Monday, 1 June 2020

Epilogue : Arman aur Riddhima ka safar

Riddhima walked out of the room and went down stairs into the living room where she noticed Padma was already in the kitchen and she rushed to her.

Padma: Arre Riddhima betayou're up very early

Ridz: Mama - worried - my dress hasn't arrived yet - rambling on hurriedly - I don't know what I'm going to doeveryone else's dress which I designed arrived two weeks before their weddingand I gave my design in a long time agoand I can't believe they're doing this to mehow is this possible - close to tears - what's going to happen now
Padma: - walking over to her ...Beta...calm down...nothing is going to happen...first you come here and sit down... walking her to the kitchen table and settling her down in a chair - ...take a deep breath... getting her a glass of water - ...and have this...


Ridz: But mama...

Padma: But nothing...first you calm down and listen to me... after she had taken a sip of water - ...stop panicking...your dress arrived yesterday evening just after you all left to go to Nandani's house for the Sangeet function...it's upstairs in my cupboard...

Ridz: - breathing a sigh of relief - ...Thank God...mama why didn't you tell me...

Padma: When I got there last night you all we're having a great time I didn't want to disturb you and then when we came home I forgot about it...but now you know it's here in this house so you just calm down...there's no need to get hyper... getting up - ...let me get your big breakfast ready...after all this will be the last thing I will do for you in this house... sadly

Riddhima realised this was her last day in her home and suddenly felt very emotional; she stood up and walked over to Padma who was crying silently but before she could reach her Ba, Keerti, Naina, Dhruv and Shubhankar walked into the kitchen and lightened up the atmosphere not giving them the time to be emotional. Shashank and Sid joined them a while later and they all sat together for a big family breakfast where there were lots of jokes and laughter that Riddhima and Padma had both forgotten about their emotional moment.



After some time Riddhima and Naina went back upstairs and tided up the room then started getting their things ready. Riddhima went for a shower and by the time she came out she saw her room was filled with lots of people; Nikita and Muskaan had arrived and so had the beautician who got started on Riddhima's hair and makeup while Muskaan and Nikita did Riddhima's last minute packing. After about two hours Riddhima's hair and makeup was completed and she got dressed into her bridal outfit; it was an ivory coloured lengha with a hint of traditional red and gold surface decoration; she had the heavy bordered dupatta on her head and she looked nothing less than a princess or in Armaan's words; an angel. She held in her hands a bouquet of red roses with diamonds just as Armaan had described.

Muskaan and Nikita wore matching outfits; a pink lengha and Naina and Tannu wore the same outfit but in a baby blue colour. Tannu was also a bridesmaid but she was going to join them at the venue as she was making her way there with the bharat. Once the girls were ready Riddhima suddenly felt the pang of hurt as she knew these were her last few moments in her room; she walked out onto the balcony and all of her lovely memories rushed back to her making her emotional; Muskaan put a hand on her shoulder giving it a small squeeze and Riddhima smiled sadly. She walked back into her room and looked around thinking how much she was going to miss this place but she also knew that she was going to be with her beloved very soon which cheered her up a bit. There was a knock on the door and Dhruv walked in with his camera.

Dhruv: Photo time...

Ridz: - smiling - ...Come on then...

They all went into the balcony and Dhruv clicked away on his camera taking photos of the girls then having them take his and Riddhima's photos. After some time they decided to go downstairs; Riddhima walked carefully in her heels making her way down the stairs to the living room where she was met with a lovely sight of all the members of her family; Padma, Shashank and Ba sat on one sofa, Shubhankar and Keerti together on another sofa and Sid on his own. They made a place for her to sit in between Padma and Shashank and the girls joined them.

Ba: Meri gudia bohot pyaari lag rahi hain...

Keerti: Very beautiful...

Shubhankar: And she should be...after all it's her big day...

Padma: And after this...she'll become someone else's... sadly

Ridz: - holding onto Padma's hand - ...Mama... tears forming in her eyes

Dhruv: No crying... getting up and walking to them - ...this is not the time to cry...it's photo time...so everyone smile...

Padma: Dhruv abhi nahi... wiping her tears

Shashank: Abhi nahi to khabi nahi... getting up - ...come on Padma...let's not cry now and be emotional...it's time to have fun and enjoy...then we'll think about that when it's time for her to go...right now let's make the most of her time with us...

Shubhankar: Right bhaiya...let's take photos...

Sid: It's too cramped in here...why don't we go out onto the patio...it's a wide space and we can have a lovely family photo there...

Naina: That's a good idea...let's go...

They all walked out onto the patio and posed; Riddhima in the middle with Ba, Shashank and Padma on one side and Shubhankar and Keerti on the other while Sid, Naina and Dhruv stood in front and Muskaan clicked away on the camera. Then there were single family photos, the bride's photos and then ones with Muskaan and Nikita and then her cousins.



After some time Shashank announced that it was getting late and it was time for them to leave as they were supposed to be at the venue before the bharat. Riddhima had a final look around her house feeling emotional again until the two limos arrived and they all got in; the younger lot in one with Riddhima and the elders in the other as they made their way out of the estate and onto the main road; heading to the motorway towards the Country Club. All the way through the ride they all made jokes and had a great time keeping Riddhima's spirit up so that she would not feel emotional again.



After about an hour they arrived and Riddhima was helped out of the limo; she was happy to be back here and was surprised to see a different entrance for the guests; it was a huge floral archway with a red carpet set out leading around the reception building, leading to the swimming pool and beyond to the open space so that the guests would not lose their way in the building itself. But instead of walking down the red carpet Riddhima was led away by Sid and her friends inside the building, she looked around at the familiar setting and smiled as she remembered her time spent here with Armaan but then she stopped and wondered for a moment.

Ridz: Why are you guys taking me this way... looking at Sid - ...mama aur baki sab toh...

Sid: - cutting her off - ...Ridz...be practical...

Ridz: Kya? confused

Muskaan: We've rented a room...you're going to stay there until your hubby-to-be arrives...

Ridz: Ohh... now thinking with a smile

Sid collected the room card from the desk and they walked through the familiar wide corridors to the room Riddhima had stayed in while she was here for the competition. She smiled as she felt at home and went to her favourite place; the small garden area and looked at the beautiful scenery from there. Sid left and the girls looked around the room then they joined Riddhima outside.

Niki: This place is beautiful...

Ridz: This was my room when I was here for three weeks...

Naina: You are so lucky...I've fallen in love with this scenery...

Muskaan: I would say you guys could spend your honeymoon here...it's just so romantic...

Riddhima thought back to the night she and Armaan had spent together in this same room and smiled shyly. She rushed into the room and sat at the edge of the bed blushing madly while the girls followed her in and knew this was the best time to tease her.

Muskaan: Arre wah...kitni sharma rahi hain...

Niki: Yahan par kuch huwa tha kya...tum dono ke beech... teasing and nudging Riddhima in her side - ...bolo na Ridz...

Naina: Haan bolo na Ridz...tell us...

Ridz: - getting up and walking away from them ...Kuch nahi huwa tha... still blushing

Muskaan: Okay don't tell us...we'll just ask Armaan...

Ridz: - turning around sharply - ...Don't Muskaan... seriously

Muskaan: Oh... teasing - ...theek hain...hum kuch nahi kahenge...okay?

Naina: But your "hone wale woh" is taking such a long time...you think he got lost on the motor way?

Niki: Maybe he got cold feet on the last minute and backed out... - giggling

Muskaan: Wait... turning to Nikita - ...didn't the guys say he was coming by horse...maybe the horse ran away with him... laughing

Riddhima was about to say something to them when suddenly the door flew open and Dhruv was standing there.

Dhruv: - out of breath - ...He's here...

Naina: Finally...

Riddhima blushed as they teased her all over again; a while later Tannu turned up in the room and hugged Riddhima; she was really happy and then the four of them helped Riddhima out of the room and they made their way through the wide corridors; through the lounge and out onto the red carpet leading towards the pool. Riddhima looked up and was surprised to see such a fairytale like venue; everything was just as Armaan had described; the venue was colour co-ordinated in blue, pink and white, there was a huge tent out in the distance but Riddhima focused on the small details, the pool was out of bounds and the surrounding area was decorated with white lilies and pink roses. As she made her way down to the open space she could see the trees were decorated with fairy lights but they were not on as yet, inside of the tent was decorated with pink and blue drapes and it looked very beautiful.



All heads turned as Riddhima was led down the red carpet by her four bridesmaids towards Armaan who had now stood up on the stage to see the love of his life walking towards him; she looked amazing and he really was blown away by her beauty; his mouth was slightly hanging open and his eyes were wide but Rahul nudged him slightly in his side to bring him back to earth and he smiled as Riddhima made it onto the stage and stood next to him with her eyes down. They sat down while all the guests watched them closely praising them both.

Armaan: - whispering to Riddhima - ...Tum itni khubsoorat kyun ho... she blushed - ...I can't keep my eyes off of you...jee karta hain ke tumhe abhi issi waqt bagah kar le jaon...

Ridz: Armaan... slowly - ...todha sabar karlo... whispering back

Armaan: That I can't do...who told you to look so mind blowing...I'm finding it difficult to sit here, this close to you and not hold you...

Ridz: Just a few more hours...then...

Armaan: - cutting her off - ...Just me and you...

Atul: What's all the whispering about...hum sab hain yahan...tell us as well...

Anji: Haan...hum bhi sunna chahte hain... teasing as she hugged Riddhima - ...you're looking so beautiful...

Ridz: Thanks dii...

Anji: Ab chalo... holding out two garlands

They both stood up in smiles while Atul handed one garland to Armaan and Anjali held out one to Riddhima; both their parents stood on either side of them and their friends stood nearby.

Muskaan: Go on Ridzi...

Riddhima raised her hands to put the garland around Armaan's neck but suddenly he was lifted up into the air by Abhi and Rahul and Riddhima found it impossible to reach him.

Niki: That's not fair...bring him down... to Abhi

Abhi/Rahul: Hum nahi jukenge...nahi jukenge... chanting

Naina/Muskaan: Ab hum kya karenge?

Sid: Phikar not girls... standing next to Riddhima he looked at her and smiled then he picked her up from above her knees and she was the same height as Armaan - ...hum bhi kuch kum nahi...go on Ridz...

Riddhima quickly placed the garland around Armaan's neck and they both came down while everyone around them laughed and had a great time then Armaan placed the garland around Riddhima's neck gently making her blush. They then exchanged rings and fed each other a piece of methai then they settled back down on their chairs waiting for the next ritual to take place. While the main set of rituals were going through Dhruv snuck around in between the guests and snuck away Armaan's shoes and rushed away giving it to the girls who hid it in a safe place. After about fifteen minutes the rituals came to an end and they were now officially married; once Armaan had got over that fact he started looking around for his shoes but groaned as he couldn't find it and he turned to the guys.

Armaan: You guys can't even do this much...guard a pair of shoes...and Tannu you as well...you need to decide whose side you're on...

Tannu: I'm on your side...

Armaan: Then go and find my shoes...

Tannu: Fine...come on Rahul, Abhi... walking away with them - ...he's so bossy...how do you guys put up with him...?

Abhi: Don't ask... - making a face

Armaan settled down on the stage moodily next to Riddhima while the girls teased him and laughed away making him more frustrated as he sat there wiggling his toes.

Naina: What is this jiju...your loyal servants couldn't even look after your shoes... giggling

Muskaan: I know...you poor thing...are your feet cold... smirking - ...should I find you another pair of shoes...?

Niki: I think I saw a spare pair of multi coloured flip flops around here somewhere...I'll go and get it... getting up

Armaan frowned deeply at them but heard a silent giggle next to him; he looked around to see Riddhima trying not to laugh and his anger disappeared as she just looked very cute and he couldn't take his eyes off of her but he was forced to as guests made their way on to the stage to congratulate the new couple. Firstly there were distant relatives who bored them with their own marriage stories but then there were others who they were really happy to see. Riddhima got up and hugged a young girl while Armaan smiled at the rest of the group; Riddhima's friends from the country club stood there happily.

Ridz: Thanks for coming...I'm really glad you guys could make it...

Tia: Even I'm glad we could make it...you're looking so beautiful... moving back

Michael: It's great that you guys have finally got married...

Rachel: Yeah...you guys look perfect together...

Ridz: - blushing - ...Thanks...

Sharon: And congrats... to both of them - ...I'm really happy for the both of you...you really are made for each other...

Armaan: Thanks...

Tia: I wish you both all the very best and a very happy married life...

Armaan/Ridz: Thanks a lot...enjoy yourselves...

They left the stage after a while and then they were met by four friendly faces; Annie and Billy, Tom and Laura and Riddhima was really happy to see them. Then a young girl walked onto the stage with a huge smile on her face and hugged Riddhima but the others looked around curiously thinking who she was.

Ridz: How are you? moving back

??: I'm fine...but looks like everyone really has forgotten me...

Armaan: Do we know you? - slowly

Ridz: Don't worry about him...whenever he opens his mouth he says something wrong...

??: I know...childhood problem... they both laughed

Ridz: Guys... turning to her friends - ...how could you all not recognise Minnie...Armaan's girlfriend...

Everyone looked at her in shock as they could not believe that the little girl had grown into a beautiful model; she looked beautiful and Armaan's mouth was left hanging open.

Armaan: Minnie...

Minnie: Hi Armaan... shyly - ...congratulations...I'm really happy for both of you...you've put your differences behind you and are ready to move ahead in life...I wish you a very happy married life...

Armaan/Ridz: Thanks...

She left the stage and Riddhima explained that she had met Minnie in the Mall and they had shared contact information and she made sure to invite her to the wedding. They chatted for a while as more guests came up on stage to congratulate them and some even mentioned about Armaan's shoes which made him frown at the girls; Abhi, Rahul and Tannu had also given up and joined them back on stage. Armaan and Riddhima were having a silent conversation when they both realised that everyone around them had gone quiet themselves; they stopped and looked around to see Vivik had walked onto the stage. Abhi and Rahul stepped forward but Vivik held his hand up to stop them and walked towards the couple.

Vivik: Look...I'm not here to argue or fight...I'm just here to wish you both and...apologise... everyone was shocked but he carried on - ...I know I was wrong right from the beginning and I've hurt you a lot... to Riddhima - ...but I've only loved you...and I always will...even if you're someone else's...but still I want to say...that I'm really very sorry...and I wish you both all the best for the future... then to Riddhima only - ...have a great life...

Without waiting for a reply he turned around and walked off of the stage and they all shared curious looks but then carried on with their previous conversations. Tannu noticed that the girls, Sid and Dhruv were being a little secretive and she decided to follow Sid and Dhruv who went to check on the shoes. The shoes were in Dhruv's hands and Tannu took a chance; she ran to him and pulled the shoes out of his hand and ran in the opposite direction but Muskaan was waiting for her behind a pillar and as Tannu got there Muskaan pulled it from her hand and ran towards the stage. While running she looked back but her foot was hooked in her skirt and she was about to fall but Rahul appeared out of nowhere and held onto her; she smiled at him but once she was steady he took the shoes from her and carried on running to the stage but Nikita stuck her foot out and he tripped over it falling to the floor and the shoes fell out of his hands. Nikita picked it up and ran in the opposite direction but did not get far as she felt two strong hands holding her around her waist; she looked around to see that Abhi was holding her; he kissed her on her cheek and pulled the shoes out of her hand letting her go and walking away.

Looking down at the shoes with a big smile and walking back to the stage someone barged into him hard and the shoes dropped out of his hands; Sid picked it up and ran as fast as he could and Tannu ran after him. They ran down the red carpet and every so often Sid would turn around and tease her by sticking his tongue out and waving the shoes at her; they were nearing the pool side when she scolded at him and reached out once again to grab the shoes but he dodged her and she was about to fall into the pool but suddenly Sid held onto her and pulled her towards him and she held on tightly closing her eyes in fright. A moment later Tannu opened her eyes and they stared into each other's eyes for what seemed like ages until Tannu came back into her senses and she moved back slowly looking down; she turned and was about to walk away when Sid called her back.

Sid: Ruko...

Tannu stopped in her tracks and turned around slowly to see him walking towards her; they were standing very close to each other and she looked up at him again.

Sid: Here... holding out the shoes to her - ...take this...I can't see you lose...

Tannu: It's okay...I'm not feeling bad...actually I'm happy...after all this is a tradition...and you're from the girl's side so you deserve this prize...and don't worry...I'm not angry...

Sid: I know...but you know what I'm happy about today...after this entire three or four weeks of being together...messing around...just having fun...I feel that we've come very close...we share a very good understanding...and I'm very happy to know that I have a friend like you... hesitating a little - ...well...a little more than a friend...

Tannu: - blushing for the very first time - ...I feel the same way... smiling and turning away from him - ...and I like the feeling of being around you...in other words...

Sid: - cutting her off - ...Tum bohot ache ho...I like you...

Tannu: I like you too... then walking away quickly

Sid: Yess... punching his fist in the air

He made his way back to the tent and handed the shoes to Dhruv who ran all the way to the stage and the girls all took money from Armaan; who was not ready to give in but looking at Riddhima he had to and in return he got his shoes back. After some time the professional photographer took a few family photos with Riddhima and Armaan and her immediate family, then her extended family, her new family and her friends then individual photos of the new couple and the other couples. They then had lunch together with more fun and jokes and Riddhima and Armaan were very happy; they kept sharing eye contact and smiling to each other but still the girls kept their eyes on them. Once they had eaten and were about to go back to the stage the girls made it to Riddhima's side quickly.

Naina: Yeh kya hain Ridz...you look so tired...

Tannu: Come let's go and freshen up...

Ridz: I'm fine girls...really...

Niki: Oh come on Ridz...you're the bride...you need to look the best...

Ridz: Really...I'm okay...

Muskaan: Yeah...chalo Ridzi...we'll go back up to the room and rest for some time...

Ridz: Theek hain... giving up

Armaan: - walked up to them - ...Ridz...where are you going...?

Tannu: Umm...we'll be right back... holding on to Riddhima's arm and steering her away from Armaan

Niki: See you in a bit... walking away with the girls

Armaan: But... walking behind them

Rahul: Armaan...where are you going? walking him back to the stage

Armaan felt defeated but he sat down sulking while the guys tried to cheer him up. After about half an hour Armaan noticed the girls coming back down the red carpet towards them and he smiled widely but Riddhima was not coming towards him; the girls were taking her towards her family and he got up and joined her. Armaan stood back as Riddhima met her family and the scene was a little emotional; she hugged Keerti and Shubhankar sadly but they both wished her and she moved onto Ba who was crying and tears also sprang to her eyes. She tried to console Ba with a smile but the moment she walked over to Shashank and Padma she could not help herself and she broke down as she hugged Padma and Shashank tried to console both of them. Anjali joined them after a while and controlled all of them; she hugged Riddhima and calmed them down and as she was about to take her to Armaan she was stopped.

Anji: What's wrong Sid?

Sid: Not so fast Anji Dii...

Riddhima stood in the centre with her family behind her; her friends next her, Anjali, Sid and Naina in front of her and Dhruv right in front of her. Armaan looked over at them curiously with his family behind him, Tannu, Atul, Abhi and Rahul next to him.

Dhruv: Before you take our Riddhima away from us you need to make a few promises... seriously

Armaan: Promises? confused

Dhruv: Promise us...that you will fulfil all of Riddhima's wishes...

Armaan: Each and every one of them... with a smile

Naina: You will never let there be tears in her eyes...

Armaan: Never...

Sid: You will always keep her happy...

Armaan: Always and forever... looking closely at her but she had tears in her eyes

Anji: You will stay by her side through good times and bad times...

Armaan: Each and every moment that I'm alive...

Tears rolled out of Riddhima's eyes uncontrollably and Shashank held onto her shoulders and walked her towards Armaan; he placed Riddhima's hand in Armaan's sealing the promises and he walked with them along the red carpet down to the floral arch where their car was waiting for them. As they got there Riddhima and Armaan turned and looked back at everyone who wore watery smiles; tears rolled out of Riddhima's eyes and Armaan put a comforting arm around her shoulder then helped her into the car; then he walked around to the other side and got in. Everyone waved to them as they drove off into the evening as the sun slowly set leaving a pale pink and peach colour in the sky.



The car ride was silent for the first half an hour as Armaan gave Riddhima some time to herself then he slowly turned to her with a smile on his face as he carried on driving.

Armaan: Hey Miss Gamandhi...please stop crying...

Ridz: - smiling after hearing that name - ...Oi...don't call me that... wiping her cheeks - ...you Chachundar...I have a name which you should call me by...

Armaan: And I've told you already...the name is not YOU...or Chachundar...it's Armaan...got it... turning to her - ...but now that we're on the topic...what is your name...?

Ridz: It's Mrs. Riddhima Armaan Malik...officially... turning to him with a smile

Armaan: Ohhh...not bad...actually...I quite like this name...

Ridz: Me too... slowly but there was still tears in her eyes

Armaan: - holding his hand out to touch hers - ...Hey my Riddhima...listen to me...yeh sach hain ke ab hamari shaadi ho gayi hain...and instead of crying we should be happy...I should be the one crying... laughing at his own joke - ...but seriously...it doesn't mean that you're leaving your family...we'll go there everyday...and everything will be the same...and as you already know your parents are my parents...and your house is more of my house than yours...so please don't cry...you know I can't see tears in your eyes...

Riddhima nodded but Armaan shook his head and turned to her.

Armaan: Nahi...not like that...I want to see a smile on your face and I want to hear you agree with confidence... turning to her and adding - ...if you agree...

Ridz: Haan Armaan... smiling

Armaan: Better... after a few moments of silence Armaan looked at her again - ...Ridz...can you actually believe we're married...

Ridz: Armaan...how many times are you going to say that... laughing

Armaan: Theek hain...you make a conversation...looks like I'm the only one speaking... sulking

Ridz: Okay, okay...stop over acting... smiling in his direction - ...toh hum...

Armaan: - cutting her off - ...Oh and one other thing which I haven't said today and it's really important...

Ridz: Kya?

Armaan: You're looking so beautiful...

Ridz: Armaan...again... smiling

Armaan: Haan...aur...doesn't it feel like I'm your driver again... thinking to himself but speaking out loud  - ...it feels like I've come to pick you up to go to school...like when we first met...the only thing is...it's night...and we're all dressed up...but...

Ridz: Armaan...tum bhi na... smiling - ...but yeah...now you're my lifetime personal driver...

Armaan: Hmm...I like the sound of that...

They carried on like this for the rest of the journey home which was not much longer. They arrived and Armaan helped Riddhima out of the car; he thought of the time alone they would have together now before the others had got back but as they made their way up the walk way he noticed that the lights were on. He rang the door bell and waited for someone to open the door but no one came and Armaan looked at Riddhima who wore a curious look.

He rang the door bell again and this time he was surprised to see the front door open but there was a red ribbon tied across the door preventing them from coming in. He could see a crowd of people; Abhi, Nikita, Rahul, Muskaan, Atul, Anjali, Tannu and lots of other people in the background; there was lots of noise and they wondered what was going on.

Armaan: What is all of this...let us in...

Rahul: On one condition...

Armaan: Condition?

Tannu: Yes...

Niki: Armaan...we want 1001

Armaan: Kya...? shocked - ...Have you guys gone mad...?

Muskaan: Nope...we're not mad...but if you want to come in you'll have to pay up...

Abhi: And I don't think you want to keep your new wife outside for too long...do you?

Armaan: What is this guys...Abhi, Rahul, Tannu...I thought you were on my side...and Muskaan and Niki...you were on Ridz's side...then how can you all go against us...

Tannu: We're not against both of you...we just want some money from you Armaan...

Armaan: Oh come on Tannu...this is too much...

Rahul: Okay fine...900

Armaan: Rahul...are you mad...

Niki: 850 then...

Armaan: You guys think I'd walk around with that much money in my pocket...?

Atul: You should've...because you're not coming into this house without paying up...

Armaan: Bhaiya aap bhi...how can you also think of keeping Riddhima outside...

Anji: Okay Armaan...if it's such a problem...then we'll let Riddhima in...but you still have to pay up...750...

Armaan: Bhabs...this is really not fair... turning to Riddhima who was grinning - ...that's too much...

Niki: Theek hain Armaan...what do you want to give...

Atul: Because you have to pay up something...or think of spend the night in the car...alone...

Ridz: - looking over at him - ...Go on Armaan...

Armaan: - thinking - ...I can't do this to her...she's tired and it's her first time coming home... then to the gang - ...theek hain...500...

Tannu: Is that it?

Armaan: Sorry...but that's all I have...

Anji: Theek hain...but let's see the money first...

Armaan took out the money from his pocket and waved it in front of their faces and Abhi snatched it from his hand; Tannu cut the ribbon on the door and Anjali and Atul welcomed them in. They were seated in the living room and Nandani and Vikram welcomed them specially; they were fed some sweets and then they played a game of having to find the ring in a ceramic glass bowl of milk.

Atul: Come on Armaan... cheering him on

Niki: Ridzi find it quickly...

Rahul: Armaan you better find it quickly or she'll have the higher position in your marriage...

Anji: Rahul...who found your ring... laughing

Muskaan: I did... - giggling

Tannu: Go on Ridzi...

Armaan: Tannu...you better decide whose team you're on... turning to her

Tannu: No need... happily - ...Ridzi's already found the ring...

Armaan: Kya...? turning back around to see Riddhima holding up the ring with a cute smile

Ridz: Sorry... - mouthing

Armaan: - silently to her ...Tum kyun sorry bhol rahi ho...I wanted you to win... happily

Abhi: What is this Armaan...you couldn't even find one little ring...

Nandani: Congratulations Riddhima... giving her a hug

Ridz: Thanks ma...

Nandani: I'm so happy to hear this from you... tears forming in her eyes

Ridz: Ma...mein aapki beti banke ayi hoon...bahu nahi...

Nandani: Agar meri Sachi yahan hoti toh woh bilkul tumhari jaisi hoti...

Ridz: Mein Sachi ki jagah kabhi nahi le sakti par main aapki dusri beti banke rahogi...

Nandani: - hugging her close - ...Meri bachi...

Anji: - hugging both of them - Main bhi hoon yahan...

Nandani hugged both of her daughter-in-laws then they settled down on the sofa while more rituals and games took place then most of the guests had left apart from Riddhima and Armaan's close friends. Vikram and Nandani handed them an envelope with two tickets to a Caribbean Island for their honeymoon which Armaan accepted happily and excitedly while Atul and Anjali gifted them a night in a hotel suit which they were ready to leave but their friends kept holding them back to annoy them. Armaan had had enough and told them all to go home but they all laughed and stayed longer until Atul decided it was quite late and Armaan and Riddhima were tired.

Abhi: Theek hain...

Niki: We're going...

Rahul: Sorry to disturb you...

Muskaan: Have fun... - giving Riddhima a hug

Tannu: Take care...

They helped them into the car and Anjali had helped Riddhima pack her suitcase quickly and Atul placed it in the back of the car. Riddhima hugged the girls before leaving with a smile and Armaan couldn't wait to get out of there; finally they would have time alone; he drove off speedily making his way to the hotel with a huge smile on his face.

Ridz: Why are you grinning so much...?

Armaan: Why shouldn't I...? - turning to her - ...Finally we're out of there and finally we're going to be alone...I'm so happy...

Ridz: Me too...

Armaan: I love you Riddhima...

Ridz: I love you too Armaan...and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you...

Armaan: - grinning with his dimpled cheek - ...Well...you're in for a surprise...



And they lived happily ever after...with a few doses of arguments daily...filled with lots of love...Riddhima aur Armaan ka Safar...it's just the beginning...





Well my dear readers...this is it...The End!

Safar...Shaadi Ke Baad... On The Way! 
Thank You 

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