TRUE LOVE WILL THAW(RAGLAK)(EPILOGUE)
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“FOLLOW YOUR HEART, BUT TAKE YOUR BRAIN WITH YOU”
“But main Kabir hoon ya Laksh?” asked Chotu scratching his head, after Laksh had completed narrating his whole journey of Love to his son. Raghav, who looked much like Ragini but had inherited all the traits from his father Laksh started laughing at Chotu’s condition. “Bhai you keep thinking whether you are Laksh or Kabir and one day she’ll itself come here” Raghav said, holding Chotu’s shoulders. “That’s wonderful!! She’ll propose me all by herself??” Chotu asked excitedly jumping off the bed. “No. She’ll be here to invite you for her wedding” Raghav snapped. “Raghav ke bacche! Bhaag! Go! Go and study. 12th exams are nearing and look at what you are doing. Bhaag!” Chotu(Rohan Mehra) screamed, throwing a pillow at him. Everyone started laughing looking at how Chotu looked. He was behaving like a scared kitten.
“How’ll I know if I’m Kabir or Laksh in my story? How’ll I know whether she’s my Anarkali or my Ragini?” he questioned. “Simple” Shreya said with a smile as she placed a tray of biscuits on the bed. Kabir could not resist anymore, he jumped on the biscuits only to get a menacing glare from his Chotu. “Ok” he grinned widely leaving the biscuit on its place. Chotu looked at Shreya, who was smart as Swara and sweet like Sanskar, expecting an answer. “If you’d been Kabir you would’ve not even accidentally imagined about proposing her and making Bhavna your girlfriend. Kabir Chachu was genuinely the most genuine friend of his Anarkali”, Shreya explained. Laksh smiled proudly at Kabir who was busy looking at the biscuits. This guy!! If looks could eat, he would have now completed eating the plate too.
“You love her with all your heart and definitely Khaato Shyam ji will be with you” Ragini said pleasingly stroking his hair, looking at her worried Chotu. Adarsh started “Bhavna is a very good girl. She won’t..” but was cut by Sanskar “She won’t reject you. Adarsh Bhaiyya is right” Sanskar grinned. “No. I meant She won’t slap you after your proposal” Adarsh laughed giving a hi-five to Amar, who was Adarsh’s partner in crime while stealing his Mom Parineeta’s handmade Rasgullas and Adarsh would help his buddy to hide his exam papers from his Mother. Parineeta glared at them and the 2 boys looked down at the floor for help.
“Swara I’m so scared” Chotu said pouting sadly. “Chotu! Calm down. She won’t say no. You are just like me” Laksh boasted . “Exactly! So even you are going stop her marriage just 10 seconds before her wedding just like your Lucky. Get geared up for her wedding then.” Kabir smirked at Laksh and Laksh groaned. “Arrey Bhaiyya!! Don’t worry” Kaira, Kabir’s daughter smiled kissing Chotu’s cheek. “Ladies I love you all. Once Bhavna accepts me I’ll take you all out for a picnic” Chotu announced with his charming smile. “But why not us??” Sanskar asked worried looking at which Shreya giggled. “Because you people are GOOD-FOR-NOTHING” Chotu shouted.
“Why are you screaming?” a melodious voice asked. And there was she. BHAVNA SINGHANIA(Vaishali Takkar), Chotu’s long ,very long time best friend who has now turned to be his long time crush and soon he’s expecting her to get promoted to his lover. Chotu was terrified looking at Bhavna on his doorstep. “Wh..When did you come?” Chotu asked aghast. “I was waiting down, but Daadi grabbed me here saying this is like my room” Bhavna giggled and Sujata winked at Chotu for her move, to which he returned back a glare.
“What happened Chotu? Is everything fine?” Bhavna asked concerned. “Uh..No..No I mean Yes..” Chotu answered abruptly leaving Bhavna confused. “He..He wants to tell you something” Kabir started and got punched from Lisa. “What is that Chotu? You know you can trust me.” She said with a wide smile. Ragini smiled deeply thinking of how each time Kabir used to soothe her pain asking her to share the reason just like how Bhavna did. “Woh..That’s nothing..Nothing..Nothing serious” Chotu dragged. “Tell me” Bhavna continued, taking his palm in hers.
“Bhavna..” Chotu said and took a deep breath.
“Are you my Anarkali or my Ragini?” he asked quickly. Amar and Shreya hit their forehead on the wall.
“Wh..What? Sorry I didn’t get you” Bhavna replied confused.
“Woh..Woh Bhavna” Chotu stammered.
“He loves you” Kabir told. All 13 pairs of eyes were on Kabir. Bhavna looked at Chotu with questioning eyes. “Chotu?” she asked expecting an answer.
Chotu and Bhavna were standing at the front portion of the room and rest all stood on the other portion near the bed. Chotu and Bhavna stood facing each other and Bhavna facing the other members too.
“Bhavna right from the beginning. You know the very beginning. From 2nd grade” Chotu spoke, looking down not able to face Bhavna. “I’d been loving you. First I thought I like you more because you were my best friend. But only after entering the college I realized how deep I’d fallen for you..” Chotu continued speaking.
But Bhavna’s eyes were stuck on the rest of the family members. From left to right, slowly every person started blowing a pink balloon. Ragini was in extreme left, she blew first. The Balloon had a smiley with a word “WE”.
Rest of the members started doing the same one by one.
And Sujata held a balloon having a ‘kissing smiley’. Tears started rolling down her cheeks. She read again “WE LOVE CHOTU AND CHOTU LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY. PLEASE ACCEPT HIM” She nodded her head smiling. Chotu raja who was unaware of the whole scenario kept talking ” …I was really touched by how you helped…” Bhavna ran towards Sujata and gave her a kiss on her cheek.
Chotu turned, assuring himself that Bhavna had run to bring something to beat him up but found the Maheshwaris proposing Bhavna on his behalf. He smiled nodding his head. “I’m nothing without you people” he mumbled smiling.
“Bhavna..this cake Chotu made it for you” Lisa said, as she brought a chocolate truffle to the room. Everyone in the room except Bhavna knew it was not Chotu’s preparation but it was Lisa’s magic. Lisa winked at Chotu and Chotu gifted her a flying kiss.
And Kaira informed “He took the whole night baking the cake and yesterday the whole day he was busy surfing for the recipes Bhavna di”. Chotu grinned blankly. He walked to Kaira and whispered
“Drama queen yeh kuch zyada nahi hua??” Kaira gave him a evil grin and answered “Everything is fair in love and war Bhai”. Chotu sighed.
“I demand an explanation Mr.Maheshwari” Bhavna asked menacingly. “Act..Actually Bhavna. Yeah this is the truth I’ve deeply fallen for you. I..I love you a lot Bhav” Chotu said looking down. Then he raised his head up, looked straight into her eyes and admitted “Yes I love you” followed by a deep breath.
The whole place remained silent waiting for Bhavna’s answer. “Anarkali” she spoke out. “Haan?” Chotu asked. “The answer for the question you asked” she replied. “Oh” he sighed sadly and gave her a fake smile to which Bhavna started laughing madly and spoke up” I don’t want to be your Anarkali. I want to be your Ragini forever” she stated smiling widely.
Shreya, Kaira, Amar jumped in excitement. Very soon Raghav joined the gang again and they already started celebrating. Chotu couldn’t hold himself, he engulfed Bhavna in a tight hug. The Maheshwaris were all smiles. Laksh wrapped his arms around Ragini and kissed the top of her head.
Lisa looked at Kabir expecting a hug, but Kabir was busy admiring his Chotu. She slapped his head. Kabir gave his best baby-face look and got awarded with a biscuit from his Darling.
“Err.. Wait.. How did you know the Anarkali and Ragini thing??” Chotu shot leaving Bhavna blink badly. “Woh..Woh.. Actually” she dragged when Kabir broke into laughter followed by Amar and the rest followed them. “Was this any plan?” Chotu asked curiously.
“Rey Chore this girl knew everything right from the beginning” Sujata answered. “Everything matlab?” Chotu asked. “She was sitting down listening to your whole conversation through this phone” she pointed to Sanskar’s phone kept in speaker mode. Sanskar gulped looking at the glowering Chotu.
“Bade Papa” he yelled and started running behind Sanskar. The whole family started laughing. “Dekha Jiji? My grandson is so good that no girl can ignore him” Sujata boasted to Annapurna, listening to which Raghav popped out saying “Maa even I want to make my Daadi proud then. I’ll also propose a girl tomorrow” listening to which Annapurna giggled and Ragini held his ears.
“Okay now Chotu and Bhavna cut the cake and distribute it to all of us” Kabir instructed giving an I-Love-You look..to the cake. Chotu looked at Bhavna to proceed but Bhavna asked “You don’t want to know why I accepted?”
“Please tell” Chotu replied with a goofy smile on his face.
“I’d fallen for you from the day you joined Math tuitions just to accompany me and then the love kept amplifying when you started leaving school late just to walk back with me, when you didn’t submit your record notes when I didn’t bring it completed, when you always took an extra photocopy of all the notes just for me, when you kept looking at me even though the board was on the other side, when you look dumb wearing pink colour shirts but still continue wearing them just because I love pink, when you snatch the food from my hand and eat everything mercilessly but finally end up feeding Lisa Aunty’s tasty lunch by your own hands, you have even spent so many sleepless nights helping me with my presentation in the initial days of my job and.. and there are lots more Chotu. And the most important reason is.. there’s no reason. I love you as you are. Will you marry me?” Bhavna was on her knees as she completed. The Maheshwaris were awestruck and our Chotu was dumbstruck.
Chotu kept nodding his head and finally he lifted Bhavna up. “Bhav..You are my Ragini, My Kabir, My Lisa, My Lucky and my dear Maheshwaris. You know how madly I love these people. I promise to love you more than them” Chotu promised taking Bhavna’s palm in hers and quickly Bhavna engulfed him in a tight hug.
Soon Kabir threatened Chotu and Bhavna to cut the cake and Bhav-Chotu chose to feed every single Maheshwari personally. Laksh wrapped his arm around Ragini and whispered “Every love story is unique and ours is worth telling only because of them”, pointing towards Kabir, who was hugging Lisa, Chotu and Bhavna with his wide charming smile.
“After all TRUE LOVE WILL THAW” Laksh said, still looking at them. “Matlab?” Ragini asked innocently looking up into her man’s eyes. “Matlab….hmm..Yeah! Ragini’s true love had thawed Laksh, who is now totally head over heels on her.” Ragini giggled. Laksh continued “Your true love had thawed your Dadima so much that she accepted me despite knowing everything that I did to you. Dadima’s true love had thawed you much that you were never ready to deceive her. Kabir’s true love had thawed Lisa to leave her rich Daddy and stand for Chotu and him. Lisa Daddyâs true love had thawed him to accept her love in spite of knowing Kabirâs background then. And now Chotu’s very very true love has thawed our Bhavna. TRUE LOVE WILL THAW DARLING”, kissing Ragini’s top of the head. Ragini and Laksh smiled looking at the whole family celebrating.
Sujata did a quick touch-up with her handy make up kit and took out her brand new Iphone 7 for a lovely selfie. But she couldn’t stop admiring her son Kabir. She took a snap of Kabir, Lisa, Chotu and Bhavna laughing light heartedly and then she instructed all the Maheshwaris and Bhavna to stand properly for a selfie, but which actually turned out to be a crazy one. An honest beautiful one.
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