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Diwali OS: Shart-ae-Diwali
Khushi woke up at 4:20 AM on the morning of Diwali.
Khushi smiles as she stretches her arms.
Khushi(thinks): Aaj Diwali hai,yaani khushiyon ka din! Aaj hum badi si Rangoli banaayenge,badhiya sa nashta banaayenge,sabke saath saariyaan aur gehno ki kharidaari karenge,Diwali ki mithaaiyaan khaayenge,Lakshmi pujan karenge, diye jalaayenge,sabse aashirwaad lenge,sabko Diwali ki badhaai denge,amma,babuji aur buaji se milenge,mehmaano ka swaagat karenge aur badhiya-badhiya khana khaayenge!
She stretches her arms and grins.
Khushi(thinks): Aaj bahut mazaa aayega!
She looks at the other side of the bed and sighs.
Her husband was sleeping like a baby,looking as cute & innocent as a baby.
She wrapped her arms around his neck & rested her head on his chest.
How she loved to hear his heart beating rhythmically inside his chest!
She lay there like that for a few minutes,just listening to his heartbeats.
Then she kissed him gently on his left cheek & whispered..
Khushi: Diwali mubaarak ho,Arnavji!
She plants another gentle kiss on his lips.
Arnav stirs in his sleep and puts his left arm around her waist.
Khushi(whispers): Hum aapki neend nahi bigaadna chahte lekin.. humari ichchha
thi ki hum sabse pehle aap ko badhaai de!(runs a hand through his hair)Aaj hum jaldi jaag gaye hain taaki hum jaldi apne kaam khatm kar k zyada se zyada samay aapke saath bita paayen!(cups his cheek) Aaj hum aapko shiqaayat ka koi mauka nahi denge!
She hugged him and then slowly removed his arm from her waist.
It amazed her how,even in sleep,his arm found the curve of her waist?!
She was glad he didnt wake up.
She checked the time. It was 4:36 AM.
Khushi(thinks): Chal Khushi,ab tu jaldi se naha le aur phir taiyyariyon me lag jaa!
Arnav waited till he heard the clicking of the bathroom door before opening his eyes.
He was so glad her alarm had woken him up!
Else he would have missed so much.
He smiled as he remembered what she'd said: Hum aapko shiqaayat ka koi mauka nahi denge!
Then he hugged her pillow to himself & soon fell asleep.
Paayal was surprised to see Khushi in the kitchen when she came downstairs to make the Rangoli.
Khushi (hugs her): Diwali mubaarak ho,jiji!
Paayal: Tumhe bhi bahut mubaarak ho!Khushi,tum yeh sab kya kar rahi ho?
Khushi: Nashte aur dopeher k khaane ki taiyyari. Aaj hum rasoi ka kaam jaldi samet lenge jiji. Phir hum zyada se zyada samay parivaar k saath bita paayenge.
Paayal: Parivaar k saath ya.. Arnavji k saath?
Khushi(blushes): Jiji,tum Rangoli banana shuru karo,hum bas aa hi rahe hain.
Paayal: Hum di ko bula kar laate hain.
Khushi: Nahi jiji,rehne do naa. Di thaki hui hongi,tabhi toh abhi tak so rahi hain. Unhe aaraam karne do,hum dono milkar Rangoli banaa lenge.
Paayal: Theek hai.
Arnav opened his eyes to see his beautiful wife smiling at him.
Since she was sitting beside him,with her legs crossed,Arnav lifted his head from the pillow and laid it in her lap.
Simultaneously his arms went around her hips.
Khushi ran her fingers through his unruly locks,much to his heart's delight.
Khushi: Good morning! Shaadi k baad ki pehli Diwali mubaarak ho!
Arnav: Good morning! And a happy Diwali to u too!
He turned so that he was now facing her.
Khushi bent and kissed his widow's peak.
Arnav: Khushi,yeh kya ho raha hai?
Arnav: Aaj tumhe kahin jaane ki jaldi nahi hai?Aaj tumne sirf mera naam liya, uthiye,jaldi kariye aisa kuch bhi nahi kaha!
Khushi(shakes her head): Nahi! Aaj humein koi jaldi nahi hai! Aap aaram se uthiye,koi baat nahi!
Arnav: Am I dreaming?
Khushi: Ji nahi,yeh sach hai. Kal aap hi keh rahe the naa ki jab ek patni apne pati ko neend se jagaati hai toh woh unhe good morning kehti hai,unse.. romantic baatein karti hai aur.. unhe choomti hai?Toh lijiye!
Arnav: I see! Romantic baatein kab ki tumne?
Khushi: Nahi ki toh ab kar lete hain!
Arnav(smirks): Pehle kiss kar lo ,phir kabhi baatein kar lenge!
Khushi: Abhi toh humne aapka maatha chooma!
Arnav: Khushi,jab maine kaha kiss karte hain,I meant..
He demonstrates what he meant by bending her head forward and pressing his mouth to hers.
Nani: Surya Prakashji,Chhotey aur Akash bitwa se kahiye ki hum oo ko bulaaye rahe hain.
SP: Ji naniji.Hum abhi bataakar aate hain..
Arnav & Akash enter the living room to find it occupied by the ladies of the house,who were busy selecting sarees & jewellery.
Akash: Dadi,aapne bulaaya?
Nani: Ha bitwa. Aaj aaplogan k byaah k baad ki paheli Diwali hai ae hi liye hum aap dono bhi kuch bhet dena chaahat hain.
She gives them a sherwani each.
Nani: Jaun aap aaj shaam ko ee pahenenge tau humka bahutai achchha lagega!
Aakash: Thanks dadi!
He touched her feet & Arnav followed suit.
Nani: Chhotey,aap toh rojaana suit pehenat rahe,ek din aapan nani ki khaatir ee sherwani pehen lijiye!
Arnav: Of course nani! Main ise zaroor pehenunga,thanks!
Nani: Humra kaam tau hui gawa ab aap dono aapan kaam kar lijiye-aapan patniyan ki saadi pasand kare maa madad kar dijiye!
Anjali: Aaplog baithiye,hum sab k liye neembu paani bana kar laate hain.
Nani: Humra bhi dawaai khaaye ka wakhat hui gawa hai.Hum aawat hai.
Mamiji: Hello hi bye bye! Hum bhi Aakas k papa ko bulaaye laate hain.Aaj tau hum bhi oo hai ki pasand ki saree pahnenge!
They leave the two couples alone.
Nani follows Anjali into the kitchen.
Nani: SPji,tanik humare kamre se humri dawaai ka baksa le aaiyyee. Sabse oopar wale daraaz maa rakha hai..
SP: Ji naniji.
After he leaves,nani places her hand on Anjali's shoulder.
Nani: Hum ka pata hai bitiya ki aap ee wakhat kaisan mehsus karat hai.
Anjali turns around & hugs nani.
Nani: Devi Maiyya jaun bhi karat hai humlogan k bhale k liye karat hai,bitiya.
Anjali: Hum jaante hain,nani. Lekin.. kabhi kabhi khud ko rok nahi paate hain..
Nani: Hum samajh sakat hain.Aapke nanaji k jaane k baad kayeen mahino tak humri haalat bhi aisan hi rahi..Samay k saath sab theek hui jayega. Hum aapse wada karat hai: Hum aapka byaah kauno aise vyakti se karvaayenge jaun aap k laayak ho!
Anjali: Nani.. hum.. kaise?
Nani: Aap dobara byaah kaahe naahi kar sakat hai?Shyam ne jaun bhi aap k saath kiya oo maa aap ka kauno dosh naahi hai.Phir aap aapan aap ko sajaa kaahe dengi bitiya?Aapko dobara aapan grahasti basaaye ka poora adhikaar hai!Aur..
SP comes there with her medicines & naniji & Anjali check their emotions.
After he leaves..
Nani: Diwali k din udaas naahi hoiyyega bitiya! Hum aapke chehre par muskaan dekhna chaahat hai.
Anjali smiles a bit.
Nani: Ee hui naa baat! Ab chaliye,hum neembu paani banaaye maa aapki madad karat hai.
Anjali: Nahi nani,hum banaa lenge.Aap apni dawaai kha lijiye.
Aakash selects a turqouise blue & yellow zardosi saree for Paayal while Arnav selects an orange saree with gota work for Khushi.
Khushi: Aapki pasand bahut achchhi hai,Arnavji!
Arnav(cups her cheek): Pata hai!
Khushi indicates PaYash's presence through her eyes and Arnav removes his hand from her cheek.
Khush: Ab bataiyye ki is k saath kaun sa set achchha lagega?
Arnav selects a beautiful kundan set for her.
Khushi: Waah Arnavji! Hum toh fida ho gaye aapki pasand par! Yeh set kitna sundar hai!
Arnav: Right! Tum set par fida ho gayi aur main(holds her hand) apni pasand par fida ho gaya!
Khushi: Fida shabd ka matlab bhi jaante hain?
Arnav: Tumse better jaanta hoon!
Khushi rolls her eyes.
Arnav: Tumhe agar koi aur saree pasand aayi toh tum woh bhi le lo,meri taraf se,Diwali present.
Khushi: Rehne dijiye.Chandni Chowk me itni saari kharidaari jo karaai aapne, woh hi aapka tohfa ho gaya!
Arnav: Woh toh Dhanteras k liye tha. Aaj Diwali hai so Diwali ka gift toh mujhe dena chahiye tumhe.
Khushi: Agar aisi baat hai toh hum bhi aapko tohfa denge.
Arnav: No Khushi,u dont need to! Maine badle me koi gift maanga kya?
Khushi: Na bhi maanga ho tab bhi hum denge! Aur aapko lena hoga!
Arnav leans closer to her & whispers in her ear.
Arnav: Well,in that case,gift meri choice ka hona chahiye!
Khushi pushes him away.
Khushi: Yeh to galat baat hai! Agar aap humein apni pasand ka tohfa de rahe hain toh aapko humari pasand ka tohfa dena humara haq banta hai!
Arnav: I guess.. u r right!
Khushi: Chinta mat kariye,humari pasand ka tohfa aapko bahut pasand aayega!
Arnav(smiles): I'm sure!
Amma hugs Paayal & Khushi.
Amma(hands them gifts): Ee leyo,tum dunno ka sagun..
Buaji: Aur ee leyo Nandkisore,Payalia k liye besan k laddoo aur Titaliya k liye rabri!
She gives two big steel tiffin to Khushi.
Khushi: Bahut,bahut shukriya buaji!
Paayal: Andar chaliye.. Dadiji kab se aaplogon ka intezar kar rahi hain.
NK: Khushiji,main kaisa lag raha hoon?
Khushi: Bilkul dulhe ki tarah lag rahe hain,Nanheji! Yeh sherwani aap par khoob jach rahi hai!
NK(blushes): Thank u!
Khushi: Aap k dost nahi aaye?
NK: He's on the way.Thodi der me pahuch jaayega.
Khushi: Jab woh aa jaay toh humein unse zaroor milvaaiyega! Aur unse kahiyega ki khana khaakar hi jaaye!
NK: Sure,thank u!
Khushi: Ji.Hum yeh nashta sab ko de kar aate hain.
Khushi knew that Arnav's eyes were on her since the evening.
Wherever she went,his eyes followed her.
Khushi was trying her best to avoid looking at him.
His heated gaze always unsettled her and made her ten times more clumsy than she was.
Khushi(thinks): Itne mehmano k hone k baavajud unki nazren sirf hum par tiki hai. Hey Devi Maiyya! Hum samajh nahi aata ki is baat se hum khush hona chahiye ya pareshan?
Mamaji: Khushi bitiya,tanik hiyaan tau aaiyye...!
Khushi: Aaye mamaji...!
Since there were many guests to attend to,Arnav hadnt found a chance to spend some time alone with his wife.
His wife,who was looking drop dead gorgeous,had decided to torture him for some reason.
First she wore the bangles which he'd gifted her a day before their first wedding.
Well,torturing him was not her idea,she'd simply worn those bangles coz they matched with the color of her saree.
And secondly,she refused to talk to him or be anywhere close to him.
heck! She didnt even look at him once!
They met all the guests separately.
Though everyone had stressed that it was their first Diwali after their wedding nobody seemed to mind that they were not together.
Arnav & Akash were with their business delegates while Khushi,Paayal & di attended to the guests.
Khushi avoided him as though he was some communicable disease!
He understood her reason for avoiding him.
What She didnt know was that she was fuelling his desire for her by avoiding him.
It had been 2 hours since the party had started.
He was aching for her.
He had to,just had to find a way to end the torture.
The way presented itself in the form of mamaji.
Mamaji & Arnav excused themselves & mamaji took him to a secluded corner.
Mamaji: Kaa baat hai Arnav bitwa?Kauno paresaani hai kaa?Kahin Khushi bitiya k saath kauno.. an-ban tau naahi hui?
Arnav was about to deny when an idea came to his shaatir dimaag.
Arnav: Ha mamaji.. Actually,maine Khushi k liye jo saree select ki woh use achchhi nahi lagi.
Mamaji: Itni si baat?
Arnav: Hum dono k beechh saree ko lekar behes ho gayi aur maine.. gusse me Khushi ko.. bahut kuch.. keh diya. And now she's not talking to me!
Mamaji: Tau ee baat hai! Kauno baat nahi! Tum aisa karo,humre kamre me jaayike baitho.Hum thodi der baad Khushi bitiya ko huaan kauno bahana se bhejte hain.
Arnav: Thank u so much,mamaji!
Mamaji: Ek baat ka dhyan rakhna..
Arnav: Milne-manaane ka silsila 15-20 minute maa khatam kar dena! Kaahe se ki oo k baat khaane ka wakhat hui jaayega.Jaun Amma & Anjali bitiya ko tum dunno khaane k wakhat naahi dikhe tau..
Arnav: Hum tab tak aa jayenge!
Mamaji: Achchhi baat hai! Jao,hum bhejte hain bitiya ko!
Khushi opened the door of mamaji's room.
Khushi: Mamaji ne kahaan tha ki unki BP ki dawaai coffee table par hai. Par yahaan toh..
She was shocked to hear a noise behind her.
She turned around & found that Arnav had latched the door.
Khushi(shocked): aa..aap ya.. haan?
Arnav: Haan,main yahaan!
With every step he took towards her she took a step behind until her back hit the cupboard.
Arnav kept his hands on either sides of her,thus blocking all escape routes.
Khushi(not looking at him): Arr..nnavv...jjii..
Arnav(in a husky tone): Hmm?
Khushi's heart was thumping inside her chest.
The rise & fall of her chest further aroused Arnav.
Without waiting for her to say what she wanted to,he held her chin & forced her to look at him.
The very next second he latched his mouth on to hers.
The moment his lips were on hers,Khushi lost all control over her senses.
She gave in to her desire & kissed him back with equal passion & need.
Khushi's response encouraged Arnav to take things forward.
It would suffice to say that mamaji had a hard time covering up for Arnav & Khushi's prolonged absence.
When they came downstairs,the guests were half way through dinner.
Mamaji was beyond relieved to see them.
Anjali: Chhotey kahan the aaplog?Humne room me bhi dekha,poolside me bhi dekha,aaplog kahin nahi the. Saare mehmaan poochh rahe the aap k baare me.
Arnav: Sorry di,humlog terrace pe the.
Anjali: Terrace pe kya kar rahe the?
Arnav: Private Diwali celebration!
Khushi was shocked at the unabashed way in which Arnav said that.
Anjali didnt ask any more questions.
Niether did the guests or family members question them.
The constant blush on Khushi's cheeks & the constant smile-cum-smirk on Arnav's lips must have answered their questions.
Khushi helped Anjali & Paayal in cleaning up the kitchen after the guests had departed.
Once the post party cleaning was done,all 3 of them retired to their rooms.
Arnav had changed into his purple sweater & black trousers before Khushi entered the room.
Arnav immediately went up to her & held her hands.
Arnav: Khushi,tum theek ho?
Khushi: Ji. Bas.. thake huye hain.
Arnav: Aaj.. shaam ko jo hua.
Khushi(glares): Jo hua?!
Arnav: Jo.. maine.. kiya.. use lekar.. kya tum mujhse naraaz ho?
Khushi: Nahi.(sighs)Par agar aapne party k khatm hone tak intezar kiya hota toh.. behtar hota..
Arnav: Right! Agar tumne mujhe party me mujhe avoid nahi kiya hota toh.. better hota..(cups her face) Khushi,tum mujhe avoid mat karna kabhi bhi.Please.. I cant bear that!
Khushi doesnt say anything.
Arnav: Agar tum.. mujhe rokna chaho,toh tum mujhse kaho,main ruk jaunga! Lekin is tarah se mujhe avoid karna is a totally bad idea! Now u know it for urself!
Khushi(looks at him): Humare rokne se aap ruk jayenge?
Arnav: Of course!
Khushi: Lagi shart?
Khushi: Himmat hai toh lagaaiyye-Shart-ae-Diwali! Agar humare rokne se aap ruk gaye toh aap jeete! Aur agar aap apneaap ko nahi rok paaye toh hum jeete! Jeetnewala haarnewale se kuch bhi karva sakta hai!Aur.. jeetnewala agli Diwali haarnewaale k hisaab se manaayega!(extends her hand)Boliye,manzoor?
Arnav(shakes her hand firmly): Deal!
Khushi: Theek hai. Kal toh kuch nahi hai.Agla parv parso hai,bhaiyya dooj. Parso hum aap pariksha lenge.Dekhte hain aap shart jeet-te hain ya nahi?!
Arnav: Shart toh main hi jeetunga!
Khushi: Ho hi nahi sakta!
Arnav: Thodi der k liye Shart ki baat ko bhool jao,aur mujhe yeh batao ki mera Diwali gift kahaan hai?
In response Khushi goes to the cupboard & takes out her night dress from it.
Khushi: Aaj humara mood nahi hai aapko aapka tohfa dene ka!
Arnav: Excuse me?
Khushi: Hum bahut thake huye hain aur humein sone ki zaroorat hai. Hum aapko aapka tohfa kal subha itminaan se denge!
Khushi lay down on the bed with her back facing Arnav's front.
Arnav: Kal toh kuch nahi hai.That means kal toh tumhe subha uthkar Rangoli nahi banaani hogi naa?
Khushi turns around & finds him smirking.
Khushi: Kya chal raha hai aap k dimaag me?
Arnav: Kal subha it.. it.. whatever se bataunga! Abhi so jao! Goodnight!
Arnav soon dozes off while Khushi looses her sleep.
Kindly ignore typos & mistakes.Happy Diwali to all of u!
Translation on page 3. PMs later.
Edited by Smita.M - 09 December 2012 at 5:07am