Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Last part : Mohabbat Aapse (ss)


Riddhima's eyes widened hearing armaan say, "And one more thing riddhima. My parents know about you and they are happy about us". "They know about us already?" she asked unable to believe what he said and continued, "I mean..they don't know me at all. I met your mother for the first time tonight. I didn't meet your father yet. How did they approve of me without knowing me personally?". "Well, they trust their son would bring the perfect daughter-in-law to them. And trust me riddhima, they are excited and waiting as much as us for us to get together" he said smiling at her. She smiled as his words made sense to her slowly.


"All this feels like a dream armaan. I have fallen for you in the very first sight. But I denied it to myself thousands of times. At first i was not ready to accept that i fell for a stranger. I felt weird how can it be possible. On one side I couldn't forget you. On the other side I couldn't accept my feelings for a stranger. I searched for you like mad wherever I go. I was craving for just one glimpse of you. I wasn't able to concentrate on anything properly. I kept thinking about you all day and night. I lost my sleep thinking about you. At last when I sleep somehow, you invaded my dreams. I was trying hard to forget you. My own album was the dream of my life armaan. I even fought with my parents and came away from them to Mumbai to make my dream come true. After lots of struggle when I signed the contract with desire music, I didn't feel the contentment which I should have felt achieving my dream. I shared my happiness with my parents and muski. But the happiness felt incomplete to me. That day I realized how much the stranger mean to me and he had become a part of my life and me. For the first time after seeing you, I didn't deny to myself that I have fallen for you. The same night in my hostel room, when I looked out of the window at the empty sky, I felt the emptiness in me, in my life. I wanted you beside me. I wished to hug you tight and scream that my dream had finally come true. I wished you were there with me. I wished you to wipe my tears and say "I am here for you riddhima" and take me in your arms. I wanted the blue eyes and dimple smile stranger to be with me to complete my happiness and make me feel content. I wanted to see you smile and I wanted you to share all your happiness and all your life with me. And that feeling created a fear in me. I again started saying to myself that what I feel for you is mere attraction. I was fighting a battle with myself. I was afraid on what basis and how I can wait for someone who I don't know at all. I had a doubt if we will ever meet at all. But still, I was not able to ignore my heart's voice completely. I kept searching for you. I kept praying to god to show you to me. Three months passed. In those three months, as much as I tried to convince myself that I am just attracted to you and tried to forget you, the more my feelings for you deepened and thoughts about you clouded my heart and mind. So much that even the songs I wrote were thinking about you. I kept all those songs to myself, except "Hawa sun hawa". I recorded the song for the album. Something in me said that I should keep the song in the album. How much I tried but I couldn't stop myself from thinking about you when I write. You made me so crazy. Than one evening, suddenly you came out of nowhere. I was stunned seeing you. I felt a happiness which I never felt in my life. I cannot forget that moment ever. And when you said "I am Armaan Mallik", everything went black for me. My heart and mind war worsened. I tried to concentrate on my album only and not think about you. Which I understood is impossible. It was too late. I was in love with you and it was so very hard for me to control my feelings for you. The next day, you started behaving strange and mysterious. I remember the first time we had an eyelock in the parking lot. I felt like you were searching for something in my eyes..and than, you smiled as if you found what you are looking for and went away, starting my confusion. And than in your office, you again looked into my eyes so deeply. The way you said "Don't say bye so soon riddhima. We both have a long way to go together" , than the disappointment in your face and your low voice when you said "I think you didn't accept me as your friend yet", confused me more. And in the ice cream shop, when the song began, you again looked into my eyes and I felt like you were singing the song in your heart for me. When we were leaving you said, "Thanks for coming riddhima. I had a Wonderful time" and "the silence between us was serene. I Love the silence which spoke a lot". It confused me more and more. Next morning, you came to my home saying you want to know the last song of the album. I was more, more and more confused thinking why would you come just to know the song? You behaved strange. You were very friendly one moment and then the next moment you were a thorough professional. Everytime ours eyes locked, you look so deep into mine and suddenly break it when I was lost in yours. And your mysterious smile..as much as I love your dimple smile, sometimes I wanted to shout at you and ask you why you are doing this. It irritated me many times. I understood you love to tease me. Many times I tried to talk to you, but words failed to come out of my throat when you were in front of me. Everything you did kept increasing my confusion. Your eyes always showed that you feel for me too..that you love me. Your gestures said the same. But you were always mysterious and it kept the doubt about your feelings for me alive in my heart. And finally finally, that doubt died with you what you did for me last night" she said her heart out to him looking at him. Her eyes, her tears, her heartfelt smile, her change of expressions, her love, everything made him smile wider. Her love for him shining in her green eyes and the fact that she opened her heart and said everything to him Elated him. But at the same time, her pain pricked his heart like needles. He felt guilty for making her go through all the pain and confusion.



Armaan kissed her cheeks and forehead and lingered his lips there for a minute. He kissed away her tears making her smile. "I am Sorry riddhima. I am Really Very Sorry" he said kissing her hands. "Why are you saying sorry armaan?". "I knew you were searching for me everywhere. I knew you were yearning to see me again. I had seen your disappointed sad eyes when you look around and don't see me. I understood you love me when I saw you looking for me in every place you go. On the day you signed the contract, I had seen you celebrating with muskaan. Yet the smile on your lips didn't reach your eyes. And in the ice cream shop that evening, I saw your tearful eyes searching for me. I was always watching you, but never came front to wipe your tears. I am sorry" he said feeling very guilty.



Riddhima sat moved out of the hug angrily. Armaan was taken aback with how she moved away pulling her hands back from his hold. "What happened riddhima? Why did you..?" "Whatever you did for me, for us..you did it from your heart..you did what you felt is right for us..isnt it?" she asked him interrupting him angrily. "Haan riddhima. I did it all from my heart" he said holding her hands and kept their hands entwined between them. "Than please stop saying sorry for whatever you did. We apologise when we do something wrong. You didn't do anything wrong armaan. But you saying sorry makes everything wrong na. it hurts armaan. Don't you ever dare to say sorry for everything you did till now for us. Armaan..I understand why you did it. You did it all for me. You thought of my self-respect, my feelings and everything for me and about me. I don't think anyone will ever do that for me. You were patient for the last two years. I was in only my pain. But you were tolerating your pain and were also seeing me in pain. How much it must have hurt you. How many sleepless nights you must have spent? You were waiting for me for two years armaan. You didn't do anything wrong. Please don't feel guilty.  We are together now.  And it makes me the Happiest girl in the world now. So please don't feel guilty about it. hmm?" she said kissing his cheek making him smile, her anger gone away somewhere. "And it makes me the Happiest man in the world now. I will not say that word again and hurt you. You don't know how much happy you made me tonight riddhima. We fell for each other at first sight. We didn't even know each other's name when we did. But still our bond is so strong. We are comfortable with each other. I don't know how, but we have this understanding between us as if we knew each other for long. We can understand each other without words. Even when all my gestures confused you, you still were sure that I am in love with you. Even when I was not sure if you will ever love me, I still believed you are the one for me. Something kept us together even we were not together. I think the quote "Made For Each Other" perfectly suits us" he said smiling big. "It really does armaan. I Love You" she said looking into his eyes. "I Love You too birthday girl Riddhima Gupta" he said looking back into her eyes. As armaan said, this birthday indeed is a new beginning to their life.




After few moments, "So now our confession kiss?" he whispered caressing her cheek with his thumb. She smiled shyly closing her eyes. Her cheeks grew pink and deepened colour with every second. Their heart beat quickened as he inched closer to her. He encircled his arm around her waist and pulled her closer to him. She felt his breath on her lips and he saw her lips quivering and felt her hold on him tightening. He smiled and softly pressed his lips on hers and felt her shuddering. He softly nibbled her lips. In a minute, she did the same to him making him smile. They kissed ever so softly and parted for breath. She smiled and hugged him tight and he hugged her back asking, "So Miss.Riddhima Gupta..how was your first kiss?". His question shocked her. She looked up at him with questioning eyes. "I gathered all infos about you riddhima. I know you dated a guy when you were in college. But you didn't feel right about it and broke up with him in just two weeks. I am sure you didn't share your first kiss with him coz you didn't feel right about your relationship. After that you have not dated anyone, which means this is your first kiss" he said smiling and she nodded at him. "Riddhima, this is my first kiss too. I was a flirt in college and I had dated a couple of girls in my life. I was not serious about them and they were too. So we broke up mutually. I had had some moments with them. But never kissed anyone on lips. For me, lip kiss is something very intimate..heart and soul touching. I never felt that intimacy in my heart with anyone..Except you. So this is Our First kiss" he said looking at her and she stood not reacting at all. "Don't dare to even think of any other girl from now" she said glaring at him and he gulped seeing her and nodded at her saying "I will not riddhima" in a low voice. She chuckled looking at him and, "You are so cute armaan. I know you will not and I am happy that you said about your previous relationships to me" pulling his cheeks. He kissed her forehead making her smile more saying, "You belong to me. Only to me". She smiled seeing the possessiveness in his eyes and feeling it in his hold and voice. "You didn't answer my question. How was our first kiss?" he asked winking at her. "Not bad" she said winking back at him. "Hmm..just not bad? I guess I should you show the passionate armaan Mallik from now" he said and pressed his lips kissing her deeply shocking her. She kissed him back after a minute of shock. He bit her lips making her open her mouth. Jolts of shivers ran down their spine as their tongues met. They kissed passionately pouring out all their love. They parted after a long kiss for breath. They gulped oxygen leaning their foreheads on each other. "So now answer me..how was the kiss?" he asked her naughtily. "Out of the world" she whispered hugging him with a shy smile on her swollen lips. He knew she was blushing. He had seen the blush in her face even when she tried to hide it from him. "I never knew there is this shy girl inside the confident and courageous riddhima gupta. But you know what? I love this side of you. It makes me feel good to know the effect I have on you" he whispered kissing her head and she hid herself more in his embrace hearing him.

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Armaan and riddhima spent the whole night talking..telling every little thing they wanted to share with each other. They didn't know when they slept or when the night ended and the morning dawned. The sun rays touched the two lovers who were sleeping in sitting position holding hands in the couch. Riddhima woke up disturbed by the sun rays. She opened her eyes and then closed and then opened them again adjusting to the light. She felt armaan sleeping with his head on her shoulder. He looked so cute sleeping so peacefully. She chuckled seeing his slightly open mouth and closed it keeping her finger on his chin. But his mouth opened again making her chuckle again. She smiled shyly seeing their entwined fingers. She took their hand upto her lips and placed soft kiss on the back of his hand. At the very moment, he woke up and smiled feeling her lips on his hand. "Good morning riddhima" he said smiling at her. "Good morning armaan" she said smiling wide as he kissed her forehead. They hugged and stayed in the each other's embrace for some minutes and parted. "Armaan..my parents stayed in my bua's house last night. They said they have some important work with her. So they stayed there. They will come home in two-three hours. I want to tell them about us" she said looking at him. "No need riddhima. They know about us already. My parents told them about us and they are happy about us" he said winking at her. She stared at him shocked for a minute and hugged him smiling. "Now lets go home. I will drop you first and then go to my house. Then I will come back to your place. We are going out and spend our entire day together" he said and she nodded saying, "Okay. But I want to go to the temple first before we go out and spend the whole day with each other". "Okay. Done" he said making her smile.


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"We are very happy you achieved your dream riddhima. Last night, we didn't go to your bua's house. Mr and Mrs. Mallik invited us to their home and we went there. They said how armaan saw you for the first time and everything. And we also noticed the silent interaction between you and armaan last night. We understood something is between you and him. Mallik family is very good and we like armaan too. So when they asked us for your hand in marriage with their son, we thought about everything and we didn't find any reason to say no.  So we agreed" riddhima's father said to his daughter who nodded and hugged her parents happily. "Your happiness is all we want. We are sure you will be happy with armaan" her mother said caressing her daughter's hair. "Thank you mama papa. I Love you soo much" she said kissing their cheeks. "We are going back now and will come back in a week. Finally, we decided to move to Mumbai" her parents said parting from the hug. "Really?? I am sooo happy" she jumped in joy making her parents laugh. The door bell rang and she ran and opened the door to see armaan with his parents and rahul. Armaan stared at her with a big smile who wore a blue chudidar suit. He saw in the attire for the first time and he loved it on her. Their eyelock was disturbed by riddhima's parents who welcomed them in. Riddhima took armaan's parents blessings who blessed her with and made her sit with them. The elders started to talk and he kept staring at her. Armaan's parents and riddhima spoke to one another like long lost friends. He kept staring at her with his intense eyes throughout the whole conversation  and she knew it very well. She gestured to him to look away but he never did.


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Muskaan who had gone to attend an emergency came back and saw armaan and riddhima in an eyelock. The elders had decided to get armaan and riddhima engaged soon and the couple agreed to it happily. The elders had gone back blessing their children. Only rahul was there with armaan and riddhima who was watching something on tv interestingly. Muskaan faked a cough bringing them out of their eyelock. Riddhima smiled wide and hugged muskaan happily. She was eagerly waiting to tell everything to her friend. They parted and muskaan winked at her friend looking at armaan. She hugged armaan and her friend saying "I am very happy for both of you" with a big smile. They parted and when riddhima was going to say everything to her, she saw her friend's eyes locked with rahul's. She looked at armaan and they smiled at each other understandingly. Armaan patted rahul's shoulder and he looked at him irritated for disturbing him. "Looks like a love story had started last night when we were not there in the hall" riddhima said looking at muskaan who looked down blushing. "Riddhima and i are going out. We will be late. I guess two people here needs some alone time too" armaan said winking at their friends. "Bye guys" they said and went out holding hands smiling and hugging their friends.


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Armaan and riddhima first went to the temple. They prayed and thanked god for bringing them together. After that they went out to random places where they felt like going to and spent the whole day together happily. They were now in the beach restaurant which belongs to armaan's father. The restaurant was undergoing some renovations and it was closed. Armaan had told the renovation workers to go early today. So only he and riddhima were there enjoying the silence of the calm night and their togetherness.

Din chade
mujhse pooche nazar
Kaun tha sapno mein raat bhar
aap ka hi tha asar
Ab aap hi ho humsafar
Mohabbat Aapse


Armaan said the words poetically boring his eyes into riddhima's, which widened listening to him. "How did you know this?" she asked him shocked to the core. No one knows about this song except her. The song was written by her deep down from her heart for her stranger..for armaan. "Few days ago when I came to your home, you were not there. Me and muskaan were talking when she got a call from hospital. She got busy in the phone call about her patient. Your room door was open and I saw your photo in the wall. I went in to look at the photo. There I saw a diary in your study table. I knew it must be yours if its in your room. I was very curious to read your diary. I knew it was wrong to enter your room in the first place without your consent. And it is more wrong to read your diary. But I couldn't control myself. Something in me wanted to read it. So I just opened a random page and saw this song written in the diary. I felt so loved reading every word. At the end of the song you had written "I don't know what your name is, who you are and where you are. I don't know anything about you stranger. All I know is I am Truly, Madly and Deeply in love with you. I Love you My Blue Eyes & Dimple Smile Stranger". It shook my soul to know how much you love me. That's when I decided no more waiting and I will tell you everything and confess to you on your birthday" he answered her with all the love. She hugged him with tearful eyes mumbling "I Love You Armaan..I Love You Truly, Madly and Deeply". He hugged her back kissing her head caressing her back mumbling "I Love You Too Riddhima..I Love You with all My Heart & Soul". They stayed in each other's arms for a long minutes and he parted her slowly. "I want to listen to you singing the song" he said pecking her lips. She smiled at him and began singing the song.



Armaan and riddhima hugged each other by their waist, leaving a little distance between them to look into each other's eyes. There weren't any music instruments. She sang with the rhythm of their of heart beat as music to the song of their love.

Din chade
Mujhse pooche nazar
Kaun tha sapnon mein raat bhar
Aapka hi tha asar
Ab aap hi ho humsafar
Mohabbat Aapse
Aapse
Aapse
Aqeedat aapse
Mohabbat Aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Aqeedat aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Ho..ho..ho..

He tucked her hair strands behind her ear and kissed her forehead, which made her lips curve to a deep smile. She cupped his face in her palms and he leaned his forehead on hers smiling at her with his dimples, making her heart skip beats, yet again.
 
Sharbati nazaron mein aap hai
Makhmali palkon ke paas hain
Aap to ehsaas hain
Ab khoob hai aur khaas hai
Mohabbat Aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Aqeedat aapse
Mohabbat Aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Aqeedat aapse

Kahin na kahin yeh dil jab aata hai
Ghadi do ghadi ko tab samjhata hai

She kissed his forehead and dimples making them deepen, singing

Dil ka dilon se bhi kuchh naata hai
Yeh dil dohrata hai
Mohabbat Aapse
Aqeedat aapse
Mohabbat Aapse
Aqeedat aapse
Mohabbat aapse


Dilruba kehta hai aapko
Dil khuda kehta hai aapko
Har dafa yeh aapko
Kehta wafa hai aapko
Mohabbat Aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Aqeedat aapse
Mohabbat Aapse..Aapse..Aapse
Aqeedat aapse..Aapse..Aapse


Her melodious voice, the love in her every word and in her eyes, his dimple smile which reached his love filled blue eyes, their togetherness, the waves, moonlit night, everything made the moment special for them. He kissed her with all his love for her as she finished the song and she reciprocated with same love as him. Armaanriddhima hugged each other tight and were lost in their world of love to never come out of it.

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