(Part: 64) Mine (Manan)

Manik showed the videotape to everyone. Everybody’s eyes brimmed with tears after seeing the video. Nandini was still silently crying in Manik’s arms.

“Abhi jiju, please, I want to kill him.” She requested Abhi, having so much pain in her eyes. They all looked at her helplessly.

“Nandini, okay, I will let you kill him, but tell me one thing, don’t you want to make him suffer as like he made your parents suffer, or else you want to give him easy death? Nandini if you want to take revenge for your parents’ death, then don’t kill him, let him suffer in jail till his last breath.” Abhi tried to make her understand. After that Nandini didn’t say anything, she was just crying silently. Manik took her inside the room.

Like this, two weeks passed away. Manik and everyone was trying hard to make her happy, but she wasn’t coming out of the trauma of losing her parents. She cried day and night in agony. His heart cried thousands time more seeing his baby in pain.

Manik took her in the garden because everyone had planned something for her.

(Kabhi kabhi Nandini zindagi mein yuhi koi apna lagta hai,

Kabhi kabhi nandini wo bichad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai,

Aise mein koi kaise apne aasuon ko behne se roke?

Aur kaise koi soch le everything’s gonna be ok?)

First Abhi came in front of Nandini, he was wearing the costume of Mickey Mouse. He was singing by holding the hand of her. She was just staring at him dejectedly. He was saying that Sometimes in life, it feels like that some person is our own, Sometimes if that person gets separated from us, then it feels as if it’s a dream. In these circumstances, how can someone stop their tears? And how can someone think everything will be okay.

(Kabhi kabhi to lage zindagi mein rahi naa khushi aur naa mazaa,

Kabhi kabhi to lage har din mushkil aur har pal ek sazaa,

Aise mein koi kaise muskuraye, kaise hass de khush hoke?

Aur kaise koi soch le everything gonna be ok?)

Now Mukti and Khushi strolled to her and sang together. They were wearing the costume of tom and jerry. They were saying to her that sometime it seems life has no happiness and no fun. Sometimes it seems every day is a problem and every moment is a punishment. In these circumstances, how can someone smile and laugh with joy? And how can someone think “everything’s gonna be okay”?

(Soch zara jaane jaa tujhko hum kitna chahte hai,

Rote hai hum bhi agar teri aankhon mein aasu aate hai,

Gaana to aata nahi hai magar phir bhi hum gaate hai,

Ki nandini maan kabhi, kabhi saare jahan mein andhera hota hai,

Lekin raat ke baad hi to savera hota hai..)

Now Manik sang after cupping her face, having so much love and concern in his voice. He was saying to her that think, my beloved, about how much we love you. We also cry if We see there are tears in your eyes. We don’t know how to sing, but We still sing, so like us if you can’t smile but you can try to smile. Sometimes, Nandini the world seems like a dark place. But after nighttime, there is always morning.

(Kabhi kabhi Nandini zindagi mein yuhi koi apna lagta hai,

Kabhi kabhi Nandini wo bichad jaaye to ek sapna lagta hai,

Hey nandini hass de, hass de, hass de, hass de, hass de, hass de tu zara,

Nahi to bass thoda thoda thoda thoda thoda thoda muskura..)

After that Arnav, Cabir and Navya also came there in cartoon costume. They held their hands and made a circle around her, they were singing moving around her. Manik was showering the rose Petal over her. They were saying her that Nandini please laugh and if you can’t laugh then at least give a little smile. Their song was clearly showing how important her smile for them. Their happiness was with her smile.

Nandini rushed from there while crying and everyone gave each other helpless look. Manik went behind her. She closed the door on his face before he could speak anything. He closed his eyes sorrowfully and took a deep breath to calm down himself. He went from there to give her some alone time.

“Everyone is doing so much for me and I am just crying, I am so bad.” She hiccuped and continued, “but what can I do, after knowing that Mumma daddy will never come to me, I’m not liking anything, I can’t live happily, but today I promise you, god that I will try to live happily for everyone, for Manik, for Mumma daddy and for everyone, now no more tears, Mumma daddy, I won’t cry now.” She promised to God and wiped off her tears. Finally, she decided to live happily again.

Everyone was sitting in the hall and planning something for Nandini. Then they all saw Nandini coming outside of her room, having a smile on her face. They were shocked and wondered, suddenly what happened to her. Manik felt relief after seeing her smile because she was smiling after so many days, those days were like ages for him. He was dying to see her smile and finally, he got what he wanted.

“Hubby, I am sorry.” She apologised and sat on Manik’s lap without caring about anybody. All were happy and shocked too. She started kissing his cheeks after wrapping her arms around his neck and they all were giving each other shocking looks. Manik was speechless. It was like a dream for him. He felt like he was dreaming with open eyes.

He clasped her face and asked, “baby, are you fine?”

“Yes, hubby, I’m fine now and please forgive me.” She apologised again and placed a few kisses on the other side of his face. Manik was confused that why she was saying sorry.

“Why are you saying sorry, baby?” He asked, caressing her cheeks with his thumbs.

“Because I slapped you, I don’t remember on which side I slapped you, therefore I’m kissing on both side of your cheeks.” She told him cutely, a smile appeared on everybody’s faces. Finally, the happiness of the house came back. Innocent and cute Nandini came back.

“Baby, you don’t need to be sorry. I can understand, you were not in a condition to think anything. I deserve that slap because I kept the truth hidden from you.” Now he kissed her cheek.

“Hubby, Abhi jiju explained to me that why you hid the truth, for my happiness you hid the truth.” She uttered happily and Manik was just admiring her smile.

“Oh sweetie, finally we got you back.” Mukti squealed cheerfully and hugged her. Everybody had a smile on their faces.

“So today we’ll have a pizza party. Bhai, now please don’t say no because it is a big day, we got our happiness back.” Cabir whooped.

Nandini was looking at him innocently and he agreed. “Okay, I don’t have any problem.”

“Yippee, hubby said yes for the pizza party.” Nandini clapped her hands cheerfully after getting up from Manik’s lap. He was just gazing at her. His soul was at peace, seeing her happy after so many days.

“Cabir Bhai, come a little down, I want to tell you a secret.” She murmured to Cabir, he narrowed his brows bemusedly.

As he leaned down, she whispered in his ear. “Order one plate momos also, don’t tell, Manik.” Cabir smiled after listening to her words. Finally, Cabir was feeling like he got his cutie Nandu back.

Manik was staring at them keenly and he understood that Nandini was asking him to order momos because he knew his baby very well.

“Cabir, order two plates of momos, today we all will eat momos because it is a big day. Why only pizza?” “As Manik uttered, Nandini widened her eyes in shock.

“Cabir Bhai, pinch me, I think I am dreaming because my hubby is ordering momos for me, omg.” As she said dramatically, everyone burst into laughter.

Manik stood up and kissed her cheek. “Anything for you, bacha.” She smiled at him.

After the momos and pizza party, Nandini stepped into the room and her eyes fell on the rose bouquet and the envelope which was kept on the table. She strolled to the table, smiling. Picking up the rose, she put it on the other side and hurriedly opened the envelope and found the tickets of Goa. She started jumping with joy after seeing the tickets because Goa was her favourite place.


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