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and Garima walked to a room at the end of the corridor, and Garima gestured
Arnav to get inside. Arnav entered, and Garima followed. What they saw,
surprised them both...! There was a frail woman, lying on the bed, and
another woman; a sweet-faced, pretty woman, sitting next to her, holding her
Arnav said, at the same time that Garima said, "Ratna?"
woman looked up in shock. "Chhotey? What are you doing here?"
was just... Garima Aunty brought me here." He stuttered, still shocked his
mother was infront of him.
"Ma, how come you are here? You said that you would visit friends first and then-"
"Chhotey, This IS the friend I planned on visiting..." Then she turned to Garima.
I think I owe you an explanation. Af-After THAT happened, I couldn't see Nimmi
like this. I come here to visit frequently. I should have told you but-"
was cut off by Garima's hug. "Thank you Ratna. And how are you?" Garima asked,
tears in her eyes.
am alright...When was the last time that Nimmi awoke?" Ratna asked.
woke up last week, but slipped away again in a few hours," Garima said
anyone PLEASE explain what is going on?" Arnav said in irritation.
Mr Raizada. This is Purnima Raina Kapoor, my elder sister and Khushi's mother.
She has been in an inconsistent coma for...since that day..." Garima told
what day?" Arnav asked.
looked at him sadly."The Malliks were a curse to our family...Especially Madan
Rathod Mallik." Garima said bitterly. She proceeded to tell Arnav the
Kapoor was well-renowned lawyer, and Madan Mallik's good friend. Both were good
friends, but had contrasting personalities; Raghav was an honest and sincere
man, who had tasted success due to sheer hardwork. Madan, on the other hand, had
cheated and lied; taken and given bribes, and became a business tycoon. Despite
their differences, they maintained their friendship. Until one day...
Madan Mallik needed fake
documents regarding some deal, and also needed to get out of a legal mess; he
sought Raghav Kapoor's help, but Raghav Kapoor, being an honest man, refused his
best friend. Lack of legal support earned Mallik a life imprisonment, but
hismoney got him out soon... He vowed revenge on Raghav. "You just wait Raghav
Kapoor! I will get you for this?"
. One day,he went to Pari's
school, and took her home... Pari did not hesitate, because she knew Madan. She
went missing for three days. Madan called Raghav, and told him that if charges
against him were not dropped, he would never see his daughter again. That very
day, Purnima went to visit Ratna, and overheard the conversation between them.
She was shaken, and begged Madan to give her daughter back, but Mallik
ruthlessly told Purnima that her daughter was dead. Purnima was completely
shaken, and went home and fought with Raghav. "IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT!!! TO HELL
WITH YOUR HONOUR!!!! I WANT MY PARI BACK!! CAN YOU BRING HER BACK! NOOO!!!! YOUR
SEVEN YEAR OLD DIED FOR YOUR HONOUR!!!"
Outraged and heartbroken at
what his wife told him, Raghav leaked all the Mallik Industry Scams to the
"Is there more?" Arnav asked.
"I Still don't get what Dadi had to do withall of this?!" He had not forgotten
DADI'S apparent guilt. Her question-- now made sense.
Ratna gave a bitter laugh."HA!
This is all indirectly her fault!"
Chhotey, when your Dadi found
-Eighteen Years Back-
Subhadra Mallik was furious!
How could media print such things! She would set things right...
When confronted by the media,
and when they questioned her about her son's behavior, she already had a covered
story. "Now, what can I say?" She said, faking sadness. "What could my poor son
do? That Purnima Kapoor trapped him for all his money. My son wa s helples...
People like Purnima should not be in this society! It is because of women like
her that innocent wives lose their husbands, and innocent husbands lose their
families... And the woman sank so low as to have sold her daughter to my son in
return of woman...the poor child died of grief in our house..." A fake tear
escaped her eyes...
"This shook up Jiji from inside
out...She could not take it anymore...Sh-she slipped into a coma, and Jijaji was
out of station for a day," Garima said tearfully.
called Raghavji, and he flew in instantly," his mother said sadly. "But your
FATHER," she spat, "Got to him first, and told him Nimmi had died of a
is Uncle now?" Arnav asked.
left. Just left...he had lost his daughter...his wife...THATs what he
thought... he felt it was his fault and guilt ate him up from inside. He
left... We don't know where he is, or whether he is even alive!" Garima said,
tears trailing down her face. Ratna hugged her.
then, Nimmi has been drifting in and out of coma.She is awake for few hours and
rarely a day or two, but slips back ino coma...It's like a sleep to her." Ratna
Arnav was shocked. "But Khushi
said that both her parents-"
Khushi does not know." Garima said sadly.
what? Khushi does not know her mother is alive? That her father-" Arnav asked
who Khushi?" Ratna asked.
was silent for minute. "Chhotey, is Pari Khushi? Your wife?"
was on the verge of tears. Those tears answered Ratna's question. "Oh Chhotey,"
She whispered, and hugged him. She now understood everything... why his marriage
three of them started to leave. Ratna caressed Purnima's hand, and Garima kissed
her forehead. Arnav, surprising both Ratna and Garima, touched Purnima's
feet..."I am sorry on my Dad' behalf Aunty."
felt anxious and curious as the kids lead her to the boutique. She saw the
dresses on display outside, which clearly screamed 'KHUSHI'. And then, Anjali
got a jolt. Standing behind the glass of one of the display cases, was her
Chhotey's Khushiji. There was a mug in her hand and she noted with surprise that
she was not wearing a salwar or anarkali. She was wearing a black shirt with a
long red skirt. Dazed, she started walking towards Khushi. She felt a warm hand
on her shoulder, and turned around to face Arnav; he shook his head and had
tears in his eyes. "Chhotey?" Anjali asked anxiously. She then noticed two women
behing him; one was Garima Aunty, and the other was, "Ma?" Anjali said in
Aunty, I am not a Mallik...
Edited by Dynamix215 - 01 January 2013 at 1:47pm