Wednesday, 2 May 2018

part 54 :Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


"Mausi! Mujhey samajh mein nahin araha hai ki sab bachon ke saat yeh kya horaha hai. Abb main Arman ka saat doon ya Kripa ki. Arman ki ankhon mein Ridhima ko paney ki icha saaf saaf nazar aarahi hai. Meri beti ki jindagi abb aisi mode pur aakar khadi hogayi hai ki aagey ka rasta hi nazar nahin araha hai.  Angad apna pyar ka jigar toh karliya magar humarey barein mein Naina ki nafrat waisey ki waisey hi hai. Kya uss sey yeh rista accept hopayegi? Main bahut dukhi hoon apni beti ki halat ko dekh kar." Gayatri shared her sorrows with Devyani privately.


Devyani sighed with a groan as understood the reason behind Kripa's fallen face.   "Akhir Angad ney sab kuch bata hi diya tha?!" She consoled Gayatri, "Gayatri! Sabre rakho. Tumhari dard ko main samajh sakti hoon. Sab theek hojayega. Kripa ki zimmedari Angad leney ki faisla honey ke baad hi wo loge yahan aaye  thay. Nahin toh Angad kabhi Kripa ki shadi thodney ki himmat nahin karpatey. Naina ka fikar mut karo. Naina toh Angad  ka shadi Ridhima ke saat kar saki thi magar undonon ka ghar sansar nahi bann paayi.  Abb Angad kissi ki baat maan ne ko taiyyar nahin hai. Kripa ki fikar mujhpur chod do. Main Kripa se baat karti hoon."

They became silent when Kripa entered the room to get ready for the party.

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 "Yeh kya Misthy! Abhi tak taiyyar nahin huyi? Party pur Jaaney ka iraada nahin hai kya?" Kripa entered Misthy's room.

Misthy, Ridhima, Arman, Angad and Kartik gathered in Misthy 's room as  Misthy suggested for cancellation of the party. Everyone apologetically looked at her.

Misthy regretfully looked at Kripa. "Mujhey mann nahin kar raha hai, Kripa! Main bahut sharminda hoon. Yeh sab meri wajah se hi.." Kripa interrupted her, "tumhari wajah se? Jissey sharminda hona chahiye wo toh normal hai tum kyon pareshan ho rahi ho? Khair, Yeh sab baatein baad mein bhi ho sakta hai. You have invited all your colleagues and they are waiting for you at the restaurant. Abhi tak Anjali se do baar phone aachuki thay. They have already reached there. Abb sab jaldi se taiyyar hokar party ke liye niklo." She glanced at everyone once and noticed silence among them. Misthy silently exchanged looks from Arman and Kartik. Kripa sharply looked at Angad whom she was thinking responsible for everything that happened so far.

She walked closer to Misthy and cupped her chin. "Tum bhai behena apne galatiyon ke saza kissi dooserey ko kyon detey hain? Kartik bava tumse bahut pyar karta hai. Aaj tak wo tumhay paney ki sapney dekhta raha. Aaj kush naseeb se wo tumhey paa liya hai. Kyon ussey hurt karna chahti ho? Wo itna pyar se party organize kiya hai ussey spoil mut karo. Pyar karney walon ka dil dukhao mut. Khudgarz mut bano. Unkey barein mein socho jo tumsey itna pyar karta hai. Jo humarey jindagi mein hua tha ussey toh tum change nahin kar sakti. Jaise tum logon ko paschtava bhi bahut der se hoti hai!! Tum toh apna bhai se kuch seekhlo. Pyar karney walon ke jazbaton se khelo mut." She sharply glanced at Arman and Angad and left.

Arman and Ridhima looked at each other with guilt. Angad and Kartik looked at each other and raised eyebrows at Kripa's indirect taunts. Misthy apologetically looked at Kartik. He smiled and patted her cheek as consoled her. Misthy patted Arman and Angad's back and sent them out of the room to get ready. "Chalo, Ridhima! Hum taiyyar hongey. Nahin toh phir se Kripa ki taana sun-na padega." Angad and Kartik smiled at each other and walked out. Arman playfully pressed Misthy's head and seriously walked out.

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 "Kripa! Kya main itna paraya hogaya hoon? Tum mare saat nahin chal sakti?" Arman felt bad when Kripa refused to come along with Arman. "Kiss satgi ki baat kar rahey hai aap? Jab jindagi bhar ka saat chodney ka faisla kar hi liya toh party mein saat chaley ya na chaley, kya farak padta hai?" Arman lowered his face in guilt. He wanted to explain her but stopped as Gayatri and Suryaban met them at the door.

Ridhima noticed their argument from distance and presaged Angad, "I think we should talk to Kripa as soon as possible. Shayad wo apni ghar sansar Arman ke saat basana chahti hai. Sach batakey Kahi hum ek aur galati toh nahin kardiya? I know we should be prepared for this but I'm still scared."

Angad noticed the fear about future in Ridhima's eyes and took her hands in his. "Ghabrao mut, Ridhima! She is upset at the way she learnt about the truth. It shouldn't be happened in that way. Magar hum honi ko nahin ruk paya. I should have told about this at our first visit here only. She must be blaming me for this. Mujhey yakein hai, abb wo Arman ke saat nahin reh payegi. I face difficult to convince her to accept me. That's the hard task here. Let's give her some time."

Ridhima understood his explanation and nodded her head, "haan, I agree. Let's leave for Mumbai tomorrow itself. I can't face her anymore till everything is solved." Angad silently agreed as fell into thoughts. 

Kripa reached the venue with her parents and Devyani while Angad and Arman reached along with Kartik, Ridhima and Misthy.

 Saxena family and Satyavati followed them in different car. Kripa kept herself busy in hospitality of the guests. Angad and Arman hesitated to reach her but silently observed her. Ridhima explained the situation to Anjali and Atul. Atul expressed his commiseration, "bechari aisey hi react karegi na! Kaun aurat apna pati ko kissi dooserey aurat ke saat dekhna chahti hai? She has a point to get upset. Main toh Arman ko hi dosh deta hoon. Mardwala himmat nahin hai usmein." Anjali and Ridhima sharply looked at him and he shut his mouth.

 "Attention, Please!" Angad's announcement drew attention of everyone. Angad smiled at everyone and continued "Aaj main ek khaas gana gaana chahta hoon. Yeh gana khaas kar meri honeywali bhabhi Misthy ke liye, Kartik ki taraf se. Hum kabhi Kartik ko gungunata bhi nahin dekha. And I don't think he would ever sing a song like this for his fiance.." He winked at Kartik.  Kartik reciprocated with a big grin. Misthy smiled and played brows mischievously at Kartik. She put thumps up to Angad. He winked at her and glanced Kripa from corners of eyes. Everyone applauded to welcome his singing. Devyani, Gayatri and Suryaban eagerly looked at him. Kripa was embarrassed when his looks stuck at her through his announcement. Ridhima whispered in Arman's ears as observed the game of looks between Angad and Kripa, "yeh such much Kripa ke liya gayega. I know it." Arman wondered at her confidence and she played her eyes as challenging him.

 "Tum donon itnay achey se ek dooserey ko samajhtey hain?" Arman wondered as Angad started singing as if he was singing for Kripa. Ridhima triumphantly smiled, "We are best friends. I wish I had him in my life before, he would have helped us together."

Angad's eyes were fixated at Kripa even from distance while singing.  He expressed his love through the song and notified Kripa to get ready to tie the knot with him. Kripa read his expressions and understood the inner meaning of his singing.  She tried to escape his pinning looks by hiding behind her parents, and Devyani.

Arman observed the interaction through eye locks between Angad and Kripa whenever Angad approached Kripa in pretext of dancing with Misthy or some other way.  Somehow he disliked it as strange rejection twisted in his heart.

 Check this VM to see Angad's song on Kripa....Le chaley doliyon mein tumhey....

[YOUTUBE] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xxz4Ef3CxM [/YOUTUBE]


"Kya hua? Are you jealous? Tum kyon feel ho raha hai?" Ridhima teasingly rolled eyes at Arman's fallen face.

"Common, Ridhima! After all she is my wife. Kuch awkward lag rahi hai. May be possessiveness? Or guilt? I know about her relationship with Angad but still funny awkwardness."

Ridhima pressed his arm, "Guilt toh hota hai. But I know Angad and his love on her. He will handle her. Yeh mera confidence hi samjho. She might take time to understand us. I'm not feeling strange as I know how much Angad loved Kripa. Bus ek hi baat ki paschatava horahi hai  ki hum seeda seeda baat unsey nahin kehpayi." Arman faintly smiled "We might have this guilt for life," and tried to take the situation easy.

Everyone disbursed to respective places after the party. Kripa didn't give any chance to Angad to go closer with her. Arman and Ridhima maintained distance in front of Kripa.

Kripa decided to sleep in her parent's room and Arman couldn't stop her. Devyani caught Kripa while she was heading towards Sarma's room. "Kripa! Kya tum aaj raat mere saat soyegi?" Kripa wondered but agreed. Devyani took her to the guest room.

 "Kripa! Main jaanti hoon tum pur kya guzar rahi hai. Arman ko toh main jaanti nahin magar mera apna pota ko toh achi tarah jaanti hoon. Jab Naina ney tum pur court ka case dala tha hum sabko iske barein mein kuch bhi pata nahin tha. Angad ki muh se yeh baat sunkar hum sab hairaan hogaye they. Case wapa leney ke liye, Ridhima ke saat shadi ki sharat rakhi thi Naina ney.  Angad apni mom ke kilaf nahin jaa saka aur Ridhima se shadi karliya,  taki tumhara pariwar ko aur chonte nahin pahoonchey. Magar wo shadi ke din hi ghar se gayab tha. Ridhima ki pregnancy ki barein mein jaankar, ussey ilzhaam se bachaney ke liye wapas aaya tha. Ussi din Ridhima ko apna pyar se milwaney ki vachan diya tha. Uss din se uska dil mein tumharey liye phir se arman jag uthi hai. Wo turant tumse milney aur tumhey samjhaney yahan aaya tha magar Sastry ne tumse milaney se mana kiya. Tumhara pata deney se inkaar kiya tha. Ridhima ko Naina ki gaaliyon se bachaney ke liye bechara ko kaam adhura chodkar khali haat wapas aana pada. Misthy ki rista lekar tum humara ghar aaney tak tumhari shadi ki barein humey pata nahin tha. Uss din wo bahut roya tha. Arman ko tumharey saat dekhkar undonon ke sapney phir se thoot gaye. Magar Arman ko toh sachayi kabhi na kabhi batana hi chahiye na! Agar Arman apna galati ko accept nahin karey toh, Wo donon aisey hi jindagi guzaar ney ki faisla bhi leliya tha. Wo tumhey force nahin kar saktey, Kripa! Agar tum Arman ke saat rehna chahtey toh beshuq reh sakti ho. Arman tak asliyat pahoonchaaney tak wo chup nahin reh saka.  Arman ko apna bte ka barein mein jaan ney ki huq toh hai na? Abb decision tum donon pur hai. Jo tum donon chahtey hai wahi hoga. Main bhi tumhari shadi tudvaney ki nahin sochti agar Ridhima Angad ki patni nahin hoti.  Meri baaton pur yakein karo, Kripa! Angad ko galat mut samjho. Angad aaj bhi tumse bahut pyar karta hai. Tumhari izzat karta hai."

Kripa couldn't speak anything except dropping tears silently. Devyani pressed her hands in hers, "Kripa! Tumhey aaj hi decision leney ki jaroorat nahin hai. Aaram se sochlo. Aur jo bhi decision tum logi uss se hum sab sehmut hongey. Trust me, Kripa! Main Angad aur Ridhima ko samjha sakti hoon. Haan yeh sach hai ki agar humarey soch se tum sehmut ho toh hum bhi kush hojayengey. Iss budapan mein iss se jyada aur nahin maang nahin sakti, Kripa! Main Angad ko kush dekhna chahti hoon. Bachpan se tumharey liye bahut sapney dekha tha. Apna dil mein tumharey liye ek aisa jagah banaliya ki tumharey siva kisi aur ko usmein nahin basa sakta. Uski shaid se Wo sapnay such hotey hotey toot gaye.  Abb tumse mulakhat honey ke baad phir se uska mann mein arman jag utha. Ussey accept karo ya na karo uss se nafrat toh mut karo, Kripa!"

Kripa welled up at her request, "naani! Main Angad ko nafrat nahin kar sakti hoon. Uska pyar ko mehsoos kar sakti hoon. Haan, main jaroor uss se naraz hoon.  Aaj ka karwa such abb tak mujhsey bardash nahin hoti. Main Angad se nahin apni aap se bhaagna chahti hoon." She hid her face in Devyani's lap. She continued as Devyani stroked her tendrils.



"Naani! We love you a lot. Aaj bhi hum aapki bahut izzat kartey hain. Meri dil ki baat aapse kehdeti hoon. Main Arman se aur jindagi nahin guzaar sakti. Na Ridhima ko apney pyar se alag kar sakti hoon. Magar Angad ko accept karney ke liye mujhey thoda waqt chahiye. Aur mera kuch conditions bhi hai uskey saat shadi karney ke liye." Kripa hesitantly looked into Devyani's face.

Devyani suspiciously looked at her, "kya kehna chahti ho? Kaunsi conditions hai, Kripa! Batado main Angad se baat karti hoon."

Kripa hesitantly explained. "Conditions Angad se nahin hai, Naani! Naina aunty se. Unhoney khud aakar mere haat papa se maangna hogi. Aur ussey khud papa se maafi mangna padegi. Phir main yeh shadi se raazi hoongi."

Devyani was astonished and sighed as fell into thoughts. "Will Naina apologise to Surya? Would she consider Kripa for Angad? She was thinking of looking different alliance for Angad as soon as she gets rid of Ridhima. Would she agree for these conditions? Angad se baaat karni hogi."

Kripa studied the colors of her expressions and innocently questioned. "kyon, Naani! Main kuch anhoni sharatein rakhi thi?"

Devyani smiled and kissed her forehead, "Tum Angad ko maaf kardiya wahi kaafi hai. Tumhari sharaton ke barein mein hum jaroor baat karengey."



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Shabbir!!" Gayatri was astonished at his unexpected visit in the first hours of next day. He greeted her respectfully and informed that Kripa wanted him ASAP. "Kripa ney bulaya tha, Aunty! She insisted to come home today only. Aaj court mein mera koyi cases nahin hai, iss liye subah yahan aa saka."

Gayatri understood the reason behind it and walked into kitchen to inform Kripa. "Kripa! Tumney shabbir ko bulaya tha? Kab? Itni jaldi kyon? Kya Arman ko pata hai?"

"Ussey bataney ki kya jaroorat hogi, maa? Wo bhi toh mujhsey jaldi chutkara chahta hoga. Main kyon undonon ke beech obstacle banjaoon?" Kripa carelessly replied and walked to Shabbir leaving astonished Gayatri behind.

Arman and Misthy exchanged looks at Shabbir's visit. Kripa introduced Arman and Shabbir to each other. "We met in our wedding," Arman recollected.

"Arman! Mutual divorce hona asaan hai aur main jald se jald dilwa bhi sakta hoon. Kripa ney sab kuch phone pur bata diya tha. Kuch paper work hai jismein aap donon ke signature chahiye." Shabbir put the file in front of them.

Arman was dumbfounded at unexpected quick development, "Kripa!  Kya main ek baar tumse baat kar sakta hoon?" Kripa silently followed him into their room. Misthy was embarrassed at Shabbir's confused looks. She excused herself and joined Gayatri in the kitchen.  Misthy felt awkward to face her.

"Kripa! Ek baar mujhse kehdiya hota." Arman felt bad for Kripa taking initiative for the divorce.

Kripa cynically questioned him, "Kyon, Arman? Aap divorce nahin chahtey? You want to stay with me?"

Arman discomfortably shifted as understood her cynicism. Kripa continued as he searched for words. "Arman! Aap Ridhima ko jaldi se apna jindagi mein wapas laaney ko chahtey hai na? You know I also cannot live with you after knowing about your past. Past hona alag baat hai aur past se jodkar rehna alag baat. Aap ek baar apna bte se milney ke baad mere saat jyada din nahin rehpayengey. Aur app mere saat rehkar unse milna mujhey bilkul pasand nahin hai. Issi liye hum donon ko alag hona hi achi baat hai. Main bhi aap ke saat aur kitna din ruk paoongi? Yeh mamla jitna jaldi sulaz jaye utna hi behatar hoga. Shabbir kehraha hai ki ek mahina mein sab kuch settle hojayegi. Aur inn ek mahina mein hum donon ko alag rehna hoga. Main mama papa ko lekar aaj sham ko hi chali jaoongi. "

Arman worried immediately, "kahan jaogi, Kripa! Why are you hurrying things like this? I know you cannot tolerate me anymore but aise akeley uncle aunty ko lekar kahan jaogi? Agar jaana hi hai toh main aur misthy yahan se chaley jayengey. Tum issi ghar mein rah sakti ho."

Kripa cynically laughed, "Aap se shadi ke pehley bhi main akeli hi sab kuch sambhal rahi thi. Arman! Main khud mama papa ka khayal rakh sakti hoon. Aur kiss huq se iss ghar mein rahoongi? Mujhey koyi alimony nahin chahiye."

Arman was angry at her stubbornness. His face reddened at her rejection. "Tum kyon itna zidd kar rahi hai, Kripa! Yeh alimony jaisa kyon samajh rahi ho? Ek saal ka humarey dostana bhi kadwa hogayi hai? Kya mujhey itna bhi huq nahin banta ki tumhari dekhbal kar sakoon? Kyon mujhey aur bhi sharminda kar rahi ho?"

Kripa calmed down a little after seeing Arman hurt. "Main koyi aapko shaminda nahin kar rahi hoon, Arman! Jo sachayi aap mujhse se chupayi uske liye main aapko kabhi maaf nahin kar sakti. Issi liye aapse koyi ehsaan nahin le sakti. Aapse bhi sachayi ki samna karnay ko keh rahi hoon. Meri chinta kanrey ki koyi jaroorat nahi hai. I can take care of myself. Jab aapse rista hi thode rahi hoon toh aapke ghar mein kaise reh sakti hoon? Mujhey jaaney deejiye."

Arman hesitantly questioned her, "mujhey bhi sachayi bahut der se pata chala hai, Kripa! Tumhey dokha deney ki koyi iraada nahin tha."

Kripa welled up and looked into his eyes, "aapke aankhon mein Ridhima ke liye pyar mehsoos kar rahi hoon, Arman! Kya aap issey jhoot keh saktey hai? Nahin na? Phir yeh rista bhi khatam kardijiye. Main apna pati ka doosara sambhand ko bada dil se accept nahin kar paa rahi hoon. Mujhey maaf kijiye."

Arman sadly looked into his eyes, "nahin Kripa! Tumhara koyi dosh nahin hai. Main hi galat hoon. Mujhey aur sharmindagi mut karo. Please accept my offer. I can't leave you alone like this."

Kripa wiped her tears, "I can forgive you but I cannot accept your offer. Mujhey takleef hoti hai. Mujhey jaaney dijiye. Waisey humara divorce issi condition pur accept ho payengey."

Arman couldn't say anymore on her explanation, "kya tum Angad ke paas.." he hesitantly looked at her.

Kripa sharply looked at him, "aap sab loge aisey kyon soch rahey hani? Ridhima ko aapse milana aur mujhey angad se milana ek hi baat nahin hai. Ridhima apka bte ka maa hai.  Meri aur Angad ke beech aisa koyi rista nahin hai ki main daudta usskey paas chali jaoon.. Maanti hoon ki shadi ke baad bhi wo meri barein mein sapna dekhta tha magar main kabhi uske paas wapas jaaney ki nahin socha."

Arman lowered his looks, "sorry, Kripa! If you accept him, mera dil ko thodasa sukoon milegi. I feel ashamed of whatever happened."

Kripa faintly looked at him without any response.

Meanwhile Angad and Ridhima came there along with Devyani. Ridhima insisted to leave for mumbai but Angad wanted to meet Kripa once before leaving for Mumbai. They felt bad though they expected the situation lately. Angad reassured Gayatri to handle the situation and talked with Shabbir about the situation. Shabbir explained about the solution. Angad and Ridhima relieved as they had to wait for a month to get the situation resolved.

Arman and Kripa came out and signed papers. Arman explained in brief about Kripa's decision to leave the house. Devyani reassured him and talked to Kripa after Shabbir left.

"Tum meri izzat karti ho na? toh meri baat maanlo, Kripa! Wo ghar tumhara papa ki toh hai. Aavesh mein aakar Surya toh mera naam kardiya tha magar main kaise wo accept karpaoongi? Atleast, tum loge yeh sab mamla sulzhaney tak wahin raho." Devyani suggested staying in their old house. Kripa agreed on Devyani's demand.

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"Angad! Lagta hai abb tum Kripa se apni dil ki baat kehna padega. Main toh uski nazaron mein gir chukka hoon. Main kuch kehney ki huq kho chuka hoon. Mere baton ko wo maanney ko taiyyar bhi nahin hai. I feel guilty to leave her alone. Kripa per tumhara pyar ka hausala se main Ridhima ko wapas paaney ki sapney dekh rahi hoon. You have to help us out, man!" Arman pleaded as expressed his helplessness, before Angad took leave for Mumbai.

Angad patted his arms, "don't worry, Arman! Tumhey jindagi mein ek aur mauka mila hai apni pyar ko wapas paaney ki. Don't lose it. Kripa will be fine after this divorce happened. Bus hum ussey kuch waqt dengey. Ek mahina toh lagegi sab kuch settle honey ke liye. Mujhey bhi divorce ki taiyyariyan karna hai. Let me finish that task first."

Arman hugged Angad as thanked him. He kissed chotoo and bid bye to Ridhima with his eyes. Ridhima's eyes filled tears pinning to stay with Arman. Arman consoled her, "Sirf ek mahina ka baat hai, Ridhima! I know how much you waited for me. I pay for it soon." Ridhima wanted to embrace him but hesitated in front of Angad. Angad noticed it but didn't encourage them. He patted Arman's back, "Ridhima humesha tumhara amanat banker mere paas rahi thi. Abb bhi wahi ristey se mere saat jaa rahi hai. Main sahi salamut ussey ek mahina ka baad tumhay lautadoonga." Arman shook his hand with gratefulness, "I know, Angad! I'm glad you are there for us."

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