For my dearest Mommy! Posting an update on her birthday is a tradition of sorts and this is one I love!

The recollection lasted through the meal and the post-meal clean up. Arnav spoke in unaffected, plain words. What Khushi could feel in her bones, however, was nothing like. For a man who had spent five years in silence since her disastrous declaration of love, he was clearly making up for lost time. It should have thrilled her. And perhaps when the reality of it seeped in, it still might. But for the moment, it was as if every memory revealed in its pure, unadulterated spirit had sunk its fangs into her skin. She felt exhaustion creep into every pore of her skin and stretch her nerves till they threatened to snap. What was it about men and their inability to shock her out of her wits unless there was the threat of external disruption? Perhaps generalization was uncalled for but with Arjun’s confession by the River five years ago and with Arnav’s now, what else was she supposed to think?

She looked up as Arnav leaned forward in his chair. The silence since he had finished his story had been pulsing with anxiety, coming off him in waves.

 “I’ve laid out a lot for you to digest.” He acknowledged seriously. “I would have said all this irrespective of when I did. But the thought of you…” He took a deep breath. “I guess I owe Arjun one more apology.”

He smiled as she looked at him questioningly. “I might have suggested that his confession five years ago was motivated more by my presence more than…I was an idiot.” He looked away and shook his head.  “He did love you…”

“But he doesn’t anymore. Not in the same way.” She said almost defensively and then realized that she was finally defending Arjun in his ability to move on than she was exonerating herself from the discomfort. She smiled to herself at the thought.

“Yeah. I know.” Arnav said with a half smile that made her wonder if he had guessed Arjun’s current romantic entanglement too. Perhaps he even knew who….No, she shook her head. Arjun wouldn’t tell anyone if he hadn’t confided in her yet. When she was back in Bangalore she would badger him till he gave up all his secret. The thought froze into a tapered icicle in her head as laughter and nervousness bubbled up her throat. Whether it was the memory of Arjun’s parting words about bringing back news in exchange for news, the prospect of facing her mother with the revised parameters of her views on the future or the fact that there was an impending physical separation from Arnav, she wasn’t sure but there was a sudden drop in her body temperature that broke out on her skin as gooseflesh. In that moment, the need to say something was greater than the need for self preservation.  “I didn’t want to meet Rajat.” She said a moment later. “My mother…She’s been driving me insane with this…And I said yes before I joined A&M.”

He nodded unsmilingly at her. “I understand. If anything I am glad you didn’t meet anyone last year…or the year before that…or the year before that…” He looked away. “I should have said something in the last five years. It’s too long a time for any excuses. So I will give you the truth. I don’t expect you to accept all of it. But I hope you will be able to believe at least the intention.”

“You don’t need…”

“I do.” He said firmly and waited for her to accept that they needed full disclosure.

They did. So she nodded and waited him to continue.

 “I was scared. Of how strongly you felt. Of how clear you were about what you wanted. It was so familiar that I didn’t want to repeat what I had once been guilty of,”

Khushi swallowed painfully. “Saira.”

He nodded. “I would have gone on with the wedding as it was planned because I couldn’t just get up and change my mind one day because something inexplicable was happening to me. What kind of person would that have made me? So I took the coward’s way out after that Aarohan. I pretended it was all good but bought time so I could make it real, so I didn’t have to act anymore. It wasn’t meant to be impossible. After all I did love her even if it wasn’t in the way she deserved to be loved. And God knows I tried.”

Arnav’s voice was laced with reproach, his eyes fixed on some unseen point on the ground. And unlike five years ago, the anger was now defined without the tinge of self-pity. Perhaps this is what acceptance truly sounded like. She felt strangely proud of him and just as envious.

“I didn’t rock the boat,” He was saying, “But by then we were already sinking. She saw through it eventually. Or perhaps she knew something was off the day I asked for the wedding to be postponed till I finished business school. Perhaps I would have asked for more time till I settled down with my first job after that. And ironically, in the end, she turned out to be the smart one. She was the one who walked away” He paused and looked at her. “I don’t think I ever loved her the way…the way I love you now. And she knew it.,”

“Please,” She shook her head. “Don’t compare. It isn’t fair.”

He smiled wistfully. “I know. And I will always hate myself for being the person who betrayed someone who meant so much, for not being true to someone he fought with his family for.” He shook his head. “But none of this changes the fact that I love you. And I mean that completely selfishly. I love you enough to want you to love me back. I love you in a way that I can see a future in which we are together, in which we are happy.” He paused and shifted as if to take her hand into his. “I don’t want you to get over me because I don’t think I ever got over you. And I don’t want to. You once said that you will always remember what it was like to be alone in the way you feel. You were never alone. You were a lot clearer about what and how you felt but I was right there – all these years.  And I am ready to spend a lifetime convincing you if that’s what it takes.”

It should have been enough for her to pull him to herself and kiss him senseless. But something, perhaps the years that kept them away and sneaked in between them like a long coiled reptile of awkwardness, stopped her and forced her to temper her burgeoning joy with silence.

“In the last two years or so,” He continued when she stayed silent, “I knew I wanted you to have the chance to see for yourself that what we had was real. I hoped that you still felt something for me and I wanted you to see that I am right with you in feeling the same way. But I had no clue how it would happen. That you were in business school was a blessing in disguise. It gave me time when I no clue what to do. The A&M connection….” He shook his head. “It was a lucky break. All I had to do was wait for you to join. And then…this project…this chance for us to work together…it was always just a matter of time. Although…” He looked back at her with a smile, “In hindsight…this was not the best idea. Now I am your manager and this is just…inconvenient, to put it lightly.”

She was unable to tear her gaze from his as he paused once again. And this time the pause stayed, expectant in his gaze as it flitted over her face.

“I don’t know what to say,” She whispered quietly.

She rose and watched as he rose from his seat too. “It’s been a long day. I am…” She pushed her glasses up, fighting off the urge to take them off and simply sink back into the couch and go to sleep. If he knew how utterly unromantic her thoughts were at this time, would he still…”I am tired,” She confessed to him. “And it’s Monday tomorrow.” She couldn’t keep the little tinge of a Sunday evening whine away from her voice. He really had no clue what he was ready to sign up for, did he? She looked at him and waited to see a flash of disappointment in his eyes. It didn’t come.

“Of course,” He said as he stepped closer and once again made as if to reach out and touch her. She almost leaned in when he decided otherwise. “I’ll walk you back.”

“You don’t need to…” She began as she stepped away from the couch and bent to pick up her phone.

“But I want to.” He replied as he pocketed his own phone and gestured for her to walk ahead while he walked over to grab his trenchcoat.

They stepped out together into the cold night outside. She was aware of Arnav by her side more than she had been in the last few weeks and that was saying something. She sneaked a glance at him only to meet his gaze as it flicked to her face. And though neither of them slowed their already leisurely pace, something seemed to tug between them, as if knocking on their senses and driving them insane with longing mirrored in both sets of eyes. The evening was about to come to an end. And it was exactly what she wanted and nothing like. A part of her was disappointed that he was such a gentleman about things. Why couldn’t he just…No, she shook her head mentally. She had no right expecting things from him while taking the easier path, one which she could use to her advantage any moment this…this thing between them threatened to go south.

They crossed the parking lot in silence. That the physical distance between them had reduced consistently along their walk till their arms were occasionally brushing against each other, was clearly not lost on either of them. Why else, would their gazes meet and clash in tangles that flickered like glow worms in the darkn? The question was still buzzing in her ears as they reached her room and he waited for her to retrieve her key card and swipe the door open. She walked over her threshold and turned to look at him, still standing exactly where he had been as she had walked on.

“Good night.”

She nodded, her throat suddenly full of denial to be able to say anything that wouldn’t out her. Liar! Tired? Ha! You are scared, Kaveri Gupta. Of what comes next. Of what happens when the walls are smashed down?

“Khushi.”

She blinked and tried to focus on his face, his eyes stormy like a long ago evening of her dreams.

“Good night,” She forced herself to say and stepped back mirroring his own retreat. And then, drawing every ounce of resolve she could scourge for, she pushed her door close.

Anxiety, deep and completely uncalled for filled her lungs and made her skip a couple of breaths. And before she could think, she pulled her door open again only to find that he wasn’t where she had left him just seconds ago. She stepped out and allowed her eyes to search for him and then turned with a small yelp as she found him leaning against the wall on the side she hadn’t yet paid attention to, his eyes as surprised as she was. “Fuck!” She whispered as her heart skipped a beat.

“Wrong choice of cuss-words,” He said as he reached out and grasped her wrist, tugging her closer. She saved herself from tumbling into him but couldn’t avoid brushing against his body, her own reacting by shooting a hundred needles through her nerve endings that pulsed with awareness. “Khushi…”

“Do you still smoke?” She interrupted in a small voice she couldn’t recognize as her own.

“No,” He whispered as he pulled her closer and leaned to capture her mouth in an kiss that spread like fire in her body, flames licking every scrap of skin exposed and otherwise. Her lips parted without his coaxing. He kissed her, deep and hard, the kiss everything at once, soft and harsh, urgent and seeking. “I haven’t smoked in almost five years. I made one bad decision – that was enough.” And she kissed him back, like she knew she wanted to, like she was capable of with her limited experience of kissing him and him alone. How could she ever term the other pecks of exploration as anything as intoxicating as a kiss was?

A small brush of cold wind caused her to gasp as his mouth left hers and trailed down her neck, his teeth nipping at her skin as her eyes stayed closed, drugged heavy and unwilling to let any thing interrupt them at the moment. She wanted more. Fuck, she wanted so much more.

His hand crept up the nape of her neck and weaved into her hair. He kissed the skin below her ear as his other hand curved around her waist and pulled her against him. “Look at me,” He urged hoarsely and her eyes opened slowly, lifting to look into his. A small flicker blinked in his gaze. “Thank you.”

“For what,” She replied, biting back the urge to clear her throat so her voice wouldn’t sound as needy as it did. She did need and in the wake of all he had revealed, how fair would it be to mask something as basic?

“For walking back out and giving me something to hold on to,” He said as he tugged at her waist and placed another swift kiss on her lips, stunning her to silence. “Literally and otherwise.”

She smiled and quelled the gentle rise of panic in her throat. This sense of power over him that he was making her aware of, was too much even if not too soon. Every instinct screamed distrust and yet, she knew there nothing but honesty in the eyes that were reading her face like they were trying to solve an impossible puzzle.

“I’m trying my best to not rush you, I promise.” He whispered as he leaned his forehead against hers. “One day at a time.”

“I’m…”

“Not sorry, please” He laughed against her mouth and kissed her again. Something about his manner was so gentle and at odds with what was still thrumming in her body that she felt her lips curve against his.

“I was about to say I’m cold.” She lied as she pulled away and looked up into his eyes again. When his brows rose and eyes flared, she found herself blushing. “I mean it is cold out here.”

“Hmm,” He nodded and pushed her hair behind her ear, letting his fingers trace the outline of her ear, flicking her two small silver earrings as he slid down to the nape of her neck. An involuntary shudder mirrored the journey his fingers and shot down her ribcage. He was going to drive her insane with want till she was doing something stupid enough like asking him to…

“Is that an invitation?” Her eyes widened as he jolted her out of her mindless ardor. “I’m cold?” He began, mimicking her as it dawned on her that he was teasing.

She pulled herself away from him and stepped back, folding her arms across her chest even as a smile bloomed in her eyes.

“Good night,” She said as she stepped back to her the door leading up to her room and pushed it open.

“Good night,” He replied with smile as he pushed himself away from the wall and came to stand in front of her. They waited for several long moments, staring at each other as myriad emotions flitted in and out their interlocked gazes and teased the air between them. She allowed the door to swivel at the same time as he stepped away, still holding her gaze.

“And Khushi,” He called out as the door opening reduced to a little more than a sliver. “This time, don’t come back out again.” With that he turned and walked away, his head bowed down. She could see his smile even without having to see his face. After all, it was probably mirrored on her face as she gently slid the door close and let out a deep sigh of relieved yearning.

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She took twice as much time to get dressed for work the next morning. She stood in front of the mirror, stripped down to her skin as steam curled into wisps around her. There was something different about her face. Her eyes looked brighter than before, her cheeks shone like she had scrubbed them for hours after playing holi for two days. Her hair fell in dark curls around her face and was longer than it had ever been – it was a conscious decision to let it grow, of course and the Detroit water quality clearly agreed with her. Her neck remained as sleek as always and that is where her body image positivity ended. She had never spent time looking at herself in the mirror because she knew what she would see. Years of battling buttons and zippers had given her enough images to make up for the lack of an active inspection. And while a Monday morning was the absolute wrong time to change that, she couldn’t help herself. She looked at the exposed skin below her neck, the folds and bulges at once as ugly as she knew them to be and perhaps not as bad as she had always imagined.

She placed her hands on her hips and allowed them to curl up her stomach. Thankfully, age was not something she needed to worry about yet. Her skin was still fairly firm despite the curves that never seemed to exist on anyone else. Of course, she wasn’t vain enough to believe that every girl owned a body like the movie stars and models that popular culture was so liberally peppered with. But…

She took a deep breath and turned away from the mirror and stepped into the shower, welcomingly hot as it was against her skin.

The memory of last night’s kisses flushed through her body and burst out in blushes that had little to do with the temperature of the shower. It wasn’t always going to be just kisses. At some point in time, he was going to want more. Heck, she already wanted more. How was that ever going to happen? Baring her soul was easy. How was she ever going to bare her body? And what would she do if he…. She took a deep breath as her eyes closed and she forced herself to say the words. What would she do if he was repulsed by how she looked? And how could he not be when she herself was…

She closed her eyes and soaped herself quickly. Perhaps she was thinking too much. She laughed at herself as desperation clawed at her gut. Of course she was thinking too much. She was Kaveri Gupta, after all. What the hell did Arnav see in her? And for how long would it last?

No, she shook her head as she turned the shower off and wrapped her hair and body in large white towels. She wouldn’t think about the latter at least. He may not have claimed to be in love with her for a decade but what he had confessed to was just as intense, if not more. Most people would scoff at the idea of somebody pining for another for ten years. But she knew it was possible. She may not have actively pined the way films portrayed pining but there had never been anyone else for her either. So how could she doubt him? Especially after everything he’d said.

Yes, she needed to focus on the positive and keep going from there. One day at a time, he’d said, hadn’t he? It was a beautiful, hopeful phrase – good enough to be the title of a romance novel. It was good enough to be her mantra here on. One day at a time, she whispered to herself and took a deep breath before she retrieved her attire for the day. Just because she had been kissed so thoroughly last night didn’t mean she didn’t have a long work-week ahead. She smiled to herself as she dressed, her kajal darker this morning and lip gloss more generous.

All she needed to do was to remember that she was a professional first when she saw him next. And to forget the look in his eyes which had all but melted her into a puddle of want.

Shiv-ji, she mumbled as she hung her head. Why did he have to bring her on the project and then go ahead be so…irresistable. This was going to be so…what was the word he used…yes, inconvenient.

This was going to be so fucking inconvenient, choice of cuss words be damned.

River Song, Music and Lyrics

Song Title: Gerua

Album: Dilwale

Singers: Antara Mitra, Arijit Singh

Music: Pritam

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

 

Tumse shuru, tumpe fanaa

Hai sufiyaana, yeh dastaan

Main carwaan, manzil ho tum

Jaata jahaan hai, yeh raasta

Tumse se juda jo, dil zara sambhal ke

Dard ka woh saara, kohra chhan gaya

 

 

Next update: Monday, Sep 4, 2017, late night IST

Oh and all you non-believers – some chapters need SRK-Kajol songs. Bas, bol diya :P

326 thoughts on “Chapter Eighteen: Opening Doors

  1. Wishing your darling mom a very happy birthday. May god bless her with good health and happiness throughout the year and years to come. coming to the chapter shiv ji this was awesome romantic. Arnav has taken up every step boldly towards Khushi and this time he has left no stones unturned. I am so happy that he has opened up to kushi and this will be a milestone in their relation in future.

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  2. Wishing your mother a very Happy Birthday..May God Bless her with Health,Happiness and long Life..Amen.
    Loved the chapter.It was amazing and beautifully written as always.

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  3. Loved the leisure flow of this update.
    So Arnav loves or loved Saira as we love a friend. The love khushi has for Arjun.
    Hope very soon Khushi learns that men love curves and buxom beauties:):):)
    How many fell for her and confessed about it but looks like only AV can clear that from Khushi’s mind.

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  4. Happy birthday to your mom. Wish a happiness and good health for the years to come and wish for a wonderful life.

    I loved this update,
    He shared the torment he went through and letting Khushi to set the pace, what a wonderful gentleman he is.

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  5. Dil garden garden ho gaya hai!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful chapter. I am looking forward for the revolving of khushi’s insecurity. And I am hoping that our AV Sir resolve it in his style.
    Waiting eagerly for the next update.

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  6. First of all I literally died when she walked into the room. I was literally saying “palat… Palat” and THEN SHE DID. That kiss finally happened and OMG the “don’t come back out again” was hotter than I imagined it to be ffuuuuccckkkk

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  7. Opening doors Indeed!!! And how thankful I am of that…
    Well, there is just so many things going on Khushi’s head right now….But giving it a chance was what Arnav was asking off…i am sure everything will be resolved very soon…
    Moving on to Khushi’s insecurity, that girl has no idea that she has got what it takes…i mean there were many who loved her….she has got to realize that…..And AV will definitely bring his charm here as well…..
    so many things to worry about, Arjun’s girlfriend, the impending separation, Rajat…..but I am also taking one day at a time…this is the time for them to fully concentrate on each other…
    Could not be happier with this update…Superb one…Finally what we were waiting for…
    And Happiest Birthday to your Mom…..

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  8. Happy belated birthday to your Mom🎂
    Well well this was mmm…. Love Confession ❤❤❤❤
    Their First Kiss after 5 year’s and after AV Love Confession 😘😍😘😍
    So finally our AV sir has done it. It was so so romantic. Believe I don’t mind even comparing them yo SRK-Kajol
    😉
    Loved the selection of song too😘😘

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  9. Hello Meera a very happy birthday to your mother.. wishing the best for her..

    Meera dil baag baag ho gaya.. ArShi ne saari baatein kar li.. aur kya chahiye tha.. bas ab koi darr nahin.. their kisses and one day at a time wala mantra bhi sahi hain.. felt so nice to see them talking and coming out clear on all aspects.. I loved the way Khushi reacted.. you can’t expect her to jump on Arnav when he cleared all the airs around.. yaar she have been in love with this man from ten years and there had been a long time of separation between them.. Khushi had been clearer always and now that Arnav too is.. i am with them dekhte hain kitne din nikhalte hain dono.. date karte hain ya jat mangni aur pat biyah rachate hain.. Khushiji aap apne baare mein sochne ka kaam bandh kijiye Arnavji hain na ab.. aur woh aap ko dekhekar kaise react karenge yeh toh aap jab hoga tab dekhna.. he will shock you that i am sure of.. loved the superbly amazing update.. well Gerua was the best choice here.. SRK-Kajol always for our dear ArShi.. And mine love for ArShi is lot more than SRK-Kajol.. the golden jodi’s.. <3

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  10. And here we are ,back to present 😄
    Everything is laid out now…And were will they go from here… 🤔
    I loved this dialogue For walking back out and giving me something to hold on to….😍😍😍

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  11. Hi Meera 😃
    Thanks for the interesting update 👏😃
    Finally everything is out in the open
    All the years of feeling
    Let see how khushi reacts
    Loved arnav’s declaration to khushi
    And her coming back to him
    I like khushis musings
    Update soon 😃
    Tc 😃

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  12. Meera,

    Terribly late to be commenting on this one, but also terribly glad I came by to read it in the middle of all the muddle that AD now is. Loved the update, uff all that yearning and passion…..the scene between the two of them sheer poetry….the nervousness, the understanding, the desire…..a sterling narration as usual….take a bow! Khushi’s love finally finding a resonance of the same wavelength…..sigh….I must be too far gone, when I am actually using physics figures of speeches….this girl must seriously get over her negative body image issues…..and I know just the person who will make her do that too😉😎….he thinks she is gorgeous…..enough said! Thank you for the beautiful Gerua…..will think of it as a personal dedication, as I requested you so long ago to make that one of our River songs! Enjoyed it all immensely…..thank you for the music….in the middle of our mundane lives.

    Hugs,

    Anu

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      1. 😘🤗 Crazy busy Appu, I miss you all as much…..debating our super complex characters, the fastest finger first after Meera posts, everything….damn Asli duniya! Atleast managing to get up to speed with the reading!!😎
        Hugs,
        Anu

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  13. Khushi is so insecure about herself. A friend years ago said to me that men and women have totally different views about beauty. I was surprised by that at that time, but over the years have come to see that its true.
    Does Khushi guess that arjun is mooning over her sister?

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  14. Intense feelings from both sides! Finally arnav was able to face his feelings head on and confess to everything. Previously he has been a man of very few words and always been a bit of a enigma from khushis pov…but now he has laid his feelings out in the open and i loved it! The kiss was electric and i am so looking forward to see how they go about working together now.

    Oh and khushi needs a wake up call about her beauty! She may not be traditionally beautiful but everyone has different tastes and beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder! Plus she must be half blind as so many have been attracted to her!

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  15. This was such a lovely update ..finally we see Arnav opening up instead of talking in riddles..i almost feel relieved
    The opening of the door was so cute ..he knew she would open the door again ..that was so cute. ..

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  16. Finally Arnav and Khushi talked and knew where the other person stood. It was awesome and couldn’t be better. Hope Arnav can help Khushi overcome her insecurities about her body and self image.

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  17. “I knew I loved you then
    But you’d never know
    ‘Cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go
    I know I needed you
    But I never showed
    But I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
    Just say you won’t let go
    Just say you won’t let go”

    These lines sums Arnav hinest confession for me. He took time to realize and be here at this stage with the determination of not letting khushi go. Off fighting whatever to keep Khushi in love with him. To take one day at a time, and let Khushi decide the pace.

    This chapter sums the the journey of AV. A hero who was unattainable in the first book. The hero showed some crack and signs of being human by the river with his faliures in book two. Now, in this book and his open heart confession, especially when he accepted his mistake with Khushi and Saira both, he became the guy a girl wishes for and so happy that khushi fonally got the guy she has been pinning for more than a decade.

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  18. Wow😍😍😍 I was like this 😍😍😍while reading the whole chapter.
    Arnav has poured his heart to her and expressed his feelings. He handled the whole situation with his honesty and truth.He loves her like he never ever loved anyone before . This makes me fall in love with AV once again 😙😙 This whole thing is just wonderful.
    One night with revelations has changed her world completely. Her eyes are shining with love, a spring in her step, taking little extra effort to look beautiful. She is the girl in love.
    Though she is conscious about her body ,AV being by her side will help her to overcome it.
    Waiting to see more & more love in coming updates.

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  19. I am very curious about how these two lovebirds are going to sort out their professional relationship. A little concerned too.

    Meera, I know you mentioned in one of your comments to me that you will be briefly talking about office romance and relationships between colleagues…. so I am anxiously waiting for that. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen people getting into awkward situations because of having a personal relationship with their colleague or boss. I am hoping its a positive scenario in this one.

    I know. I know. “This is fiction, creative rights” and bla bla bla. But I have invested too much into this story and I want a happy ending without any controversies or shaming at work place. No pressure, Meera. 😝 😽

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  20. Omg.. I had butterflies in my stomach while reading the chapter.. how simple yet hot update it was. I love wat u write dear.. can’t wait for the next chapter.. N belated happy bday to ur mom ☺️

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  21. Heyyy di!! Such beautiful update…glad that arnav has opened up about everything..and now that the story is in present..can’t wait for their love and romance!!! Their love is truly different…decade long..still so strong though not together!!!
    Why does Kushi thinks low of herself…hope arnav removes all her doubts in future updates!!!wonderful update di

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  22. Arnav was honest about everything….his past relationship, Aarohan and his feeling for Khushi.
    Kudos AV! He is simply irresistible…..Khushi is really gonna have hard time being around AV!
    That kiss at the door was beautiful and I somehow expected that to happen.
    They are just made for each other!
    Fantastic update Meera and hope you had a nice time with your mum on her birthday.

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  23. Meera.. I know I am super duoer late but I just have a SORRY to offer. B-School is keeping me on my toes wih bo time to spare. But finally I caught up with the updates of this beautiful journey.

    This was a toe curling update for sure. I mean I had butterflies the entire time I was reading this update. Arnav as just plain and simple hinest with what he feels and had ever felt for Khushi. That’s what made him more loveable for me!!
    And Khushi… damn!! I don’t know how is she managing! If I would have been at her place I would have combusted till now.
    But, I also agree to the fact that Khushi and Arnav have a long way to go as they have had feelings, decisions and what not, worth a decade!!

    I will just continue reading from here till I am able to come up-to-date with your schedule.

    Lots Of Love.. 😊😊

    P.S. – I was re-reading that after Aarohan from Arnav’s perspective which you gave as an Interlude and I just fell in live with the song “Main Yahaan Hoon”. It was so apt at that point of time!! I appreciate its beauty now.

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  24. Arnav has bared out his soul here. He came out into the open about everything. He spoke about what he wanted in the past and also about what he wants to do in the future. He has learnt his lessons the hard way and now wants to do it in the right way. Loved it that he even spoke about Sara and what had happened between them. He was so clear about how he felt towards Sara without any camouflages.

    I was so glad that Khushi came out of the room in search of him. Arnav really needed that, a small confirmation that both are in the same place on how they feel. I am always impressed with Khushi who after having insecurities about her physical body(mostly fed by the outer world), her pride in herself, strong character and bravery are intact. She truly amazes me.

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  25. Amazing…
    Quoting ur words: “For walking back out and giving me something to hold on to,” He said…

    Haaaaiiiinnnn!!!! the die hard romantic in me is ready to swoon. I just csnt imagine AV ad ASR… But as Adhway of the 3rd install.. The impeccable styling he had post haircut is how i pictured AV!

    Again the self depricating thoughts Khushi has whennit comes to her physical appearance! I really wish she sees herself thru his eyes soon!

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    1. If only ASR ( I meant the original ) had Advay s wardrobe 😋😎instead of shiny maroon suit for all seasons . Hotwa posed with his hairstylist too 👍🏼 from the set

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  26. I really loved the way you kept khushi’s charecter so much realistic…you know in films if after this much years the hero confess the heroine would have jumped on his arms..but it’s so much real is khushi’s feelings….she had really come a long way…how much she changed from that girl she was in clg……

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  27. All said and done. They kissed and made up.
    Urghh….Khushi! She is still worried about her body. A guy has waited 10 years. He has seen her at 5 year intervals and still wants to spend the rest of his life with her. She doesn’t know how many got attracted to her. If there are no Arnav and Arjun, Rajat might be willing to marry her too!
    You are teasing us Meera! But lovely teasing though.
    Cheers….

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  28. Thanks
    For walking out & giving me something to hold on to
    Literally and otherwise
    I am cold
    Is that an invitation
    This time don’t come back
    Only for his romantic lines , I am willing to leave my, family, self respect , worldly possessions perfumed coconut oil & $11 at CHASE
    Run off with him into
    the sunset
    Side note : if anyone of my sanki sisters are unhappy with my decision, I am open to dialogue , we can negotiate
    Don’t you know that the man who has waited for 10 yrs , won’t have any problem with your body, mind or spirit , KK
    Love she took time to dress up

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  29. Gerua 💕
    is etched in my memory
    All said & done ppl wrote the obituary without giving a chance
    Once a fan always a fan

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  30. This chapter.. Is soo fucking addictive and ethereal.. Choice of cuss words be damned..

    It has been a difficult choice over the unquenchable kiss but I love that silent walk from his room to hers, the way you eloquently describe the unspoken emotions in the air… I can never get tired of reading it.. 😊😊 Reminds me of the Diwali sequence on Jadu hai nasha hai.. No talk just dekhti hui nazarein… One of the best scenes of IPK. 😍😍. . They don’t make them like that any more..

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