“What the hell are you doing?
Why are you even picking these?
Are we going to your father’s marriage?” Jeeta shouts at her daughter.
Rani thrusts her clothes back into the trunk & wear her only phulkari.
“I asked you to bring your Pahzeb (ankle string) & take off this tumba (gold earrings) as well.” Jeeta reminds her.
Jeeta takes both the things from her & put them in a jute bag that already contains a Banka (Thick gold bracelets), Nath (Nose ornament) & Kandi (a chain of silk carrying amulet cases).
Jeeta caressed the jewellery she inherited or her husband Gurbachan bought like these are blessings heated and turned into gold to help them survive the situation around.
She thought Rani should also look at these as it was meant for her but her thoughts get interrupted by an eager knock on the door.
“Coming!!!”, Jeeta shouts but before her voice could even pass through the doors, Rani was already there. she opened the door, without even looking at the person she jumped over and hugged him.
“Rani, I have told you many times you must ask who’s it before you rush to open the door”, a tough voice reminds.
“Why would I ask when I already know, it’s you father,” Rani replies politely.
“So has the army come to take us to the refugee camp?” Jeeta asks even without looking at her husband, tying knots of clothes that has cash, jewellery. She even didn’t pause to hear a reply like she herself ignored her question.
“I hate to say thank God but we didn’t spend much on this house, instead turned all cash in to jewellery for Rani’s marriage. Atleast today we can take it along.”
Father looked at his daughter thinking if it had been an ordinary year, he would have got to see his princess wearing all these monuments of his hardwork & becomes someone’s queen.
The door roars again, “Iqbal here,open the door. Gurbachan opens the door and says “i went to say goodbye but you were not there.”
Gurbachan opens the door and says “I went to say goodbye but you were not there.”
You shouldn’t be here either my brother, they have changed their mind. Fifty men who came yesterday with a warning has come along with other hundreds and you know why I am here. Please leave before they leave you for nothing.
“I don’t know what shall i say my dear friend.”
“Well I have something to say Gurbachan,” Iqbal says as he moves further to hug him.
“leave everything here that’s priceless and cheap, take along only that falls in between “.
Iqbal leaves as he has other who needed to know the same.
Gurbachan turns back, goes straight inside, he didn’t stop to look around even when he knew it’s the last time he will get to see his home. In their bedroom he finds his daughter counting the coins. On seeing her father she forwards the hand full of coins as she offers him her life long savings.
Anything else you recall jeeta asks Gurbachan.
Gurbachan takes the coins and gives to jeeta, take this everything in-between, there is no way we can take this cheap home along with us, he takes the knife resting on his Waist, keeps his hand over Rani’s head and slice her neck and here i leave the priceless.