Tangle & Ties: Chapter 87: The Turmoil

It’s the last day of 2019 and I can’t help but reflect on the year that passed by… Whatever happened, good and bad, that includes this blog too… We are all fine as long as we know how to find ourselves back through the chaos. I thank each one of you for joining this blog, for having faith in me […]

Beta Readers Invited for The Masquerade

Hello dear readers, It was long back, almost a year ago, when I had invited beta readers for The Masquerade – my debut novel. But then my book took multiple revisions, faced a lot of issues and after nearly 5 edits and deletions, it is now in shape of a novel. Meanwhile, my readers got married, had babies, joined colleges […]

My Corner – Adieu 2019

Hello, my dear lovely friends, It feels so good to write to you after a long gap. The last 3 months have been the most difficult days of my life but I’m glad that I am able to deal with the situations in a better manner. Every dark day teaches you something… every tough time prepares you well for the […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 86: Unfortunate Turns

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Happy Sunday 🙂 ……………………………………………. “Now, Gaurvi has nothing to worry about her pregnancy and delivery. Nandini will take care of her. Right?” “Wrong! Nandini is NOT Gaurvi’s doctor,” Manik replied to her in strong words, before anyone else could speak a word. And added – “She is not THAT experienced!” ……………………………….. […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 85: Keeping the Faith

Posting a small part today… I will update more tomorrow as it is Sunday and I am free ALL day after soooooo longggg!!! Anyway – Shorter and quicker updates suit me more…Let me know what suits you… I always ask this and always get different replies so I ask every time. These days, I am in a better space.   I […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 84: Changing Moods

Manik woke up early the next day. The fact that he was alone, all night, on the couch in the living room didn’t let him sleep all night. It wasn’t like he was waiting for Nandini. He would have slept if he was alone in the house. They had decided this long back that they won’t wait for each other […]

My Corner – The Current Affairs

Hello people, I was supposed to update the next part of Tangles & Ties on Tuesday but couldn’t. Apologies. With so much happening in the country right now, I devoted all the time I had to serious reading and research to get my facts right from RELIABLE sources like – The Constitution/ CAAct originally published in the Gazette of India/United […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 83: Come With Me!

Sorry to keep you all waiting. And thank you for always being so kind to me. Readers maketh a story, I have always believed. Thanks for bringing this story to this far! Love you loads. ………………….   The family reached home late. They had dinner at a hotel after the shopping and then after having ice cream at a famous […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 82: What About You?

I have replied to ALL comments on the last chapter of this story. This is the least that I can do for the overwhelming love and support I receive from you.  I am not able to reply to personal messages on Instagram, Twitter, Gmail or other places, unless urgent. If you see my social media activity, you will know that […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 81:

Apologies for making you wait. I have soooooo many things to say to you but I don’t want to spoil the update for you. So, I will write a separate personal post for that.  Right now – Thank you for each and every message, love and support. Please know that you mean a lot to me. And if we have […]

Previous Chapters of Tangles & Ties

Hello friends, I am extremely sorry. The last 3-4 days were too hectic as I had to finish a project by 30th Dec, ie today and submit it. I couldn’t upload the previous chapters of Tangles & Ties. I will begin to update them now. One more thing – I haven’t replied to the hundreds of messages in my inbox […]

Tangles & Ties to Resume on Dec 1.

Hey all, I’ve been missing MaNan, Tangles & Ties and writing fiction… and basically everything that makes me smile, including all of you… As I have said before that I will start updating from December 1st, 2019…this post is simply to add the countdown on page 1 of this blog… see it here – Click Here This will remind me every […]

One Step Every Day

Hello, my dear lovely people, I’m here coz I was missing all of you and this blog, and everything that makes me smile… including MaNan and my stories. I’m missing Tangles and Ties and Manasvi-Anshuman of Beyond Every Border… Fiction is the alternate world that gives me a chance to explore my own tangled thoughts and beliefs. It is that […]


Hello everyone, Wish you all a very Happy Diwali and a beautiful new year! Hope this festival was the brightest of all. I hope it was memorable and joyful for each one of you and your families. It feels like a long time since we interacted with each other. Thank you so much for sending me messages after my last post. […]

Taking A Break

Hello everyone, On August 22, I wrote a post here – ‘A Ray of Sunshine’ — It was about how things were not going well on my side. I was trying to find some ray of sunshine in people close to me. It has been two months since then and the rays of sunshine have only been dimming at my […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 80: I will follow you

Latika smiled. “Ask Manik. He just came in and is standing behind you!” Nandini immediately turned around. Manik had entered the living room and he was talking to Cabir now. The living room was buzzing with cheers for Manchester United at the Euro Cup finals. Aliya and Mukti were chatting with Trisha and Gaurvi. Dhruv was talking to Manoj Malhotra, […]

Tangles and Ties: Chapter 79: Stolen Moments

Manik’s birthday was like a big celebration for the Malhotra family as they had especially come from Lucknow to give him a surprise. Manik’s mother Latika was in the kitchen, making sweets and savouries of Manik’s choice and liking. Nandini was around her, helping her, giving her things like ghee and sugar and flour. Latika’s excitement was palpable. “It has […]


A blank page is nothing but an invitation. To create, to share, to bring alive every pain, every truth and all lies All that waited to be shared and discussed But couldn’t leave the confines of a broken heart & closed eyes ~ManitaV~ Hello everyone, This post is about this blog – ~ Few people were complaining about the advertisements […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 78: I Don’t Trust You

“I wasn’t judging you… ” “Oh yes!! You just did… My wife of 4 months just told me how she thinks that my entire life of 29 years was a lie.” Nandini was left speechless! His words. His stance. His clenched jaw, toughened face and darkened eyes spitting fire at her – Each gesture told her how upset he was. […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 77: Judgements and Apprehensions

Manik lowered himself towards Nandini and gave her a soft, quick side hug. This was the only response he could manage after an overwhelming promise from her that she will keep believing in him even when she didn’t understand him. “Let’s go.” He quickly separated from her and held her hand taking her towards the arrival terminal of the airport. […]


I have been adding – ‘Next Chapter Link’ with old updates as a lot of people were having issues in finding the chapters & reading the story in a flow. Now you can click on the link at the end of each chapter to read the ‘next chapter’ An old update got reposted in the morning while doing this. Apologies […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 75: Insanely Addictive Attraction

The traffic at this blog is phenomenal! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no words to express gratitude. The number of subscribers and number of hits every day is massive such that it has started causing glitches, I am told. 75 chapters of T&T and 15 chapters of BEB and so many ‘My corner’ posts and […]

2/9/19 – 12/9/19: Spark & Spice Festival

This year Ganpati festival is to begin on the 2nd of September, 2019. Each year Ganpati Bappa arrives at our home and fills our lives with peace and happiness. So this year, I decided to spill over that peace and happiness in the lives of all those who love my works and have loved my book Spark & Spice – […]

Small Note: 26/8/19

Some people are facing issues regarding the older chapters of Tangles & Ties. When I checked it on my phone, even I couldn’t open as it said – ‘Page Not Found’ It happened because of high traffic on the blog and the increased number of posts which clog the space, or something like that, which I could understand only in […]

New VM: Tangles & Ties

So, I’ve made a very basic, juvenile kinda VM for Tangles & Ties… but I had to do it coz I couldn’t ‘not’ make it … I don’t know if it makes sense… If you find it cute – like I found it adorable – it is PURELY due to MaNan and nothing else… Will remove tomorrow… coz I don’t […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 74: Anything For You!

( A small update today… )   It was almost 9 pm. She was late, yet again. Nandini left the general gynae ward after checking on the last patient admitted in emergency. Her steps had become fast by default. She would normally walk fast as she was used to zooming in and out of different wards on different floors of […]

A Ray of Sunshine: My Corner

Hello Everyone, I’m sorry for going silent for a couple of days. I have been going through a tough patch in my personal life, almost a crisis, since some time now. I was hoping for the light to see the day but it didn’t. And the hardships continued. Sometimes, the struggle continues for long… I was trying my best and I […]

Hopes & Dreams: Broken And Otherwise – My Corner

I had planned for a post on ‘My Corner’ to be on every Saturday!! But apparently, we can plan nothing in life… and it’s cool 🙂 It’s my blog and I am allowed to write as and when I feel like… Right? 🙂 I couldn’t write any update or anything worth posting for last two days because I was talking […]

Little Cheers: My Corner

Hello dear friends, It’s Saturday and from today, I’m planning to write one post under ‘my corner’ every Saturday to chat with all of you connected to me in some way or the other. This blog is like my second home, I always say… A place where I go to every day, without fail and feel like a big part […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 73: The Dynamics of Happiness

~ A lot of people didn’t get the notification of the last update. Honestly, I have no idea what went wrong. I’ll check what happened. Meanwhile, you keep checking for updates… I’ll let you know a schedule in a day or two…  ~ Happy Friendship Day to all of you! Stay blessed. Thank you for being a silent support system […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 72: My Happiness Is You

I’m deeply grateful for the love and response to all my stories. Tangles & Ties is set to create it’s own records for the number of messages I receive because of it. Only second next to Spark & Spice. Thank you and lots of love to you… always!! ………………………. Nandini carried her laptop to the dining table and sat on […]

My Corner 1/8/19: The Subtle Connection :)

Hello Everyone, A lot of people have been asking me where I was in last few days and why I was missing… Firstly – I’m fine! All is well on my side… Thank you so much for the concern. You have no idea how much it means to me. Now –  I was on an impromptu family vacation to Goa […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 71: Can’t Stop Loving You

Apologies for posting it after a long gap! It is a longggg update. Almost 6500 words… Lots of love to all of you 🙂 …………………. The morning of the New Year started on a beautiful note. It was always beautiful for her when she woke up next to him, hearing him breathe silently, feeling the soft heaving of his chest […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 70: A Sacred Bond

Thank you for reading! Stay blessed. Stay happy! She laughed hysterically when he spoke in a husky deep baritone, not to say ‘shut up’ in a husky, sexy voice. He grinned but didn’t speak anything else till he gave her all the time in the world to laugh and rejoice in the glory of his arms around her slender frame, […]

Failed Efforts: A Chat Post

Hello Everyone, It is a general chat post. Nothing special. So you can stop reading wherever you feel bored. I was missing you all. So, I thought I’ll drop a few words and talk to you about me and my routine these days. I hope all is well at your end. It has been a hectic fortnight for me – […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 69: Resolutions

The only purpose of removing stories from different platforms is to safeguard them under my name. Nothing else! I’ve written MaNan stories for MaNan fans and after I get them copyrighted and published, I will post links to all Manan stories in Manik-Nandini version only.  You can download and keep them with you forever. No one needs to buy my […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 68: Going With The Flow

I haven’t been replying to comments and messages except when it was very necessary. Apologies for that. I’ve missed you all. But, I am tied up in my clinic and with kids as schools opened and holidays ended too. I read each and every comment, and press like to show that I have read them and loved them and thank […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 8: Scaling High!

Thank you for the tremendous response to this story. Love you all. I know it is slow, but it is meant to be so!” ……………………………………….. It was a ritzy cabin on the twentieth floor of a magnificent building on the Western suburbs of Mumbai. Manasvi had lost most of her confidence when she stepped out of the elevator and found […]

Few Things!

People are still asking me about the password, even after making a full post about it. That says how no one reads my notes *sulks* On a lighter note – “So that means that I am allowed to post long notes… No one reads anyway :))) *Long Note* alert!!! Hey everybody, I just felt like writing to you about so […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 66: Making Memories

Thousands of emotions. Just 2 words: Thank You! …………………………………. “I don’t have words to say… you are sharing it… with me?” “You are close to me…closer than others!” And then, out of the blue, he said – “We will never do that. We will love all our kids equally!” She didn’t reply to that. Instead, she kept looking at him […]

Short Story: The Ticking Sound

Hello people,  I woke up early morning determined to write a short story that has been nagging me since 2-3 days. So I thought of penning it down. It is just a One-Shot – A one part short story! I haven’t proofread it. I haven’t even read it again. I wrote it in one hour straight! Please excuse the mistakes. […]

Holiday Moments

( Old post : Just the name changed )   Hello friends, Due to unavoidable circumstances, my trip was canceled and I couldn’t go on my already unplanned vacation decided at the spur of the moment. Certain things happen and we can’t help it. Life is such! Initially, it pinched. But then, we decided that since we were already on […]

Short Notice: Taking A Break

    Dear Friends, I’m going out for an impromptu holiday! Hence, taking a break from posting updates for a few days. I will not be available on social media too. Kindly do not worry, if you don’t get replies to your DMs/ messages/ or mails. I will be back on 30/06/2019… Next update of both Tangles & Ties and […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 65: Closer Than Others

Thank you for all the comments and likes on the last part. It means a lot to me. I’ve tried to reply to all, but if I have missed anyone, please do remind me. I would love to write to you! Stay blessed. Take care. ………………………………………… He grinned gloriously, “Forget that stupid game now!” “I need you to do that!!!” […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 7: Well Wishers For Life

  Mortified at being cornered so easily, and grateful for her promise that she was with him in this pursuit, Anshuman sheepishly rolled his eyes, pressed his lips, and turned to look around at the road. Then, he slightly huffed, “I’m sorry!” “It’s okay!” Softly she murmured and grinned as that subtle gesture from him was adorable. Her assessment of […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 6: With You

{Thank you so much for the love and support to this story! It means so so so much to me. Love you all… Take care } ……………………………………….. After finishing the packing, Manasvi changed into a sage-green georgette, chikankari dress suit with a palazzo embroidered with mirror-work and lace dupatta with intricate lacework and threadwork. She felt heavy at heart while […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 64: Made For Each Other

Thank you for all the lovely responses to the last few parts of this story. I have read each and every comment and all messages… but I am not able to reply to you… I have been caught up in lot of other things, apart from my clinic, family and kids. I’m not active even on sns…except the DMs that […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 5: Difficult Interactions

“Yes! The SDF rescued us in Syria. After this short break, I’m commissioned to Israel.” Manasvi couldn’t move after accidentally overhearing this one sentence. As if a thick coat of fresh wet cement glued her feet to the terrace floor. Her heart was beating hard… so hard that it threatened to leap out of her throat. She chewed a part […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 63: No Bounds

Thank you for reading my story. Thank you for the comments and likes too. It means a lot to me. Love you all. Apologies for posting late. It’s a long chapter… really long… :))) With lots of pictures…   They followed Nandini’s itinerary and took a bus to Zaanse Schans first. It was a village near Amsterdam famous for recreated […]

Tangles & Ties : Chapter 62: Yearning For You!

Overwhelmed with the response to the last chapter. I don’t have words to thank you. It seems easy to write chapters and updates, but I become uneasy and tongue-tied when people comment on those. I don’t know what to say – ‘So, thank you! Life is beautiful with you girls around me. Stay blessed. Stay happy. Lots of love.’ Wish […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 61: More Than You Will Know

{ No words can suffice for expressing gratitude for the love my stories have received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all your support. A really long update, double the size of usual updates. Happy Reading! } ……………………………………………     He gave her a warm squeeze before separating from her and softly murmured, “Hey! What happened? Why […]

Fighting and Surviving Plagiarism

Hello Everyone, It sounds funny now, as I write it. This plagiarism thing is happening at such a frequent basis that every few days, I find myself writing notes more than the updates – One note about how this stupid thing happened, followed by another note saying – “Thank you for your love and support. It means a lot to […]

Open Letter to Another Fraud

Dear Reader, I won’t call you a writer as someone who can’t think of an original Book Title or New Character names for people she claims to love… CANNOT BE A WRITER!!! You follow me, read my work and have commented on my books. You clearly know of how much mental agony I went through when dealing with plagiarism not […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 4: Surprises!

{ Apologies for keeping you waiting. I had too much on my plate in last two days so I got tired. I will post a proper schedule of posting updates tomorrow. Thank you to all those who are reading my stories. It means the world to me…  A big hug for those who are liking and leaving comments. Sorry, I […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 60: Incurable

It was quite dark into the night. There was no sight of human habitation at a long distance. Tall trees lined the narrow deserted road till as far as eyes could see. The branches and leaves swaying due to the cool breeze made a swishing sound, chilling her blood till her bones. Other than these sounds, there were only night […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 59: Addiction

Next Morning… The sunrays seeped inside the bedroom through fine creeks in the shutters at the tall windows along one wall. Manik was the first one to open his eyes. His body was yet to move as he couldn’t decide whether to move, at all… or forego the thought of it… Nandini had been sleeping blissfully on his left shoulder […]


Hello everyone, It’s been some time since we interacted. How has life been? Changed the face of the blog. I hope the new layout will now make it easier for readers to browse through different sections of this blog. It now has all the important icons on the front page. The New Homepage also has a scrolling carousel at the bottom […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 3: The Hero!

August 2017 New Delhi, India. Preksha tried several different western outfits to be taken on honeymoon with Varun. She had ordered a few dresses online and bought a few from GK 2 last night. Most of the tops and shorts were so trendy that her face lit up when she tried them and came out of the washroom. Manasvi gave […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 38: A Window to Soul

“But you smell so good!” “Why are we still smelling differently? Make me smell like you!” One word of assurance from her that he was smelling fine was enough to boost his confidence. It had been a tough call to get up from the living room and come inside to shower and change. Leaving her back there in the living […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 37: The Scent Of Love

“Its not love!” Nandini scrolled through the websites that masi had sent the links to, with a subtle shrug and a whisper, convincing herself, ‘Of course, it is not love!’ She chose a blog where the Chef had used a lot of pictures to illustrate the simple steps for beginners to prepare quick healthy meals for working professionals. The recipes looked […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 36: Not In Love

Nandini finally gave up trying to go back to sleep. She spent a long time in the bathtub, scrubbing and shampooing and preening herself, simply to kill time… wore a beautiful long floral skirt and baby pink ruffled top that made her feel like a princess… and settled on the couch with Dobby and the morning newspaper. Later, she read […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 35: I Need You

For the next two days, Manik remained immersed in work, going through the last minute details of the project before handing it over to the executive committee and the client, so that it could be taken ahead for final execution and completion. He would leave home early in the morning and come back late at night. He would eat either […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 34: She Is The One!

Nandini sent a message to him at lunch time — ‘Finished meeting three HODS of different hospitals… tired now… going back home!’ Manik replied back — ‘Great! How were the hospitals? You like them?’ ‘Loved them! Applied to all the places. They have openings. I hope I get it.’ ‘Awesome. I really hope you do!’ ‘I hope so, too. I’m dying […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 33: Beyond The Fears

The night may have ended with both of them sleeping side by side, her hand between them and his hand over hers, as softly as he could manage so as to not wake her up. But the next morning found them sleeping in each other’s arms. His strong muscular arms wrapped around her. Her delicate form curled up within his […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 32 : What Do You Call It?

“So, basically you are giving me the liberty of being ‘me’…” She chuckled and squeezed her eyes as she nodded, “Exactly!!!” “Then, why don’t I feel happy about it?” He had slightly murmured, walking behind her for the billing of their selections. She turned around to look at him again and grinned, “Did you say something?” He nodded to refuse, […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 31: Everything I Ever Wanted

“Sure, you are talking about our home?” “Of course!! You only said na, that I shouldn’t expect anything like that from you!! Or… should I??” He lifted one brow and smiled mysteriously, before coming up with a soft, husky whisper, almost lowering down towards her shoulder, “Expectations are the fixed frame, inside which, we bind others and ourselves too… and keep […]

Tangles & Ties : Chapter 58: The Measure of Care

Manik and Nandini got off the boat and walked in a particular direction, as suggested by Nandini. He rested his hands on his hips after walking for quite some distance and huffed. “Hey! Where are you taking me? Should I be alarmed that I have been officially kidnapped?” Nandini giggled while Manik dragged his feet behind her, making statements as […]

Tangles & Ties : Chapter 30: Breaking The Rules

Manik had asked Nandini to pick him from his office at 3 pm as he had sent his car for her. She finished visiting 3 nearby hospitals by then. All she had to do was observe the patients load and see OTs and OPD. She met the HODs of the hospitals, introduced herself and asked to be called for the […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 29: Sinking In

The early morning sunshine seemed to caress her cheeks, sieving through the creeks in the window pane, kissing her eyelids, coaxing her to open her eyes… Nandini frowned. It was too early to get up but sleep evaded her soon. The uneasiness of being displaced from her own world … and being in a new place, new bed had been […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 28: Not An Easy Drive

“I was wondering what would be more profitable to count, from now…” “Like??” “The number of times you leave me stunned with your spark or the number of dissimilarities between us?” With a slight tilt of her neck, she observed him, adoringly! He didn’t appear like he was going to leave her eyes for long. She wasn’t going to lose […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 27: Dissimilarities Galore

Dhruv gave him a weird, disbelieving look, evidently smirking with that, “Manik, you are an engineer, right? From IIT? And if I’m not wrong, you manage all your transactions, mails… even shopping… practically your entire life online??!!!” “Tch… Don’t try to become another Cabir, mannn!!” Manik was in no mood to entertain Dhruv’s jokes. He was already irritated. “I know, […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 26 : Thinking Of You

At the office of Phoenix Adlabs Pvt. Ltd. Manik entered his cabin and pressed the buzzer three times at one go, a signal to his subordinates that he was in mood of no-nonsense and commanded them in his room at the earliest with the work they had finished. The staff stood up from their seats and rushed to his cabin […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 25: We Gel Like No Other

“You want to do something to prove it?” “Yeahhhh!!” She nodded cutely. In a real serious tone, trying not to intimidate or force her, he requested. “Then stay with me in this room. Choose my room!” She grinned and teased him, “You missed a chance, Malhotra! You could’ve asked for something else… as I didn’t even consider the other room… […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 24: New Experiences

The plane was finally flying high in the sky, leaving the older avenues and hoping to kiss the new destination. Bangalore! Manik switched on his laptop and studied a proposal saved by him. He spent an undistracted hour with his laptop almost burying himself in it. Nandini logged into pub-med website and read the latest articles about preterm labour. She […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 23: The Deal Is On

Nandini stood in front of the washroom mirror for some time and blushed hard. Her face, her eyes, her cheeks looked different today. Even a long bath and thorough scrub couldn’t take away that squishy feel from her cheeks and her body. Each feature of her face held a distinct glow. If felt as if each cell of her body […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 57: You Capture My Essence

  After a long relaxing bath, Nandini took another fifteen minutes and she was done. She stepped out wearing smart casuals, as per the weather – suede tunic, woollen leggings, long coat and cowboy boots with a hat. She stuffed the necessary things for the day in her handbag and walked into the living room, only to find Manik sprawled […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 20: Slow Burn

She had earned that value and power to take that decision. He was going to wait as long as she wanted. And he was always going to protect her heart and her dreams… like a dream catcher… Nandini slipped into a rich red gown with gold sequined embroidery at the neckline with a fitted lace bodice, secured by a cinch […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 19: Like A Dream Catcher

Someone wanted to see how Manik’s tattoo must have looked – It’s on his chest – around 15 X 7 cm… something like this…. …………………………………………. She frowned, pretended to cry and closed the door behind her. They could hear ma and masi busy in their gossip, giggling like teenagers. Manik pretended to stretch his hands outwards, and lifted the sleeves […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 18: Sassy Secrets

Nandini was back to their room and was selecting the outfit to wear for the Grand Reception in the evening. It had to be a big formal function so the dress had to be the designer one, fit for the new bride. It was so confusing. She decided to take help from Meera. Just then, Manik entered the room. Manik […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 17: So Much Unspoken

The factory visit to meet the employees and distribute sweets to them, was followed by lunch and then back to Malhotra mansion. Manik asked his cousins, “Anyone up for a match of football?” His cousins jumped at the idea. They were nearly five boys of different ages… the girls were allowed too, so it made them eleven. Akhil and Gaurvi […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 16: Let The Feel Simmer

The second night was tougher than the first. The previous night was easier –  they had got married a few hours back, had been following rituals almost till wee hours of the morning, were tired like crazy and the hotel room in Mumbai was a closed space with no personal touch. It was a makeshift arrangement for his family to […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 15: Untamed Attractions

The plane finally found it’s destination. It landed smoothly at Lucknow airport, making the newly weds too busy to even talk… Relatives surrounded them and took them to Malhotras’ ancestral house. In a suburban colony of the small city, Malhotras owned a bungalow, with three floors, huge spacious ten bedrooms, large dining halls and living rooms, big garden at the […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 14: We Are All Broken

“Nandiniiiii…” He dragged the last part of her name in an irked chide. Next moment, he turned to her and asked in a very stern, terse, serious voice, struggling with himself and almost upset with her. “Is it so difficult to mind your own business?” Hurt – was a small word! His words pinched deep, like a stab! She was […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 13: Getting Used To You

“I will say that…” “That?” “We were busy?”   She replied with a mysterious grin and raised her brows to add to the effect, making him frown in anxiety, before he stopped her. Immediately he stretched his hand, held her elbow to bring her back from her track. Astounded all over again, gritting his teeth and glaring at her, he hissed, […]


Thank you for the tremendous response to this blog and my stories. It means the world to me. I have nothing but gratitude for all the love and support I have received from my readers. I hope I keep writing without any hindrance, now that I have a place of my own 🙂 I want to do something for you, […]

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 2: Awkward Relationships

Thank you for the tremendous response to this story. I was skeptical before writing it as I wasn’t sure if it would be accepted. It is pretty intense and dark themed. I am overwhelmed at the love and support from you just the same way as you accepted and loved my previous stories.  Thank you! Love you all so much… […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 39: Forced, Is it?

Manik said, “Listen to me, this is not an arranged marriage. It is a compromise. A compromise that one bears all through his life, just because there is nothing else you can do once you are married to her. You can do nothing – no matter how different you are… no matter how much you hate everything she does… no […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 40: Never

He quickly ruled it out. “No, I’m not in love with you!” She smiled and turned her face away, as she closed her eyes for once. Then she turned back to him with the smile retained on her face. “Good! Because neither am I!” It would have broken his heart if he didn’t expect this reaction from her. But, somewhere deep […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 41: Time Is All We Have

She nodded, taking a long pause and then whispered, “Leave me alone.” He blinked once and then sighed before he spoke in one single word… low, measured, deep, “Never!” She kept looking at him. He did the same. When she didn’t reply to this, he held her hand and made her sit before him, facing him. Holding a strand of […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 42: Deeper Connections

“There is no dearth of time! You have an entire life to create and solve issues and no one interferes between two people unless they want it!” Almost mesmerized at his words, her eyes refused to leave him while he spoke. After the little quote about time, when he found her stuck on him and thinking deeply, he stopped speaking. […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 43: Such Is Life

Nandini wrapped Dobby’s leg in a bandage, set him in a basket, covered him, packed his food and settled him inside the building watchman’s cabin, who had agreed to take care of him till she came back. Every day, when she came home late, she would feel guilty for the puppy, but not anymore. She drove all the way to […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 44: Hold My Hand

When Nandini walked out of the HOD’s room at Hinduja, she was drained. Both mentally and physically. It was a challenging day. She had driven the car around the entire city, visited four hospitals and nothing had turned in her favour. It had been disappointing. To top that, the last offer was for Chennai. She had always wanted to go […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 45: There For You

Since morning, Manik was typing and sending emails, replying to allegations to him. Around mid-noon, he received a message from Nandini. It had now become an addiction for both of them to send and receive messages to each other, all through the day. She had informed him that she had attended an interview at Max hospital and was pretty satisfied […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 46: I Will Follow You

“It is based in Chennai!” Manik sat up straight on the bed to listen to her when Nandini outlined the details of the offer that was given to her, the work profile, promise of a consultancy post after an year or if she wanted to join the fellowship, then they would consider her first and will give her the priority. […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 48: Trust Me

“Awww… how sad, Manik Malhotra! You could neither be BRAVE, nor LUCKY! Nahi??” He didn’t know why but he found it adorable. Instead of pacifying her again, he laughed out loud, “On the contrary, I had entered the lioness’ den braced with a list of conditions for marriage. And she agreed!! Now, that’s what I call heights of bravery!!” She […]

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 47: My Universe Is You

“You promise?” “Without a trace of doubt… I’ll follow you wherever you go!” She was visibly elated when he said that. Her lips curved in a huge smile and then she grinned ear to ear. Her smile was precious for him. He could trade it for nothing in the world. “Happy?” He sighed, pulling her closer to him, unable to […]

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