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Finally the moment approached when Avantika had to leave behind the world known to her since she opened her eyes in this world and the people with whom was spent her entire childhood, all her loved ones behind and was going to step into an entirely new world with new people and new relations. She was going to leave the courtyard, the abode where her childhood was spent. There were mixed feelings that she had been experiencing - dejection for leaving her loved ones behind but at the sametime there was happiness as well as nervousness for stepping into a new world with new relations. It was time for departure and the bridegroom and the people came with him were all set to leave. However it was much difficult for the bride, for Avantika, to leave her loved ones behind. Tears were rolling down her cheeks conveying her pain as she was sobbing. She hugged her mom who too was crying as her beloved child, the apple of her eye was going away from her. Avantika parted from the hug as she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned around to see Manju standing there with tears in her eyes. Fresh tears rolled down Avantika's eyes as she recalled that she was leaving her childhood best friend too behind and that now there will be no frequent sleepovers n chatting till late but there was a little consolation that she could still meet Manju as they would be residing in the same town but both knew that distance only strenthens true friendship. Avantika hugged Manju and both the friends cried silently on each others shoulder. After a while they parted from the hug still sobbing. Manju took Avantika's hands in her own and looked up at her : " Tu (sniff) tu yeh (sniff) bilkul bhi mat (sniff)sochna ki (snif)tu shaadi (sniff)karke jaa (sniff)rahi hain (sniff)toh tera (sniff)mujhse peecha (sniff)chut gaya. Main toh(sniff)kabhi bhi tera (sniff)peecha nehi (sniff)chorne wali. Kabhi bhi tapak (sniff)parungi tere (sniff)naye ghar (sniff)mein aur (sniff)aur tujhe (sniff)waise hi (sniff)pareshaan (sniff)karungi jaise (sniff)jaise yahan (sniff)karti thi."
This made Avantika to smile through tears and she squeezed Manju's hands : " Promise?"
Manju smiled back through tears : " Pucca promise. Chal ab itna jyada bhi mat ro warna saara make up utar jayega. Aur tujhe pata hain na tu bina make up ke kitna darawni lagti hain. Fir toh jiju bhi sochenge ke hey bhagwan yeh maine kis churail se shaadi kar liya."
Manju giggled while wiping off her tears while Avantika too smiled through tears and smacked on her arm. Anamika, who had been witnessing the emotional scene between the two friends, walked down the memory lane and recalled the day when she herself had to leave her loved ones and entered an entirely new world with her husband. She could feel Avantika's pain and right there she decided that she would be the mother of Avantika and not mother in law and that she would always treat n support her as her own daughter and not daughter on law. Therefore when she heard Manju teasing Avantika, she immediately jumped into her daughter's defence.
Anamika : " Arey humari bacchi toh pari hain aur pariyon ko make up ki jarurat nehi hoti. Unki khoobsurti toh unki saadgi mein hi hoti hain. Aur jahan tak mere Sid ki baat hain to wo toh itra raha hoga apne kismat par. Aakhir itni khoobsurat aur pyari patni toh sirf kismatwalon ko milti hain."
Anamika put her hand affectionately on Avantika's head, which was adorned with the veil which was a part of her wedding attire, and smiled.
Manju : " wo toh hain. Humari Avani hain hi naturally beautiful. Waise aunty aap toh bilkul bhi wo daily soaps wali saasuma ki tarah bilkul nehi ho. Wo toh humesha apni bahuon ki burai karne mein lagi rehti hain par aap toh ulta uski tarif kar rahi hain."
Everyone including Siddharth and Avantika chuckled at Manju's comment.
Still giggling Anamika replied : " Arey Manju beta Avantika meri bahu thore hi na hain, who toh meri beti hain. Aur ek maa apni beti ki burai kaise kar sakti hain bhala?"
Everyone present there,especially Avantika was touched by Anamika's words. Siddharth smiled as he knew what a real sweet woman his mother was and that was the reason that he loved n respected her to the core and could never bring himself to disobey her. Priyanka wrapped her hands around her mother's neck and gave her a peck on the cheek.
Manju : "Awe you are so sweet aunty."
Priyanka grinned :" Aakhir mom kiski hain?"
She gave a smug smile but pouted when Arjun commented.
Arjun : " Sid ki. Tabhie toh wo itni sweet hain. Warna tu toh dur dur tak sweet nehi hain."
He chuckled seeing her frowning. Priyanka stomped her feet on the ground and walked away to Siddharth who had been witnessing the verbal teasing session between his sister and his best friend as a mute audience till the moment.
Priyanka : " Dekho na bhai Arjun bhai kaise mujhe tease kar rahe hain. Aap batao na bhai kya main sweet nehi hu?"
Siddharth smiled at his sister's childishness and took her into a side hug and rebuked Arjun slightly: " Arjun tu bhi na! Kyun tease kar raha hain meri princess ko. Aur princess tum iski baat bilkul mat suno. Tum bahut sweet ho."
Priyanka's lips split into a wide grin hearing her brother n threw a challenging look to Arjun. Avantika smiled witnessing the beautiful bond between the brother n sister and that reminded her of the sweet moments she spent with her brother. She recalled those cute fights n those sweet pacyfying sessions. Her eyes searched for her brother amidst the crowd but a frown formed on her beautiful features as she couldnt find him anywhere near her. Soon her eyes darted to an almost dark n desolate corner and there she found him standing with his back facing her. From years of experience she knew that he was upset and was wiping off the tears that made their way out of his eyes inspite of his strong resistance. Avantika excused herself from the others n walked in the direction of that dark corner.
On approaching her brother she kept a hand on his shoulder and called him out in a voice choked with tears : " Bhaiya?"
Harsh quickly wiped off his tears and wheeled around. He smiled at her.
Harsh cupped her face in his palms : " Aaj toh bari pyari lag rahi hain meri imli."
Though the name which meant tamarind might sound wierd but it was a nickname given by a brother to his extremely tamarind addict sister. How=
ever the slight dejection concealed in his voice was not lost to Avantika. She put her own hands over her brothers palms and squeezed them lightly.
Avantika : " Main aapko bahut miss karungi bhaiya. Aap mujhe yaad toh karoge na? "
Harsh : " Nehi. (Avantika's face fall on hearing this and she dropped her gaze down but Harsh smiled at her innocence and lifted her face up to meet his gaze, still cupping her face ) Arey paagal yaad toh unko kiya jaata hain jinko hum bhool jaatey hain. Lekin main toh apni imli ko kabhi bhi nehi bhool sakta. Yaad karne ka toh sawal hi nehi hain."
Avantika smiled through tears n immediately engulfed Harsh into an embrace. She sobbed keeping her head on her brother's chest n managed to speak through hiccups : " I will miss you bhaiya."
Harsh wiped off his tears secretly n replied while patting his sister's head : " I will miss you too imli. ( Then he parted from the hug and smiled at his sister) Chal ab warna kahin tera dulha frustrated hokar police mein tera missing report likha diya toh problem ho jayegi. Nehi?"
Avantika giggled n nodded while wiping off her tears. Hands wrapped around his sister's shoulders, Harsh escorted Avantika to the place where their parents were standing alongwith her in laws. When they reached the place Pratap approached his daughter n put his hand on her head. Avantika let go n hugged her father n shed tears while keeping her head on his chest. Pratap parted from the hug and lifting up Avantika's face n wiped off her tears while tears brimmed up in his own eyes.
Pratap : " Na guriya aise rotey nehi hain, tabiyat kharab ho jaati hain na tumhari. Ab bilkul nehi rona. Humesha khush rehna meri bacchi. Aur yeh ghar tere liye paraya thore hi na ho gaya. Yeh toh tera hi ghar hain aur humesha tera hi rahega."
Pratap kissed her forehead and then walked with her to his son in law. He took Avantika's hand and put it on top of Siddharth's hand and said in a choked voice : " Siddharth beta khayal rakhna humari Avani ka. Bari naazo se paala hain humne ise. Kabhi koi dukh na pahoche isko yeh dekhna. Bari jiddi aur abhimani hain meri bacchi. Agar isko bahut chot bhi pahuche toh bhi kisiko na batati hain na apna dard baat ti hain. Bas khud hi sehti rehti hain. Khayal rakhna."
Siddharth nodded in affirmation while his father Shailendra replied : " Aap bilkul chinta na kare samdhisa. Humare liye jaisi Priyanka hain waisi hi Avantika beti hain. Bahu nehi beti hain wo humari. Hum sab poora khayal rakhenge iski."
Pratap smiled through tears : " Ji samdhisa humein poora bharosa hain ki humari beti ko aapke ghar mein koi takleef nehi hogi."
Shailendra smiled back warmly : " Shukriya samdhisa. Ab shayad humein chalna chahiye. Izazat dijiye."
Pratap : " Ji chaliye."
Leaving the guests n relatives behind, the Sisodia walked along with the Singhanias to see their daughter off.
Baba ki rani hoon
(Avantika put her head on her father's chest and clasped one hand with his while his other hand was wrapped around her shoulder. )
Aankhon ki pani hoon
(Tears were glistening in the eyes of both of the father and daughter.)
Beh jaana hain jisko
(Tears rolled down Avantika's eyes as she recalled those sweet moments she spent with her father.)
Do pal kahani hoon.
(Her heart pained to realize that she was going away from her dad.)
Amma ki bitiya hoon
(She recalled all the days she had spent with her mother till she gained consciousness.)
Aangan ki mitiya hoon
(She glanced back at her abode where her childhood days were spent. Those sour n sweet memories came rushing back to her as she was going to leave the house forever behind.)
Beh jaana hain jisko
Do pal kahani hoon
(Tears brimmed up in her eyes and rolled down her cheeks.)
They reached the exit where the cars were parked. After bidding teary goodbye to her family n Manju, Avantika made her way to her in laws house. She was escorted to Siddharth's car by her father n brother. She settled down inside the car followed by Siddharth while his friends made their way to another car. Finally after bidding good bye the singhanias made their way homewards.
Siddharth n Avantika were sitting beside each other in the back seat=
of Siddharth's car. There was a strange serenity prevailing in the car. There was a complete silence between the bride n groom except the somewhat inaudible noise of Avantika's light sobs. She was looking out from the window in her side n was wiping off her tears time n again as they kept returning inspite of her strong effort at resistence. Siddharth, who was looking out of the window in his side, turned to face 0Aher as he heard her sobbing lightly. He knew that she was struggling hard to stifle her sobs but was failing miserably. His heart twinge to see her sobbing n he could feel her pain, afterall going away from a loved one was not easy at all n he knew that. His heart was overwhelmed with compassion for her. He was concerned now n wondered whether she was alright. He wondered whether asking her would be a wise thing to do.
After hesitating for a moment, Siddharth finally decided to voice his doubt : "Uh...ummm...aap thik hain?"
Avantika, who was still not facing him n was unaware of the fact of being observed by him, was caught off guard by this abrupt querry. She was startled n immediately turned around in her seat only to look straight into his eyes. As soon as their gaze collided with each other the world began to dissolve into oblivion. Both couldnt tear off their gaze from each other. It was as if they had forgotten to blink n breath. It seemed as if they were being pulled by each other's eyes with all intensity n force of a magnet. They felt themselves drowning into the depth of each other's eyes. However soon their trance broke as the honking of another car grabbed their attention n startled both of them. Both averted their gaze from each other as soon as realization dawned on them. Avantika blushed a deep shade of crimson while confusion n embarrasement shrouded Siddharth's handsome features. Once again silence enveloped them.
Finally Avantika managed to compose herself n reply to Siddharth's previously asked question before the eyelock, still not looking at him :" Uh... Wo... Main thik hu. "
Even Siddharth was not looking her into the eyes. He just nodded a little in acknowledgement. They both looked away n then out of the windows at their respective sides. However, perhaps destiny was determined to play naughty with the couple. Soon the car came across a signal n came to an abrupt halt with a jerk causing Avantika to land into Siddharth's arms who on the other hand edged closer owing to the sudden jerk. Her hands landed on his broad, well toned, manly chest while his hands went around her petite waist. The distance between them diminished formidably. They were hardly an inch away from each other. They breathed into each other's fragrance. Avantika inhaled his strong manly fragrance which mesmerized her n was arousing in her some hitherto unknown feelings in her. As soon as Siddharth's hands came in contact with the bare skin of Avantika's waist, a shiver ran down her spine n she shuddered. Things were not much better on the other side too. Siddharth was losing himself again in the depth of her eyes. Her feminine fragrance was driving him insane. Inspite of trying really hard, he just couldnt tear his gaze off her. He too shuddered with their close proximity. Both didnt know why they enter into some trance whenever they come that close to each other or look into each other's eyes.Both were drowned once again into each other. They had lost the track of time n were clueless as for how long they kept staring at each other without blinking while staying in each other's arms. It was when they heard some hooting n catcalls n whistles that they came out of their lala land. They turned in search of the source of the commotion n as their gaze fall out the window they found some teenager boys n gals who were giggling. They winked at the newly wed couple. Both Siddharth n Avantika went crimson in embarassment n immediately let go of each other. They straightened themselves in their seats n moved a little away from each other. They averted their gaze n looked out of their respective windows. The rest of the journey went uneventful, much to their relief. Though they were evading looking at each other but both were unaware about the fact that the other was stealing glances. Soon the journey came to a culmination n they finally reached the Singhania mansion. As the car came to halt, Siddharth and Avantika stepped out of the car and received a warm welcome. Shailendra was standing with his one arm around his daughter's shoulders. Right beside him was standing Arjun. A wide smile was playing on their lips, reflecting their ecstacy and rapture.
Shailendra : "Ab Avantika beti ko lekar andar chalo sab log."
Siddharth and Avantika was about to take a step forward when they were abruptly stopped by Priyanka and Arjun, both of whose lips curved into a impish smirk. Siddharth raised his eyebrows quizzically.
Priyanka : " Aise kaise bhaiya? Aise hi nehi jaa sakte aap dono. "
Siddharth raised his eyebrows quizzically : " Aise kaise matlab? "
Priyanka giggled while it was Arjun instead of her who replied : " Matlab yeh ki ab jab tumne shaadi ke kue mein chalang laga hi li hain toh rashmein bhi toh poori karni hogi na. Itni asani se thore hi na jaane denge. "
Being well aware of the mischievous nature of both his friend as well as his sister, Siddharth narrowed his eyes in suspicious n became dubious of their intention.
Siddharth : " aur exactly kaisa rasam hain yeh? "
Arjun chuckled n replied : " Ek bahut hi cute aur romantic sa rasam hain yeh. "
Saying this he winked at Siddharth whose eyes widened as comprehension dawned on him regarding the ritual.
Siddharth almost yelled :" No! You dont mean that. Right? "
Arjun chuckled as he had expected such a reaction beforehand. Siddharth was the worst when it would come to PDA.
Sobering himself with great effort, Arjun finally replied : " wrong buddy. I exactly do mean that. "
Siddharth gaped at Arjun incredulously as if he was a perfect lunatic.
Siddharth : " Dimag kharab ho gaya kya tumhara? Main waisa kuch nehi karne wala. "
Arjun : " Oye hum tumse pooch nehi rahe hain ko tum aram se apna marji batao. Hum bata rahe hain aur rasam hain toh poori toh karni hi paregi."
He chuckled witnessing Siddharth's flabbergasted expression while confusion shrouded Avantika's exquisite n delicate features as the poor girl was absolutely clueless about the subject of discussion.
Arjun meanwhile noticed Avantika's confusion. He smiled n continued : " Lagta hain bhabhi ko samajh nehi aaya hum kya baat kar rahe hain. Dont worry bhabhi main samjhata hoon. Rasam yeh hain ki newly wed couple jab shaadi ke baad pehlibaar ghar aatey hain tab dulhe ko apni dulhan ko bare hi pyar se apne bahon mein uthakar ghar ke darwaje tak lekar jaana hoga. "
Avantika's beautiful face went a deep shade of cromson owing to shyness n embarassment.
Priyanka giggled : " Arey bhabhi aap toh abhi se sharma gayi. Sharmaane se kaam nehi chalega. Bhai ko toh aapko uthakar le jaana hi hoga. "
Priyanka winked at Avantika n Siddharth both of whom were red with embarassment n hi fived with Arjun. Siddharth turned to his father who was his last hope but even Shailendra turned out to be of no help at all as he immediately lifted his hands up in surrender n chuckled alongwith Arjun n Priyanka.
Siddharth sighed in helplessness : " Dad aap bhi! "
Shailendra feigned helplessness n replied : " kya karey beta rasam hain toh poori toh karni hi parega na. "
Siddharth : " Fine! "
He turned towards Avantika who was standing beside him with her eyes lowered and gaze still fixed on the well trimed ground beneath. With a slight hesitation he wound his one arm around her shoulders and the other around her hips and with a swift movement picked her up in his strong arms with as much ease as if she was a feather. He acted so fast that she got no time to react and when she finally felt her foot leaving the ground her eyes shot up and the next moment she found herself in his arms. Her hands automatically, as if in acceptence of his action, entangled themselves around his neck. Her eyes met his but before they could lose themselves in blissful oblivion Arjun's teasing voice shattered the trance.
Arjun : "Ehem Ehem! Hum sab yehi hain. Incase you both have become oblivious of the surroundings."
Siddharth glowered at him n snapped back : "Just shut up Arjun. Or else I'll make you oblivious of your own name."
Arjun pouted while Shailendra and Priyanka chuckled.
Shailendra : " Ab chalo bhi baccho. Baaki masti andar jaake kar lena. Anamika intezar kar rahi hogi."
All consented to his opinion and walked away towards the entrance to the mansion. On approaching the entrance door, Siddharth put Avantika down on the threshold of the door. Anamika, accompanied by many women of the neighbourhood and the relatives, approached the door to welcome the newly wed couple with a wide smiled adorning her face and the tinge of rapture twinkling in her eyes.
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