Part 11

Akash came to the breakfast table with all smiles….. he was going to Lucknow… and if he was lucky he would see that girl again…. Smiling at the possibility, Akash dint notice the weird glances given by his family who were starting at his goofy smile…..
Akash what is up??? Asked Anjali…. Of course she knew it… Akash shares everything with her….
Wo di… I’m going to Lucknow today… in another 1 hour he said looking at his watch….
Ooooo tho bhai is happy cos he is gonna meet someone…. She said teasing him again…
Meet who Anjali betiya???? Mami asked placing a plate of paratas on the table….
Wo…. Bhai ko…. He said getting worried….. This was not the time for his mother to know anything…..
Hmmm Mami sang as she continued to eat lost in her own thoughts of last night…..
Anjali pulled Akash after his breakfast and took him to his room…
Akash… this time you find out where she lives and her name…. how long are you gonna take just to talk to her????
But Di…. I just saw her in the market once while she was buying some thing… now I don’t even know where she would be….. he said all sad
Arrey… I can’t believe you are my brother. You need to search. Look out open your eyes and stay away from chotey….. That is all she’ll come to you….
What…. How does staying away from bhai bring her back?????
If you stay with him he will give you more work…. If you do work where will you search for her…? So only, stay away from chotey for the time being…..
But di you know I’m going there in the pretense of work right??? How will I…
Budhu Akash… don’t worry abt that…. Why fear when I’m here she said giggling….
Ok Di now gotta start…..he said happy that his Di would defo help him in this…..
Payal banged the door open and entered into the room startling her Buaji….
Payaliya… yeh kya??? Buaji shouted….. (Payaliya what is this?)
Hum bhi aapse yehi pooch rahe hai buaji….yeh sab kya hai… (I’m also asking you buaji? What is this?)
Kya mathlab??? Buaji asked not getting what this girl was talking ablt….. The sound bought in her Amma too….. (what do you mean?)
Aap ne Kushi ko Shyam ke sath shadi karne par itna zoor kyu dala buaji??? Jab ki aap aur Amma janthey they ki wo itna bada hai humari Kushi se aur shadi shuda bhi….. (Why did you force Kushi to get married to Shyam? Then too when you and Amma knew that he was so older to her and that too married?)
Payal hume aaj hi pata chala ki wo shadi shuda hai… her amma said as tears started flowing…(Payal we came to know only today that she was married)
Par hum yeh janna chahte hai ki Kushi ko 13 Sal bade admi se shadi kyu karvayi gaya..? (but I want to know why Kushi was made to marry a guy 13 years older to her?)
Kyo ki uskeliye yehi rishta aya tha… kon kartha hai anath ladki se shadi??? Aur wo bhi kisi tarah ki mang na karthey hue??? Said buaji as her voice rose to a notch…. (cos this was the only proposal she got… who would marry to an orphan that too without asking for anything?)
Tho aapne ek nani jaan ko ek rakshas ke hath thamadiya??? Kyu?? Isse aapke kya bala hoga… yelled Payal (so you pushed a small flower into the hands of demon? Why? What would you get in all this?)
Chup ladki…. Tume insab me nahi padna chahiye….. uski Amma upne pasand ki ladke ke sath bhag gayi… aur khandan ki izzath mitti me miladia.. isse chodthey tho, yeh bhi ese hi karthe…..(shut up girl… dont interfere in all this… her mother ran away with her choice of man and destroyed out family name. if we left her she will also do that)
Jooth math boliye buaji…. Hume pata hai… appka koi aur karan hai…. Aap ko sharam nahi ati.. ladki ho kar apni bete jaisi ladki ka zindagi ujadne me???(don’t lie to me… I know… there is some other reason… aren’t you ashamed? Destroying a girls life who is like you daughter????)
Nahi ati… uski amma ne mere pyar se shadi ki…. Aur mujhe iss budde admi se shadi karni padi… is chote ghar me rahna pada….. mere kabhi bacche nahi huye… she yelled her frustrations…. Tho mene apna badla beti se liya… kya galath kiya mene??? She screamed…(no I don’t… her mother married my love… and I had to marry this old man… I had to live in a small house… I never had kids….)Garima stood shocked listing to this… this was the worst anyone can do…. That too to a small girl….. Payal had no words … she just left the room and Garima followed her…….Madhu turned around and her eyes fell on a picture of herself with Shashi and Komal….
Suna tumne… mera badla pura hua… tumari beti kabhi bhi kush nahi rahegi jase me kabhi kush nahi rahi…. Tumne mera pyar cheena aur mene theri beti ka zindagi chini hai….. She said laughing hysterically (did you listen??? My revenge is complete your child will never be happy as I was never happy… you took my love and I have taken away your daughter’s happiness)
Bahut pyar aur shadi ke bare me sapna dekha tha na… par teri beti ko insab ki kabi nasseb nahi hoga… (you have dreamt of love and marriage no..? your daughter will never be fated all this)
Humne sab kuch use cheen liya…. Uske nasseb se cheen liya… ab tumhe pata challega…. Mujhe kesa laga tha… (I have taken every thing… I have taken everything from her fate…. Now you’ll know…how I had felt….)saying she laughed madly…..satisfied
Past:
Shashi, Madhu and Komal, Siblings from the same blood line… while Shashi and Komal were of the softer variety, Madhu had always been more proud of herself…. She was considered to be the best in the house….be it anything and she always considered herself superior to any of her siblings……when Komal had always been soft and interested in emotional needs, Madhu had shown her strong disliking towards emotions…. She thought she could be happy only with a rich and best husband….. As they grew up their thinking also grew…. When Komal was 19 she had fallen in love with Mahendra Kumar… he was a newly joined teacher in the near by school… he had a government job…. Mahi and Komal liked each other, as Mahi was an orphan; he himself had come down and asked komal’s parents their permission to marry Komal…. The parents agreed but the marriage would not take place before Madhu as she was the eldest…
As time passed, Madhu’s anger had grown towards her sister….. her sister who was 2 years younger to her had a groom while she who was better in everything dint have… little did she know her proud nature was the real reason for not getting a good husband… she started comparing every proposal to that of Mahi… she had started to like him or to say like the way Mahi behaved with her sister and wished it upon herself…. This crush was noticed by her mother…. Mahi was strictly asked not to meet Komal till Madhu got married… but the real reason was not known by the couple….
One proposal had come where the family had asked for both Madhu and Komal’s hand for their two sons…. After thinking a lot, the parents agreed as Madhu would age and they thought Komal would also agree…. But little did they know that Komal and Mahi were already married…. The couple had married as they got scared when the parents asked Mahi to not see Komal…. And this news was broken by Komal on that very day….making her parents throw her out of the house…
Knowing that now Mahi would never be hers, Madhu’s anger grew on Komal…. She tried to poison her sister against her husband many a time but she failed…. She had thought of many things to split them but nothing worked… all this was also seen by her parents…. Worried, they fixed her marriage to a man who was nearly 11 years older to her…. Madhu dint want to marry him but her parents forced her too… so she married him. But this marriage had turned her dislikes to hatred. She blamed her state to her sister and still did…. Even though her husband was very gently towards her.. He took care of her and pampered her but still she was so into her hatred towards her sister that she never noticed her husband’s concern towards her…..
After the death of Komal and Mahi, Kushi was bought in by Shashi… after two years, Madhu’s husband died and Madhu came in with Shashi…. When ever she saw Kushi she couldn’t help herself from hating her… she was successful in controlling the weak willed Garima and when Shashi had fallen for paralysis she had taken the control of the house… and made sure that Kushi would not be spared small shred of happiness and love…. And today she had made sure of that…..
Present:
Shashi came out of his past as he heard Garima cry on his lap…. He felt sorry for this lady… he couldn’t say anything to her now… but what he prayed was happiness and safety for his Kushi…… he felt weak and worried… only today did he actually know and understand how weak he was…. He hated this… if only he was fit as before… Kushi would have never been pushed into this fate he thought as tears fell down his eyes…. He cursed his fate and wish death upon him…..
Arnav was restless as his titli’s thoughts never left him the whole day… he made his way to the Kumar’s house and opened it…. The half burn house was in real bad position… it had cobweb and dust everywhere… but still it reminded him of her…. He walked into the house and as he scanned the entire area…..his eyes fell on a half burn cradle… he went near it and touched….
Rajaji…. Nahi karthey… came her voice… ( Raja ji don’t do that) he lifted his eyes and kept on staring…. The 5 year old had worn her mother’s red duppata as a sarree and was struggling hard to keep the pallu on her shoulder….. Khali palne ko nahi hilathey…. She said glaring at him…..(you don’t push an empty cradle)
Accha bet jao… she said pointing at the sofa….. (ok now sit down) where she walked slowly trying to balance her tea cup and her pallu….. Arnav looked confused at all this…. Seeing Arnav still standing there… Arrey Raja ji… aap galath khel rahe ho… aapko wahan betna hai aur paper hath me rakhna hai…. Aur me aapko chai doongi…. She said pouting….(Oh Rajaji you are not playing correctly… you have to sit there and take the paper in your hand… and I’ll give you tea) Arnav smiled at the mock play of this girl and decided to humor her… before he could step closer he saw a 14 year old boy going and sitting on the sofa… he kept staring…. As he took the cup from her hand and drank the non existent tea in it… and saw the shine in his titli’s face when he had complimented her on the taste…
She then took her doll and rocked it in her arms…. Aapko pata hai…. Yeh bilkul aapke tarah natkat hai… she said smiling… and looked at the boy expecting something… the boy shot her a what look….
Arrey… abh apko accha ji kahke humare pass ana hai aur piche se mujhe…. She was about to say something when she heard a woman shouting….(oho.. now you have to say oh really and come near me then hold me from behind….)
Titli…. Chup beta….. yeh sab… she shouted as she ran it…(titli.. keep quiet…. All this…)Arnav turned to look at his titli’s mother when she started disappearing and so did titli and her doll….he came back to reality……. The house was back to its pitiable state….. He walked out of the house which at present resembled the state of his heart….. over the years he had done many changes to the Sheesh Mahal but he never could bring himself to touch this house… this house was the place where he had gotten his first friend.. This was the place where he had found out he had a sister….. How could he ever destroy this place…? He touched the blackened walls of its exterior and moved away from the place……
Pritvi (security head) got the things his boss had ordered and moved into the office to reach the house… he opened the door with the key in pass and stood shocked at the state of the house….
What did boss do here the last time he came here? He thought aloud… Great. That is why he had asked me to come here then he realized. He took his phone and punched few numbers and ordered the cleaners instructing them to come in with 4 people to clear the house….. After cutting the call he moved into the kitchen and placed the provisions…. He then moved out of the house and settled himself in the lawn waiting for the work force… waiting 30 min the cleaners arrived and started their job… he sat out side when he heard some one scream…
LASH LASH…Pritvi ran into the house and was horrified at the sight…. He went near the girl on the bed and checked her… she was hot… actually she was burning….. Her whole face was flushed and her lips were turning blue…. She had cuts on her feet and hands too and looked a complete mess… he without thinking carried her and told the workers to complete their job and left towards the hospital…..
Raja ji she cried….
Titli kya bath hai he said trying to reach her…(titli what is the matter?)
Hume dard ho raha hai… she whimpered…. His heart pained at the look she was giving him… her eyes full of tears and her face red… and her lips were going blue. (its hurting…)
Titli… kya hua… mujhe bathao….. he pleaded…(Titli what happened.. pls tell me)
Rajaji… she cried… mujhe bohot dard horahi hai… isse kam kijiye na…..she cried as she started disappearing… (rajiaji…. Its hurting a lot….make it lessen…)
TITLI he yelled stretching his hand to catch her… that is how Arnav got up from a snooze that he had fallen into on the chair… he stood up.. His heart was beating fast and he was restless again…. It was as thought his titli was in pain and calling him… why does this happen when ever he comes here he wondered…. The last time he was here ….. this was the same feeling.. His heart was troubled with some unknown feeling… which nagged him…. This nagging was worse today…. That was the time he felt his phone ring…
Hello sir???
Pritvi… yes
Sir… that girl…. In your apartment…
What happened to her…? He asked in such an urgency that Pritvi was taken back…
Wo sir.. she is not well… I found her burning with fever and….
And what Pritvi Arnav yelled…. Moving out of the room in a hurry
Wo… she had passed out… her lips were blue…. I have taken her to city hospital and the doc say she is very serious… it’s a case of acute food poisoning…..
WHAT??????
Sir… wo they are asking her name sir….. can you pls…
Tell them its Mrs Arnav Singh Raizada… he said suddenly. not know what else to say.. He himself dint know her name…
Sure sir. Pritvi said… confused….
I’m coming there… saying Arnav cut the call…. He dint understand what he was doing…why he said what he said….why he wanted to go there… he dint know why his heart pained as thought someone pierced it…he dint know why his feet moved in its own accord toward his car…. He called Aman and said he was leaving to Delhi and Akash was coming in to take care of the other works…. He ordered Aman not to tell his whereabouts to anyone.. What ever the reason may be….. Arnav pressed the accelerator and sped his SUV praying to reach there….
Precap: Arnav knows abt Kushi’s condition…. Babuji ill…..

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