Chapter:1- KOI AA RAHA HAI!
Kumud reaches home as soon as possible! There her father VC, was looking at her with a glare and then he smiled and said, ''Kumud beti, abhi Mumbai se phone aaya that, damadji kal aa rahe hain'' Hearing this Kumud got a shine in her eyes and her face sighed in front of her father! She walked towards her room with a sigh smile!
Lying on her bed, she whispered, ''Saras, kab aayoge tum, 20 salon se tumhara intezaar kar rahi hoon, par aaj yeh 24 ghante kaatna mere liye mushkil ho gaya hai! Bas ek jhalak tumhe dekhne ke liye taras rahi hoon, itne door hote hue bhi tum hamesha mere paas the, par ab jab mere karib aane wale ho to na jaane kyun dar lag raha hai, kahin main tumhe kho na du!
Everyone was very happy at home, preparations were going on to welcome the damad of the house! Kusum, sadhna, and kumud were seated in the backyard, Kusum said,''Di, agar hamare jijaji dikhne mein acche nahin hue to tum kya karogi? Kumud sighed and said, ''Woh chahe dikhne mein kaise bhi ho, mere liye woh duniya ke sabse khubsoorat insaan hain'', kusum said, ''Oh ho di, bina dekhe hi itna pyaar karti hain unse'', Sadhna said, ''What rubbish, pyaar kabhi bina dekhe nahin hota, di tum jijaji se pyaar tab kar sakti ho jab tum unhe dekhogi, looks come first'', kumud said,''Kisne kaha ki maine unhe nahin dekha sadhna, main to unhe roj dekhti hoon, woh roj mere khwaaboin mein aata hai, pyaar hai hi itna khubsoorat ehsaas! Sadhna said, ''i dont believe u di, khwaaboin ki duniya se baahar aao, tum ne to unhein apna sab kuch maan liya hai par kabhi yeh socha hai, ki woh tumhare baare mein kya sochte hain, kya voh iss kashmir ki kali ko apnaaenge?'' Kumud face felled after hearing this taunt from sadhna! Kusum said,''Stop it sadhna, yeh kya keh rahi ho tum, jijaji kyun nahin apnaaenge di ko! Sab jaante hain ki di ka rishta Saras jijaji se bachpan mein hi tay ho gaya tha! Ek din in do dilon ko ek hona hai'' sadhna thought, 'woh toh waqt hi bateyega'! Kumud got a relief after hearing from her beloved sister kusum but sadhna's word were still strucking her mind.
Kumud is cooking in the kitchen with urmila chachi and savitri chachi! Savitri chachi said,'' Kumud, kal damaadji aa rahe hain, unke saame tab tak mat aana jab tak hum na kahein, ab udna thoda kam karde, teri shaadi hone wali hai'', Kumud always have a habit to listen from savitri chachi and she never replied but this was about her saras, so she spoke,''Chachiji, main jaanti hoon ki mujhe unke saamne kaise pesh aana hai, aap meri phikr karna chod dijiye, shaadi jo hone wali hai meri'', she replied,'' Kya, kya kaha tune, tu mere saamne jawab de rahi hai, sharm nahin aati tujhe, main teri chachi hoon, dushman nahin'', Urmila said,'' Bas karo Savitri, bachchi hai, aur vaise bhi, saras aaj ke zamaane ka ladka hai, woh inn saare puraane ritiriwajon ko rahin maanta hoga, bas kumud khush rahe hume aur kya chahiye'', she replied,''Didi, maana ki saras aaj ke zamaane ka ladka hai, par sharm hayaa bhi to koi cheez hai, yeh kya baat hui ki woh aaye aur kumud muh uthakar unke saamne phudakne lage! Kumud eyes filled with tears and savitri left! Urmila placed her hand on kumud's head and said,'' Tu savitri ki baaton ka bura mat maan beti, tu to usse jaanti hai, tu iss sab ke baare mein mat soch, bas apne aane waale kal ke baare mein soch!'' she made kumud smile!
At the night VC was thinking about old moments with his wife Aarti, how they both loved kumud and his eyes filled with tears, kumud was passing from there and she saw her father with tears, she went towards him and said, '' Baapuji, aap ro rahe hain, kyun?'' He replied,'' nahin beti, aaj mein bohot khush hoon, aaj teri maa ka sapna puraa hone jaa raha hai, teri shaadi ka sapna pura hone jaa raha hai, beti, maine hamesha tujhe maa aur pita dono ka pyaar dene ki koshish ki, par mein jaanta hoon, ek pita kabhi maa nahin ban sakta, par maine apni taraf se puri koshish ki hai! Agar mujhse teri parvarish mein koi kami rah gayi ho, to mujhe maaf kar dena beti!'', She replied with tears,'' Baapuji, aap aisa kyun keh rahe hain, aap mere maa aur pita dono hai, main aapse bohot pyaar karti hoon, aainda aisa kabhi mat kehiyega, aap mere liye sab kuch hain!'', he hugged kumud and said,''Ab kuch hi dino mein tu mujhse door chali jaayegi, mujhe teri bohot yaad aayegi!'', she replied,'' Mujhe bhi aapki bohot yaad aayegi''
At night, kumud lying on her bed remembering everything about the day, urmila's motherly love, savitri's taunting, VC's tears, kusum's lovely tease and sadhna's hard words, ''KYA WOH ISS KASHMIR KI KALI KO APNAYENGE'' She was constantly remembering this line but at the same time, she couldnt wait to meet saras! Today's night was beautiful, lenghthy, worrying, all at the same time! She was waiting for the morning with butterflies in her stomach!
Edited by Mauzma - 15 April 2013 at 8:53pm