Posted: 20 May 2008 at 1:05pm | IP Logged
"Haan, aur jab Rajveer sir wahan par the, tabhi usse yakeen ho gaya tha ki usse Naina se pyaar ho gaya hai, par majboor hokar woh Naina se door rahe… Ali, Pooja, Huda aur baaki saare cadets Naina se door hi rehte the…"
"Aur?" Sherry asked.
"Apun, Neelu aur Yudi Naina ke saath the… apun ko pata tha ki yeh sab uss mogambo ne karwaya tha…apun ne Naina ka saath nahi choda…" Aalekh said.
They continue talking for a while longer until the topic reached Rajveer's accident and Naina's reaction to what had happened.
"Jab Rajveer sir ka accident hua tha, Naina ko bahut bada shock lag gaya tha…" Ali began to say, "woh toh bilkul badal gayi thi… hamesha dukhi rehti thi, kisi se baat nahi karti thi… Aalekh se bhi nahi… aur in do saalon mein usne bahut kuch saha tha… unki maa chhe mahine pehle guzar gayi aur uske baba ne phir se shaadi kar li…"
"What? Naina ke dad ne dusri shaadi kar li?" Sherry said.
"Haan Sherry. Aur Naina ki step-mom ne hi Naina ki shaadi fix ki thi… yeh toh accha hua ki Navin sir waapise aake Naina ki shaadi rok liya…" Neelu said.
"Oh… wow, I didn't know all this."
They sat like this for some time, just talking about the old days in KMA, when they used to fool around and play pranks all the time, until Aalekh's cell started ringing.
In the car where Navin, Sameera, Yudi and Huda were in, the three youngsters seemed to have relaxed a bit and were now less awkward while talking to Navin, who being Naina's brother and 5 years older wasn't that strict or serious.
In fact, at the moment, as they headed for Barmer, he was discussing the latest gadgets and new technology with Yudi. Sameera and Huda were talking amongst each other. Soon Yudi spoke up.
"I was wondering ki kya hum Barmer pahunchne se pehle kahin par rukh ke khana kha sakte hai?"
"Haan sir, mujhe bhi bhook lagi hai; flight ka khana itna accha nahi tha; aur abhi toh do baje hai…" Huda added.
"Theek hai, we'll stop somewhere and eat. Main yahan pehle bhi aaya hoon, Abhi ke saath, aur jahan tak mujhe yaad hai, there should be a restaurant here somewhere. Main baaki sab ko phone karta hoon aur hum ek ghante ke liye rest kar sakte hai…"
"Fine sir." Sameera said
Navin called up Rajveer, Aalekh and Abhimanyu and told them that they would be stopping for a lunch break at the restaraunt which was near where they all had reached so far. Within the next 5 minutes, all the five cars stopped outside the restaurant and the drivers stepped out and opened the doors to each car.
Everyone got out of the car and went straight inside the restaurant as they were quite famished. As they were waiting for their food to come, some of them were eager to know how much further they had to go before they reached Barmer, as they were getting exhausted as well.
"Abhi… Barmer tak pahunchne mein humein aur kitna waqt lagega?" Rajveer asked.
"Bahut door nahi hai; sirf aadha ghanta aur… phir hum log Barmer pahunch jaayenge…" Abhimanyu replied.
"Theek hai, toh mahal mein pahunchne ke baad humaara plan kya hoga?"
"Aaj kuch nahi karenge… thode der ke liye rest karenge, uske baad hum aap sabko mahal dikhayenge aur agar aap mein se koi chahe toh mahal ke bahar jaa sakte hai… kal se hum Barmer ghoomenge, shaadi ki taiyyari shuru hogi… aur kapde bhi toh kharidne hai…"
"Lo, khana bhi aa gaya hai…ab jaldi se kha ke, idhar udhar ghoomke hum sab ko Barmer pahunchna hoga…" Navin said excitedly.
"Aisa kyun bhaai? Aap itne bechain kyun hai?" Naina asked.
"Kyunki mujhe sona hai, chuhiya… bahut thak gaya hoon aur aaram ki zaroorat hai; isliye jaldi khao…"
"Okay, main kha rahi hoon…" Naina said.