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Arnav had left from the scene after their confrontation..
He drove as fast as he could and reached a secluded spot
near the highway.. He got down from his seat, and sat in front of the car, with
his back resting against the bonnet.. The day had turned out to be emotionally
exhaustive for him..
But was it a confrontation?? He had raged at her like
an angry bull while she on the other hand hadn't uttered a single word.. This
is not how he had expected it to be.. This is not how he wanted it to be..
He had wanted to hold her, demand answers from her..But he had done exactly
Once again the mighty Arnav Singh Raizada was standing at
crossroads.. His heart had yearned for her for the last 3 years.. How he had
waited for the day when she would be back in his life! But then, things had
changed..How dare she come back and act as if nothing had happened in
the past? And that too, came looking for
Shyam?? Even after all these years??
Yes, nothing had changed between the two of them.. She
has always been this way.. Wake up ASR, open your eyes and see.. She enticed
you to fall in love with her for her ulterior motives.. She has always been a
But was she still involved with Shyam? And they had a
child together?? How dare that man do this to my sister?
He pounded his
fist on the rearview mirror.. It had smashed into pieces.. Exactly how his
head felt at the moment..
He stood up to go back home.. He needed a cold shower to
sooth the fire that was raging in his head.. He needed answers.. But did he
have questions?? Maybe..
Akash and Payal had reached the secluded ground and were
calling out to Khushi.. They found her sitting under a tree, clutching her
knees close to herself and praying with her eyes shut..
"Hey Devi Maiya, unhe kuch mat hone dena.. Agar unhe kuch ho
gaya, toh hum aapse phir kabhi baat nahi karenge.. Aap humari aur kitni
kasautiyaan lengi? Pehle humare Amma-Babuji, phir Arnavji aur ab humara beta..
Kyun aap humse humare saare rishte cheen lena chahti hain? Humne kissi ka kya
She was brought out of her monologue by a gentle hand on her
shoulder.. She turned around and found Payal. She held Payal's knees close to
herself and started sobbing.. "Jiji.. Jiji.. humein bohot darr lag raha hai..
Woh theek toh honge na?" Payal sat down next to her and let Khushi rest her
head in her lap.. She stroked her hair and tried to calm her down, "Khushi,
dekh.. Tu chinta matt kar.. Hum hain na tere saath.. Unhe kuch nahi hoga.. Hum
hai.. Akashji hain, Amma-Babuji hain.. Hum sab milke unhe dhoondh
nikalenge..Bass bharosa rakho.."
Akash bent forward and held Khushi's arm.. She winced in
pain at his touch.. Both Payal and Akash were shocked to see red fingermarks
imprinted on her skin.. "Khushi yeh??"
She managed to cover the marks by wrapping her saree pallu
around her arms.. "Kuch nahi hai Jijaji, ghar chalte hain.." Akash opened his mouth to protest but was silenced by his
They walked towards the car and drove away to Gupta House. Garima
had come running to the door hearing the car's horns.. She engulfed Khushi in
her arms, "Khushi.. Khushi.. bitiya, tum theek toh ho na.. Damadji ne kuch??"
She looked up at her mother, held her hand and walked into the house.
They had all settled down in the living room, while Buaji
had brought some tea and snacks for all of them.. She held out a jalebi in
front of Khushi, "Aye titaliya, ek jalebi toh kha lo.. chakh ke toh batana
kaisi bani hai.." Khushi signaled a 'no' with her head.. That's when Akash
jumped and grabbed the jalebi from Buaji.. He ate it, savouring every bite as
if teasing Khushi, "Bohot hi laajawab hai Buaji.. Bura mat maaniye lekin isse
badhiya jalebiyaan Khushi banati hai.. Kyun Payal??"
Payal giggled and everyone looked at Khushi for her
reaction, but she had walked to the window and was gazing out.. She seemed to
be immersed in her own thoughts..
Payal walked towards her and placed a hand on
her shoulder.. "Khushi?? Kya soch rahi ho?"
Buaji had answered for her, "Eeh Parmeshwari humre lalla ke
baare mein soch rahi hogi.. Nandakishore pata nahi ka haalat mein hoga??"
"Nahi Buaji, kuch nahi hoga unhe.. Humein Devi Maiya ki
shakti aur humari bhakti mein poora yakeen hai..",Khushi had turned around and
Everyone was relieved. They knew they were in deep trouble. Yet, they felt their strength return back with Khushi's words.. She had been
their pillar of strength all these years. It had pained them to watch her
broken. But now that she was back, they were confident that she would claim her
son back very soon.
It was Payal who spoke this time, "Khushi, chal andar, thoda
aaraam karle.." She shushed Khushi's protest with her index finger.. "Kuch nahi
sunna hai humein.. Hum jaante hain tum bohot pareshaan ho.. Lekin humein thande
dimaag se kuch sochna padega na.. Aur iske liye zaroori hai ki tum apne dimaag
ko thoda aaraam do.. Ab chalo.." She made Khushi lie down on the bed and
covered her with a quilt. She closed the door and joined the rest of the
"Akash, aap ghar chale jaiye.. Wahaan bhi aapki zaroorat
hogi.. Aur haan, hum nahi chaahte ki Maaji ko ek aur bahana miley Khushi ya
humare gharwalon ko beizzat karneka.." Akash gave her a understanding look and
left for Raizada Mansion..
Garima held Payal's arm and stopped her from walking back
into Khushi's room.. "Aye Payaliya, usse pooch na ka hua? Damadji ne ka kaha.. Woh
bohot gusse mein the.. Unhone zaroor Khushi ko bura-bhala kaha hoga.."
Payal came and sat next to Khushi, cradling her head in her
lap. She removed Khushi's pallu from her arm and asked, "Bohot dard ho raha
hai?" Khushi looked up at her sister not understanding what she meant.. She
followed Payal's gaze and realised that she had started applying ointment on
"Khushi, bohot ho gaya.. Woh tumse itni nafrat karte hain.. Unhone
aaj tak tumhe sirf dukh aur takleef ke siva aur diya hi kya hai? Kyun chup hai
She raised her head to look at Payal and sat up on the bed
resting her head on Payal's shoulder.. "Jiji, hum jaante hain, Arnavji ne
humein bohot dard diye hain.. Kayi chotein di hain.. Kuch aisi jo shayad
zindagi bhar na bhar paaye.. Par phir bhi Jiji, humein unse koi shikayat nahi
hai.. Hum har baar unke galti karne se pehle hi unhe maaf kar dete hain.."
Payal stared at Khushi, "Kya? Kis mitti ki bani ho tum? Kyun
karti ho itna pyaar unse? Tumhe dikhayi nahi deta ya tum samjhna nahi chahti? Woh
nahi chahte ki tum dobara unki zindagi mein aao.. Bhula chuke hain woh tumhe..
tum bhi unhe kyun nahi bhool jaati Khushi?"
She looked up at her nave sister, "Jiji, kya tum saansein
lena bhool sakti ho? Nahi na.. Arnavji humari saanson mein baste hain.. Agar
humne apni saanson ko apne aap se door kiya, toh ek pal bhi jee nahi paayenge .."
Payal had had enough.. "Bevakoof ho tum Khushi.. Khair
chodo, tumse unke baare mein baat karke koi faayda toh hai nahi.. Tum humein
yeh batao, ki aaj subah hua kya tha? Aur tumhe pata kaise chala?"
Khushi was scared to even recollect that dreaded moment.
Khushi was as usual getting wrapping up her work, to go pick
up her son from the nearby playschool for lunch. Her phone rang. She ignored it once. She
thought it must be some client of hers wanting an urgent appointment.
Everything in her life took a backseat when it came to her son.. She couldn't
wait to gather him up in her arms and pull his cheeks.. She loved the way he
frowned when she did that.. Her Junior Lad Governor!!
Her phone rang for
the second time, "Hello, Khushi here.." There was momentary silence on the
other side and then she heard that sick, lusting voice of Shyam, "Khushiji... kaisi hain aap??" She felt her hands trembling, she clutched the phone with
"Khushiji, hum jaante hain ki aap humari baat sunn rahi
hain.. Aap itni hairaan kyun hai? Ek na ek din toh aapka pata chalna hi tha na.."
She dared not speak.
"Khushiji.. Aapne humare saath achha nahi kiya.. Aap bhag
gayi.. Aapne apna vaada poora nahi kiya.."
She heard that vice creeping up his voice, " Khushiji, ab
humne kuch aisa kardiya hai ki aap khud humare paas aayengi."
Her heart stopped beating for a while..Arnavji?? "Tumhari
himmat kaisi hui Arnavji ko nuksaan pohonchane ki?"
He smirked, so finally she has given in.. He felt an immense
pleasure running down his spine after hearing her voice after a long time.. And
the very next minute, it was replaced by anger. She still cared for him..
"Aap acche se jaanti hain, hum Saale-sahab ko kuch bhi kar
sakte hain.. Lekin aapne apni kasam jo de rakhi hai.. Ab hum aapki kasam kaise
tod sakte hain, Khushiji?"
Arnavji was safe?? Then whom had he harmed?? She thought
of Anjali.. But then he would never do that. Coz Arnavji would chop him into
pieces if he hurt his Di. And besides she was his all-time lottery.. He would
never do that.. Then who?? Her family??
"Khushiji, kash hum iss waqt aapke saamne hotey.. Aapke
maathe pe woh shikan!! Khair chodiye.. Hum hi bata dete hain.. Aapki jaan
humari moothi mein hai Khushiji.."
She felt the ground slipping away from beneath her feet.. No..
that wasn't possible.. He was here.. Just 20 minutes away.. And how did Shyam
know about him??
She opened her mouth to speak but felt as if someone was
trying to strangle her.. Words failed to escape her lips..
She heard him laughing like a madman and that confirmed her
"Haan haan Khushiji, aapka BETA humare paas hai.. Humare
kabze mein.. Aapka aur ARNAV ka beta.."
She heard him stress on beta and Arnav.. Things were definitely
"Khushiji, waise aapko ek sach bataayein? Humara ji kar raha
hai ki hum abhi inka gala daba dein..Aur aapki bewafai ki nishani ko khatam
kardein.. Lekin hum aisa karenge nahi..Poochiye
She was sobbing now.. Words still failed to escape her
"Khushiji, hum aapke same ek aur shart rakhte hain.. Vahi
puraniwali.. Aap humari ho jaiye humesha ke liye.. aur hum aapke bte ko lauta
Humein aapke jawab ka intezaar rahega.."
Khushi had ran to to the playschool only to find the old
lady-incharge lying unconscious on the floor. Her eyes fell on her son's cartoony
bag.. She cutched it close to her heart and had cried her heart out..
The very next thing that she had done was called up Payal to
inform her that she would be reaching Delhi within 2 hours, avoiding any questions
thrown her way..
And now as she sat crying onto Payal's shoulder, she felt
the world spin around her eyes.. The last image she saw and the last words that
she heard were of her son..
Her baby, Armaan Singh Raizada..
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Edited by mohabbatgirl - 23 May 2012 at 8:07am