Samrat and Gunjan reached home. The answering machine showed a flicker , indicating that a message was waiting to be heard. Samrat hit the replay button and heard the voice speak...
"Samrat beta, main Mom . Main kal evening ki flight se India aa rahi hoon. Bye ! Aur haan mujhe Airport pick up karne ke liye aane ki zaroorat nahin hai, main aa jaaoongi. Bas car send karna."
Samrat looked at Gunjan who had a huge smile on her face........ "Mom aa rahi hain Samrat.........aaj shaam ko......ghar bikhara pada hai.......khana bana na hai.......kitne kaam hain......aaj tum ghar par hi rahoge meri help karne ?? please......! "
Looking at Gunjan's enthusiasm , Samrat almost forgot that his mom was sure to create havoc in his life.Not wanting to say Yes, but never having denied Gunjan anything , Samrat said "Yes !!" , he would help her out.
But Samrat being Samrat how could he help Gunjan without being naughty????? So while Gunjan was seriously cleaning the house, Samrat under the guise of helping her was flirting shamelessly..........
S - Chashmish........aaj shaam ko main yeh shirt pehanoo??
G - Koi bhi shirt pehano, Samrat bas mujhe apna kaam karne do. Disturb mat karna.
S - (Hugging her from behind).............Main kahan tumhe disturb kar raha hoon Chashmish?? Just making the most of my holiday. ab tumne hi toh kaha tha na ki aaj ghar par hi raho??
G - Haan kaha tha , par meri help karne ke liye , Helpless karne ke liye nahin (with cute Anger)Yeh files uthao aur study room main rakh do.
And Gunjan tried to free herself from his hug. But Samrat knew that and turned her round to face him. He looked at his pretty wife's face and moved his lips closer to her lips. Gunjan tried to push him away , but Samrat was quicker and pulled her closer. This resulted in Samrat losing his balance and he fell backwards....luckily on the bed , pulling Gunjan with him Gunjan's hair covered her face, but Samrat could see the smile on her lips. He gently moved her hair from her face.
S - Kya kar rahi ho Chashmish?? Yeh bhi koi waqt hai...??
G - Surprised and then realizing what Samrat meant.....Accha toh yeh waqt romance ka nahin hain na.............toh mujhe chodo aur ab yeh Room tum clean karoge. mujhe kitchen main kaam hain. aaj Cook bhi nahin aaya hai ab tak.
And Gunjan freed herself from Samrat's arms and went downstairs.
A really irritated Gunjan was trying to decide the menu.
G- ((Pata nahin maine Samrat ko kyun kaha help karne ko?? Mujhe pata hona chahiye tha ki woh help kam aur mazzak zyada karega.))
Muttering to her self , she was engrossed in cooking when suddenly......... someone held her from behind.
G - Kya kar rahe ho samrat?? Yahan bhi aa gaye mujhe disturb karne!!
S - nahin toh. Main toh tumhe help karne aaya hoon. Kaho....kya karna hai??
as he was saying this , he was nuzzling Gunjan's neck.
G - Samrat Mujhe kaafi kaam hai......so, No Shararat...Please!
S - Shararat aur Main?? Main bhi help karta hoon na tumhari............and saying so he moved his hands.........caressing Gunjan's hands. Gunjan was enjoying every moment.Gunjan loved Samrat's touch.
Samrat gently moved Gunjan so she faced him and cupped his pretty wife's face. He looked lovingly at her as his lips moved towards her forehead and planted a gentle kiss there. Gunjan closed her eyes, absorbing the love her husband was showering on her. Then he moved his lips towards her cheeks and kissed her soft cheeks that sent Gunjan into a new world altogether. Gently he brushed his nose on her nose and moved his lips towards her lips......
The whistle of the pressure cooker brought them back to the present. Gunjan gave a flustered look and smiled as she moved away from Samrat. But Samrat did not want to let her go and held her hand. She looked back to see Samrat staring at her and she smiled at him.Samrat moved close to her and hugged her which Gunjan returned. Her hands through his hair and his hands over her back......they were engrossed in their hug as time stood still.
G - (Gently pushing Samrat away) .......Mom ke aane ka waqt ho gaya hai, Samrat. Tum fresh ho jaao...........Main yahan sab kaam complete kar leti hoon.
Samrat nodded , not very happily......but it was an order from wifey dear so he obeyed and went upstairs.
It was almost time for Samrat's mom to come. Gunjan was excited and nervous but Samrat.........he was focused...... Gunjan influence...
Suddenly,The door bell rang and Samrat opened the door to see his mom INDIRA SHERGILL standing at the door with a smile on her face. She hugged her son warmly who did not return the hug. Then she frowned when she saw Gunjan. Samrat saw this and was upset but the smile on Gunjan's lips and her sparkling
eyes ensured that he did not utter a word.
I- "Toh yeh hain SHERGILL khandaan ki bahu???? Yeh middle class ladki.......jiske liye tumne Mr. Malhotra ki beti Sheena ko ditch kiya??"
Samrat and Gunjan were shocked
Sheena was known to Mrs. Shergill...........but how??
S - "Mom aap Sheena ko kaise janti hain?? Aur kisne kaha ki maine usse ditch kiya?? Uss waqt joh hua agar aap sunengi toh aap......"
I - "Main sab janti hoon. Sheena ko INDIA main Excel college bhejane ka plan Mr. Malhotra aur mera hi tha. Hum chahte the ki tum aur sheena ek doosre ko jaan lo , samajh lo aur phir hum tumhari education complete hone ke baad shaadi ki soch rahe the. Isse "Shergill Industries" ki US main collabaration ke liye "Malhotra group of companies" ki help milti. But iss middle class ladki ki wajah se sab spoil ho gaya.
S - "What???????? Itni badi planning , meri life ke saath aapne ki kaise? Aap aisa soch bhi kaise sakti hain?? Ek Buisness deal bana diya meri life ko? Aur jaanti kya hain aap?? Baar baar Gunjan ko middle class keh kar sabit kya karna chahati hain aap? Sheena ne joh ghatiya harkat ki thi uske baad toh main uska naam bhi nahin sunana chahata."
And Samrat spoke out everything...........the truth whatever had happened that day. But his mom refused to believe anything. She held Gunjan responsible.
I - "Tum Iss ladki ki side le rahe ho ??........yeh wohi hai na joh tumhen uss waqt chhod kar chali gayee , jab tumhen iski sabse zyada zaroorat thi?? Tumhen uss galati ke liye blame kiya joh tumne ki hi nahin?? Yehi hai naa woh ??"
Samrat looked at Gunjan who had tears flowing down her milky white cheeks. Samrat was just not able to take it anymore. He could bear anything , but tears in Gunjan's eyes.....his Chashmish's eyes...........that was unbearable for him.
S - "Bas mom........aap kuch bhi nahin jaanti Chashmish ke baare main. Uske liye NUPUR sabse important hai. Uski mom ki jagah li thi usne. Jab Nupur ki death ki baat pata chali toh Chashmish ne jaise apni mom ko phir se kho diya. Aur karti bhi kya woh?? Drive main kar raha tha toh obvious tha ki woh mujhe hi blame karegi. Us waqt chashmish ne joh decision liya agar koi bhi uski jagah hota toh yehi karta....."
Gunjan looked at Samrat tearfully. How could Samrat love her soo much ?? How could she ever forgive herself for what she did to him inspite of him having said that he did not want her apologies??
G- "Samrat main..........!!"
But Gunjan could not complete her sentence as Samrat had placed his finger over her lips.
S -"Nahin Chashmish ! Agar tumhen bhi aisa lagta hai ki tumhen SORRY kehana chahiye toh I am sorry but ,tumne mujhe aur mere pyaar ko samjha hi nahin........hamara pyaar kissi Sorry ka mohtaj nahin. hamare pyaar main takrar , gussa sab allowed hai, but yeh word..........SORRY.........kabhi bhi nahin. Agar tum Sorry kehati toh mujhe bahot hurt hota , Chashmish......... more than when you left me.Tum kabhi wrong thi hi nahin Chashmish..."
G - (with teary eyes)"Par Samrat.........tum mere liye kitna kuch...."
S - "Kya karta hoon main, Chashmish?? Tumhare meri zindagi main aane se pehele main kya tha aur tumse milne ke baad main kya ban gaya?? Meri life main bas Fun & Friends the .Tumne aakar meri zindagi ko 1 goal diya....1 shape..... Studies ko boring samjajhane wala SAMRAT , sirf tumhari wajah se aaj khud apna business manage kar raha hai. Pyaar, kya hota hai.....maine tumse milne ke baad jaana..... responsibilities kya hoti hai.....Yeh maine tumse seekha hai...CHASHMISH....Tum meri liye kya ho...??Yeh sirf main jaan sakta hoon.....!Aur koi nahin....!"
G - "Par samrat, yeh bhi sach hai naa ki maine tumhen hurt bhi utna hi kiya??"
I - (Intrupt them) "Good. Atleast tum yeh toh manati ho na ki tumne mere bete ko hurt kiya hai..........warna iss mein bhi mera beta mujhe hi galat theherata.
G - "Nahin Mom !! main toh........."
I - "Look! main tumhari mom nahin hoon, GUNJAN..........So,Please.....tum mujhe mom nahin kahogi."
S - "Oh!Please mom..........aap kuch bhi nahin janti. aap nahin janti ki jaane anjaane mein maine Chashmish ko kitna hurt kiya hai. Ek baar nahin kayee baar. Bet ke baare main jhooth bolkar , Sheena ki wajah se toh sabse jyada hurt kiya hai maine usse. main kaise nahin dekh saka ki Chashmish mujhse kitna pyaar karti hai? Aur Sheena ki wajah se maine isse hurt kiya. Iski kya galti thi , mom??Main Samajh hi nahin paya. Gunjan ne kabhi apology expect nahin ki.......toh jab woh mujhe maaf kar sakti hai,toh uss ne toh apni maa jaisi behan ko khoya tha meri wajah se..............uska reaction jayaz tha."
"Hamara pyaar inn sab chhoti baaton se kahin aage hai, mom. Issiliye shayad , itni misunderstandings aur dooriyon ke bawajood aaj hum ek hain........meri life............meri himmat....... mera pyaar.........meri Chashmish mere saath hai."
Samrat's mom was astonished to hear him appreciating Gunjan so much. She was very angry.
Gunjan just kept staring at her husband. Samrat was never the emotional kind.........but today.....thanks to Mom......... oops... his mom she saw this side.
S - "Chashmish...........kya koi baat.....!!"
And Gunjan just collapsed in his arms. Sobbing uncontrollably, this was the first time perhaps she saw Samrat's unconditional love for her
But Sam's mom was not impressed. She was just not happy with her son's choice and she just stormed off to her room leaving the two alone....... ((To B,Continued....))