Monday, November 19, 2012

Chapter 27 - Sangeet 4

It was Pavan’s and Adhiti’s turn next. Adhiti picked up the theme chit and passed it out to Anjali who did the announcement. The theme was “Woo your girl” Anjali announced with glee while NK and Dadi gave a hi5 while Khushi looked at them surprised. Sunny whispered in her ears that her Bhai and Adhiti were an item which left Khushi’s jaw wide open in surprise, ' how did she miss this vital information'. Khushi looked at the stage and saw her Bhai with a handsome smile holding out his hand for Adhiti to join him on the stage. Alexy announced the song for their dance from the DJ stage as “Dil Dooba” from the movie Khakee.

Adhiti was slightly nervous about the prospect of dancing with Mr. Raizada. Never in her life she had such nervous thoughts about dancing on stage. Ever since she could stand on her feet, she was a performer- dance, drama, modeling, and public speaking. But today on this stage, with Pavan as dance partner she could feel her heart beats escalating. On the other hand Pavan was immensely happy, even though NK’s game was stupid, Pavan was secretly happy to dance with Adhiti. No, he never danced before; even during his college life he was into sports than arts fests. But right from their first meeting he had felt connected with her. Adhiti’s bonding with Khushi calmed his heart and he was interested to know more about her. He looked towards her and saw she was fidgeting with her duppatta.

“Nervous?” He spoke to her in low tones while looking at the audience and smiling at them.

Adhiti was taken aback; she turned to face him with mild agitation and answered, “Why should I be nervous?”

Pavan just shrugged his shouldered and replied with a smile “I dunno! May be you are scared to dance with me”

Adhiti looked at him in disbelief and spoke “Excuse me?” a pause  “Scared? Me?”

She folded her hands in front of her and stood tall and answered, “Mr. Raizada, I started to dance from the age of three. I am not at all scared to dance on any stage with anyone. Got it?”

Pavan gave a impressive gesture with face while his eyes twinkled with mischief (after all he was the twins elder brother) “Achaa! It’s a great pleasure Ma’m to dance with such an experienced dancer like you” Pavan said keeping his right hand on his chest and gave a small bow while Adhiti huffed in pride and small happiness as her ego was boosted due to his approval.

She replied in a tone matching his “It’s a pleasure to dance with you to Mr. Raizada. Not everyone get a chance to dance with a business tycoon of your stature”.

Pavan just gave a heart melting cute smile making her heart flutter. Before the lights dimmed she was planning to walk to the other end of the stage, when he called out to her in low tones “Adhiti”; she turned with a questioning look.

Pavan spoke with hesitation but with smile “hmm…if we win this competition, I want to take you out for a dinner” a pause where he continued as “as a celebration dinner”.

Adhiti had difficulty to control the smile that was threatening to break on her face as she watched his expectant face.

She took a long breath and answered; “In case if we didn’t win?” she looked at him with raised eyebrows to which he immediately replied “Ah! If that’s the case, then I will definitely take you out for a dinner, as a loser’s dinner” Pavan said smilingly with all sincerity and the twinkle in his eyes finally made Adhiti’s control snap and she smiled back at him.

Both stood there looking at each other, smiling into each other’s eyes, unaware of their audiences’ surprised looks. Alexy broke their trance by announcing the count down for the song.

The music floats in the air while Pavan and Adhiti look at each other. The two minutes they were given to prepare their steps had gone with their talks and now the song has began.  Suddenly she felt Pavan pulling her as the lyrics began 

Dil Duuba Dil Duuba niilii aankhon men yeh dil duuba (My heart drowned, drowned in your blue eyes)

Pavan pulled Adhiti’s right hand and made her lean totally on him twice, Adhiti came out her initial shock and acts along. Pavan then pulls her close; locking his eyes with hers singing

mahabuuba mahabuuba bas yeh jaan le mahabuuba (Lover, lover, just realize this, lover)

He twirls her stylishly- once, twice.

The audience Anjali, Dadi, Khushi, NK, Sunny, Alexy, Anu, Mami, La were in a shock seeing Pavan acting too cool and dancing. Never had they seen this side of Pavan. Most of them had their mouth open in surprise. Mama, Viren and Arnav looked mildly surprised but seeing the shocked faces of their family members they broke into smiles. While Akash and Payal sat completely surprised in their seats, they didn’t even look at each other, they were completely immersed in the dancers enacting the song in front of them.

1st music beat
Pavan dances with grace, in step with the music
2nd music beat
Adhiti smiles and joins him

Dil Duuba dil Duuba niilii aankhon men yeh dil duuba (my heart drowned, drowned in your blue eyes)

Both of them hold their hands pulls and bends towards the other in grace along with the music beats

mahabuuba mahabuuba bas yeh jaan le mahabuuba (Lover, lover, just realize this, lover)

Both slants sideways without hitting each other and does a Punjabi bangara step

Adhiti walks off from Pavan, he goes behind her raking his hands through his hair in style and turns her and grinds into her and hits his forehead with hers slightly and looks into her eyes with sincerity singing the lyrics to her

aashiq huun diiwaana tere li'e kuchh bhii kar jaa'uunga (I'm your lover, I'm mad for you, I'd do anything for you)

During the music beats NK and Khushi look at each other in surprise with a “Is it really happening look” and they both are wreathed in smiles while they turn to face the stage again to see their Bhai in a different avatar. Dadi looked perfectly happy, she knew her plan is working. Arnav saw Khushi in all smiles, he couldn’t wait to get her all alone. But he has to wait, he cant suddenly pull her out of this crowd, her missing will be immediately noted; hence he waited standing there looking at her, lost in her. Khushi could feel his eyes on her, she looked at him in a secretive sideway glance with her eyes and when she saw he saw her glance she suddenly focused on stage. Arnav just smiled seeing her actions.

ishq men tere jiita huun tere li'e hii mar jaa'uunga (I live for your love; I could die for you)

Adhiti pushes Pavan away and walks to the other end singing

main tere jhaanse men na aa'uungii o re diiwaane jaa (I won't fall for your tricks; off with you, madman)

She dances to the music compelling a response from Pavan.

kyon (Why?)

Pavan asks in a questing stance

aisii vaisii banaake baaten mujhe naa tuu uljha (Don't try to confuse me with such sweet talk)

Adhiti comes near him singing the lyrics

luT jaa'uunga mit jaa'uunga dil tera jiitke dikhlaa'uunga (I'll be ruined, I'll be destroyed; when I win your heart, I'll show it off)

piichha na chhoruunga chaahe jitna tadpa (I won't stop following you no matter how much you torture me)

Pavan traps her instantly and moves with her backwards tickling her lightly. Adhiti looked at him surprised. At the same time, Sunny and NK looks at each other with raised eyebrows like “What the” in their shock and burst out laughing

dil Duuba dil Duuba niilii aankhon men yeh dil duuba (my heart drowned, drowned in your blue eyes)

mahabuuba mahabuuba bas yeh jaan le mahabuuba (Lover, lover, just realize this, lover!)

aashiq huun diiwaana tere li'e kuchh bhii kar jaa'uunga (I'm your lover, I'm mad for you, I'd do anything for you)

ishq men tere jiita huun tere li'e hii mar jaa'uunga (I live for your love; I could die for you)

Pavan keeps pulling Adhiti towards him and plays with her hair strands casually as if he does this all the time, making use of the opportunity maximum. While the audience encourages him with their cheers, hoots whistles

Adhiti gets slightly irritated and embarrassed with Pavan’s open flirting and casual touches and tries to hide it with her angry face.

Dadi and Anjali smiles wickedly at each other.

 Tinkling music

Pavan pulls Adhiti for close dance. For a minute Adhiti forgot all about her dance steps and swayed in his arms, the close proximity making her forgets everything. Both lost in each other’s eyes oblivious to the surrounding.

Khushi, Anu and La winked at each other while slowly grinning wickedly now.  They could tease Adhiti infinitely by this one dance.

badii tadap hai badii kashish hai merii to chaahat men hai (There's a great deal of torment and a great deal of charm in my love for you)

hazaar majnuun bane han paagal merii to muhabbat mein (A thousand lovers have gone mad in their love for me)

Adhiti regains sense and in order to compose herself nudges Pavan who comes back to his senses and continues nakaras with adhiti , she moves away from him and enacts the lyrics through dance steps with commentable confidence

Pavan compliments her dance
tujhe ek din jaaneman pyaar kii laRiyaan pahanuunga (One day, darling, I'll put the chains of love on you)

dekhega saara jagaan tujhe le jaa'uunga (The whole world will watch me take you away)

Adhiti was about to cross pavan while he was singing the lyrics but he holds her and puts an arm around her shoulder singing janeman (at this juncture lot of whistles from audience) and pulls her and holds her possessively in his arms which leaves her very much shocked.

dil Duuba dil Duuba niilii aankhon men yeh dil Duuba (my heart drowned, drowned in your blue eyes)

mahabuuba mahabuuba bas yeh jaan le mahabuuba (Lover, lover, just realize this, lover!)

Adhiti’s face is red and she pulls away before pavan encloses her in an embrace, pavan is fully energetic now and dances vigrourously, teasing smile on his face intact while looking at adhiti and only adhiti

aashiq huun diiwaana tere li'e kuchh bhii kar jaa'uunga (I'm your lover, I'm mad for you, I'd do anything for you)

ishq men tere jiita huun tere li'e hii mar jaa'uunga
(I live for your love; I could die for you)

Pavan walks close to Adhiti and sings the lyrics to her; Adhiti blushes involuntarily but then tries to rein her feelings but blushes fiercely. Pavan slowly set her back to dance and both of them dance together.

At the close bit of music, family joins the duo on dance floor, ladies separate Adhiti and men separate Pavan and form two groups and cover them and dance, Pavan and Adhiti steal glances at each other during the final music realizing through their eyes…… their feelings

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Song description credit shared with Daljeet(IF)/Adhiti/Ranianjlai(Myeduniya)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chapter 27 - Sangeet 3

NK was the first one to reach the stage and crush Khushi into a bear hug. He smiled through his tears and kissed her forehead and pulled her back from hug holding her shoulders “That was awesome Sisso. You surprised everyone!” 

Khushi too had tears in her eyes, but she smiled and wiped NK’s tears away. Pavan was the next to reach near her; he lifted his both arms as he was nearing her and Khushi ran to those extended arms. She had always felt protected in her brother’s arms; no one could hurt her there and now she needed her brother’s hug very much. Breaking those chains of memories that always held her back from dancing was too much emotional. But she did it! Just for him! 

She looked up from her brother’s chest and found him standing there looking at her; a small smile on his face directed at her while his eyes expressed the immense happiness and the unlimited love she was searching for. She heard her Bhai saying “You danced beautifully Khushi! Mama would have been very proud of you” and he kissed her hair while his eyes glistened with unshed tears. 

Adhiti was seeing this whole exchange between the siblings and she saw Pavan looking at her gratefully. He released Khushi from the hug and walked to Adhiti with Khushi still encased in his left arm. “Adhiti, you were great, I have to say this you are an excellent dancer! And a big thanks to you for making our Khushi dance once again” Pavan said with all sincerity. 

Adhiti could feel Pavan’s hidden emotions almost telepathically, he was thrilled seeing his baby sister dance her and for him also there were lot of emotions involved like Khushi hence she answered compassionately “You don’t owe me any thanks. It’s all Khushi’s. She is a brilliant dancer, we could practice only for a day since it was something last minute decided and she was flawless” Adhiti said with a smile and all honesty because she was amazed by Khushi’s grasping ability and flexibility in dancing. 

Indeed, Khushi was a talented and gifted dancer. The rest of the parivar embraced both the bitiyas and showered them with compliments. While leaving to change the dress, Khushi glanced behind to where Arnav stood but couldn’t see him anywhere.

The competition details were last minute checked by Sunny, Di, La, Dadi. While NK and Alexy were explaining the rules and regulations to the judges (Mama-Mami, Payal’s parents) and participants (Pavan, Arnav). Pavan and Arnav were demanding to know the song before hand. But NK and Alexy gave a “NO” “NO” almost immediately hearing the demand. 

“No way guys! you are asking to destroy the thrill of this game by asking to reveal the surprise. Anyways 2 minutes before your dance time starts you will get to know which song you have to perform” Nk said with finality. 

Alexy continued the rules “One of the partner from each group gets to chose the theme of the song to which you people have to dance. Since Pavan Bhai had the opportunity to choose his partner, Adhiti will get the chance to choose the theme by taking a chit from the theme pot. In ASR’s case, Khushi get to pick the theme, since Anjali Di choose on ASR’s behalf. NK, in your case, you get to choose the theme. As for Sunny and La, I will pick your theme. He winked at Sunny who gave him a “whatever” shrug! Ok guys, so you can pick your themes now and then lets hit the dance floor” Alexy was all set for the party. 

Suddenly Akash who was listening to the whole thing asked “hey, but whats the order? Who goes first?” 

Pavan was all set to give back to his brother for planning this stupid game hence he announced “Since my chotte brother is all excited about this game right from the start” Pavan glanced to Arnav and winked and “let NK open this competition, What say Arnav?” 

Arnav who stifled a smile at Pavan’s wink came up supportingly “Ah! Yes Bhai; for sure! Nk is the best person. Stage is all yours NK!” Arnav said to NK who stood with his mouth open in surprise. 

He recovered soon and straightened, ‘yes he knew his Bhai’s have put him up for this show. ok fine, he will show them!’ he broke from his thoughts and said “Ha! Most certainly Brothers!. If you two are scared to begin, I will do the honors!” he gave shrug and reached to pick the theme for his dance.

Meanwhile, Anu was helping Adhiti and Khushi to change and then she went to fetch them something to drink. While loading a tray with refreshments, she heard a group of girls commenting on NK, which made her hands halt the juice she was pouring into the glass. 

'The girls were commenting on how handsome and cute NK was'. A girl was saying that 'NK had been very close friend of hers, almost boyfriend like'; which made Anu squeeze the juice bottle little tightly. While another girl commented that 'he was going out with one of her cousins who studying in NK’s same college'. Another girl confided in her friends about some 'outrageous gossips' that she had heard about the 'Chotte Raizada'. Anu nearly stomped from there with her tray of refreshments. She was angry with herself for believing that NK was good. ‘I should have know! That a person like NK is all charms and flirt. How did or why did she think that he was all-true and nice’ she berated herself.

 Anu was still in anger when she reached the party grounds. Adhiti had noted Anu’s silent fuming but she didn’t know the reason and she was wise enough to know not to push Anu for the reason when she is mad. Hence Adhiti maintained her silence. When they reached the center, they saw NK picking up the theme for his performance with Anu. 

The theme was read out by Dadi – “Jealousy” and the song was “O Radha” from the recent movie ‘Student of the Year’. 

NK looked up at Anu with his wide smile but frowned noticing Anu’s coolness. ‘She was fine few minutes back, what happened’ he wondered and walked towards her but she went to the opposite end where the DJ stood to play the song. 

Sunny and Alexy patted him on back from either sides wishing goodluck. La gave him her best wishes with a cute smile and a hug. He saw Khushi with his Bhai and they both gave him thumbs up wreathed in smiles! Arnav stood with Aman with a lazy smile and gave him a nod as if wishing luck; Akash and Payal cheered for him. Anjali and Viren announced the official opening of the competition and judges were ready.

 Dadi walked towards NK and told in a whisper “Go and get your girl! Its your chance to tell her” NK stood there with an expression ‘Are you serious Dadi?’. Dadi then gently pushed him to stage.

A/N: Listen to this song- if you want to imagine the some of the steps which i mentioned, check the video.


NK was rechecking his sherwani for the nth time in his nervousness while walking to the stage; in between he was turning to look at the audience and gulped. Suddenly he found that the whole stage darkened and the music slowly beginning to float in the air.

Gopiyon sang ghoome Kanhaiya (Krishna roams around with Gopis,)
Raas rachaiyya, raha na jaye re (
He plays with them, can't stop,)
Ab saanwra na bhaaye re
( Now I don't like him..)

In the dark, audience could spot a girl’s silhouette swaying with the slow lyrics, with her back to the audience. To the end of the slow lyrics, the figure turned and spotlight was turned on to that figure- Anu stood there, in all her pomp and glow of female confidence and her feminine aura.

The tinkling beats started with the chorus singing

Radha on the dance floor
Radha likes to party
Radha likes to move that sexy Radha body

 NK was clean bowled by her fair skin being revealed by barely there sleeveless pink-silver lehnga that she wore. She looked glamorous…”stunning”!!! NK gulped!

Anu saw him gulping and it gave her a satisfaction knowing that she had an affect on him. She looked at him with smugness and enacted the next lines of the song with extra supporting dancers on stage (dance steps same as in the song; I loved that choreography; it was stylish in the movie!) She teased him with her mischievous eyes, hand movements, and swaying her whole body and giving into the dance; at the same time lip sync the lyrics

Panghat pe aake saiyyaan, marode baiyyaan (My beloved comes to the well, twists my wrist,)
And everybody blames it on Radha
Chhede hai hamka daiyya, bairi Kanhaiyya (
He troubles me, that Krishna my enemy,)
And everybody blames it on Radha

She teased him by showing off her backless choli by turning behind and dancing. She glanced NK over her shoulders, singing the lyrics

Hoga woh lakhon dil ka chor (He might be a thief of a thousand hearts,)
Hamka to laage bore (
but I think he's a bore,)

Now, NK was a Raizada!! And he was here to irritate his girl with jealousy, would he leave a chance to rile her up? When he loved to see her flushed angry face? He jumped onto the dance floor with a smirk near to her with enthusiasm and danced with a mocking expression singing the lyrics and literally implying it with his actions and dhumka.

O Radha teri chunri (O Radha your scarf,)
O Radha tera Chhalla (
O Radha your ring,)
O Radha teri natkhat nazariya (
O Radha your naughty sight..)
O Radha tera jhumka (
O Radha your ear-rings,)
O Radha tera thumka (
O Radha your jerky dance steps,)
O peechhe peechhe saari nagariya (
The entire town's behind you..)

Radha on the dance floor..

During the music beats, Anu and NK got down from the stage into the audience with the fellow dancers. All moved to provide ample space for them to dance. Khushi, Pavan and all were encouraging this charming duo. But in between Khushi’s eyes were clashing with Arnav’s who keeps looking at her openly. Nani smiled whole-heartedly! NK’s was a brilliant idea and she prayed to devi maiyya for all her kids.

Anu continues to tease NK with the lyrics, her smug look and alluring dance steps.

Maathe pe pankh mor (There is peacock feather on his forehead,)
Kehte hain makhan chor (
he's called butter thief..)
Bajaaye baansuri
(He plays the flute,)
Bada aaya chit chor
(thinks of him as some big heart stealer..)
But Radha wants more

NK couldn’t stop himself from smirking. He couldn’t believe that he could smirk like Pavan Bhai or Nannav. But this girl! He shook his head unbelievingly with a smile and looked at Anu This girl is who he needed in his life, for sure!. He smiled his signature cute smile at her while listening to her singing

Dhoondhoongi chaaron ore (I'll look everywhere,)
Milega koi aur
(I'll find someone else..)

NK folded his hands in front of his chest with a look “Really?”

Doongi main haathon mein
(I'll give him,)
Mere dil ki ye dor
(My heart's strings) ..
'cause Radha wants more

Anu singing these lyrics moved to Sunny who was standing along with La and Alexy. Anu suddenly pulled Sunny to the dance floor and attuned herself to him. Khushi raised her eyebrows in surprise at this juncture, Arnav was still looking at Khushi’s expression while Mami whistled. Nani and Anjali laughed with surprise while Payal and Akash looked at each other with a really? expression with a smile. La and Alexy started laughing at Sunny’s and NK’s expression. Pavan cheered his brother from crowd with laughter.Arnav was calm with his usual smrik.

Sunny gave a million dollar expression at Anu during the ‘Radha wants more’ line and her challenging look to NK. Sunny knew he was caught into this mess and NK would take his life out of him tonight “Mar gaya!” he thought and gulped.

But NK contrarily smirked enjoying every bit of Anu’s actions and then started dancing and literally singing the next lyrics to Anu’s face like a whip with his confidence stance, challenging eyes and smirk. (After all he was khushi’s twin .wink!) He literally took this opportunity like his Dadi said to tell Anu blatantly that “He was her Man or the Krishna for her”.

O Radha Radha bholi deewani hai (O Radha Radha is an innocent mad one,)
O Radha Radha do pal jawani hai
(Radha, it's two moments of youth,)
O Radha ko sambhaalo
(Someone control Radha)
Koi ise bata do (
Someone tell her,)
ki milega na koi saanwariya
(That there will be no other dear (like Krishna)..)

Anu moved away from NK with her proud bearings. Suddenly the lights changed to green and music slightly took a dip and rise, Anu turned around to see what happened. There was NK, walking to her in all manly grace but stopped abruptly with girls drooling over him at his back and started to dance frivolously. Mami whistled again, while Mama sitting next to her covered her ears shaking his head smiling at his wife’s antics.

 Anu looked on with the challenge look on her face; but enjoyed NK’s dance, secretly. NK advanced to her and sings the next lyrics to her moving a lazy finger over her cheekbones, holding her closer to him, twirling her around, still not leaving her and tenderly teasing with these lyrics

O Radha teri chunri..

Hey Radha Radha kaahe itna guroor bhala
(O Radha, why so much Pride?)
Chhodo bhi nakhre ye kaisi ada
(Leaves your tantrums, what's the style in that)
Toone kya socha ik tu hi mashhoor yahan
(Did you think only are famous here)

He moved from her back, not leaving her eyes and pulled La out from the crowd and twirled her around for a dance step singing that he had a lot of gopis. La had a wide knowing smile on her face, there was definitely more than one love story going on, she mussed.

Laakhon hain gopiyaan bhi hum pe fida (There are lacs of gopis dying on me,)
Ho saari hi duniya ye maani hai
(The whole world has now admitted)
Shuru hum se teri kahaani hai
(The whole story begins with me only,)
O rehne de re kanha
(O leave, dear Krishna,)
Bhoolega tu sataana
(You'll never trouble me,)
Jo giroongi main ban ke bijuria
, (once when I fall on you like electricity..)

The drumbeats started and the music and dance charged to another level. Sunny pulled Khushi from Pavan’s side and took her to the stage along with Akash walking Payal with him to the stage. Nani pushed Anjali and Viren to join the couples on stage while Mami dragged Mama to join NK- La on stage. Nani then took Adhiti and Pavan with her to stage in spite of their protests.

 Sunny came to NK’s side and gave him a special bear hug and shared an eye-lock silently while NK gave him a secret smile and winked. The gents took one side of the stage while the ladies took the other side with Anu and encouraged Anu for a step. But Anu stood her ground with an unreadable yet calm posture. All danced to their lives best.

Amidst all the music and dance NK came slowly to a still seeing Anu’s face, which wasn’t revealing anything from her calm exterior. But NK could gauge a jealousy mingled with amusement reaction from her upright posture and our darling NK smirked realizing that he DID rile her up.

All clapped and cheered for NK and Anu as the song ended while Anu stood there nonchalantly clapping not leaving the eye lock with NK.

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A/N: I love to acknowledge daljeet(IF)/ranianjali(myeduniya)/Adhiti who helped me to write the song part. The myeduniya readers will know her specialty in choreography through her stories. Its always a tough job to write a song scene, lot of imagination involved there! hence if you loved the NK-Anu dance, the credit is to Adhiti! Its her imagination! And there is more to come..hence stay tuned...let us know your reviews; it helps to improve the writing.

Some have asked me whether I could change "Dewdrops" to wordpress blog, unfortunately, Ican't do so at present; Dewdrops will b continued in this blog for time being. But the other FF "Strange Love" will be continued in IF as well as blog. Thanks!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chapter 27 - Sangeet 2

Sunny had seen Arnav holding Khushi’s hand walking away from the dance. He signaled NK with eyes and they both turned to Alexy and asked him to follow the disappearing duo with an eyebrow gesture. Alexy saw Arnav taking Khushi to the garden fountain at the other side of the house; he stood a little far from them in shadows where he could hear them talk.

Khushi was wondering what is the problem with Arnav. He was behaving very weirdly with her and confusing her more and more. She decided its time to put a stop to all this, else she will go mad. When Arnav stopped and turned towards her, she was ready to spit fire at him but calmed herself and asked “What is it this time Nannav? 

She looked into the fountain and saw her reflection of water, turned back to Arnav and continued, “My face is perfect! No dirt this time” . She raised her eyebrow and waited for his explanation. 

Arnav was amused by her action of checking her reflection in the fountain water and her questioning. He gave her one of his rare smiles and answered “This time you forgot something!”.

 Khushi gave him a confused what look. Arnav who was continuously smiling at her expression, took her near to the fountain bench and made her sit there and lowered himself on his knees. Khushi was surprised and all wide eyes looking at Arnav. He looked her straight in eyes while taking out her payal which was with him after their farmhouse trip. Her eyes widened recalling how it ended up with him and wondered how she had forgotten all about it. She saw Arnav taking her feet on to his thigh and slowly he wore the anklet around her feet and secured it by firmly pressing the clasp and he looked into her surprised eyes. 

“There you go!” He exclaimed bringing her out of her trance. She suddenly pulled back her feet from his thigh and avoided the eye contact with him. Her heart was racing, bringing out all the feelings, which she keeps buried. He stood up, one job done; one more is pending. 

Arnav took a long breath and said “Khushi, I want to tell you something. I..” 

Khushi cut off him in a rush and panic by standing up and by saying “Arnav! You should go; La would be wondering where you went. You shouldn’t keep love of your life waiting” she tried to sound normal and cheerful as always but heart was bleeding and she was not looking at him. 

Arnav smiled thinking “Women!” earlier in the evening, he had managed to get Di to talk for a few minutes. La had been insistent that he confess to Di about them ASAP. He had expected an outburst and persistent questioning from Di but he was surprised. Di was stunned by his confession. But she just sat quietly with him for few minutes after he revealed to her about the truth of his relationship with La. Then to his amazement, Di just smiled with tears in her eyes and told him “Its ok Chotte, I know you will do what is right only” and she kissed him on his forehead and left.  

“And now here was Khushi who thought La was the love of his life, how wrong she is” with that thought he started to correct the misunderstanding which he himself had created “No Khushi, La is just a friend. The love of my life is a woman with my last name” he smiled with love into her startled eyes. 

Yes, she was shocked and startled with his comment. “What did he mean by that?” the question was very evident in her eyes and he could see it clearly hence he answered “Khushi! La is one of my close friends. We are not involved romantically, we are seen together due to our profession and I wanted to stop Di from badgering me about marriage. Hence La was an excuse! And…”

“Excuse?” Khushi was mad with anger. All her pent up emotions, confusions and frustrations, the pain she felt burst out. “Do you have any idea Arnav what you were trying to do? For your selfish reasons you were using a girl. Did you think about her feelings? What if she is having some feelings for you? What will you do? Say, all this is a drama, the deal is off now! No hard feelings? Is it so easy for you to play with someone’s feelings? This is not business Arnav; its life! Do you know how hurt I was when you avoided me all these years? The pain I felt!” Khushi’s voice broke, tears were flowing freely along her cheeks. 

“Khushi, I” Arnav started to come near her and engulf her in his arms but she stopped him with her hand asking him to stop “Arnav, I am sorry, I didn’t mean to bring our differences into this matter, I know now you had your own reasons to stay away and I understand them. But in this case, you have wronged La. You could have told Di frankly, she would have understood you. But you manipulated everyone with your lies including me!” 

She looked into his eyes with a soul-searching look, tears still flowing while he stood stunned. “You knew!” It was that moment she realized that he had always known about her love even though she realized it lately. “You had always known right? That I loved you? Then why was this drama? You wanted me to back off? Why? Why Arnav?” she questioned him with her broken soul.

“Was I not worth your love Arnav? Or Was it because you never loved me? ” she couldn’t bring herself to ask this question but Arnav understood her thoughts and started towards her to make her understand that was not true “Khushi..” but she didn’t stay to hear him, she turned and fled. 

Arnav stood there with tear-filled eyes and his right hand was still suspended in air as if to reach out to her but she was gone, her broken whisper of the question “Why?” still hung in air, echoing in his ears.

Khushi furiously wiped her tears looking at her reflection in the mirror, she washed her face, reapplied her make up and was walking back to the gathering when Adhiti rushed to her “Khushi, where were you? I was searching for you. Come on, let’s get ready for your surprise performance”. 

Khushi’s tear glands were ready to leaking off again but she controlled and with a small sorry smile she replied “Sorry Adhiti! I don’t think I will be able to perform. I can’t”. Khushi couldn’t continue, Adhiti  noticed Khushi’s pale face and silent tears welling up in her eyes; she thought may be Khushi is having a tough ride with memories hence she didn’t push, instead she just hugged her and replied “It’s ok Khushi, no issues. If you don’t want to dance, its fine!” Khushi didn’t reply but hugged back Adhiti tightly. Anu had noticed this exchange between Adhiti and Khushi, she silently moved away and went in search of Di.

Alexy was filling in his team that now includes Dadi and Di too about Arnav and Khushi’s conversation. All were wondering what to do next when Anu approached the group looking at them suspiciously and asked for Di. She took Di aside and told about Khushi’s talk with Adhiti and her refusal to dance and also told that khushi looked miserable. Di immediately comprehended this as an aftermath of Arnav’s conversation with Khushi. 

She told Anu that she will see into this matter and was going to search for Khushi when La called to her “ Di! I will talk to Khushi” she told with an understanding smile, La had heard what Anu said. “Lekin Lavanaya..” Di started to say but La told “Trust me Di.” Di nodded and walked back to the group.

 La saw Khushi sitting in front of the dresser in her room; there was the ghungroo set in front of her and she was absently caressing it, lost in her thoughts. La went near Khushi and placed her hand on Khushi’s shoulder making Khushi realize of her presence. La gave her sweet smile and sat next to Khushi and took her both hands in her and began “Do you know that I am an orphan basically?” 

Khushi was shocked to hear La for she didn’t know anything personal about La. La smiled and continued her story “I was bought up in a convent by sisters. Being excellent in extra-circular activities and studies, I won many scholarships and sponsorships for securing my future. It was through one of such sponsorship, I met the great Arnav Singh Raizada. When he came to know that I am an orphan just like Aman, he took a special care in my matters, like a brother, like a best friend, like a mentor. ASR is a god to me Khushi. He not only gave me financial help but also protected me from the vultures in this fashion industry. As I was introduced as ASR’s protégée, no one took advantage of me instead they respected me and acknowledged my hard work. When such a person asked me for a small help to act as his fake fiancée, I didn’t think anything else. It was the least I could do that man who gave me the strength and confidence to stand on my legs and face the world. I don’t know his reasons for this act, I didn’t ask him too. But one thing I noticed was that when he is with you, he is a different ASR; I never knew such a person existed in that strong persona, all the years I knew him. It seems like you make him alive Khushi! Whatever his reasons were, I think those backfired” La gave a snort and a small smile “Some times love makes people do crazy things but they don’t recognize or realize it until they reach the verge of losing it. In your case, there is still time Khushi! I have seen that love you hold for him within you. Don’t be afraid to express it, you have the right to express it, only you have that right! You know more than me that ASR is very poor in voicing his emotions or feelings. But I know you have felt and known the vast ocean of his love. If its me who is stopping you from expressing your feelings, please remove that notion from your mind. I am just a friend to him and I have no feelings for him except gratitude and friendly affection. I knowingly only got into this act. And to tell you a secret ..” La gave a secret smile to Khushi and leaned closer saying “there is someone who stole my heart, within a moment's time”

Khushi sat there for another ten minutes recalling La’s talk; she glanced at the ghungroo set which lay open in front of her, she ran her finger over one and slowly took it out with emotions laded heart; then with a resolution she took her iPhone and dialed a number “Adhiti, Where are you?.......”

ASR was searching for Khushi, he saw she wasn’t among the crowd. He was going to search within the house when HP told him Khushi was with Adhiti but then he saw Adhiti with Payal. Arnav saw NK and his friends talking seriously; NK would definitely know where is Khushi he thought and walked towards NK but stopped suddenly hearing a ghungroo noise. He turned but saw nothing, may b I imagined he thought and asked “NK, Khushi ko dekha?” Before NK could answer, Anjali and Viren came on stage to announce the commencement of Sangeet competition but before the competition dances there was a surprise and that was

The lights dimmed on the stage and he saw two silhouettes of ladies and heard their ghungroos as they took place on the stage. One was silhouette looked very familiar, just like … he couldn’t finish his thought; the spotlight came on the two figures revealing them as Adhiti and Khushi. All the Raizada males, Sunny and Alexy were surprised beyond words. 

Pavan couldn’t believe it, he looked towards Dadi and saw her smiling at him and she confirmed he was not dreaming by giving a nod with her eyes. He saw the stunned figure of NK who was looking in shocked surprise at his sister on the stage.

 NK was smiling at the same time, tears automatically filled his eyes, its after so many years he was seeing his sister in ghungroo, poised to dance.

 Akash was telling Payal that “Khushi, dance? Payal, I cant believe it, my baby Khushi is dancing again, I cant believe it Payal” while Payal replied “Hah, Akash, she is! Actually we all planned it as a surprise yesterday when you went to get coffee for all of us”. 

Viren had his arms around Anjali’s shoulder who was emotional seeing Khushi dancing again. 

Nani was happy to see her grandchild, she was reminded of old days where Khushi was being taught by her daughter and daughter-in-law while her other grandchildren sat around watching Khushi learning and encouraging her. 

Sunny and Alexy exchanged a look and looked at the stage with a happy smile. Both knew about Khushi’s reluctance to dance to classical or semi-classical music. 

Aman’s eyes had immediately gone to Khushi’s ghungroo, yes it was the same one which he had bought for ASR. 

La stood with a proud smile and satisfaction near a happy Mama who was trying to pacify the emotional Mami’s happiness on seeing Khushi. 

And our dear Arnav stood stunned looking at the figure on stage who was looking at him through her veiled eyes. He couldn’t read her eyes due to the duppatta covering her face but could feel her gaze. He saw she was wearing the ghungroos he presented her and she was dancing again- for him!

The song began, Khushi and Adhiti easily flowing along with the music and lyrics. 

Pavan saw Adhiti and Khushi had a sync, easy coordination and they both effortlessly enacted the song with matching expressions and steps. The song was about gopis in vrindhavan talking about their krishna and his antics and his unbounded love !

 Arnav stood as a statue; his tears were clouding his vision. He saw only Khushi, her dance movements; as if complaining something that Krishna did to her. He was transported back in time, where he would sit by Nani’s side, watching his mom and khushi’s mom teaching her the same dance steps and how she used to look at him as if he was the Krishna who troubled her.  He smiled through his tears, thinking Yes, he is her Krishna who always troubles her and he decided no matter what, today he will right those wrongs that he did to her.

A/N: The lyrics are given below, I tried translation but it didn’t sound nice, even the google search failed to give me the translation. I have posted the link of the song. Please imagine Khushi and Adhiti dancing to the same steps. This song is from a Malayalam movie "Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal". I searched for many songs for Adhiti and Khushi. I didn’t want it to be serious, but a semi-classical one, which everyone at the party could enjoy at ease, plus it should go well with the wedding sangeet! Ulterior motive was it should suit our couple's situation too. I hope I didnt disappoint you people!

I am so sorry to those who cant understand the lyrics.! But trust me, it’s a lovely song!


ghana shyama vrindhaaranyam raasakeli yaamam
nikunjangal kuyil paattil thakarnnaadum neram
ennodere ishtamennaai krishnavenu paadi
ishtamennod ere ennaai manthravenu voothi

(ghana shyama ... ... neram)

mandhaasa pushpam choodum shaantha chumbanamekum

sundaraanga raagam thedum hridhayageetham moolum
mandha mandha menne pulkum bhavagaanam poley
shaaradhendhu pookkum raavil somatheeram pookum
aaduvaan marannu poya pon mayooramaakum
paaduvaan marannu poya indra veenayaakum

(ghana shyama ... ... neram)

ga re sa sa ni ni dha pa mapanisa (2)

thakida thakida thakida thakadhimi (6)

ente moha kanjukangal azhinjoornnu veezhum

krishna nin vanamaalayaai njan chernnu chernnurangum
ente raavin mayalokam sneha lola maakum
ente maana manjeerangal vikaaraardhra maakum
enne maathram enne maathram aaru vannunarthee
enne maathram enne maathram etho kai thalodee

(ghana shyama ... ... venuvoothi)

(ghana shyama ... ... neram)