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!

Lyrics:

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)
aa...aa...aa...aaa...

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)



8 comments:

  1. the confession part was really different.i liked it.

    "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."-the best lines of today!

    the pic of gungroo,i mean of the legs of a dancer was really beuatiful.i loved tht particular pic!!

    the reactions of Pavan,Nk,Akash n r Arnav was excellent,perfect,the best *thumps up*

    with a resolution she took her iPhone and dialed a number “Adhiti, Where are you?.......”->this was another moment of today tht i loved.really well written.i was put off a bit by the abrupt shift from la-kushi convo,i mean u didnt give an indication tht the scene had changed,la was not there.it felt a bit abrupt there.nevertheless,i liked this line for sure there.

    “there is someone who stole my heart, within a moment's time”->in la-kushi convo part this line was very very necesaary.i liked tht u included it.all r waiting to knw the new person in la's life,lol.surprise them like hell,okay.but i knw from wer u got tht line-kalli chutteduthu alle a line from r convo *wink*
    but seriously tht line was very important.im glad tht u included it.no other line cud clear kushi's mind.now wat is left is WHY?'s answer from arnav.lets wait n see how arnav answers it,esp aftr this surprise dance by kushi for him,n only him!:)

    i liked how u presented la's story.it makes sense now.n i must say two things.u have now righted wat u had wronged abt la b4 us through ur writing(lol,just like kushi said to arnav) n i feel a bit proud of arnav too.(yea,see i admitted some good feelings for arnav too.i really feel a bit soft to him now)

    "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."->this para was superb.the scene impact mentioned was superb.for the first time seeing this in ur story-camera effects.i love it.

    regarding confession,there r some lines tht i liked.mentioning it here:
    1)But you manipulated everyone with your lies including me!”
    2)“You had always known right? That I loved you? Then why was this drama? You wanted me to back off? Why? Why Arnav?”
    3)“Was I not worth your love Arnav? Or Was it because you never loved me? ” -give this one in single inverted coma or within paranthesis bz it will confuse readers if these lines wer really Spoken out by kushi.i guess its not.it is in her mind n arnav cud understand it without she voicing it.heina!
    4)“Excuse?” Khushi was mad with anger. All her pent up emotions, confusions and frustrations, the pain she felt burst out.
    5)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?
    6)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!”.-cute opening!

    so thts it.a long comment.u happy?!:)




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    1. an edit actually.i meant pavan,nk,akash's n yea arnav's reaction was perfect wen kushi danced again

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  2. I simply have no words for this update except...wonderfuly-beautiful...really...

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  3. beautiful.. i loved the way you described the garden scene between arnav and khushi.. how true it is that arnav finds it hard to voice his feelings.. and he couldn't just tell her that 'I love you dammit'..their dance.. the song you chose is beautiful.. i am a keralite but born and bought up in gujarat.. i hardly understand the lyrics.. but this movie i liked it.. i have seen it ages ago about the aspiration of a girl and her life and a golden chance of dancing with the famous dancer.

    good work girl

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  4. Oye it's all out in the open!! She confessed but he didn't get a chance to reply!!
    The convo between la and khushi is brilliant. It gives an insight about la. So she also has someone in her life. Thats wonderful isn't it? I am guessing one of Khushi's friends ;)

    I love this update! Eagerly waiting for the next one.

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  5. mindblowing update

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