Continuation...Week of Raveena's wedding. Day 3...
Next morning Siddhi wakes up at usual time and while she is busy preparing tea, Kunal walks into the kitchen his hair tousled yawning and mutters a good morning to her. "Kunal bas do minute chai ban hi rahi hai." Kunal gives her a sleepy smile and says "theek hai aapni chai bhi kamre mein le aana half berth pe baith ke piyenge." and goes back to their room.
Siddhi comes with the tea and the two of them have tea in companionable silence. Siddhi finishes her tea and gets up to leave... when Kunal puts his hand on her arm to stop her. Siddhi looks at Kunal amazed. Kunal smiles at her and says... "Siddhi meri chai abhi khatam nahi hui hai...thodi aur der baith sakti ho na." "Ji woh kaam..." "5 minute late ho jayega.. toh kuch pahadh nahin tootega..." and saying so Kunal guides her back to the bench.
Siddhi feeling suddenly shy is not sure of what to do and starts playing with the cup in her hand. "Siddhi aaj hamare paas zyada kaam toh hai nahin... Caterers finalize ho chuke hai... Decorators bhi... aur hall toh pehle hi book ho gaya tha; agar tumhe theek lage toh aaj shaam ko dinner karne chale hum?" Siddhi looks up at Kunal at loss of words...thinking "Kunal mujhe dinner pe leke jaana chahte hain..." and not even realizing she starts smiling widely at Kunal. Kunal looks at her says... "Toh main haan samjhooo?" "Ji Kunal" "Theek hai toh shaam ko pucca...Lo meri chai bhi khatam ho gayi hai..." and saying so he gives Siddhi the empty cup.
The rest of the day passes quickly with Siddhi being busy with household chores and Raveena's packing and Kunal and Gaurav helping Raj and Veena with card distribution. In the evening all four of them return (Kunal, Gaurav, Raj and Veena) after a long day and are resting in their respective rooms, when suddenly the bell rings.
Raj goes to open the door and suddenly shouts.. "Gaurav, Kunal arey dekho kaun aaya hai..." Curious Gaurav, Kunal, Raveena and Siddhi pile into the living room. "Badi Maaa" shrieks Raveena and she runs to hug her. Kunal and Gaurav give wide smiles and rush forward to hug Badi maa... "Arey Bhabhi, pooja tum log andhar toh aao..."says Raj.
Siddhi stands rooted to the spot, not sure how to react since she has never ever met Badi Maa. Once Badi Maa, Pooja, Raj, Gaurav, Kunal and Raveena are done exchanging hugs and pleasantries, Badi Maa turns to Siddhi and says... "Tum mere Kunal ki biwi ho naa..." Siddhi nods shyly and takes Badi Maa's ashirwad. "Jeeti raho... Jaise Raj ne kaha bikul waise hi ho tum..."
"Par Bhabhi aap toh shaadi ke din hi aane wali thi." questions Raj. "Raj tum bhi na... arey meri Raveena ki shaadi hai...aur main shaadi ki din aaaongi? Woh toh jhoot bola tha... Pooja ka plan tha ki hum surprise denge tum sab ko" "Bahut acha surprise hai Badi Maa" Raveena gushes and hugs her again!
"Arey ab hame andhar toh aane do..." Everyone sits in the living room and Siddhi gets busy with preparing tea for everyone. The atmosphere in the house is at once festive... and there is laughter in the air. Siddhi serves tea to everyone and goes back to kitchen to finish cooking dinner, when Kunal comes. "Ah... Siddhi agar hum dinner plan cancel kar de toh? Mera matlab Badi Maa achanak se... agar tumhe aitraaz na ho..."
Siddhi even though feeling sad, smiles at him and says "Kunal koi bhi problem nahi hai... Shaadiwala ghar hai yeh' hum baad mein chalenge..." "Thank you Siddhi." and he goes back to the living room.
Once dinner is done, Raj quietly asks Kunal and Gaurav to follow him to his room. He closes the door to the room and says... "Main soch raha tha.. ki sone ka kaise karenge hum log.." "Papa aap aur Maa toh isi kamre mein soyenge... hum aisa karte hain...ki main aur Gaurav ek kamre mein sojayenge.. aur saari ladkiyan ek kamre mein..." says Kunal.
Gaurav pitches in... "Papa mere paas better idea hai... Aap mera kamra Badi Maa aur Pooja ko de dijiye...Bhaiyya aur Siddhi apne kamre mein.. aur main bahar living room mein so jaonga. Gadde pe.." "Kunal, Gaurav ka idea behter hai.. aisa hi karte hain. Beta Gaurav thank you.. tujhe apna kamra chodna pad raha hai." "Arey papa aap bhi na... agar main aisa nahin karoonga... toh Seema mujhe maregi..." (
With no other alternative but to agree, Kunal nods his head too... while thinking "Saari raat half berth aur chair pe.. Hey bhagwan!!!!"
Once done with all the work, Siddhi wishes good night to Badi Maa, Pooja, Raveena and Gaurav who were busy chatting in the living room and retires for the day. On entering her room, she sees Kunal trying to make himself comfortable on the berth-chair combination. "Kunal aap gadde pe kyun nahin so rahe..." "Gadda aaj Gaurav ki kismat mein hain... "Matlab?" Siddhi asks frowning. Sighing Kunal recounts the entire conversation that he Raj and Gaurav had regarding accommodating Badi Maa and Pooja and finishes off by saying... "Ghar mein extra gadde hone hi chaiyye..."
Siddhi sits on the bed still in thoughts while Kunal continues trying to make himself comfortable. "Kunal aap bed pe so saakte hain" Kunal freezes amazed at what he is hearing... "Kya?" "Aap bed pe so sakte hain..." "Toh tum kahan soogi?" "Bed pe..." "Kya?" Kunal asks not sure he heard the right thing... "Bed pe Kunal." "Nahin main theek hoon yahan Siddhi" "Kunal shaadi ke din hai.. sara din aap kaam ke liye bhaagte rehte hain... aapko aaram chaiyee." "Siddhi main theek hoon"
"Kunal agar aap bed pe nahin soyenge...toh...'" and suddenly she gets up from the bed and sits on the floor... "Toh main bhi zameen pe soongi..." "Siddhi yeh kya bachpana hai..." "Bachpana nahi hai.. agar mujhe koi aitraaz nahin hai toh aapko kyun!" "Siddhi..." "Kunal aap bed pe soonge...varna main zameen pe soongi...bas keh diya so keh diya..."
"Siddhi.. bed pe hum dono..." "Toh shaadi ke 3 mahine ke baad agar main aapke upar itna bharosa nahin kar sakti toh..." Kunal smiles at her and says..."Tum jeeti..." and gets up from the berth. Siddhi gives him a smiles and crawls into her end of the bed. Kunal gets into the other end of the bed, sighs and says... "Thank you Siddhi... 3 mahine baad bed pe sone ka mauka mila hai..." Siddhi smiles and says "Good night Kunal" and turns off the lights!
Continued...on page 6
p.s. Thanks to Shumi for letting me borrow the character of Badi Maa from her FF.