प्रेम का उदय -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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bhondoo pasine men tar, lakadi ka ek gattha sir par lie aya aur use zamin par patakakar bnti ke samane khada ho gaya, mano poochh raha ho 'kya abhi tera mizaj thik nahin hua ? '

sndhya ho gayi thi, phir bhi loo chalati thi aur akash par gard chhayi huee thi. prakriti rakt shoony deh ki bhanti shithil ho rahi thi. bhondoo prat:kal ghar se nikala tha. dopahari usane ek ped ki chhanh men kati thi. samajha tha is tapasya se deviji ka munh sidha ho jayaga; lekin akar dekha, to vah ab bhi kop bhavan men thi.

bhondoo ne batachit chhedane ke irade se kaha, lo, ek lota pani de do, badi pyas lagi hai. mar gaya sare din. bazar men jaoonga, to tin ane se besi n milenge. do-char sainkade mil jate, to mehanat suphal ho jati. bnti ne siraki ke andar baithe-baithe kaha, 'dharam bhi lootoge aur paise bhi. munh dho rakho.'

bhondoo ne bhaven sikodakar kaha, 'kya dharam-dharam bakati hai ! dharam karana hnsi-khel nahin hai. dharam vah karata hai, jise bhagavanh ne mana ho. ham kya khakar dharam karen. bhar-pet chabena to milata nahin, dharam karenge.' bnti ne apana var ochha padata dekhakar chot par chot ki 'snsar men kuchh aise bhi mahatma hain, jo apana pet chahe n bhar saken, par padosiyon ko nevata dete phirate hain; nahin to sare din ban-ban lakadi n todate phirate. aise dharamatma logon ko mehariya rakhane ki kyon soojhati hai, yahi meri samajh men nahin ata. dharam ki gadi kya akele nahin khinchate banati ? ' bhondoo is chot se tilamila gaya. usaki jiharadar nasen tan gayin; mathe par bal pad gaye. is abala ka munh vah ek dapat men bnd kar sakata tha; par daaut-dapat usane n sikhi thi. jisake parakram ki sare knjadon men dhoom thi, jo akela sau-pachas javanon ka nasha utar sakata tha, vah is abala ke samane choon tak n kar saka. dabi jaban se bola, 'mehariya dharam bechane ke lie nahin layi jati, dharam palane ke lie layi jati hai.'

yah knjad-dnpati aj tin din se aur kee knjad parivaron ke sath is bag men utara hua tha. sare bag men sirakiyan-hi-sirakiyan dikhayi deti thin. usi tin hath chaudi aur char hath lambi siraki ke andar ek-ek

poora parivar jivan ke samast vyaparon ke sath kalpavas-sa kar raha tha. ek kinare chakki thi, ek kinare rasoee ka sthan, ek kinare do-ek anaj ke matake. dvar par ek chhoti-si khatoli balakon ke lie padi thi.

harek parivar ke sath do-do bhainsen ya gadhe the. jab dera kooch hota tha to sari grihasthi in janavaron par lad di jati thi. yahi in knjadon ka jivan tha. sari basti ek sath chalati thi. apas men hi shadi-byah, len-den,

jhagade-tnte hote rahate the. is duniya ke bahar vala akhil snsar unake lie keval shikar ka maidan tha. unake kisi ilake men pahunchate hi vahan ki pulis turnt akar apani nigarani men le leti thi. padav ke charon taraph chaukidar ka pahara ho jata tha. stri ya purush kisi ganv men jate to do-char chaukidar unake sath ho lete the. rat ko bhi unaki hajiri li jati thi. phir bhi as-pas ke ganv men atnk chhaya hua tha; kyonki knjad log bahudha gharon men ghusakar jo chiz chahate, utha lete aur unake hath men jakar koee chiz laut n sakati thi. rat men ye log akasar chori karane nikal jate the. chaukidaron ko unase mile rahane men hi apani kushal dikhati thi. kuchh hath bhi lagata tha aur jan bhi bachi rahati thi. sakhti karane men pranon ka bhay tha, kuchh milane ka to zikr hi kya; kyonki knjad log ek sima ke bahar kisi ka dabav n manate the. basti men akela bhondoo apani mehanat ki kamaee khata tha; magar isalie nahin ki vah pulisavalon ki khushamad n kar sakata tha. usaki svatntr atma apane bahubal se prapt kisi vastu ka hissa dena svikar n karati thi; isalie vah yah naubat ane hi n deti thi.

bnti ko pati ki yah achar-nishtha ek ankh n bhati thi. usaki aur bahanen nayi-nayi sadiyan aur naye-naye abhooshan pahanatin, to bnti unhen dekh-dekhakar pati ki akarmanyata par kudhati thi. is vishay par donon men kitane

hi sngram ho chuke the; lekin bhondoo apana paralok bigadane par raji n hota tha. aj bhi prat:kal yahi samasya a khadi huee thi aur bhondoo lakadi katane jngalon men nikal gaya tha. sainkade mil jate, to ansoo punchhate, par aj sainkade bhi n mile. bnti ne kaha, 'zinase kuchh nahin ho sakata, vahi dharamatma ban jate

hain. raaud apane mand hi men khush hai ? '

bhondoo ne poochha, 'to main nikhattoo hoon ? '

bnti ne is prashn ka sidha-sada uttar n dekar kaha, 'main kya janoon,tum kya ho ? main to yahi janati hoon ki yahan dhele -dhele ki chiz ke lie tarasana padata hai. yahin sabako pahanate-odhate, hnsate-khelate dekhati hoon. kya mujhe pahanane-odhane, hnsane-khelane ki sadh nahin hai ? tumhare palle padakar jindagani nasht ho gayi.'

bhondoo ne ek kshan vichar-magn rahakar kaha, 'zanati hai, pakad jaoonga,to tin sal se kam ki saza n hogi.'

bnti vichalit n huee. boli, 'zab aur log nahin pakad jate; to tumhin pakad jaoge ? aur log pulis ko mila lete hain, thanedar ke panv sahalate hain, chaukidar ki khushamad karate hain.'

'too chahati hai, main bhi auron ki tarah sabaki chirauri karata phiroon ? '

bnti ne apana hath n chhoda --'main tumhare sath sati hone nahin ayi. phir tumhare chhure-gndase ko koee kahan tak dare. janavar ko bhi jab ghas-bhoosa nahin milata, to pagaha tudakar kisi ke khet men paith jata hai. main to adami hoon.'

bhondoo ne isaka kuchh javab n diya. usaki stri koee doosara ghar kar le, yah kalpana usake lie apaman se bhari thi. aj bnti ne pahali bar yah dhamaki di. ab tak bhondoo is taraph se nishchint tha. ab yah nayi

snbhavana usake sammukh upasthit huee. us durdin ko vah apana kaboo chalate apane pas n ane dega.

aj bhondoo ki drishti men vah ijjat nahin rahi, vah bharosa nahin raha. mazaboot divar ko tikaune ki zaroorat nahin. jab divar hilane lagati hai, tab hamen usako snbhalane ki chinta hoti hai. aj bhondoo ko apani divar hilati

huee maloom hoti thi. aj tak bnti apani thi. vah jitana apani or se nishchint tha, utana hi usaki or se bhi tha. vah jis tarah khud rahata tha usi tarah usako bhi rakhata tha. jo khud khata tha, vahi usako khilata tha, usake lie koee vishesh fikr n thi; par aj use maloom hua ki vah apani nahin hai, ab usaka vishesh roop se satkar karana hoga, vishesh roop se dilajoee karani hogi.

sooryast ho raha tha. usane dekha, usaka gadha charakar chupachap sir jhukaye chala a raha hai. bhondoo ne kabhi usaki khane-pine ki chinta n ki thi; kyonki gadha kisi aur ko apana svami banane ki dhamaki n de sakata tha. bhondoo ne bahar akar aj gadhe ko puchakara, usaki pith sahalayi aur turant use pani pilane ke lie dol aur rassi lekar chal diya. isake doosare hi din kasbe men ek dhani thakur ke ghar chori ho gayi. us

rat ko bhondoo apane dere par n tha. bnti ne chaukidar se kaha, 'vah jngal se nahin lauta. prat:kal bhondoo a pahuncha. usaki kamar men rupayon ki ek thaili thi. kuchh sone ke gahane bhi the. bnti ne turant gahanon ko le jakar

ek vriksh ki jad men gad diya. rupayon ki kya pahachan ho sakati thi. bhondoo ne poochha, 'agar koee poochhe, itane sare rupaye kahan mile, to kya kahogi ?

bnti ne ankhen nachakar kaha, 'qah doongi, kyon bataoon ? duniya kamati hai, to kisi ko hisab dene jati hai ? hamin kyon apana hisab den.'

bhondoo ne sndigdh bhav se gardan hilakar kaha, 'yah kahane se gala n chhootega, bnti ! too kah dena, main tin-char mas se do-do, char-char rupaye mahina jama karati aee hoon. hamara kharach hi kaun bada lnba hai.'

donon ne milakar bahut-se javab soch nikale -- 'zadi-bootiyan bechate hain.'

ek-ek jadi ke lie mutthi-mutthi bhar rupaye mil jate hain. khas, sainkade, janavaron ki khalen, nakh aur charbi, sabhi bechate hain. is or se nishchint hokar donon bazar chale. bnti ne apane lie tarah-tarah ke kapade, choodiyan, tikuliyan, bunde, sendur, pan-tamakhoo, tel aur mithaee li. phir donon jane sharab ki dookan gaye. khoob sharab pi. phir do botal sharab rat ke lie lekar donon ghoomate-ghamate, gate-bajate ghadi rat gaye dere par laute. bnti ke panv aj zamin par n padate the. ate hi ban-thanakar padosiyon ko apani chhavi dikhane lagi. jab vah lautakar apane ghar ayi aur bhojan pakane lagi, tab padosiyon ne tippaniyan karani shuroo kin 'kahin gahara hath mara hai.'

'bada dharamatma bana phirata tha.'

'bagala bhagat hai.'

'bnti to aj jaise hava men ud rahi hai.'

'aj bhondua ki kitani khatir ho rahi hai. nahin to kabhi ek lutiya pani dene bhi n uthati thi.'

rat ko bhondoo ko devi ki yad ayi. aj tak kabhi usane devi ki vedi par bakare ka balidan n kiya tha. pulis ko milane men zyada kharch tha. kuchh atm-samman bhi khona padata. deviji keval ek bakare men

raji ho jati hain. han, usase ek galati zaroor huee thi. usaki biradari ke aur log sadharanataya karyasidhdi ke pahale hi balidan diya karate the. bhondoo ne yah khatara n liya. jab tak mal hath n a jay, usake bharose par devi-devataon ko khilana usaki vyavasayik buddhi ko n jncha. auron se apane krity ko gupt rakhana bhi chahata tha; isalie kisi ko soochana bhi n di, yahan tak ki bnti se bhi n kaha, bnti to bhojan bana rahi thi, vah bakare ki talash men ghar se nikal pada.

bnti ne poochha, 'ab bhojan karane ke joon kahan chale ? '

'abhi ata hoon.'

'mat jao, mujhe dar lagata hai.'

bhondoo sneh ke navin prakash se khilakar bola, 'mujhe der n lagegi. too n yah gndasa apane pas rakh le.'

usane gndasa nikalakar bnti ke pas rakh diya aur nikala. bakare ki samasya bedhab thi. rat ko bakara kahan se lata ? is samasya ko bhi usane ek naye dhng se hal kiya. pas ki basti men ek gadariye ke pas

kee bakare pale the. usane socha, vahin se ek bakara utha laoon. deviji ko apane balidan se matalab hai, ya isase ki bakara kaise aya aur kahan se aya.

magar basti ke samip pahuncha hi tha ki pulis ke char chaukidaron ne use giraphtar kar liya aur mushken bandhakar thane le chale. bnti bhojan pakakar apana banav-singar karane lagi. aj use apana jivan saphal jan padata tha. annd se khili jati thi. aj jivan men pahali bar usake sir men sugandhit tel pada. aeena usake pas ek purana andha-sa pada hua tha. aj vah naya aeena laee thi. usake samane baithakar usane

apane kesh snvare. munh par ubatan mala. sabun lana bhool gayi thi. sahab log sabun lagane hi se to itane gore ho jate hain. sabun hota, to usaka rng kuchh to nikhar jata. kal vah avashy sabun ki kee battiyan layegi aur roj lagayegi. kesh goonthakar usane mathe par alasi ka luab lagaya, jisamen bal n bikharane payen. phir pan lagaye, choona zyada ho gaya tha. galaphadon men chhale pad gaye; lekin usane samajha shayad pan khane ka yahi maja hai. akhir kadavi mirch bhi to log maje men khate hain. gulabi sadi pahan aur phoolon ka gajara gale men dalakar usane aine men apani soorat dekhi, to usake abanoosi rng par lali daud gayi. ap hi ap lajja se usaki ankhen jhuk gayin. daridrata ki ag se naritv bhi bhasm ho jata hai, naritv ki lajja ka kya zikr. maile-kuchaile kapade pahanakar lajana aisa hi hai, jaise koee chabaine men sugandh lagakar khaye.

is tarah sajakar bnti bhondoo ki rah dekhane lagi. jab ab bhi vah n aya, to usaka ji jhunjhalane laga. roj to sanjh hi se dvar par pad rahate the, aj n-jane kahan jakar baith rahe. shikari apani bndook bhar lene

ke bad isake siva aur kya chahata hai ki shikar samane aye. bnti ke sookhe hriday men aj pani padate hi usaka naritv ankurit ho gaya. jhunjhalahat ke sath use chinta bhi hone lagi. usane bahar nikalakar kee bar pukara. usake knthasvar men itana anurag kabhi n tha. use kee bar bhan hua ki bhondoo a raha hai, vah har bar siraki ke andar daud ayi aur aine men soorat dekhi ki kuchh bigad n gaya ho. aisi dhadakan, aisi ulajhan, usaki anubhooti se bahar thi.

bnti sari rat bhondoo ke intajar men udvign rahi. jyon-jyon rat bitati thi, usaki shnka tivr hoti jati thi. aj hi usake vastavik jivan ka arnbh hua tha aur aj hi yah hal. prat:kal vah uthi, to abhi kuchh andhera hi tha. is ratajage se usaka chitt khinn aur sari deh alasaee huee thi. rah-rahakar bhitar se ek lahar

bhi uthati thi, ankhen bhar-bhar ati thin. sahasa kisi ne kaha, 'are bnti, bhondoo rat pakad gaya.'

bnti thane pahunchi to pasine men tar thi aur dam phool raha tha. use bhondoo par daya n thi, krodh a raha tha. sara jamana yahi kam karata hai aur chain ki bnsi bajata hai. unhonne kahate-kahate hath bhi lagaya, to chook gaye. nahin sahoor tha, to saf kah dete, mujhase yah kam n hoga. main yah thode hi kahati thi ki ag men phand pado. use dekhate hi thanedar ne dhauns jamayi 'yahi to hai bhondua ki aurat, ise bhi pakad lo.' bnti ne hekadi jatayi 'han-han pakad lo, yahan kisi se nahin darate. jab koee kam hi nahin karate, to dare kyon.'

aphasar aur matahat sabhi ki anurakt ankhen bnti ki or uthane lagin. bhondoo ki taraph se logon ke dil kuchh narm ho gaye. use dhoop se chhanh men baitha diya gaya. usake donon hath pichhe bndho hue the aur dhool-dhoosarit kali deh par bhi jooton aur kodon ke raktamay mar saf najar a rahe the. usane ek bar bnti ki or dekha, mano kah raha tha 'dekhana, kahin in logon ke dhokhe men n a jana.'

thanedar ne daaut batayi 'zara isaki dida-dileri dekho, jaise devi hi to hai; magar is pher men n rahana. yahan tum logon ki nas-nas pahachanata hoon. itane kode lagaoonga ki chamadi ud jayagi. nahin to sidhe se kabool do. sara mal lauta do. isi men khairiyat hai.' bhondoo ne baithe-baithe kaha, 'kya kabool den. jo desh ko lootate hain, unase to koee nahin bolata, jo bechare apani gadhi kamaee ki roti khate hain, unaka gala katane ko pulis bhi taiyar rahati

hai. hamare pas kisi ko najar-bhent dene ke lie paise nahin hain.'

thanedar ne kathor svar se kaha, 'han-han; jo kuchh kor-kasar rah gayi ho, vah poori kar de. kirakiri n hone paye. magar in baithakabajiyon se bach nahin sakate. agar ekabal n kiya, to tin sal ko jaoge. mera kya

bigadata hai. are chhotesinh, jara lal mirch ki dhooni to do ise. kothari bnd karake paseri-bhar mirche sulaga do, abhi mal baramad hua jata hai.'

bhondoo ne dhithaee se kaha, 'darogaji, boti kat dalo, lekin kuchh hath n lagega. tumane mujhe ratabhar pitavaya hai, meri ek-ek haddi choor-choor ho gayi hai. koee doosara hota to ab tak sidhar gaya hota. kya tum samajhate ho, adami ko rupaye-paise jan se pyare hote hain ? jan hi ke lie to adami sab tarah ke kukaram karata hai. dhooni sulagakar bhi dekh lo.' darogaji ko ab vishvas aya ki is faulad ko jhukana mushkil hai. bhondoo ki mukhakriti se shahidon ka-sa atm-samarpan jhalak raha tha. yadyapi unake hukm ki tamil hone lagi, kanstebalon ne bhondoo ko ek kothari men bnd kar diya, do adami mirche lane daude, lekin daroga ki yuddh-niti badal

gayi thi. bnti ka hriday kshobh se phata jata tha. vah janati thi, chori karake ekabal kar lena knjad jati ki niti men mahanh lajja ki bat hai; lekin kya yah sachamuch mirch ki dhooni sulaga denge ? itana kathor hai inaka hriday ?

salan bagharane men kabhi mirch jal jati hai, to chhinkon aur khansiyon ke mare dam nikalane lagata hai. jab nak ke pas dhooni sulagaee jayagi tab to pran hi nikal jaynge. usane jan par khelakar kaha, 'darogaji, tum samajhate hoge ki in garibon ki pith par koee nahin hai; lekin main kahe deti hoon, hakim se ratti-ratti hal kah doongi. bhala chahate ho, to use chhod do, nahin to isaka hal bura hoga.'

thanedar ne muskarakar kaha, 'tujhe kya, vah mar jayaga, kisi aur ke niche baith jana. jo kuchh jama-jatha laya hoga, vah to tere hi hath men hogi. kyon nahin ekabal karake use chhuda leti. main vada karata hoon, mukadama

n chalaoonga. sab mal lauta de. toone hi use mntr diya hoga. gulabi sadi, pan aur khushaboodar tel ke lie too hi lalach rahi hogi. usaki itani sansat ho rahi hai aur too khadi dekh rahi hai.'

shayad bnti ki antaratma ko yah vishvas n tha ki ye log itane amanushiy atyachar kar sakate hain; lekin jab sachamuch dhooni sulaga di gayi, mirch ki tikhi zaharili jhar phaili aur bhondoo ke khansane ki avajen kanon

men ayin, to usaki atma katar ho uthi. usaka vah dussahas jhoothe rng ki bhanti ud gaya. usane darogaji ke panv pakad lie aur din bhav se boli, 'malik, mujh par daya karo. main sabakuchh de doongi.'

dhooni usi vakt hata li gayi.

bhondoo ne sashnk hokar poochha, 'dhooni kyon hatate ho ? '

ek chaukidar ne kaha, 'teri aurat ne ekabal kar liya.'

bhondoo ki nak, ankh, munh se pani jari tha. sir chakkar kha raha tha. gale ki avaz bnd-si ho gayi thi; par vah vaky sunate hi vah sachet ho gaya. usaki donon mutthiyan bndh gayin. bola, 'kya kaha, ? '

'kaha, kya, chori khul gayi. darogaji mal baramad karane gaye hue hain. pahale hi ekabal kar liya hota, to kyon itani sansat hoti ?'

bhondoo ne garajakar kaha, 'vah jhooth bolati hai.'

'vahan mal baramad ho gaya, tum abhi apani hi ga rahe ho.'

parampara ki maryada ko apane hathon bhng hone ki lajja se bhondoo ka mastak jhuk gaya. is ghor apaman ke bad ab use apana jivan daya, ghrina aur tiraskar in sabhi dashaon se nikhid jan padata tha. vah apane

samaj men patit ho gaya tha. sahasa bnti akar khadi ho gayi aur kuchh kahana hi chahati thi ki

bhondoo ki raudramudra dekhakar usaki jaban band ho gayi. use dekhate hi bhondoo ki ahat maryada kisi ahat sarp ki bhanti tadap uthi. usane bnti ko angaron-si tapati huee lal ankhon se dekha. un ankhon men hinsa ki ag

jal rahi thi. bnti sir se panv tak kanp uthi. vah ulate panv vahan se bhagi. kisi devata ke agniban ke saman ve donon angaron-si ankhen usake hriday men chubhane lagin.

thane se nikalakar bnti ne socha, ab kahan jaoon, bhondoo usake sath hota to vah padosiyon ke tiraskar ko sah leti. is dasha men usake lie apane ghar jana asambhav tha. ve donon angare-si ankhen usake hriday men chubhi

jati thin; lekin kal ki saubhagy-vibhootiyon ka moh use dere ki or khinchane laga. sharab ki botal ab bhi bhari dhari thi. phulaudiyan chhinke par handi men dhari thin. vah tivr lalasa, jo mrityu ko sammukh dekhakar bhi snsar ke bhogy padarthon ki or man ko chalayaman kar deti hai, use khinchakar dere ki or le chali.

dopahar ho gaya tha. vah pahad par pahunchi, to sannata chhaya hua tha.abhi kuchh der pahale jo sthan jivan ka krida-kshetr bana hua tha, bilakul nirjan ho gaya tha. biradarivalon ke tiraskar ka sabase bhaynkar roop tha.

sabhi ne use tyajy samajh liya. keval usaki siraki us nirjanata men roti huee khadi thi. bnti ne usake andar panv rakhe, to usake man ki kuchh vahi dasha huee, jo akela ghar dekhakar kisi chor ki hoti hai. kaun-kaun-si chiz samete. us kuti men usane ro-rokar panch varsh kate the; par aj use usase vahi mamata ho rahi thi, jo kisi mata ko apane durguni putr ko dekhakar hoti hai, jo barason ke bad paradesh se lauta ho. hava se kuchh chizen idhar-udhar ho gayi thin. usane turant unhen snbhalakar rakha. phulaudiyon ki handi chhinke par kuchh thndi ho gayi thi. shayad us par billi jhapati thi. usane jaldi se handi utarakar dekhi. phulaudiyan achhooti thin. pan par jo gila kapada lapeta tha, vah sookh gaya tha. usane turant kapada tar kar diya.

kisi ke panv ki ahat pakar usaka kaleja dhakh-se ho gaya. bhondoo a raha hai. usaki vah donon angare-si ankhen ! usake royen khade ho gaye. bhondoo ke krodh ka use do-ek bar anubhav ho chuka tha, lekin usane dil

ko mazaboot kiya. kyon marega ? kuchh kahega, kuchh poochhega, kuchh saval-javab karega ki yonhi gndasa chala dega. usane usake sath koee buraee nahin ki. aphat se usaki jan bachayi. marajad jan se pyari nahin hoti. bhondoo ko hogi, use nahin hai. kya itani-si bat ke lie vah usaki jan le lega. usane siraki ke dvar se jhanka. bhondoo n tha, keval usaka gadha chala a raha tha.

bnti aj us abhage-se gadhe ko dekhakar aisi prasann huee, mano apana bhaee naihar se batason ki potali liye thaka-manda chala ata ho. usane jakar usaki gardan sahalayi aur usake thoothan ko apane munh se laga liya. vah use phooti ankhon n bhata tha; par aj usase use kitani atmiyata ho gayi thi. vah donon angare-si ankhen use ghoor rahi thin. vah sihar uthi. usane phir socha kya kisi tarah n chhodega ? vah roti huee usake

pairon par gir padegi. kya tab bhi n chhodega ? in ankhon ki vah kitani sarahana kiya karata tha. inamen ansoo bahate dekhakar bhi use daya n ayegi ? bnti ne chukkad men sharab undelakar pi li aur chhinke se phulaudiyan

utarakar khayin. jab use marana hi hai, to sadh kyon rah jay. vah donon angare-si ankhen usake samane chamak rahi thin. doosara chukkad bhara aur pi gayi. zaharila tharra, jise dopahar ki garmi ne aur bhi ghatak bana diya

tha, dekhate-dekhate usake mastishk ko khaulane laga. botal adhi ho gayi thi.

usane socha bhondoo kahega, toone itani daroo kyon pi, to vah kya kahegi. kah degi han, pi; kyon n piye, isi ke lie to vah sabakuchh hua. vah ek boond bhi n chhodegi. jo hona ho, ho. bhondoo use mar nahin sakata. itana

nirdayi nahin hai, itana kayar nahin hai. usane phir chukkad bhara aur pi gayi. panch varsh ke vaivahik jivan ki atit smritiyan usaki ankhon ke samane khinch gayin. saikadon hi bar donon men grih-yuddh hue the. aj bnti ko har bar apani jyadati maloom ho rahi thi. bechara jo kuchh kamata hai, usi ke hathon par rakh deta hai. apane lie kabhi ek paise ki tambakoo bhi leta hai to paisa usi se mangata hai. bhor se sanjh tak ban-ban phira hi to karata hai ! jo kam usase nahin hota, vah kaise kare.

yakayak ek kanstebal ne akar kaha, 'ari bnti, kahan hai ? chal dekh, bhondua ka hal-be-hal ho raha hai. abhi tak to chupachap baitha tha. phir n-jane kya ji men aya ki ek patthar par apana sir patak diya. lahoo

bah raha hai. agar ham log daudakar pakad n lete, to jan hi de di thi.'

ek mahina bit gaya tha. sndhya ka samay tha. kali-kali ghataen chhaee thin aur moosaladhar varsha ho rahi thi. bhondoo ki siraki ab bhi nirjan sthan par khadi thi, bhondoo khatoli par pada hua tha. usaka chehara pila pad gaya tha aur deh jaise sookh gayi thi. vah sashnk ankhon se varsha ki or dekhata hai, chahata hai uthakar bahar dekhoon; par utha nahin jata. bnti sir par ghas ka ek bojh liye pani men lath-path ati dikhalayi di. vahi gulabi sadi hai, par tar-tar, kintu usaka chehara prasann hai. vishad aur glani ke badale ankhon se anurag tapak raha hai. gati men vah chapalata, angon men vah sajivata hai, jo chitt ki shanti ka chihn hai. bhondoo ne kshin svar men kaha, 'too itana bhig rahi hai, kahin bimar pad gayi, to koee ek ghoont pani denevala bhi n rahega. main kahata hoon, too kyon itana marati hai. do gatthe to bech chuki thi. tisara gattha lane ka kam kya tha. yah handi men kya laee hai? '

bnti ne handi ko chhipate hue kaha, 'quchh to nahin hai, kaisi handi ? '

bhondoo zor lagakar khatoli se utha, anchal ke niche chhipi huee handi khol di aur usake bhitar najar dalakar bola, 'abhi lauta, nahin to main handi phod doonga.'

bnti ne dhoti se pani nichodate hue kaha, 'zara aine men soorat dekho. ghi-doodh kuchh n milega, to kaise uthoge ? qi sada khat par sone ka hi vichar hai ? '

bhondoo ne khatoli par letate hue kaha, 'apane lie to ek sadi nahin layi. kitana kahake har gaya. mere lie ghi aur doodh sab chahie ! main ghi n khaoonga.'

bnti ne muskarakar kaha, 'isilie to ghi khilati hoon ki tum jaldi se kam-dhandha karane lago aur mere lie sadi lao.'

bhondoo ne muskarakar kaha, 'to aj jakar kahin sendha maroon ? '

bnti ne usake gal par ek thokar dekar kaha, 'pahale mera gala kat dena, tab jana.'

tika tippani aur sndarbh

bahari kadiyan

snbndhit lekh

varnamala kramanusar lekh khoj

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