Part One: Meri Duniya
Setting: Manali, Mathur household's living room
where Khanak is seated with her diary and pen on a fine Sunday Morning…
aik choota sa per bahut he khoobsurat Hill Station hain, Yahaan aksar loog apni
vacations aur sardi ka khass maza lenay aatey hain, per meray liye toh Manali
is a piece of heaven on earth. Yeh vohi jannat hain jo maine aur meray sub se
pyaare Adi Bhaiya ne apni liye khud banai hain. Kehnay ko toh voh isse humari
jannat kehtay hain per humaray iss chotay se ghar mein har aik cheez sirf unki
mehnat ki hain aur yeh baat sirf unke paisoon ya par-roll tak limited nahi hain
kyunki Adi Bahiya ki mehnat ki vajah se he ajj unki Chutki, yani main Khanak
Mathur apnay college ki Top student jani
jaati hon. Kahir abb aggar main yahaan Bahiya ki baatein aur tareefein likhnay
mein busy hogaye toh Sunday ka breakfast acha khasa jal jaayega aur main voh
pehli larki hongi jo khass Jalivi (burned) Chai bananay kay liye jaani jaati
hain…Write to you soon..."
"Adi Bahiya!! Breakfast ready hain…" Khanak
exclaimed pouring out garam-a-garam Chai for Adi and herself in her favorite
Mugs for her special Sunday morning breakfast.
"Chutki main araha hoon…Tu itna chila nahi puray
muhalay ko utha degi…" Adi replied coming out of the bathroom with his towel
around his neck.
"Bahiya bhi na, sara waqt kuch na kuch…behn ko chor
kar puray muhalay ki fikhar hain…" Khanak muttered placing her favorite
marmalade on the lightly toasted bread. Adi emerged from his room as she placed
it on her plate.
"Oye, good morning toh tab hota jub meri Chutki
mujhay apni sweet awaz mein jagati, par abb toh mujhay lagta hain kay tumhara
loud speaker meray aur humaray neighbors kay kaan kharaab kar kay he rahay ga."
Adi settled himself across the table and started on his breakfast with a witty
remark that annoyed his sister like always.
Mumbai: Khandelwal House
"Akshay I don't think Shaan kuch galat keh raha
hain…" Khusboo said defending her sweet devar as her husband paced around the
"Kushboo tum smajh kyun nahi rahi… Aggar Shaan chala
gaya then things will get worse here…he just wants to run away from Dad aur tum
jaanti ho kay Dad doesn't want that even if he show no apparent care for
Shaan." Akshay replied in frustration, hoping Kushboo would be on his side and not on the
ladlay(favorite) "Chotey" of the house.
"Akshay tum jaantay ho that this is not the first
time Shaan aur Dad ka argument hua ho…In fact agar voh yahaan se nahi gaya toh
these so called "little" arguments will turn into fights…and Dad ka ghussa aur
meray pyaare devar kay emotions kabhi bhi acha end result nahi de saktey…it will
be lethal to the entire Khandelwal house." Khusboo analyzed the situation,
persisting her approach like always.
Akshay sighed taking a seat next to his wife. He
looked over at her and tried his level best to get convinced by her smile and
the argument she was making. Although, Kushboo's idea was not the desirable
solution but Akshay knew that it would help to cool things down a bit.
The reason behind Akshay and Kushboo's discussion
was Shaantanu Khandelwal's heated argument with Sunil Khandelwal, who was hell
bent on getting his son into a graduate MBA program so that he could join the
business empire and hopefully takes over one of the companies. Shaan was
intelligent and driven, he took up business as his major because Akshay had
convinced him in making their Dad proud, but at the same time he signed up for
Music and Theory composition as his other Major. It was apparent that he wanted
to make Sunil proud but he knew very well that his heart was in to music and
nothing could change that. He was getting outstanding grades as a business
major but he valued his Music theory classes more because he felt he could
explore and expand on something that made him feel alive. Something he really
looked forward to without being dependent on good marketing and advertising
books. This wasn't the first time he shared a difference in opinion with his
own father, however it was the first time Sunil Khandelwal found out about his
enrollment in Music and Theory Composition and double majors.
"Daadi, kya Dad kabhi nahi maanay gay?" Shaan
questioned the one person who always gave him unconditional support no matter
how angry her own son got with Shaan.
"Pata nahi Shaantanu beta…per iss baar toh Sunil
kuch zaayada he naraaz ho gaya hain, voh bhi sirf iss baat par kay meray Shaan ne
apni pasand ka subject choose kiya lakin yeh nahi samajh raha kay Business ki
pharai bhi toh saath mein kar he raha hain… "Daadi pondered over the situation
aloud as she sat by Shaan and consoled him gently.
"Daadi mujhay app jaanay de na please…" Shaan
pleased holding on to her hands, trying to gain some approval for his cause.
"Beta mujhay teray jaanay per koi aiteraaz nahi hain
"Daadi abb app bhi
"per" aur "kyun" jaise kharaab
words use karay gee..? Maine toh soocha tha kay app meri side par ho aur mujhay
Manali jaanay mein help karoge…" Shaan pouted folding his arms and turning away
from his beloved Daadi.
"Haan toh main apnay Chotey ki side pe he toh hoon,
Sunil ki side per hoti toh yahaan teray pass naho hoti…par aik baat mujhay
batao, yeh Manali mein aisa kya hain jo Mumbai jaisay baray aur achay shehr
main nahi…tu kyun jana chahta hain vahaan jub teri Mumbai ki university itni
achi hain…" Daadi questioned looking up at her tall grandson who was still
pouting like a child.
"Kyunki vahaan par aik bahut well known music
teacher rehtay hain…voh pehlay Mumbai mein hi hotay thay par yeh shehr unhay
kuch acha nahi laga issi liye voh Manali chalay gaye aur vahaan ki University
mein professor bhi hain, but this
semester voh music ki aik class offer kar rahay hain, sirf aik semester kay
liye. Afterall, voh bahut zaayda overprotective hain music aur apnay talent ko
lekar, voh yeh sub commercialize nahi karna chatay, unhay lagta hain kay humari
generation music ko bahut light heartedly leti hain…aur main aisa bilqual nahi
soochta…" Shaan explained his reasoning to Daadi who took in each and every
word in slowly while being amazed by Shaantanu's devotion to music.
"Arey Vah! mera Chota sangeet se itna pyaar karta
hain, mujhay toh yeh pata he nahi tha… Per Manali jaake tum itnay kathore
Ustaad ko akelay impress kaise kar paao gay? Aur kahein vahaan un se koi ulti
seedhi baat kehdi toh phir kya hoga?" Daadi jumped to conclusion like always
Shaan started to smile at his very own gullible grandmother.
"Daadi main aisa kuch nahi karnay waala…main toh bus
un se kuch sheekh na chahta hoon…thoray din kay liye he sahi, itnay famous aur
jaanay huye teacher ka student hona meray liye kitnay baray honor ki baat hogi
yeh sirf main he samajh sakta hoon…Main nahi jaanta Dad ko kyun yeh sub itna
bura lag raha hain…jis tarah business ki internship kay liye U.S gaya tha, ussi
tarah aggar main music kay liye kuch din Manali chala jao toh what's the big
deal?" Shaan expressed his frustration as he settled himself on his bed while
Daadi finally understood his point.
"Toh theek hain, tumhari yahaan se jaanay mein main
tumhari full maddad karogi…Abb Sunil ki aik nahi suno ge aur tujhay Manali bhej
kar he raho ge…!" Daadi declared with determination and walked out of Shaan's
room after giving him a confident smile as he stood up and hugged his favorite
person at the moment.
and Adi are grocery shopping in an open market, the search for the freshest
tomato and leafiest bundle of Spinach is their top priority at the moment…
"Madamje yeh app ko isse sasta nahi millay ga…puray
2 kilo voh bhi sirf 50 rupees mein." The veggie vendor exclaimed as he claimed
his deal to be the best in the entire market.
"Acha, abhi do din pehlay toh app mujhay yeh 20
rupees mein 1 kilo de rahay tahy phir achanak ne 5 rupees bhara diye…tum aik
stable rate nahi rakh saktey, jub dekho upar neechay kartay rehtay ho..hmmph!"
"Toh do din mein toh bahut kuch badal jata hain, aur
vaisay bhi Manali ki sub se achi sabzi meri he hoti hain." Vendor announced
setting off Khanak's switch to get angry at his arrogance.
yeh subzi ghar jaakay pakani hain koi ramp per modeling nahi karwani iss se…
main yeh 1 kilo he longi aur voh purana rate he doonge…samjhay!" Khanak made her
final decision and handed her choice of tomatoes to the vendor who was fuming in
anger but knew that she was not going to change her mind even if he tried to
convince her otherwise.
"Haan aur voh adha kilo hari mirchi bhi dena.."
"Khud kisi mirchi si kum nahi hain phir bhi hari
mirchi kay peechay pari hain…" the vendor mutter under his breath as Khanak
looking suspicious of his muttering.
"Yeh kya bola tumne? Bulao main Adi bahiyaa ko, akay
khoob khabar lay gay tumhari…" Khanak warned startling the vendor.
"Nahi madam je…kuch bhi toh nahi…yeh lo app ki
sabzi, aur maine kuch nimbo yunhi daal diyay hain…app kay kaam aaye gay, aur
Adi Bahiyaa ko meri taraf se poochna… yeh lo…" He said handing over her
groceries trying divert her attention as he knew of Adi's well respected
reputation in the town.
na abb line par…khair choro…yeh lo tumharay puray 50 rupees sub cheezoon
kay…agli baar jub aoogay toh taaza gobi saath lekay aana… ajj itni taaza nahi
hain issi liye nahi larahi hoon…" Khanak smiled handing over his money and
taking the bags in return
"Jee acha madam jee…shukriya!" The vendor thanked
Khanak and smiled in return.
"Hmm, abb yeh Adi Bahiyaa kahan gaye…meray fresh aur
laal tematar unki rukhi aur sukhi palak ki band na baja de iss kahin nazar nahi arahay hain… Per Khanak tu
tension kyun le rahi hain iss grocery trip ka "sub se achi deal award" toh
tujhay he milay ga…" Khanak thought to herself as her eyes roamed around the
market searching for her dearest brother.
They would always split up in the market so that
more could be done in little time, but as always they had planned to meet up at
the corner cafe where the winner of the "best deal" could have anything from
the caf on the expense of the loser. This was Adi and Khanak's own made up
tradition that might seem silly to many people but it was one of the best
moments of their week and the ultimate highlight of a well spent Sunday.
to Mumbai… Late at Night
"Shaan are you sure beta kay itnay kafi hongay?"
Madhavi whispered handing over some money to Shaan, she was being Daadi's
advocate for helping Shaantanu escape to Manali. After much debate and
discussion all day Sunil was not willing to agree upon anyone's request. His
answer was "NO" and it would have remained a big fat "NO" no matter what, and
so Madhavi and Daadi decided to execute mission "Escape to Manali" for
Shaantanu in the late night hours.
"Yeah Mom, yeh kafi se zaayada hain aur main Manali
tak he jaraha hoon, it's a small town, vahaan itni zaroorat honi toh nahi
cahiyay…and I have got my card" Shaan whispered hugging his mother thankfully.
"Shaan tum jaantay nahi ho Sunil ko kya…kal sham tak
tumhara credit card cancel karwa cukhay hongay voh…iss liye main tumhay cash de
rahi hoon…aur vahaan pooch kar meray cell per aik ring zaroor dena okay.."
Madhavi said as she watched his son picked up his duffle bag and guitar off the
"Okay Mom time to bid me adieu…Daadi ko meri taraf
se aik baar phir hug kar dena...aur please sub sambhal lena, I know mujhay kuch
kehnay ki zaroorat nahi hain kyunki I know you are the world's BEST Mom! And I
"Love you too beta…now go and apna bahut kahyaal
rakhna…" Madhavi smiled and waved her son good-bye knowing that as a mother she
had done the right thing by supporting Shaan for his cause.
Shaan smiled back at her and then turned to walk
towards the front door of the beautiful Khandelwal mansion. He was a little sad
for leaving under such circumstances but with his Mom and Daadi as his
supporters he felt confident of his decision. He knew Sunil would forgive him
once he realizes that he is really passionate about music and if he could
understand that then maybe he'll be proud of his accomplishments as well. Shaan
had no problem helping out with business but he just wished that Sunil could
accept him as the son who can handle both his music and business without having
to pick one out of the two. As he walked away from his house he made a promise
to himself that upon his return he would make his father understand his perspective
so that he could feel pride in him just as he does when he looks at his
accomplished and successful older son Akshay Khandelwal.
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