Spark & Spice: Bonus Chapter: The Surprise

Nandini was humming a beautiful melody to match with the song on the radio, while preparing for a grand welcome for Manik. After a hectic schedule of 2 weeks at Berlin, he was returning back to Paris, to her!!! That too, just a day before his birthday!! It had been one year and four months…

Spark & Spice: Epilogue

  One year later… Nandini had been in the washroom since almost half an hour now. “Nanduuuu…” Manik frantically paced to and fro in the bedroom, waiting for her eagerly and banging the door occasionally to ask her to vacate the washroom. “Hurry up!!” She opened the door slightly, peeped through the small space between…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 112: Spark & Spice… Forever!

It was late evening, by the time Manik reached Malhotra mansion with Harshad accompanying  him…to their way back home… in a true sense… It was a moment of exhilaration for Harshad as he was going home after so many weeks… he had been in Milan, then in the prison… and then 1 week in the…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 111: Tracing The Old Paths

Manik walked towards the garden area of the hospital in a confused state of mind. His love for Nandini was going to overshadow every emotion he’d ever feel in his life, he was sure about it. But his inherent trait of staying ‘in-control’ at all times and doing things ‘his-way’ troubled him. He had been…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 110: Unexpected Betrayal

It wasn’t that he didn’t ‘want’ to listen to her. It was mainly because Manik was scared to listen to Nandini. He was scared of any mishap. He was scared of his fears coming true all over again… He couldn’t sit and listen to Nandini… he didn’t have that patience… And she knew it!!! Before…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 109: Shocking Revelations

Leaving Barcelona, the next morning, was almost like waking up from a gorgeous dream. At the airport, Nandini placed their bags for checking-in, while Manik brought coffee for them. “I don’t want to go back!” He spoke, making a pout, stretching his hand to give her a cup. “Aww!” She touched his hand as she…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 108: A love for eternity

Manik tried his best to divert Nandini’s attention, kept her occupied, talked to her consistently and tried to make her forget that unpleasant incident on the street when they were nearly lost for some time. He stayed with her after that… right beside her… holding her strongly at all times… Next day morning, at La Pubilla,…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 107: Promises To Keep

“If he was ‘hot’… then, what am I?” She smiled lovingly and ran her fingers up his bare chest to caress his pectorals. Leaning towards him, she replied in a careless, sultry, sexy voice, “You are fire!! Hoping to get things heated up somewhere else is so juvenile when I’m hoping to get totally scorched…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 106: Burn Alert

Manik sipped from his mug of black coffee and stared somewhere far away towards the horizon, across the ocean. A myriad of thoughts ran through his mind at a tandem. Nandini had achieved another breakthrough when it came to him. She had managed to get into his hard skin, which he had kept hidden from…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 105: Love Me Tender

His lips grazed over her forehead and touched her lips in a feather-soft peck as he whispered. “I need you…inside…” She inched a step closer to him and whispered, “Take me…” With that she crawled her hands up his chest and turned that feather soft peck to an intense kiss. Their proximity had always been…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 104: I Need You

The long walk turned into a romantic date with both of them slipping into a peaceful silence after some time. They had been talking like the best of friends during the initial stretch of the walk, but slowly the content and the need to talk kept going down. They had been together for so long…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 103: We Are A Team

Manik slightly shifted Nandini, draped in the duvet, lying snugging to him to turn over as smoothly as he could and snaked his hand towards the side table where Nandini’s bag was kept. He fetched the phone that once belonged to him, now caged in her bag. Just when he was about to unlock it,…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 102: For A Start

It took Manik a few minutes to get the bookings done. He also asked some of his sources to get every little detail about the website and about the hotel that Nandini had booked online and had been cheated on. After a few minutes, he returned back to her with a victorious grin on his…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 101: Spark & Spice – Reboot!

Manik drummed his fingers over the closed laptop, kept on the side table, near their bed, just beside his corner on the head end. He had finished his packing for the impromptu trip to Barcelona that Nandini desperately wanted to take, in an attempt to free him from all the negative energies, he had been…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 100: Make A Wish

“I don’t want you to leave Harshad. Let him stay wherever he is, if that makes you content… but then, you have to do something else…” “What?” “All that I say…” “Ask me for my life… and I’ll give it…” “I don’t want your life. I want to become your life!!” “You ARE my life…” He spoke…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 99: Make Me Your Life

“It will remind you of the pain you give to yourself and to everyone who loves you, when you allow your anger to rule over your intelligence.” He squeezed her in his arms, “I’m so so so sorry!” She didn’t allow him the luxury of seeking and getting an apology. She wanted him to feel…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 98: Let it go!

It was over 10 days today. Maya was losing hope and there was no sign of Harshad. From threatening and asking for help, she had come down to pleading for help before Manik who hardly stayed in the house, to avoid this negativity. Dadi tried to talk to Nandini to emotionally blackmail her into talking…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 97: On One End

Nandini squirmed with three sets of eyes searching her face for answers she was supposed to know. Dadu had asked her if she knew something about Harshad and if Manik was involved in it. The way dadu had asked and by the look of the question, it seemed that he already suspected Manik to be…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 96: Increasing Chaos

2 more days passed… Manik had been very clear that he was not going to let Harshad go so soon. He was holding him up for he had to think of something definitive about him. Nandini didn’t say anything after that. She was in a very difficult space. She didn’t want to go against Manik…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 95: Not So Soon!

{ Long update – 4000+ words } ……………………….. “What if he dies there?? Will you ever be able to forgive yourself??” She had asked. He didn’t reply. Instead, he walked away to his room to freshen up. It was early morning already and they hadn’t slept for the entire night. When he returned back, he…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 94: Your Arms, My Heaven

“I have told you everything about me and all the secrets no one knows about. As always, the choice remains yours. You can either go and tell everyone about him and rescue him or Stay With Me!!”     Nandini kept her eyes focused on him for a long moment, without any significant expressions on her…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 93: Stay With Me

“What if I say that I am no better?? There is no difference between Harshad and me??? We are two sides of one coin.” She didn’t even listen to him properly and immediately chided him, “What do you mean, there is no difference between him and you?? Shut up, okay?! Both of you can never…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 92: Two Sides of One Coin

Tour Montparnasse, Paris. Tour Montparnasse was one of the few tallest buildings in otherwise flat city of Paris. It was sometimes touted as the only true skyscraper of the city. Out of 59 floors, most of the floors of this building were occupied by various business groups and office spaces. For the same reasons, the…

Chapter 91: Depth of Love

Somewhere in the middle of the night, it started turning cold. Nandini shivered despite being tucked to Manik and being under the soft duvet draped around them, the one that he had brought from the bedroom next to the living room. She was on the couch, using his shoulder as a pillow. Slowly, she snuggled…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 90: Storm & Steam is US ~ Steam!

Cabir and Nikita were the last ones to leave. Manik and Nandini saw them off till the car which took them to the airport. When they returned to the house, now clean as Mariah had been working around tirelessly to bring it back to look prim and proper, Nandini was still limping slightly. He observed…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 89: Storm and Steam is US ~ Storm!

Manik wore his favourite khaki shorts and slipped his hands inside a tiffany blue shirt before he walked out of the washroom and as a habit, went straight to the wall which had a full-sized mirror, lined along its length. Surprisingly, Nandini stood waiting for him, with her back leaned by the wall and hands…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 88: Patience Doesn’t Pay

It had been difficult but 3 weeks passed… finally!!! Cabir and Nikita had left after staying for a day after Nandini’s discharge from the hospital. They were back to Paris, their work and their schedules with a decision to get married once Nandini was healed and back to her own self. Cabir promised Manik that…

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…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 87: Shades of Love

Their home was repaired and refurnished just like it was before the accident… in fact, even prettier than before… Nandini was ecstatic because this time Manik was carrying her through the threshold. She was reminded of their wedding day and how they had survived that chaos too. Manik hadn’t lifted her, then. And, this day,…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 86: Love Does That To You

{To all those, who are writing to me that I am holding my other two stories because of Spark & Spice, please understand that I cannot do that as I am not writing even Spark & Spice. I just read the update once and post it. It is a story completed previously, so it is…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 85: Can We?

Dadu, dadi and Maya were the first ones to reach the Lucerne General Hospital as they had taken their jet plane, right after Abhimanyu informed them about the fire accident. Abhimanyu had ensured that the Fire Brigade reached fast, he arranged for people to help Manik outwards the balcony as it wasn’t possible to again…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 84: Be My Saviour

They didn’t sleep for the entire night. Till the wee hours of the morning, they stayed up – sharing their feelings, experiences, cuddling together, speaking sweet nothings and making the most out of every moment that they were together. Very early in the morning… around 4:00 am… “When did you distance yourself from music?” Nandini…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 83: Come Closer

Come closer, And dissolve the distances, Come closer, Forego stealing those glances. Words may defy me, And I may never be able to express How much I love you, adore you, cherish you, How you are so precious. Come closer, So, I can hear you breathe Come closer Let me to feel your heartbeat Every…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 82: Ditch the Comfort Zone

“Don’t worry… it’s not going to be awkward…” “How can you say so?” “I’ve imagined you so many times in ‘this’ already. ” She opened her eyes wide to stare at him pointedly, without a word from her. Her heart raced higher than the speed of a derby stallion and her mind went back and…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 81: More of Us

{Apologies. I was putting my baby to sleep and next, I didn’t realise that I slept with her. Woke up at 4. Sorry for making you wait. Thank you for your love and appreciation. This story is my precious one. It received so much love at Wattpad and now, even here, it is being appreciated…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 80: Getting To Know You

Nandini opened her eyes to a bright sunny morning. It was hardly 7 am. The morning sunshine illuminated their room and brightened it up. She touched her face to feel the warm glow, brought about by Manik’s love. She almost felt like being protected by a cocoon of his feelings for her. The weather was…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 79: Promise to Share

A longgg update …. 3700+ words… …………………………….. “Angry?? Nandini, you have no idea how I feel right now!! On one hand, you meet a stranger in the supermarket and genuinely like him, you laugh with him, shake hands and hope to meet him… so sooooo friendly you have become… the girl-of-less-words… who hardly ever spoke…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 78: Push & Pull

{Sorry for this disrupted way of updating chapters. As I said, that I had guests, so I just squeezed in some time previously. Free for some time now, so posting 2 more } …………………. Choosing between the options given by Nandini was not difficult because Manik knew what she wanted. Refusing her was neither possible…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 77: Growing Closer

A scrumptious meal of tortilla rolls with strawberry milkshake prepared by Nandini was on the dining table leaving Manik with a haw dropping in surprise. “I thought you were joking whenever you talked about cooking.” He sat down gleefully making it very evident that he had been famished since last night. She nodded proudly and…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 76: The Honeymoon Couple

The internet speed was low last night so I couldn’t upload any chapters. I tried to get up early and update but I was busy, despite it being a Sunday. And then I have guests, unexpectedly!!  Thank you for all the love. I am short of words when I have to express gratitude to the…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 75: You Are My Strength

{ A/N : I read each and every word written in comment box and it means a lot to me… A LOT!!! Your words and your comments are motivation, encouragement, support and love!! I may not be able to reply to each but trust me, I treasure these comments… You won’t believe that I remember your user-ids…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 74: Magnets

{ Disclaimer: This chapter is bold and mature.  I will make it password protected tomorrow. Contains a moderate description of physical intimacy. If such content offends you, you can skip the entire chapter. The plot will not be affected.  Kindly read it at your own discretion.  Thank you!!} ……………………………………………. They had been standing and talking on…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 73: Giving Up already?

He let his lips graze softly over her long neck and spoke against her skin. “Forget about me!! Do you really think YOU will be able to keep your hands off me… for …what did you say… one month??” She sighed when those soft lips traveled through her skin. His cologne, his scent, his hands roving…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 72: The Tease

“Manik… this is like a dream… like a fantasy!!” “Fantasies have just begun, sweetheart!! Dream on… and leave it to me to fulfill all your dreams!!” With a coy smile, she leaned backwards to let him hold her close to his chest, with her back tucked to him. “My dreams and fantasies, all begin and…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 71: Dream On

A long drive of 5 hours, of which each and every minute they had spent talking to each other, was over so quickly, as if they had just started from Paris. Manik had been driving and Nandini was sitting comfortably beside him, telling him about her design institute in Delhi, her residential colony in Karol…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 70: Old & New Ties

~ Long Update Alert :)) Her half drooping eyelids, with eyes focused on him and her half-parted lips were enough to let him know that he won’t be stopped this time… If only… He sighed!!! If only, he wasn’t worn out of starvation, lack of sleep and the circus that happened around their wedding. He…

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…

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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…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 69: The Irresistible Bride

He chuckled and nudged her shoulder with his shoulder in a tease, “Sweetheart, a month’s break with you in Switzerland, is a prize, not punishment!” She blushed at the way he said it, along with the shoulder nudge. This small act from him had a subtle naughtiness in it. He stood up to stand right…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 68: A New Journey 3

Hurt and disheartened, she had asked, “When you believe so much in family and business, and you care about them, still it was so easy for you to give up… and here, you never believed in marriage or love… how easy will it be for you to give up on me…I’m unable to believe it……

Spark & Spice: Chapter 67: A New Journey 2

Dadu was saddened when he said this. “I will get the papers ready…we’ll divide the company, our assets and the shares among the two of you!!” Manik immediately intervened, “No dadu, please!!! We can’t divide the company. We can’t… It’s not right!!” “Manik, there is no other option!” “I’ll step down…We’ll leave the house too……

Spark & Spice: Chapter 66: A New Journey 1

Nandini smiled subtly and wiped her tears when Manik asked her to stop crying ‘for him’… The rituals were completed with the tying of mangalsutra and filling of red vermilion in her hair parting and finally, it was the time when Panditji declared them as man and wife! Everyone present in the beautifully decorated pandal…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 65: For Me?!

“If I let you go today, I will lose you forever… And I can’t take that risk!!” “And if I marry you today, you will lose everything that you ever had before me… And I can’t take that risk!!” He struggled to find words to convince her to go with him. He had to win…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 64: You Are My Remedy

Manik spoke to Harshad, “Stop maligning us and own up to your mistake. We are not going to suffer because of you! You want to come back… please do!! It’s your home. Your family. I’ve always tried to cover up your blunders and helped you. Don’t disturb the peace this time. All the relatives, friends…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 63: A Rough Patch

Manik and Nandini met just outside dadu and dadi’s room. She walked slowly, taking careful steps due to the heavy lehenga and high heels. Mukti helped her and had brought her with her, holding her cape and end of lehenga. Manik and Cabir reached almost at the same time. Cabir and Mukti nodded as a…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 62: Few Minutes More

It wouldn’t look like an exaggeration if it was said that the stars descended on Earth to bless the couple in love. At least the pulse in the Malhotra mansion felt so… the decor, the ambience, the celebration, well-dressed relatives, free flow of drinks and a lavish spread of food… it appeared as a feast…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 61: The Bliss

Nandini went directly to her room after entering her apartment. She changed into a comfortable set of nightwear spaghetti camisole and shorts and then she stepped out to go to Nikita’s room. Nikita was surprised to find her in her room, this late at night. “Can I come in? Am I disturbing you?” “Nopes!! Please…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 60: Love You More!

Nandini was still reeling under the effect of the gorgeous evening she had spent with Manik. It almost felt like a dream. Where she had been thinking that he was not a romantic soul, who would take ages to understand what she felt for him and would never accept that he loved her too… there…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 59: Love You…Forever!

{ Thanks and lots of love to you!!! All of you!!! This is LONGGG update… Let me know if you liked it :)) …………………………….. Manik started driving the car and called Nandini…while staying on bluetooth. “Hey… Where are you?” “Waiting for you… in the cafe. I’d sent you the location. It’s at Champs Elysees.” “Great! So?…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 58: Avoidance & Acceptance

Malhotras were another name for power when it came to Paris. It took the staff just a few hours to arrange the designers, the jewellers, the decoraters, the caterers and then specify their choice to the event managers who were instructed to organize everything in this short duration. The venue for marriage was an issue…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 57: Make Me Feel Alive

Manik and Nandini conveyed their decision to their families. As expected by everyone, both of them had agreed for a wedding day after tomorrow… ie Saturday! It was another story that none of them was able to believe it, neither Manik, nor Nandini and not even Cabir. When Nandini excused herself after Sindhu playfully splashed…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 56: Escapist Malhotra

I have no words left in my kitty to thank all of you!!! You have become a constant source of my smile, all through the day :)) God bless you all … ………………………….. “May I?” Manik had asked for her hand with a naughty smirk in his eyes teasing her that he remembered that she…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 55: The Response

Thank you for all the love to this book. Like I have said before that this book is too close to my heart. When it gets so much love, I feel overwhelmed. It’s so surreal!! This book has 110 chapters and roughly 2,00, 000 words in all. A decent English novel has nearly 1,00,000 words….

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…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 54: Rockers & Shockers

A really long update…  ……………………………….. His eyes stayed locked to hers… His deep, dark eyes, piercing through her soul, telling her to read in them whatever she wanted to hear!! She stayed captivated … Her gorgeous eyes told him how much they had missed him!!  None of them spoke anything for some time. There was…

Spark & Spice:Chapter 53: Major Missing Happening

I had already updated 6 chapters today but because so many people requested, I am posting 2 more… It takes time dear … to locate them from my story… and find the beginning and ending and then adjust the settings here… Anyway… Just for you :))) Muahhhh!!! See… how much I love you 😀 😀…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 52: Presence in Absence

Individual counselling sessions yielded no significant results. Malhotra family tried to talk to Manik about Nandini but Manik refused to talk anything about marriage or anything about Nandini though they had collected ample proofs about Manik having a special thing for Nandini. Murthy family was staying at a hotel near Nandini’s apartment as dadi wanted…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 51: A Pain That Connects

Manik tried to ease her pain, unknowingly increasing it further, by saying, “Yeah, I just realised that!! I think you are right… I’m sorry, it’s totally my fault. I shouldn’t have proposed to you! We think so differently… it’s going to end in a disaster, if we marry!!” His words were regretful, bitter and very…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 50: The Final Decision

It was an office party and a formal lunch, so Nandini had carried a straight-fit, pleated black outfit which would look elegant for the occasion. She let her hair loose, wore strapped sandals and minimal make-up. As requested by Manik, she reached the conference hall, not 15 but 20 minutes before time. She wanted to…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 49: Confusion & Contemplation

{My schedule is hectic these days. I am someone who loves to update daily or more frequently…but I am not able to… I love to reply to all of you but I am not able to… Apologies for that! I will do so, back to faster updating, and replying to all, as soon as I…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 48: Pride & Prejudice

Nandini entered the quiet apartment almost in the middle of the night. Nikita appeared to be sleeping as nothing else could be heard inside, except for the buzzing noise of the air conditioner. Trying not to make any noises to create any disturbance, Nandini tiptoed straight to her room, changed into her nightwear and ducked…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 47: Another Proposal

When Nandini stepped ahead and hugged Manik, all she wanted to do was hold him and give him the warmth that he might have needed at that point of time. She also wanted to hide deep in his chest to hide her own weakness, her tears, the unsurmountable love she felt for him… But she…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 46: Hold Me Tight

“It’s a long story!” “I have all the time in the world… so don’t worry about the length of the story!” “Okay!” He took a deep breath and replied, “Niki is my younger sister!” Nandini was left gaping at him with a shocked look on her face. This man was such an mystery!! All this while,…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 45: Let’s Get Talking

Colour co-ordinated in similar attire, black shirt, and blue denim, they stood zapped, staring at each other before they smirked and grinned at the co-incidence. She laughed, “Maybe, it’s a sign that we think on the same lines…” He knowingly stared at her with the evilest, naughty look in his eyes, and smirked. “Trust me…we…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 44: Another Step Forwards

Nandini carried a book to read beside the tall French window of her apartment. The cool breeze coming from outside swept through her skin, giving her goosebumps. The winter was finally on retreat and the weather was getting pleasant. Nikita entered the living room with 2 mugs of coffee, gave one to Nandini and sat…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 43: Arrangement of Convenience

“When I decide on something, I get it! Without any exceptions!”  Manik had declared, without trying to mince any of his words. Disbelief along with sarcasm was amply garnished over Nandini’s reply, laced with mock excitement as she twinkled her eyes, “Wow! I’m so impressed! That was one of the most beautiful marriage proposals that I…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 42: Compulsive Impulses

~ I had a lot of issues trying to open this site today. For a moment, a thought struck me that, God Forbid, if I lose this site, where will you find me and my stories. And where will I find you, except those who are in touch with me on other sns. So, I…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 41: Retrospections

Manik was dead sure of one thing that he couldn’t lose her…not at any cost…. Nandini took the bus no. 229 towards her street. Once inside her building, her apartment, she slept for the entire day. The stress of missed sleep was nothing as compared to the stress of weird theories inside her chaotic mind….

Spark & Spice: Chapter 40: Let Go

If I wanted to fool you to get you in my bed, I would have told you that I love you and proposed marriage to you. It was that easy!!” She was speechless at that. Slowly, she stepped away and murmured in a low voice, “I’m really sorry for giving that impression!” With that she…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 39: Differences & Difficulties

“Manik, we need to talk first!” He stared at her with a confused look on his face. “Talk about what??” “About us?” She whispered on a soft note. “Okay???” He shrugged as he had no idea what was going in her mind. “Manik… I… I don’t know what you are thinking about me… I’m sorry…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 38: Careless Whispers

Her hands fidgeted with her jacket and hand bag, with her lips pressed together and a distinct frown between her brows, apprehensive of what he was going to do, next!! It was a bad… bad move to come to his room!! Manik had been awestruck the moment he set his eyes on her. She had…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 37: Adorable Acceptances

It didn’t take much to convince Nandini to do it after Manik’s little speech about how bungee jumping was not just a sport but to test the ultimate ability of human spirit, confidence and grit. When they tied the straps around her ankles and lower legs, she faced the valley below the cliff, the mountains…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 36: Unstoppable Us

{ Please note that I do read EACH & EVERY comment on every update… they are the source of my smile all through the day and whenever I get time, I switch on my phone to indulge in the bliss… I may or may not be able to reply but I keep trying my best to…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 35: Formidable Flames

Manik was sitting right before Nandini, at Dereck’s cafe, looking at her directly, sipping from the  kiwi shake, that was supposed to be hers! There was something about this subtle gesture. The slow pace at which he stirred the straw in the shake, the look in his eyes when he stared directly at her eyes,…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 34: The Feels

{ All these updates are long updates… they appear shorter as they end quickly but last few chapters are all 2000+ words of length.  ‘Thank you’ appears to fall short when I have to express gratitude for the love me and my stories have received. Love to all of you! You are an important part…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 32: Towards You

“What was your problem if Dhruv wanted to flirt with me?” She asked pointedly looking at his face. He swayed his jaw and observed her face keenly, with his eagle eyes focused on her as if sizing up the prey. He had never been with such a tease of a woman. And he knew that…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 31: Checking In

“Nandini… nandini…!!” Manik whispered in a low voice, leaning towards her but without touching her in any way. Nandini opened her eyes with a slight effort and found Manik hovering over her and calling her name to wake her up. An awkward, sheepish smile ran on her lips when she realised that she had unknowingly…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 30: Difficult Road Ahead

Nandini Murthy blushed and closed her eyes, turning away to face the window, when he called her ‘His Stressbuster’…!!! As if last night’s rendezvous in the pub was not enough that he had to start it all over again. The little game of teasing, flirtations and witty replies between them was only increasing the tension…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 33: Lips Don’t Lie

Incurably drawn to her, Manik couldn’t stop himself from reaching out to Nandini and hovering over her face. He effortlessly bent his neck down towards her. Her breaths became ragged when she felt his warm sigh caressing her face and stirring her. No matter how deeply compelling and attractive it was… she was sure that…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 28: Clubbing & More

 A super- long update… ……………. Nandini stared at the phone for almost a minute after Manik told her that he will be at the club at 7:30 pm. ‘Aiyappa!! Is it a norm here in Paris? Do people come before time?’ She frowned and shrugged with a deep confusion and started walking again towards her apartment….

Spark & Spice: Chapter 27: The Presentation

For next few days, Nandini had found a mission for herself – To prove that she was one of the best in the field!! And she was working hard at it, day in and day out!!! She shifted from her hostel to the apartment with Nikita. She decorated her room with great taste, small little…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 26: Happy Place

Manik was in his cabin, remembering the day, a couple of days back when Alya had come to meet him to talk about their relationship and if at all it was going somewhere. Manik had never misled her and she was thankful for that. But what was not acceptable to her was that he told…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 29: Mr. Boss

“And I also know that I shouldn’t do it in front of others!” He told her. She felt deeply moved. “That is why you didn’t come with other judges in the morning? You didn’t want me to feel awkward??” He smiled, “And that is exactly why I need to leave, right now!” “Manik, I want…

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…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 25: Pangs of Jealousy

Nandini was laughing and smiling away to glory without even a single clue that how a simple act like this could irritate someone. Mukti, on the other hand, instantly liked her! So did Dhruv!! “You know Nandini, I saw your design and the way you work, I’m already impressed! Hope this turns out well!!” Mukti…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 24: Ouch! It Hurt!!

‘Thorough professional!! …Interesting job??? …Like really !!!!’ “Woww!! That’s amazing ! I like that attitude!!” Manik Malhotra, gave her a motivational thumbs up at that…though internally shaken and dumbfounded when Nandini gave him an apt reply to him when he asked her that she could opt out of the assignment. When she finally left, he…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 23: An interesting job

Nandini was allotted a desk at the Sweet Nothings department which was a huge department with several employees involved in managing and effectively executing the smooth operation of the company. Mukti introduced Nandini to her immediate manager Dhruv, who was another young, dynamic designer with a positive vision, as described by Mukti. “Hello Nandini, welcome…

Beyond Every Border: Chapter 19: A Frequency That Matched

It was a right that he had just given her. On him! She blinked her eyes twice, wondering what she had heard was true and how profound it was for her. She had always thought about him in gratitude. Everything and anything, she was thankful about in her life, she had credited it to him….

Spark & Spice: Chapter 22: It Matters

I am asked similar questions again and again about how to use this blog, how to read other stories, how to read older parts of all three stories and whether I will update or not. – Kindly visit the Home page of this blog, an icon showing on this page itself ( on the right…

Spark & Spice: Chapter 21: When Eyes Betray

“Bring it on Miss Murthy! I don’t fancy easy projects!!” He laughed it off when she said that she was going to give him a tough time in his office!  ‘Like really!! Did she really think she could do that?? Give him a tough time, in his office?? ! Naive girl!!!’ He thought, staring at the…