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Next day, dawned nice and bright for late November morning!
With it came the arrival of Maan's Preeti Mausi or Savitri Devi's elder sister, Mrs. Manpreet Chadda or Preeti Mausi. Although Preeti Mausi seemed very strict and eccentric woman but with heart of gold! Preeti Mausi was old fashioned typical Punjabi lady, wearing a salwaar-kurta with head covered with a white dupatta.
But was full of life, fun and laughter. She came and told Savitri Devi,"Savitri, mennu apni bahu nu mila. Maine sunna hai ki woh ek Rajkumari hai?" (Savitri, I want to meet your daughter-in-law? I heard that she is a Princess?)
"Aaho Didi! Magar Didi aaj shaam ko shaadi hai toh woh yahaan nahi aa sakti aapko hi Rajmahal chalna hoga." (Yes Didi! But as the wedding is tonight, she can't come here, we will have to go to the Palace.)
"Toh der kiss baat ki. Chal abhi chal." (So why are we waiting? Lets go!)
"Tussi Maan aur Vicky se toh pehle mil lo." (Why don't you meet Maan and Vicky first?)
"Mere rukhne ka fayada Maan toh abhi apna "ooh-aah"(referring to Tai-chi) kar raha hoga aur Vicky abhi tak palang todh raha hoga." (Even if I wait Maan will be doing his "ooh-aah" and Vicky will be still sleeping!)
"Toh Ranjit se mil lo?" (Why don't you meet Ranjit?)
"Woh abhi morning walk ke liye gaya hoga. Kyun tu mennu apni bahu nahi dekhana chahandi?" (He must have gone for his morning walk. Why don't you want to introduce me to your daughter-in-law?)
"Mai bass yeh keh rahi see ki aap inna lamba safar karke aaye ho thak gaye hoge. Thoda sa aaram karlo. Magar agar aap chalna chahte ho toh chalo! Mennu ki?"(I was only saying that you rest as you have come after a long journey. But if you want to meet her right now, lets go!)
Savitri Devi along with her elder sister left for Vallabhgarh Rajmahal.
Manpreet was highly impressed seeing the granduer and elegance of the Palace. As Savitri Devi is Rajkumari's grandmother-in-law she was immediately guided inside by gaurds with immense respect, impressing Preeti Mausi further. Savitri Devi had already informed Rajmata so Swarnanjali had made sure that Geet was ready to welcome Savitri Deviji's guest in proper attire. They were taken to the informal living room where all the royal ladies i.e. Rajmata, Maharani, Padmini, Priyamvada along with Geet and children were present.
Geet was busy with Armaan as he was being cranky and refused to let Geet go, so her back was facing Savitri Devi and Manpreet. Manpreet saw a girl with head covered bent over a small 11 month old cranky boy and three other children of same age but they were two girls and one boy. Finally, Armaan relaxed and Geet turned and there was synchronised reaction from Preeti Mausi and Geet,
"Geet, tu?" (Geet, you?)
"Mausiji, aap yahaan?" (Mausiji, you?)
Both Manpreet and Geet ran towards one another, hugged each other and started crying. Seeing their mother crying the quadruplets become restless and unnerved, hence started wimpering. Samaan who was always a mature for his age and never ever cried even when hungry as he was exact Maan's replica started crying full throat seeing his mother cry. Breaking Rajmata, Savitri Devi, Maharani Sumitra, Padmini and Priyamvada shocked trance who were stunned seeing Preeti Mausi and Geet's"Bharath-milaap". Geet ran to Sam and took him in her arms and ordered Veer as he had come hearing the commotion, "Veer Bhai-sa, inhein jaldi se jald Rajmahal bulaiye!" (Veer bhai-sa, please call Maan immediately!)
"Gudiya, HALDI KE BAAD AAP DONO NAHI MIL SAKTE!" (Gudiya, you both can't meet as your haldi ceremony has been done!) Maharani Sumitra adviced.
The cries & wimpers had by now turned to howling and the volume was increasing minute by minute as now Armaan, Maanvi and Maansi also joined in, and no one was able to pacify them as all the four children wanted Geet at same time.
"Mami-sa, yadi aap chahti hain ki yeh vivaah aaj saayein kaal ho toh inhein sheegr bulaiye!" (Aunt, if you want this marriage to happen tonight, please call Maan as soon as possible!)
"Sumitra, aap bhool rahi hain ki yeh Var-Vadhu baad mein hain, maata-pitah pehle. Udayveer, sheeghr "Jawai-sa" ko bulaiye!" (Sumitra, you are forgetting that they are first parents and then bride and bride groom. Udayveer call Maan immediately!)
Ten minutes later, Maan came running still in his workout outfit and in half an hour everything quitened down. Children were fed and had gone to sleep exhausted after 30 mins. of intense crying. All adults now sat in the Choti beithak with their cups of tea and coffee. Maan also took a cup of his black coffee as now in Palace everyone knew about Maan's urge for black coffee. But Before Maan could take a sip he was ordered by Preeti Mausi to go back to the Haveli. Meanwhile, Geet was busy in instructing the maids about children's needs for tonight. Preeti Mausi said, "Maan , abb tum Haveli jaao! Geet se shaam ko dhang se tyaar hokar milna naa ki baniyan aur pajame (Manpreet refferring to Maan's workout clothes) mein!" Bringing smirk and snigger by all present. Embarassed and frustrated Maan left but calmed at the thought of soon their coming together forever.Manpreet was told full Maan and Geet's story. She was introduced to Samaan, Armaan, Maanvi and Maansi as Maan and Geet's children. Preeti Mausi told about how Geet and Manpreet knew one another as Geet had stayed with Manpreet as a PG after the burning down of her cottage, when Pinky had gone for a family wedding. On Pinky's return also she continued to stay at Manpreet's place till Geet started working. That's how they both knew each other so well.
Evening came, Geet was dressed and looked like a true Princess bride.
Rajmata, Sumitra and Chitralekha had tears of joy in their eyes seeing their daughter ready to enter her new life and home with her husband and children. Geet also got emotional as today could in true sense have the feeling of leaving her "maika" as she had finally in past six months experienced what a true maika feels like. Just then Maharaj and KB came in her room, they felt a sense of pride seeing Geet dressed in a Royal fashion extruding shyness, grace, dignity and elegance of a true Princess!
The both grown up and strong men had tears in their eyes. Tears of joy at the thought of their daughter entering her new life and home. Tears of sadness at the thought of handing their most priceless possession to Maan in form of "Kanyadaan"! Geet's leaving them and their having to relinquish their sense of beautiful responsibility and their right on her to her husband."Beta, sadaa khush rehna. Kabhi bhi koi pareshaani ho hummei yaad karna!" (Always remain happy my child! Please call us if you ever have any problem?) Maharaj said breaking down.
"Geetu, tumhei pareshaani ho nahi sakti aur agar hui toh mai uss Maan Singh Khurana ko Court kheench kar le jaaonga!" (Geetu, you should have no problem and incase you do, I'll drag that Maan Singh Khurana to Court!)
"Yeh aap kya keh rahe hain? Beti ko aashirwaad dijiye ki "uska shaadi-shuda jeevan sakushaal ho", yeh kehne ke bajaaye aap usse court kacheri ki baat kar rahe hain! Kuch der ke liye apni wakaalat chodiye!" (What are you saying? Instead of blessing your daughter with a happy and prosperous married life, you are talking about court and legal proceedings? At least for sometime forget your job.) Chitralekha reprimanded KB. Geet ran and hugged both her parents and was extremely amused seeing their cute fight and then she hugged her Mama-sa. When she saw Mr. Mohinderlal Handa at her room's doorway making her shocked and then her body stiffening. Seeing her stiffen, Maharaj broke the hug and turned to see who annoyed his Gudiya?
Seeing a middle aged man on doorway everyone was surprised and before they could question, he himself said, "Mai Geet ka naajaayaz baap hoon!" (I'm Geet's illegitimate father!)
"Aap Rajeshwari ke pati hain?" (You are Rajeshwari's husband?) Rajmata asked with happiness and excitement.
"Nani-sa, yeh humari Maa-sa ke pati the abb yeh Mrs. Paminder Singh Handa ke pati hain! Haan inhone hummei janam diya hai." (He is not mother's husband but he is Mrs. Paminder Singh Handa's husband. Yes he is my biological father.) Geet said with bitter undertone.
"Geetu, Pammi abb iss duniya mei nahi rahi!" (Geetu, Pammi is no longer alive!) KB informed.
"Mr. Handa, aapki patni ke baare mei sunn kar hummei dukh hua." (Mr. Handa, I'm sorry hear about your wife's demise.)
"Rajmata, Rajmata, baraat Rajmahal ke bahaari dwaar par aa gayi hai!" Lalitha came running. (Queen Mother, Queen Mother, the bridegroom's side (baraat) has come!)
Hearing about baraat the whole Royal family left hurriedly leaving Mohinder with Geet.
"Geet beta, mujhe maaf kar do. Meri ek galati ki sazaa hum dono ko mili hai. Magar sabse zyaada tumhei. Kumse kam abb Rajeshwari ki atmaa ko shaanti milegi ki uski Gudiya apne Nanihaal paunch gayi hai, jo uska haq hai! Gudiya apne Papa ko maaf karde beta, abb toh tu khud ek Maa hai aur maa-baap ka pyaar aur majbooriyaan samjhati hai!" (Geet, my child please forgive me. My one wrong decision gave us both so much pain. But you suffered the most. Now Rajeshwari's soul will be at peace that her Gudiya is in her maternal home where she rightfully belongs! Gudiya, please forgive me as you are a mother yourself and understand parent's responsibilities and dilema!)
"Haan samjhate hain. Kintu aap yeh samajh nahi paaye kyunki aap pyaar aur vasana mein itne andhe ho gaye hi patni ke pyaar ke samaksh ek pitah haar gaya!" (Yes I understand. But you couldn't understand. As you were blinded by your love and lust as a husband and then lover. Hence a father lost to a lover & a husband.)
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