Thursday, 2 April 2020

part 5 : serendipity


its been 1 month arman was in the hospital.he was recovering very fast . riddhima wanted to spend more time with him so everyday she changed her duty with muskan,sapna and other colleagues. when they asked why she wanted to duty only with that patient,her reason was that patient was her relative. muskan and sapna teased her and sang the song :

“Thaare vaaste re dhola
Thaare vaaste re dhola
Nain mhaare jaage re jaage
Nain mhaare jaage re saari rain jaage
Tu mhaaro kon laage
Tu mhaaro kon laage
Tu mhaaro kon laage.....”



riddhima glared them but smiled in heart hearing their song. she downloaded that song and at night,when she was alone in her room,listened it and imagined herself singing it for arman..

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Tere vaaste re sajna
Nain mere jaage re jaage
Nain mere jaage re
Saari saari rain jaage
Tu mera kaun laage
Tu mera kaun laage...
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nowadays she was very happy.before it,she awoke late and everyday she was late for hospital but now she was in a hurry to reach hospital. nani noticed it and curious to know why this change happened.when she asked shshank,he replied : “nahi ma,aisi koi jaldi toh nahi,par shayad humari saitan beti sudhar rahi hai.kaam me dhyan laga rahi hai...
nani thought to ask : “kaam me,ya koi aur cheez me? kya wajah ho sakti hai?”
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One day nani went sanjivani for her regular check-up and after that she thought to meet riddhima and searching her when she came to arman’s cabin,surprised to see that riddhima was sitting beside a handsome guy and talking very slowly. Nani didn’t enter there and came back home but she thought to ask riddhima about that guy with whom riddhima was talking like she knew him from a long.

Riddhima didn’t notice nani as she was busy in talking. From one month she was trying to ask arman something...something about his past..something about puja didi but she didn’t had the courage but today when she came in the cabin,got arman was caressing a pic and it was of course of puja didi.arman looked at riddhima and kept the pic on the table and heaved a long breathe but didn’t say anything. Riddhima gave him medicine,changed his bandage then sat beside him and uttered slowly : “aj 10 saal ho gaye...
Arman jerked hearing it and looked at riddhima then asked slowly : “you know about it?”

Riddhima nodded and replied : “hmmm...har saal mai is din ko yaad karti hun. Aur sochti hun ki tumhe mere liye apni Behen ko khona pada. I am sorry arman...”
Her eyes filled with tears and started flowing. Arman became restless seeing it and uttered holding riddhima’s hand... “no riddhima..please don’t cry..”

Riddhima wiped her tears and asked in a wet voice : “tum didi se mile the arman? Tumne unhen bachaya kyon nahin?”
Arman uttered slowly : “i tried riddhima. Mai unse mila tha,yeh jante hue bhi ki agar raj Mehta ko pata chala toh wo mujhe zinda nahin chodega. Mai didi se mila aur unhen kaha ki mere sath chale,hum bhai-behen kahin dur chale jayenge aur us janwar se chupkar rahenge. Par pata hai tumhe di ne kya reply diya?”

Riddhima gave him a question look.
Arman heaved a long breathe and uttered : “di ne saaf inkar kar diya mere sath aane ko.unhone kaha ki wo puri tarah barbad ho chuki hai.raj Mehta ne usey kahin ka nahin choda hai aur unki zindagi ka ab ek hi maqsad hai.... “mouka milte hi us janwar ko shoot karna.” Unhone kaha tha.... “ammy,mai bhag jaungi to shayad is janwar ke hath se bach bhi jaun,par aur bhi na jane kitni innocent girls ki life spoil karega yeh. Yahan hazaron aise janwar hain,par main kam se kam ek ko toh khtam kar sakti hun.”

He kept silence for some time then uttered : “but she promised me ki uske baad wo mere paas aa jayegi.mujhe pata nahin tha ki unhone khud ko bhi khtam karne ko decide kiya hai.
Tears started flowing from arman’s eyes. Riddhima’s heart moaned in pain. she uttered in a teary voice : “please arman don’t cry. Mai tumhe rote hue nahin dekh sakti. Agar tum is tarah royoge toh mujhe lagega ki mai hi tumhare rone ki wajah hun.”

Arman wiped tears and uttered with a sigh smile : “no riddhima,its not your fault.maine kabhi tumhe is baat ke liye responsible nahin mana,par haan..mai sochta rehta ki kya tum safe ho...kya tumhara model banne ka nasha utar gaya hai?..kya tum apne papa ki baat maankar unki achchi beti banker unka sapna pura karna chahti ho?”

Riddhima asked with a sad smile : “mujhe yaad karte the?”
Arman smiled shyly and uttered : “tum kabhi bhulne deti thi kya? Tumhari gift ‘Ganpati ji’ mujhe yaad dilate rahte the us pagli ladki ki.”

Riddhima uttered pouting : “phir kabhi milne kyon nahin aaye?”
Arman uttered smilingly : “vada kiya tha na ki jab doctor ban jaogi tab milne aaunga. Par mujhe yeh pata nahin tha ki patient banker aaunga.”

Riddhima gave him a shy smile and looked at the ground as if she was searching words to continue their talk. But feeling that arman’s gaze on her, her cheeks became red tint. A deep silence occurred for sometime between them ,then riddhima heard arman’s soft voice : “mujhe jarur tum bhul gayi hogi.”
Riddhima looked at him and uttered : “agar bhul jati toh tv me tumhe dekhte hi pehchan nahin leti. Tumhare ‘pen’ ne mujhe tumhe kabhi bhulne diya kya?”

Arman looked at her.
Riddhima cleared her voice and uttered : “bahut socha papa ko tumhare barey me bataun,tum kahan ho pata lagaun,par dar lagta tha. Kitni raatein bas yahi sochkar jaagkar bitayi maine ki kahin raj Mehta ko tumhara pata na mil jaye. Par dil ko dilasa deti thi tum jarur kahin chupe hoge apni asli identity chupakar.Lagta tha ki tum ekbaar mujhse milne aao toh main tumhe kahin jane nahin dungi.Raj Mehta ke death ke baad harpal yahi laga ki shayad tum ab ‘arman malik’ ki identity lekar mere samne aa jaoge.”

Arman uttered smilingly : “aa toh gaya na. Ab mera pen mujhe wapas karna,kisi aur pagli ko dunga..”
Hearing it riddhima jerked and asked with a suspecting voice : “koun hai wo? Girlfriend?”

At first arman confused hearing it then burst into laughter.riddhima looked at him with a pouting face. Arman controlled his laugh and uttered : “tum girls ek jaisi hoti ho.”

Riddhima asked annoyedly : “kyon? Maine kuch galat pucha?”
Arman nodded in na and uttered : “actually mere dost apne girlfriends ke barey me jo batein batate hain....wo aise hi questions puchti hai...aj tumhara question sunkar i remembered them and laughed.”

Riddhima glared him and got up then uttered : “maine aisa kuch nahin pucha jisse tumhe itni hansi aaye. Okay,i am going...mere dusre patients mera wait kar rahe hain...” and before arman could reply she went from there making a pouting face. Arman looked at the way,and uttered slowly : “pagli...doctor ban gayi par sudhri nahi bilkul bhi.”
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After dinner,when riddhima came to balcony and sat on the swing losing in a deep thought,heard nani’s voice : “koun hai wo handsome?”
Riddhima jerked hearing it and gave nani a question look. Nani uttered : “mujhe aise kyon dekh rahi hai? maine kuch pucha tujhse.”
Riddhima uttered : “ mujhe kuch samajh nahin aaya nani.”
Nani uttered smilingly : “aisa hi hota hai ....achcha bata,jisse baat karte hue tujhe yeh bhi pata nahin chala ki teri nani darwaje ke paas khdi thi,wo handsome koun hai?”
Riddhima understood but she uttered simply : “wo arman malik hai.”
Nani asked : “doctor hai?”
Riddhima glared her and uttered : “doctor kaise hoga? Patient hai.”
Nani uttered : “kiska?”
Riddhima looked at her and uttered : “aap bhi kaisa sawal karti ho nani? Patient means patient..patient means beemar hai..mariz hai.”

Nani uttered smilingly : “itni English aati hai mujhe..mai bas itna puchna chahti thi ‘dil ka mariiz’ hai kya?”
Riddhima glared her angrily and replied : “nahin...
Nani uttered with a mischievous smile : “mujhe lagta hai meri doctor poti (grand daughter) dil ki mariz ban gayi hai. waise bada handsome hai...tu kahe toh tere khusat papa se baat karun?”

Riddhima got up and about to go but stopped hearing nani’s voice : “beta,mai mazak nahin kar rahi.teri parvarish maine ki hai aur main janti hun koi toh wajah hai jo tu itne achche achche rishton ko mana karti aayi hai. ab tak na jane kitne achche gharane se rishte aaye..handsome..doctor..high society..achcha gharana..humare family friend ke bĂȘte,jo teri ek baat par jaan dene ko taiyar hain,par tune sabko na keh diya,kya wajah hai beta? Maine kabhi kisi ladke se itna ghul milkar tujhe baat karte nahin dekha...jab tu usse baat kar rahi thi,teri aankhon mein gazab ki chamak thi..aur teri nani bhale hi buddhi ho jaye,is chamak ko pehchanti hai. tu bata beta,agar meri batein sahi hai toh hum us ladke ke ghar jayenge,uske parents se baat karenge..i think wo doctor nahin hai,par kisi achche post par toh hoga.tere papa ko main mana lungi.”

Riddhima looked at nani once and uttered sighly : “nahin nani..uske parents nahin hain..he is an orphan..he is not from a high society. Main janti hum papa mere liye kya sapna dekhte hain aur main unhe koi takleef nahin pahunchana chahti.”

She went from there leaving nani numb! Nani stood there sometime like that then uttered slowly : “kuch baat toh hai beta jo tu mujhse chupa rahi hai..aur main iska pata lagakar rahungi.”
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Love you all
punam

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