...Aur PYAAR Ho Gaya
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faces, them trying to hide their distraught... all this did not leave her mind
and neither did what she thought was the possible reason for this. Listlessly
she set the table and stood there, thinking. She felt a hand on her shoulder,
jolting her out of her thoughts. She turned to see her Dad standing behind her.
This tension had taken it's toll on her Dad... those dark circles beneath his
eyes were not to be missed. His eyes were searching for something and then
finally he found what he was searching for. On seeing that, his face broke into
a smile... His darling daughter had flashed her smile at him... her smile always
managed this... moving his hand lovingly over her head, he took his place at the
was broken by chatter...TINKU and their Mom entered the 'Dinning Room'...TINKU
chattering non-stop and their Mom simply nodding in a 'Yes' and holding his
hand. GUNJAN was looking at them and signaled her little brother to keep quite
and sit at the table. TINKU took his place opposite his Dad and next to him sat
his sister. NISHA started serving food as AMIT decided now was the perfect time
to start the conversation and break the news. But he tried keeping the
conversation light... He looked at his wife who was busy serving food and he
GD - WoW ! Kitni achhi khushboo aa rahi hai...Kya
banaya hai aaj Lunch mein...? Mujhse toh control hi nahin ho
GM - Arre ! Aapke favorite 'Dum Aloo' hain aur
GD - WoW ! 'Dum Aloo' !! Mujhe toh naam sunte hi aur
zyada bhookh lag rahi hai.
G - Papa...1 sec., main abhi serve karti
up the casserole that contained 'Dum Aloo' and started serving the others.
Keeping the casserole down, She took her seat as did her
GD - Arre ! Main toh poochna hi bhool gaya...subah
tum donon kahaan chale gaye the... Maine tum donon ka kaafi der wait bhi kiya
eating and looked at GUNJAN... She was looking at him too...A slight worried
look on their faces... The brother-sister duo started their conversation...
throught their eyes. TINKU raised his eyebrows and slightly nodded towards the
main Door, which was open and their 'DHANNO' could be seen, parked a bit away
than it normally would be. GUNJAN nodded a NO...
shrugging her shoulders, she looked at her Dad...thankfully, He was busy pouring
water in the glass and had missed these signs... just one thought in both their
minds... (( Ab kya karein...Kahin PAPA ne hamari DHANNO
ko dekh liya toh...? ))
G - Wo...Woh actually Papa... ( looking at TINKU ) woh...
(Interrupting quickly) Woh Papa Mom ne
hamein vegetables laane ko kaha tha...toh,hum fresh veg. dhoondh rahe
the...Pehle Market gaye par,wahan kuchh bhi fresh nahin tha...toh,phir hum
GM - Bas...Bas...phir wohi rata hua answer start...
Subah bhi same to same issi word mein answer diya
T - Toh...? Mom jo hua wohi toh bataoonga
naa...!! (said with innocent face) Morning ka sach Afternoon mein thode na badal jaayega...Main
GD - Achha..achha..samajh gaya...(looked at GUNJAN ) Lekin,Bete aap
donon ko kitni baar kaha hai ki,tum donon ka zyada der ghar se bahar rehna thik
nahin hai... toh,phir...
G - Sorry Papa...Next time se yaad
GM - Arre ! GUNJAN main toh bhool hi gayi...
ISHITA ne kyun bulaya tha...? SUDHA Jii (SAMRAT's
Mom) thik toh hain
G - Ji Mom...woh thik
hain...Actually... And she stopped talking as SAMRAT's face
flashed before her eyes... she remembered everything... their first meeting...
and all the harsh words used by him against TINKU.
GM - Kya hua...? Ruk kyun
G - Nahin...woh,actually...unke chotte bete MUMBAI
se aaye hain...unhin ke liye cooking mein kuchh help chahiye
GD - Thik kiya bete, jo wahaan chali gayi...Kaafi
achhe log hain... Unki,wajah se iss nayi jagah mein hamein kaafi help mili
hai...agar,hum unke koi kaam aa sake toh,yeh badi baat
T - (interrupt
with disagree tone) Par Papa... Unke bete
jo aaye hain...woh mujhe bilkul achhe nahin lage... Khud ko bahot SMART show
karte hain...aur pata hai...unhone...
And just as soon as he had
started talking, he stopped. GUNJAN had given him a glare... and through her
eyes, asked him to stop saying anything else...
GD - Kya hua...? Kya kiya unhone...?(asked normally)
G - (tried to
change the topic) Kuchh nahin Papa...Yeh
bhi naa...Aap toh jaante hi hain isse...
G - Khana khao... Khate hue zyada baatein
nahin ki jaati... (said in ordering
T - Ok... Mujhe kya... ? Par,agar woh MUMBAI se
aaye hain...toh hum bhi DELHI se aaye hain... aur,agar
G - Achha baba... Jo tumhaare dil mein aaye
karna... but,at least abhi Lunch toh le
nothing and with a small frown on his forehead and his eyes reflecting his
displeasure... He continued eating. AMIT [GD] could not stifle a chuckle... and
looked at NISHA [GM] ... She was not reacting... her eyes looked sad... he felt
sorry for her... He knew she was going through the roughest patch... but,
Reality had to be faced. So he looked at his 2 lovely children and said in a put
on happy tone...
GD - Arre ! Inn batoon mein main tum sabko 1
important news dena toh bhool hi gaya...
T - Kya papa...? Kaun si News...? Jaldi bataiye
naa... (He asked in a very exciting tone)
G - Haan Papa... Please,jaldi bataiye naa...
(asked curiously with little-bit excitement)
at her children as she heard their excited voices. Her already moist eyes let go
and tears fell on her cheeks... She quickly wiped them and composing herself,
she said... "Main Refrigerator mein
Doodh(Milk) rakhna bhool gayi...
Main bas abhi aayi...
hurriedly left from there. But GUNJAN had seen her wipe her tears... her eyes
followed her mother as she left the room and was about to get up when TINKU's
question stopped her...
T - Bataiye naa Papa...Kaun si
GD - (said
with fake smile) Arre ! Woh actually,tum
sab DELHI ko bahoot miss kar rahe the naa...! Iss liye,maine dobara apna
transfer DELHI karwa liya hai...Hum bahot hi jald wahaan wapas shift ho
jaayenge...hai naa good news...?? aur...
And then He saw his kids...
They looked disappointed... both looking at each other and then at him... a
thousand daggers stabbed his heart... The pain was that excruciating... His
children's eyes told him they were disheartened by this 'News' and he hated to
see his kids unhappy.
nothing after that. But, GUNJAN was now able to understand everything... The
main Reason for her parents discomfort... The tears in her Mom's eyes...
everything was now clear. She looked at TINKU, who was calm and composed... His
eyes showed no any excitement... She looked at her Dad... His shoulder's
stooping, He looked a sorry sight... She felt for her Dad... so putting up an
act of normally, she said...
G - Its really GR8 news Papa... (said with
fake smiling face) Par,kya aapne Mom ko
GD - Haan...unhein bata diya
G - (stood
quickly n said in normal tone) Oh !
1 sec. main abhi unhein le kar aati hoon... shayad,dusre kaamon mein busy ho
And before her
Dad could say anything, She had scurried away to the kitchen. She entered the
kitchen, a worried look on her face. She looked around and saw her Mom...
huddled in a corner, next to the Refrigerator, she was weeping... her hands
flopped beside her...her knees close to her chest, She had kept her head against
the wall and tears were flowing. Slowly her hands moved on her knees and she
kept her head on her knees... sobbing.
stifled a sob and rushed towards her mother. Like a mother would collect her
crying child in her arms , GUNJAN did just that... kneeling down, She hugged her
mother, lovingly moving her hands over her head... NISHA held on to her
daughter... and her sobs grew louder... muffled as she buried her face in
GUNJAN's arms... sometime later GUNJAN broke the hug, wiping her own tears.
Gently pushing her mother away from her, she wiped her mother's tears... she
said in a caring tone...
G - Kya hua Mom...? Aap iss tarah himmat kaise haar
sakti hain...? Agar aap iss tarah react karengi toh,Papa ko kaun sambhalega...
?? Woh tut jaayenge Mom... Unhein aapki zaroorat hai...aur TINKU...?? Uss par
kya bitegi aapko iss halat mein dekh kar...
GM - Main kya karoon GUNJAN...?? Mujhe kuchh samajh
nahin aa raha...iss tarah sab kuchh khatm hote, nahin dekh sakti. Ab aur
bardashat nahin kar paa rahi...saari umeeed,saare sapne khatam hote ja rahe
hain. Jab DELHI se aayi thi toh 1 ummed thi...ki,shayad ab sab kuchh thik ho
jaayega...lekin, ab yeh jaankar ki,DELHI kyun ja rahe hain...?? Khud ko rok
nahin paa rahi... Kabhi kisi ka bura nahin socha...phir hamare saath itna bura
kyun ho raha hai...
her mother's face in her hands and wiped her tears again.She spoke
softly... " Mom aap aane waale pal
ke liye... iss khubsurat pal ko kyun kho rahi hain... Jo hoga hum usse badal
nahin sakte...par jo hai... usse aap kyun badalna chahti hain Mom...? Aaj hum sab
saath hain...ek dusre ko dekh sakte hain, Baatein kar sakte hain, ek-dusre ko
mehsoos kar sakte hain... inn paloon ko mat khoiye Mom... Kal yehi pal aapki
yaadein hongi...Yaadein aisi honi chahiye Jo, hothon par khushiyaan la de, naa
ki, aankhon mein aansoo...
GM - Main bhi khush rehna chahti
hoon bete... par, 1 Maa ka dard... aansoo ban kar nikal aata
G - (said in very loving tone) Yeh
Aansoo... hamein hamari khushiyoon se door kar rahe hain Mom... Hamein zindagi
aaj ko dekh kar jeeni hogi... Kal ki soch kar hum aaj ki khushiyaan nahin kho
As she nodded at her Mom, she could sense her
eyes getting moist again. She quickly wiped her tears and smiling at her Mom,
she said... "Ab
chaliye...Papa aur TINKU hamara hi wait kar rahe
at her daughter... She had grown up overnight, after that day... She had so
matured... lovingly She caressed her daughter's cheeks and placed a peck on her
forehead. She stood up and splashed cold water on her face. Accepting the napkin
that GUNJAN gave her to wipe her face, NISHA put on a smile... and accompanied
GUNJAN to the Dinning Room.
There was Pin-drop silence . Both father and son
were avoiding eye contact with each other... GUNJAN gulped and cheerfully, she
G - Arre ! Aap donon kuchh kha kyun nahin rahe...?
Woh,kitchen mein thoda kaam tha iss liye hamein thodi der ho
GD - Koi baat nahin bete,Woh mujhe bhookh nahin thi
G - Aise kaise bhookh nahin hai...? (said
strictly) Mom ne aapke liye apki Favourite 'Dum Aloo' banaye hain...khaani toh
padegi hi... (smiled)
T - (Said
quickly) Haan Di...Yeh toh meri bhi
favorite hai...Main toh aap logon ka wait kar raha tha...Mujhe toh kaafi bhookh
him tightly and sitting next to him, she served him some more food. If GUNJAN
had not missed her mother's tears as she had left the dinning table, TINKU too
could see through his sister's fake smile. He thought about something and then
with his cute smile, he asked his 'silly questions' as GUNJAN called them...
but, this was necessary to break the silence in the
T - Papa...! Hum DELHI kab jaayenge...? Kya ANU Di
ki shaadi se pehle...?
nodded...whether he had even heard the question, only he knew. He looked at his
son... and smiled...
T - WoW ! Its GR8 naa...phir,ab mujhe koi
Home Work banane ki zaroorat nahin.Kyunki,ab toh School jaa hi nahin
paaonga...Ab toh sirf Masti time... (said in very
exciting tone) No Books...No Tasks...No
TINKU had hit
the right cord... the smiles were back...genuine ones this time, no fakes. But
then, TINKU's next question wiped them off as
T - Lekin,Papa...ab hum rahenge kahaan...? Hamara
Flat toh aapne VERMA Uncle ko de diya... phir, ab hum DELHI mein kahaan
at her husband. They had not discussed this at all. Had her husband thought
about this?? AMIT looked at her and blinked slowly...giving her an assuring
GD - Arre ! Tumhein uski fikr karne ki koi zaroorat
nahin...maine Bhaiya ko keh diya hai...woh jald hi koi achha sa Flat rent
par hire kar lenge...DELHI mein Flat ki kami thode hi na hai...infact,unhone
apne Building ke paas hi kuchh dusri buildings mein Flat dekhe
TINKU said in
little sad tone..."You mean, 'LAXMI Nagar' mein...? Ok... (said in little sad tone) phir,thik
hai... Sunny-Bittu (His cousins) bhi pass mein hi honge...phir,kitna mazaa aayega...Hum saath
mein khel bhi sakte hain..."(said with smiling
at him... had her brother changed or something??? This was the same TINKU who
had thrown up nothing short of a tantrum when they had to move out of DELHI...
He never wanted to leave... his friends... his home... and 'LAXMI NAGAR' ??...
He always hated that place.
And today, here he was, happy to go and live
there... proudly, She kept her hand on her brothers head... and clasping her
fingers thereby holding a lock of his hair, She gently shook his head and then
hugged him. TINKU had matured... He knew the condition they were in... He knew
'The Reality'...and He also knew he would have to act grown up... so no more
kiddish demands... 'LAXMI NAGAR' ,It would be... GUNJAN kissed him on his cheeks
as she said lovingly...
G - Haan,Yeh kaafi achha hai... WoW ! I am too
excited...Naya ghar...Nayi Building...Nayi Society... Naye Friends... sab kuchh
kitna achha hoga...
T - (smiled)
Yaa... Yeh toh maine socha hi
nahin...wahaan naye friends bhi toh milenge...sach Di,Phir toh bahot mazaa
AMIT and NISHA
looked with pride at their kids... they knew both were putting up an act of
being happy... but, they too played along... not wanting their children's
efforts to go waste. They too smiled... they knew... It would not be long before
this fake happiness too would not exist in their life. Light talk and slight
laughter dominated the rest of the lunch...
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Edited by Joseph_A - 06 August 2011 at 6:16pm