as u see..my grandfather had a brain stroke and he was in the hospital for weeks
and then we got him to our place here and upar se i had my internals
so i was all stuck up! so to compensate for the loss..
here i am with a loonnnggg update!!!!
Dadima took a deep breath in and spoke bluntly, “she was killed in an accident a year and a half back geet….”
“what?” that was the 1st thing she blurted out of the blue!!! Did she hear it right?
Dadima sighed sadly, “yes geet…she has gone very far away from us…..very very far….”
Geet sat numb..motionless…how could this happen?? Every sweet and bitter memories flashed in her mind…the day she had met Anisha in caf….their Maan teasing sessions….their talks…their masti…Anisha’s hatred…her tears…her sweet talks…her smile…everything just came out as tears! Dadima looked at geet carefully and held her hands, “dia and namra are so small geet… hum kaise unhe sambhalenge…aur Maan? Jo hua..that was fate..no one could fight against it….but we are so worried for others….hum kya karein geet?“
[dia and namra are so small geet… how will we take care of them and Maan? Whatever happened was fate and no one could fight against it… but we are so worried about others… what shall we do geet?]
It was a big shock for geet…Anisha’s demise..and what pained her the post was Maan and those kids being lonely all these years!!! Before Dadima could continue, geet stood up and silently walked towards Maan’s room like it was a reflex!!! She pushed the door open and walked in and saw him standing near the window looking into oblivion. She just didn’t say anything. She put her hand on his shoulder and he knew nothing else. He just turned around and hugged her tight!
His tears wet her shoulders and she just held him…and let him cry silently because she knew Maan needed her the most now!! As for Maan…he really needed someone by his side..especially with the dilemma he is in..and who could be better than geet? There was no need of words between them..she knew what he needed the most like she had always knows…he just has to pour everything out to her!!! that’s it! That was geet…for Maan!!! She will handle everything..there was no need for him to worry anymore!
Later that night..Aryan returned from his trip. Somewhere he had realized that it was time to set her free….no one will remain happy in this relationship and he actually agreed with himself! He found the house entirely dark and quiet. As he walked further..he found geet sitting on the couch in the dark…lost in her thoughts! He went and sat beside her.
Aryan: kya baat hain? itni pareshaan kyun ho?
[whats the matter? Why are you so tensed?]
That’s when geet realized Aryan was back. she gave him a weak smile and tears rolled out of her eyes. Aryan panicked and held her hands!
Aryan: hey….kyun ro rahi ho? Kuch hua hai kya geet?
[hey…why are you crying? Did something happen geet?]
Geet sobbed, “Anisha di…wo….she..she is no more..”
And she broke down. She had managed to put up a brave face in front of Maan and Dadima… but how much could she stop herself? Aryan was shocked…Anisha was his batch mate..not a very good friend though..but that was shocking!!!! He held geet close to his heart and let her cry!!!
Geet: Maan akela hain Aryan…
[Maan is lonely Aryan]
That hurt…hurt a lot!!! But he could never ever ask her to forget Maan..because he knew she lived him!
Aryan asked softly, “you want to go to him geet?“
Geet sobbed, ‘I…I don’t know…..but I cannot see him like that! usey meri zarurat hain Aryan…aur dia aur namra ko bhi….unhe meri zarurat hain…“
[i…i…don’t know but I cannot see him like that! he needs me Aryan… and even dia and namra,..they need me,…]
That was it!! Aryan knew he had to let her go sooner or later..but he didn’t expect it to be so soon!!! Somehow Aryan managed to get her back to her room and make her sleep. But geet was restless… she couldn’t have slept in peace when a part of her was away in agony!!!
The next day…she was again running here and there…getting ready. Roops served breakfast and called out, “geet..whrere are you going? Tu kisi se kuch keh kar kyun nahi jati?? At least have your breakfast..”
[geet where are you going? Why don’t you say anything to anyone as to where are you going? At least have your breakfast…]
Aryan came to the hall smiling, “ab usey mat rook Roops…ab kuch nahi ho sakta!!!“
[don’t stop her anymore Roops… nothing can be done now!!!]
Roops: what are you saying Aryan?
Aryan coolly munched his toast and said, “she found her destiny Roops..let her go!”
That was enough to make Roops understand what was going on! It was somewhere related to Maan she knew it!
Roops: why are you doing this Aryan? Jasmeet aunty aaj aa rahi hain pata hai na! what shall we tell her?
[why are you doing this Aryan? Jasmeet aunty is coming down today…remember? What shall we do?]
Aryan: tell her the truth Roops! Geet won’t be able to live without him….
Roops: then what about Anisha han?
Roops got very angry when Aryan told her about Anisha’s demise!!!!
Roops (angry): han tho Anisha nahi hai that’s why he needs geet right now..hai na! pehle tho geet ki yaad nahi aayi? Phir ab kya hua use? Why is he doing this to her? geet ko jaane ki kya zarurat hain? Anisha mili nahi tho geet hi sahi… how low can he stoop?
[yeah right so Anisha is not there that’s why he needs geet right now..is it so? Where was this before? What happened to him now? Why is he doing this to her? and why does geet need to go? He didn’t get Anisha..so he can take in geet… how low can he stoop?]
Aryan: Roops..calm down…its not like that,..
Roops shouted back, “then how is it? Geet is one mad girl who will push herself to the extreme for him… and he just seems to take advantage of that!!! and I am telling you Aryan…geet can never be happy like this!!!”
That when they saw geet running out… Roops turned to catch hold of her..but stopped seeing Jasmeet standing in front of them. Her eyes widened seeing her standing at the door..did she hear everything? Ohh god,..her face was cold and expressionless..!!! geet walked past Jasmeet and she held her hands! That when geet realized it was her mother!!!
Jasmeet: where are you going?
Geet knew she would stop her..and she was in no condition to stop..she cant stop herself from going to him! She just looked down..keeping mum!!!
Jasmeet breathed in sharply, “geet…tu aisa kyun kar rahi hai beta..?“
[why are you doing this beta?]
Geet: let me go…..please….
Her voice has so much pain..and the way she requested…. Jasmeet couldn’t have stopped her anymore. Her grip loosened and she ran away!!!
Meanwhile in Maan’s room…
Dadima: aaj hum bahut khush hain Maan…geet waapis aa gayi hain..
[we are very happy today Maan… geet is back..]
Maan was getting ready to leave for office. They’d be leaving for Delhi a day later. So he had to wind up his work.
He smiled, “yes she is back Dadima.. and even I am happy!!!”
Dadima: Maan..hum soch rahe the aaj ye rishta kar hi de..
[we were thinking we should go ahead with this alliance]
Maan turned back to look at Dadima..she had a strange happiness in her eyes…and he was actually scared of that!!!!
Maan: kaisa rishta?
Dadima said happily, ‘aapka aur geet ka…
[geet and yours]
Maan was shocked to hear that!! he was actually furious!
Maan (angry): Dadima…do you even realize what you are saying?
Dadima’s smile vanished seeing him so angry! How much she had wished to see Maan and geet together… but Maan’s reaction was somewhere scaring her!
Dadima: what happened Maan?
Maan: how can you ever think like that Dadima? Aap geet se….arrrghhh aap aisa soch bhi kaise sakti hain??? just because I agreed to think over a marriage that doesn’t mean you do like this!!!
Dadima: tho isme galat kya hain Maan? Aap aur geet ek dusre ko kaafi ache se jante hain…its better to bring geet home rather than someone whom you don’t know…
Maan was enraged and probably for the 1st time he raised his voice against Dadima, “so you think marriage is a game Dadima??? Let me get it clear..i am marrying because you wanted me to..for my kids and not because I want it okay!!!”
Dadima was shocked to see him this angry!!
Maan: Anisha still lives in me Dadima… I don’t care about whatever happened between us..but I still love her. and geet…. Do you even know about her life 5 years later? Is she married or engaged or where does she live or what she thinks of this? Did you ever think of her? how can you so easily pull geet into all this han? Don’t complicate things than they already are…
Dadima went quiet hearing that! true she didn’t know what was geet’s life now..she had been so much involved in her own thoughts that she had completely forgotten about this!! But somewhere she still has a feeling that geet isn’t married..there was nothing in her that shows she was married and she knew geet still loved him..or else she would never have come to him like this!!
Maan gave her a disappointing look, ‘it will be better if you don’t speak anything on this in front of geet…!! She has her own life Dadima.. we cannot go and spoil it like that!‘
He walked away angrily, running into geet in the hall way. He looked at her face..and took a deep breath in and walked out. geet saw his face..she knew he was angry at something… what was it? She saw a dejected Dadima come out. she ran to her and held her hands!
Geet: Dadima.. are you alright? Kya baat hain? why was he so angry? Aur aap..maan ne kuch kaha kya aapse? Uske liye mein aapse maafi mangti hoon….
[Dadima..are you alright? Whats the matter? Why was he angry? And did he tell you something? I apologize for him…]
Dadima looked at geet one more time carefully and she was 100% sure that she still loved Maan and that she was not married. She had no idea about her engagement or whatsoever….but Maan’s words did make her think about Geet’s current life!!! She had gone away from everyone so suddenly..and somewhere that night had all the answers!
Dia and namra came out running and pulled geet into their room. Dadima kept quiet the whole day..lost in thought!
Later in the evening geet took namra and dia for an outing…and a small ice cream party. In the car, namra sat beside geet and dia on her lap, almost dozing off with the cool breeze.
Namra: angel..hum kahan jaa rahe hain?
[angel..where are we going?]
Geet: we are going to the beach..
Namra’s mouth turned a big O, “beach…waaaooo…. Hum hum wahan bahut khelenge na angel…“
[beach…waaaooo….we’ll play a lot there na angel…]
Geet nodded smiling and held dia properly as she slept off on the way itself. geet enjoyed with the kids but her mind was somewhere else. How could Maan have managed everything all alone? How much pain he must have undergone…..
It was around 6 in the evening when Dadima heard a knock on the door. Maan was back early and was engrossed in a call. Dadima opened the door..and was shocked to see Jasmeet…after so many years……looking pale and weak!!
Dadima was surprised, “j..jasmeet..beta aap….“
And she hugged her. Jasmeet gave a weak smile and hug back lightly. Dadima feklt that difference! She instantly let go and pulled her in. Maan came out, still talking on the phone and his eyes fell on Jasmeet…his mumma! He immediately disconnected the call and it actually took him some time to realisre that was the truth!!!! Jasmeet was actually standing there…in real!!! He ran and hugged her like never before…Jasmeet smiled to see her son grown up so much and reciprocated the hug!!! Dadima somewhere understood that change in behavior!!!
Maan pulled her and made her sit on the couch!!
Maan: mumma..kahan chali gayi thi aap? Pehle geet aur aap..kyun chali gayi mujhe chodkar…
[mumma.. where had you gone? 1st geet..then you… why did you leave me and go…]
Before he could continue, Jasmeet spoke up, “Maan..i need to talk to you and maa urgently..right now!“
Her tone was strict and serious!
Jasmeet turned to Dadima, “geet ko aur mat uljhaiye maa..she has seen a lot…“
[don’t entangle geet anymore maa.. she had seen a lot..]
Dadima understood her unsaid words… she immediately dipped her head and tears rolled out.
Jasmeet: Maan… I know everything about you..and am really sorry about Anisha..but please move on Maan.. you have the right to be happy…it may be difficult for you beta..but I really want to see you settling back in life again!!!
Maan: mumma..aap bhi..
He closed his eyes to hold that drop of tear back..today Jasmeet seemed very cold..he didn’t know why…but she sure sounded different!!! But Dadima knew Jasmeet was just trying to protect geet,…more than geet, Jasmeet was heartbroken after Maan and geet’s rishta was pulled off!
Dadima couldn’t have done anything!!! She really didn’t want to hurt geet either! She had given a deep thought t her words in the morning and after seeing that coldness in jasmeet’s eyes… she knew what she had to do!
Dadima sighed sadly, “tum hi samjhao isey jasmeet..he has turned so mean!“
[you only make him understand Jasmeet..he has turned very mean]
Maan: Dadima..what are you saying?
Jasmeet didn’t want to say anything here. She just wanted to make sure geet’s wasn’t hurt! 5 years sure had changed everyone.!!!
Dadima just couldn’t stop herself and burst out, “you are so selfish Maan… bas apne liye you are not giving your children their rights….“
Maan was shocked to hear ‘selfish’ for himself..that too from Dadima!!!
Dadima: just because of your happiness…just to see you happy..anisha agreed to carry namra…even though she was not at all ready for it..just to see you happy and your kids happy..geet came back…and you…what are you doing? you are just thinking about yourself Maan…
Those words were too heavy for Maan…. Tide of time had left deep scars on his heart..and now when he knew namra was….ohh god..so is that why namra was born weak..almost dying…!!! He went numb… and he actually didn’t know what to do or what to say!!! His head dipped in extreme sorrow.
Dadima: aur aapka jo rawaiyya hai na Maan… kaun karega aapse shaadi han? No one..and because of your selfishness….you will stay alone like this Maan…..! we wanted to see you happy Maan… now tell me who will marry a man like you?
And that’s when they heard the door bang open and geet marched in and shouted back at everyone on their faces, “mein karungi Maan se shaadi..do you get that? I will marry him… so leave him alone!“
[I will marry Maan… do you get that? I will marry him..so leave him alone!]
next: “hum tho haare..maahiya re..
moonde naina..neend tihare…”