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Part 9

The young man came, towards where Oberoi’s and Mohinder were standing, along with Geet. Rehan jumped into his arms and told in his baby voice, “Papa.. Papa..” He smiled giving a kiss on his cheeks and told, “I missed you both..” Suhas and Neil came forward and hugged him. Then he shook hands with Mohinder and went to Simran who was longing to have him near. He hugged her and told, “Missed you maa..” Simran had tears in her eyes seeing her son. Suhas took the mike and told, “Ladies and gentlemen, Thanks for honoring us with your presence in the celebrations. I have an announcement to make after celebrating Geet’s birthday. Before that you may be curious to know about this young man. I hope many of you know about my elder son being a doctor in Canada but never had a chance to meet. So I would like to introduce you to my elder son, Dr. Karan Oberoi.” All were surprised and shocked seeing him. After the announcement, they proceeded to cut the cake. Karan was with Geet and Rehan who was not leaving him for a moment. Geet cut the cake and fed Rehan first and then him. Neil told, “Geet, this is not fair. You always forget me after seeing bro.” Geet smiled and shook her head and fed him. Geet was really happy after the arrival of Karan. Mohinder was sure that their decision was right after seeing her.

After the cake cutting ceremony, Suhas again took the mike and told, “As I told you, I have an announcement to make. Some of you may know that my son Neil Oberoi and Anwesha Khurana’s engagement is going to be held soon. There is one more reason for this celebration, as we are getting double happiness as both our sons are getting engaged on the same day. Yes my son Karan Oberoi is officially getting engaged to Geet Handa.” He paused for a while and continued, “For those who are curious about the little boy here, he is their son Rehan.” That was another shocker to others except Oberoi’s, Mohinder and Annie. Mohinder was thankful to them for accepting his daughter and his grandson as theirs; he couldn’t thank Karan enough for that. Geet smiled hearing it standing next to Karan who was playing with Rehan. Others by now concluded that it was because of that Geet was always with Oberoi’s. Suhas continued, “I know all of you might be thinking of the rumors around Geet and Neil. We just wanted to keep the relation between Geet and Karan private, until he is back to India. The engagement date will be informed to you very soon and I expect you all to grace the occasion with your presence. Now please enjoy the party.”

Unlike everyone two people were in a totally shocked state. Maan was in a fit ever since he saw Karan hugging Geet. The warmth in her eyes when she looked at Karan was something that he was missing from past two years. But seeing it for some else made him furious. When the little boy called him papa he felt like some part of his life was going away from him. But he didn’t understand why he felt a need to keep both Geet and the boy away from everyone else. When Suhas made the announcement of engagement he felt like his life is slipping away from him. And Rehan, he is Geet and Karan’s son.. That was the worst shock he received. But how is it possible, the boy seems two years old, but Geet have been with him then. Did she know Karan since then? No, that can’t be true. Geet never even talked much with others except her papa when she was with him and she was there all the time with him. He couldn’t think properly. He just wanted to leave the party.

He looked for Piya to leave and what he saw shook him more. Piya was watching Geet and Karan with tears in her eyes. Why tears? May be he read it wrong, maybe it was happy tears for Annie. He went near her and shook her gently. She turned to look at Maan and quickly wiped the tears smiling. He asked, “Kya baat he Piya, tum kyun ro rahi thi?” Piya told, “Yeh tho khushi ki aasu he Maan. Ab sab tik hogaya he. Sabko unke zindagi ka khushi milgaya he” and told in her heart, “Siwaye humhe.” Her words were deep than it appeared to be. But Maan himself was not in a good state of mind to ask further. He asked, “Piya, ghar chale? Mujhe yaha bilkul acha nahi lag raha he.” Piya understood him and as she too wanted to leave, she went to Annie and told that they are leaving. Annie looked at Maan and knew why she told that. She agreed and when she was about to leave someone called her. She turned to see the person whom she was afraid to face. Karan asked, “Mrs. Khurana, aap aise kaise jaa sakthe hain. Kya aapki nanad ki khushiyon mein shaamil hona nahi chahthi he?” His each word was hurting her but she smiled and tried to cover up, “Aisi baat nahi he.” Karan immediately asked, “Tho phir aap party ke baad hi jayegi. Hena Annie?” Annie couldn’t have told no and she told, “Karan bhai sahi keh raha he. Aap please mat jayiye.” Piya couldn’t have refused her. She nodded her head and left to Maan without looking back at Karan. But she could feel his stare on her. She somehow persuaded Maan to stay back. Maan went to meet one of his business partners there all the while looking at Geet who seemed genuinely happy.

Neil took the mike after a while and told, “Ladies and gentlemen, hope you had a wonderful evening. But no party is complete without a dance. So let us hit the dance floor.” A romantic music started on the background. Neil took Annie’s hand and led her to dance. Karan soon joined them with Geet. Dev too joined them with Nandini. Maan and Piya were lost in their own world when dadima asked them to join the dance floor while both refused. Dadima has been noticing the strain between them ever since Annie arrived. She was not sure about what has gone wrong but decided to find out. Maan and Piya couldn’t take their eyes off Geet and Karan, the way they danced, the way they held each other. They could clearly see the love and warmth in their eyes. It was getting difficult for both to watch them like that, one with the realization of what was lost and other confused with the feelings.

After the song stopped, Karan told, “Enough of this romantic stuff.. Let us play something different and signaled to change the song..” When the music started Piya was stunned and looked to see Karan eyes on her. She immediately looked down. Geet looked at Maan who was staring at her without blinking with a sea of emotions in his eyes. When he noticed her he immediately looked somewhere else. She blinked back her tears and held Karan hand. They started marching steps with the music..

Hmm, apni yaadon ko chhod na jaana.
Apne vaadon ko tod na jaana
Jaana main hoon tera deewana, deewana
Aashiq pehla puraana
Apni yaadon ko chhod na jaana
Apne vaadon ko tod na jaana
Jaana main hoon tera deewana, deewana
Aashiq pehla puraana

The song was having the same effect in both Maan and Piya but the difference was Piya understood it very well while Maan couldn’t. Karan and Geet kept steeling glances at Maan and Piya throughout the song obvious to others.

Jaise tune toda mera dil, tera dil tootega – 2
Tere haathon se bhi kisi ka daaman chhootega
Yaad rakhna, o bekadar, bekhabar bewafa
Mm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm, saari rasmon ko chhod na jaana
Apni kasmon ko tod na jaana
Jaana main hoon tera deewana, deewana
Aashiq pehla puraana

Few others joined them while they almost formed a circle around Maan and Piya. Geet held Karan’s hand in hers and danced near Maan while Karan followed her steps. Each of the words was having a deep impact on Maan but he couldn’t understand why as he was yet unaware of his and Geet’s feelings. He was getting irritated with each moment of closeness between Karan and Geet. He wanted to pry away his hands from her and take her away. But a feeling of helplessness assailed him and he stood rooted at the spot unable to move.

Hmm, mere baad ab kisko barbaad karegi
Mere baad ab kisko barbaad karegi
Meri tarah tu bhi ek din faryaad karegi
Yaad rakhna, o beadab, besamajh beimaan 

Mm hmm hmm hmm
Haan, aise apnon ko chhod na jaana
Mere sapnon ko tod na jaana
Jaana main hoon tera deewana, deewana
Aashiq pehla puraana
Apni yaadon ko chhod na jaana
Apne vaadon ko tod no jaana
Jaana main hoon tera deewana, deewana
Aashiq pehla puraana

Oberoi’s and Annie understood that Karan selected it because of Maan and others were obvious to it. But no one except Geet noticed the way Karan looked at Piya and how she was unable to face him. Piya was burning inside with each of the lines. Whom should she tell her helplessness? No one… He was right… “This has left me no where…”

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