Posted: 04 October 2011 at 3:15pm | IP Logged
hello my dearie friends, i hope you all are super fine. i am back here, after making you all wait for God knows how long. Like always, hostel is the only excuse, and to all those who wished me luck for my exams, i am really grateful. Exams went well, hopefully the result shall also be good.
anyways, coming to the part, this is like a tiny winy si update, and perhaps not upto the usual expectations, and standards, but i have a little surprise for you all, that shall hopefully make you happy. so please dont forget to read the important notes at the end.
like always, becoz of lack of time, i havent replied to any of you, bt i still heartily thank all you people, for pressing the like tab, and spending time to comment, and my heartiest appologies, for making you people wait so much, really sorry.
Part 5 (AR)
Riddhima's range-rover stopped in front of the Mallik Mansion. She took out her cell-phone and dialed Anjali's number,
"Hey Anjali! I'm right outside you're house. Come soon nahi to late ho jayenge"
"Kya? Tum aa bhi agyi, abhi to mujhe 20 minutes lagenge. Ek kaam karo tum andar aake wait karlo"
"No! Its ok, tum ready hoke aa jao"
"And be quick, please. You know i hate to be late"
As Riddhima put down the phone, Anjali sighs,
"Shit! Ye to baahar hie wait karegi, ab mom is se kaise milengi. Haan! Idea!"
Two minutes later, a man knocks at Riddhima's window.
"Mam, Anjali bitiya ke orders hain ki aapko andar lobby mein bitha doon, nahi to wo mujhe naukri se nikaal dengi. Please meri madad kijiye, andar chaliye, please, please, main aapke haath jod raha hoon, please chaliye"
"Achha theek hai, aap bas kijiye. Main chalti hoon, chaliye"
Riddhima was led inside by the servant, and as soon as she entered the house, her cell rang off.
"Hello, haan Amit, bolo kya hua?"
Ananya Mallik descended the stairs, only to find a figure walking in the lobby. It was a girl, walking here and there, busy talking on her phone. Ananya followed her, and the girl stopped walking, to talk.
"What? Why do i need to sign them again, when I've already signed them. Amit, those papers are really important, if you dont submit them today, Mr Mallik wont get a bail until monday, since its already friday today, and you need to buck up. I am going to the hawan. Freaks! I guess I should come up and sign them... I know main hawan pe late ho jaoongi, aunty mujhe kachcha chaba jayengi, but hopefully i will survive. Kya? Bolo! ... Hmm, tumhe hawan pe aane mein kam time lagega. I guess its a better idea. Ok, main tumse wahi milti hoon. Ok, then..."
Saying this, she turned immediately, only to bump into Ananya.
"Am so so so sorry... I didnt mean to... matlab aap ek dum... nai matlab main phone pe... aur fir mudi... and aap bhi yehi... freaks... am really sorry"
Ananya held Riddhima by her shoulders and tried to calm her down.
"Beta, relax, aaraam se, its ok"
"But aapko lagi..."
"Areh! Chup! Ek dum shaant! (This immediately shut up Riddhima) Maine bola na kuch nai hua. Aao, baitho. Hmm, to tum ho, Riddhima, jis mein meri beti ki jaan basti hain"
"Ji! Anjali to bas..."
"Nahi! I can see ki Anjie kitni sahi hai. Tum ho hie itni pyaari. Tum to kisi ki bhi jaan ban sakti ho", saying this, she kissed her forehead lovingly. Riddhima felt overwhelmed by the love showered on her.
"Ji nai Aunty, ye to aapki aankhon ka pyaar hai, ki aap jise dekhoge wo pyaara lagega'
"Lekin ye bhi sach hai ki tumhari baaton se zaada oyaari tum khud ho"
"Mom! Aaj humein... oh am sorry. I didnt know aap busy hain. I'll talk to you later", Rahul had come in a hurry, and was about to go back, when his mother stopped him.
"Areh Rahul, ruko, yahaan aao, inse milo. Riddhima, Riddhima Malhotra"
Riddhima also got up to shake hands with him.
"To aap hie hain wo Riddhima jisne mere dono bhai-behen pe jadoo kar rakha hai", Rahul asked with a glint in his eyes.
"Ji? Matlab?", Riddhima asked with a confused look.
Matlab ye ki Anjie to pehle se hie aapki fan thi, but ab to Ammy bhi uski league mein shaamil ho chuka hai. He's so confident about winning the case, and sumthing tells me that he isnt wrong. I'm so glad that we've got you. Thanks a lot, really. Anyways, aap Muskaan se mili? Meri wife..."
"Ji, wo Anjali..."
"Areh! Muskaan! Zara neeche to aana, jaldi. Aur Riddhima aap bataeeye, firm kaisi chal rahi hai? Anjie bata rahi thi ki aapne akele hie poori firm khadi ki hai. Really incredible, i must say, seeing that aapki firm is one of the best firmr around...", Rahul was suddenly interrupted by his mother,
"Rahul beta, i am sure hum ye sab baatein baad mein bhi kar sakte hain, haina? Dont mind Riddhima beta, wo Muskaan ke aane ke baad Rahul ko uski tarah kuch zaada hie bolne ki aadat ho gayi hai. Not that its bad, kyunki pehle ye kuch bolta hie nahi tha, but atleast Muskaan ki baatein pyaari to lagti hain, ye Mister to bas..."
Armaan was talking to Muskaan, as they both came down. Rahul had called Muskaan, and Muskaan asked him to accompany her, who did not wanted to be bored alone by her husband's constant non-sense. A wave of familiarity flew past him as he headed downstairs. He noticed his mom and Rahul sitting with someone. As he came closer, he felt his heartbeats raise only a bit, but frantic enough to send his head in a fury. He looked at the figure of the girl talking ti his family. Her back faced him, and both Muskaan and him stopped as they reached the place she was sitting.
"Muskaan beta, aagayi aap, inse milo"
Just as his mother said this, the figure got up and turned to face him. He was momentarily shocked to see Riddhima standing in front of him, with only the sofa that was placed there, distancing them. Riddhima also seemed taken back to see him there, but she soon sobered down and moved her gaze towards Muskaan.
"Hi! Am Riddhima"
As soon as the words escaped her lips, Muskaan immediately crossed over and hugged her so tight, that Rahul had to support the both of them, lest they fell.
"Wow! I am so happy to finally meet you. Anjie se itna suna tha tumhare baare mein, ki tumse milne ka bohut mann tha. Aur jo suna tha, jitna suna tha, bilkul sahi tha. Tum sach mein bohut bohut pyaari ho, so sweet, and cute, and..."
While Muskaan was happily hugging Riddhima tightly and bantering away, Armaan was in a daze to see Riddhima make such weird expressions, that he kept smiling to himself. He didnt stop smiling like an idiot, until he felt a nudge in his arm. He turned around to see Anjali grinning widely. He gave her a stern look, and turned back his gaze to Muskaan and Riddhima. Now that he was looking properly, he saw her dressed in a peacock-blue coloured anarkali suit, with green bordering. Her hair were left open, she looked heavenly, and even from this distance, her fragrance created a havoc in his heart. Anjali nudged him again, and to hide his actual state, he decided to do sumthing immediately.
"Hey Malhotra! What are you doing here?", he gave a challenging look to her, as if saying that it was his boundary that she was trespassing. Riddhima was no less in getting the hidden meaning of his look. She actually wanted to just get out from here.
"Hi! Anjali, hum late ho rahe hain. We should be moving"
Riddhima had fished a careless 'hi' in his direction, and turned to talk to Anjali. This was not what he'd expected. Her response pinched him, as he was missing the sharp witted lwyer, the always defensive and hard person, the real Riddhima. It was not the first time when her ignorance had hurt him. He didnt know why, why did her response effect him so much. What was it about her, that he always felt so eager to react to her actions. She wished a dry bye to all, and moved away.
"It was nice to meet you all, bye. Chalo Anjali"
He saw her leave with Anjali, and an expression of helplessness overpowered him. He noticed that even his family was a bit dazed by her sudden departure. Anjali jut gave everyone a helpless shrug, and followed Riddhima. Just as she reached the door, Riddhima turned back.
"I forgot to tell you all, Mr Mallik ki bail ke papers aaj submit ho jayenge. Aaj raat ka dinner wo aap sab ke saath karenge. Good Bye", she turned and exited.
Armaan knew she had said all that to him, because she had looked only at him when she spoke. Armaan saw the happiness cross everyone's face immeiately.
"Ammy beta, tumhe jaake Riddhima ko thanks bolna chahiye. Usne itni achhi news jo sunayi hai..."
Armaan rushed over even before his mother could complete her sentence. He moved out, only to see a very jumpy and joyous Anjali hug Riddhima.
"Thanks a ton Ridzi, you're the best. I knew ki tum dad ko yun wapis le aaogi (she snapped her finger) I love you so much. I also wanna give you something. Maang jo maangna hai. I promise to give you whatever you ask for"
"Areh! Maangke to dekh. Ye Anjali Mallik ka promise hai. Your wish shall be granted", Anjali said in a royal manner.
"Never force me again to come to your house, or to meet your family. Please, this is all i ask for, can you give me?"
Anjali's face reflected the shock from Riddhima's words. But even then, she nodded slowly, and as Riddhima moved inside the car, Anjali also followed her. Armaan was beyond than shocked at what had happened just now. He had never imagined that Riddhima bore so much bitterness. He had seen that she wasnt comfortable inside, but she had looked fine before his arrival. Then what was the reason for the sudden change in her behaviour. Was it him, but why would that be the cause. He could see no reason at all that would bring out this extent of hatred from Riddhima, and that too, anything related to him. He tried to shift away his thoughts, as he heard his mom calling for him.
In the evening, Riddhima was tired like hell. She recalled todays events, as she drove in her car. The cold winds slashed through her in the silent night. Anjali had deliberately forced her to come to her house and meet her family. She had always wanted Riddhima to gel up with her family, but Riddhima had avoided it, until today. Riddhima explanation was that it would hurt her somehow to see such a loving family, but Anjali argued that she would also be welcome to share that love. Riddhima knew she couldnt tell Anjali the truth. Today, seeing the love in Mrs Mallik's eyes, and the family's bond, Riddhima for once forgot all her pains. But then seeing Armaan, she remembered her hatred, and everything went back to square one. She knew she didnt trust relations just enough. Her father had left her mother, and her mother, Armaan, Anjali, they all had left her. Everyone in the world is lonely, people came and went, leaving you all alone. She had seen enough loneliness, and now relations scared her away. It sounded funny, as she let out a laugh, such a good criminal lawyer, almost the best in the town, who liked to live life right on the edge, was scared of a mere thing like relationships. Comical it was, but this was the truth of her life, and she'd lived with it right from the start. Even then, some people did matter to her. Shehnaz Bi, Anjali, Mrs Naina Joshi, and her best friend, Atul Joshi, these were some people about whom she couldnt help but care.
Atul Joshi, or AJ, as she called him, or as he liked to be called by her, met her at the university. She hadnt changed her reserved nature even then, but somehow Atul still behaved very sweetly with her. When everyone mocked her out of jealousy due to her brilliance, and how she looked the prettiest girl even in most simple clothes, Atul was the only one who stood by her and for her. Initially she felt irritated and ignored him, his protectiveness for her being the reason, as she felt him a threat to her independence and her indifference towards all, but gradually she got used to his presence, and missed him when he wasnt there. This led to a new friendship between them, where Riddhima began to care for another person in her life. The only thing that still pinched her was that anyone she came close to, she cared deeply for them, and she always lived in the fear of losing that person. Till date, Atul was her best friend, more than Anjali, because what she shared with Anjali was a sisterly bonding. At a point, they'd even discussed if any of them had a feeling for the other, but were highly relieved to know that no such thing existed. They were happy as best friends alone. Atul knew everything about her, she opened upto him easily, compared to Bi and Anjali, and eventhough he knew she hated the Malliks, he did not know the reason for it. And Riddhima was grateful that he never asked, but only respected her decision, and she knew, somewhere deep down, he also disliked the Mallik bunch along with her, just to stand along her, exception offcourse being Anjali Mallik. Atul's mother, Mrs Naina Joshi also immediately liked Riddhima for what she was, her self-dependence (Mrs Joshi had heard numerous incidents where Atul had wanted to help Riddhima, but she'd decline in the best way, without hurting him) and her unique nature. Mrs Joshi was a widow since the time Atul turned 16 years old. She had handled the business as well as Atul's upbringing in a very good manner, and Riddhima also respected her for that. She had survived in this cruel world until so long with such yielding results, hats off to her for that. Atul helped Mrs Joshi in handling the business, with her planning to retire away soon. He also held the degree of lawyer, and thus helped Riddhima ocassionally in many cases, but since he was usually busy with the main work, Riddhima was the official lawyer for the Joshi's, be it any case. Atul joked that he hired only the best, and Riddhima couldnt help but smack him, with a genuine smile.
Today, Riddhima and Anjali had gone to the hawan at the Joshi's place. Riddhima had felt quite relaxed and her mind was peaceful after spending time with Naina aanty and Atul. They had their usual banters, where Anjali supported Atul, and Naina Aanty fought for her, thus silencing the fights once and for all, her being the victorious side. These banters always cheered her up. After all guest had left, and Riddhima and Anjali had helpe wind up, they also left. Riddhima had just dropped Anjali outside her house and was now driving back. Just then she recalled that it was time for Mr Mallik to be bailed out. She knew Amit could handle it well, and she was also very tired, but for some unknown satisfaction, she decided to go to the police station.
IMPORTANT NOTE / PS 1 : Guys, this time, even though its back to hostel time, but i have a hopefully gud news. I think i might be able to give sum regular updates from now on. I've made sum arrangements regarding that, but i need to try it out smoothly as well. So incase all goes well, i shall give u sum regular updates from now on, be it in installments or likewise full parts. No promises attached, but i'll try my level to level best.
IMPORTANT NOTE / PS 2 : My friend list has reached heights, and trust me, this aint good. Sending pms to all of you, when just a few of you read my ffs, is getting tough day by day. So like many other writers, i have planned to go back to my other idea of sending pms, that is another account. All those who want a pm, are requested to please add the user given below to your buddy list, or you can mention in your comment that you want a pm. Please follow either of the two options only, becoz the next time i am back, i'll follow these two things to add you to my new account of pms. I am sure it wont take more than a few seconds for that. Also, all the people who were previously in that id, have been removed, sorry for that, but i wanted to know how many people are reading the ffs at present, and want to do so in future.
This is the last time i am sending pms to everyone, after this, obly those who have added the other id, as in kweetrockstar1, shall receive pms. As for now, i might have missed pms to sum, so please let me know if that has happened, and also pms cud be a little late.
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