Friday, 13 April 2018

part 35 :Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan



"Angad! Yeh kya bachpana hai? Why don't you face your Mom directly?  Running away from scene is not wise decision, buddy!" Mannan softly scolded Angad when he caught him over phone after several attempts.  Angad laughed aloud, "Do you think facing mom is an easy task? Agar unka saamna karney ki himmat hoti mujh mein to bhaagney ki kya jaroorat hi padhti? Anyway I'm not in town to listen to you. Hope mom stops this engagement."


Mannan softly tried to make him realize, "You should think about the girl, man! Kya muh dikhayegi wo society mein? Andaza hai uss ladki ka kya haal hoga aise waqt mein? Uski kya galti hai ki tum use aise saza de raha hai?"

Angad faintly smiled, "It is not my fault, buddy! Mom se ladney ka time nahin hai mere paas. Wahan engagement ke saari taiyyariyan ho chukey thi. I did not know how to avoid it. Bhaagney ke alawa aur koyi chara nahin tha mere paas.  Wahan rukta toh jaroor phus jaata."

Mannan agreed with him. "Tumhari Mom bhi na azeeb kisam ki insaan hai. Mere aur Anittah ki relation ko accept kar sakti hain magar tumhari aur Kripa ki nahin? Tum donon toh kareebi ristedaar bhi ho."

Angad faintly smiled, "wahi toh hairaani ki baat hai. Maama ji bhi humara pyar ke dushman hai. Khaash inn badoan ko hum samjha saktey. Kabhi kabhi lagta hai Kripa ko bhagakar kahin door chala jaaoon."

Mannan laughed at Angad's thoughts. "Yaar! I'm with you. Jitna mujhse hoga utna main tumhara madat karoonga. Convey my wishes to Kripa.."

 "Tumhey kaise pata main Hyderabad jaaraha hoon?" Angad was surprised.

Mannan groaned with pride, "arey yaar! Mujhse jada kaun tumhey jaanta hai?"

Angad promised him to update the progress before hung the phone.

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Damini noticed Angad's absence and questioned Naina. "Angad kahan hain, Naina? Tumney toh kaha  tha ki uska bhi engagement hai? Ladki walon ko toh main dekh rahi hoon."

Naina embarrassed at her direct attack. She hid the truth and lied under teeth that he got some urgent work in Delhi to attend. Damini suspiciously looked at her but didn't force her to reveal the truth.

Devyani overheard their conversation and cynically questioned Naina. "batao Naina, sabko batado ki tumhara beta bhaag gaya hai. Usko yeh rista manzoor nahin hai."

Naina suspected Devyani for Angad's irresponsible behavior. "Aap jaanti hai na Angad kahan gaya hai? Kahi aap ne hi toh yeh salah nahin diya usse? Main bhi dekhti hoon kab tak Angad mujhse muh chupakar rahega. Hur haal mein yeh mangni toh karva kar rahoongi. Sab log aachukey hai. Main kya muh dikhaoongi?"

 "Tum jaldbaazi mein bachon ke jindagi ke sabse ehem faisla unsey poochey bina liye jaarahi ho, Naina! Aagey tumhey jaroor pachtana padega. Meri baat suno, yeh engagement cancel karvado. Yahin achi hai donon pariwaron ke liye. Angad ke saat saat kyon Ridhima ki jindagi bhi museebut mein daal rahi ho?" Devyani warned Naina at which Naina shut Devyani's advices with her sharp stares.

Naina apologised to Shashank about Angad's absence and asked for his permission to complete the ritual without him. Shashank was disappointed but agreed to go forward with the formal rituals. "Kyon nahin, Naina ji! Yeh mangni do insaanon ke hi nahin balki do pariwaron ke beech ek rista bhi banaati hai. Angad yahan nahin hai toh kya hua hum dono pariwar hai na yeh rista ka nischitardh karne ke liye."

Naina walked Aaliyah and Ridhima towards dais arranged in the center of the hall. The dais was beautifully decorated with white and red roses and matching silk drapers.  Anittah and Anjali brought big silver plates arranged with beautiful roses and small boxes with engagement rings.

Damini, Shashank and Naina invited their close friends and relatives for the function. Damini wanted the ceremony to be grand but did not have enough time for it. She wanted enough time to distribute the invitation cards according to her status and popularity in the society. But Naina didn't give her enough time to fulfill her wishes. She postponed her wishes to the wedding as Naina gave the decision of wedding date to her.  Shashank didn't want to announce the news among big crowd as he feared that Arman might  intrude any time. Naina also wanted to keep the function as family event because of changes made in groom.

All guests gathered around the dais as Kartik and Dilip walked Prithvi to Aaliyah. Damini and Devyani reached Aaliyah and Prithvi when Naina put them together and asked the priest to start hymns for the ritual.

First Aaliyah and Prithvi exchanged rings as priest chanted mantras.  Damini gave jewelry to Aaliyah and Naina gave a wrist watch and cufflinks to Prithvi. Both gave blessings to the newly engaged couple. Aaliyah and Prithvi took blessings from all other elders. Kartik hugged Prithvi and Aaliyah.

Later Shashank and Dilip exchanged gifts of cloths, flowers, beetle leaves under mantras. The two men hugged as congratulated each other for tying in new relationship. Ridhima touched feet of her would-be in-laws after Naina gave the engagement ring and other jewelry. "Angad yahan nahin ho paya magar unka mann yahin hai. Abhi tak kayi baar phone kar chukka hai. Kaam khatam hotey hi jaldi wapas ajayega. Dil chota mut karo, Ridhima!" Naina cupped her cheek as showed her concern. She mistook Ridhima's silence as disappointment at Angad's absence. Ridhima didn't respond and silently took the gifts. All elders blessed Ridhima as Khanna siblings plainly greeted her. Anjali took Ridhima upstairs to help her in changing her outfit on Naina's recommendation.

Sastry caught Devyani as soon as she came out of dais as Ridhima left for changing.  Their conversation went in Telugu. "Bua! Mainey suna hai ki Sarma apni beti ki rista Angad se karvana chahta hai. Magar yahan yeh kya horaha hai? Aap ne Angad ka rista Gupta pariwar mein taya karliya? Kya mainey galat suna tha? Ya aap ne apne vichaar badal dala tha?"

Devyani was embarrassed at his direct attack. She faintly smiled and tried to divert his focus. He cleverly waited for Naina's response as she overheard him but pretended innocent of their lingo. She guessed him correctly as the conversation focused on and about Sarma and Kripa. Naina cunningly smiled, "Sastry ji! Gupta pariwar humare kareebi dost hain. Sarma jaise orthodox humarey society mein nahin gulmil payengey. Waisey wo toh kabhi rista bananey ka zikar kiya hi nahin." Devyani sharply looked at her lies as the discussion about the alliance took place before when Sarma family visited. Sastry understood the situation very well now.

Aaliyah and Prithvi were seated in a reception chairs arranged for them while waited for Ridhima's return to the dais. "Aaliyah! Yeh, tumhari honeywali bhabhi itna udhaas kyon hain? Angad kahan gayab hogaya hai?" Prithvi whispered.

Aaliyah pressed his hand as silenced him "baad mein batoongi. Abb yahin samajhlo ki bhai ko yeh rista pasand  nahin hai."

Prithvi immediately reacted, "haan, yaad aaya wo Kripa ko like karta tha na? Kya hua uss ladki ka? Hyderabad chali gayi? I have recommended her in our branch there. Magar abhi tak approach nahin hua hai. Do you have any idea? What do you mean he doesn't like this alliance?  Kahin tumhari mom reject toh nahin kar liya Kripa ko?"

Aaliyah hushed him, "abhi sab kuch batana padega? Tumhara guess sahi hai. Abb kuch aur mut poocho. Sab guests humey hi dekh rahey hai. Tumhari mom toh yahin aarahi hai." she cut off his conversation and received Damini with warm smile.

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"ARMAAN! ARMAAN! BHAI! RUKO!" Misthy ran behind him while Arman turned towards exit from entrance door of Khanna House. He witnessed the engagement ceremony just in time. He was angry and furious at Ridhima's submissive act. Misthy grabbed his arm atlast, "Bhai! This is not the way to leave her alone. Don't you think she was forced to agree for this engagement? Tumne uska chehra dekha nahin? Wo udhaas nahin lagi tumhey? I'm sure she was forced to this engagement. You have to be at her side in this situation."

Arman wiped the tear drops from corner of his eyes and sniffed. His throat became dry and stuck with pain.  "Wo koyi dood piti bachi nahin hai, Misthy! Ussey kissi ki madat ya support ki zaroorat nahin hai. Wo jab Hyderabad aayi thi kissi se poochkar tode hi na ayi thi? Why can't she run away like that? Kya mazboori hogi uski?" He wiggled his head with frustration. "I can't believe this. I just can't believe this. Uski naani ko maloom hai. Atul, Anjali sab jaantey hai humarey barein mein. I know Dr.Gupta doesn't like me, but, what about others? Wo sab Ridhima ki support nahin kar saktey they? How could she do this to me?...How?'Misthy!" He punched his fists together and rubbed his forehead and eyes. He stomped his feet, kicked the plants on the way and took big steps towards front garden.

Misthy ran behind him to catch up with his wide steps. She rubbed his arms to console him, "Kuch bhi hosakta hai, bhai! You know Dr.Gupta was hospitalized. Shayad usney apni beti ko emotional blackmail kiya hoga. Apne bimari ki faida uthaya hoga? Atleast let's meet Atul and find out the truth."

He sarcastically laughed aloud and fingered at her with anger, "Atul, uss kameena, nalayak  ka naam mere samney mut lana. Ussi ke wajah se hi Ridhima mere peechey padhi thi. Na wo encourage karta naa aaj yeh problem kadha hota. Galati meri thi, ussey kyon dosh doon? Uske jhoote pyar mein phus gaya tha."

Ridhima saw both Malik siblings walking out while descending the staircase. She noticed all elders were busy with guests. She escaped from the place in spite of Anjali's warnings.

She ran towards Arman and cuddled him like a whirlwind. Arman was shocked and couldn't believe himself about what had just happened now. He automatically tied his arms around her. Both snuggled to each other tightly as if someone might separate them again.

Both consoled each other with warm tears as Misthy stood at distance with tearful eyes too.  Anjali reached her and stood silently with guilt when Misthy defiantly stared at her.

"Arman! Tum such much agayae? Mujhey yakein nahin horaha hai ki tum aagaye ho. Kyon itna deir kardiya tha?" she whispered in his ears between hiccups through tears. He tightened his hug and mumbled in her ear. "Main nahin reh paya, Ridhima! Khud ko nahin rok paya. Tumhey surprise dena chahta tha. Magar main yeh kya dekhraha hoon? I didn't expect this from you, Ridhima! Kyon kiya aisa? Humara rista ko bhul gayi? Why did you do this to me?"

She sniffed and looked into his eyes. "Main mazboor thi, Arman! I'm confused." She cried again as hid her face in his neck. Ridhima explained through tears, "Papa ne mujhse wachan liya tha. Main bahut confused hogayi thi.  Samajh mein nahin aaya main  kya karoon." She explained her helplessness and hugged him again.

Arman moved her and pressed her shoulders tightly. "Mazboori? Didn't you tell him about us? Mere hotey huvey tum kaise kissi aur se mangni kar sakti hai, Ridhima? How could you do this? Tumhara papa jayda important hai? Tumhari jindagi ka faisla tumhey karna hai, Ridhima!" His voice was shaken harshly as filled with depression.

Ridhima innocently welled up, "main kya karoon, Arman! Papa ne mujhey mazboor kardiya tha. Mujhey samajhmein nahin aaya main kaise yeh museebut ko taal doon. Maine unhey samjhaney ki bahut koshish ki thi. Meri inkaar suntey hi unko dil ka daura pada tha. Sab mujhey dosh tehraya. Abb tum aagaye ho meri chinta door hogayi hai. Mujhey sambhalo."  She rested her head on his chest as her tears wet his shirt.

He nodded his head and dropped his hand around her shoulder, "abhi chalo mere saat. I won't leave you here now."

Anjali forwarded a step, "Arman! You cannot take Ridhima now. Wahan sabke samney papa se main kya kahoongi." Ridhima hesitated to go with him instantly too.

He arrogantly responded to Anjali, "kya kahogi? Kehdo ki Ridhima apne pati ke ghar chali gayi hai."

Anjali warned him, ""Armaan! Tum Ridhima ko aisey nahin lejasaktey. Wahan sab logoan ke samney papa ke prestige ki toh khayal karo."

Armaan cynically laughed as still held Ridhima's hand. "Papa ka prestige bahut important hai tumharey liye magar mera pyar nahin. Anjali! I really wonder if you ever fell in love. Pyar ka importance jaanti ho? Abb main achi tarah samajh raha hoon ki mera bhai Atul hi tumharey peechey ek pagal tha. Issiliye unhey ek kuttey ki tarah tumhare ghar mein rakha hai. Mere hotey huvey Ridhima kissi aur ke saat engagement kaise kar sakti hai? This is ridiculous. I don't care about tumhari papa ki so called "prestige", when he didn't care about Ridhima's love."

Anjali helplessly left the decision to Ridhima, "Ridhi! Soch lo. Papa ko aur sadma mut do."

Armaan immediately forced Ridhima. "Ridhima! Tum iski baton pur mut aao. Chalo mere saat." Ridhima hesitantly stood still.  Arman pulled her, "Tumhara papa is lying about his health. Ussey dekh kar aisa toh nahin lagraha hai ki unhey kal hi dil ka doura pada tha."

Ridhima cut him off, "aisa mut kaho, Armaan! We saw him suffering."

Arman caressed her cheek as wiped the tear drops at the edge of eyes, "I wonder how you both became doctors." He didn't want to argue at the strange place, "chalo mere saat. Bahut hogaya hai. Abb main tumhey yahan nahin chod kar jaoonga." He dragged Ridhima with him as Misthy followed them.

Anjali followed behind, "Armaan! Please listen to me. She will meet you tomorrow."

Ridhima stopped him, "Arman! Di theek kehti hai. Papa yeh bardash nahin karpayenge. Main kal subah tumse miloongi. Mera intezaar karo. I promise. Abb tum agaye ho. Tum mera support ho, abb main papa se keh sakoongi. Meri pyar ke liye papa se lad sakoongi. Iss waqt tum chaley jao. Please try to understand." Misthy pressed Armaan's hand as supported Ridhima.

Armaan sighed aloud, "okay. Keep your promise. I will wait for you. 8 O'clock..theek aath bhajey. Main tumhara intezaar karoonga. Agar tum waqt pur NA aayi toh, tumhey kabhi mere ghar aaney ki jaroorat nahin padegi." Ridhima worriedly looked at his strict rule but agreed with tearful eyes. "I promise." He kissed her lips aloud, "I love you, Ridhima! Yeh pyar ko bhulna nahin. Mujhey dokha nahin dena. I'll wait for you."


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