Sanskar covers his ears and again tried to speak but sound of anklets again disturbed him.sanskar curses hard and gets up.
sanskar again hears the voice and saw swara roaming here and there.he gritted his teeth and goes toward her.
“aap ka chalna sa ya awaz kaisi paaida ho rhe ha…..(what is this sound when you walk?)”sanskar asked in annoyed tone.
“ya hamari paazeeb ki awaz ha….kitni mudhar(melodious) ha na(this is sound of my anklet…such a melodious sound,isn’t it)”swara said showing him her anklets by raising her lahenga with both hands.
“is mahnoos(cursed) awaz ki wajah sa hamari neend kharab ho gai ha….(because of this voice i am not able to sleep)”sanskar said angrily.
‘apko neend nhe aa rhe is main hamari paazeeb ka kia kassor ha…(you are not getting sleeping what is my anklet’s false)”swara asked confusingly.
‘aap isko utaraen abhi ka abhi……(remove them right now)’sanskar ordered her.
‘kun uttaren?….hum nhe uttaren ga.itni mushkil sa to mili ha…(why i should remove it?…..i will not remove it.i got it very hardly)’ swara said making face.
‘ap ko ya di kisna ha?…..ap na chori ki ha?….(who gave you this?….have you steal it)’sanskar looked at her with narrowed eyes.
‘kaisi behoda batien karta han aap?….hum bhala apni cheez kun chori karen ga?…..wo jo aachi si khatoon soo rhe han.us na di ha……(what kind of rubbish talk you do?….why will i steel my own thing” swara said angrily,throwing daggers at him.
‘kavita na ap ko di ha?….(kavita gave you this?)’ sanskar asked in thoughtful tone.swara nodded her head vigorously.
‘aap ja kar so jain…or mujah bhi so a dain….(please go and sleep and let me sleep also)’ sanskar said in helpless tone.he can’t even say anything to mad girl like her.
‘apko kia lagta ha…humen shok ha is tarah ullu ki tarah jagna ka….neend nhe aa rhe humen…..(what you think?….i like to sat awake like owl….i am not getting sleep)”swara said sadly.
‘aaj to hum parahdar sa bhi baatien nhe kar sakta….(today i can’t even speak with soldier)”
“kun?…(why)” sanskar asked,gaining little interest in her talk.
‘wo ankhen baari baari kar ka dakhta han…humen dar lagta ha…..(he looks at me with wide angry eyes…..i feels scared)”
Sanskar pressed his lips to hide smile,when swara mimics soldier by making her own eyes wide.
“ab humen neend ni aa rhe…uski wajah aa aap kun jaagan…aap jaa kar soo jain.hum ab nhe chalen ge….(i am not getting sleep,why should you stay awake….you go and sleep,i will not walk now)”swara said in soft tone,turned and walks toward soldier.sanskar looks down at her feet which was producing melodious sound whenever she steps on ground.
sanskar gets little angry when soldier looks ar swara angrily,seeing her coming close to him.swara gives him her sweetest smile and sit near fire.
“hum wada karta han…hum yahan chup karka bahta rahen ga….(i promise…i will sit quitely)”swara said,holding her neck between index finger and thumb.soldier smiled a little bur hides it perfectly.
sanskar went to his place again and closed his eyes but sleep was far away from his eyes.
‘yahan kia kar rhe han aap….(what are you doing here?)’ sanskar said with crossed arms.swara gives him tight smile.
‘aap aaj itna jaldi kaisa uth gai….(how you got up so early today?)”swara said nervously.sanskar stares at her silently.
“hum bhaag nhe raha tha…hum baas yahan nahana ai tha…hum poora din nahai bagair nhe rah sakta…..(i was not running….i just came here to take bath…i can’t spend whole day without taking bath)”swara said,pointing down at the lake.there was small slope toward lake.
‘aap ko kuch pata ha…ya jungle kitna khatarnak ha….kuch andaza ha aap ko kuch bhi ho sakta ha….(do you know?….how much dangerous this forest is?…..what if something would have happened to you)”sanskar said clutching his fist in anger.
‘hum to do dino sa yahan aa rhe han….humen to koi khoonkhar(dangerous) jaanvar nazar nhe aaya….(i am coming here from two days….i didn’t see any dangerous animal)”swara said innocently.
“aap ka demag kharab ha…chalen yahan sa…(you have lost your mind…let’s go)”sanskar said angrily,holds her hand and start walking with fast speed.
“ak minute….humen aapni dost ka liya phaal lena han….(one minute…i want to fetch some fruits for my friend)”swara said trying hard to match his pace.sanskar didn’t bother to give her a reply.
“aap aahista chalen hum gir jain ga…(walk slowly i will fall down)”swara said in worried voice and her foot slipped and she rolls down on the slope as sanskar was holding her hand firmly,he also rolls with her.both fell into the lake and comes out together as sanskar had not left her hand.
Swara holds his shoulder with hand and looks at him,taking deep breath.sanskar holds her from waist.both share a long romantic eyelock.after realizing their situation they swim toward corner and sit there.
“hamara saara kaapra geela ho gain han….hum kia karen ga,ya sab aapki wajah sa howa ha.kitno daffa kaha aahista chalen lekin aap to sunta hi nhe han….bas haati(elephant) ki tarhan dham dham kar ka chalna shuru kar dia…(how many times i told you,walk slowly i will fall down but you don’t listen to me….just started big big steps like elephant)”swara said,looking down at herself worriedly.
“aap na kabhi aapna chalna ka aandaz dekha ha…aisa chalti han jaisa zameen sa poch rhe hun….sunain aap ka oper khadam(step) rakhun na rakhun…..(have you ever look at your way of walking…walks as if asking from ground….can i step on you)”sanskar said,mimicking her soft tone.swara looks at him with wide eyes first then burst out laughing.
“aap maazaq bhi karta han…..(you can crack a joke also.)”swara said between her laugh.sanskar got lost in her gay laughter.swara feels his intense stare and stops laughing but a smile was still present on her lips.
“aisa kia dakh rahen han…kaabhi kisi ko haansta nhe dekha?….(what are you looking…never saw anyone laughing)”swara said blushing a little.
“aisi hansi to nhe dakhi…(never saw such laugh)”sanskar whispered to himself,controlling his heart beat.
“kuch kaha aap na?…(you said something?)”swara asked confusingly.sanskar shakes his head and gets up quickly.
“hamari thori maddad kar den…( help me a little)”
sanskar sighed heavily and gives her hand.swara holds his hand and gets up and passes him a thankful smile.sanskar muttered something under his breath again and starts walking toward specific direction.
“hum in geela kuproon ka kia karen ga…hamari dost bht sawa’ karti ha,hum ussa kia kahen ga…humna unn ka lia phaal bhe nhe lia…(what will i do with this wet clothes….my friend asks too much question.what will i tell her.i didn’t even pluck fruits for her)”swara keep on speaking continuosuly untill they reached that place.
“khuda ka liya kia aap do minute chup kar sakti han….(for heaven sakecan you keep silence for one minute)”sanskar said,he was annoyed like hell.first that lake incident then her continuous chaper chaper.
“aap har waqt khaafa khaafa kun rahta han…(why you are always angry)”swara said,annoyed with his anger.sanskar throw daggers at her then picks up some clothes and gives her.
“ummed ha..ya aapko poora aa jain ga….or jo wahaan phaal paren ha wahan sa aapni dost ka liya itha len…(i hope so this will be of your size and picks some fruits for your friend from there)”sanskar said and left,dismissing her at once.swara looks at clothes then at back of sanskar and smiles.
“kavita tum na uss larki ko uski paazeeb wis ki ha?….(have you returned that girl’s anklet to her?)”sanskar asked in plain voice but there was some anger in it.kavita just nodded silently.
“kun waapis ki ha….(why have you returned it?)”
“wo tumhen baar baar tang kar rhe the…islya waapis kardi…itna bhi hakh nhe ha mera..(she was troubling you again and again therefore returned it…don’t i have this much right?)”kavita said holding his hand.
“hakh ha…lekin isstarah nainsaafi(injustice) na karo…yahan par sab ka kuch na kuch khaas ha.phir to humen sab ko sab kuch waapis kar dena chahiya….or ya maat bhoola ya sab hum kun kar raha han.doobara aisa nhe hona chahiya….(you have right but don’t do injustice like this…..everyone have something special then we should return everything to everyone and don’t forger why ae are doing this.don’t do anything like this again.)”sanskar said in composed tone.
kavita nodded her head.sanskar leaves.kavita makes cute pout.
“hamari ak dost bata rhen the aap ko hath parhna aata ha?….(my one friend was telling me that you know palm reading)”swara asked with glittering eyes.A man looks at her from top to bottom with lustful eyes and nodded at once.
“hamara hath bhe parh daen….(please read my future also)”swara asked forwarding her hand.man holds her milky soft hands and sign her to sit.swara tried to sit opposite to him but he stops her and tells her to sit beside him.
swara excitedly sit beside him but maintains distance.
“batien hamari bari ammi jaan kab Allah ko piyaari ho rhe han…(tell me when my eldest mother is dying)”
“aap apni ami ki marrawa dakhna chati han…(you want to see your mother died)”man asked in confused tone.
“Allah na kara hamari ammi jaan ko kuch ho…hum to bari ami ki baat kar rahen han……(may Allah keep my mother safe…i was talking about my eldest mother)”swara said in annoyed tone.man looks at her confusingly.
“dakhen phala hamari bari ammi jaan han, phir ammi jaan han, phir choti ammi jaan han….(listen first is my eldest mother then 2nd mother then 3rd mother)”swara explained him.
“or abbu jaan kitna haan?…(and how many fathers you have?)”man asked in very excited voice.
“kaisi bahuda battien karta han aap….abba jaani to sab ka aik hi hota han….humen nhe parhwana hath ak behuda insaan sa……(what king rubbish talk is this…everyone have one father…i don’t want a shameless person like you to read my hand)”swara said in furious tone,jerks back her hand,gets up and leaves while fuming in anger.
Swara was walking with fast speed,blabering continuously and bumped into samskar.swara’s head revolved with 360 degrees.sanskar cursed hard,seeing her.
“aap dakh kar nhe chal saktin…(can’t you walk carefully)”sanskar said throwing daggers at her.
“kaisa bahuda log barh rakha han aap na apni foojh(army) main….(what kind of mannerless soldiers you have in your army)”swara said angrily.
“kia howa ha…aap itna gussa main kahan sa aa rhe han?…..(what happened?…..from where are you coming so angrily?)”
“hath parh wanna gai the lekin wo to…..(went to know my future but he…..)”swara’s sentence was not completed when sanskar cur her angrily.
“aap sipahiyon ki rehaish gaah ki taraf gai then iss waqt jab sarra soo rhe han ….demag kharab ha aap ka.(you have went to soldier’s camp at this time when everyone is sleeping….have you lost your mind)”sanskar said in loud angry voice.he wanted to strangle her neck.
“aap ko gussa karna ka ilawa koi kaam aata ha….jab dakho gussa naak par hota ha aap ka.humen to aap sa baat hi nhe karni chahiya….(do you know anything except getting angry….anger remains on your nose tip…..why am i talking to you)”swara said in more loud voice then him then pushed him to side and leaves angrily.
“ya Allah!…main iss larki ko kun utha kar laya tha?….(Allha!….why i bring this girl here?)”sanskar muttered in frustrated voice.
“uth jain…kitna soota han aap….(wake up….how much you sleep.)”swara said shaking sanskar with one hand.
“kis ka chahra dakh liya subha subha….(whose face i watched in morning)”sanskar muttered in annoyed tone and gets up.
“hum nahana jaa rhe han…hamara sath chalen….(i am going to take bath…come with me)”swara said in plain voice.sanskar opens his mouth to say something, swara can tell he was going to scold her.
“aap hamara sath chalen…takah baad main aap mujah daant na saken.hume akeela kun gai tha,itna khatra ha,ya ha….wo ha!….(you come with me ao that you ahould not scold me later…why i went alone?..its so dangerous?…this and that)”Swara said in irritated voice.
“main aap ka nokar nhe hun….(i am not your servant)”sanskar said getting angry himself.
“teelh ha!..na chalen.lekin doobara aap na humen daanta na phir hum sa bura koi nhe hoga…(fine!….if you again scold me then you see my bad side)”swara said twitching her nose,turned and left.
“itna maarna ka shook ha to mujah kia….blaahi ka to zamana nhe ha…..(if she want to die then why should i care…..go to hell!)”sanskar muttered while laying down again.he closed her eyes and swara’s face flawless face flashed through his mind.
“issa kuch ho gya….maasla to mera liya hi hoga…..(my problem will increase if something happened to her)”sanskar said and gets up quickly and goes after her.he runs fast and matches her steps.swara looks at him with narrowed eyes but didn’t say anything.she was still angry.
sanskar goot angry at her,when she didn’t say anything whole journey.
“waisa to poora din paatar paatar karti ha…aab kia howa…(usually she don’t keep her mouth for one second…what happened now?)”sanskar thought, getting annoyed with her silence.sanskar stand at some distance and turns away his face from lake.swara takes long bath then comes out and started walking back.sanskar clutched his fists in anger but didn’t say anything.
To be continued…..