ज्योति -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

Icon-edit.gif is lekh ka punarikshan evn sampadan hona avashyak hai. ap isamen sahayata kar sakate hain. "sujhav"

vidhava ho jane ke bad booti ka svabhav bahut katu ho gaya tha. jab bahut ji jalata to apane mrit pati ko kosati-ap to sidhar ge, mere lie yah jnjal chhod ge . jab itani jaldi jana tha, to byah n jane kisalie kiya . ghar men bhooni bhaaung nahin, chale the byah karane ! vah chahati to doosarari sagaee kar leti . ahiron men isaka rivaj hai . dekhane-sunane men bhi buri n thi . do-ek adami taiyar bhi the, lekin booti pativrata kahalane ke moh ko n chhod saki . aur yah sara krodh utarata tha, bade ladake mohan par, jo ab solah sal ka tha . sohan abhi chhota tha aur maina ladaki thi . ye donon abhi kisi layaq n the . agar yah tinon n hote, to booti ko kyon itana kasht hota . jisaka thoda-sa kam kar deti, vahi roti-kapada de deta. jab chahati kisi ke sir baith jati . ab agar vah kahin baith jae, to log yahi kahenge ki tin-tin bachchon ke hote ise yah kya soojhi .

mohan bharasak usaka bhar halka karane ki cheshta karata . gayon-bhaison ki sani-pani, duhana- mathana yah sab kar leta, lekin booti ka munh sidha n hota tha . vah roj ek-n-ek khuchad nikalati rahati aur mohan ne bhi usaki ghudakiyon ki paravah karana chhod diya tha . pati usake sir grihasthi ka yah bhar patakakar kyon chala gaya, use yahi gila tha . bechari ka sarvanash hi kar diya . n khane ka sukh mila, n pahanane-odhane ka, n aur kisi bat ka. is ghar men kya ayi, mano bhatti men pad gee . usaki vaidhavy-sadhana aur atript bhog-lalasa men sadaiv dvandv-sa macha rahata tha aur usaki jalan men usake hriday ki sari mriduta jalakar bhasm ho gee thi . pati ke pichhe aur kuchh nahin to booti ke pas char-paaunch sau ke gahane the, lekin ek-ek karake sab usake hath se nikal ge .

usi muhalle men usaki biradari men, kitani hi auraten thin, jo usase jethi hone par bhi gahane jhamakakar, ankhon men kajal lagakar, mang men sendur ki moti-si rekha dalakar mano use jalaya karati thin, isalie ab unamen se koee vidhava ho jati, to booti ko khushi hoti aur yah sari jalan vah ladakon par nikalati, visheshakar mohan par. vah shayad sare snsar ki striyon ko apane hi roop men dekhana chahati thi. kutsa men use vishesh annd milata tha . usaki vnchit lalasa, jal n pakar os chat lene men hi sntusht hoti thi; phir yah kaise snbhav tha ki vah mohan ke vishay men kuchh sune aur pet men dal le . jyonhi mohan sndhya samay doodh bechakar ghar aya booti ne kaha-dekhati hoon, too ab sand banane par utaroo ho gaya hai .

mohan ne prashn ke bhav se dekha-kaisa sand! bat kya hai ?

‘too roopiya se chhip-chhipakar nahin hnsata-bolata? us par kahata hai kaisa sand? tujhe laj nahin ati? ghar men paise-paise ki tngi hai aur vahan usake lie pan laye jate hain, kapade rngae jate hai.’

mohan ne vidroh ka bhav dharan kiya—agar usane mujhase char paise ke pan mange to kya karata ? kahata ki paise de, to laoonga ? apani dhoti rngane ko di, usase rngaee mangata ?

‘muhalle men ek too hi dhanh‍naseth hai! aur kisi se usane kyon n kaha?’

‘yah vah jane, main kya bataoon .’

‘tujhe ab chhaila banane ki soojhati hai . ghar men bhi kabhi ek paise ka pan laya?’

‘yahan pan kisake lie lata ?’

‘kya tere likhe ghar men sab mar ge ?’

‘main n janata tha, tum pan khana chahati ho.’

‘snsar men ek rupiya hi pan khane jog hai ?’

‘shauk-singar ki bhi to umir hoti hai .’

booti jal uthi . use budhiya kah dena usaki sari sadhana par pani pher dena tha . budhape men un sadhanon ka mahattv hi kya ? jis tyag-kalpana ke bal par vah striyon ke samane sir uthakar chalati thi, us par itana kutharaghat ! inhin ladakon ke pichhe usane apani javani dhool men mila di . usake adami ko mare aj panch sal hue . tab usaki chadhati javani thi . tin bachh‍che bhagavanh ne usake gale madh die, nahin abhi vah hai kai din ki . chahati to aj vah bhi oth lal kie, panv men mahavar lagae, anavat-bichhue pahane matakati phirati . yah sab kuchh usane in ladakon ke karan tyag diya aur aj mohan use budhiya kahata hai! rupiya usake samane khadi kar di jae, to chuhiya-si lage . phir bhi vah javan hai, aair booti budhiya hai!

boli-han aur kya . mere lie to ab phate chithade pahanane ke din hain . jab tera bap mara to main rupiya se do hi char sal badi thi . us vakt koee ghar leti to, tum logon ka kahin pata n lagata . gali-gali bhikh mangate phirate . lekin main kah deti hoon, agar too phir usase bola to ya to too hi ghar men rahega ya main hi rahoongi .

mohan ne darate-darate kaha—main use bat de chuka hoon amma!

‘kaisi bat ?’

‘sagaee ki.’

‘agar rupiya mere ghar men ayi to jhadoo marakar nikal doongi . yah sab usaki man ki maya hai . vah kutani mere ladake ko mujhase chhine leti hai. rand se itana bhi nahin dekha jata . chahati hai ki use saut banakar chhati par baitha de.’

mohan ne vyathit knth men kaha,amman, eeshvar ke lie chup raho . kyon apana pani ap kho rahi ho . mainne to samajha tha, char din men maina apane ghar chali jaegi, tum akeli pad jaogi . isalie use lane ki bat soch raha tha . agar tumhen bura lagata hai to jane do .

‘too aj se yahin angan men soya kar.’

‘aur gayen-bhainsen bahar padi rahengi ?’

‘padi rahane de, koee daka nahin pada jata.’

‘mujh par tujhe itana sandeh hai ?’

‘han !’

‘to main yahan n sooonga.’

‘to nikal ja ghar se.’

‘han, teri yahi ichchha hai to nikal jaoonga.’

maina ne bhojan pakaya . mohan ne kaha-mujhe bhookh nahin hai! booti use manane n ayi . mohan ka yuvak-hriday mata ke is kathor shasan ko kisi tarah svikar nahin kar sakata. usaka ghar hai, le le. apane lie vah koee doosara thikana dhoondh nikalega. rupiya ne usake rookhe jivan men ek snigdhata bhar hi di thi . jab vah ek avyakt kamana se chnchal ho raha tha, jivan kuchh soona-soona lagata tha, rupiya ne nav vasnt ki bhanti akar use pallavit kar diya . mohan ko jivan men ek mitha svad milane laga. koee kam karana hota, par dhyan rupiya ki or laga rahata. sochata, use kya, de de ki vah prasann ho jae! ab vah kaun munh lekar usake pas jae ? kya usase kahe ki amman ne mujhe tujhase milane ko mana kiya hai? abhi kal hi to baragad ke niche donon men kesi-kaisi baten huee thin . mohan ne kaha tha, roopa tum itani sundar ho, tumhare sau gahak nikal aenge. mere ghar men tumhare lie kya rakha hai ? is par rupiya ne jo javab diya tha, vah to sngit ki tarah ab bhi usake pran men basa hua tha-main to tumako chahati hoon mohan, akele tumako . paragane ke chaudhari ho jav, tab bhi mohan ho; majoori karo, tab bhi mohan ho . usi rupiya se aj vah jakar kahe-mujhe ab tumase koee sarokar nahin hai!

nahin, yah nahin ho sakata . use ghar ki paravah nahin hai . vah rupinaya ke sath man se alag rahega . is jagah n sahi, kisi doosare muhalle men sahi. is vakt bhi rupiya usaki rah dekh rahi hogi . kaise achchhe bide lagati hai. kahin amman sun paven ki vah rat ko rupiya ke dvar par gaya tha, to paran hi de den. de den paran! apane bhag to nahin bakhanatin ki aisi devi bahoo mili jati hai. n jane kyon rupiya se itana chidhati hai. vah jara pan kha leti hai, jara sadi rngakar pahanati hai. bas, yahi to.

choodiyon ki jhnkar sunaee di. rupiya a rahi hai! ha; vahi hai.

rupiya usake sirahane akar boli-so ge kya mohan ? ghadi-bhar se tumhari rah dekh rahi hoon. aye kyon nahin ?

mohan nind ka makkar kie pada raha.

rupiya ne usaka sir hilakar phir kaha-kya so ge mohan ?

un komal ungaliyon ke sparsh men kya sidghi thi, kaun jane . mohan ki sari atma unmatt ho uthi. usake pran mano bahar nikalakar rupiya ke charanon men samarpit ho jane ke lie uchhal pade. devi varadan ke lie samane khadi hai. sara vishv jaise nach raha hai. use maloom hua jaise usaka sharir lupt ho gaya hai, keval vah ek madhur svar ki bhanti vishv ki god men chipata hua usake sath nrity kar raha hai .

rupiya ne kaha-abhi se so ge kya ji ?

mohan bola-han, jara nind a gee thi roopa. tum is vakt kya karane ayin? kahin amma dekh len, to mujhe mar hi dalen.

‘tum aj aye kyon nahin?’

‘aj amman se ladaee ho gee.’

‘kya kahati thin?’

‘kahati thin, rupiya se bolega to main paran de doongi.’

‘tumane poochha nahin, rupiya se kyon chidhati ho ?’

‘ab unaki bat kya kahoon roopa? vah kisi ka khana-pahanana nahin dekh sakatin. ab mujhe tumase door rahana padega.’

mera ji to n manega.’

‘aisi bat karogi, to main tumhen lekar bhag jaoonga.’

‘tum mere pas ek bar roj aya karo. bas, aur main kuchh nahin chahati.’

‘aur amman jo bigadengi.’

‘to main samajh gee. tum mujhe pyar nahin karate.

‘mera bas hota, to tumako apane paran men rakh leta.’

isi samay ghar ke kivad khatake . rupiya bhag gee.

2

mohan doosare din sokar utha to usake hriday men annd ka sagar-sa bhara hua tha. vah sohan ko barabar dantata rahata tha. sohan alasi tha. ghar ke kam-dhndhe men ji n lagata tha . mohan ko dekhate hi vah sabun chhipakar bhag jane ka avasar khojane laga.

mohan ne muskarakar kaha-dhoti bahut maili ho gee hai sohan ? dhobi ko kyon nahin dete?

sohan ko in shabdon men sneh ki gndh aee.

‘dhobin paise mangati hai.’

‘to paise amman se kyon nahin mang lete ?’

‘amman kaun paise diye deti hai ?’

‘to mujhase le lo!’

yah kahakar usane ek ikanni usaki or phenk di. sohan prasann ho gaya. bhaee aur mata donon hi use dhikkarate rahate the. bahut dinon bad aj use sneh ki madhurata ka svad mila. ikanni utha li aur dhoti ko vahin chhodakar gay ko kholakar le chal.

mohan ne kaha-rahane do, main ise liye jata hoon.

sohan ne pagahiya mohan ko dekar phir poochha-tumhare lie chilam rakh laoon ?

jivan men aj pahali bar sohan ne bhaee ke prati aisa sadh‍bhav prakat kiya tha. isamen kya rahasy hai, yah mohan ki samajh men nahin aya. bola-ag ho to rakh ao.

maina sir ke bal khele angan men baithi gharaunda bana rahi thi. mohan ko dekhate hi usane gharaunda bigad diya aur anchal se bal chhipakar rasoeedhar men baratan uthane chali.

mohan ne poochha-kya khel rahi thi maina ?

maina dari huee boli-kuchh nahin to.

‘too to bahut achchhe gharaunde banati hai. jara bana, dekhoon.’

maina ka ruansa chehara khil utha. prem ke shabd men kitana jadoo hai! munh se nikalate hi jaise sugndh phail gee. jisane suna, usaka hriday khil utha. jahan bhay tha, vahan vishvas chamak utha. jahan katuta thi, vahan apanapa chhalak pada. charon or chetanata daud gee. kahin alasy nahin, kahin khinnata nahin. mohan ka hriday aj prem se bhara hua hai. usamen sugndh ka vikarshan ho raha hai.

maina gharaunda banane baith gee .

mohan ne usake ulajhe hue balon ko sulajhate hue kaha-teri gudiya ka byah kab hoga maina, nevata de, kuchh mithaee khane ko mile.

maina ka man akash men udane laga. jab bhaiya pani mange, to vah lote ko rakh se khoob chamacham karake pani le jaegi.

‘amman paise nahin detin. gudda to thik ho gaya hai. tika kaise bhejoon?’

‘kitane paise legi ?’

‘ek paise ke batase loongi aur ek paise ka rng. jode to rnge jaenge ki nahin?’

‘to do paise men tera kam chal jaega?’

‘han, do paise de do bhaiya, to meri gudiya ka byah dhoomadham se ho jae.’

mohan ne do paise hath men lekar maina ko dikhae. maina lapaki, mohan ne hath oopar uthaya, maina ne hath pakadakar niche khinchana shuroo kiya. mohan ne use god men utha liya. maina ne paise le liye aur niche utarakar nachane lagi. phir apani saheliyon ko vivah ka nevata dene ke lie bhagi.

usi vakt booti gobar ka jhanva liye a pahunchi. mohan ko khade dekhakar kathor svar men boli- abhi tak mataragasti hi ho rahi hai. bhains kab duhi jaegi?

aj booti ko mohan ne vidroh-bhara javab n diya. jaise usake man men madhury ka koee sota- sa khul gaya ho. mata ko gobar ka bojh liye dekhakar usane jhanva usake sir se utar liya.

booti ne kaha-rahane de, rahane de, jakar bhains duh, main to gobar liye jati hoon.

‘tum itana bhari bojh kyon utha leti ho, mujhe kyon nahin bujala letin?’

mata ka hriday vatsaly se gadagad ho utha.

‘too ja apana kam dekhn mere pichhe kyon padata hai!’

‘gobar nikalane ka kam mera hai.’

‘aur doodh kaun duhega ?’

‘vah bhi main karoonga !’

‘too itana bada jodha hai ki sare kam kar lega !’

‘jitana kahata hoon, utana kar loonga.’

‘to main kya karoongi ?’

‘tum ladakon se kam lo, jo tumhara dharm hai.’

‘meri sunata hai koee?’

3

aj mohan bazar se doodh pahunchakar lauta, to pan, kattha, supari, ek chhota-sa panadan aur thodi-si mithaee laya. booti bigadakar boli-aj paise kahin falatoo mil ge the kya  ? is tarah udavega to kai din nibah hoga?

‘mainne to ek paisa bhi nahin udaya amman. pahale main samajhata tha, tum pan khatin hi nahin.

‘to ab main pan khaoongi !’

‘han, aur kya! jisake do-do javan bete hon, kya vah itana shauq bhi n kare ?’

booti ke sookhe kathor hriday men kahin se kuchh hariyali nikal aee, ek nanhi-si konpal thi; usake

andar kitana ras tha. usane maina aur sohan ko ek-ek mithaee de di aur ek mohan ko dene lagi.

‘mithaee to ladakon ke lie laya tha amman.’

‘aur too to boodha ho gaya, kyon ?’

‘in ladakon k samane to boodha hi hoon.’

‘lekin mere samane to ladaka hi hai.’

mohan ne mithaee le li . maina ne mithaee pate hi gap se munh men dal li thi. vah keval mithaee ka svad jibh par chhodakar kab ki gayab ho chuki thi. mohan ko lalachaee ankhon se dekhane lagi. mohan ne adha laddoo todakar maina ko de diya. ek mithaee done men bachi thi. booti ne use mohan ki taraph badhakar kaha-laya bhi to itani-si mithaee. yah le le.

mohan ne adhi mithaee munh men dalakar kaha-vah tumhara hissa hai amma.

‘tumhen khate dekhakar mujhe jo annd milata hai. usamen mithas se zyada svad hai.’

usane adhi mithaee sohan aur adhi mohan ko de di; phir panadan kholakar dekhane lagi. aj jivan men pahali bar use yah saubhagy prapt hua. dhany bhag ki pati ke raj men jis vibhooti ke lie tarasati rahi, vah ladake ke raj men mili. panadan men kee kulhiyan hain. aur dekho, do chhoti- chhoti chimachiyan bhi hain; oopar kada laga hua hai, jahan chaho, latakakar le jao. oopar ki tashtari men pan rakhe jaenge.

jyon hi mohan bahar chala gaya, usane panadan ko manj-dhokar usamen choona, kattha bhara, supari kati, pan ko bhigokar tashtari men rakha . tab ek bida lagakar khaya. us bide ke ras ne jaise usake vaidhavy ki katuta ko snigdh kar diya. man ki prasannata vyavahar men udarata ban jati hai. ab vah ghar men nahin baith sakati. usaka man itana gahara nahin ki itani badi vibhooti usamen jakar gum ho jae. ek purana aeena pada hua tha. usane usamen munh dekha. othon par lali hai. munh lal karane ke lie usane thode hi pan khaya hai.

dhaniya ne akar kaha-kaki, tanik rassi de do, meri rassi toot gee hai.

kal booti ne saf kah diya hota, meri rassi ganv-bhar ke lie nahin hai. rassi toot gee hai to banava lo. aj usane dhaniya ko rassi nikalakar prasann mukh se de di aur sadh‍bhav se poochha-ladake ke dast bnd hue ki nahin dhaniya ?

dhaniya ne udas man se kaha-nahin kaki, aj to din-bhar dast ae. jane dant a rahe hain.

‘pani bhar le to chal jara dekhoon, dant hi hain ki kuchh aur phasad hai. kisi ki najar-vajar to nahin lagi ?’

‘ab kya jane kaki, kaun jane kisi ki ankh phooti ho?’

‘chonchal ladakon ko najar ka bada dar rahata hai.’

‘jisane chumakarakar bulaya, jhat usaki god men chala jata hai. aisa hnsata hai ki tumase kya kahoon!’

‘kabhi-kabhi man ki najar bhi lag jaya karati hai.’

‘ai nauj kaki, bhala koee apane ladake ko najar lagaega!’

‘yahi to too samajhati nahin. najar ap hi lag jati hai.’

dhaniya pani lekar ayi, to booti usake sath bachh‍che ko dekhane chali.

‘too akeli hai. ajakal ghar ke kam-dhndhe men bada andas hota hoga.’

‘nahin kaki, rupiya a jati hai, ghar ka kuchh kam kar deti hai, nahin akele to meri maran ho jati.’

booti ko ashchary hua. rupiya ko usane keval titali samajh rakha tha.

‘rupiya!’

‘han kaki, bechari badi sidhi hai. jhadoo laga deti hai, chauka-baratan kar deti hai, ladake ko snbhalati hai. gadhe samay kaun, kisi ki bat poochhata hai kaki !’

‘use to apane missi-kajal se chhutti n milati hogi.’

‘yah to apani-apani ruchi hai kaki! mujhe to is missi-kajal vali ne jitana sahara diya, utana kisi bhaktin ne n diya. bechari rat-bhar jagati rahi. mainne kuchh de to nahin diya. han, jab tak jioongi, usaka jas gaoongi.’

‘too usake gun abhi nahin janati dhaniya . pan ke lie paise kahan se ate hain  ? kinaradar sadiyan kahan se ati hain ?’

‘main in bato men nahin padati kaki! phir shauk-singar karane ko kisaka ji nahin chahata  ? khane-pahanane ki yahi to umir hai.’

dhaniya ne bachh‍che ko khatole par sula diya. booti ne bachh‍che ke sir par hath rakha, pet men dhire- dhire ungali gadakar dekha. nabhi par hing ka lep karane ko kaha. rupiya beniya lakar use jhalane lagi.

booti ne kaha-la beniya mujhe de de.

‘main dula doongi to kya chhoti ho jaoongi ?’

‘too din-bhar yahan kam-dhndha karati hai. thak gee hogi.’

‘tum itani bhalimanas ho, aur yahan log kahate the, vah bina gali ke bat nahin karati. mare dar ke tumhare pas n ayi.’

booti muskarayi.

‘log jhooth to nahin kahate.’

‘main ankhon ki dekhi manoon ki kanon ki suni ?’ kah to di hogi. doosari ladaki hoti, to meri or se munh pher leti. mujhe jalati, mujhase ainthati. ise to jaise kuchh maloom hi n ho. ho sakata he ki mohan ne isase kuchh kaha hi n ho. han, yahi bat hai.

aj rupiya booti ko badi sundar lagi. thik to hai, abhi shauk-singar n karegi to kab karegi? shauk-singar isalie bura lagata hai ki aise adami apane bhog-vilas men mast rahate hain. kisi ke ghar men ag lag jae, unase matalab nahin. unaka kam to khali doosaron ko rijhana hai. jaise apane roop ki dookan sajae, rah-chalaton ko bulati hon ki jara is dookan ki sair bhi karate jaie. aise upakari praniyon ka singar bura nahin lagata. nahin, balki aur achchha lagata hai. isase maloom hota hai ki isaka roop jitana sundar hai, utana hi man bhi sundar hai; phir kaun nahin chahata ki log unake roop ki bakhan karen. kise doosaron ki ankhon men chhup jane ki lalasa nahin hoti ? booti ka yauvan kab ka vida ho chuka; phir bhi yah lalasa use bani huee hai. koee use ras-bhari ankhon se dekh leta hai, to usaka man kitana prasann ho jata hai. zamin par panv nahin padate. phir roopa to abhi javan hai.

us din se roopa pray: do-ek bar nity booti ke ghar ati. booti ne mohan se agrah karake usake lie achchhi-si sadi mngava di. agar roopa kabhi bina kajal lagae ya berngi sadi pahane a jati, to booti kahati- bahoo-betiyon ko yah jogiya bhes achchha nahin lagata. yah bhes to ham jaisi boodhiyon ke lie hai.

roopa ne ek din kaha-tum boodhi kahe se ho gee amman! logon ko ishara mil jae, to bhaunron ki tarah tumhare dvar par dharana dene lagen.

booti ne mithe tiraskar se kaha-chal, main teri man ki saut banakar jaoongi ?

‘amman to boodhi ho gee.’

‘to kya tere dada abhi javan baithe hain?’

‘han aisa, badi achchhi mitti hai unaki.’

booti ne usaki or ras-bhari ankhon se dadekhakar poochha-achchha bata, mohan se tera byah kar doon ?

roopa laja gee. mukh par gulab ki abha daud gee.

aj mohan doodh bechakar lauta to booti ne kaha-kuchh rupaye-paise juta, main roopa se teri batachit kar rahi hoon.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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