Thursday, 12 April 2018

part 34 :Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


Angad walked into the house after a week of tour on his project. Workers were busy at Khanna house in decorating lights and flowers all over for the event in the evening. He couldn't see any of his family members in the living room. He was surprised as Naina called him several times to reach home as soon as possible.


"Hey everyone!" He walked upstairs, and greeted his family who gathered in his parent's room. They all worriedly looked at him and exchanged looks at each other.  He wondered at their behavior as noticed strange atmosphere among them.

He spread his arms apart, "Hey Guys! What's up? Na hi, hello! Is everything okay? Tum sab mujhey dekh kar itna hairaan kyon ho rahey hai? Mom! Dad! Dadi! Kyon pareshan lag rahey hai? You all are behaving like I did something wrong! Kuch kiya hai mainey?"  They all were still silent waiting for other person to speak out.

Angad confusingly looked at Naina, "Mom! You called me so many times. Kya hua abb itna khamosh kyon hai? Is everything okay? Aaj Aaliyah aur Prithvi ka engagement mein sab kuch theek chal raha hai na?" Everyone again exchanged looks. Angad's patience reached the peak and enquired Kartik with raised eyebrows. Kartik shrugged his shoulders and pointed his looks towards Naina. Angad was confused and approached her. His heart started pounding fearing if Surya called them with proposal.

"Mom! For God sake can you tell me what happened? I'm tensed up with all your silence."

She swallowed and gave sheepish looks at Dilip. Dilip angrily gave complaint looks at her. "Apne bte ko Jawab do, Naina! Abb tak itna ladti rahi thi na abb batao tum kya karne jha rahi thi uski jindagi ke saat." She sharply looked at him making Angad more confused. His sixth sense warned him about coming up danger in his life. His suspicion became stronger and stronger inside. He gathered courage and questioned her, "What's dad saying mom?"

Naina silently fiddled with her fingers as silently searched for words. Angad scared to force her and silently enquired at Devyani. Devyani sympathetically looked at him as she was the most upset person among the whole family at that moment.

He walked to her and put his arm around her, "dadi! Aap toh batayiye aakhir hua kya hai?" His voice shrunk as throat choked with fear. He checked everyone at once instance and whispered in her ears, "maama ji ney  phone kiya tha kya?" Devyani affectionately cupped his cheek and shook her head sideway. He got his fears answered and relieved. But it stayed for a short moment till Devyani pointed at Naina, "tumhari Mom se hi poochlo, Angad! Tumhara saarey sawalon ke jawab usi ke paas toh hai."

Naina flared her nostrils and gave a fake smile at Angad. Dilip settled his throat and revealed the reason behind the tension among the family. He groaned and mumbled, "tumne balidan denay ka irada jo karliya tha na." Naina virtually killed Dilip with her angry looks. Angad's heart started pounding again with unknown fears.

He looked at Naina for explanation. She ignored her family's complained looks and walked to him. "Inka bus chaley toh mere bte ke balidan Sarma family mein karvadengey, ussey 'ghar jamai' banakey!" Dilip cynically groaned, "abb kya uss se kum sila mil raha hai? Gupta khandan kebade damaad ko dekhliya hai humney." Naina carelessly looked at Dilip and turned to Angad. She faintly smiled, "Angad beta! Tuhi ek hai meri dard ko samajhne wala. Mere laaz rakhney wala."

Dilip cynically shook his head and complained to Angad. "Lo sambhalo abb apni mom ko. Abb tak jo koshish mainey kiya tha wo bekaar hogaya hai."

Naina expectantly looked at Angad. "Angad tuhi bata, main kya karoon? Main Gupta ji ko vachan de chuki hoon. Aaj tak Surya ne ristay ka baat toh chalaya hi nahin. Kya umeed lekar uske intezaar karengey? Upar se humney suna hai wo tumsey 'ghar jamai' ka umeed kar raha hai?" she compliantly looked at Devyani and continued. "Main toh iske liye hargeez raazi nahin hoongi. Gupta ji ki beti Ridhima ek padhi likhi smart ladki hai. Uska khandan mujhey behad pasand hai. Aur tumse main yeh umeed karti hoon ki tum meri baat maanlo aur humara izzat ka khayal karo."

Angad's fears took some shape now. He realized Naina fixed his alliance with Gupta's daughter. He condemned Naina. "Ek minute, Mom! Pehley yeh batayiye ki aap mere shadi Kartik se pehle kyon karvana chahtey hai. Aap Kartik ko ignore karkey mera baat kyon kar rahey hai?" He reminded the conversation with Kartik for his wedding plans few days before.

Naina embarrassingly defended herself. "Kartik Misthy se pyar karta hai. Wo bhi jada padhi likhi hai. Kartik ke saat kaam karti hai. They both know each other very well." Angad interrupted with a nod, "so you wanted a professionally educated bahu? Kripa se aapko issi baat ki objection hai?" He argued though the subject diverted from Kartik to Kripa.

Naina got into action with her defensive argument, "wo baat nahin hai, Angad! Kripa ki padhayi se mujhey koyi objection nahin hai.  Wo ek aisi khandan se hai jo humse gulmil nahin payengey. Sarma pariwar ke riste se behetar hai Misthy aur Ridhima ka ristey. Un dono riston ne yeh expect nahin kiya ki mere bte unkey 'ghar jamai"  baney. Misthy ki taraf se objection raise karney wala koyi nahin hai. Ridhima taraf se Gupta ji humara hur baat maan ne ko taiyyar hai."

Angad sarcastically smiled at her, "so you need people who play to your tunes?"

He continued before Naina spoke, "Mom! Maama ji ne abhi tak 'ghar jamai' ka proposal toh nahin rakha hai. Phir aap abhi se kyon objection raise kar rahey hai? kyon mera shadi kisi aur se karvana chahtey hai? Aap jaantey hai main Kripa se kitna pyar karta hoon. Ussey kitna chahta hoon. Phir bhi aap…"his throat stuck to continue.

Naina cynically moaned, "Main jaanti hoon tumhara aur Kripa ki barein mein. Magar kya Surya tum donon ke shadi itni asaani se karva dengey?" Naina held Angad's arm, "Tum mujhko bina bataye Surya ke saat uske gaon gaye they. Uske har baat ko maan ne ko taiyyar hogaye ho. Tum socha bhi kaise ki main tumey ghar jamai honey doongi?"

"Mom! I can understand you. Yeh toh maama ka wish tha. Wo sochte hai ki main unka beta banker hur duty ko nibhaoon. Unke baad sab karmo ka palan ek Brahman ke vidhi se sambhaloon. Ismein harzi kya hai, Mom? Maama toh old tradition ke hain. Wo humara riste ko accept karliya toh wahi badi baat hojayegi na."

Naina fumed at his compassion towards Surya. "Dekho Angad! Surya per itna humdardi jataney ki koyi zaroorat nahin hai. Mujhey pata hai wo kya chahta hai. Humse tumhey alag karney ka tareeka hai yeh sab. I don't allow him to do this. Yeh sab batein mujhey mut sikhao. Agar tumhey mujh pur zara sa bhi respect hai toh mera baat maan jao. Angad! Aaliyah ki sagai ke saat saat tumhara bhi sagai fix karva diya mainey. Gupta ji toh sab tareekon se taiyyar hai. Abb yeh engagement call off karna mushkil hai."

Angad helplessly looked at Dilip who shrugged back helplessly. "Mom! Mujhsey bada hai Kartik. Aap usse chodkar mera engagement kyon pehla karvana chahtey hai?"

Naina shook her head at his trials to stop the engagement. "Misthy ka bhai Hyderabad mein rehta hai. I'm trying to reach him. Unse baat hotey hi turant Anittah ki aur Kartik ki sagai ek saat karva doongi. "

Teddy interrupted them, "Ma'am! Koyi Sastry ji aaye hain Dadi ji se milney." Devyani wondered about the new visitor and walked out instructing Naina and Dilip to follow her.  Naina gave ultimatum with her eyes and followed Devyani leaving Angad without option. Dilip followed without any choice.

Anittah followed Naina while Aaliyah pressed Angad's arm as supported him. Kartik sympathetically dropped his arm around Angad's shoulder.

Angad sought help from Kartik, "Kartik! Yeh sab kya hai? Main apni jindagi mein Kripa ke alwaa kisi aur ko imagine bhi nahin karsakta hoon. I don't agree for this engagement. I can't marry anyone else but Kripa."

Kartik patted his shoulder, "it's time to be strong, Angad! You have to convince Mom. Abhi tak hum sab ne Mom ko samjhaaney ki bahut koshish ki. Now it is your turn to deal with her."

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"Bhai! Itna sab kuch hogaya tha aur tum abb bata rahay ho? I thought you both were not in contacts since you were transferred to Hyderabad. I wonder how Ridhima is doing now?" Misthy scolded Arman when he explained about Ridhima's stay with him, Shashank's illness and her phone calls to him. He wouldn't reveal anything if Misthy didn't insist him when he called her urgently before she left for work.

But he didn't reveal the commitment they made to each other. He certainly knew Misthy wouldn't like the forwardness before the sacred knot in front of society.

Arman apologised with explanation, "kya karoon, Misthy! Mujhey Ridhima ke wapas jane ke decision ne itna chaunka diya tha ki main bahar ki duniya ko bhul hi gaya. Abb uss se milney ka waqt bhi nahin hai mere paas. Hospital mein kal tak bahut busy tha; Abb uska mobile connection bhi nahin mil raha hai. Ek baar bhi uss se baat nahin kar paya hoon. Pata nahin wo kaisi hai."

Misthy reassured him, "don't worry bhai! I will take care of everything. Tum jald se jald ajao."

Arman thanked her and informed about his travel. "Main abb airport se hi baat kar raha hoon. I'll be there by noon. Can you please bring her home?"

Misthy chuckled, "yeh koyi kehney ki baat hai? How about I bring her to airport?"

Arman blushed on other side, "I'll definitely appreciate that." Misthy laughed at his excitement.

Misthy dropped thought of going to work and called Ridhima. She couldn't get through the call and decided to meet her either at Sanjeevani or at Gupta's home, after sending a note to the work. She already knew that Kartik, her boss wouldn't be at office.

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"Namaste Bua ji! Kaisi hai aap. Aap mujhey jaantey nahin hai. Main Subrahmanya Sastry ji ka ek lauta beta hoon. Surya ne bataya tha aapke barein mein." The new visitor introduced himself giving his ancestor's name and other details as understood Devyani's enquiry looks.

Naina gave cynic looks at Dilip "aaj tak kahan they yeh sab ristedaar?"

Dilip ignored her looks and gave seat to Sastry. Devyani started gathering information from him. He came to invite them personally for his daughter's wedding. His daughter would settle in Mumbai after her wedding. She needed some moral support from near relatives as she never gone out of her hometown. Sastry sought some support from Devyani which he instantly got from her. Devyani and Dilip made him stay till night for the upcoming event.

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Angad covered his hands on face and silently wept. He couldn't believe Naina already made decision on his behalf. He always expected this situation some day but not so quickly and all of sudden. He didn't want to bend his head in front of the situation. He didn't know how to face the situation either. He missed Kripa and called her.

"Hey baava! How are you? Mumbai pahoonch gayi? Dadi kaisi hai? Naina aunty se kuch poocha? Did you tell about us? I mean papa ke baarein mein? 'Ghar jamai" banney ke decision batadiya ki nahin? Kya kaha unhoney? Aaliyah kaisi hai? Aur Anittah? Did Pedda bava confess his love to his assistant, Misthy?" Kripa bombarded questions one after one without giving him time to answer her.

Angad rubbed his heart and laughed aloud.  He moaned as lay on the bed with satisfaction. "I missed you, sweetheart! Main abhi abhi ghar pahooncha hoon. Tumhari sab sawalon ka jawab abhi nahin depaoonga. I haven't talked to anyone about my trip yet." He lied under teeth kept his pain aside.

Kripa was disappointed but giggled at his addressing. "I miss you too, baava! Lagraha hai ki bahut din hogaye hai tumse milkar. Phir kab aaogey?" Angad kissed over phone, "jaldi se jald ajaoonga. Mujhey tumhari yaad bahut aati hai. I need to meet you soon. Mom kuch bhi kahey main toh tere siwa kissi aur ko mere jindagi mein jaga nahin depaoonga." Kripa's tone cracked on other side with affection on him. "I too bava! Agar shadi karni hai toh sirf tumse. Abb tak mama toh meri support kar rahi hai. Papa ko humesha yaad dilati hai humare baat chalaney ke liye …." Angad chatted with her till he got courage to face the situation.

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Misthy tried to meet Ridhima at Sanjeevani but she was not attending her duties till she left for Hyderabad. She went to Gupta's house but in vein. Shashank gave lame excuses to keep her away from Ridhima. She couldn't even meet Naani, Atul and Anjali as they left for shopping for last minute arrangements. Misthy sensed the celebration atmosphere around the house. She gathered information from the workers about Ridhima's engagement.

Misthy rushed to the airport to receive Arman. Arman was furious when heard the news. He angrily decided to go home instead of Khanna house to stop the event. "Bhai! Ridhima pur gussa kissi aur tarah nikalo. Abb tumne yeh engagement nahin rukwaya toh tum hamesha ke liye apne pyar ko kho dogey."

 Arman ignored her warnings, "honey do; jo mera nahin hai wo kabhi mera nahin hoga. Ridhima itna bhi apne papa se nahin keh sakti? Bachi hai kya? Kyon wo mere umeed rakhti hai? Main uske papa ke paon pakad kar gidgidaoon Ridhima ke haat ke liye? Why does she expect everything from me? Wo khud lad nahin sakti apne papa se? Pyar karthay waqt yeh sab maloom nahin tha kya? She was not like that when I met her first time." He angrily banged the car door and took the steering.

Misthy removed the keys immediately, "Car main chalaoongi. Tum passenger seat mein bhaito." She forced him to move aside and took the steering. Arman was furious throughout the drive. He insisted Misthy to drive home while she wanted to try to go to Khanna house. Both tried to reach Ridhima's cell but in vein. Misthy cursed herself for not having Kartik's mobile phone number. There was no one to answer her calls at work by the time she realized it too. Misthy forcefully got Arman ready in an hour and drove to Khanna house.

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Angad got ready and left the house by 4 before anyone realized his absence. He couldn't imagine himself wearing engagement ring to someone else's finger than his beloved baavi, Kripa. He decided to run away from scene.

Naina was furious and secretly scolded all the children for not observing him. Kartik was happy in mind but replied her innocently. "Mom! Humey kya pata wo aapke baat nahi maanega." Aaliyah chuckled at his reply and hid the smile at Naina's furious looks. Anittah suggested sending Mannan to find out Angad as he knew Angad's hang out places. Aaliyah and Kartik silently exchanged looks and wished Angad to stay happy wherever he was.

 vijaya

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