Posted: 08 May 2013 at 10:04am
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The next morning,when ashu opened his eyes n moved his hand instinctively..nidhi was not there..he was worried n just as he was getting up to check the wash room,he saw the bedroom door was ajar n he could hear baba n nidhi laughing...music to his ears..
As he came out,he saw armaan n baba trying to have milk..some thing that she hated...baba was saying in mock anger.."mrs nidhi ashutosh ,ye mat bhoolo,ki tum meri bahu ho..aur tumhe mera kehna maanna hi hoga...is doodh ko 2 min me khatm karo.."n nidhi was giggling.armaan added,"jee haan,aapko yahaa rehna hai to aapko humaarr good chart ,exercise chart,sleep chart sab ko follow karna hoga..nahi to you will be shifted to dadibua concentration camp..."
As they saw ashu,armaan said"dekh na ashu,nidhi doodh nahi pee rahi..punish kar isse.."ashutosh looked down at nidhi,trying to show mock anger as he glared...n nidhi gulped down the milk...Armaan said"waah beta!!hum itni der se jhak mar rahe the..to kuch nahi hua..ashu aayaa to gatak gayee..this is not fair..."n every one laughed..ashu left ,saying he will be home by7 n nidhi,baba n armaan started seeing the new designs of armaan's collection.suddenly nidhi spoke,"armaan ji,kyun na hum baby dresses ki range launch karein..?"armaan said"wow nidhi kya idea hai..model to aane waala hai hi!!!!"n baba said"bilkul sahi..mauka bhi hai ,dastoor bhi.."chalo start thinking..n the trio got busy..
Ashu rung up to find out if luxmi bai had helped nidhi with bath n all,n baba told that she was still at it.
At lunch,nidhi was arranging flowers on the dining table..when armaan in one of his rare serious moods reflected.."nidhi,tum ne is biyabaan ko gulshan bana diyaa.."nidhi asked comically.."aur dr ashutosh ko maali?"armaan broke into laughter "oh my god..ashu as maali kaka..he he he...!!!"
Nidhi sat in her room,putting ashu's wardrobe in order n put buttons on the blue shirt...it was the same blue shirt that he had worn when he had come to her place to make her try the ring..n when she had found the size was right..how she had hugged him...he hadnt hugged her back..but the whole night ,she had felt herself against his strong chest...they had had so many intimate moments..nights when they just lay in each others arms after hours of lovemaking...n yet the touch of that embrace was fresh in nidhi's heart n made her blush..even after one and a half years..
"Hi doc,kya soch rahi ho.."said dr ashutosh as he entered his bedroom n saw nidhi smiling in her thoughts...nidhi just blushed..n said.."ye shirt yaad hai aapko..."ashu looked at it nonplussed..nidhi reminded him"yaad hai jab aap mere ghar aaye the sagaai se pehle..."n ashu smiled.."oh!to isi shirt ko hug kiya tha tumne?""jee nahi,maine shirt ko nahi,aapko hug kiya tha...par aapne mujhe nahi hug kiya tha..kyun?"ashu looked at her endearingly..his nidhi pouting.."nidhi..kya mai apni galti sudhaar nahi sakta...?"n he gave a soft back hug to nidhi,careful of not hurting her injuries that were healing..
At dinner baba told ashu about the idea of baby clothings for armaan stores..n ashu laughed n said"per armaan ,meri betimodelling ke bahut high rates legi..u afford nahi kar paayega..."armaan said,"actually ashu,mai to apni bhateeji se modelling karwa loonga..tu rakhna apni beti..."n all laughed..
Ashu held nidhi by the waist as they walked after dinner..asking her how she was..n keeping her in the loop about what was happening at k.g.h.baba n armaan looked at them n smiled at each other...
At night,nidhi kept fidgeting,ashu helped her with all positions but sleep didnt come..."oucchhh!!"cried nidhi..as ashu looked startled.."kya ..kya hua?"nidhi didnt reply,just put his hand on her belly..n ashu could feel the clear magic of their baby turning n moving in nidhi's womb..ashu was mesmerised...but as he looked up at nidhi he swa her biting her lower lip,trying to supress the agony..ashutosh understood..how the wonderful moments were physically v painful for nidhi..he kissed her forehead n put his arm around her ..as she reclined..she held his hand on her belly.."feel kar pa rahe hai na usse,..isnt it beautifull...aahhh!"she moaned again..dr ashutosh observed sweat beads on nidhi's forehead.."nidhi,bahut taqleef hai kya?"nidhi tried to smile.."dr ashutosh...i really love it when i feel him inside me...n when i see your dream..our dream being completed..ye taqleef kuch nahi hai..."but nidhi was clearly in pain n the baby seemed determined not to settle..
Finally ashu had an idea..he drew out his arms n said"bus abhi aaya"n returned with his violin..he began to play..for his wife his child..slow lilting symphony...as the baby seemed to have stopped kicking n nidhi was slowly drifting into sleep..her eyelids drooping slowly..ashu quietly stopped the violin.he couldnt help remembering how nidhi had forced him to play the violin ..which he had stopped after baba...ashu pushed the sad thoughts away..n he looked at his nidhi..who had filled his life with music.n wiped nidhi's brow..he felt her belly..the baby was still..he couldnt help smiling as he put nidhi into sleeping position n put his arm around her..this was the symphony of his life..the real sound of music..
Next morning,by the time nidhi got up,ashutosh had left..as he had an early morning surgery..nidhi felt bad...had he had a proper breakfast..she realised that in her pregnancy n injury..while everyone understood her joy n agony..but v few knew how difficult it had been for dr ashutosh..but nidhi knew that how silently ashutosh had been suffering..she knew the burden of his guilt..nidhi knew that it was her body that was bearing the burden of pregnancy n the pain of injury but dr ashutosh 's soul n mind,his heart had been suffering silently..how pained he must be...nidhi stood up with great difficulty but with a resolve to bring comfort,be a balm to her ashutosh...to remove clouds of guilt n silent agony from his heart..a heart which beat for her n she knew it...
Nidhi tried dr ashutosh's phone many times but he was in the o.t n when he finally came back home ..he was surprised tosee a special dinner..his favourite baingan n hare channe,..He knew it was nidhi's cooking..he savoured the dinner but asked nidhi why had she strained herself...nidhi gave him a naughty look n said.."dr ashutosh..ye rishwat hai...aapke liye..ki aap meri baat maane"
Ashu carried the talk ahead in the bedroom,"bolo nidhi,kya baat maanwana chahti ho.."nidhi sat in his lap..after ages..n ashu had to gather her..large form.."jaante hain mai aapki aankhein padh sakti hoon.."ashu turned away..nidhi held his face n said,"suniye ..meri taraf dekhiye..mai theek hoon..i know its a difficult pregnancy but i know i m in good hands..n yeh meri choice hai..aapne force nahi kiya hai mujhe..aur jaante hain..main yeh taqleef seh saqti hoon,chote jhel sakti hoon par aapki aankhon mei udaasi nahi seh sakti.."she kissed his grey side burns as ashu looked into her eyes..eyes that were ready to push away pain n suffering to bring joy n ecstacy in their lives..
Next week arrived the garments for armaan's showroom..n he had organised a baby show to launch it..it was a blissful evening where ashu n nidhi saw cute little children..dressed in lovely dresses..
As nidhi sat in the car ,her eyes were filled with dreams..she held dr ashutosh's hand n said"dr ashutosh..ab intezaar nahihota..kab aayega aapka bachpan meri god mei"?ashu looked at her...yes the wait was tough..he too wanted their bundle of joy..but his primary concern was still nidhi's welfare..
At night,as nidhi undressed..n ashu came n said,"hey,let me see..how is the progress.."he examined her bruises which were almost gone..n then he lifted her left breast to examine her wound..it had healed..there was only a scarlet mark turning pink at the edges..just as he was withdrawing..nidhi held his head trying to draw him close..he resisted,"hey nidhi,kya kar rahi ho...abhi theek nahi ho poori tarah se..risk nahi le saqta hoon,"he said ,patting her cheek as he withdrew..he pecked her on her brow n consoled.."just a few more days..wait kar saqti ho na...mere liye"?n nidhi smilefd n settled with ashu putting his hand on her baby bump..
As nidhi slept,secure in his arms,ashu could not help remembering how this relationship had been almost comoletely platonic for quite some time..but how the hug before the engagement had kindled desire in him...a man who had been almost a monk..n after the initial shyness,he had claimed nidhi ..almost every night..as if making up for the lost time..howshe was turned on by his every caress..n was never ashamed of showing him the way..though eventually,it was always ashutosh ,who knew when n how he could bring bliss to both of them...sleeping with her..in his arms..often without clothes...but what gave both of them ultimate pleasure was that their relationship was much deeper than the sensuous pleasure that they showered on each other..the greatest bliss for them was just seeing each other..being there to wipe the tears of the other...holding hands as they traversed the twists n turns of life..
Ashu sighed as he looked at nidhi...n then with a softness that only deep l8ve can bring...he kissed her cheek..before surrendering to sleep..together ,entwined n inseperable..as their destinies..sainyaa...
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