Saturday, 4 April 2020

Last part : serendipity


After that incident 1 year passed. Riddhima and her friends tried to know where is arman but they didn’t any clue about him. Riddhima only got to know that arman and his friends,who were in the relief team,were from nainital. She shocked to know and went nainital to search them and however she got the address of one of arman’s friend but he said that after relieving from hospital,he didn’t come Mumbai. He said with a sorry that they had no in contact with arman.
Muskan addressed to sapna : “tu bata sapna,aisa kaise ho sakta hai? Arman ko jamin kha gayi ya aasmaan nigal gaya?”
Sapna uttered : ‘usse bhi badi baat,main baar baar yahi sochti hun ki armaan nainital mein kab se rahta tha aur kyon? Kya ridhzi ke liye?”

Muskan replied : “its obviously for her.”

Sapna uttered worriedly : “phir aisa kya ho gaya ki wah kisiko bina kuch bataye hospital se gayab ho gaya?”
Muskan nodded and uttered : “I am 100% sure he loves riddhima,par question yah hai ki phir wah is tarah riddhima se bhag kyon raha hai?”
Sapna : “because he loves riddhima.”
Muskan : “ye kya baat hui?”
Sapna : “he loves riddhima and he got to know anyhow or felt that riddhima also loves him…par usey ye bhi pata hai ki dr. shshank shayad unki shadi naa den ,toh is kahani ko aage badhane se achcha hai,he had to ran away from her…
Muskan uttered : “aur ye bhi ho sakta hai wah riddhima ko chahne laga tha aur darta tha kahin ye pyar aur naa badh jaye aur riddhima usey reject kar de,so he went.”
Sapna uttered nodding : “don’t know,par jo bhi ho raha hai,bura ho raha hai..Riddhima ki haalat dekhi hai na? par hum karein bhi toh kya?”
Muskan uttered : “now we have to wait and watch..kya hota hai.agar unka milna likha hai to jarur milenge.”
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In between mayank’s father came india 2-3 times and asked shshank if he agree to get married his daughter with his son..and dr.shshank agreed happily. Nani uttered…. “beta,agar ekbaar riddhima se bhi puch lete toh?”
Shshank replied smilingly: “ma,last time hum Malaysia gaye the toh riddhima-mayank ki baat hui thi aur mayank ne mujhse kaha tha ki riddhima ne kuch time manga hai.iska matlab hai usne naa nahin kaha hai..phir bhi aap chahti hain to main puch lunga.”

When he asked riddhima,she only replied : “papa,aap jaisa thik samjhein.’
Shshank was happy and talked to mayank but mayank understood……. “kuch toh gadbad hai.”
He wished to meet with riddhima and came india and asked riddhima what wrong with her..why she was agreed suddenly for getting married him when she loves someone else.”
Riddhima didn’t answer only uttered : “sorry mayank,maine tumhara dill dukhaya tha..mere life mein koi nahin hai.”
Mayank suspected something wrong and but he understood riddhima wouldn’t tell anything…so he came to hospital and met with muskan and sapna and knowing everything,he told them… “you should tell about arman to dr.shshank.”

Muskan shireked : “dimag khrab hai kya? Jab riddhima khud nahin kahti to humey kya? Agar usey ‘kuyen(well) mein kudna hai’ to hum kyon bachayen?”
Mayank laughed out loudly and uttered : “miss muskan..by the way,she is about to marry me..and I am not so bad yaar….main riddhima ko bahut khush rakhunga..i love her.but she loves arman toh main ye bhi janta hun wo mere sath khush nahin rahegi,aur main sirf uski khushi chahta hun.”
Sapna uttered : “you are a great person dr. mayank..
Muskan nodded and uttered in a teasing voice : “haan,aap ek mahan aatma hain humare hone wale jiju…par aap agar riddhima ko pasand nahin karte toh shayad wo aur kuch din wait kar sakti thi arman ka.”

Mayank uttered smilingly : “agar main nahin hota to koi aur aa jata kyonki riddhima itni capable aur beautiful hai, uske liye ladke ko koi kami nahin thi. Par main itna kar sakta hun ki arman ki baat dr. shshank ko bataakar usey dhundhne ki koshish kar sakta hun.”
Muskan uttered : “haan..
mayank asked smilingly : ‘toh aap donon uske best friends,mera sath nahin denge?”
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Today is riddhima’s wedding ceremony. Yes,she was getting married with mayank. Riddhima agreed to marry him after waiting 1 and half years for arman.

Actually something happened which made riddhima to think about her marriage. 6 months back nani and dr.shshank went kedarnath to darshan shivji..and suddenly there land slide occurred and heavy rain started. Dr.Shshank and nani was about to move from there but that night a huge amount of water entered in the city and swept everything….there was no any news of them. riddhima and everyone of the hospital tried to contact with dr. shshank but there all services were distrupted due to flood. After 4-5 days dr. shshank was able to contact with riddhima and informed her that they were safe and coming back.

They came back safely but after that nani started riddhima insisting to get married. Her logic was…. “riddhima,hum wahan jis tarah fans gaye the,shayad zinda wapas nahin aate. pata hai tujhe,mujhe sirf teri chinta ho rahi thi…pahli baar laga life ka koi bharosa nahi hai..aur agar hum donon ko kuch ho jaye toh tu akeli kaise rahegi?”

Riddhima uttered only : “aaplogon ko kuch nahin hoga nani…bhagwan ko bhi pata hai ki main akeli ho jaungi.”
Nani uttered nodding : “nahin beta,maine bhagwan se bas prarthna ki thi ki bhagwanji, is baar jaan bacha lo,meri riddhima ki shadi de dun phir jo chahe karo..maine mannat mangi hai beta tere liye.”
Riddhima uttered smilingly : “apni jaan ke liye meri shadi ki mannat mangi aapne?”

But nani uttered in a serious tone : “main majak nahin kar rahi beta…meri zindagi ka koi bharosa nahi…ek shouk tha,kedarnath darshan,wo ho gaya. ab bas teri shadi dekhni hai mujhe. Mayank kab se taiyar hai,na mat bol.”
Riddhima didn’t want to argue with nani.actually that incident affected her also and now she scared and didn’t want to hurt to nani and papa so she agreed to get married. Nani and shshank was very happy and they started the preaparation of a grand celebration.

Riddhima was not happy but she couldn’t show it. She accepted the truth that arman was not her fate..he was gone from her life. Sometimes a thought peeped in her mind that may be arman was already married or in love with someone cause once he said that he wanted that pen to give a ‘pagli’. And may be he understood riddhima’s feelings for him so he went away from her.

Muskan and sapna were very happy and nani gave them the responsibility to buy riddhima’s dresses and to help in preparation of wedding ceremony.
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Now that day arrived when riddhima was sitting in her room in a bridal dress. the house was full of guests ..everyone was happy there…and riddhima also trying to be happy. She understood now she had to forget arman anyhow. After sometime she will become riddhima mayank malhotra..and she had to accepted it. She heaved a long breathe and opened the drawer,where she had kept arman’s pen. She looked at it and uttered in a teary voice : “bas,ek baar aa jao arman,tumhare is gift ko lene hi sahi aa jao…kyonki main isey jab jab dekhungi,tumhari yaad ayaegi.aur ab mai tumhe bhulna chahti hun warna mayank ke sath wafa nahin kar paungi…aur main usey dhokha dena nahin chahti..”

Just then she heard someone is yelling…… : “barat aa gaya..chalo sab jaldi se.”
Riddhima took the pen and kept it in locker and wiped her tears. She heard someone’s talk…… “dulha bahut khubsurat hai bhai…”
Other said : “to dulhan bhi kya kam hai? Achchi rahegi dono ki Jodi…”
First one said : “haan.isey hi kahte hain bhagwan Jodi banakar bhejte hain.”
Hearing it a sad smile came in riddhima’s lips. She thought …. “shayad meri kismat mein tum nahi the arman..main hi pagal thi jo tumhara intzaar karti rahi..”
Muskan and sapna came and uttered : “chal riddhzi,mandap mein bula rahe hain.”

Riddhima got up slowly. muskan uttered coming to her : “aur haan,unhone kaha hai jab tak shadi complete naa ho,tumhe ghunghat rakhna hai. You cannot see groom’s face.”
Riddhima had no interest of anything so she did what muskan said. Muskan and sapna took her downstairs and made her sit in the mandap,where panditji was chanting mantras.

Riddhima’s eyes filled with tears when she felt mayank came and sat beside her. Panditji chanted mantras and uttered : “dulhe ki behan ko bulaiye,ab dulha - dulhan ka ‘granthi-bandhanam’ hai,dulhan ke sari ke pallu ko dulhe ke shawl se bandh dijiye.”
Muskan came and uttered : “main ye karna chahti hun.”
She tied the piece of cloth with riddhima’s sari and whispered to riddhima : “riddima,ab tu naye bandhan mein bandh gayi.”
Riddhima didn’t reply but her eyes again filled with tears but she didn’t need to hide it cause she was in a long veil. She heard panditji addressed to groom: “ ab dulhan ka hath apne hath mein lijiye aur mere sath mantra boliye.”
Groom forwarded his hand and held riddhima’s and in a while riddhima felt that the whole world started spinning….she knew this touch!!….its not mayank..its arman!…yes! Its arman’s touch….”
She looked at him with a jerk and in a while her veil slipped from her head……and she saw the best scene …arman was sitting beside her!….a sweet smile was playing in his lips while chanting mantras with panditji.she stammered in a shocked tone : “armaan!!!”
Panditji uttered : “aap abhi dulhe ka naam nahin le sakti…’
Nani ,who was standing beside riddhima uttered smiling : “kya jamana aa gaya hai panditji,aajke bachche shadi ke mandap mein hi pati ka naam lene lgte hain…”
All laughed hearing it while riddhima was looking at arman while stretching eyes…..she is not the situation to hear or do anything. Panditji uttered : “dulhan aur dulha ab ek dusre ke gale mein mala dalenge.”

Arman took the garland and put around riddhima’s neck but riddhima was still in a shocked position.she didn’t understand what was happening…..arman was in front of her!! No, its not possible….. She rubbed her eyes and again looked at arman…was she dreaming!!if its dream then she didn’t want to open her eyes. She rubbed her eyes and again looked at arman….who was smiling sweetly. Riddhima heard nani’s voice : “arman beta,riddhima shayad tumse shadi nahin karna chahti,isliye mala nahi dalna chahti..”

Hearing it riddhima picked the garland put around arman’s neck quickly..all laughed and nani uttered : “arman hi hai riddhima,tu sahi dekh rahi hai. Tu toh ise hi chahti thi na,to tere papa isey dhundhkar laaye..aur ab jane mat dena.”
Riddhimma looked at papa,who was standing few away from them and smiling. Riddhima’s eyes filled with tears while she uttered slowly… ‘thank you papa..”
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Riddhima was curious to know how papa got to know about arman and from where he found him. She was surprised how papa was agreed to get married his only one daughter with a man who is not a doctor..cause its papa’s dream that his ‘son in law’ would be a renowned doctor.

And she came to know that muskan and sapna told everything to papa and when dr. shshank got to know that arman was that person,who was saved riddhima from rajkumar Mehta,and now riddhima loved him,he started searching arman in every possible way but he didn’t find.
But it was fate when they were stuck in kedarnath,a rescue team saved them and their leader was arman only.

Nani,who was narrating everything to riddhima,uttered : “tere papa ne usi samay arman se kaha ki aaj tu jo bhi hai,us ek insaan ke liye hai aur tere papa jante hain ki wah aage bhi tera utna hi khyal rakhega,par unhen jaanna tha ki arman ke dil mein kya hai…..par arman ne itna hi kaha tha ki wah ek ordinary person hai,wah tujhse shadi nahin kar sakta. Par tere papa ke aage uski ek naa chali.”

Riddhima heard Dr. shshank’s voice : “agar meri beti ko aasmaan se chand-taarey chahiye to mai laakar deta,ye arman koun si badi baat hai…”
Riddhima ran and hugged papa and uttered slowly : “thank you papa…and sorry.”
Shshank uttered smilingly : “sorry kyon bete?”
Riddhima uttered with wet voice : “maine aapse bachpan ki baatein chupayi thi..mujhe aapko batana chahiye tha.”
Shshank uttered while caressing her hairs : “shayad aapki mumma zinda hoti to aap bata paati…par koi nahi beta, jo gujar gaya uski baat hum nahin karenge. And I am also sorry.’
Riddhima asked surprisingly : “kyon papa?”
Shshank uttered : “maine bhi aapse arman se shadi ki baat chupakar aapko takleef mein rakha.”
Nani uttered : “haan toh shshank tune badla le liye na..teri beti ne tujhse baatein chupayi aur tune usse.”
Muskan uttered : “par beechari ki haalat bahut khrab thi sir…marey ja rahi thi dr. mayank se shadi ki baat par..ro rokar bura haal kiya tha usne…”

They heard mayank’s voice : “arey yaar,main itna bhi bura nahin hun. I am a gentleman..and trust me,is arman naam ke bande se toh jyada khush rakhta riddhima ko.”
All laughed while riddhima mouthed ‘thank you’ to mayank.arman shook hand with mayank and uttered : “thank you dr. mayank..”
mayank uttered ‘mention not’ and uttered patting arman’s back : “par yaar ab wo kaam chod de…usmein jaan ka khtra rahta hai.”
Arman uttered smilingly : “agar sabhi aisa kahenge to kaise chalega? Hum logon ki bhi koi duty toh hai na?
Riddhima uttered hurriedly : “mere liye kuch chodne ki jarurat nahin arman.”
Mayank uttered : “lo bhai,main toh bhale ki baat kah raha tha.par ab ek tension to dur ho gayi.”
Nani asked : “kya?”
Mayank : “ab arman jahan bhi rescue ke liye jayega,apne hath-pair todega….sath mein riddhima jayegi aur ek patibrata patni ki tarah uska treatment karegi.”
All laughed but dr. shshank uttered smilingly : “dekho armaan bĂȘte,aapki ab sabse badi duty meri beti ko khush rakhna hai.”
Arman uttered : “I know sir, main riddhima ko bahut khush rakhunga aapse vada karta hun.
Riddhima blushed hearing it.
Nani uttered : “aur aapne mujhse ek promise kiya hai beta ki aap ab Mumbai mein settle ho jaoge.”
Arman nodded and uttered slowly : “ mai apna business yahi shift kar lunga.”
“Business!!” all looked at him with a jerk.
Arman uttered getting the question on everyone face…: “actually rescue ka kaam main shouk se karta hun,mera own business hai…ek choti si company hai,4 wheelers ke parts banate hain.”
Riddhima gave him a question look. Arman uttered : “tum janna chahti thi na riddhima ki bachpan mein tumhen chodkar jaane ke baad kahan gaya tha?”
Muskan uttered : “sirf riddhima nahin arman,hum bhi janna chahte hain.”

Arman nodded and uttered losing in his thought: “actually riddhima ko main kisi tarah nainital pahuncha toh diya tha par uske baad meri himmat nahin hui ki wapas Mumbai jaun. Main janta tha rajkumar mujhe kisi na kisi tarah dhundh lega toh main yahi sab sochta ek train mein baith gaya aur itna tired tha ki kab so gaya,pata hi nahin chala. Jab neend khuli toh dekha koi bhale insaan mujhe pukar rahe the. That time I felt that I had high fever…I was shievering and was not able to reply him. wo hi mujhe apne sath apne ghar le gaye…mr. boss…bahut hi achche insaan….baad mein mai unke paas hi reh gaya,unhone mujhe bĂȘte jaisa pyar diya. maine apna ek naya jivan shuru kiya wahan. Unki apni car factory thi.jab main bada hokar nainital aane ki baat ki toh…..

Muskan and sapna asked together : “nainital kyon?”
Arman looked at them and replied : “kisike paas mera pen reh gaya tha,wapas lena tha.”
Riddhima blushed hearing it.

Arman uttered smilingly : ‘mai jab nainital aaya toh pata chala dr.shshank bahut saal pahle yahan se shift ho chuke hain aur wo bhi Mumbai mein,kahan ye koi bata nahin paye toh mai Kolkata wapas jaane ki soch raha tha par uncle ne kaha ki kyon na nainital me car factory kholi jaye. Mujhe bhi unka proposal achcha laga …
Muskan teased : “kyon na lagega….riddhima na sahi,uski yaadein to wahan thi..”
Arman smiled and uttered : ‘ab meri khud ki ek choti si factory hai wahan.”………….
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They heard someone’s voice : “arey bhai,abhi shadi ki sabhi rashmein puri nahin hui hai..aur koi mujhe meri ‘bahu’ se parichay karvayega ki nahin?”
Dr. shshank uttered : “ aaiye mr. boss..aapka hi intzaar tha. Kuch rashmein aapko bhi karna hai as arman’s father.”
Riddhima touched his feet immediately. He uttered caressing her hairs : “sada sukhi raho beta,khub bhalo thako.”
Muskan uttered surprisingly : “haila! Ye to bangla bol rahe!”
Mr.boss uttered laughing : “ami bangali beta….chalo ab baki rituals puri ho jaye..mujhe apni bahu ko ghar le jane ki jaldi hai.”
Sapna uttered : “aapse jaldi toh arman ko hogi ,hai na?”
Arman replied “haan”…without realizing what sapna said….
All burst into laughter and they went to the mandap where the rest rituals were done which made arman riddhima each other forever....

……………and its proved the word ' serendipity'

“When you know that you know who you love, you can't deny it.
Or go back, or give up, or pretend that you don't buy it.
When it's clear this time you've found the one, you'll never let him go
'Cause you know and you know that you know……………”

Love you all
Punam

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