Hard times
are those storms
that shower endlessly
and leave only when
they either break a person
or find him too tough to be broken.

Blessed are those who know how to deal with changing circumstances, difficult situations, harsh times, and tough people.

Rest of us, learn with time, as we get hurt, take steps to deal with the pain, heal ourselves, and hopefully grow with it. It is not easy. But not impossible, either.

A lot of people have been writing to me, about the difficult times we are going through. About the challenges troubling them and the hurdles they encounter in their quest to achieve something. This is the first time, I am seeing, so many people struggling in some way or the other.
Those who are peaceful and happy, consider yourselves privileged. Others, it’s okay. Stuff like that happens.

These are unprecedented times when people are losing lives, their loved ones, their health, jobs, money, homes, relationships, and almost everything that we had ever dreamed about.
There are people who had to take a U-turn from the path towards their dreams, who lost projects, some changed their goals and ambitions for the future, while others who had just begun something new, invested money and time in it, now find no motivation to continue.

To all those, I want to say only one thing – You Are Not Alone.

There are so many in a similar situation. Some are facing it at a minor level, and some have received major blows to their lives, during this time.

But we will survive!

Hang On there. For some more. Give it time. Time is the biggest healer. This too shall pass – As all good times pass and like all bad times that don’t stay.

This too shall pass
Just as good times wither away
And wicked moments don’t stay
This phase too shall fly away

Take one step at a time
One hurdle each day
The daunting phase 
Won’t leave us bereft

It will test and try our grit
And will leave
Once it shows us the way
~ Manita V

Have Faith. All Will Be Well.

More about me –

I have replied to all comments on this part of Beyond Every Border. For the next few weeks, I will be posting updates on Saturday nights and will be here on social media and the blog on Sundays. I will reply to all of you and will post here on ‘my corner’. You can talk to me here if you have any questions.

I am also posting Fire & Ice on the other blog.

I will update Love, Lies, Etc. (Manan fic ) on Sundays, whenever I can. Like I have time today. So, I will post today, hopefully.

As my clinics are closed, I have shifted my consultation completely to online clinics, as of now. I will post about them in my next post.

My novel, The Masquerade is almost ready. It was supposed to be released in April. But it got delayed majorly because of technical glitches. Like, Amazon is not delivering books in certain areas, so it is not allowing the listing of paperbacks, as of now. Honestly, even I don’t want to rush it. If it won’t be delivered, what is the use of publishing?
So, I am chilled 🙂

You cannot rush through things. Sometimes, you cannot do anything and that is the time when God is asking you to sit back and wait for the right time.

I do that. I will suggest the same to you too. Give it time and it will all be fine.

This is my mantra for this phase –  Time.

Give it time – Patience, Hope, Endurance follow on their own.

Simar has asked me to write about my writing journey. I will soon post about that. Let me know if any of you want me to write about something. I would love to share my experiences with you. And learn from you in the process.

Lots of love to all of you

take care, stay safe

M.

Written By

Manita V

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      yesterday i was reading a novel which was tagged s india’s best selling novel but i couldnt find anything as such n that,,,it was sooo boring and childish…i wondered why did i even read it and then thought may be my works in wattpad are also like that…i remmebered your books and i was like when will masquerade release…trust me dii…though i have not read much books i can say with confidence that i have never seen a writers every book being so unique and beautiful…even jk rowling few books are waste but you…you are gonna make india proud with your unique way to write books and show this world that we indians not only write love stories beautifully but every genre….the day masquerade will hit the floor world will know what a diamond india is possessing and beyond every bprder is gonna shake the stocks

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      Thank you so much for this post Di. This was much needed as there is a dearth of positivity and hope these days. I wish hope and pray for each and everyone’s safety and health. May all us come out much more stronger and much more wiser, after going through this worldwide phenomenon of panic and chaos. Everyone of us is going through phases of negativity, and then we try to be positive and hopefully , but suddenly we listen to or see some heart wrenching news , that again somewhat makes us negative. I just want to say, that no one is alone in this. All of us are in this together. So be put, stay strong there,things will change. Waqt ki yahi toh khaasiyat hai ki, yeh accha ho ya bura, zayaada der tak nahi rehta hai. So be strong everyone. Whenever you feel sad, and pessimistic…just remember all the moments when you thought that you cannot do this, but you did that and achieved an impossible looking task. Whenever I feel hopeless and pessimistic and negativity engulfs me, I find my peace in writing and reading stuff. So likewise, you also find that one thing that gives you peace and hold onto that. Because that one hobby, its like one leaf in a strom that you hold onto. And if anyone is feeling low, you can always talk to someone.
      And Manita Di… you know what you are… a lantern in the darkness, which lights up the lives of ones around it, even though it burns itself.. I am lucky to have known you in this life. .. You and your stories have changed my life to a great extent. You know that I love you and I am always there for you.
      I am so so excited to read about the journey of a brilliant writer…that you are.
      Lots of Love.

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      I really loved all your stories but BEB is my favorite story among all the stories I read till now. I got to know so many things bcoz of this story abt problems faced by the refugees and PBB . Thank you so much for writing this story after reading every update I crave to read more and more even though you write really long updates bcoz of your brilliant writing di.

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        Thank you dear. I try to write about different topics as even I learn a lot with each of my stories.
        Thanks for liking them. take care
        🥰🥰🥰

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      I 100% agree with you we all are going through such unprecedented times that maybe no one ever dreamed of and as a society with the pandemic, the BLM movement the constant struggle in our normal lives, we all struggle but we get back up and see another day, and hope another day brings us more peace and calm to our storm, and exactly what you said everything takes time and patience and I have lived with that mantra since my teens, as with time and patience you learn to grow up and accept the struggles and hardships that come with life and that is okay, as long as you have the support of you’re loved ones p, the sky is the limit you can and will achieve everything you want in life, BUT we all need to stick together and believe in one another as well as support each other, it doesn’t matter what religion, colour, background, cast, country you come from we all are brothers and sisters and we believe in the same thing peace and happiness and we all will stick together! And if anyone ever needs to talk, I know Manita is all ears but so am I, you can always talk to me, we may not know each other personally but we are sisters and will stick together!

      In regards to you’re writing journey, I have been in awe of it for the last 9 years and I know I keep telling you that I love reading you’re stories but I HONESTLY mean it when I say I check everyday because it is my pick up, in my professional life when I come across deaths and other brutal things, and I need to be happy I always check you’re stories that’s why I’m always there ( I remember when you were posted a part of HKA or Trespassrs, don’t remember and you and had commented straight away and you were like Aasma up you’re everywhere how always reading commenting first, I told you then that was like 2013 or 2014) and I will tell you again I am obsessed with you’re writing you have been blessed with talent you have got people from around the world together, I love that you chose BEB and sticked to your guns, it is not a controversial topic if people read it with and open mind it is reality, you are not bashing a religion or country you have done you’re research and stating facts! I can’t wait to read further in you’re writing journey, although I would never be a writer (too much thought and writing LOL I’ll leave you amazing people to do it ) I would love to k ow how you get all these stories and way of writing in you’re head because the last 9 10 years you have written a range of stories, Os poems, and they have been amazing!

      Enough of this essay LOL, now need to get ready for work
      Love you Manita and you know that I am always here for you and i don’t just say that I genuinely mean it, email me harass me if you ever need anything! We have never met or spoken in person but We are sisters 👯
      ❤️😘😊

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        This message made my eyes moist, Aasma.
        We have come so far, really. It’s been so many years. And I remember that day when I asked you how come you are always there to comment 1st on every update and every story of mine. I remember it was very late at night.
        Love you for always being there at every stage, every phase, reading everything I typed.
        And love you for offering to listen to people. I am there but one person is always less and like you said, we are sisters in this extended family. I am so glad that so many people have offered to help.
        Simar has always said that she can listen to people if someone wants to listen.
        God bless you both.
        Love you for everything that you are Aasma. A dedicated professional, loving, awesome friend, and a beautiful human being… I have known you through years and I’m so so proud to have you as a part of my life.
        Thanks. God bless you 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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      Thank u so much for this post ❤ U are an inspiration for a reason😇 give it a time that’s what most of us do right now. I need help, please check Twitter dm.

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      This piece of writing I read it out to my mom as she’s very low these days with multiple issues on family matters..di trust me she literally choked..she is been betrayed by her own blood and she’s unable to handle that breakdown..all the tough times which she handled these many years were gone for a toss..our family been extremely cornered by all our relatives in one way or other due to jealously n hypocrisy..we are unable to handle all these when our own people do this to us..your stories are a motivation and inspiration for many people like me and trust me I missed your stories and you di..I think always about you and you are always in my prayers.. keep spreading love and happiness like this.. someday write a post about the people who inspired you a lot di…love you loads..take care..just loved the beb last update..I will comment on the post there..😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

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        I’m sorry for what you are going through, Priya. Give my love and wishes to your mom. I know it is difficult to handle and easy to say that – stay strong. But I am telling you from my experience that once you decide to be strong. there is no looking back. People don’t have power to break us. We break ourselves because we are weakened by emotions.
        May all your problems be solved soon and you reach a happy space in your lives.
        Lots of love and wishes for you.
        Stay safe.

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          Thankyou di and hopefully everything gets sorted and we will be back stronger..love you loads and thankyou for everything..I will convey to my mom..she can’t read on tab or laptop…I will gift her all your stories once it’s printed…😘😘☺️☺️☺️

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      It breaks my heart to see the whole world on a pause not knowing where to go or how to save it’s people. I just wish that everything that we are facing right now will slowly exit our lives as it’s painful to see millions of people worldwide to lose their loved ones. All these are physically, mentally and emotionally draining everyone. But the only thing that keeps me sane and grounded to reality is your stories di. You inspire me alot di. The way you are strong even after everything that happened in your life, emerging out stronger than ever, never leaving your stories unfinished, reaching out to your readers(and still taking time for your family and clinics), making small talks, listening to them(even if you have a hetic schedule), always telling them that you are there and could always reach them and writing beautiful stories. I am in awe of you. Wish to meet to one day though. Disheartened to know BEB has been left unattended for 6 years. It is a beautiful story with such amazingly strong characters. And lastly, congrats on your journey to be a published author. Love you…..❤❤❤
      P.S. Would love to read whatever you write.
      P.S.S. Sorry it is longer than intended. Hope you don’t mind.

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        Thank you for the lovely words you wrote for me. They really mean a lot to me. I try to make the best use of the time that is given to us and writing is something that comes like breathing to me. I can’t live without writing.
        Don’t be disheartened that BEB was shelved for six years. I don’t feel sad because things happen the way they are destined to be. Everything has a time, an age, a stage to present itself. I had written only 2 parts so the story never took shape previously and it stayed in my mind. Maybe, it was waiting for the correct audience, the right time, the right platform… so even the story waited.
        maybe you would have never read it if it was written then, because you would have never discovered it.
        So, I am happy. The way it shaped up and the response it received.
        Love you loads.
        Thank you for your wishes.
        And even I would love to meet you some day.
        Take care 🤗🤗

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      “Give it time ” yes this is what the need of the hour

      “इस वक़्त को थोड़ा वक़्त देकर तो देखो
      वक़्त हर वक़्त के घाव को भर देता है।”
      💞💞💞

      In this hard time you became my inspiration
      I learned many thing from u .

      BEB is the best story I ever read .your words are magic .
      I wish I could write 1% like you. Ma’am how beautifully you took two different person with totally different situation and created a wonderful story .

      I want to say u that your very lucky because u r the only person in this world can feel their (ansuman and manasvi)emotion their situation their love and u r the only who can write this story so beautifully. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

      I’m also lucky that I got a chance to ready your story . To know about you.

      From somewhere I got the link of your website when I didn’t know anything about u
      But now you became a part of my life your each and every words are like a dose for me
      Without it I feel that something is missing in my life . This is how some beautiful magic happen in this world I and u are totally different person of different place but we are connected with beautiful STORIES.

      I LOVE YOU 😍😍

      🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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        All I would say is that live this moment, and give it time, like you wrote so beautifully in Hindi. Loved it.
        Stay happy, healthy & safe. Love you too 🤗🤗🤗

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      You and your words are the biggest motivation for me❤️❤️❤️

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      Yes dii u r right, nd im waitting 4 yr book to be published.. hopefully will get an autograph by u in the book🤞🤞🤞

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      Those initial lines… beautiful and perfect.. the reality and inspiration in its own way… these days I have the same feeling too di.. most of the ones I am close have some or the other problem to deal with including me.. it’s like never ending dark tunnel .. one problem ends other pops up… old simple carefree days seems like a luxury now.. now as u said being calm and trying to solve it is the only solution.. hope the day is soon when everyone is back to their normal life .. the actual normal life not the new normal what ppl say🙏🤞

      You too take care di and stay blessed and thank you so much for such posts ❤️

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        Thank you Pooja. The only consolation is that we are all together in this.
        I will always be there. To share if not help.
        Stay there. The tunnel just ends in light. About there, any moment.
        Love ya. 🤗

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      Much needed post for me!
      Thank you doc!
      Can you share how you develop the plot?
      I mean do you use any techniques like mind map?

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      What is your inspiration to write BEB? M, I can’t express in words how much it touched my soul. Last update is just like a poking pin on my heart yet soothing balm .. it’s damn contradicting, isn’t it? But that’s what i am feeling; their pain and love for each other… so what motivated you? How and when did the idea flash? If you can, please write about it.

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        Hi Madhavi,
        A few years ago, I was reading about MSF, the organisation, on which I have based PBB. They are so selfless and work beyond broders risking their lives that I was moved. And at the same time, I was reading about the plight of refugees of war and how they struggle becaus e they don’t belong to any country. The pain tore me apart. A love story then kept nagging my mind about how difficult and painfully beautiful it would be to have two people brought together by circumstances out of their control.
        That’s how BEB was conceptualized 🙂
        Thanks for asking. I can talk on and on and on about it.

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          I want to hear all about it… if you have time and want to talk. No wonder it is coming out exceptionally beautiful… tearing our hearts… God, i can talk on and on about them… dying for Anshu’s pov but i know eventually will get there… those emotions in their gestures.. damn .. who needs words? Him out overwhelming feelings trying to tuck her hair, and her heart whispering “you” when he asked what she wants and him reading it … gosh!!!! He is hell bent on giving her beautiful life and he thinks she deserves better than him … but her heart wants just him. How painfully beautiful?

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            We need to meet someday. And we can have a lunch date dedicated to BEB and fangirl over it. Only I know how I want to write it… on and on… haha…
            Till we meet, I will write about them, anything and everything you want to know… I have time for my stories and writing… God, I might be the only shameless writer in the world who is a fan of her own stories… lol…

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        Also, thanks for liking this story.
        i am overwhelmed with the response.
        I am never nervous about stories but BEB is one story that I was anxious about before starting.
        I was told not to write it as it included the names of three nations and people close to me, whom I told about it, were concerned about needless slandering if it didn’t go well. It talks about some controversial things, but I was confident so I went on.
        After writing 2 parts, I lost motivation as I couldn’t relate to my muse anymore. I was busy too, with my second delivery and all the post partum stress. So the story was left for 6 years after 2 parts.
        Finally, like they say, if you have an unfinished story inside, it doesn’t let you sleep. BEB did that to me. And made me write it 🙂 🙂

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