"Can I come in Kinjal?" Kinjal looked up from the album she was looking at and smiled at Parag. "Please Dad.. Do come in please", Kinjal stood up and welcomed her dad. "Are you all settled?" "Yes Dad. I was just looking at old photos." "Hmm.. I love seeing them too. Here show me.." Parag sat down near Kinjal and started looking at the pictures and turning pages. A small smile grazed his lips.
Silence followed broken by Kinjal's words. "I apologized to Bhabhi dad. She told me she forgives me. But Mom and Bhai have not forgiven me yet. I don't think they are happy seeing me here" Parag looked up to see his daughter. Her eyes were sad. "Kinjal, It is not that.." "No dad. I know. They have good reason not to." Parag looked at her downcast face and decided it was time to be a father.
"Kinjal, Dikra, Let me tell you this. If Koki or Aham don't want you here, they would have told you that straight away. Both are not people to hide what they feel. You should understand Kinjal that it is difficult for them too. Especially Aham." "But dad.. I just want to ask them their forgiveness.."
"Kinjal, you are missing the point. You may want to ask them but you have to give them time
to trust you again. I know you miss them." Kinjal felt tears prick in her eyes. She nodded.
"Dikra, your mother has always been a perfectionist. You do not know how much she had to adjust herself when she came to this family. She has fought all life to make a place for herself.. I am one of the reasons she had to fight so hard to get to that place. But our relationship is stronger than you believe. We both know and understand each other. So listen to me carefuly.", Parag continued seriously.
"Kinjal, your mother brought you and Aham up to refelct her strength. So when you did what you did, she was not able to understand it nor was it easy for her to see that you were not the person she thought she brought up. My Koki takes pride in her values Kinjal. And you broke the very foundation." "But Papa, I know I was wrong.." Kinjal pleaded tearfully.
"That is beyond the point now Kinjal. A trust once broken takes a long time to be fixed. For almost 2 years Koki watched the recurpussions of what you did create havoc on a gentle soul, Gopi. I know you are sorry now. But think how long that child had to suffer because of those very selfish acts of yours. I am not accusing you Kinjal.", Parag said when he saw his daughter's face crumble. "I am just trying to show you why it is difficult for them. Your Gopi Bhabhi is very kind. There is no unkind bone in her body. She sees goodness in all. So it is easy for her to forgive and forget but not so for your mom and Bhai. Especially Aham. Give them time."
Kinjal nodded and remained silent. Parag's heart went out to her. He placed his hand on her head. "Dikra, your mother loves you very much. She cannot watch you being unhappy for long.
She will give you a chance.. I promise."
"Kinjal." Both Parag and Kinjal looked up startled at Koki's voice. Koki walked in to her daughter's room like she had a mission.
"Kinjal, I need to talk to you." Kinjal looked at her mother with a mixture of hope and apprehension. "Ji Mom?" "You want a chance to be forgiven? Is that what you really want?" "Ji Mom." "Then fine.. I have not forgiven you till now Kinjal but I still want you to be happy. If you really mean what you say, then one day I will be here before you telling you that you are indeed forgiven. But I will not let that past cloud our time together now. I just wanted to tell you that. Jai Shree Krishna."
Koki said her piece and walked back giving her husband a knowing look. "And one more thing, you are Jigar's only sister. So I expect you to perform that role properly. Now go and hep
your New Bhabhi get ready."
Kinjal looked surprised and then nodded while Parag looked proudly at his wife.
"Ok Panna.. Now the other one. Hold it right there. What do you think Bhabhi?" Kinjal turned to ask Gopi who stood looking at Deepu and Panna who was holding a earring to Deepu's ear.
"Kinjal ben, this looks good too." "But Bhabhi, I like the other one better. Do you think this one is better than that?" "No Kinjal ben, we will go with your choice."
"But Kinjal, this one makes my eyes look pretty.", Deepu interjected. The three did not notice Panna fidgeting behind Deepu.
All three woman were trying to decide the accessory to go with Deepu's engagement outfit.
"Why don't you just wear the same earring that you are wearing now?" Panna asked. She was bored standing behind Deepu and holding one earring after another for the three to choose.
Her friend Sarika would have come and she wanted to go down to play.
All three turned at her question and again looked at Deepu's refelction in the mirror. "Actually Panna is right", from Kinjal. "No Kinjal ben, I like the almond shaped one." "But Bhabhi, what about the one with the dew drops?" It was Deepu.
Panna released a sigh of relief when she saw her Hetal Daadi walk in. "Dikra, here I have brought you all something to eat..And Panna beta, your friend Sarika is searching for you.
You go downstairs." Panna looked like she had said something wonderful and flew downstairs
leaving the earrings on the dresser.
"What is this Kinjal, Gopi vahu?" Everyone turned around to see Koki striding in. "You two are not ready yet and Deepu, you.. I told you to be ready for your beautician. She is here now." All three looked guiltily at Kokila.
"Ma, we were just trying to select Deepu Bhabhi's earrings." Kinjal said in a low voice. "And how long does it take? Now Kinjal , Gopi vahu, go and get ready yourself. Deepu, go and freshen up before I bring the beautician here.". Hetal smiled at the speed at which Kinjal and Gopi left the room and she followed them shaking her head. Leave it to Kokila to get things done on time.
"Deepu, what are you waiting for? Go on.. And by the way the earrings that have the dew drop design, that will fit you best. It will make your eyes stand out.." Deepu nodded and grinned
widely before making her way to the washroom.
"Pink one. Wear the pink." Gopi smiled and turned around to see her husband leaning on the door. As soon as he saw her turn he walked to her and hugged her from the back placing his head on her shoulders.
"Pink with cream. Beautiful. Exactly like your cheeks. Now that I have helped you sort your problem, help me by selecting something to match yours. Hmm.." Aham saw Gopi's open smile at his request, an uninhibited smile he would die for.
Gopi smiled at Aham's suggestion and words. It never failed to make her heart flutter at his loving words and actions. Her Ahamji always managed to bring her innermost happiness to the fore by just being there.
"Hmmm.. I think the cream one with Gold design near the collar. How do you like that?" Gopi
asked placing her hand on top of his as she enjoyed his closeness. "Sounds perfect. And what else?" "What else Ahamji?" "How about giving me a kiss to go along with it?" Gopi tried to
turn around to see if he was serious but failed as Aham held her tight in his grasp.
"Hmummm.." Both turned to see Deepika standing at the door. Gopi immediately blushed and
wriggled while Aham held on to her.
"No you don't", he whispered and casually looked at Deepika. "So what brings you here? Are you not getting ready? ", he asked as Deepika raised her eyebrows at Aham's persistance on holding onto Gopi. She grinned.
"I thought you were occupied with some Nazi torturer in your room.."Deepika gave Aham the "Really, that is all you can come up with?" look at his description of her beautician.
"Well Bhai. I have to still undergo more tortures. But I came not for me. Though I do think Bhabhi would be happy if you let her get ready. But actually I am here for your dear younger brother. He is trying to reach you. Can you go to him quickly? It seems he has some trouble with making decisions.", Deepika said and Aham rolled his eyes. Jigar and his dilemmas.
"Ok, will be there. Bye. See you." Deepika saw Gopi look at her apologitically at Aham's abrupt words of dismissal. She just nodded and laughed and returned back to her room.
"Ahamji, what are you doing? What will Deepu ben think?" Gopi questioned the minute Deepu
left. "She will think I was just romancing my wife. Deepu will not mind." Aham replied, kissed the surprised Gopi on her cheeks and made his way to the washroom. "Sweetheart, can you just get my Kurtha ready? I have to sort Jigar out of his dilemma. Thanks.", he said to the still stunned Gopi and made his way to the washroom laughing to himself.
"Bhai what do you think? Does this blue one really look better?" Aham looked at Jigar and sighed. "Jigar, let me tell you for the last time. You are going to wear this.. Do you realize that I am almost ready to explode?"
Jigar looked absently at his brother and nodded. "No you won't Bhai. Today is my engagement." "Even that will not stop me from manhandling you if you ask the question again." "But Bhai, what if Deepu.." Aham immediately interjected. "Deepu is wearing the same blue. I thought you guys bought things after deciding on it. Now don't ask how I know what color Deepu is wearing. I messaged Gopi and she is with Deepu now. If you do not start getting ready now, the engagement will happen without the groom." "No it won't. Deepu will not be ready anyway."
Jigar rushed into the washroom as Aham took a step towards him. He turned around and thanked Aham once and grinned seeing Aham shake his head in disbelief.
"Bhai.. I was actually talking about Deepu." Jigar looked at Aham's dazed look and decided his brother had heard nothing. He shook Aham by his shoulders. "Bhai I am getting engaged today." "Ah. What? Oh yeah. We need to go down." Jigar nodded and both the brothers made their way down the stairs to the hall where everyone was waiting.
"Jigar, you look perfect. Now people will agree that you are Aham Modi's brother. Here you go, rings and the watch. All set?" 'Hmm.. Bhai you do have the engagement ring?" "Yes Jigar. Here see." Aham removed the box from his pocket and showed Jigar the ring box. "Gopi reminded me." Aham added for his own benefit.
"Aham beta, Is Jigar ready? It is time to exchange the rings." Both turned as they heard Hetal call from outside. Aham assured her that they would be out immediately and Hetal after once more reminding them left.
"Ok.. Lets go." Jigar followed Aham out of the door to go down to the hall. As they neared the stairs they could hear the guests chattering downstairs.
"Bhai, How do I look?" "Just perect Jigar. Now come on." The brothers made their way down the stairs. As they walked down, a hush fell on the hall.
Both looked down at the smiling guests and then realized that the guests were looking at the
other stairs too.
Aham looked up at the opposite side and immediately a proud smile broke on his face. His choice had been perfect. Gopi looked like an angel in baby pink and cream sari. She was
standing and arranging Deepu's maang tikka. Aham could not take his eyes off her. "She looks beautiful doesn't she?" Aham turned to Jigar and nodded. "The most beautiful woman in the entire world." Aham did not see Jigar's eyes widen at his brother's praise.
Jigar grinned. "I selected that dress along with her." Jigar pronounced proudly only to see Aham looking dazed and lovingly at the other side of the stairs. "Bhai.. " "Jigar tell me , Is there anybody else who even comes close to being as simple but as beautiful as her in this room? She was made only for me. Beautiful"
Jigar looked at Aham in disbelief. "You are talking about Bhabhi..", Jigar shook his head and laughed. And then he followed his brother's lead to lovingly stare at his beloved standing on the opposite stairs.
"Jigar Bhai, Aham Bhai, come down.. It is time. Everyone is waiting." Dhawal came up to ask both the brother's down. Aham and Jigar came out of their dreams and grinned sheeepishly at each other.
"Bhai.. I was actually talking about Deepu." Jigar whispered to Aham. "and I am getting engaged today." "Ah. What? Oh yeah. We need to go down." Jigar nodded and both the brothers made their way down the stairs to the hall where everyone was waiting.
"Gopi ben, this is for you." Gopi took yet another rose from the child who smiled at her and ran away to join her friends. She looked around again searching for Aham. A smile grazed her lips as she looked at the four pink roses in her hand each one delivered by a small kid.
She knew he was watching her and a blush spread across her cheeks as she again scanned the room for her husband.. The engagement had gone very well. Gopi could see Deepika and Jigar talking to a set of their friends. Her Maaji and Kakiji were talking to their neighbors. Baa and Naani had closeted together talking about the function with a few more of the guests.
But Aham was nowhere to be found. Gopi looked at the roses.. The first one was given exactly when the rings were exchanged.
"It is time Hetal ben. The rings please". Hetal looked at Aham and Gopi for the rings. Both of them smiled and placed the boxes on the pooja thalli. Jigar and Deepu stood adjustcent to each other smiling.
Deepika was for the first time in her life was feeling shy, embarassed, incadecently happy and scared to look up. She felt that everyone ws watching only her. She heard Gopi whisper, "Deepu ben, look up at devarji. He is calling you." Deepu immediately blushed. She slowly looked up to see Jigar grining at her and he signalled she looked beautiful.His appreciation filled her heart with more happiness than she had ever felt and pride. As she stood blushing, Deepu felt her Kakiji place a hand on her shoulder. She looked up to see Kokila extend the ring box to her.
Jigar saw his mother give him the ring. He felt nervous and confident at the same time. He looked up to see his Deepu blush and nervous. Her nervousness made him want to laugh but he knew he looked almost the same.. He took the ring from the box and looked around. Jigar felt a hand on his shoulder and felt the calm descend in him as he saw the smiling faces around. His eyes finally settled on Deepu after they saw Aham give him an understanding nod. Jigar extended his hand to her as though requesting Deepu to trust him. He saw Deepu look up and give him a small nervous smile.
Then slowly, very slowly her hand raised and he felt her place her right hand on his left and look at him hopefully. Jigar closed his hand over hers and slowly placed the ring in her finger while everyone clapped. But Jigar heard none of it. He placed his other hand on top of the entwined hand and looked at Deepu and lost himself in her eyes. Her eyes held so much love and he saw a lone tear make its ways out of her beautiful eyes and roll down her cheek.
"Jiju.." Jigar felt Panna pull his cuff and call him in a loud whisper. The spell broke and he looked down. "Leave Deepu ben's hand. You don't want the ring? " Jigar smiled and realized that Deepu and the others were eagerly waiting for her to place the ring on his finger. He let go of her hand and watched as Deepu took the ring from Kokila and slid it through his finger.
The hall broke into an applause. Jigar grinned widely and turned to be hugged by his brother. "Congratulations." Jigar hugged his brother back. It looked like he could not stop smiling and he saw Deepu being hugged by his Kaki and then his Bhabhi. Deepu was openly crying.. But he knew it was from happiness.
Gopi could not contain her happiness as the she saw her devar slide the ring into Deepu's finger. At the same time she saw Sarika pull her pallu. She looked down and smiled at her only to be surprised by Sarika's offer of rose. "For you. He said you are the most beautiful person in the entire world." Gopi looked at Sarika confused and before she could question her the room broke into an applause. Gopi looked up to see Deepu slide the ring and momentarily forgot the rose.
After the ceremony as everyone congratualated each other. She felt another pull and this time it was a Vineetha aunty's grandson. He held a rose and on the other hand a chocolate. Gopi kneeled to look at him face to face and he surprised her by kissing her and before Gopi could react she had the second rose in her hand and the kid had fled. Gopi smiled and blushed. She knew it was from her Ahamji and her eyes went searching for him.
The third one had also been delivered exactly the same way, this time when she was serving cool drinks for the guests. And now the fourth. Gopi smiled and made her way to where her Papaji was standing. She could not find Aham even there. She fingered the roses lovingly and
"Gopi vahu, Can you bring the sugar from the kitchen?" Gopi nodded and made her way to the kitchen. She had almost reached the sugar box when she felt herself enveloped in a hug from
the very person she had been searching for a while back.
"You searching for me?" She felt Aham's hand bring the box with the sugar down from the shelf and turned to face him.
Aham cupped her face in his hands and enjoyed as a blush stole across his wife's face and
her happiness became completely visible. He watched fascinated as Gopi looked at him her eyes reflecting the love he felt for her. One more minute and Aham almost sealed his lips on
"Gopi Bhabhi.. Sugar, Naani Bhabhi is calling.." Both Aham and Gopi jumped apart. Aham watched as Gopi ran with the sugar outside and her other hand clutched the roses by the stem
close to her heart..
"Hetal ben.. Congratulations.. Your son is now engaged again." Hetal smiled at Savitha's words but she felt uneasy. Savitha always tried to put off others. To her relief Gopi walked up with the sugar and Hetal went forward to take the tin from Gopi. She smiled again at Savitha and walked off in relief. Hetal did not realize that Savitha ben had cornered Gopi.
"So Gopi beta.. How are you? Are you happy to have a new Devarani?" Gopi smiled and nodded
at Savitha ben. She was about to walk away when she heard another question. "So Gopi beta, don't you think that girls need to be in their Maayka until they are married?" Gopi looked puzzled at the line of questioning and stood there facing Savitha ben.
"That is right Savitha aunty. That is why I am here. At my Maayka.. Don't you know? This is where my sister like Gopi Bhabhi and mother like Kakiji live and I am lucky that it is to be my sasural too.." Deepika saw Gopi smile at her as she answered Savitha ben. Deepika proceeded to link
her hand with Gopi's and excused them from the suddenly silent Savitha aunty.
Kokila watched Deepu handle Savitha ben and smirked. Now she felt confident that Savitha ben
would think twice before questioning the Modi's..
"Jigar is ecstatic. I am so very happy for him. I cannot believe by this time tomorrow Jigar will be married." Aham tightened his hold on Gopi as they sat on the swing in the terrace enveloped within a shawl. "Hmm..I am very happy for devarji too Ahamji."
Both fell silent as they enjoyed the swing swaying back and forth. "Gopi, when do you want
me to.." Aham looked down to see Gopi sleeping soundly with her head comfortably placed on his chest. He smiled at her and stayed silent.
Thank you so much for liking and commenting on the previous update.. This update is not much on the celebrations.. But I wanted to concentrate on how the couples felt than what was actually happening.. Hope you all like this one..
Would love to hear your comments, feedback and likes..