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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I received a copy of this book through the BOOK GENIE REVIEW PROGRAM.

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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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Chapter Nineteen


CHAPTER NINETEEN

Jay turns downstairs after a nice bath. He had a bath in morning before going but the trek got him dirty and sweaty so he had to clean up. He sits down at the table for lunch. It seemed Khushi and Hitesh wanted to ask him something but they were just smiling at each other looking at him. “What?” Jay puts down the spoon raising an eyebrow. “Uhm nothing, how was your trek bhai?” Khushi looks at him as she pushes a spoonful rice into her mouth. “It was really fun. I had never imagined it’d be this much fun. Although I am tired and my back hurts as well.” Both Khushi and Hitesh burst out into laughter holding their stomachs.

Jay keeps staring at the as he wonders what’s wrong with them? “ I win, didn’t I tell ya that he won’t be able to stand long. I know him since hostel days. He needs some stamina for sure.” Hitesh continues to laugh as Khushi hands him a note of 500₹. “Yeah, I thought bhai would be better than you but it seems he’s not.” She gives Hitesh a high five as the continue to laugh. “You guys were betting on me? For what? Stamina? Better than him? What’s going on?” Bepuzzled Jay stares at them wide eyed hoping for an answer. “See, I told ya.” Hitesh gives Khushi another high five as the continue laughing like crazy.

It takes Jay a little longer to realise that it wasn’t the trek they’d been talking about. “You two are really mean and let me tell you it’s not at all what you’re thinking in your dirty minds.” Jay stands up putting his plate in sink for washing and heads back into his room. He pulls out the ringing phone from his pocket. The caller Id displayed “Anjani”. He picks up the call walking into his room closing the door behind.

“Hey! How’s you? Still tired?” She tries to make fun of him.

“Oh nah! I am fine, just this back hurts a little. You should’ve warned me about that slippery soil.” Jay drops on the bed with his legs hanging down while talking on the phone.

“Well usually it never slips for me. Maybe it was because of your weight. At times soil does slide off under your feet when it’s not able to hold your weight. You should carefully place your foot and test before putting full body weight on it to avoid such mishaps. You were lucky it wasn’t that inclined else this could’ve been last trek of your life”

“What?!” She laughs at his comment.

“You had me by surprise that’s all. You were the one in nice yoga pants and tee-shirt. I was in idiotic jeans.”

“You’re such a baby Jay!” She laughs as this sentence trigger his memories.

“Hello!? Are you there?” The voice startles him bringing him back from the thoughts.

“Oh yes, sorry. You just reminded me of someone who just used to say that often to me. Although I am not a baby. You can try me next time. I’d be better at it than you.” He smiles turning around on his bed.

“Ah! If you insist, wanna join me for dinner this evening? It’s my friend Garima’s birthday and she’s throwing a huge dinner party at some fancy restaurant tonight.” Her voice fades as she goes silent awaiting reply from Jay.

“Sure! But you’d have to help me choosing a gift for her. I don’t like going to parties empty handed.” she giggles at his reply.

“Okay sure, why don’t we buy something together? That way we could get something better collectively?” She suggests as Jay smiles and agrees.

“Okay then when should I pick you up?” Jay gets up and sits on the bed.

“So eager to pick me up, eh? In an hour? It will take some time to get a gift and get ready as well. So see you in an hour?” Jay imagines her having a cocky grin and smiles.

“Sure then, I’d see you in an hour.” Jay gets up as he notices someone giggling outside his door. He opens the door to see Khushi and Hitesh trying to listen what he had been talking for a while now.

“What are you two naughty ones doing here?” Jay narrows his eyes at them sliding his phone back in his pocket.”Oh, we thought you’d be mad at us with you teasing down at the table so we thought to check upon you. While we discovered a new face of Jay altogether.” Hitesh smirks wrapping his arm around khushi’s waist. They both once again start laughing looking at him.

“Well as I said before it’s not what you two dumbasses are cooking inside your heads.” He walks back inside followed by others. “Then what is it?” Khushi smirks sitting beside Jay. “Well the fort was up on the top so we had to trek in darkness and I slipped a few times. Not what you imagined inside your head.” Jay pokes finger at her temple. “Yeah, excuses. Anyway what’s up with this new gifting thing? Buying her gifts?” Khushi squeals in excitement. “No, you’re getting it all wrong. It’s her friend’s birthday and she invited me to accompany her. So we decided to collaborate and get a gift together. That way we can get something much better.” Khushi’s smirk wasn’t vanished instead grown into a full laughter. She shakes her head and taps on Hitesh’s shoulder, “This is just like you had said, it’s much harder than we thought. I have to say this but you know him better than me.” She leaves the room followed by Hitesh as Jay wonders what they had been talking about.

His eyes land upon the clock on the table and gets up to freshen up as he needed to head out to pick her up. These days he’s been smiling at her mention a lot. Khushi had a hint about what it was but she wanted to just observe him for a while and then try to play cupid between two of them. They just had a few days left as she had to leave for Canada soon. She wanted to see both of them together before she leaves.


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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Chapter Eighteen



CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Dear Pari,

Yesterday we had been to an exhibition where Khushi had been presenting her designs that she made for some client. I had no idea that it was an ancient art exhibit. There I met someone  who reminded me of you. Her name is Anjani. She’s just like you bold and confident. You’d be happy to know that we are really good friends now.

Khushi had invited her to join us for dinner and we had a great time. I missed you there although. She constantly reminded me about your presence. But it’s fine. I have controlled my depression and would wait for you to come back. I have so much to share with you that I haven’t been able to write in these letters. I know somewhere you’re reading them. But it’s really long for you to be mad at me. I have decided that if you don’t reply me soon I am not going to write you anymore. You can’t be mean to me now! You know I can’t tolerate you not talking to me at all.

Apart from that you know Anjani invited me to join her in trek to fort. I have to hurry up as she wants to click a picture as the sunrises from the hills. It’d be great view from the fort top I am assured. Hence i won’t be writing too much today. Will tell you how did it go and will send the clicked pic from the forts as well.

Yours,
Jay

 Jay finishes writing his letter quickly and hits the send button. He opens the almirah and picks up a bright orange shirt and pairs it with blue denims. He quickly gets ready and heads downstairs. It was pretty dark in the morning as sunrises are usually quite late during winters. He gets into the car and drives out. It was pretty chilly morning and it was dark still. He pulls up in front of Anjani’s house and calls her phone. Jay looks as the call gets cancelled and gate opens. A slender figure comes into picture in pyjamas. She was wearing a white tee and black track pyjamas paired with white trekking shoes beneath. Her hair was up in a thick messy bun which rocked sideways as she jogged towards his car.

She smiles at him as she sits beside him on the passenger seat and closes the door. “Good morning!” She chirps in a sweet voice as she puts her duffle bag on the seat behind. “Good morning! So shall we?” Jay replies back with a smile as she nods and they head off. The fort was quite easy to reach from their place. It took them around half an hour drive to reach and the base of the mountain. The fort was on the top, hence it was quite a little trek to their way up.

“Let’s go quick!” She gets out of the car, swinging her duffle bag across her shoulders. “Yes, I had no idea that we had to trek this early in the morning.” Jay looks at his shirt and pants. “Haha! Yes, I can see that” Anjani lets out a chuckle as she checks Jay out. “Well but I must say you are quite an eye candy today.” She winks and grabs his hand pulling him towards the mountain. She jogs ahead as it was a pretty low inclined trek. She flashed torch at his face and laughed as he tried to chase her up towards the fort. By the time Jay reached at the top he was pretty much out of breath and panting while she was looking at him with hands resting at her waist. The sun was now about to rise as there were streaks of orange and yellow visible in the sky. The fort was more of a ruin left years back. It was quite abandoned and old. It felt as if hardly anyone used to visit it. “You need to workout more often handsome.” She winks at him before turning towards the sun rising from the mountains. She opens up her duffle bag and places her tripod carefully. She sets her camera quickly and takes a few shots. Jay decides to take a timelapse while being there as it was really beautiful. He pulls out his phone and starts recording a timelapse.

The sun was quite up now in the sky as she gets her camera off the tripod. She places her tripod back in her bag. She show’s Jay the breathtaking shots she had captured. She’s really good at this. Jay wonders as he continues to glance through the shots she’d taken. “Aren’t they really beautiful?” She smiles brightly as she places the camera back in the bag. “Yes, they are splendid.” “Show me the ones you clicked.” “Me? Well I made a timelapse. Here…” Jay shows her the timelapse he had recorded. “Its beautiful Jay!” She jumps in excitement and hugs him with one arm. “You know what’s so special about this place?” She walks towards the fort wall resting her hands on the stone wall. “It belonged to some important king?” Jay stands beside her. “No, I used to come with baba when I was a kid. We often used to hike up here and have a little breakfast picnic.”

“You must be really attached with this place.”

“Yeah, it's quite close to my heart. It had been very long time I had hiked up here. Yesterday, you made me feel special and hence I felt like I should welcome you to my world.* She comes closer and stares in his eyes. “ I don't know how you feel about me but I really wanna spend more time with you.” As Jay was about to speak she places finger on his lips. “Shh… I don't really need an answer.” She smiles and looks back at the sun who was now fully visible between the foothills of the mountains. They silently enjoyed the nature around until the sun got pretty high in the sky. Later they explored the fort around. Anjani was explaining everything about the are and surroundings with great passion. Her passion was somehow getting Jay to smile at her while she explained the things around. He had never seen someone being so passionate about what she did apart from her.

“Hello!” She waves her hand in front of his eyes as he shakes his head breaking his chain of thoughts. “What happened? Sorry I ghosted on you like that.” Jay smiles as his head turns low. “I was saying we should go now. The sun will get on our head soon and you don’t want to stay her when it’s noon. No matter even winter, these rocks get boiling hot and snakes come out to take shade in greenery. You don’t want to come across any of those here.” She playfully smacks his shoulder as they begin to hike down the trail. The way down was quite easy as it was bright now and trail was clearly visible. It was really beautiful around. Why didn’t I know this place before? It’s hardly an hour driving from my place? He wonders as he treks down the trail carefully. He later drops her at her place and drives back home. He was all sweaty and smelly after a long trek. He realised his mistake of wearing denims on a hike as they were now dirty, smelly and honestly felt like they needed laundry on the spot. He opens the door with his keys to find Khushi and Hitesh waiting for him at the table for lunch. ‘Where were you bhai? You went to a fort or some akhada?(Traditional Indian wrestling pits)” Khushi looks at him from head to toe filled with dirt, dust and sweat. It wasn’t his fault totally as he slipped a few times while hiking in the dark. It was his very first hiking experience that too early in the dark. He walks smiling upstairs as Khushi and hitesh look at him smirking.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Chapter Seventeen




CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

“Hey, why don’t you join us for dinner ?” Khushi offers Anjani to join them for the dinner as the event is winding up. “Don’t think much, she’s treating.” Hitesh wraps his arm around Khushi’s waist. “Yeah my treat but he’ll pay.” Khushi nudges Hitesh as everyone chuckles. “Sure, why not. I’ll just take my car and join you.” Anjani walks towards her cute little hatchback which is metallic blue. “Bhai why don’t you go with Anjani. We will take your car.” Khushi pushes Jay towards Anjani. Jay hesitates for a while but nods and walks towards her car. What’s wrong with her now? Jay wonders as he knocks on Anjani’s window. “Can I join in? I think they need some private time.” Jay opens the door as Anjani laughs and nods. “But I am driving, I hope you have nothing against ladies driving around.” She winks at him as he nods and pushes his hands up in air as if surrendering.

“I think I know what are you trying to do khush.” Hitesh looks at Khushi who’s now smiling coyly. “Well I didn’t do anything. Didn’t you notice bhai was so happy around her. It felt like he was normal back again. I feel we need to set them up before we leave. What do you say?” Khushi smirks as Hitesh drives followed by Anjani’s Car.

“What do you do?” Anjani looks at Jay who was seemingly bored due to traffic. “I am a computer engineer. I was freelancing for quite some time now but looking for a stable job now. I get bored being at home all the time.” Jay shrugs as traffic moves slowly. “ You can hangout with friends sometimes, it’s not that hard to get out of your chair. Although you look quite fit I must say.” Jay blushes at her compliment. “Well i just eat as much it’s needed.” He often used to skip food. At times he had been so depressed he used to skip eating for days in a row. He had been way too careless with his health.

“Oh I see, diet conscious eh? Nice.” “What about you?”  Jay had been curious about her. She was giving out these familiar vibes and it was quite comfortable for him to be around her. Jay was quite reserved in real life. He’s the one who never turns up first  but once you know him, you almost fall in love with them. He had these mysterious vibes around him that was another factor apart from his looks that made girls around him intimidated. But Anjani wasn’t all shy and cheesy around him. She was just like Parnika, confident and bold. I think I know why it feels familiar around her. Jay smiles as they reach the hotel. They park their cars and head inside. Khushi whispered something into Hitesh’s ear as they both started giggling like teenage girls.

They were following Anjani and Jay who were discussing something which seemed to interest both of them. Khushi was wondering if Anjani is the one who can be right partner for her brother who had a heartbreak. It seemed she was already good in being with Jay who didn’t seem to mind opening out with her. Khushi wraps her hand around Hitesh’s arm and pulls him closer walking together.

They share lovely dinner night together loaded with tons of banter and jokes. While leaving Jay and Anjani share their numbers with each other as Khushi nudges Hitesh in excitement smiling wide. She couldn’t listen to what they had been talking about as Jay was standing with Anjani near her car and they were in their car, waiting for Jay. Jay smiles and rubs his neck shyly as Anjani leans forward and gives him a goodbye hug. Jay hugs back and then walks towards his car.

“Someone was a slaying today.” Hitesh teases Jay as he sits at the back. “He is my Bhai what else do you expect from him?” Khushi gets into the bandwagon. “Hey! Calm down you two. It’s nothing like what you two are thinking.” Jay cheeks were flushed giving out clear indications but he kept refusing. “Yeah Bhai, I know we can only hope for it is the thing we are thinking.” Khushi fakes a frown and winks at Hitesh. “Yeah, I know Jay wouldn’t be interested in seeing her again. Right bro?” Hitesh smirks as he understood Khushi’s hint.

“well , I don’t know what you two are up to but she asked me if I could join her for the tour to the Fort she’s been visiting.” Jay tries to control his blushing which fails horribly. He wasn’t quite sure why he was acting like this but it wasn’t something he didn’t want at all. Maybe it was Khushi and Hitesh teasing him. “Wohoo! So someone already has a date tomorrow. Khush didn’t I tell you, you’re brother is a charmer. Even last time it just took him a date with Shirya to get a kiss. I feel you should learn something from him.” Khushi hits Hitesh playfully at this comment as he looks at Jay whose smile was now turned into frown.

“Hey sorry bro! I didn’t actually meant that. It just went out in flow.” Hitesh realises the blunder he had just made. “It’s okay, I know you didn’t mean that. Also, its okay to talk about past. I am not the first one to get cheated in this world. It’s not end of the world either.” Jay smiles as he pats on Hitesh’s shoulder who was driving all this time. “I know someone’s excited about tomorrow.” Hitesh teases again to which Jay slightly smacks at back of his head.

As their usual routine Jay decided to sleep beneath the stars and Hitesh was staying with Khushi. Jay didn’t mind them dating as they had been imagining. Instead, Jay was happy about it as he had been close to both them for a long time now. He knew Hitesh is someone who’d keep his sister happy. He rested his head on his arm as he looked at the stars above. It was a really clear sky which was rare as often there were always little clouds at times. Moon was shining brightly in the sky and it was really beautiful night.

It reminded him of her. He was missing her like always. He wished she’d reply to him. He knew he betrayed her trust but it was even weird for her to be mad at him for this long. Somehow he knew this wasn’t what he was thinking. But whom could he talk to? All these questions were confusing him while a notification distracts him from his thoughts.

Anjani : Hey it was lovely seeing you today. I hope to see you tomorrow as well.
Jay : The feeling is mutual and yes I’ll pick you up at 6 sharp in morning. Don’t worry we won’t miss the sunrise.
Anjani : Yay! Well It’d be stupid to miss sunrise with you along so I am excited for tomorrow.
Jay : Yes, I have never been to such places before. Never had met someone who was so much interested in these things. You can actually sort of passed your interest into me. Rolling tongue out emoji.
Anjani : I’m glad to know that. I was always passionate about Indian Culture and heritage. So it is not just royalty that I’m interested in. Winky face
Jay : I’d say your taste isn’t less than of any princess for sure. Winky face
Anjani : Good Night kissing emoji sleepy emoji
Jay : Good night. Kissing emoji sleepy emoji

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Chapter Sixteen



CHAPTER SIXTEEN

“Aren’t you ready yet Khush!” Hitesh shouts from the living room where both the guys are bored waiting for Khushi to get ready. “She’s getting ready from legit like past hour. I don’t know what she’s doing.” Hitesh is walking around in circles. “You sound like Pa while he used to wait for Ma to get ready.” Jay chuckles. “Make fun of me, its your only chance. I thought your sister was different but she just like every other lady around.” Annoyed hitesh gets tired and sits beside Jay on the couch who’s still enjoying this whole scene.

“Now, you don’t find me any different huh?” Khushi walks out pulling her light purse over her shoulder. “Oh oo…” Jay mumbles and chuckles as Hitesh makes innocent expression. “Got bored with me this soon Hitu? My brother is just next to you, he is your best friend later and my brother first.” Khushi gives a fake warning with a smirk. “Oh no, bros before hoes, that’s the bro-code right Jay?” HItesh places hand around Jay’s shoulder who is trying to control is laughter. “Uhm, technically you’re correct Hitesh…” This brings a glare from Khushi who is now staring at both of them with her hands at her waist. “...but, since you broke the bro-code by dating my sister anyway. I can take her side as well.” Hitesh looks at him as if he heard some alien language. Khushi laughs and hugs her brother who hugs her back. “You called me a hoe?” Khushi raises an eyebrow at Hitesh. “Oh oo…” Jay mumbles as everyone cracks out into laughter.


“I think we are getting late now.” HItesh looks at his watch. “Yeah, we will get back at this later at night.” Khushi’s replies gets Hitesh worried and Jay laughing. Their drive to the exhibition centre for lively and full of laughter and banter. Jay was now caught between his best friend and sister. It was like death on both the sides for him as they was juggling between both of them. It was just like olden days for him where the whole family used to sit at the dinner table after a long and tiring day and laugh their hearts out.

Jay insists Hitesh to take Khushi inside while he parks the car. He drives in the basement and finds someone struggling to park the car in a confined space. He parks his car and walks towards the car to help the person out. The tinted glass windows were making it difficult to see who’s inside. He gives the driver hand signals to help them park. It was a very tight space and probably the only left. It seemed a lot of people were interested in the exhibit. It took them a few minutes to get it parked. Jay was walking out when a female voice chirps”Thank you so much. I always struggle parking in short spaces like these let alone park it in reverse. You were of great help.”

Jay looks back to see a smiling young lady seemingly in her mid-late twenties. Her curly jet black hair framed her face and flowed down till her waist. Her smile was captivating, it looked familiar but Jay couldn’t establish the connection. Her black tee-shirt had written ‘spread smiles wherever you go’ which was paired with light blue denims and heels. She walked towards him slowly smiling. It felt as if she was making an effort to walk in those heels. He gives her back a smile.

“You’re welcome. I know someone who struggles just like that so it kinda reminded me of her.” Jay smiles as thoughts about how Parnika used to struggle parking his car inside the garage brought a bigger smile on his face. “Smiling thinking about someone eh? Someone special? By the way you were smiling is that your girlfriend?” She teases him. “Uh, oh, no! She’s my best friend. Well she’s off on a trip and I miss her. Helping you park reminded me of her.” Jay plays with his car keys. “I totally forgot to introduce, I am Anjani Dey.” She extends her hand for a shake. “ Jay Shah” Jay promptly replies with a smile reciprocating the handshake.

“From the way you’re dressed, you don’t look like someone who’d be interested in antiques and history, so what brings you here?” Jay was wearing a sky blue denim jacket with a white tee-shirt inside which was paired with dark blue denims underneath with cloudy patterns. “You guessed right. Well I am here with my sister whose designs are being presented today.” “You mean to say your sister is the one whose work I’ve come to see here?” She shows him the brochure where in the speciality of the day section. There was Khushi’s name in there with her pictures. When did khushi got interested in History? He wonders. “Hello? Come back to present. Exhibit is inside.” Anjani waves her hand in front of his eyes. “Uh, yeah. Let’s go, she must be wondering about my whereabouts.” Jay and Anjani walk towards the Main Gate. Hitesh was waiting for them since he had the entry pass for Jay.

He notices Jay with some girl smiling and coming his way. You are one lucky ass. He shakes his head smiling. “What took you so long?” He wonders about the girl Jay was walking with. “Uh he was helping me park. I was a bit messy in there.” Anjani chimes in before Jay could answer. “Ohkay fine! Khushi is inside, she had to meet her seniors and get the stuff ready so she’s already inside. She asked me to hand this over to you.” Hitesh hands him entry pass. “Thanks” Jay takes his entry pass and looks at Anjani. “ Oh, I have mine.” She waves the pass. “Cool then lets go, you two took long enough.” Hitesh leads them inside.

The exhibit was full of ancient jewellery and costumes. There were clothing for queens to maids who used to serve queens. Armours and costumes for soldiers. It was like he was back to 16th century. Anjani was taking him to each and every exhibit to show him the details and explain about its significance in the history. Her confidence and subtleness was familiar but who? He wasn’t able to find out yet. She didn’t feel like a stranger to him at all. Hitesh was with Khushi who was introducing him to her friends as her guy.

They come to Khushi’s exhibit. She had designed the bridal wear and groom wear that kings and queens used to wear. “How did you come up with these?” Anjani was curious about the work. “Well a few months back we had a client who wanted us to create a replica of the royal wear from Jaipur. They wanted us to make something similar to the original but different in its own way. They wanted it for their upcoming TV show. Hence we decided to give it a try. We thought if this can pass smooth through an art exhibit like this then it would be good enough for the TV show as well.” Khushi smiles brightly as she was really proud of her work. She had taken 6 months to come up with these from the paintings that their client had sent them. It was really difficult to pick up the designs from the paintings which were old and almost washed out. But She was good that she did a job that everyone’s loving.

“This is really beautiful and just like the costumes those days royalties used to wear. I love it so much if you plan to sell this I’d be happy to buy even if I have to take a loan for this.” Anjani really was an art and history enthusiast. “Really? That means a lot to me. Sadly, this is just for display as it’s already been made for someone else. Although, If you want, I can make you something else.” Khushi was so happy that she actually offered to work with someone she doesn’t even know well.

“That’s really great! Here’s my card. I own antiques shop here in the centre of the city. It’s my baba’s shop but since I am the only one he has so it’s kinda mine now.” She winks and Khushi sharing a high five.

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Chapter Fifteen


“Hitesh why don’t you stay with us for the night?” Jay and others are having their dinner. “Yes, now that bhai knows about us, you don’t need to sneak in like olden times.” Khushi laughs while Jay looks at hitesh and shakes his head. “I didn’t mean in that manner you dirty ass.” Then? You mean to say you still want your poor friend to wait in cold outside till everyone sleeps and then sneak in through window in my room?” Khushi grins whilst eating. Hitesh is quietly ignoring the banter. “You mean to say the cat that used to sneak in your room was my friend?” Jay smiles at Hitesh who is now looking down at his plate.

“Stop teasing him now. He did that because I asked him to do that.” Khushi nudges Hitesh who ignores her. “Well no need to feel shy when you’re mischiefs are caught out in open.” Khushi glares at Jay. “What? Let me have some fun, he always teases me at that time you take his side.” Jay complains as others smile. “Well I am still taking his side.” Khushi places hand over Hitesh’s shoulder leaning to kiss on his cheek. “Oh boy! Why do I feel now that you two are teamed up against me, I’m the one who’s going to suffer?” Khushi laughs out loud as others join her.

Hitesh and Khushi are in her room downstairs while Jay as his habit goes up on the terrace. He loves being under the sky as it always reminds him of Parnika. He wondered how she would have reacted today? What if she already knows about them as well? He smiles turning to his side and goes to sleep. Downstairs Hitesh and Khushi were on the bed entangled in each others arms. Her head was on his chest with arm wrapped around him as he played with her hair with another arm around her waist.

“Did you really get that email or you made that up?” She looks at him. “Its real dear. I was worried about leaving you again but this is just sheer coincidence. You know I had no idea about your trip.” “hmm… so when are you going to join?” “They want me to join next week but I think I can delay it a bit so we can go together.” He kisses her head. She hugs him tightly.

“I don’t want to leave bhai so soon. But two weeks is all I could manage. I wish I could stay with him for a while. I know Parnika won’t be back and Ma and Pa are also out on their tour. Do you think he’d be fine with alone?” “Don’t worry, I feel everything’s going to be alright. Now sleep.”

Next morning Jay gets up and opens his email inbox hoping for a reply like everyday. Just like every other morning there wasn’t the email that he was expecting. He clicks on compose a new email just like everyday. It was like his everyday morning ritual where he used to write his heart out on an email and send it to Parnika. He’s been doing this since the day she left him but there was no sign of any reply from her.  He was aware that he had hurt her but just keeping a secret for a while would hurt her so much he had no idea. Maybe she’s deeply sensitive inside but she just acts tough outside? The answer to this he would only know when she’d reply.

Some happiness to share with you.’ He types in the subject and begins to write just like he’d share his day with her.

Dear Pari,

I am so happy right now. Khushi is here! Can you imagine? I thought she’d be in london yet but yesterday she surprise me. I wasn’t expected her to be honest but her surprise visit has made me happy again. Although this happiness is quite short lived.

She’d be leaving in two weeks for California this time. Also, while I am writing this she’d be working on her designs that are to be presented in the fashion exhibit today. I can’t believe she’s grown up. At times I still remember us as kids playing in the backyard garden where she used to trouble me and you used to take my side. It was such a good time, I wish we could relive that back again.

Apart from that you know, Hitesh and Khushi are seeing each other since years. I am not sure if you are aware about that or not. For me, it was a huge surprise. Although I was mad at them for once but then I was happy to see my best friend with her. They are quite a badass couple together. I think I’d need to be much on guard most of the times to be aware of her pranks now. Hitesh also got a job in California and they’d be going together there. I am not sure how am I going to share this with Ma and Pa, but if you’d had been here, I know it’d be a peace of cake for you. They won’t go against their favourite daughter for sure.

It was a shock for me that Hitesh and Khushi hid truth about them from me for all these years but i was okay for a while now. I still wonder why are you so mad at me for hiding about Shriya. That night was tough for me too. I know we never kept secrets but I was worried about your reaction and hence you know the rest. But after that night I and Shriya never met. I left that job and I am now working as freelancer.

I know you are reading this but not writing back to me. You know I can’t bear your silent treatment. I’d be awaiting you till then and would feel myself lucky if I get to read from you again.

Your best buddy,
Jay

He signs off the letter and click send. He wasn’t aware that Khushi had been observing him for a while now from the door. Khushi wasn’t the one who usually got emotional but right now her eyes were damp. She was deeply worried about her brother. She takes a deep breath and walks in. “Hey bhai, what are you doing? Sending resumes to companies again?” Khushi hugs him from behind looking at his computer screen. Jay quickly minimises the email inbox and looks at her. “Yes, you know I am now bored working from home. I think it’d be better if I go out on a normal 9-5 job like others. It’d help my mind in relaxing a bit.” He turns chair around as Khushi pulls out from the hug. “ Yes I’d second you that with it. So any replies yet?” “No, nothing yet but I feel I’d soon get some pretty offers. Your brother isn’t worthless like you think he’d is.”  “Yeah, get back to real world and get ready. We have to go, remember? It’s my first exhibit in India.”

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Chapter Fourteen



CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Hitesh walks opens the door and sneaks Khushi inside. Hitesh used to have a spare key these days since he used to come often. It was the spare keys that Parnika used to have. Even the keys used to remind him of her. He wanted to apologise but she was far away from him. There wasn’t a way to reach her. It felt as if she was out of his life forever. The mere thought of that used to make him feel uneasy. He didn’t know what it was but he knew it isn’t easy to just forget someone who used to be around you 24/7.

Jay was working on his resume so he could apply for some job. He was bored of being a freelancer and thought if he goes out, he’d be able to divert his mind from all these things. It’d keep him busy. He was sending an email when he felt soft hands on his eyes. For once he rejoiced thinking Parnika was back but these hands weren’t hers. He’d know her touch even if he’s in coma. “Guess who?” a sweet melodious voice chimes in the same way Parnika used to say it when she used to surprise him. “C’mon don’t tell me you already forgot me dumbass.” She complained as it was taking longer for Jay to guess. The second sentence made much more sense as he smiled, “Khushi? Is that you?” She moves her hands as he opens his eyes. “When did you arrive? Why didn’t you inform me? I could’ve received you at the airport.” Jay  was excited to see his little sister after so many years. She used to come during festivals like Diwali but since last two years when she was on job it was difficult. He embraced her and patted her back. “It’s so good to see you. I am so happy!” The smile on his face was back.

Hitesh was leaning on the door frame with his arms crossed watching the reunion of brother and sister. “Didn’t I tell you he is going to cry. He’s still a cry baby.” Khushi playfully smacks on his arm. “Hey, he is just emotional. Don’t be mean to your brother.” Hitesh comes and places and on Jay’s shoulder. “Now you’re changing the teams eh?” Khushi grins as she pulls both of them into a hug. “It’s been so long seeing both of you. I missed you two so much there in UK. When now I’m here you two team up against me. Not bad, I think I was better there.” Khushi tries to walk out of room showing fake anger. “Na mari dadi ma, tane kai kehvay. (No my granny, no one can win against you.)” Jay stops her from going.

“You two have some sibling time while I go out and get something to eat. I am hungry, you two must be satisfied seeing each other, but I am not. This baby needs some food.” Hitesh rubs his belly as he walks out. “Wait! I’ll come with you.” Khushi goes after him. Jay was smiling back after a long time now. He had totally forgotten about everything else for that moment. He notices Khushi and Hitesh riding his bike and he sits back on his chair. He gets done sending the resumes to all the companies he’s been interested in and now all he had to do is wait for their replies.

Khushi wraps her arms around Hitesh’s waist as they cruze on the highway. Chilled morning air flows through her hair set them flying. She tightens her grip on Hitesh as he leans the bike towards a hilly curve. “That’s a smart excuse to get me out for a ride hitu.” Khushi leans over and speaks into is ear. The wind was making it difficult to talk on a high speed. “Yes, it’s not like everyday I get everyday I get my girlfriend on my bike.” Hitesh takes a U-turn to get back into the city. “What do you think, should we tell bhai(Brother) now? I don’t feel it’s the right time to bring out our relationship where he’s sad about his own.” Khushi is worried thinking about his brother’s reaction. He was his only hope as she knows if Jay agrees to their relationship, it would be a piece of cake to convince their parents. “If he comes to find that out on his own, he’d be more sad. We don’t want him to think that we betrayed his trust. I don’t want to become a friend who was fucking his sister behind his back.” Khushi playfully slaps him on his shoulder as they both laugh. While coming back home they get some pizzas.

“It took you two quite long to get pizza from a store that’s just 15 mins on a walking distance from here.” Jay looks at them as they open the door to enter. “Uh, actually his bike was low on fuel so we had to go to the fuel station to fill up. There was huge queue in the nearby fuel station so we head off a bit ahead.” Khushi smiles coyly placing pizzas on the table. “By the way how did Hitesh knew that you’re going to be here this morning and not me?” Jay rubs his chin looking at Khushi. “Why are you behaving like mom now? I am old enough you know…. Also I wanted to surprise your silly ass. Hence you can’t tell the surprise to person you wanna surprise.” Khushi scorns him off and opens the pizza box lid.

The aroma of delicious melted cheese spreads in the room. Hitesh sits by Khushi as Jay begins to laugh. Both Khushi and Hitesh look at him as if he’s gone crazy. “You think I don’t know what’s going on between you two?” Both Khushi and Hitesh look down for a moment. “ What? You think only you can surprise? I know you both are seeing each other. Don’t act in front of me atleast. Mane kabab ma haddi banvano koi shok nathi.(I don’t wanna be the bone in meat.)” “You mean to say you already know about us? When did you find that out? How?” bepuzzled Khushi fires questions at Jay.

“Well when you two were talking on the video call a week earlier. I was there in the next room. He thought I was dead sleep but I was feeling thirsty so had to get up for water.” Jay smirks looking at Hitesh who was wondering what to do next. “Well I seriously had no intentions to hide it from you. But both of us were worried how’d you react.” Hitesh tries to say as Jay gets him quiet. “ I am not a psychopath. What did you think of me? Obviously for sometime I was a little bit mad but then I saw you two being so happy together. How can I steal someone’s happiness? But I am a bit mad that Hitesh broke the bro code. If he had a sister I would’ve made him feel the same I felt.” Jay jokes as Hitesh’s face goes pale for a while. “Chill he’s just joking. He won’t do anything else he knows me.” Khushi makes a defensive position with fists looking at Jay. There was laughter in the house after a long time.

“Bhai, I have a fashion exhibit here tomorrow. I want  you two to accompany me. Some designs that I’ve worked on are being showcase in tomorrow’s event.” Khushi takes a slice of pizza. “Wow! One more surprise eh? What else are you hiding lill sis?” Jay joins them in savoring pizza. “Oh when my firm new I wanted to move to India, they helped me in getting my designs into this exhibit. Although everything was quite spontaneous so I didn’t have time to tell anyone anything. They didn’t want me to leave the job so they sent me here for a week then I’ll have to move to california division.” “What?!” Both Jay and Hitesh almost choked on their food. “Sadly, they love me so much that they didn’t want me to leave. They wanted me for their special show that they’ve been working on for a couple of months now and it was short of one designer. So they approved my designs for the show which is next month. So I am here for a few weeks and then I’d have to move to California for 3-4 months at least.” Hitesh pulls out his phone has the notification chimes in. “Guys, well I have something to share as well it seems.” Both Jay and Khushi look at him. “ I got a accepted in the company I’ve been trying for a long time and guess what? They want me to join their California division.” Hitesh grins while both squint their eyes at him. “What?! I am dead serious see, its their email. They sent me offer letter and joining letter if I accept and I am accepting it.” Hitesh grins as he shows them the email.



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Friday, 9 November 2018

Chapter Thirteen



CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Jay arrives home in the evening. He finds the door locked. He pulls out his keys from the pocket and opens the door. He looks around for Parnika but she’s not there. She must be still at hospital. He thinks and looks at the dining table. There’s a bowl and plate ready. There was a letter placed beneath the bowl. He picks up the letter and opens it. The letter brings tears in his eyes. He searches for his phone and dials Parnika’s number. The phone rings right beside him from the chair. This was her chair. He picks up her phone. It was his picture with her as the wallpaper and lockscreen.

He wanted to hug her and cry in her lap but she wasn’t there for him now. He dials up at her hospital. “Hello! Can I talk to Dr Chunawala?” “Sir, I am Jay. Can you share details about Pari’s flight? I mean Parnika Mehta’s flight?” “She forgot to tell you? Her flight was at noon today. She must be somewhere in remote africa by this time.” Jay glances at the clock it showed 8:30 pm. He was angry last night. He didn’t wanted to hurt Parnika anymore so he drives out thinking a drive would calm him down but eventually he crashed at Hitesh’s flat. Hitesh wanted to call Parnika and let her know about Jay being here when he paid heed to narration Jay just had shared but Jay didn’t want him to let Parnika know about it.

Jay slept almost whole day, when he opened his eyes the clock was showing 4:00 pm. He freshened up and had coffee that Hitesh made for him. His eyes were swollen and still red because of unable to sleep properly. His mind has constant thoughts about Parnika and last night . Finishing his coffee quickly he rushes back to the house.

His life had been falling apart now. Parnika wasn’t there anymore with him. Shriya played him. His parents were on world tour and he didn’t want them to cancel their trip and come home just for him. So he decided to deal with this himself. Since the project was over and he was hired for the project specific itself. He had no job as of now. He started taking freelancing projects. His life was now monotonous and emotionless. He used to order food once a day and eat it the whole day. He hardly used to go out and see anyone else. Hites often used to be worried about him and used to drop by on weekends.

Hitesh was working with his dad for awhile now and it wasn’t going quite well. He certainly wasn’t a business person at all. He often used to share the things that he learnt with his dad during that time. It was his attempt to take his mind off from the recent events and think about something else. But Jay had something else in his mind. He couldn’t remove that night out of his head. He missed Parnika’s presence around. She left her phone here on a purpose. She doesn’t want to talk to me anymore. I have hurt her really bad. I forgot the promise I had given to Seema aunty. Such thoughts often used to plague his mind.


Two months passed by and Hitesh decided if this goes on for any longer it might be harmful for him. He couldn’t stay with him for long because of personal issues. He decided to call Khushi. Khushi was the only one who could help bring him out of the present situation. Khushi and Hitesh had been secretly seeing each other for a long time now. It was during their engineering days when Hitesh and Khushi fell in love with each other. Khushi later on moved out of the country for her course in fashion designing and decided to work there for a few years to gain experience. Khushi was now 22 year old charming young lady. She was independent and could live on her own.

“Hey!  How’s you?” Hitesh connects in a video call with Khushi “I am great, but just at feel lonely at times. I miss you and everyone else too much now.” “Khush, I wanted to talk about something important.” Hitesh’s expression go on from casual to tensed. “ Don’t tell me you’re proposing me a marriage on video call. I want you to do that in person. Don’t be a shy.” Khushi jokes off thinking Hitesh must be asking her out but it was something He had been hiding from everyone for a couple of months now. He narrates the whole story so far to Khushi who was now concerned about her brother.

“I was thinking to come back already and this is making me worried. Why didn’t you tell me before Hitu.” Khushi was thinking to get back to India because she had enough working there as an intern. She was now feeling lonely as being lonely in apartment everyday and just to and fro from work had made her life hectic. But knowing this now, she wanted to get back as soon as possible. Not for herself but for her brother. She didn’t want him to drown himself in sorrows and do something abominable with his life. She had been seen a ton of movies on this and had known a few people who had actually attempted something that they shouldn’t had. It was a relief that Hitesh was with him in this time and Jay didn’t resort to any sort of addiction.

Khushi wanted to tell her brother about her and Hitesh being together but she worried how he’d react. They had been hiding it for a few years now. She guessed eventually sooner or later they’d have to tell their families about it so why not when she gets back this time. It’s a great time as their parents are out for world tour and Jay loved her so it would be easy to convince her brother. She wished Parnika was there to help her but with the present situations she had no clue what would be her next step. All her plans were sort of down the drain and she had to deal with something that no one in their family would’ve imagined. Parnika and Jay not talking to each other.

Parnika used to often write Ma and Pa emails as she didn’t always had access to internet. Roaming around in remote regions of Wild Africa for 4 months now wasn’t easy at all. She used to send them pictures and little clips from her adventures. Khushi knew this because they had a chance to speak on video call for a while just a week back. Khushi had written Parnika about the plan she had in her mind. She needed her help to talk about Hitesh and her with her brother first. She knew no one knows Jay better than Parnika. She didn’t feel even a tinge of sadness or negativity from her during their half hour long video call which was abruptly disconnected because of some unknown network issue.

Khushi had no idea what was happening there with her brother in India. She had a sweet picture of his brother with Parnika in her mind.


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