Monday, 23 November 2020

part 3 : Mohabbat Aapse (ss)

A Month Later,

Armaan, riddhima, rahul and muskaan are friends now. Muskaan and rahul had understood what armaan was doing with riddhima. But they don't understand why he is doing it. Rahul had asked armaan about it and his friend just gave a smile to him as his answer. Rahul didn't ask him further and played along with him, confusing riddhima more than she already is. Armaan's gestures made riddhima think he loves her for sure. She was surprised how he knew some of her likes and dislikes. Sometimes he behaved as if he knows her from long. Sometimes he will start a topic generally about life, love, marriage and will get to know her opinion. But when it comes to voice out what he thinks, he avoids it and diverts the conversation to something else. Sometimes he goes so close to her as if he was going to hug her and will suddenly back off. He looks so deep in her eyes like he was searching for something. When she will be lost in his ocean eyes, he will suddenly break the eye lock disappointing her and at times irritating her. She will glare at him and he will just smile at her go away from there. His eyes had always shown her something intense which she understood is love. She stopped denying to herself that what she feels for him is mere attraction. She accepted to herself that she is Deeply in Love with her "Blue Eyes & Dimple Smile Armaan Mallik". But at times he behaved thoroughly professional with her and maintained his distance with her, which extremely confused her. She had tried to talk to him about it a few times. But will go speechless when she sees him. She understood he loves to confuse her and tease her. They both know what it is between them. She desperately wants him to stop this hide and seek.




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"So armaan..shall I talk to her parents about your marriage?" "Not yet mom" "How many more days armaan? Its almost two years. You said you need time and I agreed to it. Is all this time not enough for you?" "Mom..i already told you I am ready to marry her. Than why are you getting worried? Chill mom" he said coolly. "Haan beta. You said yes a year ago. But she or her parents doesn't even know that we want her in our family. What if she is in love with someone else? Or her parents fix her marriage with someone else? I was patient all these days because of you. We should not delay anymore armaan. I know you love her. I don't want you to be disheartened" his mother said concerned for her son. "First of all, her parents will not fix her marriage now. And she will not fall in love with anyone" "How are you so sure about that?" "Coz she had told them she will not get married before she is successful in her career. Trust me mom. She will be Very successful in her career. She will become one of the Best singers of our country. And..she is doing her debut album in our desire music and it is releasing soon" "What?? Why you didn't tell me this before? I am so happy beta. Will you allow me to meet her at least now?" "ofcourse you can meet her mom. I will arrange for it. Now I gotta go. I have an important work. Bye" armaan said kissing his mother's cheek, winking with a smile and took his car key. "Bye beta. Be careful while driving" "Okay mom" he said and walked to the door. "Armaan you didn't tell me how you are so sure she will not fall in love with anyone?" "coz she loves me mom" he said with his full deep dimple smile and hurried out waving bye to her. She smiled elated hearing him.

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Riddhima unlocked her flat and opened the door. She was amazed and shocked seeing her living room lit with aromatic candles and some balloons on the floor. "Who came here and did all this? How can someone come here? Only muskaan and I have the keys" she thought scared who entered her home without her knowledge. "Muski..muski..muskaan..are you here? Muskaan" she called her friend.  She went in and felt Armaan's presence. "How could he be here? He doesn't have the keys. He is making me mad with each passing day" she said to herself and raised her hand to turn on the lights. Suddenly she saw a candle in front of her eyes..and Armaan. Her heart beat quickened looking at him. The candle light made him look more handsome and took her breath away. She closed her eyes and opened them to see if he was really there or she was hallucinating. He stood in the same place, now with a deep dimple smile. "Armaan!!! how did you come here???" she asked shocked. "Ssshhh. Don't talk" he whispered and softly took her bag from her shoulder. He took her right hand and led her to the middle of the living room and played a song on his i-pod.


Armaan whispered along with the lyrics looking straight into riddhima's eyes.


Sham bhi koi jaise hai nadhi
Lehar lehar jaise beh rahi hai
Koi ankahi, koi ansuni
Baat dheemi dheemi keh rahi hai
Kahin na kahin jaagi hui hai koi aarzoo
Kahin na kahin khoye hue se hain main aur tu
Ke boom boom boom para para

He leaned closer to her and whispered in her ear. She closed her eyes shivering with their proximity.

Hai khaamosh dono

He stepped back to see her eyes closed. And continued singing along with the song with a smile on his lips.

Ke boom boom boom para para
Hai madhosh dono
Jo gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein
Jo kehti sunti hai yeh nigahein
Gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein hai na

Their proximity was affecting her. Her heart beat sped up and her breathing became heavy. Unknown to her, her hold on him tightened. He smiled and spun her in his arms making her open her eyes for a moment, only to be lost in his blue oceans when she was back in his arms the next moment.

He sang along making her blush.

Suhani suhani hai yeh kahani
Jo khamoshi sunaati hai
Jise tune chaha hoga woh tera
Mujhe woh yeh batati hai
Main magan hoon par na jaanu
Kab aane wala hai woh pal
Jab haule haule dheere dheere
Khilega dil ka yeh kamal
Ke boom boom boom para para
Hai khaamosh dono
Ke boom boom boom para para
Hai madhosh dono
Jo gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein
Jo kehti sunti hai yeh nigahein
Gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein hai na

They had stopped dancing was just lost in each other's eyes.

Yeh kaisa samay hai, kaisa sama hai
Ke shaam hai pighal rahi
Yeh sab kuch haseen hai, sab kuch jawan hai
Hai zindagi machal rahi, jagmagati jilmilati
Palak palak pe khwaab hai
Sun yeh hawayein gungunaye
Jo geet lajawab hai
Ke boom boom boom para para
Hai khaamosh dono
Ke boom boom boom para para
Hai madhosh dono
Jo gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein
Jo kehti sunti hai yeh nigahein
Gummsum gummsum hai yeh fizayein hai na 


Armaan and riddhima both were so lost in each other for long, even after the song finished. Their eye lock was broken by the alarm ring of his cell phone. She stepped back lowering her eyes and turned away from him. She stood like a statue not understanding what is happening. A lone tear escaped her closed eyes. She felt his hand on her shoulder and turned to face him. "Armaan..what.." before she could finish what she was saying, "Happy Birthday Riddhima" he said forwarding a small birthday cake to her and wiped the tear with his other hand's thumb shaking his head in "no" making her smile. She looked at him Surprised and Stunned, with a Deep Smile on her lips. He kept the cake in the table there and gave the knife to her. She took it from him quietly. He lit the candles for her and gestured her to cut the cake. She closed her eyes making a wish and blew the candles opening her eyes. He sang happy birthday to her as she cut the cake. He took a piece of the cake and forwarded to her. She opened her mouth looking into his eyes and he fed her. She took another piece and fed him back. She looked down blushing seeing his blue eyes lingered on her luscious lips, where a little vanilla cream was there. He lifted her chin making her look at him. She closed her eyes seeing him leaning on to her as if he is going to kiss her. Shivers ran don her spine when he wiped the cream from her lips ever so softly. She opened her eyes and looked at him in a daze and he saw the disappointment in her eyes, which he understood why. He smirked and gestured her with his eyes to take the gift which was on his hand. She glared at him and turned her face away. He moved to the side where she was facing and held out the gift to her. She looked at it and at him for a moment. She took it from him and opened the gift carefully. She smiled wide with tearful eyes and looked at him thankfully. It was the CD of her Debut Album "Ishq". Years of her dream was in her hands. Her own Album. "Thank You Armaan" she said caressing the CD and a tear fell on it. He wiped it and "Be ready by evening six O'clock" he said and she looked at him questioningly. "We are releasing your album in the evening" he said and she looked at him shocked. "In the evening??? But you said the album will release two weeks later" she asked him. "This is your birthday surprise riddhima" he said and continued, "I gotta go now. I will come here and we will go to the event hall together and you will get the answers to your questions by tomorrow..hopefully" and walked away from her backwards smiling at her. She looked at him with a mix of emotions and feelings. She herself had forgotten her birthday in the nervousness of her debut album. But he knew it and gave her unforgettable moments on her birthday to cherish her whole life and best gift ever. Her little doubt flew away with what did for her now. She is Absolutely Sure he loves her. But she couldn't understand why he is behaving strange and mysterious with her. Now she is awaiting the evening to know the answers. While she was lost in him and her thoughts, he suddenly hurried to her and hugged her tight stunning her. This was the first time he was hugging her. "This birthday is the beginning of a new life. You will be the Happiest girl in the world from now. Happy Birthday Riddhima" he whispered to her tucking her hair strands behind her ear and left her. Before she could react he rushed out, smiling wide showing his deep dimples making her heart skip beats, yet again.

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Muskaan came back in early morning and was surprised seeing the candles and balloons in the living room. She had called riddhima after armaan went from there and wished her friend. She closed the door and went to riddhima's room to see her friend lost in dreamland with a smile on her lips. She slowly went towards her and "Happy birthday Ridzzz" she screamed in her ear hugging and laughing, bringing riddhima out of her dreamland. Riddhima was startled for a moment, than she smiled and hugged muskaan back saying "Thank you Muski" with a big smile. "Did armaan come here in the night?" muskaan asked and she nodded parting from the hug. "I thought you must have given him the key when I saw him here. You didn't give him the key? Than how did he enter our home?" riddhima asked and muskaan laughed. "He entered in his own way. Don't you know him? He is mysterious" muskaan said and riddhima agreed with her. "But all my little doubt about his feelings for me got cleared last night muskaan" "How ridz? I knew something had happened when I talked to you in the phone in the night. I couldn't ask you anything properly coz of the duty. Tell me what happened?" muskaan asked and riddhima said how he surprised her, the song and their dance, birthday cake, the gift and her album release in the evening. Muskaan listened to everything with a smile and it deepened seeing the colour rushing on her friend's cheeks. "Wow! Congrats on your album release first. And its so good that at last your lil doubt because of his strange behaviour is cleared now" she said hugging her and asked with a naughty smile "So that's it? You didn't confess? He didn't kiss you Happy Birthday?". Riddhima turned away blushing shaking her head in "no". "OMG!!! Look at yourself in the mirror ridz. You are blushing red!!!! I never saw this side of you" muskaan teased her friend making her blush more. "But seriously..he didn't even hug you?" "He did when he was going..our first hug. He came back and hugged me suddenly and said "This birthday is the beginning of a new life. You will be the Happiest girl in the world from now. Happy Birthday Riddhima" and left me abruptly before I could react and he rushed out" riddhima said with a full deep smile. "I guess you will get your answers today" muskaan said listening to her and riddhima nodded saying "I hope the same too". "Okay muski. You take some rest now. We will go to the temple together after few hours" "And yeah..after that we will go for shopping. You need a Pretty dress for your album release" muskaan kissing her friends cheek and asked "When uncle and aunty are coming?". "They will come in the evening. I said it suddenly na. So they will reach here in the evening and come to the venue directly" "Okay. I will sleep now. You too do the same and dream of your love" muskaan teased her again, only to get a light smack from her blushing friend.

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Armaan stared at riddhima when she came out of her room. She wore a pretty yellow knee length dress suiting her simple personality. With Light make up on her face, her hair open and the bright smile on her lips shining on her green eyes..she was Gorgeous. He stared at her with his passionate blue eyes making her smile shyly. "You are Beautiful Riddhima Gupta" he whispered standing close to her. "Thank You Armaan" she said looking at him. He held out his hand to her smiling at her and she held his hand. They walked out followed by rahul and muskaan. Riddhima was very nervous in the car and armaan saw it. He took her hand and squeezed it blinking his eyes at her making her smile. They sat in the last with muskaan and rahul in the middle seats hiding their view from the driver who was in the front. They stayed silent with her hand in his hold, which made her feel secured and her nervousness fade away. Riddhima looked at him utterly disappointed when he said he have an important work and have to leave her in middle way to the event hall. She didn't say anything and sat quietly turning her face away from him which armaan understood is her anger. He turned her to face him holding her one cheek and said looking in to her eyes. "I have to go riddhima. I promise I will be there in time for the album release. Trust me" his love reflecting in his eyes. She nodded at him slowly with slight tear filled eyes. The thought of him leaving her on such an important day of her life disappointed her to the core and somewhere it scared her too. The driver stopped the car and he kissed her forehead and eyes making her close them. He kissed her hand and she looked at him with all the love she has for him and saw the same in his blue eyes. "Take care rahul" he said standing beside the door stepping out. "I will armaan. Don't worry" rahul said assuring his friend who nodded at him closing the door and waved bye to them looking at riddhima.

*******

Armaan came in time for the event and he couldn't look away from riddhima all evening. She was all smiles the whole evening. Her face was glowing with happiness. The album was released and she sung a couple of songs from it. She had met industry people who welcomed her warmly. Her parents and muskaan where proud of their daughter and friend. She had achieved her dream and they were more than happy for her. Armaan had again surprised her with a big birthday cake just before the album was gonna be released and made her  cut the cake as everyone there wished and blessed her. Armaan met her parents who liked him instantly. After all, who could escape Armaan Mallik's charm? Armaan's mother had also come and she met riddhima, her parents and muskaan. After that the elders got busy in their own important talks. Riddhima kept looking at him straight or with the corner of her eyes. She was desperately waiting for the answers. She couldn't wait to know them. He sometimes would wink at her and smile with his deep dimples making her cheeks turn pink and heartbeat fast. The media there was in for a treat. It was not everyday that Armaan Mallik comes to these kinds of functions. Infact, this was the first time he came to an album release of his own desire music. They were clicking his pictures in every opportunity they got and of course, their eyes and cameras caught the silent interaction between armaan and riddhima. And armaan noticed it too. He made sure they don't make riddhima uncomfortable with any questions about him or what is it between him and her. The function ended at nearly ten o' clock.

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After everyone went from there, including the elders, only armaan, riddhima, rahul and muskaan were there. Armaan excused himself and went somewhere. In a minute after he was gone,


Aankhon mein jiske, Koi to khwaab hai;
Khush hai wohi jo, Thoda betaab hai;
Zindagi mein koi, Arzoo kejiye'
Phir Dekhiye'

Honton pe jiske, Koi to geet hai;
Woh haare bhi to, Uski hi jeet hai;
Dil mein jo geet hai, Gungunaa lijiye'
Phir Dekhiye'

Riddhima heard the song echoing in the whole hall..in her voice, the song which she never gets of tired listening to and the song which she loves to sing again and again. She stood up and went to the room from where the song was playing and saw a video in a big LED screen there..her video in which she was singing the song. It was in lonavla almost two years ago, when she and muskaan had gone to lonavla for a weekend trip and for a music programme there with their common friends. This video was of the music programme which was held there. She knew armaan had played this video here. But she didn't understand how he got the video. She felt his presence and turned to look at him who stood looking at her with intense eyes. He stopped the video with the remote and walked towards her. He gestured her to sit on the couch there and she did. He sat beside her and "Will you sing the song now?" he asked her looking into her eyes holding out a guitar to her. She took it and sang playing the guitar looking deep into his ocean blue eyes with slight shy smile on her lips.

Yaadon mein jiske, Kisi ka naam hai;
Sapno ke jaise, Uske har shaam hai;
Koi to ho jisse, Apna dil dijiye'
Phir Dekhiye'

Khwaab bun yeh zara;
Geet sun yeh zara;
Phool chun yeh zara
Phir Dekhiye'


She finished the song and he clapped for her making her smile more. "How did you get this video?" she asked him after few moments of their eyelock. "I got it from the organisers the next day after the programme" he said and she nodded, thinking that means he knows her for almost two years. "Have you ever seen me before riddhima..?" he paused and moved more closer to her and continued looking into her eyes "before you saw me in the ice cream shop few months ago?". She looked at him utterly shocked. "How did he know I had seen him in the ice cream shop???" she thought staring at him. "I will tell you how I know you saw me there riddhima. First please answer my question" he said softly. "No. I have not seen you before I saw you in the ice cream shop". "You always have this doubt why I go out in my bike and wear casuals when I go out of desire music precincts. Hai na?" he asked and she nodded. "Its because I didn't want people to recognize me. I avoid media exposure as much as possible. That's why you have not seen me anywhere before and just knew my name as the desire music Armaan Mallik. I go for stage programmes, events, hotels, restaurants', wherever there is music programmes. I search for talented musicains myself and make some of them my friends. I talk to them. See myself if they have the desire and passion in them to make it big. I don't want them to know who I really am..that I am the owner of desire music. I don't want them to be nervous when they talk to me for the first time. I want to know the real them. So that they talk freely to me about their life, how much they want to make it big and become successful. I make them send their CDs to desire music and give opportunities to those who know the value of it and deserve it" he said seriously as she listened to him carefully. She had read about Armaan Mallik himself giving offers for some musicians in desire music. She had not believed it then. But she does now.



"Coming to your numerous questions..Yes. I know you for almost two years now. I first saw you in a music programme where you had come with muskaan and you enjoying the music. After that I saw you in the music programme in lonavala. I was surprised to see you singing. I didn't know you could sing so well when I saw you for the first time. I found out you are a singer..a struggling musician. I immediately checked if you have sent your CDs to desire. But there was none from you. For some reason, I didn't want to come in front of you as some stranger and know you like I did for others. I waited for you send the CDs and you did after almost one year after that. And here you are now. As the other musicians who debuted in Desire music, you also got this album offer coz of your talent and because you deserve this" he answered her questions. "Thank You Armaan" she said Thankful to him for recognizing her talent and giving her the opportunity. "Trust me riddhima. The pleasure is all mine. You don't know how much I was waiting for you to send your CDs" he said winking at her. "hmm..how did you know I saw you in the ice cream shop that evening?" she asked him in a low voice. "I saw you in the ice cream shop that evening. I felt someone's intense gaze on me and saw you looking at me lost somewhere" he said winking and she looked down embarrassed to the core that he had known she was attracted to him even before she met him properly.


After few minutes of silence,


"Answer to my other questions?" "What other questions riddhima?" "Armaannn..don't act as if you don't understand" "I really don't understand riddhima" he said suppressing his smile. He couldn't supress it for long seeing her frowning and her disappointed, irritated expressions. "Armaaannn..answer me" "you didn't ask me the question" he said smirking. That's it. She had enough now. She hit him on his chest with her fists surprising him and herself too. He laughed and held her fists. He put the guitar aside which was on her lap and pulled her close to him by her wrist. He looked so deep in her eyes and she looked back into his oceans forgetting the world around her. Today he didn't hide the emotions or he didn't break the eyelock. They were lost in each other for what seemed like eternity, their eyes and erratic heart beat telling the three words they both were yearning to hear from the other. He left her wrists and cupped her face in his palms, making her shiver with his touch. He moved so close to her such that his breath hit her face and mingled with hers. He leaned and kissed her forehead lingering his lips there making her close her eyes with a smile. He caressed her cheek with his thumb. She opened her eyes and looked at him who was smiling at her with love filled eyes. Staring straight and deep into her eyes, he said what he was waiting to say to her from long and what she waiting to hear from him. "I Love You Riddhima Gupta" he whispered. She looked at him shocked..Happily shocked that finally he said it in words. She saw the love and truth in his blue ocean eyes. She lowered her eyes not saying anything and he just hugged her tight, crushing her in his arms. Her hands automatically wrapped around him hugging him back with a deep smile, which deepened when he again whispered "I Love You a Lott Riddhima" in her ear. She felt Elated, Overjoyed. How much she waited to hear these words from him. He felt he got everything he desired embracing her in his arms and a big Satisfaction saying the words to her. He felt her trembling in his hold which he understood is coz of their closeness. They parted after a few minutes and looked into each other's eyes. His eyes travelled few inches lower and lingered on her lips. Her cheeks turned red. He leaned onto her to kiss her. He was shocked when she pushed him back. "I didn't say if I feel the same for you Mr.Mallik" she said in a teasing tone smirking. "I know what you feel b'day girl" he said moving close to her. "I know you love me" he said and she couldn't deny it. Silence prevailed between them as he held her close to him again by her waist. "I Love you too" she whispered not able to hold back the words anymore, making him smile to the full depth of his dimples. They leaned their foreheads on each others with the smile not leaving their lips. "Tell me how you knew me?" she asked him. "First I want a confession kiss. Then I will tell you the answers to your questions" "No" she said strictly and blushing. "Please" he pleaded. She shook her head again. "I was waiting for this moment for almost two years now. Don't make me wait more riddhima" he said pouting and she smiled seeing his cute expressions. She softly kissed his cheek making the pout disappear and the dimples appear. "Now my answers" she said trying to hide her pink cheeks. "Will you allow me to kiss you after you get your answers?". "Answers first and we will talk about other things later" "This is so not fair" "Haww.." her mouth opened in "O" hearing him. He chuckled looking at her. "You confused and teased me with your strange mysterious behaviour all these months and you are saying this is not fair?" she said in complaining tone making him smile with her expressions. "Okay. I will answer you first" he said taking her hands in his.



"I felt attracted to you when I first saw you for the very first time in the programme. I couldn't forget you at all after that. You began to invade my dreams. I even started hallucinating you. You were in everything around me. All I could think of was you. I realized I have fallen in Love with you at first sight. After that, I started to follow you without your knowledge. And that's how I came to lonavala following you. When I was following you and gathering infos about you, I understood you are a very self-respectful girl. So when I found out you are a struggling singer, I didn't offer you in desire music like I did for others because I thought if I come to you as a stranger and make you apply in desire and then when you become successful, you will feel cheated and you might reject my proposal when you come to know who I am really. I thought that you will feel that I gave you a chance just coz I love you and the opportunity which you got is not because of your talent. So I stayed away from you and kept watching you without you knowing. I waited till you yourself come to desire. I was very careful that you should not see me till you sign a contract with desire music. But that evening you saw me and I knew you are also attracted to me in first sight seeing how you were staring at me. I knew you were searching for me everywhere you go. But I had to wait till you start your album and finish recording some songs. You don't k now how desperate I was to meet you and talk to you. At last when you had the last song to finish recording, I couldn't wait anymore and came to meet you one evening in the recording studio and I saw the love in your eyes which I was yearning to see in your green eyes from the moment I realized I have fallen for you" he said everything with a smile. His eyes showing the love, honesty and the truth of his words, the torture he had go through in his Long wait for her and all his heartfelt deep feelings for her. Riddhima stared at him amazed. This man in front of her though about her feelings and emotions, her self-respect, what she will think even before he met her or talked to her in person. Even when he was not sure if she will reciprocate his feelings, he thought so much of her and for her. He waited so much for her. She knows how it feels to be not sure of the feelings the person you love and still wait for them. That's what she went to through all these months. She stared at him speechless.


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Madura

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