Geet with her family reached amritsar..her brother was too happy to see her..her mother smiled at both n asked geet to take rest..she went to kitchen to prepare dinner for all..geets dad has vanished when they were on half way itself..geets heart pained seeing her dad like this..he is not interested in anything..only drinking has become his priority..he doesn’t think how it will affect geets life..what if anyone asks her about her father..already she was ashamed to say any thing when all asks what her father do..how can she say he is not working..back to her home all sad moments came again infront of her..tej was talking something which she hardly heard..
Tej:gudia..where are you lost..
Tej:woh..hmm samajgayi..jiju ke barei mein..
Geet didn’t say anything..what will maanji think..i came here without informing him..she was still silent..
He sighed thinking she is thinking about their father..
Tej:arei gudia..till u r here be happy..papa ke barein mein math soch..u must be happy in these days..mein hoona..
She smiled seeing his efforts to cheer her up..
Tej:ok..u take rest..i ll go out n come soon..
He went to kitchen n talked with rano n went out ..
Geet was feeling suffocated..she came to kitchen..n saw her mother preparing dough.
Geet:maa..hmm..mein kuch karoon..
Rano:tu aaram kar..i ll do..jaa..
Geet looked at her mother ..she talked normally..
Rano saw geet still standing there..
Rano in loud voice:I said na..i ll do..go n rest..
Geet smiled weekly:ji..ji ma..
Geet turned to go..she heard her mother talking to herself..yeh ladki bhina..mein kehraha hoon jaake aaram kar..phir bhi kade kade mere mooh dekrahi hai..dont know how damad ji manages her..n how she adjusts in her sasural..pagal ladki..ek baar mein sunti nehi..
Geet moved n sat in the hall.she cant understand her mother..she is like puzzle to her..sometimes calm..mostly chiding is her habit..her mother loves her or not she cant analyse that too..shadhi se pehle tho saara kaam karwathi thi mujse..but now she says to take rest..
Tej came with some shopping items..he went inside n kept in kitchen..she can see her mother n tej talking..n she can here their talks too from her place..
Tej:maa ..whatever u asked I have brought..
Rano:did the shopkeeper asked for money..
She asked in a low voice..not wanting geet to hear it..unaware geet is hearing it
Tej:hmm..but I told I ll give by next week..
Rano sighed..teek hai..mei paiso ka inthazaam karthi hoon..tumhare nanase hi poochna padega..
Tej:maa..i ll get advance where I work..u give it..we will ask nanaji later on..
Rano:haan bohut sare paisa chahiye..till geet is here we must give her good food..phir uski godbharai..delivery keliye yahaan lana hoga..tho tab aur paise chahiye..tum teek kehrahi ho..we will ask nanaji later..
Geet was sad..they both didn’t notice geet is there in hall..she went n checked her baggage..she frowned seeing she left her handbag in mil house itself..she had some money n she can help them..par she was too lost to notice that she took only dresses n not the hand bag ..she moved n stood near the window..sachi kehrahi hai maa..im not a responsible person..
Tej came n saw her..
Tej:gudia..yeh lo..tumhareliye kuch story books laayi hoon..u wont get bored..
Geet smiled n took it..
tej:kya baath hai gudia..from when u came u r not even talking properly..tum khush nehi hai kya..jiju aur tumhare mil ne kuch kaha..
geet:nehi bhaiya..woh..he didn’t know I came here..i was thinking what he will say..
tej:itni si baat..no problem..i ll call jiju ifrom public booth n say u r here..
geets heart felt a little peace..both chatted for a while..
her mom called both to have dinner.
Geet looked at entrance..
Rano:don’t wait for ur father..he will come at midnight..in full drunken state..he will never worry about us..if we eat or drink..usko koi pharak nehi padtha..tum khalo..if u wait for your father u cant eat at time..is haal mein u must eat on time..
She left a long breathe n started serving geet..tej served for himself..
Rano:tumlog shuru karo ..i ll eat later..
Tej:gudia..have ur dinner..kuch mat soch..
Geet smiled n ate her dinner..she loved her mothers hand made food..it was delicious..she licked her fingers..
Rano:geet..kuch aur chahiye tho mein aur rakthi hoon..why u r licking ur fingers..sasural mein bhi yese karthi ho kya..
Rano chided geet n geets face went pale with her mothers taunts..
Geet:woh maa..i don’t ..
Rano:zabaan mat lada..she kept some more..
Rano:ab khao..not ur fingers..
Geet nodded her head n silently ate..she finished her food n went to wash her hands..
Tej:maa..y cant u keep quiet..
Rano:u r saying like I like to taunt her..socho..what if she does same in her house..kya sochegi uski ghar wale..mei uski achekeliye hi bolrahi hoon..
Tej:u can say it softly too..
Rano:ya..how soft..baath karo apni papa se yesehi soft..mat peelo papa..ghar mein gudiya aayi hai.woh maa banne wali hai..she must be happy at this time.kya aap unkeliye ache khaneki intazaaam karsakthi ho..aur can u help us with some money…even if u don’t help us in anything no problem..but don’t drink atleast till geet is here..
Rano:bolo..will he hear it..
Tej:maa..dont talk about that..u very well know it cant happen..aap khano khalo..mei gudia ko dekthi hoon..
Rano cleared the place n went to wash vessels..she never called geet for help ..
Tej made geets bed on floor n called her to sleep..
Geet too slept soon..tej went n slept on other corner..her mother finished her works n came n laid next to her..
Rano:don’t sleep..ur father will come n will knock at midnight..open door before he bangs the door..gudia sorahi hai..she will wake up..mujei bohut neend arahi hai..isiliye tumse kehrahi hoon..
He went n came with his books..he can atleast study n keep himself awake till his father comes..it was midnight he heard the screech sound of gate..he immediately opened the door n took his talli father inside n made him sleep there..
Tej was angry on his father..he gritted his teeth controlling his anger n asked..
Tej:cant u stop drinking..aaj kya waja hai aapke peene ki..
His dad pushed him..
Mohinder:Tum kaun hothe ho..muje poochne wale..i will drink..u have no right to que me..
He blabbered in full talli accent..
Tej:im ur son..i have rights to question u..
This triggered mohinder..
Mohinder:tum..mere bte ho..isiliye poochrahi..then I ll free u from this relation..i ll break this bond..then I ll see how u que me..haan ab samji..yeh sab tumhari maaane tumei sikayi na..go n que ur father..tell her..i m not the one to be que..i ll be the one to que..aap sab ko meri que ko jawab deni hai..im the head of this family..u all cant que me..
Saying he fall down on floor..
Tej :he will free me off..hope he does it soon..atleast I ll be free..but only for maa n geet im bearing u..warna what I ll do..i dk..
He closed the door n came out n slept with frustration..
Next day geet as usual got up early..her mother has gone to shop to get milk..so she started to do her daily chores n entered the kitchen..she looked at all n decided what to prepare..it came for her automatically taking care of her house..she put the dal to cook n cut the veg ..
Rano:arei geet..what r u doing..
Rano:y u boiled dal n cut veg..i went to buy nv n eggs..ab what I ll do with this..poochke kiya karo..
Geet:woh..i thought u went to buy milk..
Rano:hmm..its ok..we will keep dal for night..u go n wake up tej..n fresh up
Geet: I ll finish this n go..
Rano:I ll do it..u go..
Geet went from there..she couldn’t judge her mothers indifferent behavior..she taunted her for doing work..n she shoved her from kitchen..she wondered why..is it becoz she made dal when her mom brought non veg to cook..did she spoil the planned menu..confused soul went andwoke up tej..he gave a sweet smile n he asked her to fresh up n join for bf..she nodded n went to fresh up..even her brother didn’t ask her what she cooked for him today..everything around her looked strange for her…she quickly freshed up n changed to sari..its her maanjis fav..she touched the fabric over her front n tried to feel him..next moment she turned sad..her maanji left her in her mayka..when she want to be with him..
Ranos voice brought her back..
Rano:geeet..what are u doing still inside washroom..how much time will you take to bath..do u take this much time in ur house too..what will ur mil think if u bath like this.come out soon..u will catch cold if u stay longer inside..apne nehi tho apne bache ka khayal tho karo..whatever affects u will affect ur baby too..
Rano:arei bagwaan..is geet ka kya karoon..no sunthi hai naa apne khudki dimaag..
Geet touched her stomach..she forgot that she is pregnant..she must take care of the baby..she came out..dressed up applied sindoor n came to kitchen..
Her mom has already kept everything ready..its not a normal food they have..it was always simple..or to say..a food to fulfil the hunger..today it was special…
Tej was looking at the room where his father was still sleeping..
Rano:tum khao..woh sharab khi nasha abi tak utri nehi..geet tum kya karrahi ho..khao..
Geet nodded her head n started her bf.tej too had his..he left to college n geet sat with her mother helping in small things..her dad woke up n came woggling to kitchen..
Mohinder:kya pakarahi ho..hmm..nonveg..mei abhi aathi hoon..
Saying he went out..
Rano:where r u going..to have ur morning dose..sharam nehi aathi aapko..beti pedse hai aur ghar aayi hai..go n c the outer world..how the man of house treats her daughter when she is pregnant..app kuch karenge nehi..atleast don’t spoil the name of sambandji..n damadji..bahar log kya kahegi ..unki rishtedar kya sochegi..u have forget about my family..my respect..
Mohinder snapped her..kya respect..kya family..jese kit um rani elizabethki family se ho..i know how ur family is..dont talk about them..
Rano:kya kami hai meri fam mei..becoz of them only we are still having some food to eat..u don’t even earn a penny..
Mohinder.:my son earns..n its not ur bloody family s money..
Geet was seeing it after months..her mom n dads f8..it was not new for her..they crib n put f8 on all things..today she felt suffocated seeing them..why she didn’t have a lovely family..i don’t want any rich family..cant I wish to have a loving family..
Geet:maa..pls..papa pls..chodiye na..dont f8 pls..
Mohinder:who are u to say this..im a man..n u want me to listen all the f**king things u ladies say..
Geet turned her head..it was way too much for her to handle..her dads words were also not in limits today..tears formed her eyes..
Rano:tum isse keh rahi ho geet..he calls himself a man..but is he…jo apne pero pe khade na ho sakhe who kehthi hai..mei mard hoon..subha subha peekar aayi ho..n want to drink again..
Geet looked at both..they both are not ready to leave each other..they want to win others ego n hurt the other badly..she again tried a few times to stop their f8..but of no use..she took steps back n rushed to the other room..she stood by the window with tears..
She heard her neighbors saying..
Neighb ours:phirse shuru hogayi rano aur mohinder..donoko koi kaam nehi ..jab deko ek dusrese ladthi rehthi hai..
N2:hmm..u sit n hear it..achi time pass hai..
N3:who sharbhi rano ko peetegi phir chalejayegi..yahi hothi hai na..
N4:poor rano..achi khandaan ki hai..is sharabhi ko shadhi karke kya mila usko..
N1:acha hua yeh beti ko kisi tara shadhi karwadhi..warna kaun shadhi karega is sharbhiki beti ko..
N2:hmm ..geet ki sasural walo ko yeh nehi pata hai ki uski baap ek bohut bada sharabhi hai..uski sasural walon bohut izzadar wale hai..when they find all this think about that girls life..usse choddegi..phir yeh donoko ek aur kaaran milega ladnekeliye..
N3:is tej tho ab ghar sambalrahi hai..when he get married he too will leave n go..
N4:kab tak sahegi who bhi..
It was getting unbearable for geet..
Like they said..she heard a slap sound n her mothers cry..she rushed n saw her mom on floor..her dad has beaten her n has gone out..rano was cursing him..
Rano:jayiye jaayiye..the hand that slapped me will turn lifeless..appko kuch kaam ko nehi hogi..u will have a horrible death..aapne mere jeena mushkil kardiya..mei bhi dekthi hoon when ur legs n hands do not work who will help u..that drunkard friend of urs..yeh bagwaan bhi mujei kyun nehi bulathi..is insaanse aur kitna sehna padega mujei..y don’t he take me off..
Geet cried seeing her mother n her dad going out..
Rano stayed there for few minutes..
She called her in broken voice..
Rano looked at her daughter n wiped her tears..yeh tho roz hothi haina..u know ur dad..
With that she started to work again in kitchen..made food n washed the vessels..she did not dared to turn n look at geet..but geet was only watching her mothers moves..how easily she hide every emotions from her..roz papa maarthi hai..she has seen them f8ing n only few times she has seen her dad raising her hands on mother..but her dad beats her mom daily..n her mom too f8s with him..curses him..
Geet slowly moved from their n sat on floor thinking everything..her heart was heavy..her eyelids started to turn heavy..she slided on floor n slept soon ..she felt her mother keeping pillow under her head ..straightened her legs n wrappied her in spread..
She so much wanted to open her eyes n see is it her mother..but she couldn’t..
It was evening when she woke up..mein itne der sogayi.morning incidents flashed in her mind..maa..she went to kitchen to see her maa
Tej was back from college n was shouting at his mother..
Tej:I know it..if I am not here u both will start..he beat u again..n u..u maa..u cant keep ur mouth shut..who asked u to talk tit for tat..if he shouts let him ..aap math bolo
Rano snapps:tum mujei chup rehne ko kehrahi ho..us insaanki support karrahi ho..
Tej was frustrated..:maa…gudia is here..u all don’t think of her..aayi ek din bhi nehi hui..what she will feel..we have brought her here to take care of her..yeh sab dekke kya sochegi who..woh yehi sochegi na..it would have been better if I haven’t come here..meii ane ghar mei khush thi..yahaan koi mujei dekbal nehi karthi..yeh khana uskeliye banayi haina aap..kya who khayi thi..sogayi aap dono ki ladai dekkar..aakri baar kehrahi hoon maa..jab tak gudia yahaan hai..aap kuch bhi nehi bolegi papa se..if he goes out let him go..zyadha kya hoga.. he will drink n be flatten in any road..we have to bring him..i ll look after him..aap papa se baath nehi karogi..even if he starts the f8..
Tej:mei gudia ko dekke aathi hoon..
Geet rushed back to room n came out like she just woke up..
Tej smiled at her:u r awake gudia..
Geet faked smile:ye..patha nehi kese sogayi..
Tej:no problem..go wash ur face n come..we both will eat together..
Geet:u didn’t go for work..
Tej:I have informed them..will take leave this week till u r here..if any urgent work they will inform me..
Geet looked for her dad..he is not back yet..
Geet n tej refreshed n sat to have their food..
Geet relished everything her mother made..rano is an awesome cook..n she herited that from her mother only..
After that rano asked tej to be with geet ..n so geet may not get bored..both tej n geet started to play chess..while rano did her rest of work..later at n8 tej n geet with rano had dinner n geet went to sleep..she was worried where her father went..he was not back till now.as she slept for long time at noon she was not able to sleep..at late n8 her dad came back fully drunken n tej has to handle him..rano started to crib on him for drinking..tej shushed her not to talk n start the f8..rano left the place unhappily..
Geet thought about her life..her maanji Vicky devji..her mil arohi..all behave very genuinely..they all are respected person..not even raise thevoice on each other..she got scared thinking of neighbours words..what if the neighbours words come true..will maanji think of his respect more than me n baby.. he has not talked to me till now..what he will be doing now..will he miss me..like I miss him.. I feel like I want to hug him n cry in his arms..patha nehi when I will talk to him..see him..
She was unable to sleep..she curled into a ball ..n hugged herself..maans thoughts made her remember their cozy moments..she always slept in his arms..today she couldn’t sleep without him..n she is unawre of that reason..she slept in wee hours..
It was a week she has been here.rano did all household works..n cooked all that’s good for baby n geet..she use to say what to eat n what not…geet never went out..only neighbours chatted with her..but she couldn’t chat with them knowing what they talk behind their back..she answered in minimum.n for that too they talked behind as geet has married in agood place she is behaving different n her attitude will come to floor when her inlaws will know about her family’s real respect..her insecurity was raising day by day.n she was missing maan terribly.when tej was out she read the books n novels he brought for her from library…her dad n moms f8 was regular..though rano tried to be silent for 2 days she couldn’t control her anger n she was again back in her form..faught with mohinder..got slaps n she cursed him for mistreating her..geets heart squeezed seeing them fight like cat n rat..it was week end for tej..he borrowed a motor cycle from his friend n came home..he told his mother he is taking geet to temple which is 2 kms away from their place..n rano too agreed..as geet has not stepped out after she came here..tej has seen geet going silent..so he thought to take her out..
They went to temple worshipped the god ..n sat there for some time breathing the fresh air..
Tej:u miss jiju jaina..
His question startled geet..she looked other side..
Tej smiled..his gudia still cant express her feelings..
Tej:I thought to call him now..so u can also talk to him..lagtha hai u don’t want to..
Geet:nehi nehi..i want to talk to him..
N geet was totally red for being caught ..she is desperate to talk to him..
Tej:ok lets go..
He pointed the phone booth n geet smiled..
Both went to booth n tej called maan inserting the coins..maans number went not reachable..he tried few more times..geet pulled the phone from him n she too tried..it was samen sometimes it said the number is switched off…an unknown fear engulfed her..maanji wont switch off his phone..she knew..n not reachable..how can it be..
Geet:vickyji ko phone karthehain..
Geet:Vicky ki number..
She couldn’t remember it..
Geet: we will call our house number..saying she dialed her house..n that too came with the same dialogue..unreachable..
Geet was scared..why no one is taking the phone..its Sunday na..
Tej:gudia..may be they have gone outside..may be no chage in phone..
Geet was not convinced..she sat their thinking vickys number..once maan told his number n asked her to keep for emergency..but she never took it seriously..she stood n dialed the number which came in her mind..it came as wrong number..
She again tried double 2 ya double 4..she again pressed the numbers with hesitation..this time she prayed to babaji..pls babaji..i ll lite dia before u for whole month..pls..help me..
Tej:are u sure gudia..
Geet nodded her head..but was unsure..
As god heard her prayer the phone rang after a long time testing their patience..tej took the phone from geet n said :hello is it Vicky khurana.
Vicky:hello..pls..kaun ho..talk loudly..i cant hear you..he screamed on other side..
Tej:Vicky..im geets brother..tej..he too talked loudly..
Geet was looking at tej with expectant eyes..
Vicky:who tej bhai..namaste..
Tej:jijus number is not going..is he with you..
Tej:please give him the phone we want to talk to him..
Tej:haan geet hain mere pass..
Vicky sighed..n said..
Vicky:bhai..maan ka patha nehi..
Tej was shocked:what?patha nehi..matlab kya hai aapka..where is he..
The way tej questioned Vicky made geet tensed n she looked at tej..kya hua..woh teek tho haina..kahaan hai who..
Vicky:bhai..havent u see the news..if u have seen u must have known it by now..it raining here heavily..4 dams have broken..n water has surrounded us all..
Vicky:he went to cuddalore..its the mostly affected area..bhai called from there when he reached
..may be now his phone is witched off..there is no current food nor we could contact them..i hope he is fine..he said in a sad tone.i am trying to contact bhai only.
Geet shook tej n asked kya hua..
Tej:kuch nehi ..jiju has gone out for office work..
Geet saw he was not talking seeing her looking at her eyes..
Geet:u r lying ..such such boliye..meri kasam..
Tej looked at her n confessed maan is missing from his place..
Geet slumped on the floor lifelessly..her maanji is missing
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