"I told you, don't
believe this damn guy, par nahi!" Anay was almost lashing out at the Meghna,
while driving the car.
However his ramblings
were on deaf ears as Meghna rather chosed to pay attention to the nature,
rather than on her fuming husband.
" No, stop playing this
deaf and mute game with me. Kaha tha maine, in actors ka koi bharosa nahi,
He was about to say
more, but stopped seeing Meghna's angry glare as she pointed towards Khanak.
Thankfully, Khanak was busy with the baby in the back seat.
" bhaiya, are we going
to the station, after this?" Anya asked
" nahi, Anya, Ansh has
gone to the station" Meghna replies.
The car halts after
" Damn! Just because of
this stupid guy, I am here ! Court mein! Else, I would I have been with my
Khanak feels a sense of
guilt ,listening to Anay's complain, is about to say something, but…
" U can't stay away
from your child for a month, how do you expect Shan to stay away from his
child, for an year"
Meghna's question stuns
both Anay and Khanak.
In the court,
Shahenshah..mera matlab hai judge saab padhar rahe hai" The guy with turban
almost fumbles while making the declaration.
"mujhe aisa kyun lag
raha hai, jaise main Akbar ke durbar mein hoon"
Anay whispers to Meghna .
" Anay!" Meghna stares
A hefty man with
spectatles arrives. It doesn't takes much for Anay to realize, he is the judge.
After some formal
works, the case proceedings get started.
Anay looks around, things seem strange to him – his wife looking as if
she is attending some International Union Meet, Khanak looking busy with her
baby and his sister Anya busy with her phone- No! He looks again, she isn't
texting, rather her eyes are fixed on something.
He looks to the other
side. Its Shantanu Khandelwal!
" and the drama begins"
" toh barkhuddar, kya
ilzam lage hai tumpe"
The judge's question
startles Shan. He is about to say something
" ilzam nahi
jahapanha..matlab judge saab, yeh toh bekasoor hai. Asli mujrim toh hai woh mohatarma (pointing
Its Shan's lawyer.
" am I in a urdu
lecture?" Anay whispers to Meghna as the latter signals him to keep quite.
" toh kya gunah hai us
" yeh ki mujhe mere
bte se alag rakha" Shan says.
" yeh hum kya sun rahe
hai? Mohatrama Khanak! Kya yeh sach hai?"
Khanak looks up hearing
her name from the judge.
" Shantanu Khandelwal
ne tum pe kya ilzam lagaye?"
" how would I know, u
know better, you have the file" Khanak's
casual reply stuns every1.
" ladki! Yeh mat bhool
ki tu…." The judge is about to rise from his seat, but sits down and
clears his throat.
"hmm..toh tumne ek baap
se uske bte ko alag kiya?"
Her mouth opens in
awe,she is about to say something, but ..
"No, my lord! Khanak is
innocent" (She looks at Shan, surprised!)..pauses.."problem is she is immature
to handle my son" (looks at him in shock!)
" My Lord! Khanak is a
career oriented woman and I really respect her. Par, career ke liye I can't see
her feeling bad about not spending time with her baby"
She is not shocked,
just stares at him as he continues.
" I want to ease her
responsibilities, want her to be carefree. And waise bhi, don't you think the
baby needs to be the real Ahaan Khandelwal and not just Khanak's son"
The judge seemed
impressed with Shan's statements. Anay is fuming.
" toh mohotarma
Khanak,farmariye, apki kya maazrat hai"
"jee?" Khanak is
"amm..mera matlab, what
you want say?"
" well nothing, infact
I agree to everything he says" says
casually, shocking almost everyone.
" Are you sure?"
" ofcourse My Lord, I agree! I am a career oriented woman,
can't give enough time to my son, I am careless and want to get rid of
responsibilities and moreever my son needs to be Shantanu khandelwal's son and
what can be more better than giving Ahaan to his father"
Shan is startled out of
his wits. The judge is bemused. The
lawyer tries saying something, Khanak interrupts him.
"come on, I don't think
you would like to waste your time, so the thing is final (takes a piece of
paper from the desk, while the judge stares at her perplexed), Shantanu
khandelwal is going to get the custody of my son (writes the same on the paper,
gets it stamped)"
There is no other
option left other than adjourning the court. She goes away, leaving behind a confused
Anay and a sulking Shan.
She turns back hearing
her name. Its Shan!
"where is Ahaan?"
"don't worry, you will
have him" She says with a smile.
"listen Khanak, this is
not a joke."
"really? But you have
already made everything a joke" looks straight into his eyes.
"do you realize what
you said in the court?"
"yup! Now Ahaan is only
" natak karna band karo
Smiles a little, looks
down , goes near him. He just stares at him, as she tiptoes, whispers something
to his ears, while adjusting his shirt button
" actor sirf aap hi
nahi, humne bhi is kala mein mahir hai, Mr.Shantanu Khandelwal"
Descends down the
stairs, while he stands there stunned.
"how did you know?"
Manages to shout from behind
"Delhi mein Chandigarh
High Court nahi hoga na?" She answers, without looking back.
He is shocked, then
"chale Anay bhaiyaa?"
Anay breaks from his
convo with Meghna, hearing Khanak.
"haan, where is Anya?"
"Anay, she said, she
will come along with Ansh?"
" are you sure? Kahin
is Shan ke liye toh.."
"come on bhaiyaa, lets
go, waise bhi I have to pack Aan's things" says while getting inside the car,
while Anay and Meghna look at each other .
Ansh reaches the place,
only to find Shan and Anya having some serious discussion.
"hey guys, I am back"
declares proudly as Shan glares at him and Anya gestures him to go away, which
" so, whats d result?
Khanak is back with shan?" Anya rolls her eyes as Ansh brags and extends his
hand forward for a hifi with Shan
"ofcourse, come here
little bro, thanks toh bolu" Ansh is however not able to get Shan's sarcasm as
the latter pulls him and almost squeezes his neck.
"kyun? Bahut dimag
chalta hai na? hell, if u don't stop giving me lame ideas" Tightens d grip more
and then releases and then walks away.
" arey.adha plan toh
aap hi ka tha, maine toh bas nakli court, judge and lawyer ka idea diya tha" Ansh says from behind, with heavy breathes.
"idiot! Where did you
got hold of those jokers?" Anya smacks him hard.
"ouch! Lucknow ke
theatre actors hai yaar..par hua kya"
Anya is about to
answer, when they hear the horn.
Its doesn't take much
time for Shan to reach Mittal house.
" Shan! He is about to
drive away, when he hears Khanak's voice. Stops the gear and gets down.
" don't you think you
"what?" raises his
" your son, your
responsibility" points towards the baby, sleeping happily in her arms.
" dekho Khanak.." points
his finger, she puts it down.
" sirf aaj raat ke
liye, lets c how much responsible n serious you are"
" excuse me..he is
"so, u can still carry
him..kyun dar gaye?"
Her question incites
his ego, he snatches the baby and hurrieds away.
"Shan!" she calls from behind
"urgh! Now what?" stops
and turns back
Angrily goes back and
fetches the bag. She goes back to the house, leaving him behind with the baby,
infact the crying baby.
Inside Mittal house, Anay
is anxious about Khanak's behavior and discusses so with Meghna.
" you think you did the
right thing? I mean is careless and irresponsible admi pe tum bharosa karti ho?" Anay asks, sitting on
Khanak doesn't sits
with him, rather choses to go to her room, not before saying
" pata nahi bhaiyaa,
but mere bache ke papa pe toh bharosa hai"
Anay is confused, while
Meghna can't help smiling.
Khanak goes to her
room, to the balcony. She could see her husband with the baby, trying hard to
calm him down. She could see her baby is
crying. But she isn't anxious, rather a smile creeps on her face and tears form
in her eyes as all she could mutter was a meek "burthal"
All through her life,
she longed for a perfect family and when God gave her the opportunity by
sending Shantanu Khandelwal, she was overjoyed. But the happenings made her
realize, she can never build a happy home for herself, at the expense of
ruining someone else's home.
Meghna goes to Khanak's
room, only to find her in the balcony.
" Apne bete ko dekh
She gets out of her
"Khanak, you still love
" I will, till the end
of my breathe"
" phir y don't you go
back to him?"
startles Khanak as she turns to face her. She goes inside, without saying
" I know Khanak,
hamesha ki tarah, you will say nothing, you will not reveal your feelings, but
atleast khud se dhoka mat kar yaar, kab tak rahegi uspe gussa?"
" who said I am angry?
Galti ki hai toh, sudharni padegi na?"
" kaisi galti? Pyar
galti hai? Rishta jodna galat hai"
" pyar ke liye rishtein
todna toh galat hai na? I had done a sin Meghna. Mere wajeh se Shan lost his
family. I don't want to repeat it again" Her voice was choking.
" and you think,
keeping a son away from his father is justified, its not a sin?"
leaves her dumbfound. She is silent for a moment and then says
"selfish hoon na
main..can't even allow God to snatch away my child"
Goes to the washroom,
while Meghna stares at her, then at the picture on the wall, while folding her
The baby continues to
wail and howl, despite Shan's constant efforts to calm him down.
here..see,see papa ke paas kya hai?"
The child pauses, looks
at the thing in the big hand- its glowing, with different pictures coming one
after another. He fixes his gaze, when to his dismay, the thing is removed. He
reverts back to his previous task.
Shan tries hard to hear
from the other side, but all he gets to hear is the baby's wails,from his own
" Shan! Shan! Who is
dat crying? Is it Ahaan?" Its Ashka on
the other line
"yup Ashka" he finally
manages to hear, while trying to pacify the baby in his arms and he is
" Ahaan is with you?"
"yup, that's a long
story. But filhaal I have to calm him down"
"what is he doing now?"
"sucking on my shirt" turning
his eyeball to the side of the shoulder, the child was happily sucking upon.
"Shan! He is hungry? "
"oh! I think ek milk
packet hai, abhi garam karta hoon"
" ahm Shan! Babies
don't drink that"
It takes ashka more
than two minutes to explain the procedure for preparing baby's milk to Shan
He goes to the kitchen
along with the toddler. The child is crying, but at intervals, when Shan
manages to divert his attention. He realizes, its impossible to prepare the
milk, with Ahaan in his hands. Places him
gently on the kitchen slab. The child protests
"tera hi dinner ready kar raha hoon yaar"
The child pauses, not
because he understood his father's words, but becoz his gaze gets some other
Shan fills the bottle
with hot water, is about to close the lid after adding the required amount of
powder, when something catches his attention. Its his son, trying hard to pull
the microwave owen's wire. Startled, he lifts away the baby, not before almost
tripping the hot water on his feet.
"Ouch!" He exclaims
The child just coos.
" kya hai? Papa got hurt, but teri milk safe hai" Mocks
while gently thursting the feeding bottle inside the toddler's mouth.
Inside the room, little Ahaan is happily enjoying his milk,
sometimes playing with the bottle,sometimes gurgling, while Shan can't help wondering
" do you keep troubling
your mom also?"
The baby giggles, as if
understanding his words.
"chalo, Aan ki dinner
over, now papa ki dinner"
He declares while
gently wiping the baby's mouth and then goes to the kitchen, not before making
sure to place him safely at the middle of the bed.
He is busy racking his
mind, inside the kitchen, confused about what to cook. Not because he was a
good cook, but becoz he knew nothing other than sandwiches, which now he was
least interested to have. Tries many, but ultimately, all he could make was the
toast. He is about to take the bread
from the toast maker, when suddenly he hears a thud sound.
Startled, he runs to
the room. Thankfully, he heaves a sigh of relief when he sees the baby playing
happily sitting on the bed. Smiling, he
goes forward to hug the baby, when something catches his attention.
His Laptop! His jaw
gets wide opened, in shock, seeing the 14" device lying on the ground, as if it
has met with a severe accident. It takes
him no time to recognize the culprit.
" Aan! You did it" He
almost shouts at the baby, but then stops, cng the baby's face turn serious.
"aah! See, laptop toh
gayi, now sad hoke kya faida" Tries to creep on the bed. The child remains
still, just stares at his father. Shan gets scared, but..
Sniff! He could smell
something, goes more nearer , the smell is more stronger, infact more ..
Yuck!! This was Shan's reaction on realizing the
situation. He had no other option, than to clean the baby and change his
After sometime, in the
To Shan's misfortune,
the bread was almost burnt. Still, there is no other option for him.
He is about to have a
"Ahaan!" Almost jerks out on the sofa, as the toddler
tries to cling to him.
" aha! Tujhe bhi bhook
lagi hai?" Realizes when the baby again starts sucking his shirt.
Tries to make the baby
drink milk, he refuses. Remembers that
is his ceralac time. But to his dismay, he knew nothing about the preparation.
Scrolls his contact
list, tries to call a number, hubby ego
stops him. Goes up again, dails a number. No response, decides to send a
Ashka comes out of the
meeting, seeing the message. She can't
"Shan! What was dat?"
" hasna band karo and
tell me the method yaar"
" arey papa ban gaye ho
and you don't know how to prepare milk nor cerelac?" chuckles on the phone
" haan toh,
certification exam pass karke nahi bana hoon."
" very funny"
" please di, batao na"
He does as Ashka
The father and son are
now happily enjoying their respective dinners, while watching tv. He feeds the
baby cerelac while simultenously biting his sandwich. There is some fashion show going on, in one
of the channels. Choses to change to some cartoon channel. Coincidently, the child pouts, is about to
cry. Shan tries to cajole him and accidently, changes back to the fashion
channel. Surprisingly, the baby is now silent and just cooes.
To his surprise, the
thing repeats a couple of times.
Laughing to himself, he lifts the baby and almost squeezes him
Khandelwal's son? "
" chalo, now get down
and do your job" places the baby on the carpet and then goes and brings some of
After some time, he notices
its almost 10. Switches off the tv. His son is still actively indulged in his
"comeon ahan, time to
sleep" tries to hold the child. The baby
shows reluctancy, he lets him go away.
" now enough!" Tries to
hold the toddler, he crawls away much faster.
The same thing repeats until Shan looses his energy and patience and
lays on the floor, not before tightly engulfing the baby, despite the child's
protests, and not realizing the front door is actually open.
Around 2:30 AM
He gets up startled
with some buzzing vibration on his knees. Its his cell.
"hello, Shan here?"
manages to say, in a almost sleepy tone
" what the hell do you
think you are doing?"
recognizing the voice.
"Khanak! Raat ko kya
karunga yaar? Y r u shouting?"
"mera beta kahan hai
" kahan ..yahin (looks
here and there, then stands up alarmed)..room mein hoga(searches everywhere),
"terrace mein hain woh..now
He is shocked, is about
to say something, she cuts the phone.
Looks at the open door. Rushes out, not before cursing himself and
praying to God.
Luckily he finds the
baby on the terrace, holding the rally and trying to stand on his feet. He
wastes no time in hugging the baby, plants kisses on his cheeks, while the
child wriggles. He sits on the floor, leaning against the railing, with the
child on his lap. This time, he makes sure to put the child to sleep and then
himself dozes off.
Sleep was far away from
Khanak's eyes as all through the night, she had been waiting for the night to
end and now that the night was over and it was a new day, there was no question
of wasting a single second.
She quickly ascends the stairs,
reaching the second floor. She is about to ring the bell, when she
notices the door is open. She is not surprised, she knows her husband well.
"Aanu, Aaan, where r
u?" Searches for her son, no response, neither her husband. Searches in the bedroom, finds no1. All she
could find was the things scattered here and there, sparing neither the
bedroom, nor the drawing nor the kitchen.
Urgh!" murmers to herself holding the pic in the frame. She is not angry nor frustrated,
After around an hour,
goes to the terrace. Khanak's heart melts seeing the father-son happily
clinging to each other in deep sleep.
Tears form in her eyes as wish for having to see the sight daily.
Slowly, she bends down, ruffles the child's hair , plants a soft kiss on his
forehead. The baby stirs a little, she
gets alert. Quickly places her hand on
him, feels something, its her husband's touch.
Looks at him, even in his sleep, he doesn't forgets to take care of his
son. Khanak slowly tries to take away
her palm, but in vain as her husband now tightens his grip.
He wakes up, listening
her soft voice. Looks at her and smiles. She gestures towards the hands, he
looks down at their entangled hands.
Despite his wish of never leaving her hand, he removes his hand. She
gets up, taking the baby and turns to go away.
"Khanak, ek coffee
banake do na yaar" He shout from behind, stretching his arms.
" I am not your cook" Khanak replies without looking back, while
taking the lift as he remains staring at her.
He comes back after 10
minutes, only after some reluctance to break from the sleep. And he is surprised! That was definitely not the living room, he had left. It was neat and clean, things at
their places. He goes to the bedroom, more
surprise waits for him. The room is now neatly arranged, his laptop in the
cupboard, his clothes neatly arranged and the bed covered with a fresh new
sheet. He is delighted, goes to the wash room to freshen up.
After sometime, he goes
to the kitchen. He is not surprised now, seeing the tidy kitchen, rather smiles
thinking about her. He closes his eyes, he could feel something, her scent, the
fact that she was here, and ofcourse the rich aroma. His gaze shifts to the
direction of the aroma, finds 3 bowls wid lids. Removes them one by one, the
aroma gets stronger. He closes his eyes
again, he could feel her, her touch, her
love,a big smile forms on his face.
He rushes to his room,
to catch her glimpse from the balcony. She is not there. He is about to send a
message, when he finds a note on the desk
' no need to say
thanks, I did everything for my son's father and ofcourse for my……..well! u can
guess cng the flower"
Looks at the rose, in
his hand. It's a yellow rose! Shantanu Khandelwal is delighted, he feels on
That day, its Ansh's
birthday and on Ansh's insistence, Shan, Meghna and Anya had gone to the party,
he was throwing at some club. Anay was out of town and Khanak was reluctant to
attend the party with the toddler, even though Ansh requested her to drop Ahaan
at his home. She wanted to stay alone, spend time with her child and no1 could
On the way back home
" that was so fun,
thank you so much Ansh for the party" Meghna says from the back seat.
" thank u bhabhi, waise I din expected all girls to turn up"
giggles, looking back at Anya.
" say thanks to Shan, u
dumbo" Anya retorts back, eyes fixed in 4nt, on the person in the driver's
Shan says nothing, just
smiles, listening to Anya and Ansh's convo.
" btw bro, you seemed a
bit aloof?" Ansh asks Shan
"ofcourse, idiot! He was
" arey haan, wish we
could make some plan..woh" Ansh is about
to say more, stops as Anya clears her throat, giving an indication about Meghna's
"ahm! No need to hide
from me, mujhe sab pata hai" Meghna's sudden declaration stuns all as they look
" what? ofcourse I am
with you guys, I know Khanak ki khushi kis mein chupi hai" Looks at Shan smiling
"that's so sweet of you
Meghna.." He turns around, is about to say more..
"Shan look!" He quickly
turns the steering hearing Anya's shriek.
"kya hua Anya?"
" bhabhi some brat on a
bike, he went at such a jet speed"
After sometime, Shan
manages to overtake the guy.
"yehi tha" Anya points at the back towards a biker with
"hmm…" Shan speeds up
Again after sometime,
the guy overtakes them with full speed, not before showing his thumb finger
"hey! Is he in for a
game?" Ansh wonders aloud
"so, lets play the
game!" Shan declares proudly
And thus begins the
race, despite Meghna's protests. Sometimes Shan wins, with Ansh encouraging and
giving directions and Anya being the cheer girl, while sometimes the guy. The race continues, until they reach Mittal
"phew! That was
awesome! Thrilling!" Anya declares, getting out.
"we screwed him off, u
are just amazing bro" Ansh gives a side
hug to Shan as the guys hifi each other.
" yeh kiski bike hai?"
Meghna's question makes all three turn around.
" hey! Its d same
bike..i remember the colour and number clearly" Ansh declares while Anya gives
him a confused look.
"dekha, maine kaha tha,
mat lo panga" Meghna is now concerned.
"comeon Meghna, what
harm will he do and waise bhi, yahan kya.." Shan is about to say more..
"Khanak! Khanak is
alone with Ahaan!" Meghna shrieks
The 4 waste no time in
rushing inside. They search for her, calling
her name, she is not there, neither the bart. Shan is now worried. The guys decide to search on the terrace,
while the ladies stay back.
At the terrace,
Luckily, Shan could
find his wife, standing with the baby, looking towards the sky. He is about to
go, when Ansh gestures him to some other direction. It's the guy, the same
biker with a mask on his face.
The guys waste no time
in grabbing him from behind. And they start beating, punching him despite the
Khanak turns around,
hearing the chaos. Gets surprised and
shocked to find her husband beating up some guy.
tries to stop him, but in vain. Gets more
confused as Meghna and anya comes up.
She is about to say
something to meghna,
"don't wry Khanak, Shan
is here to take care of everything"
" arey par yeh hai.." stops saying and instead goes and forcefully
pushes away her husband.
The guy is almost on
his knees, khanak pulls away his mask.
Shan looks at his wife
confused, anya and ansh look at each other, while meghna stares at the guy with
mouth wide open
that was all Meghna could manage to say!