Fasana-e-Ajaib: Qist#27: Wazirzaade ki namak-haraami

Aur agla qist jahan malika aur shahzaadi ko yaqeen hota hai ke shahzaada asli nahi hai aur us se door ho jaate hai. Qissa dilchasp hota nazar aa raha hai, isliye main aapke aur iske beech mein nahi aaunga aur seedhe dastaan par aata hoon….

~~~~ Saari raat donon so na saken. Yehi baaten karte rahe. Aakhir dil nikla. Qafile ne kooch kiya. Khabardaaron ne is bane huye shahzaade se arz kiya ke “Yahan se paanch kos ke faasle par ek shahr hai. Haakim vahan ka Ghazanfar Shah Zarposh hai.” Hukum huya hai ke shahr ke nazdeek pahunch ke khema lagaya jaaye. Qafilaa nazdeek pahuncha to haakim ki taameel huyi. Shahzaadiyan ek kheme mein uttren. Yeh bhi vahan pahuncha. Voh donon darri huyi thi. Us makaar ke dil mein bhi khauf tha. Zara der baith kar uth gaya.

Vahan ke badshah ne suna ke zabardast lashkar shahr ke nazdeek aake uttra hai. Bada fikr-mand huya. Wazir ko tohfe de ke bheja ke lashkar mein jaayo aur pata lagaao kaun hai, kidhar se aaya, kidhar ka iraadah hai aur safar ka kya maqsad hai. Yeh lashkar mein pahuncha. Gharz begumon ne jaali shahzaade ko khabar di. Voh to wazir ka beta tha. Saltanat ke taur tareeqe se vaaqif tha. Wazir ko apne paas talab kiya. Bataya ke sair-shikaar ke liye idhar se nikle hai. Yahan ki aab-o-hawaa achchi paayi aur is shahr ko dekhne ko ji betaab huya to yahan uttar padha hai. Wazir ne ijazat chaahi to naqli shahzaade ne use khilqat-o-inaam diya aur badshah ke liye kuch tohfe inayaat kiye.

Wazir ne apne badshah se iski bahut tareef ki. Is ki shaan-o-shaukat aur dabdabe ka zikr kiya. Badshah ko ishtiyaq huya aur khud mulaqaat ke liye ravana huya. Udhar se wazir, ameer baksh peshwaayi ko gaye, banavati shahzaada khud istaqbaal ko dar-kheme tak aaya. Badshah us se kuch aesa maraob huya ke sab ko apna mehmaan kiya. Ek umdah mahal is ke rehne ki aarasta kiya. Do mahal-saraye ek doosre se mile huye donon shahzadiyon ke liye khaali huye. Yeh sab vahan ja uttre. Khub davaten aur mehmaandari huyi. Chand roz baad fursat mili to us badmaash ko yeh khayal aaya ke Jaan-e-Alam azad rahe to kaun jaane kya museebat aaye aur abhi to voh bandar ki shakal mein phita hoga. Khuda jaane kya kare. Malika ke baap ki taraf se bhi use barabar khatka laga rahta tha. Dil mein yeh baat thehri ke jis tarah ban padhe Jaan-e-Alam ko  jaan se maar daliye phir aesh kijiye. Yeh soch ke hukum jaari kiya “Hame bandaron ki zarrorat hai. Jo koi ek bandar laayega das rupaye paayega.”

Ahl-e-shahr hazaaron bandar pakad laaye. Yeh har bandar ko ghaur se dekhta tha aur uska sar uttarva deta. Thode hi dinon mein hazaaron bandar halaak ho gaye. Jab bandar kam rah gaye to unke daam badh gaye, yaha tak ke ek bandar ki qimat sau rupaiye ho gayi. Meelon tak bandaron ka naam-nishaan mit gaya. Chunancha vahan ke bhaage bandar aaj tak Muthra aur Bandraban mein paaye jaate hai.

Isi basti mein ek chidimaar bhi rehta tha magar faaqon ka maara aur toote phate haalon mein. Din bhar ki baag daudh mein do chaar janvar haath aate aur do chaar paise mein bikh jaate. Isi se guzar-basar hoti aur dinon ki chatni, roti muyassar hoti. Kisi din janvaar haath na lagte to fauqe karta. Ek din chidimaar ki biwi us se kehne lagi “Tu to pura ahmaq hai. Sara sara din jaanvaron ki talaash mein bolaya phirta hai. Aloki tarah veerane jhaankta hai. Phir bhi pet mein na roti hai na tan pe lata. Agar kis tadbeer se ek bandar tere haath aa jata to din phir jaate, Kuch din aaram se kat jaate.”

Sach hai lalach buri bala hai. Is ki samajh mein biwi ki baat aa gayi. Bola “Kahin se maang ke atta la, roti paka aur jis tarah ban padhe thode chane maang. Subah bandar ki talaash mein jaaonga aur apna naseeb aazmaonga.”

Ziyadah to nahi bachcha hai, lekin yeh qist yahin khatam. Agla jald hi…

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