Ek maqbool suragh-rasa ka ek qissa XII

Aur agla qist jis mein ham jaanenge ke asal mein kya huya tha, aur kya vajeh, kya majboori thi…..

~~~~“Ab ham unke liye taiyyar hain,” Holmes ne kaha; “hamare paas abhi bhi das minute hai. Main aapko bachane ke liye kaafi hadd tak ja raha hoon, Mohtarma Hilda. Is ke liye aap is vaqt mein mujhe sach sach is hairatnaak vaqiya kis asli baat batayenge.”

“Holmes sahab, main aap ko sab kuch bata doongi,” mohtarma ne kaha. “Uff, Holmes sahab, main apna daayan haath khud leti is ke pehle main unhe ek pal bhi dukh deti! Aisi London mein koi aur nahi hogi jo apne shauhar se itna pyar karti hai, magar unhe agar pata chale ke maine kya kiya hai – main kya karne par majboor huyi thi – woh mujhe kabhi bhi maaf na karte. Unki apni izzat-o-abru ki itni buland maqaam hai ke voh doosre mein koi bhi aib ko na maaf karte na bhulate. Meri madad kariye, Holmes sahab! Meri khushi, unki khushi, ham dono ki zindagi daanv pe lagi hai!”

“Jaldi, mohtarma, vaqt niklaa ja raha hai!”

“Ek mere khat tha, Holmes sahab, a nasamjhi ke pal mein khat meri shaadi ke pehle ka – a bewaqufi ka khat, ek khat ek iztarari ladki ka. Mere iraada koi nuqsan pahuchane ka nahi tha, lekin agar voh yeh khat padh lete to unka mere mein yaqeen hamesha ke liye kho baithte. Saalon ho gaye the mujhe ise likhe huye. Mujhe laga sab bhool gaye hai. Phir mujhe is aadmi, Lucas, se pata chala ke voh uske haathon mein aa gaya hai aur voh mere shauhar ke de dega. Maine us se rahm maanga. Usne kaha ke voh mujhe khat lauta dega agar main use ek aise dastavez la doongi, jo mere shauhar ki daftaari dabbe mein tha aur jiske baare mein usne mujhe bataya. Us ka koi jasoos tha daftar mein jisne use is dastavez ke baare mein bataya tha. Us ne mujhe yaqeen dilana chaha ke aisa karne se mere shauhar ko koi nuqsan nahi pahunchega. Meri jagaah mein khade ho kar dekhiye, Holmes sahab! Main kya karti?”

“Apne shauhar ka sahara leti.”

“Main nahi kar sakti thi, Holmes sahab, main nahi kar sakt thi! Ek taraf pura nuqsaan; doosri taraf, bahut bura to tha apne shauhar ka sarkari datavez churana, lekin siyasat ke maamle mein mujhe natija mahi pata tha, leking pyar-ittefaq ke maamle mein, yeh mere liye saaf tha. Maine yeh kaam kar diya, Holmes sahab! Maine chaabi ka nishan mom mein liya; is aadmi Lucas ne mujhe doosri banva ke di. Main daftari dibba khola, dastavez liya, aur ise Godolphin Street pahuncha diya.”

“Vahan kya huya, mohtarma?”

“Main dastak di jaise pehle bataya gaya. Lucas ne darvaza khola. Main us ke saath andar aayi, bahar ka darvaza khula chorh aayi apne peeche, kyunkar mujhe us ke saath akele hone mein dar lag raha tha. Mujhe yaad hai ek aurat bahar thi jisi main daakhil huyi. Hamara kaam jald khatam huya. Mera khat uske mez par rakha tha; maine use dastavez diya. Usne mujhe khat de diya. Tabhi bahar ek aawaz aayi. Kisi ke pairon ki aahat thi. Lucas ne jald qaleen palta, dastavez ko vahan kahi daba diya, aur vapas modh diya.”

“Uske baad jo bhi kuch huya ek khaufnaak khwab jaisa tha. Mujhe ek saanvle, utavle chehre ki yaad hai, ek zanani awaaz jo Fransisi zabaan mein chillayi,’Mera intezaar zaya nahi gaya. Aakhir kar, maine tujhe us ke saath dhoondh hi liya!’ Voh dono aapas mein bhidh gaye. Maine use haath mein kursi liye khade dekha, us haath mein khanjar chamka. Main us khaufnaak manzar se bhaagi, us ghar se bhaagi, aur sirf agli subah hi jaana ke kya haadsa huya tha. Us raat to main khush thi, kyun mujhe apna khat vapas mil gaya, aur abhi yeh nahi pata tha ke aage aane waala vaqt kya layega.”

“Yeh to sirf agli subah mujhe ehsaas huya ke maine ek pareshani ko doosre se badal di thi. Mere shauhar ka haal dastavez khone par mere dil ko choo gaya. Main apne aapko unke saamne jhuk ke sab baat ka khulasa karne se bahut mushkil se rok paayi. Lekin phir aisa karne se beeti huyi baat puri bahar aa jati. Main aapke paas us subah apne gunaah ka pura asar samajhne aayi thi. Us vaqt se jab mujhe yeh samajh aaya, mere pure dimaagh mein ek hi baat thi ke voh dastavez vapas laana hai. Voh vahin hoga jahan Lucas ne use rakha tha, kyunkar use us aurat ke aane ke pehle chupaya gaya tha. Agar us ka aana na hota, to mujhe chupane ki jagah ka koi ilm nahi hota. Main vapas us kamre tak kaise pahunchti? Do din ke liye main dekhti rahi, lekin darvaza kabhi bhi nahi khula chorha gaya. Guzashta shab maine apni aakhri koshish maari. Jo maine kiya aur main kaise main kamyaab huyi, aap ko to pata chal hi gaya hai. Main voh dastavez apne saath le aayi, aur socha ke use jala doon ke mujhe use apne shuhar ko lautane ko koi tareeqa nahi samajh aa raha tha apna gunaah qabool kiya bina. Khudaya, yeh zeene par unke qadmon ki aahat hai!”

Jaari rahega….

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