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Part - 68
The darkness already circled around the atmosphere but Delhi was still awake with the traffic getting little faster, but the sideways still crowded with fast pacing pedestrians. The shops still brighten under its tube lights. The veggie market is still active with ladies loudly bargaining with the shopkeeper for better price. As the car came to a halt near a traffic light, few kids ran near to it and started showing up the colorful toys and evening newspapers, and fresh flowers and saying out the price of it loud, to let their voice be heard to the traveler.
Yeshpal with a smile: rekhlo beta
She with an amusing smile ran away from there along with the group, holding the monely way up in the air with rejoice, and the traffic moved forward slowely within the open space in front.
Yeshpal looking at that flower : if it is in Chandenpur, by now people will be already in their house and this flower stick may be drinking water from a glass. Then turning at Surender: beta, when do the people sleep here? Is this street ever sleep? Or do you all got adjusted to this artificial lights.
Yeshpal: when God created this world, he created day and night too, with a purpose, but we changed everything. Saying that he took a deep sigh and then tried to smell that little bud.
They reached home, and got settled back soon.
Yeshpal before setting to the guest room: Dev, I am serious, after breakfast, I want to go out with you.
Dev with a smile: ha Daadaji.
Yeshpal: Sushma, keep a glass of water in my room , ok.
Sushma: um, but babuji, this water taste'. But then she looked at Surender's face and gulped the rest of the words: ha , babuji, I can get it soon.
Suchi smiled seeing Surender and Sushma's silent communication and went upstairs to Dev's room.
Radhika was standing near the window, with a lost look into the darkness.
Suchi stood back and held her shoulder, Radhika turned back and found Suchi's face. She just hugged Suchi tight .
Suchi stroking on her back neck: Radhika, I saw you same way, two years back, when you came here first time, and see how nicely you overcame that, so I am sure, it will be painful, but still you will learn to face it along with time.
But then with a tease warning: but , here there is no guava tree or meadow to run around, but still we have a nice garden.
Radhika tried to bring a smile.
Suchi: ha, ye hui na bath. Go change and take rest, ok.
Radhika nodded her head in agreement.
Dev came in, seeing Suchi in room , he imagined the talk that might have happened.
Suchi as walking out: so ready to take daadaji with you , for showing Delhi.
Suchi: um, good.
Suchi: good night Beta
Dev: goodnight mom.
Radhika went to washroom, grabbing a cotton churidar in her hand. She washed her face in that cold water thoroughly to take off all those tears away. She felt little better. She came out and feeling all fresh. Her hair was all open and it was just lavishly spread all over her back.
Nearing the window she tried to braid it well. By then Dev came after refreshing himself. He held her shoulder: feeling better? saying that he bend down slightly and placed kiss near her shoulder.
Radhika just nodded her head.
Dev: what happened today? The other day you did fine and..
Radhika just turned and held his upper arm and then moved her face closer to his chest. " I am feeling better now.
Radhika: I don't know why?? But I felt like, I an leaving everything behind.
Dev: no Radhika, how come you have to think it that way? Will go again there and spend time na.
Radhika: but when?
Dev wrapped his arms around her neck side: next year, for sure.
Dev: ha Radhika, will come every year , and spend some time here. Ok
Dev: happy now.
Dev pulling her head back: let me see your face
Radhika looked at him , he saw her swollen eyelids.
Dev: um, actually why you need to be this sad Radhika, Mei hu na, thumhare saath , all the time.
Radhika looked into his eyes and then tried to bring a smile.
Dev in a normal tone: don't you trust me?
Radhika just nodded her head and then hugged him tight.
Dev with a smile : see, now it will be our journey and I want you to be with me, with each step I take, For that I want to see a stronger Radhika, or may be that Radhika who talks a lot, laugh a lot. Not his crying Radhika.
Radhika smiled again.
Dev: and you know what? Remember that Radhika who tricked me and climbed that ladder quick, and shh me from the balcony. You don't know how many times I smiled remembering that.
Radhika: tell me frankly, are you afraid of snake?
Radhika in normal tone: tell me na.
Dev: not really , but still.
Radhika moving back looking into his face: that 'still' is called 'fear', ok.
Dev with a serious tone: Oh really! Then I would like to say
Radhika: that you ar afraid of snakes.
Dev: ha, think Radhika, what if it is poisonous.
Radhika: so you are
Radhika: see I told you. With a winning smile
Dev: um. I am feeling tired, let's go to bed.
Radhika taking steps with him: um
He turned the lights off and turned the night light on, and crawled under the quilt. He looked at her face as he moved closer to her. Radhika with a smile , went into his open arms and then rested her head near his chest, listening to his heart beat.
Dev slowly stroking her back: Radhika.
Dev: we need to pack everything by tomorrow
Radhika: but you are going out with Daadaji , right?
Dev: ha, don't worry about my packing, I can do it in few minutes, but you pack your stuff , ok.
Radhika: what do I need there?
Dev: anything you want
Radhika: I don't know anything.
Dev with a smile: that you don't worry.
Radhika: how many dress I need to pack
Dev: as the space permit, but you won't be needing much Radhika,
Radhika: mom told me that. There people won't wear saree or churidar every day , right.
Dev: um, and it is difficult to manage too, I think.
Dev: or, nothing specifically from here.
Radhika: Mom already brought some kitchen items to take with us.
Dev: ha, mom really struggled when she came there, and was asking me how I am managing. For me, its just me, how much stuff I need.
Radhika: so we need to buy anything more.
Dev tightening his grip on her back: no Radhika, we get everything there, Ok. You don't need to take everything from here. Whatever you need, will buy from there. For now I confirmed our tickets, so good to go. Actually Balaji sir said that he will come and pick us, but I know it will be hard, as we are reaching there on Friday and Ramesh also will be busy. SO we will take a taxi and will go, ok
Their packing talk went on along with his talk on travel, trying to find out for loop holes.
Next day morning, everybody was sitting near the dining table.
Surender: where is babuji?
Suchi: he went to get ready
Surender: so is he really serious to go out?
Sushma: ha mere bhayya.
Surender: I thought he was just joking.
Sushma: did our babuji ever joked?
Surender: phir bhi
Surender: and Dev?
Suchi: he too.
Sirender: um, nice
"ok, I am ready"
They all looked at that side and Surender's jaw dropped down seeing his dad.
Surender getting up from his seat: babuji!
Yeshpal: ha, where is Dev, is he ready?
Dev: ha daadaji, I am ready. As he climbed down from the steps along with Radhika
Lechu: daadaji, you really look smart in this tee and pants.
Yeshpal: ha, I was actually looking for a jeans, but nothing fits me, so adjusted with this.
Dev with a smile: ready
Yeshpal: kab se.
As they walking out Yeshpal: ok then, don't try to call us , or don't wait for us, we may come late. Ok
Surender kept his hands over the flanks seeing the change in his babuji's behavior.
Yeshpal , sitting back at the bike: Dev, you are ok riding it , right?
Dev: ha daadaji, had some issue at the beginning, but now back to my normalcy.
Dev looked at the smiley face of Radhika and then nodded his head to Surender and to Suchi and slowly drove out from the house gate.
They watched them going with a deep sigh
Sushma: ok then, Suchi I am ready too, when are we leaving?
Surender: leaving! Where?
Surender: what shopping?
Sushma: for Radhika.
Surender: I thought you are coming with me to the sweet house,
Sushma: ok, let's all go together, to chandni chauk to kuthab minar.
Sushma: kuch nahi, go get ready first. I am in competition with Babuji, let see who see most places today.
Surender: then shopping?.
Sushma: that will also chalega na. go get ready quick.
They all laughed as they got back into their house.
Time passed by, daadaji made comments as they passed through the busy streets, he held his potha's shoulder tight as his face turned all four sides to see the busy Delhi at its peak time. He sat like a kid , smiled through it , giving his complete trust in his potha with the roads and traffic. They stopped at few places to enjoy its structure more closely .They had lunch out and again they started their Delhi exploration.
It was getting evening..
Yeshpal: beta, take me to Bahai's house of worship, I mean to the lotus temple.
Dev got curious to hear the request, but then with a smile: ok daadaji
He parked near the entrance. He saw the excitement in his daadaji's eyes as they walked in. The petals are opened up to its outer layer but still the middle kept the serenity by holding it together.
As if realizing his potha's eyes on him, he slightly jerked and looked at his face. Nodded his head to signal him to 'chale'
They walked out. They took one circle around the temple and then stood on a corner near one of the small pool.
Yeshapal: thank you beta, this was my dream , to visit this place with you. I came here once when I heard about this place. But then recently I felt like visiting here with you. I don't know why?
Dev standing next to yeshpal, listened to him actively
Yeshpal: a temple which is open for anyone, everyone, without any particular Idol to see for the eyes. After all, this is the truth, what is there to differentiate, who is better than who? You may be wondering what I am saying , right? Looking at the confused face of dev.
then again the tone to more tender way , he continued: And look at you now, with all this facilities here, you prefer to work in U.S. so what is that Surender missing to see in Delhi. The cycle of mobility is rolling from generation to generation. Finding something missing somewhere or may be the new place fascinating us to move on further. But at the end what are we gaining, nothing. Living in Chandenpur with my daughter, is not letting me gain anything special, but she is there for me, and I am there for her. Sometimes it hurts beta, the thought : after me, who is there for her.
Dev moving forward with his hand up to wipe those tears
Yeshpal: no beta, I am fine. These eyes were dry when my mom died, that time I full filled my mom's wish through the presence of you all. But this time, it is not ready to listen to me, see first time Yeshpal's eyes gave up in front of his potha saying his heart out. I know you may be wondering what this old man is blabbering, right? May be when you reach my age, you will remember my talk and then may understand it better.
Dev just went and hugged his daadaji and in his helpless tone: Daadaji, mei....
Yeshpal: No beta, I was not trying to pull you back or anything, I told you, it is a blessing to see the smile on our kids face. So if you know what you are doing is right for you and your family, then go ahead beta, time will never stop, so be confident in your decisions and move ahead with that, my blessings are always with you.Ok.
They ride back, Yeshpal held his grand-son's shoulder tight , but his eyes were not fascinated by the surrounding this time, he sat silently.
They reached home. Yeshpal came back into his normal self by then . Surender was sitting on the couch. Yeshpal started saying how much fun they had, what all places they visited and what all did he see. Surender wondered inside, is this the first time babuji visiting Delhi? no.... but still he listened to his dad's talk without questioning.
Dev: Dad, where is mom and all?
Surender: up, in Lechu's room.
Dev: what they are doing up there?
Surender: don't ask me. Unfortunately I went along with them, they not only made me to sit long hours in store, but also emptied my purse completely.
Surender: um.. your buava
Dev: one minute, let me go and check
Surender: ha, come back with the same face Ok
Dev climbed up the stairs thinking Surender's words.
He saw the door closed with the giggles coming out. He opened the door and went in and found Lechu laughing hard, pressing her head down on the pillow.
Lechu raised her head and looked at him sursprisingly: Bro!!
Dev: what? Where is mom?
Soon the washroom door got opened and Suchma came out: ok Lechu, here I present my bhabhi'. And she extended her arm out welcoming Suchi out. Soon Suchi came out and stood with a shy smile near Sushma. Followed by smiley face of Radhika.
Seeing the ladies in front Dev's jaw dropped down and he stood with a full circle lip stretch.
The smile from the face of the ladies disappeared as they saw Dev unexpectedly in front of them.
He looked at each one, Sushma and Suchi in loose top with black pants and Radhika in a nice printed top and blue jeans.
Suchi looked at Sushma and Radhika once and tried to hide back inside the washroom, Dev came back to reality and pulled on his mom's hand and he called out for his dad loud.
Suchi: Dev, leave my hand , let me go and change
Dev: no way, he called out again loudly: dad''.
Surender heard his voice, he looked at yeshpal
Surender: I gave him the warning, but still didn't listen to me, now let him handle it.
Sushma: Dev beta, I know my brother, he won't come. And he knows what we are doing here. So don't waste your time by calling him again.
Dev: Buava, one minute, atleast let me take a picture, please don't let mom change Ok
Sushma: oh, see, it is not only your mom, we two also changed into new ones, but he sees only his mom. Um
Dev: its not that buava, you don't know how many times we requested her when she visited U.S., but never listened, but see now, because of you she wore it.
Sushma: um, trying to apply soap on me now
Dev: no buava , please.
Sushma: ok then, one condition, not only your mom's, you need to take our picture too.
Sushma: ok , then Done.
Dev turning back twice, ran into his room and came back quick and started clicking it. Suchi was tyring hard to control that blush on her cheek, but still the comments from Dev, Lechu, and Sushma made her to blush hard.
The laughter went light as the time passed by. All settled back to get ready for dinner.
Dev: that I will take care , don't worry. Babuji and all will be here tomorrow , right.
Dev: one more night here.
Radhika embraced his shoulder tight with that talk.
Dev placed a kiss over her forehead and took her in his tight embrace, conveying that he is with her.
Radhika just tightened her grip one more time.
Time ticked by. Dev's eyes were still open thinking of daadaji's talk, to understand it, what he really tried to tell him. But he was unable to comprehend the old man's talk in its full sense as his eyes slowly gave up on his thoughts because of the hectic day that just passed.
Thank you friends,
P.S: wait for the flight to land in U.S. for Radev moments, their time and struggle in their new world.
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