Nandini was weeping silently.
Aarav-Khushi couldn't see Nandini crying like that.
They both lifted Nandini's veil and asked very innocently-
Mumma ap ro kyu rahe ho. Please mat ro.
Saying this the kids wiped her tears.
Nandini smiled seeing the kids innocence.
Nandini - Nahi babies mai nahi ro rahi hu.
Aarav-Khushi became happy seeing Nandini's smile.
They turned towards Manik and said proudly - Dadoo dekho humne Mumma ko chup kara diya. Ab wo nahi ro rahi hai.
Manik - Good job my babies.
Aarav-Khushi smiled from ear to ear.
They were constantly jumping and playing on Nandini's lap.
Manik saw this and said-Aarav-Khushi yahan aao Dadoo ke paas .
Aarav-Khushi without any questions went to Manik and sat on his lap .
Manik to Nandini - Nandini r u Ok?
Nandini simply nodded her head in a yes.
Manik gave a look at Nandini's hands which were adorned by Mehndi and his name written on her hands.
Then he looked at the chura(bangles).
Manik wanted to touch the bangles and play with them.
But controlled himself as he didn't want Nandini to get uncomfortable.
They reached home.
Manik and Nandini got out of the car and reached the door where Nyonika was already waiting with a thali for Aarti in her hands for the grihapravesh.
Nyonika did the Aarti and then asked Nandini to knock down the metal pot full of rice with her right foot.
Nandini did as said.
The kids were very excited seeing all these rituals.
They were jumping in joy.
Then Nyonika made Nandini step into a plate of vermillion mixed with water and then walk to the prayer room.
Both Manik and Nandini bowed before the portrait of God and prayed.
Nyonika to Aarav-Khushi -
Bachcho aap logo ko games pasand hai na.
Aarav-Khushi - Yesss...
Nyonika - Toh get ready hum Ab games khelenge.
Aarav-Khushi - What game Dadi?
Nyonika - Ye milk ka vessel dekh rahe ho na.
Isme mai ek ring dalungi. Aur Manik Nandini me se jise wo ring Pehle milegi wo game jeet jayega. Hai na mazedar game.
Aarav-Khushi in excitement - Haan...
Manik to Nyonika - Mom Ab is sab ki kya zarurat thi.
Nyonika - Tu chup kar. Zarurat thi is sab ki. Nandini ki friends bata rahi thi ke Nandini ko ye sab bahut pasand hai.
Manik - Ok. Fine.
Cabir - Aur bahut si baatein batayi unhone Nandini ki pasand napasand ke baare me. Agar tujhe jaan na hai to contact the one and only CABIR.
Manik glared at him and hit him playfully .
Cabir and Nyonika laughed.
Manik - Mom aap bhi...
Saying this he made a pout.
Nyonika - Abhi bhi bilkul bada nahi hua. Bachpana gaya nahi tera. Ab chale Nandini wait kar rahi hai.
Aarav-Khushi - Dadi game start karo na.
Nyonika said Ok and put the ring in the milk and asked Manik and Nandini to search the ring.
Both of them started searching the ring.
Aarav was supporting Manik and Khushi was supporting Nandini.
Nandini was excited and was enjoying the game as she had always wanted such kind of wedding.
After a few seconds Manik got the ring but he left the ring and pretended as if he is still searching.
Then Nandini found the ring and said in excitement- Mujhe milgayi ring.
Khushi clapped the loudest and said- Yeahhh... Mumma jeet gayi.
She showed her tongue to Aarav who made an angry pout.
Nandini realised what she did and lowered her head.
Manik was happy that Nandini was smiling genuinely even if it was just for a game.
Manik to himself -
Nandini ye game Kuch nahi hai. Mai tumhari ek smile ke liye kuch bhi karsakta hu.
Kisi bhi hadh tak jasakta hu mai tumhari Khushi ke liye.
Your smile is the most precious thing for me in the whole world.
Aise hi haste muskurate rehna hamesha.
Bhale hi tumne yeh shadi majboori me ki ho but I will make sure that you won't regret this decision.
His thoughts were broken by Aarav-Khushi.
Aarav-Khushi - Dadi aur games khelni hai.
Nyonika - Haan Bachcho aur bhi games hai.
Aarav-Khushi- Kya hai game.
Navya- Abhi Manik ko Nandini ke hath me apna naam dhoondhna hoga.
Nyonika- But Navya Manik ne to already apna naam dekh liya Nandini ke hath me.
Navya - Oh to ye game cancel.
Nyonika - Koi baat nahi aur ek game baaki hai.
Aarav-Khushi - Kaunsi game.
Nyonika - Unknotting the string.
Manik aur Nandini ko hum log ek knotted string denge.
Un knots ko unhe kam se kam time me kholna hoga.
Jitne kam time me aur jitni aasani se ye knot kholenge utni ache se unki aage ki life beetegi.
Nyonika continued further -
But the only rule of this game is you have to use only one hand.
So Manik and Nandini, tum dono ready ho na.
Both of them nodded.
Nandini and Manik removed the knots in a very less time.
Aarav-Khushi - Yehhh... Mumma aur Dadoo dono jeet gaye.
Saying this they kissed Manik's and Nandini's cheeks.
Manik noticed that Nandini was looking tired as she was busy since the morning in Pia's wedding and now their wedding.
Manik said to Nyonika - Mom Ab hogaye na games. Nandini tired lag rahi hai. Toh I think she needs rest.
Nyonika - Ok Beta. Even you need rest.Mai Nandini ko room me lekar jati hu. Tum bhi jakar rest karo.
Manik - Ok Mom.
Nyonika took Nandini to Manik's room and made her sit on the bed.
Nyonika - Nandini tum rest karo. Aur Agar Kuch chahiye to mujhe bata dena.
Nandini nodded and Nyonika left from there.
Nandini looked around and saw the flower decorations.
Nandini got nervous seeing the setup.
She had Never expected that her life would take such a turn in a single day.
She was thinking of all this when the door opened and Manik entered and closed the door behind.
Manik looked at the decorations and thought to himself - Maine Mom aur Cabir se kaha tha ke don't decorate my room but wo log meri kaha sunte hai.
Nandini gulped her saliva and lowered her head.
Manik came and sat near her on the bed.
The whole setup and Manik's closeness was giving her goosebumps .
Manik - Nandini mujhe pata hai tum nervous ho. But don't worry I won't do anything that will make you feel uncomfortable.
Nandini - Mujhe aap Par pura trust hai.
Manik felt elated seeing Nandini's trust on him.
Manik - Tum thak gayi hogi. Take some rest.
Nandini - Ji.
Saying this Manik went to the washroom to change his clothes and Nandini was so tired that she fell asleep in sitting position.
Manik came out after freshening up.
He saw Nandini sleeping peacefully with a smile playing on her lips.
He came close to her and removed the strands of hair which were falling on her face and disturbing his view.
Manik caressed Nandini's cheek when suddenly there was a knock on the door.
Nandini woke up immediately with a jerk hearing the sound.
Manik - Relax mai dekhta hu.
He went and opened the door .
Aarav-Khushi were standing there with Nyonika.
Nyonika - Sorry Beta Maine bahut samjhaya inhe but ye log zid hi nahi chod rahe. Keh rahe hai ki Nandini ke sath sona hai.
Manik looked at Aarav-Khushi who were smiling back at him.
Manik - Mom it's Ok .Let them sleep here.
Nyonika - But Manik...
Manik - Mom I said na it's Ok.
Nyonika - Ok tumhari marzi. Meri to koi sunta hi nahi hai is ghar me.
Manik rolled his eyes and said- Momm please...
Nyonika - Ok fine jarahi hu mai.
Saying this she went away.
Manik took Aarav-Khushi inside and closed the door.
Aarav-Khushi ran to Nandini and sat beside her.
Nandini made them lie down.
Aarav-Khushi - Mumma bedtime story sunao na.
Manik - Aarav-Khushi Nandini ko trouble mat karo. Wo thak gayi hai. Sone do usey.
Aarav-Khushi - Nai... story sun ni hai abhi...
Manik in stern voice - Maine mana Kia na. Sojao Ab.
Aarav-Khushi held Nandini tightly seeing Manik's anger.
Nandini to Manik- It's Ok . I m fine. Mai inhe sulakar sojaungi.
Manik - R u sure?
Nandini - Yes.
Saying this she sat straight and kept Aarav-Khushi's head on her lap and started to tell them the bedtime story.
Aarav-Khushi - Dadoo aap bhi suna na story. Aapko bhi jaldi se neend aajayegi. Mumma bahut achi story sunati hai.
Saying this the kids held his hand and made him sit on the bed.
Nandini finished the story and saw that the kids have already fallen asleep.
She adjusted pillows under their heads and lied down beside them.
Manik tried to get up from the bed but he realized that Aarav had held his hand tightly.
He tried to free his hand when Nandini said- Rehne dijiye . Warna wo jaag jayega.
Manik sat down.
Nandini fell asleep after sometime.
Manik rested his head on the headboard and kept staring at Nandini till sleep overtook him.
Done with another update.
I am not aware of the Hindu rituals of marriage.
So I researched a bit and am including it in my update.
If there are any flaws please let me know.
I hope you guys like it.
Bahut mehnat lagi yaar research karne me.
Please give your dher saare comments.