Wednesday, 7 August 2019

part 3 : SERENDIPITY (mini ss)


Riddhima remembered how eagerly she was waited for her savoir the whole day. that day she ate a little only to get strength. At night she shut the door and eagerly waiting for arman and praying to god….. “please bhagwan,arman ko bhej do. I promise ab papa ka kahna manungi…study karungi..aur papa jaisa banungi..unhen kabhi takleef nahin dungi..aur har roj aapki puja karungi..please mujhe is rakshas se bacha lo.mujhe model nahi banna bhagwanji.”

Arman came on time. Seeing riddhima he whispered : “maine ladder laga rakhe hain ,mera hath pakdo aur bina awaz kiye neeche utro..koi awaz nahi okay?”

Riddhima nodded and caught his hand tightly. Riddhima didn’t know how she came out of that bungalow and how she moved into the car. she got sense back when heard arman’s voice : “thoda pani pee lo..abhi tak kaamp rahi ho.”



Riddhima opened her eyes and saw they were on the highway. Arman was driving the car in a high speed. She asked in a trembling voice : “hum kahan hain?”
Arman uttered smilingly : “jahan bhi ho,us kamine ke pahunch se baahar nikalne ki koshish mein hain..
Riddhima looked at the dark road and uttered again in same voice : “itni speed me mat chalao arman ,kahin accident na ho jaye.”

Arman laughed and uttered : “us insaan ke hath lagne se achcha hai hum accident mein mar jayen.”

Riddhima didn’t utter a word and closed her eyes again.

Later,arman told her that he knew as soon rajkumar would get the news of riddhima’s missing from house and he will order his men to search her anyhow. They will keep their eyes on each and every bus,trains and flight also to get her so arman planned to go by car and not on the straight route of dehradun. He planned to go the opposite route of Mumbai to Dehradun.. in this way they could be safe from rajkumar’s men .
Riddhima could never forget those days. she never saw any boy or man like arman,who drove the car day and night ..didn’t sleep a moment only to save an unknown girl. on the road,arman told how he knew dr. shshank gupta…..they came mumbai for heart surgery of his sister puja mallik…. “papa toh bachpan men hi ja chuke the. Di bachpan se hi beemar rahti thi aur pata chala tha unke heart me hole hai. Mumma unhen Mumbai le aayi thi for surgery..its about 6 years ago. Hospital me admit toh kar diya tha par surgery ke paise nahin the…that time your father dr. shshank gupta was in Mumbai…wo dehradun se aaye the kisi VIP ke heart surgery ke liye. Jab hospital ne mumma se saaf saaf kah diya tha ki unki bachchi ka surgery nahin ho sakti without deposit…shshank sir aage badhkar aaye the aur kuch bhi liye bina unhone surgery ki thi. par unhone mumma se kaha tha ki didi ke regular check up ke liye Mumbai rehna jaruri hai aur unhone mumma ko assure kiya tha ki medicine aur check up aur further didi ke beemari se related kuch bhi jarurat ho,she will get help from ‘padma heart trusty”.

Riddhima shocked hearing it. She uttered : “padma toh meri mumma ka naam hai.”

Arman uttered : “I don’t know it par itna pata hai Mumbai me ek “padma heart trusty” hai jahan poor heart patients ka without money treatment hota hai. Didi ke ilaaz ke liye jitney bhi expenditure hue,humey wahin se mili. Tabhi se dr. shshank mere ideal ban gaye,waise mai uske baad kabhi mila nahi unse. Milta toh shayad pata chalta unki ek buddhu beti bhi hai…”saying he laughed loudly.

Riddhima uttered in a sad voice : “I know..shayad is duniya ki sabse bewkoof ladKi hun jo papa ko itni takleef pahunchayi..mujhe mar jana chahiye..”

Arman teased : “ oye..hello..abhi aap mar nahi sakti warna police mujhe pakadkar le jayegi.”

Riddhima smiled and asked : “tumne yeh nahi bataya arman ki rajkumar se tumhari mumma ki shadi kaise hui?”

Hearing it arman’s smile vanished and eyes started burning. He uttered : “the worst part of our life…mumma ke sath hum yahin reh gaye the kuch time ke liye…di ke treatment ke liye.mumma ko ek job bhi mil gaya tha. Pata nahi kab,kahan wo insaan mila..usne mumma se pyar ka izhaar kiya..dher saarey sapne dikhaye unhen…unke bachchon ke sath unhen apnane ka vada kiya aur…”

Riddhima asked slowly : “aur?”

Arman greeted jaws and uttered : “aur kya…shadi ke kuch dino baad hi mumma ko us insaan ki asliyat pata chala gaya. Usne mumma ko use karna start kar diya aur ek din jab mumma kahin gayi thi,mai school me tha..aakar dekha didi ghar me nahi hai. Phir 3 saal tak didi ka humey pata hi nahi chala .mumma beemar rahne lagi aur ekdin humey chodkar chali gayi par jaane se pahle usne mujhse vada liya ki jab didi mil jaye,mai unka khyal rakhun. Mumma ke death ke baad mai wahan se chala aaya…south Mumbai me ‘chawl’ me rahta hun aur car drive karta hun apni study aur kharche ke liye.”

Riddhima uttered smilingly : “oh,tabhi itni long drive kar lete ho.”

Arman smiled only.
They kept quiet for sometime then riddhima uttered : “tum apni didi ko us rakshas se bacha lena arman.”
Arman looked at her once and uttered slowly : “nahi riddhima,ab mai Mumbai wapas nahin ja sakta.”
Riddhima asked in a shocking tone : “kyon?”

Arman : “kyonki rajkumar pahle us bunglow ke wo raste dhundhega jahan se tum bhagi ho…aur uske baad usey us basement ka bhi pata chal jayega jiske bare me sirf main janta tha aur usey mujhpar jarur shaq hoga.he will search me surely…aur agar mai uske hathon aa gaya toh…
But before he could complete riddhima yelled in fear : “nahi arman..tum wapas mat jana.”

Arman looked at her and smiled only. They kept quiet for sometime then riddhima asked slowly : “toh kya puja didi se tum kabhi nahin miloge arman? “

Arman uttered with a sigh smile : “haan,milunga na. jab mai bahut bada ho jaunga toh wapas Mumbai aaunga aur di ko lekar yahan se kahin dur chala jaunga.”
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As they reached dehradun,riddhima’s smile came back.she again became a chirpy girl like before. As they came near house, she uttered holding arman’s hand : “arman,tum mere sath mere ghar aao,mujhe dar lag raha hai..papa kya kahenge..mujhe shayad ghar me ghusne hi na den.”
Arman smiled and uttered pressing her hand : “mai yahin khda hun..agar tumhare papa ne mana kar diya toh tum mere sath jana..main tumhe bhi car drive sikha dunga aur lady driver ban jaogi.”

Riddhima nodded in na and requested : “please arman..tum mat jao. Yahin reh jao na.”
But arman nodded in na and uttered : “is duniya me sabse bura cheez hai kisike sahare jina. Mai apne sahare hi jina chahta hun riddhima.”
Riddhima asked in a teary voice : ‘par tum kahan jaoge arman?”

Arman smiled and uttered : “kahin bhi jaun..ekdin milne aaunga tumse…par tab aaunga jab tum apne papa jaisa doctor ban jaogi.but I know tum tab mujhe bhul jaogi.”

Riddhima nodded in na and uttered : “kabhi nahi …”

Arman smiled and opened his bag and took out a pen from his bag and uttered : “ab shayad mujhe iski jarurat naa ho.par tumhe hogi. Jab bhi exam do,isse likhna .dekhna tum best result karogi…aur haan, jab wapas aaunga,mujhe mera pen wapas chahiye..sambhalkar rakhna.”

Riddhima nodded with teary eyes. Arman turned to go but suddenly riddhima uttered : “ruko arman.”

She opened her bag and took out a ‘ganpati idol’ and uttered giving it to arman : “ mumma ne diya tha bachpan me..kaha tha jab bhi dar lage,koi problem ho..isey apne paas rakhun.tab se main inhen apne paas rakhti hun. Ab se ye tumhari raksha karenge…”

Arman nodded with teary eyes and took it. Riddhima uttered : “aur jab tum khub bade ho jaoge..puja didi ko lekar aa jaoge,toh mujhe ye wapas chahiye..yaad rakhna..
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Riddhima remembered how papa and nani was happy to see her. They hugged her tightly and started crying. Papa asked in teary eyes : “kahan chali gayi thi riddhima? Aaj 7 din ho gaye …hum bahut dar gaye the beta..papa par itna gussa karte hain kya? I am sorry, maine aap par hath uthaya tha ..par aisa koi karta hai kya?”

Nani wrapped her in arm and uttered in her cry : “beta, aapko pata nahi duniya kitni buri hai.. Agar aapko kuch ho jata toh? Mai aur aapke papa toh mar hi jate.”

Riddhima thought in heart…..’mujhe pata chal gaya hai nani,yeh duniya kitni buri hai. Agar arman nahi hota to aaj mai….sochkar hi dar lagta hai mujhe .” she jerked her thought and uttered folding hands : “mujhe maaf kar do nani…aur papa,I am sorry. Mai gusse me nikal gayi thi aur pata nahi kis train me chadh baithi aur kahan pahunch gayi. Ek bhale insaan ne mujhe yahan pahunchaya.”

Shshank asked : “kahan hain wo? I should thank him.”
Riddhima uttered in a sad voice : “papa wo chala gaya.papa ,mai ab aapki har baat manungi..mujhe bahut padhna hai aur aapke jaise doctor banna hai..”

Hearing it shshank smiled and hugged her tightly and uttered kissing her forehead: “mera bachcha..meri achchi beti..”
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But in a some days papa decided to shift delhi as everyone was curious about riddhima where she went and how she came back. Everyone started gossiping about riddhima. They shifted delhi and riddhima’s new life started there. now she became a good and studious girl . but she couldn’t forget arman’s contribution in her life. In every exam she only used arman’s pen and whenever her friends used to ask her ,why she used only this pen..she replied them smilingly : “it’s my lucky pen…very special.”

She missed arman but always remembered his words what he uttered before going : “agar kismet me hai toh hum phir milenge riddhima.”
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Her life was going smoothly but one day she was totally broke getting the news that puja Mehta is dead. She saw the news that at first puja Mehta shot rajkumar Mehta and then shot herself and both died. Riddhima came in her room and broke into tears ..she mumbled : “arman,tum kahan ho? Kya tumhe pata hai puja di ne khud ko khtam kar liya hai? Tumhare sapno ka kya hoga arman? sab meri wajah se hua..shayad arman Mumbai nahi chodta toh puja di ko us saitan ke hathon se bacha leta.”

Slowly she forgot those incidents and concentrated on her medical studies. She wanted to become a doctor not for only papa…its also for arman,who promised her ,he would be back if she would become a doctor.

Last year ,papa opened his own hospital ‘sanjivani’ in Mumbai. When riddhima got to know that they were shifting Mumbai,she had a hope that arman would meet there..and today he was in front of here eyes…
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She looked through the glass . arman was shifted in the cabin but he was still unconscious. Surgery was done in his head and its bandaged. His one hand was plastered on which he had made a tattoo… it was ‘arman malik’ . when riddhima had asked why he made his name’s tattoo…he was answered : “agar raj Mehta mujhe bhi drugs dekar pagal bana de toh mujhe apna naam dekhte hi sab kuch yaad aa jayega…I am arman mallik…son of balvinder malik…and my life’s aim is to save my puja di from that saitan.”

Tears started flowing from riddhima’s eyes. She mumbled : “sorry arman..mai tumhari gunahgar hun..meri wajah se tumne apni didi ko khoya hai…”

She felt a touch and heard someone’s voice : “yahi hai na wo ridhzi?”

Riddhima replied with teary eyes : “haan muski…wahi hai..”
Muski uttered smilingly : “kafi intzaar karvaya na?”

Riddhima smiled only and looked at arman through the glass .
Muski uttered in a teasing tone : “achcha bata tu isse milna kyon chahti thi? kya kehna chahti thi usse?”

Riddhima uttered : ‘bas ye batana hai usey ki….
She heard nikki’s teasing voice : “kya batana hai bol na riddhima..”
Riddhima uttered smilingly : “bas itna kehna hai ki us din ki wo buddhu ,padhayi se bhagne wali ladki ab doctor ban gayi hai…..

Love you all
punam

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