ayiye aur hum Ridhima ki mangni bhi wahi kardengey." She was excited when her dream was coming true.

Dilip tried to interfere but Naina and Shashank took decision unilaterally. "Main ghar aatey hi aapko khabar kardoonga."

Naina warned him "iski koyi jaroorat nahin hai, Shashank ji! Main hi donon taraf se khud arrangements kardoongi. Bus aap jaldi se theek hojayi ye."

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 "Naina! Tum kisi ki baat sunti kyon nahin? Kartik ka rai jaan ne ki bina tum Gupta ji ko vachan dediya hai. Pata hai baad mein humey hi pachtana padega. Kyon itna jaldi baaji karti ho?" Dilip warned Naina after reached home in the evening.

Naina glared at him carelessly, "main aaj tak jo bhi decision liya tha wo sab iss pariwar ki shuk shanti ke liye hi raha. Kartik kyon 'na' karega? Wo kabhi meri baat taalega nahin. Aur Gupta ki beti humara khandan mein such mein gulmil jayegi. Yeh rista bahut acha hai. Hum Aaliyah aur Kartik ke shadi ek saat karengey. I don't want to delay our children's marriages anymore." Naina was excited as her dreams were taking a shape now.

Dilip rubbed his forehead when Naina firmly spoke out about her decision. He wished Kartik agree for this alliance.

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Next morning, Shashank was declared to be discharged as his health came to normal. Anjali was busy in completing the formalities to discharge him. Ridhima had conveyed the message to Arman. "Arman! Main ek aur din papa ke saat rehna chahti hoon."

Arman didn't like her decision, "sochlo, aur jada din ruk gayi toh tumhara papa tumko mujhse jaroor cheen lengey." Ridhima offended, "Arman! Kum se kum iss samay aisi baatein mut karo. Papa is really sick. He needs his children around him." Arman kept quiet without giving any more advices.

Ridhima and Atul arranged everything for Shashank's return. Shashank was happy to see Ridhima participated in all arrangements in person. He took both daughters under his embrace with tears. "Tum donon mere do aankhein hai. Humesha tum donon ko mere ankhon ke samney dekhna chahta hoon."

"Shashank ji! Agar humare donon bachon ke engagement ek hi saat karengey toh apko koyi aitraaz toh nahin hogi na?" Naina asked for Shashank's opinion when Anjali informed about his discharge. Shashak was glad to the proposal and agreed immediately. Shashank and Naina fixed the date over phone. "Shashank ji! Hum sham ko aap se milney ayengey." Naina hung the phone.

Dilip was confused, "wo abhi theek toh hai na? Phir se kyon wahan jana chahti ho? Kartik ka rai poochey bina kyon relations aagey bada rahi ho? Main keh raha hoon, Naina! Baad mein pachtaogi."

Naina ignored his warnings, "Kartik se mein baat karungi? Itna acha rista phir se ayega nahin."





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Whole scene was took place in southern atmosphere and Telugu conversation'..

"Mama! Aapney kahan ki aap mere saat dengi. Abb yeh rista laaney ki matlab kya hai? And you are forcing me to sit in front of the strangers?" Kripa angrily attacked Gayatri when Surya brought an alliance for her without discussing anyone at home.

Gayatri helplessly pleaded her, "Kripa iss bat humara izzat ka khayal rakho. Phir kabhi aisa situation nahin aayegi. Trust me. Wo log jaatey hi main papa se baat karoongi."

Kripa angrily looked at her mother, "you trust me, mama! Main khud yeh rista ko tokoongi. Phir kabhi papa aise situation khadi karney ki nahin sochengey."

Gayatri worried of embarrassment in front of strangers and pleaded Kripa. "Kripa papa ko gussa mut dilao. Sab chaley janey ke baad hum baat karengey. Tub tak akal se kaam lo."

Kripa stomped her feet and walked vigorously into the living room where all the people of new alliance were waiting for her. All were stunned to see Kripa in normal cloths and without any preparation for the event. Surya introduced everyone to cover his embarrassment. Kripa adamantly looked at them without wishing them. She arrogantly replied to each and every question they asked her. They decided to leave the scene when they noticed her reluctance. "Surya ji! Lagta hai aapki beti ko humara rista manzoor nahin hai. Hum yeh baat yahin tak rukwa dengey." The head of the family declared before took leave from Sarma family.

"Ye kya tareeka hai mehmanon se pesh aaney ki? Yahin hai tumhara up bringing? Ek beti ko nahin sambhal sakti thi? Kitna apamaan kiya hai sabke samney? Humara kuch khayal hai aaj tum donon maa beti ko? Kissi ko iss ghar mein mera prestige ki khayal hai?" Surya aguishly yelled on both Gayatri and Kripa.

Kripa was silently lowered her head though thanking for rejection of the alliance. Gayatri also thanked God for the suppressed situation and silently bore Surya's blame. Surya angrily checked the relief on both faces. Gayatri warned him not to aggravate the situation as they already knew about Kripa's love towards Angad. Surya fumed at this warning.  "Agar uss kulksheen se hi shadi karna hai toh khud chali jao iss ghar se. Main apni haaton se uss kulheen kutumb mein tumhara kanyadan nahin karoonga." He bombarded his anger on Kripa.

Surya slept without eating in protest of his family's ill-mannered behavior. Gayatri couldn't eat either but Kripa had her dinner satisfactorily in her ever first victorious moment.

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That night, Naina was excited and served dinner with her own hands.

 "Kya baat hai, mom! Aap aaj bahut kush nazar aarahi hai?" Angad asked Naina while seating at the table.

 She smiled big, "Aaliyah ke saat saat humara Kartik ka bhi rista pakka hogaya hai. Hum donon ka shadiyan ek saat karvadengey." Dilip rubbed his hands irritatingly and tried to escape stares from his children. Angad was surprised and looked around. Aaliyah had already guessed something about Gupta as she knew her parents' visit to hospital in the morning. Kartik was shocked and stunned at Naina. Angad knew Kartik's crush on Misthy and surprisingly looked at his brother with raising eyebrows. Kartik innocently shrugged his shoulders.

"Mom! Please! Aap yeh kya kehrahey hai. I don't want to marry now. I can't." Kartik had pleadingly but firmly refused Naina's decision.

Naina was shocked at Kartik's ever first negative response to her decision. "Kartik! What are you saying? Shadi ki umar hogaya hai phir bhi mana kar raha hai? Tum bachein life mein settle hongay toh main aram se iss life se retire hoongi na?." She tried to lighten the situation.

 "Mom! Please don't get me wrong. Aap samajhney ki koshish keejiye." Kartik tried to reason his decision. Naina interrupted him, "main kuch nahin sun na chahti hoon, Kartik! Iss saal tumhara shadi hokar hi rahega. Wahan kabhi bhi Surya se khabar aasakti hai Angad aur Kripa ke liye.
We cannot delay it. Aur Angad se pehla tumhara shadi hona jaroori hai." she wanted to get two birds at one shot.

 Kartik uneasily shifted in the chair. Angad signaled as encouraged him to reveal about his secret love.  Kartik took a deep breath, "Mom! I'm in love with someone else. Main uss se bahut pyar karta hoon. Wo bahut khubsurat hai, padhi likhi hai. She is a perfect match for me. I'm sure you will also like her. I can't agree for Gupta ji's daughter. I cannot ruin her life. Mujhey maaf kardijiye." Kartik left the table after finished his juice.

Naina's focus turned onto Angad now. She was upset for Surya not called them back once he reached his home. "Angad!  Kya Kripa ki kuch khabar hai? Surya ne rista baandney ko kuch koshish kar raha hai?" Angad swallowed and exchanged looks from other family members. He lowered his eyes and hesitantly replied, "nahin mom! They are just fine. Maama se mera baat nahin huyi."

Naina took chance of situation, "Kyon karega?  Bahut ghamandi log hai. Suno! Main tum sabko jaldi se settle karna chahti hoon. Mujhey bhi pota-poti-nata-nati se khelney ko mann kar raha hai. Mera bhi kuch khwaishein pura karney de. Bahut khoshish ke baad Aaliyah ki mangni fix kardiya tha. Agar tum donon bhai bhi settle hogayi toh, Anittah ki shadi bhi jaldi se karvadoongi."

Anittah tried to open her mouth for her decision but Naina aguishly warned her. Dilip and Devyani remained as silent spectators. Angad quickly finished his dinner, "Mom! Main aur Prithvi kal subah Bangalore jaa rahey hai. Kuch project work hai wahan." Naina displeasingly looked at him as she suspected his detour to Hyderabad. He added, "Main ek do din mein wapas ajaoonga.." Naina didn't believe him about not having contacts with Surya. She was right. Angad already got call from Kripa about the alliance she rejected. He was eager to meet Kripa now.

"Angad mujhse kuch chupa raha hai. I'm sure wahan kuch toh horaha hoga. Nahin toh abb achanak Bangalore ki trip kyon aa padi?" Naina mumbled after Angad's depart. Dilip warned her, "Naina! Tum kyon humesha negative sochti ho? Angad such much kaam pur jaa raha hai. Uska hur move ko itna shuk se mut dekho."

Naina fumed, "sab ko meri baat hi galat dikhti hai. Surya pariwar wapas jaakar ek hafta hogaya hai. Aaj tak kabhi usney phone kiya? Ladki waley hai, Itna bhaav dikhayi toh hum ladka walay kuch kum nahin hai."

Dilip reassured her, "wo log abhi ghar pahoonche they. Let them settle down. Kya jaldi hai? Pehle betiyon ki shadi karengey phir dekhengey bte ka shadi.?"

Naina remained silent but her mind was sketching some plans.

vijaya

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