Posted: 17 November 2004 at 4:39pm | IP Logged
Everyone is sobbing as they sit around a picture of Avinash. Prem
arrives on the scene and sits next to Rakesh. Rimjhim comes and
everyones heads turn toward her in shock as she is all dressed in
white. Rakesh, Prem and the others are all visibly upset and crying as
they see her like this. She comes and sits down. Prem puts his head in
his hands. Rimjhim sits there pale faced.
Babuji has been sitting on his bed on the same position since
yesterday. Iravati tells him to say something! shout or something!
Iravati apologizes for not telling him earlier because she was trying
to protect him. Iravati goes away as Babuji doesnt speak to her.
Iravati returns to the main room and tells them that Babuji has
frozen and isnt even speaking. Bua says that this is not good as he
must remain strong. Rimjhim listens to this and decides to do something
(why am i not surprised).
Babuji sits on his bed depressed (facing away from the door).
Rimjhim comes in and goes to the wardrobe and takes out Babuji's suit.
She takes it to him and puts it in front of him but he doesnt move.
Rimjhim is standing behind him and she says ''come on, you must stay
strong, you cant break down like this..i'm going through alot of pain
too you know!..i had to pretend to be a married woman when i knew i was
a widow..all to make you happy!''. Babuji gets up. Rimjhim recites to
him what he once said about Pratik's death, she says ''Life goes on,
the soul never dies or is ever born, it moves from one body to the
next..these are the words you spoke when Pratik died, so why arnt you
saying them now''. Babuji feels his own words bite him, he turns around
to speak to her when he sees her in the white clothes and he gets a
shock. He breaks down and sobs like mad, Rimjhim and he sob together.
Maharaj sits crying, Khan comes along and sits down next to him to
try and calm him down but Khan is also crying alot. Khan asks him about
the cooking, Maharaj says he probably wont cook today. Rimjhim comes
along and they both get up, she tells Maharaj that he must cook. He
says ''but the news of Avinashs death..''. Rimjhim says that Babuji and
Iravati arnt keeping well and they need their medicines to keep their
health in check so food would go well with it. Khan wonders if anyone
will actually eat though.
Everyone is still sitting around on the white floor surrounding
Avinashs flower garlanded picture. Babuji comes out with his black suit
on. Everyones alittle shaken to see him finally. Babuji says he is sad
that he didnt get to perform Avinashs last rites. Babuji goes to Prem
and touches his face in affection. Then Babuji says he wants to have a
'''santi partt'' for Avinash so that his soul may rest in peace. He
asks to have the arrangements made.
Everyone sits around Avinashs picture, Babuji sits there in his
suit (as he has to go to work as well). There is a brahman there doing
the ritual, saying a mantra in sanskrit. Megha is sitting on Bua's lap
and Rimjhim is sitting beside Bua. The 'santi partt' is underway and
everyone (including all the relatives) are quiet. After a while Megha
asks Bua whats going on. Bua tells her that since Daddy has gone to
heaven they are doing a santi havan to allow his soul to rest in peace.
Megha asks why they arent doing the same for her mother Malini. She
asks why Malini's photo isnt up there alongside Avinash. Babuji and
gang look at her speechlessly. Megha tells everyone that no one is even
bothering to remember her mother!! Megha runs off in anger. Rimjhim
sits there looking upset
Durga comes into the santi havan doing some serious fake crying...