प्रतिध्वनि -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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

manushy ki chita jal jati hai, aur bujh bhi jati hai parantu usaki chhati ki jalan, dvesh ki jvala, sambhav hai, usake bad bhi dhakh-dhak karati huee jala kare.

tara jis din vidhava huee, jis samay sab log ro-pit rahe the, usaki nanad ne, bhaee ke marane par bhi, rodan ke sath, vyng svar men kaha-‘‘are maiya re, kisaka pap kise kha gaya re!’’- tabhi asann vaidhavy thelakar, apane kanon ko ooncha karake, tara ne vah tikshn vyng rodan ke kolahal men bhi sun liya tha.

tara sampann thi, isalie vaidhavy use door hi se darakar chala jata. usaka poorn anubhav vah kabhi n kar saki. han, nanad rama apani daridrata ke din apani kanya shyama ke sath kisi tarah katane lagi. dahej milane ki nirasha se koee byah karane ke lie prastut n hota. shyama chaudah baras ki ho chali. bahut cheshta karake bhi rama usaka byah n kar saki. vah chal basi.

shyama nissahay akeli ho gee. par jivan ke jitane din hain , ve karavasi ke saman katane hi honge. vah akeli hi gnga-tat par apani bari se sate hue kachche jhopade men rahane lagi.

manni nam ki ek budhiy़a, jise ‘dadi’ kahati thi, rat ko usake pas so rahati, aur n jane kahan se, kaise usake khane-pine ka kuchh prabandh kar hi deti. dhire-dhire daridrata ke sab avashisht chihn bikakar shyama ke pet men chale gaye.

par, usaki am ki bari abhi nilam hone ke lie hari-bhari thi!

komal atap gnga ke shital sharir men abhi ooshma utpann karane men asamarth tha. navin kisalay usase chamak uthe the. vasant ki kiranon ki chot se koyal kuhuk uthi. am ki kairiyon ke guchchhe hilane lage. us am ki bari men madhav-ritu ka dera tha aur shyama ke kamaniy kalevar men yauvan tha.

shyama apane kachche ghar ke dvar par khadi huee megh-snkranti ka parv-snan karane valon ko kagar ke niche dekh rahi thi. samip hone par bhi vah manushyon ki bhid use chintiyan rengati huee jaisi dikhayi padati thi. manni ne ate hi usaka hath pakadakar kaha-‘‘chalo beti, ham log bhi snan kar aven.’’

usane kaha-‘‘nahin dadi, aj ang-ang toot raha hai, jaise jvar ane ko hai.’’

manni chali gee.

tara snan karake dasi ke sath kagare ke oopar chadhऩe lagi. shyama ki bari ke pas se hi path tha. kisi ko vahan n dekhakar tara ne santusht hokar sans li. kairiyon se gadaraee huee dali se usaka sir lag gaya. dali rah men jhuki padati thi. tara ne dekha, koee nahin hai; hath badhakar kuchh kairiyan tod lin.

sahasa kisi ne kaha-‘‘aur tod lo mami, kal to yah nilam hi hoga!’’

tara ki agni-ban-si ankhen kisi ko jala dene ke lie khojane lagin. phir usake hriday men vahi bahut din ki bat pratidhvanit hone lagi-‘‘kisaka pap kisako kha gaya, re!’’-tara chaunk uthi. usane socha, rama ki kanya vyng kar rahi hai- bhikh lene ke lie kah rahi hai. tara honth chabati huee chali gee.

ek sau panch - ek ,

ek sau panch - do ,

ek sau panch rupaye- tin!

boli ho gee. amin ne poochha-‘‘nilam ka chauthaee rupaya kaun jama karata hai?’’

ek gathile yuvak ne kaha-‘‘chauthaee nahin, kul rupaye lijiye.’’ tara ke nam ki rasid bana rupaya samane rakh diya gaya.

shyama ek am ke vriksh ke niche chupachap baithi thi. use aur kuchh nahin sunaee padata tha, keval duggiyon ke sath ek-do-tin ki pratidhvani kanon men goonj rahi thi. ek samajhadar manushy ne kaha-‘‘chalo, achchha hi hua, tara ne anath ladaqi ke baithane ka thikana to bana rahane diya; nahin to gnga kinare ka ghar aur tin bighe ki bari, ek sau panch rupaye men! tara ne bahut achchha kiya.’’

budhiy़a manni ne kaha-‘‘bhagavanh jane, thikana kahan hoga!’’

shyama chupachap sunati rahi. sandhya ho gee. jinaka usi amaraee men nid tha, un pakshiyon ka jhund kalarav karata hua ghar lautane laga. par shyama n hili; use bhool gaya ki usake bhi ghar hai.

budhiy़a ke sath amin sahab akar khade ho gaye. amin ek sundar kahe jane yogy yuvak the, aur unaka yah sahaj vishvas tha ki koee bhi stri ho, mujhe ek bar avashy dekhegi. shyama ke saundary ko to daridray ne dhnk liya tha; par usaka yauvan chhipane ke yogy n tha. kumar yauvan apani krida men vihval tha. amin ne kaha-‘‘manni! poochho, main rupaya de doon-abhi ek mahine ki avadhi hai, rupaya de dene se nilam ruk jayaga!’’

shyama ne ek bar tikhi ankhon se amin ki or dekha. vah pusht kalevar amin, us anath balika ki drishti n sah saka, dhire se chala gaya. manni ne dekha , barasat ki-si gili chita shyama ki ankhon men jal rahi hai. manni ka sahas n hua ki usase ghar chalane ke lie kahe. usane socha, thaharakar aoongi to ise ghar liva jaoongi. parantu jab vah lautakar aee, to rajani ke andhakar men bahut khojane par bhi shyama ko n pa saki.

tara ka uttaradhikari hua-usake bhaee ka putr prakash. akasmath sampatti mil jane se jaisa pray: hua karata hai, vahi hua-prakash apane-ape men n rah saka. vah us dehat men pratham shreni ka vilasi ban baitha. usane tara ke pahale ghar se kos-bhar door shyama ki bari ko bhali-bhanti sajaya; usaka kachcha ghar todakar bngala ban gaya. amaraee men sadaqen aur kyariyan daudane lagin. yahin prakash baboo ki baithak jami. ab ise usake naukar ‘chhavani’ kahate the.

ashadh ka mahina tha. sabere hi badi umas thi. puravaee se ghanamandal sthir ho raha tha. varsha hone ki poori sambhavana thi. pakshiyon ke jhund akash men ast-vyast ghoom rahe the. ek pagali gnga ke tat ke oopar ki or chadh rahi thi. vah apane pratyek pad-vikshep par ek-do-tin asphut svar se kah deti, phir akash ki or dekhane lagati thi. amaraee ke khule phatak se vah ghus aee, aur pas ke vrikshon ke niche ghoomati huee ‘‘ek-do-tin’’ karake ginane lagi.

laharile pavan ka ek jhonka aya; tirachhi boondo ki ek badh pad gee. do-char am bhi choo pade. pagali ghabara gee. tin se adhik vah ginana hi nahin janati thi. idhar boondo ko gine ki amon ko! badi gadabadi huee. par vah megh ka tukada barasata hua nikal gaya. pagali ek bar svasth ho gee.

mahokha ek dal se bolane laga. duggi ke saman usaka ‘‘doop-doop-doop’’ shabd pagali ko pahachana hua-sa maloom pada. vah phir ginane lagi-ek-do-tin! usake chup ho jane par pagali ne dalon ki or dekha aur prasann hokar boli-ek-do-tin! is bar usaki ginati men bada ullas tha, vismay tha aur harsh bhi. usane ek hi dal men pake hue tin amon ko vrinton-sahit tod liya, aur unhen jhukate hue ginane lagi. pagali is bar sachamuch balika ban gee, jaise khilaune ke sath khelane lagi.

mal a gaya. usane gali di, marane ke lie hath uthaya. pagali apana khel chhodakar chupachap usaki or ekatak dekhane lagi. vah usaka hath pakadakar prakash baboo ke pas le chala.

prakash yakshma se pidit hokar in dinon yahan nirantar rahane laga tha. vah khansata jata tha; aur takiye ke sahare baitha hua pikadan men rakt aur kaph thookata jata tha. knkal-sa sharir pila pad gaya tha. mukh men keval nak aur badi-badi ankhe apana astitv chillakar kah rahi thin. pagali ko pakadakar mali usake samane le aya.

vilasi prakash ne dekha, pagal yauvan abhi us pagali ke pichhe laga tha. kamuk prakash ko aj apane rog par krodh hua, aur poorn matra men hua. par krodh dhakka khakar pagali ki or chala aya. prakash ne am dekhakar hi samajh liya aur phoohad galiyon ki bauchhar se usaki abhyarthana ki.

pagali ne kaha-‘‘yah kis pap ka phal hai? too janata hai, ise kaun khayaga? bol! kaun marega? bol! ek-do-tin’’-

‘‘chori ko pagalapan men chhipana chahati hai! abhi to tujhe bison chahane vale milenge! chori kyon karati hai?’’-prakash ne kaha.

ek bar pagali ka pagalapan, lal vastr pahanakar usaki ankhon men nach utha. usane am tod-tod kar prakash ke kshay-jarjar hriday par khinchakar marate hue gina-ek-do-tin! prakash takiye par chitt letakar hichakiyan lene laga aur pagali hnsate hue ginane lagi-ek-do-tin. unaki pratidhvani amaraee men goonj uthi.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


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