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Thursday, August 20, 2015
She walks towards the stage set in the center of the huge shamiana in the mowed lawns of Rajkot’s biggest party plot; accompanied by her girl friends and cousins sisters. The girls squad’s killing looks seem to be a strategy to wound their rivals. As she walks ahead managing her heavy ensemble, her dark brown eyes search for a glimpse of Niket waiting for her with bated breath. Their eyeballs bump into each other and she pauses to smile; Niket stands dumbfounded by her beauty. Every step she takes further makes him realise how much he wants her in his life. He extends a hand to her and they climb the steps to the centre stage together amidst a thunderstorm of rythmic claps.
Madhu (from Bangalore), Swami (from Chennai), Arpit (from Mumbai), Ruhi (from Delhi), Abhinav and Latika (from Jaipur) board their respective flights and arrive at Rajkot airport by 11 AM. A car has been arranged to transport them directly to the engagement venue.
Latika and Ruhi meet each other for the first time; in the little bit of conversation they manage to have, they start liking each other. The car buzzes with excitement as Abhinav and Latika declare they are officially committed with blessings from their parents!! Abhinav shares he’ll be heading back to Berlin for some time and post that, take a transfer to India, probably Jaipur. Arpit reads out his resignation letter and his plan to start something in advertising; Ruhi supports him with the decision! Swami shares how the trek lead to a tremendous change in himself, he learned to say what he wanted in front of his dad; the best part being his dad totally got him!
Rajkot is hot for August; but the clear skies are necessary today as Niket has arranged for the ceremony to take place in an open lawn. They get stunned by the opulence of the purple shamiana. They reach just in time for Siddhi to walk down the red carpet.
She walks towards the stage set in the center of the huge shamiana in the mowed lawns of Rajkot’s biggest party plot; accompanied by her girl friends and cousins sisters. The girls squad’s killing looks seem to be a strategy to wound their rivals. As she walks ahead managing her heavy ensemble, her dark brown eyes search for a glimpse of Niket waiting for her with bated breath. Their eyeballs bump into each other and she pauses to smile; Niket stands dumbfounded by her beauty. Every step she takes further makes him realise how much he wants her in his life. He extends a hand to her and they climb the steps to the centre stage together, amidst a thunderstorm of rhythmic claps.
Ruhi holds Arpit’s hands watching the fairy tale engagement. She wonders whether their parents will accept them. She’ll get to know soon, they’re going to catch an evening train to Jaipur to spend the weekend with Arpit’s parents.
Latika feels comforted and pride as Abhinav has put his huge arm on her shoulder. As Abhinav looks at the stage, Latika can’t help but observe his dimpled smile and his happy-go-lucky nature which thrives into the environment and makes complicated things simpler.
Niket indicates the DJ to play his song and the music begins. Niket points his fingers at Siddhi lipsing the initial lines in total bollywood style.
Tu Hai Aasmaan Main, Teri Yeh Zameen Hai
Tu Jo Hai, To Sab Kuch Hai, Na Koi Kami Hai
His cousins stand on their chairs in various parts of the lawn and begin to wave their hands facing the centre stage – It is a flash mob, the way Niket had seen on the trek!!
Tu Hi Dil Hai, Tu Hi Jaan Bhi Hai
Tu Khushi Hai, Aasra Bhi Hai
Teri Chaahat Zindagi Hai
Tu Mohabbat, Tu Aashiqui Hai, Tu Aashiqui Hai
Tu Hi Dil Hai …Tu Aashiqui Hai
Siddhi cannot believe what is happening; Niket has taken the pain to find her favourite song from her cousins and plotted along with them to give her the best surprise ever!! She looks around to see all cousins standing on their chairs waving at them.
Niket catches her finger and she takes a turn! Niket lifts her up and she looks around the happy faces surrounding them – to mark the beginning of a new phase of her life. The curtain above them opens and they get drained in a shower of rose petals.
As the song proceeds ahead, Niket forgets the choreography. He suddenly seems to have been born with two left feet. Determined, he invents his own moves, which make him laugh joyously; he cannot believe he is dancing impromptu. He stretches his arms for Siddhi with a silly grin on his face, his awkward moves and facial expressions make Siddhi laugh as he approaches her to dance along. Within no time, he has scooped her in his arms and they exchange rings.
Siddhi is proud of her choice – this is him, peppy, loving, joyous, determined and messy. His imperfections make them perfect together!
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