She bit her nails as she watched the door that would open any time now. Things had indeed changed quickly between them if at half past midnight on a weekday in the middle of her first client-facing project, she was waiting for Arnav to emerge from the bathroom having changed into something more comfortable for the rest of the time he was going to spend with her.

In her room.

“Oh my God!” She whispered to herself as she blinked but refused to tear her gaze from the door. Seeing Arnav at her doorstep was shocking enough but when he’d told her that he was there only for a few hours till dawn before he needed to board another flight back to L.A, she had all but fainted – and she had never fainted in her life before – as much as she had wanted things to be dramatic.

He had put himself through a six hour flight twice in less than twenty four hours.

To meet her.

And then he was going to head back to a major client meeting which impacted everything including his reputation, pay and just overall peace of mind. It was in that moment that she realized that despite all her fascination for romance fiction – books and movies, the practical, Gupta side of her personality was stronger. She had to literally hold back the stream of whiny whys that threatened to drown out the absolute aww-someness of his gesture.

She let her thumbnail escape the onslaught of her teeth and allowed her hand to fall on to her lap. She viewed her half-sleeved hands and barely exposed legs with rising distaste. Why hadn’t she given in to the woman at the salon who’d offered to wax her legs and hands in addition to the facial hair removal that she’d religiously gone in for twice since her arrival in Detroit? Paying an Indian Rupee value of fifteen times the amount she paid back home had been one factor, yes – one that only her Krur Singh brows justified. At least, she conceded to herself, she was wearing a matched night suit – even if it did make her look like an overgrown school girl.

She should have showered, she told herself, a droopy expression pulling her mouth down in dismay. Showering in the evening was a habit she needed to put in action right away. What with this newly found relationship status.

Newly found relationship status.

Those were strange words. Welcome, but strange – she repeated silently in a perfect even if imaginary Mr. Ollivander imitation. She smiled at the thought, scrunched her nose and bit her lips. “Abhi na hua toh phir kabhi nahi, kabhi nahi,” She hummed to herself briefly before she made a face at the choice of song. Of all the songs she had at her disposal, THIS was the one her mind chose to pick now? “Plich,” She shook her head disapprovingly, “Sharam aani chahiye, Kaveri Gupta,” She told herself, this time in her sister’s voice.

“Kis baat pe?”

She looked up and realized that he was changed and standing in front of her, smiling in that knowing, mysterious manner that was so him. How had he sneaked up on her – again? Hadn’t she just been watching the door to avoid exactly this situation? At the risk of looking like a moron, no less?

“Uff,” He whispered and pressed two fingers between her brows. “My mother says frowning can be permanent if you aren’t careful.”

She stood up in a hurry and clamped down the sudden head rush in the wake of his proximity.

“You know, I am not about to…” He scanned her face intently, his eyes glinting, “how do I put it…” He asked and watched her face as if looking for permission to finish his statement.

“You are not about to…?”

He smiled and allowed his fingers to trail from her brow to her temples and curl behind her ear, pushing several strands of hair behind her lobe as he did. She shivered and clenched her palms into a fist. “I don’t think it would be right to promise what I may not be able to live up too.”

She smiled tentatively at first and then made a face. “All these rules,” She whispered and raised herself on her toes to kiss him on the cheek. Before he could react, she pushed past him and walked over to the small couch and plonked herself on it, urging her heart to slow down

He watched her with a raised eyebrow and ambled over to the couch. As he stared at her, she waited, almost hoping that he would take her up on her teasing and…Shiv-ji…what was wrong with her? Where were all these thoughts coming from? All these years of forced celibacy – was this what it all came down to? Shameless, Kaveri Gupta, she scolded herself and cleared her throat. “What do you want to do?” She asked suddenly, scared the silence might stretch into stupidity before she could round up her lasso to rein it in.

He raised his eyebrow again and Khushi snorted. “I mean…what do you want to talk about?”

He chuckled. “Talk? That’s what your gift is going to be?”

Gift? God! He wasn’t going to let that go, was he? Khushi shrugged. “Whatever else did you think it would be?” She blinked innocently.

“You know that you have a tell when you are nervous, right?” He asked with a smirk. “You are gripping the edge of the couch a little too tight…that…” He pointed out causing her to relax her hold on the fabric immediately. “If I didn’t know that, Khushi, this conversation would be heading in…”

“Fine,” She interrupted and frowned again. When and how was she ever going to win with this man?

“You are killing me, Kaveri Gupta,” He said and before she knew it, he was curling his hand into the lapels of her night shirt and pulling her close. “Do you realize how difficult this is?” He whispered against her mouth before kissing her senseless. They dived into the kiss, surfaced for breath and dived in again in multiple cycles of sensual repetition till neither of them could open their eyes or breathe evenly.

“You called me Kaveri,” She said softly as they straightened by each other’s side and he pulled her into his half embrace, “I like it.”

“Does anyone else call you Khushi?” Arnav asked as pushed her hair away from her shoulders and exposed her neck. His hands pulled at the collar of her shirt and worked to expose the skin of her shoulders and her back.

“My parents do sometimes…” She answered as her eyes threatened to flutter close under the onslaught of his fingers, now tracing the scar she knew was only half visible in her current state of dress. “What do your parents call you? Munna?” She asked with a smile and then suddenly straightened and turned to face him, tucking one leg under her as she did. “No, before we get there, what is your last name?” She asked.

“What?” He asked with an amused smile.

“Last name. What’s your last name?” She enunciated.

“I got that Ms. Gupta. But…after ten years – this is the question you have for me?” He asked with a hooked eyebrow.

“This is why sharam aani chahiye,” Khushi pointed out.

He laughed and shook his head. “I don’t have one. It’s a common practice where I grew up. It just saves all the caste conversation hassle. The so called “lower” castes did it to hide from the wrath of the higher castes at one point. Then “higher” castes followed suit when the tides turned in the state.”

Khushi frowned. “I obviously don’t care about the caste part. But…it’s just…one should know…okay…what did Ti-Di call herself before marriage?”

“My parents knew to keep the last name hidden for both kids, you know,” Arnav laughed and shook his head. “She will kill me for revealing this but Aditi Rani.”

Khushi laughed for a good minute and then clicked her tongue sympathetically. “It doesn’t suit her at all.”

“No,” He shook his head, his shoulders shaking with mirth, “It doesn’t. She says it was a key reason she said yes to J when he proposed. Aditi Sinha sounds infinitely better. Though,” He continued, “our father still calls her Rani…which I think she now – two decades of cribbing later, secretly prefers.”

“Hmm…okay so what…”

“Jha.” He interrupted with a smile. “That’s what my father uses, what his brothers – my Uncles and their children still add to their names.”

“Jha.” Khushi repeated.

“You sound disappointed.” Arnav asked curiously.

She shook her head and shrugged. “Why would I…” She began and then it dawned on her, setting her face aflame. She cleared her throat. “Why would I be disappointed…or otherwise?” She said without looking at him and completely missing the small smile on his face. She cleared her throat again….

“Khushi,”

She dragged her gaze up to meet his warily and then breathed a sigh of relief when she saw no teasing glint in his. A serious conversation, she could handle.

“I spoke to Shyam.”

“About what?”

He took a deep breath. “I…told him how I feel about you…what I hope for us…”

Despite the situation and the seriousness of his tone, or maybe exactly because of both, Khushi burst of laughing.

“You are laughing.” He said drily but the surprise was evident in his slightly widened eyes.

“You don’t have many friends do you?” She teased. “Of all the people in the world…Shyam is who you chose to tell first? I haven’t even told Arjun” She chuckled, “or Tripti.”

“I do…” He began defensively and then let his shoulders drop, choosing to stare at her as if he was waiting for her to process the information.

It was only after the momentary sense of victory passed that gravity of his declaration dawned on her. “Shit!” She swore, “You told Shyam about…us…How?…Why?…Nothing has even happened yet…”

He raised his eyebrow, “Nothing? What do you…”

“I mean,” She interrupted, “I haven’t said anything about it yet, remember?” She asked with a frown. “I can’t believe you told Shyam. I can’t believe you are so…” She narrowed her gaze, “Were you always this high-handed?”

His eyes widened further. “I am high-handed?”

“What else would you call this…you told Shyam!” She said incredulously. The swell of panic in her chest was beginning to set her tongue loose. “First, you insist on dropping me for a date…”

“You said it wasn’t a date…”

“Whatever,” She countered intelligently, “Then you insist on driving me back. There is that song you toss about like it’s the answer to the origin of the universe. Then you force me to have dinner with you. You declare you love me – five years AFTER I said that to you. You unleash years of such unexpected intensity…Then you kiss me till I don’t know my own name. The next morning you give me the absolute cold shoulder which stretches well into the day. And while I stew in what-ifs and what-nows, you pick up your bags and leave and…” She stuttered, “And…”

Before she could pick up the thread of her outburst and coax it into the needle of her anger, he was kissing her again. And she…such an idiot…she simply melted into his mouth, dissolving like a sugar cube in sunlight. He pulled her flush againt him and allowed his hands to curve around her neck and pull her closer, never letting her breathe even as his other hand crept up her night shirt. His fingers teased the edge of her bra and slipped under as he molded her against his chest, every inch of him painfully wonderful against every other inch of her.

When she sucked her breath in against his fingers, he let go, making her want to groan in disappointment. Again. Except this time, his fingers found the buttons on her shirt and expertly pulled them apart, exposing the swell of skin beneath “Arnav,” She whispered against his lips as they travelled down her neck and placed kisses on her chest.

“You were saying,” He urged her on hoarsely as his teeth caught the skin above her heart and sucked again.

“This is not fair,” She bit out as her hands threaded through his hair and she watched him in awe, her eyes heavy with desire. The visual of his dark hair against her chest, the intensity of his teeth and lips against her skin…it was too much…

“I’m unfair too now?” He asked as he looked up at her again, his voice rough as he traced the contours of her body – half supple half firm, along gradients of hard diamond and soft silk, with the back of his fingers while his other hand slid down and curved into her waist.  “High handed and unfair,” He whispered against her lips. “You must really dislike me then.”

She sucked in her breath again as her hands slipped to his uncovered forearm, tracing the gash she had only imagined caressing. “Hmmm…” The scar was so sexy! How could a scar be so sexy? Someday, she would be able to trace it with her tongue. She wondered what he would think of that…

“Hmmm? That’s your answer?” He as his knuckles traced the curve of her stomach down to her navel. Though his touch was removed from her skin by a layer of cloth, it was a jolt of flame to parts she’d rarely even been aware of in the past when he traced a circle around her belly button. It gave her sudden flashes of insane ideas like possible piercings and silver rings.

“You kept me waiting for five years.” She pointed out as allowed her free hand to slip from his gash-free arm and used it to cover his wandering touch. “And irrespective of what you say, it might have easily been just the rest of my life…”

“But you were waiting?” He insisted as he wove his fingers through hers and brought her hand up to his chest and tugged at it, pulling her closer.

The air between them collided a second before their lips did. It took her everything in her power to pull away. “I wasn’t.”

And then she wished she hadn’t said it when she saw his eyes flash with something a lot like pain. This was not a fight. She wasn’t warring to establish the supremacy of her pain over his, was she? And irrespective of how fantastic and incredulous it sounded, she couldn’t doubt that he had suffered too. If anything, this was the time to let go of things that never came to more than heartache and focus on that which glittered with promise.

“Five months.” She whispered. “At least five months. One for every year.” She repeated her rule out aloud as she looked straight at him.

“Five months.” He repeated, as he pulled their intertwined hands up and kissed her knuckles.

She nodded.

“And then I will have my answer.” He stated for clarity. She almost wanted to laugh out aloud. Except there was nothing funny about the absolute pool of want that she was in the moment.

She nodded instead, watching as he turned their clasped fingers over and exposed her wrist to place more kisses there. Shit! She was going to combust if he kept us this slow torture he seemed to be a master of.

“Till then,” He asked, “We can keep doing this…” He closed his eyes and bent his head to trail kisses up her forearm, his lips marking their path up her arm.

And more, she whispered in her head as he found her lips and kissed her again, easily coaxing her into returning with fervor what he gave and asked for in equal urgency.

Several minutes later, she found herself pulled up against his chest, her ears pressed against his heartbeat as he traced patterns on every exposed scrap of skin. “Arnav,” She said as her leveled breathing forced her body to cool despite the fire that was only stoked stronger with every additional kiss and every new touch. If she hadn’t seen him clench his fingers into fists as he breathed heavily in silence before he turned her away from him and pulled her up against his chest, she’d have been worried about the strength of her reactions. It was a good thing they were taking things slow, she told herself a second before the outcome of taking things fast became clear in her head. And with it came all the ideas of virginity, pre-marital sex, unwanted pregnancies and every other thing dramatic that was clearly a terribly side effect of being a Bollywood fan. She took a deep breath and sighed into his body. ““What must he think of me…?” She said, coming back to the topic she knew would eventually trouble her if she didn’t speak about it.

“Khushi…” he started but Khushi recognized immediately the placatory nature of his response.

“He must think I am so unprofessional…” She despaired, her eyes burning with a mixture of barely hidden embarrassment.

“How is this unprofessional?” He asked as kissed her hair and then the upper lobe of her exposed ear.

“This is my first client-facing project,” She offered and then frowned. Why didn’t he see…

“I didn’t say anything about you,” He said gently. “I only told him how I feel.”

She turned to look up at him.

“I promise. I didn’t even mention having declared how I feel to you. Just that…” He took a deep breath. “Basically, he asked me how I’d manage Wyatt once Ivy Networks came through – if it did. And I…I offered to step away from this…He couldn’t understand why and…I sort of had to…”

It suddenly made full sense to her. Hadn’t she chuckled to herself about how seriously he was taking this professional conflict issue? Wasn’t this – this blinkered view of right and wrong, this absolute sense of dedication to what he believed was the right thing to do, one of things she’d begun to cherish in him? He was in no way perfect – what with the evident high-handedness – but he intended to be. And that was…it was charming. Even eviable, if she thought about it…

“Do you bitch about anyone ever?” She asked suddenly curious about the extent of his correctness.

“Huh?” He blinked at her bemusedly.

“Have you ever bitched about anyone?” She asked again. “God, I think at this point, I’m wondering whether it is your hearing or your comprehension that I should be worried about…”

He tightened his hold on her in mock consternation as his eyes flashed in amusement. “I’ve obviously criticized….”

“No no no…” She shook her head, “Bitching has nothing to do with criticism. It is pure meanness, intended to do nothing but…”

“You talk like you are well versed with the process.” He teased. “Give me a sample…”

“Nice try,” She said as she rolled her eyes. She wasn’t going to reveal her true colours this early. There was still the question of why he loved her in the first place. She couldn’t risk that, could she? She grinned to herself and straightened her neck, resting against his chest, with his vital heartbeat thudding in her ears. I love you, she said mentally as her lips curled into a secretive smile.

It was going to be a long five months for her too, she conceded. But some things…She smiled some more as his fingers curled into her hair and tugged. Before she knew it, his lips were seeking hers again.

 

River Song, Music and Lyrics

Song Title: Jaanam Samjha Karo

Album: Jaanam Samjha Karo

Singers: Asha Bhonsle

Music: Leslie Lewis

Lyrics: (Information about the lyricist is surprisingly unavailable!)

 

Tehro padi hai raat yeh saari

Kahe ki jaldi jaaneman?

Daale hue yeh reshmi baahein

Yun hi lipte raho tum gulbadan

Taqdeer se yeh mil gaya mauka

Aage khud hi jaan lo, aur kya kahein?

Jaanam samjha karo!

 

 

Next Update on Oct 5, 2017, late night IST. Thank you for staying with the River!

227 thoughts on “Chapter Twenty – II: Once Smitten, Twice Shy

  1. Wow!!!
    You have such a way with words, barely have the time not love to read your updates!!!!
    Love them!!!!
    It feels awesome to read them!!!!
    Especially the flirting, teasing, sharing and love!!!!!!!
    Beautiful, simply Beautiful!!!!

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  2. WARNING:- DONT READ THIS CHAPTER WHILE YOU ARE IN THE COMPANY OF STAIRING FELLOW PASSENGERS😶
    Bad idea really an utterly foolish idea.😂
    Finally finally i get to get out of no netwrks land and get to read this but really it wasn’t khushi who was combusting into flames it was my face which was combusting from smiling swooning and blushing and laughing altogether.
    My expressions were at the same range as of khushi’s fast change in conversation.
    I even laughed out at one point and the aunty next to my birth did ask beta wat happned 😂
    Kya kehti main😆🤐😉
    Meera you are my Stressbuster for past two weeks😘
    Stay blessed really (dil se)

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  3. awesome update.. loved the conversation between arnav and khushi.. beautifully written..
    and shyam is the first one to know their secret.. haha.. i think ti di will take arnav’s class on this if she comes to know :)

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  4. I haven’t forgotten the impending Steinway proposal Meera. Can it be more of a passing narration, if only it is possible? NK and Divya are cute… and we haven’t seen them interacting except through K’s eavesdropping when they wet in the basement, you know.. :)

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  5. Jhaaaa 😯😯😯
    You really are something magic lady.
    You sure know how to play with your characters as well as our minds..
    can’t get enough of this now-it’s-all-sorted kind of phase of romance. Loving this serene feeling. Hope it never stops

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  6. Hi Meera,

    I hope all is well with you! I see that A River Runs Through It is still on; knowing you, that must be a great work as well :) I tried to send you a personal message but wordpress made me go around in circles and frustrated me to no end, therefore I am posting here.. Apologies..

    I don’t know if you remember me, but I used to be a reader of your wonderful tales. Well almost a couple of years back AD took over and I gradually distanced myself from SKD and *gasp* ArShi.. But I don’t know why, yesterday out of the blue, I was struck by the urge to re-read EIT… And I couldn’t get it out of my head no matter how hard I tried..

    So if the blog is still open to readers, could you please give me access to the wordpress site? I would be obliged but if you don’t want to, I shall understand.

    Anyway, it’s Dushera in India today so wishing you a very Happy Dushera and a great year ahead filled with happiness!

    Warm Regards,
    Aditi..

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    1. Hey! Of course I remember you and the wonderful notes you left behind on EIT :) So glad to see you here. Hope you’ll give the River a chance some day too.
      Unfortunately, I’ve taken my works including Emerald Isle down. I am currently unable to give any one access public or private – I hope you understand! Someday soon I shall make them all available to everyone again – till then please accept my apologies

      Thank you again for stopping by and as always for your ever lasting kindness.

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      1. Hey there! It makes me happy that an author I adore, recollected a reader :)

        It kinda saddens me that EIT has been taken down, that was, I mean is, an EPIC! But your words give me hope so I shall wait for the day! Please don’t apologize, it’s your work and as it’s your baby, you have all the right to make any decision that you deem fit.

        Certainly I shall turn to the River if I do ever go to ArShi again, you needn’t even say that.. I am on anime right now, never could read any other series fiction.. :P

        So for the time being, all I can say is, thank you for the memories! It speaks a lot about your sheer talent when a person who has moved on, has a craving after 2 years..

        Regards,
        Aditi

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  7. Am craving for River already 😝 Next update and Barun’/ THMS are releasing next week and I can’t wait for both,..
    I thought of asking any river readers and Barun fans would be watching THMS in Bangalore ? It would be great we can all go together..we can discuss River too ..
    Sorry for posting it here ..

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  8. Happy Dussehra/Dasami everyone! Okay, I’m one day too late. But the sentiment is sincere. We’d gone over to granny’s for Dasami, as is the norm for us, and while speaking to one other granny that um, is part of the extended family, (and this one happens to be a writer, in my native tongue,) I was lamenting to her about how my parents, as they age, are slowly becoming younger because they argue for everything, and I have to step in as The Reluctant Umpire, and she laughed and said, “Have you ever seen a river?” I said yes. “And have you seen the ocean?” I said yes to that too. “Notice how there are no or calmer waves on the riverside, when compared to the ocean’s huge waves and tide?”
    I said, yeah. And she goes, “Waves are what make the ocean stand out. The wind, the waves, the tide. That’s what makes the ocean what it is. And that’s what makes it so beautiful. And however much the waves try to get away from the ocean, they get pulled back into it. Your parents, or any couple, for that matter, are like that. That’s why they say, ‘Samsaaram, saagaram’ The larger a water body gets, the bigger its waves are. Relationships are like that. A marriage is SO many other relationships, with so many responsibilities moulded into one, that it’s always splashing and sprinkling at the brim. That doesn’t mean it isn’t as deep as it is supposed to be.”
    For someone whose writing only ever made me laugh out loud, (she’s particularly witty when it comes to the written word), this was profound, and kept me thinking for a long long time. The symbolism of the river and the ocean of course made me think of The River. So I thought I’d share the wisdom of that one grandmother of mine who, even though remained unmarried, claimed she had the largest family anyone could boast of because of her writing. :)

    Samsaaram in Telugu means family or married life. I also find it incredibly beautiful that the similar sounding ‘sansaar’ in Hindi means the world. Gives a whole new dimension to ‘my family is my world’.

    – Appy Singh.

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  9. I have been out of action for a few months with a new job and related travels. This was a truly amazing update to resume my journey through the river. Thanks for such a great stress- busting chapter, Meera

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  10. His:

    Color red, color red
    The cheeks must shine
    She’s far away but
    I see her, lover mine

    Inside my heart
    Inside my head
    The heart’s lost
    But found instead

    A siren’s song
    She never sings
    And yet I hear
    Through lovely things

    I wait in dusk
    As it settles around
    A man with a smile –
    Home bound

    Sink soft
    Seep slow
    For this love is new
    And yet, no

    For years of time
    Into dust it grinds
    As the light of love
    After rain sets aglow

    You walk into my arms
    I hold on tight
    For this love is last
    For this love is right

    Your arms they say –
    Surrender to me
    But I’ve long since lost
    My heart to yours
    To the one
    That beats the sweetest melody.

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      1. Oh, but we fly so high
        O author mine
        Don’t you see, don’t you see
        The twinkles beside?

        You’ve given us dreams,
        Given us wings
        What God, what God
        Gives everything?

        Scribbled in our hearts
        Till the end of time
        Like a jar of happiness
        Keeping shine
        It is all and more,
        and never just a story
        I send a thanks to you and Him
        For a life that is Rivery

        A pot of gold,
        Or a diamond fine,
        A holy book,
        Or a pilgrimage divine?
        Yet, when I dare compare
        They hold little lustre
        For there are no words
        I can muster
        For that which makes light
        What it is, what it is
        That creates and defines
        Oh tell you how,
        How do I?
        I know I must,
        And there’s a lifetime to try

        Higher and higher
        Until I squint to see
        And through slitted eyes
        I wish for bigger glories
        For it never was
        A story – just one,
        Let it touch, let it soar
        Let it reach every one

        For your story,
        I fold my hands
        I can do this little thing,
        I know it stands
        To one god for another
        I pray
        Maybe He’ll listen
        When I say
        And grant you small,
        Grant a big something,
        For this god, this god
        That has given me everything

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        1. Nivi — GOSH!!! whenever you write — you leave me spellbound!!
          Amazing amazing words!!!
          And this last poetry — i can only nod my head at each line — coz u spoke the words of my heart as well!!! What this story means — and what it has given us!!!
          Simply simply BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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        2. Nivi– me dead — janaab aap to bas aap hi ho. Supeeerrrrr ❤️❤️. Have a deadly AD but since your comment came as notification– could not resist opening and replying. More laterz.

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        3. How Poetic!! Wow!!

          Meera I don’t know if you realize this or not but I emphasize … you do have touched hearts with this story. It’s not just a story, It means and is much more than I can think of…
          Time and again throughout the River journey I have reevaluated my strengths and weaknesses, River is truly a blessing, when I say I have grown-up with River story, it means something to me :)

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  11. Wow! What an amazing and beautiful update, Meera👌😊! I have goosebumps all over reading this update full of teasing, romance and passion😍😊! Your writing is beyond brilliant and breathtaking👍😃! Thank you for taking us through this wonderful journey with you😘😃!

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  12. amazing update…. Loved all the flirtation and loving. So five months… Would be interesting journey these five months Will Khusi last these five months under the onslaught of Arnav’s loving attention 😀
    Cannot wait to read more
    Take care
    Poonam
    P.S. Loved Nivedita’s poem…awesomeness

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      1. As much as I dread the upcoming exams, (and I sort of *know* I will mess up at least two papers, and have prepared parents for all sorts of outcomes, and they’re all chill), I dread life after exams even more. What if I turn out to be quite the magician at work and people don’t want to let me go and have my weekends and early nights? :/

        Also, unrelated, but have you guys listened to this AMAZING Malayalam promo-song called Jimmiki Kammal?

        Weddings coming up? Don’t have a gift or dance planned? Shock older family members out of their wits and give the couple some cheap thrills by jay-dancing to this. xP

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        1. This song has gone viral. Read someone had tweeted it to Jimmy Kimmel (since it goes with jimikki kammal😁) and he replied back that he listened and liked it.
          P.S: You’ll be fine, the CA exams are the ultimate, its like saying if you have driven in India you can drive anywhere in the world. Years back when I first started to live in the Middle east, had gone for driving classes and heard couple of desi guys saying this is worse than the ca exam (the driving test that is)! And I remember going like khoosie bitiya “hey devi maiyya aap hamari pareeksha kyun leh rahi hai”😁

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          1. Yepyep. I chanced upon it only earlier today. And coming to exams, I don’t know man. Halfway through prep, I sort of lost my way, hence the inherent pessimism, I guess. But at least it won’t be a surprise when the results come out. :P

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  13. This day(night) seems to be getting better and better. The surprise visit is quite something and he is here just for a few hours before he heads back. Arnav is ready to pull all the stops, now that he has started, there is no stopping him. You have written the practical nuances of being in a relationship really well.

    Jha is his last name :D. That was really something. I think five months seems fair enough Khushi, agar Arnav ko thoda aur chidaana ho tho bejijak karo, haq banta hai tumhara.

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  14. Beautiful chapter… They r finally together on his Birthday!
    He taking a 6 hour flight in and out, just to spend a few hours with her.. And all because she was upset she couldnt be with him on his special day! If tht not love, then what is? ♡

    His last name is Jha!!!!! ARNAV jha. Told Shyam about his feelings for Khushi… I just had to type it outto believe tht! :-P

    5 Months for 5 years seemsfair enuf..but will she be able to get thru the 5 months herself ;@)

    cant wait to read on!

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  15. Well one month for every year she has waited for him to say I love you. Can Khushi withstand the dooriyan? Arnav is on a mission. I think he will find a work around to this problem. He is after all the project manager.
    Arnav Jha? Recently (in 2020) someone wrote an OS where they figured out that the person who caught Shyam’s fancy is neither Anjali nor Khushi. It was Arnav and Arnav all the way. With that OS lingering in my mind Arnav Jha sounded very interesting.
    Cheers……

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  16. Arnav is a Jha, of all the surnames 🤩,it feels like Ode to IPK 🥳
    Payal & Akash made a cameo as well
    So filmy, thinking of the most famous line- Main aap ki bachche ki maa bannewali hoon
    101 tareke romantic moments bigaadnewali KK
    Both of them in manager / employee mode & kh bothered about Shyamu
    AV came all the way for few hrs with her , returning to LA the same night
    Would I wait for 5 more months ,
    No sir
    I will land at LAX with him .
    Professional ko goli Maro 🤩

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  17. I read this today, nth time and thought, yeah this is my favourite part. Then I thought, isn’t that what I think of every other chapter.😜
    Meera, is it possible to coax you into writing another story?

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