Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Part 12 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar



It was the last day of the holidays and the Malik family had decided to keep a small reception for the newly wedded couple at their home. It was a very small function with very few guests; the Gupta family, the gang, their family friend from back home and some neighbours which attended the wedding. The function started from twelve, beginning with lunch and then some rituals.

The gang had arrived a little early to help Armaan and his parents set up the place while Riddhima hadn't arrived as yet; which made Armaan feel a little uncomfortable as he kept looking at the door waiting for her. He still couldn't understand why he was waiting for her, why he couldn't stop looking at her and why he secretly took photos of her during the week at the different occasions. Now and then he would take out his phone and quickly snap a photo when Riddhima was looking very nice and too busy to notice him. But today he felt really happy, firstly he had sorted out the problem which was really bothering him since he had come to London, secondly he was very happy for his brother and new sister-in-law and thirdly he was waiting impatiently for someone, just to get a glimpse of her would make his day.



The gang, after setting up the place, sat down on the plastic chairs set out in the foyer going over the events of the week and waiting for other guest.

Muskaan: Yeah I have to agree with you Abhi…you guys have worked really hard this week… – smiles

Abhi: Thanks yaar…putting up that tent was a lot of work!!

Niki: What's so hard in that…there were lots of you guys…and I bet the actual tent was put up by the professionals…

Armaan: Ab tum dono phir se shuru mat kar… - still looking at the door

Rahul: Tum bar bar wahan kyon dekh raha hain? – looking at the door

Armaan: Bas aise hi… - looks away and notices the newlyweds coming down the stairs together – …Wow…how cute…wait there guys…

He took the camera from the counter and snapped photos of them.

Niki: Aww…Anjali Dii aap bohot pyari lag rahi hain…

Anjali was wearing a beautiful two toned blue sari with sequins and stones and a lovely embroidery design on the border of the pallu. Atul was wearing a dark blue sherwani and they suited each other perfectly. They walked down the stairs, both smiling very sweetly at each other and then at the gang.

Anji: Thanks Niki…tum bhi bohot achi lag rahi hain…

They all settled down in the living room waiting for the guests to arrive. After a little while the house was full of people and everyone was moving around from here to there, guest having lunch and the members of family serving. Among all of this Armaan was still waiting for her. Atul and Anjali sat together feeding each other while Abhi took photos and the others giving them instructions of how to pose.  Armaan who was carrying a plate of food and very frustrated now walked towards the gang.

Armaan: Arre Muskaan…woh Ms. Gamandhi abhi tak nahi ayi?

Everyone looked at him in shock.

Atul: Kya kaha tumne? – he had dropped the spoon onto the plate forgetting that he was suppose to be feeding Anjali and posing for the camera

Armaan: Kya? – quickly thinking of something to cover up

Rahul: Repeat…

Armaan: Kuch nahi yaar…I was just thinking that…that it's really quiet…you know when she's around there's…umm…always lots of noise…

Anji: So you're missing her? – smiles

Armaan: Missing? No way!!

Niki: Haan…haan…we know…

Armaan: Whatever… - changing the subject – …aren't you guys hungry?

Abhi: Yeah actually I am…let's go get something to eat…

Niki: You're always hungry!

Muskaan: C'mon Niki let's go…

The gang went to get something to eat then settled themselves down on a table together. After some time the Gupta family arrived and was greeted by Vikram and Nandani very specially; Vikram took Shashank inside while the three ladies stood in the foyer speaking to each other.

Padma: Sorry hum itne dheer se aye…is ladki ki wajah se… - pointing at Riddhima who holds her hand up to her ears

Ridz: Sorry… - smiles

Nandani: Koi baat nahi…bohot hi pyari lag rahi hain…

Ridz: Thank you…

Nandani: Come in...let's have something to eat…

Padma: Chalo…

Both ladies walked into the kitchen and Riddhima followed. Some aunties were standing around in the kitchen and they greeted Padma and Riddhima as they came in. Nandani told Riddhima that Anjali and her friends were waiting for her outside. She went outside and walked carefully in her high heels towards Anjali. The minute she stepped outside Armaan turned to look at the door, once again he was blown away by her beauty. She was wearing a high waist, sleeve less salwar kameez in a turq blue and coffee colour, with resham sequin designs on the blouse section and a coffee coloured churidhar. Again she had her dupatta tied around her wrist and thrown over her shoulder onto her back. She looked stunning with her hair straightened and slight jewellery and makeup. She went straight towards Anjali and Atul and gave Anjali a hug.

Ridz: Hi dii…kaisi ho?

Anji: Hi Ridzi…main theek hoon…aur tumne itne dheer kyon lagaya…I've been waiting for ages…

Ridz: Sorry dii…kal raat theek se so nahi paayi and I woke up late this morning so it took me ages to get ready…I'm sorry… – again holds her hands up to her ears

Armaan, who was still watching her; smiled at her cute actions.

Anji: It's okay…

Ridz: Hi Jija ji…

Atul: Hi…sali sahiba…

Ridz: - makes a face – …No, no, no...sirf Ridz…ya Ridzi…ya Riddhima…

Atul: Okay…toh sirf Jiju…

Ridz: Okay…done!

They both smiled at each other and Anjali smiled too.

Atul: Tumne khana kaya?

Ridz: Nahi…bas abhi ayi aur dii ko dekhne chali ayi…

Atul: Oh… - looks over Riddhima's shoulder – …Armaan…jaake Riddhima ke liye khana lao…

Armaan: - got up eagerly then sat down quickly before anyone could notice his impatience - …Main kyon laon…

Atul: Kyon ke maine kahan hain…

Armaan: Okay…fine… - gets up and goes inside

Ridz: It's okay…I'll go… - looks at Anjali - …abhi ayi…

Anji: Okay…

She went inside to get her food and decided to eat with the other guest. When she was finished she came back out and sat with the gang.

Muskaan: Why were you so late?

Ridz: I woke up late…then it took me ages to get dressed…

Niki: Well you look really beautiful…

Ridz: Thanks Niki…

Rahul: Guys back to school tomorrow…

Abhi: Oh man…already?

Muskaan: Yep…

Niki: This one week went so quickly…it's unbelievable…

Ridz: Yeah I know…I really don't feel like going back already…

Rahul: Kya?? Tum? And don't feel like going to school…are you feeling okay? - teasing

Ridz: Haha…very funny…I don't know I just don't feel like it…

Armaan: Darr gayi kya? – looks at Riddhima – …darr gayi ke tum phir se class main second ayegi?

Ridz: Whatever…

At the same time Vikram came outside with a massive bowl of milk, in the milk were petals and other stuff. Shashank had put two stools on each side of the bowl and Nandani and Padma brought Atul and Anjali to sit around the bowl.

Armaan: Let's go see what that's all about… – after looking at each member of the gangs faces

They all got to where Atul and Anjali were sitting and looked at the bowl with puzzled expressions.

Ridz: Yeh sab kya hain mama?

Padma: Yeh… - looks at the bowl – …yeh ek chota sa khel hain…

Nandani: Hum is main angotiyaan rakhte hain aur yeh dono use dhoondna parta hain…

Vikram: And whoever finds it first puts the ring onto the other…

Shashank: Toh...shuru kare… – looking at Atul and Anjali

They both put their hands in the milk and searched around for the ring. Everyone was surrounding the couple and cheering them on.

Armaan: C'mon Champ!

Ridz: Dii…find it quickly...

The game went on for a while, sometimes they would get things like almonds and pebbles but after a while Anjali found the ring and placed it onto Atul's finger. Everyone cheered her on and once again the boys lose.

Armaan: That's cheating…champ ne jaan booch kar bhabi ko jitaya…

Ridz: Every time you lose something you think it's cheating...just accept the fact...

Niki: Haan…you're just losers…

Rahul: No we're not…

Ridz: Yes you are…you guys lost everything…

Abhi: What did we lose?

Muskaan: You guys had to pay to come inside on the mehendi function…

Ridz: Uss game main…we did better songs than you…

Niki: Sangeet pe tum log Antakshri main haar gaye te…

Muskaan: Haan aur uss din we performed better than you…

Ridz: Woh…whoopee cushions yaad hain… – begin to laugh

Niki: Haha…and we got Atul Bhaiya's shoes…

At that comment Armaan and Riddhima looked at each other knowingly; Riddhima went quite and looked down while Armaan smiled to himself.

Muskaan: Aur…we won this one also… – pointing to the bowl

Rahul: Okay…okay fine…whatever…

Abhi: But we won't rest with this…hum abhi…sab ke saamne ek performance karenge…and we'll see who's really the best…

Armaan: Haan…good idea…aur judges hoge… - looks around – …umm… Bhai and Bhabi!

Niki: Okay…done…

Ridz: Are you sure?...

Abhi: Definitely...

Muskaan: Okay…toh phir se harne ke liye tayar ho jao…

Rahul: Tum log harenge…hum nahi…

Ridz: We'll see...

Armaan: Yes we will… - comes close to her and moves his hand through his hair making her move back a little

The gang performed on the song Ainvayi Ainvayi from the movie Band Baaja Baaraat; they had all performed to their best ability and fully enjoyed themselves. When it had finished they all waited eagerly in a line in front of Atul and Anjali to hear the results.

Atul: And the winner are… - looks at Anjali

Anji: Umm... – builds up the tension - …Ladke… - smiles

The boys jumped up and gave each other high fives and then thumbs down to the girls. The girls hugged each other and accepted their defeat easily as they knew that they had won all the other games during the week. Armaan went over to the newlyweds and hugged Anjali…

Armaan: I love you bhabi…

Atul: Kya kar rahe ho?

Armaan: Oops sorry…. – holds his ears

Everyone laughed  and they carried on enjoying themselves. The evening passed with more performances and snacks and after a while the guests began to leave. The gang was once again standing in the foyer.

Rahul: Well then…see you guys tomorrow…

Armaan: Yeah…tomorrow…really looking forward to it…

Niki: Kyon? – suspicious

Armaan: Bas aise hi…you know first day back… - the truth was that he just wanted to be around to see Riddhima…but still couldn't understand why

Abhi: Okay then bye guys…

Armaan/Ridz: Bye…

After lots of byes, Armaan and Riddhima went back into the house and sat down with the rest of the family. They had a wonderful chat and then the Gupta family decided to leave after making promises of meeting again soon. Riddhima felt weird leaving her Anjali Dii behind but then consoled herself by saying…

Ridz: That's life…we have to move on…

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