Part 12: The Crack

It has been one week, one week of silence.. one week of no Guddu and Pari… the whole Sheesh Mahal was silent, mourning the loss of a very loyal employee, a friend, a brother, a father…and much more…
Shashi signed as he glanced through another document… he dint feel like himself… he was missing his old friend and that too badly… and most of all… he was worried for Guddu… he had given the young lad some time… he knew how loosing a loved one felt… but now it was one week but still Guddu dint seem to come out of his shell…he saw Guddu going to school alone and staying by himself in his old house… thought he had felt strange, but thought better than to force the child… his Pari also seemed to think the same…
Shashi was still lost in his thoughts when his phone rang…
Hello???
Is this Mr Gupta??? Came a serious voice… of a woman…
Yes… may I know who this is???
I’m am Devyani Singh Raizada… She spoke… I’m Arnav’s late mother’s mother… that is his nani…
Ho.. was all he could manage.. He dint understand why this woman was calling now.. He had been told of the strict Devyani Singh Raizada… who had disowned her own daughter for loving a commoner… but now why was she calling?? He wondered..
I want to meet you Mr. Gupta.. This is in regard of Arnav… I have heard that his father is no more.. and being his blood relative, I want to take him with me… she told him directly…
What?? But Amar was my friend.. and his son is my responsibility… pls Mrs. Raizada.. I’ll take full responsibility.. and … but he was stopped…
Mr. Gupta… wo meri beti ki akhiri nishani hai… pls understand… she spoke in a soft voice…full of emotion…
But…
Pls.. let us meet and talk in person… she offered… knowing well that such talks are good only to be done in person…
Sure Mrs. Raizada.. come home tomorrow by 11am..Shashi told her…
Sure.. see you saying she cut the call… Shashi placed the receiver down… he dint expect this.. He never thought of all this… he dint know what will happen if they take Arnav away??? What will he say to Arnav abt this??? Shashi made a call to his friend Manohar in this regard… he needed to take a decision and that too soon…

Arnav sat on the bed of his old room.. in the servants quarters… he had managed to make Maggi and survive for the past week.. But from morning he had not had anything… he dint want to go to Sheesh Mahal and ask for food… he would never do that… that house where his father had spent his life serving.. that place and its inhabitants had killed his father… his eyes shed tears as he missed his father a lot… he dint want anything… all he wish was his father… He looked at the picture of his parents… they were smiling… it was their wedding picture… his body shook as he cried holding it.. How he wish to have them here now… how he wish everything would be back to normal now.. but he knew very well that nothing could be back.. All was lost…
Guddu.. a soft voice called him.. He knew whose it was… why wouldn’t she just leave him alone.. her presence made him remember the words of Kamya… he was really irritated…
Guddu.. pls take this.. saying, she placed a tray of food on the table..
Come.. how long will you be like this.. she scolded him like before…
Chalo.. she said pulling him.. and making him sit of the chair…
I don’t want anything.. I’m not hungry.. he said.. trying to hide his irritation
Not hungry.. how come.. you have not eaten anything… I know… the Maggi packets would be over by now.. so stop all this and have food… she said.. keeping her hand of her hips…
I’m not hungry.. pls don’t force me… he tried to shoo her… he dint want to shout at her… though things were different now… he still remembered her as his best friend… if not anything…
Force… force tho suru bhi nahi kiya hai.. she said.. getting into her Mistress mode… she took the plate in her hand.. ab challo.. open your mouth.. I’ll feed you.. after this… you can come with me… you will stay in your room in the Mahal.. not in this match box… she spoke.. not realizing how her words affected him…
Pari.. pls.. just… but before he could say anything, she placed a piece of food inside his mouth…
This made him really angry.. why was it that she always forced him.. he got up..
PARI!! He yelled don’t you understand once… are you deaf??? He yelled at her..
Kushi stood shocked… her Guddu never yelled at her.. she was frozen to that place…
I don’t want your pity… take this.. saying he threw the plate on the floor.. scaring her.. she ran away crying and Arnav turned his head… trying to remove the images of her broken face…

Kushi ran into the Mahal directly inside her room.. she couldn’t control her tears.. all these years, her Guddu had never raised his voice with her… never.. But today, he spoke so rudely… she was broken.. She sobbed into her pillow.. not knowing what to do…
A soft pat made her look up…
Kya bath hai… Kamya asked faking concern..
Chachi… wo..
Pls Pari.. you look distressed.. what happened baccha…
Guddu.. He is upset… she said… And then started crying again..
Baccha… pls don’t cry.. she said hugging her… kya hua.. tell me… And then Kushi told her what happened…
Ho…but it was not your fault.. Kamya told her… still hugging her..
But.. I only went and irritated him…
No baccha. You were trying to feed him.. you are his friend…but he was rude…
But Guddu has never done such things to me.. chachi…
May be.. But now he is big no.. He might be bored of playing with small girls like you…
No no… he plays with me always…
Really… But he still has other friends also no… you know.. like that Sandeep, Rajesh… and even that girl Lavanya…
But.. they are only just friends.. But I’m his best friend… Kushi tried to argue… it was not for Kamya but also to her inner self that was now getting influenced…
Oh but you don’t have any friends.. why is that???Kamya asked innocently…
Hmm.. cos I have Guddu… Kushi answered not understanding…
So you have Guddu.. but Pari beta.. Guddu also has you but still he has friends outside…
Kushi dint know how to answer this.. she was thinking…
That is why I’m telling you.. He has friends who are bigger and who understand him better… so only he is out playing with them…
No no.. Guddu is in his old house.. Kushi spoke immediately..
Really..? Then come with me.. saying she gently pulled Kushi along with her… they walked out of Sheesh Mahal towards the near by ground… there Arnav was kicking the ball around with Rajesh…
Dekha.. I told you no.. Kamya spoke pointing towards Arnav… Kushi’s heart sunk… her possessiveness couldn’t accept such a thing… moreover the crap which Kamya had spoken was working in her mind…
See Pari.. you shd also make friends… Kamya said with a sly smile…
But with whom??? Kushi asked clueless…
Hmmm. let me think.. Kamya acted as thought thinking… ok.. why cant we become friends… Kamya offered…
You and me??
Yes… we are girls.. and we can have fun… She said cheerfully… Kushi accepted.. but not heart fully.. She dint like this at all.. but then presently she was emotionally drained to think of all this.. She nodded and walked back to Sheesh Mahal with a heavy heart…

Arnav entered the house tired… and very hungry… he looked down to see the scattered food.. and then he remembered the look on Kushi’s face… He felt miserable.. He had gone to the ground in hope of forgetting that only… but alas.. he couldn’t… he bent down and started cleaning the floor… After half hour.. the place was clean.. but his stomach was making sounds…
Arnav??? He heard a voice.. He saw Lavanya standing there with a box…
Lavanya.. come.. he called her…
Hi Arnav.. wo.. take this.. she said showing him this box…
What is this??? Arnav asked…
Food… I thought you’ll be hungry so only.. she told him nervously.. looking down…
Thank you Lavanya.. Arnav said.. with a smile… he was famished.. and the food was really a blessing… He opened the box and dug into it..
That was awesome… Arnav complemented…
I’ll bring you food daily.. don’t worry… Lavanya said.. happy that she had gotten Arnav eat…
But…
No but.. we are friends right.. so I’ll get you food…
Everyday??? Arnav asked
Yes.. roz… she said…
Thank you Lavanya…
No problem yaar…she said with a smile and then left… She needed to tell a certain person abt her success…so she hurried out
Arnav thanked his parents for sending him food through lavanya.. He then cleaned up and slept.., unknown to the fact that he should be thanking Kushi for this…

Advertisements