One Shot~Dhadkan 06/02/18

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One Shot~Dhadkan (By Sviji) (Thanked: 187 times)

This is prequel to the SS~Dhadkan, the journey of Arnav’s love. I did not want to input in the SS, instead posting it like One shot. A little of his family background, his first meet with Khushi to their marriage.




                                             One Shot~ Dhadkan



Part A

Raizada’s were one of the well-known wealthy and influential Zamindar family who had been bestowed with Royal title during British Imperialism. The first to be titled Raja was Rudra Singh Raizada, in 1865. To the present Raizada’s still hold the Royal title.

The origin of Raizada’s was Lucknow. Raja Ranjith Raizada and Rani Sujatha Raizada had only son Abhay Raizada. Since Ranjith wanted to establish Textile Company in Delhi, so the family shifted to Delhi.

Raizada Textile with years had become one of the top company in India. Ranjith passed the responsibility of RT to his son Abhay as soon as he completed his education.

Later, Abhay got married to Ratna and one year later they had Anjali. Ranjith and Sujatha, shifted back to their hometown to live their last few years in their ancestral home. While, Abhay, Ratna, Anjali lived with Ratna’s family in one house.  Four years later, the couple were blessed with a son, Arnav Singh Raizada. And Year later, Akash Mittal was born to Manohar Mittal and Manorama Mittal (Ratna’s brother and sister in law). Ranjith and Sujatha, once a year comes to Delhi to visit their son and his family. Arnav and Anjali visit’s their grandparents along their parents twice a year during his school half yearly and annual leave. Both the times Abhay and Ratna will take them to Lucknow and will return to Delhi after two to three days, while children remains behind to stay with the grandparents.


Raizada House, Lucknow,


Arnav always look forward to visit his grandparents. That year only Arnav (8 yr old) had come to Lucknow to visit his grandparents, Anjali had refused wishing to join summer camp. Abhay, Ratna, and Arnav had only reached few minutes before to the warm welcome of Ranjith and Sujatha who were waiting eagerly.

Sujatha “Beta, Ratna bahu go and freshen up. The lunch will be served in an hour.” Ratna turned to her son who was quiet happy to sit with his grandfather. Sujatha “I’ll take him to his room. Tum log jao”

Abhay and Ratna left to their room, Sujatha “Chotte, come first freshen up and then later you can talk with your Dadu.”

Arnav “Dadu I’ll come back soon and tell you what Di did, okay”

Dada ji ruffling his hair “Done, now go, your Dadi is waiting.”


Dadi and Arnav were coming back down when his eyes fell on the figure lying inside the room. The door was opened and inside someone is lying. Stopping before the room he looked at his Dadi curiously “Who is that?”

Dadi smiling “She is Khushi.”

Arnav “Khushi?”

Dadi “Yes, she and her parents are living here”

Arnav “Why?”

Dadi “they are our paying guest beta”

He did not understand much about paying guest. Not able to contain his curiosity he walked inside the room. He looked at the little girl sleeping clutching the doll tight in her hands.

Dadi “Come beta, don’t disturb her. If she wakes up she will cry for her mother.”

Arnav “Where is her mother?”

Dadi “She is in school. She will come back in sometime.”

All he could say was Oh, looking back at Khushi he smiled, ah he will get new friend. Dadi pulled him out of the room, while going down Arnav “Will she like to be my friend?”

Dadi “you want to?”

Arnav “Yes, I would like to have a friend here.”

Dadi “maybe she will, you should ask her.” Arnav grinned nodding.

The lunch was noisy affair, everyone settled in the living room enjoying the desert. Abhay “Are you sure of them Dad? What is the need for paying guest?” his father had informed him of the paying guest in their house. But he is sceptic.

Ratna “haan Papa ji, I’m too worrying.”

Dadi placing her hand gently on her arm “don’t worry, Shashi bitwa is Suseela’s (Ranjith’s sister, a distant relative) sister in law’s son. From few years he had been in Mumbai. So when he decided to shift here Suseela asked us to help them get settled here. They were looking for nice home in nice locality. It was Ranjith who invited them to stay here. Shashi bitwa agreed only if we let him pay for living here. And you know bitwa, in this big house only we two living. It would be nice to have someone around. Shashi bitwa and Garima bitiya is nice people.”

Dadi “Have a four year old daughter, Khushi.”

Abhay “What is he doing, Dad?”

Dada ji “He is a manager in Kalyani Finance. And Garima betiya has joined as teacher in nearby school.”

Dadi “She has special classes for tenth and twelfth class. So had go even during these holidays. Khushi will start going to same school from this year. With them we don’t feel lonely.”

Ratna “Chotte was saying she is sleeping upstairs.”

Dadi “Yes, she is taking afternoon nap. Bahut hi pyaari bachhi hai.” In their talks they did not notice Arnav slipping, rushing upstairs. Reaching to the room Khushi is sleeping he walked inside frowning said looking at her “kitna soti ho. When will you wake up?”  he perched on the bed beside her waiting.





Dadi held Khushi in her arms, as the later looked at Arnav afraid. Few minutes before she had woken up from her sleep only to see a stranger beside her. Seeing someone new she started crying. Dadi and everyone rushed inside the room to see a confused Arnav sitting on the bed.

Ratna “Chotte what are you doing here?”

He looked at them all and said in small voice “I was waiting for her to get up.”

Dadi rushed to Khushi “it is alright beta”

Khushi clutched Dadi, picking her in her arms she took her outside, followed by Arnav who picked the doll Khushi had been holding lying on the bed. Arnav “Dadi I’m sorry I did not wanted to scare her.”

Ratna, Abhay, Ranjith looked at each other and followed them.

And from then Dadi is consoling her “Khushi, he is a friend.” Khushi just sat quiet not willing to get down from her lap.

Ratna pinching her cheek “Kitni pyaar hai Maa ji”, Khushi hid her face. Dada ji chuckled “other than her parents if she likes to be with anyone then it is only Sujatha. She is always scared of me.”

Dadi “it is because you are scary.” Dada ji fake glared at her. Abhay chuckled at that, Ratna hid her smile. Dadi “see this is why she does not come to you.”

 Arnav showed her the doll “see I brought your doll”, Khushi held her hand out for it, giving it to her he asked hopefully “will you play with me, Khushi?” seeing her not replying he looked at his Dadi sad.

Dadi assuring him “give her time Chotte. She is just shy.”




The time came after two days, Khushi had got along well with his mother, still shy around his father and wary of his Dada ji. She had been playing with a ball in the garden all alone when he came with his favourite toy his Dada ji got for him.

Khushi looked at him from the corner of her eyes. Arnav “Khushi look, see what Dada ji brought for me.”

He rode his toy car towards her, stopping by her side he said “Come sit”

She looked at it silently. Arnav “You don’t want to?” knowing well she is very much interested. Arnav riding it around in circle shouted “Soch lo”

He again stopped by her, Khushi looked at him and then at the car. Getting down he held her hand “Come you will like it. Bahut maza ayega.”

Khushi let him sit her in the car quietly, he smiled seeing her not running away from him. Getting on his seat “here we go….1,2…..3” Khushi squealed as it started and he laughed as she screamed in excitement. Dadi, Ratna, Garima came out hearing her scream and chuckled seeing the two enjoying.

Dadi “at the end he had managed to befriend her.”


It was the start of the friendship.

Years passed, with Arnav and Khushi growing, lot of changes came in their lives. For Arnav, Khushi has become someone he did not wish to share with anyone. As for Khushi, Arnav is one of her best friend.

The first seed of fear he felt when Khushi and her family moved into their own house Shashi had brought in the next street of his grandparent’s. He was 16 then, and she 12.

When he visited his grandparents’ that year he felt the change. It was not like before when living in same house. And Khushi had made lot of friend’s in her neighborhood. Even when he would go and meet her, he felt like left out amidst the group of friend’s. Earlier it would be only them in the two months, they would have lot of fun. But that year he felt like he is not anymore important in her life. She had become busy with new friends. It is not like she would ignore him but he felt bad for not being her only attention.




That very same year there was an unexpected visit to Lucknow again with his entire family including his maternal side. And the reason, his Dada ji passed away in sleep. Doctor had concluded after checking it is heart attack.

After the funeral completed, he and his Di had returned back with Maama and Maami ji. Dad, Maa, and Nani had remained behind with Dadi.




He was entering second year of his fashion degree when he realized his love for Khushi. It was the time when Shashi uncle’s sister Madhu shifted to their house. Being orthodox in belief she did not like Khushi mingling with the boys.

That day he had gone to Khushi house with the sweets made by his Dadi and he overheard her bua ji scolding her “Khushi, you are not a child now to be playing with boys. You are big enough now. It does not look good. Keep a distance from them.”

As he entered the house welcomed by Garima aunty he knew the look Madhu bua sent him, he too is listed in the avoid boys list.

It became prominent to him when in the next semester leave Khushi avoided him. If she talked it would be to limited few seconds. From the girl being chatterbox she had become self-conscious around opposite gender. He would not minded her keeping distance from other boys, in fact he would be glad but avoiding him too became too much for him.

He felt like she is going away from him. That did not felt good.

His heart feeling heavy, feeling empty within. The realization did not take long for him. He should have known why he could not see her giving attention to anyone else even if that someone is her girlfriend. He should have known why he is possessive for her. He should have known all along, that he had fell in love with Khushi Gupta.





Arnav~20, Khushi~16,

Khushi “Dadi, can I bring my friend’s here? We are having sleep over at my home. But they want to meet you.”

Dadi suspiciously “Me?”

Khushi averting her gaze “more like to meet your grandson.” Dadi raised her eyebrows at that, Khushi giggled saying “they think he is handsome.”

Dadi “and what do you think?”

Khushi pondered on her words “I never gave it a thought” Dadi chuckled at her. Arnav who had come down to see her knowing her visit felt disappointment hearing her words. Did she feel nothing for me? Does she not mind if other girl’s try to get his attention?





Arnav said coldly “Dadi, I’m not show piece that she will show me to her friend’s”

Khushi looked at him hurt, her eyes filling, she had come behind Dadi to request him to meet her friend’s but hearing him say this she felt bad.

Dadi “Khushi”

Arnav turned around, his eyes locking with her teary one. Walking over to her he held her hand dragging her to her old room she used when she lived there. Pushing her inside he closed the door staring at his Dadi pointedly who never saw him this angry. Dadi retreated worried for Khushi.

Khushi gulped, she started moving back as he moved forward. Soon she had nowhere to move as he trapped her between him and the wall. Arnav “Look at me” it was not a request but a command.

Staring intently at her he bit out “I did not like the fact you got your girlfriends here”

She stuttered “but they wanted to meet you.”

Arnav “That is what hurts me Khushi. You bringing other girls to see me. Why should they meet me Khushi?”

Khushi “they like you….they wanted to become your friend.”

Arnav “More like to try their luck with me. Why can’t you see they are using you? They just don’t want to be my friend but much more. Definitely you cannot be blind to that.”

Khushi looked down, yes she knew it. Even Diya her best friend had gushed how she wants to be his girlfriend. She looked at him hesitatingly. Arnav moved back away from her “Khushi, I don’t know if you consider me your friend or not but for me you are my special friend. And you doing this hurt me.” Telling her in clipped voice he left the room leaving behind disturbed Khushi.






Next day evening, he went to Khushi’s home to meet her. Her hurt eyes, his rude behaviour towards her did not leave him in peace. He knew she is naïve and readily comes under anyone’s word. What is worst is? She does not even know what he feels for her. Knowing her age, he did not feel comfortable to let her know his feelings for her when she should concentrate on her studies but her playing cupid really dismayed him.

By the swing leading to garden.

He looked at her quiet figure sitting beside him. Arnav “I’m sorry Khushi, for being rude to you”

She looked at him surprised not expecting it. He forwarding a bouquet “this is for you.”

Taking the bouquet “Thank you. This is lovely. I love pea**** feather. In fact I love pea****. They are beautiful bird.”

Arnav “I know.” 

“I’m sorry too. I only thought about them when they requested me to introduce to you. Never gave a thought if you would like it or not.”

“Don’t be. Aur waise your friend had once tried to hit on me.” Khushi looked at him surprised.

Arnav “few days back when I came here to give prashad, your friend’s were there. It was evident from the way they flirted with me.” 

Khushi felt like fool, she did not knew about this. Muttering an Oh, she kept quiet. He explained himself further “So I know why they requested you to introduce me to them. It had become old tricks. Seriously even girls back there in Delhi use my Di and Payal to get near me.”

Khushi “Payal?”

Arnav “Akash’s girlfriend”

Khushi nodding “I understand, it must be so tiring” he chuckled “not tiring but I get irritated.”

Khushi giggled “Seriously, you are totally opposite. Who will not enjoy such attention? Or maybe you already have girlfriend?”

Arnav “it is not like that” and he muttered under his breath “the one whose attention I am looking does not even knew. Unlucky me”

Khushi looked at him suspiciously “come on don’t lie. You don’t have someone in life?”

For few seconds Arnav kept quiet not knowing what he should reply to that, he can’t even come clean with his feeling for her and then sighed “Do you like someone, Khushi?”

Startled at the change of topic she looked at him, he asked again “Do you have crush….no…I mean do you have feelings for anyone?”

Khushi shaking her vigorously in No said “Nah……I don’t want to get hurt.”

He looked at her waiting, raising her eyebrows at him she said “Who will like me anyway? I’ll only end up hurting myself. So I never think about it. I hardly notice the opposite gender.” 

Arnav “What is wrong in you?”

She laughed “What is special in me?” pointing at herself “guys like girls who are slim….they want model like figure….zero slim waist.”

Disagreeing with her he countered “bul****…..only a blind fool will not see the beauty you are.” She chuckled “you are lying”

Holding her hand he said sincerely “You are beautiful Khushi. Don’t believe anyone say otherwise.” Khushi looked at him silently, she could see he is not lying. Getting flustered she removed her from his looking away.

Arnav getting up “I should leave now.” Khushi nodding her head got up, looking at her few second he left. Garima invited him to have dinner and go but he refused saying Dadi will be waiting.





Khushi~17, Arnav~21

Khushi came home still in shocked disbelief at the stunt Arnav pulled on her.

“You Arnav, you are very bad. How could you do this to me? Bua ji is right in saying to avoid boys.” She mutted in anger as she remembered the kiss. She could not believe Arnav would behave like this with.

She berated herself “you should have slapped him Khushi. But no like a cry baby you have to cry infront of him. I’ll never talk with him again. Ganda kahin ka.” She wiped her cheek as that would earase his kiss.


Arnav on the other hand smirked remembering his meet with Khushi. In few days he is leaving for US for his higher studies. He was planning to visit his Dadi for few days and of course Khushi once his board exam ended. Since he knew as he is leaving for US his family would want him to stay with them. But he did not knew his Dadi would come to Delhi. His whole family had planned the entire thing and the result he could not go there.

All he could manage was one day visit to Lucknow without letting anyone know.

Next Part~ By Thursday.

I wished to complete this OS within one post but we had guest in home and I could not draft fully. Also this shot is not coming perfectly too. It seems dry. I could not relate with it.

Hope it is at least likeable enough guys.

I'll post the next part on Thursday. So I could post first part of this SS by Friday. It is already ready.

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