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vidyalayon men vinod ki jitani lilaen hoti rahati hain, ve yadi ekatr ki ja saken, to manornjan ki badi uttam samagri hath aye. vahan adhikansh chhatr- jivan ki chintaon se mukt rahate hain. kitane hi to parikshaon ki chinta se bhi bari rahate hain. vahan mataragasht karane, gappen udane aur hnsi-majak karane ke siva unhen koee aur kam nahin rahata ! unaka kriyashil utsah kabhi vidyalay ke naty-mnch par prakat hota hai, kabhi vishesh utsavon ke avasar par. unaka shesh samay apane mitron ke manornjan men vyatit hota hai. vahan jahan kisi mahashay ne kisi vibhag men vishesh utsah dikhaya (kriket, haki, phutabal ko chhodakar) aur vah vinod ka lakshy bana. agar koee mahashay bade dharmanishth hain, sndhya aur havan men tatpar rahate hain, bina naga namajen ada karate hain, to unhen hasy ka lakshy banane men der nahin lagati. agar kisi ko pustakon se prem hai, koee pariksha ke lie bade utsah se taiyariyan karata hai, to samajh lijie ki usaki mitti kharab karane ke lie kahin-n-kahin avashy shadyntr racha ja raha hai. saransh yah hai ki vahan nirdvndv, nirih, khule dil adamiyon ke lie koee badha nahin, unase kisi ko shikayat nahin hoti; lekin mullaon aur pnditon ki badi durgati hoti hai.

mahashay chakradhar ilahabad ke ek suvikhyat vidyalay ke chhatr the. em.e. klas men darshan ka adhyayan karate the. kintu jaisa vidvajjanon ka svabhav hota hai, hnsi-dillagi se koson door bhagate the. jatiyata ke garv men choor rahate the. hindoo achar-vichar ki saralata aur pavitrata par mugdh the. unhen nekataee, kalar, vaskat adi vastron se ghrina thi. sidha-sada mota kurata aur chamaraudhe joote pahanate. pratahkal niyamit roop se sndhya-havan karake mastak par chndan ka tilak bhi lagaya karate the. brahmachary ke siddhanton ke anusar sir ghutate the; kintu lambi choti rakh chhodi thi. unaka kathan tha ki choti rakhane men prachin ary-rishiyon ne apani sarvgyta ka prachnd parichay diya hai. choti ke dvara sharir ki anavashyak ushnata bahar nikal jati hai aur vidyuth-pravah sharir men pravisht hota hai. itana hi nahin, shikha ko rishiyon ne hindoo-jatiyata ka mukhy lakshan ghoshit kiya hai. bhojan sadaiv apane hath se banate the aur vah bhi bahut supachy aur sookshm. unaki dharana thi ki ahar ka manushy ke naitik vikas par vishesh prabhav padata hai. vijatiy vastuon ko hey samajhate the. kabhi kriket ya haki ke pas n phatakate the. pashchaty sabhyata ke to vah shatru hi the. yahan tak ki angreji likhane-bolane men bhi unhen snkoch hota tha, jisaka parinam yah tha ki unaki angreji kamazor thi aur vah usamen sidha-sa patr bhi mushkil se likh sakate the. agar unako koee vyasan tha, to pan khane ka. isake gunon ka samarthan aur vaidyak granthon se usaki paripushti karate the.

vidyalay ke khiladiyon ko itana dhairy kahan ki aisa shikar dekhen aur us par nishana n maren. apas men kanaphoosi hone lagi ki is jngali ko sidhe raste par lana chahie. kaisa pndit bana phirata hai ! kisi ko kuchh samajhata hi nahin. apane siva sabhi ko jatiy bhav se hin samajhata hai. isaki aisi mitti palid karo ki sara pakhnd bhool jay !

snyog se avasar bhi achchha mil gaya. kalej khulane ke thode hi dinon bad ek ainglo indiyan ramani darshan ke klas men sammilit huee. vah kavikalpit sabhi upamaon ki agar thi. seb ka-sa khila hua rng, sukomal sharir, sahasay chhavi aur us par manohar vesh-bhoosha ! chhatron ko vinod ka masala hath laga. log itihas aur bhasha chhod-chhodakar darshan ki kaksha men pravisht hone lage.

sabhi ki ankhen usi chndramukhi ki or chakor ki naeen lagi rahati thin. sab usaki kripa-kataksh ke abhilashi the. sabhi usaki madhur vani sunane ke lie lalayit the. kintu prakriti ka jaisa niyam hai, acharashil hridayon par prem ka jadoo jab chal jata hai, tab vara-nyara karake hi chhodata hai. aur log to ankhen hi senkane men magn raha karate, kintu pndit chakradhar prem-vedana se vikal aur saty anurag se unmatt ho uthe. ramani ke mukh ki or takate bhi jhenpate the ki kahin kisi ki nigah n pad jay, to is tilak aur shikha par phabatiyan udane lagen. jab avasar pate, to atyant vinamr, sachesht, atur aur anurakt netron se dekh lete kintu ankhen churaye hue aur sir jhukaye hue, ki kahin apana parada n khul jay, divar se kanon ko khabar n ho jay.

magar daee se pet kahan chhip sakata hai. tadanevale tad gaye. yaron ne pnditaji ki muhabbat ki nigah pahachan hi li. munhamangi murad payi. bachhen khil gayin. do mahashayon ne unase ghanishthata badhani shuroo kar di. maitri ko snghatit karane lage. jab samajh gaye ki in par hamara vishvas jam gaya, shikar par var karane ka avasar a gaya, to ek roj donon ne baithakar lediyon ki shaili men pnditaji ke nam ek patr likha-

‘maee diyar chakradhar, bahut dinon se vichar kar rahi hoon ki apako patr likhoon; magar is bhay se ki bina parichay se aisa sahas karana anuchit hoga, ab tak jabt karati rahi. par ab nahin raha jata. apane mujh par n-jane kya jadoo kar diya hai ki ek kshan ke lie bhi apaki soorat ankhon se nahin utarati. apaki saumy moorti, pratibhashali mastak aur sadharan pahanava sadaiv ankhon ke samane phira karata hai. mujhe svabhavatah adambar se ghrina hai. par yahan sabhi ko kritrimata ke rng men dooba pati hoon. jise dekhie, mere prem men anurakt hai; par main un premiyon ke manobhavon se parichit hoon. ve sab-ke-sab lampat aur shohade hain. keval ap ek aise sajjan hain jinake hriday men mujhe sadbhav aur sadanurag ki jhalak dikh padati hai. bar-bar utkntha hoti hai ki apase kuchh baten karati; magar ap mujhase itani door baithate hain ki vartalap ka suavasar nahin prapt hota. eeshvar ke lie kal se ap mere samip hi baitha kijie, aur kuchh n sahi to apake samipy hi se meri atma tript hoti rahegi.

is patr ko padhakar phad daliega aur isaka uttar likhakar pustakalay ki tisari alamari ke niche rakh dijiega.

apaki

loosi’

yah patr dak men dal diya gaya aur log utsuk netron se dekhane lage ki isaka kya asar hota hai. unhen bahut lamba intazar n karana pada. doosare din kalej men akar pnditaji ko loosi ke sannikat baithane ki fikr huee. ve donon mahashay jinhonne unase atmiyata badha rakhi thi, loosi ke nikat baitha karate the. ek ka nam tha neem aur doosare ka giridhar sahay. chakradhar ne akar giridhar se kaha- yar, tum meri jagah ja baitho. mujhe yahan baithane do.

neem- kyon ? apako hasad hota hai kya ?

chakradhar- hasad-vasad ki bat nahin. vahan prophesar sahab ka lekchar sunayi nahin deta. main kanon ka jara bhari hoon.

giridhar- pahale to apako yah bimari n thi. yah rog kab se utpann ho gaya ?

neem- aur phir prophesar sahab to yahan se aur bhi door ho jaynge ji ?

chakradhar- door ho jaynge to kya, yahan achchha rahega. mujhe kabhi-kabhi jhapakiyan a jati hain. samane dar laga rahata hai ki kahin unaki nigah n pad jay.

giridhar- apako to jhapakiyan hi ati hain n. yahan to vahi ghnta sone ka hai. poori ek nind leta hoon. phir ?

neem- tum bhi ajib adami ho. jab dost hokar ek bat kahate hain, to usako manane men tumhen kya etaraj ? chupake se doosari jagah ja baitho.

giridhar- achchhi bat hai, chhode deta hoon. kintu yah samajh lijiega ki yah koee sadharan tyag nahin hai. main apane oopar bahut jabr kar raha hoon. koee doosara lakh rupaye bhi deta, to jagah n chhodata.

neem- are bhaee, yah jannat hai jannat ! lekin dost ki khatir bhi to hai koee chiz ?

chakradhar ne kritgytapoorn drishti se dekha aur vahan jakar baith gaye. thodi der ke bad loosi bhi apani jagah par baithi. ab pnditaji bar-bar usaki or sapeksh bhav se takate rahe ki vah kuchh batachit kare, aur vah prophesar ka bhashan sunane men tanmay ho rahi hai. apane samajha shayad lajjavash nahin bolati. lajjashilata ramaniyon ka sabase sundar bhooshan bhi to hai. usake desk ki or munh pher-pherakar takane lage. use inake pan chabane se shayad ghrina hoti thi- bar-bar munh doosari or pher leti. kintu pnditaji itane sookshmadarshi, itane kushagrabuddhi n the. itane prasann the mano sataven asaman par hain. sabako upeksha ki drishti se dekhate the mano pratyaksh roop se kah rahe the ki tumhen yah saubhagy kahan nasib ? mujh-sa pratapi aur kaun hoga ?

din to gujara. sndhya-samay pnditaji neem ke kamare men aye aur bole- yar, ek letar-raitar (patr-vyavahar-shikshak) ki avashyakata hai. kisaka letar-raitar sabase achchha hai ?

neem ne giridhar ki or kanakhiyon se dekhakar poochha- letar-raitar lekar kya kijiega ?

giridhar- phajool hai. neem khud kis letar-raitar se kam hai.

chakradhar ne kuchh sakuchate hue kaha- achchha, koee prem-patr likhana ho, to kaise arambh kiya jay.

neem- ‘darling’ likhate hain. aur jo bahut hi ghanishth sambandh ho, to diyar ‘darling’ likh sakate hain.

chakradhar- aur samapt kaise karana chahie ?

neem- poora hal bataie to khat hi n likh den ?

chakradhar- nahin, ap itana bata dijie, main likh loonga.

neem- agar bahut pyara mashook ho, to likhie- Your Dying Lover aur agar sadharan prem ho to likh sakate hain- Yours' for ever

chakradhar- kuchh shubhakamana ke bhav bhi to rahane chahie n ?

neem- beshak. bila adab ke bhi koee khat hota hai, aur vah bhi muhabbat ka ? mashook ke lie adab likhane men fakiron ki tarah duaen deni chahie. ap likh sakate hain- God give you everlasting grace and beauty, ya May you remain happy in love and lovely

chakradhar- kagaz par likh do.

giridhar ne ek patr ke tukade par kee vaky likh diye. jab bhojan karake laute to chakradhar ne apane kivad bnd kar liye, aur khoob bana-bana kar patr likha. akshar bigad-bigad jate the, isalie kee bar likhana pada. kahin pichhale pahar jakar patr samapt hua. tab apane use itr men basaya, doosare din pustakalay men nirdisht sthan par rakh diya. yar log to tak men the hi, patr uda laye aur khoob maje le-lekar padha.

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tin din ke bad chakradhar ko phir ek patr mila. likha-

‘maee diyar chakradhar,

tumhari prem-patri mili. bar-bar padha. ankhon se lagaya; chumban liya. kitani manohar mahak thi. eeshvar se yahi prarthana hai ki hamara prem bhi aisa hi surabhisinchit rahe. apako shikayat hai ki main apase baten kyon nahin karati. priy, prem baton se nahin, hriday se hota hai. jab main tumhari or se munh pher leti hoon, to mere dil par kya gujarati hai, yah main hi janati hoon. ek dabi huee jvala hai, jo andar hi andar mujhe bhasm kar rahi hai. apako maloom nahin, kitani ankhen hamari or ekatak takati rahati hain. jara bhi sndeh hua, aur chir-viyog ki vipatti hamare sir padi. isilie hamen bahut hi savadhan rahana chahie. tumase ek yachana karati hoon, kshama karana. main tumhen angreji poshak men dekhane ko bahut utknthit ho rahi hoon. yon to tum chahe jo vastr dharan karo, meri ankhon ke tare ho- visheshakar tumhara sada kurata mujhe bahut hi sundar maloom hota hai- phir bhi, balyavastha se jin vastron ko dekhate chali ayi hoon, un par vishesh anurag hona svabhavik hai. mujhe asha hai, tum nirash n karoge. mainne tumhare lie ek vaskat banayi hai ! use mere prem ka tuchchh upahar samajhakar svikar karo.

tumhari

loosi’

patr ke sath ek chhota-sa paiket tha. vaskat usi men bnd tha. yaron ne apas men chnda karake badi udarata se usaka mooladhan ekatr kiya tha. us par sent-parasent se bhi adhik labh hone ki sambhavana thi. pndit chakradhar ukt upahar aur patr pakar itane prasann hue, jisaka thikana nahin, use lekar sare chhatravas men chakkar laga aye. mitr-vrind dekhate the, usaki kat-chhant ki sarahana karate the; tariphon ke pul bandhate the; usake mooly ka atishayoktipoorn anuman karate the. koee kahata tha- yah sidhe peris se sil kar aya hai; is mulk men aise karigar kahan kaun, agar koee is takkar ka vaskat silava de, to 100 ru. ki bazi badata hoon ? par vastav men usake kapade ka rng itana gahara tha ki koee suruchi rakhane vala manushy use pahanana pasnd n karata. chakradhar ko logon ne poorv mukh karake khada kiya, aur phir shubh muhoort men vah vaskat unhen pahanaya. ap phoole n samate the. koee idhar se jakar kahata- bhaee, tum to bilakul pahachane nahin jate. chola hi badal diya. apane vakt ke yoosuph ho. yar, kyon n ho, tabhi to yah that hai. mukhada kaisa damakane laga, mano tapaya hua kundan hai. aji, ek vaskat par yah jivan hai, kahin poora angreji soot pahan lo to n jane kya gajab ho jay ? sari misen lot-pot ho jayn. gala chhudana mushkil ho jay.

akhir salah huee ki unake lie ek angreji soot banavana chahie. is kala ke visheshgy unake sath gut bandhakar soot banavane chale. pnditaji ghar ke sampann the. ek angreji dookan se bahumooly soot liya gaya. rat ko isi utsav men gana-bajana bhi hua. doosare din, das baje, logon ne pnditaji ko soot pahanaya. ap apani udasinata dikhane ke lie bole- mujhe to bilakul achchha nahin lagata. ap logon ko n-jane kyon ye kapade achchhe lagate hain.

neem- jara aine men soorat dekhiye, to maloom ho. khase shahajade maloom padate ho. tumhare hushn par mujhe to rask hai. khuda ne to apako aisi soorat di, aur use ap mote kapadon men chhipaye hue the.

chakradhar ko nekataee bandhane ka gyan n tha. bole- bhaee, ise to thik kar do.

giridhar sahay ne nekataee itani kasakar bandhi ki pnditaji ko sans lena bhi mushkil ho gaya. bole- yar bahut tng hai.

giridhar- isaka phaishan hi yah hai; ham kya karen. dhili taee aib men dakhil hai.

neem- inhonne to phir bhi bahut dhili rakhi hai. main to aur bhi kasakar bandhata hoon.

chakradhar- aji, yahan to dam ghut raha hai !

neem- aur taee ka mnsha hi kya hai ? isilie to bandhi jati hai ki adami bahut jor-jor se sans n le sake.

chakradhar ke pran snkat men the. ankhen sajal ho rahi thin, chehara surkh ho gaya tha. magar taee ko dhila karane ki himmat n padati thi. is sajadhaj se ap kalej chale to mitron ka ek gol samman ka bhav dikhata apake pichhe-pichhe chala, manon baratiyon ka samooh hai. ek-doosare ki taraph takata; aur roomal munh men dekar hnsata tha. magar pnditaji ko kya khabar ? vah to apani dhun men mast the. akad-akadakar chalate hue akar klas men baith gaye. thodi der bad loosi bhi ayi. pndit ka yah vesh dekha, to chakit ho gayi. usake adharon par muskan ki ek apoorv rekha ankit ho gayi ! pnditaji ne samajha, yah usake ullas ka chihn hai. bar-bar muskarakar usaki or takane aur rahasyapoorn bhav se dekhane lage, kintu vah leshamatr bhi dhyan n deti thi.

pnditaji ki jivanacharya, dharmotsah aur jatiy prem men bade veg se parivartan hone lage. sabase pahale shikha par chhura phira. angreji phaishan ke bal katavaye gaye. logon ne kaha- yah kya mahashay ? ap to pharamate the ki shikha dvara vidhutpravah sharir men pravesh karata hai. ab vah kis marg se jayaga ?

pnditaji ne darshanik bhav se muskarakar kaha- main tum logon ko ulloo banata tha. kya main itana bhi nahin janata ki yah sab pakhnd hai ? mujhe antahkaran se is par vishvas hi kab tha; ap logon ko chakama dena chahata tha.

neem- vallah, ap ek hi jhansebaj nikale. ham log apako bachhiya ke taoo hi samajhate the magar ap to athon ganth kummait nikale.

chakradhar- dekhata ki log kahate kya hain !

shikha ke sath-sath sndhya aur havan ki bhi itishri ho gayi. havan-kund kamare men charapaee ke niche phenk diya gaya. kuchh dinon ke bad sigaret ke jale hue tukade rakhane ka kam dene laga. jis asan par baithakar havan kiya karate the, vah payadan bana. ab pratidin sabun ragadate, balon men knghi karate aur sigar pite. yar unhen chng par chadhaye rahate the. yah prastav hua ki is chndool se vaskat ke rupaye vasool karane chahie may sood ke. phir kya tha, loosi ka ek patr a gaya- apake roopantar se mujhe jitana anand hua use shabdon men nahin prakat kar sakati ! apase mujhe aisi hi asha thi. ab ap is yogy ho gaye hain ki koee yoropiyan ledi apake sahavas men apana apaman nahin samajh sakati. ab apase prarthana keval yahi hai ki mujhe apane annt aur aviral prem ka koee chihn pradan kijie, jise main sadaiv apane pas rakhoon. main koee bahumooly vastu nahin, keval premopahar chahati hoon.

chakradhar ne mitron se poochha- apani patni ke lie kuchh saugat bhejana chahata hoon. kya bhejana uchit hoga ?

neem- janab, yah to usaki talim aur mizaj par munahasar hai. agar vah naye phaishan ki ledi hai, koee beshakimat, subuk vajahadar chiz ya aisi hi kee chizen bhejie. masalan roomal, ristavach, lavendar ki shishi, phnsi knghi, aeena, laket, broos vagairah. aur khuda n khasta agar gnvarin hai, to kisi doosare adami se poochhie. mujhe gnvariyon ke mizaj ka ilm nahin.

chakradhar- janab, angreji padhi huee hain. bade oonche khanadan ki hain.

neem- to phir meri salah par amal kijie.

sndhya samay mitragan chakradhar ke sath bazar gaye aur dher-ki-dher chizen bator laye. sab-ki-sab oonche daraje ki. koee 75 ru. kharch hue. magar pnditaji ne uphh tak n ki. hnsate hue rupaye nikale. lautate vakt neem ne kaha- afasos, hamen aisi khushamizaj bivi n mili !

giridhar- zahar kha lo, zahar !

neem- bhee, dosti ke mane to yahi hain ki ek bar hamen bhi unaki jiyarat ho. kyon pnditaji, ap isamen koee haraj samajhate hain ?

giridhar- khair, khuda unhen jald duniya se najat de.

ratonrat paiket bana aur pratahkal pnditaji use le jakar laibreri men rakh aye. laibreri savere hi khul jati thi. koee adachan n huee. unhonne idhar munh phera. udhar yaron ne mal udaya aur champat hue. neem ke kamare men chnde ke hisab se hissa-bant hua. kisi ne ghadi payi, kisi ne roomal, kisi ne kuchh. ek rupaye ke badale panch-panch rupaye hath lage.

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premijan ka dhairy apar hota hai. nirasha par nirasha hoti hai, par dhairy hath se nahin chhootata. pnditaji bechare vipul dhan vyay karane ke pashchath bhi premika se sambhashan ka saubhagy n prapt kar sake. premika bhi vichitr thi, jo patron men misari ki dali ghol deti, magar pratyaksh drishtipat bhi n karati thi. bechare bahut chahate the ki svayn hi agrasar hon, par himmat n padati thi. vikat samasya thi. kintu isase bhi vah nirash n the. havan-sndhya to chhod hi baithe the. naye phaishan ke bal kat hi chuke the. ab bahudha angreji hi bolate, yadyapi vah ashuddh aur bhrasht hoti thi. rat ko angreji muhavaron ki kitab lekar path ki bhanti ratate. niche ke darajon men bechare ne itane shram se kabhi path n yad kiya tha. unhin rate hue muhavaron ko mauke-be-mauke kam men late. do-char loosi ke samane bhi angreji bagharane lage, jisase unaki yogyata ka parada aur bhi khul gaya.

kintu dushton ko ab bhi un par daya n ayi. ek din chakradhar ke pas loosi ka patr pahuncha, jisamen bahut anunay-vinay ke bad yah ichchha prakat ki gayi thi ki- main bhi apako angreji khel khelate dekhana chahati hoon. mainne apako kabhi phutabal ya haki khelate nahin dekha. angrej jentilamain ke lie haauki, kriket adi men siddhahast hona paramavashyak hai ! mujhe asha hai, ap meri yah tuchchh yachana svikar karenge. angreji vesh-bhoosha men, bolachal men, achar-vyavahar men, kalej men ab apaka koee pratiyogi nahin raha. main chahati hoon ki khel ke maidan men bhi apaki sarvashreshthata siddh ho jay. kadachith kabhi apako mere sath lediyon ke sammukh khelana pade, to us samay apaki aur apase zyada meri hethi hogi. isalie tenis avashy kheliye.

das baje pnditaji ko vah patr mila. dopahar ko jyon hi vishram ki ghnti baji ki apane neem se jakar kaha- yar, jara phutabal nikal do.

neem phutabal ke kaptan bhi the. muskarakar bole- khair to hai, is dopahar men phutabal lekar kya kijiega ? ap to kabhi maidan ki taraph jhankate bhi nahin. aj is jalati-balati dhoop men phutabal khelane ki dhun kyon savar hai ?

chakradhar- apako isase kya matalab. ap gend nikal dijie. main gend men bhi ap logon ko nicha dikhaoonga.

neem- janab, kahin chot-chapet a jayagi, muft men pareshan hoiega. hamare hi sir maraham-patti ka bojh padega. khuda ke lie is vakt rahane dijie.

chakradhar- akhir chot to mujhe lagegi apaka isase kya nukasan hota hai ? apako jara-sa gend nikal dene men itani apatti kyon hai ?

neem ne gend nikal diya aur pnditaji usi jalati huee dopahari men abhyas karane lage. bar-bar girate the, bar-bar taliyan padati thin, magar vah apani dhun men aise mast the ki usaki kuchh parava hi n karate the. isi bich men apane loosi ko ate dekh liya, aur bhi phool gaye. bar-bar pair chalate the, magar nishana khali jata tha; pair padate bhi the to gend par kuchh asar n hota tha. aur log akar gend ko ek thokar men asaman tak pahuncha dete, to ap kahate hain, main zor se maroon, to isase bhi oopar jay, lekin fayada kya ? loosi do-tin minat tak khadi unaki baukhalahat par hnsati rahi. akhir neem se boli- vel neem, is pndit ko kya ho gaya hai ? roj ek n ek svang bhara karata hai. isake dimag men khalal to nahin pad gaya ?

neem- maloom to kuchh aisa hi hota hai.

sham ko sab log chhatralay men aye, to mitron ne jakar pnditaji ko badhaee di. yar, ho bade khushanasib, ham log phutabal ko kalej ki choti tak pahunchate rahe, magar kisi ne tariph n ki. tumhare khel ki sabane tariph ki, khasakar loosi ne. vah to kahati thi, jis dhng se yah khelate hain, us dhng se mainne bahut kam hindustaniyon ko khelate dekha hai. maloom hota hai, aksaphord ka abhyast khiladi hai.

chakradhar- aur bhi kuchh boli ? kya kaha, sach batao ?

neem- aji, ab saph-saph n kahalavaie. maloom hota hai, apane tatti ki ad se shikar khela hai. bade ustad ho yar ! ham log munh takate rahe aur tum maidan mar le gaye. jabhi ap roj yah kalevar badala karate the ? ab bhed khula. vakee khushanasib ho.

chakradhar- main usi kayade se gend men thokar marata tha, jaise kitab men likha hai.

neem- tabhi to bazi mar le gaye bhaee ! aur nahin kya ham apase kisi bat men kam hain. han, tumhari-jaisi soorat kahan se laven.

chakradhar- bahut banao nahin. main aisa kahan ka bada roopavan hoon.

neem- aji yah to natije hi se zahir hai. yahan sabun aur tel lagate-lagate bhaunra hua jata hoon aur kuchh asar nahin hota. magar apaka rng bina harre-phitakiri ke hi chokha hai.

chakradhar- kuchh mere kapade vagairah ki nisbat to nahin kahati thi ?

neem- nahin, aur to kuchh nahin kaha. han, itana dekha ki jab tak khadi rahi, apaki hi taraph usaki takataki lagi huee thi.

pnditaji akade jate the. hriday phoola jata tha. jinhonne unaki vah anupam chhavi dekhi, ve bahut dinon tak yad rakhenge. magar is atul anand ka mooly unhen bahut dena pada, kyonki ab kalej ka seshan samapt hone vala tha aur mitron ki pnditaji ke mathe ek bar davat khane ki badi abhilasha thi. prastav hone ki der thi. tisare din unake nam loosi ka patr pahuncha- viyog ke durdin a rahe hain; n-jane ap kahan honge aur main kahan hoongi. main chahati hoon, is atal prem ki yadagar men ek davat ho. agar usaka vyay apake lie asahy ho, to main sampoorn bhar lene ko taiyar hoon. is davat men main aur meri sakhiyan-saheliyan nimantriat hongi, kalej ke chhatr aur adhyapakagan sammilit honge. bhojan ke uparant ham apane viyukt hriday ke bhavon ko prakat karenge. kash, apaka dharm, apaki jivan-pranali aur mere mata-pita ki nirdayata badhak n hoti, to hamen snsar ki koee shakti juda nahin kar sakati.

chakradhar yah patr pate hi baukhala uthe. mitron se kaha- bhaee, chalate-chalate ek bar sahabhoj to ho jay. phir n jane kaun kahan hoga. mis loosi ko bhi bulaya jay.

yadyapi pnditaji ke pas is samay rupaye n the, gharavale unaki phijoolakharchi ki kee bar shikayat kar chuke the, magar pnditaji ka atmabhiman yah kab manata ki pritibhoj ka bhar loosi par rakha jay. vah to apane pran tak us par var chuke the. n-jane kya-kya bahane banakar sasural se rupaye mngavaye aur bade samaroh se davat ki taiyariyan hone lagin. kard chhapavaye gaye, bhojan parosanevale ke lie nayi varadiyan banavayi gayin. angreji aur hindustani, donon hi prakar ke vynjanon ki vyavastha ki gayi. angreji khane ke lie rayal hotal se batachit ki gayi. isamen bahut suvidha thi. yadyapi chizen bahut mahngi thin, lekin jhnjhat se najat ho gayi. anyatha sara bhar neem aur usake dost giridhar par padata. hindustani bhojan ke vyavasthapak giridhar hue.

poore do saptah tak taiyariyan huee thin. neem aur giridhar to kalej men keval manornjan ke lie the. padhana-padhana to unako tha nahin, amod-pramod hi men samay vyatit kiya karate the; kavi-sammelan ki bhi thahari. kavijanon ke nam bulave bheje gaye. saransh yah ki bade paimane par pritibhoj ka prabndh kiya gaya aur bhoj hua bhi virath. vidyalay ke naukaron ne pooriyan bechi. vidyalay ke itihas men vah bhoj chirasmaraniy rahega. mitron ne khoob badh-badh kar hath mare, do-tin misen bhi khinch bulayi gayin. miraza neem loosi ko gher-ghar kar le hi aye. isane bhojan ko aur bhi rasamay bana diya.

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kintu shok, mahashok, is bhoj ka parinam abhage chakradhar ke lie kalyanakari n hua. chalate-chalate lajjit aur apamanit hona padha tha. mitron ki to dillagi thi aur us bechare ki jan par ban rahi thi. soche, ab to bida hote hi hain, phir mulakat ho ya n ho. ab kis din ke lie sabr karen ? man ke premodgar ko nikal kyon n len. kaleja chirakar dikha kyon n den. aur log to davat khane men jute hue the; aur vah madan-ban-pidit yuvak baitha soch raha tha ki yah abhilasha kyonkar poori ho ? ab yah atmadaman kyon ? lajja kyon ? virakti kyon ? gupt rodan kyon ? maun-mukhapeksha kyon ? antarvedana kyon ? baithe-baithe prem ko kriyashil banane ke lie man men bal ka snchar karate rahe, kabhi devataon ka smaran karate, kabhi eeshvar ko apani bhakti ki yad dilate. avasar ki tak men is bhanti baithe the, jaise bagula mendhak ki tak men baithata hai. bhoj samapt ho gaya. pan-ilaichi bnt chuki, viyogavarta ho chuki. mis loosi apani shravanamadhur vani se hridayon men hahakar macha chuki, aur bhojashala se nikalakar baeesikil par baithi. udhar kavi-sammelan men is tarah misara padha gaya-

koee divana banaye, koee divana bane.

idhar chakradhar chupake se loosi ke pichhe ho lie aur saikil ko bhaynkar veg se daudate hue use adhe raste men ja pakada. vah inhen is vyagrata se daude ate dekhakar saham uthi ki koee durghatana to nahin ho gayi. boli- vel pnditaji ! kya bat hai ? ap itane badahavas kyon hain ? kushal to hai ?

chakradhar ka gala bhar aya. kampit svar se bole- ab apase sadaiv ke lie bichhud hi jaoonga. yah kathin virah-pida kaise sahi jayagi ! mujhe to shnka hai, kahin pagal n ho jaoon !

loosi ne vismit hokar poochha- apaki mnsha kya hai ? ap bimar hain kya ?

chakradhar- ah diyar darling, tum poochhati ho, bimar hoon ? main mar raha hoon, pran nikal chuke hain keval premabhilasha ka avalamban hai !

yah kahakar apane usaka hath pakadana chaha. vah unaka unmad dekhakar bhayabhit ho gayi. krodh men akar boli- ap mujhe yahan rokakar mera apaman kar rahe hain. isake lie apako pachhatana padega.

chakradhar- loosi, dekho chalate-chalate itani nishthurata n karo. mainne ye virah ke din kis tarah kate hain, so mera dil hi janata hai. main hi aisa behaya hoon ki ab tak jita hoon. doosara hota to ab tak chal basa hota. bas, keval tumhari sudhamayi patrikaen hi mere jivan ka ekamatr adhar thin.

loosi- meri patrikaen ! kaisi ? mainne apako kab patr likhe ! ap koee nasha to nahin kha aye hain ?

chakradhar- diyar darling, itani jald n bhool jao, itani nirdayata n dikhao. tumhare ve prem-patr, jo tumane mujhe likhe hain, mere jivan ki sabase badi sampatti rahenge. tumhare anurodh se mainne yah vesh dharan kiya, apana sndhya-havan chhoda, yah achar-vyavahar grahan kiya. dekho to jara, mere hriday par hath rakhakar, kaisi dhadakan ho rahi hai. maloom hota hai, bahar nikal padega. tumhara yah kutil hasy mere pran hi lekar chhodega. meri abhilashaon ...

loosi- tum bhng to nahin kha gaye ho ya kisi ne tumhen chakama to nahin diya hai ? main tumako prem-patr likhati. hah hah. jara apani soorat to dekho, khase banaile suar maloom hote ho.

kintu pnditaji abhi tak yahi samajh rahe the ki yah mujhase vinod kar rahi hai. usaka hath pakadane ki cheshtakarake bole- priye, bahut dinon ke bad yah suavasar mila hai. ab n bhagane paogi.

loosi ko ab krodh a gaya. usane zor se ek chanta unake lagaya, aur sinhini ki bhanti garajakar boli- yoo bladi, hat ja raste se, nahin to, abhi pulis ko bulati hoon. raskel !

pnditaji chanta khakar chaundhiya gaye. ankhon ke samane andhera chha gaya. manasik aghat par yah sharirik vajrapat ! yah duhari vipatti ! vah to chanta marakar hava ho gayi aur yah vahin zamin par baithakar is sampoorn vrittant ki man-hi-man alochana karane lage. chante ne bahar ki ankhen ansuon se bhar di thin, par andar ki ankhen khol di thin. kahin kalej ke laundon ne to yah shararat nahin ki ? avashy yahi bat hai. ah ! pajiyon ne bada chakama diya ! tabhi sab-ke-sab mujhe dekh-dekhakar hnsa karate the ! main bhi kuchh kamakal hoon nahin to inake hathon tesoo kyon banata ! bada jhansa diya. umr-bhar yad rahega. vahan se jhallaye hue aye aur neem se bole- tum bade dagabaj ho, parale sire ke dhoort, paji, ulloo, gadhe, shaitan !

neem- akhir koee bat bhi kahie, ya galiyan hi dete jaiega ?

giridhar- kya bat huee, kahin loosi se apane kuchh kaha to nahin ?

chakradhar- usi ke pas se a raha hoon chanta khakar aur munh men kalikh lagavakar ! tum donon ne milakar mujhe khoob ulloo banaya. isaki kasar n loon, to mera nam nahin. main nahin janata tha ki tum log mitr banakar meri garadan par chhura chala rahe ho ! achchha jo vah gusse men akar pistaul chala deti to.

neem- are yar, mashookon ki ghaten nirali hoti hain !

chakradhar- tumhara sir ! mashook chante lagaya karate hain. ve ankhon se tir chalate hain, katar marate hain; ya hathon se mushti-prahar karate hain ?

giridhar- usase apane kya kaha ?

chakradhar- kaha kya, apani birah vyatha ki gatha sunata raha. is par usane aisa chanta rasid kiya ki kan bhanna uthe. hath hain usake ki patthar !

giridhar- gajab hi ho gaya. ap hain nire chonch ! bhale adami, itani moti buddhi hai tumhari ! ham kya janate the ki ap aise chhichhore hain, nahin to majak hi kyon karate. ab apake sath ham logon par bhi aphat ayi. kahin usane prinsipal se shikayat kar di, to n idhar ke hue n udhar ke. aur jo kahin apane kisi angrej ashana se kaha, to jan ke lale pad jayenge. bade bevakooph ho yar, nire chonch ho. itana bhi nahin samajhe ki vah sab dillagi thi. aise bade khoobasoorat bhi to nahin ho.

chakradhar- dillagi tumhare lie thi, meri to maut ho gayi. chidiya jan le gayi, ladakon ka khel hua. ab chupake se mere panch sau rupaye lauta dijie, nahin to garadan hi tod doonga !

neem- rupayon ke badale khidamat chahe le lo. kaho tumhari hajamat bana den, joote saf kar den, sir sahala den. bas, khana dete jana. kasam le lo, jo zindagi-bhar kahin jaoon, ya taraqqi ke lie kahoon. man-bap ke sir se to bojh tal jayaga.

chakradhar- mat jale par namak chhidako ji ! apake ap gaye, mujhe le doobe. tumhari to angreji achchhi hai, lot-potakar nikal jaoge. main to pas bhi n hoonga. badanam hua, vah alag panch sau ki chapat bhi padi. yah dillagi hai ki gala katana ? khair samajhoonga aur chahe main n samajhoon, par eeshvar zaroor samajhenge.

neem- galati huee bhaee, mujhe ab khud isaka afasos hai.

giridhar- khair, rone-dhone ka abhi bahut mauqa hai, ab yah batalaie ki loosi ne prinsipal se kah diya to kya natija hoga. tinon adami nikal diye jayenge. naukari se bhi hath dhona padega ! phir ?

chakradhar- main to prinsipal se tum logon ki sari kalee khol doonga.

neem- kyon yar, dost ke yahi mane hain ?

chakradhar- ji han, ap jaise doston ki yahi saza hai.

udhar to rat-bhar mushayare ka bazar garam raha aur idhar yah trimoorti baithi pran-raksha ke upay soch rahi thi. prinsipal ke kanon tak bat pahunchi aur aphat ayi. angrejavali bat hai, n-jane kya kar baithe. akhir bahut vad-vivad ke pashchath yah nishchit hua ki neem aur giridhar pratahkal mis loosi ke bngale par jayn, usase kshama-yachana karen. aur is apaman ke lie vah jo prayashchitt kahe, use svikar karen.

chakradhar- main ek kaudi n doonga.

neem- n dena bhaee ! hamari jan to hai n.

giridhar- jan lekar vah chategi. pahale rupaye ki fikr kar lo ! vah bina tavan liye n manegi.

neem- bhaee chakradhar, khuda ke lie is vakt dil n chhotakaro, nahin to ham tinon ki mitti kharab hogi. jo kuchh hua use muaph karo, ab phir aisi khata n hogi.

chakradhar- oonh, yahi n hoga nikal diya jaoonga. dookan khol loonga. tumhari mitti kharab hogi. is shararat ka maja chakhoge. oh, kaisa chakama diya.

bahut khushamad aur chirauri ke bad devata sidhe hue. pratahkal neem loosi ke bngale par pahunche. vahan maloom hua ki vah prinsipal ke bngale par gayi hai. ab kato to badan men lahoo nahin. ya ali, tumhin mushkil ko asan karanevale ho, ab jan ki khair nahin. prinsipal ne suna, to kachcha hi kha jayaga, namak tak n mangega. is kambakht pndit ki badaulat ajab men jan phnsi. is behoode ko soojhi kya ? chala najanin se ishk jatane ! banabilas ki-si to apaki soorat hai. aur khabt yah ki yah maharoo mujh par rijh gayi. hamen bhi apane sath duboye deta hai. kahin loosi se raste men mulakat ho gayi, to shayad arajoo-minnat karane se man jay; lekin jo vahan pahunch chuki hai to phir koee ummid nahin. vah phir pairagadi par baithe aur betahasha prinsipal ke bngale ki taraph bhage. aise tej ja rahe the, mano pichhe maut a rahi hai. jara-si thokar lagati, to haddi-pasali choor-choor ho jati. par shok ! kahin loosi ka pata nahin. adha rasta nikal gaya aur loosi ki gard tak n najar ayi. nairashy ne gati ko mnd kar diya. phir himmat karake chale. bngale ke dvar par bhi mil gayi, to jan bach jayagi. sahasa loosi dikhayi di. neem ne pairon ko aur bhi tej chalana shuroo kiya. vah prinsipal ke bngale ke daravaze par pahunch chuki thi. ek sekend men vara-nyara hota tha, nav doobati thi ya par jati thi. hriday uchhal-uchhalakar knth tak a raha tha. zor se pukara- mis taranar, helo mis taranar, jara thahar jao.

loosi ne pichhe phirakar dekha, neem ko pahachanakar thahar gayi aur boli- mujhase us pndit ki sipharish karane to nahin aye ho ! main prinsipal se usaki shikayat karane ja rahi hoon.

neem- to pahale mujhe aur giridhar- donon ko goli mar do, phir jana.

loosi- behaya logon par goli ka asar nahin hota. usane mujhe bahut insalt kiya hai.

neem- loosi, tumhare kusooravar hami donon hain. vah bechara pndit to hamare hath ka khilauna tha. sari shararat ham logon ki thi. kasam tumhare sir ki !

loosi- lvan dnnahijal ival !

neem- ham donon use dil-bahalav ka ek svang banaye hue the. isaki hamen jara bhi khabar n thi ki vah tumhen chhedane lagega. ham to samajhate the ki usamen itani himmat hi nahin hai. khuda ke lie muaf karo, varana ham tinon ka khoon tumhari garadan par hoga.

loosi- khair, tum kahate ho to prinsipal se n kahoongi, lekin shart yah hai ki pndit mere samane bis marataba kan pakadakar uthe-baithe aur mujhe kam se kam 200) ru. tavan de.

neem- loosi itani berahami n karo. yah samajho, us garib ke dil par kya gujar rahi hogi. kash, agar tum itani hasin n hotin.

loosi muskarakar boli- khushamad karana koee tumase sikh le.

neem- to ab vapas chalo.

loosi- meri donon sharten mnjoor karate ho n ?

neem- tumhari doosari shart to ham sab milakar poori kar denge, lekin pahali shart sakht hai, bechara zahar khakar mar jayaga. han, usake evaj men main pachas dapha kan pakadakar uth-baith sakata hoon.

loosi- tum chhnte hue shohade ho. tumhen sharm kahan ! main usi ko saza dena chahati hoon. badamash, mera hath pakadana chahata tha.

neem- jara bhi raham n karogi !

loosi- nahin, sau bar nahin.

neem loosi ko sath laye. pndit ke samane donon sharten rakhi gayin, to bechara bilabila utha. loosi ke pairon par gir pada aur sisak-sisakakar rone laga. neem aur giridhar bhi apane kukrity par lajjit hue. ant men loosi ko daya ayi. boli- achchha, in donon men se koee ek shart mnjoor kar lo main muaf kar doongi.

logon ko poora vishvas tha ki chakradhar rupayevali hi shart svikar karenge. loosi ke samane vah kabhi kan pakadakar utha-baithi n karenge. isalie jab chakradhar ne kaha, main rupaye to n doonga. han, bis ki jagah chalis bar utha-baithi kar loonga, to sab log chakit ho gaye. neem ne kaha- yar, kyon ham logon ko jalil karate ho ? rupaye kyon nahin dete ?

chakradhar- rupaye bahut kharch kar chuka. ab is chudail ke lie kani kaudi to kharch karoonga nahin, do sau bahut hote hain. isane samajha hoga, chalakar maje se do sau rupaye mar laoongi aur gulachharre udaoongi. yah n hoga. ab tak rupaye kharch karake apani hnsi karayi hai, ab bina kharch kiye hnsi karaoonga. mere pairon me dard ho bala se, sab log hnsen bala se, par isaki mutthi to n garam hogi.

yah kahakar chakradhar ne kurata utar phenka, dhoti oopar chadha li aur baramade se niche maidan men utarakar utha-baithi karane lage. mukh-mndal krodh se tamatamata hua tha, par vah baithaken lagaye jate the. maloom hota tha, koee pahalavan apana karatab dikha raha hai. pndit ne agar buddhimatta ka kabhi parichay diya to isi avasar par. sab log khade the, par kisi ke honthon par hnsi n thi ? sab log dil men kate jate the. yahan tak ki loosi ko bhi sir uthane ka sahas n hota tha. sir gadaye baithi thi. shayad use khed ho raha tha ki mainne nahak yah dnd-yojana ki.

bis bar uthate-baithate kitani der lagati hai. pandit ne khoob uchch svar se gin-ginakar bis ki snkhya poori ki aur garv se sir uthaye apane kamare men chale gaye. loosi ne unhen apamanit karana chaha tha, ulate usi ka apaman ho gaya.

is durghatana ke pashchath ek saptah tak kalej khula raha; kintu panditaji ko kisi ne hnsate nahin dekha. vah viman aur virakt bhav se apane kamare men baithe rahate the. loosi ka nam jaban par ate jhalla padate the.

is sal ki pariksha men pnditaji phel ho gaye; par is kalej men phir n aye, shayad aligadh chale gaye.


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