My first OS for Rangrasiya. Comment if you like it.
"Stop," Paro whispered in Rudra's ear, "It's Mami-sa."
Rudra froze - his gun pointed towards the two people just
beyond the broken remnants of the old haveli wall where he and Paro
took refuge. His first instinct at any passing noise was to point and
shoot and if Paro hadn't stopped him he would have done just that.
For the past 16 hours he has been running with Paro trying to
save her from the goons sent to kill her by Thakur Tejawat. The hired
goons spotted Rudra and Paro leaving the haveli when they left it in the
morning to go to the BSD headquarters where Paro was to sign an
affidavit confirming the story of how her wedding was arranged and set
up by Thaku Tejawat and his people.
lot has happened in the last 3 months. BSD had gathered more
information on the smuggling ring and decided upon the fact that the
brides from Birpur were in all cases unaware of their situations. They
were hopeful brides going off to their husbands house when in fact they
were just tools for a smuggling shipment across the border. Once across
the border these women were sold to human traffickers.
To Rudra's great relief, Paro turned out to be a victim
and not a perpetrator aiding the smugglers. To Rudra's great despair,
Paro was now free to leave him. He knew she should tell her of the
advances made in the case. He knew he should tell her that he could take
her to the BSD HQ any day and make her sign some papers and set her
free. He knew what he HAD to do but he also realized the it is something
that he didn't WANT to do. He wanted to prolong the goodbye until it
was absolutely necessary, i.e. until his senior office ordered him to
How it happened, when it happened, he had no clue, but Paro had
slowly become a part of his regular life. He was used to seeing her
first thing iin the morning with a cup of tea for him. He was used to
seeing her after coming back from work. He was used to eating the food
she cooked. He was used to the nice , orderly room that she maintained.
He was used to the smell that emitted from her hair after her bath. He
was used to the ringing of her beautiful laughter (often shared with
Sunehri). And he was used to the deep breathes she took at night while
she slept on the floor. Rudra felt lost at the prospect of Paro's
departure from his life but hardened himself with his usual belief that
women leave. Beautiful women always leave - selfish beautiful women
always leave - they always leave.
fight had started half way to the BSD headquarters. Aman, who had an
uncanny feeling something might happen had sent some back up to escort
Rudra and Paro back to the HQ. It was them who spotted the attack on
Rudra and Paro and had to go into action. The fight escalated from a
simple fist fight between 4 hired goons and one BSD office to a full
fledged gunfight when more of the hired goons appeared in trucks and BSD
officers were left with no choice but to fire back.
Rudra escaped with Paro. He was hurt and bleeding from his
head, arm and face but his only focus was to keep Paro safe. Technically
the BSD didn't need her anymore. With this outbreak of chaos any and
every surviving captured goon can be taken into remand and interrogated
to get the necessary confession. And yet Rudra ran with her. He couldn't
risk putting her in any kind of peril. And he wasn't wrong.
Rudra took all the precautions he could to remove Paro from the
scene but he soon realized that they were being followed by two men. He
walked into a crowded bazaar, stole a large shawl and wrapped it around
Paro. They slipped stealthily out of the bazaar and ran towards the next
safest place he knew. An old broken down haveli at the edge of village
near the highway. He figured that he could stop a bus after midnight and
send Paro to Jaipur's BSD HQ.
They reached the haveli and finally breathed easy.
"You are bleeding." Paro meekly said.
"I know." Rudra replied between heave breaths.
"Are you seriously hurt? Can I help you?"
"No, I am alright. Head wounds bleed more that any other. I am okay."
"How long are we going to be here?"
don't know. Till dark at least. I will put you in a bus to Jaipur and
then I'll go back to the HQ to call them and tell them to pick you up."
"I am not leaving."
"What! Shut up. You will do exactly as I tell you to do."
"BSD doesn't need me anymore. Any of those gundey can tell them what happens."
Rudra looked at her and gave a mocking smile, "Arrey
wah...your mind is working like a computer now. Well, you'll still leave
because I am telling you to. Baas."
Paro sat in silence.
She knew not to rattle his cage when he was this angry. He usually
calmed down within half an hour and then he was his quiet brooding self.
has got to know Rudra in the last 3 months. His facade was that of a
hardened BSD officer who didn't care about the people around him but
Paro saw glimmers of his human side through minute cracks in his facade.
Paro noticed that Rudra was very fair. He was rough but fair. He never
hurt the innocent or the elderly (IF he knew they were right). He never
shouted at the sick or the poor. In fact his generosity towards the poor
villagers were noteworthy. Paro had a hard time sticking to her belief
that Rudra could kill any harmless person - and yet she saw him murder
her husband. Over the weeks that followed her return to his haveli from
the BSD tents, Paro heard bits and pieces of conversation between Rudra
and Aman Bai-sa that told her the smuggling across the border was indeed
a huge problem. And then came the explosive visit from Thakurain-sa.
Thakurain-sa has been in touch with Paro for some 3
weeks now. She found out Paro's whereabout and ambushed her in the
bazaar one day. Paro has been going to the bazaar every Wednesday to buy
subzi (albeit without Rudra's knowledge) and was surprised to see
Thakurain-sa there, covered from head to toe in a huge shawl and not
wearing her usual saree and jewelry.
"Thakurain-sa you? What are you doing here?" Paro asked, astonished.
Paro Bai-sa...I am so happy to see you. I cannot tell you how relieved I
am. Now listen. I have something very important to say to you. Listen
to me carefully and tell everything to your BSD officer."
Thakurain-sa then proceeded to tell Paro all about
Thakur's involvement in the smuggling of firearms and the wedding drama
that he arranged every year. Thakurain-sa made Paro promise that she
will never try to contact her again and that she will do whatever it
takes to keep herself safe even if it meant staying with the BSD
officer. Just like she appeared, Thakurain-sa vanished into thin air as
soon Paro made her promise.
Paro returned from the market in disbelief of what
she heard. Her faith in her short lived marriage and her short lived
husband was shattered. She never loved Varun, didn't have the time to
bond with him, but he was still her husband and she felt it was her duty
to mourn his death and be loyal to him the rest of her life. But when
she heard his role in this whole wedding/smuggling set up the ounce of
love and respect that still fired in her heart extinguished in a second.
Before realizing what was happening another fire that was quietly
burning in the back of her heart took over - a fire named Rudra. The
truth of it all came crashing down on Paro - Rudra was right all this
time about Varun and Thakur Tejawat. Her defiance and stubborn denial
about their involvement only made Rudra misunderstand her and her role
in this whole operation even more.
That evening when Rudra came home, Paro didn't
tell him anything. She just stared at him whole serving him roti and his
favorite sabzi. Paro looked at him in a new light - a light or
admiration, respect and love (?). Paro laughed alone just thinking about
it. How could she love this jallad? The next 3 weeks days passed in a
blissful haze. Paro sighed a breath of happiness every morning when she
woke up and saw Rudra and she sighed a breath of happiness at night
before bed. Even though there still hung a dagger of misunderstanding
from his part, her misconception was cleared and she was just happy to
be with Rudra. She knew she should tell Rudra about her meeting with
Thakurain-sa but she wanted to see where destiny lead her. ___________________________________________________________________________
Paro and Rudra were startled to reality by the sound of a vehicle braking.
"Hide behind me," Rudra pulled Paro behind him and winced silently.
few minutes later several shadows started to lurk in the darkness. Most
of them gathered somewhere beyond their line of vision but two shadowy
figures were slowly walking towards them. it wasn't until they were
almost a feet away from them that Rudra jumped out with his gun and
through gritted teeth exclaimed, "Identify yourself if you want to
"Aaa...aaa..." came the scared reply.
"No screaming, just tell me who you are and I will decide if you live or die," Rudra said.
"My name is Rupali and this is Janki Masi. We are from Birpur..." replied an young lady.
"Birpur...! I know why you are here...am going to shoot you both. "
"Stop," Paro whispered in Rudra's ear, "It's Mami-sa."
stopped dead in this tracks. He thought for a second and ordered the
girl to run for her lives and threatened her to never turn back or tell
anyone about what happened her or she will he hunted down and her whole
family killed. The girl, fortunately was too scared to retort and just
shook her head violently before running away.
"Beta, let me go too. Why are you holding me?"
Paro stepped out from behind Rudra and under the moonlit night Rudra
saw the glistening eyes of both the ladies as they reunited.
"Paro Bai-sa. Please forgive me. Thakur Tejawat made the
whole village promise that they should deny knowing you. He brainwashed
all of us to hate the BSD. I have been lamenting your death ever since I
heard about it and feeling guilty to the core for what I did to you
when you came back to me. Thakurain-sa finally felt bad for me and told
me that she met you and gave me your address. I was on my way to meet
you beta. But the road is blocked. The bus driver said there is some
sort of riot going on inside the village and all transportation in and
out of the city is suspended. I thought I would never see you again. Oh
beta..." Mami-sa broke down and hugged Paro.
"You met Thakurain-sa and you never told me about it?" Rudra asked angrily.
I didn't, " Paro replied after letting go of Mami-sa. " I didn't tell
you that I met her and that she told me all about Thakur's involvement
in the smuggling ring and the wedding drama. I knew for 3 weeks that you
were right about Thakur-sa and and Varun. Why do you think I so readily
agreed to signing the affidavit? If I hadn't known the truth I wouldn't
"Huh..and here I was..a stupid..thinking you agreed
because I was able to convince you about their roles and also clear your
name at the BSD," Rudra spewed out these words and added, "I have known
for weeks now that you were innocent and yet I tolerated you because
"I what, I what? You knew for 3 weeks and you didn't tell me I was free to go...why did you do that?" Paro asked.
"You knew for 3 weeks too, you could have confessed and could have been free...why did you not tell me?" Rudra asked back.
"I...I..." Paro couldn't finish her sentence.
Bai-sa...let's go. If this BSD officer is telling you that you are
innocent and free to go. Lets go. We won't return to Birpur, we will go
somewhere else from here. Lets go beta..."
"Jaipur...take her to Jaipur. Go and blend in and hide as
long as needed. Don't return to Birpur if you don't have to." Rudra
turned his back to the ladies and ordered Mami-sa.
"I am not leaving," Paro replied determinedly. "I am not going anywhere."
"Leave...NOW." Rudra ordered and then marched away into the darkness leaving behind an astonished Paro.
walked through the ruins in a bitter haze. He was blinded by the tears
that were easily raining down his eyes. He has left Paro behind, might
never see her again in his entire life...just the thought of it made his
heart ache. He has fallen in love with this dove of a girl. He was in
love with Paro. Despite all the pain and the arguments, he has fallen in
love with her and now he has left her before she can leave him...like
He walked the remaining distance to the village and was
rushed to the hospital despite his refusal. He was released from the
hospital at the wee hours of the morning and was dropped home by a BSD
The main doors were not locked so he pushed it open and
limped inside. He felt tired..emotionally drained...empty...lost. What
could have been was now a never would be story in his life and he
himself was responsible for it. Paro knew she was free...didn't she and
yet she stayed back...why? Why hadn't Rudra given her the chance to give
an answer? What was he so afraid of? Not all woman were like his
mother, may she would have stayed.
As he walked to his room and opened the door he smelled
the familiar smell that was purely Paro's. She hadn't packed her things
in the morning because they were supposed to come back from the BSD HQ
and do it. Paro's smell lingered like a ghost from the past and Rudra
breathed in a lung full of this beautiful fragrance before collapsing on
his bed defeated.
"You want to change into fresh clothes? Do you want to
take a bath? Want me to bring some hot water?" came a voice from
Rudra's eyes flew open as he searched for
the source of it and finally landed on the beautiful face of Paro who
was quietly standing at the corner of the room. Her eyes were puffy from
crying but she wasn't disheveled. It seemed she had bathed and changed
her clothes and was now quietly waiting for him. Rudra couldn't believe
"I...you...how?" Rudra mumbled.
quietly walked to the bathroom and came back out with a wet rag and a
towel. She quietly proceeded towards Rudra who was sitting up on the
bed. He offered the rag to Rudra and said, "Your stitches may get wet,
you shouldn't bathe. Just uses this rag to clean the dirt."
"I am fine." Rudra replied, "How did you..."
"I walked back to the barricades and Aman Bai-sa was there. He let me in." Paro said.
"Why did you come back?" Rudra asked.
"Why didn't you tell me you knew I was innocent and I could be free?" Paro asked.
"Why didn't you tell me you could give the proof of your innocence and leave?" Rudra retorted.
"Why are you such a jallad...?" Paro shot back.
"Why are you...you...here? Why did you come back?" Rudra stuttered and then calmly asked.
took the wet rag and slowly dabbed a corner on his forehead. She
silently cleaned the grime and caked up blood from the edges of his
hairline and around his jaw. The entire time Rudra silently stared at
When his face was cleaned, Paro turned back and said, "I will go get the rag cleaned and bring it back."
Rudra grabbed her hand and spun her around.
"Why did you come back Parvati? Answer me" Rudra growled.
Rudra no. I will no longer follow your orders. I don't work under you
and I am not your maid. If you want answers you have to answer my
questions too: Why did you leave me, Rudra, why?" barked Paro.
know who I am, you know what I am. I am a broken human being incapable
of love. I left you because I love you and I cannot hurt you anymore and
if you stayed with me you would have had more grief than what I have
already given you."
"You have hurt me the most today
Rudra...by leaving me behind with my Mami-sa and never looking back. Do
you know why I didn't call you? Because I needed to speak to my Mami-sa
and convince her that you need me more than anyone else in this world. I
complete you Rudra, whether you believe it or not. "
"Yes you do and that is why I am scared. Because if you leave me after promising to...to..." Rudra hesitated.
"..to love you and be your wife?" Paro completed his sentence.
love me and be my real wife, I would be shattered Parvati." Rudra
slumped his head and rested it on her hand held in his.
gently caressed his hair and said, "Major-sa, I will never leave you.
You didn't force your love on me, it grew from within my own heart. I
have fallen in love with you gradually. I have seen your strong side and
I have seen you weakness and despite all I have learned to love you and
respect you. I love you.
For the first time in her
life Paro saw Rudra smiling genuinely. She could tell it was a genuine
smile because his eyes were smiling too. They were teary but happy. So
Paro smiled with him.
Rudra got up on his feet and
took a step towards Paro and engulfed her in the most loving and
intimate hug any man could give his love. Edited by asyafan6 - 2014-02-11T15:15:46Z