Two years later
woke up slowly. Her eyes opened as the alarm clock rang. She sat up and looked
at her husband Lucky snoring away. She prayed and then looked at a photo frame
on her bedside table. She smiled at it, took it up and kissed it. Her eyes became
moist as she looked at the photo. Sighing, she kept it back and got up.
down the stairs, she noticed Rocky already up and about. He was in college now.
He greeted his mom. She smiled and told him to go and get ready for college.
came out from the kitchen. She was in her class ten school uniform. Sweety told
her to call her cousins and tell them to come straight from college/school to
the Alhuwalia house. Ginny nodded her head. Sweety stood in front of the small
Mata Rani idol and prayed.
Alhuwalias were getting ready for today. Lucky came down and planned out with
Rocky and Ginny as to when they were to be back. The family was having
breakfast, when a call came.
felt she knew who it was and went to pick up the call.
Hello Mausi? Peli pona!
Jeete raho Raavi beta. Tum log theek ho?
Haan Mausi…. Mausi. Kya Raashi, Sunny aur main aaj early aa sakte hoon?
Haan kyon nahi beta? Apnai ghar hai. Aa jao.
Kitna baje aaongi?
Kareeban chaar baje?
Theek hai Mausi… Bye!
hung up and thoughtfully stared at the phone and sighed. She then contacted a
Haan Didi! Good morning!
Sab theek hai na?
Koshish toh kar rahi hoon… Aap toh jaante ho aaj Papa chup chaap rehte hain.
Dolly. Raavi, Raashi, Sunny aa rahe hai chaar baje. Tum bhi aa jao. Lovely,
Papaji aur chhoti princess ko le aa jao.
Theek hai Didi, Samajhti hoon.
up Sweety was about to dial another number and stopped herself.
She scolded herself.
turned around as Lucky, Rocky and Ginny set to leave. She wished them a good
day and told them to be back by four at least.
Raavi, who was a college girl, had picked up her sister and brother from the
Ahuja residence. Raashi and Sunny went home after school to change. The three
reached their Mausi's house at four thirty.
opened the door when the bell rang. She saw her nieces and nephew and gave them
a tight hug together as they wished her. She asked after their parents and they
nodded that they were coming later.
Bhaisaab bhi aa raha hai?
Accha? Theeka hai!
Rocky and Ginny came and hugged and greeted their cousins.
Chalo. Taiyaari shuru karte hai.
hugged Sweety – Mausi I missed you!
Hai rabba! Meri bacchi! (She kissed her head and embraced her)
Toh batao Mausi, kaisa help karun?
Bataati hoon. Phele yeh batao tum log kuch khaaoge?
Nahi Mausi. Hum teeno vrat rakhi hai. Raat mein khaaongi!
Theek hai (softly) Ma ne nahi daanta?
Raashi shook their heads while Sunny was on verge of tears.
Mausi! Mamma mujhe har baar kuch na kuch kehte hai.
hugged her nephew and cheered him up.
started pouring in. Everyone was in white and cream coloured clothes. The hall
of the Alhuwalia house was decorated in a simple manner. In the midst, a puja
set up was arranged. A large photo frame, covered in white cloth was kept at a
Dolly, Lovely, and Lovely's little daughter, of one year, entered. Raavi,
Raashi, Rocky, Ginny and Sunny hugged the Khannas and Sunny practically started
crying till Nanu cheered him up.
went to Sweety and the father-daughter duo hugged each other tenderly.
aa rahe na?
Haan Pappaji. Jeet bhaisaab bhi.
Pappaji. Jeet jo galti ki woh ab puraana ho gaye! Maaf karo usko!
Pinky ne phone kiya?
nodded her head.
coincidence aaya hai. Jeet ko kya zaroorat tha yeh sab karne ki? Sunny puttar
ko dekho? Raavi-Raashi ke udaas chehron toh dekho!
Pappaji. Yeh sab bachon ke liye kiya hai. Maafh kar dijiye na!
Theek hai. Sochta hoon.
brought in the panditji and the preparations for the puja began. Sweety asked
Lucky to phone Jeet. Just then Jeet entered. The entire Khanna and Alhuwalia
families looked at him. Jeet quietly stood there and bent his head a little.
Jeet praaji! (The two embraced each other) Aao! Aao! Pinky kaha hai?
Aao bhaisaab! Kaise ho aap?
Theek hoon! (He saw his kids standing around Nanu)
to greet Nanu who unwillingly greeted him back after a glance at Sweety.
Pinky nahi aayi?
Paanch minute mein aayegi.
Samay nikla jaa raha hai.
Theek hai shuru karo.
Jeet and Sweety sat in the front while the rest of the family sat behind.
Sunny, Raavi, Raashi and Lovely sat on the opposite side.
puja started, a woman entered the house. Just then the panditji asked-
Marnewaali ki naam?
Pinky Khanna Ahuja.
cloth was taken off to reveal the photo of Pinky- Nanu's daughter and Sweety's
who entered the house sat down a little away. Sweety looked at her and tried to
sitting behind asked another guest- Toh yeh bhi Pinky hai?
bhi! Kya co-incidence hai! Jeet Ahuja ke dono patni, aur ek hi naam!
puja, the second Mrs. Ahuja greeted the Alhuwalias and the Khannas. Everyone
greeted her coldly. But Sweety, for the sake of peace, tried to be warm.
guest then approached Lovely and asked him as to what really happened. He was
the Alhuwalia neighbor who went away three years ago and was now back.
Do saal pehle meri behen Pinky Ahuja ki accident hua tha aur uski mauth hui
thi. Jeet Praaji dere saal ke baad, cchei mahine ki pehle ek Pinky aka Pinanki Chowdhury
ko shaadi ki, apne bacchon ke liye. Tab se Pappaji Jeet Praaji ko maafh nahi
children were quietly sitting together and staring at their mother's picture
and remembered all the moments they had with her. Nanu was looking at them in
pain. Jeet was sitting away from all and stared at the photo and his children
and at Nanu. He remembered his wife but was always accused of having forgotten
her. His children's bonding with him was strong but they never liked their step
Ginny and Lucky helped around, serving food and drinks. Sweety, Lucky, Dolly
and Lovely talked to guests and saw them off. Pinanki helped in the kitchen,
quiet and by herself.
guests left, there was a silence in the house. Nanu then came up and asked the
Ahuja children if they would like to stay with him in the weekend that started
the next day. Raavi, Raashi and Sunny glanced at Jeet who quietly nodded his
head. Nanu without a look at Jeet or Pinanki left the house after blessing the
Alhuwalias. Lovely, Dolly, their daughter and the Ahuja children left after
went up to Sweety and asked after her.
sab theek hoon. Bas Pappaji abhi nhi naraaz hai.
I know, I realize that. Maine kaise manaongi?
Jaha tak mein Pappaji ko jaanti hoon, yeh sab apne aap hi ho jaayega. Tum fikar
mat karo, sab theek ho jaayega.
up and the Ahujas decided to leave as well. Jeet gave one last look at Pinky's
picture. Then wishing the Alhuwalias warmly, he left with his wife.
Sweety, Rocky and Ginny stood in front of the wall where they put up the framed
picture of Pinky.
Pinky meri behen. I miss you. (Tears fill her eyes)
Rocky and Ginny sadly look at each other.
Pinki. Jo bhi ho, chaahe kuch bhi ho jaaye, koi mane na mane, main tumhaari
bacchon ko apni bacchon ki tarah hi dekhbaal karungi. Tu fikar mat…(Lucky
quietly kept his hand on her shoulder and squeezed gently)
Ginny came forward and held on her arm and shoulder- Mom. Please don't cry!
nodded her head and asked her children and husband to go to sleep. She needed a
moment alone. Understandingly, with glances and nods at each other, Sweety's
family left. Sweety looked at the photo frame and remembered all the moments
with her sister. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she remembered how her sister
left her forever.
Flashback- When the dance competition was won
by Ginny and Raashi, the whole family left for Alhuwalia house. Pinki had
excused herself, saying she had a surprise to arrange for her family. After
reaching home, Jeet received a call about the five crore comepensation. After
everyone hugged and congratulated, Jeet called his wife. Pinky absentmindedly
took the call while crossing the road and didn't see a large lorry hurtling
closed and opened her eyes. Then she went to the Mata Rani puja corner and lit
a diya and prayed for everyone. With a long look at Pinky's picture, she then
turned, switched off the lights and left the room.
light reflected on Pinky's photo frame.