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I streched myself after having a long afternoon sleep. We reached yesterday evening and for the first time in my life, I slept for so many hours. In the whole day, i just went down to have my breakfast. Lucky is quiet surprised by my behavior but I am helpless because of the trip and long journey, I felt tired. I went down asusal after getting fresh but surprised to see swara’s parents there.
” good evening bhai” greeted lucky with a excited tone.
” is everything okay?” I asked them in a interrogative tone.
Ragini sighed and said to me” actually we have seen a match for you ”
Oh no! Not again. Why the hell everyone wants me to marry
” I am not ready”
” but it is you who have said us to look for another match after meera” my mom taunted as usual.
” she is right ” said my badi ma taking my mom’s side.
Finally I accepted my defeat” who is she?”
“Swara gadodia”everyone said in unison.
What the hell are they speaking now? Did swara accept for this but how and why? Many questions started blossoming in my mind and only she can answer them.
” I need to talk to her” I announced .
“You can ” lucky said winking at me. I immediately went to my car and started driving. My mind is full with all thoughts of swara which led to irritation. suddenly I stopped my car at a place from where one can eaisly see the howarh bridge along with river.
There she is, standing and enjoying the sunset view. I started walking towards her.
” sanskar” she said without turning. all my nerves got attention listening to her.
” what is this swara?”
“I think you know only this sentence” she pouted.
Aww..she is so cute.
” I mean you might have know that our families want us to marry” I said fumbling.
” Yeah!”she said casually looking at the sun setting..
How can she be so casual? I haven’t seen love type of thing for me in her eyes and I can bet because in our college days, she loved akash. then how is this possible?
” do you want to marry me just because I saved you?”
She didn’t reply to me but I observed expressions changing on her face.
” so you say that I am just marrying you as you saved me?” She let a breath out ” is marriage a give and take relationship?”
“Of course not! But then how did you suddenly develop feelings for me?”
She smiled to listen my answer. Did I tell any joke to her?
” feelings…frankly speaking, I dont know present state of my mind sanskar. I really don’t know what made me to accept this proposal but all what I can say is that no one can protect me as you do.”
” so..you are marrying for your security?”
” if say no..then it will be hilarious as the answer is yes. But this is not based on any give and take relationship. Every girl needs a partner with whom she feels that she is in safe hands.The way you tried to free from that asylum showed me how much you love.”
My body became numb for a minute. Did I behave like that? Did I show her my love?
” definitely it is love because friendship doesn’t have that courage sanskar. Not only that but you made me smile by arranging birthday party and planning the tour. I can see that concern… not exactly, but love for me in your eyes. If I won’t marry you even after knowing that you love me…”
I cut her words ” OK..I accept that I love you but marriage needs love swara which you don’t have for me”
I don’t know why I am opposing her but my heart is asking me not to accept this proposal because it feels that swara might feel inconvient.
” love can happen even after marriage ” she said confidently.
” only few girls get a loving and caring life partner and I am glad that I have got you. Your love is pure sanskar. It is just pure and clear as water. Your love made you to behave maturely but mine made me to run away from my own parents.”
” stop under estimating you. Love is always the same. You have used your brain instead of your heart”
She nodded.” Now I want to use my heart sanskar. Will you marry me sanskar? I want to taste the essence of life I really want to brighten my 98 years and I am sure that only you can do it.” She said with tears in her eyes.
My greedy mind dominated my heart. I moved two steps to her and placed my hand on her left shoulder. I felt something there. I slowly slided the sleeve on her shoulder. There, she still had that red scar. My eyes welled up. I immediately leaned to her and kissed her scar. Tears are flowing from my eyes.
” I will swara..I will ” I said. My voice wet. She tightened her grip on my waist.
” I know you will” she too had same wet voice.
“Will you marry me?” I have asked as if it is my right.
” but you need to do something for that”
“What!” I exclamied pulling myself back from the hug.
A naughty smile is playing on her lips.” You shouldn’t drink milk from now”
It brought a smile on my face. We didn’t even get married and she has started showing her possessiveness infact obsession.
I didn’t say any word to her but hugged her tightly.
” from when did you start believing on this foolish statement?”
” before a minute ” she murmured.
” so you are obsessed with me”
“Yes. do you have any problem? ”
I smiled. ” will you come with me for a date..dinner date”
She broke the hug and looked at me.
” sure” her voice reflected her excitement.
After dinner, we were on our way to home.
” please stop the car, sanskar”
I gave her a puzzled look. ” just stop” she repeated. I did what she said.
We both got down from the car at a desserted street just two blocks before her house.
” I want to have a small walk with you..till the end of this Street..will you?” She asked in a honey voice.
I nodded and we both started walking. Silence occupied the distance between us but my emotions are making loud noise deep inside my heart by walking with my LOVE..We turned to the direction of our car after reaching the end but swara came infront of me.
” what happened?” I said confused.
” I want to walk with you? ”
Walk with me. That is what we are doing right now. she smiled seeing my irritated face. Before I can picture what is happening, she wrapped her arms around my neck and raised on her toes. I placed my hands on her waist. I looked down when she tightened her grip around my neck. Oh my god! She is standing on my feet and moreover, she didn’t had her foot wear. I guess she left that in the car.
” I want to walk with you like this sanskar” she said looking straight into my eyes. I started walking in the same position. Oh God! It is very difficult but still I loved it.
” I used to walk like this with my father. you know why…because I feel protective in his arms”
So she is feeling protective in my arms even. Slowly she released her hands that were snaking my neck and leaned back wards.
” be careful!” I said while tightening my grip on her waist.
” nothing will happen to me until I am with you oops you are with me.”
We slowly walked to the car and I dropped her at her house.
I looked myself for the fifth time in the mirror. Actually I am not used to pay attention on my appearance but i must look good today because it’s my wedding and who would appreciate any bride with messed up look.
” shall we go” lucky asked rolling his eyes. I think he got irritated
” just a minute lucky ” I said adjusting my sherwani.
” how many minutes bhai” I can clearly listen complain in his voice.
We both started walking along the corridor. Fifteen days, from the past fifteen days our families got involved in marriage preparations. Swara has literally enjoyed every ritual but for me mehindi was highlight as I pranked her when I was supposed to find my name. She looked so cute then. Uttara and bhabhi had didn’t leave any chance to tease us while ragini and laksh were living in some other world. All above this, I saw my swara coming back. No… she is back completely.
I came to senses when bade papa has asked me to enter the mandap. I took blessings of elders and sat in the mandap but my eyes are searching for my bride. I got irritated . how much time will these girls take in getting ready. I turned round. Even ragini is missing. I let a sigh out
” there she is” my mom exclamied and I looked up. Oh God! What a beauty. She looked damn beautiful in red lehenga. The color increased the brightness of her skin. She is wearing the same necklace which I had presented her on our sangeet. She is smiling listening to ragini’s words. I closed my eyes and open them again. While descending the steps, she looked at me with those eyes in which I always wished to swim. Her cheeks became red. May be she is blushing. I thank God to bring my swara back… the same girl with the same charming face, energetic smile, expressive eyes but this time, those eyes had love for me that started blossoming in her heart. She came and sat beside me but didn’t even dare to look up. Pandit has asked us to take pheras and we started walking. Pandit ji continously kept saying the importance of each promise for each pehra but additional to that, I promised myself to never let her smile vanish her face even in the worst conditions. Later I decorated her neck line with sacred thread and filled her hairline with sindoor.
” from this moment, you both are husband and wife” said pandit while blessing us.
The thought that this girl is my wife, wife of sanskar maheswari, made me proud and satisfied.
After taking blessings from elders, bidai and performing many rituals, I entered my room..our room for our special night.
I looked around but didn’t find swara there. What is this game now. Why is she hiding from me? I turned my head sideways and saw her standing in the balcony staring at the moon. I approached her with a smile on my face.
” what are you doing here?” I asked her while leaning to the railings by standing opposite to her.
” nothing” she said smiling.
I moved to her side and turned towards the moon. She placed her head on my shoulder and I wrapped my left hand around hers. Her touch made me happy. I am feeling like I will never loose her. she too came closer to me. With a joyful heart, I looked up into the sky and again I saw that..shooting star. First time, I wished to see her, then I met her in train. Second time I wished to see her, I met her in US. Now I don’t have any wish because she is mine, completely mine but I want to wish..I closed my eyes. If every wish becomes true then please give me the strength to make her happy..that strength by which I can replace her past with my sweet love.
” what did you wish?” She asked me softly with out raising her head.
” you know it better” I said smiling.
She lifted her head to see me and pouted” but I didn’t wish anything!”
“Then wish now”
She closed her eyes and again rested on my shoulder.
” I have everything in my life now but still I have one wish. I want two daughters.. Please ” she sounded as if she is pleading to someone. I leaned to her and wishpered
” don’t you want any boy like me?”
She stuck her tongue out as she did some mistake.
” please cancel my last wish…I want a girl who is cute and sweet as my husband and also a boy who is handsome like my husband” she again pleaded but I can sense the happiness in her voice. I leaned my head on her head after kissing her hairs. Then I took her left hand in my right hand. We both came closer to each other such that air between us started suffocating.
We both stood under the rays of full moon by making unspoken promises of staying together forever.
I thought of giving my mail address but soon, I am going to create an fb account. So I will give you the link in my first episode of raglak.
****Sorry raglakians. I have a concept in my mind but my final exams are going to start with in fifteen days so I may most probably come back in first week of April. Till then love you all. Good bye.
SREE DIVYA( my original name) singing off..byeee
Credit to: Sree harini(divya)