Posted: 25 October 2008 at 9:22pm | IP Logged
CHAPTER 1THE SIMPLE OPENING
The two houses Nirmalyam and Oberoi Mansion might be as different as fire and ice,but destiny had already started disclosing its cards one by one.Let's see what's stored in there for these people.
Nihaal Shastri our protagonist is the most loved among children of the family.He has passed his XII with great marks,but he wants to pursue ARTS in college,despite being a Science under graduate.To this decision his family,esp. his father had no agreement.He wanted Nihaal to take an Engineering or Medical course.Nihaal's grandparents were supportive and on their instigation he gets the permission to attend the best ARTS and SCIENCE college in the city,"GURUKUL VISHVAVIDHYALAYA" His fees would be paid from hais scholarship.His Chacha Aditya Pratap Shastri was the English Professor in the college.Nihaal also loves sports.Basketball and football are his favourites.
Prerna has two elder sisters Priya and Parul,they both are twins.They belong to the outgoing batch of the college along with Saksham.Prerna too joins the same college,and in the same department.Deepika also joins with her.
The morning Aarti is going on,and the entire family is gathered in front of the small mandir in the courtyard.The wisps of the incense spreads across the entire house, freshening every soul with divine presence.There in the back stood with wet hair and folded hands a young handsome boy with reverence and devotion.This humble boy is our Nihaal.He takes the aarti from his mum,takes her blessings,and then his fathers,and of all the elders.His Grand mother was his best friend,but only after his grand father.He called him BUDDY .
"Nihaal,today is your first day in college,may God bless you,and help you in starting a new phase of your life."
"Buddy,I love you...now give me my pocket money,and now i won't take the old ten rupees...kuch toh badana hoga"
"Alright,take this ten rupees and fifty paise."
"Buddy!!only fifty paise extra."
"Ab..chal chal,nikal yehan se...if your dadi sees me giving you this,she too would start demanding...aj kal buddi ke demands bahut bad rahe hain."
"Kya Buddy,you are so kanjoos."
"Arre,my child you don't know some time back if you had asked me more than this,then also i'd have given you the same money even when i had the money to buy a palace...par jab maine tab kabhi apna usool nahi badla,toh ab kaise badal sakta hoon.Insan ko kam mein hi khush rahne ki aadat dalni chahiye...pata nahi kal kya ho..."
"You are right Buddy...and i'd always remember this...but kahin yeh bahana toh nahi tha na mujhe ulloo banane ka...Just kidding Buddy...Now i must go,i can't be late on the very first day of my college...Chalta hoon Buddy..."
"Bye Dadi"he shouts while hurrying down the stairs.
"Nihaal,slowly or you'll fall down..." his mum calls behind him.
He says goodbye to every one and takes everyone's blessings.
"Nihaal...when you return we all will be gone...We'll return only after a few days...Do you want something from there..." asked his Kaka Vishnu Pratap Shastri.
"Nahi Kaka,aap sab Bholenath ke darshan kar le,and pray from my side also...bas nothing else...Aur haan mere Buddy and Dadi ka dhyan rakhna"
Some of the family members including Kaka, Kaki and their children,two buas and their children,grand parents were going to Uttaranchal (Rishikesh,Kedarnath,Badrinath...)on a pilgrimage.
He leaves for college.
Scene 2: (Oberoi Mansion)
Prerna is getting ready for college.She sits with her legs folded on the carpet,before an idol of Lord Krishna.Her wet hair is carelessly tied in a pink towel,and water drips from the towel on to her back,wetting her dress.She lightens the diya.She prays to her Krishna silently ,the only idol of God present in the whole house,given to Prerna by her father's mother.
"Krishna,Today is my first day,bahut dar lag raha he.Dunno what's going to happen.You shall always be with me,won't you."The idol twinkles.She gets up and goes down...Priya and Parul are dressed up already and are seated on the table with their father who is busy talking on the phone.
"Goodmorning every one..."
They smile and get busy with their talking...
She asks the butler,
"Mr.Vincent ,Maa kahan hai..."
"Ms.Prerna woh abhi tak uthi nahi hai...kal she came home late after the party..."
"But, i had told her that today is my first day in college,and she had promised me that she'll send me personally..."
"Oh,Princess,tum bhi kya expect kar rahi ho,You should be accustomed to the life here by now...phir bhi everyday you expect things to change,sachi mein pagal ho.Look at us our parents don't have time for us,and so now we too don't have time for them...other things like party and clubs have taken their place in our lives." lisped Parul.
"Parul,Shut up...Apni behen ko yeh sab sikhate hain...khud toh bigadi ho hi,meri princess ko bhi bigad rahi ho..." scolded Mr.Rajive Oberoi.
"Oh,bye Dad,waise bhi we didn't wanted to stay here...Bye Princess...",they leave.
"Princess,beta...don't feel bad...I'll drop you today...C'mmon quickly finish your breakfast and we'll go."
"Alright,Pappa...but,i'll just go and meet Maa"
"Maa..huh!!no need she has specially given order not to enter her room till 12 o' clock...Princess,you know all this,it's better to live life as it is..."
She cries,she cried in her heart every day,every minute,but now with maturity she had learnt to hide her tears...
She sits in her father's car...but just before the car was to start,a call comes in Rajive's mobile...After the conversation,he looks at Prerna disappointedly...She understands everything in that one gesture...
"Pappa,You go,I'll come with Deepika,waise bhi woh mujhe pick karne wali thi..."she puts up a fake smile,when in reality her heart was torn to shreds.
"Prerna,you keep this."He takes out a bundle of notes and gives it to her.
"No,Pappa,I don't want it.I have enough money with me."She then thinks in her mind,"Pappa joh cheez mujhe chahiye,apne ma-pappa ka pyar,woh toh aap ne mujhe aaj tak nahi diya."
Scene 3: Outside Oberoi Mansion
A car comes and halts in front of Prerna.Deepika puts her head out from the rear seat and opens the door for her.She gets in.
"Sorry yaar,late ho gayi.Gadi kharab ho gayi...and then I'd to ask Saksham for a lift."
Saksham was driving the car.
"Hello Prerna,kya baat hai,feeling nervous..."
"Nervous,I don't know,par ghabrahat zaroor ho rahi hain."she said.
"Don't worry,after all I'd be your supersenior,and maine sab ko bata diya hai,that u r special...and sab tumhara special khayal rakhein."
"Saksham,Thanks a lot...you are a true friend."
"Arre,friend bhi kahti ho,and thanks bhi bolti ho...wah bhai wah!!"
"Again,arre yaar,how many times i've told you Dosti mein no thanks and sorry...Samjhi."
She smiles and looks at him.Deepika is busy with her makeup(painting and plastering)...In no time they reach college.The huge welcome banner for the juniors greet them at the gate...After parking the car ,Saksham takes them to their class.Nihaal was seated on the right front seat of the second row.Prerna and Deepika sits on the front seat of the third row adjacent to Nihaal.Nihaaal smiles at her and she smiles back nervously...
And Deepika too suddenly jumps from behind and introduces herself,"I'm Deepika."
Nihaal looks at Prerna and she smiles.
Edited by poohtarang - 26 October 2008 at 6:04am