Posted: 07 June 2007 at 8:51am
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Hi everyone. I had written this story a while back. It is a short story based on the movie "Vivah" but adapted to KYPH characters. Here, the guy falls in love with the girl's sister instead of the girl who his parents have selected for him. I hope u all like it
This story is a story based on two of our favorite families: the Sharma's and the Khanna's
THE SHARMA FAMILY:
Suryabhan Sharma and Gayatri are a middle class couple who live in suburbs of Mumbai. Suryabhan is a manager in a local garments factory and Gayatri is a homemaker. They have one daughter, Mishti Sharma and also have a niece, Kripa, who lives with them since she was 5 years old. Kripa was Gayatri's sister's daughter but came to live with her mausi and mausa after her parent's tragic death. Mishti is now 24 years old and Kripa is 21. They have grown up as sisters but have totally different personalities. Mishti is a "go-getter", she has always excelled in whatever she does. She was always an "A+" student, studied in the most prestigious boarding school of India and is now working at a Multinational company in a managing role. She is on fast track to becoming a senior member of her team. She is a hard worker and a "perfectionist". She is very elegant and a charming person. The word "impossible" or "defeat" does not exist in her dictionary. She can do anything to achieve her goals…….anything!!
Kripa is a sweet little petite girl, who has never met a stranger in her life. She is very chirpy, helpful and always has a smile on her face. She can be a little dreamy; she thinks and acts with her heart most of the time. She is closest to her mausi and shares her inner most thoughts with her. She is in awe of Mishti and her achievements and will do anything to please her sister. Mishti is aware of this fact and can take Kripa for granted at times. Suryabhan is overtly biased towards his brilliant daughter. Kripa, who has an inclination towards the fine arts like singing and writing, does not meet Suryabhan's approval of a successful person. Kripa has tried her best to please him but he has at best remained an uncle to her rather than a father figure.
THE KHANNA FAMILY
The Khanna's are well off with Dilip Khanna being a successful industrialist. He has two sons, Nishant, 28 years old, the older one who is married to Kanan and Angad, 25 years old, the younger son. Nishant is just like his dad- very straightforward and honest person. They are both dedicated to their family business but are very open minded people. They are aware of their status but have respect for everyone, rich or poor. Angad, who has just returned from the US after completing his MBA from a top-notch program, is all set to join the business. He used to live a flamboyant life style till he found his niche as a business student. In high school and college, he was always surrounded by girls but recently has sobered quite a bit. Dilip Khanna was very pleased to see this change in his son and said to his wife, Naina " Lagta hai ab Angad ke liye bhi ladki dekh kete hain….he looks ready to settle down now"
"Pehle ussey tho poonch lo….kahin koyi ladki ho uski nazar mein…" she said
"You are right Naina…..you are always right…" he smiled and went to Angad's room.
Angad was busy with his laptop trying to catch up with some work. Angad had recently been hired by a prestigious consulting firm in Mumbai and he wanted to do his best at his new job. He would join the family business after 2-3 years of "real world experience"
"Angad…beta….hum soch rahey the…ki tumhari shaadi karwa dein…" Dilip sat down on Angad's bed
"Hmm…hmm…kya kaha aapney" Angad was busy crunching some numbers on his spreadsheet.
"Well…beta…if you have any girlfriends….tho bataa do…warna ek achcha rishta aaya hai…" Dilip was direct and did not waste anytime.
Angad stopped what he was doing, " Dad…jaisa aap theek samjhey….maine ab ladkiyon ko date karna chhod diya hai….koyi dhang ki ladki nahin milti….may be arranged marriage is the way to go…just like bhaiyya and you…" Angad smiled and resumed his work.
Mishti and Kripa are going over several bio-datas and photographs of several prospective grooms.
"Hmm…Kripa…yeh dekho…Naa….too chiknaa!…" Mishti showed a photo to Kripa and they both started laughing.
"Didi…yeh dekho…." Kripa handed her a biodata and a photograph
"Hmm…dekhney mein tho theek thaak hai…parr qualification…zero….mujhsey kabhi zyaada nahin kamaa paayega….and you know…I need someone I can look upto…." Mishti rejected another one.
"Didi….shaadi ussi sey karni chahiye jissey aap apna dil de baithe…..dimaag sey tho aur kaam hothe hain…" Kripa said as she was surveying the different photos.
"Kripa…..main tumhari tarah nahin hoon…..I use my brain and logic in every decision I make……" Mishti replied.
'KRIPA!!" Gayatri called for Kripa to help her in the kitchen. Kripa was always willing to help out with chores at home. Mishti always had an excuse- earlier it used to be studies and now work. Suryabhan discouraged Mishti from "wasting" her time in household chores, "naukar kiss liye hain….meri beti tho jahan jaayegi raaj karegi…."
Mishti liked the next "proposal"- it was Angad Khanna's- " dekhney mein bhi achcha hai…aur A1 qualifications….looks like CEO material….I think he will be a suitable groom…."
Mishti informed her parents and the Sharma's and Khanna's decided to set up a meeting at the Sharma's for the boy and girl to meet. Kripa had not seen the photo and was unaware of the boy's name too.
Next day, everyone at the Sharma's residence was ready to welcome the Khanna's. They were aware of the Khanna's stature in society and they made sure they went out of their way to do "khatirdaari".
Kripa was ready in a pretty pink churidaar and hanging out in the balcony to get a glimpse of her future "jijajee". She spotted a little bird in their front yard-she looked like she was injured and trying her best to fly. Kripa, tender hearted that she was, went downstairs to the bird's rescue. She picked up the injured bird with both her hands and walked towards the house, holding and talking gently to the bird. She did not notice that the Khanna's- Dilip, Naina, Nishant, Kanan and Angad were also approaching the house. She kept walking and accidently bumped into a tall figure……they both bumped hard into each other as the tall 6 foot figure, Angad was also not aware of her coming in…..Angad fell down with Kripa on top of him; the bird slipped out of her hand…..their eyes met and they were locked in that position for a few minutes till Nishant rescued the bird and helped Kripa get up on her feet. Kripa felt embarrassed and did not realize what had happened. She ran inside the house while her mausi and mausa ji welcomed their guests. Kripa shut the door to her room and ran the events of the past 10 minutes in her mind… "wo kaun tha…..Angad Khanna???…..I don't believe it…" her face turned red as she remembered her school days…..specially that one special moment ……she could never forget that one moment which changed her life forever…..
…to be continued..
Edited by bheegi - 18 June 2007 at 5:55am
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