SWASAN – MR MAHESHWARI AND I
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Wedding Special Part 1
Sanskaar and Swara sat in the mandap. The rest of them besides AP stepped down to give everyone a clearer look.
Uttara : Adarsh bhai! Adarsh bhai…
Adarsh came running.
Adarsh : What is it Uttara?
Uttara : The chappals are missing…..
Adarsh (shocked) : What?
Uttara (miserably) : Haan! It’s not in the store room.
Adarsh : Did you check the YELLOW box? I told you, It was in a yellow box.
Uttara gave him a ‘ Do you think I’m an idiot look’ .
Uttara : Yes, I did… A yellow box which says ” BINGS ENTERPRISES “. Is that enough for you?
Adarsh : Fine! I believe you….. But now what are we going to do?
Laksh tapped Adarsh on the back and grinned at his siblings.
Laksh : Orre Orre Orre…. Kya hua mere baccho? Have you lost something? (walking over to Uttara and putting an arm around her) Maybe it was a green…..No, yellow bag?
The others gawked at him. Laksh continued.
Laksh : Maybe the bag had a label as well…. Umm…. Bings Enterprises? I guess the bag had something important in it…. What could it be…. What could it be? (thinking hard) I know! (snapping his fingers) It contains Sanskaar’s chappals… Am I right?
He looked at the two, who were speechless. Laksh laughed.
Laksh : Do you really think I won’t figure out where you kept it? I am your brother. I have grown up with you for a long time now. I know how you think…
He began walking away from them but they caught him.
Uttara : You wretch! Where have you kept the bag? Laksh, TELL ME RIGHT NOW!
Adarsh : Bolo Laksh… Where have you kept it?
Laksh escaped from their grasps, winked at them and ran off. Uttara groaned in frustration.
Uttara : Bhai! Now what will we do?
Sujata came up to them.
Sujata : Tum dono yahan kya kar rahe ho? It’s your brother’s wedding and you’re lurking about like strangers. Adarsh! Go see if everything is alright with the food. Uttara, Jao… You have to do the ghatbandhan…. So stay near the mandap…
Uttara : Ji Ma!
She gave Adarsh a helpless look and went near the mandap where Swara and Sanskaar were sitting taking quiet looks at each other.
Sanskaar (when Swara peeped at him) : Why are you looking at me? I know I’m handsome.. But I didn’t know that I was so irresistible.
Swara (embarrased at having been caught out) : I wasn’t peeping at you. (He gave a quick disbelieving look and she blushed) Ok… Well… I was! But not because you’re handsome. I was… I was,,,
Sanskaar (teasing voice) : Haan Haan bolo! Think of an excuse….
Swara (rushed) : I was staring at you because you’re a pig….
Swara stopped abruptly, realizing how that sounded and began giggling. Sanskaar too began chuckling watching her. The guests saw their laughing faces and began commenting.
One lady : Just look at those shameless people. They are sitting in front of the sacred fire and laughing.
Her companion : Shush Sudha! Why are you being so callous? Can’t you see how happy they are? Annapurna and Sujatha are so lucky to get such a beautiful bahu.
Sudha (scoffing) : I still don’t understand why Sanskaar chose this girl instead of her sister. Ragini is so much more beautiful. This Swara may be glowing today but at the end of the day, their kids aren’t going to be as pretty or handsome as Ragini and Sanskaar’s would have been.
Ragini (with anger) : Their kids will be loved, more than you could ever imagine. Their kids will be smart, more than you could ever imagine. Their kids will be happy… So beauty ki baat kahan se aayi? Aunty, My sister has a warm kind heart and that’s the beauty Sanskaar saw. So please, I’m telling this as politely as I could. Not a negative word about Swara again, Varna I’ll forget that you’re elder to me.
AP (who was with Ragini, also angry) : Sun liya Sudha? How can you decided a person is not fit just because she isn’t beautiful? How can you ever compare Swara and Ragini? Both are utter gems, totally beautiful and it is Sanskaar who is lucky today to get her.
They gave Sudha a withering glare and move away. Meanwhile, Sanskaar and Swara’s wedding ceremony continued.
Pandit ji : We will perform the kanyadaan now. Parents, Please come.
Sumi came there and smiled sadly at Swara!
Sumi : Today, Your papa would have been so happy. Just like I am. (kissing Swara and Sanskaar on top of their heads)
Swara blinked back tears and nodded at her. Sumi takes their hands and places it together, performing the kanyadaan. The panditji utters some more mantras and then announces it is time for the pheras. Uttara nodded and tied the knot. Swara and Sanskaar rose and held each other’s hands.
Pandit ji : First three pheras, the bride will be in front and the remaining, the groom.
Swara locked eyes with Sanskaar and they went around the fire, a silent promise in their eyes. As the pandit ji explained each phera, they never looked away.
They sat back down and AP came to the mandap with a silver plate containing the mangalsutra and sindoor.
Pandit ji : Now, The groom will tie the mangalsutra on his bride.
He handed over the mangalsutra to Sanskaar. Sanskaar turned towards Swara and as everyone clapped, He accepted Swara as his.
Mangalam Bhagavan Vishnum
Pandit ji : Now, Fill Swara’s maang with this sindoor.
Sakshi came up and lifted Swara’s hair ornament and Sanskaar applied sindoor.
Sarva Mangala Mangalye
Shive Sarvartha Sadhike
Sharanye Tryambake Gauri
Pandit ji : Ab vivaah sampann ho gaya! From today you both are husband and wife.
Sanskaar beamed at Swara who smiled back at him.
Pandit ji : Now go take everyone’s blessings.
The newlyweds got up and took blessings from the pandit. Then from the elders of their households. They hugged their siblings and everyone was happy…
AP : Aakhir, I have got my eldest bahu now.
All the other guests came and congratulated the couple.
Sanskaar (to Swara when they were alone for a few seconds) : So you are now officially Mrs Maheshwari…. How do you feel?
Swara (teasing smile) : Bekaar!
Sanskaar (shocked) : Kya?
Swara (putting on a sad face) : Vok kya hai na… Now I can’t flirt with anyone.. Everyone will see this (pointing at her sindoor) and will call me aunty now… (seeing his expression) Sanskaar….. For the 10 minutes that I have been Mrs Maheshwari, I have felt exquisite.
They smiled. Sumi joined them.
Sumi ( a bit sad ) : Bidaai ki rasam shuru karein?
Swara (tearing up) : Is it really necessary? (turning to Sanskaar) Can’t I go home?
Sumi : Pagli… Aise nahi kehtein…. We will complete the ceremony now.
Sakshi : No mumma! We won’t.
Sumi turned around in surprise to look at the rest of them, including AP and Sujata.
Ragini : Haan Ma! We won’t let Swara go to her sasural. First, Sanskaar has to give us our due.
Sumi : Par he has already given na…
Sakshi : Offo Mumma! That was for allowing him to marry our sister. Now, This is to let him take her home.
Laksh : haan haan aunty! We have got his chappals as well… So technically, You have to give me and Karan money as well, Bhai!
Uttara : PAr bhai! That will happen only if you manage to produce the chappals na?
Laksh : Haan… Abhi lekar aata hoon.
He went to the store room but soon came back dismayed.
Laksh : It is not there… (glaring at Uttara) What did you do?
Aarav : Laksh! If you know Uttara and Adarsh, then you surely know that I too know you. I followed you and kept the bag elsewhere.
Ragini (laughing) : Haan Aarav Bhai… But then I saw that hiding place and Karan helped me keep it safely.
Swara (confused) : So now where is it?
Ragini : I will go bring it.
She went but soon returned empty handed.
Sujata : Kya hua, Ragini beta? It was not there?
Karan : It should be there. Where else could it go? Ragini, you sure you checked properly?
Uttara, seeing Adarsh looking guilty spoke up.
Uttara : Adarsh bhai! What happened to the chappals?
Adarsh : Er…. er… I found it in the hall cupboard quite accidentally and so took it to keep it in a safer place…
Sakshi (emerging with a yellow bag saying BINGS ENTERPRISES) : But then I saw him with it and begged him to give it to me.
Aarav (disbelievingly) : And you just gave it to her?
Adarsh (quite simply) : She is my minx… I… I will do anything she asks from me.
Sakshi (grinning) : I love you too babe!
Uttara (groaning) : Bhai… You made us lose! Love is such a killjoy emotion.
Swara (quietly) : No Uttara! Love is not a killjoy emotion. Love is the best feeling you can have. Loving and being loved…. Nothing else compares to it.. (Seeing everyone looking at her, blushing slightly) I mean look at Sakshi and Adarsh… Anyways, You understand my point right?
Uttara : Ji Swara bhabhi! I understood it… Alright Adarsh. I forgive you…. Sanskaar bhai, Give them their due.
Sanskaar (laughing) : Alright.
Sakshi opened the bag and drew out Sanskaar’s chappals. He took his wallet from Laksh, who had got it from his room. He gave money to everyone including Uttara, Adarsh and Aarav.
Aarav : Why ?
Sanskaar : For being there for me… Always. I know I don’t have to give money. But…
Aarav : I understand!
They hug each other, then Sanskaar and his siblings had a group hug.
Sujata : Accha! Are we going to finish the rest of the ceremonies or what? Sanskaar, Shall we just sit around and talk?
Sanskaar (thinking) : Yes mom! Let’s just sit around and talk. Please, I don’t want this day to end. For, a few hours from now…. This happy life will change.
Sanskaar : Mom… We have to finish all the ceremonies.
Sujata (laughing) : Well then.. Chalo! Bidaai hogi pehle… Then grahapravesh.
SOME TIME LATER
Sujata : Swara! Your bidaai is over.. And you have entered our house. You are the Maheshwari khandaan’s eldest bahu now. So first we will go light a diya at the mandir. Aao beta…
Swara went with her mother-in-law and lit the diya.
Swara (praying) : I am married now… Please help me fulfill my duties as a bahu and help me get the old Sanskaar back. Please.
She returned to see AP holding a bag of papads.
Swara : Papads? Badi Ma?
AP (smiling) : Beta! We always have games after a wedding. You know about the ring ceremony. But this game with the papads is a South Indian rivaaz! I am part South Indian and while I wanted a North Indian wedding, I want it to be partly South Indian also. If you don’t mind…
Swara (interrupting) : Badi Ma! mind? Why would I mind? This game looks really fun… Kya karna hai?
AP : Everyone sit down.
It was only family… No guests were invited for this ceremony. Even Sumi and her girls had left. Though all of them could have stayed back, They decided to leave…. not ready for another bidaai again.
Laksh, Aarav, Uttara and Adarsh sat on the huge carpet along with Swara and Sanskaar.
AP : Ok… So listen! Here, It is not a competition. It is just for fun. Ok? (she removed Swara’s pallu) So listen… You have to break these papads on each others’ heads…
Swara : That’s all?
AP (smiling) : Haan beta! That’s all.
Sanskaar : This will be fun, Badi Ma!
He took a papad, winked at Swara and started to smash it on top of her head. But at the last possible moment, Swara moved her head sideways. Sanskaar’s papad sliced through thin air and broke on her shoulders.
Sanskaar : Heyy!!! That’s not fair. We are supposed to break it on each other.
Swara : Badi Ma said that this was not a competition…. But we can make it one. Right Badi Ma?
AP (chuckling) : Good idea Swara!
Sanskaar : Accha? Let’s try again then.
He brought it down again, But when Swara moved sideways, he did too… Except it was the wrong side. He almost fell down but he didn’t. However his loss in composure gave Swara a chance to break a papad on his head.
Swara (satisfied with herself) : One-nil Mrs Maheshwari to Mr Maheshwari…
Aarav : Go Swara! WOO HOOOOO….
Swara : Kya Sanskaar? You’re losing everything today.
Sanskaar (smiling a secret smile at Swara, a slightly sad smile ) : I told you Swara! I lost everything a long time back…. (the sadness turned into a teasing grin) Maybe I lost… However, I still can have fun.
Saying that, He broke a papad on Swara’s head. They began laughing looking at the sight of their hair…
AP : What is this? Only one papad you’ve broken till now… There are atleast 20 here… You have to break all… Come on now.
Sanskaar : Badi Ma… Do you think we can extend this game to more players?
AP : Of course you can… But…
PLOP! Sanskaar had smashed a papad on Laksh’s head.
Laksh (indignantly) : Bhai… Why me?
Sanskaar : Aise hi…
Laksh : Ab tum dekho… I will have revenge… I WILL HAVE REVENGEEEEE… Heeeeaaaaaaa
Swara : Dramebaaz… What’s wrong with you?
Laksh : Swara… I won’t leave you… Look.. Am coming with papads… Uttara… Aarav.. Escape from me… Haa haa… I’m coming… There you go Sanskaar… PLOP on you as well…
AP and Sujata chuckled and looked at their squealing children.
AP : Swara has come now. We don’t have to worry about Sanskaar anymore. We will soon decide Adarsh and Sakshi’s wedding date… But Laksh? What will we do about him ?
Sujata : I don’t know jiji! I’m pretty sure he loves someone though.
AP : You are?
Sujata : Haan… Let’s ask him about it tomorrow.
AP : Ok then… Now let’s stop this pagalpanti…. The wedding went off without a hitch Sujata! Our Sanskaar is married. Can you believe it? I certainly can’t…. OUCH! Sujata.. Why did you pinch me?
Sujata (innocently but with a teasing glint in her eye) : Jiji… I wanted you to believe it.
AP (staring at her devrani and then laughing) : Tum bhi baccho ki tarah pagal ho rahi ho…. But It’s really fun… But now, We need to take Swara to her room. It’s already very late. (Sujata nodded) Swara… SWARA! SANSKAAR! The rest of you… LAKSH.. Stop acting mad… Swara beta! Sanskaar… Room me chalein? It’s really late now.
Swara blushed slightly then nodded.
Swara (thinking) : Oh My God!!!! It’s going to be my first night… Do I freak out? What will happen tonight?
Sanskaar (thinking) : The time is almost here…. Everything will change. What will happen tonight?
PRECAP : Well….. You won’t know… But you can guess 😉 😉
Sorry…. I know this was quite boring.. even though it was the wedding… will try to give better chapters next time onwards…..
and I just randomly inserted South Indian rituals.. sorry for that as well… We play this papad game in my family.. And i always loved it…
A very important member is returning in the next chapter.. VERY IMPORTANT… Can you guess who?
10 points for right guesses… 😛 😛
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