Posted: 17 October 2009 at 11:21am | IP Logged
Though its Diwali night, I am feeling very low...don't know what to say but its me not Riddhima in the story and just making up the Armaan part.I think I'll feel better after this...!
"You speak only for money...when your patient comes and showers notes
on you.No need to open you mouth except that...You belong to a great
khandaan, it shows...."Mom screamed at Dad, like every other day.It
hardly mattered which day it was, Diwali or Martyr's day!
"You keep on blabbering the entire day...When I don't talk to you, why
the f*** do you talk to me?Why don't you go to your bloody relatives
and ....."Dad blasted off at her...
"I will do what I want to...you keep track of where your life is
going....no need to guide me my way...Riddhima, lets move out.There's
no need to pray in a house where people spit at each other..."Mom
resorted to the kitchen while Dad moved outside, muttering abuses...
I don't know why my life had to be like this.Why did it have to be me?Why me?...
Every night before sleeping, I witnessed arguments...Every morning, my
eyes opened with an argument taking place before me.Life had been a
miserable soap-opera which certainly had no end.I hated it, I hated my
life and I hated myself being born in my home....
My mom and Dad have nothing to say to each other except screaming their
guts out...!But why couldn't they ever think, I wasn't involved in
their fights and yet I was the one who suffered the jeopardy.
They don't know, I went to the bathroom and wept to empty my heart out
and then, wash my face off any visible emotion.Why didn't they ever
feel I too, want to be happy like any normal 20 year old, I too wanted
to celebrate festivals,togetherness and love...Why?
When I lost track of what was happening around me and why, I went
upstairs, on the terrace, to my favorite place, near the water tank.I
heard the fire-crackers bursting around me and families cheering
together!More tears welled up my eyes, I felt all the more helpless and
then angry, why did my parents even brought me into the world??
My cellphone buzzed for the umpteenth time and I finally picked it up, it was Armaan...!
"Hey princess...how're you celebrating Diwali? Me and Dad are sort of
missing you...mom has made nariyal ke laddu you know...."He spoke with
Diwali cheer filled in his voice...
"Ha...ha..happ...happy diwali..."She said with a lot of difficulty...
"Same to you...accha kya kar rahi ho abhi?....tum aa rahi ho yaa main
lene aaoon?...don't worry hum zyada patalkhe nahin jalayenge..."He
teased me, knowing how scared I am of bombs.
"I..I..will...come...by..."I didn't want to spoil his festival but my voice gave up as a loud sob overtook my throat...
"Hey...!Basket?...kya hua?...you're ...you're crying?...Princess?" He
was worried sick in a moment.His mind buzzed thinking what could've
"No..I...I..am fine..."She lied, trying to suppress my sobs.
"Princess...you can't lie to me...Riddhima?...did Mom and Dad fight again?..."He knew it was the cause for my tears.
I didn't speak as more tears welled her eyes and I knew my silence was killing Armaan now...
"Hmm...mom and dad ka jhagda hua?...its ok princess....main aa raha
hun.Just reaching in 5 minutes..."He said and hung up before I could
"Happy Diwali priness....diwali ke din itna andhera thodi na karte hain
buddhu,,,"He said, switching on the lights and then, sitting besides me...
He looked into my eyes, hurt and sad...Before he could utter a single
word, I engulfed him into a rib crashing hug and I sobbed my grief
out...He didn't console me or quieten me but caressed my back, till my breath came back to a normal pace...
"See...mom ne tumhaare liye ye bheja hai...aur kaha hai...jaldi se
Basket ko ghar leke aao...hmm?...chalo..wear this dupatta...wow! it
matches your suit color too!ab utho aur chalo...dad ko tumhaare bina
mithai nahin milegi na...come on princess..."He caressed my hair.
"Armaan...I envy you for your family...."I said, with a smile but that smile too, had something sad about it.
"Kyun...its yours as well...phir?..."He kissed my forehead...
"Hum kabhie nahin ladenge..."More tears welled up my eyes which he wiped away...
"Promise...ab chalo jaldi..."He said and took me out, to a new world, his world, which had place only for my smiles and not tears....His is and has always been my angel....
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