Sunday, 30 June 2019

Part 15: The Green Blue Hues (AR ff)

Sentiments and Saris



Three days later.

 Riddhima is sitting in the middle of the bed, clothes spread all around her on the bed, all kinds: traditional, shalwar suits, sarees, western wear. She kept looking at them and making weird faces, as she could not decide what to wear exactly. She had to get ready for some ceremony of Shubhankar and Keerti's shadi, and there was going to be a pooja in evening. She had quietly escaped the last pooja by feigning a headache, but she just couldn't get out of this one. The last few days had gone pretty well, except that she had been a little depressed regarding Rhea and Ryan.



As she was again lost in thought about them, Armaan entered the room, talking to someone on the phone. As soon as he saw her, he knew something was wrong.




Armaan: (on the phone) yeah listen Abhi…I will talk to you later…bye…



Switching off his cell, he put it on the bed side table then sat down on the bed, next to her. After putting a hand on her shoulder, he quietly nudged her.



Armaan: Ragz….what's wrong? Kia hua…??



Riddhima turned to look at him with a forlorn look on her face.



Riddhima: kuch nahi…I was just….thinking about them…and Ma….and Dad…and well…(sighs) everything in general….



Armaan considers her reply and then stays quiet for a moment. Then he replies.



Armaan: are you okay?? I know its hard to cope with all this…but you have always been so strong about this and…



Riddhima: (cuts in between) I don't know Armaan…I don't know whether I am okay or not…(looks at him) I just don't know anymore!! (puts her head on his shoulder)



Armaan couldn't understand what was wrong with her today, but he just let her speak.



Riddhima: you know…..when I was young, every year on this day, we used to have a simple family dinner….a picnic, sometimes…we used to celebrate his birthday in the simplest manner cuz that's the way he wanted it to be…..(pause)….Ma used to bake a cake and I used to set up the house and then we all used to go out and well…have fun…(got tears in her eyes)



Armaan purses his lips at hearing her rant about her past, still holding onto her by the shoulder.



Riddhima: I miss those days….i miss her…and I know I sound idiotic and absurd saying this, but sometimes I miss him too….(shifts closer to him)



Armaan: (rubbing her back) I know Ragz…its okay…you can miss him…you have all the right…he was your dad, after all….



Riddhima: (smirks) the weird thing is, he still is…but he doesn't seem like my old man anymore….i just….(looks into his eyes) why is life so complicated, Armaan??



Armaan: because….well, because its what God wants it to be….He tests us and our capabilities and our will power…by putting us through such hardships…He does all that to make us a stronger person, someone who is able to withstand all the cruelties of the world….



Riddhima listens to what he is saying and slightly smiles.



Riddhima; you really believe in God, don't you??



Armaan: its better than believing in nothing…(smiles at her) and He does give me the strength to smile through all my problems…..and well, He is an awesome listener…



Riddhima: is He…?? (frowning)



Armaan: yeaahh!! Whenever I am sad or depressed or want to talk to someone…I talk to Him…believe me, it works…I feel like all my burdens are taken care of…



Riddhima giggles.  Armaan squeezes her shoulder



Armaan: yeah, I know…one does sound idiotic talking to Him, seems like you are talking to yourself….hehe…anyways….(looks at the clock) OMG Ragz look at the time…we can have this discussion any other time…come on, get ready…



Just as he was saying it, the door opened and Bey-jee walked in. Armaan and Riddhima were snuggled very close to each other on the bed, Riddhima clinging to him, almost sitting in his lap. They tried to disentangle themselves as soon a Bey-jee walked in, but too late. She had seen them in that condition.



Armaan: ummm…bey-jee….(standing up) aiye na…bethain…



Bey-jee looks at them disapprovingly.



Riddhima also stands up, blushing slightly.



Bey-jee: tum log abhi takk tayar nai huay…sab wait ker rahay hain…



Armaan: haan…who…hum log….



Bey-jee: han haan…dekh lia maine kia kar rahay thay…!! (glares at them)



Riddhima and Armaan both look down and blush. Bey-jee glares at them for some time and then suddenly starts laughing. Armaan and Riddhima both are surprised.



Bey-jee: arey…tum log itne ghabraye huay kyun ho…?? (holds Riddhima's chin) shadi shuda ho….jo cchahy ker sakte ho…(winks at Armaan)



Armaan and Riddhima become highly embarrassed at this comment.



Bey-jee: mazaak ker rai thi bachon…..(holds Armaan's ear) kyun be, tujhe bheja tha bahu ko tayar kerwanay ke liye, aur tu yahan beth ker romance kr raha hai??



Armaan: (laughing slightly) bey-jee….ap ki yeh bahu, mujhe chorti hi nahi…main kia karoo…??



Riddhima looks at him, in shock. Then she hits him on his arm.


Riddhima; Armaaan!! Kia bol rahay ho…behave…!! (glaring at him)



Bey-jee laughs, and so does Armaan.



Bey-jee: choro bahu…yeh to bachpan se hi badmash hai…chal yeh dekh…mein tere liye kiaa layi hun…



She takes out a packet from behind her and puts it out for Riddhima, who looks a little confused. Armaan puts an arm around his grandmother and frowns.



Armaan: bey-jee…..yeeeehh kia hai…??



Bey-jee: tu chup ker….ley na bahu…(putting the packet in front of her)



Riddhima takes the packet and smiles. She opens it to find a beautiful olive green sari in it.



Riddhima: OMG!! This is so beautiful…thank you bey-jee…(hugging her)



Bey-jee: haan haan theek hai…ab jaldi se tayar ho jao…aj tumhain puja mein yehi pehnana hai…



Riddhima looks up at her in shock, but Bey-jee is not able to see the look on her face. She just smiles, kisses her forehead while Armaan turns and looks at her. She had a weird look on her face. Armaan shrugged his shoulders at her to ask, whats wrong…??



Riddhima: I don't know how to wear a sari…!!



Armaan looks at her and clenches his teeth: uh-oh!!!

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Riddhima looks up at her in shock, but Bey-jee is not able to see the look on her face. She just smiles, kisses her forehead while Armaan turns and looks at her. She had a weird look on her face. Armaan shrugged his shoulders at her to ask, whats wrong…??

Riddhima: I don't know how to wear a sari…!!

Armaan looks at her and clenches his teeth: uh-oh!!!
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10 minutes later.

Armaan is holding the sari in his hands and trying to make out where it is tied. Thankfully for them, the sari was already stitched so all they had to do was to put in the pin in the required place and drape it around her. Riddhima is standing in front of him, tapping her foot, on finger on her chin, scrutinizing the sari.

Riddhima: hmmmm…I think…iss ko…aissay bandhna hai…(holding the pallu and putting it around her waist)

Armaan: no no no…(pulling the sari to himself and opening it fully) I think this part goes here….(holding the sari upside down and putting it to her waist)

Riddhima: No wayyy…..this pallu thing goes around the shoulder, not around the waist…

Armaan: abbeeyyy yaaaaarrr…(gets irritated, throws the sari on the bed and holds his head) tum esa karo…kuch aur pehen lo…hum koi bahana bana deinge…

Riddhima; (glares at him) Armaaaan…Bey-jee ne di hai..i have to wear it na…

Armaan: okay then….let me go and call D…pleaaaaaseee…(clasps his hands in front of her)

He gets up and walks towards the door but Riddhima holds his hand

Riddhima: neeeee naaa…..(cant pronounce NAHI properly)….D ko nahi bulana…

Armaan: (hands on his hips, pouts) kyun…kyun nahi bulana…??

Riddhima: (grins foolishly) kyunki maine unhain keh dia tha ke…ummm…mujhe sari pehanana ata hai…

Armaan: WhAT?? Aur tumhain kiss ne kaha tha yeh over-efficiency dikhanay ke liye…?? (glares at her)

Riddhima giggles.

Riddhima: achaaa naaaaa…ab to kuch ker nahi sakte….ab tum hi meri help ker sakte ho…

Armaan: haan haan…main to larkion ko sariyan hi pehnata rehta hun na, meri to job hai yeh…(being sarcastic)

Riddhima: Armaaaannn…(making a cute baby face, pouting, puffing her cheeks) peeech na…(please na, that's what she meant)

Armaan looked at her and sighed.

Armaan: you and your cheap tricks….you know I cant refuse to that face….(sighs again) acha you go, (picks up the blouse and petti coat and hands it to her) aur yeh pehan ker ao, phir dekhte hain kia kerna hai..ok…??

Riddhima: yaaayyyy, you are the best, thank you!!!

She takes the blouse and petti coat and runs into the bathroom, while Armaan shakes his head.

Armaan: yaar yeh kiss azaab main phans gaya hun main…

Just then his cell rings…Rahul calling.

Armaan: hey Rahul…

Rahul: hi Armaan…kesa hai…??

Armaan: (plops down on the bed) main theek hun yaar…tu bata…kuch baat banni…??

Rahul: haan…aissi waissi…I am sitting in the airport terminal right now…

Armaan: you…are…NOT!! (sitting up in surprise)

Rahul: I am…(smirks) and believe me, I hate you for doing this to me…I mean…Riddhima is my cousin and all, and I love these kids, but trust me…once I get there, you butt is on its way to get kicked…

Armaan: awww…come on Rahul….they are adorable kids…I know, you don't like hanging out with kids much…but they are just…..ado-ra-ble…

Rahul: yeah yeah I know….

Armaan: anyways…when are u landing in here…? Is Muski coming down with you….? And btw, how's my princess…?? (smiles a little)

Rahul: I will be landing by 10 at night, there….and no, Muskaan is not coming with me, she will come down in a week or so…and well…your princess is just fine…sitting in my lap right now, for that matter…..(taking to the kid in his lap) hey love, you wanna talk to Armaan…??

Armaan ears someone clapping her hands and snatching the phone from Rahul. The next moment, she was on the line.

Armaan: hey my princess….

The other side: Almaan!!!

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Kiran

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