Udayveer took out his mother's photo frame and sat on the edge on his bed. "Aapko bhi lag raha hoga ki achanak aapki yaad kaise aa gayi humein", said Uday looking at her mother's photo. Uday smiled softly and said, "Lekin hum toh aapko humesha yaad karte hain, Mom. Bas zaheer nahi kar sakte, hum rajwaade hain naa". Uday softly touched the photo frame and said, "Dad ka ek aur plan, shaadi k naam pe ek riyasaati khel! Kitni ajeeb baat hai na Mom, Manyata se humein miley bohot waqt ho gaya. Dad ne kaha ki humein riyasaat mein uljhe rehna chahiye nahi ki koi dosti nibhaane k peeche bhaagna chahiye. Aur aaj itne saalon baad agar Manyata se milenge woh bhi ek riyasaati khel k liye. Peheli baar Dad ki baat maan ne mein thodi jhijhak si ho rahi hai, Dad k saamne toh kabhi dikha nahi sakte toh socha aapke k saath share kr lein". Udayveer got up and pulled out another photo frame from his drawer. The photo had Udayveer and Manyata as kids. Manyata had a wide mischievious grin pulling Uday's both cheeks with her hands. An unconscious smile formed on Uday's lips. "Dada", a voice interrupted Udayveer's thoughts as he pushed the photo frame into the drawer and turned around to find her younger sister standing there with an illuminating smile. "Chotti!", exclaimed Udayveer. "Kaise hain Dada", asked Unnati and hugged Uday excitedly. Udayveer hugged her back happily and asked, 'Tum toh kal aane waali thi naa?". Unnati pulled back and replied, "Humne aapko date badha kr batayi thi, taaki aapko surprise kar sake". "Apne Dada k saath games?", asked Uday teasingly. Unnati replied, "Game kahan? Chotta sa surprise tha lekin sabse bada surprise toh humein yahaan aake mila. Aap finally shaadi kr rahe hain". Uday nodded his head with a smile and made himself comfortable on the couch. "Chotti, sirf rishtey ki baat chali hai. Rishta ki baat aur shaadi mein bohot farq hai", said Uday. Unnati sat on the edge on the bed and said, "Jo bhi ho, hum toh yeh sun kr khush hain ki Dad ne Jai k saath aapke rishtey k liye mana kr diya". Uday laughed and said, "Jai se itni khunnas?". Unnati replied, "Aisi baat nahi hai Dada. She's a nice girl. Par humare hisaab se aapke liye aur specially Jaigarh ki Maharani ban ne k liye sahi nahi". Uday smirked and asked, "Aur Manyata hai?". "Dada! Humein kaise pata hoga, hum toh bas yehi keh rahe hai ki thank God aapki shaadi Jai se tey nahi hui", replied Unnati. Unnati noticed her mother's photo frame on the bed, picked it up and looked at Uday with curiosity, who seemed to be immersed in a deep thought. "Kya baat hai, Dada? Aap pareshaan lag rahe hain?", asked Unnati. Uday smirked and replied, "Kitni ajeeb baat hai na chhoti, jab humne Manyata ko akhri baar dekha tha tab sapney bhi nahi socha tha ki uss se dubara milne ki wajah aisi hogi". Unnati understood and said, "Matlab Riyaasat k liye". "Yeah", said Uday with a smirk. A smile formed on Unnati's lips and she said, "Hmmm... matlab humari tough Dada ko actually kisi k liye buraa lag raha hai". Uday smirked and said, "Bura? Hum toh yeh soch rahe the, humari patni ban ne ka sunhera mauka dusron ko milna chahiye". Unnati was surprised, "Iska matlab aap actually shaadi k liye manaa krne waale hain". Uday smiled. Unnati went and hugged Uday and said, "Humein kahin naa kahin pata tha ki humare Dada aisa kucch hone nahi denge". "Bas bas, hum itne bhi channe k jhaad k mat chadhao. Hum humare bachelorhood ko aise hi jaane denge kya?", joked Uday. "Matlab hum khamakha yahan aaye", joked Unnati. "Kyun humse milke tumhe khushi nahi hui?", asked Uday. Both Uday and Unnati burst out laughing.
Meanwhile, Manyata had a grand welcome to home. Komal did the aarti. Brijraj hugged her daughter tightly. Vijay remarked, "Humara Manyata Bhai kitna bada ho gaya hai". Manyata replied, "Vijay Bhai, do din pehle toh video chat ki thi aap se". "Phir bhi, badhti ho tum thoda har roz, woh TV par ad aata hai na!", said Vijay. "Vijay Bhai", said Manyata, shook her head and hugged Vijay. Manyata took Meneka's blessings and then looked around. "Jai Bhai ko dhund rahi ho", asked Vijay. "Woh kahin nazar nahi aa rahi", remarked Manyata. "Jai Bhai toh aaj kal saatwe aasmaan par hai. Neeche jhuk kr logon ko dekhna toh bohot durr ki baat hai", said Vijay. Brijraj was displeased with Jai not being there and said, "Jai se humein aise vyavahaar ki umeed nahi thi. Woh jaanti thi ki Manyata barson baad aa rahi hain phir bhi unhone aisi harqat ki". Komal asked Vijay as to where has Jai gone to. "Woh Udayveer ki disco mein ek party hai, uske liye shopping wagera krne gayyi hai", replied Vijay. "Jai, unhe toh koi lihaaaz hi nahi rishton ki. Hum abhi unhe phone karke waapas bulate hain", said Komal. Komal was about to dial Jai's number when Manyata stopped her and said, "Rehene dijiye na, Maa. Waise bhi toh ab milte hi rehna hai, abhi nahi toh thodi derr baad hi sahi". "Par unka yeh bartaav bardassht nahi iya jaa sakta", said an angered Brijraj. "Haan, koi apne behen ko kaise ignore kar sakta hai", added Meneka. Manyata said, "Dekhiye, pehele toh main itni durr aap sabko aise gussa dekhne nahi aayi hun. Toh please, aap log gussa thuk dijiye". "Sorry, Beta! Hum bas thode disappointed hai Jai k behavior se", said Brijraj. Manyata said, 'Aap fiqr mat kijiye. Main hoon na! Acche se khabar lungi uski", and smiled. Everyone else smiled. Brijraj said, "Manyata hum aap k liye kucch laaye hain, aaiye humaare saath". Manyata was happily surprised and followed Brijraj, and others also joined them. Brijraj removed the cover from a scooty. Everyone was shocked. "Brij, Dada! Manyata k liye scooty? I am sorry par woh scooty ka kya karengi", remarked Meneka. Brijraj looked at Manyata and said, "Manyata ko cycle chalana bohot pasand tha lekin humne unhe ghar se bahar chaalne hi nahi diya. Humne kaha k jitni cycling krni hai yahin kijiye par bahaar krne ki kya zaroorat hai! Manyata ne jhatt se humari baat maan li, halaki unhe buraa zaroor laga tha. Waise ek humne Manyata ki tasveeren dekhi unke doston k saath bike chalaate hua, aur humein apni Beti ki wohi hasi waapas dikhi toh humein laga ki saalon puraani chhini hui khushi ko hum lauta sakte hain toh isike zariye". Manyata was teary eyed. Brijraj placed his hand on Manyata's head and said, "Aaj hum aapko kehte hain, aapko jaahan bhi jab tak yeh scooty chalaani ho, chalaayiye". Manyata smiled throught her tears and whispered, "Thanks Papa". Komal also wiped out a tear or two coming out. Manyata grabbed her hemet and wore it. Manyata sat on her scooty and self started it and asked, "Aap sure hain na?". "Sure, Beta", said Brijraj. "Toh main chali", said Manyata and whized out of the palace gates on her scooty.
Udayveer was driving his car in full speed. His memeories with Manyata have been haunting him since his father revealed his plans and he decided not to marry Manyata so that she isn't pulled into this whirpool of politics and power games.
Giriraj yelled at the 6 year old Uday, "Yeh sab sikhaaya hai humne aapko. Apne se chhote class k ladke ko aapne chott pohonchayi? Yeh koi gundagiri hai kya!".
"Dad, hum kya karte agar ball phenkte phenkte woh ladka beech main aa gaya toh", retorted Uday.
"Jhooth mat boliye, Uday. Humein acchi tarah se pata hai ki aapka nishaana kitna accha hai! Aapne jaan boojh kr yeh kiya hai", said Giriraj in anger.
"Aapke paas koi saboot nahi hai", said Uday.
Giriraj's frown turned into a smile as he saw his tactful son. "Chaliye upar jayiye", said Giriraj and left.
Uday turned back to see the 4 years old Manyata. "Tum yahaan?", asked Uday surprised.
"Tumhe jhooth nahi bolna chahiye tha, Uday! Main yahan uncle ko yeh batane aayi thi ki yeh sab meri wajah se hua hai", said Manyata.
"Please Manyata! Uss ladke ne tumhe jaan bujh dhakka diya tha aur tumhe chott lag gayi thi, toh humne bas hisaab barabar kiya tha", said Uday.
Manyata was overwhelmed. Uday told her, "Koi tumhe chott pohoncha kr mujhse toh nahi bacch sakta"
<End of Flashback>
Uday's thoughts came to an abrupt halt as his car hit a scooty. Uday frowned and lowered down the glass to see the situation.
The car had collided with Manyata's scooty. Manyata tried to get up without much avail. Her left leg and right elbow was briused, blood was coming out and the pain was immense. "Aaah", Manyata whimpered in pain. People gathered there asking Manyata what had happened. Uday rolled his eyes and got out of the car in anger. "Itni badi gaadi dikhti nahi hai kya, hatt nahi sakti thi humare raaste se", said Uday walking upto Manyata who was still grimacing in pain. Manyata looked at Uday shocked. She was appalled by his behavior because he was the one who was at fault. "Aye bhai, ladki se aise baat krte hain kya. Madam ji aap theek toh hai", said a guy who tried to touch Manyata under the pretense of trying to help her. Manyata shrugged him off and told, "Dekhiye, yeh mera maamla hai. Aap log please durr hi rahiye". "Hum toh bas maddad krne hi aaye the, par Madam ko toh kisiki help hi nahi chahiye. Chalo aaj kal toh bhalayi ka zamana hi nahi raha", said the guy and the crowd dispersed off. "Accha drama hai", said Uday amused. Manyata looked at Uday in anger. "Inn logon ko isiliye bhaga diya taaki humse bina kisi jhijhak k paise henth sako", remarked Uday with his hands in his pockets. Manyata looked at her scooty, one of its headlights had been broken. Manyata was saddened because the scooty had meant so much to her, her eyes were almost in tears. Uday noticed this and added, "Wow! Sabse asardaar astra, aansun", remarked Uday rolling his eyes. Manyata glared at Uday and tried to get up, Uday rolled his eyes at her futile attempts to get up and reached out his hand to pull her up but Manyata gestured him to stay away. Uday was amused and said, "Maan na padega, aise situation pe bhi attitude". Manyata finally stood up and said, "Itni derr se tumhari bak bak sun rahi hun lekin maafi maangna toh durr tumhe toh apni galati ka ehsaas bhi nahi hai. Khud meri scooty ko thok kr, mujhpe chaddh rahe ho ki main raaste se kyun nahi hatti? Tumne pi rakhi hai kya?". "Maafi? Kis baat ki? Tum jaiso ke paintre hum acchi tarah se jaante hain. Kisi bhi badi gadi waale se jaake takra jao, aur badle main itne paise henth lo ki seedhe scooty se car pe pohonch jao", retorted Udayveer wih his cold words. Manyata was appalled by his statement and asked, "Iss scooty ki kimat bhi jaante ho tum?". Uday smirked, shook his head and said, "Aagayi naa apne aukaad pe?". Uday pulled out a bundle of notes carelessly from his pocket and handed it to Manyata. Manyata stared at him open-mouthed with disbelief. Uday said, "Isse toh zyaada nahi ho sakti iss scooty ki kimat". "Tum apni saari daulat bhi de do naa phir bhi iss scooty ki kimat nahi bhar paoge kyunki yeh sirf mere liye ek scooty nahi hai, kisika pyaar, kisika aashirwaad hai", said Manyata in anger. Uday rolled his eyes, "Please spare me the drama!". Uday pulled out his chequebook and signed a cheque and thrust the notes and the cheque on Manyata's hand and said, "Itne mein toh ek naayi car bhi aa jaayegi. Tumhare bhaasan bandh karo aur raaste se apni yeh jo bhi hai jaldi hatao, humare pass ek aur second bhi nahi hai tumhare bakwaas k liye". Uday slowly walked upto his car. Manyata had enough of this and her anger took over her. She walked with pace, got hold of Uday's arm and turned him around with force. Manyata then thrust the cheque and the cash on Uday's hand. Uday was shell shocked at Manyata's actions. Manyata said in anger, " Inn paison ki sabse zyaada zaroorat tumhe hai, kyunki tameez mein sabse zyaada gareeb tum ho, tumhe inn paison ki zaroorat hai apni uss kami ko dhakk ne k liye, mujhe nahi! Tum amir ho iska matlab yeh nahi ki doosron ki zindagi sasti hai". Uday's nostrils flared in anger. Manyata clicked her fingers, pointed at Uday and said, "Shayad tumhare ghar pe koi tumhare lautne ka intezaar krne waala nahi hoga par doosron k hain. Tumhare attitude k baare mein toh kucch bhi kehna bekaar hai lekin ek advice hai, aise hi gaadi chalaate rahe toh dusron ko toh hospital pohonchaoge hi, khudh bhi pohonch jaoge, Haan Nahi Toh". Manyata's "Haan-Nahi-Toh" had made Udayveer tongue-tied, he could have come back at her with bitter words but all his childhood memories of Manyata rushed through his head. Suddenly he couldn't see the girl with that much hatred which had been building up since the girl opened her mouth. Manyata walked towards her scooty quietly. Udayveer decided it was better to get into the car. Manyata struggled to lift her scooty, but she couldn't as she flinched in pain in her right elbow. Uday watched her struggle away with no result. Uday didn't know why but he walked out of his car towards Manyata. Uday lifted the scooty and placed it on the side. Manyata said in anger, "Iski koi zaroorat nahi thi, main khud...", Manyata stopped as Uday silenced her with "Shhh...", coming very close to her with his own fingers on his lips. Manyata was not scared of him, but his "Shhh..." had such an effect on her that she couldn't utter a single word after that. Uday took out his handkerchief, and pulled Manyata's hand closer. Manyata was confused. Uday wrapped the handkerchief around her bruised elbow and tied a knot so tight that it made Manyata flinch in pain. Uday then pushed back Manyata's hand with such force that even Manyata was pushed back. Uday immediately got into his car and drove away leaving Manyata fuming.