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 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 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 […]

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