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It was some time around early morning when Arnav woke up.
The first thing he did was extending his arm towards Khushi's side of the bed.
To his utter surprise,he found it empty.
Arnav(thinks): Itni subha-subha kahan chali gayi?
He tried to get up but could not.
There was something heavy lying on his body,which prevented him from getting up.
Turns out,it was his own wife,who was wrapped around him like a blanket!
Arnav smiled and put his arms around her.
She mumbled something in her sleep.
Again she mumbled something,but he could make out the words Devi Maiyya.
Arnav(thinks): Lagta hai sapna dekh rahi hai.
He was about to close his eyes and go back to sleep when he heard his name from her mouth.
Now he had to hear what she was saying!
But the way she was mumbling made it impossible to make out what exactly she was saying about him.
Arnav(thinks): Main aawaz dunga toh jag jaayegi.(runs his hand through her hair) Waise hi itne kam time k liye so paati hai.. Sone deta hoon.
He kisses her hair and then closes his eyes.
The next thing Arnav knew was Khushi was shaking his shoulders.
Khushi(irritated): Uthiye naa Arnavji!Humein rasoi me jana hai,jiji humari raah dekh rahi hongi.
Arnav opens his eyes & makes a face.
Khushi(confused): Kya hua?Aap humein aise kyun dekh rahe hain jaise humare sir par do seengh nikal aaye ho?
Arnav: Tumhe ab woh book likh hi leni chahiye,Khushi..
Khushi(confused): Kya keh rahe hain aap?Kaunsi book?
Arnav: Romantic moments bigaadne k 100 tareeke! Ab toh tumhare paas 100 se zyaada tareeke ho gaye hain!
Khushi: Romantic moment hua kab,jo humne use bigaad diya?
Arnav: Kaise hoga? Tum jo hamesha itni jaldi me rehti ho,romantic moments k liye time hi nahi hai tumhare paas!
Khushi is about to say something when Arnav continues..
Arnav: Subha apne husbands ko uthane k baad wives unhe kiss karti hai,unse romantic baatein karti hai,unhe good morning wish karti hai.!..Tum toh mujhe aise uthaati ho jaise earthquake aa gaya ho!
Khushi: Kitaab toh aap bhi likh sakte hain-Romantic moments dhoondhne k 100 bahaane! Aap ko sirf subha kyun?Din k kisi bhi peher me sirf romance hi soojhta rehta hai!Aapka bas chale toh hum aapko ek ghante tak sirf jagaate hi rahein, baaki k saare kaam-kaaj chhodkar! Ab chaliye,uth jaiyye!Hum jaa rahe hai neeche!
She leaves without waiting for Arnav's reply.
Nani: Paayal bitiya,ashram k bachhon ko jaun kapde daan karne hain oo gaadi maa rakh diye aapne?
Paayal: Ji dadiji. Aur saath me mithai aur mewa bhi rakh diya hai.
Nani: Achchhi baat hai! Chalein Anjali bitiya?
Anjali: Nani, Chhotey ne ab tak ashram me dene k liye cheque nahi diya. Khushiji, Chhotey uth toh gaye hain naa?
Khushi: Ha di.
Anjali: Aap zara unk paas se cheque lekar aayengi?
Khushi: Ha,hum lekar aayenge di par aaplog nashta kar k jaiyye naa. Bina khaaye kyun jaa rahe hain?
Anjali: Hum pehle mandir jayenge phir anaath ashram aur phir ghar aakar nashta karenge.
Khushi: Theek hai.Hum.. cheque lekar aate hain.
Khushi is shocked to see Arnav wearing his coat.
Khushi: Kahan jaa rahe hain aap?
Khushi: Par jijaji toh keh rahe the ki aaj aur kal office band hai..
Arnav: Mera office hai woh!Mera jab man kare tab main wahaan ja sakta hoon!
The cold and rude tone of his voice disturbs Khushi.
Khushi's heart says: Humne toh tay kiya tha ki hum tyohar k dino me nahi ladenge. Phir subha uthne jaisi chhoti si baat ko lekar hum lad pade.
Khushi's mind says: Arnavji ki wajah se lade hain hum!Varna hum kyun ladte unse?
Khushi's heart says: Jo bhi ho! Ladaai toh ho gayi naa? Hum apni baat par qaayam rahenge-hum na toh unse ladna chahte hain aur naa unhe naraaz karna chahte hain. Aur agar Arnavji naraaz ho gaye hain,toh humara farz banta hai ki hum badaa dil rakhkar unhe manaa len!
By the time the discussion between her heart & mind ended,Arnav had already left the room.
Khushi ran after him.
Arnav stopped but didnt turn around.
Khushi(walks up to him): Aap office mat jaiyye.
Khushi: Tyohaar ka din hai.Ghar par rahiye naa..
Arnav: Ghar par rahkar kya karoon? Tumhare paas toh time hoga nahi.Akash Paayal ko baahar le jaa raha hai aur NK ko bhi friend se milne jana hai.Di aur nani ko bhi ashram jana hai. Toh main ghar par rehkar karunga kya,kaam right? Woh toh main office jaakar bhi kar sakta hoon!
Khushi: Hum.. time nikaalenge aapk liye,bas aap office mat jaiyye!
Arnav is not impressed.
Arnav: Kitna time nikaalogi tum,5 minute,10 minute ya 15 minute?
Khushi is enraged.
Khushi: Ab yeh bahut zyada ho raha hai Arnavji!
Arnav: Fine! Toh baat ko yaheen khatam karte hain!
He walks off and this time,Khushi lets him go.
Barely an hour after Arnav left for office Khushi started missing him badly.
Paayal: Khushi,humne sabzi bana di hai. Tum dal bana dena aur Surya Prakashji ko chaawal ka maap nikaal kar dena,woh chaawal bana denge.
Khushi: Theek hai.Ab tum rasoi ki chinta chhodo jiji aur mauj karo!
Paayal smiled & hugged her.
Paayal: Akash gaadi me intezar kar rahe honge.Hum chalte hain! Khaane k samay tak laut aayenge.
Khushi: Theek hai!
Surya Prakash was shocked to see Khushi frying jalebis.
SP: Bhabhi jilebiyan toh hain fridge me.Phir aap dobara kyun bana rahi hain?
Khushi didnt know how to answer him.
Mamaji: Kaahe se ki hum Khushi bitiya se kahe rahe ki oo humri khaatir taaji, garam-garam jilebiyaan banaaye!
Mamaji: Tum rasoi k baahar k kaam khatam karo,tab tak Khushi bitiya ki jilebiyaan ban jai hain aur phir tum rasoi bana dena.
SP: Ji mamaji.
After he leaves mamaji comes to the kitchen and eats one jilebi.
Mamaji: Khushi bitiya,laagat hai aap cheeni kam diye rahi.Jilebiyaan pheeki laagat hain.
Khushi(still frying): Sugarfree daalkar banaayi hain naa,mamaji,isiliye.
Mamaji: Oh! Toh ee jilebiyan Arnav bitwa ki khaatir banaaye rahi aap!
Khushi takes a bite of jilebi before answering.
Khushi: Nahi! Yeh sab hum khaayenge! woh toh office chale gaye..
Mamaji: Areh tau kaa hua?Office hi gaye hain naa Arnav bitwa,chand par tau naahi gaye hain! Garama-garam khana aur ee jilebiyan laike tumhau office pahuch jao!
Khushi likes the idea.
Khushi: Aapne achchhha sujhaav diya,mamaji! Hum.. yeh hi karenge!
Mamaji(blesses her): Khush raho! Aur suno,thodi si jilebiyan tumhri mami ki khaatir lai jaaye?
Khushi: Hum aapko cheeni wali jilebiyaan dete hain..
Mamaji: Naahi-naahi! Humka tau ee hai chahiye! Oo ka hai ki tumhri mami aaj diet par hai,tau oo ko ee hai jilebiyaan pasand aayengi!
Khushi(smiles): Theek hai.Toh hum aapko yeh hi waale dete hain!
Anjali is surprised to see Khushi standing in the carport of Shantivan.
Anjali: Khushiji,kya hua?Aap itni dhoop me yahaan kyun khadi hain?
Khushi: Hum aaplogon k lautne ka hi intezar kar rahe the,di. Nashta hum table par rakhkar aaye hain,SPji aapko paros denge.
Nani: Aap ee wakhat kahan jaaye rahi hain bitiya?
Khushi: woh.. naniji hum.. Arnavji k office jaa rahe hain,unhe khana dene aur..
Anjali: Aur unke saath khana khaane,hai naa?
Khushi doesnt say anything.
Nani: Sambhalkar jaiyyega.
Khushi: Ji! Di,Nanheji ka phone aaya tha.Woh 1 baje tak aa jayenge aur khana aaplogon k saath hi khayenge.
Anjali: Theek hai,hum unka wait karenge. Aap jaiyye aur.. enjoy the lunch!
Arnav is alerted of Khushi's presence by the tinkling of her anklets.
He chooses not to react and pretends to be immersed in work,when in reality, ever since he had entered office,he had been thinking of her.
Arnav(feigns surprise): Tum yahaan?
Khushi(gives a knowing look): Ha,hum yahaan! Yeh mat kahiyega ki aap ko pata nahi chala ki hum aa rahe hain!
She keeps the bigshopper on his table.
Khushi: Aap haath dho lijiye phir hum khana kha lete hain.
Arnav looks at her,straight in the eye.
Arnav: Tum yahaan mujhe khana khilaane toh nahi aayi ho..Kya karne aayi ho yahaan?
Khushi: Aapko yeh bataane ki humein zara bhi achchha nahi laga ki aaj ,Chhoti Diwali k din ,humare beechh behes ho gayi! Galti chahe jis kisi ki bhi ho,tyohar k din aap humse rooth jaayen yeh humse bardaasht nahi hota!Humara koi irada nahi tha aapse ladne ka! Hum toh bas aapko jagaane aaye the.. Kiski galti hai humein nahi pata,magar agar aapko aisa lagta hai ki isme humari galti hai,toh humein maaf kar dijiye! Humse naraaz mat rahiye!I'm sorry!
Arnav: Khushi,yahaan aao..
Arnav: Mere paas..
Khushi comes over to the other side of the table and Arnav makes her sit on his lap.
Arnav: Mujhe bahut achcha laga ki tum yahaan aayi!(holds her hand) Tumhari galti thi ya nahi thi,u didnt care,tumne sorry keh diya! All u cared about was me!
Khushi: Zaahir si baat hai! Chhoti-moti baaton ki wajah se aapk aur apne beechh dooriyan thode hi naa aane de sakte hain?! Humare babuji kehte hain ki jo badaa dil rakhkar maafi maang lete hain aur maafi de dete hain unse Devi Maiyya bahut pyaar karti hai!
Arnav(smiles): Tumse toh tumhari Devi Maiyya waise bhi bahut pyaar karti hai! Tab hi toh woh tumhare sapno me bhi aati hai!
Khushi(shocked): Aapko kaise pata chala ki woh humare sapno me aati hain?
Arnav: Aaj subha tum neend me kuch keh rahi thi.. Devi Maiyya,Arnavji.. Kya keh rahi thi? Complain kar rahi thi meri?
Khushi: Haa! Hum aapki shiqaayat kar rahe the!
Arnav: Ab kya kiya maine?
Khushi(sad face): Aapne nahi kiya! Aapne humein pataakhe nahi dilvaaye!
Arnav: Khushi,pataakhe nahi jalaane chahiye,unse pollution hota hai!
Khushi: Hum kaunsa kilo-kilo pataakhe jalaane ki baat kar rahe the? Hum toh bas 8-10 phooljhadiyaan,3-4 anaar,4-5 rocket,2-3 snake,4-5 diamond,2-3 chakri aur 2-3 pencil jalaate!
Arnav: Khushi,pataakha chahe ek ho ya 10,environment ko pollute karta hi hai!
Khushi: aapki gaadi se nikalta dhuaan bhi toh pradushan karta hai naa?Aapne toh gaadi chalaana nahi chhodha! Aur aap toh roz gaadi chalaate hain! Hum toh saal me ek hi baar pataakhe jalaate hain! (clicks her tongue)Woh bhi is saal nahi jalaa paayenge!
She starts her melodrama.
Khushi(sighs): Kya kar sakte hain?Shaadi k baad pati ki baat toh patni ko maanni hi padti hai naa? Toh kya hua agar humara pataakhe jalaane ka bahut man kar raha hai? Humari ichchha ki..
Arnav(interrupts): Okay,okay! Tum pataakhe jala sakti ho!
Arnav: Lekin sirf ek-ek! Aur saare pataakhe main tumhe jalaakar dunga!
Khushi: Kyun?Hum khud bhi jala sakte hain!
Arnav: I dont trust u! excitement me pata nahi tum apna dhyan rakhogi ya nahi rakhogi? Tumhara dhyan nahi raha aur tumhe chot lag gayi toh?
Khushi: Hum apna dhyan rakhenge,sach!
Arnav: Khushi yaa toh tum meri baat maano ya pataakhe bhool jao!
Khushi: Achchha theek hai,maan liya! Lekin ek-ek kyun?Do-do toh jalaane dijiye,plz Arnavji! Kabhi suna hai kisine sirf ek phooljhadi jalaayi ho?
Arnav: Fine,but 2 se zyada nahi!
Khushi(thinks): Dukaandaar koi ek ya do patakaa thodi na dega?Woh toh poora dabba dega naa!?
Arnav: Sochna bhi mat,Khushi!Tum sirf 2 pataakhe each jalaaogi! Baaki k pataakhe Aman le jayega.
Khushi makes a face.
Arnav: Ab agar pataakhon ka discussion khatam ho gaya ho toh main kuch kahoon?
Khushi: Aapka moonh hai,aapki baat hai,keh dijiye!
Arnav: I'm sorry!
He kisses her hands.
Khushi(smiles): Koi baat nahi! Aapki sorry aur humari sorry aapne-saamne kat gai!
She makes a cross sign in air and Arnav smiles at her childishness.
Khushi: Ab hum khana lagaaye?Bahut bhookh lagi hai humein!
Arnav: Laga dena,pehle bataao,sach me Devi Maiyya se meri complain kar rahi thi?
Khushi (nods): Ji haan! Shiqaayat toh kar hi rahe the lekin.. usse pehle.. yeh bhi kaha humne ki Arnavji duniya k sabse achchhe pati hai!
She hugs him.
Khushi: Ab khana lagaaye?Humare pet me haathi kushti lad rahe hain!
Arnav(smiles): Laga do!
That evening in Shantivan...
Anjali: Khushiji aapne poolside par diye lagaaye?
Khushi: Nahi di.Hum woh hi le jaa rahe the..
Anjali: Aap wahaan laga dijiye hum tab tak aangan me laga dete hain.
She meets NK on the staircase.
Khushi: Kal se aap se baat karne ki soch rahe hain Nanheji,par aap toh dikhte hi nahi hai!
NK: Sorry Khushiji,woh.. mera childhood friend aaya hua hai naa Sydney se.Toh bas us hi k saath time spend kar raha tha. Aap bataiyye,Nannav ko gifts pasand aaye ya nahi?
Khushi(smiles): Bahut pasand aaye! Shukriya Nanheji! Aap mall se humare liye woh tohfe lekar aaye! Jaise hi hum apna dabba business shuru karenge,hum aapko baaki k paise lau..
NK(interrupts): No worries,Khushiji! Aapko paise dene ki koi zaroorat nahi hai! Ha, agar aap mere liye ek favour karengi toh I'll be really happy!
Khushi: Bataiyye,hum kya kar sakte hain aapke liye?
NK: Kya aap mere liye apne jaise ek sweet,beautiful,sunil..
Khushi: Sunil nahi Nanheji,sushil!
NK: Sorry! U get the drift! Aapke jaisi ek ladki dhoond sakti hain aap mere liye?
Before Khushi could reply Arnav comes there and replies..
Arnav: Impossible! Khushi poori duniya me apne type ka eklauta piece hai! Uske jaisi dusri tumhe kahin nahi milegi!
NK is disheartened.
Khushi: Kyun nahi milegi?Zaroor milegi Nanheji!
NK: I know! Aap har baar yeh hi bolti hai,Khushiji,ghosla rakhiye,ghosla rakhiye! Main ghosla rakh-rakh k thak gaya hoon! I'm tired of being single,u know!
Arnav(thinks): Ghosla!?! Yeh bhi poori duniya me apne type ka eklauta piece hai!
Khushi: Ghosla nahi Nanheji,hausla!Devi maiyya se prathrna karte rahiye,woh aapki madad zaroor karengi! Rahi humari baat,toh hum bhi khoj me lag jaate hain! Jaise hi humein humare jaise koi milegi hum sabse pehle aap hi k paas aayenge!
NK: Thank u so much,Khushiji! U r a sweetheart!
Arnav: Excuse me?
NK: U're his sweetheart!
Khushi (smiles): Aap apne dost ko kal humare yahaan bula lijiye naa. Aap dono Diwali saath manaa paayenge aur hum sab ki bhi unse mulaqat ho jayegi!
NK: Good idea!Main abhi use call karta hoon!
After NK leaves..
Khushi: Humare pataakhe kahaan hain?
Arnav: Aman laa raha hai.Have patience!
Khushi: Jab tak woh aate hain,tab tak hum poolside par diye laga dete hain.
Arnav: Main bhi chalta hoon.Tumhari help kar dunga.
Khushi(with a look of disbelief): Kya?
Arnav: Drama band karo aur chalo!
At the poolside..
Khushi: Lightein kyun nahi jal rahi hain?
Arnav: Main check karta hoon.
He comes back after a minute.
Arnav: Loose connection tha.Ab theek hai?
Khushi: Ji! Kitna achchha lag raha hai naa?(points to the pool)Yeh chamakta-dhamakta poolside!
She puts rose petals and floating candles inside the pool.
Arnav sits next to her on the floor.
He lightly brushes his knuckles on her cheek.
Arnav(in a husky tone): Khushi,yaad hai?Pichhle saal Diwali k time par kya hua tha?
The color rises on her cheeks and she stops what she was doing.
Khushi: Pichhle saal toh.. kaafi kuch hua tha. Aap.. kis cheez ki baat kar rahe hain?
Arnav(moves her hair to the other shoulder): Tum fairylights me ulajh gayi thi aur..(brushes his knuckles on the back of her neck) maine tumhe us me se nikala tha..
Khushi closes her eyes as his hand touches her back.
Arnav(whispers in her ear): Yaad hai?
Arnav brushes his knuckles down her back and stops at the hooks of her blouse.
Khushi opens her eyes & looks at him,her eyes pleading him to stop there.
Arnav(smirks): Dont worry!Main waisa kuch nahi karunga jaisa tum soch rahi ho!
Khushi was about to heave a sigh of relief when Arnav nipped her earlobe.
Her sigh turned into a gasp.
Arnav(nuzzles the crook of her neck): Pata hai us raat,jab main lights ko tum.. par se nikaal raha tha,mujhe kaisa lag raha tha?
Khushi(closes her eyes): kk..kai..sa..?
Arnav is about to say something but decides otherwise.
Arnav: Rehne do..
Khushi opens her eyes & is surprised to see Arnav standing up.
Khushi: Kk.. kyun?..
Arnav: Tum sun nahi paogi! Aur.. bolne k baad main.. apneaap ko rok nahi paunga!
Arnav leaves the poolside while Khushi sits there,blushing crimson.
Khushi meets Akash at the foot of the staircase.
Akash: Khushiji,yeh lijiye..(hands her a bag) Aman ne diya hai aapke liye.
Khushi(grabs the bag): Shukriya jijaji!
Akash: U're welcome!
She notices another similar bag in his other hand.
Khushi: Yeh bag humare liye nahi hai?
Akash(smiles): Nahi Khushiji. Isme Diwali bombs hai. Aapko.. bombs pasand nahi hai naa?
Khushi: Nahi! Par aap yeh kiske liye laaye hain?
Akash: Apne liye! Main aur papa phodenge!
Khush(smiles)i: Yeh hui na baat! Waise hum aapko eksalah de?Aapke bhai se inko door rakhiyega! Warna woh pradushan k naam par inhe aapse le lenge aur Aman ji ko wapis de denge!
Akash shows her a thumbs up.
Later that night...
Khushi: Phooljhadi toh hum khud jala hi sakte hain!
Arnav: Fine.Lekin baaki pataakhe main jala kar dunga.
Khushi: Manzoor hai! Hatiye,pehle humein 3-4 phooljhadiyan toh jalaane dijiye!
Khushi: Arnavji! Phooljhadiyan toh jab tak ek-do dozen na jalaaye tab tak aisa lagta hi nahi hai ki Diwali hai!
Mamaji who was passing by agreed with her.
Mamaji: Theek kaha,Khushi bitiya! Arnav bitwa,aaj Chhoti Diwali hai! Khushi bitiya ko man bhar k pataakhe jalaaye lene do! Ab kal tau hiyaan party hogi,mehmaan aayenge,bitiya busy hui jayengi.Phir bitiya ko pataakhe jalaaye ka mauka naahi milega!
Khushi: Hum jalaaye?
Arnav: Do dozen nahi! 3-4..
Khushi(smiles): Theek hai!
Arnav watches her writing his & her names in the air with the phooljhadis.
The sheer joy on her face made me very happy.
Khushi: Arnavji,aap bhi jalaiyye naa..
Arnav: No thanks!
Khushi: Areh jalaiyye! Humare liye!
Arnav could not refuse that and fulfilled her wish.
He burnt every other cracker with her and enjoyed it as well.
As a child he had always stayed away from the crackers.He found them irritating.
But today when he burst the same crackers with Khushi,it gave him unexplainable joy!
He'd never thought burning crackers could be so enjoyable!
He watched the smiles on his family's faces as they all indulged in bursting crackers.
His reverie ended when Khushi ran to him and hid herself in his arms.
Arnav(tensed): Kya hua?
Khushi: Mamaji bomb jala rahe hain! Humein usse bahut dar lagta hai!
Arnav smiled and put his arms protectively around her.
They remained like that till mamaji & Akash had burst 5-6 bombs.
After that nani started coughing and they were forced to ditch the bombs.
Khushi came back to her chirpy,excited self as soon as the bomb bursting stopped.
Khushi: Arnavji,chaliye humare saath! Ab hum chakri jalaate hain!
Arnav readily went with her and one after the other burst all crackers of her choice.
As he douzed the last burnt phooljhadi in the bucket of water,Khushi hugged him from behind.
Arnav(placing his hands over hers): Kya hua?
Khushi: Shukriya! Hum bata nahi sakte hain ki humein kitna maza aaya!Shaadi k baad ki humari pehli Chhoti Diwali khaas ban gayi,sirf aapki wajah se!
Arnav turned around and kissed her forehead.
Arnav: U r welcome!I'm so glad ki main tumhari Chhoti Diwali ko special banaane k k liye kuch kar paya! And I'm so happy to see ki tumne meri baat maani aur phooljhadi k alava baaki saare pataakhe do-do kar k jalaaye!
Khushi: Aapne humari baat ka maan rakha aur us cheez k liye haa kahi jo aapko pasand nahi hai.Toh kya hum itna bhi nahi kar sakte aap k liye?
She hugged him again.
Khushi: Aaj ki subha bahut pheeki lag rahi thi lekin aaj ki shaam bahut badhiya rahi!Sirf aapki wajah se!
She broke the hug and looked curiously at him.
Khushi: Aapne kaha tha ki aap subha batayenge magar aapne ab tak nahi bataya!
Khushi: Yeh hi ki agar aap humari zindagi me nahi aaye hote toh kya hota?
Arnav: Toh main hamesha waisa hi rehta-(smiles)khadoos lard governer jaisa!
Arnav: U know what?Aaj jab tum phooljhadiyan jala rahi thi,maine kuch realize kiya..
Arnav(cups her face): Main ek unused pataakhe ki tarah apni life jee raha tha. Phir tum meri life me aayi,phooljhadi ki tarah! And u lit up my life and made me shine! And u continue to light up my life!(pecks her lips) Thank u so much!
Khushi: Shukriya toh humein bhi kehna chahiye!Aapne bhi kuch aisa hi kiya! Hum aapke phooljhadi hain toh aap humare phooljhadey hain!
Anjali comes from behind and clears her throat rather loudly.
Khushi is embarassed and stands at a respectable distance from Arnav.
Anjali: Aap dono ki baatein khatam ho gayi ho toh khana khaane chalen?
Khushi looks at Arnav.
Arnav: Chaliye di.
Anjali(going inside): SuryaPrakashji, khana garam kar dijiye...!
Arnav holds Khushi's hand and walks inside the house.
Kindly ignore typos & mistakes. PMs later.
The OS on Diwali will b up tomorrow evening. Translation for this OS is on page 2.
Edited by Smita.M - 12 November 2012 at 11:14pm