Originally posted by Angie12
Myra, great title.
First of all, usually Shlokie amuses me and he did that today too. But the tiny sympathy I had for him yesterday was gone today.
Not that anybody except for Kalindi to a degree was shown in good light today. So starting from that point:
Varad and Vinayak - Two peas in a pod
Niranjan is evil and so anything can be expected from him. But it were the "good guys" Varad and Vinayak who came across looking really bad. In fact, considering how they, it is not surprising that Shlok has turned out to be like that - a teenager in a body of a grown up person.
So both Varad and Vinayak are indulgent towards Shlok. They were shocked that their illusions of an Agnihotri having a normal relationship turned out to be myth. Not that they should be surprised. The self-centered uncle-nephew never bothered to see that the vivacious Astha was so subdued since the wedding night. Or that there was no excitement in her when Shlok was taking her for honeymoon.
Anyway, today they took the cake. Both followed Astha in hopes of persuading her to stay. Both were still admitting that Shlok was wrong. But it seemed as if it was a small mistake Shlok had done in the marriage and that also due to a big understanding that Astha insulted the Lord of the House. Once the misunderstanding is removed, Shlok will get back to his nice self. They were pleading with Astha to stay back so that she can bring some change in the household and change the misbehaving son of the family.
So how different are they from those families who find a nice girl for their wayward son so that she can mend his ways - something they have been themselves unable to do. I really wanted Astha to whack them rather than give in to their "humble" requests.
Then to top it all, Varad goes to Shlok's room and is trying to lecture him to control his ego and call Astha especially as he is expected to bring back Astha per baba's commands. Varad had no problem with baba telling Shlok that he needed to bring Astha back. There is no showing disapproval that what Shlok did was atrocious - destroying a girl's life and then mentally torturing her and her family. Of course Varad wants Astha back so that he can continue to throw in Sojal's face how great Astha is, who despite Shlok's behavior, is putting up with everything because family and husband comes first for her. So Astha is a tool for Varad to have his illusions as well as to use her as comparison against Sojal. That way he can indulge in self pity that he did not get what he wanted in his life. Vinayak wants Astha back because Astha can do what he and Varad cannot do - take a stand against anything.
Really, is any Agnihotri male member normal? Shlok and Varad can be excused because not much can be expected from them considering the dysfunctional environment they have seen from the childhood with Anjali and Niranjan as the dysfunctional parents. But what about Vinayak? Is it because grandpa kicked the bucket too soon and Niranjan brought him up. Or maybe the old guy grandpa was same as Niranjan and then there was Tai (Niranjan's sister) as an example.True, but i don't have high hopes from them since the pati pujan day, when they left aastha alone at the mercy of rest of clan. if they really wanted to help they soul have supported her and refuse to budge from there.
Astha is back home after selecting her maayaka. She also told Ajju that she had no desire to talk to Shlok as she hated Shlok. But then why is she crying so much leaving the house and why was she apologizing to Varad/Vinayak duo for not agreeing to their request to stay back. Even in the parking lot, she only remembered the scenes where Shlok rescued her. These scenes were from HM track. So by this time, there is no pretense between Astha and Shlok. So Astha is remembering genuine good parts about Shlok including him rescuing her from the water. But she did not remember that he is the one who pushed her in the water in the first place and was then taunting her. She also remembered him rescuing from the snake and then taking her to the temple to save her life. She did not remember his refusal to rescue her from the pit until she apologized.
Also it seems that she has not told her parents the entire truth. It seems that she has told them about Shlok marrying her because of revenge. But she has not told them about Shlok trapping Avdhoot. Otherwise, Kalindi would have marched to Agnihotri household and whacked him.
Agreed, aastha shouldn't hide anything. i would love it if kalindi whack NA too. he so deserves it.
Now the Kirloskers
Am I the only one who find Kalindi more strong than either Ajju or Avdhoot? Avdhoot can be strong but it takes a long time for him to wake up. Ajju was blind and she was acting like Varad/Vinayak that Shlokie made a mistake and he must be calling to apologize. Now I have to use Gabbar dialogue - kis chakki ka aata khati hai or from which mill she is getting her flour. Is this the Ajju who gave refuge to abused Kalindi. Here she is treating as a small spat between husband and wife.
Avdhoot is in shock and speechless. Probably like Varad, his illusions of a perfect son-in-law who is like a son, are broken. So he is not able to react much. Or maybe because he did not support Kalindi in opposing the engagement, he too wants to think that Shlok is just immature and will suddenly become ok.
Kalindi's reaction was more normal. She was the only one worried after that ultimatum from Anjali. Then she was furious at learning the truth and was supporting Astha. But her first instinct was to call Anjali to verbally lash at her for Shlokie. I will give her behavior a pass for today though ego was at display, because any strong mother would be outraged to know that somebody played with her daughter's emotions. I am actually looking forward to her battles with Shlok and Anjali as she is the only one who would be resisting sending Astha to Agnihotris. I want her to give hell to Shlok and so as of now I am rooting for Kalindi.No, you are right, i found kalindi to be admirable today.
Finally, Shlokie the kameena egoistic kid...Coming up