the next day:
Mariam: papa, why did we have to wake so early today?
viren: today Sunday, no school.
om: kyunki today we are going somewhere.
Mariam: can’t we go in the afternoon?
om: no! now where is your mum?
Mariam: upstairs. maybe she is sleeping.
om: i’ll check.
he goes upstairs only to find gauri confused.
om: what happened gauri?
gauri: don’t know what to wear.
om: why are you so confused today?
gauri: because today I am going to meet your family. and that too for the first time. so what to wear?
om: gauri, in that corner over there, ek giftbag hai. mind looking in it?
gauri goes to the giftbag and takes out a packet. she smiles.
gauri: you brought this for me?
om: a little birdie dropped it here.
gauri smiles and hugs om tight.
gauri: thank you.
om: no problem jaan. now quickly change else the kids will curse me.
om: they will say that ‘papa, you allowed mama to sleep for longer and we had to wake up early’.
gauri: ok i’ll change quickly.
gauri goes in the washroom.
five minutes later:
gauri comes out looking really beautiful.
om: wow mithu, really you are looking beautiful.
gauri blushes as she smiled.
an hour later:
gauri: so Mariam and viren, the place we are going they have kids so you can play with them instead of biting our heads.
Mariam: how old?
om: aarti is 12, sahil is 9, aastha and shivanya are 13 and then naira is 5.
Mariam and viren: ok.
gauri: and both of you behave ok?
om: they always behave gauri. relax.
gauri: always supporting your children.
om: what? they are though. last time I took them somewhere they asked me if they could have any sweets. see well behaved.
gauri: still, they are kids and where we are going, there will be kids so obviously they will be up to some mischief with the other kids.
om: we’ll see. and we are here.
Mariam, viren and gauri saw a big white mansion.
Mariam: wow it is like a palace.
viren: will there be any knights?
Mariam: no there won’t be.
the family goes out and in the mansion where they were welcomed by the oberoi clan.
dadi: so this is gauri?
gauri nods smiling.
jhanvi: wow kitni pyaari hai.
anika: and these are the kids? Mariam and viren?
Mariam and viren: hi!
shivay: ok so you two can go to the other kids. us elders need to talk.
Mariam and viren nods and goes with naira.
anika: come gauri sit.
gauri nods and sits down along with the other family members.
jhanvi: so you are om’s secret lover?
anika: just saying your and om’s story sounds like love story from a Bollywood movie.
shivay: so how much do you love om?
gauri: with all my heart. I can’t imagine loving anyone else as much as I love om.
somu: do you control him?
Gauri laughs and nods.
anika-somu: welcome to our gang!
tej: I think we are all ready to accept gauri as our bahu. um your family?
gauri: I don’t have a family. when I was little, social workers took me to a foster home because my family was too violent. then I was fostered by a sweet lady, soon adopted but now meri maa is dead.
everyone felt sorry for hearing gauri’s story. that she has a family but they were too violent. her adopted mother was dead.
shivay: then what’s wrong? me and rudy will be from your side.
om: excuse me! I am right here!
anika: then me and somu will join om’s team.
om: thank you.
tejvi: and us, gauri!
shinky: team o!
soon teams were sorted and soon it would be the engagement.