Everyone finished the breakfast and were sitting in the hall. Nandini was looking after the guests.
Manik was looking at Nandini when someone came and sat beside him.
Person- Beautiful. Isn't she?
Manik - Very beautiful.
Person - To bolde Jake...
Manik - What???
Manik turned to see Cabir sitting beside him with a smirk on his face.
Manik - Cabir tu yahan?
Cabir- Kyu . Nai aasakta kya mai yahan. Waise tu ja raha hai ya mai jau.
Manik - Kahan...
Cabir - Nandini ko batane ki she is looking beautiful.
Manik - Pagal hogaya hai kya cabir. Kaisi baatein kar raha hai.
Cabir - Sahi baat keh raha hu.
Manik - Just forget it. Tujhse to baat karna hi bekaar hai.
Nyonika came to them and said- Kya hua bachcho kya baatein horahi hai.
Cabir - Aunty wo Manik hai na... wo...
Manik - Aahh... Mom aap aaiye mere sath mujhe Kuch baat karni hai aapse.
Nyonika - Ok Chalo.
Nyonika turned back and Cabir gave her a thumbs up signal that their plan is going in the right direction.
Aarav-Khushi were playing with Manav and the other kids of the guests.
The Mehndi ceremony started and Pia's friends were applying Mehndi to Pia.
Navya went to Aarav-Khushi and said- Bachcho yahan aao aap log. Dekho Pia Maasi ko Mehndi lagrahi hai.
Aarav-Khushi ran to Pia and started to observe the Mehndi being applied on Pia's hands and legs.
Aarav-Khushi to Navya - Chachi yeh Mehndi kyu lagate hai bride ko.
Navya- Mehndi lagana Acha shagun mana jata hai.
Isse pata chalta hai ki dulha dulhan ko kitna love karta hai.
Aarav-Khushi keenly listened to Navya's explanation.
When Pia had finished applying Mehndi, Aarav-Khushi took her hands and saw the Mehndi design.
In the design they saw Arjuns name.
Aarav-Khushi - Pia Maasi yeh kya hai.
Pia- Ye... ye apke Arjun uncle ka name hai.
Padma came and said- Chalo sabhi ladkiya Mehndi lagwalo.
All the girls sat down to apply Mehndi.
Nandini was still busy in attending the guests when Padma called her.
Padma - Nandu Beta tu bhi aaja Mehndi lagwale. Mai guests ko dekhti hu.
Nandini - Haan Amma aayi.
Nandini came and sat down .
The ladies started to apply Mehndi to Nandini.
Aarav-Khushi sat near Nandini and were observing and instructing the ladies to apply the best Mehndi pattern to Nandini.
The kids got busy in talking to the Mehndi walis and Nandini was talking to Pia .
Nandini didn't hear what the kids had said to the ladies.
When the Mehndi was done, Nandini without observing her hands got up and went to her room.
When Nandini was about to see her Mehndi,the lights went off.
Nandini had forgotten her mobile in the kitchen.
She came out of her room and was trying to get down the stairs when she bumped into someone.
The person opened the torchlight of his phone and saw Nandini in dim light .
Nandini in the light saw that it was Manik.
Nandini - Jiju.. Acha hua aap upar hi the. Mujhe to bahut dar lagraha tha.
Manik didn't say anything. He was lost in Nandini's eyes.
He came out of the trance when Nandini tapped his shoulder.
Nandini - Jiju Kahan kho gaye aap. Neeche chale.
Manik - H...Haan. Chalo.
Both of them climbed down the stairs with the help of torchlight of the phone.
All the younger generation had gathered in the garden area and were sitting on the grass across the fire lit.
The kids were playing in the garden.
The elders sat at far end of the garden busy in their talks.
Cabir saw Manik and Nandini coming out of the house and said- Manik Nandini kaha reh gaye the tum log. Jaldi aao yaha pe. Bahut maza aaraha hai.
Manik went and sat beside Cabir.
Nandini went and sat beside Pia.
Manik and Nandini were sitting exactly opposite to each other.
Cabir - So guys. Ab jab tak light wapas nahi aati lets do something interesting.
Arjun- But what?
Navya - Hum bataye?
Navya - Antakshari khelte hai. Maza aayega.
Cabir- No yaar. Not again. Tum thakti nahi ho kya Antakshari khelte khelte.
Navya made a face and said- To rum hi batao.
Cabir- Let's play spin the bottle. Jis kisike ore bottle rukegi use hum Jo bhi sawal puchenge sach sach batana hoga. Ok guys...
Cabir- So let's start.
Cabir spinned the bottle.
It stopped at Arjun.
Pia- Mai puchungi Arjun se question.
Arjun- Ok shoot.
Pia- So mujhse milne se Pehle kya tumhari life me koi aur ladki thi jiska mujhe pata nahi hai.
Arjun made a serious face- Haan I liked someone before you.
Pia got angry hearing this.
Arjun -Pia wo actually mai Tumhe batane hi wala tha. But...
Pia- But... kab batane wale the . Shadi ke baad...
Pia had tears in her eyes.
Arjun on seeing this started to laugh and said- Arey Pia mai to mazak kar raha tha. Meri life me tum hi pehli aur aakhri ladki ho. I swear.
Arjun- Haan Baba. Sach.
Arjun came and hugged Pia and Pia hid her face with her hands.
Cabir - Aawww... How cute. Kitna pyar karte hai dono ek dusre se.
Navya spinned the bottle and it stopped at Cabir.
Navya- To batao cabir tum humse kitna pyaar karte ho.
Cabir to himself - Gayi bhains paani me. Ye drama company ko yahi sawal puchna tha abhi.
Navya - Kya khusr pusr kar rahe ho. Zor se bolo.
Cabir - Navya mai tumse itna pyar karta hu kitna pyaar tum apne makeup kit se karti ho.
Navya gritted her teeth and said in whispers to cabir- Aana tum ghar pe batati hu tumhe. Do din ghar ka khana nahi milega na tab pata chalega tumhe.
Cabir - Arey Par Maine kya kiya . Maine toh sach bola na.
Arjun- Ok Ok guys stop fighting. Let's continue with the game.
Arjun spinned the bottle and it stopped at Nandini.
Cabir - So Nandini tell me tumhe kaisa life partner chahiye. I mean what are the qualities you would like to see in him.
Manik who was all this while not paying attention to the game looked at Nandini to hear what she would reply to Cabir's question.
Navya- Nandini take your time.
Sochke batao. Koi jaldi nahi hai
Nandini - Nai Navya di. I am crystal clear about the qualities I would like to have in my life partner.
Navya- Not bad. To batao.
Nandini - He should be honest , loyal, caring, understanding,loving , affectionate, humble.
He should respect elders.
His top priority should be his family eventhough it means to sacrifice his own wishes.
Cabir - Impressive.
Cabir whispered in Manik's ears -
Yaar Manik ye uske life partner ki qualities bata rahi thi ya tere qualities.
All these qualities fit you perfectly.
Manik - Cabirrr. Chup kar yaar.
Though Manik had silenced Cabir but his heart filled with joy hearing Nandini.
He thought to himself - Does she like me as I do?
Till then the light had come and Padma asked everyone to come inside the house.
Everyone went inside except Nandini.
Manik saw this and came to her and asked - Kya hua Nandini, tum andar kyu nahi chal rahi.
Nandini - Jiju wo mera hairclip open hogaya hai.
Saying this she tried to tie her hair with the clip but couldn't as her hands had Mehndi which was still a bit wet.
Manik - Mai bandh deta hu.
Nandini - Ok.
She turned her back to him and gave him the clip.
Manik took Nandini's hair in his hand and smelled her hair. It had a fruity smell. He closed his eyes to observe the fragrance when Nandini said- Jiju jaldi karo na.
Manik came out of the trance and said- Haan it's done.
He tied her hair with the clip and left her hair immediately.
Nandini - Thanks Jiju.
Saying this she ran away inside the house .
Manik ruffled his hair and said helplessly - God Nandini... You are driving me crazy girl. It's getting very difficult for me to stay away from you. What do I do. I have no control over my heart. But I have to do this at any cost. I can't let my feelings overpower my family's happiness and most importantly your happiness.
Saying this he again hid his feelings and went inside to join others.
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