Author's note:I know,its a bit too late for pre Diwali cleaning, what with Dhanteras tomorrow,but since the thought came to my mind,I couldnt resist writing about it. Hope u all like it!
Diwali ki safaai
Khushi was shocked when she came out of the bathroom.
Khushi: Ab tak so rahe hain?! Arnavji...
She sat down on the bed and patted his back.
Khushi: Arnavji jaldi uthiye!
Arnav mumbled a hmm without even opening his eyes.
Khushi: Aadhe ghante se hmm-hmm kiye jaa rahe hain magar uthne ka naam hi nahi le rahe hain! Aap jab tak nahi uthenge hum kamre ki safaai kaise kar payenge? (shakes his shoulder) uthiye naa..!
When Arnav didnt budge,Khushi came up with a plan.
Khushi: Aap nahi uthenge naa?Ruk jaiyye!
She removed the towel from her still wet hair and vigourously shook her head near Arnav's face.
As several droplets of cold water fell on his face,Arnav opened his eyes.
The sight in front of him took his breath away.
Khushi in a red salwar kameez with her hair strewn all over her face,looking red hot gorgeous and red hot angry!
Arnav(smiles): Good morning!
Khushi moves her tresses to the her left shoulder.
Now the view was clear for Arnav.
His eyes touched every part of her face.
Though Khushi pretended to ignore him, the blush that crept up her cheeks told a different story.
Arnav: Maine kaha good morning!
Khushi: Ji! Aur hum kabse keh rahe hain uth jaiyye,uska kya?
Arnav sitting up): Subha-subha safaai ka bhoot kyun chadh gaya tumhare sir pe? Ghar me servants hain naa,woh karenge safaai..
Khushi: Nahi hai! Om Prakashji, Hari Prakashji, Jay Prakashji teeno gaon chale gaye..
Arnav: What the..!
Khushi: Unke kisi rishtedaar ki maut ho gayi hai isiliye naniji ne unhe chhuti de di. Ek toh Diwali sar par hai aur baaki ka koi kaam bhi nahi hua hai. Oopar se ab saare ghar ki safaai bhi humein aur jiji ko karni hogi!
Arnav: Main koi aur househelp arrange karvaata hoon..
Khushi: Nahi,rehne dijiye. Humlog kar lenge! Aap bas bistar se uthiye aur kamre se baahar nikaliye! Jiji ne toh ab tak apna kamra saaf bhi kar diya hoga.. Jaldi hatiye!
Humein chaadar aur parde badalne hain,pankha saaf karna hai,almarih saaf karni hai aur poolside ki safaai karni hai. Dusting karna alag raha!
Arnav: Ok,ok main uth raha hoon but.. Khushi r u sure,tum yeh sab khud kar paogi?
Khushi: Humne kaha naa hum kar lenge! Aap haath-moonh dhokar jogging karne jaiyye!
Arnav(shrugs): As u wish!
When Arnav came out of the bathroom he saw Khushi standing on her tiptoes on the bed,cleaning the blades of the ceiling fan.
With the red dupatta covering her head,she resembled the Indian version of Red Riding Hood or so thought Arnav.
Khushi's Hey Devi Maiyya brought him out of his reverie.
Khushi threw the duster on the floor and started rubbing her left eye.
Arnav climbed on the bed.
Arnav: Kitni baar kaha hai tumse,aankh ko aise rub mat kiya karo? Haath hatao, mujhe dekhne do..
He opened her eye with his fingers and blew gently.
Arnav: Ab theek hai?
Arnav: Tum koi aur kaam kar lo,main fan saaf kar deta hoon..
Khushi(shocked): Kya kaha aapne?
Arnav: U heard me!
Khushi: Arnav Singh Raizada.. pankha saaf karenge?
Arnav(rolls his eyes): Khushi drama mat karo! Neeche utro aur mujhe woh duster do.
Khushi did what she was told.
Arnav: Ab yaheen khadi rahogi ya koi kam bhi karogi? Tum toh keh rahi thi bahut kaam hai?
Khushi: Ha.. hum rasoi se hokar aate hain..
Khushi: Aapki coffee..
Khushi: Aap jogging k liye nahi jaa rahe hain naa?
Arnav: Nahi aur main office bhi nahi ja raha hoon. Main aur Akash aaj ghar par rehkar tumlogon ki help karenge..
He was about to sip his coffee..
Khushi: Ek minute!
Khushi (pecked his lips): Shukriya!
She was about to leave but Arnav caught her arm.
Arnav: Maine fan ko itne achchhe se saaf kiya uska itna chhota sa inaam!? Not fair!
Khushi: Abhi pankha saaf kiya hai naa,poora ghar saaf kar k dikhaiyye phir hum denge aapko.. badaa inaam!
Arnav was about to say something when a knock on the door interrupted him.
Khushi: Aaye Nanheji..!
Arnav let go of her arm.
NK: Tell me Khushiji,mujhe kya karna hai?
Khushi: Aap poolside se ek-ek kar k saare kundon ko uthaakar kamre k baahar rakh dijiye phir hum poolside ko dho denge.
NK(confused): Kya uthana hai?
Khushi: Kunde.. paudhe jisme lage huye hain?
NK: Oh.. (shows thumbs up) Okay!
Khushi: Chaliye hum bhi aapki madad..
Arnav(interrupts): No no no! Khushi tum plants ko uthaane mat jana,pots bahut bhaari hai. Tumhare pair par gir gaye toh tumhe chot lag jayegi!
NK: He's right!Aap masiji ki help kar dijiye,unke room ko clean karne me, main saare gundon ko shift kar dunga!
Khushi: Gundon ko nahi Nanheji,kundon ko!
NK(holds his ear): Sorry, sorry!
Khushi: Theek hai,aap kar dijiyega,hum chalte hain..
4 hours later...
Khushi comes out of the room,looking for Arnav.
She spots Aakash on the staircase.
Aakash walks up to her.
Aakash: Ha Khushiji?
Khushi: Aapne Arnavji ko dekha?
Aakash: Bhai di k kamre me hain.. Unhe bulaaoon?
Khushi: Agar woh koi kaam na kar rahe hon,toh bula lijiyega..
When Arnav entered the room,he saw all the contents of his cupboard lying on the bed and recliner.
Arnav: Kya hua Khushi?
Khushi: Aapki safed shirt kahaan hai,Arnavji?
Arnav: I dont know..
Khushi: Humne saare kapdon me dekh liya,aapki woh shirt kahin bhi nahi dikh rahi hai!
Arnav: Laundry me hogi..
Khushi: Laundry k kapde toh kal shaam ko hi Hari Prakashji de gaye the.Un kapdon me bhi nahi hai. Aur toh laundry me koi kapde nahi daale hain humne.Toh phir woh shirt kahan gayi?
Arnav: I hav no clue.. Tumhare dhyan me kaise aaya ki woh shirt missing hai?
Khushi: Woh.. bahut dino se aapne woh shirt pehni nahi hai naa.. toh humne socha hum use dhulva dete hain,phir aap use pehen paayenge. (clicks her tongue) Par woh toh kahin nahi dikh rahi hai..
Arnav: Wow! Mujhe nahi pata tha ki main kab,kya pehenta hoon tum woh bhi notice karti ho!
Khushi: hh..haa.. woh toh bas.. kal aapne kaali shirt peheni thi naa?Toh..
Arnav comes and stands right in front of her.
Khushi: Toh.. aap.. safed shirt bhi aap par utni hi jachti hai jitni ki.. kaali shirt.. Toh.. humne socha ki..
Just then Anjali came inside the room,as usual,without knocking.
She stopped when she saw Khushi and Arnav's expressions.
Anjali: Sorry! Hum baad me aate hain..
Khushi: Nahi di! Aaiyye na.. Kya baat ho gayi?
Anjali: Hum apne kamre me kaunse parde lagaaye? (shows two different curtains) Yeh waale ya yeh waale?
Khushi(points to one): Yeh wala zyaada achchha lagega!
Anjali: Ji! a.. Chhotey,jab tum free hoge tab plz aakar humare kamre k parde badal dena..
Khushi: Aap abhi chale jaiyye,Arnavji.. Waise bhi humein almarih saaf karne me humein aapki madad ki zaroorat nahi hain. Aap di ki madad kar dijiye.
Arnav gave her an angry-cum-disappointed look before leaving with Anjali.
Arnav wanted to spend some time with Khushi post lunch.
He went to look for her in the kitchen.
Arnav: Paayal tumne Khushi ko dekha hai?
Paayal: Woh dadiji k kamre me hogi..
Arnav went to nani's room but found it empty.
He saw mamiji coming towards him.
Mamiji: Kaa dhundhat ho Arnav bitwa?
Arnav: Mami aapne Khushi ko kahin dekha hai?
Mamiji: Phati saadi tau NK babua k saath oo k kamre maa rahi..
He met NK and Aakash outside NK's room.
Aakash: Sambhal kar,NKbhai! Mattress kaafi heavy hai..
NK: Bahut heavy hai,Aakash bhai!
Arnav: NK,Khushi kahaan hai?
NK: I dont know,Nannav. Woh toh kab ki yahaan se chali gayi.
Arnav(thinks): Kahan chali gayi yeh ladki?
Aakash: Bhai,sabke rooms se gadde lekar unhe dhoop sekne k liye dena hai,terrace par.. Aap meri aur NKbhai ki help karenge?
Aakash: Thanks bhai! Aap aur NKbhai yeh gadda lekar jaiyye.Main maa k kamre ka gadda le aata hoon..
Arnav is relieved to find Khushi in the mandir area.
Nani: Khushi bitiya,aap mandir saaf karne maa humari madad kar dijiye..
Khushi: Theek hai naniji. Hum pehle aap ki madad kar dete hain phir rasoi saaf karne me jiji ki madad kar denge..
Arnav comes there.
Khushi: Achchha hua aap aa gaye,Arnavji!Rasoi khaali karne me di aur jiji ki madad kar dijiye naa..
Paayal(from the kitchen): Nahi Khushi.. Arnavji aap rehne dijiye,humlog kar lenge. Waise bhi aadhi rasoi toh khali ho hi gayi hai.
Arnav: No,thats okay.Main.. help kar deta hoon..
He realizes that until the whole house was cleaned,he would not get to spend time alone with his wife.
Dejectedly,he went ahead with the cleaning up.
Anjali: Saaf-suthra ghar kitna achchha lag raha hai naa,nani?
Nani: Haan! Aapan haathan se kiya hua kaam jaun achchha hui jaay taun man bahutai khush hui jaata hai!
Anjali: So toh hai!
Nani: Aap sab ne aaj bahut kaam kiya hai. Ab aaplog kuch der aaram kar lijiye. Hum aur Manorama khana bana dete hain.
Khushi: Nahi,nahi naniji.. Aap dono akele kyun karenge?Aap bhi toh thak gayi hongi naa?Hum aur jiji bhi aapki madad kar dete hain!
Arnav: Kisi ko kuch karne ki zaroorat nahi hai! Maine khana baahar se order kar diya hai,thodi der me aa jayega.
Mami: Ee tum bahutai achcha kaam kiye rahe,Arnav bitwa! Bhel done!
Nani: Jaiyye,aap sab jaakar naha lijiye phir thoda aaram kar lijiye. Ek ghante baad hum khana laga denge..
Much to Arnav's relief,everyone retires to their own rooms.
Upon entering his bedroom,the first thing which Arnav did was closing the door and latching it.
Khushi(stretches her arms): Bahut thakaan ho gayi hai! Kamar bhi dukh rahi hai aur pair bhi!
Arnav: Khushi,yahaan aao!
Khushi(stands next to him): Ji?
He put his arm around her waist & pulled her flush against himself.
Khushi(shocked): Kya kar rahein hain?
Arnav: Ghar ki safaai toh ho gayi! Ab tumhari safaai ki baari hai!
He scooped her in his arms and went towards the bathroom.
Khushi: Chhodiye humein!
Arnav: Bilkul nahi! Kabse is moment ki raah dekh raha tha! U know what? Aaj mujhe pata chala ki buaji tumhe Titaliya kyun kehti hai?Poore din yahaan se wahaan butterfly ki tarah udti rahi tum! Jahaan poochha wahaan pata chala ki Khushi toh yahaan thi,ab kahin aur gayi hai!
To her utter shock,Arnav took her inside the bathroom and latched the door.
Khushi: Aap.. kya.. karne wale hain?
Arnav: Tumhari aur apni safaai! Ab toh hum tab hi baahar niklenege jab hum dono saaf ho gaye honge!
Arnav & Khushi reached late for dinner that night.
Nani: Kaa baat hai Khushi bitiya?Aaye maa bahut der laga di?
Anjali: Par Khushiji saari safaai toh ho gayi thi.Par aap kya saaf kar rahi thi?
Arnav: Di,humara bathroom bahut ganda ho gaya tha toh.. hum dono woh saaf kar rahe the..
Arnav noticed that Khushi's eyes were fixed on her plate while her cheeks had turned a deep shade of red.
Nani: Kal Dhanteras hai,ae hi liye humne subha sunaar ko bulaya hai.
Anjali: Nani,kal toh humein mithaiyaan bhi banaani hongi naa?
Nani: Haa aur bajaar se Lakshmi pujan ka saaman bhi laaye ki padi.
Arnav: Nani kal humara ek conference hai isiliye mujhe aur Aakash ko office jana padega.Jaise hi conference khatm ho jayega humlog ghar aa jayenge.
Anjali: Par Chhotey kal toh Sunday hai..
Arnav: I know di.But clients kal hi free the toh humein conference kal hi rakhna pada.
Nani: Kauno baat naahi! Aap office jaakar Mohanji k saath gaadi bhej dijiyega.
Arnav noticed that Khushi remained silent throughout the course of dinner and her attention was only on her plate.
Once the kitchen was cleaned,Khushi and Paayal retired to their respective rooms.
Khushi plopped down on the bed and sighed heavily.
Arnav(cups her cheek): Khushi,tum theek ho?
Khushi shook her head.
Arnav(panics): Kya hua?Dr. ko phone karoon?
Khushi: Itni bhi buri haalat nahi hai ki dr. ko bulaana pad jaay! Bahut thakaan ho gayi hai.. Ek toh pehle hi Diwali ki safaai kar k thakaan ho gayi thi,phir aapne bathroom me jo kiya,uske baad thakaan dugni-tiguni ho gayi hai!
Arnav: I'm sorry! Lekin agar aisi baat thi toh tumne mujhe roka kyun nahi?
Khushi: Aap ne toh dekha ki hum kitne thake huye the,aap ko khud hi samajh jana chahiye tha! Humare rokne se aap rukte kya?
Arnav: Kyun nahi rukta?
Khushi: Ab yeh saari baatein chhodiye. Jo hona tha so ho gaya! Tyohar se pehle hum aapse jhagda nahi karna chahte hain aur naa hi aapko naraaz karna chahta hain..
Arnav: Main naraaz nahi hoon!
He gets off the bed.
Khushi: Is waqt kahaan jaa rahe hain?
Arnav: Tumhare liye pain reliever spray laane..
Once he sprays the pain reliever on her waist,he tucks her inside the duvet.
Arnav(kisses her forehead): Goodnight! Aaj raat ko aaraam se so jao,kal subha tak saare dard theek ho jayenge!
Khushi: Goodnight! Aap bhi so jaiyye. Aapne bhi toh bahut kaam kiya hai aaj. Aur kal aapki meeting bhi hai.
She waits until Arnav falls asleep.
Then she sets an alarm for 5:30 AM in her phone.
Khushi(thinks): Agar hum inhe bataate ki humein kal jaldi uthna hai toh yeh humein kisi haalat me nahi uthne dete! Inke uthne se pehle hi humein saara kaam khatm kar dena hoga!
She keeps the mobile on the bedside table and dozes off within minutes.
Kindly ignore typos & mistakes.
P.S. I am planning to write a series of one shots for each day of the festival - Dhanteras,Chhoti Diwali,Badi Diwali and Bhai Dooj.
Translation on page 4.
Thanks for reading! Happy Diwali!
Edited by Smita.M - 11 November 2012 at 9:14am