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Chapter One


A Few Years Earlier

Rays of light swept off the darkness in the room as Jay opened the door. Dropping his bag on the floor aside, he jumped on the bed. His legs hung at the edge of the bed as he spread his arms wide, yawning before curling up into a ball. Back from a long weekend trip, he barely had any energy left. Closing his eyes, he tried to relax as the events of the trip played inside his head. Being on a tight schedule had kept him devoid of sleep for the most part.

Even though the idea of a nice warm shower was tempting, all he desired was a sound sleep and not getting up until noon the next day. On the journey back home, his flight was delayed by a couple of hours. It was on the verge of being cancelled due to a light rainstorm. But luckily, the weather improved and he was back home, comfortably lying on the bed.

Jay was back from an event in Bangalore. It was a hackathon followed by an exhibition event which aimed at displaying the best talent from all over the country. He was looking forward to this event for quite awhile now. There were only a couple of months left for his graduation when the duo had participated in a fest where one of the organisers of the bangalore hackathon noticed their project. Impressed with the idea the duo had been presenting during their college festival, Jay and his friend, Hitesh Vyas were invited to compete in this event. The competition was fierce as it had attracted the best brains from all over the country.

Parnika had noticed the exhaustion as Jay had dragged himself upstairs to his room when she had opened the door. She was lending a hand to Jay’s mother, Shalini Shah in the kitchen when the doorbell chimed. “Pari beta, can you check on him for me, please?” Shalini asked, busy kneading the dough. “Haan Ma.” Parnika ceased chopping the vegetables and rested the knife on the chopping board. She washed her hands and grabbed a glass of water with her upstairs.

“So, how was the event? Did you have fun?” She smiled, handing him a glass of water. “Don’t even get me started, Pari. I thought it’d be a lot of fun. Instead it turned out to be a lot of work. We had managed to finish the system build well before the deadline. But later, we had to upgrade our project a lot more considering the tough competition from other teams. Though the exhibition was much easier than the trip back home.” Jay smiled, taking tiny sips. He returned the empty glass back to Pari as he started to unpack his luggage.

“The dinner is almost ready. Aren’t you coming downstairs?” She takes the glass back from him. “Just give me some time to freshen up and I’ll be there with you guys.” Jay blurts trying to find something in his bag. Parnika heads back downstairs to help Shalini in the kitchen.

Parnika was back home for the summer holidays. After graduating as a surgeon, she decided to specialise in modern cancer treatments. Coming back home from Aurangabad was a pleasant feeling. She wasn't quite a fan of hostel life. To her, being back home was euphoric. One of the reasons being, she could spend more time with Jay. She missed him a lot back in Aurangabad. Once it is over, I’ll be back with him just like always, she used to remind herself whenever she felt homesick.

It was past half an hour and everyone was waiting for Jay at the dining table. “Would you please check on him. See, what’s taking him so long?” Parnika heads upstairs to check upon Jay on Shalini’s insistence while Arindam scrolled through his phone reading and replying to the messages.

“Ma and Pa are waiting downstairs for you.” She asked, knocking at the closed door. “I’m coming Pari! Let me change into something comfortable. This formal attire is the least comfortable piece of clothing in this world. It feels as if I am cooked inside a microwave.”  Jay rants, picking up a t-shirt and a pair of pyjamas. He had walked out of the shower with a towel wrapped around his lower half. She pushes the door open a little, coming to a halt as she notices Jay dressing up with his back turned towards the door.

Jay slides the T-shirt down the torso replying to Parnika. Just when he is about to pick up the pyjamas,  the towel slips down his hips and he hears the door slammed shut. That somehow brings a smile on his face, as he shakes his head continuing to pull up the pyjamas. Shutting the door, she rested her back on the door. Standing still, her heart beats paced up as she contemplated the moment. Maybe, I could’ve peeped in for a while? Her internal monologue continued as she smiled walking downstairs with a hint of blush on her face.

Noticing a smile on her face, Arindam and Shalini exchanged smiles as they wiped the plates clean with a piece of cloth. “He’s coming. Let me get the plates ready until then.” Parnika said, taking her seat at the table. She picked up a bowl and started serving the food.

“When does Seema return from her jatra?” Shalini enquired about giving a helping hand to Parnika. “As per the itinerary, the group should be back by tomorrow. I tried calling her in the morning but her phone was out of reach. Although I have left her a message, she’ll reply once she gets a stable network connection.” Parnika replied as the dinner was served. Everyone at the dining table now was waiting for Jay to begin the dinner.

The Shah’s and Mehta’s were more like an extended family than neighbours. Parnika’s mother was supposed to return soon from her jatra. Initially, Parnika had no plans of returning home for the summer holidays. But as her schedule permitted later on, she decided to surprise her mom. Parnika had planned to drop by for a week to celebrate her mom’s birthday as well as to spend some time with her. The surprise ended up being a shock for Seema as Parnika showed up on the door when she was about to leave for her jatra.

Seema was worried about leaving her daughter alone. But everything was booked months in advance and cancelling now wasn't an option. She wondered if Parnika could stay with the Shah family for this summer. Hence before parting, Seema asked Shalini to take care of Parnika.

“Yes, mountains are a tough place to find a stable network connection. Remember the last time we went to Shimla?” Shalini asked Arindam who was quite busy with his own thoughts at that moment. Shalini kept staring at him until he looked at her, making them burst out into a roar of laughter.

“What happened? Share with me too.” Jay walks down in his loose fitting navy blue tee and black pyjamas rolling up his sleeves. “Nothing, your dad phased out again between a conversation.” Shalini teased Arindam who kept his head down playing with his spoon. “Ohooo! Not again!” Jay chuckles.

“Wow, Palak Paneer! Yum! You totally made my day Ma!” Jay exclaimed, licking his finger dipping in the gravy whilst taking a seat on the dining table. “You should thank Pari for this, she’s the chef for the day.” Shalini gestures towards Parnika who was now looking at Jay with a hint of blush on her cheeks.

“Thanks a ton Pari!” Jay bends to her side embracing Parnika planting a soft kiss on her cheek. “Nothing’s better than yummy food after a hard working day, right Pa?” a few crumbs fall out as Jay munches on to the laccha paratha

“Agreed, I wish your mom made such lovely dishes every day.” Arindam glanced at his wife on his side who was glaring at him. She playfully hits him on the thigh under the table. “Remember, what I had said in the kitchen? These men are all the same. No matter what you do it won’t be enough ever.” Parnika couldn’t control herself giggling at the remark.

“Not my fault dear, Pari is such a lovely girl. At times, I wish we had a daughter like her.” Arindam says as Parnika looks down at her plate to hide the redness painting her cheeks.  “Hey! I am here! Ain’t I a good son?” Jay waves his hand with his mouth half full. “Yes, you are but we thought we would get a daughter first and it turned out to be you.” Shalini said, patting Jay’s cheek who was now frowning. 

The dinner time was a lively time for the Shah family to bond together as during the day they'd be busy at work. It was the only time they met at one place. Arindam being a well known neurosurgeon who often used to stay away from home due to work.

Shalini used to spend time at her dental clinic. She had ceased practicing post marriage. But a few years later, due to Arindam's insistence, she decided to set up a clinic. It was a few blocks away from their residence so that she could stay close by for the kids. She decided to continue her dental practice full-time once again when the kids were old enough to take care of themselves. 

Parnika often used to spend a lot of her time at the Shah residence. It was like a second home to her. Parnika’s dad was an officer in the Indian Air Force. His aircraft met a crash during a routine mission when she was barely nine years old. The tragedy led to his demise, shaking the Mehta family to its roots. Since then, Parnika and her mother used to live alone, away from most fun and frolics of life. Things started to change when the Shah family arrived in the neighbourhood. Unlike others, the Shah family had a different approach towards life. As the time passed, Parnika and Jay went on to become close friends.

Their parents had noticed their bond getting deeper with time. They used to smile at the way both their kids complimented each other. A fitting pair, like two pieces of a puzzle. Hence, both parents had developed a desire to get their kids married to each other when they are of appropriate age. But at the same time, they wanted their kids to explore the fact on their own. They wished for Jay and Parnika to realise the importance of each other in their lives.

A few years after the Shah family’s arrival in Ahmedabad,  Jay was blessed with a sister, Khushi. Even though she was a few years younger to Jay, her demeanor claimed as she’s the elder one of the duo. Hitesh Vyas used to study in the same class as Jay. He was the one who kept Jay company when Parnika migrated to pursue her career in medicine. He often used to stay at Jay’s place to work together on projects or finish the assignments and also to keep him company whenever none around.

They were like brothers from different mothers. Everything was seemingly perfect. Everyone appeared to be happy in their lives apart from one fact that Jay never expressed. With busy parents, he often used to feel alone and deprived of love. Being a child, he used to spend most of his time with Parnika when his parents were at work. But as the time passed, they grew up and things started to change.

It left him a feeling of unease noticing the smiling faces of the parents, when he spent time with Parnika. It was a weird feeling for him. He often wondered about the shift in their behaviour. Also, as the time passed Parnika’s shift in behaviour also led Jay to drift away from her. It resulted in Jay spending less and less time with Parnika than usual. Due to this, he had started to feel more lonely than usual. He kept his thoughts hidden under a smile that was always seen on his face. Gradually, he seldom shared what was going on inside his head.

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While writing this story there were a lot of ups and downs in my personal life delaying this book for I don't exactly remember how long. But finally here it is. There are a lot of people I should be thanking for aiding me in this journey. But I'd like to specially thank Durriya Kapasi, Alisha Khan, and Anulekha Maiti who were with me in this writing journey where I constantly lost hope, tried to totally rewrite things and then failed to edit it for a long time.

This book first appeared on this site, and it will be here henceforth. I planned this to be published formally but then changed my mind. This isn't exactly fully edited but is a wonderful read. So in case you find anything not welcoming, apologies. I wanted to preserve it as it was on a special request and hence here it is.

I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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Still Holding On - Index



  1. Foreword
  2. Chapter One
  3. Chapter Two
  4. Chapter Three
  5. Chapter Four
  6. Chapter Five
  7. Chapter Six
  8. Chapter Seven
  9. Chapter Eight
  10. Chapter Nine
  11. Chapter Ten
  12. Chapter Eleven
  13. Chapter Twelve
  14. Chapter Thirteen
  15. Chapter Fourteen
  16. Chapter Fifteen
  17. Chapter Sixteen
  18. Chapter Seventeen
  19. Chapter Eighteen
  20. Chapter Nineteen
  21. Chapter Twenty
  22. Chapter Twenty One
  23. Chapter Twenty Two
  24. Chapter Twenty Three
  25. Chapter Twenty Four
  26. Chapter Twenty Five
  27. Chapter Twenty Six
  28. Chapter Twenty Seven
  29. Chapter Twenty Eight
  30. Chapter Twenty Nine
  31. Chapter Thirty
  32. Chapter Thirty One
  33. Chapter Thirty Two
  34. Chapter Thirty Three
  35. Chapter Thirty Four
  36. Chapter Thirty Five
  37. Chapter Thirty Six
  38. Chapter Thirty Seven
  39. Chapter Thirty Eight

Disclaimer :  This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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I just stood there and watched as cops arrested Nalini and dragged her away. She kept on crying and struggling but it was of no use. The case was crystal clear as I handed all the evidences and investigation report that were done by my private detective. The case was soon moved to the court and the verdict was passed after a month. Nalini sentenced to 10 years of jail but since she was proved to be mentally disturbed, she was sent to government asylum till her mental condition stabilizes.

Ruhani and Abish were now much closer than before and had shifted together to London. Ruhani joined her company back and Abish started to work as new tech developer and researcher in the same company.

Tanya and I had to wait for a long time to get our life on track and a month after that incident we finally decided to marry each other. All I was doing now was just sitting in the mandap waiting for my bride to arrive so I could marry her and take her along with me to some faraway land where there's no one to disturb. I know that's a bit cheesy and impossible but at least I can try, after all she'll be mine now.

I looked at her and smiled as she sits beside me and her hand is placed in mine as the rituals commence. Marrying someone whom you love isn't possible for everyone but I was one of those lucky idiots who had it made possible for me right now.

Ruhani and Abish were smiling at us as we were circling around the holy fire. Taking the holy seven vows of marriage which were said necessary for a good married life. Who cared about them as long as you get to enjoy your whole life with your dream girl. A Disney princess whom you had dreamed about her as you had seen her first time in your class.

Everything was just getting better as the time passed and a month after our marriage Ruhani and Abish decided to marry each other and spend life together. We were back again in the same wonderful scene of marriage just with a difference that instead of us there were Ruhani and Abish sitting in the mandap against the holy fire.

Uncle i.e. Tanya's Dad retired from business duties and I was made to take over his responsibilities. Tanya used to assist me in the office and thus the life had taken a new turn, towards a new adventure.


Why it happens that the whom we trust the most hurt us the most? Why it happens that love is always misunderstood and most of the time taken for granted? Each of them had to choose between their friendship and their love. Ruhani had never loved Rehan but was rather infatuated with him as she had been with him from a long time. Being with Tanya made her more uncomfortable with herself as people always compared both of them.

The comparisons between friends or siblings get the things worse when even your family starts making you feel low about yourself. This had an adverse effect on her brain and shaped her mind-set she had. Why everyone was so cliché?

Tanya had to choose as she and her best friend were having a soft corner for the same guy. Fear of losing someone whom you love made her forget her friendship for the time being. She had been selfish when she hid her feelings from Ruhani and refused when Ruhani asked her to switch places as a bride. Why we always have to make a choice between love and friendship? Aren't they both most beautiful blessings of life?

At times fear of losing someone makes us do things that we might never have thought of. Fear of being alone got Ruhani sad and depressed. It stole her happiness and smile as she went on into depths of depression. She forgot and just overlooked Abish who really wanted to be with her and liked her as she was.

Rehan never had thought about Ruhani anything other than a friend. It was very heart-breaking for him to believe that he was the reason of division between his own friends. He thought he wasn't a trophy to be fought for. He just was a simple human who had wishes like any other average boy.

Even after all these ups and downs their friendship survived and still survives. All you need to do is have trust on the ones you love and the rest happens on its own.


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Chapter Thirty-Eight : It’s Revealed


Chapter Thirty-Eight : It’s Revealed


"I don't know how to say this but you know anyone that consumes these pills?" I asked Avi who was quite startled when I asked him the question.

"No, I don't." He answered looking downwards.

"Well then I guess you should have a look at these." I handed him the printout of the medical bills which were in the evidence portion of the email that had been sent to me.

"What do you mean by this?" He snapped back throwing away the paper.

"You can throw as many as you want. I have many of them with me. So will you take some pain to let it all out by yourself or should I tell everyone?" I questioned him making him to sit back again as he tried to move out.

"I don't know what you're talking about and why you're pulling me into this. I am a cousin brother but why would I try to do such a hideous thing with my sister." He thwarted.

"Please clear it out Rehan, I am losing my patience now." Uncle grunted.

"Okay then, the bill that I had handed to Avi was the bill for the same medicines that were found beyond limits in Tanya's bloodstream. As the doctor had said it might be in the last food she probably had.”

“Till I know, we all had dinner together and you had fed Tanya yourself as her hands still had mehndi on them. It means that the medicines were mixed with her food before the food reached at the dinner table. How he did it, I don't know. But all I know is the bill which was paid for these medicines had been paid using his credit card that too just a day before everything happened. I think all of this is pretty much self-explanatory, right Avi?" I said turning towards him.

"But I haven't used my credit card at all since last month. I had misplaced it and had  forgotten to apply for a new one. If you have any doubts ask Nalini she knows it." Avi tried to brush the matter of doubt from his shoulders.

"Oh yes, don’t you know that your lovely wife and my to be sister in law is been a seeing a psychiatrist from past three years? and she is been prescribed those medications?" All the heads turned towards Nalini who tried to avoid every eye around.

"Oh well, I thought it won't be this much dramatic but well let me cut the crap. She is the one who had been consuming those medications from past three years and just a few days back she bought more than the usual amount of those pills from the drug store. It was quite easy to point out. Now, I know you were behind all this and will you now please take the pains to tell us why you did this or should I call the cops? Because I think they know much better options for that." I continued as she shrieked and started crying.

"Yes, I did it. I powdered those pills and mixed with every food item that was in her plate. I took the utmost care in serving her as I didn't wanted that plate to be mixed with anyone else’s. Luckily, Uncle had been in a good mood that day. He decided to feed Tanya with his own hands. I thought my plan had become much easier than before. I thought she would be dead by the morning and the blame would land over him. We will be steered clear out of all this." She whimpered.

"I can't believe my ears, Why did you do such a thing Nalini? WHY?!" Avi asked her shaking her shoulders..

"Because I was fed up of her. Even when we were newly married, Avi he used to gift her more often than me. Every time I had planned to hang out with Avi he was dragged by her and his sisterly love was slowly overtaking my world. A few months back, I heard Uncle talking to lawyer about his will. Later that night, I asked Avi about it, if he knew anything in that matter. To which he had denied.

But a few days after that Avi arrived home heavily drunk. He was barely able to stand and struggled to keep his eyes open. He kept blabbering about some ‘will’ that night. He kept blabbering about some injustice that happened to him.

Next morning, when I tried to ask him, he just chucked the topic away. I thought that I needed to find  that out by myself.

I sneaked into uncle's room and when no one was around and searched for something that tells me about ‘Will’ that Avi had been blabbering about in his sleep.

I was surprised to see that all the wealth, everything was nominated to You and Tanya. Where were we in that file? I couldn't find that out. Where was our share? I decided that I already had enough of this injustice.

It seemed like everything was centered around her. Avi also had worked hard for the company and he wasn't even mentioned in the will. Why uncle? What had we done wrong? So I thought that if there's no Tanya there won't be any husband either and automatically everything would just land in our platter.

When uncle had decided to feed Tanya himself that night, I thought the plan had gone much easier. Uncle would be blamed for Tanya's death and he would be out of our way too. After that we could live our lives a lot better and easier without any attention seeking whore roaming around or her father."

Avi slapped Nalini as soon as she stopped speaking. All I could do was just watch the rest. Everything just halted there in front of my eyes. I could just visualise what had happened that night. It felt like everything was playing right in front of my eyes. All of that was just for wealth and love.

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Chapter Thirty-Seven : Mystery Unfolds - 2


Chapter Thirty-Seven : Mystery Unfolds - 2


"Hmm..." I said keeping my phone aside as I pulled a chair to sit.

"That's all what I wanted to do. I just wished that Ruhani admits her mistake and just gets off the guilt. I know it isn't what it appears to be but I know Ruhani can't do this." He said looking towards Ruhani. It felt like they both were looking straight into each other’s eyes.

"So you were behind all that?" Ruhani looks towards Abish with disgust.

"Please don't give me that look. I just wanted to pull you out from the trouble. You know how much I care for you." Abish tries to explain but Ruhani just ignores him and looks away.

"But how is that related with the incident Rehan?" Avi asked.

"It surely is related. Ruhani had sneaked in to meet Tanya as she had things to sort out with her which unfortunately led to a heated argument later on." 

"Then how it ended up like that in bloodshed? We didn't find Ruhani when we break opened the door to find Tanya lying unconscious in pool of blood." Nalini said.

"It wasn't just an argument, I was out of my wits and control. My anger was controlling me at that time. I just don't know how I ended up with a knife in my hand and while struggling it lead in hurting Tanya and the rest you know." Ruhani interrupts as I tried to answer.

I tried to answer but Ruhani gestured me to stop, “Let me answer Rehan and take the blame for my misdeeds. I just slid beneath the bed and sneaked out when everyone was too involved with Tanya." Ruhani said looking at me as she continued to answer the question.

"But how did you find that out?" Abish asked me after a pause.

"Never mind... I know Ruhani cannot do that. She can't kill anyone or even attempt for it. She might be emotionally driven and a bit out of control but she is good at heart." I said as Ruhani kept looking towards me.

"What you mean to say Rehan? Wasn't all that my fault? I know and I am sorry for that. I’ll just apologise and leave." Ruhani asked.

"No, you were just an unplanned part of that plan, which could have been successful if you hadn't intervened." I replied. The looks on their faces changed as they looked towards me to continue.

"I wasn't comfortable at all when Ruhani didn't wished to get cops involved in the matter." I said as I opened the file which had the printouts of the  investigation report.

"But it was an accident Rehan, She didn't really mean it I know." Everyone turned their heads as Tanya arrives along with her Dad.

"Yes, it was an accident but it isn't as simple as it appears dear." I reply Tanya as she sits beside me on the couch.

"What do you mean to say Rehan?" Tanya's Dad asks.

"I wondered how can a simple cut on the wrist can be so deadly? Even when it wasn't serious one. I researched about suicides over internet and found it usually takes more than 15-20 minutes for even the deepest cuts to get the victim unconscious which clearly was opposite in your case Tanya." I said.

"Yes, I don't know but all remember is that I felt dizzy and suddenly all I could see was darkness." Tanya said.

"I somehow felt there’s something fishy. That's why when uncle avoided the cops I thought of involving a private detective who could be a helping hand in finding out the mystery." I said.

"Ohh, You should have informed me about that Rehan." Uncle said.

"No, it was utmost necessary to maintain the secrecy as I couldn't trust anyone at that moment. After I came to know that Ruhani was also involved somehow I was broken." Everyone turned their heads at me.

"Yes Ruhani, I knew it way before you confessed yourself that to me. I didn't knew what had happened but all I knew is that you were somehow involved in it." I said.

"WHAT?! Ruhani, How could you even think of it? I'll call the cops right now and get you a lesson. I never cared about my reputation at all. I just thought that it was a suicide attempt and that's when I agreed to keep cops away from the matter. I thought it might stress Tanya out. But you..." Uncle said as the discussion heated.

"Uncle, there's no need for that.” I tried to calm him down. “ The thing that happened with Ruhani was just a matter of coincidence." I rest my palm on his shoulder to calm down the situation.

"So who's behind it?" he asked me. His eyes were red with anger. He had his mobile in hand, as he wanted to call cops right now.

"You remember doctor had said that there was an overdose of drugs found in her blood stream? Which were mixed with her food?" I asked him as the expressions over his face changed.

"Yes I do, But that's not possible as she doesn't consume any of those pills." He replied.

"But the reports clearly stated that it wasn't the loss of blood that made her situation critical. It was due to overdose of those drugs.

That kind of medicines aren't easily available in every medical store. They are some very specific medicines that are needed for some special patients. Also they aren't available without any prescriptions." The expressions on the faces changed as I continued. “ It was difficult to find out who else was involved."

"So you mean that someone amongst us had poisoned my daughter? But why would anyone will do that? Everyone knows she had bad past with these two." Uncle said in a stern voice looking towards Abish and Ruhani.

"Aren't they the ones who were involved?" He continued.

"Sadly yes, but they aren't the ones who drugged her." I sighed breaking the silence.

How can a friend like Ruhani could do this? I somehow knew all that happened with her was a sheer coincidence and she was just a puppet there. If she wouldn't have been there and If Abish wouldn't have hinted that day I doubt Tanya would be alive here standing in front of us.

Abish might be her not so good past but he wasn't a bad human being. He had changed a lot since he had met us and was one of the friends that we could trust on. He might have tried to save Ruhani as he only knew a side of the incident. Since he had a soft corner for Ruhani. But they can't kill anyone who was so close to them.

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Chapter Thirty-Six : Mystery Unfolds 1


Chapter Thirty-Six : Mystery Unfolds 1


I was sitting on the armchair in the terrace garden with my laptop checking on my inbox after every few minutes as I awaited the final investigation report. I was supposed to be emailed to me by now. It was getting difficult for me to keep waiting as the time passed.

I had made sure that all the members in the house will be here within few hours. It is better if I let the truth out before everyone at the same time. I kept on refreshing my inbox for a few more minutes but I hadn't received any new email notification yet.

Out of patience, I unlocked my phone and dialled detective's number. He didn't receive the call and send me a message which said, “Just emailing it within few minutes. Making a final check before sending you."

I turned off my phone screen and placed the phone back on the teapoy beside. A few moments later there was a ping sound. I checked again to see if it was the same email that I had been expecting. It was the email that I had been expecting for a while. I downloaded the PDF file and as I clicked on it to open, the file asked me for password.  The report was encrypted with the password which I and detective had agreed upon when I had assigned him the task. He had informed me that the reports he’ll be sending will be encrypted with the password so that no one can get their hands on it even if anything happens.

I smiled at the level of anonymity and security that he had maintained to keep the information within safe hands. But the smile soon turned into a frown as I started reading the report. I also had a brief look over the evidences that he had attached within the report. As I continued to scroll down through the file I discovered things that I couldn't even imagine in my wildest dreams.

I held my head in my hands as I had tears in my eyes. If I hadn't involved a detective here I would have never known the truth. I shuddered at the thought that those smiles were hiding the darkest evils behind them. I had Goosebumps thinking that what would have happened if Ruhani wouldn't have been there that night.

I brushed little tear droplets from my eyes as I continued to read ahead. Tanya would be coming anytime by now. She had called as they were leaving from the hospital. I just wanted this to let out and open in front of everybody. I wanted to uncover the jackals that were hiding inside pack of wolves.


Everyone was present in the garden now. They all were looking at me curiously as I kept waiting for Tanya to arrive. "Ruhani do you remember the secret advisor? The one who used to call us and drop the hints that it wasn't a suicide at all?" I questioned Ruhani as she looked up.

"Yes" She answered with just a word and shook her head.

"You know who that guardian angel was?" I asked back again to which she just nodded her head in ‘No’.

"Let me just call him here." I opened my phone dialler and dialled the number. A phone had started to ring nearby as I had dialled the number. Everyone's eyes halted at Abish as he pulled out his phone from the pocket. "Can I know who is calling?" I asked Abish to which he didn't reply but rather just showed me his phone screen.

"So you are the guardian angel who wished to remain anonymous?...” There was sheer silence. Abish stood there looking down at floor. “ You could have just informed us. It could have been a lot easier than you calling me with some new number and sticking notes on our bathroom mirrors right?" The sarcasm was clearly reflected from my tone.

"Oh don't be so silent buddy, you did such a great job. You proved that even someone's not so good past can prove to be a good future." I continued as his eyes were still glued to ground.

"Rehan, I didn't meant any harm. I just wanted to help and that's all. I had met Ruhani that night. When I asked her why she was sneaking in instead of just heading straight through the door. That time She said that she wanted to surprise Tanya.

I wasn't aware about her actions that night. I had called Tanya to inform her that I had to leave for Malaysia for a conference. All I wanted to say sorry for not being able to attend her wedding. But on call, I just overheard their voices. I guess which was received by mistake. I said nothing but just kept ear on the arguments that were happening.  Just when the argument stopped there was a loud shriek. I ran inside and asked one of the relatives to and check upon Tanya.

But I guess it was too late before anyone could find out what had happened there." He sighed as he held his head in hands.

"Then why being this mysterious caller thing?" I asked as I still had some doubts left. Even though I knew what had happened actually.

"I had messaged Ruhani that night after the incident. Asking her if she was staying with Tanya or she had any other residence nearby.

She replied me that she had a hotel room booked nearby and would be staying there as she wanted it to be a surprise for everyone else as well.

I just wanted to confirm that I had heard someone else. I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t Ruhani. But when I came to know about Tanya's condition, I thought you should know the truth. I know you wouldn't have believed me if I would have just simply said to you that Ruhani was present in the room that night.

So I had to make Ruhani confess out herself. For that I just hired one of the servants from the mansion and asked him to just post those messages in your bathroom mirrors.

I called Ruhani and informed her that there was a hidden camera in the room that night. I blackmailed her by saying that I had the footage about that incident. For letting her to believe me I played the recording of the call that was automatically recorded on my phone that night. I messaged Ruhani that I had kept the CD in Tanya's Diary  if she still doubts me and wants to see it. Along with that I also lead you towards the Diary for that." He sighed as there was complete silence around. Everyone was shocked as he continued further letting out the truth.

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Chapter Thirty-Five : Realisation


Chapter Thirty-Five : Realisation


I followed Rehan as he brushed me off and rushed downstairs. But I held myself back near the upper end of the staircase as I saw Uncle greeting him. I didn't wished for uncle to know else he would just hand me over to police without even once listening to what I had to say. My relations with Tanya's Dad weren't really good. He always used to blame me and my family because after her Mother's death Tanya had refused to stay with her Dad.

I just overheard them talking about Tanya's wellbeing and her chances of getting her conscious by this evening. Thank god! I mentally chided and thanked god. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if something had happened to her. I headed back to my room as I started packing my bags. I wanted to leave the house before she arrives. I don't think anybody wanted me here anymore especially after what I did that night.

As I had packed my bags I opened my laptop and tried booking flight tickets the earliest I could get for London. Sadly all the flights were already booked and there wasn't any until tomorrow night. I booked the ones that were available earliest . I shut my laptop screen and rest my head on the wall closing my eyes.

Sometimes we do the things which we regret later on. Only if I had controlled my emotions this wouldn't have happened at all. Now even Rehan hates me, it's easier to live by seeing your loved one with someone else than seeing hatred for yourself in their eyes. Now I had no one to go back to. Everyone just wants someone like Tanya. I really had now started to doubt my existence.

My phone screen lit up as I saw Abish's message pop-up. I opened the message to see what had he sent.

Abish : Hey, Is everything okay there?
Me : Yes it is, but might not be soon.
Abish : Why?... I haven't told anybody yet that I had seen you that night.
Me : Thanks for that Abish but there's no need for it now. I just confessed to Rehan today.
Abish : Oh, well then I can assumed what might be his reaction.
Me : hmm...
Abish : You have any idea why he has called me today evening?
Me : Did he?
Abish : Yes he did just an hour ago. Has he informed you about anything?
Me : No, I don't know.
Abish : So what are you going to do now?
Me : Just waiting for Rehan to come back home then I'll leave India forever.
Abish : What?!
Me : Yes, I don't have anything left back here now.
Abish : Well you can stay here with me. Ain't I a friend as well?
Me : Yes you are but sorry. The more I stay here more the memories of that night will haunt me and I don't want more guilt than I am feeling now.

Abish : Okay, but can you please stay sometime with me before you leave?
Me : Okay, I don't know when we’ll meet again.
Abish : What's are your flight timings? If I may ask?
Me : Tickets aren't confirmed yet. But I'll leave tomorrow.
Abish : Okay, so will you be there at house this evening?
Me : Yes, I'll leave after I apologise to Tanya for what I have done.
Abish : Okay, don't worry whatever happens, happens for the best.

I ended the chat and put my phone aside. Why would Rehan wish to see Abish especially at this moment? What is he up to?

The questions kept buzzing in my mind as someone knocked at door. I placed my laptop aside is I went and opened the door. I saw Rehan standing outside the door. I gestured him to come inside which he refused by nodding and said in a stern voice ,"Be present in the terrace garden this evening. It's something very important we need to talk about."

"Rehan, I am..." Rehan walked towards his room before I could complete my sentence. It was getting harder for me to bear his ignorance and hatred. All I could do was sit back and wait till evening. I had never seen this side of Rehan ever. I slammed to door and jumped on the bed as I dug my face into pillows and cried my heart out.

I kept thinking about my life. I thought over everything I had done whether right or wrong. I realised rather than loving Rehan it had been an obsession for me. I had grown obsessed over him. I just thought it as love as I wanted to see as it was, I didn't wanted to listen to anyone. I thought everybody was unjust against me.

Then I thought about Abish, he had been good to me right since we had met. He wasn't that bad as I used to think of him before meeting him. I remembered the letter and bracelet that he had given me. I got up and opened my bag to search for that bracelet. I had kept it safely after sending him the selfie that day in flight. I always kept it near me as it used to make me feel better every time I missed Rehan, Tanya back in India.

I had never replied to his letter as it was just out of my mind, me being way too obsessed with Rehan. I searched for that letter in my bag. I read it again and a smile had spread across my face. I felt guilty for not being fair with him. I thought of writing him a reply before going back. I decided to give him before leaving as he had given me before I was on my first flight to London.

Why it always happen that we ignore the ones who love us and love the ones who ignore us? I wore the bracelet and kept the letter in the same box he had presented me with the bracelet.

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