Posted: 11 January 2013 at 11:54am
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Indira-Rishi's story re-told by me.
The sun rises again and everyone continues their mundane life except Rishi,who wakes up into a new life without a trace of hint that somewhere he had left behind two lives,who are his own,and to whom he is the world.The name has changed and so has the way of living,but time will show if the heart of this man,and his emotions as well have altered,or not.Its the Diwan mansion and its tinted glasses,whose reflection only reflects the person standing in front of it,darkening the inner self,and overshadowing all emotions.
Ricky Diwan is the name,who wakes up into this life everyday and walks into the grand life of the Diwans, among the people,whose lives are as tinted as the glasses of the mansion.But somewhere in the midst of this life,he feels a hollowness within him,which makes him restless.Ricky has accepted this life without any question,because no child questions their identity,which has been given to them by their parents;and Ricky too never questioned his identity given to him by Simi Diwan,his mother,who has easily persuaded [Rishi]Ricky that,he has had an accident,where he had a severe head injury,which led to the state of coma;she very swiftly erased every bit of link that her son had with Indira.On the other side of the story,Indira's life has become more difficult as she has been leading a life of a married woman,who has been abandoned by her husband,and who is a single parent.But had it not been her rude and tough exterior,Indira would have broken long back as the society has been pointing fingers at her;had it not been Indira,her daughter would have been taunted everytime her neighbors saw her.But none ever questions about her life,at least in front of her,because no one wants to meddle with "hitler didi".However,only one persons' questioning eyes bother Indira,and that is Riya's innocent face,who looks at the picture of her father and kisses it,loves it;only then Indira becomes unable to hold on her stern exterior,and a mother becomes helpless to give Riya the love she has been craving for.
Riya: [she mostly resembles her father:the smile,the naughtiness,the impish smile when she has done something wrong and angered her mother;but she is also like Indira,as she also gets angry very easily,and she doesn't like lying]Riya is playing with her doll and she holds the picture of Rishi and kisses it.
Indira:comes out of the bathroom and as she's about to get Riya ready for her day care,Indira looks at her daughter with admiration and says,"Chalo Riya hum tayaar hoin jaatein hain,mumma koin der horahin hain.Ayur yein kiya,saara pyaar sirf pappa ko,mumma keliya kuchbhi nahin."[she makes a childish face]
Riya:looks at her mother and drops her doll and goes to kiss Indira.
[In these years life has been harsh on Indira and her struggle might have not changed,but she has changed as a person;at least as a mother,whose world is her daughter,and who smiles only with Riya.]
Everyday its the same journey for Indira,who leaves for work at 8,and on the way drops Riya to the day care,as there's no one reliable at home to take care of her little one.And same goes with the life of Ricky[Rishi],who starts his day with the workouts and then leaves for work.But today something is different,because whether its destiny,or co-incidence that, Rishi is feeling a terrible urge to go beyond the four walls of the Diwan Builders office and see the different sides to life.As he takes a break from his monotonous job and ponders about the streets of Delhi,where he stops by a book store,where he meets an art teacher,with whom Rishi exchanges his view on art and artist.Rishi is unable to understand this state of his mind,which seems to long for holding a pencil and a piece of paper and let the hand take its way. He befriends the teacher,who says that,Rishi has a good knowledge of art.Finally,he gets a place,which gives Rishi peace of mind and every evening he stops by this place and talks about art,spends time with some little ones,who come here for drawing lessons.This is the only time in 24hrs that makes sense to Rishi,that makes him feel free,and this urge for freedom makes him fight with his mother and ask for giving him the independence to live his life according to his terms.
Rishi:"Maa mujhe iss kaam mein bilkul diljasbhi nahin hain;patta nahin kyoin mujhe ghutansi laagti hain.Mujhe sirf ekhin chesmein diljasbi hain,sketches,painting.Aur mein yeh construction ka kaam nahin karskta.Mein aapni zindagi aapne hesaab se jeena chata hoin."
Simi Diwan:gets annoyed at Rishi and what she is about to say is going to unfold many questions in her son's mind."Ricky phirse wohin paagal paan.Ekbaar tu aapni maan mani karchuka hain,aur unn gandi galiwoin ki dhuul aur garabi ke zindagi jee chuka hain.Mein phirse tujhe aapni maan mani nahin karne doungi.''[phone rings and she leaves the room]
Although Rishi's mother didn't realize what she has said in that moment,but her words are about to unleash the unanswered questions in Rishi's mind.And it has in fact raised his curiosity,which he will follow for the time to come.That very day he makes a sketch of a little boy,shackled in chains and crying,and an old lady frees him.Unable to understand what made him draw such a sketch,Rishi takes it to Tina,his artist friend,to explain it to him.
Tina:Takes a look at Rishi's sketch and says,"are you sure Rishi ki tumne phale kabhi aasi sketch nahin baanaye?I mean,haar sketch ke peeche artist ki emotions,ye ek kahani chupi hootein hain.Is sketch mein mujhe deekhaye dein rahain hain ek beebass bachha,jo kise sein,ye kuch se daara hoya hain aur woh azaadi chatain hain.And its this lady,jo use freedom datein hain.Quite impressive."
Rishi:Puzzled at Tina's words and his situation,where he's also longing for freedom,says"Tina thanks tumharein explanation ke liya.Shyaad meina aapni khudki bebassi iss sketch mein zahir ke hain.Magar mujhe koin freedom deyga?''And he spents the evening talking about his life,which he's unable to remember until these past two years.
Suddenly there's a knock at the door and as Tina opens it,there's a little girl with her doll,who is here to stay with Tina for few hours,as her mother has some work till late evening and Tina is a good friend to the mother.Taking the hand of the little one,Tina walks in and introduces her to Rishi.
Tina:"Ricky yein mere ek choote se sahalein se meloin,Riya.''
Riya:Looking at Rishi,gives a broad smile and hugs him as though she has known him for ages.
[will continue soon...]
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