Posted: 14 February 2005 at 10:07am | IP Logged
The car carrying the visitors from India enters Bhua's house and
Simran, Abhi, Shaguna, Aastha and Harsh alight from it. Foofaji and Bhua come
rushing out to greet everyone. Foofaji is happy to see Abhi and appreciates him
coming all the way to attend the wedding. Saurabh greets Simran and Aastha with
a big smile but his face becomes crestfallen when he sees Abhimanyu. Without
saying anything to Abhi, he excuses himself and walks off. In the house, Bhua
tells Saurabh that Abhi is a guest of Harsh and Catherine and to try and be
more sensitive to Abhi's recent loss. Saurabh, as usual, fulminates over Simran
bringing him along. Bhua reminds Saurabh that Abhimanyu is Aastha's father.
Simran is also upset with Saurabh and threatens to leave with Abhi id he is rude.
Saurabh says he knews he has no right to be angry but he cannot forget how he
treated Simran and cannot control himself. He walks off. Bhua tells Simran to relax and and
that she will make sure Saurabh is not rude to Abhi from now on.
Catherine comes home and everyone rushes to greet her and
they're all talking excitedly. Harsh is impatient for Simran to show Catherine
the gifts from India.
Simran takes out the saris for Catherine one by one.. blue, pink.. and yellow
Abhi is immediately flooded with the memory of the time he, Simran and Neha had
gone wedding shopping and Neha had been
reluctant to wear yellow once she knew it was Simran's favorite color.
He gives himself a mental shrug. Simran and Catherine are excited about going
shopping for the wedding and Harsh asks Abhi along too. Just then Simran gets a
call from Dr. Brian on her mobile. She excuses herself and goes to one side. He
says he got her message to call and she asks him if he wants anything from the UK for himself
and Janet. Dr. Brian says he wants some naughty magazines
... Just then Janet
calls Dr. B on the other phone and he talks to both of them simultaneously.
There's some confusion but Janet asks him to say 'Hi' to Dr. Simran, while
Simran waits while Dr. B is finishing off the conversation with his wife. Janet
hangs up but Dr. B says a loud "I love you!" to Simran by mistake.. Simran
knows it wasn't for her but she blushes a bright red anyway
Bhua, Harsh and Catherine encourage Simran and Abhi to go
shopping and generally go out and have a good time. Simran tells Shaguna that
she had better come along too with Aastha. Shaguna is nearly hitting the
ceiling, she's jumping so high (ok ok not really ) and blabbering about all
the things she can't wait to see....
We are then treated to sights of the Buckingham Palace,
Victoria Terminus, London
Bridge and many other
hotspots while the group goes sightseeing. They are then shown walking along
the waterfront where (hold your breath.. a major twist is about to unfold!!!) a
wicked lady dressed in black stares fixedly at little Aastha being wheeled
along by Shaguna in her pram…. She looks decidedly evil
The group is still walking along someplace when Harsh and
Catherine get everyone jacket potatoes for lunch. Shaguna is horrified at the
thought of eating one … when Harsh tells her he'll take her along for some
Balti food she says she won't eat from a balti cos it's kept in the bathroom
they finally convince her that it's very spicy and tasty and she'll love it!!
Then we are shown Catherine choosing and trying out several
pretty dresses for her wedding trousseau. All are having a good time. Abhi
spots a lovely yellow dress for Simran but she refuses. His face falls .. she notices and
immediately changes her mind and thanks him. Then Simran and Abhi are walking alone
together along the riverfront. Simran thanks Abhi for living up to his promise
and appreciates his efforts to forget his own pain. Abhi replies that it's
easier to forget your own pain when you're surrounded by people who are happy
to see you happy. Then there's a scene where Harsh and Catherine are dancing
along with some people playing musical instruments on the road.. everyone is in
high spirits and cheering them on.
It is night time and Shaguna is left alone for a while on
the street with Aastha in her pram. She is transfixed with the goings on in a
nail saloon, and is peering fascinated in thru the window of the shop while
Aastha is beside her in the pram. The wicked lady in black sees her chance and
tries to come closer to Aastha. Suddenly Harsh appears and teases Shaguna,
inquires about the rest and walks off again. When Harsh leaves, the wicked lady
eyes Aastha again, who is eating a chocolate. She moves stealthily next to the
pram and reaches out to grab Aastha but Shaguna turns around just then and sees
her. The wicked lady pretends she had bent down to koochie-koo Aastha, mumbles
something like 'What a cute baby!' and quickly turns and walks off before
Shaguna can see her face.
The next day there's a Ladies Sangeet going on at Bhua's
place and there is merrymaking all around.. singing and dancing and clapping..
but Abhi doesn't seem interested in the festivities, he looks a little lost. Shaguna
comes over to where someone is applying mehndi on Catherine's hands and tells
her in good broken English – Shaguna style! – that your husband will love you
very much if your mehndi rang is deep
Simran enquires if Abhi has called home.
Abhi shouts over the noise that he had forgotten but will do so now. Abhi calls
home and gives the phone to Simran. All this while Saurabh is sitting just
behind Simran and glowering at their easy familiarity. Then Simran talks to
'Mummyji' about Gudiya and Saurabh looks on with a dirty face, getting more and
more disgusted. Eventually Simran hands over the phone to Abhi citing too much
noise and Abhi goes out to speak to his mother.
After the celebrations, everyone is sitting around and
talking. Catherine is amazed at the pampering of the typical lavish
and elaborate Indian-style weddings and wishes she could attend the
wedding of an Indian
couple. Then she innocently says that she knows a couple who is made
other – Abhi and Simran. Everyone looks like they've been hit by a ton
bricks. Poor Catherine stutters if she said something wrong... Then
Shaguna seizes the moment to remind everyone that it was indeed
Neha's last wish to see Abhi and Simran get married again. When Saurabh
this, he turns a peculiar shade of red and purple
… and looks like he could
strangle someone. Simran and Abhi look on with a pained expression