A lone tear trickled down Anandi's
cheek as she looked at the smiling man in the photo frame. Just one glimpse of
his blissful and innocent smile, and her heart would tear into a million miniscule
pieces. It had been five long years since Anandi's life took her by the most devastating
storm ever and yet not even an iota of pain had subsided. Rather it continued to become all the more grave with every passing day of her life. But today it was certainly
different from the past four years.She thought remembering about Ashi's unexpected call this morning.
"Mumma please don't cry....it's my
birthday" a sweet puffy voice jerked Anandi back to her senses. She felt
her heart smack against the grounds of reality as she saw her 5 year old Anshika
in innocent tears wiping her cheeks with her tiny fingers.
"Muma pls don't cry...dadi says papa hated to see you in tears. And if not for me...pls don't cry for papa. It's
his birthday too" an excruciating pang rose in Anandi's chest as Anshika's words
sank in.It wasn't just her birthday but Shiv's birthday too. "SHIV"...the name
was enough to build a heavy lump in her throat. Hot tears blinded her vision as
the memories of his first birthday celebration in Jetsar danced hauntingly in front of her
eyes. For a fraction of a second she just wished to grab him out of those elusive
memories and melt herself in the warmth of his arms for an eternity. And the thought would just make her
chest ache all the more unbearably.
"Ok see I
will give you a spoon from my halwa....but pls don't cry" a hefty sob escaped Anandi's
throat as she now saw her little daughter putting into her mouth a spoonful of her favorite
dessert. The one she never shares with anyone but her. Just like him! She winced at the thought.
wave of determination dawned upon Anandi as she looked at the tear coated frame
in her hand and her daughter's tender face. She knew she had to do it at any
"Jagdeesh I am with you in this
but don't you think it will not be liked by her in-laws. I am
afraid we will end up creating more problems for her" Ganga mumbled to Jagiya as she
put her one year old daughter to sleep between them.Their son was already fast asleep in his room with nandu.
"Ganga but that doesn't mean we
can leave Anandi like this and that too at such a time. She needs us. The
families are not understanding. And she and Shiv have done so much for us.We
have to do it for them. For Anshika."
"I understand your point Jagdeesh
but do you think dadisa will allow it?"
"I will talk to her...you just talk
to Anandi and tell her that we are with her.She is not alone."
A sweet smile tucked the corner
of Ganga's lips as she saw her husband being so caring for Anandi and Shiv. Its
strange there was a time she had ridiculed and cursed him when she came to know
about his real face.About what all evils he did to Anandi and his second wife Gauri. But slowly and
steadily he managed to win her confidence back. Managed to make her believe that
he was indeed a changed man. Specially, when he went to search his wife Gauri
in Mumbai so that he can apologize to her and take up her responsibility but got
to know that she was married to someone else now and had aborted their only
child. He was shattered and broken as destiny played his own dirty game with
him. That was particularly the moment when they had come closer as she had
seen him bearing the pains he gave to others and living its repercussions to the
core. It was then that their mutual pains became their mutual healing power.
worry Jagdeesh we will be with Anandi this time...and if devi ma wills happiness will be back to her life once again" squeezing his hand she gave him a faint
smile and the two went to sleep.
"Alok Anandi is not going to London...and it's final" Ira spoke in a tear-soaked voice as she put the photo
frame in her hand on the side table.
"But why Ira? Why are you so
stubborn on this? Dont you want her to do it? Don't you want him back...??Can you
live without him?"Alok choked almost jerking Ira out of her senses.
"You mean just like it happened
last time? Have you ever thought Alok how will Anshika survive if something
happens to Anandi? We almost lost Anandi last time! Till when will all this
continue?"she moaned in a broken voice.
jerk of reality hit Alok as he heard Ira's words. Whether he accepted or not
but she was right. Five years had gone by and if something had to change, it
would have changed by now.
National Neurological center, London:
"Dr. Gauri are you sure you want
to do this? Its the second time in two consecutive days that you are trying a
regression therapy on this patient. And last time he ended up having a severe
fit of headache. Are you sure the patient will handle this?"
"Yes doctor, I am very sure. I have seen
a consistent urge in him.An urge to explore his past. He just wants to be there at any
cost.And that particular urge is making him all the more restless which is not
good for him. I just want to proceed with the therapy so that we can come to
help him as soon as possible. Else his restlessness will end up harming him more than the pressure of consecutive therapies.He just seems in too much pain"
"Ok Dr Gauri than be careful and
give it your best shot. Hopefully with the support of a doctor as good as you
he will find his happiness soon.I am glad Mrs Shivani brought him here"
"I will doctor...coz now my only
aim in life is to do something for other's happiness. I wish I could do
something for him" with a fleeting smile on her lips Gauri whispered as the memories of her bitter past and the punishment destiny had forced down her throatseemed to float in front of her eyes.Wiping a few hel back tears she walked to her room
waiting for her patient to arrive soon.
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