Swara opens her eyes slowly and blinks twice with empty eyes,trying to recognize the place. Tall very tall trees, rising thick smoke from burning fire,talking sound of some unfamiliar voices, sky was getting darker every second.
“hum kahan han….”(where am i?)swara muttered, sit on ground and looked around.
“shahzaadi ji…ap theak han” (princess are you alright)ragini muttered in ear.she was sitting beside her.
“hamara sar bht ghum raha ha…”(i am feeling very dizzy)she said blinking innocently at her.
“dikhaya hum dabba deeta han…”(i will press your head)
“hmm….”swara said and put her head on her lap.ragini starts pressing it slowly.
“kavya ji kahan han…”(where is kavya?)swara asked,blinking her eyes rapidly.
“wahan bhaat ka roo rhe han…”(she is crying there?)
“roo kun rhe han?…”(why is she crying?)
“unki shaadi jo nhe hoi…islya roo rhe han.”(her marriage was stopped…therefore)
“shaadi doobara bhe to ho sakti ha….is main roona ki kia baat ha?”(her marriage will be happen again…what is thing to cry in this?)
“ak agwa(kidnapped) shuda larki sa kun shaadi kartna ha…shehzaadi ji?”(princess…no one marry a kidnapped girl)
“hum agwa ho gay han?…”(we are kidnapped)swara said,got up and looked at her with shocked voice.
“ji haan….kitna kaha tha apko main na……chalta han wahan sa, magar ap to sunti hi nhe han kisi ki”ragini said,making bad bad faces.(how many times i told you…let’s go from there but you didn’t listen to me)
“hum par gussa kun ho rhe han aap…..apki kaali zabaan ka assar ha sab”(why are you getting angry on me……this is all because of your black tongue) swara said,making more bad face than ragini and again put head on her lap.swara blinks seeing two boots in front of her and looks up.
“aisa kia dakh raha han ap…hum aap ko mughal saltanat (kingdom) ka namoon(strange sample) lagta han(why are you looking at me like this…am i look like a monument of mughal kingdom)”swara said,raising her both eyebrows in arc shape.
“ap kisi saltanat ki shahzaadi han or ya ap ki kaneez(servant) jo aap ka sar dabba rhe han”(are princess of some country and she is your servant who is pressing your head)he said in taunting voice.
“hamara sar bht dard kar rha tha……islya ya aachi sa khatoon(woman) hamara sar dabba rhe han….apko koi massla(problem) ha?”(my head was paining too much….therefore this nice woman is pressing my head,you have any problem)swara said,giving him sweet smile.
“hum aapko khatoon lagta han..(am i look like woman to you?).”ragini said, getting heart attack with that big word.
“khatoon nhe han to kya han?….aadmi(man)?….(if you are not woman then what are you?……a man?”swara gets up and looks at her.
“hamari umer(age) sirf 22 barass(years) ha…shaadi bhe nhe hoi ha hamari abhi tak or aap humen khatoon bula rhe han?….(my age is only 22…..i am still unmarried and you are calling me a woman”ragini was in complete mood of fighting.
“khaafa(upset) kun ho rhe han?…nhe bolayen ga khatoon aap ko dobbara….’why are you getting upset…..i will not call you woman again.”swara said,twitching her nose.during their fight, man had left from there while chuckling.
“shukriya shah….(thank you prin….)”ragini’s sentence was not completed when swara pinched her hard.
“aap ko hum kitni baar kahen….shahzaadi mat bolayen yahan par….ye jo daku(robbers) humen lootna(robbing) ka baad chor dan ga…..agar in ko paata chal gya hum mughal shahzaadi han,kia wo humeen itni assani(easily) sa choren ga?”9how many times told you….don’t call me princess here…….if these robbers will come to know i am mughal princess then they will not let go easily)
“maafi chaata han…hum na iss baara main nhe soccha….(pardon me…i didn’t think about it)”ragini said bending her head.
“hmm…saar dabaiya hamara…(hmm….now press my head)”swara again put head in her lap.
“phir hum aapko kia bolayen?…'(then what should i call you?)
“hamari dadi jaan na kitna koobsurat naam diya ha humen….us ka istamaal(use) karen”(my granny gave me so much beautiful name….use it)
ALL OF YOU,GET UP AND STAND IN ROW,QUICKLY
A girl of about swara’s age shouted in strict voice.all were standing therefore ragini and swara also stand in row.
“kia tum dulhaan ho?..(are you the bride.)”a strange man asked,looking at swara from top to bottom.
“phir itna zaavar(jewellary) kun phaan rakha han?….”then why are you wearing so much jewelry)”he asked while drinking water from a deformed steel mug.
“wo kia ha….mera abba jaani or ammi jaan bht gareeb han.un ki itni oqaat nhe ha ka wo mujah soona(gold) or chaandi(silver) ka zaavar banna kar den…islya shaadi main jo jo zaavar mujah passand aaya main na utha liya”(actually my parents are very poor…..they never had enough money to buy me a gold or silver jewelry….but i like jewelry a lot therefore whatever i liked in marriage i picked it and wore it0
Man spits out water with full force,gaining attention of everyone.swara blinks him rapidly.
“aisa kaisa utha liya…sharam nhe aati tumhen.”man said throwing daggers at her.
“aap ko aati ha sharam…aap bhi to humen aisa hi utha ka laa ain han”swara said,narrowing her eyes at him.
“kia baat ha lakshah….itna gussa kun rhe ho.”9what’s wrong lakshah…why are you getting so angry)
“sanskar is larki ki baat sunno ga…tu tumhen bhe gussa ai ga.”(sanskar when you will wear this girl talk…you will also get angry)
“aap kun har jagaa tapak( appear) parta han..(why you poke your nose in every matter)”swara said looking at sanskar while putting hands on waist.
“hey larki…tameez sa baat karo…ya hamara sardaar(chief) han(you girl….talk with respect…he is our leader)”lucky said in warning tone.swara looks at sanskar from top to bottom.
“agar dakh liya ha to aapna saara zaavar utaren(if you have seen me then take your jewelry off)”sanskar said with smile.
“is ka nhe han….choori (stealing) kia han shahzaadi na”(these are her…princess stole it) lucky said in taunting voice.
“chor to nhe laagti kahin sa…(she doesn’t look like thief).”sanskar said in deep voice.
“aap bhi kahin sa…daku nhe laagta lakin han na….(you also don’t look robber from any angle)”swara said while taking off her jewelry.
“ya jo pairoon(feet) main phana howa ha wo bhi uttaro….(whatever you are wearing in feet…take them off also)”lucky said in strict voice.
“ya hamari pazeeb(anklet) ha….. hum nhe dain ga…”(these are my anklets…i will not give)swara said shaking her head side to side.
“kun??..(why?).”lucky said,his eyes bugged out at her no.
“hamari dadi jaan ka taufa(gift) ha…hum nhe dain ga(this is gift of my granny…i will not give)”swara said like a stubborn girl.
“swara ji…da dijiya.zid mat karen…(swara….please give them…don’t be a stubborn)”ragini said,grabbing her arm.
“ya khatoon bilkul theak kah rhe han…(this woman is saying right..)’lucky said in praised voice.
“khatoon nhe han hum….kisi aacha sa waid(doctor) ka pass jaiya aap….(i am not a woman…please go to a good doctor)”ragini snapped at lucky.swara silently takes out her anklets and put it on table and looks at them sadly.
“ya zevaarat apka to hain nhe….is tarah na dakhen…(this jewelry are not yours therefore don’t look at it with such look)..”sanskar said in meaningful way.
“pazeeb tu hamari ha….baki sab rakh len wo wapis kar len….hamri dadi jaan na humen hamari 18 saalgeera par di the….(this anklet is mine…take everything but give it back…my granny gave it on my 18 birthday)”swara said in pleading voice.sanskar holds her arm and pulls her out from row.she was blocking the path of others. after pulling her to side,sanskar turned and walks out from there.swara goes after him.
“dakhen….hum ak soda(deal) kar leta han…ap humen ya pazeeb wapis karden, hum jab wapis jain ga to iss ka badla kuch or bhijwa daen ga….(listen…can we have a deal, return me this anklet when i will go back i will send something in its return)” swara said, she was walking after him with fast speed to match his pace while holding her lengha with both hands.
“Apko kiss na kaha ha…ap yahan sa waapis jaa rhe han…(who told you…you are going back from here?)”sanskar said without turning back.
“aap phala aista chalen…hum gir jain ga…(first walk slowly, i will fall down)”swara said in worried voice.sanskar stopped with jerk and looks at her.
“jo bhi kahna ha jaldi kahen…(whatever you want to say…say it quickly)”
“hamari pazeeb waapis karden….hum apni dadi jaan ko kya kahen ga,hum un ka taufa(gift) ki hifaasat(protect) nhe karsaka…..(pleaseurn my anklet….what will i tell my granny,i didn’t take care of her gift)”
“uski fikar ap na karen….jab apki dadi jaan ko pata chala ga ka ap un ki pooti(granddaughter) ki hifazzat nhe kar sakeen…..unka diya howa taufa ki hifazzat to bht door ki baat ha…..(don’t worry about that…when your grand mother will come to know….you were not able to protect her grand daughter then she will understand protecting her gift is far thing)” sanskar said in meaningful way. swara understand his taunt and smiles.
“koi baat nhe…hum dadi jaan ko kahen ga..humen ak or pazeeb banawa den…(its okay..i will tell my dadi to give me another anklet)”swara said throught gritted teeth,turned and walks out.
“ya hamari saltannat ki to nhe laagti?..9she doesn’t look from our country).”sanskar muttered in thoughtful tone,while starring at swara.
GUYS WHAT IS THIS?……SUCH A LOW RESPONSE……I AM FEELING VERY BAD.