Thursday, 3 May 2018

part 55 :Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


Devyani and Gayatri set the house while Kripa took care of Surya and packing their things. Arman arranged the movers to shift the Sarma's family to their own house. Arman and Misthy were upset for Kripa's decision to leave the house. Gayatri consoled and invited them home whenever they want to.
"Hum jaroor ayanegey, Aunty! Yeh sab mainey kabhi chaha nahin magar kismet ne yehi taya karliya hai humarey jindagi mein. Hum jaroor aapko miss karengey." Arman apologetically stared at Kripa from corners of eyes. Kripa turned her face to hide her tears. Misthy hugged Kripa in tears, "Kripa! Humey maaf kardo. Yeh sab unexpectingly hogaya hai. Bhai ko maaf kardo. Wo mazboor thay."


Kripa smiled through tears, "I'm not blaming him, Misthy! Yeh sab meri taqdeer hai, Kismat ko kaun badal sakta hai? Agar yeh sab humey pehley maloom hota hum yeh rista jodtey hi nahin."

Arman dropped them in his car despite of Kripa's refusal. Gayatri cooked for them that night in her house after warned Arman out of affection when he refused to have meals there. "Abhi tak tum humara damaad hi ho, Arman! Tumhara huq hai yahan aana jana." Kripa was silent throughout the dinner.

Devyani left for Mumbai after four days when Sarma family settled partially in their own house. She promised Gayatri before her diparture to settle Angad and Kripa. One week passed by through settling completely in the house for Sarma family. During whole week neither Kripa contacted Malik siblings nor the two siblings talked to her.

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"Angad! Yeh kahan lekey jaa rahey ho? Why are you buying so much stuff? Aren't you tired buying toys to chotoo? Abb kya khareedna baaki reh gaya hai?" Ridhima scooted out when Angad picked her up from hospital for the tenth day continuously. He took her out for shopping almost every day ever since he came back from Hyderabad.  He bought plenty of new toys, cloths, and play things for chotoo. He bought her almost one dozen new saris and new dresses. He took Devyani's help in day time when Ridhima was in hospital, for buying new kitchen gadgets for Ridhima's new life.

Angad laughed and walked fast to grab Ridhima's hand. "Arey RidZ! Itna gussa mut karo, yaar! I'm just showing my happiness and want to send you with all these gifts."

Ridhima pouted her mouth as turned to him, "so you want to show your happiness on getting rid of me!!" she dramatically rolled her eyes. He smiled and nodded his head. "Haan, bahut kushi ke saat yeh sab kar raha hoon. Want to see you settle down with your Arman. Bahut intezaar karney ke baad yeh ghadi agayi hai.  So, tumhari bidaii mere ghar se yeh saarey gifts ke saat hogi."

Ridhima noticed slight sadness in his eyes and she stepped closer to him. "Are you sure you are happy to send me off? Kahi miss toh nahin karogey? Mujhey toh lagta hai ki tum apna udhaasi ko chupaney ke liye yeh sab kar rahey ho!"

Angad twisted his brows and wrinkled his eyes, "what do you mean? Main kyon udhaas rahoonga? I'm happy to get rid of you!"

Ridhima tied her lips as folded her hands at elbows, "jhoota! You are going to miss me and to hide it you are showing all these affection!"

Angad's eyes welled up and blinked eyelids to escape the tears. He heaved a sigh out and admitted, "may be!!??"

Ridhima pressed his biceps affectionately, "I too miss you a lot, Angad! Tumhara bahut aadatsi hogayi hai. I depended on you a lot since past one year.  I don't think I would ever find a friend like you. I definitely miss you a lot. Main toh jaroor tumhey miss karoongi."

Both stared at each other a moment and embraced each other. Angad patted her back, "Arman ke paas wapas lout-tey hi tum mujhey bhul jaogi, I know it. Mujhey behlaney ke liye yeh kehrahi ho."

Ridhima wiped her tears and playfully slapped on his hands, "haan, jaroor bhulajoongi. Aur bhuljana bhi chahti hoon. Nahin toh Kripa meri khabar lekey rahegi. I don't want to get any taunts from her again." Both laughed as recollected Kripa's anger and headed to a jewelry store. "Angad! Please itna expensive gifts mut diya karo. Mujhey bahut bura lag rahi hai."

Angad warned her, "You are the best friend I ever had in my life. You are always been there with me whenever I felt lost in depression. Accept these as token of our friendship." Ridhima pretended anger, "I should acknowledge that not you. Tumney itna sab kuch kiya mere liye."

Angad hugged her with one hand, "abb bus karo. Nahin toh yoohin ek dooserey ko praise kartey kartey pura jindagi kut jayegi. Main abhi abhi bataya tha na, tumhey sasural bhejney ke waqt yeh sab mere taraf se gifts hongey. You suffered a lot, now it is time for enjoyment. Arman ke saat jindagi bhar ka kushi paana." Ridhima stared at him with gratuity. She suddenly came closer to him and kissed on his cheek, "I'm really lucky to marry you." Angad was astonished at her sudden act and wiped his cheek. He changed his expressions to suspicion, "kahin tum apni irada toh nahin badlogi na? Mere saat hi rehney ka decision toh nahin logi na?" Ridhima burst into laughter at his faked fears.

Both finished shopping with purchase of one diamond necklace set for Ridhima and a diamond ring for Arman. "Yeh mere taraf se mera jiju ke liye ek gift." Ridhima accepted immediately without any fuss.

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"Arman!! Aap!?" Kripa's eyes widened with joy and surprise to see him suddenly at the door.

Arman chuckled and wrinkled his eyes, "Main ander aa sakta hoon?" Kripa realised that she stood on his way and immediately gave way to welcome him. "Sorry, Ander aayiye." Gayatri walked out and affectionately greeted her still son-in-law. "Aapko bahut miss kiya tha, Aunty! Issiliye aaj hospital se seeda yahin aagaya hoon." He touched her feet as paid respects. He checked Surya's welfare and chit-chatted with Gayatri while Kripa kept herself busy in kitchen.

"Aunty! Can I talk to Kripa for a while?" he took permission from Gayatri to walk into kitchen. Kripa turned head with smile. Arman walked closer to her and took a piece of the snack she made for him. Kripa smiled at his habit of taking food from the plate before served. "We are missing you, Kripa!"

Kripa smiled "Really? Itnay dinon ke baad miss kar rahey they?" She taunted him for his late visit. It had been ten days since they moved out. Arman wondered at her complaint and pleased inside. "Why don't you admit you missed me too?" he checked her from head to toe. Nothing much she was changed except black shadow under eyes.

Kripa curved her lips as tried to hide her anger, "main kyon miss karoongi? Aap lagta hi kya hai mera?" Arman liked her sweet taunts and played his brows. "Right! Main lagta hi kaun hoon tumhey?"

Kripa defended her taunts as he rubbed his back of hair, "Mera matlab hai ki humara rista abb khatam honey mein jyada din nahin raha. Phir yeh miss viss karnay ka kya matlab hai?"

Arman settled on the kitchen platform as released a groan, "humara aaj ka rista khatam hotey hi ek aur naya rista mein bandha jayengey, Kripa! I know we didn't share any intimate relationship before and we would not miss it in future, I believe too, but we had shared a house for almost a year. Uss companionship ka asar toh hogi na." He wanted to know Kripa's mind. Guilty conscious about Kripa's seriousness was nagging behind his mind since she moved away from him.

Kripa nodded her head as agreed and handed him a plate of snacks. "Humarey beech kuch khaas nazdeekiya nahin develop huyi thi, yeh main bhi maanti hoon, Arman! Meri jindagi mein shayad koyi rista jindagi bhar khayam nahi hoti. Jo insaan ko main bachpan se itna pyar kiya tha, jiske saat sansar basaney ki itne sapney dekhi thi, wo sab kuch ek hi pal mein khatam hogaya tha. Aur aapse shadi ke bandan mein jodney ke baad bhi main aapke kareeb nahin aapayi. Magar ek sachayi ko main chupa nahin sakti ki, mann hi mann mein main iss rista ko apna duniya samjha. Aaj wo bhi khatam hotey jaa raha hai. Aagey kissi rista ko jodney ki icha bhi nahi raha." She disappointedly turned away from him. He immediately grabbed her hand and hugged her with one hand as consoled her. He waited for a moment till Kripa took normal breath after swallowed hard lump of sadness. "Kripa! Ek baat poochoon? Kahi tumko mujhse pyar toh nahi hogaya hai?"

Kripa turned her tearful eyes into his, "Pata nahin, I don't know, I don't know what I want now in my life. Mujhey kuch bhi samajh mein nahin araha." Her voice cracked with sorrow.

Arman melted at her tears and embraced her and kissed her forehead. He walked her to a corner and settled on the floor. He wiped her tears with one hand as other hand still embraced her closely. He clasped her fingers into his, "I know you were hurt badly. I know how it feels to see dreams shattered in front of eyes.  I too went through such condition. Main bhi bahut dukh ched liya tha jab Ridhima mujhey thukra kar apna papa ke baat maanliya tha. I felt I was alone in this world. Misthy ki company bhi sukoon nahin de saki. Main akela bahut roya tha. Main tumhara jaisa apna dard ko bahar nahin dikha sakta tha. Magar mann hi mann mein tooth gaya hoon. I only know how much I was hurt. I know how much you would have hurt from your love. I never tried to come close to you coz I used to put you in Ridhima's place.  Agar Ridhima ke paas bhi yehi horahi thi toh? Wo bhi apni pyar se alag hokar apni marzi ke kilaaf apne papa ke liye kissi aur se shadi karli. Would she able to fulfill her husband's expectations? How would Ridhima adjust to her new life? Yeh sochke main kabhi bhi tumhari kareeb aaney ki koshish nahin ki. Magar wahi acha hua humara saat. I was glad now that we never come closer. Agar hum donon humara rista ko khayam kar liya hota, Kya hum kabhi alag hosaktey they? Kabhi main Ridhima ko uski huq wapas de sakta tha? Kabhi chotoo ko apna beta ka darza de pata? How difficult it would be to forget all this? Tum bhi kabhi mujhey maaf nahi karti. Kabhi apni kareeb bhi nahin aaney deti. It would be like hell in our lives. Shukre hai ki Angad humarey beech agaya hai aur yeh sab sambhal raha hai.  Pehla jab Chotoo ke barein mein jaana tha, tab mujhey bahut dard hua ki mera apna beta ka janam apni aankhon se nahin dekh paya. Main woh pal kho diya tha jissey hur insaan ka huq hota hai.  Angad ki ehsaan se wo pal mujhey wapas milraha hai. Main kaise uss chance ko thukra doon? Ek hi umeed pur tumse alag honey ki decision le liya tha ki tumhara saat Angad hai." He cupped Kripa's face and looked into her eyes, "Agar tum ek baar dil se kehdogi ki tum mere saat rehna chahti ho,'( he swallowed hard to continue)'toh main Ridhima ko aur apna dil ko samjha doonga. I don't want to hurt you. Main Ridhima se kehdeta'" Kripa interrupted him by putting her fingers on his lips, "Nahin, Arman! Main itna kathore dil ki nahin hoon, I understand Ridhima and your state. Main khush hoon ki ek pariwar ko mila rahi hoon. Bus, thoda confused hoon apni future ko lekar. Kuch sochney se darti hoon."

Arman sighed and touched her fingers to his chest, "mera baat maanlo, Kripa! Accept Angad! Hum sab phir se apne pyar ke saat kush reh saktey hain. Hum donon se jyada Angad aur Ridhima iss separation ki raah dekhrahey hai. Angad ka dil mut dukhao."

Kripa pretended angry and pouted her lips as pulled out her hand from his clasp, "mujhse jyada Angad ka fikar hai aapko?" Arman moved his hand away from her shoulder and patted her head, "kuch na kuch tana maarney ko taiyyar rehti ho. I'm not supporting him. I want to see you happy too."

Kripa laughed at his explanation, "Misthy ko bhi lekey aana tha. Sab milkar dinner kartey."

Arman immediately took his mobile out, "abhi bulata hoon. She is also missing you. Roze aana chahti thi magar darti thi tumhara saamna karney ki." Kripa smiled at his explanation and pulled mobile from his hands.

Misthy was surprised and overwhelmed at Kripa's invitation. She landed in an hour at Sarma house to enjoy Kripa's cooking. After long time they all enjoyed dinner as they did before.

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"Hello, Angad! Everything is ready for the hearing. Bus kuch hi ghanton mein sab decide hojayegi. Shabbir is with Kripa. She is doing fine now. Tum kab aarahey ho?" Arman received phone call from Angad just before the court case.

Angad and Arman were in constant touch since Arman and Kripa made-up. Angad refused to meet Kripa before divorce though Arman informed him about Kripa's hesitation. "Main miloonga toh meri Kripa se tumhara biwi se nahin. Let her resolve the relationships completely now." Arman couldn't force him as he also waited for the divorce between Angad and Ridhima.

"Kya kahoon? Congrats?" Kripa looked at Arman through tears after heard the declaration of divorce. He pulled her in his embrace and silently swallowed his tears. "Ek rista tootney ke baad hi uska aimiyat samajh aati hai, Kripa! I will definitely miss you." Gayatri and Misthy consoled each other as wiped their tears. Arman composed himself before Kripa and wiped her tears. "Promise me, you keep contacts with us." Kripa nodded her head and promised them to keep relationships.

Gayatri took Kripa to temple straight from court and offered prayers. Misthy and Arman also followed them. "Aunty! Maanta hoon ki aaj se humara rista badal gaya hai. Misthy aur Kartik ki sagai ki anusaar aaj bhi aapse kuch rista jodta hoon. Aap mera baat mana nahin karengey." Arman forced them to have dinner with them. Kripa tried to be normal though she felt awkward to face Arman out of marital relationship. Arman and Misthy comforted her at the end of the dinner. "Hope to see you soon with Angad." Arman and Misthy wished while dropped them at home.

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Kripa took out Angad's pictures that she saved before her marriage. She recollected Arman's suggestions and advices for past 10-15 days. She lay on the bed as went through the pictures. She couldn't decide if she really wanted to go with Angad. "Aaj tak Naina aunty apology nahin diya. Na rista lekar humara ghar aaya hai. Phir main kyon Angad ki raah dekh rahi hoon? Main yeh sab Arman ke saat share toh nahin kiya magar iska matlab yeh nahin thi ki main Angad ke paas aisi chali jaoongi. I should wait till Naina aunty comes with Angad." She couldn't sleep whole night with various thoughts.

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"Nahin, main hargeez Sarma ke ghar nahin jaoongi. Nahin Uss sey maafi mangoongi. Main koyi galati nahin ki thi. Jo mera huq hai wo main lekar hi rahoongi. Tumhara wajah se wo court case wapas leliya tha. Nahin toh'" Naina was furious when Angad asked to fulfill Kripa's conditions.

Dilip, Devyani and all other family members gathered at dinner time, when Angad brought the topic into light. He explained about Arman-Ridhima-Kripa while Devyani supported him in between. It was second day since Arman and Kripa divorced. Since Angad and Ridhima filed their papers lately they had to wait another week for divorce. Meanwhile Angad arranged everything for Ridhima's departure. Naina was happy since she heard about the divorce. She already left messages in her friend circle to look for a suitable alliance for Angad. But she didn't know about the deal between her and Kripa.

"Mom! It doesn't matter whether you approve Kripa or not. Main toh Kripa se shadi karkey hi rahoonga. Aaj ya kal jindagi ki aakhri pal tak ussi ki intezaar karoonga. Dubara aap mere jindagi se nahin khel sakengey. You better listen to me this time. Agar aap chahti hai ki aapka beta aapke paas rahey, yehi behatar hoga ki aap mere baat maanley. Agar Kripa ko nahin apnaya toh, Ridhima ko iss ghar se bida kartey hi main iss ghar ko chodkar humesha humesha ke liye chala jaoonga!!  Kartik ka shadi tak bhi nahin rukoonga. Naa aapse naa iss ghar ke koyi sadsya se main taalluk rakhoonga. Aap jo bhi Surya mama ke saat kiya tha wo saraasar na-insaafi hai. Agar aaj tak dadi ko aur Dad ko iss property se koyi len dena nahin hua toh aap kyon kamakha pareshan ched rahey hai? Why do you need their property? Jo bhi aapke paas hai Kya wo kaafi nahin hai?" He empathetically changed his voice, "Mom! Main Kripa se bahut pyar karta hoon. Aur karta rahoonga. Ek baar aap meri aur Ridhima ki jindagi se khilvaar kiya hai. Aagey main aisi harakathein nahin karney doonga. Aap ek baar Surya mama se milkar Kripa ki haat maangney mein hi sabka bhalayi hai. Otherwise you lose me forever. Main wapas iss ghar mein kabhi nahin aoonga." His voice cracked and eyes welled up at end when Naina was still stubborn at her decision.

Dilip moved at Angad's tears and taunted Naina. "Naina! Apni zidd chodo. Bachon ke siva humara zindagi mein koyi ahmiyat nahin hoti. Surya se maafi mangney mein tumhara badappan hi nazar aayegi. Kripa achi ladki hai. Angad ko uss se pyar hai. Bachon ke kush se jyada humey aur kya chahiye? Agar tumhey apology maangney mein hichakich hai toh main maangloonga tumhari taraf se. Mujhey koyi aitraaz nahin hai. Wo bhi humarey apney hi toh hai. Sab loge sukhi rahengey iss ristey se. Humara sab bachey bhi kushi rahengey. Abb jyada mut socho. Agley huphtey hi hum Hyderabad jayengey." He decided on Naina's behalf and turned to Angad for his approval. Naina still silently stood aside.

Angad was not happy as Naina didn't agree for his requests yet. He felt happy for Dilip's approach. "Dad! Mera aur Ridhima ki hearing agley huphtey Wednesday ko hoga. Uskey baad main uski shadi Arman ke saat karana chahta hoon. Wo sab complete honey ke baad hi main Kripa se shadi karoonga." Devyani and Ridhima were pleased at his plans but Naina still humiliated inside.

Dilip patted Angad's back, "As you wish, my son! Main tumhara saat hoon. Agar tum formally Arman aur Ridhima ki sagai karna chahta hai toh hum wo bhi issi ghar mein karayengey. Kripa ko yahin bulalengey aur tum donon ka sagai bhi karlengey." Angad hesitantly signaled about Naina. Dilip reassured him through his eye signals.

Next: Romantic scene between AR...Will AK has one?? let's see how Angad approaches his beloved!!!

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