Friday, 4 May 2018

part 56 :Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


 "Aao, Kripa! Dekho toh kaun aaya hai!" Gayatri walked to Kripa who just stepped inside the house with vegetable basket on one fine evening of the following week after her grocery shopping.

Kripa was indeed surprised to see Angad all of sudden and stood calmly.  Surya and Angad stopped conversing and turned to her. Gayatri exchanged looks with Angad and brought a big grin on face. Angad stood as greeting Kripa "Hi, Kripa!" Gayatri turned to her to say something and Kripa walked inside the kitchen without reciprocating Angad "Abb yeh yahan akela aaya kiss liye? Meri conditions ki asar abhi tak Naina aunty pur kuch hua hi nahi. Phir yeh yahan kya karney aaya hai?" Kripa kept thinking while placed her basket on kitchen top.


Gayatri reassured Angad with a cheer and followed Kripa into kitchen. Kripa turned back as Gayatri dropped her hand on Kripa's shoulder, "hello bhi nahin keh sakti Angad ko? Yeh kya tareeka hai mehmaanon se pesh aaney ki?"

"Maa! Why did he come here? Yeh yahan iss samay kyon aaya hai? Kya rista raha humara uss se? Kya uski Mom ne jo bhi kiya tha wo sab aap ney itni jaldi se bhulgaye they?"

"Kripa! Main jaanti hoon tum Khanna pariwar se naraz ho. Aisey ristey itna asaani se nahin toot they hai, beti! Angad ko kyon sara dosh de rahi ho? Bechara itnay umeed se kush khabarein deney aaya tha. Khaas kar ek surprise laaya tha tumharey liye."

Kripa turned in whisk, "Surprise? Jo surprise pehla mila tha wo kaafi nahin thi mere liye? Kya meri zindagi mein surprises ke siva aur kuch nahin rahengey? Ya Angad ney meri zindagi surprises se hi bhar deney ka iraada rakha tha?" Sadness, sarcasm, criticism and anger mixed in her voice.

Gayatri felt sorry for her and tried to console her. "Aisi baat nahin hai, Kripa! Tum kyon itna galat matlab nikaal rahi ho? Kya hogaya hai tujhey? Angad nek irada se hi aaya tha. Aur tum kaamakha usper ilazaam laga rahi ho. Chalo main hi kush khabar de deti hoon. Angad ne Arman aur Ridhima ki sagai ka nyota lekar aaya tha. Kal sham ko Taj Krishna mein ek shandar party rakha hai. Pura Khanna pariwar, Saxena pariwar, Malik pariwar hongey wahan. Angad khud Arman ke taraf se humey nyota deney aaya tha."

Kripa was astonished at the information given by Gayatri. "Arman ka sagai? Angad ne nyota deney aaya tha? Uski taraf se? Arman khud nahin bata sakta tha? Kyon? Hum Arman ko kuch nahi lagtay? Why didn't he tell me?  Arman toh abhi abhi mujhse phone pur baat kiya tha. Ek baar bhi iss baat ka zhikr nahin kiya tha. Kya wo bhi mujhse such chupana chahta tha? Ya SURPRISE dena chahta tha? Kya main issey surprise hi samjhoon? Main kya sabko ek ulloo dikhayi deti hoon? Why everyone wants to surprise me? I hate surprises?" Kripa asked Gayatri in tears. Gayatri melted at her tears and affectionately stroked her back to console her "Shaant hojao, Kripa! Tum kuch jyada hi react horahi hai."

"Nahin maa!" She mumbled in frustration while Gayatri consoled her, "Aaj tak main Arman ko apna dost samjhta aaya hoon. But today I realized I'm nothing to him. I have no place in his life anymore."

She wiped her tears, Kripa inwardly sighed, "Kal Arman ka sagai, aur mujhey kuch bhi pata nahin. I don't even know that Ridhima and Angad got divorced! Do you know how much I was hurt? Aur tum kahey rahey ho main over react kar rahi hoon?"

Gayatri consoled Kripa as continued stroking her back. "Kripa! Undonon ki divorce hokar do din hi hua tha. Angad pehley se hi sab arrangements kar rakha hai. Kal engagement hogi aur Shadi hogi do din ke baad. Mujhey pata nahin Arman ney yeh tumse kehney mein kyon hichakich raha tha. Angad hi sarey jimeedari liya tha. Khanna pariwar ko, Saxena pariwar ko aur khud Arman ka colleagues ko ussi ney invite kiya tha."

Kripa turned annoyed by Angad's praises from Gayatri's mouth. "Maa! I don't care if Angad did everything but Arman could inform me. Atleast Ridhima ki divorce ki barein mein toh janta hoga. Iss mein chupaney ki baat toh kuch bhi nahin thi! We all know he is going to marry Ridhima. Abhi kuch minto ke pehla bhi uss se baat huyi thi phir bhi kuch nahi kaha. Kyon?" Kripa was still in disbelief and whined that she didn't hear the news from Arman. "Aaney do, main Arman ki khabar loongi."

"Banda haazir hai, Kripa!  Jitna gussa nikalna chahti ho abb jaroor nikaal sakti ho. Saza bhugatney ke liye taiyyar hoon." Arman barged from behind and bent as surrendered to her. 

Kripa angrily turned to him "Well, nice to see you, Arman! May I ask why did you hide this truth from me? Aapke shadi ka khabar mujhey kissi aur ke muh se sun-na pad raha hai!!?"

He scratched his back hair and apologetically looked at Kripa. "Kripa! Mujhey bhi yeh sagai ek surprise tha. I thought I would marry Ridhima in a registrar office as soon as this divorce case is ended, but Angad wanted proper marriage. Unka divorce ki barein mein bhi mujhey kal raat hi pata chala tha. Angad seeda yahan aaney ke baad hi mujhey sab kuch bataya tha. I don't know any latest developments in advance too. I'm just following his orders to get my Ridhima back soon and safely." He winked at her.

"Kal raat pata chala tha aapko. Kal raat se aaj sham tak kitney ghantey huvey thay? Phir bhi raat ka khabar sunaney ki fursat nahin mili?  You must have remembered that we talked few minutes ago!!" she taunted him as demanded for explanation.

Arman touched his earlobes as apologizing, "kaha na, Kripa! I'm sorry. Maaf kardo mujhey. Angad came here to give the news by himself. I thought he would inform you everything. Mujhey kya pata tha ki tum itni naraz hojaogi? Iss galati ko maaf kardo. You know without you all this wouldn't happen. Tumharey bina yeh shadi toh kabhi nahin hogi. Phir tere bina mera sagai kaise hogi? I mean I want you to be there my side. Mere taraf se pehla mehman tumhi ho. Angad ka nyota alag hai aur mera alag. Main khud tumhey invite karney aaya hoon."

Kripa angrily glanced at Angad who just approached there. She carelessly moved eyes from Angad to Arman. She cynically taunted Arman. "It's okay, Arman! Main hoti hoon kaun aapkey? Aap sab apne apne marzi ke maharaj hain. You can do things as per your wish. Main hi pagal ki taraf aapke isharon mein naach rahi hoon. Waisey, mere siva itna sab kuch hosakti toh aagey bhi kuch rukegi nahi. Phir main aaoon na aaoon, ismein  kya farak padta hai?" she surreptitiously looked at Angad and moved looks onto Arman, "You carry on with your plans. Don't have to worry for me." Arman was disappointed as he didn't expect such response from Kripa. Gayatri apologised through eyes for Kripa's reply.

Angad felt bad for the consequences and tried to explain. "Ismein Arman ki galati kuch nahin hai, Kripa! I did all this at my own interest. Ismein tumhey dukh pahoonchaney ki koyi irada bhi nahin hai. I just want to see Ridhima happy. So I have arranged for formal engagement and marriage. And I'm not sure about the date for hearing so, I couldn't inform Arman also about these dates. Main yahan issiliye aaya tha ki.."

Kripa carelessly moved her lips at vengeance, "I don't need your explanation. Tumhey humarey beech taang adaney ki jaroorat nahin hai. We solve our own problems."

"Kripa!!" both Arman and Gayatri tried to warn Kripa. Gayatri apologetically looked at the two men and warned Kripa. "Yeh kya kehrahi ho, Kripa! Sambhalo apni juban ko. Angad itna pyar se.."

Kripa interrupted her, "Pyar? Jab logon ka izzat karna nahin aata hai unhey pyar karney ki huq nahin hai, Maa! Issey yaad dilado ki unkey saat humara rista unki mom hi cheenli thi." She stared at Angad with tears and left the room.

 "Angad! Fikar mut karo. Main ussey samjhakar le aoongi." Gayatri reassured Angad who fixed his stares at the way Kripa left.

Arman patted Angad's back, "chalo, majnu! Khud tumhara saas hi vachan de rahi hai toh tum kyon pareshan hotay ho?" Both bade bye to Gayatri though she insisted them to stay over for dinner.



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"Kya hua? Kripa ney kya kaha?" Ridhima, Misthy eagerly received Angad and Arman when they returned from Sarma house.

"Humarey beech tumhey taang adaney ki koyi jaroorat nahin hai." Arman seriously warned Ridhima and walked away. Angad irritatingly collapsed in the couch, "very funny!" Ridhima was stunned at his unexpected anger and worriedly looked at Misthy. Arman burst into laughter as imitated the dialogues of Kripa before narrated the visit. "Yeh bechara ka face dekhney ka layak hai. My God, Kripa ko itna gussa hota mainey kabhi nahin dekha. She is really mad at him. Akhir issney kiya kya hai? kyon, Angad? I think she has lot more expectations from you. I'm sure jo gussa usney dikhayi thi wo sab tumharey liye hi hai. She won't be angry on me. That much I'm sure."

Angad was annoyed, "You are too selfish, yaar! Mainey tumhari Ridhima ko itna acha sambhala aur tum Kripa ki gussa ka mazak udha raha hai."

Arman tried to stop his laughter, "Arey, Angad! Main kya kahoon? I told you not to go to their house alone. Magar tum kahan mera kehna maana tha! Bus yoohi chala gaya akela. Bhugto. I know she gets angry on me for hiding the news but she would understand if I tell her first. Tum such much Kripa ki zindagi mein taang ada raha hai." He giggled again recollecting Kripa's angry face.

Angad sighed, "Very funny!! Tumhey mazak lag raha hai? How do you understand how much I missed Kripa? Tum samjhega nahin. chalo, Ridhima! Hum chaltey hain. I did so much to him. He has no gratuity towards me at all." He got up and stepped towards door as ordered Ridhima to follow him.

Ridhima and Misthy confusingly looked at both. Arman winked at Angad's fallen face and grabbed Ridhima's hand, "Itna gussa? Pura Kripa ki taaney illustrate karney ke baad chala jaana. Aur Kripa ki gussa Ridhima pur kyon utar rahi ho? Hum donon ko alag mut karo." He pulled Ridhima his side. "Waisey, Angad! Tumhari pyari bavi ki words hai, mera nahin. Itna gussa kyon hoti ho? Samjho, yeh sab tum pur unki pyar hai. She is angry for not approaching her before. Humdonon ko milaney mein itna mehannat kiya hai magar ussey paaney ke liye aaj tak tumney kya kiya hai? Do teen pyar ki batein? Mujhmein aur tujhmein kya farak hai? Bus mainey Ridhima ke saat ek kadam aagey bada diya tha aur tum wahin 'I love you" pur rukgaya tha. Arey yaar! Kumse kum aaj toh kuch karo apna pyar ke liye. Kuch ehsaas dilado wo bechari ko. Apni Mom ki baat maankar chup chap Ridhima se shadi karliya tha. Behcari Kripa pur kya guzri hogi kabhi socha hai?"

Ridhima immediately defended Angad. "Arman! Angad ko Kripa ki khayal hai. Issiliye aaj tumhari Ridhima sahi salamat tumhey wapas mil rahi hai. Meri wajah se hi Kripa tak pahoonchney mein wo itna der kar diya tha. Aur wo kal Kripa ko propose bhi kar raha hai."

Angad warned Ridhima "reheney do Ridhima! Kal jab Kripa ayegi tab dekha jayega. I don't think she is coming tomorrow."

Misthy and Arman were surprised at the news, "tumney humey bhi bataya nahin? No wonder Kripa hates surprises."

Ridhima ignored Angad's warnings and continued. "Kal humari sagai ke baad Angad Kripa ko formally propose karney jaa raha hai. Yeh toh Kripa ke liye surprise hi hogi. And I'm sure she will be very happy for that."

Arman reassured him, "Don't worry man! She will be there. I'll bring her to the function."

Angad playfully punched Arman, "behetar yahi hoga. Nahin toh main Ridhima ko lekar wapas chala jaoonga. Chalo, Ridhima! Time to leave. Kal subah bahut kaam hai," Angad asked Ridhima to leave.

Arman pretended frightened and hugged Ridhima with one hand, "Itna jaldi bhi kya hai. Kal ka kaam mein main madat karoonga." Ridhima blissfully nudged him.

Angad teased him, "issi bahaney you want to keep her tonight? No way. You have to wait till you get married formally. Actually I'm thinking to postpone your marriage till Kripa and I get married."

Arman pretended fear, "aisa mut karo, Angad! What if Kripa rejects you? Main marjaoonga Ridhima ke bina. Bahut intezaar hogaya hai. Aur bardash nahin hota. Main Kripa ko tumharey saat jaldi miladoonga. I promise. Abb toh chodo issey. Ek baar bhi private baat nahin huyi." Misthy and Angad chuckled, "Chalo, hum baahar jaatey  hain. Jaldi private baat karlo." He winked at them and walked out. Misthy followed him in pretext of finding the more information about the function on next day.

Arman pulled Ridhima into his room as soon as Angad walked out. "Arman! Yeh kya kar rahey ho? Wo donon kya sochengey. Can't you wait till tomorrow?"

Arman sighed, "abhi abhi ek mauka mila hai ek dooserey ke kareeb aaney ki. Don't spoil it. Do you know how much I'm missing you? Kal sari raat function mein chala jayega. I don't understand Angad ko yeh sab karney ki kya jaroorat thi? Hum donon simply register marriage Ya mandir mein mala exchange nahin kar saktey??" he snuggled her neck and inhaled her body fragrance. "Oh God! I missed you so much." Ridhima chuckled as his breathe tickled her. He looked into her eyes with love filled eyes, "Why don't you stay over? Angad se kehdo wo akela chala jaye." He requested as his eyes moistened. She kissed his cheek, "jaroor kehdeti agar kripa itna gussa nahin dikhayi deti. Angad was upset. I have to be with him. He helped me so much aur main uska takleefon mein kaisey chod sakti hoon?"

Arman sighed, "tumhari yeh humdardi humesha dooseron ke liye hi kyon jaagti hai? Mere barein mein kab sochna shuru karogi?" he compliantly mumbled as played with her tendrils. She cupped his cheeks and caressed his chin with two thumbs. "Angad ko settle karneyke baad pura jindagi padi hai tumharey barein mein aur humarey bachon ke barein mein sochney ko."

Arman kissed her eyelids, "chotoo ko bi lekey aana tha. I missed him." Ridhima nodded her head, "I was not sure about meting you. Misthy se milkey chaley janey ki plan tha. I was told that you and Angad were going to Kripa's house. Pata nahin Angad kyon apna plan badal liya tha!"

Arman slowly tightened his embrace, "shayad ussey pata tha Kripa ki gussa ki barein mein."

Ridhima chuckled, "Kripa is angry because she wanted Naina aunty to apologise Sarma uncle and propose her. But Naina aunty was adamant. Pata nahin kal Angad kaisa propose karega?"

Arman nodded as understood the reason behind Kripa's anger, "He will be fine. Kripa ko main lekey aoonga. She will listen to me."

"Kahi wo tumse pyar toh nahi karti?" Ridhima expressed her fears. Arman hit her forehead with his, "Shak kar rahi ho? Jealous?"

Ridhima smiled and circled her arms around his neck. "fear! Tumhey khoney ka darr. Jo pyar main Angad ka aankhon mein dkehti hoon wo Kripa ki ankhon mein nazar nahin aati."

 Arman kissed her cheeks, "Don't worry, hum donon ke beech aisa koyi rista nahi tha. We both took advantage of each other's situation. Kripa kabhi meri jindagi tumhari jagah leney nahin ayegi. Un donon ka rista bhi phir se jud jayegi. I will do it." Ridhima thanked him for his reassurance.

"Just thanks?" he grabbed her lips as Ridhima blushed at his naughtiness.

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Devyani called Kripa that night as Angad updated her about his visit to Sarma's house. Kripa busted out her anger as soon as she got the opportunity. "Pehlay unsey kehdijiye, Naani!  Humse rista jodna chahta toh apni mom iss ghar ke chaukat pe aakar humara haat mangna hi padega." Kripa's eyes welled up while completing the sentence.

Devyani consoled her, "Kripa! Hum sab yahan aaye hai. Kal sham ko mil rahey hai na? Naina ki barein mein tum kyon itna sochti ho? Angad ka dil dukhao mut, Kripa! Wo tumse bahut pyar karta hai. Anyway, kal tum function mein arahi ho. Arman aur Ridhima ki sagai pur tum nahin aaye toh sab loge tumhey hi bala bura kahengey. Sochengey Ridhima tumhari shadi shuda kushaal jindagi ko thod di. Kya tum yehi chahti ho? Nahi na?" Kripa unwillingly agreed as Devyani's words started working on her mind.

 Next: Get ready for AR and AK engagement!!

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