Thursday, 19 April 2018

part 41:Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


Ridhima opened her eyes at startle and took a while to familiarize with surroundings. She touched her sacred thread as remembered the marriage. Her eyes got moisture and noticed the couch was empty. She looked for Angad and got through the letter on the pillow beside her. She was puzzled as gone through the words. Two tear drops escaped from her eyes as she clearly understood Angad's behavior from last night. "Hum donon apne pyar ko kho bhaitein hai. Kiski galati hai ismein? Kya humari galati yeh hai ki hum badoan ko itna izzat diya? Khaash aapne ek baar mujhse baat kiya hota. Aap bhi humara pyar ke barein mein janlete." She sighed as continued her thoughts. "Abb main kya karoon? Kahan gaye aap? Shayad hum donon milkar iss problem ko solve kar sakte? Main apne pyar ke paas chali jaati aur aap apne pyar se milpatey?" She was in her own thoughts till the door was knocked. "Bhabhi! Bhai! Puja ka waqt horaha hai." Aaliyah's voice heard from other side. Ridhima wiped her tears and hid the letter under the pillow to attend the door. She hesitantly opened the door.


 "Hi Bhabhi! Puja ka time hogaya hai. Sab aap donon ko neechey bula rahey hai. Bhai kahan hai?" Aaliyah wished Ridhima and peeped into the room. Ridhima swallowed embarrassingly as another ritual appeared for her testing.

"Shayad neechey chala gaya hoga." Aaliyah answered her own enquiry when Ridhima shrugged about Angad. She smiled at Ridhima's embarrassing gestures, "aap jaldi se taiyyar hokey neechey ajayiye. Mom ne kaha ki aapke kapedey dresser pe rakhdiya tha."  She turned to walk out and stopped as read Ridhima's hesitant expressions.

Aaliyah checked the room and noticed 'untouched'. She pressed Ridhima's hand as she knew Angad very well. "Bhabhi! Aapke uthney se pehle hi Angad chala gaya tha?"

Ridhima nodded and nibbled her lips as lowered her eyes. Aaliyah empathized with her, "aap kuch kehna chahtey hai? Aap donon raat kuch batein ki?" She wanted to be friendly with Ridhima as she knew what would have happened between them. Ridhima confusingly moved her head as hesitated to reveal about the letter. Aaliyah comforted Ridhima, "Bhabhi! Aap humey dost samajhlijiye. Main bhai bahut achi tarah samjhti hoon. Kya bhai ne aap se theek se pesh aya tha?" She was uncertain to reveal about Angad's love story.

Ridhima hesitantly handed over the letter, "I didn't know when he left. I just noticed this letter. Pata nahin main aapse yeh baat kaise bataoon?"

Aaliyah sighed as went through the letter and consoled Ridhima. "I know where bhai would have gone. Hum mom ko batayengey. She will take care of everything. Sorry for all this." Ridhima embarrassingly smiled.

"I'll wait for you." Aaliyah reassured Ridhima. She took Ridhima down after she got ready.

Naina furrowed at the news and cursed Angad "yeh ladka bhi kitna nadan hai. Kya Samjhta hai apne aapko? Bhagjaakar kya sabit karna chahta hai? Abb Kya kahoon Gupta ji se." She hurriedly asked Dilip to enquire about Angad's whereabouts. Naina left Ridhima with Devyani when Aaliyah gave the letter.

"Main pehley se hi tumhey warn karta raha ki iss mamley mein koyi jaldbaji mut karo. Tum sunti kahan thi? Abb bhugto. Ek jawan beta ghar chodkar janey ko mazboor kardiya tumney. Abb main kyon usse dhoondoon? You only handle all this mess. Do masoom ladkiyon ke jindagi barbad kardiya hai." Naina fumed at Dilip helplessly.

Shashank suspected something wrong but didn't dare to ask Ridhima as Ridhima was with Devyani all the time. Naina gave a lame excuse to all guests for Angad's absence after assigning the duty to Kartik to find Angad.  The puja had been continued by Dilip and Naina.

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"Good news, Sarma ji!" Their lawyer, Shabbir Ahluwalia entered on his way back home from court. Gayatri and Kripa confusingly looked at him. Sarma looked at him with a ray of hope after exchanged looks with his wife and daughter. Shabbir updated the latest developments of the case. "Gayatri ji! Sarma ji! Aaj bahut acha din hai aapke liye. Naina ji apne case wapas leliya hai. Abhi ek ghanta pehla news pahooncha tha. Paper work kal tak miljayengey. Aap abb nischinte ho sakte hai." Shabbir was excited for the case withdrawal in their favour.

But Gayatri and Surya didn't show any happiness rather deeply regretted the situation. Surya condemned the news as threw his pillow away into a corner. Gayatri calmed him down when Shabbir was astonished. Gayatri explained his condition since day before. "Abb sab kuch khatam honey ke baad case wapas leliya . Iss sey kya farak padta hai? Bachon ke jindagi toh barbad karhi diya tha na? Abb chain agaya hoga uss aurat ko." She sniffed deeply condemning the act. Shabbir showed his sympathies to Sarma family.

Kripa walked out as tears filled her eyes. She didn't want Surya to aggravate at her tears. She clearly understood Angad's compromise. Sastry entered while she humiliating herself outside the room. He sympathetically dropped his hand on her head. "Kya hua, Kripa? Phir se kuch kiya Sarma ne?" He remembered Surya's aggravated condition from yesterday.

Kripa nodded her head sideway and tried to explain about the case. She stopped as Sastry was accompanied with three other strangers. She immediately tried to bring a smile on her face to cover her sorrowful face. Sastry introduced them, "yehi Kripa hai. Meri bhatiji. Bahut dheerajwali, aur samjhdar ladki hai." He pressed her with one hand out of fatherly affection. Kripa folded her hands with respects. Sastry turned to his accompaniers, "Yeh hai Padma Saxena. Main kahta tha na mere samdhi ji ka kareeb dost hai? Aur yeh donon hai unke ristedaar. Dr.Arman Malik. Yahan ki naya pediatrician. Aur yeh unki behen Misthy Malik. Mumbai se aaya hua hai. Yeh donon hospital dekhne aaye they. Aur Padma ji bhai aur bhabhi se milna chahti hai."

Kripa took them inside, "aayiye, papa is awake." She gestured Gayatri to control the situation as she set Surya on the bed properly. Sastry introduced everyone to other. "Sarma! Yeh yahan ki achisi doctor hai. Aapke madat karne aayi hai." Gayatri was pleased at Padma's appearance at first instance. She explained about Surya's condition. While Padma going through Surya's file, Gayatri updated Sastry about the case withdrawal to explain Shabbir's presence at that moment. Sastry animated his concern as softly abused Naina. "Yeh aurat toh sida narak mein hi jayegi, bhabhi! Bachon se kya dushmani nibha rahi hai. Apne bete ka jeevan barbaad kardiya hai. Kya payegi iss duniya mein yeh sab karke?" Padma overheard the conversation though seriously studied Surya's case. Armaan and Misthy were embarrassed to know their personal sorrowful story. They excused from everyone in pretext to continue their tour the hospital.

Surya aggressively gestured something with a big groan. Gayatri brought a letter pad and pen on Padma's advice. Surya wrote with his left hand in broken letters. Sastry warned him as understood his thoughts. "Abb yeh sab aapke discharge honey ke baad bhi hosakta hai. Abb ghar khali karkey kahan rahengey aap sab? Naina ki pagal pan ke saat saat aap bhi itna irritate honey ki jaroorat nahin hai. Uski karam ki phal Bhagwan ussey jaroor dilayega. Aap shaant hojayiye.  Abb case ka chinta toh nikal gaya na!" Sastry softly tried to divert Surya's decision to vacate the house to get rid of the relation with Khannas permanently. Surya was not convinced by his console and scribbled something again. Surya read out it and shocked at his decision. "Aap pura property bua ko dena chahtey hai? Kya bua accept karengi? Kabhi nahin manengey wo. Yeh sab pagal pan ko chodiye. Hum sab milkey kuch karengey magar aapke theek honey ke baad."

Surya threw the letter pad and pen as disapproved at Sastry's explanation. He fisted on the bed for approval of his decision should be implemented with immediate effect.

Gayatri interfered to calm down Surya, "abb itna achanak ghar kahan milega? Ek do hafta toh jaroor lagega na? Hum toh pura din yahin pade rahetey hai. Aap discharge honey ke baad hum jaroor ghar dhoondengey. Aap chahtey toh pura property bhi maasi ji ko desakte hai. Jo honey ka darr tha wo toh hohi gaya hai. Abb unlogon se kya lenadena. Leleney do pura property." She sniffed as consoled Surya.

Surya insisted to look for a house immediately without waiting for his discharge. Sastry and Shabbir sighed silently as Gayatri supported Sarma.

Padma silently observed so far and dropped her hand on Surya's shoulder. "Aap meri ek baat manengey? Main Sastry ji ka bahut izzat rakhta hoon. Uss relation ko lekar main ek salah dena chahti hoon agar aap bura na maaney toh." Surya nodded his head as requested her to continue.

Padma smiled, "aap jo chahtey hai wahi hoga. Yeh sab aapke apne hi hai na? Aapke baat jaroor manengey. Agar aap unke baat maankar jaldi se theek hogaye toh. Isske liye aap ko shant se rehna hoga. Aise aap B.P. raise karliya toh unlogon ka dekhbal kaun karengey? Aur aap kitney din yahan hospital mein rehengey? Ghar nahin jana hai? Aap khud apney kaam sambhalengey na? Main aapke ghar dhoondney mein madat karoongi. Humare apartments mein ek do khali pada hua hai. Main baat karkey rakhoongi. Aap hospital se sida wahi jaa saktey hai." She tried to pacify him in different way. Surya looked unbelievingly at her. Padma reassured him and make him sleep in five minutes.

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"Are you okay, bhai?" Misthy asked by shaking Armaan's hand. He was lost in thoughts while both passed each department of the hospital. Arman smiled as nodded his head. "Haan, I'm okay. Bus wahi ladki ki barein mein soch raha hoon. Kitni masoom lag rahi hai. Kitni rorahi hai apne pyar ke liye. Yakein hi nahin hota Ridhima kaise apni pyar ko itni jaldi bhulgayi hai. How could she marry someone else?" his voice cracked as eyes welled up. He turned and silently sniffed to stop the tears rolled down.

Misthy consoled him, "haan, bhai! Wo ladki bahut bholi lagrahi hai. Over all that her father is sick. Poor girl has to go through so much. Shayad Ridhima bhi aise hi ro rahi hogi. Magar tum bhi toh haat nahin badhaya tha na?. Tum toh koyi support kiya hi nahin ooper se uska papa ka illness ko ek drama kaha tha. Tumhey yaad karke aise hi rorahi hongi. How do you know what she went through?" Armaan walked out of the hospital as irritated by Misthy's support to Ridhima, "Wo apne papa ko mana sakti thi na? I don't think she ever tried to talk to her papa also. Kissi aur se shadi karke kushi kushi chali gayi." Misthy sighed at Armaan's one track thoughts. "Tum sab mard ek jaisa hi hai. Kabhi aurat ko samajhney ki koshish hi nahin karte."

Arman was surprised at her sympathies on Ridhima, "tum bhi kissi se pyar karti ho?" Misthy startled at his sudden enquiry. She stammered, "No..nahin to." She smiled at his suspicious stares. "Haan ek crush hogaya tha. But not anymore. Main peechey Mumbai mein hi chode aayi. Now I will marry only after settling you."

Arman faintly smiled at her forced responsibility. "Mere liye tum wait karey toh humesha ke liye spinster hi rehjaogi. I'm not going to marry anyone else. Mere dil mein Ridhima ke alawa kissi aur ke liye jagah nahin hai." he rubbed his chest. Misthy smiled teasingly, "ussey itna nafrat kartey huvey bhi? Sara ilzhaam usse hi kehlata hai na!"

Armaan nodded his head with shy, "wo nafrat nahin, concern hai. Main uss mein wo Ridhima ko dekhna chahta tha jo mujhey pehli baar Ganesh chaturdhi mein mili thi. But I lost her somewhere."

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"Aaliyah! Yeh mama ko kya huva tha? She is upset since she returned from your house. Huva kya tha wahan?" Prithvi called next day to enquire about the incidents on Satyanaran puja.

Aaliyah recollected Damini's enquiries about Angad's sudden disappearance. Naina gave enough excuses but Damini and Shashank didn't seem pleased.

Prithvi raised his enquiries again as Aaliyah lost in her memories. Aaliyah startled and replied, "kuch nahin, Prithvi! Kal se Angad ghar nahin aaya. Pata nahin kahan gaya hai. Mera calls ka response bhi nahin milraha hai." She explained about his letter.

Prithvi sympathized with her. "Uske pasand ke bagair yeh shadi huvi thi. You should have expected this before. It is not easy to get adjusted with circumstances. Anyway main try karta hoon. Shayad mujhey miljaye." He put Aaliyah on hold and tried Angad's mobile.

"Hey Angad! kahan ho. Aise bhag janey ka kya matlab hai? Aur kitne din apne family se door rahogey? Tell me yaar! If I can help you anyway?" Angad smiled on other end. "I'm fine, Prithvi! Leave me alone like this. I know you called on Aaliyah's request. But I don't want to go back home. Mujhey uss shadi se ya uss ghar se koyi lena dena nahin hai." Prithvi put Aaliyah on conference call while Angad was refusing to come back.

"Bhai! Aisa mut kaho. We all are missing you very much. Aur Ridhima bhabhi ka kya kasoor hai iss mein. Bechari saarey mehman ke samney embarrass hona pada. Mom toh bahut upset hai. Aap wapas ajayiye. Jo bhi badla mom ke saat lena chahtey hai unke samney hokar le lijiye magar aise bhaagkar nahin." Aaliyah pleaded. Angad smiled as his suspicions about Aaliyah came true. He rejected their suggestions.

"Acha toh Angad! Ek kaam karoge? Why don't you take up the shooting immediately for our new album? You can go to Thai as per our earlier plans. Tumhara mann bhi behlayega aur humara kaam bhi hojayega." Prithvi's suggestion impressed Angad. He immediately agreed after took assurance from Aaliyah to keep his whereabouts in secret.

 vijaya

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