Sunday, 12 April 2020

Part 9 : Armaan aur Riddhima ka safar

NOTE: Please do read the lyrics...words have been changed!

Part 9

Anjali and Riddhima had gone window shopping that night but the next day Riddhima had taken the day off as she only had one lesson and both sisters had spent the day out shopping for the engagement. They had bought two beautiful lenghas, one baby pink and one sky blue with lots of matching jewellery and accessorise. Riddhima had started to design Anjali's wedding outfit which everyone praised a lot. Anjali couldn't decide which she liked the most and both sisters decided to let Atul chose so they had met up at the Cosy Caf! Atul had selected his favourite design in about five minutes and everyone had agreed to it.

The same weekend was Atul and Anjali's engagement party at the Gupta house; it was a very small function with only 30 to 40 guests. They had only invited very close friends of the Gupta family and neighbours because the Malik family had recently came to the city they hadn't invited anyone from their side at such short notice.



The whole gang was invited and they had lots of fun together; they had met Atul for the first time and also thought of him as part of their gang. Anjali looked very pretty on the engagement function and Atul found it really hard to keep his eyes off of her. The ring ceremony went really smoothly and then there was naach ghanna and khana.

After the guest had left; the Guptas' and Maliks' sat together in the living room very happy, especially Atul and Anjali. Shashank had a very serious announcement to make which made everyone tensed. He had decided to make Vikram Malik his business partner and also gave Atul a job. At first Vikram couldn't accept but Anjali had asked him not to refuse the proposal at which he accepted. The two families had now become one and inseparable, seeing this Riddhima and Armaan were both very happy and inside their feelings were changing for each other; they still argued and fought with each other but just for the fun of it not serious anymore.



These few weeks flew past really quickly and both families were very busy with wedding preparations. Anjali's wedding dress which Riddhima had design was made and looked very elegant. The half term holidays came very quickly and Atul and Anjali had become very close during this time. The first five days of the holidays flew by with lots of last minute preparations, shopping and decorations.



On the sixth day of the holiday the mehendi ceremony was being held at the Gupta house in the evening. Anjali, Riddhima, Muskaan, Nikita, Anjali's best friend Sapna and a few other girls were sitting in the living room and conservatory applying their mehendi and having fun by cracking jokes and teasing Anjali.

While the girls were having fun inside; the boys where outside in the garden helping Shashank to put up the tent with the help of members of The Khushi Events team. This was Shashank's business; they organised parties, weddings and other functions. They had spread out and were working hard to get their jobs done. Armaan had gone inside as he was told to grab something from the kitchen, he was making his way back outside and taking a peek into the living room where the girls were sitting. His eyes fell onto Riddhima who was smiling and laughing, he unknowingly smiled at the sight but it was suddenly washed away when someone walked into him pushing him back. He looked up to see who it was before he said anything.

Vivik: Watch where you're going... – angrily

Armaan didn't want to create a scene here so he stepped back and let Vivik in before going out.

Vivik: She's my girl...you best stay away... – squaring up to Armaan's height

Armaan sneered at Vivik and they both looked as they were going to lash out at any moment, then Armaan decided to leave this matter for the moment and walked back outside. Unknowingly to both of them Riddhima had witness this small scene and had become a little scared. Armaan went back to working in the garden with the guys until late in the evening. They finally settled down to relax after some time.

Rahul: Guys there's still things to do, we need to do up the tent?

Abhi: Kya Rahul…how much more are we going to put up? – very tired - ...Can't you see it's already up…

Atul: Haha…he's right Rahul…it's already up… – looking at the tent that the guys had fixed – …not bad guys…

Rahul:  I'm talking about the decorations?

Abhi: Tum ladki ho kya? – annoyed - …Toh joa…lagalo decorations…I'm wacked out! I can't lift another finger… – dropping down in the chair next to Armaan - …the rest of the work can be done by the professionals…after all they're getting paid…we're not…

Atul: Ammy? You're very quiet…what are you thinking?

Armaan: Kuch nahi… – also very tired

Abhi: I'm bored…chal andhar chalte hain…

Rahul: Kya? Kaise jaoge tum…ladies function hain…

Armaan: - looks up at the house – …Not a bad idea Abhi…chal… - gets up

Atul: Armaan…ladies function hain…

Armaan: Are you not bored? – looks at Rahul and Atul

Rahul: Yeh actually…I'm bored too… - looks at Atul

Atul: Chalo… – gets up

Armaan: Let's go… - all sneak towards the conservatory door

The door was open and Armaan poked his head through the door where he could only see Riddhima sitting on the floor with another girl who was applying mehendi on her hands. His noticed a basket of ladies outfits on the chair closest to the door and grabbed the basket.

Armaan: Here you go guys… - starts to pull outfits from the basket

Abhi: Yeh kya hain? – picks up a skirt and looks at it weirdly

Rahul: It's a skirt…andhar chalna hai toh pehenlo…

Atul: I'm not wearing this stuff…

Abhi: Me neither…all the best guys… – looks at Armaan and Rahul who had skirts on and was putting dupattas over their head to cover their faces

Rahul: Suit yourself…I thought you wanted to go in… – to Abhi

Abhi: Not like this!! – looks at Rahul and laughs – …you look ridiculous!

Rahul: Thanks dude… – sarcastically

Armaan: I'm going…you guys coming?

Atul: I'm going to sit right here…tumhe jaana hai to jao… – sits just outside the conservatory door

Rahul: Chal Armaan…

Abhi: Wait…I'm coming… – grabs a dupatta from the basket and throws it over his head

The three boys snuck into the conservatory and sat together in a huddle so that no one would recognise them but Rahul had poked his head a little too high to look for Muskaan and Riddhima had noticed them. She got up and walked over to them.

Ridz: What are you guys doing here? Don't you know this is a ladies function?

Hearing Riddhima's voice from outside Atul walked in and looked at all of them and started laughing.

Armaan: Of course we know… - takes off the dupatta and skirt

Abhi: But Ridz this is not fair…we were really bored outside that's why we wanted to come in and have some fun… – looks over her shoulder at the girl that was applying Riddhima's mehendi

Rahul: Yeah Ridz…andhar ane do na… – looks over her other shoulder to find Muskaan, smiles as he sees her coming towards them – …hey Muskaan…

Muskaan: Tum log yahan kya kar rahe ho?

Atul: Yeh log andhar ana chahte hain…

Armaan: Kya bro…you wanted to come in as well…

Ridz: No way…you can't come in…go find some work to do…

Abhi: C'mon Ridz…please! – begs

Nikita walked towards them to find out what was happening.

Niki: What's going on? And what are the guys doing here… – looks at Riddhima

Muskaan: They want to come in…

Niki: KYA? Bilkul nahi!

Armaan: Oh c'mon Niki please…let us come in…

On seeing the boys beg an idea came to Nikita and she smiled sneakily. She put her hand over Riddhima's ears and whispered something which made them both smile; she then whispered the same thing in Muskaan's ear and she also smiled.

Niki: Okay…okay…

Ridz: Andhar ana chahte ho toh… - cheekily as they all nodded

Muskaan: …Toh paisa dena parega…

All boys: WHAT? NO WAY!!

Niki: Okay then…go back outside…

Rahul: C'mon that's not fair!

Muskaan: Of course it is… - smiling sweetly at him

Atul: Okay…how much?

Armaan: Bhai? What are you doing? Hum kuch bhi dene wale nahi hain...

Ridz: Toh phir yahan kyon kare ho…joa!

Abhi: Okay go on then…how much?

Niki: 100…each!

All Boys: WHAT??? PAGAL HOGAYI HAIN KYA?

Muskaan: Okay…200 between the three of us…

Rahul: No way! That's too much…

Ridz: Okay…100…among us three…

Rahul: We haven't got that much…

Ridz: Theek hain…give us whatever you have…

The boys, apart from Armaan, searched through their pockets.

Abhi: I only have 5… – takes it out and Nikita snatches it from him – …hey!

Rahul: 10… – Muskaan takes it from him

Atul: 20… – hands it to Riddhima lovingly

Ridz:  Aur tum? – looking at Armaan

Armaan: Kuch bhi nahi hain mere paas…

Ridz: Jhoot mat bhool…

Armaan: - looks in his pocket and takes out a coin - 2… – Riddhima looks at it

All the boys walked into the house and as Armaan walked past Riddhima she says;

Ridz: Cheap!

They both gave each other a cunning look and carried on inside. When they had all settled down in the living room they decided that they would play a game and make the evening more fun.

Rahul: Let's play dum charades…

Niki: How can we play dum charades… – holds her hand out to show mehendi

Muskaan: Antakshri?

Abhi: Is that all you girls know?

Ridz: Theek hain…toh tum koi idea do...

They all looked at each other thinking of a game.

Armaan: I have an idea… - walks over to the table where there's some paper

Armaan wrote everyone's name on chits and placed them all in a bowl then came back to the others with it.

Armaan: Okay…what we have to do is…each person chooses a chit and the person's name that is on the chit you have to sing a song which describes that person or leave a message for the person through a song…get it?

Everyone seemed excited and all found a comfortable place to sit and before they started the game.

Ridz: Sapna didi aap bhi aye na… – looks over at Sapna who is sitting with Anjali

Sapna walked over to play with the gang; they were all sat in a circle and began to hand the bowl to each other until the music stopped. When the music stopped for the first time the bowl was in Nikita's hand; she picked out a chit, looked at the name and thought for a minute. Then she started to sing Girls Are Best from the film Chura Liya Hai Tumne…

Niki: Tum se hai zamaana saara, maanenge kabhi hum nahi…Jo karoge usse behtar kar dikhaayenge hum vahin…Girls are best, jaan lo, baat yeh maan lo…Hum na ho jahan mein, kuch na kar paaoge…Kis pe mar mitoge, kisse tum itraaoge…Girls are best, jaan lo, baat yeh maan lo…

Muskaan: Abhi ke liye tha… - Nikita nods and all the girls start laughing

Abhi: Okay…whatever…let's carry on!

The music started up again and the bowl was passed around and stopped at the Abhi. He took a chit, looked at the name and sang Ladki Kyon from the film Hum Tum.

Abhi: Ladki Kyon Na Jaane Kyon Ladko Si Nahin Hoti…Soch Thi Hai Zyada…Kham Woh Samajh Thi Hai…Dil Kuch Kehta Hai…Kuch Aur Hi Karti Hai…Ladki Kyon Na Jaane Kyon Ladko Si Nahin Hoti…


All the guys agreed to his song while the girls ignored them and made faces.

Armaan: That's got to be one of the best songs ever!

The music came on and the bowl was passed around again. This time it stopped on Muskaan; she took out a chit, read the name and smiled. She began to sing Yeh Ladka Hai Dewaana from the film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Muskaan: Hai Hai Re Hai Yeh Ladki…Hai Hai Re Hai…Karti Naadaniyaan Kyun Poocho to Haye…Dekho Dekho Paagal Hai Yeh…Haan Bachke Zara Rehna…Yeh Aisa Hai Phir Bhi…Apna Isko Maana…Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana…Hai Deewana…

While Muskaan was singing Rahul couldn't help but smile and winked at her. The music had come on again and the bowl was passed around and stopped at Atul; he took out a chit that read: All boys sing to Anjali and started to sing Nain Katari by Band of Boys…

Atul: Nain Katari akiyaan…ho…nain katari akiyaan…

All boys stood up and went over to where Anjali was applying her mehendi and watching them and they began to sing…

All Boys: Nain Katari akiyaan…ho…nain katari akiyaan…Tera mukhra jaise chaand taara…Tera bola bala roop kawara…Zakhme huwa hai dil bechara…I just wanna love you…Tere nain katari meri lam dulhari…Tere nain katari meri lam dulhari…

They had all sat back down and carried on with the game. The next time the music stopped the bowl was in Riddhima's hands; she took a chit from the bowl and it read: Armaan. She thought for a while and then began to sing out loud changing the words a little…Khabi Khabi from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na…

Ridz: Khabi khabi to lage zindagi main rahi na kushi aur na maza… - making faces - …Khabi khabi to lage har din mushkil aur har pal ek saza…Aise main koi kaise muskuraye aur haste kush hoke…Aise main koi kaise sochte everything's gonna be okay…Kyunke jabse tum aye tabse aisa lagta hai ke koi bandhar hume pareshan kar rahe hai…

All the girls started laughing at Riddhima's thoughts about Armaan and she gave Nikita a high five with her free hand which didn't have mehendi. Armaan looked at her thinking of how he would get her back in his own time. Everyone was enjoying the game and bowl stopped at Nikita once again. She took a chit out and read: To all boys and she began to sing Ajab Si from OSO…changing the words a little.

Niki: Aankhon mein tere…ajab si ajab si adayein hai…Tumko jo dikha bagh gayi sab ladkiya…Aisi hai teri yeh adaayein hai…

All the girls were laughing madly then the music started up again and the bowl stopped at Rahul. He took out a chit that read: Muskaan and began to sing My Dil Goes Mmm from the movies Salaam Namaste.

Rahul: My dil goes mmm...Ha thodi alag si hain…Ha thodi galat si hain…Aisi bhi hogi woh aisa na socha tha…Kyon lagta hain yeh apna…Yeh sach hain ya hain sapna…Dar lagta hain kahi ho na jaaye jooth…My dil goes mmm...My dil goes mmm...

They all applaud at his amazing voice and he smiled sweetly at Muskaan asthe game carried on. The music was turned on once again and when it stopped the bowl landed in Sapna's hand; she took out a chit that read: Anjali and she began to sing Saayian from the film U, Me aur Hum

Sapna: Tumne toh manga tha…Saheli jaisa Saaiyan…

The girls stood up; they walked over to Anjali and sang together…

Girls: Haye bhoola bhoola sa rehta hai…Chulha chulha sa rehta hai…Nayi dilli mein bareli jaisa saiyan…Bareli jaisa saiyan…Bareli jaisa saiyan…Ho tumne to manga tha…Saheli jaisa saaiyan…

They all settled back down and the music started up again. This time the bowl stopped in Armaan's hand; he took out a chit hoping that it's the one he wanted. He peeked at it and smiled to himself; he stood up and walked towards Riddhima, he held his hand out and she took it looking at the others wondering what he's up to. He began to sing and dance with Riddhima; he sang the song So Right from the film Roadside Romeo but he changed all the words.

Armaan: Tu mere paas hai…oh what a sight… – spins her around - …Tu mere saath hain…oh such a fright… – drops her on the ground and hides his face in his hands - …Kaise kahoon kissi se main ke mera haal hai so so tight… – walks to boys and makes a face - …Mujhe kya hogaye hai…Jitna dikho tujhe…bhaagne ko dil kare… - teases her  then he walks back to Riddhima and holds her and sings - …Tu mere paas hai…oh what a sight, Tu mere saath hain…oh such a fright… - he takes a break then goes close to her and carries on - …Kahno main keh gayi tu jo…teri woh baat hai soo soo light…Mujhe kya hogaye hai… – he holds his head and pretends to faint

Everyone was rolling around with laughter but Riddhima didn't find it funny and she was really angry. But the game carried on and the bowl stopped in Atul's hand; he took a chit out and read: Anjali and he began to sing quietly, very shy…  he sing the song Oh Ajnaabi from the movie Main Prem Ki Dewaani Hoon but changes the words.

Atul: Oh Anjali…meri Anjali…Na jaane ayi tum kaha se, itna pyar layi tum kaha se…Yeh raat bhi, hai saji saji…oh Anjali meri Anjali…Oh Anjali tere dil churane aya hoon….Oh Anjali tere neend churane aya hoon….Oh Anjali …meri Anjali…

Everyone applauded and smiled at him and the game carried on. The bowl stopped at Riddhima and she took out a chit that read: for everyone and she began to sing…

Ridz: Humse haseen, humse khushi, hain humise zindagi…Taare hum zameen par le aye hum laye hain roshini

Girls: Dill jahan, dost waha…Aisa manzar aur kahan…

All: Hum to chale te dost banke…Jaane kahan Dill Mill Gayye…

Everyone clapped and stood up and danced. Out of nowhere Armaan started to sing which made them all stop and look over at him.

Armaan: Ladka yeh kehta hai ladki se… - staring at Riddhima - …Hooton pe khabi khabi hasi se… - moving closer to her - …Aya hoon dor se… - she looked around feeling uncomfortable - …karne main dosti…Haath milalo ajnabee se…Jaana lo, manna lo, chehra mera…pehchanlo…

As Armaan was a few inches away from her she felt something which she had never felt before and wondered what was happening to her but she hoped that he would not come any closer, she closed her eyes but he carried on singing walking right past her and moving towards Anjali.

Armaan: Ladka yeh kehta hai ladki se… - bowing down in front of Anjali

Everyone else is looked at him in shock as he ended the song, Anjali smiled at his sweetness and he turned to look at the others…

Armaan: Kya guys… - holds up a chit – …ek chit baki tha! – they all smiled

They had dinner after the game and later there was lots of naach ganna with the rest of the family where the gang performed on the track Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna from Dilwale Dulhania Leh Jayenge...

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