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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 12 : Partners in Crime

“No one messes with Manik Malhotra. Coz people call me fire. You have no idea how dirty it is going to turn.” “Bring it on, Malhotra. The fire is pitched against fire, this time.” This sentence made him lift a naughty brow with a lopsided grin. He smirked slightly. He was standing right behind her…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 11: A Tease For A Tease

He chuckled, with another irritating tease, “Such things are not planned… Nandu…” One sentence from him was enough to make her cheeks burn. She closed her eyes tight and thanked God for the darkness inside the room as he couldn’t see her blushing. The room was immersed in darkness, with only a faint source of…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 10: Two Souls Tied Together

With his assurance that he won’t let her fall, she was relaxed. She smiled and turned to flash that smile for him. He grinned. “Ready?” He whispered, taking a deep breath. Her heart was beating hard when she whispered back, slightly singing her response, “I think soooo…” “Let’s face it, then!” He chuckled. “Yeah!” She…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 9: When Two Worlds Meet

They were two individuals, belonging to two entirely different worlds and were not yet ready to form one distinct Universe of their own. Marrying each other appeared to be a better prospect than a tiring routine of meeting a row of prospective boys and girls and letting their parents down every moment. At least, they…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 8: Marry Me!

Manik arrived by the afternoon flight, and reached Mumbai by 3:00 pm. The way he had boarded the flight in an emergency had Nandini panicking at the situation. The last words spoken by him that they will be getting married this week, added to it. She reached airport to receive him. Nervous & fidgety. When…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 7: Innocent Lies

“Don’t worry. It won’t reach that stage. You and me are never going to get married!” Nandini had spoken very confidently. Manik couldn’t stop grinning. He slightly bowed his head to thank her, “I’m really grateful, Madam! Thank you. Now, please pray to God that we don’t get married to anyone in this year… I…

Tangles & Ties : Chapter 6 : A Murk Called Marriage

{ If I had time and if I had my way, I would have replied to each one of you separately. I still try to do max… That is the extent to which I value each of my readers. Love you all. Thank you a just a small word before my love and gratitude…  Stay…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 5: And We Meet Again

Thank you for all the love dearies…   Early morning 6:00 am, she called him. Their parents had been talking about their marriage quite seriously, she told him. “My parents and your family have been in touch, finalizing dates, discussing the wedding plans and all the other stuff related to it, trousseau, jewellery… etc…assuming that…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 4: Slightly Damaged

All these older chapters are the unpolished, unedited versions of the book which were originally posted on wattpad. Exactly the same content, I’m posting here, without making any changes to the narrative.   She thought about it and was disappointed as she wondered aloud, “Yes. Arranged marriage is ‘exactly’ that… You sleep with someone you…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 3: Sharing A Bit

Kindly switch off the notification button if you get bugged with constant notifications on email as I will be posting all 48 parts of Tangles & Ties one after the other, as and when I get time. Can’t thank you enough for all the love and support! “I am a Gemini and I’m a virgin.”…

Tangles And Ties: Chapter 2: Arranged Meeting

Manik threw a glance at his wrist watch. He was summoned within 10 minutes at Oshiwara. That was the time given by Nandini to him, if he had to meet her. He had hoped to fix an appointment for dinner, go back to the hotel to freshen up and change. But she didn’t leave him…

Tangles & Ties: Chapter 1: New Beginnings

{Please Note that these chapters 1-48 are the same as the ones posted at wattpad. I’m grouping them under ‘previous chapters’ to avoid confusing with new parts. These are unpolished, unedited chapters in their first draft form with all the mistakes and glitches. You don’t need to comment 🙂 }   “I’m still clueless about…

Tangles & Ties : Blurb and Cover

Manik Malhotra and Nandini Murthy liked each other almost immediately when they decided to entertain the idea of marriage arranged by their families… But they are yet to understand that to get along with each other, feeling attraction and feeling love is one thing, but to spend life with a near-stranger is an entirely different…