Interlude

For Twiggy! For the longest time, he had tried to convince himself that the emptiness he felt was because he was leaving a place that had been home in so many ways – one that he knew would forever hold a part of his life in its gentle grasp – a part that changed with…

Chapter Sixteen: Blink of an Eye

It was almost as if Arnav Varun’s “engagement” was the only topic that could keep the part of IE-V that she belonged to, bound in the wake of Aarohan. Or maybe it was the only conversation that caught her ear even as her brain ignored everything else. For weeks, even months following Aarohan, not a…

Chapter Fifteen-D: Day of Reckoning

The evening had almost come to an end when the songs were all sung, when there were more participants than hosts of Aarohan on the stage. And though the lack of much female company around her was one she was working hard to expect and be comfortable with, somewhere close to midnight, Kaveri Khushi Gupta…

Chapter Fifteen-C: Day of Reckoning

It was a good thing that hearts, especially hers, were made of sterner stuff. Clearly, skipping a few beats wasn’t going to leave her dead, she thought to herself as a million possibilities and an exponentially higher number of scenarios of what was about to follow, whooshed into her brain as her pupils struggled to…

Chapter Fifteen-B: A Day of Reckoning

The words slipped out of her mouth amidst jangling nerves, ice-cold palms and a stomach that growled and twisted painfully with anxiety. “Where is he?” For a second after she had realized she had spoken aloud, she thought Arjun had missed the question. It was only when she had allowed herself to exhale that she…

Chapter Fifteen A: Day of Reckoning

“No!” Khushi’s shoulders slumped as she let her fingers grudgingly let go of the mehendi green chikan-kari salwar kameez that was her favorite special occasion attire. She turned around, one hand still holding the squeaking grey, only partially rusted metal almirah open. “What?” She exclaimed in resigned exasperation. “It is my favorite.” She pouted uncharacteristically.…

Chapter Fourteen: Fool’s Paradise

What her insecurity couldn’t do, her sudden awareness of desire did with greater success. She avoided Arnav as much as she could over the next few days, making sure that her exchanges were limited to the songs they sung together and an occasional smile or word uttered in greeting. She refused to sing the way…

Chapter Thirteen: In A New Light

Here's wishing everyone a Happy 2016! May this year be everything you need it to be! She was inside the small three-storeyed building that housed her home on the second field five dripping minutes later, creating a mini puddle around her as she stood blankly, shoulders slumped and glasses already drying to leave big splotch…

Chapter Eleven: This and That

“Phew” Arjun said as he plonked himself in the chair that Arnav had been occupying. Khushi looked at him wryly. “You enjoyed every minute of that.” She said rolling her eyes, as Arjun placed his hands on his ears and mock apologized to Arnav who was standing on the stage, shaking his head at Arjun…