Thursday, 14 February 2019

Part 2 : Perfect Imperfection...love..

Shashank frowned deep in thought. ridhima had retired to her bedroom after their short talk...she told him rahul liked someone else. she never mentioned who, and it had seemed she was hiding something...he wondered what until he got a call...from none other than Anshuman grewal, rahul's father. could u believe that man's audacity he did not mention ridhima even once...no, he had called to invite the gupta's to his son's wedding with muskaan...THE MUSKAAN MALIK....shashank couldn't take it anymore he felt like he had been beaten down three ends...ridz his own daughter, the less said about her the better she dint deserve to be a gupta heiress, grewals...how could they have done this to him????and that Anshuman, dint think it befitting to even offer an explaination, no he talked like they had never discussed a prospective wedding between their kids...and lastly that bloke...Samrat...he ought to be sent back to the gutters he came from...he was a big shot today that slug, but shashank n he had been together at oxford and he knew where this so called malik empire headed from. it had started back then when radhika turned him down, him, shashank, for that 'hailing from the slums'
samrat malik...well she had received her punishments...samrat had shown his true colors way too soon, shashank smirked thinking of the way Mittal empire converted to Malik empire!!!but then he remembered the current events and frowned again, draining his vodka in a single go...they all let him down...n how could he face that samrat now with this second snatch he had made from shashank....he could just see that sneering face looming large before him....and he would just have to attend the wedding too...obligations cant be overlooked at statures like his...slowly...he gave in to his disturbed sleep taking over his active thoughts and slumped on the bar table itself...



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~rahul-muskaan wedding~



ridhima loked around with that fake smile fixed o her face...the one she was forced to carry on at all these socialite events. she had been there just 10mins so far n it felt like eternity...she just wanted to get back home to her room where she could be herself again....*splash*...omg my saree..."oh no "she started and looked up to see....HIM???AGAIN???was she dreaming again???it had been happening to her lately all this hallucinating about his presence and stuff...but wait he was real this time...really????...her heart skipped a beat as he took a couple of tissues and started wiping the stains off her dress, while grinning and saying "i am so sorry...its just the excitement...my sister and best friend getting married...dream come true...i just did not see where i was...hey hang on...we have met right????"...god here i was unable to sleep with his images flashing in my dreams n this guy is not even sure if he even knows me...aloud she said "yes...ridhima gupta....n u r are armaan malik????....wait did u say ur sister????"....armaan quickly realised who she was...OMG she of all the people....and now i hav to explain who the girl is...the one rahul loved...o man...this is so not gonna be pleasant..."yes my sister muskaan....she is the girl i told u about...rahul and she are madly in love with each other..."he said all of this with a happiness he couldnt hide, but with certain caution in his tone not sure of her reaction, not like it mattered but still...he had been the intermediary for the whole issue...and the one thing armaan did not like was anybody in the world not thinking well of him...."oh so its your sister...heavens....u must be happy...its awsome they are getting together if they love each other so much...i hope they live happily" she said...wow armaan thought...she does the obligation quite neatly...hang on...is it me...or is she genuine about what she just said....no kidding...she looks like she really means it n is happy about it....wow girl gotta give it to u what world are u from???? "thanx i hope so too....they are perfect for each other...er ridhima....so ummm...well yeh have fun at the wedding....i'll see you around!...o n sorry about the saree....u need a change????i can get my cousin sisters to help u out they are helping muskaan get ready..."..."no thats fine i have to leave soon anyways, my father has clashing commitments so we will have to go soon...but i am happy to know the couple is such a lovely one....wish for their happy married life..."she smiled a warm smile....wow she thought um not jittery anymore with him....see ridzi...it was just a first time seeing the hunk effect....now ur fine....wont be hllucinating no more...and she walked off....he turned to watch her walk by....shaking his head still finding it wierd he was sure now....her reaction had been not only unexpected but trully meant...just dont see how she is a GUPTA HEIRESS...way too soft a target man...well i hope miss ridhima gupta u get a guy who can stand up for u....u dont seem close to be doing that for urself in life....but...well....something about her...innocence perhaps....was making him smile slightly as he thought all this....o no no that's not why i am smiling....i am smiling cause its the happiest day in my life...muskaan n rahul....he smiled again....his endearing smile.. flashing those dimples....

The scene did not escape 2 sharp pairs of eyes....n both had the same thought in their fast scheming minds....samraat and shashank.... from different spots had seen the short conversation between armaan and ridhima, though both could not hear the words exchanged, but they felt a connection...a piece falling in place in the jigsaw....a perfect chance for vengence....well not just that....a bonus lucrative collaboration as well!!!!



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ridhima had observed armaan at work for muskaans wedding for that short period she was there....but she left with her father right after the garlands were exchanged...she was feeling relaxed after days of restlessness...relaxed yet excited....somewhere inside was a contentment of having seen him for real...and today she had seen as she figured out the real armaan...a loving brother....and a dear friend....an ideal son....his happiness and enthusiasm had been dripping in each action....and as she watched him move all over the place for errands she loved the idea of how emotional he was....so unlike the rich brats she had been seeing over the past 2 years....she felt happy that she had not read him wrong he was indeed what she had thought....someone who cared about feelings and emotions very deeply....an essential trait she had hoped for in the guy she would share her life with....she felt in that one short evening god had answered her question....he was perhaps gona indeed be her man....but then she frowned slightly....why would he think about her the same way????both their meetings had shown him to be courteously nice to her....but nothing more nothing less...just the way you would be with someone who's a mere aquaintance....she sighed...well she thought...god um leaving it to you to decide...i am not too good at that anyways.....i can just wish thats all i ever do....can never take real actions....have my father's ideals and reputation to consider...the whole gupta girl thing u know.....please god....think like me and fix us up!!!



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Shashank had observed ridhima's serene happy look during the one hour drive back home....he had never spent much time with her as a father...but his shrewd brain had enabled him to know his daughter quite a bit...well enough to figure out that the armaan ridhima link he had felt at the party wasnt a figment of his imagination...there was something...n even if it was trivial, shashank knew how to make things big if needed....n anyways for the first time he felt like he was gona ask ridhima for something she wouldnt want to deny to him...that makes life easy he thought smirking to himself....finally retiring for the night, he decided to talk to ridhima the following morning itself....the party hadnt been the worst thing to happen to him afterall....



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Armaan sat on the stairs....staring at the life size portrait of muskaan and him from their first rakhi...she was a tiny baby....and he was a little boy...someone(not visible in the picture) was holding her fragile hand and helping her tie the rakhi on armaan's wrist. he smiled through tears....miss u kid he thought....but rahul will keep u happy...he remembered what ridhima had said...lovely couple...happy married life...he smiled....n then frowned almost instantaneously....no what the heck made me think of her????its ok dude...ur just tired....he was brought back from his thoughts as he turned around to see who had gripped his shoulder from behind...."dad!" he hugged samrat...."i am so happy for muski dad....rahul n she are perfect...."...samrat chose his words carefully..."i would wish to see you settled just as happily son..."...armaan broke away from the hug slightly and looked at his father with a face which had too many expressions at the same time....too many to be read simultaneously anyways....samrat continued..."do u have someone in mind????"...armaan now gave his father a complete dumbstruck look..."dad???" he started..."what brings you to this topic????"..."well you know how my married life has been armaan...i have everything except happiness..."he said with a solemn look..."and i know what that feels like....seeing muskaan so happy today gave me immense pleasure and my only remaining wish is to see you the same way...afterall you both are all there is too my life...all this work and business is gona keep getting better in your hands i know that and i am not worried....but its time for you to settle in life as well....which brings me back to my question....do u have someone in mind????"....armaan replied instantaneously, "no dad u know i dont believe in all this matrimony stuff....i mean with rahul n kid its different....they are an exception to the word called love....i just want to focus on malik empire n nothing more....."even as he rattled off these words armaan felt a tug in the back of his head....but he could not pin down what was feeling out of place in the words he had just uttered....samrat meanwile tried another way...."armaan....i actually....well....have someone in mind....its all your wish son....i would never want to force anything upon you its your life n happiness and ur the best judge....but its just that after i saw u both together today at the wedding it made me think...."...he paused to see armaans reaction...getting none he continued..."i am talking about ridhima gupta..."...there....he hit bull's eye he was sure....armaans expression reaffirmed the connection samrat had felt click during the wedding...even if it is trivial he thought i know how to make it big if needed....armaan meanwile taken completely off guard stammered "r r r ridhima????"getting back his nerves..."dad???i dont even know her....just from that cafe meet where we sorted out things so she would move out of rahul and muskaans way....thats all...there is nothing more to the story...i mean...dad...wat even made u think of her"....samrat knowing this wasnt gona be easy....but certainly not impossible....spoke "well there's quite a few reasons...my essential reason...the girl herself...the way u described her talk from your first meet, and the way i saw u both today for that very short conversation, which i dint overhear dont worry,...i figure she is ideally the girl to be in the malik household....cultured, well educated, rich and....beautiful" he added the last word in the softest voice but with great emphasis, the effect was obvious....for the first time he saw his son blush....just slightly...but blush....determined to hit the home run samrat went on..."armaan like i said its ur life....and i know you will not agree with the reason i just gave....so here's some fodder for ur practical head....her last name GUPTA....does that do the trick???...u are of course well aware of the implication of that name...n the joint implication of the names GUPTA and MALIK right????" giving him a slight pause to put 2 and 2 together, samrat went on, in a softer tone this time, "but son that fact is only to make u reason with sense....essentially...i love the girl...i wish for a daughter in law just like her....she would be the support every man needs in a wife....the support i was deprived of....i dont want u to miss on that....well anyways its getting late....just think about it....there is no force u know i have always let muskaan and u take your own decisions...." ....with that he walked towards his bedroom....leaving a baffled armaan behind....



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