Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Review: NEVERFOUND LAND



NEVERFOUND LAND by Durriya Kapasi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads:
Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities, when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy is threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.

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I had read the prequel and I can certainly say that sequel is worth the wait. There were a lot of uncleared things in the previous book which I feel are now explained very well. I wish there was more content to read although as the whole ideas of Genies and magic is exciting to read. Most of us have read about Aladin and his magic lamp but this story takes us on some new unseen world of genies. It is a totally and unique plot. The writing and narration was really good and the plot was really well worked upon. Totally enjoyed reading it as I finished it within a day.

I loved the cover design and the printing quality. It's weird to mention because I've never added this to any of my reviews but I really liked the printing style. Only regret being wish there were more chapters to read. I felt this could've another book in the series like a triology instead of duology. The plot had so much depth into it that I felt there could've been possibly more stuff to write and create the genie world. But in a gist if you are a fantasy lover and wanna grab a unique plot, this book is totally worth going for it.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Chapter Twenty-Six


CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Next morning Anjani wakes up and finds herself in Jay’s room. She looks at the time in the wall clock. It was 12 noon. How did I come here? Oh god! How can I sleep for so long? Jay must have already left for work. She gets off the bed and heads for a bath. Coming downstairs she finds a box of pizza and a note beneath it.

Hey Anu!

I so wanted to kiss you and wake you up like sleeping beauty today. But I felt it’d be bad to wake someone up from the deep sleep when they look so beautiful while sleeping in peace. I wished I could’ve let you sleep up, but I wasn’t sure how long you’re going to sleep. I didn’t want you to get picked upon by birds and get fried in sun so I carefully carried you down in my bedroom. I too was up late this morning hence had ordered two pizzas. I hope it’s still warm when you get up. Do give me a call when you’re up.

Yours,
Jay

She puts the note down on table and opens the box lid. Jay had ordered her favourite double cheese crust pizza. She stares at the pizza thinking about the email. Playing with the topping for a while. She suddenly gets up and heads to her room. She turns on the laptop and searches for the earliest flights available to Darjeeling. Luckily there's one available which she books instantly. She pulls out her suitcase and starts packing her bag. The flight was at 3:30 pm. It was 1pm now, she had to leave quickly for the airport

She books in a cab using her phone and finishes packing her bags. She waits for the cab on the dining table and writes a letter for Jay. Tears drop down her cheek as she begins to write the letter.

Dear Jay

I know it's not the way to let you know about this but I think we can't be together anymore. I thought about your proposal the whole night. I think we aren't meant to be at all. I didn't have courage to tell you this in person hence I am writing it down for you. I know you'll be mad at me but this is for our own good.

I know you'd be thinking why am I writing you this letter. I had realised it long ago you aren’t in love with me. You felt the similarities and hence the illusion of love. You have feelings for someone else dear. The only reason we were so good together because you felt I am just like her. I tried my best to replace her in your life but my bad, I couldn't. Sooner or later she'd be back in your life and this will be happening sooner or later. It'll be better for me if I do this right now, else I won't be able to survive it later. My love for you is true but I don’t want to be loved in a shadow of someone else.

For once I wanted to be selfish and hide this truth. I wanted to replace her in your life but my conscience didn’t allow me. I was happy being with you and wanted you to just be mine forever. But I think we aren’t destined to be. Remember that day you told me that you felt something quite familiar about me? As if we have met before? I thought it was a pickup line, but later I realised it was not. I am not the one who deserves your selfless love.

You need not worry about me. Also, don't forget to invite me to your dual wedding plan. I'll surely help you out with planning. I'm pretty sure you'll realise your feelings about her soon. I wish you both a really happy life ahead.

Love you,
Your Anu.

She keeps the letter beneath the pizza box and rubs tears off her cheeks. It was a big decision for her. She might not have done this if Jay had been here. While thinking last night, she decide she couldn't be that selfish. She can't hurt anyone's feelings just to save hers. She bites her cheeks and grabs her bag. The cab was waiting outside for her. The driver helps her to get the baggage into trunk as she starts having double thoughts about her decision.

At once she she wanted to move back and fight for her love but then guilt of spoiling someone's life isn't going to get her moving back. She closes the cab door as she sits on the hindseat.


Jay was excited about the day as he had planned a surprise dinner for Anjani. He wanted to make up for the failed surprise, hence he decided that he’d leave a few hours early and surprise her. It was weekend hence he had planned for a stay in resort for 2 days. He had no idea that they’d be able to go on a dinner on the next day as his surprise had failed. Hence when Anjani was working according to Jay, he was looking into some nice places nearby to spend time at. He stumbled upon a resort’s website which was not too far away from the city. Just 3 hour drive from the city, the resort was on the river bank. He clicked into the brochures and looked at the things they could enjoy for a weekend. It seemed like a fun plan. I can’t wait to see the reaction on her face! He unlocks the car and gets into the driving seat.

I am pretty sure, she won’t believe I did it. Well second surprise in a week probably won’t be too much. Not my fault, I had planned it long back. Excited Jay rings the bell. He waits for a while but there’s no sign of Anjani. He looks at her car in the garage which was standing there collecting dust over it. He pulls out his phone and dials Anjani’s number. He holds the phone by the ear as he listens to the same automated voice saying the phone is switched off, please try again later. He quickly pulls out the keys from his pocket and opens the door. There was no one inside. Where did she go? He walks by the dining table and sits on the chair. His eyes land upon the pizza box. Ah, let me throw this empty box in bin. The foul smell from the box was tickling his nasal passages as he lets out a sneeze. He picks up the box to find the pizza whole inside. A letter falls at his shoe as he puts the pizza box back on the table.

He opens the letter and falls back on chair on reading the first paragraph. He closes his eyes and starts deep breathing. He continues reading the letter as a tear slides down his cheek. His eyes were red and fuming with anger. He crushes the letter and throws it into the bin. Why did she do this? Who is she talking about? I don’t love anyone else. What if she was mentioning about Shriya? I should’ve never told her about my past. Why does she think I still love her when I don’t? Is this an excuse to get away from me? But she really loved me, didn’t she? Why would she jeopardise her own relationship? Urghh…! He moves hands through his hair furiously and sits on the couch holding his head in hands.

His eyes land on the phone as the notification sound chimes in. Khushi had sent him the pictures of Parnika with her team. Parnika had sent khushi the same pictures she had sent Jay and others. But these pictures missed the ones she had sent to Jay via email. The email was still lingering there in the deleted folder very much unnoticed to Jay’s eyes. He scrolls upon a picture where some white guy was embracing Parnika. Even she has someone in her life now. Why it always happens to me? Why me? Why every girl I give my heart to has to play with it? He gets up from the couch. Enough is enough, now I’ll do as I like. No more sweet and caring Jay. They like guys who are jerks right? I’ll be the one they wish for. In movies and every other story, nice guys like him get played along all the time. For once he just wanted to stop being himself and be a jerk that these movies used to promote.

He knew it wasn’t right but it was the only way from his feelings to get hurt anymore. He won’t let anyone play with his feelings anymore. He doesn’t need anyone’s help in his life. He clears the chat with khushi and turns the phone off.


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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Chapter Twenty-Five


CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

Anjani and Jay have rest of their dinner in silence thinking about each other. Both had the same question in their mind. Both wanted to know what would be outcome of their relationship. She asked for some time, does that mean she is not interested in me? I know girls at times can be insecure like khushi had advised. But I can’t really wait to know her answer. If this turns out bad I am not going to forgive khushi. I just wanted to gift something nice, but this idea of hers better not backfire. But if it does, it means there was something wrong between us already? If it is the case it was meant to come out sooner or later. Why am I being so pessimistic? I know I had a bad experience in past but that doesn’t mean all girls are the same.

She likes me and I know it. Maybe it was just too soon for her? Khushi you better be not wrong at this please. I don’t know why this is getting me so nervous. While Jay is busy in his mental debate Anjani excuses herself and heads to washroom. She opens the email app. There was a new email. She opens it with a gulp. It was from Parnika. She couldn’t believe her eyes. This morning she was wondering if she’s ever going to reply Jay or not and now she actually did. She was trying to get back into his life. She hadn’t imagined that happening this soon. She begins to read.

Dear Jay

I am so sorry that I didn’t reply you until yet. I was mad at you. I was mad at you because you left the house without even telling me what happened? What had got you so angry. I had been told something else but I am happy to know the truth from your side. As you know I can’t stay mad at you for long. There were some technical issues hence I couldn’t respond earlier. It’s been great here so far all these months. You know I made a ton of new friends. Here, people are from all over the world. I made a few close friends too. Their names are Jake, Gemma and Clara. You know Jake is really sweet and often reminds me of you. We were in medical camps in areas where there’s not even electricity. Our work at this site is now over. 

We vaccinated over a lakh people during this period from the deadly flu virus. I just can’t believe how many lives we just saved all this while. We just arrived to hotel for a week a few days back. Also, We will be moving on to our next site which is in democratic republic of Congo. You know we both wanted to go on a safari in africa once? I did that! It was so much fun! Tons of animals here and there in grasslands. Lions, cheetahs, wild elephants, hippos, you name it and they’re here. I am attaching my trip pics below do check them out and lemme know how they are.

I have read most of your emails and am still reading them. There are many more to be read. I am really happy for you. I wanted to write back to you before I read them ahead because I know how much you’d be missing me. You know I want to tell you that this site we are going on is quite a tribal war zone of sorts. I am not sure how that experience would turn out to be. But I am sure this will be over soon. I can’t wait to see you in person again. I don’t know when again I’d be getting an internet connection again as I am writing this now. I can’t wait Ma and Pa to tell about this. Don’t miss me much, I’ll be there soon.

Love you loads,
Your Pari.

Anjani is shellstrucked for a while. What should I do? Should I tell him? But what should I tell him? He’ll be mad at me if he knows that I’m reading this without his knowledge. Should I let it be and react as if nothing’s happened? But what if he reads this tomorrow? Should I risk him letting know that he’s been forgiven? What if he realises his true feelings about Pari? Would he just leave me? What do I do? Tears started flowing down her cheeks. It wasn’t easy for her to let go Jay. Now, she had no one in this world apart from him. He was the one whom she could trust apart from baba. He was the best she could get. Can I be so selfish? I can’t play with someone else’s feelings. I am not manipulative jerk.

In the heat of the moment, she deletes the email and washes her face. I can do this, I’ll fight for my love. Anjani knew that this was Jay’s spare email that he hadn’t synced with his phone. It was his childhood email account that he used to mail Parnika when she had been studying in Aurangabad. She lets out a sigh and walks back. Jay looks at her with worried eyes.

“Were you crying? Did I do something wrong? I knew it, It was khushi’s idea. I just wanted to gift you something really nice for the valentine’s day but she proposed me this whole idea of having dual destination weddings in Canada. I felt it would be too soon.” Jay looks at her as her eyes were red and puffy from crying earlier. “It’s nothing like that Jay. It’s just that, got emotional. Baba had this dream of getting me married and watching me go on honeymoon with my partner before he died. When you pulled out a ring, it just brought back memories of him and his wish.” Anjani was never a good liar but this time it turned out really good. It felt like Jay was convinced and had calmed down.

Rest of the dinner both ate in silence and smiled at each other. Jay wanted to cancel the long drive plan as he thought the mood wasn’t appropriate at the moment. But Anjani insisted that it’d just let the thoughts out of their mind. So music was turned on and they went on a long drive returning late at night. Both were so tired they were dying to get on bed and just sleep for the day. Their beds were ready and just as Anjani was about to sleep, her phone chimes in. There was another email from Parnika. She opens up quickly checking on Jay who was now deep asleep.

She had mailed him her trip photos with her friends and others. She for once smiled looking at her photos as it was vanished when she read the note beneath it.

I know how worried were you for me. I am so sorry for that and hence to make up for it here are some photos that will keep you smiling until I written. There’s one more thing that I want to tell you before I leave for the next adventure. I really love you Jay. I know this isn’t the thing you tell someone via text or emails but I have no option. I have been waiting to tell you this for a long time but now I can’t wait anymore. That day when you had brought Shriya home, Ma and Pa wanted to speak to you about our marriage but I had stopped them. I wanted to find out if you really love me or not. I kept waiting and then Shriya came into your life. Right now, I don’t want someone else to come between us. Hence I really wanna tell this to you that I love you more than just a friend.

Love you loads,
Your Pari.

 Reading this it felt as all of her sleep vanished in a moment. What if Jay reads this tomorrow? She panicked. She couldn’t think of anything else right now. All she wanted was to keep Jay hers forever. She deletes the email from the inbox and turns her phone off. She looks at the sky trying to calm her mind down and sleep.


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Also, a minor headsup.... Obsessed is free to read on Kindle Unlimited! Do check it out. I'd be glad to read your reviews!

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Dhawal Joshi

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Chapter Twenty-Four


CHAPTER TWENTY - FOUR

Next morning Jay gets up to find Anjani missing from the bed. She was already up before him. It was quite weird for him as usually she was the one who used to sleep late and Jay had to wake her up usually. He smiles and gets up stretching his arms. Just like his daily routine, he folds the beds up and keeps them back into the storage room. He heads downstairs to freshen up and write about his day to Parnika in an email.

“Jay, breakfast is ready. You wanna come down or should I bring it up here?” Anjani walks into his room. She notices Jay is writing a huge letter in email. “What are you writing?” She comes close and looks. “Oh, I am writing email to Pari, I am just doing it as I do always. I know she can’t be mad at me for a long time now. She’d write back to me soon.” Anjani read how Jay wrote everything that happened yesterday as if it had been a diary. I need to read more of this to find out if he is indeed serious about me or not. But I don’t wanna let him know else he might feel bad that I am doubting him. But what if he is actually just not with me as much as he thinks? Oh this is going to kill me if I don’t find the answer soon.

Later when Jay went to office, Anjani sneaked into his room. She had called in sick and wanted to rest at home when Jay asked why she wasn’t ready for the shop. Usually he used to drop her off at her antique shop before going to office. She opens his laptop and logs in. She opens his browser to find the password is already saved. She logs in and looks into the sent emails. She finds emails back dating to the days before they met. She opens them one by one and begins to read them all. She begins with the oldest ones first going in the ascending order reading every single one.

She reads the line where Jay describes her as attractive and beautiful and blushes. The next moment her smile turns into frown when he writes that she is very similar to Parnika in a ton of things. It reminds him of her presence even when she’s mad at him and not around him

 So It is true, I was right last night. He loves me because I am similar to Pari and not because of me. How can I be such a fool? I thought he likes me but I didn’t know that he was looking for her in me. But why is he with me if he really likes her? I remember khushi saying that I resemble her a lot. But I hadn’t imagined this. I can’t build my relationship being in a shadow of someone’s memories. Maybe he’s yet to find out his feelings for her? What should I do? Help them to get together or be selfish and just enjoy being with him.  Her eyes get wet as she reads more how Jay describes each of their spent moments beautifully. She smiles and cries at the same time as she loved how both Jay and Parnika cared for each other but were right now miles away from each other.

I can’t just let her take Jay away from him. We might appear to be similar but I am not her. I am not going to let go the one I love like her. Anyway, she’s far away from here for a long time. If I make it happen, jay would not think about her at all. All he’ll remember is about me. I won’t let him discover his feelings for her at all. Let it be under the disguise of friendship. I’ll make him just mine forever.
While closing the app she quickly copies the password and syncs the email with her phone. 

“Anu, where are you? We have to go….” Jay sits on the couch waiting for Anjani to get ready. As promised Jay was taking her on a dinner and a long drive tonight. The booking had been postponed to today. “Coming Jay” She appears from room wearing a nice saree. Jay's eyes go from her head to toe awestruck. “You're looking gorgeous” he gets up and looks at her. She smiles and holds his arm. “Let’s go then”. Jay was seemingly taking her to a place when they haven’t been before. It was quite outside the city limits as she saw him enter the highway. The drive was quiet filled with romantic music from the car stereo and the traffic was luckily free flowing tonight. It took them less than an hour to their destination. Jay had taken her to a new restaurant that had opened on the outskirts of the city recently.

Jay had booked a table in the open terrace where there was fake grass beneath and small table with candles. There was nothing but starlight above and candle light all around them. Most people around them were young couples dining together. The whole place had a romantic aroma to it. They order the food and sip on their drinks waiting for it. Jay gets up and excuses himself while she observes others around. Young couples enjoying their romantic dinner. She felt bad for him as this was way better than what she had planned yesterday. Maybe I shouldn’t have cancelled his plan. Next time I won’t I promise. She smiles as Jay looks upon her with a smile.

He sits beside her and pulls out a ring box from his upper shirt pocket. Oh my god! Don’t tell me it’s what I am thinking. He wanted to propose yesterday! I am such a dumbass. I shouldn’t have forced my plan on to him yesterday! I don’t know what to do? Should I say yes immediately? Or should I just take some time to tease him before saying yes? I can’t believe he’s actually doing this even after I ditched on his plan yesterday with a lie. Oh he’s such a sweetheart.

Jay opens the ring box and pulls out the ring. It was a nice diamond and platinum ring. It’s beauty was enhanced as the mild candle light was making it shine like a star.  He looks in Anjani’s eyes taking her hand, “Will you marry me Anu?” She wanted to say yes but her mouth wasn’t obeying her. It felt as if her inner conscious was stopping her for being selfish for once. “Jay, I really love you but do you mind if I take some time to answer?” That’s all she could come up with. She was in a constant mental debate whether she should be selfish and say yes for once or she should think about Parnika and help Jay to discover his feelings for her. “Uhm…Okay…Sure…. I know it’s a huge decision and a big deal for girls. I wanted to do this yesterday but then you know what happened. But no worries, you take your time. I thought its a good idea to take our relationship further.” Jay places the ring back in the box and begins to eat as their order arrives in the meantime.

Why was I unable to say Yes, I love him. I can say yes, its not  a big deal. People have one sided feelings all the time. But this wasn’t a one sided love. He loves her and just isn’t aware about it. He thinks she’s just a super close childhood friend. He just needs to think of her more than a friend. But why should I spoil my relationship when I have been already so far in it and everything’s going so good? I know he loves her then why did he ask me out? I don’t mind what others think about it. But what if he later finds out about his feelings later? Sooner or later, He’d meet Pari again and there’s a chance that he might leave me for her? Am I really that bad?  I know he likes me because I am just similar to her but should i really go ahead with that? Will I be able to replace her in with myself in his heart ever?


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Do comment and share your thoughts about it! I'd love to know what do you think. Also, I'd be updating it quite often so do follow the blog to get all the updates by clicking here. Do share with friends if you like the story.

Also, a minor headsup.... Obsessed is free to read on Kindle Unlimited! Do check it out. I'd be glad to read your reviews!

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Copyright © 2018 by Dhawal Joshi

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Chapter Twenty-Three



CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

 Jay and Anjani were now enjoying the starlight above their heads. It was soon going to rain as there were a lot of clouds in the sky. Jay rests his head on his arm and looks up in the sky. Anjani wraps her arm around him resting her head on his chest. Jay wraps his arm around her waist, “You know Anu, It’ll rain soon and I’d miss sleeping up here for all those months. Since childhood I have loved sleeping under the sky. Every time there was it was close to rain Pari and I used to debate whether it’ll be raining at night or not. You know once I won the argument and we were sleeping under the sky when it decided to pour water upon us at 3 in midnight. Haha Pari was so mad at me. All out mattresses and pillows were drenched and we had to sleep on carpet for 2 days because it was all cloudy and these stuffed cotton inside beds were least interested in losing their water.” Jay smiles as he kisses Anjani’s hair. “Can I ask you something? If you don’t mind?” Anjani looks at him. “Yes, what happened?” Jay rubs her back gently with his other arm. “Who’s this Pari? I have heard quite a few times about her while being here with you guys but never had a chance to know. They way you and others talk about her make me feel like she was someone really important to all of you.”

“She was?”Jay gets startled a bit. “Yes, they way you all speak of her. It feels like she was there in your life deep but now nowhere to be seen. I didn’t see you calling her to dinners or talking on phone or video chat like khushi” Anu rests her head back on his chest. “ She is just on a year long work trip. She left her phone back home. While she left, she was mad at me. Maybe that’s the reason I can’t talk to her.” Jay takes a lock of her hair between his fingers and plays with it. “Is she your cousin or something?” Anjani was getting a bit curious about mystery girl in Jay’s life who everyone else knows about except her.

“No she’s my childhood best friend and neighbour.” Jay chuckles at her question. “Oh I’m sorry, I know nothing about her so I just had some assumptions.” She pecks Jay’s lips and sleeps back again. “Haha, well If I knew mentioning her would get me a kiss then I would’ve done that long back.” Jay chuckles as she hits playfully at his chest. “She was more than just a friend to me…” “More than friend?” She interrupts before he could finish his sentence.

“Yes anu, She was my best friend. So close that it felt like she was a part of family. Ma and Pa used to treat her as their own daughter. Often Ma used to be at her side.”Jay smiles thinking about sweet old memories. “Then why did she leave? You said she was mad at you? What did you do that made her leave?” Her curiosity was now piked and she wanted her answers. “Well I didn’t make her leave. She’s on a work trip. She was chosen by WHO for their medical campaign in remote areas of the world. It might take a year or more.” “Oh...So how did you made her mad?” She had stories building up in her mind now. “We never used to keep secrets from each other but I did once fearing she’d freak out.” Anjani gets up and sits. “I was worried that she’d freak out if I told her I was dating someone. To be specific my boss’ daughter who was my colleague.” Jay gets up and rests his head in her lap.

“Why do you think she’d freak out? She is your best friend right? She’d understand you chose a partner that you liked and wanted to be around with?” She plays with his hair. “Well, She’s always been all protective and possessive about me. She was never like that when we were kids. She used to team up with other kids around me and often used to prank me. But her behaviour was changed drastically when she was back after finishing her degree. She was now grown into this possessive and protective girl. She was indeed a bit bully as a kid too but this avatar was quite new and weird for me. But soon it began to feel all normal I don’t know why. For a change it was good that I had to no longer worry about her pranks for the time being.”

Jay looks at Anjani who was deep in thoughts. “Hey? Are you listening?” Jay touches her cheek as she startles up a bit. ‘Yes, I was just thinking about you and her as kids. She has a deep connection with you indeed. But I was wondering why would she be mad at you for just keeping a secret from her?” I wonder if it’s what he is saying or something more to that? But why would he lie about her?  “Well, was often motherly figure as per Hitesh who still used to tease me because of her being so protective about me.” Jay air quotes the words as he tries to emphasize the fact that he was a bit annoyed but that behaviour of her at times.

“Hmm… but it is still weird that she’d react this way just for a secret. Like it is normal for you to get a date. You are so handsome, independently earning, sweet and better than most guys I’ve ever dated.” She kisses his forehead. Unless she was into him, she wanted to keep him for herself. “Jay?....” “Hmm…?” “You are sure she was just your best friend? Did she tell you about something else?” Jay gets up and looks at her. “No and I think we should sleep. It’s getting late. I have to go to office early tomorrow”. He leans close in for a peck and then sleeps.

Anjani smiles at him and lies down. But inside her heads there were thoughts about what Jay had said. She was wondering if what she is thinking is correct or not. She shakes her head and turns to look at Jay who was now fast asleep like a baby. She suddenly felt all possessive and worried about him. She gets up and kisses his forehead and cuddles him. Suddenly she feels his arm being wrapped around her waist and she looks up to see a smile on his face. All of sudden that insecurity vanished in thin air and she lays her head on his chest with a smile on her face. She hugs him tight and tries to sleep.

It was for a while or so but again she felt she heard Jay saying something. She carefully looks at him. Jay was muttering something in his sleep. She tries to listen to know what was he murmuring in his sleep. “No...don’t go pari…. Don’t leave me alone like this.” He was muttering her name. It wasn’t first time when Jay was talking in his sleep and mentioning Parnika. She sleeps back hugging him tightly as he snuggles close to her in sleep. She couldn’t sleep the whole night thinking about Jay and Parnika. She felt something was there which Jay wasn’t telling her. Her instincts said something else while she didn’t wanted to agree with them. She wanted to keep Jay to herself.

But what if She really likes him? Doesn’t matter I love him too and he loves me. But the way he talks about her in sleep, what if he loves her more than you? What if he doesn’t love you at all? No,no, no…. She shakes her head and tries to focus her thoughts so she can sleep. But the way he talks about her and the way he said she reacted to him seeing someone. But why would he date someone else if he really likes Pari? Maybe he’s not aware about his feelings yet? Maybe she was waiting for the same? If that’s the case, what would I do? Let him go to Parnika? Or be selfish and keep him just for me? No, I can’t be that selfish. After baba’s death, he’s the one who brought me out from depression and cared for me. I can’t be so mean to him. But I can’t let him be with someone else too. What should I do?

Thoughts like these plague her mind throughout the night. She just lies in comfort of Jay’s arms and tries to distract horrible thoughts that were entering her mind.

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Review: Tarikshir: The Awakening



Tarikshir: The Awakening by Khayaal Patel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, dark secrets will be uncovered that will disrupt life as he knows it.

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This book is begins its story with the ancient legend of Ramayan. Later it takes you into the 19th century British Raj. It is quite an adventure filled historical fiction. I love as the mix of adventure, fantasy, and history takes place in the plot. The characters were well blend together and felt real to life. It felt as if I was reading something that has actually happened in the past. I loved the way story begins with the Ramayan. As the vanar, gets hold of the gem. It gets interested further as the plot gets deep in the Rajasthan. I really enjoyed the writing style and the narration has your interest in the plot throughout the read. It was quite a long read but you never feel the story was dragged or boring. It holds your interest throughout. Somewhere I felt the characters were explored a bit less. I know there were too many characters in the plot and it’d be tough to give a backstory or explore them all together in one book. But I felt even if the main characters like the Royal family could’ve been explored in better manner. I don’t count that as a flaw but something that could’ve been done. I feel the end was a bit abrupt. As the mystery and fantasy had a nice build throughout the book and the end was bit of a not so good way to end. Maybe because this book will be having a sequel? It can be read as a nice stand alone book for sure. If you are someone who loves reading something fun, based of history and mythology, this can be surely a fun read for you.


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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Chapter Twenty - Two



CHAPTER TWENTY TWO

It’s been a few months khushi left for Canada with Hitesh. Anjani had planned to stay with Jay for a week but later she totally moved in with him after her dad’s demise a week later. Jay still used to write Parnika emails. He used to mention his day at the end just like he was writing a diary. He still had hope that she’d reply him someday. He was happy now. Jay cheered Anjani up everyday as she used to often miss her dad. He was the only parent that she had left with her. Her mom had died giving her birth and since then her dad was her mom as well as dad. There was a deep bond between her and her dad, something that Jay somehow understood and tried to cheer her up.

Khushi and Hitesh often used to video chat with them. They used to keep the laptop at one end of the table and sit to eat pretending as if they were having food together just like usual. Such things used to bring a smile on Anjani’s face. Jay and Anjani were officially dating now for 4 months and it felt everything was going back on track. They used to manage her antique shop together and used to help each other at house. Jay later on got a job in IT firm as a project manager as he had previous experience as a team lead. Since then she used to work at her shop and he used to always drop her at shop before going to office. During night he used to pick her up and both used to drive back home.

It felt as if Jay’s life was back to normal after a very long time. Jay often used to mention how her and Parnika’s habit matched. She used to feel a bit odd at that time as she felt he was somehow comparing her with his friend. But she used to ignore as she was out of picture for a long time now. He had no contact with her and she wasn’t replying to his emails as well. It was valentines day. Anjani wanted to do something special for Jay. She was planning for this for a week now.

Morning beam of sun shines on her face as she gets up. Jay was still sleeping and it was a sunday. He had now a habit of sleeping a bit late on holidays. She crawls close and kisses him as he smiles and pulls her close kissing back. “I thought you were sleeping.” Anjani gets up throwing a pillow at Jay. “Well I was watching you sleeping like a baby for more than an hour now.” He smirks as she throws another pillow at him hitting him on head. “Ow!” He bends down holding his head. It felt as if something hurt him deep. She rushes to check upon him as he laughs. She slaps his chest and gets up to walk away as he holds her hand and pulls her down. She looks at him in the  eye as he pins her down and kisses her while staring intensely in her eyes.

The sun was almost up now and they folded their beds up putting them back into the storage room on the terrace. It was a fun sunday morning. She had secretly planned a candle light dinner for him tonight. She had learnt some authenticate gujrati dishes for Jay from Khushi. She wanted to make this night special for him. She was preparing the lunch when Jay comes in the kitchen. “Hey anu, could you just clean up my car for me? I have some really urgent emails to send and I have to leave for some work right now. Boss had called up.” He hands her a bucket of water and cloth along with the car wash bottle. It was weird because Jay never allowed anyone else to touch his car. He was quite possessive about his car.

She doesn’t pay much heed and heads out as she felt it must be really urgent if Jay is serious about it. She opens the door and bucket falls from her hand as she covers her mouth with shock. There was a brand new cute red car standing in their garage. Jay comes from behind and hugs her planting a kiss on her cheek. “How’s the surprise anu?” He points at the new car which was wrapped in red ribbons ready to be opened up. She doesn’t utter a word as still being in shock. He holds her hand and walks her to the car. “It’s for you. I know you love your old car but it’s just too old for you to be driving around in it.” He hands her the car keys. “Jay, I can’t thank you in words for this, but…” “But? What?” Jay asks before she could complete her sentence.

“But Jay, this is too much. A car is a huge deal. I appreciate your feelings but I am paying for this. I can’t take such pricey gift from you.” She hugs him. “But why anu? Can’t I gift you something that you can drive in safely around when I am not here?” He hugs her back and rubs her back gently. “Well yes you can but I feel it’s too early for us to shower such huge amounts for gifts. I’d really appreciate something that comes straight from heart but this dear is a bit overboard right now.” “You girls are weird, Khushi said to do something special. To gift something that you can use daily and something that’d remind you of me. I thought since you were always thinking to get a new car, why not get gift you one. You know I had been planning for this for a month now.” Jay crosses his arms.  “Don’t be sad, I love your gift. But dear, I feel it’s way too early for us to spend so much just for gifts. If you’re not letting me pay you back for this I am not keeping it.” She hands him back the keys. “No, its all yours. Okay I’ll let you pay me back for this but let me take you on a long drive tonight?” He opens his palm for her to grab.

“Uh sorry Jay, can we go tomorrow?” She wanted to surprise him with the dinner plan tonight. “What’s wrong with today?” Jay and Anjani walk back inside. “I have some work to get done with. It is urgent so can’t be delayed. We can go tomorrow for sure. I promise.” She pinches the skin at her neck as if swearing. “Uhm okay, if you say so. I wanted to take you out on a nice dinner. But well better luck next time. It is a bad valentines day for me. My gift gets rejected and I can’t have date.” Jay walks up murmuring as Anjani squeals thinking about the smile on his face when he’d notice her surprise at night.

It was 8 pm and all of her preparations were done. Jay was busy watching videos online on his computer in his room. It was quite difficult for her to sneak things up on the terrace so that he doesn’t notice his surprise. She was all done now and she grabbed a blindfold and walked inside his room. “Shush! I have something for you.” She puts a blindfold in front of his eyes and whispers in his ear. He lets her blindfold him. She takes his hand and guides him towards the terrace. “Anu, its not sleeping time yet. I am hungry, what about dinner?” His voice slows down as she opens his blindfold. There was a small table with several candles on it. There were food bowls and plates. He looks at her as she’s smiling back at him.  “Surprise!” She guides him to the table.
“ I can’t believe this. Is this a dream? You made this?” Jay opens up the food bowls one by one like excited kid. “Damn anu I love you!” He squeals like a kid as he comes up and hugs her from behind and kisses her cheek. “So this is the important work you cancelled my long drive plan for huh?” He fakes a frown while staring at Anjani. “Don’t be sad, if we had been on drive how would I plan my surprise?” Anjani serves him his favourite dishes. “I am just joking, this is lot better than my plan. Although we still can go out on a drive tomorrow.” Jay looks at her as continues to eat. “Haa baba(Yes dear)”She mutters as they both laugh.

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Review: The Diary on the Fifth Floor



The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

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I really loved the cover. There are really few books where I liked the cover. The editing and formatting was nicely done. Apart from first impression, I found the blurb to be quite misleading. I assumed it'd be some thriller having some mystery and things going in background but it wasn't like that. It was a totally different scenario. I'd say it was more of a collection of little nicely written pieces. There was very minute story line to it. Although, I liked reading it as it was nicely penned down. There's not much to tell about it without giving out spoilers. Its a nice read for a deep thinker. As there are many nice topics to be read. Its overall a short and sweet read.

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Saturday, 17 November 2018

Chapter Twenty One



CHAPTER TWENTY - ONE

Parnika replies to every mail after reading as she reads the last email from Khushi. It was received a week before. She wrote about Jay’s depression. What is troubling him? Am I a reason for the depression? She wonders as she reads the email. She had attached his recent pictures when they had been to one event.  She said he secretly emails me everyday, but I haven’t received even a single email? Is she lying so I help her to tell Ma and Pa about their relationship? But as far as I know her, she might be mean but not selfish. Who knows? Time might have changed her. She shuts her laptop screen down and tries to sleep. It was quite early in the morning now and sun was about to rise.

She heard a knock on the door. She gets up and walks yawning and opens the door. It was Jake outside. He was bored so he wanted to hangout. Looking at her still yawning and drowsy with red eyes, he decided to let it pass and apologised for disturb her. He walks back to his room as she wonders what’s wrong with him now? She drags herself to the bed and sleeps till evening. It looked as if she was dead asleep on the bed for years now. They had a free week before they headed off to another campsite to help the people. She was least interested in going out as she was tired and wanted to sleep the whole time as they won’t be getting this comfy beds again at least until the work gets over there.

She opens her laptop and searches for some places around to explore while they were here. Meanwhile she hears a knock on the door. “Come in!” She shouts from the bed as Jake enters the room dressed in nice navy blue shirt and white pants. “Hey, I wanted to know if you wanted to hangout together?” Jake was appeared a bit nervous. “Uhm yes, I was a bit bored. You can sit for a while, I need to get ready.” She pulls off her blanket and walks into the bathroom taking some clothes with her. She comes out in red dress which had a nice dotted skirt which went just below her knees. She had bought this dress a day earlier and wanted to wear it but didn’t had a chance. She had one now and she wanted to just get her mind of these thoughts and enjoy her time here. “I’m ready, lets go.” She takes her purse and they head out.

Jake was from Florida. He was a dentist. Both were of close enough in age Jake being just a few years elder. Her team had two other Gemma and Clara. Gemma was young german physiotherapist while Clara was a paediatrician from Italy. They had been on such camps before but for Jake and Parnika it was the very first experience. Gemma and Clara had been already exploring around and Jake was being bored sitting alone. He was a kind of nerd and didn’t talk to anyone else much apart from their team. He was a skilled professional although his communication skills were bad in real life. He was really good in keeping kids calm during dental procedures. At times they used to wonder if he was actually hypnotising them. It was like the moment kids used to talk to him they used to calm down and happily let them work with their wounds.

There were times when the stress used to take over Parnika and there was no one other than Jake to calm her down. He had some magical convincing power that he could just calm down anyone even in the most worst of the situations. She was really happy to have him on her team. He often used to remind him of Jay. She shakes her head at that thought as they walk into the restaurant at the top of their hotel. They sit on the table and place their orders. The breakfast buffet was ready but they weren’t really interested in it today. She wanted to try something Indian for change as it had been long for her having something that she’s used to eating all her life now. It was quite difficult to choose as most items were non vegetarian. She asked the waitress and the orders the dish that she recommends her.

Jake had been behaving different around her since that last event. They were locked inside the store room because the key had broken inside the lock. They had to call someone from the city to get this lock changed. It took them 14 hours and all this while they were stuck in cold windowless storage room. They were freezing and shivering. They wished if they could get the temperatures a bit high but if they’d do that all the vaccines and other medicines would be destroyed. They couldn’t risk that happening as that would delay their campaigns for more than a month. It took more than 7 hours to for others to find out that they were inside that cold storage with key broken and stuck inside the door lock. All this while they were stuck in that cold storage with dressed in minimal cool keeping clothes and a doctor’s coat.

She had been shivering furiously because of cold and suddenly Jake had hugged her wrapping her like a shield from the cold vents that were blasted chilly waves. They somehow huddled close beneath the vents snuggling with each other as after almost a day they were brought out of the cold storage. It was the only way to have both of them warm in the chilled storage without any warm clothes. Luckily both of them were okay and were advised to have a rest for the next day even when both wanted to work. Since that day Jake was behaving a bit weirdly. He used to be all shy and nervous around her, more than ever. His cheeks used to be red when she used to compliment him.

Gemma and Clara had noticed this sudden change with them as they often teased Parnika that Jake is in love with her. But she never took it seriously. She had always seen him as a friend and nothing else. She had her heart given to someone else already. What if Jay sees me just as a friend? Like I do see Jake just as a friend? Maybe it’s just unrequited? Thought struck her mind making shocking realisations. But what if he’s scared to open up and tell me? Maybe he’s just as scared to tell me like I am? Her mind was constantly battling thoughts inside. She wanted to avoid those thoughts for once but again she was caught in the same thing. She wanted to get done with this once and for all.

After the breakfast, she comes and opens her laptop. She finds a new email from Khushi. She clicks open and begins to read.

Dear Pari

You don’t know how excited i am to write this to you. Bhai was happy about us being together. I didn’t even had to tell him. He knew about us all this while. It was such a shocking surprise for us. We had been worried about how to tell him but today he just surprised me. We are going off to the exhibit and it’s going to be fun. I am going to go now. I’ll write to you after coming back in this same letter.

So, here I am back after the event and guess what?! Bhai met a girl. Her name is Anjani. I am so sorry I couldn’t just write and finish this letter that day itself. She had a problem parallel parking and bhai had to help her just like he does with you. She is so pretty. She often reminds me of you as her behaviour is so close, it feels as if you’re here in her body. You know Hitesh and I think they both look so good together as a couple. They bonded so well just in one dinner tonight. I can’t tell you how happy I am. He’s finally out of depression. He had gone into deep depression after you left and he broke up with Shriya. He was all alone and sad. He skipped meals and had lost a ton of weight during this time.

But since they’ve met its been so awesome. They have been going out together and they are such a cute couple. You should probably see your twin. Although you are a lot prettier than her. Just don’t let bhai or her know that I told you this. But isn’t it great to have our own girl gang now? I just can’t wait for Ma and Pa to get back from the trip.

I am right now leaving for Canada and I am so happy to say that Bhai is finally happy. You know Anjani decided to move in with bhai for a week because her house was getting renovated. I couldn’t image bhai offering her to stay with him. But I am feeling that this would be good for both of them. I am sending you the pic from the last dinner we had been on. I am eager to read from you about your adventures from the remote areas of the world.

Love you,
Khushi

A little tear drop escapes her eye as she clicks to see a picture of all four of them together hugging each other. Her eyes lock upon Anjani. She’s just like what khushi had described. Does he really like her? He surely looks really close and happy with her. Does that mean my love is unrequited? Her eyes get wet as she shuts the laptop screen and digs her face in the pillow.

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Chapter Twenty




CHAPTER TWENTY

Parnika pushes the keycard into the slot and opens her hotel door. They were back from a remote tribal camp after 3 months. Their next destination was in remote villages and forests of congo. She sighed as she dropped on her bed hanging her legs looking at the decorated ceiling above her head.

It was a tedious yet quite a wonderful learning opportunity for her to learn more about the advanced medical science and practices and teach them to local doctors there who used to treat villagers with locally available herbs. It was that efficient in curbing the widespread diseases but good enough to get rid of some basic flu and other illnesses. She had no experience to this culture before this trip and now its been 3 months in the village which almost was in wilderness. They used to live in makeshift huts and had set up medical camp for all the villagers who had been suffering from mass-spread diseases.

They had been vaccinated with the required amounts of doses to keep them safe from the diseases that they were expected to cure the villagers from. Everyone was on the team was best in their portion of work and was from every other part of the world. In her team there were 2 girls like her from Germany and Italy as well as One guy from Florida. Others were from different countries, most of which were either europe,USA, Canada. There were a few of Indian origin but born and brought up in other countries. It was a whole new world open at her doorstep. She could explore the world around.

She initially was so excited when a year back Dr. Chunawala, her senior had informed her about this campaign. Initially Dr Chunawala was invited to join but due to health issues he was unable to join. Hence he asked if he could send Parnika as his replacement. She’d been working with him for quite a long time now and had learned a lot from him. He proposed the idea to Parnika once the hospital’s council of senior doctors approved it. She was so happy to get the news but there was a catch. She had to give a small test before she could be selected to prove that she was the one good enough to replace her senior as it was a matter of reputation for the Management. It had to be the one specialist India was sending to the WHO medical camps. It had to be a year long and possibly could extended a few months if the things didn’t get in control. Hence the timings were something she wasn’t totally happy with.

Initially she wanted to tell Jay and others about it but she wanted to wait for the results of the test she’d given soon after the council had approved her.  She had a hunch that she’d have to leave Jay for a year and he’d create a fuss about it. She still remembered the day when they were just teenagers and she had decided to pursue medicine as a career option. Jay sadly wasn’t able to crack the exam but she did and had been offered scholarship from one of the top institutes in Aurangabad.

Everyone was so happy for her apart from Jay. He was sad because she’d have to live in hostel away from him for course duration. He was so mad at her that he didn’t speak with her that whole week. She tried to make him understand that she’d be back in vacations and holidays but he wouldn’t listen at all. But when she left waving goodbye in car, he cried waving bye from the terrace. Thinking about it still brought smile on her face. But then this time, it was different. She wanted to tell him but then Shriya came in his life. It felt as if she was replacing her in his life. It felt so effortless that it felt as if Jay wouldn’t care even if she left this time for long period. That night was the one she’d never forget. Smile had disappeared from her face and tears began to form in her eyes.

She wiped the tears with edge of her sleeve and layed back on the bed thinking about Jay and Shriya in India. It had been long she had talked to him or had any form of communication so far. It felt as if he didn’t even bother to contact her. She was so angry at that day, she decided it’d be better if she left her phone there itself. Images thinking about Jay and Shriya in bed were plaguing her mind and getting her more depressed. She felt it was better if he just didn’t keep him in touch for a while.

Thing she didn’t realise was it had been 3 months now. They had spent all these months in a place where there was hardly any electricity. Solar powered light bulbs and fans were at their rescue from the killer heat of the african savannah. She had been provided with a satellite phone as being the team leader. Team members had walkie-talkie radios that were used for communication with one another. At times she wanted to call him but she stopped and gripped her emotions.

There was a knock on the door as she gets up and opens the door. Room service was there to give her the food she’d ordered while coming back up. She gets the food placed on the table and goes for a shower. Later she opens up her laptop and connects it with the hotel wifi. There’s a rain of notifications and emails that goes on for an hour till she finishes the dinner. She opens up to find mails from Ma and Pa. She had sent the emails using the opportunity whenever she found a network connection. She hadn’t opened a single email from the inbox. There were a lot of emails from Khushi, Ma and Pa, her friends at the hospital, her senior, the management and even a few from hitesh. But none from Jay.

She shuts her laptop screen and lays down on the bed pulling blanket over. The room was air-conditioned and it was really warm bed. Even after being cozy and tired she was unable to sleep. She gets up and places laptop in her lap. She opens up the email account and reads the emails one by one. She decides to leave ones from Ma and Pa and Hitesh and Khushi later. She wanted to keep her thoughts away from Jay and thinking about him would remind her of that night again making her unhappy.

She smiles at the emails from her friends and replies back to them with the pictures they had captured while being onsite. She shared the pictures from the safari that the had been on just a week before when the work was over. She had never imagined being loved so much from these people around her. But the one she craved for was still missing.

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Do comment and share your thoughts about it! I'd love to know what do you think. Also, I'd be updating it quite often so do follow the blog to get all the updates by clicking here. Do share with friends if you like the story.

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Dhawal Joshi

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.
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