दो बहनें- प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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

donon bahanen do sal ke bad ek tisare natedar ke ghar milin aur khoob ro-dhokar khush hueen to badi bahan roopakumari ne dekha ki chhoti bahan ramadulari sir se panv tak gahanon se ladi huee hai, kuchh usaka rng khul gaya hai, svabhav men kuchh garima a gayi hai aur batachit karane men zyada chatur ho gayi hai. kimati banarasi sadi aur beladar unnavi makhamal ke jampar ne usake roop ko aur bhi chamaka diya-vahi ramadulari, ladaqapan men sir ke bal khole, phoohad-si idhar-udhar khela karati thi. antim bar roopakumari ne use usake vivah men dekha tha, do sal pahale. tab bhi usaki shakl-soorat men kuchh zyada antar n hua tha. lambi to ho gayi thi, magar thi utani hi dubali, utani hi phoohad, utani hi mandabuddhi. jara-jara si bat par roothane vali, magar aj to kuchh halat hi aur thi, jaise kali khil gayi ho aur yah roop isane chhipa kahan rakha tha? nahin, ankhon ko dhokha ho raha hai. yah roop nahin keval ankhon ko lubhane ki shakti hai, resham aur makhamal aur sone ke bal par vah rooparekha thode hi badal jaegi. phir bhi ankhon men samaee jati hai. pachchason striyan jama hain, magar yah akarshan, yah jadoo aur kisi men nahin.

kahin aeena milata to vah jara apani soorat bhi dekhati. ghar se chalate samay usane aeena dekha tha. apane roop ko chamakane ke lie jitana san chadha sakati thi, usase kuchh adhik hi chadhaya tha. lekin ab vah soorat jaise smriti se mit gayi hai, usaki dhundhali-si parachhahin bhar hriday-pat par hai. use phir se dekhane ke lie vah bekarar ho rahi hai. vah ab tulanatmak drishti se dekhegi, ramadulari men yah akarshan kahan se aya, is rahasy ka pata lagaegi. yon usake pas mekap ki samagriyon ke sath chhota-sa aeena bhi hai, lekin bhid-bhad men vah aeena dekhane ya banav-singar ki adi nahin hai. ye auraten dil men n jane kya samajhen. magar yahan koee aeena to hoga hi. draing-room men zaroor hi hoga. vah uthakar dranig-room men gayi aur qaddeadam shishe men apani soorat dekhi. vahan is vakt aur koee n tha. mard bahar sahan men the, auraten gane-bajane men lagi huee thin. usane alochanatmak drishti se ek-ek ang ko, angon ke ek-ek vinyas ko dekha. usaka ang-vinyas, usaki mukhachhavi nishkalnk hai. magar vah tajagi, vah madakata, vah madhury nahin hai. han, nahin hai. vah apane ko dhokhe men nahin dal sakati. karan kya hai? yahi ki ramadulari aj khili hai, use khile jamana ho gaya. lekin is khyal se usaka chitt shant nahin hota. vah ramadulari se hethi banakar nahin rah sakati. ye purush bhi kitane gavadi hote hain. kisi men bhi sachche saundary ki parakh nahin. inhen to javani aur chnchalata aur hav-bhav chahie. ankhen rakhakar bhi andhe banate hain. bhala in baton ka apase kya sambandh! ye to umr ke tamashe hain. asali roop to vah hai, jo samay ki paravah n kare. usake kapadon men ramadulari ko khada kar do, phir dekho, yah sara jadoo kahan ud jata hai. chudail-si najar aye. magar in andhon ko kaun samajhaye. magar ramadulari ke gharavale to itane sampann n the. vivah men jo jode aur gahane aye the, ve to bahut hi nirashajanak the. khushahali ka doosara koee saman bhi n tha. isake sasur ek riyasat ke mukhtaram the, aur doolha kalej men padhata tha. is do sal men kahan se yah hun baras gaya. kaun jane, gahane kahin se mang layi ho. kapade bhi mange ho sakate hain. kuchh auraton ko apani haisiyat badhakar dikhane ki lat hoti hai. to vah svang ramadulari ko mubarak rahe. main jaisi hoon, vaisi achchhi hoon. pradarshan ka yah rog kitana badhata jata hai. ghar men rotiyon ka thikana nahin hai, mard 25-30 rupaye par qalam ghis raha hai; lekin deviji ghar se nikalengi to is tarah ban-thanakar, manon kahin ki rajakumari hain. bisatiyon ke aur darajiyon ke takaje sahengi, bajaj ke samane hath jodengi, shauhar ki ghudakiyan khaengi, roengi, roothengi, magar pradarshan ke unmad ko nahin rokatin. gharavale bhi sochate honge, kitani chhichhori tabiyat hai isaki! magar yahan to deviji ne behayaee par kamar bandh li hai. koee kitana hi hnse, behaya ki bala door. unhen to bas yahi dhun savar hai ki jidhar se nikal jaen, udhar log hriday par hath rakhakar rah jaen. ramadulari ne zaroor kisi se gahane aur jevar mang liye besharm jo hai!

usake chehare par atm-samman ki lali daud gayi. n sahi usake pas jevar aur kapade. use kisi ke samane lajjit to nahin hona padata! kisi se munh to nahin churana padata. ek-ek lakh ke to usake do ladake hain. bhagavanh unhen chirayu kare, vah isi men khush hai. khud achchha pahan lene aur achchha kha lene se jivan ka uddeshy nahin poora ho jata. usake gharavale garib hain, par unaki ijjat to hai, kisi ka gala to nahin dabate, kisi ka shap to nahin lete!

is tarah apane man ko dhadhas dekar vah phir baramade men ayi, to ramadulari ne jaise use daya ki ankhon se dekhakar kaha-jijaji ki kuchh taraqqi-varakki huee ki nahin bahan! ya abhi tak vahi 75 rupaye par kalam ghis rahe hain?

roopakumari ki deh men ag-si lag gayi. ophphoh re dimag! manon isaka pati lat hi to hai. akadaqar boli-taraqqi kyon nahin huee. ab sau ke gred men hain. ajakal yah bhi ganimat hai, nahin achchhe-achchhe em0e0 pason ko dekhati hoon ki koee take ko nahin poochhata. tera shauhar to ab bi0e0 men hoga?

ramadulari ne nak sikodaqar kaha-unhonne to padhऩa chhod diya bahan, padhaqar aukat kharab karana tha aur kya. ek kampani ke ejent ho gaye hain. ab dhaee sau rupaye mahavar pate hain. kamishan oopar se. panch rupaye roj saphar-kharch ke bhi milate hain. yah samajh lo ki panch sau ka ausat pad jata hai. dedh sau mahavar to unaka nij kharch hai bahan! oonche ohade ke lie achchhi haisiyat bhi to chahie. sadhe tin sau bedag ghar de dete hain. usamen se sau rupaye mujhe milate hain, dhaee sau men ghar ka kharch khushaphaili se chal jata hai. em0e0 pas karake kya karate!

roopakumari is kathan ko shekhachilli ki dastan se zyada mahatv nahin dena chahati, magar ramadulari ke lahaje men itani vishvasotpadakata hai ki vah apani nimn chetana men usase prabhavit ho rahi hai aur usake mukh par parajay ki khinnata saf jhalak rahi hai. magar yadi use bilakul pagal nahin ho jana hai to is jvala ko hriday se nikal dena padega. jirah karake apane man ko vishvas dilana padega ki isake kavy men ek chauthaee se zyada saty nahin hai. ek chauthaee tak vah sah sakati hai. isase zyada usase n saha jaega. isake sath hi usake dil men dhadaqan bhi hai ki kahin yah katha saty nikali to vah ramadulari ko kaise munh dikhaegi. use bhay hai ki kahin usaki ankhon se ansoo n nikal paden. kahan pachhattar aur kahan panch sau! itani badi rakam atma ki hatya karake bhi kyon n mile, phir bhi roopakumari ke lie asahy hai. atma ka mooly adhik se adhik sau rupaye ho sakata hai. panch sau kisi halat men bhi nahin.

usane parihas ke bhav se poochha-jab ejenti men itana vetan aur bhatta milata hai to ye sare kalej band kyon nahin ho jate? hajaron ladake kyon apani zindagi kharab karate hain?

ramadulari bahan ke khisiyanepan ka anand uthati huee boli-bahan, tum yahan bhool kar rahi ho. em0e0 to sabhi pas ho sakate hain, magar ejenti birale hi kisi ko ati hai. yah to eeshvar ki den hai. koee zindagi-bhar padhata rahe, magar yah zaroori nahin ki vah vah achchha ejent bhi ho jae. rupaye paida karana doosari bat hai. alim-fazil ho jana doosari bat. apane mal ki shreshthata ka vishvas paida kar dena, yah dil men jama dena ki isase sasta aur tikaoo mal bazar men mil hi nahin sakata, asan kam nahin hain ek-se-ek ghaghon se unaka sabaka padata hai. bade-bade rajaon aur reeson ka mat pherana padata hai, tab jake kahin mal bikata hai. mamooli adami to rajaon aur navabon ke samane hi n ja sake. pahunch hi n ho. aur kisi tarah pahunch bhi jay to jaban n khule. pahale-pahale to inhen bhi jhijhak huee thi, magar ab to is sagar ke magar hain. agale sal taraqqi hone vali hai.

roopakumari ki dhamaniyon men rakt ki gati jaise band huee ja rahi hai. nirdayi akash gir kyon nahin padata! pashan-hridaya dharati phat kyon nahin jati! yah kahan ka nyay hai ki roopakumari jo roopavati hai, tamizadar hai, sughad hai, pati par jan deti hai, bachchon ko pranon se zyada chahati hai, thode men grihasthi ko itane achchhe dhng se chalati hai, usaki to yah durgati, aur yah ghamandin, badatamij, vilasini, chnchal, munhaphat chhokari, jo abhi tak sir khole ghooma karati thi, rani ban jae? magar use ab bhi kuchh asha baki thi. shayad age chalakar usake chitt ki shanti ka koee marg nikal aye.

usi parihas ke svar men boli-tab to shayad ek hazar milane lagen?

‘ek hazar to nahin, par chh: sau men sandeh nahin?’

‘koee ankhon ka andha malik phns gaya hoga?’

vyapari ankhon ke andhe nahin hote didi! unaki ankhen hamari-tumhari ankhon se kahin tej hoti hain. jab tum unhen chh: hazar kamakar do, tab kahin chh: sau milen. jo sari duniya ko charaye use kaun bevakooph banaega.’

parihas se kam n chalate dekhakar roopakumari ne apaman ka astr nikala-main to ise bahut achchha pesha nahin samajhati. sare din jhooth ke toomar bandho. yah to thag-vidya hai!

ramadulari zor se hnsi. bahan par usane poori vijay payi thi.

‘is tarah to jitane vakil-bairistar hain; sabhi thag-vidya karate hain. apane muvakkil ke phayade ke lie unhen kya nahin karana padata? jhoothi shahadaten tak banani padati hain. magar unhin vakilon aur bairistaron ko ham apana lidar kahate hain, unhen apani kaumi sabhaon ka pradhan banate hain, unaki gadiy़an khinchate hain, un par phoolon aur asharphiyon ki varsha karate hain, unake nam se sadaqen, pratimaen aur snsthaen banate hain. ajakal duniya paisa dekhati hai. ajakal hi kyon? hamesha se dhan ki yahi mahima rahi hai. paise kaise aen, yah koee nahin dekhata. jo paise vala hai, usi ki pooja hoti hai. jo abhage hain, ayogy hain, ya bhiru hain, ve atma aur sadachar ki duhaee dekar apane ansoo ponchhate hain. nahin, atma aur sadachar ko kaun poochhata hai.’

roopakumari khamosh ho gayi. ab use yah saty usaki sari vedanaon ke sath svikar karana padega ki ramadulari sabase zyada bhagyavan hai. isase ab tran nahin. parihas ya anadar se vah apani tngadili ka praman dene ke siva aur kya paegi. use kisi bahane se ramadulari ke ghar jakar asaliyat ki chhan-bin karani padegi. agar ramadulari vastav men lakshmi ka varadan pa gayi hai to roopakumari apani kismat thonkakar baith rahegi. samajh legi ki duniya men kahin nyay nahin hai, kahin eemanadari ki poochh nahin hai.

magar kya sachamuch use is vichar se santosh hoga? yahan kaun eemanadar hai? vahi, jise beeemani karane ka avasar nahin hai aur n itani buddhi ya manobal hai ki vah avasar paida kar le. usake pati 75 rupaye pate hain; par kya das-bis rupaye aur oopar se mil jaen to vah khush hokar le n lenge? unaki eemanadari aur satyavadita usi samay tak hai, jab tak avasar nahin milata. jis din mauqa mila, sari satyavadita dhari rah jaegi. aur kya roopakumari men itana naitik bal hai ki vah apane pati ko haram ka mal hazam karane se rok de? rokana to door ki bat hai, vah prasann hogi, shayad patidev ki pith thokegi. abhi unake daftar se ane ke samay vah man mare baithi rahati hai. tab vah dvar par khadi hokar unaki bat johegi, aur jyonhi vah ghar men aenge, unaki jebon ki talashi legi.

angan men gana-bajana ho raha tha. ramadulari umng ke sath ga rahi thi, aur roopakumari vahin baramade men udas baithi huee thi. n jane kyon usake sir men dard hone laga tha. koee gaye, koee nache, usase prayojan nahin. vah to abhagin hai. rone ke lie paida ki gayi hai.

nau baje rat ko mehaman rukhsat hone lage. roopakumari bhi uthi. ekka mangavane ja rahi thi ki ramadulari ne kaha-ekka mngavakar kya karogi bahan, mujhe lene ke lie kar ati hogi; chalo do-char din mere yahan raho, phir chali jana. main jijaji ko kahala bhejoongi tumhara intajar n karen.

roopakumari ka yah antim astr bhi bekar ho gaya. ramadulari ke ghar jakar halachal ki tol lene ki ichchha gayab ho gayi. vah ab apane ghar jaegi aur munh dhanpakar padi rahegi. in phatehalon men kyon kisi ke ghar jae. boli-nahin, abhi to mujhe phurasat nahin hai, bachche ghabara rahe honge. phir kabhi aoongi.

‘kya rat-bhar bhi n thaharogi?’

‘nahin.’

‘achchha batao, kab aogi? main savari bhej doongi.’

‘main khud kahala bhejoongi.’

‘tumhen yad n rahegi. sal-bhar ho gaya, bhoolakar bhi yad n kiya. main isi intajar men thi ki didi bulaven to chaloon. ek hi shahar men rahate hain, phir bhi itani door ki sal bhar gujar jae aur mulakat tak n ho.’

roopakumari isake siva aur kya kahe ki ghar ke kamon se chhutti nahin milati. kee bar usane irada kiya ki dulari ko bulaye, magar avasar hi n mila.

sahasa ramadulari ke pati mi. gurusevak ne akar badi sali ko salam kiya. bilakul angareji saj-dhaj, munh men churut, kalaee par sone ki ghadi, ankhon par sunahari ainak, jaise koee siviliyan ho. chehare se jehanat aur sharaphat baras rahi thi. vah itana roopavanh aur sajila hai, roopakumari ko anuman n tha. kapade jaise usaki deh par khil rahe the.

ashirvad dekar boli-aj yahan n ati to mujhase mulakat kyon hoti!

gurusevak hnsakar bola-yah ulati shikayat! kyon n ho. kabhi apane bulaya aur main n gaya?

‘main nahin janati thi ki tum apane ko mehaman samajhate ho. vah bhi to tumhara hi ghar hai.’

ramadulari dekh rahi thi ki man men usase eeshrya rakhate hue bhi vah kitani vani-madhur, kitani snigdh, kitani anugrah-prarthini hoti ja rahi hai.

gurusevak ne udar man se kaha-han, ab man gaya bhabhi sahab, beshak meri galati hai. is drishti se mainne vichar nahin kiya tha. magar aj to mere ghar rahie.

‘nahin aj bilakul avakash nahin hai. phir kabhi aoongi. ladake ghabara rahe honge.’

ramadulari boli-main kitana kahake har gayi, manati hi nahin.

donon bahanen kar ki pichhali sit par baithin. gurusevak draiv karata hua chala. jara der men usaka makan a gaya. ramadulari ne phir bahan se utarane ke lie agrah kiya, par vah n mani. ladake ghabara rahe honge. akhir ramadulari usase gale milakar andar chali gayi. gurusevak ne kar badhayi. roopakumari ne udati huee nigah se ramadulari ka makan dekha aur vah thos saty ek shalaka ki bhanti usake kaleje men chubh gaya.

kuchh door jakar gurusevak bola-bhabhi, mainne to apane lie achchha rasta nikal liya. agar do-char sal isi tarah kam karata raha to adami ban jaoonga.

roopakumari ne sahanubhooti ke sath kaha-ramadulari ne mujhase bataya tha. bhagavanh kare, jahan raho, khush raho. magar jara hath-pair snbhal ke rahana.

‘main malik ki ankh bachakar ek paisa bhi lena pap samajhata hoon, bhabhi. daulat ka maja to tabhi hai ki eeman salamat rahe. eeman khokar paise mile to kya! main aisi daulat ko tyajy samajhata hoon, aur ankh kisaki bachaoon. sab siyah-suphed to mere hath men hai. malik to raha nahin, keval usaki beva hai. usane sab kuchh mere hath men chhod rakha hai. mainne usaka karobar snbhal n liya hota to sab kuchh chaupat ho jata. mere samane to malik sirph tin mahine zinda rahe. magar adami ko parakhana khoob janate the. mujhe 100 rupaye par rakha aur ek mahine men 200 rupaye kar diya. ap logon ki dua se pahale hi mahine men mainne barah hazar ka kam kiya.’

‘kya kam karana padata hai?’ roopakumari ne bina kisi uddeshy ke poochha.

‘vahi mashinon ki ejenti’ tarah-tarah ki mashinen mngana aur bechana.-thanda javab tha.

roopakumari ka manahoos ghar a gaya. dvar par ek lalaten timatima rahi thi. usake pati umanath dvar par tahal rahe the. magar roopakumari ne gurusevak se utarane ke lie agrah nahin kiya. ek bar shishtachar ke nate kaha zaroor par zor nahin diya, aur umanath to gurusevak se mukhatib bhi n hue.

roopakumari ko vah ghar ab qabristan-sa lag raha tha, jaise phoota hua bhagy ho. n kahin pharsh, n pharanichar, n gamale. do-char tooti-tati tipaiyan, ek lngadi mej, char-panch purani-purani khaten, yahi us ghar ki bisat thi. aj subah tak roopakumari isi ghar men khush thi. lekin ab yah ghar use kate kha raha hai. ladake amman-amman karake daude, magar usane donon ko jhidaq diya. usake sir men dard hai, vah kisi se n bolegi, koee use n chhede. abhi ghar men khana nahin paka. pakata kaun? ladaqon ne to doodh pi liya hai, kintu umanath ne kuchh nahin khaya. isi intajar men the ki roopakumari aye to pakaye. par roopakumari ke sir men dard hai. majaboor hokar bazar se pooriyan lani padengi.

roopakumari ne tiraskar ke svar men kaha-tum ab tak mera intajar kyon karate rahe? mainne to khana pakane ki naukari nahin likhayi hai, aur jo rat ko vahin rah jati? akhir tum koee maharajin kyon nahin rakh lete? kya zindagi bhar mujhi ko pisate rahoge?

umanath ne usaki taraph ahat vismay ki ankhon se dekha. usake bigadऩe ka koee karan unaki samajh men n aya. roopakumari se unhonne hamesha nirapad sahayog paya hai, nirapad hi nahin, sahanubhootipoorn bhi. unhonne kee bar usase maharajin rakh lene ka prastav khud kiya tha, par usane barabar yahi javab diya ki akhir men baithe-baithe kya karoongi? char-panch rupaye ka kharch badhane se kya fayada? yah paise to bachchon ke makkhan men kharch hote hain.

aur aj vah itani nirmamata se ulahana de rahi hai, jaise gusse men bhari ho.

apani saphaee dete hue bole-maharajin rakhane ke lie to mainne khud tumase kee bar kaha.

‘to lakar rakh kyon n diya? main use nikal deti to kahate!’

‘han yah galati huee.’

‘tumane kabhi sachche dil se nahin kaha, roopakumari ne aur bhi prachand hokar kaha-tumane keval mera man lene ke lie kaha. main aisi bholi nahin hoon ki tumhare man ka rahasy n samajhoon. tumhare dil men kabhi mere aram ka vichar aya hi nahin. tum to khush the ki achchhi laundi mil gayi hai. ek roti khati hai aur chupachap padi rahati hai. mahaj khane aur kapade par. yah bhi jab ghar ki zarooraton se bache. pachahattar rupalliyan lakar mere hath par rakh dete ho aur sari duniya ka kharch. mera dil hi janata hai, mujhe kitani katar-vyont karani padati hai. kya pahanoon aur kya odhoon! tumhare sath zindagi kharab ho gayi! snsar men aise mard bhi hain, jo stri ke lie asaman ke tare tod late hain. gurusevak hi ko dekho, door kyon jao. tumase kam padha hai, umr men tumase kahin kam hai, magar panch sau ka mahina lata hai, aur ramadulari rani bani baithi rahati hai. tumhare lie yahi 75 rupaye bahut hain. rand mand men hi magan! tum nahak mard hue, tumhen to aurat hona chahie tha. auraton ke dil men kaise-kaise araman hote hain. magar main to tumhare lie ghar ki murgi ka basi sag hoon. tumhen to koee takaliph hoti nahin. tumhen to kapade bhi achchhe chahie, khana bhi achchha chahie, kyonki purush ho, bahar se kamakar late ho. main chahe jaise rahoon tumhari bala se.’

vagbanon ka yah silasila kee minat tak jari raha, aur umanath chupachap sunate rahe. apani jan men unhonne roopakumari ko shikayat ka kabhi mauqa nahin diya. unaka vetan kam hai, yah saty hai, par yah unake bas ki bat to nahin. vah dil lagakar apana kam karate hain, aphasaron ko khush rakhane ki sadaiv cheshta karate hain isi sal bade baboo ke chhote suputr ko chh: mahine tak bina naga padhaya, isilie to ki vah prasann rahen. ab vah aur kya karen. roopakumari ki khafagi ka rahasy vah samajh gaye. agar gurusevak vastav men panch sau rupaye lata hai to beshak vah bhagy ka bali hai. lekin doosaron ki oonchi peshani dekhakar apana matha to nahin phoda jata. kisi snyog se use yah avasar mil gaya. magar har ek ko to aise avasar nahin milate. vah isaka pata lagaenge ki sachamuch use panch sau hi milate hain, ya mahaj ding hai. aur man liya ki panch sau milate hain, to kya isase roopakumari ko yah hak hai ki vah unako tane de, aur unhen jali-kati sunaye. agar isi tarah vah bhi roopakumari se zyada roopavati aur sushila ramani ko dekhakar roopakumari ko kosana shuroo karen to kaisa ho! roopakumari sundari hai, mridubhashini hai, tyagamayi hai lekin usase badhaqar sundari, mridubhashini tyagamayi deviyon se duniya khali nahin hai. to kya is karan vah roopakumari ka anadar karen?

ek samay tha, jab unaki najaron men roopakumari se zyada roopavati ramani snsar men n thi; lekin vah unmad kab ka shant ho gaya. bhavukata ke snsar se vastavik jivan men aye unhen ek yug bit gaya. ab to vivahit jivan ka unhen kafi anubhav ho gaya hai. ek ko doosare ke gun-dosh maloom ho gaye hain. ab to santosh hi men unaka jivan sukhi rah sakata hai. magar roopakumari samajhadar hokar bhi itani moti-si bat nahin samajhati!

phir bhi unhen roopakumari se sahanubhooti hi huee. vah udar prakriti ke adami the aur kalpanashil bhi. usaki katu baton ka kuchh javab n diya. sharbat ki tarah pi gaye. apani bahan ke thath dekhakar ek kshan ke lie roopakumari ke man men aise nirashajanak, anyayapoorn, du:khad bhavon ka uthana bilakul svabhavik hai. roopakumari koee sannyasini nahin, viragini nahin ki har ek dasha men avichalit rahe.

is tarah apane man ko samajhakar umanath ne gurusevak ke vishay men tahakikat karane ka snkalp kiya.

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ek saptah tak roopakumari manasik ashanti ki dasha men rahi. bat-bat par jhunjhalati, ladaqon ko dantati; pati ko kosati, apane nasibon ko roti. ghar ka kam to karana hi padata tha, lekin ab is kam men use anand n ata tha. begar-si talati thi. ghar ki jin purani-dhurani chijon se usaka atmiy sambandh-sa ho gaya tha, jinaki saphaee aur sajavat men vah vyast raha karati thi, unaki taraph ab ankh uthakar bhi n dekhati. ghar men ek hi khidamatagar tha. usane jab dekha, bahooji ghar ki taraph se khud hi laparavah hain to use kya garaj thi ki saphaee karata. jo chiz jahan padi thi, vahin padi rahati. kaun uthakar thikane se rakhe. bachche man se bolate darate the, aur umanath to usake saye se bhagate the. jo kuchh samane thali men a jata use pet men dal lete aur daftar chale jate. daftar se lautakar donon bachchon ko sath le lete aur kahin ghoomane nikal jate. roopakumari se kuchh kahana barood men diyasalaee lagana tha. han, unaki yah tahaqikat jari thi.

ek din umanath daftar se laute to unake sath gurusevak bhi the. roopakumari ne aj kee dinon ke bad paristhiti se sahayog kar liya tha aur is vakt jhadऩ lie kurasiyan aur tipaiyan saf kar rahi thi, ki gurusevak ne andar pahunchakar salam kiya. roopakumari dil men kat gayi. umanath par aisa krodh aya ki usaka munh noch le. inhen lakar yahan kyon khada kar diya? n kahana, n sunana, bas bula laye. use is dasha men dekhakar gurusevak dil men kya kahata hoga. magar inhen akl ayi hi kab thi. vah apana parada dhankati phirati hai aur ap use kholate phirate hain. jara bhi lajja nahin. jaise behayaee ka bana pahan liya hai. barabas usaka apaman karate hain. n jane usane unaka kya bigada hai?

ashirvad dekar kushal-samachar poochha aur kurasi rakh di. gurusevak ne baithate hue kaha-aj bhaee sahab ne meri davat ki hai, main unaki davat par to n ata; lekin jab unhonne kaha, tumhari bhabhi ka kada takaja hai, tab mujhe samay nikalana pada tha.

roopakumari ne bat banayi. ghar ka kalah chhipana pada-tumase us din kuchh batachit n ho payi. ji laga hua tha.

gurusevak ne kamare ke charon taraph najar daudakar kaha-is pinjade men to ap logon ko badi takaliph hoti hogi?

roopakumari ko gyat hua, yah yuvak kitana suruchihin, kitana arasik hai. doosaron ke manobhavon ka adar karana jaise janata hi nahin. ise itani-si bat bhi nahin maloom ki duniya men sabhi bhagyashali nahin hote. lakhon men ek hi kahin bhagyavanh nikalata hai. aur use bhagyavanh hi kyon kaha jae? jahan bahuton ko dana n mayassar ho, vahan thode se adamiyon ke bhog-vilas men kaun-sa saubhagy! jahan bahut-se adami bhookhon mar rahe hon, vahan do-char adami mohanabhog udayen to yah unaki behayaee aur hridayahinata hai, saubhagy kabhi nahin.

kuchh chidhaqar boli-pinjade men kathaghare men rahane se achchha hai. pinjade men nirih pakshi rahate hain, kathaghara to ghatak jantuon ka hi nivas sthan hai.

gurusevak shayad yah snket n samajh saka, bola-mera to is ghar men dam ghut jae. main apake lie apane ghar ke pas hi ek makan thik kara doonga. khoob lamba-chauda. apase kuchh kiraya n liya jaega. makan hamari malakin ka hai. main bhi usi ke ek makan men rahata hoon. saikadon makan hain unake pas, saikadon. sab mere akhtiyar men hai. jise jo makan chahoon, de doon. mere akhtiyar men hai. kiraya loon ya n loon. main apake lie sabase achchha makan thik karoonga. main apaka bahut adab karata hoon.

roopakumari samajh gayi, mahashay is vakt nashe men hain. abhi yon bahak rahe hain. ab usane gaur se dekha to unaki ankhen sikud gayi thin, gal kuchh phool gaye the. jaban bhi ladakhadane lagi thi. ek javan, khoobasoorat sharif chehara kuchh aisa shekhibaj aur nirlajj ho gaya ki use dekhakar ghrina hoti thi.

usane ek kshan bad phir bahakana shuroo kiya-main apaka bahut adab karata hoon, ji han! ap meri badi bhabhi hain. apake lie meri jan hajir hai. apake lie ek makan nahin, sau makan taiyar hain. main misej lohiya ka mukhtar hoon. sab kuchh mere hath men hai. sab kuchh, main jo kuchh kahata hoon, vah ankhen band karake mnjoor kar leti hain. mujhe apana beta samajhati hain. main usaki sari jayadad ka malik hoon. (mi0 lohiya ne mujhe 20 rupaye par rakha, 20 rupaye par. vah bada maladar tha. magar kisi ko nahin maloom; usaki daulat kahan se ati thi kisi ko nahin maloom. mere siva koee nahin janata. vah khuphiyapharosh tha. kisi se kahana nahin. vah chori se kokin bechata tha. lakhon ki amadani thi usaki. ab vahi vyapar main karata hoon. har shahar men hamare khuphiya ejent hain. mi0 lohiya ne mujhe is phan men ustad bana diya. ji han! majal nahin ki mujhe koee giraphtar kar le, bade-bade aphasaron se mera yarana hai. unake munh men noton ke pulinde thoons-thoonsakar unaki avaz band kar deta hoon. koee choon nahin kar sakata. din-dahade bechata hoon. hisab men likhata hoon, ek hazar rishvat di. deta hoon, panch sau. baki yaron ka hai. bedareg rupaye ate hain aur bedareg kharch karata hoon. budhiy़a ko to ram nam se matalab hai. sattar choohe khake ab haj karane chali hai. koee mera hath pakadऩe vala nahin, koee bolane vala nahin, (jeb se noton ka ek bandal nikalakar) yah apake charanon ki bhent hai. mujhe dua dijie ki isi shan se zindagi kat jay jo atma aur sadachar ke upasak hain unhen kuber laten marata hai. lakshmi unako pakadati hai, jo usake lie apana din aur eeman sab kuchh chhodऩe ko taiyar hain. mujhe bura n kahie. main kaun maladar hoon? jitane dhani hain, ve sab-ke-sab lutere hain, pakke lutere, dakoo. kal mere pas rupaye ho jaen aur main ek dharmashala banava doon. phir dekhie meri kitani vah-vah hoti hai. kaun poochhata hai, mujhe daulat kahan se mili. jis mahatma ko kahie, bulakar usase prashnsa karava loon. mi0 lohiya ko mahatmaon ne dharm bhooshan ki upadhi di thi, in svarthi, pet ke bandaron ne. us buddhe ko jisase bada kukarmi snsar men n hoga. yahan to loot hai. ek vakil adh ghanta bahas karake panch sau mar leta hai, ek daktar jara-sa nashtar lagakar ek hazar sidha kar leta hai, ek juari spekuleshan men ek-ek din men lakhon ka vara-nyara karata hai. agar unaki amadani jayaj hai to meri amadani bhi jayaj hai. ji han, jayaj hai, meri nigah men bade-se-bade maladar ki bhi koee ijjat nahin. main janata hoon, vah kitana bada hathakandebaj hai. yahan jo adami ankhon men dhool jhonk sake, vahi saphal hai! garibon ko lootakar maladar ho jana samaj ki purani paripati hai. main bhi vahi karata hoon, jo doosare karate hain. jivan ka uddeshy hai aisa karana. khoob lootoonga, khoob aish karoonga aur budhape men khoob khairat karoonga. aur ek din lidar ban jaoonga. kahie gina doon. yahan kitane log jua khel-khalakar karodapati ho gaye, kitane auraton ka bazar lagakar karodapati ho gaye ....

sahasa umanath ne akar kaha-mi0 gurusevak, kya kar rahe ho? chalo chay pi lo. thandi ho rahi hai.

gurusevak aisa hadabada utha, mano apane sachet rahane ka praman dena chahata ho. magar panv ladakhadaye aur zamin par gir pada. phir snbhalakar utha aur jhoomata-jhoomata, thokaren khata, bahar chala gaya. roopakumari ne azadi ki sans li. yahan baithe-baithe use hauladil-sa ho raha tha. kamare ki hava jaise kuchh bhari ho gayi thi. jo preranaen kee din se achchhe-achchhe manohar roop bharakar usake man men a rahi thin, aj use unaka asali vibhats, ghinavana roop najar aya. jis tyag, sadagi aur sadhuta ke vatavaran men ab tak usaki zindagi gujari thi, usamen is tarah ke danv-pench, chhal-kapat aur patit svarth ka ghusana bilakul aisa hi tha, jaise kisi bag men sandon ka ek jhund ghus aye. in damon vah duniya ki sari daulat aur sara aish kharidane ko bhi taiyar n ho sakati thi. nahin, ab ramadulari ke bhagy se apane bhagy ka badala n karegi. vah apane hal men khush hai. ramadulari par use daya ayi, jo bhog-vilas ki dhun aur amir kahalane ke moh men apani atma ka sarvanash kar rahi hai. magar vah bechari bhi kya kare? aur gurusevak ka bhi kya dosh hai. jis samaj men daulat pujati hai, jahan manushy ka mol usake baink-ekaunt aur tim-tam se anka jata hai, jahan pag-pag par pralobhanon ka jal bichha hua hai aur samaj ki kuvyavastha adami men eeshrya, dvesh, apaharan aur nichata ke bhavon ko ukasati aur ubharati rahati hai, gurusevak aur ramadulari us jal men phns jaen, us pravah men bah jaen to koee acharaj nahin.

usi vakt umanath ne akar kaha-gurusevak yahan baitha-baitha kya bahak raha tha? mainne to use vida kar diya. ji darata tha, kahin pulis usake pichhe n lagi ho, nahin to main bhi gehoon ke sath ghun ki tarah pis jaoon.

ramakumari ne kshama-prarthi netron se unhen dekhakar javab diya-vahi apani khufiyafaroshi ki ding mar raha tha.

‘mujhe bhi misej lohiya se milane ko kah gaya.’

‘ji nahin, ap apani klarki kiye jaie. isi men hamara kalyan hai.’

‘magar klarki men vah aish kahan? kyon n sal-bhar ki chhutti lekar jara us duniya ki bhi sair karoon!’

‘mujhe ab us aish ka moh nahin raha.’

‘dil se kahati ho?’

‘sachche dil se.’

umanath ek minat tak chup rahane ke bad phir bole-main akar tumase yah vrittant kahata to tumhen vishvas ata ya nahin, sach kahana?

‘kabhi nahin, main to kalpana hi nahin kar sakati ki apane svarth ke lie koee adami duniya ko vish khila sakata hai!’

‘mujhe sara hal pulis ke sab insapektar se maloom ho gaya tha. mainne use khoob sharab pila di thi ki nashe men bahakega zaroor aur sab kuchh ugal dega.’

‘lalachata to tumhara ji bhi tha.’

‘han lalachata to tha, aur ab bhi lalach raha hai. magar aish karane ke lie jis hunar ki zaroorat hai, vah kahan se laoonga?’

‘eeshvar n kare, vah hunar tumamen aye. mujhe to us bechare par taras ati hai. maloom nahin khairiyat se ghar pahunch gaya ya nahin!’

‘usaki kar thi. koee chinta nahin.’

roopakumari ek kshan zamin ki taraph takati rahi. phir boli-tum mujhe dulari ke ghar pahuncha do. abhi shayad main usaki kuchh madad kar sakoon. jis bag ki vah sair kar rahi hai usake charon or nishachar ghat lagaye baithe hain. shayad main use bacha sakoon.

umanath ne dekha, usaki chhavi kitani daya-pulakit ho uthi hai.

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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