Chapter 35 – The Golden Mean

“I am going to order Buttered Toasts for a change and a Masala Dosa for Khush.” Anjali informed everyone at the table placing her fork next to the spoon after playing with it for some time. She laughed when she glanced at the confused faces of Nikhil, Naina, Akash and Payal. “Alright people! I know Khush…

Chapter 34 – On The Rocks – II

“Yes, I walked out, Arnav! I left!” She crackled like lightning on a pitch dark night. “I fucked up!” The sudden bark of her voice startled Arnav, and his first reaction was to stiffen at the unexpected outburst. And then he was staring at her with glinting brown eyes and a perfect stillness, watching her…

Chapter 33 – On The Rocks – I

Khushi woke up to a desperate thirst at some timeless hour of the night. Shrouded in darkness other than for a low night lamp burning somewhere up above her head, she sat up in her bed and felt her head was about to explode. Straining her eyes, she glanced sideways and saw Anjali and Payal…

Chapter 32 – Inside Out

“I had been in a state of shock when you had mentioned what Nikhil had said to you on the phone that day. But what really got to me was the ruthless manner in which he had done it.” Khushi stared at the mug of tea in her hand. Her lashes lifted slowly to Anjali….

Note

I’m sorry friends, won’t be able to update tomorrow. Illnesses in the family, a lot going on, haven’t found any time to write. Thank you for your patience. Take care.

Chapter 31 – Heart to Heart

Leaning against the balustrade of the balcony, Arnav allowed himself a smile as he brought his teacup to his lips. His favourite old song playing on the modest music system in his living room on a low volume was filtering into the cold night air, the lively tempo of the song elevating his spirit and the…

Chapter 30 – A Field Day

Happy Birthday dearest Meeru! May this day be the beginning of a wonderful, fulfilling and peaceful year full of love and joy for you! May the happiness you give us with your beautiful words come back to you manyfold, today and forever.. Love you.   Kabir stood guarding the goalpost, his eyes squinting beneath the…

Chapter 29 – Home Is Where The Heart Is

“Arnav!” A completely unaware and unprepared Shekhar opened the door and stood staring at his son in absolute shock. “Dear god, this is … this is some surprise!” He said, finally finding words to put together wearing a heartwarming smile on his lips. “Shaila! Shaila, look who is here!” His voice suddenly came alive after…

Chapter 28 – By Fits and Starts

For my dearest, cutest, strongest, craziest Lavy..   One look at her at the Arrival’s gate is all it had taken to send his embittered mind stirring a whirlwind of emotions inside him. Arnav waited restlessly at the entrance of the car park as memories of the day when the hell had broken loose into…

Chapter 27 – Enshrined Memories

“nazuki uus ke lab ki kya kahiye ye numāaish sarab ki si hai Mir uun neembaaz aankhon mein saari masti sharaab ki si hai…” Mir breathed a sigh of relief and rolled the small paper in his hand into a ball and chucked it into the empty coffee mug on the small round table they…

Note

My dearest friends, I am extremely sorry, I wont be able to update this week. AD has been very demanding, I haven’t been able to write at all. But I do promise to be here next Thursday. Pinky promise! A happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating! Thank you so so much for your love and…

Chapter 26 – Red-Letter Day

He was lying on his back, one arm flung wide over the bed, the duvet twisted about him like a cord when his eyes flickered open for the umpteenth time in the night. Tossing and turning, he tried hard to find the right position to settle into, but just like any other night in his…