Saturday, 29 June 2019

Part 14 : The Green Blue Hues (AR ff)

When we went SHOPPING!!!

 Riddhima entered the huge mall, and looked around, wide-eyed. She had had no idea that shopping malls in Mumbai could be so huge and well organized. Dressed in a light blue colored shalwar kameez, she was looking very pretty yet the frown on her face was kind of disconcerting. Divya and Aditi entered the mall behind her, and laughed at what Riddhima said then.


Riddhima: My goodness….we are still in Mumbai right..? This one's bigger than the one next to my house…

 Divya: hmmm…shopping malls here are pretty huge now…anyways…where do we start??



She looks around the first floor and sees a saree-shop.





Divya: I think, humain pehle utmhare liye koi sarian le leni chahiye….what say??



Riddhima gulps as she looks at the shop. She looks longingly at this men's shop that was directly next to the shop.



Aditi: haan Bhabhi… I guess….ap ko pehle kuch achi sarian dilla deni chahiye…u know, bhai ki shadi ke liye…!!



Riddhima: par….Armaan….woh…umm….(fumbling)



Divya: (laughs) ohooo!! Already Armaan ko miss ker rahi ho…koi nahi, bas hum jaldi jaldi shopping ker lete hain, phir tum chali jana apne Armaaaaan ke pass…



Aditi and Divya laugh. Riddhima slightly blushes.



Divya: acha ab chalooo…(steering her towards the shop)



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2 hours later.

Riddhima sighed exasperatedly and tapped her foot impatiently. It had been 2 hours and they had been to about 10 shops already, all of them of traditional Indian wear. She had been made to try about a thousand dresses, and all of them had been selected by Divya or Aditi. Personally, she liked all of them, because she had a thing for Indian dresses. But she personally couldn't stand being in that shop anymore for like 2 minutes more.



She yawned loudly, purposefully, so that Aditi or Divya would notice and then would get to know that she was getting sleepy and so hurry up. However, all her tapping and yawning went unnoticed, as Aditi picked out a dress for herself too. Finally, Riddhima tugged at Divya's arm.



Divya: aik second bhaaiya…(to the shopkeeper, turns to Riddhima) haan Riddhima…bolo…kia hua??



Riddhima: D wo umm…I have to go somewhere…



Divya: kahan?? Tujhe kahan jana hai…..tum to yahan koi jagah nahi janti??



Riddhima: no actually….mujhe…hehhe…bathroom jana hai…



Divya smiles..



Divya: oooh!! Acha..hmm..,no problem…Aditi tumhare sath chali jati hai..



Riddhima; NAHI!!  (a bit too loud)



Divya stares at her, weirdly. Riddhima smiles foolishly.



Riddhima: nahi…who mera matlab…let her shop na…she wants to buy something…main khud chali jaungi…(getting up hurriedly)



Divya: you sure…??



Riddhima: definitely….(fakely smiles) I will be back!!



She comes out of the room and then runs for her life.



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Half an hour later. Riddhima emerges from the men clothes shop, laid with shopping bags. She sighed satisfactorily, and looked over to the shop she had left Aditi in. Just then her cell phone rings. She picks it up: Armaan calling. She smiles to herself and clicks open the flap of the cell.



Armaan: hey you!! How is it going…??



Riddhima: heyyyy!!! Its so much fun here…I am loving this…OMG, I bought so much stuff and….



Armaan: WHAT??? (frowns as he lies down on the bed) You are having FUN? SHOPPING??



Riddhima: yeah…why not?? In fact, I love your sisters…unhon ne mere liye inni shopping ki…they are total sweethearts…



Armaan smiles as he hears this. However, he finds something fishy in her cheerful manner.



Armaan: acha sunooo…



Riddhima: hmmmmm…..



Armaan: if you guys are done…to main tumhain pick kerne aun…??

Riddhima: ummm wait a second…(just then Divya and Aditi come out of the shop)



Divya: OMG Riddhima!! TUm kahan chali gait hi…humain laga tum kahiin gumm gai ho…aur yeh ab tumhare haath main kia hai…(looking at the bags)



Riddhima gulps and laughs foolishly.



Riddhima: who…na…actually…main bathroom gai…uske baad…ummm…mujhe Armaan ki call agai..(laughs, flashing the phone at them, Armaan was still on hold) aur ussne mujhse kaha…ke…ummm…I should buy some stuff for him…so umm..i went shopping…



Aditi: (looks into the bags) are u kidding me? This seems like his entire year's shopping. Bhai doesn't shop so much…



Riddhima: oh yeah he doesn't…actually I do…so yeah…sorry…!!

Divya: Riddhima…(glares at her) tumhain bata ke janna chahiye tha na…we were so scared…



Riddhima: Awwww D…(hugs her quickly) sorry ainda nahi karunga…(holds her ears)



Divya: (laughs) KARUNGI!!



Riddhima: oh yeah…silly me…(hits her ead lightly, then sees the call on hold, she quickly puts the phone to her ear) oh ummm…Armaan??

On the other end, Armaan is laughing hysterically.



Riddhima; hans kyun rhaay ho??

Armaan: no wonder u were  having fun…you weirdo!!!



Riddhima: (laughs) shut up acha…I AM having fun…and I got a lot of my shopping done too…


Armaan: yeah yeah…anyways….I am coming to pick you guys up…so wait for me…(jumps up from the bed)

Riddhima: okayy!! See you…take care…

 Switches off the phone and smiles at Aditi.
Riddhima: Armaan araha hai…!! Yayyyy!! (does a little dance)

Aditi and Divya look at their Bhabhi's stupid antics and grins to themselves, as they make their way to the cafe.
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Armaan walks into the caf of the shopping mall and sees the three girls sitting at the corner table, laughing hysterically about something. He walks over, smiling to himself as he sees Riddhima trying to explain something, wide-eyed and using her hands in expression. She had this habit of using her hands while talking a lot.

He walked over to their table and stood next to their table, smiling.



Armaan: hey guys!!



Riddhima sprang up from her seat as she saw him.



Riddhima: HEY!! Armaaaan!! Finally you are here…(hugs him quickly) See I got you so much stuff….(picks up a bag) see….you wanted new shirts na…lemme see…ummm…(takes out a shirt) isn't this good…oh and I got this awesome new belt for you too….



Divya and Aditi snicker to themselves at her non-stop banter. Armaan puts his hands on her shoulders to steady her.



Armaan: Ragz…Ragz…..(still keeps talking) RAGZ!!! (shakes her)



Riddhima: yeah….(befuddled)



Armaan: chill!! Main ghar ja ker dekh lunga…for now, lets umm…sit? (raising his eyebrows)



She blushes, embarrassed and sits down. Armaan laughs, kisses the top of her head and sits down next to her. Although he often kissed her on top of the head in an affectionate way, but the way Divya eyed him and Aditi winked at him made him slightly blush. It was a simple, small gesture but showed so much: love, affection, protection.



Divya: arey Armaan…ghar per sab tayarian ho rahi hain na….sahee se..?



Armaan: hmmm…Mom to itni busy hain ke saans lene ka time nahi hai unke pass….Bhai aur Dad as usual, OFFICE main hain…



Divya: aur Arjun…? Who bhi ghar per hai kia?

Armaan: arey nahi yar….tumhare uss dedh foot ke bachay ne sab ko itna pareshan kia hua tha…to Arjun bhaiya usse bahar le ker gaye hain…ghumanay…



Divya: Armaaan!! (holds his ear) mere bte ko kuch matt kaho acha…aur wese bhi…tum ne hi bighaar rakha hai ussay…



Riddhima: well…bachon ko to Armaan bigharta hi hai…(laughs).



Armaan: acha madam..(narrows his eyes at her) maine kaunse bachon ko bighara hai…haan?



Riddhima: Ryan aur Rhea ko maine bighaar rakha hai kia??



As soon as she said those two names, a cloud of gloom comes over her face, followed by anxiety. She becomes quiet at once, deep in thought. Armaan looks at her closely and guesses that something is wrong.



Aditi: Ryan aur Rhea….yeh kaun hain??



Armaan: ummm…I guess humain chalna chahiye…ghar per late ho raha hai, sab wait ker rahauy honge..lets go…



Standing up, taking hold of Riddhima's hand, he steers her out of the caf.



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All the way back home, Riddhima stays quiet and doesn't say much. She is lost somewhere, deep in thought and Armaan thinks it better not to ask her anything before they reach home.



They all reach home, and Divya and Aditi leave the car. Riddhima is still sitting, deep in thought. Armaan parks the car, then turns over to his side to look at her and puts a hand on hers.



Armaan: Riddhima…??



Riddhima turns to look at him, and realizes they had reached home.



Riddhima: hum agaye…?? I am sorry I didn't notice….i was…



Armaan: sssshhh!! (puts a finger on her lips) kia hua…?? Mujhe batao…why are you upset…??

Riddhima gtes slight tears in her eyes. She hugs Armaan and starts crying.



Riddhima: Armaan…how could I do this to them..?? I mean, I totally forgot about them before today….what kind of person does that??



Armaan rubs her back smoothly and pats her hair.



Armaan: listen Ragz…meri baat suno…(pulls away from her) first of all, stop crying…u know na, I don't like seeing you cry…hmmm?? (wipes away her tears)



Armaan: aur dusri baat…iss main itna upset honey wali baat nahi hai!! I know who tumhari responsibility hain…par we will sort it out na…..dekhna…kal shaam takk who yahan tumhare pass honge…



Riddhima looks at him, her eyes full of hope.



Riddhima: promise??



Armaan: pakka promise!! (holds his neck skin, then smiles) trust me!! (blinks his eyes at her)



She smiles and nods her head.



Riddhima; I do!!!



Armaan: acha chalo…stop being so upset…rotay huay tu puri dian lagti hai…



Riddhima : (wide-eyed) Armaaaan!! (starts hitting up) SHUT UP!! Main dian nahi hun…



Armaan: hai to hai!! DIAN!! Diaan…diaan…diaaan…!! (irritating him)



Riddhima: Armaan!!! Ja I don't wanna talk to u…(gets out of the car and starts walking)



Armaan smiles to himself, then gets out and starts running behind her. After seeing him running after her, Riddhima starts running too, squealing. Armaan pulls her up from her waist and swings her around, tickling her, as she screamed with laughter. They both stopped after some time, looked at each other and Riddhima hugged him really tight.



Riddhima: Armaan…thanks a lot…I love you!! You are simply the best…


Saying that…she rushed inside the house, while Armaan keeps standing outside, thinking what to do next.

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Kiran




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