Posted: 10 August 2012 at 6:31am | IP Logged
Papa...Papa...Peehu's voice boomed through the Kapoor
Mansion...Running from one room to another Peehu was desperately
searching for her Papa...She found Ram in the study room and a huge grin
broke on her face...
Ram looked up from his file, he knew it was time to pack up. This was
the father daughter time...exclusively for Peehu...Ram never let anyone
not even Priya encroach on them...Peehu had brought about a drastic
change in Ram. Since the time Peehu was born almost 6 years back, Ram
had been a transformed man. He was a doting dad to Peehu, looking after
her every need and pampering her to the hilt..
Peehu ran towards Ram and engulfed him in an embrace. Ram lifted her and put her in his lap.
Ram: So how is my princess today?
Peehu: Hmn.. good
Ram: And how was school?
Ram looked at Peehu, though she was a xerox copy of him she had imbibed
Priya's traits. He knew she was waiting for her usual treat and if he
needed answers from her he better give it to her... Ram reached out to
his pocket and took out the chocolate...
Peehu grabbed the chocolate from him and without battling an eyelid planted a kiss on his cheeks. This was their daily ritual..
Peehu: Papa, you know we had a surprise test today...
Peehu in between mouthful of chocolates...I was surprised!!!
Ram laughed his heart out, his little girl was a bundle of joy indeed.
Since she had come into his life every day had been a new adventure for
him. He lovingly looked at her, his daughter looked adorable with the
chocolate stained cheeks...
Peehu: Papa, you know something?
Ram: What princess?
Peehu: I think i have decided that i will marry..
Ram was taken aback..What was she 6 yrs old? She did not even reach his waist and she wanted to marry!!!
Ram: Marry? Marry whom?
Peehu: We have a new boy in our class, he has just joined 2 days back..
Ram: 2 days back and you want to marry him?
Peehu: Yes papa, he also wants to marry me.
Ram: He told you that?
Peehu: Yes, we have decided it.
Ram placed Peehu down...Priya...Priya...he yelled
Priya came running from the other room, it was highly unusual for Ram to call her when he was with Peehu...
Priya entered the study...
Priya: What happened?
Ram: What happened, do you know anything? Which school does Peehu go to and what is being taught there?
Priya looked over at Peehu she appeared a little frightened at Ram's
sudden outburst and was confused as to why Ram was behaving this way..
Priya: Peehu beta go to dadi, she is waiting for you to see your favorite cartoon.
Peehu promptly goes out..
Priya: Whats the matter Ram?
Ram: What's wrong? Priya, do you even know what Peehu is thinking? She
told me she has decided to marry!!! Can you believe it? Marriage ...and
who is this new boy in her school? Change her school...No wait i want to
meet the principal...is this what they teach? Not only the principal,
ill meet the education minister...
Priya crossed her arms and looked at Ram to finish his rant...
Priya: Are you done?
Ram: What!!! I just can't believe you Priya, Peehu is talking all this and you are cool about it?
Priya: Ram relax, Peehu is just 6 yrs old...She is a child
Ram: Exactly my point...she is a child...
Priya: Ram, sit here will you...Ram reluctantly sat down...
Priya: Look Ram, Peehu is right now at a stage where she sees new things
everyday, she has lots of thoughts coming to her mind everyday. This is bound to happen and its just a phase...
Ram: But she is so small
Priya: Ram do you remember that you wanted to marry your childhood friend?
Ram: Yaa...but whats the connection?
Priya: How old were you then?
Ram: Errr...i was 5 ...
Priya raised one eyebrow at Ram and supressed a smile...There you go like father like daughter...
Ram: But Priya
Priya: Ram just relax and trust me ...and please do not intimidate her...
Ram: Ok ...Ram was altogether not convinced.
At the dinner table Priya noticed that Ram was unusually quiet, in fact
even daadi asked twice about it. Priya was more than surprised to find
that Ram had gone to sleep before her. She took lied down besides Ram.
Ram was tossing and turning for a while, Peehu's words ringing in his ears. He finally got up and tiptoed towards Peehu's room.
Peehu was sleeping peacefully with her entire army of soft toys surrounding her. Ram looked at her lovingly...
Little drops of tears formed in Ram's eyes...
He felt a hand placed on his shoulder, he knew it was Priya...
Priya: Ram...look at me
Ram looked at Priya..She cupped his face...Look here Ram...Peehu is just
a child Ram, by tomorrow she would have forgotten everything...trust
Ram: I know that Priya...but you know someday she is gonna grow up and get married...What will i do then?
Priya: Ram...that's bound to happen, it happens to every girl..but it doesn't mean that you worry from now onwards.
Ram: I dont know Priya, i am so afraid..
Priya hugged Ram: Its ok Ram, i know you are gonna be a great father and
do the best for Peehu. Its true she will grow up and get married, but
we cannot let the future happening mar our present. We are going to be
wonderful parents and i am sure no matter how older Peehu gets, she will
always remain her Papa's little girl...
Ram smiled looking at Peehu, Promise ?
Priya placed her head on Ram's shoulder...Promise
Both shared a smile and little Peehu too smiled in her sleep...
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