Friday, 29 June 2018

epilogue : Aradhana - Anmol Bandhan


"Kripa! Aur kitni der karogi? Wahan sab log achukey hongey. We should be first of all and we go late everytime." Angad complained while putting cloths to his two year youngest daughter, 'Dhun'.

"Main toh inn sab saitanon ko taiyar kar karkey dhuk jaati hoon. Deko yeh 'Sur" toh subah sey char kapadey change kar chuki thi. Issey wahan "Abhishek ko impress karna hai!!" Kripa complained in sarcastic tone but with mix of proud about her children, while braiding French knot for their 5 year old first daughter, "Sur".


"Mama! Yeh frock toh main last party mein bhi pehni huvi thi. I want a new dress today." Their 4 year old second daughter "Pallavi" came removing the back buttons before Kripa warned her.

"Mujhey bhi naya frock chahiye purple color ka. Last time Abhishek ney bataya ki ussey purple bahut pasand hai," the twin of Pallavi, "Laya" barged with just underwear as holding her frock in hand.

Kripa held her head seeing her three daughters competing to impress "Abhishek," the most pampered 6year old, eldest son of Armaan and Ridhima. Angad laughed full of heart and carried the twins and swirled. "Hmm, lagta hai 'Abhishek' abhi se papa ka naam roshan kar raha hai!" He changed his expression after seeing irritated kripa and looked at the twins. "My darling girls! Aaj jo frocks mama ney diya hai wahi pehenlo. Hum Armaan uncle ka ghar jaatey hi ussey shopping ke liye le jayengey. Ussey bhi pata chalna chahiye ki itney bahuon ko kaisey ek hi saat sambhala jaata hai!"

Twins quietly left the room after Kripa put the frocks back on them as they liked their 'Papa's" idea of shopping with their beloved 'Armaan Uncle' as it was always fun filled event for them. They got to have rides, play the video games, eat ice creams and do loads of shopping. The whole shopping was also quite often ended with watching a movie whenever time permitted.

Kripa chuckled, "Tumhey kya lagta hai Arman inn charon ko apna bahu banadega?"



Angad put Dhun down as Sur took her out into living room, "Bahu bananey ka baat chodo. Pehla wo inn saitanon ka khatirdari toh karna seekhley."



He pulled Kripa in his arms and softly kissed her lips, "How are you feeling, darling! Is my son bothering you too much too?" He bent and kissed her stomach.

Kripa chuckled, "yeh mera beta hai nahi satayega.  Chaley? Late horahey hain hum." They headed to Malik's house with their four daughters, Sur, Pallavi, Laya and Dhun.

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"Hey Sweety! Kya kar rahey ho?" Arman embraced Ridhima from behind and took a small piece of snack to nibble. Ridhima frowned as tapped on his hand, "door raho, khaney mein haat mut lagao. Mehman aaney tak wait nahi kar saktey? Let me do my work. Bahar sab intezham hua hai na? Wo log kabhi bhi aajayengey."

Arman moaned and kissed inside her hair behind neck as tickled her and sent goose bumps all over the body. "Everything is done, darling! Bus ek sweetsa kiss dedo. Baaki kaam bhi sambhal jayega."

Ridhima nudged him as rubbed behind the neck, "tum ek minute bhi door nahi reh saktay? Soney tak intezaar karo. Abb todasa kaam adhura rehgaya hai. Finish karney do. Please."

Armaan sighed, "yeh kaisa patni mili hai mujhey! Tumsey achi wo Kripa hai. Dekho paanch salon mein char betiyan dedi. Tum toh.."

Ridhima turned hastily and put hands on waist, "hmm, acha. Tumhey bachon se matlab hai. Har ek saal ek bacha dedey aur patni achi hojayegi? Wah!"

Arman rolled tongue to his cheek and winked, "Nahi toh main kab se kehraha hoon aur ek bacha dedo. Lekin Tumhare nazdeek aaney ke liye to muhurat chahiye!"

Ridhima warned him as showed forefinger, "Abb yahan se chaloge ya.." Arman dramatically ducked, "abb dakhey markey bhagaogi! Chalo, meri Kripa ke aaney ka waqt  hai." Ridhima chuckled behind him at his dramatic behavior. "Yeh kabhi sudrega nahi. Abb tak mera mazak udana choda nahi. Jab bhi dekho Kripa ki barabari karta rehta hai. Pagal!"

"Kahan tak aagaya kaam?" Gayatri and Naina walked together into kitchen to help Ridhima. Ridhima cheerfully endorsed the work to them as she took some other task in her hands.

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"Welcome!! Welcome!! Kripa and Angad!! Welcome beautiful princesses," Armaan received them warmly at the entrance. All four girls hugged Armaan and ran immediately to 'Abhishek' who was equally dazzling in his Navy blue Rajasthan suit and seriously chatting with other girls.

Ridhima, Gayatri, Suryaban, Misthy, Kartik and rest of Khanna family and friends welcomed them in the main hall. "WoW!!" Kripa amused at the arrangements done for her. "Yeh toh kuch bhi nahi hai, kripa! I know you kept yourself away from all enjoyment for past 9 months. Tum toh bilkul pagal hogayi ho tumhari foolish beliefs ke saat. Magar hum kaisey chup rahengey? Kaisey aaney wala Khanna waris ka swagat nahi karengey? I know you fear of having another girl but believe me you will deliver a boy only. And for a change you go to hospital from my house only. Aur aaj se aaney wala do din humarey sat hi rahogi."

Kripa adorably smiled at Armaan's affection and received everyone's cheerful wishes. Ridhima and Gayatri took her inside and Arman followed to show his gifts to her. He ordered authoritatively to get ready in the new sari and jewelry that he and his wife presented to Kripa for the occasion.

Past 7 years of life brought both Khanna and Malik families closer after Arman and Ridhima took over the responsibility of 'Sanjeevani 'along with their sibling couple Atul and Anjali. Shashank and Suryaban became good friends as Shashank took complete care of Suryaban's recovery. Gayatri spent most of the time with Devyani and Naani and with their spiritual meetings. Obviously Arman became family pediatrician for children of Angad and Kripa and Ridhima, Gynic of Kripa. Children love to spend time together as Arman's eldest son; Abhishek was the leader among all the girls.

 Armaan and Ridhima arranged baby shower to Kripa in a grand way as she was pregnant with a baby boy after four daughters. Kripa was craving to have a son, while Angad was happy with his four daughters. Kripa was directly taken to emergency for all four previous deliveries during their professional tours, either while giving performances or during recordings. This time she took off from her profession and entirely dedicated to pamper her pregnancy. She didn't step into the studio, nor allowed any music gatherings around her. She believed that changing the atmosphere and location might give luck to her to have a baby boy. She stopped Angad from singing, to mention precise, too. Obvious to say he was not allowed to hum any tune in bathroom too. Kripa changed her lifestyle and avoided any kind of celebrations for past nine months with a fear of having a daughter this time too.

To relax her sentiments and prejudice, Armaan arranged a gathering just a few days before her delivery time to welcome her 'son'.

"Aunty! Dhun mere saath nahi khel rahi hai. Wo humesha bhai ke saat hi khelna chahti hai. Koyi bhi mujhse nahi kelti," 4year Antara, Armaan's ladli, pulled Kripa out of her past memories. Antara completely got  traits from her mother but behavior from Armaan. Ridhima taunts both father and daughter saying, "Takes time to make friends like her father."

 Kripa smiled affectionately at Antara and lifted her, "tum bhi bhai ke saat khelo tab sab tumhari saat bhi khelengey." Antara rolled her eyes and moved head sideways, "nahi, wo tab bhi bhai se hi kheltey hain." Kripa kissed her plump cheeks with a big grin on face, "jab mera beta ayega na tab wo tumhara saat hi khelega." Antara smiled with excitement, "such? Kab ayega wo?" Kripa giggled, "tum kahey to aaj hi."

"Tum aisa badla logi?" Armaan came from behind taking away Antara from kripa's hands. Kripa twisted brows with confusion. Angad came from behind and dropped hand around kripa's shoulder, "kyon nahi, Armaan! Humari char betiyon ko apna ungliyon pe nacha raha hai tumhara beta. Humey bhi kuch mauka miley badla leney ka." Arman smiled as kissed Antara's cheeks, "Haan, Kripa! Abhishek tumharey betiyon ko wahan flat kar rahey hai aur tum abhi se Antara ko apna beta ka saat jode rahi ho?"  Kripa chuckled, "mainey toh aisa socha hi nahi. Waisey idea bura toh nahi hai."

"Phir deir kyon, aaj hi intezaar karengey ' beta ka," Angad winked at Kripa. Kripa frowned, "no way Angad! Iss mahol mein delivery ka mut socho. Darr lag raha hai. Aur char din baaki hai due date ka." Gayatri joined them with Ridhima and patted Kripa, "bus karo, Kripa! Tum itna prejudice bhi mut banjao. Chalo sab log intezaar kar rahey hain." She pulled Kripa into crowd and the ceremony started in religious way.

As Kripa feared of her beliefs she started getting contractions in the middle of night. Armaan forcefully stopped Kripa and others for night stay as his sixth sense alerted him about Kripa's delivery. Kripa started yelling at Armaan and Angad for arranging elaborated celebration and bluntly refused to go to hospital, "aapney itna bada hungama kardiya meri godh bharai ka. Aaj hi pains aana tha? Kahi phir ladki toh nahi hogi na? Baap rey baap main toh darr se maari jaa rahi hoon. Panchvi ladki ! Hey bhagwan yeh kiss janam ka badla le rahey ho?"

 Arman and Ridhima tried hard to calm her down, Kripa! Please chup hojao. Aisa kuch nahi hoga. Agar iss baar bhi ladki huvi toh main ussey mera ghar lejaoonga. Wo meri beti hogi. Mera yakein karo tumhey ladka hi hoga. Jo bhi ho pehla hospital toh lekey janey do. Itna jidd achi nahi hai."

After four hours contractions Kripa delivered a healthy baby boy. Angad had no boundary for his happiness. He ordered to distribute sweets to whole hospital.

"Kyon, kripa! Abb sukoon mila? Kitni jiddi ho tum! Pura nau mahina humara sar kha liya tha. Pura duniya ko sar per uthaliya." Armaan squeezed kripa's hand after she recovered conscious. Ridhima smiled at them, "haan, abb Angad aram se apna music phir se shuru kar sakta hai. We miss his singing."

"How about giving a concert here itself?" Anjali winked at Angad and teasingly looked at Kripa. Kripa apologetically looked at Angad for her prejudice.  "Idea bura nahi hai, Anjali!" Atul entered with his son 'Bheem'.

"Toh deir kiss baat ki?" Kartik and Misthy followed with a flower bouquet and guitar. "Heyy!!" His son "Bali" yelled along with his four cousin sisters and ran to the cradle where the little boy was in deep sleep. "WoW! He is so cute!" Antara yelled and other sisters hushed her, "dheerey, wo so raha hai." into the room. "He is my friend, Kripa aunty ney kaha hai. Tumsey koyi uss sey nahi khelega." Antara pushed  Abhishek who was trying to touch the new born.

"Okey, bachon, tumsey koyi ussey nahi chuyega. He is still asleep. Let's have fun here, common," Angad took everyone to kripa's bed and started strumming the guitar. "Angad! Tum kya such much yaha gana shuru karega? Noway. Beta soraha hai. Jagadogi kya? Ghar aaney tak intezaar karo." Kripa pleaded him.

Angad mischievously shook his head, "you never allowed my son to hear my song while he was in your tummy. Abb tumhara raaz nahi chalega. I will bring him up as my boy." He hummed and took a song melodiously. As soon as he started singing the new born got up and moved his big eyes around to familiarize with surroundings. The girls and boys ran to the cradle and wooed on his big eyes and tried to touch his cheeks. Gayatri warned them and took the boy into hands to handover to Kripa "Dekho Kripa! Abhi sey wo apna papa ka awaz ko kaisey pehchan liya hai. Lagta hai beta baap ka gana ko pasand karta hai."

Angad came to Kripa and kissed the boy as continued the song. Kripa smiled at them, "baap bhi baap aur beta bhi beta"

"How about give him the name "Prateek,"  Naina suggested as took the grandson in her hands. Kripa and Angad looked at each other and agreed to Naina's suggestion.

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