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As Minoo Tai was coming out of Rohini's room, with her sister Vibha, she dashes against
her niece, Akruti, who was also coming out her room dizzy. A flower from the plate which was being carried by her aunt, falls down, and when she tries to pick it, she sinks with a fainting fit, and her mother, Shyamal watches her very concerned. Her aunt remarks that Rohini too has fainting fits, but she is pregnant, and she looks at Akruti with a questioning look, and concludes, that it is due to malnutrition, and tells her mother to look after her daughter. The Aunt and her sister go down, and when they are alone, Shyamal asks Akruti, what had happened, and she wants to take her to the doctor, but the daughter tells her that she did not sleep well, and if she takes rest she would feel better, and the mother accepts her explanation, and walks away.
Abhi is pondering how to broach the subject of Naina to his mother, and then Daksh enters and he asks Abhi, if he has decided to tell his mother. The cousin, tells Daksh, that after the pooja, it would be a nice time to win over his mother, and as an after thought asks Daksh to speak to his mother, as he is good with words, and knows his mother well. Daksh finds it odd, that the son can not speak to the mother, and that too when he is in love with a girl. He asks him pointedly, if he truly loves Naina, and he affirms vehemently. "If so", says Daksh,"you have to take the responsibility and tell your mother yourself." and he walks away.
In Naina's room, Abhi is grooming her to present herself to his mother, with bangles and choice clothes which would please her. As he finds the two of them very appealing in the mirror, Naina's eyes fall on Daksh who has come into the room. Naina tells Abhi to go down, and that she will come later to the pooja. and she is alone with Daksh with whom, she feels more comfortable. She apologizes to him, for worrying him, but he tells her that good friends should help one another, and she agrees.
In Rohini's room, she explodes against her Aunt Minoo, and Sanket does not know what to say. She is holding her grudge against her, and will retaliate at the right moment.
Vibha and Minoo are down for the pooja, and so too the rest of the family. Abhi too is there very self conscious and jittery. Naina comes in and the aunt, stares at her. The elder women, sit in front row facing the altar, and get ready, and Naina, sits behind with Daksh and the others. The elder sister, wants a garland, and Naina gets up, and gives it to her. The devout, but capricious woman, needs more things, and again, it is Naina who gets up, and gives her and this goes on many times, and finally, she is asked to sit besides Minoo Tai, so that she can assist her. As the prayers begin, the two from upstairs descend to the pooja room: Rohini and her husband, with a thali of offerings. Rohini gets a taunt from the Aunt, and the former smarts. "A good daughter in law comes before her mother in law, and not the other way round" she tells her and that Naina has been helpful, and she could sit behind, and Rohini hands over the thali to Naina, and sits behind grumpily. Sometime after the prayer is over, the elder sister goes out, and Rohini gets a call, and she walks behind to speak and hears, Abhi asking his aunt Vibha if this is the good time to tell his mother. Rohini gets her bait, and now she will bowl them all.
Rohini starts her toppling game, and praises the prasad, and the women, are happy, of the compliment. She has more coming. Then she tries to recall, how during the pooja after he wedding she was so nervous, and most of all she was afraid of her aunt, Minoo Tai. Minoo Tai, asks her, "Are you not afraid of me now?" Rohini spits out, and says, "How can I be afraid of you, when your own son is not?" The Aunt looks at her inquiringly, and then Rohini adds her spice. She pretends to be all innocent and guileless, and tells her, "Did your son not tell you that he proposed to Naina, and she agreed to marry him?" Now Minoo looks angrily at her son. Rest of the household, know Rohini's tactics, and are looking helpless. Sanket is biting his teeth, with impotent rage.
Minoo Tai confronts her son, and asks him, if what Rohini said was true, and he diffidently nods his head, and says "Yes" in a low voice. Naina watches him. When Vibha tries to intervene, Minoo imperiously raises her hand up, to stop her from saying anything, and wants to hear the whole thing from her son.
As the story of the day ends, Minoo Tai tells Naina that Vibha and she are going to fast the next day, and asks her to prepare some Maharashtrian food to be had for the fast - some vadas. Abhi offers to help, but his mother stops him, and tells that she asked Naina to do it.
Edited by walquest2000 - 24 June 2011 at 11:46pm