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!”

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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 around seventy-five candidates waiting to be interviewed for one job!! Like what – 75 for 1 post?!

She had frowned when she saw the list of 75 names posted on the small green notice board outside the cabin of the Chief Editor of the news magazine she wished to be hired at. It seems they had been interviewing candidates for the last three working days. They had already had a session with fifty-five candidates. The fifty-sixth candidate was called in.

Manasvi went across the waiting hall, towards the last corner and sat down on a steel chair, waiting for her name to be announced. Her name was on number 62.

Why will they take me?
She had a sinking feeling about it.

Damnnnnn!!!! She needed this job. Not because they were paying very well. Not because it was a huge name in the news world. Not because she was desperate. No!! Not because of any of it.

Instead, she needed it because they were The Insight!! It was a dream job, any media aspirant interested in news and reporting would give his/ her right arm for! They were an international brand. They had a strong digital presence. They were considered ruthless and hard hitting when it came to news reporting. She had heard a lot about them.

Trust yourself! You’ve been a promising student. You have a Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism. You are dedicated and hardworking.

She observed other candidates around her. Smart. Outgoing. Stylish. Boys and girls.

Manasvi decided to go through the last postings at the online job sites that she had subscribed to. If she didn’t get this job, she will have to find another one soon. She can’t let her meager savings be evaporated in the thin air. She moved the zipper of her handbag to take out her phone and her fingers met with the soft, silky, shiny wrapper of the Dairy Milk Silk given by ‘him’ at the Delhi airport. It was in her hand on the flight. She didn’t want to eat it but started melting and she didn’t want his effort to go waste. So she ate it during the journey but carefully saved the wrapper in her bag.

The bag was zipped back to save the wrapper, her belongings and her emotions inside it!

After about an hour, her name was announced. She entered the Chief Editor’s cabin carrying the file with her credentials, certificates, references, and everything she could manage in the name of documents.

The panel was comprised of seven officials. They sat on the other side of a long table. Three seated on each side of the central high chair, occupied by the Chief Editor. Three of the interviewers were females – A pleasant surprise to find a strong representation in the organization. Manasvi felt a bit relaxed.

The Chief Editor, Mr. Mehta, was a young man in his early forties, with only a few streaks of grey hair on his handsome yet matured face. He appeared stern and professional to her. When she entered the cabin, Mr. Mehta had his face turned towards a large LED display on the left of the room, visible to everyone in the room. This LED screen displayed Manasvi’s certificates on a carousel, scrolling one after the other after a lag of twenty seconds for each certificate.

One of the females – a woman in her late thirties, pretty, dark and bespectacled with curly hair, asked her to sit. Manasvi greeted all of them and sat down, praying to sail through a grilling row of questions.

She stretched the file in her hand towards them. One of them dismissed it, that it was not needed. She had uploaded her certificates with the online application, so they had them already. She squirmed to find her documents being read on the LED panel by at least 4 of them, including Mehta. Rest three talked to her.

The interview began on a regular note – they asked her about her education, experience, masters course, favourite subjects, why was she interested in Journalism and Mass Communication and how she saw herself in next five years if they hired her.

She replied to all the answers patiently and with enthusiasm. It was a routine drill where they got to know her attitude and aptitude about her subjects and job. In fact, it was so routine and regular that she was almost sure that she was not getting this job. This round must have been for all the candidates and there was nothing new or unique in the questions that would tell her that she will be preferred.

After ten minutes, Mr. Mehta who had been reading her documents till now turned to her and asked, “Ms. Shekhawat, I was just going through your credentials, your passport, marriage certificate, etc. Your background is too problematic. Your birthplace and elementary education were in a different country, middle school and high school was completed in another country and then, you came to India and got married here. Is that right?”

“Yes, sir!” Manasvi found her heart beating hard at that. This was one question she had been asked the most and still, she hadn’t got used to answering it. She took a deep breath to ward off the growing goosebumps.

“Why? For documents?”

“Sir… actually…” Manasvi started explaining but was interrupted by a woman in her fifties. A grey-haired woman with clear skin and starched saree as the most striking features about her. The lady was clear, “Why would a girl in this era marry at the age of eighteen, if not for fraud?”

Her lips trembled as she gathered the courage to fight the allegations they were trying to put on her. “Ma’am, it is not a fraud. We did marry in a civil ceremony before our parents. Yes, it was too early, at the age of eighteen because I wanted to study in India, but since I was not pursuing any course in India through proper channel, I didn’t get a student visa. I needed a visa for a long stay as my husband and his family lives in India. Another reason to get married early was that my mother was dying and I didn’t have any other relative here. We had no other option left except marriage. So, yes, it was for documents’ sake but it is a genuine marriage and for a valid reason. I’ll be applying for an Indian passport this week.”

“You mean to say that you have no relatives from the maternal side here?” The woman asked on a soft note.

“That’s true!” Manasvi pressed her lips in to wet them from drying.

“You are a strong girl!”

“Thank you!”

Next question by a young man, of around 28-29 years of age, surprised Manasvi as she found him too young to be in an interview panel for hiring new staff. He asked, “You have a blog. Tell us about it. Your inspiration and how you go about it.”

“I used to travel a lot in my previous job. The kind of reporting that we used to do for them was good enough to earn a salary with no creative satisfaction. My blog gave me wings to explore what exactly I wanted to become, report, cover as news and what should we, as media, should focus on news segments. There is a lot which is far from the reach of the general public and needs awareness. It is our responsibility to present it in a way that raises the scope of debate and improved conditions.”

“I loved those pictures on your blog!” Mehta pointed out towards the pictures of her blog now being scrolled on the LED screen. “Who was the photographer?”

“Sir, they have been taken by me!”

“You?” Mehta was surprised and so were others, “They seem professional to me. You are gifted. Was it an SLR camera?”

Manasvi remembered Anshuman asking the same question. She smiled at that and repeated the same answer that she gave to Anshuman at the airport.

“No, Sir! It was my phone!”

“Which phone?” The young guy immediately asked, with an added enthusiasm.

“An old Chinese model…not a specialized smartphone!”

“They are very good!” Another woman complimented her.

Manasvi started feeling confident again. The ambience was not overtly accommodating but it wasn’t hostile either. The interviewers were humane.

They talked to her more about what areas she thought needed improvement in India, what political ideology she supported and why, who was her role model and how she could contribute to the growth of the country through the job she wanted to be hired for. She replied patiently once again. She had downloaded from the net, these important but expected questions of any interview and prepared smart answers for each.

Finally, Mehta looked into her eyes and asked, “We have interviewed sixty-one candidates before you and there are …” He looked down on his table and flipped the sheets before him to see the list of applicants. Then turned to her and continued, “thirteen more after you! All of them – young, dynamic, well qualified and smart. Fit for this job, just like you. I ask this last question to everyone – Give me ONE good reason that I should hire you and not others!”

Manasvi took a long breath, pressed her lips and threw a quick glance at all of them. This was her only chance to prove her worth. This was her moment. And she became very nervous and tongue-tied. What could she tell them about her that was so special that they would hire her.

She was reminded of Anshuman’s words that he spoke to her at the airport. ‘Remember one thing – Never let your meagre resources or complicated background make you feel low. Make them your strongest points!’

Manasvi found a ray of hope in his words. She cleared her throat and said, “Sir, I will give you, not ONE … but THREE reasons to hire me…”

Mehta smiled first. He loved that confidence. The rest followed. Mehta moved her hand to give her a go-ahead, “We are all listening…”

“Sir, you should hire me for this prestigious post because – One, just a moment ago, ma’am complimented me saying that I was a strong girl. I can handle stress and pressures better than others as that is an everyday story for me!”

“Very good… next?”

“Two – Like you said in the beginning of the interview that my background is problematic. I don’t take it as my weak point. It is my strength as I have lived in three countries, saw their political and social state and understood it closely. Not only saw it, but I have been through it. I can understand the problems faced by the citizens of all three countries, their social mechanisms, interpersonal relationships and almost all of the political dynamics. I can empathize with them as my own. It will always be an asset over mere theoretical knowledge of the rest of the 74 candidates!”

Mehta relaxed back in his plush leather chair, smiled widely and said, “You have already managed to impress me! But I’m sure others would like to hear what is your third point to prove your worth.”

Manasvi smiled at the compliment. She knew that this time, the interview was being steered in her direction. There were high chances of them for shortlisting her for maybe the next round. She had seen a couple of candidates waiting as they were asked to wait and rest others leaving. She hoped to be asked to wait.

Her confidence increased. She spoke with a positive note to her voice, “The third reason is that I can make things work even with measly resources. I never had the luxury of a photographer, so I shot pictures on my basic smartphone. I managed alone, without any help, kept the blog going showcasing the problems of miners and farmers, but didn’t let anything kill my passion. Also, It’s my dream to work in this organization and no one can value this job more than me!”

Mehta quietly smiled and turned around to look at his colleagues, before reading their unspoken gestures and spoke, “Ms. Shekhawat, can you please wait outside with the shortlisted candidates?”

Manasvi grinned and thanked all of them before getting up and leaving the cabin. She didn’t know if she would be hired but mere shortlisting gave her a morale boost like nothing else.

It was all because of Anshuman!
He had given her the confidence to consider her weak points as the strongest points. He had been her guardian angel in true sense. Whenever she was in trouble, he would be at her rescue.

She took out the ‘Silk’ wrapper from her purse and ran her finger pads over it. He had bought it for her. The one and only material thing he had given her.

After the next thirteen candidates were questioned, the shortlisted candidates were called again. Together!

The shortlisted candidates of previous days were called too. They were around ten people. They entered the cabin and were seated before the panel.

Mehta spoke, “We have been impressed by these profiles and it is no less a feat that you are shortlisted to reach this level. But as we have only one post, only one of you will be selected. Taking into consideration your profiles, job experiences, special qualifications and the way a profile matches with us, we have selected one candidate but still, we will give one last chance to shortlisted candidates – Which of you voted in last assembly elections?”

It was a surprise for Manasvi that there were nine people other than her but only two had voted. Rest seven did not vote for main elections. What kind of people were they? Looking for a job in mainstream media and hardly interested in the election process?

“We want responsible people. It includes voting for your country!”

Manasvi had her face drawn in pain. She tried to negotiate, “But Sir, my case is genuine. I couldn’t vote. Or else, I would have voted!”

Mehta asked seven candidates to leave and talked to rest two. After a moment, he told them that one of them will receive the appointment letter on mail. Manasvi had tears in her eyes but she had seen enough in her life to not drop those precious pearls here and there. She swallowed the painful lump of saliva in her throat and stood up, thanking everyone.

As last two candidates also left, she followed them to leave the cabin, before Mehta called her again, “Ms. Shekhawat, please wait.”

“Yes, sir!” She turned and replied on a choked throat. They were expecting her to come back. She returned to be seated before them.

In a surprising move, Mehta introduced her to the rest of the staff. He hadn’t done that to anyone before. He spoke a few words about each interviewer giving her an idea about who they were and what position they held in the company. Then he introduced the youngest guy, Krish Sahay, as head editor of their still media section. He was the 28-year-old chap who was talking to her about her blog. Manasvi smiled and greeted all of them. Mehta spoke and rest only agreed with a nod.

“So, Ms. Shekhawat, we loved the reasons you gave for being hired. You are indeed strong, with rich experience in problematic areas and manage wonderfully with scanty resources. We know that you need this job more than everyone else and that you will value it more than them. My colleague, Mr. Krish Sahay is impressed with your blog. He wants to talk to you.”

Krish spoke after this. “Thank you, sir! So, Ms. Shekhawat, more than your writing, your photography using the basic technique via a small phone is what caught my attention. The detailing, the use of lighting, the profiles are eye-catching! I wonder what magic you will do if you are given a DSLR camera to capture all that you want to showcase. Your interview almost compelled us to hire you. I would feel privileged to have you in my team. Have you ever thought about taking photography seriously?”

She was left speechless at that! These were the exact words used by Anshuman after he saw her blog. He had asked her to consider photography seriously. This was being repeated now.

“But sir, I don’t have any degree or experience in photography… I’m an amateur!”

“What matters is the intent! The fire and the desire inside you is what we want in our staff. We can’t afford to lose you. Your writing and reporting is good, technical and meticulous. Definitely impressive! But in photography, you are naturally gifted! You are incredible!”

Manasvi smiled, and nodded, “I would have done anything to get a job with The Insight! But if you say that I am more suited for photography, I would like to give it a chance. On an honest note, I know nothing technical about it and I am a newbie.”

Krish laughed subtly, “That we will guide you!”

He turned to Mehta and Mehta resumed after this, “Ms. Shekhawat…last few questions!”

“Sure, Sir!”

“Are you willing to travel extensively?”

“Absolutely!”

“To Pakistan and Afghanistan?”

“Yes, Sir!”

“To other problematic and difficult areas all over the world?”

“Yes, Sir!”

“To Paris? That will be your first posting for two months!”

“Definitely!”

“Your in-laws?”

“They understand!”

“Your husband?”

“He is in the army. Stays out of home for an entire year!”

“Great!!” Mehta shrugged. “In that case, Ms. Shekhawat… you are hired!”

“What? I mean…” For a moment, Manasvi thought that she had heard it wrong. Didn’t they tell other guys that they will get the letter on mail? Why were they telling her right now?

As if he heard her. He said, “You were better than all the other shortlisted candidates, so we are telling you right away. We would love to have you with us!”

Manasvi was numb and stoned for a moment, but then she quickly gathered back her senses and thanked everyone. When she was asked to collect her appointment letter from the reception and asked to join them for the orientation, the next day, she started to believe that it was indeed true!!

It had been a breeze. A dream come true. It was unbelievable.

She now had a job!! With The Insight!!!

She sat down at one of the chairs in the waiting hall and took out her phone. Anshuman had asked her to tell him about how the interview went. She had so much to tell and she didn’t know whom to talk to. She was so excited about the entire interview. How it went. How she aced it, just because of Anshuman. It was weird that she had no one to talk to when she was going through her brightest and harshest phases. Rest of the times, she needed no one!

She wanted to discuss the interview. She knew they had talked a bit when he was dropping her at the airport. But that wasn’t enough to share more than formal greetings and deepest thoughts. Her guardian angel had been guiding her even in his absence and she didn’t know how to thank him. She took out her phone, opened Gmail, typed his email id and typed a small sentence –

“My problematic upbringing and meagre resources turned out to be strong points. Thanks to you, for that. Got the job!”

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Thanks for reading!

{ Picture edit courtesy: An ardent reader who asked me not to write a name. Thank you dear! It is beautiful!!}

54 Comments Add yours

  1. Heaven to hell says:

    Great😍😍… Different type of relationship… That have trust… And that is more important than anything I guess ..

  2. chandrasan says:

    Your writing is out of the world, I mean those interview questions sply vote wala only u could relate everything to real life.. Her guardian angel has my heart. I so want to give you a tight hugggg for ur beautiful writing.. Stay blessed Di.

  3. chandrasan says:

    Again a formal “thank you email ” to Anshman why Manasvi whyyyyy. She has so many things to share with him but there is a line which she has drawn around her. I just hope she will cross that line one day or will Anshman make her to cross that line ? Waiting eagerly to read further chapters!!!!!!

    1. manitavb says:

      How can she cross that line… when she knows that Anshuman has a girlfriend and he has asked for divorce… the line will have to stay …

      1. chandrasan says:

        Ooops while reading Anshman and Manasvi’s bond with so much interest, I forgot the girlfriend. Oh my god am so badddddd…..

  4. chandrasan says:

    Why she had accepted the offer in photography ? her stream is different na ? she is willing to Join as a newbie. Is that her dream to get a Job in Insight made her to accept this offer? Will this Job will be related to her main stream Journalism or different ? sorry for asking more questions di , I just want to clarify heheh

    1. manitavb says:

      She takes photographs of the articles she writes and topics she covers… they asked her to do reporting via photography and not writing… almost same… they have to cover news… anyway… so she is fine

      1. chandrasan says:

        Yes, I got it. Thank you for the reply.

  5. chandrasan says:

    “The bag was zipped back to save the wrapper, her belongings and her emotions inside it” awwwwww… who could believe that a strong women like Manasvi who hardly express her feelings , who stayed out of love and any emotions related to it, saving the wrapper like her possession !!! First person she would like to share the happy news is with Anshman, damnnnn now I seriously cant wait them to meet, my poor heart.

  6. chandrasan says:

    This chapter was so real!!!! I felt like I was attending the interview. Those nervousness, her tensed state while asking about her weakness ( though she made it as strong a point like Anshman said) and the comfort followed by few questions everything was so relatable. I like Mehta and his personality. Manasvi is such a strong women and so inspiring. Her struggle and handling pressure everything came handy to get her this Job.

  7. chendubundu says:

    Hey Manita!

    What an update!! Quite varied range of emotions in single chapter. Manasvi, though confident, was tensed coming into the interview. Her answers were just hit out of the park! The confidence she has shown all thru the interview even after a slight set back at the start due to interviewers doubting her intention of getting married. She handled it like a pro. She got dejected knowing that the interviewer eliminated 70% of the finalists just ‘coz they didnt vote in the recent elections. Once she knew of the final outcome, she was happy. Damn Girl! You have an absolutely amazing way with the story telling to portray such varied emotions and come out a winner at the end.

    My heart ached when she was so happy that she got the job but no one to share with! Thats a very hard place to be at. :(. The only person she thought about was Anshuman, and she wasnt sure if it were right to call him. She should have, although does she have his number? I remember them talking about communicating thru emails.

    Oh my god! she saved the wrapper! girl you are already in love! the first ever gift she got from him!

  8. KUDRAT says:

    How are you Didi ❤️
    Firstly thank you so much for the update
    I love with your stories Didi 😘
    I love the three reasons wala part..
    Nd as a greedy fan of yours I really love to read next part as soon as possible 🙂
    #goodluck
    #bestwishes
    #stayblessed
    #keepWriting
    #loveUdidi
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    I want to say something that I read your “important note”
    Firstly I feel very sad about the story copied issue…
    Nd the next minute feel very happy nd proud for u because different apps offer u Orr want to join with u..
    It shows how stronger writer u developed yourself…
    Didi and I really love you for your behavior towards your readers nd your responsibility as a writer …
    Ur sentences that “it’s our right to know the full story …”
    Really impressed me
    Nd after that I again fell in love with you..
    Didi I’m not good in English so please try to understand my feelings
    Over and all I want to say I love you😘
    your behavior shows that you are responsible person or citizen for our family , society or country…

  9. Aish64 says:

    After reading this update I was scrolling my YouTube and there I got Dil se re song recommendation to watch.. I had never seen it before so I thought of watching it.. From the beginning itself I got Anshuman and Manasvi feels throughout the song.. there Manisha Koirala is just like Manasvi (that’s what I found in the song, don’t know anything about the movie) like how innocent she looked and also she wears her dupatta like Manasvi and also the war sequence in song and the chemistry between them reminded me of ManAn only😍 This is such a beautiful coincidence… I’m eagerly waiting to read the upcoming updates.. Till then take care dii and love you loads😘❤

    1. manitavb says:

      Your observation is interesting.
      Dil Se is one of my favourite films.
      I’ll watch that song again to get those feels :)))

      ( PS : However, the film is nowhere similar/related to this story in any way, These two are poles apart. )

    2. manitavb says:

      @Aish64 You made me watch this song when I was about to go to bed…
      SRK is beyond perfect in this song and you are right the feels are so Manasvi and Anshuman in this particular song… however the story of film is different.
      Loved Manisha’s look 🙂

  10. Sulagna says:

    Manita.. I have no words to describe what I felt reading this story. Your writing actually made me read a Non-manan and Non Pani fiction at one go. and craving for more. though i was trying to keep the face of Parth and Niti in my imagination when reading Anshuman and Manasvi… he he .. afterall manan fans. started watpad for manan. but this one is incredible dear. cant wait to read more. Take care

    1. manitavb says:

      You can happily imagine Parth and Niti as Manasvi+Anshuman are still ManAn… as I see them 🙂
      Thank you for all the love 🙂

      ( This story was written with them in mind )

  11. Pritam says:

    Amazing update

  12. sarswati rajendra suryawanshi says:

    he is in Israel and she will be in paris. how they are going to meet?
    what beautiful answers by Manasvi. tell me how do u write these kind of dialogues. i dont know how to react after reading these. i feel happy and i feel like crying. its overwhelming. i really want to thank you for being a writer. we are lucky that we get to read u.

  13. Madhuri53 / Madhuri Kulkarni says:

    Part 8 –  Wow…what a lovely chapter. Never thought this interview part will turn into such a beautiful part. How genuine she was. She gave all credit to anshuman. As he told she made her weakest points as strongest points. It turned the way he predicted and the interviewers asked about her problematic upbringing and made them impressed. Glad that she didn’t hide anything from them about her marriage and need for permanent permit documents.
    She got her dream job, everything what she needed and expected. She managed to impress all of them. Especially krish sahay.
    She agreed to visit any place for her job. And I have a smallest hope/chance/wish that she will get the next assignment to cover where anshuman is posted.. Lol…silly mind hoping for their meet again…lol.
    They asked her to join next day and soon she will be joining her job at Paris. Then what about her permanent documents that will she need….or will she continue on her old afghan passport.? Oh….I am curious to know how will both manage to complete her all documents.
    In between update, I liked how she cherished the only memory of anshuman in the form of wrapper that he gifted her.
    I liked her email to him, in short but very impactful.
    Waiting eagerly for next chapter.

    Madhuri53

  14. Kiran says:

    With every update of yours i fell in love with your stories even little more.

  15. MaryaanQ says:

    It was so awesome to read. Manasvi is totally my kind of girl! I am deeply in love with this character!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Waaaoooooow.. loved it beyond measures!
    An insight for us to for an interview! Thanks

  17. Rajya lakshmi says:

    Loved the update

  18. Anonymous says:

    With every update of yours i fell in love with your stories even little more.amazing work dear.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Impressive.Loved the update

  20. Anusha says:

    Even the panel were impressed by her… Her character and attitude towards life is an inspiration for all the women and young girls.. It’s difficult to cope with with such a life but she showed her character. Where did you get this idea and from when did you started writing. The theme here is so different and is focusing on those people who works for mankind. I missed him in this update but he was still here by giving her the required strength and motivation through his words…

  21. Priya says:

    This beauty…No no i didn’t mean manasvi bit the story…How can stories be so real..This amazes me from you di always…Any story for that matter…It’s so so beautiful..I really loved the way manasvi slayed the interview…My cute munchkin..Hope she gets her happiness soon for the rest of her life…Waiting for anshumans response…Love them…

  22. Amela Khan says:

    Wow wait worthy update.

  23. Tanvie says:

    Magic in your writtings. One just gets lost and then every time ends up blushing . ❤

  24. Pavani says:

    The way you write about the female characters in all your stories is amazing di be it mrinalini in twisted minds to nandini in tangles and ties and spark and spice and manasvi from this story.very unique ,strong, independent exactly the way women should be . and I feel you include some of your personal traits in these characters.and I missed this story so much.

  25. Apurva says:

    Speechless……she is so strong and he is so caring . Why cannot she call Peksha since Anshuman is in town 🤔 …sorry being crazy fan of your writing…taking some unnecessary liberty 😷😷😷😷

    1. manitavb says:

      Don’t say sorry. I love these personal questions to the characters.
      She can’t call Preksha because she knows that his family is pressurizing Anshuman to take Manasvi with him and give them a chance. She doesn’t want to appear desperate that she is wishing the same.
      So, she is trying to stay away

      1. Apurva says:

        Oh….right. My god ….. U need to be so on toes on so many fronts. Happy with intro of Mr. Sahay……. anticipating a jealous Manik oops Anshuman 💖

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for updating finally was waiting for this….

  27. Diviya says:

    Your writting is really had some magic doc❤ getting addict towards to this story and love it How to touch so much reality in this story. And Yess waiting for the next update

  28. lovelyrashu says:

    Amazing update after a long time absolutely loved it I felt so happy after she secured the job as if it was me who got it 😊. Though I am still confused how will their story move forward but still looking forward to manasvi’s posting in Paris. Hope they get posted in same country in future. Looking forward for next update. Please update soon 😊.

  29. Prabha Returi says:

    Amazing update! The parting line is BANG ON as always. I truly admire Manasvi’s personality! There is dearth for people like her I our society.
    Kudos to Anshuman for speaking so wisely and understanding Manasvi. Though the update was much awaited, it is worth the wait. Thank you.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Somehow want to read more and more of this story…Will be waiting for the next update soon. Such a different subject , so much more to be reveled, to be known, and so much more to read about the lead pairs….wait wait wait, please get over soon.

  31. pixiepari says:

    i soo wish this just goes on and on and on…your hands have magic in them…you are really gifted di…you are showcasing that story which no one ever thought about even though we hear a lot…the main reason we are not interested to read newspapers is because they have unnecessary information mostly but you just showed what it would be if we really have strong media…

  32. Sonal says:

    This one is going to be so so beautiful….
    I am in love with it as i am a fan of sweet love stories and this one fits perfectly
    Great writing

  33. ekta Semwal says:

    Wow! Every this was about this update was beautiful but what brought tears in my eyes was a small moment between Manasvi & silk chocolate wrapper… Oh I so wished , she should have given a call to Anshuman then typing a mail but I am happy for Manasvi.. She deserve all happiness .. she has suffered a lot..

  34. shikhaa says:

    Indeed ❣️ No words could match up ur level ..! Thank u n more power to u ..!

  35. rajirath says:

    Its a beautiful concept for the story to progress . Airport conversation and he asking her to be strong and she saving the dairy milk wrapper for his remembrance stole my heart. Eagerly awaiting to see how the story goes. This story has become the new favorite! Kudos Manita.

  36. maniknandini1 says:

    Was waiting for this update from soo soo long. Thank you Di for making my Sunday this special. ❤
    The interview was the best. I have heard about lot of them even I have given so many but this one was the bestest. The way Manasvi maintain her positive aura we need to learn lot of things from her. She made her actual weakness her strong points and that too in a perfect way. Expressing our views in a correct way is the most important thing in any interview and she was best. 😍
    Anshuman indeed is her guardian Angel. He know where to host her confidence and it did work.
    I just loved the way you put her feelings I mean the way she wrap the remained chocolate in her bag ❤. In the interview also at every instant his memory was attached. The camera thing Anshuman had pointed out the correct thing from her.
    You put it out soo beautifully di. I mean while reading only ,that smile automatically comes to my face. ☺ Congratulations to Manasvi .🥳
    And the mail she has to say him soo much but she typed only two lines and they spoke vokumes.
    You are the bestest di. A true magician. You play with words and make them to touch our heart. 💕
    Hope this will mark the new beginning to their relationship cause this is the first time they are interacting instead of wishing for anniversary. 💖
    Eagerly waiting for next one.
    Thank you stay blessed. 💫

  37. Sanjukta Chatterjee says:

    So finally Manasvi got a job which will take her to all the dangerous places in this world, the sort of places where Anshuman usually works in. Thank you Doc. Now waiting for them to bump into each other soon.
    Again an outstanding chapter, full of positive attitude. Kaushish karne walon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti. I think that Manasvi has started considering that chocolate wrapper as a good luck charm. Hope it brings her all the luck.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Wow! The interview – it felt so real. Like I was seeing it on a big screen. You are wonderful Manita! I want to say more but I don’t know what to say. I am speechless!
    Please don’t take long gap for next chapter. Pleasssee.
    About your note – I am really sorry this is happening to you again and again. I totally understand why you have taken down the stories. I was looking forward to read ‘fire and ice’ and ‘sparks and spices’ once again. Now I guess I have to wait for the books to be published.

  39. Salriz says:

    Wow simply an amazing update I was smiling like an idiot whil I was reading it so happy for mansvi she’s got the job loved it ❤️

  40. Pooja says:

    ‪“The bag was zipped back to save the wrapper, her belongings and her emotions inside it!”‬

    ‪She is gonna keep this wrapper forever ❤️after all it’s the first thing she got from him.. the last talk they had was fruitful and played an important role in her selection .. ‬loved how she remembered his talks at diff point of the interview .. it’s not that she wasn’t capable , she was but she was just shown the mirror of her strengths by Anshuman

    ‪Wonderful update.. but for the first time i am totally clueless abt what next and that makes it even more interesting.. ‬

    ‪I mean her first posting is in Paris and his next in Israel.. so what next.. how is destiny getting them back together🤔.. wow excited 😍‬

    1. Pooja says:

      In a lighter note, this guy Krish is young and seems to be very much impressed .. hope he stays away from our girl 😂 I might be watching too much of Ekta’s show and coming up with such weird conclusions 😂😂

    2. krinal310 says:

      Line has my ❤️

    3. krinal310 says:

      I thought too that how will they meet and all?

  41. hinuthakkar11 says:

    Woww i m feeling so happy by reading this update😃when she got a job i felt so happy the smile was not leaving my face😁 even if anshuman was not present with her but he helped her alot😁we can say his words have made her more confident than before nd he indirectly helped her through the interview…he could see her potential in the photography field nd here she got a job in the same😄 now waiting for her to talk to him about the interview nd how much his words helped her passing the iv…i really want to know his reaction now😁

    1. krinal310 says:

      Same here…I was Soo happy for her

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